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Caregivers can thrive during the holidays!

By Becky Allard, LSW November is National Caregiver Month.  Senior Community Services wants to send a huge thank you to all those people out there who give their all, so their loved ones can have the best care.  Billions of hours each year, are spent by caregivers providing needed care to their loved ones. The upcoming holiday season can be a very stressful time for caregivers to balance the extra stressors of the holiday, as well as continuing to provide care to their loved one.  It can be easy to get lost in the routine and traditions that we have held dear in ...

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3rd annual reimagine aging conference recap

                  Thank you to EVERYONE who made the 3rd Annual Reimagine Aging Conference possible: Sponsors, Attendees, and Technology Companies. It was a fantastic afternoon filled with a lot of great information! If you weren't able to attend here's a little recap... Dr. Kerry Burnight kicked off the event with a dynamic keynote address discussing the impact of loneliness on each of us as we grow older Attendees visited a variety of technology vendors to learn about the innovative ...

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It’s Time to Sign up to Volunteer for Fall Raking

School is back in session. Along with yellow school busses, bright red apples, mums, and pumpkins, the leaves are beginning to turn. Fall has arrived and it’s a great time to get outside to volunteer for Fall Raking with the HOME Program! Those fall leaves look so spectacular, but they are a huge concern for many older adults. Raking is a big project for one or two people, especially if you have difficulties with mobility or vision. So, grab your friends, family, faith community, or work team! Fall raking is loads of fun and a great way to spend time together....

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The Suzanne Holmes Legacy Fund and LeagueAires

The Suzanne Holmes Hodder Legacy Fund and LeagueAires are pleased to be the lead sponsors for this year’s Reimagine Aging Conference Key Note Speaker, Dr. Kerry Burnight. The Suzanne Holmes Hodder Legacy Fund was created in loving memory of Sue Hodder by her family. Sue was an active member of LeagueAires from 1984 to 2011. Sue's family generously created the Fund to support and expand the mission of LeagueAires. A major component of this gift enables LeagueAires to produce community educational events that explore the transformative power of music. LeagueAires is ...

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5 reasons you should attend the 3rd annual reimagine aging conference

This October, Senior Community Services is holding the 3rd Annual Reimagine Aging Conference and you won't want to miss it! Here are 5 reasons you should attend! 1. Three words…Hands on demonstrations There will be 8 technology companies at this year’s conference providing hands on demonstrations to attendees. 2. Expertise Dr. Kerry Burnight . Chief Gerontologist at grandPad, will be speaking as the keynote. 3. Variety! Attendees will get the opportunity to learn about assistive technology addressing multiple issues including connectedness/commun...

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7 Health Benefits of Laughter

By Allison Bendickson, Director of Development Here at Senior Community Services, we like to keep a little bit of humor in every day. In fact, our CFO Don Waletzko has a saying, "Seven days without laughter makes one weak." And, I'm sure you've heard of the saying, "laughter is the best medicine." While both of these saying are said in jest, they may actually have some truth to them. Laughing activates the release of the neurotransmitter serotonin, the same brain chemical affected by the most common types of antidepressants. That isn't the only benefit ...

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8 Side Effects of Isolation in Older Adults

Isolation, especially in older adults, can have life threatening effects. Did you know... Older adults who face isolation are... 14% more likely to die prematurely Older adults who face isolation are... more likely to report having poor physical/mental health Older adults who face isolation are... more likely to experience a decline in mobility Older adults who face isolation are... 60% more likely to access emergency services Older adults who face isolation are... twice as likely to enter nursing home facilities Older adults who face ...

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5 Ways to Engage at Every Age

May is Older Americans month. Each year a theme for the month is chosen and this year's theme is, "Engage at Every Age." There are so many ways you can engage in different activities. Here are just a few: Get involved in your local senior center  Senior centers have such a variety of activities to engage in! They're also a great place to engage with others and meet new friends! Try something new C.S. Lewis once said, "You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream." Try that thing you've always been wanting to try or go to that place you've ...

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V.O.L.U.N.T.E.E.R. That’s how you spell volunteer

April is National Volunteer Month, so we wanted to take the opportunity to tell you what you, our volunteers, mean to us. We're going to do that in the form of an acrostic poem. V - Valuable The work you do for clients is crucial and means the world to them. The work of volunteers can mean the difference between an older adult being able to remain independent or not. The work you do as volunteers is extremely valuable! O - Outstanding! Everyday we receive letters and phone calls from clients who are so grateful for their wonderful, hard working volunteers! ...

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How to direct Thrivent Choice Dollars®

What is Thrivent Choice®? Thrivent Choice® is a program of Thrivent Financial. With Thrivent Choice®, you can recommend where some of Thrivent Financial's charitable outreach funds go. Since 2010, more than $330 million has been distributed to churches and nonprofits nationwide. What are Thrivent Choice Dollars®? Choice Dollars are the dollars made available to you from Thrivent's charitable outreach funds, based on your eligibility, to designate to the charity of your choice. How do I know if I'm eligible to direct Thrivent Choice Dollars®? Me...

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