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Everyone has a meatloaf recipe. And everyone is different. When you want
to make left-overs for future meals or sandwiches, use your favorite oven- style recipe but for a two-person fairly fast meal, make this stovetop version. You can still add your secret ingredients so it will taste similar!
Stovetop Meatloaf
• 1⁄2 pound ground beef
• 2 tablespoons quick-cooking dry
• 1 tablespoon chopped onion
• 3 tablespoons milk
• 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1⁄2 teaspoon onion powder
• 1⁄4 teaspoon salt and pepper
• 1⁄2 cup tomato sauce
• 1⁄4 teaspoon Italian seasonings
• 1⁄4 teaspoon sugar
• Pinch of salt
• 1⁄2 teaspoon corn starch • 1⁄4 cup cold water
Instructions: In medium bowl mix ground beef, oats, onion, milk, garlic and onion powders, salt and pepper. Shape into two loaves. Set aside. In another small bowl, mix tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, sugar, pinch of salt, corn starch, and cold water and com- bine well. Set aside.
In small non-stick frying pan, brown meat loaves on top and bottom. Pour the tomato mixture over the browned loaves and bring to a boil. Reduce to
a simmer, cover, and cook for 15-20 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Serve with mashed potatoes and can of green beans for a complete meal.
Joanna Stelloh Phelps, Special to Senior Times
Senior Times - November 2017
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CND Holiday Hike
The Chief Noonday Chapter of
the North Country Trail Association
is sponsoring a free, guided hike on Saturday, December 9, which will start at 10am. Hike about 4.5 miles on the Albion River Walk to the Whitehouse Nature Center in Albion Michigan. Hikers meet at Victory Park at the Skating Arena, Veterans Way, Albion.
Optional meal post-hike will be at Cascarelli’s, 116 S Superior St, Albion.
For further details, please contact Jane Norton at (269) 808-7334 or email at Additional information can be found at their website at www.northcountrytrail. org/cnd/cnd.htm.
December 9
Melodious Memories
Meet Marian
By: Ann Conklin, Life Enrichment Director, Evergreen
Here at Evergreen Senior Care and Rehab Center we are proud to be pilot- ing a musical program focusing on the effects of music and dementia – spe- cifically Alzheimer’s type dementia. Today’s story is about Marian.
Marian is a long term resident at our facility. When Marian first admit- ted here she was quite interactive and engage-able. Although her attention span was fairly short she was involved daily in several different activities. Over time she has had some significant decline in cognition, ability to engage and participate, and interact with oth- ers. We have also seen increased agi- tation and behaviors, more difficulty with direction, focus, and ability to complete a task. Her speech is often non-sensicle and repetitive. She tends to have mood swings from happy and calm to angry, yelling, and agitated; these swings can be sudden and with- out provocation. We have also noticed that Marian’s agitation levels increased at certain times of the day and some- times are triggered by over stimulation; she does better in quieter areas during these times.
Throughout her stay she has usually enjoyed music events, singing, sing
a longs, musical entertainment, so it was a given that she may benefit from the Melodious Memories Program. Marian’s listening program is not scheduled but rather as she allows or
is approached and shows interest. She is sometimes resistive to having head- phones on. What we have found with Marian is that if we are successful in providing her with her music prior to a specific time of the day, prior to being over stimulated, or when she first shows signs of agitation, we can some- times completely avoid those behaviors
and her day is calmer, more comfort- able for her. Sometimes, not always. When we are successful working
with the music Marian will eagerly smile, start to sing with what is play- ing, talk over the music telling us how wonderful it is and how happy she is, saying things like, “Can you hear it? Isn’t it wonderful?” Her smile is broad and her eyes twinkle – she has beauti- ful blue eyes. Sometimes she is lost in the music to the point of closing her eyes, moving her head to the tunes, mouthing the words, or tapping her hand or foot. She sometimes wants to hold hands and have us join her sing- ing. Overall we are finding that on the days when she allows us to provide her with her music her days are better. She is not so prone to outbursts, anger, or agitation.
When the music is provided, Marian is sometimes able to hold more mean- ingful conversations and stay on task
a bit longer than without the music. Music makes Marian happy and when Marian is happy her face is full of
light and laughter. This feeling of hap- piness for Marian is why the Miles
for Memories Melodious Memories Program is offered and provided.
When someone’s brain has become a melting pot of confused thoughts, anxiety and anger, fear and insecuri- ties, is it any wonder that they are troubled, lash out, and are fearful? Over stimulation can also come from within, nothing makes sense or seems familiar. Music is grounding, familiar and soothing. Music reaches the soul, touches the heart, and takes us back in time. Music can open long closed doors in the brain and bring comfort and peace... that is why we are con- tinuing to work to open those doors.

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