Living with Alzheimer’s – Meet Joe and Dolores

November 5, 2013 - Serving Seniors

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Senior Community Centers regularly encounters seniors who are affected by Alzheimer’s – either personally or as a caretaker to a family member. Last month, we shared how staying mentally fit can help to prevent Alzheimer’s. This month, we would like you to meet Joe and Dolores:

Joe (84) and Dolores (83) have been married for 63 years and receive home delivered meals from Senior Community Centers. Eight years ago, Dolores began showing the first signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Joe remains a loving husband and 24/7 caretaker to Dolores.

Supportive Services team member Silvia visited Joe and Dolores earlier this year to chat about living with Alzheimer’s and being a caretaker:

“I can’t speak for all caretakers, only for myself,” says Joe. “It took a long time to acclimate to our new life. First you get angry and then you learn to understand the disease. After that, you recognize habits which helps to get through the day. It’s frustrating not to be able to easily leave the house but we’re married til death due us part so it never crosses my mind to send the love of my life away. No one else knows her the way I do.”

Do you have questions or need advise being a caregiver? Senior Community Centers hosts an Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group at the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center every 4th Tuesday of the month. Please contact Laura Stevens at 619.487.0739 for more information.

Stay Healthy During Halloween with These Fun Treats

October 24, 2013 - Serving Seniors

CandyAs always, moderation is key when it comes to enjoying sweet treats and one of the hardest time of year to stay focused on our health is the holiday season between Halloween and the first of the new year. Let’s make a pledge to enjoy ourselves while being mindful of what we eat.

Here are a few links to fun, easy and healthy Halloween treats:

iVillage has a fantastic list of treats that kids will love. Easy and creative!

Cooking Light has a list of 25 Halloween and Fall Favorites – including full meals.

Spoonful shares a Hauntingly Healthy list of 15 easy and cute Halloween snacks.

What’s your favorite Halloween Treat or Recipe?

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Seniors, mark your calendars! The National Charity League, San Dieguito Chapter is hosting this year’s Halloween Party at the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center on Sunday, October 27 at 1 pm!

The Effect of a Government Shutdown on Low-Income Seniors

October 2, 2013 - Serving Seniors

The current political stalemate and government shutdown is affecting millions of Americans. One voice that needs to be heard is the voice of seniors who depend on agencies like ours to remain independent. 95% of seniors surveyed at our largest congregate dining site in downtown San Diego live at or below the Federal Poverty Level and have to make difficult choices between paying for rent and medication on a daily basis – regardless of politics.

YES, Senior Community Centers remains open during the government shutdown. We depend on federal funding for some programs, but seniors will continue to have access to warm meals and all our programs.

While current benefit recipients should continue to receive their entitlement checks on time, the shutdown puts a hold on issuing new or replacement Social Security cards, replacement Medicare cards or proof-of-income letters. For new senior clients who come to us for help, the delay in issuing essential documents may make the difference between sleeping on the streets or gaining access to stable housing.

This week, Senior Community Centers made sure to advocate for seniors and to let them speak for themselves during local media interviews. Here are links to this week’s coverage:

Univision TV Segment (September 30, 2013)

NBC San Diego Coverage (September 30, 2013)

NBC San Diego TV Segment (October 1, 2013)

CBS 8 TV Coverage (October 1, 2013)

Senior Community Centers will continue to monitor the progress and provide updates as needed.

 

Serving more than Healthy Meals to Seniors

September 25, 2013 - Serving Seniors

James is a new senior resident at one of downtown San Diego’s single room occupancy hotels. James is new in San Diego and has no family or friends nearby. The small room is equipped with a twin bed and a tiny sink; bathrooms are shared with other hotel residents. Paying for the hotel room to avoid living on the streets is about all that James can afford.

James found out about Senior Community Centers home delivered meals program through other hotel residents and called to sign up as well. Kimberly, one of our home delivered meals drivers, came by the next day with a hot and nutritious lunch as well as breakfast for the next day. On Fridays, our drivers deliver breakfast and lunch for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Unfortunately, James had to decline the meals because he could not store or heat up the food.

Letting one of our clients go hungry for an entire weekend – and many other weekends to follow – is not an option.  Senior Community Centers’ Food Service Director took extra ordinary measures and discovered a small fridge and a microwave in working condition in our limited storage space.

James was very grateful and surprised when Kimberly delivered a fridge and microwave along with fresh meals during her next visit! We sure made his day and are excited to know that James has access to healthy food seven days a week.

James and Kim

Throwback Thursday: Potiker Family Senior Residence Groundbreaking Ceremony

September 12, 2013 - Paul Downey

scc-shovel-march-02Even before the revitalization plan for San Diego’s East Village came to fruition, Senior Community Centers took a bold step and began the construction of our first affordable senior housing complex in 2002. Petco Park opened in 2004, residential buildings began to sprout up around the ball park in 2005.

Market Square Manor – now Potiker Family Senior Residence – opened in 2003 and 200 seniors found a stable and affordable place to call home.

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