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Katie B. Hines Senior Center News and Events

The following are weekly events held at the Katie B. Hines Senior Center: MONDAY: Stronger Senior Exercise at 9:00am. Painting from 11:00am until 2:00pm. Cards at 6:30pm. Tuesday: Caning/ Weaving starting at 9:00am. Bridge at 1:00pm. Wednesday the Center is Closed. THURSDAY: Exercise at 9:00am. Painting from 11:00am until 2:00pm. BINGO at 7:00m. Friday the Center is Closed. Saturday: Cards 6:30pm. New Class Knitting, Crafts, crocheting Tuesdays at 1pm. All levels!
• Beginner to advanced oil painting classes given by Raleigh Artist, Marcelle  Hooks.Class meets 3rd Saturday monthly at the Senior Center, Cape Fear Blvd,  Carolina Beach. For further information contact Coordinator, Cheryl Rice @ 910-471-0563.
Things to Remember: the first Saturday of very month is our Pancake Breakfast.
Menu includes scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes (all you can eat), coffee and juice all for only $6.00. Children under 7 are free, bring the entire family!  
The Katie B. Hines Senior Center is located at 308 Cape Fear Boulevard in Carolina Beach and can be reached by calling (910)458-6609.

Who’s At Risk?

Self-Assessment Tool Helps New Hanover and Pender County Area Families Avoid the Dangers of Caregiver Distress  Nearly one-third of adults living in New Hanover and Pender Counties are family  caregivers who could be at risk for heart disease, diabetes, depression and  various other physical and emotional maladies as a result of caregiver distress,  a potentially dangerous condition brought on by the pressures of caring for a  senior loved one. 
In response to this growing issue, the local Home Instead Senior Care® office  has launched a public awareness campaign - Family Caregiver Stress ReliefSM at  FamilyCaregiverStressRelief.com - to help family caregivers determine if they  are at risk for distress and to minimize problems before they escalate.  Included in the program are two new tools:
The Are You a Caregiver Quiz, which is designed to help a family caregiver self-identify and recognize the role of a  caregiver, and the Family Caregiver Distress Assessment, adapted for the Home  Instead Senior Care network by Dr. Peter Vitaliano of the University of  Washington.
The assessment allows caregivers to determine their risk for  distress and resulting emotional and physical issues, including depression,  heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. 
“So many spouses and adult children are unaware of their potential risk of  caregiver distress because they don’t see themselves as caregivers.
These new resources enable them to understand their role, the stresses they may face as a  caregiver, and how that stress might lead to more serious health effects,” said  Sarah Blackman, owner of the local Home Instead Senior Care office. “It’s important for caregivers to understand that stress can impact one’s ability to  care. If they don’t care for themselves, they may put their senior loved ones at  risk.
Whether it’s support groups, stress management techniques or respite help,  caregivers need to realize the importance of managing their health, too.”   For more information about the services of the Home Instead Senior Care office  in Wilmington and New Hanover and Pender Counties call 910-342-0455 or visit  www.homeinstead.com/386.

Start of Hurricane Season Prompts Reminder About Disaster Safety Prep for  Seniors

The prediction of an active or extremely active hurricane season has prompted  senior care experts to encourage families to prepare their senior loved ones for  severe weather emergencies and the possibility of evacuation.  “We know that a disaster can be deadly for some seniors because of physical and  other limitations,” said Jeff Huber, president of Home Instead, Inc.  “It’s  important for families to talk with their senior loved ones and begin preparing  in advance for any kind of emergency that could threaten their health or  safety.” Huber recommends using the following checklist as you help your older adult get  ready for potential weather emergencies.  Home Instead Senior Care's Disaster Prep Checklist For Seniors:     Tune in. Contact the local emergency management office to learn about the  most likely natural disasters to strike your area.  Stay abreast of what’s going  on through your local radio or television. Take stock.  Decide what your senior can or can’t do in the event of a natural  disaster.  Make a list of what would be needed if a disaster occurred.  For  example, if your loved one is wheelchair-bound, determine an evacuation strategy  ahead of time. Prepare for whatever disaster could hit the area.    
To go or to stay?  When deciding to evacuate, older adults should go sooner  rather than later.  By waiting too long, they may be unable to leave if they  require assistance.
Make a plan.  Schedule a family meeting to develop a plan of action.  Include  in your plan key people - such as neighbors, friends, relatives and professional  caregivers -who could help. More than one way out.  Seniors should develop at least two escape routes: one  to evacuate their home and one to evacuate their community.  The local emergency  management office can tell you escape routes out of the community. Meet up. 
Designate a place to meet relatives or key support people outside  the house, as well as a second location outside the neighborhood, such as a  school or church.  Practice the plan twice a year. Get up and “Go Kit.”  Have an easy-to-carry backpack including three days of  non-perishable food and water with an additional four days of food and water  readily accessible at home.  Have at least one gallon of bottled water per  person per day.  Refresh and replace your supplies at least twice a year.  And  don’t forget the blanket and paper products such as toilet paper. Pack extras and copies. 
Have at least a one-month supply of medication on  hand at all times.  Make ready other important documents in a waterproof  protector including copies of prescriptions, car title registration and driver’s  license, insurance documents and bank account numbers, and a spare checkbook.   Also take extra eyeglasses and hearing-aid batteries.  Label every piece of  important equipment or personal item in case they are lost.
Your contact list. Compile a list of important contacts, including the  senior’s support network, doctors and other important health-care professionals.  The information can be recorded and kept in a free Home Instead Senior Emergency  kit, available at www.senioremergencykit.com.   
If you can’t be there.  If you’re not living close by to help your loved one,  enlist the help of family or friends, or contact a professional caregiving  company.