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It’s time to Reimagine Aging and the chores that keep you comfortable in your home

By Deb Taylor & Allison Bendickson Speaking of HOME, here are some fun facts that you may not know about our HOME program: Did you know? This stands for Household & Outside Maintenance for Elderly. Did you know? 1/3 people over the age of 65 fall every year Part of the reason is your physical environment - your home For a limited time, we are offering you a FREE Home Health & Safety Assessment & a Written Report. Did you know? We provide senior homemaking services - vacuuming, dusting, sweeping/mopping floors, cleaning bathrooms, ...

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Are You A Caregiver?

Are you a caregiver? Many people are in this role but have never identified with the title “Caregiver”.  Often we think of caregivers as profess ionals such as doctors, nurses, social workers or home health care workers who provide direct care to the young, sick, disabled or elderly.  Although this is one type of caregiver, it is important to recognize the there are many caregivers that attend to the personal needs of someone in their life.  You may be an adult child caring for a parent. You may be a neighbor looking out for an elderly neighbor. You may be a ...

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Don’t fall into financial crisis. Let senior partners care help.

An increasing number of Minnesota’s low to moderate income individuals are at risk of sliding down the slippery slope toward financial crisis. The problem is becoming critical for thousands of older or disabled Minnesotans whose income is between 100% and 200% of the Federal Poverty Index. These are people who are on Medicare, do not qualify for Medicaid, and are frequently unable to pay the balance of their health costs after Medicare has paid.  Fortunately, there is help for these Minnesotans, who meet eligibility requirements, with the Senior Partners Care program....

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Think Spring Housecleaning

Spring is here and the Household & Outside Maintenance for Elderly (HOME) program has been receiving requests from seniors to help complete Spring chores around the home. Many seniors have requested help with housecleaning and laundry. The work can be physically taxing for many especially when it comes to maneuvering those heavy vacuum cleaners, and changing bed linens. The other day a senior called me to say “thank you” for finding her such a lovely housekeeper. She no longer spends two days resting after vacuuming, and now can use her extra energy to do the ...

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Home Safety Checklist

Spring is here! People of all ages are getting out and enjoying the nice weather. But did you know that older adults have a higher risk of falling in the spring time, more than any other season? In the winter months many seniors stay home, drive less, and are less active.  Muscles can easily become deconditioned and weak- thus creating the higher risk for falls when spring time comes. Staying active all year long can help. Also, take a look at your home safety.  Do some spring organizing to help reduce the risk of falls in the home.   Home Safety Checklist Look at ...

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Minnesota Connect Aphasia Now (MnCAN) helps aphasia sufferers to decrease isolation and increase participation.

MnCAN is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing weekly community-based conversation groups and support for people with aphasia. Our groups focus on use of supported conversation strategies and life participation approaches. The mission of Minnesota Connect Aphasia Now (MnCAN) is to improve the quality of life for individuals living with aphasia by supporting increased: communication skills, participation in their communities, and achievement of personal and communication goals. Each MnCAN conversation group is facilitated by an experienced Speech-...

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Don’t Wait Until it’s Too Late!

Last week I had three home visits scheduled with seniors and their families to talk about resources, financial programs, and senior housing. At the last minute, all three of those appointments called me to cancel. Two were in the hospital for major health events and one was in the nursing home for rehab after a fall. All too often I see older people waiting too long before they seek help.  Many people who are aging wait until a health crisis or other emergency before they consider organizing their finances or seeking assistance with daily life. It’s only natural. But ...

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8 Helpful Budgeting Tips for the New Year

Happy New Year! The Holidays often call for spending extra money on gifts and feasts. I sure hope your wallets have recovered! Budgets are tight for many.  Why not try to make your budget look a little better this year? Here are some tips to consider: Apply for Energy Assistance.  In Hennepin County- call CAPSH (Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin) 952-930-3541, for an application.  Or find the application on line at: www.capsh.org. If your income is limited and you are over 60, you might qualify for Food Support.  Apply online at: applymn.d...

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Helpful Holiday Hints for Caregivers

Here are a few helpful hints for caregivers during this busy holiday season.  At first glance, the tips may seem simple but we often become so caught up in the busyness of life that we need a gentle reminder to get back on track. 1. Identify What Is Important to You and Your Family Set realistic expectations-Speak with your family A lot of disappointment can be averted by everyone starting on the same page.  Openly discuss time limitations and other barriers. Identify what is important to each member of the family. Pare down traditions-Change is Ok Just ...

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Key Community Partner Awards Luncheon a Success

Together, people can accomplish so much more than we can alone. This truism was again evident October 10 when 200 friends and supporters attended the Key Community Partners Award Luncheon. They came together to celebrate and support the Senior Community Services mission. “We express our heartfelt gratitude for this great community of friends. They recognize the duty we have to support the needs of the seniors in our lives,” says CEO Deb Taylor. The 2014 Key Community Partner Award recipients are: • Kathy Stein has been a dedicated volunteer for 16 years, ...

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