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November-December 2016
 
 
As we welcome autumn in the Bay Area, I'm pleased to be greeted with the sound s of raindrops on the rooftops.   It's nice to see the hills start to turn ever so slightly  green.  This issue falls right as our leadership transition takes place. I'd   like to acknowledge and thank Ruth McCahan for her service to the Village, and to welcome Jane Tiemann as your incoming President.  You can read more about Jane in the article New Village Leadership below.     
 
Recently, one of our  volunteers  went on a trip to  Maui.  On her first day back  at the Village office ,
Anne and Roni
she 
presented  me a little piece of Hawai'i in the form of a Koa Wood Palm Tree ornament.  
She indulged me in taking a photo .  This is a  lovely addition to my holiday decorations for Christmas.  Thank you, Roni!   
 
I'm very excited for our 2 nd  Annual Afternoon of Gratitude, to be held on Friday, December 9 here at the Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church.  This end of year  event is our way of thanking our  members, volunteers , and donors with a nice social gathering for folks to meet each other. More details are coming soon. F or now, we are excited to share that you'll be entertained by a  local Irish Celtic group. If you have any interest in helping out with the event, please contact me at  Anne@LamorindaVillage.org.

Best regards,
Anne
New President for Lamorinda Village: Jane Tiemann
Jane Tiemann
Jane Tiemann
When the Lamorinda Village Board of Directors meets in November, they will usher in a new era for the Village. Jane Tiemann, a Village volunteer, member, and Board member, will take over as President, following founder and current President Ruth McCahan. Jane joined the original task force that brought Lamorinda Village to its 2015 launch, serving on the Business and Revenue and Nominating Committees and chairing the Governance Committee as well as the search committee for the Village's Executive Director.
 
Jane's nonprofit experience includes 15 years leading an international scientific association, from which she retired in 2005. Having lived in Orinda since 1980, she and her husband, Tom Rundall, personify the Lamorinda residents who want to remain in their homes and are committed to community service.
 
On the younger end of the senior spectrum, Jane describes others like herself and Tom who are looking ahead and beginning to wonder about some of the tasks they've always done themselves - cleaning out second-story gutters for example. She said many Lamorinda residents are at the stage of thinking "Maybe I don't need to do that myself any more...in fact maybe I shouldn't be doing that myself." Taking advantage of Village volunteers and services can significantly postpone the need to give up the dream of staying in one's long-time residence.
 
She also discovered an unexpected benefit of participating in Village development and activities - the opportunity to meet like-minded residents of neighboring Lafayette and Moraga. "I've had the pleasure of working with terrific people whom I might never have known otherwise. The Village has so many talented volunteers and members; if I hadn't gotten involved I might have missed out on knowing some really fine people."
 
Among others, Jane gave praise to Ruth McCahan, who convened the original group
Ruth McCahan
Ruth McCahan
of residents to explore the idea of bringing the nationwide Village concept to Lamorinda. "We wouldn't have a Village without Ruth's commitment to pursuing the idea and keeping at it until we actually brought it to life," she says. "Ruth has steered us through development and our first 18 months of live operations, and she continues to contribute to the Board of Directors, taking over the chairmanship of the Governance committee, and much more."
 
As President, Jane's goals for the Village include finding new ways to get the word out. "Even after several years of development and live membership, I still meet people who haven't heard of the Village," she says. "We've had a number of articles in local papers, many events and small group meetings, and word of mouth on social media, but we still want to reach the people who need the Village."
 
As membership grows, Jane sees the need for more volunteers to support both members and the Village office. Executive Director Anne Ornelas currently manages operations, including program development, outreach to community partners, and member support. Adding to the operational volunteer crew will free Anne to spend more time on member outreach and building relationships with nearby Villages and groups like Mobility Matters, which currently coordinates the Village transportation activities.
 
"We need to focus our outreach on those who can benefit from all we have to offer," she says. "Some are baby boomers who don't need a lot of help yet, but are on the continuum of aging in place and want to be sure the Village will be here for them in future. Others are a little older, maybe no longer able to drive, and in need of services like a ride to the doctor's office, a friendly phone call to check on them, or the chance to participate in the enrichment activities we offer."
 
 
Confused by all the technology options?
Wondering what to get your parents or friends for the holidays? Many new options in the tech world promise to make life easier, safer, or more fun for those over 60, and the field is growing by the minute.
 
From home monitors to medication management to phones for the hearing impaired, tech apps the array of technical or internet-based gadgets can be daunting. While Lamorinda Village can't endorse any particular technical solution - or any source of information about them - we have found a few places to begin.
 
A company whose website is called The Tech-Enhanced Life promises to provide "independent, objective, analysis, product evaluations, and explorations to make the challenges of growing older less challenging - for you, or for older adults you care about." This company works with volunteer "Longevity Explorers" who hold small group discussions, explore the issues of aging, try out and critique interesting products, and brainstorm about ideas for new products and solutions. The website features discussions, results of evaluations, and an email newsletter.
 
Here are three sources for help with managing medical information:
For information about captioned telephones:

AARP also has information on technology solutions to foster independence at home. 

 
 
Health and Fitness: Tips for Preventing Return Trips to the Hospital
Hospitals stays are stressful for patients and families alike. We may be so happy to be Hospital sign discharged that we fail to prepare for the days and weeks ahead, and this can lead to unnecessary trips back to the hospital. Remembering what medications to take and when, proper care for wounds or surgical areas, and temporary changes in mobility and diet are just a few of the issues that can lead to re-admissions and greater medical problems.
 
Recent tips published in the Washington Post, along with a guide from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, can help patients, family members, and caregivers plan for leaving the hospital and making sure we stay well when we get home.
 
The Post article, developed with advice from physicians, home care managers, and health policy experts, recommends planning for the transition as soon as the hospital stay begins. Patients should have a family member, caregiver, or friend to ask plenty of questions and document the answers. Issues such as medical equipment that will be needed - and where to get it - as well as rehabilitation requirements, nutritional needs, and follow-up visits are among the critical points.
 
The USDHHS guide takes patients through the steps to think about before being admitted. The guide includes forms to document important issues such as medical conditions, allergies, and emergency contact information, as well as detailed instructions for post-hospital care.

Health and Fitness: Surprise! Reading is good for you
Woman Reading
If you love to read, here's some good news. Reading books is tied to a longer life, according to a new report. Researchers used data on 3,635 people over 50 participating in a larger health study who had answered questions about reading.
 
The study, published in the September issue of the journal Social Science & Medicine,
suggests that older people who read books have what authors call "a survival advantage" over those who don't. Researchers used information from the National Institute on Aging's Health and Retirement Study, a large public resource on adults 50 years and older in the United States, to tease out correlations between reading and longevity.

The scientists divided the sample into three groups: those who read no books, those who read books up to three and a half hours a week, and those who read books more than three and a half hours. Compared with those who did not read books, those who read for up to three and a half hours a week were 17 percent less likely to die over 12 years of follow-up, and those who read more than that were 23 percent less likely to die. Book readers lived an average of almost two years longer than those who did not read at all.

"People who report as little as a half-hour a day of book reading had a significant survival advantage over those who did not read," said the senior author, Becca R. Levy, a professor of epidemiology at Yale. "And the survival advantage remained after adjusting for wealth, education, cognitive ability and many other variables."

Need an idea for something to read? How about one of the 2016 National Book Award finalists? The winners will be announced on November 16.  Or visit your local bookstore, where the staff will be happy to offer suggestions.  
 
 
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