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Join Lamorinda Village for the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's, in Walnut Creek on Saturday, October 1.  We'll be walking with friends from Walnut Creek and Clayton Valley Villages, and all are welcome--you don't need to be a Village member.

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September-October 2016

Anne Ornelas
As we move into the final four months of 2016, I'm reminded of the importance of associating a time of year with actions that can help keep you safe. Can you guess? September 22nd is
National Fall Prevention day, and the first day of fall. Lamorinda Village is thrilled to have our community partner, John Muir Health, host a four-session series, Catch Yourself: Fall Prevention to Maintain Your Independence. See the article below for details.

Our Chair Yoga class is going well and we've invited the community from Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church to join us and learn a little bit about what the Village has to offer. Please note that due to scheduling conflicts with both the instructor and other campus activities, we have to change the dates for October, November, and December. The time remains at 1:30 PM and the following dates are confirmed: Monday, September 12, Wednesday, September 28, and Monday, October 17 (this is a change from October 10). Please check the calendar on our website for additional new dates.

Our monthly Lunch 'N' Learn programs have been well attended by the three collaborating Villages, including the two developing Villages Walnut Creek and Clayton Valley. The next three programs will cover two important subjects and one just for fun. September's topic is the Educating Seniors Project: Elder Abuse and Scams, presented by Kirsten Howe, Attorney at Law. In October we present Protecting the Senior Investor: Understanding the Risks before Investing, with Robert L. Gonser, Esq. You will learn the difference between suitable and unsuitable investments, what "red flags" to watch out for and how to better understand the risks before you invest. Finally, in November, we bring you Beauty and Fashion: Feeling Your Best at Any Age. This fun and educational session combines fashion as we age with education on how to put our best face forward with the challenges of aging skin. Please check the Lamorinda Village calendar for more details and locations.

Best regards,
Anne
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September is Fall Prevention Month
Falls are the number one cause of injury for people over 65. Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that one in every three adults over 65 falls each year, and that the number one cause of fatality from injury among seniors is falling.
 
Lamorinda Village and John Muir Health are offering a four-session workshop on preventing falls, beginning Friday, September 9. The program will raise awareness about falls by practicing techniques in class. You'll also learn how to improve your strength and balance, simplify your environment, and identify fall risks. Classes will cover home safety strategies, exercise techniques, medication management, and other ways to decrease your risk of falling.

Find out more and register for the series on our calendar or call John Muir Health at (925) 941-7900, option 1 .
 
Here are some tips to get you started on fall prevention. (Thanks to Eldercare Services, Inc. and the Mayo Clinic.)
  • Exercise can be extremely beneficial for strengthening your muscles, posture, and sense of balance to help protect you from falls. With your doctor's OK, consider activities such as walking, water workouts, or tai chi. Make sure you wear sensible shoes for all activities.
  • Have your home checked for fall hazards such as loose rugs, cluttered walkways, and poor lighting. If you are full member of Lamorinda Village, you can have a free safety evaluation done by one of our handyman volunteers.
  • If you remodel, make sure everything you add is designed for safety and ease of use, even if you don't need it yet. Ask your contractor for lever door handles, grab bars, and wide doorways that can accommodate a walker or wheelchair.  
  • Educate yourself on your medications and talk to your doctor about them; be aware to any side effects that could cause dizziness.
  • When you travel, pack a small flashlight to keep close to your bed in an unfamiliar room or house. (And use nightlights at home, as well.)
You can find more information about preventing falls from our community partner John Muir Health at https://www.johnmuirhealth.com/health-education/health-wellness/senior_health/seniors-falling.html. 
 
 
 
You Can Help Your Neighbors Join the Village Through the Supported Membership Program
Supported Memberships are the Village's way of making membership available to all who meet the membership criteria, including those who may not be able to afford the annual fees. In our three communities, this could apply to several hundred households and individuals. The program is confidential; the only difference is that the membership fee is partially paid by our available funding.  
 
Recent grants from the Lafayette Community Foundation, the Orinda Community Foundation, and an Orinda family were designated for the Supported Membership Program. Because the program depends on available funding, at times the Village may have to maintain a waiting list for these memberships. If you would like to support your fellow Lamorindans by donating to the program, please check our donation page  or contact Don Jenkins, Vice President for Development, through the Village office at 925 253-2300.
 
 
Senior Symposium 2016
Lamorinda Seniors enjoy activities at the Senior Symposium
Tips for Aging in Place -- What Should You Consider?
According to a 2016 AARP survey, nearly 90% of those over age 65 want to stay in their own homes as long as possible. With the right plan and support system in place, they can safely do just that. These tips from a recent article in the UC Retirement newsletter, adapted here to include Village services, will give you a few things to keep in mind when assessing your living situation to determine if aging in place is right for you.

1. Explore the benefits of staying put
Moving to an assisted living facility can be more expensive than staying in your home. Assisted living facilities often involve a steep entrance fee and monthly payments for room, board, and incidentals can easily top $3,000-4,000. You may be able to postpone those expenses by getting some help to stay at home. You will also be able to maintain your community and neighborhood connections - an important aspect of all-around good health.

2. Do a home safety check
Things that you have taken for granted for years can become hazardous if your mobility or eyesight deteriorate. Taking a fresh look at the home can help. You may also want to consider a few modest home improvements, such as installing secure handrails alongside the steps to the front door, switching doorknobs to levers, adding automatic lights to hallways, or placing grab bars or seating in the shower.

3. Assess transportation
Although driving may not be a concern now, it may become an issue in the future if your eyesight or reflexes begin to deteriorate. Explore transportation assistance from the community or the Village for local errands and social activities, as well as picking up groceries and prescriptions on your behalf.

4. Ensure a supportive community or network
No matter how safe you make the inside of your house, your plan for aging in place can fall apart without social interaction. You can connect on line with your children, grandchildren, and old friends, and explore the educational and social programs offered by local communities, libraries, and the Village.

5. Make it an ongoing process

After steps 1-4 are in place, your family members and caregivers should keep an eye open whenever they visit. Is mail piling up? Are things in disarray? You can also arrange for scheduled phone calls from Village volunteers to check on you.
 
 
Support for Aging Holocaust Survivors
For many baby boomers, World War II was the most significant event in their parents' JFCS logo lives. Even if it seemed to be part of the faraway past, the war impacted their childhoods. And for many Jewish baby boomers, despite their own assimilated lives relatively free from the anti-Semitism of earlier years, the Holocaust loomed above them, through the stories from grandparents, family, friends, and synagogues.
 
But now, 71 years after the end of the war, what does the Holocaust mean for baby boomers, their children, and even grandchildren? As the number of survivors decreases and their voices become silent, how does today's Jewish community relate to and care for the remaining survivors as they age?
 
For many survivors, the progression of the lifecycle brings multiple issues to the surface. For example, retirement can create time to think about and process the past. But this can also reactivate and trigger symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which makes coping more difficult for both the survivor and his or her family.
 
One Israeli study showed that aging survivors are at a higher risk of PTSD than veterans and at higher risk of suicide than their peers. An Australian study describes the "late effects of the Holocaust" and shows that for survivors, the normal aging process is related to increased anxiety, reactivation of PTSD, and fear of the medical system. This study also notes that in addition to psychological changes, survivors are at increased risk for osteoporosis, cardiometabolic disease, cancer, vascular dementia, and severe dental problems.
 
Several studies have shown that Holocaust survivors may cope worse than other older adults after being diagnosed with a disease, and experience higher pain levels, more pain sites, and higher depression scores. Weight loss, whether from an illness, depression, or lack of physical activity, can also be a trigger for survivors due to starvation during the war. When survivors experience dementia and declines in cognition, repressed traumatic memories may be released. This internal suffering sometimes manifests itself in disturbing behaviors, a phenomenon especially common in concentration camp survivors.
 
Children, family members, caregivers, and health professionals may not always understand changes in behavior or what is causing such extreme reactions, nor know how to respond.
 
Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS) East Bay offers a unique and multidimensional program for Holocaust survivors who live in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Programs include home visits to homebound Survivors, financial assistance and oversight with homecare, help with dental needs, assistance and advocacy with restitution and counseling. Survivors come together twice a month for a social cultural program called Café Europa, featuring films with discussion, celebrating holidays, speakers and discussion, musical programs, and more.
 
In the Berkeley office JFCS offers a memoir writing group. Over the past eight years, the bonding and friendships that have formed in this group have been heartwarming. In addition, with the help of a federal grant JFCS designed a new trauma-informed care program specifically for Holocaust survivors from the former Soviet Union. This program focuses on health and wellness and reducing social isolation.
 
For more information about Holocaust Services and Older Adult Services, contact Rita Clancy at   rclancy@jfcs-eastbay.org , call (925)-927-2000, ext. 257, or check the JFCS website at http://jfcs-eastbay.org .

     
 

More Resources for Seniors: What To Do With Your Stuff
Are you de-cluttering? Downsizing? Two options for recycling your usable leftover possessions are the Center for Creative Reuse and the Oakland Museum White Elephant Sale.  
 
 
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