Senior Health Information
Senior Health Information, Sun City Civic Association
Many times the Sun City Civic Association offers activities that offer free health screening events. You can gather important senior health information, meet health service providers and participate in FREE health screenings, at the Sun City Civic Association. They have regular scheduled calendar events promoted. Be sure to visit their offices located at the address below. You can pick up a calendar of events.
The address is Sun City Civic Association – North Town Hall, 26850 Sun City Boulevard, Sun City, CA – Only one and half miles from our home Dolls Haven.
Activities for Seniors in Menifee CA
Check out activities for seniors at the Kay Ceniceros Senior Center located in Menifee, CA, they have several activities available.
Here are a few suggestions from the Senior Center: Basic Exercise, Belly Dancing, Body Sculpturing, Chair Valleyball, Chair Yoga, Geri-Fit Class, Pain Release Boot Camp, Personal Trainer Program, Pilates, Release Workout, Soul Line Dancing and Zumba Clases,
For Enrichment Classes they offer: Bereavement Groups, Cards, Care Pathways, Chess, Computer Classes, Lunches, Mah Jongg, Texas Hold’em, Quilting, Wii game Days, Craft Classes, Friendship Unlimited Groups, Movie Days, and much more.
Some of these activities do have a small fee ranging from $1.00 to $5.00. We recommend that you Contact the Kay Ceniceros Senior Center at 951-672-9673 or visit them at 29995 Evans Road, Menifee, CA 92586. Our Home is only a 2 miles distance to this wonderful Senior Center.
Tips for Elders and Fall Prevention.
Be sure to checked assisted living home for safety features and fall prevention ideas. Fortunately our home is a single story, so falling down the stairs is not a possibility. But we feel that its a good idea to cover all the types of reasons that could cause a elderly person to fall. We have consulted with the NCOA National Council on Aging and they bring attention to the following reasons and how to avoid falling for elders.
Did you know that one in three older American falls every year? Falls can result in hip fractures, broken bones, and head injuries. There are great tips on how to reduce the risk of falling for the elders. Here are some common factors that can lead to a fall:
Balance and gate: As we age, we lose some coordination, balance and flexibility, mostly due to lack of inactivity. This may make it easier to fall.
Vision: For the aging person, less light reaches the retina and making contrasting edges, tripping hazards, and objects harder to see.
Medication: Some prescriptions and over the counter medication can cause dizziness, dehydration or interactions with each other that can lead to a fall.
Environment: Most seniors have lived in their homes for a long time and just don’t keep it as safe as it should be as they aged.
Chronic conditions: Some of the illnesses like, diabetes, stroke, or arthritis is often the reason they have fallen. Many times their illness has given them a loss of function, inactivity, depression, pain and the use of multiple medications may cause them to fall.
Steps to Help Reduce Falls
- Enlist your senior to let you know if they are concerned about falling. Maybe they can alert you if they feel concerned about falling, dizziness, or balance, suggest they discuss it with their doctor and then find programs that can help them.
- Discuss their current health condition. Find out if they are having trouble remembering to take their medications or if they are experiencing side effects. Encourage them to discuss this with their doctor.
- Ask about their last eye exam. If they wear eyeglasses, make sure they have their most current prescription.
- Notice if they hold onto walls, furniture or have someone else help them when they walk, or if they appear to have trouble walking or arising from a chair. This may be a sign that they need to see a physical therapist. Physical therapist can help older ones improve their balance, strength and gait through exercise. They may even need a cane or walker.
- Talk about their medications. If the elder person is experiencing side effects, they need to discuss this with their doctor or pharmacist.
- Do a walk-through for safety assessment of the living quarters. Lighting, Stairs, Bathrooms, can all be areas where hazards should be checked and changed for a safer home.
Seniors find pill taking overwhelming.
It is possible that seniors some times over dose or have drug reactions. That’s why we present several tips that can help you or your loved ones, to avoid problems inherited with aging and pill taking.
Some of these tips are as follows:
- Follow dosage instructions for all prescriptions and over the counter medicines.
- Use one pharmacy for all prescriptions if possible. That way the pharmacy will have a current record of exactly what you are taking to help avoid possible inter reaction with other prescriptions.
- If the senior is seeing more than one physician, be sure to let all physicians know about the other prescriptions.
- Be sure to read all medicine precautions and potential side effects. Let family members or caregivers in on the information. They can often notice side effects before the senior notices.
- Follow any precautions with use of alcohol and combination of medicines.
- Dispose of expired medications properly. Throwing them away is not a proper way of disposal. The FDA has a list of ways to dispose of expired medicines. They also recommend the Medicine Take-Back Program. There are phone numbers of the closest locations.
- The best tool and tip is using a pill organizer to organize medication by dose and time of day.
- Never take medication that were prescribed for someone else.
Seniors Get Holiday Blues
We know that seniors get holiday blues. Older people sometimes get sad during the holidays because they miss their loved ones who have died or moved away. Sometimes health conditions or concerns about money can also make them sad or depressed. We try to get them involved in card games, movies or just talking about their past and encourage them to remember the happy times.
The American Geriatrics Society Foundation for Health in Aging has great tips on how to beat the holiday blues. We have outlined a few.
- Get out and travel to parties and events.
- Take a brisk walk in the morning before you begin the day, or in the evening to help beat the blues.
- Volunteer, helping others is a great mood lifter.
- Drink Responsibly – Don’t over indulge around the holidays.
- Accept your feelings – There is nothing wrong with feeling a little sad. But if its really just too much to bear, seek support.
- Talk to some – The power of talking to your friends, mentors or relatives, can help you understand why you feel the way you do.
- Holiday Blues are usually temporary and mild. If you are more depressed and it just does not go away, seek medical help.
At Dolls Havens we try to plan events often, play cards or board games. We listen to music or just watch our favorite program on television.
Take time and care to listen to how our residents feel.
Tips for Picking Assisted Living Facility
Tips for picking assisted living facility, include many. But one of the most important one is cleanliness. We will take one by one and examine what to look for when visiting an assisted living facility. Let’s start with the very first one.
Tip # 1: Level of Cleanliness in Senior Homes
Does the home feel fresh and clean? Make sure to look past the furnishings and into corners, baseboards and windows. How often is housekeeping provided in the personal living spaces or bedrooms. Get full details on the types of maintenance provided and the estimated response times. Ask about laundry procedures. Ask for specifics on what is available and at what cost.
Facility should take great care in keeping all area of the home clean and refreshing. We have decorated the home with very cheerful colors and keep all the rooms clean at all times. We welcome you for a visit to check on our level of cleanliness. We provide clean bathrooms, bedrooms and activity areas. The Kitchen is cleaned spotless after every meal. Vacuuming and dusting is a continual duty at our home. Facility should strive for top cleanliness in every room.
Veterans Senior Assisted Living
If you have served your country and now you are a senior, you may qualify for veterans benefits for senior assisted living. The Veterans Administration also gives assistance in finding an assisted living home. Your Veterans Administration outlines all of the benefits available. You can get help from a variety of local veterans administration professionals found through the VA website, or seek assistance of a field officer from the Senior Veterans Service Alliance. Veterans senior assisted living services are available.
Senior Home Cooked Meals
Senior home has has a warm environment and home cooked meals. Plenty of comfortable seating, and beautifully decorated. Home cooked meals are prepared fresh daily. Three hot meals, snacks, plentiful servings of fruit, vegetables, proteins and deserts. Let us know your favorite foods, we will try to accommodate your tastes. We strive to plan meals that the elderly will like and maintain a healthy balance with vegetables and protein.
Our senior meals are well planned. We strive for delicious, well portioned breakfast, lunch and dinners. We know some seniors may exercise less and have slower metabolisms. We take that into consideration and plan plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits and healthy snacks.
Residential Care Facility for the Elderly
Residential care facility, we provide assistance with daily living for our residents. Home cooked meals are prepared daily, which includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, snacks and proteins. Our Dining Room is very comfortable and beautifully decorated. We assist with daily dressing, bathing, grooming, laundry, taking prescribed medications, scheduling medical appointments, trips to town for places of interest and shopping. Doctors are nearby, churches are nearby and hair salons nearby.
Our home is considered an Assisted Living Facility. It is recommended for seniors who are still active and want to socialize. However, we do offer more personalized care for those who need assistance with daily living.
We provide music sessions including sing-a-longs. Card games and movies are available. The local Sun City Civic Association has events and activities which we attend.
This blog will be updated regularly to give you current activities or events going on in our community. We hope to post resource information concerning seniors.
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