Learn About Our Local ElderAlliance Board and Discuss Recent Survey

On Friday, January 15, Jeanette Suter of Home Instead Senior Care will lead a time of discussion about the results of a recent survey from the ElderAlliance Board. As president of the organization, she hopes the survey and discussion with the AIP Roundtable will help shape the next initiatives of the organization to find out what barriers people identify in their service area for seniors in our community. Jeannette will give details on the survey, have a time for discussion, and provide more information on a community conversation in February.

Join us from 9:00 – 10:30am at Sunnyside Retirement Community (The Highlands) 3935 Sunnyside Drive Harrisonburg, Virginia. Visitors are welcome – look for the signs!

The meeting will also feature a “member spotlight” presentation by Cindy Dove from Bellaire at Stone Port.

You’ll be the winner of our contest this month if you had the oldest person present for your Holiday gathering! The prize is donated by Stan Farthing of Senior Helpers.

Download your meeting agenda here: Aging In Place Sunnyside Jan 2016

About the Aging in Place Round Table from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce:  The Chamber’s Aging-In-Place Roundtable’s mission is to educate the community about local services supporting vitality and choice in the second half of life and to provide a forum for discussion and collaboration about the issues surrounding aging in place. The group meets on the third Friday of each month from 9:00 to 10:30 am, and is open to visitors. For meeting topics and locations, visit http://www.harrisonburgseniors.com

Contact Information:

Chair – Phyllis Friesen
Design Concrete Builders, Inc.
540.383.2982
http://www.harrisonburgseniors.com

Charlottesville Organizing – Keeping Charlottesville Organized

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Charlottesville Organizing is a professional organizing company that serves Charlottesville and Central Virginia. It was founded in 2014 by Keri-Ann Byrne to help people in the community organize their home or office to increase efficiency, decrease clutter, provide more useable space and provide aide in creating a more organized lifestyle.

Through Charlottesville Organizing, Byrne takes a hands-on approach with each client, working with them to ensure that the organization fits their needs and lifestyle. She provides them with a plan for the space, implements the plan and is available afterwards for support, motivation and ongoing maintenance.

Read their profile at careisthere.com for more information and a list of their services.

For more articles like this, see: Resources for Central VirginiaAging in Place, Resources for Central Virginia – Charlottesville, Resources for Central Virginia – Harrisonburg, Resources for Central Virginia – Staunton.

Do you need help managing the care of an elderly loved one in Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, or Staunton Virginia or in Kansas City or Overland Park, Kansas?

Contact us at Care is There Geriatric Care Management for a free consultation: 800.434.1633 or info@careisthere.com. We specialize in geriatric care management, support for independent living, assisted living enhancement and peace of mind for long distance caregivers.

Enjoy Fellowship and Help Our Community Grow!

On Friday, December 18, 2015, we’re having a relaxed meeting for networking and gearing up for a new year. We want to spread the word about the roundtable and reconnect with people/businesses that may not have attended the roundtable before.

Members of the executive committee will be providing holiday cards, stamps, roundtable brochures, and envelopes! All you need to bring is your favorite pen, and the name and address of 1-2 people or businesses that you think would benefit from attending or being a part of the Aging in Place Roundtable. Here’s the link to the chamber site for ideas, although they do not have to be a member for an invitation: http://hrchamber.org/member_directory.php

We will not have education or member spotlights this month, but will resume those sessions in January. Come enjoy some goodies and spend a bit of extra time getting to know the members in our community committed to helping others age in place well.

The winner of our contest this month will receive a price based on the most number of cards sent at the meeting! Thank you to the Alzheimer’s Association for providing the prize!

Join us from 9:00-10:30am at VMRC (Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community) in the Detwiler Auditorium, 1501 Virginia Ave, Harrisonburg, Virginia. Visitors are welcome! Look for the signs and bring a guest!

About the Aging in Place Round Table from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce: The Aging in Place Round Table seeks to educate the community about local services supporting vitality and choice in the second half of life and to provide a forum for discussion and collaboration about the issues surrounding aging in place. The group meets on the third Friday of each month from 9:00 to 10:30 am, and is open to visitors. For meeting topics and locations, visithttp://www.harrisonburgseniors.com.

Contact Information:
Chair – Jim Maust
Venture Builders, Inc.
540.434.7927

Co-Chair – Phyllis Friesen
Design Concrete Builders, Inc.
540.383.2982

Interim HealthCare: A Senior Health Care Franchise

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Interim HealthCare Inc. is a health care franchise company with locations in Charlottesville, Shenandoah Valley and surrounding areas. David and Kelly Haslup own and operate Interim HealthCare locations in the Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, Shenandoah Valley, Newport News and Virginia Beach. Each of their locations provide seniors in these communities with nursing care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, CNA care and medical advice via a medical social worker.

To learn more about Interim HealthCare, read their profile on CareisThere.com.

For more articles like this, see: Resources for Central VirginiaAging in Place, Resources for Central Virginia – Charlottesville, Resources for Central Virginia – Harrisonburg, Resources for Central Virginia – Staunton.

Do you need help managing the care of an elderly loved one in Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, or Staunton Virginia or in Kansas City or Overland Park, Kansas?

Contact us at Care is There Geriatric Care Management for a free consultation: 800.434.1633 or info@careisthere.com. We specialize in geriatric care management, support for independent living, assisted living enhancement and peace of mind for long distance caregivers.

Care is There welcomes Tom Newman to the team!

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The Care is There family is growing (and changing). We’ve recently added a few new faces (Maxene, for one!) and we’re excited to welcome another. His name is Tom Newman and he is our newest Lifestyle Coordinator.

Tom has a long and valued history of working in varied managerial positions at the UVA as well as working on “The Corner” (mostly in bookstores). His nearly 40 years as manager involved hiring and training students, part-time workers and full-time employees.

“Creating a positive atmosphere as manager in an encouraging and creative way, where all feel comfortable and can be their best, always pays dividends,” he states. “It can inspire everyone to share that enthusiasm and to thrive in that environment. Courtesy, respect and consideration mean a great deal to me.”

Read more about Tom, the newest member of our team, on CareisThere.com.

For more articles like this, see: News and Events.

Do you need help managing the care of an elderly loved one in Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, or Staunton Virginia or in Kansas City or Overland Park, Kansas?
Contact us at Care is There Geriatric Care Management for a free consultation: 800.434.1633 or info@careisthere.com. We specialize in geriatric care management, support for independent living, assisted living enhancement and peace of mind for long distance caregivers.

Learning about hearing loss with Rivanna Hearing Aid Center

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Hearing loss can sneak up on you or your aging loved one. It’s not always obvious when your elderly mother’s hearing starts to fade, because “hearing loss is described by varying degrees, not percentages,” states the Rivanna Hearing Aid Center website. Your mother may be able to hear you just fine when you’re talking to her in a quiet room, but add some background music and she’ll feel like you’re mouthing the words.

There are four types of hearing loss, each presenting with different symptoms. In their article “Different Types of Hearing Loss”, the Rivanna Hearing Aid Center explains the differences between these four types and, more importantly, how to recognize the symptoms.

If you need more tips about recognizing hearing loss, treating it, speaking with someone with hearing loss or just cleaning your hearing aids, see: Communicating with Senior CitizensHearing Loss.

Do you need help managing the care of an elderly loved one in Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, or Staunton Virginia or in Kansas City or Overland Park, Kansas?

Contact us at Care is There Geriatric Care Management for a free consultation: 800.434.1633 or info@careisthere.com. We specialize in geriatric care management, support for independent living, assisted living enhancement and peace of mind for long distance caregivers.

What to Expect from Different Healthcare Professionals in Assisted Living/Memory Care Facilities

On Friday, November 20th, the educational portion of our meeting will feature a presentation by Cindy Dove (Director of Sales & Marketing) and Brenda Kennedy (Vice President of Nursing) from Bellaire at Stone Port/Assisted Living & Memory Care. Cindy has seen an opportunity to educate family members about what they can expect from healthcare workers that will be caring for their loved ones. Learn what roles and services Licensed Practical Nurses, Medication Technicians, Certified Nursing Assistants, and Direct Care Aides provide and how they all work together to care for a loved one in an Assisted Living/Memory Care setting.

Join us from 9:00 – 10:30am at Bridgewater Retirement Community (302 North Second Street, Bridgewater) in the Houff Community Center. Visitors are welcome – look for the signs!

The meeting will also feature a “member spotlight” presentation as well as our monthly contest! Are you going out of town for Thanksgiving? Calculate how many miles to your destination, and you may win the prize if you are traveling the greatest distance! Linda Elliott of Miller, Earle, & Shanks will be donating a $25.00 gift card to HoneyBaked Ham.

About the Aging in Place Round Table from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce:  The Aging in Place Round Table seeks to educate the community about local services supporting vitality and choice in the second half of life and to provide a forum for discussion and collaboration about the issues surrounding aging in place. The group meets on the third Friday of each month from 9:00 to 10:30 am, and is open to visitors. For meeting topics and locations, visit http://www.harrisonburgseniors.com   

Contact Information:

Chair – Jim Maust
Venture Builders, Inc.
540.434.7927

Co-Chair – Phyllis Friesen
Design Concrete Builders, Inc.
540.383.2982

Care is There Welcomes Maxene Bowers

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Care is There Geriatric Care Management welcomes Maxene Bowers, our new Lifestyle Coordinator, to the Care is There team. Maxine was drawn to Care is There by her experience caring for her grown family and aging parents. “I am a member of the Sandwich Generation Besides being a Boomer,” she says. “Sandwiched between my own growing and grown family and my parents who were growing older and having increased care needs.”

Learn more about Maxene at CareisThere.com or contact her at maxeneb@careisthere.com.

For more articles like this, see: News and Events.

Do you need help managing the care of an elderly loved one in Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, or Staunton Virginia or in Kansas City or Overland Park, Kansas?

Contact us at Care is There Geriatric Care Management for a free consultation: 800.434.1633 or info@careisthere.com. We specialize in geriatric care management, support for independent living, assisted living enhancement and peace of mind for long distance caregivers.

Just a Little Help – In-Home Assistance in Charlottesville

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Sarah Graham of Just a Little Help

Just a Little Help is a companion and personal care agency that provides in-home assistance and care to seniors in Central Virginia. Sarah Graham (pictured left) founded Just a Little Help in an effort to provide flexible, affordable help to fill the gaps that appear when a caregiver is in charge of both a family and an aging loved one. She is a Charlottesville native with a background in hospitality (she worked at Farmington Country Club, Keswick Hall and The Greencroft Club).

Read the Just a Little Help profile at Care is There for more information about their services!

For more articles like this, see: Resources for Central VirginiaAging in PlaceCare for the Caregiver, Resources for Central Virginia – Charlottesville, Resources for Central Virginia – Harrisonburg, Resources for Central Virginia – Staunton.

Do you need help managing the care of an elderly loved one in Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, or Staunton Virginia or in Kansas City or Overland Park, Kansas?

Contact us at Care is There Geriatric Care Management for a free consultation: 800.434.1633 or info@careisthere.com. We specialize in geriatric care management, support for independent living, assisted living enhancement and peace of mind for long distance caregivers.

Team Spotlight – Ginger Hanssen

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Care is There Geriatric Care Management is operated by a group of like-minded people whose goal is to provide quality care and access to the necessary resources. Every month, we’re shining the light on the people who make Care is There what it is – a group united by that common goal.

Our October installment of Team Spotlight features Ginger Brown Hanssen, a Financial Services Specialist. Ginger provides Care is There clients with financial advice and guidance. Find out why she loves helping out and supporting seniors in our community!

How long have you been working at Care is There?

I have been with Care is There for a year and a half.

What do you do at Care is There?

I have many roles at Care is There, though my main role is as a Financial Services Specialist, helping people in many areas getting answers or support with their financial needs. This includes banking, accounting, financial specialist, accountants and attorneys. I am a resource that can give support during some difficult times. My secondary role as a Lifestyle Coordinator for Care is There; in this role I organize and provide support seniors who need a bit of help.

What is the most satisfying thing about working at Care is There?

I enjoy working around others who are passionate and driven, working towards the same end result in assisting elderly people with choices and decisions that can be difficult at times! Experiences I have had and relationships built through my work have given me a foundation I feel is a calling to reach out and be a resource to others from both the financial resources and care management perspectives.

Read Ginger’s profile at CareisThere.com or meet the entire team on our “Team” page.

For more articles like this, see: News and Events, Team Spotlight.

Do you need help managing the care of an elderly loved one in Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, or Staunton Virginia or in Kansas City or Overland Park, Kansas?

Contact us at Care is There Geriatric Care Management for a free consultation: 800.434.1633 or info@careisthere.com. We specialize in geriatric care management, support for independent living, assisted living enhancement and peace of mind for long distance caregivers.

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