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Katie B. Hines Senior Center News and Events for September 11, 2013

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.

Helping Cope with Alzheimer’s

Helping Families Cope with Alzheimer’s Disease  Local Company Offers Free Resources in Recognition of World Alzheimer’s Month   As one of the most feared diseases, an Alzheimer’s diagnosis presents many  challenges for families living with this disease. Because an estimated 70  percent of people with Alzheimer’s live at home, the responsibility of caring for them usually falls on their families, who frequently face and dread  the  unexpected and unknown. While it may be impossible to predict behaviors  exhibited by a person struggling with Alzheimers, there are free resources  available to help area families cope with whatever situation may arise.  “Many family caregivers wake up every day with anxiety and fear because they  don’t know how a loved one with Alzheimers will act or react,” said Sara  Blackman, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Wilmington. “We  have a network of support including free tools and materials available to help  family caregivers navigate the challenges that come with caring for someone with  Alzheimer’s.”  In recognition of World Alzheimer’s Month (September 2013), the Home Instead  Senior Care network is offering a number of free resources to help local  families who are living with Alzheimers, including workshops where family  members will receive a version of the same in-depth Alzheimers CARE: Changing  Aging Through Research and Education® training program training that was  developed for the network’s professional CAREGivers. The workshops will offer  specific solutions for the many common issues that arise when caring for someone  with Alzheimer’s. The workshops will be offered on Wednesday, September 18, 25,  October 9, 23, November 13, 20 and December 11 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Home  Instead Senior Care, 2505 South 17th Street, Wilmington, NC.  Also available is a free Confidence to Care at Home kit, an at-a-glance  collection of information, tips and resources to help handle difficult  situations, avoid household accidents, encourage engagement, and prevent  caregiver stress, that is designed for any member of the household to reference,  anytime they need it.  In addition, Home Instead Senior Care has developed Alzheimer’s and Other  Dementias Daily Helper, a free smartphone app that families can use to search  behaviors and help find solutions when they have to react quickly to a  situation. The app, which will be available Sept. 16, is designed to help  families manage issues as they arise, whether at home or in public.  “According to experts, Alzheimer’s either is or may someday be a reality for  about one-third of the families in our community,” said Blackman. “We want to  replace their fears with a sense of confidence that they are equipped to handle  any situation.”  For more information about the Home Instead Senior Care network or its free  Alzheimer’s resources, please visit or call  the local Home Instead Senior Care office at 910-342-0455.

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   
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.