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For more informa- tion, call Dale at (320) 562-2592, or check out our website at <www. stcloudsingles, net>. Thursday, June 10, 2010 Tri-County News Kimbl, MN N!iNN!!iiiiiiNN!!Niiiiiiiiii Petals and Palets Garden tour July 10 The Annandale Petals and Palets Garden tour and luncheon will be held July 10. Come tour five beautiful gar- dens and then have lunch at Fairhaven Farms catered by Cot- tage Gourmets. Tickets available at the Snooty Fox in Annandale. Alzheimer disease caregiver ByDaniel]. Vance thing the same. If I took mydad to the doctor, he would be a mess for two days because I had broken his routine. Even taking them on a trip to the grocery store is a lot to them." Because he and his father worked side-by-side and co-owned a bookstore, LeBlanc was able to directly observe how Alzheimer's disease was affecting him. LeB- lanc read everything he could "get his hands on" about Alzheimer disease, and soon discovered alack of information directed toward caregivers. So LeBlanc authored a book just for caregivers. It's called "Staying'Afloat in a Sea of Forget- fulness." Besides the new book, he also writes a column for Hernando Today about being an Alzheimer's caregiver. In certain respects, he has become a local "Dear Abby," he said. Some people call and e-mail him regularly for advice and infor- Gary Joseph LeBlanc reads this column in the Hernando (Fla.) Today newspaper. For eight years, he was the primary caregiver for his father, who died a year ago at age 85, of Alzheimer disease. The Alzheimer Association website says this progressive, gradual onset, fatal brain disease affects perhaps five million Amer- icans. It causes memory, think- ing, and behavior challenges, and is our nation's sixth-leading cause of death." Said LeBlanq in a telephone interview: "From my perspective, one thing I learned more than any- thing else in caring for my father (with Alzheimer's disease) was the importance of routine. Having a routine is the best thing you can do for them. By it, I mean keep- ing breakfast and dinner the same time each day, and giving medica- tion at the same time. Keep every- Watch out for ticks ByJanelle Kuechle, or face. If you are in areas common to harboring ticks, be mindful to inspect yourself and children as well as any pets that are with you. Inspect all clothing, shoes and hair for ticks, particularly before enter- ing the home. It is recommended to do a complete body check fol- lowed by a shower and vigorous towel dry. Make sure children are examined thoroughly, especially in their hair. Check with your vet- erinarian about prevention and treatment of ticks on pets. Blacklegged ticks are pests to be on alert for because of their ability to vector diseases such as Lyme disease, Human anaplas- mosis, formerly called granulo- cytic ehrlichiosis (HGE), babesio- sis, and Powassan virus, the most common of these being Lyme dis- ease. In order for a tick to pass Lyme's disease to you, it must first be a carrier of the disease, and the tick must be biting for at least 24-48 hours. Another disease to be watchful for is Human anaplas- mosis. In order for a tick to trans- mit the disease, it must be biting for 12-24 hours. Most people, up to three-quar- ters of those affected with Lyme disease, experience a circular red rash. This rash is a bright red circle with a clear center, which is often hot to the touch; this can be for up to 30 days after the tick encounter. Other symptoms include: fever, chills, headache, nausea, muscle and joint pain and fatigue. These symptoms can progress into addi- tional rashes, fever, arthritis, mus- cle pains, stiff neck and persistent fatigue and continue on to swell- ing joints, like knees, continued fatigue and nervous system prob- lems. See a doctor immediately if O of M Extension Tick season has arrived! Ticks can be found lurking in hardwood forests as well as in tall grasses. Now that the wether is warming up, it is important to keep a watch- ful eye out for ticks. The two most common ticks in central Minne- sota are the Blacklegged tick (for- merly known as the deer tick) and American Dog tick (also known as the wood tick). Because they are usually not found in short grasses, encountering them in the home lawn is unlikely. But, it is impor- tant to keep grasses at bay, keep- ing them mowed short around the homes and in areas where people commonly walk. Prevention is the best method to avoid ticks. Take precaution- ary measures when you are in tick prone areas. Stay on trails and out of tall grasses. Wear pro- tective clothing including long sleeve shirts and long pants, tuck- ing pants in socks as an additional safeguard. There are products available such as DEET that can be applied to clothes or skin, as well as per- methrin that can be applied to clothes, that can help to safe- guard against ticks. Peramone (Permethrin) kills ticks as well as repels them, but should only be applied to clothes. It is effective for several wearings and will be effec- tive if clothing is washed. When using these products, always read the directions and precautions carefully. Be espe- cially cautious about the use of insect repellants on children. Be sure to use formulation's designed for children and avoid applying these products to a child's hands Zoomobile to visit Annandale The Minnesota Zoomobile will visit the Great River Regional Library Annandale branch at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 16. Nat- uralists from the Minnesota Zoo will provide an educational and entertaining environmental expe- rience using live animals and bio- logical artifacts in a presentation designed for children ages 3-12. This programming is funded in part with money from Minnesota's Arts a.nd Cultural Heritage fund. mation. "For example," he said, "a lot of people ask me if they should go on vacation and travel with their par- ent. I say don't do it. Ifa parent can get lost in their own home, why would you want to put them on a cruise ship for four or five days?" That said, even though com- mon themes exist in most care- giving situations involving peo- ple with Alzheimer's disease, he said caregiving for it is far from an exact science. Every affected per- son responds differently. As for his book, LeBlanc said, "I've tried keeping it light-hearted as possible. It's not a biography. I lon't even mention my dad's name. It's written from one care- giver to another, and has sugges- tions on what to do and try." Contact <danieljvance.com>. [Palmer Bus Service and Blue Val- ley Sod made this column possi- ble.] you believe you have been bitten by a tick carrying Lyme disease. If a tick is found attached to the skin, carefully remove it with tweezers by grasping it around the head as close to the skin as possi- ble and gently, but firmly, pulling it out. To avoid contact with bac- teria, do not squeeze ticks. Other methods of removing ticks such as covering a tick with petroleum jelly or alcohol or burning a tick with a lighted match could induce a tick to voluntarily pull its mouth- parts out of skin, and do more harm than good. Always treat the wound with a good germicidal agent such as iodine. It is impor- tant to remove an attached tick as soon as possible, because the lon- ger it is attached, the better chance it has to transmit Lyme disease, jf it is a'earrier. Not all people bit- ten by a deer tick will get Lyme disease because not all deer ticks carry the bacteria and those'that are infected must be attached for at least 24 hours before they can transmit the bacteria. Blacklegged ticks that are not attached cannot transmit Lyme disease. It is important to be aware that ]une is the high-risk month for contacting Lyme's disease. Be cautious and aware of situations where ticks may be lurking. Amer- ican dog ticks (wood ticks) and other ticks can be confused with blacklegged ticks. If you have any doubt about the identification of a tick that you find attached to your body, have it identified by an expert. For addkional information as well as photos, visit <http://z.umn. edu/ticks\>.