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January 19, 2019

Signs your aging parent needs a caregiver

In most cases, an aging parent won’t be the one to reach out to their children or family members for help. Many seniors will try to continue to live their life as usual despite their hardships. Instead, their children need to be on the lookout for key events that signal their parent needs assistance.

A few signs to be aware of are:

  • Forgetfulness
  • Confusion when doing normal tasks
  • Mail, paperwork, or food that piles up
  • Unable to do basic tasks like using the bathroom
  • Not keeping up with their hygiene
  • When driving becomes difficult and you notice dents or scratches on the car
  • Mood swings and attitude changes
  • Broken appliances
  • Weight loss and/or poor diet
  • No longer interested in hobbies or socializing
  • Home and/or yard is cluttered, dirty, unorganized, and unkempt
  • Bruising they can’t explain

These are all indications that it may be time to enlist the help of an in-home caregiver to help mom or dad. It’s important to note that in most cases, your parent can still live at home and age in place. They may just need a caregiver to help with a few tasks that have become harder for them to accomplish.

Home Instead Senior Care offers personalized in-home senior care that is tailored for each individual to provide as little or as much support as they need. Our services range from personal care, companionship, 24-hour care, live-in care, Dementia, arthritis, diabetes, and other conditions care, respite care, and more. For more information, please contact us through our online form or call us at (562) 401-0010.

Signs My Aging Parent Needs Help

January 16, 2019

Best Senior Activities in Downey, CA

Staying physically active and socially engaged in your later years helps one live a longer and more well-rounded life. Unbeknownst to many, most cities have a variety of services available for the seniors in their community. The city of Downey offers a plethora of engaging recreational activities at the Barbara J. Riley Community and Senior Center.

Fitness Center

After completing a mandatory 1-hour orientation, seniors 50 years and older are welcome to use the fitness center. Seniors are able to utilize both aerobic and weight training machines. Available equipment includes treadmills, stationary bicycles, a leg press machine, step machine, and free weights. The fitness room is open Monday to Saturday. Call the center at (562) 904-7223 for the most current operating hours.

Billiards Room

The Billiards Room has three full-size billiards tables and pool sticks available for use anytime the senior center is open. During the summer, tournaments are held for beginner and advanced levels.

Cafe Quil

Cafe Quil at the Barbara J. Riley Senior Center consists of themed dinners and live entertainment held at various times during the year. Dinner tickets are $5 per senior and must be purchased in advance. The parties are from 5 PM to 7 PM. For upcoming dates and events, call 562-904-7223.

Computer Lab and Library

The computer lab is open during normal operating hours and is furnished with six computers and two printers (bring your own paper). The library has a small selection of books that include large print, Spanish, and reference.

Weekly Movie

The movie of the week is shown in the TV room at 9 AM and 1 PM on Wednesdays.

Board Games, Trivia, Cards, and Puzzles

On Thursday and Friday afternoons (call (562) 904-7223 for current times) get together to play your favorite game or put together a new puzzle. Board games like Monopoly, Scrabble, Life, and more are available. Games and puzzles such as Sudoku and Rummikub are up for grabs as well.

Chess and Checkers

If you fancy a one-on-one game of chess or checkers, drop in and play a game or two every Monday and Friday from 1 PM to 5 PM.

Please note that these services and activities are accurate at the time of writing this post but we suggest you call the Barbara J. Riley Community and Senior Center at (562) 904-7223 to confirm all dates and times. 

Best Free Senior Activities in Downey, CA

January 10, 2019

What is aging in place?

Simply put, aging in place means living and staying in your own home and community as long as you’re able to do so safely. Aging in place is becoming the ideal choice for many seniors and their families as more social, emotional, and health benefits are uncovered.

A common misunderstanding with aging in place is that the senior needs to do everything independently. Aging in place allows you to customize and incorporate the help you need in order to stay home. In most cases, additional help from a family member, friend, or hired caregiver, is a key ingredient in staying in the comfort of your own home.

A lot can be said for keeping your environment and routines consistent. Feeling comfortable in your surroundings is vital to staying healthy. Moving out of one’s home creates stress and social pressure to acclimate to a new place. Staying in your own home allows you to maintain your independence and continue your day-to-day activities. Being at home and surrounded by your own belongings, immersed in familiar sights and sounds will also help retain memory function, improve health and longevity. Living at home also helps retain social connections in your community and is one way to help avoid social isolation among the elderly.

If you or your loved one is in Downey, California and its surrounding areas and would like more information on how we can help, call us at (562) 401-0010 or click here to contact us.

What is aging in place?



January 6, 2019

Best Free Senior Services in Downey, California

There are a lot of great free and low-cost services available to seniors in their own communities that they sometimes may not be aware of. Senior residents over the age of 50 that live in the city of Downey, California can utilize these services offered at the Barbara J. Riley Community and Senior Center.

Please note that these services are accurate at the time of writing this post but we suggest you call the Barbara J. Riley Community and Senior Center at (562) 904-7223 to confirm.

Downey Senior Center

Help With Federal Services

A Caseworker from Congresswoman Lucile Roybal-Allard’s office is available every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 10 AM to 12 PM to assist with the following Federal services:

  • Immigration
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • United States Postal Service
  • Social Security
  • Veteran Affairs
  • and other Federal Issues

Medicare Assistance (65+)

On every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month assistance is available for Medicare, Medicare Part D, Medicare supplements, Prescription plans, Supplemental insurance and much more.

Income Tax Assistance

Starting February 1st through April 14th, the AARP provides tax preparation on Monday’s and Wednesday’s from 8 AM to 4 PM. Walk-in’s are welcome but appointments are recommended. To make an appointment, call  (562) 904-7223.

Legal Advice

On the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 12 PM to 2 PM, free legal advice is provided by The Law Office of Carolyn Sloan. Seniors are able to get 15 minutes of legal advice. Schedule an appointment by calling (562) 904-7223. Please note that times may be changed.

Food and Meal Services for a Small Fee

The Congregate Meal Program

During weekdays, the Congregate Meal Program serves up a hot lunch at 11:45 AM. Reservations are required a day in advance in order to accommodate participants. Meals are provided in exchange for a donation of $2.25 and $6.00 for accompanying caregivers. To make a reservation, call (562) 862-8800. Please note that meals will not be served on days that the facility is closed.

Downey Meals on Wheels, Inc.

For more information and to sign up for the program, contact Downey Meals on Wheels, Inc.:
10909 New Street
Downey, CA 90241
(562) 622 – 5636

Greg at [email protected]

Best Free Senior Services in Downey, CA

December 14, 2018

7 Caregiver Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us! This is a wonderful time to show your Caregivers a token of your appreciation with a gift. Here are seven caregiver gifts that can help you show them how thankful you are.

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