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Let's do some Spring Cleaning

Spring has come again and has fulfilled its promise of a new leaves, blooming flowers, and singing birds. The bright sun of spring encourages us to raise our blinds and throw open our windows to let the fresh, fragrant air into our offices and homes.   In the bright light of the sun, we can easily see the kids' fingerprints, the pets' noseprints and the dust bunnies that went unseen during the dark days of winter.   It is then that spring cleaning begins in earnest. Spring can also be a good time to do some "Spring Cleaning" in our lives.   Like the fingerprints and dust bunnies, things that have happened to us   can clutter up our minds and prevent us from enjoying our lives to the fullest.   Life is short, and we only get one chance at it, so taking care of ourselves and beginning to remove this "clutter" can greatly improve the quality of our lives. The clutter in our minds can come from any number of things,

Safety Reminder

One in three adults over 65 falls each year.   Less than half tell their doctors, family members, caregivers or friends!   Don't be afraid to ask the questions, don't let your loved one stay quiet. There are three causes - Osteoporosis, Hazards in the Home and Impaired Vision that can be managed with active prevention. Osteoporosis - Calcium - Recommended intake of 1,200 mg a day - milk, yogurt, cheese, oatmeal, broccoli, kale, oranges, collard and turnip greens, arugula, white beans,   sardines, salmon, and shellfish, soy milk, soybeans, tofu, sunflower seeds, almonds Vitamin D - used for the absorption of calcium - without sufficient amounts of Vitamin D, calcium is not properly absorbed.   Natural sunlight causes the body to make it's own vitamin D.   Due to medications a loved one maybe taking, getting into the sun may not be an option.   They may need a supplement. Exercise - lifting light weights, doing a physical activity - walking, swimming, yog


Seniorama …sounds like a fun, huh?   The 23 rd Annual event for the “young at heart” was held last Friday, May 4 th at the Decatur Civic Center .   I was lucky enough to get some insights about Seniorama from Joan Meeder , our RSVP (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) Director. Q:   What are the positive effects that Seniorama has on the community? A:   Seniorama connects seniors, caregivers, care receivers and those soon to be seniors, to provide information about products and services they might need to enjoy independent living. Exhibitors include health care providers, social service agencies, and local businesses. This event gives them an opportunity to leisurely explore the numerous exhibits, enjoy live entertainment and refreshments, and have some social time with their peers. It is also an educational opportunity to participant in wellness checks and health screenings that might indicate further medical checks that perhaps will save their lives. Q:   What is y

"Never Too Old To Play"

Since 1963 when John F. Kennedy was our president, May has been designated as "Older Americans Month," and in 2012 we are still honoring that legacy and following the proud tradition that shows our nation’s commitment to celebrating the contributions and achievements of older Americans. Each year highlights a new theme, and this year’s theme is Never Too Old To Play . Today, there are 40 million people, or 13% of the population, living in the US that is 65+ and that figure is projected to increase as we experience the aging of the baby boomer generation - the largest in our nation’s history. According to current projections, experts tell us the American senior population is expected to number 71.5 million by 2030. May is the time we must recognize the diversity and vitality of today’s older Americans. They have lived through wars and many hard times, as well as periods of unprecedented prosperity. They have pioneered new technologies in industry, communications and medici