& Rehabilitation Center
December 2012 100 West Campus Drive • Crane, TX 79731 • (432) 558-3400
A Figure of Speech
Phrase: Square meal
Meaning: A nourishing meal
Origin: Although some reports
say the phrase came from the
practice of sailors eating off
square, wooden plates, it is more
likely the use of “square” refers to
proper or straightforward. So a
square meal is simply a good, The Long and Short of It
Crane Nursing & satisfying meal. December is the month with
No More Static the shortest daylight hours of the
Clint Slayton Administrator
Rub a dryer sheet over your year in the Northern Hemisphere
Christy Moore, RN DON
clothes to stop static cling. and the longest daylight hours of
Michelle Trice, LVN ADON
the year in the Southern
Charles Shoemaker, PT Rehab. Stay Social Hemisphere.
Rosemary Cruz Activities A study from Harvard reported
Cheryl Fowler Med. Records that older people with the highest Not Just for Pie
Stephany Brents Dietary level of social integration had the Pecans provide more than
Amy Contreras Housekeeping slowest rate of memory decline 19 vitamins and minerals,
Jeff Goad Maintenance over a six-year period. Experts including vitamins A, B and E, folic
Paula Valdez Transport think the shared interaction with acid and potassium. A long shelf
Rosa Pando Business Office community may play a role. Stay life makes storing pecans a
Ashley Toothman Human Res. connected with peers to not only breeze: The shelled nuts stay fresh
Betty Cruz, LVN Medicare enjoy the friendship, but also in airtight containers in the fridge
Lynett Sousa Social Worker retain brain power. for up to nine months and in the
Carissa Sweeden Admissions freezer for two years.
Happy Holidays Say What?
Facility Tours Friends and family often gather halcyon \ HAL-see-un \ adj.
Facility tours are available for celebrations during the 1. calm, peaceful
seven days a week at your holiday season. Relax, have fun 2. happy, golden
convenience. Please feel free to and enjoy your time together! 3. prosperous, affluent
contact us at (432) 558-3400, or if Example sentence: Mother
‘Sew’ Is One
an after-hour tour is needed, spoke nostalgically of the
How many words can you
please call Carissa at halcyon days of her childhood.
come up with using the letters
(432) 770-3956. in “snowflakes”?
Reminiscing Is Good for You
Memory loss is a challenge many
seniors face, affecting not only their
physical and mental well-being, but
also their relationships with loved ones.
Fortunately, the common exercise of
reminiscing boasts a variety of benefits is strengthened, increasing the level of
Talk About It for memory loss sufferers and trust and companionship.
caregivers alike. Some studies have shown that
There is a strong connection reminiscing has positive physical
’Tis the Season between our past experiences and our effects as well, reducing blood
to Remember present selves. Encouraging discussion pressure, stress and depression.
The holiday season about early, personal events can Perhaps one of its strongest benefits is
is a time not only to reassure seniors of their purpose as well how actively sharing stories and
enjoy family and as boost their confidence and memories strengthens current brain
friends, but also to self-esteem. Reminiscing with friends and memory function, giving seniors a
recall great memories and family increases social skills and powerful tool in the fight against
of past gatherings. contributes to positive conflict memory loss.
Share your favorite resolution and problem-solving.
holiday memories Reminiscing with loved ones is
with your friends. valuable to the listener, too. By talking
How were your about previous experiences and
get-togethers similar feelings with each other, the bond
or different? between caregiver and care receiver
Many families have
traditions they repeat
every year. What
traditions do you
1930s, it was sweeping the nation.
remember from your
There are several theories regarding
how the name “beano” turned
about as a parent?
What was your
Bingo is played in almost all
50 states. The size of the game varies
Food is a big part
widely. Some small community venues
of many holiday
events. What types of The Birth of Bingo have about a hundred players. Large
The roots of modern-day bingo bingo halls can seat more than 1,000.
meals did you
stretch back to the 1500s, with a lotto In addition to straight-line bingo and
prepare or eat during
game in Italy. The bingo we play today cover all (or blackout), other bingo
the holidays? What
was popularized in the early 1900s, and patterns include X, picture frame and
was your favorite
December is the month designated to checkmark.
dish? What was your
celebrate the birth of modern bingo. Here is some more bingo trivia:
A toy salesman from New York, • Bing Crosby’s nickname as a child
People often travel
Edwin Lowe, was on a business trip in was Bingo.
during the holiday
Georgia in December 1929 when he • Purple is the most popular color
season. Did you
stumbled across a carnival where folks for bingo ink daubers.
celebrate holidays at
were playing “beano” with dried • Playing bingo can improve
your own home or
beans for tokens. He began playing concentration, memory and
the game with friends, and, by the observation skills.
Grandkids and Gifts: A Guide
With so many options for kids’ toys on
the market these days, it can be
overwhelming to find the perfect gift for
your beloved grandchild. A good
starting point is to consider where your
grandchild is developmentally and
choose gifts that are age-appropriate, Remember Me?
yet still provide opportunities to discover
Once hailed as the
Try these ideas and tips to help you
toast of Broadway,
choose a great gift:
actress Billie Burke had
Traditional toys. Go the classic route
a successful career on
with trains, cars, dolls and
stage and screen.
An Unforgettable Film construction-themed items such as
Here are some
Considered by many to be the blocks. These toys encourage
highlights of her life:
greatest film of all time, “Gone With imagination while appealing to different
Burke’s father was
the Wind” premiered in Atlanta on ages and genders.
a circus clown, and
Dec. 15, 1939. The film version of Books and beyond. Books are
the family traveled
Margaret Mitchell’s epic southern another timeless gift with flexible options
throughout the United
novel was such a celebrated event for children of all ages. Pick a genre
States and Europe.
that Georgia’s governor at the time, that matches your grandchild’s
She made her
Eurith Rivers, declared the day a interests, such as fantasy, science fiction
stage debut at age
state holiday. or mystery. For a modern twist, try
18 in London.
Three days of special events and “interactive” journal-type books that
Burke was married
festivities led up to the opening. An encourage kids to draw, place stickers,
to entertainment titan
estimated 300,000 people lined or cut and paste objects directly on
Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.
Atlanta streets to see the stars make the pages.
from 1914 until his
their way to Loew’s Grand Theater. Electronic options. If you’re
death in 1932.
Crowd favorites were Clark Gable purchasing a video game, check with
Burke is best known
(Rhett Butler) and his wife, Carole your grandchild’s parents to confirm
for her charming
Lombard; Vivien Leigh (Scarlett which type of gaming system they
portrayal of Glinda
O’Hara) and Laurence Olivier; and have. Store associates can help you
the Good Witch of the
the book’s author, Mitchell, an find age-appropriate games for
North in 1939’s “The
Atlanta native. that system.
Wizard of Oz.” Her
The almost four-hour movie was a Family fun. Board games offer flexible
box office hit, becoming the rules to accommodate different ages,
was a guiding light for
highest-grossing film ever, a record it and family game nights create fond
the lost Dorothy.
held until 1966. memories for everyone involved. Many
“Gone With the Wind” was modern and classic games incorporate
enjoyed success in
nominated for 13 Academy Awards wordplay or strategy, helping kids learn
films, she always
and won eight, including Best and build skills as they’re having fun.
preferred the theater,
Picture. The film continues to rank
high on various “best film” lists both in
in her early career,
the United States and abroad.
the theater allowed
In 1989, the Library of Congress
her speaking roles at
selected “Gone With the Wind” for
a time when movies
preservation in the United States
National Film Registry.
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1869: Chewing gum is patented by 1955: Rosa Parks refuses to give
William F. Semple. up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala.,
bus. She is arrested, and the case
1895: At the Grand Café in Paris, the eventually goes to the Supreme Court
first commercial movie is screened, of the United States.
DECEMBER depicting scenes from everyday
French life. 1967: Lewis Washkansky becomes
1512: The ceiling of the Sistine
the first recipient of a human heart
Chapel, painted by Michelangelo, is 1900: The quantum theory of physics via transplant in South Africa.
shown to the public for the first time. is born with a study by German
physicist Max Planck. 2003: “The Return of the King,” the
1620: The British ship Mayflower
third and final installment of the hit
lands at Plymouth Harbor, ushering 1901: The first Nobel Prizes are film trilogy “The Lord of the Rings,”
in a new chapter in the history of awarded in the areas of physics, is released.
the Americas. chemistry, medicine, literature and
peace. The ceremony occurs in 2008: Conman Bernie Madoff
1773: Protesting the Tea Act of 1773,
Stockholm, Sweden. is arrested for illegal schemes to
several colonists participate in the
Boston Tea Party, dumping hundreds 1924: Edwin Hubble declares the
of chests of tea into Boston Harbor. existence of other galactic systems. 2010: After 25 years on the air, the
The Hubble telescope is later named iconic CNN program “Larry King
1791: The Bill of Rights is ratified and
after this astronomer. Live” ends.
becomes law, outlining fundamental
rights given to citizens.