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Remembering mom and being grateful

By Deb Taylor, CEO Mom died March 14, 2017 due to complications associated with Alzheimer's.  I could not be more grateful to work for Senior Community Services while losing mom to Alzheimer's and then losing mom to death.  The outpouring of support overwhelmed me, both from the Staff and from the Board of Directors.  At the first Strategic Leadership Team meeting after mom died, these amazing leaders surprised me by setting up a team in honor of my mom for the Walk to End Alzheimer's on September 9, 2017.  The team is called Strides for Sharon.  Here is a ...

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4 Ways You Can “Age Out Loud” During Older Americans Month

By: Kathryn Kirk, Communications Intern Americans are living longer and fuller lives these days. The average male lives until the age of 76. While the average female lives until the age of 81. With the typical retirement age being 63, that gives you a lot of years to add more life to. Older Americans month helps to raise awareness of vital aging issues across the country. This year, Older Americans Month is celebrated in May.  We encourage you to join us as we give aging a new voice by Reimagineing Aging with this year’s theme, “Age Out Loud”. By taking ...

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3 Tech Tips for Healthy Seniors

Guest blog by Sarah Allen at Nucleus Life Technology continues to provide numerous solutions for caregivers and health solutions for the seniors in their care. We took a look at 3 great ways to incorporate technology into senior caregiving. Maintain Social Connections with Video Chat and Social Media Studies have shown that increasing or maintaining the ability for seniors to socialize with friends and family can have profound effect on their health and longevity. UnitedHealthcare performed a study in 2012 of a 100 centenarians (100@100) and noted that staying ...

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Dear Senior Community Services Volunteers: an open letter to our awesome volunteers

By: Don Waletzko, CFO Dear Senior Community Services Volunteers, April is National Volunteer Month, so the staff here at Senior Community Services thought it would be nice to let all of our wonderful volunteers know how much you mean to us and the impact you have every day with your service. When asked what they think of our volunteers, here is what our staff had to say: “Jackie Robinson has been quoted as saying: ‘A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.’ Mark Twain has been quoted as saying: ‘The two most important days ...

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5 Reasons You Should Volunteer Right Now

              It doesn't matter if you're 9 or 89. Anyone can volunteer. Here are just five reasons we think you should volunteer right now: Create a stronger community Volunteering helps build safer, more connected communities by increasing the social network. Have a personal sense of purpose Volunteering can help increase self esteem and keep you healthier both physically and mentally. A 2012 study in the journal Health Psychology found that participants who volunteered with some regularity lived ...

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How To Sign-Up For AmazonSmile in 5 EasySteps

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Senior Community Services every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support. 1. Sign-in to your amazon account via smile.amazon.com             ...

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10 Things You Should Know About Medicare

              Source: USNews.com Author: Emily Brandon, USNews.com Staff Writer The Medicare program was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 30, 1965. Former President Harry S. Truman and his wife were the first beneficiaries. Medicare continues to cover hospital and doctor's visits for older Americans, and now it includes many types of preventive care and prescription drugs. Here are 10 important things you should know about Medicare. What's covered. Medicare Part A covers hospital care ...

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Are you BURNT OUT or STRESSED?

              The roles and responsibilities we have in life are bound to make us feel overwhelmed at times.  Whether you are a spouse, a parent, a grandparent, a caregiver, a worker, a sibling, a friend, or a volunteer, we have all seen times of stress.  But how do you know if you are experiencing BURN OUT? Stress makes you feel like you have too much on your plate.  You may feel frustrated, irritable, and exhausted.  When you are stressed, you may have physical changes like increased blood pressure, ...

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Deb Taylor, CEO Says “Thank You” to Donors

Thank you to our insightful and understanding donors!      ~ Deb Taylor, CEO You're not the only one coping with aging and caregiving!  Our amazing donors helped to provide support to nearly 24,000 older adults and those family caregivers who cared for them in 2016!  These insightful donors understand the opportunities and challenges that go with aging and caring for our aging loved ones.   Senior Community Services' mission to develop, coordinate and provide services for older adults meet the needs of older adults and support their family caregivers is realized ...

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carenextion helps family caregivers stay connected

              By: Adele Mehta, Director of Senior Outreach & Caregiver Services November is National Caregiver Month and one of the ways that Senior Community Services honors caregivers is to help make their lives easier through our free, web-based service, CareNextion.org.  Caregivers can access a list of services by community or consult with an experienced social worker by phone, but the feature that caregivers here and throughout the country are finding most helpful is the site’s care team tool. ...

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