December 10, 2020
Help protect you and your clients from the flu. Various strains of seasonal flu and Covid-19 are striking people of all ages. Don’t forget to get your flu shot.
Consider the following safety and prevention tips from the Centers for Disease Control:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
- Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. Wash with warm water, rub both front and back of hands for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, which helps spread disease.
- Practice other good health habits such as getting plenty of sleep, being physically active, managing stress, drinking plenty of fluids and eating nutritious food.
For more information, log on to the official CDC website.
December 9, 2020
The holidays represent a wonderful time for families to begin preparing for the future needs of their senior loved ones. Extended families are together, first, and it’s often during those times of family celebrations that they begin to see the needs of their senior loved ones. Following are tips to share with your clients to help them get their loved ones started planning.
1. Discuss a senior’s wishes. You’ll need to know what an older loved one wants before beginning the planning process. If families are having trouble getting the conversation started, they can go to www.4070talk.com for tips.
2. Help seniors assess their health. You can tell a lot about senior’s future needs by determining where they are today physically, emotionally, and mentally. Seek an assessment from a doctor or geriatric care manager.
3. Include siblings. To maintain family harmony, make sure that siblings and other important family members or friends are included. It will help alleviate stress for all involved.
Did you know that more than four of 10 adult children (44 percent) would like their parents to live with them if they could no longer care for themselves, but only 17 percent of seniors would opt to live with their children? That’s according to a recent online survey conducted for Home Instead Senior Care.
For more information and tips, go to www.stagesofseniorcare.com and be sure to let your clients know about this important resource as well
October 19, 2020
The beautiful colors of autumn are showcased in pumpkin centerpieces that are easy to make and a special addition to any client’s table. There are various ways to make these lovely fall decorations with the last real flowers from a summer garden, artificial flowers, or potted plants.
First, buy a pumpkin the size that best suits the table or space that you’re decorating. Wash and dry the exterior of the pumpkin, then carve a hole in the center much like you were making a jack-o-lantern. Scoop out the inside leaving the rind intact. If possible, allow the pumpkin to dry for two hours to prevent mold. You can place fresh flowers in a tumble or you can fill it with water and set that into the pumpkin. Or press a piece of floral foam into the pumpkin and arrange real or artificial flowers in the foam. If you use real flowers, you’ll want to fill the pumpkin about two-thirds full of water.
If you’d like to display a potted plant, place marbles or small pebbles in the bottom of the pumpkin. Then puncture a hole in the bottom of a plant’s foil wrapper so the water can drain onto the stones when you set the plant into the pumpkin.
October 1, 2019
Aging comes with its own set of unique mental and physical challenges. Depression is a common disease among adults over the age of 65. Although common, it is not a normal part of the aging process. Depression is a mood disorder that results from a chemical imbalance in the brain. For seniors, depression is often misdiagnosed, overlooked, or attributed to other medical conditions or medications.
These are a few risk factors that may increase depression in seniors:
- Social withdrawals and lack of supportive social circle
- Relocation from home environment
- Stressful life events such as the death of a spouse, divorce, medical event, etc.
- Drastic weight changes
- Extreme changes in sleep pattern
- Chronic pain or poor health
Here are some common signs of senior depression:
- Feelings of sadness and hopelessness that last more than two weeks
- A sense of worthlessness
- Loss of interest in things they once enjoyed
- Increase in irritability, anxiety, and restlessness
- Feeling fatigued
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
- Changes in appetite
- Substance abuse, including drinking, smoking and using more drugs than prescribed
An important point to remember is that clinical depression can be treated. If left untreated, depression in seniors will result in a poor quality of life, substance abuse, increased mortality, and possibly suicide. If you or someone in your life develops some of these signs of depression the first step is to seek medical help from a physician or mental health professional.
January 6, 2019
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.
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:
- 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.
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
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