Top 5 Things We’re Grateful for in 2021
- Do we really need to say it? Number 1 is Vaccines. With most states prioritizing healthcare workers and long-term care residents to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, our member communities are starting, just barely, to breathe again.
- Our Members. You’re why we do what we do, why we’re here. Your strength & resilience have amazed us this past year, and we can’t wait to support you in bigger and better ways in 2021.
- Each Other. The Incite team grew from 4 to 7 in 2020, and through all the Year 1 challenges we bolstered and cheered each other on. Q1 2021 sees us growing faster than ever, bringing in more new ‘Citers to serve our membership base. To hear more about our unusual first year, read Managing Director Michael Dragone’s New Year’s Day essay
- Our Supporters. Too numerous to name individually, we’re so grateful for those people who supported Incite from early days, and those who’ve added their voices over this past year.
- Our Future Membership. We know you’re out there, and we have a place for you at the table. Reach out to us today to learn how Incite may save you money on the products your communities use every day.
January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma can slip under the radar, causing permanent losses of vision. More prevalent in African Americans and people of Latinx descent, this eye disease can afflict anyone, and the likelihood goes up as we age. Genetics play a big role, so talking amongst families is critical to helping identify risk level. Seniors benefit from regular eye exams to check for glaucoma and other eye diseases or vision changes. There is hope for those diagnosed with glaucoma, from medications to surgical options, even apps and AI that can provide help for the visually impaired. Prevention starts with awareness; take time this month to speak with residents about eye health and family history of eye disease.
Recipe Quick Bite
Eye diseases can’t always be prevented, but diet patterns rich in certain nutrients may help decrease your risk of developing glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. One important nutrient for eye health is Vitamin A. This easy recipe contains sources of both pre-formed Vitamin A from eggs, as well as pro-Vitamin A, or beta-carotene, from hearty winter greens. (Your body turns beta-carotene into the fully functional form of Vitamin A.) Change up the type of greens you use to find your favorite combo and throw in some cheese for umami creaminess and satisfaction.
An Eye-Catching Frittata with Wispy Winter Greens – Serves 4-6, and keeps well as leftovers
2 tsp olive or canola oil
1 small white or yellow onion diced small
½ red bell pepper diced small
1 clove garlic minced
1 bunch Lacinato kale (washed well to remove grit), stemmed and sliced into thin ¼” ribbons (you could also use other flavorful greens here such as chard, mustard, turnip, or dandelion greens)
5 oz. fresh baby spinach
8 fresh eggs
½ cup milk
3-4 oz. feta or goat cheese, optional (but encouraged for creaminess!)
Preheat your oven to 350F. Heat an 8-10” ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Beat the eggs with the milk until fully incorporated and set aside. Sauté the onion in the oil for a few minutes until translucent. Add the red bell pepper and garlic and stir for about 30 seconds, until the garlic is fragrant. Add the kale and sauté until tender. (you could blanche the kale ahead of time to speed up this step, if you like.). Add the spinach and stir, sautéing until wilted- this only takes a few minutes. Pour the egg mixture over the veggies and stir gently to distribute the vegetables. Drop in small pieces of cheese, if using. Allow the skillet to sit and cook for several minutes, then transfer to the oven. Check the frittata every 5 minutes- it’s done when the middle no longer jiggles and the top is golden. Cut into 6 or 8 pieces. Store leftovers in the fridge and reheat in the microwave before serving.
Team Member Highlite
Cole Mack, LNHA is our newest team member! He joins us as Director of Business Development, West after many years in senior living operations and long-term care pharmacy services. Here are 3 tidbits about Cole that you won’t find in his bio:
- Family is a focal point in Cole’s life: He loves spending time with his wife and “curious 9-month-old son”
- Golfing with his dad and brother means staying connected to his roots
- Cole loves to travel, and seeks out the best water- and snow skiing spots along the way