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John Eilers Lloyd, director of recreation and volunteer services at Cayuga Ridge, explains the features of a snoezelen room that was being used by memory care residents.

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John John Eilers Lloyd, director of recreation and volunteer services at Cayuga Ridge, shows resident Beatrice Dean some of the gadgets in the snoezelen room.(Photo: Matt Steecker / Staff photo)Buy PhotoMemory care residents Rosalee Devlen and Beatrice Dean entered a room on the second floor of Cayuga Ridge Extended Care on Wednesday and were met withultraviolet designs on the walls and floors.

The scene: ultraviolet paints and black lights with black light posters of pastoral scenes.

Devlen, 76, and Dean, 85, both of whom have dementia, had entered a Snoezelen room, intended to boost the mood and improve the quality of life of residents at Cayuga Ridge. The room, previously used for resident occupation, was converted over the summer and completed in September.

Drums and lightsresponded to music coming from an iPod that was docked into a sound system.

Rosalee Devlen hugs a plush cat doll. (Photo: Matt Steecker / Ithaca Journal)

“We customize the music to make it either upbeat or cathartic and relaxing depending on the resident or residents coming in,” said John Eilers Lloyd, director of Recreation and Volunteer Services at Cayuga Ridge Extended Care.

Over 130 residents live at Cayuga Ridge at 1229 Trumansburg Road in Northwest Ithaca. Cayuga Ridge is starting to use the Snoezelen roomwith an initial group of about 20 residents with plans to expand the program to additional residents in the future.

Cayuga Ridge will be using the room three to four hours a week, with each sessionlasting 15 to 30 minutes.

Sometimes small groups of residents enter the room, which is about 14 feet by 24 feet. Other times, it’s just on resident. A Cayuga Ridge employee also assists the residents when they are using the room.

“Some residents benefit more one on one,” Eilers Lloyd said.

Inside the room, personnelcan play silent movies and music from “The Darkside of the Moon” to “The Wizard of Oz.”

Employees also adjust the different aromas from a diffuser. They have eight different scents, including lavender and fresh baked cookies.

“I think (the room) is great,” said Melissa DeGary, recreation leader at Cayuga Ridge. “Residents who have behavioral issues can come down here and calm down.”

Cayuga Ridge employees placed different sensory items in the snoezelen room. (Photo: Matt Steecker / Ithaca Journal)

The Snoezelen room cost Cayuga Ridge between $700 and $800 and was introduced to the facilityas a result of fundraising activities like bake sales, raffles and ice cream sundae sales on Sundays, Eilers Lloyd said. The fundraising was done in Cayuga Ridge, resulting in a majority of the moneycoming from staff and visitors, but some came from residentspurchasing baked goods and sundaes.

Cayuga Ridge employees created the room with items they bought as well as leftover items at Cayuga Ridge.

“We sold a lot of ice cream this summer. With the staff working together with a common goal and giving back, we have created something truly wonderful for residents to improve their quality of life,” Eilers Lloyd said. “Our biggest hope is that we can work with Ithaca College’s Gerontology Institute so we can connect with the community. Maybe they can find better solutions and it would be a learning experience for them.”

Much of the installation process of the involved getting boards and then attaching gadgets and items residents can use for a tactile experience. These objects included a steering wheel, an abacus, light up items, and an assortment of surfaces such as sandpaper, carpeting and rocky surfaces Eilers Lloyd bought from Lowe’s.

In addition to being used for people with dementia and the elderly, Snoezelen rooms are also used for people with behavioral issues, occupational therapy, people with learning disabilities, people with mental health issues, very young children, individuals with autism, and individuals with brain injuries, according to the Worldwide Snoezelen Foundation. Snoezelens have been set up in schools, resource centers, hospices and community centers.

Cayuga Ridge employees also placed snoezelen decorations on the floor. (Photo: Matt Steecker / Ithaca Journal)

Barbara Ganzel, director of the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute, said Snoezelen rooms were first used with children with autism.

“Their use has broadened a lot because they can help improvemood, engagement, attention, activity level and communication if used well,” Ganzel said.

Ganzel said several studies with either small or large groupshave been conducted on Snoezelen rooms. Depending on factors such as sample sizes and the time of day tests were done, some studieshad positive results, while other results were mixed.
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What is Alkaline Phosphatase?

Alkaline phosphatase is an enzyme commonly found in many human tissues, predominantly in the liver, bones, placenta, intestines and kidneys. Its function is to remove the phosphate group from proteins and other bio molecules, and is called ‘alkaline’ phosphatase as it required a basic pH for optimal activity. Its function is vital for our body’s health. There are many isoforms of this enzyme, with intestinal, placental, liver, and bone ALP being the important ones.

ALP levels are usually measured in blood, and the procedure is that of a routine blood test. No special preparation is necessary, though it is recommended to give blood after 8 10 hours of fasting, as food can cause transient increase in ALP levels. About 5 mL blood is sufficient for this test, though if multiple tests have been prescribed, the amount of blood drawn may be higher. Certain medications may interfere with test results, and hence it is recommended to inform your physician about every other medication being consumed before the test.

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Levels of ALP can increase due to both normal physiological conditions or in certain disease states.

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the situation reverses and women tend to have higher ALP levels. Apart from puberty and post menopause, pregnancy also causes high placental ALP levels in women. Higher intestinal ALP levels are known to occur in persons having blood group B and O. Use of tobacco or an increase in blood sugar causes transient increase in ALP levels.

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Even the best behaved children will throw a tantrum occasionally. Parenting and child behaviour expert Eileen Hayes shares some home truths about tantrums and the reasons behind them.

What is a tantrum?

Tantrums are emotional explosions from your child. Some result from anger and temper, where the child stamps, kicks, hits and screams, while others are distress related, where they cry, sob and throw themselves on the floor. They are usually most common in the toddler years, and become easier to handle once a child develops greater language skills.

Points to think about

Tantrums are part of normal developmental behaviour for children aged 1 3 and over. They are not “naughty” or used deliberately to wind you up.

It been estimated that tantrums occur at least once a week in 50 80% of children, and one in five two year olds have two or more tantrums a day.

A lot of behaviour we value in adults, such as having one’s own ideas and being assertive, has its roots in “difficult” toddler behaviour.

Remember! Tantrums need an audience. Children don pop into the next room to have them.

Tantrum Triggers some common causes

Frustration often due to limited language, or lacking the skills to complete tasks for example: getting stuck with a jumper half way on, or a piece of puzzle that won fit.

Being hungry or tired

Wanting things they can have whether it sweets at the checkout, one more TV programme or a friend toy.

Wanting independence Wanting to walk, not ride in the buggy, to choose their own clothes,
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or to brush their own teeth.

Over stimulation Common during exciting events like parties or Christmas.

Attention seeking If previous tantrums got lots of attention, this can become a pattern as kids grow. No matter how great a parent you are, most toddlers will have a tantrum at some stage.

My child does it deliberately when we out to embarrass me Toddlers really don think in that way! All their behaviour is an expression of their own needs and feelings, not trying to get at you, even though it can sometimes feel like that.

My child saves her tantrums for me she good as gold with her childminder Believe it or not, this is a compliment! Your child feels most emotionally secure with you, and knows you will still love her no matter how she behaves. After being on best behaviour all day at nursery, it is common to boil over with parents.

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Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said Karen Denise Lyon Hampton, 41, died March 28 as a result of head injuries suffered in the crash. Two others in the car suffered non life threatening injuries.

A North Carolina man has been arrested in connection with the wreck. March 12 to Masters Boulevard between Highway 29 South and Highway 81 South about a wreck, Lt. Sheila Cole of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office said.

Four people were in a Ford Taurus was forced off the road into a wooded area. Two people were trapped in the car and had to be extricated.

Deputies learned that the Ford had been rammed from behind multiple times and forced off the road by a red Chevrolet Monte Carlo. They also learned that the driver might have fled to North Carolina.

Working with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina, Anderson County investigators identified Self as the suspect.

He was taken arrested without incident by Lincoln County officers. The 1995 red Monte Carlo was found in Catawba County, North Carolina. The vehicle was linked to the Self.

Sheriff John Skipper said Self was fought his extradition to face a murder charge in Hampton’s death. Self will also be charged with two counts of attempted murder in connection with the injured passengers, and with murder in Kight’s death. Self has been extradited to Anderson County where he is currently in the Anderson County Detention Center without bond.

Investigators have not yet said what motivated him to ram the car.

Kight’s mother, Karen Lecroy, said answers won’t bring back her son.

“I’m angry because (Self) took the only son that me and his daddy had. No more Mother’s Days, Father’s Days, Christmas nothing. I’m never going to get to hear him say ‘Momma’ again,” Lecroy said. “(Self is) a coward to not want to come back to face what he’s done. That’s the best I can describe it. He’s a coward.”
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Q. Please tell me what paresthesia is. My doctor said I had this. I’ve been having sensations in my face. It’s like squiggly, tingling things moving over and around my eyes and along my cheek on the right side of my face. I have also felt it a little on the right side of my mouth.

I only feel it when I sit down and am still. If I am up moving I don’t notice it, especially if I am busy. I’ve had an MRI and an EEG, but everything was fine. I recently started to have some tingling in my wrists, hands and legs. Can you explain what’s happening?A. Paresthesia is the name given to the abnormal sensation of numbness, tingling or a “pins and needles” feeling. It can occur anywhere in the body and results from poor electrical conduction through the nerves.

There are many nerves in the face but, based on the location of your symptoms, the facial nerve is the one most likely involved. There’s one on each side of the face; it controls the muscles that produce facial expressions.

Damage to the facial nerve is one of the most frequent causes of paralysis. And because only one facial nerve typically is damaged, the resulting asymmetry is obvious.

There are many possible causes of damage, including infections, trauma, tumors and congenital factors. Diagnosis of facial nerve damage is fairly straightforward, because of the obvious changes in facial appearance.

But early in the process, before spasm or paralysis starts, other symptoms can occur, including numbness, a sense of fullness in the face, difficulty swallowing, dry eyes, pain around the ear and changes in taste. Minor, rapid muscle spasms often are described as flickering or “squiggly.”

Such sensations may be felt by people who are emotionally stressed and consume a lot of caffeinated drinks. People with MS are more likely to experience very small spasms, called myokymia, which often occur in the region of the facial nerve.

It’s important to distinguish the changes in facial appearance caused by facial paralysis from those that can occur in people with MS or who have suffered a stroke. The latter is crucial, because rapid treatment of a stroke can make all the difference in the outcome.

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Fortunately, more than half the people with Bell’s palsy recover completely within one or two months without treatment. Most of the rest have substantial and satisfactory improvement, and only about 10 percent have permanent symptoms.
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Dr Sabine Begall, from the University of Duisburg Essen, Germany, has mainly studied the magnetic sense of mole rats African animals that live in underground tunnels.

“We were wondering if larger animals also have this magnetic sense,” she told BBC News.

Dr Begall and colleagues first decided to study the natural behaviour of domestic cattle.

The researchers surveyed Google Earth images of 8,510 grazing and resting cattle in 308 pasture plains across the globe.

“Sometimes it took hours and hours to find some pictures with good resolution,” said Dr Begall.

The scientists were unable to distinguish between the head and rear of the cattle, but could tell that the animals tended to face either north or south.

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Dr Begall said: “In Africa and South America,
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the cattle (were) shifted slightly to a more north eastern south western direction.

“But it is known that the Earth’s magnetic field is much weaker there,” she explained.

The researchers also recorded the body positions of 2,974 wild deer in 277 locations across the Czech Republic.

Their fieldwork revealed that the majority of grazing and resting deer face northward. About one third of the deer faced southward.

“That might be some kind of anti predatory behaviour,” speculated Dr Begall.

Willy Miller a Scottish cattle farmer remarked: “I’ve never noticed that my cows all face the same way.”

Cows are social animals: “[They] all sit down before it rains [and] huddle together in a circle formation during blizzards. But from a cow’s point of view, that’s just sensible,” he told BBC News.

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The K State volleyball team takes to the road as it seeks to end a four match losing streak at the Georgia Tech Invitational beginning Thursday at O’Keefe Gym in Atlanta where it will face off with North Florida, Xavier and Georgia Tech.

K State (2 4) will meet North Florida (4 3) and Xavier (4 3) for the first time ever while the all time series with Georgia Tech (2 5) is tied, 2 2, after the Wildcats’ five set win at Bramlage Coliseum at the Wildcat Classic last season. The Wildcats match with Georgia Tech can be seen on ACC Network Extra.

K State (2 4) went 0 3 at the K State Invitational at Ahearn Field House over the weekend, dropping matches to Arkansas (2 3), Syracuse (1 3) and No. 6 Wisconsin (0 3). The Wildcats start out 0 3 at home for the first time in program history and is under .500 since beginning the season 0 2 in 2011.

Outside hitter Kylee Zumach led the Cats in kills in two of the three matches last weekend and has been the team’s leader in the category in five of six matches this season. Zumach has led K State in kills in five of six matches this season, reaching double figure kills in all five of such matches. The 6 4 outside hitter also tallied double digit digs in back to back matches while in Corvallis (Idaho, OSU), including a career high 12 against the Beavers.

This weekend will mark the first time K State will meet North Florida and Xavier while the al time series with Georgia Tech is tied, 2 2, after the Wildcats’ five set win over the Yellow Jackets in Manhattan last season.

North Florida (4 3) leads the Atlantic Sun Conference with 2.58 blocks per set with Alana Shoff leading the conference with 1.46 bps.

Xavier is 4 3 after beginning the season 3 0. The Musketeers are tops in the Big East in digs per set (18.37) and total kills (357). Xavier is paced by Kristen Massa, who leads her squad with 3.56 kps and Meredith Klare, who is the Big East leader in dps (4.89).

Georgia Tech is 2 5 to begin the season and have already faced three top 25 opponents: No. 17 Michigan State, No. 17 San Diego and No. 4 Texas. The Yellow Jackets upset the Spartans in four sets on Aug. 26. The Yellow Jackets’ leader in kps is Gabriela Stavnetchei at 3.48. As a team, Georgia Tech hits at a .165 clip.

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Sparked by two strong opening sets and three players in double figure kills, Kansas State volleyball defeated North Florida in four sets (25 18, 25 19, 21 25, 25 23) on the opening night of the Georgia Tech Invitational at O’Keefe Gym.

K State’s (3 4) Kylee Zumach (16 kills), Bryna Vogel (11) and Macy Flowers (10) spearheaded a Wildcat offense that hit above .360 in each of the match’s first two sets. Vogel, a senior opposite, added 11 digs for her second double double of the season while Flowers chipped in with five blocks, helping a K State defense that held North Florida (4 4) to a .143 efficiency on the night.

“I thought we played really well on both sides of the ball,
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” head coach Susie Fritz said. “We were looking for some kind of a differential between what we hit and what they hit. We were really pleased. We hit for a high efficiency and, maybe more importantly, we held them to 15 percent. I thought it was a good volleyball team. I thought we played very physically. We were significantly better on defense, better at the net.”

The Wildcats ended the match with season highs in total kills (60) including a season best 19 in the second set and service aces (eight) to end a four match losing streak that dated back to the opening weekend of the season.

Junior libero Reilly Killeen led the K State back row with 16 digs to help the Cats to a 57 39 dig advantage. Junior outside hitter Alyssa Schultejans contributed three blocks with middle blocker Peyton Williams and Vogel each had a pair of stuffs. UNF did not eclipse a .200 team hitting percentage in any of the match’s four sets.

“Our middles were all really good,” Fritz said. “(Elle) Sandbothe came in and played well. Flowers and Williams got the start and they both played really well. A number of positive things that tell us we are getting better.”

Sandbothe finished with three kills on four attempts with a block in three sets of action. With the score tied at 14 in the opening set, K State rattled off five straight points and forced UNF to use both of its timeouts in that span. The five point gap was enough for the Cats to close out the set 25 18. Vogel had five kills on six swings without an error in the frame as K State hit .367 (14k 3e 30ta) as a team. Flowers had three kills on as many attempts in set one.

K State never trailed in the second set and hit .368 on its way to a season high 19 kills. The Cats held North Florida to a .103 hitting efficiency behind 17 digs and a pair of blocks. Schultejans and Zumach each had five kills in the second set. In a set it largely trailed, K State managed to tie the score at 21 late in the third following back to back kills from Zumach.

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