Learn about the latest home design options to age in place

On Friday, November 18th, Mary Snow, Show Room Manager of May Supply, will educate us on the Latest Gadgets and Features of a Universally Designed Home. Join us from 9:00 – 10:30am at Sunnyside Retirement Community (The Highlands) 3935 Sunnyside Drive Harrisonburg, Virginia. Visitors are welcome!

The meeting will also feature a “member spotlight” presentation by Linda Elliott of Miller, Earle, and Shanks, PLLC.

The winner of our contest this month will receive a $25 gift card from HoneyBaked Ham donated by Linda Elliot!

Download the meeting agenda here.

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

Sweet Treats and the Miracle of Music

On Friday, October 21, 2016, Robert Reedy Jr; a Vice President/Loan Officer with Farmers & Merchants Bank located in Timberville, VA, will discuss the power of music. He participates in a music group that has been providing a variety of music programs for many area nursing homes each month for the past 11 years. During this time he’s seen many “miracles” from these individuals, especially when they sing the older songs from the 30 & 40s. He’ll share a few tunes and talk about his experiences.

We will also have a spotlight this month by one of our members.

Our October contest is spooky and sweet. Make and decorate the best looking cake or cupcakes in a Halloween theme and and receive a prize donated by Dr. Judith Reifsteck, Psy.D., L.P.C. with Respecting Choices and Making Choices Virginia. Once the winner is chosen, we’ll enjoy the delicious baked goods!

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, visit:

http://www.harrisonburgseniors.com.

Contact Information:

Chair – Phyllis Friesen
Design Concrete Builders, Inc.
540.383.2982

Understanding Alzheimer’s

On Friday, September 16th, Sharon DeBoever of the Alzheimer’s Association will educate us on the characteristics and signs of this disease in her presentation, “Is It Alzheimer’s?”

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

The meeting will also feature a “member spotlight” presentation by Phyllis Friesen of Design Concrete Builders. She is also donating the prize for our contest this month!

Download the meeting agenda here.

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 – Phyllis Friesen
Design Concrete Builders, Inc.
540.383.2982

Helpful Fire Safety Tips for Aging in Place!

On Friday, August 19th, Assistant Fire Marshall and Captain Joe Mullens from the Rockingham County Fire Department will engage us in learning about Fire Safety Resources. Did you know that many deaths/injuries in older adults are due to missing smoke/fire alarms or dead batteries? Captain Mullens will also discuss ways to make your home accessible for fire and safety rescue units, the dangers of clutter and hoarding as well as devices that can be used under your stove hood to automatically extinguish a cooktop fire.

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 Jeannette Suter from Home Instead Senior Care.

You’ll be the winner of our contest this month if you’re able to identify what percentage of seniors would prefer to remain at home according to a recent AARP study. The prize will be donated by Jim Maust of Venture Builders, Inc.

Download the meeting agenda here.

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 www.harrisonburgseniors.com

Contact Information:
Chair – Phyllis Friesen
Design Concrete Builders, Inc.
540.383.2982

How to Protect Elderly Loved Ones from Heat-related Stress

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Heat Stroke in Older Adults

When the summer heat rises, it affects older adults more than the rest of us.

Why? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that:

  • Older adults do not adjust as well as young people to sudden changes in temperature.
  • They are more likely to have a chronic medical condition that changes normal body responses to heat.
  • They are more likely to take prescription medicines that impair the body’s ability to regulate its temperature or that inhibit perspiration.

Read more about the signs and symptoms of heat-related stress and how you can protect your elderly loved ones by reading the CDC’s article “Heat Stress in Older Adults.”

Are you a long distance caregiver? A geriatric care manager or aging life care manager can help check on your loved one when the heat rises. Contact Care is There for assistance with loved ones who live in Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, or Staunton Virginia or Overland Park Kansas. For geriatric care managers or aging life care professionals in other locations, consult the Aging Life Care Association.

For more articles like this, see: Long Distance Caregiving, Resources for Central Virginia, Aging in Place

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, Aging Life Care™ services, and peace of mind for long distance caregivers.
 


AGING LIFE CARE™ is a trademark of the Aging Life Care Association. Only ALCA members are authorized to use this term to identify their services. See the Team page of CareisThere.com for a list of our associates, and look for the Aging Life Care logo on the bio pages of our ACLA members.

How to Protect Your Elderly Loved One from Identity Theft

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FTC Identity Theft

Thieves sometimes prey on the elderly by obtaining and using their personal information to open accounts or make purchases. You can help protect your elderly loved one from identity theft by helping them take simple precautions.

The Federal Trade Commission addresses the issue in this video:

The FTC recommends these best practices for identity theft prevention in their publication “Identity Theft: What to Know, What to Do”.

The FTC also gives advice about “identity theft protection” services – what they can and cannot accomplish – and low cost alternatives.

Read more in our article about identity theft at CareisThere.com

For more articles like this, see: Long Distance Caregiving, Resources for Central Virginia, Aging in PlaceLegal and Financial, 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, Aging Life Care™ services, and peace of mind for long distance caregivers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


AGING LIFE CARE™ is a trademark of the Aging Life Care Association. Only ALCA members are authorized to use this term to identify their services. See the Team page of CareisThere.com for a list of our associates, and look for the Aging Life Care logo on the bio pages of our ACLA members.

Learn About Healthy Hearing at Our New Meeting Location!

On Friday, July 15th our educational speakers will be Michael J Combs H.I.S (Hearing Instrument Specialist) and Jimmy Stewart BC-HIS (Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist) of Hearing At Home Mobile Hearing Center.  Their presentation entitled,”Hear Better, Live Better” is based on improving the quality of your life through better hearing. This presentation is designed to educate people in identifying the signs of hearing loss and how to address it. In doing so, people will improve the quality of their life with better marital relationships, better work productivity, improved self-confidence and mental health.

Join us from 9:00 – 10:30am at a new meeting location, Bellaire at Stone Port (1684 Port Hills Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22801). Visitors are welcome!

The meeting will also feature a “member spotlight” presentation by Josh Lowe of Edward Jones.

Our contest winner this month will win a prize donated by Cindy Dove from Bellaire at Stone Port.

Download the meeting agenda here: 07 16 Bellaire Aging in Place Round Table Meeting Agenda.

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

HIPAA: Giving Your Advocate Access to Health Care Information

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HIPAA Access for Advocates

HIPAA is meant to protect your privacy, but misunderstandings about the law can cause unintended snags for you, your advocate, and your health care team.

HIPAA stands for “Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act” of 1996, which includes the HIPAA Privacy Rule. The Rule was not designed to get in your way! But well-meaning staff in medical settings can sometimes keep medical information from your loved ones and professional advocates in a misguided attempt to protect your privacy.

The US Department of Health and Human Services provides a guide to clear up the common misconceptions about HIPAA. You can download it in pdf form here.

You can make things much easier by documenting your intentions to share information in a form recognized by healthcare professionals – a HIPAA authorization form. Written authorization of permission is not required by HIPAA, but many healthcare providers require it.

  • Ask for the HIPAA forms at every health care provider’s office that you visit and fill them out in accordance with your wishes. This approach is effective because each health care provider has their own process and their own forms. If information is needed quickly, it is easiest for the staff of the medical office to find and relate to the forms familiar to them.
  • Sign a general HIPAA release form that identifies the people with which you want their health care providers to share information, and give it to your advocates so they can present it to any healthcare provider. This can be a form created by your elder law attorney. At Care is There Geriatric Care Management, we also have a form that our clients can choose to use. This is handy in cases like emergency room visits when encountering new health care providers.

Visit our solutions page about HIPAA: Giving Your Advocate Access to Healthcare Information for tips sheets and more. 

You might also be interested in these other solutions:

For more articles like this, see: Long Distance Caregiving, Resources for Central Virginia, Aging in PlaceCare for the Caregiver, Communicating with Senior Citizens, Legal and FinancialResources for Central Virginia – Charlottesville, Resources for Central Virginia – Harrisonburg, Resources for Central Virginia – StauntonResources for Kansas City, Resources for Johnson County KS, Resources for Kansas, Resources for Missouri.

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, Aging Life Care™ services, and peace of mind for long distance caregivers.


AGING LIFE CARE™ is a trademark of the Aging Life Care Association. Only ALCA members are authorized to use this term to identify their services. See the Team page of CareisThere.com for a list of our associates, and look for the Aging Life Care logo on the bio pages of our ACLA members.

Care is There Welcomes Lisa Gillmor to the Team

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Lisa Gillmore Lifestyle Coordinator

Care is There Geriatric Care Management would like to welcome Lisa Gillmor to the team! Our newest lifestyle coordinator has worked in a variety of settings; she left full-time employment so she could home school her daughter from first grade through the completion of high school. During this experience, she developed and implemented creative and alternative methods of learning.

Lisa also helped her parents through terminal illness as well as the physical and cognitive challenges of aging. This experience, taking this journey with her parents, has given her real life skills that she is pleased to use for clients of Care is There.

Learn more about Lisa 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, Aging Life Care™ services, and peace of mind for long distance caregivers.

 

 

 


AGING LIFE CARE™ is a trademark of the Aging Life Care Association. Only ALCA members are authorized to use this term to identify their services. See the Team page of CareisThere.com for a list of our associates, and look for the Aging Life Care logo on the bio pages of our ACLA members.

Learn How To Plan Ahead for Future Health Care Choices

On Friday, June 17, 2016, Dr. Judith Reifsteck, Psy.D., L.P.C. with Respecting Choices and Making Choices Virginia will educate us in her presentation, “Advance Care Planning for Future Health Care Choices.

Good advance care planning improves the quality of your advance directives (or living will). This type of planning is a process of coming to understand, reflect on, discuss and plan for a time when you cannot make your own medical decisions and are unlikely to recover from your injury or illness. In this educational presentation, we will learn about one model of Advance Care Planning known as Respecting Choices. The goal is to encourage and support Virginia citizens to have family conversations about medical decisions for medical emergencies or in the case of life limiting, serious illness.

We will also have a member spotlight by representatives from Park View Village.

The winner for our contest this month will receive a prize donated by Desiree White from the Alzheimers Association.

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, visit http://www.harrisonburgseniors.com.

 

Contact Information:

Chair – Phyllis Friesen
Design Concrete Builders, Inc.
540.383.2982