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by Dr. Shakir • Keep your mind active: Completing
The COVID-19 pandemic puzzles (e.g., jigsaw, crosswords, Sudoku),
has had a great impact on reading, and engaging in art projects helps
everyone, especially “at-risk” to keep the mind occupied and can improve
groups, such as older adults. cognitive functioning.
Not only are they at higher • Use calming techniques: Such as deep
risk of contracting the breathing, stretching and meditation, prayer,
disease, but they are also taking a warm bath, or sitting with a pet.
the most likely to struggle, and suffer from, • Find ways to laugh: Watch a TV show, or chat
the consequences of prevention strategies with a friend or family member who brings joy.
like social distancing. Sheltering in place
orders and public health mandates have During this time of social distancing, be sure
greatly limited the degree to which older to keep a close eye on your aging loved one
adults can interact with their family or friends for the following warning signs, which could
and reduced their involvement in activities indicate a mental health concern:
within the community. These restrictions
can lead to feelings of stress, sadness, and • Changes in appearance or dress, or problems
loneliness. For people with dementia, maintaining the home or yard
Alzheimer’s disease, or severely reduced • Confusion, disorientation, problems with
mobility, social distancing guidelines can be concentration or decision-making
impractical and nearly impossible to follow, • Decrease or increase in appetite; changes in weight
making prevention and treatment even more • Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening or
complicated. oversleeping
• Feelings of worthlessness, inappropriate guilt,
Mental engagement is more important than helplessness; thoughts of suicide
ever. Consider these options: • Irritability, restlessness, or having trouble sitting still
• Memory loss, especially recent or short-term memory
• Develop a plan to connect with family, • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
friends or loved ones: Talk to family and • Physical problems that can’t otherwise be explained:
friends to develop a plan to safely stay in touch aches, pains, constipation, etc.
during social distancing. This is especially • Social withdrawal; loss of interest in things that used
important for people living alone. to be enjoyable
• Limit news consumption: Take breaks from • Trouble handling finances or working with numbers
watching, reading, or listening to news stories, • Moving or talking more slowly
including social media. Hearing about the • Unexplained fatigue, energy loss or sleep changes
pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
• Care for living things: Caring for pets If you or your loved one is experiencing any
or plants provides a sense of purpose and of the symptoms above, don’t hesitate to
improved health. seek help. Chicago Behavioral Hospital
• Take care of your body: Physical activity specializes in the treatment of senior mental
such as walking or light stretching helps calm health. No cost assessments are offered
tension; eat healthy, well-balanced meals, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A licensed
and avoid alcohol and drug abuse. It is also mental health professional will recommend
important to get adequate sleep. the right treatment, whether it’s an inpatient
• Listen to music, find activities that bring stay or outpatient program. Chicago
joy: Beyond the music and activities available in Behavioral Hospital is passionate about
the common living area shared by residents there senior mental health and can provide the
are music events and activities online, such as free tools necessary for you or your loved one to
livestreamed concerts. National Public Radio is get through this uncertain and difficult time.
maintaining a list of Live Virtual Concerts.
Call this number today for more information:
24 844-756-8600.


Grilled Flank Steak & GrilledFruit Skewers

Any summer day is the perfect day to fire up Keep the grill hot for making Grilled Grape,
the grill. Simple or elaborate, gas or charcoal Strawberry and Mango Skewers with Honey-
grill can impart flavors and textures that Orange Glaze for dessert. Grilling caramelizes the
make home-cooked meals extra special. natural sugars in fruit to concentrate the natural
Enjoy outdoor recreation time when Steak sweetness and intensify fruit flavors. Serve warm
with Grapes and Stilton (English Cheese) is right off the grill or prepare ahead of time for a
on the menu. Ready in under 15 minutes, delicious, guilt-free treat.
this easy entree pairs grilled flank steak with Cool, refreshing grapes are an easy anytime
greens, Stilton cheese, grapes and a light snack, so be sure to include California grapes on
vinaigrette dressing. This tasty summer salad, every summertime grocery list to have handy
this will please diners of all ages. for snacking and light summer recipes. Store
unwashed in the refrigerator for up to two weeks,
GSGSttrreiaillatploekendwsCFailthnahednekse rinse immediately before eating or cooking, and
Serves 6 For more great grilling ideas download the
Ingredients: e-cookbook “Get Grilling with Grapes!” from
1 flank steak (2 pounds)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper Grilled Grape,
1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar Strawberry and
1 tablespoon chopped shallot Mango Skewers with
1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard Honey-Orange Glaze
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 bunches watercress, trimmed (8 cups) Serves 4
1/2 cup crumbled Stilton or blue cheese
2 cups red California grapes, halved Ingredients:
Preheat a grill to high and oil the grates. 8 bamboo skewers, soaked in water
Sprinkle the steak with salt and pepper. 1 cup green California grapes
In a small blender or food processor, combine 1 cup red or black California grapes
the vinegar, shallot, mustard and olive oil. 1 mango, cut into chunks
Season with salt and pepper and puree until 12 strawberries, cut in half
smooth. Grill the steak until it reaches 130 1/2 cup honey
F for medium-rare, about 6-7 minutes per 1 tablespoon orange zest
side. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest 5 1/4 cup orange juice
minutes. 1/4 teaspoon salt
In a large bowl, combine the watercress, salt 1 tablespoon fresh chopped mint
and pepper and enough dressing to coat.
Thinly slice the steak across the grain and Directions:
transfer to a platter. Top with the watercress,
Stilton and grapes and serve with additional Prepare grill or broiler. Skewer fruit, alternating
dressing. grapes with mango and strawberries. Prepare
Nutritional information per serving: Calories 376; glaze by mixing honey, orange zest, orange juice
Protein 29 g; Carbohydrate 10 g; Fat 24 g (57% and salt. Both fruit skewers and glaze should be
Calories from Fat); Sat Fat 8.5 g (20% Calories from at room temperature before grilling. Grill skewers
Saturated Fat); Cholesterol 73 mg; Sodium 299 mg; over hot coals until lightly browned on each side,
Fiber .8 g. about 2-4 minutes per side. Brush fruit with glaze
and sprinkle with mint. Serve warm.

Nutritional information per serving: Calories 275; Protein
2 g; Carbohydrate 72 g; Fat 1 g (3% Calories from Fat); Sat
Fat 0 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 151 mg; Fiber 4 g.

#BrandPoint 27

by Paul Dabbar

Recently the Department of Energy (DOE) Quantum sensor networks could be equally
announced America’s Blueprint for the transformative, with applications ranging from
Quantum Internet. When developed with DOE’s increasing our understanding of dark matter
National Labs and private sector partners, the to improving the resolution of extra-solar
Quantum Internet will offer a world of new planets to making better predictions of volcanic
possibilities and opportunities. eruptions. 
In February, I wrote in The Hill that under Eventually, we will connect all 17 DOE National
President Donald Trump’s leadership and Labs as the backbone of the Quantum Internet.
spearheaded by DOE’s national labs, we We’ll also add in universities and private sector
are one step closer to a completely secure partners, working with a broad community of
internet. The Quantum Internet will one day individuals and institutions with diverse and
connect computers that can solve challenges complementary skill sets. Together, we’ll create
of incredible complexity, enabling a faster something truly groundbreaking that will
flow of information and opening up entirely transform our lives.
new areas of scientific research and economic This effort will require the cooperation of all
development. Americans, and the Trump Administration is
We now have the Blueprint to make this fostering an environment of bipartisanship in
Quantum Internet a reality, and I am elated to our Quantum Internet mission. The  National
share our plan with you all today. Quantum Initiative Act,   signed into law by
The Blueprint lays out four priority research President Trump in December 2018, commits
opportunities to make this happen: the United States to maintaining and expanding
Provide the foundational building blocks its leadership in Quantum information science
for Quantum Internet, Integrate Quantum (QIS), as well as developing new Quantum
networking devices, Create repeating, switching, capabilities.
and routing technologies for Quantum Ultimately, America’s private sector will unleash
entanglement and Enable error correction of the full potential of the Quantum Internet.
Quantum networking functions. Just as the American people did with today’s
As part of DOE’s effort, Argonne and Fermi internet, through private sector investment and
National Labs will continue to play a critical part innovation came an entirely new economy. The
in our effort to develop this Quantum Internet Quantum Internet presents a next-generation
and realize its many benefits. public square for discussions and, once made
These experts are already making extraordinary widely available, can metamorphosize our
achievements. For example, in February, the entire way of life.
Chicago Quantum Exchange, anchored by Human beings were born to create. The
the University of Chicago and Argonne and Quantum Internet will allow Americans to take
Fermilab, launched a 52-mile testbed for their imagination and vision to unprecedented
Quantum communications amongst several levels of creation that will expand human
other universities, which will allow scientists freedom, advance our national security, and
and engineers to address the challenges of increase economic prosperity. We could not
operating a Quantum network under real-world be more excited to see what’s in store for the
conditions. American people via the Quantum Internet.
Of course, the research benefits from “Quantum Paul Dabbar is the Under Secretary for Science,
sensors” will also be transformative for our serving as the Energy Department’s principal
entire way of life. advisor on fundamental energy research, energy
technologies, and science.

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