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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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Is the Word “Senior” a Bad Word?

By: Deb Taylor, CEO   Many people think of being a senior as a negative thing. Have you ever thought about...   When you are a senior in high school, you are at the top. When you are a senior in college, you are at the top. When you are a senior VP at work, you are at the top. When you are a senior official, you are at the top. When you are a senior in life, you are at the top. The best is yet to come! It is time to Reimagine Aging!

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How to be a good visitor to a loved one staying in a skilled nursing facility

By: Krystal Wiebusch, LSW As we get older, our friends, neighbors, and family members may need to stay in a Skilled Nursing Facility. Most commonly, these stays are for Short Term Rehab, to gain strength after a surgery or illness before going back home. Here are some tips from “Caregiver.com” on how to be a good visitor. Have patience with the staff.  The nursing and care staff have many patients to care for and emergencies do arise.  If there is something simple you can do to help the patient while you are visiting, go ahead if you feel comfortable. Get to ...

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It’s Time for a Laugh!

By: Krystal Wiebusch, LSW When I have a bad day, I like to read funny things to get my mind relaxed, so I wanted to share this funny article with you. If you are ever having a bad day, look for something to make you laugh too! There was a first grade teacher (6 year olds) who collected a bunch of well-known proverbs.  She gave each student the first half of the proverb, and asked them to come up with the rest.  Their responses were hilarious! A penny saved is………… not much. Two’s company, three’s ……….. The Musketeers. Better safe than…...

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Detecting the Signs of Alzheimers Disease Early

By: Krystal Wiebusch, LSW The older we get, the greater chance we have of being diagnosed with Alzheimers disease or a related dementia. The Alzheimers Association of MN/North Dakota is working to promote early detection and possible treatments for this disease. Dementia is the “umbrella” term often used, and there are several types of dementia. Alzheimers is the most common.  Other forms of dementia can come from AIDS, Parkinsons, or strokes (vascular dementia). Short term memory loss is the most commonly recognized symptom, but there are other brain ...

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