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Losing Mom to Alzheimer’s

By Deb Taylor, CEO Sharon Taylor, my mom, was a senior finance accountant for the city of Apple Valley for 29 years.  She retired at the age of 62.  A couple years later, I began to notice that mom was forgetting things.  Then, she had trouble writing a check.  My dad, Garry Taylor, my sister, Marie Taylor and I went with mom to an appointment with a neurologist.  The doctor oversaw testing for Alzheimer’s. At our next appointment, mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the age of 64. The next thing we noticed was that mom would begin to miss ingredi...

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Engaging Conversations with those with Memory Loss

By Adele Mehta, Director of Senior Outreach & Caregiver Services Family gatherings around the holidays – or socializing with friends – can offer special challenges for those with memory loss and their caregivers.  As one family member lamented, “I want to talk with Uncle Bill, but I’m confused about what to say and concerned that I’ll embarrass him.”  One of the best ways to include everyone in the conversation is through reminiscence.  Sharing memories together of each person’s favorite trip or favorite foods can bring everyone into the conversat...

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#GivingTuesday: Hope for Mollie

On November 28th, 2017, we will be participating in #GivingTuesday in support of family caregivers. Your financial contribution towards our goal of $5,000 will make a world of difference in the lives of family caregivers this holiday season. But don't take our word for it... Meet Mollie, a family caregiver and client of the Senior Outreach & Caregiver Services program here at Senior Community Services. "I came to Senior Community Services because of all of the changes I was experiencing in my life at the time. My husband was diagnose...

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5 ways you can support family caregivers on #GivingTuesday

Support idea #1: Donate! Join us tomorrow, #GivingTuesday, to raise funds to support family caregivers. Several generous donors have pledged to kick off the 24-hour, national giving day with gifts totaling $3,300. With your gift, we can reach our goal of $5,000 to provide 60 caregivers support for 6 months. DONATE Support idea #2: RSVP! Stay up to date throughout the day tomorrow on the progress of the project by RSVPing to our Facebook event. RSVP Support idea #3: Engage! Spread the word to ...

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Thanking the Caregiver in Your Life this November

by Cameron Smith Each November, we celebrate National Caregivers Month by recognizing those people in our lives who put others’ needs ahead of their own. Caregivers provide security, medical assistance, love, and more for their patients. Whether the caregiver you know is a coworker taking care of her disabled child, a nurse that takes care of your mother, or your own personal caregiver, take the time this month to properly thank them. According to caregiver.org, on average, family caregivers spend 24.4 hours per week caring for their loved one and 1 in 4 spend ...

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#GivingTuesday FAQ’s

What is #GivingTuesday? #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Senior Community Services is using #GivingTuesday to bring awareness to and raise funds for important support services for family caregivers. Our goal is to raise $5,000. When is #GivingTuesday? #GivingTuesday is held annually the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. this year November 28, 2017. Why should I participate? We believe that any day is a great day to support the nonprofits and schools strengthening our communities, but #GivingTu...

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2018 Medicare Open Enrollment Tips

By Dawn Lund, Director of Medicare Programs These are some tips that I have learned over the past 6 years offering unbiased guidance in navigating your Medicare choices.  If you are a new Medicare beneficiary, a seasoned Medicare beneficiary, or a caregiver, these tips were written for you. Medicare Open Enrollment occurs annually and always starts on October 15 and ends at midnight on December 7th.  For most beneficiaries, this is the only time of year to make changes to the coverage they currently have.  Even if you are happy with your current coverage and ...

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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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