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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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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

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 engaged is ...

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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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