- Published on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 22:47
- Written by Super User
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 www.helpforalzheimersfamilies.com 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 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.