Active Aging Week September 25 – October 1

September 23, 2016 - Serving Seniors

Active Aging Week was started in 2003 by the International Council on Active Aging. The international event celebrates aging and active living by engaging older adults in wellness activities in a safe, friendly and fun atmosphere. Here are a few of our favorite tips to help seniors live a more active lifestyle:

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  1. Eat healthy foods. A healthy diet can be the key to living longer and stronger. Eat nutrient-dense foods, like fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain foods. Avoid sweet, salty, and highly processed foods. Also, watch out for dehydration. Keep in mind that each person has different dietary needs. Follow your doctor’s suggestions regarding dietary restrictions.
  1. Stay active in a way that’s fun for you. There are so many ways to get in some daily movement. Consider walking with a group of friends, learning how to dance, going for a hike, or walking a pet. The possibilities are endless. Find activities that are both meaningful and enjoyable for you.
  1. Try meditation and practice mindfulness. Daily Meditation is a mood boosting way to remain present and focused through connectedness and relaxation. Taking time to include meditation in your daily routine can lead to greater quality of life and positivity, all while reducing anxiety and lessening stress.
  1. Learn a new skill. It’s never too late to master something new, and it keeps your mind sharp, too! Try learning a new skill that requires concentration, creative thinking and memorization, 4-learn-a-new-skill-2like chess, crossword puzzles, or writing poetry. Discover a foreign language, play a musical instrument, read, or listen to a Ted Talk.
  1. Make Community Connections. Older adults who engage in meaningful community activities report feeling healthier. Boost happiness and join us at the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center. Remember that participating in activities should be fun, not stressful, so choose activities that appeal most to you! Check out what’s happening this month.
  1. Practice fall prevention. Through practical lifestyle adjustments, you can prevent falls and injury—a leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for seniors. Complete a home safety checklist, take Vitamin D and Calcium, remove loose carpets or throw rugs, use night lights throughout hallways, and keep paths clear of electrical cords and clutter.7-invite-more-laughter-into-your-life

7. Invite more laughter into your life. It’s true what they say: Daily dose of laughter is good for your health. Reenergize with humor and play. Consider casual social events with friends. Call an old friend or introduce yourself to someone new. Share jokes, funny stories, or watch a comedy, and enjoy the lightness that comes from a little bit of daily laughter.

Learn more about Active Aging Week from the International Council on Active Aging 

Serving Seniors Community Partner Named Behavioral Health Person of the Year

May 29, 2014 - Serving Seniors

Serving Seniors has developed an extensive network of over 30 providers and collaborative partners to extend and enhance the services we provide. Partners include educational institutions such as San Diego State University, UC San Diego, University of San Diego and Cal Western School of Law. We also partner with health care agencies such as Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital and Mission Home Health to provide health screenings and assessments. Partners utilize space at the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center or one of our other facilities, allowing seniors to have access to these importance services in one location.

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Carol Neidenberg, one of our wonderful community partners, is being presented with the Behavioral Health Person of the Year award on May 30 for her commitment and leadership as a champion against the stigma of mental illness. Carol is the Program Manager for the Consumer Center for Health Education and Advocacy. Carol and her team have worked with Serving Seniors for over 10 years to promote the wellbeing of low-income seniors using the organization’s computer labs and offering assistance with health care, public benefits and legal problems. Carol is a well-known advocate for the rights of mental health clients, the homeless and older adults. We appreciate Carol’s hard work and dedication to Serving Seniors over the past decade.

If you have a program that would benefit our senior clients and would like to partner with us, please contact Maureen Piwowarski at maureen.piwowarski@servingseniors.org or (619) 487-0610.

 

Great News: The Virtual Senior Center is up and running!

November 7, 2013 - Serving Seniors

Life just became a lot more fun and rewarding for 45 home-bound seniors in San Diego. With the financial support of Selfhelp and Aging and Independent Services and in cooperation with OASIS and San Diego Futures Foundation, Senior Community Centers launched the long-anticipated Virtual Senior Center last month.

As a pilot program in only three US cities, Senior Community Centers is honored to provide the necessary services to make this program a success.

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Home-bound seniors – most of which receive home delivered meals from Senior Community Centers – have been equipped with a user friendly computer screen in their homes that lets them connect to other seniors and participate in a variety of classes such as: yoga; book club; meet the nurse; senior resources; civic engagement; senior advocacy and policy; healthier living; computer training; sports recap; current events; etc. Participants will also be able to attend classes offered in Chicago and New York City that are also part of the pilot program.

The goals of this exciting new program include:

  • Increase socialization opportunities
  • Increase mental fitness
  • Decrease depression
  • Lower the number of health care visits and emergency services

Stay tuned for updates from our initial group of participants. If you have any questions about the program, please contact Laura Stevens at 619.487.0739.

Conversations in Health Care – How Technology is Advancing Senior Care

August 2, 2013 - Paul Downey

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West Health is a leader in innovative approaches to lowering health care cost and Senior Community Centers is a proud partner to work towards that common goal. As part of the West Health Institute IDEA Series, I served as a panelist to discuss how advances in technology could change health care for a rapidly growing senior population.

Read more here or click the picture to watch a video of the discussion.

On The Air with Drew Schlosberg for U-T Community Spotlight – “Seniors and Technology”

February 25, 2013 - Paul Downey

I visited my good friend Drew Schlosberg, host of “U-T Community Spotlight”, in the studio for a conversation about Seniors and Technology. Listen to the interview here.

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Minute-by-Minute Highlights:

Minute 0.49 – At-risk high school students teach seniors how to use computers while forming meaningful relationships

Minute 3.49 – Integrated technology measures biometrics for preventative healthcare

Minute 5.00 – New technologies are on the horizon for home-bound clients

Minute 6.10 – Ways to get involved with our programs

Minute 8.50 – Upcoming Event on February 27

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