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4 ways to be proactive about fall prevention

By Jon Burkhow, Director of HOME Did you know that according to the National Council on Aging one-third of Americans aged 65+ falls each year? What can you do to help prevent a fall? With the annual fall prevention awareness day just around the corner on September 22nd, now is the time to take some simple steps to reduce your risk of falls. 1. Find a good balance and exercise program. Many local community centers offer classes especially for older adults. Also consider a Matter of Balance class in your area. See the link http://mnhealthyaging.org/en/FallsPrevention...

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Lifelong Learning

By Sarah Mastchi, Communications Intern What is one thing that you wish you had tried or done when you were younger? Do you wish you had taken piano lessons, learned how to speak another language, or spent more time giving back to your community? Well, who says you can’t try any of the things you wish you had done when you were younger right now? Many older adults fear that they would be unable to succeed in something new, so they don’t even try it at all. However, more and more opportunities are becoming available for older adults to be lifelong learner...

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Why Ageism Is Not Like Other “Isms”

By Sarah Matschi, Communications Intern Ageism, prejudice against age, has started to become the new hot ‘ism’ that people are talking about. Common headlines include “We Need to Combat Ageism Just Like We Do Sexism” (Huffington Post) “Ageism in the workplace ‘just as bad as racism’” (The Times UK) “Ageism ‘bigger problem than racism or sexism’” (The Independent UK) All these titles compare ageism to the well known social justice struggles of racism and sexism. However, there is one key difference being overlooked. Unlike ...

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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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