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Lilacs & Greensleeves: Honoring our Veterans

  • Posted On November 8, 2018
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November 11, 2018 we celebrate and honor all of our Veterans who have served so faithfully in America’s Armed Forces. We salute our heroes with a quote from Dan Lipinski:

“On this Veteran’s Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free.”  ~Dan Lipinski


History of Veterans Day

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

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Lilacs & Greensleeves: CP; San Dimas H.E.R.O.E.S.

Care4You is very proud to feature San Dimas H.E.R.O.E.S. as our Community Partner! Thank you for everything that you are doing as a volunteer group to honor our most respected Heroes! Well done!!

About San Dimas H.E.R.O.E.S.

The Mission of San Dimas H.E.R.O.E.S. is to honor all current military personnel through their banner program and all past, present and future San Dimas residents who have served our country by constructing a permanent Veterans’ Memorial.

If anyone is interested in volunteering with San Dimas H.E.R.O.E.S., please contact them via their email address or phone.  They will really appreciate your help!

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (909)677-9557

They will be holding their Annual Veteran’s Day Celebration on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 4pm. The event will be held at Freedom Park in San Dimas. In addition to all veterans being acknowledged, this year special recognition will be given for all San Dimas Korean War Veterans. The ceremony will include the unveiling of San Dimas Veteran names that have been added to the veteran’s wall this year. Other activities will include the raising of the new military flags, a bagpiper, the San Dimas High School choir, and much more. The event is open to the public. Seating is limited so you might want to bring your own chair.

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Lilacs & Greensleeves: Veterans Spotlight; Richard Wisdom & Fred Bennett

In the spirit of honoring all Veterans, this month we want to feature two of our representatives who served in the  U.S. Armed Forces! Thank you Richard Wisdom and Fred Bennett so very much for your service!

Meet Richard Wisdom:

Service: 1986-1990 U.S. Navy

Richard served as a Deck Hand, checking the injection seat before flight. The Constellation was the ship on which he served where he traveled to Australia. (6 months out, 6 months in.) He proudly comes from a military family with his Dad having served in the Army and his Uncle who served in the Air Force!

Richard is married (1990) . He and his wife have two children and two grandchildren. He is the owner of his own garage door business.

Thank you for your service, Richard! Well done!

Meet Fred Bennett:

Following in the proud military tradition of his father, who was a “Navy man,” Fred enlisted in the air force at the age of 19 directly after his high school graduation in Detroit Michigan. He enlisted with 3 high school buddies hoping to stay together. However the air force had other plans and the foursome was separated, all landing in different military bases across the country.

Fred was assigned to Blytheville AFB just outside Blytheville, AR where he proudly served as a member of the military police for the next 3.5 years. The base, located between St. Louis and Memphis, was originally opened in 1942 as an army airfield and advanced flying school. With the end of the Korean War, the base maintained a small flight program, but was used primarily to process military members being discharged. At any given time, there were close to 33,000 men and women on the base – With our Fred as a member of one of the “Peace keeping, security team.” Fred not only provided security for the enlisted personnel, but also for the overall security of base operations.

Congratulations Fred, well done!


Lilacs & Greensleeves: Dementia Awareness

  • Posted On October 8, 2018
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From the Alzheimer’s Association:

Dementia Awareness

As you can see, there are several types of Dementia! The Alzheimer’s Association has a wonderful website to go to and find great information on this multifaceted disease such as:

“What is Alzheimer’s ~ What is Dementia ~ Diagnosis ~ Stages ~ Treatment”

About Dementia:

“Dementia is not a specific disease. It’s an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases. Vascular dementia, which occurs after a stroke, is the second most common dementia type. But there are many other conditions that can cause symptoms of dementia, including some that are reversible, such as thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies.

Dementia is often incorrectly referred to as “senility” or “senile dementia,” which reflects the formerly widespread but incorrect belief that serious mental decline is a normal part of aging.”

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

Your memory often changes as you grow older. But memory loss that disrupts daily life is not a typical part of aging. It may be a symptom of dementia. Dementia is a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s (AHLZ-high-merz) disease, a fatal disorder that results in the loss of brain cells and function. It may be hard to know the difference between age-related changes and the first signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Some people may recognize changes in themselves before anyone else notices.Other times, friends and family will be the first to observe changes in memory, behavior or abilities.To help identify problems early, the Alzheimer’s Association® has created a list of warning signs for Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Individuals may experience one or more of these in different degrees.

1. Confusion with time or place

2. Difficulty completing familiar tasks

3. Challenges in planning or solving problems

4. Memory loss that disrupts daily life

5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships

6. New problems with words in speaking or writing

7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps

8. Decreased or poor judgment

9. Withdrawal from work or social activities

10. Changes in mood and personality

If you or someone you care about is experiencing any of the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease, please see a doctor to find the cause. Early diagnosis gives you a chance to seek treatment and plan for your future.

The Alzheimer’s Association can help.


Call: 800.272.3900


Lilacs & Greensleeves: PS; Linda Loera, Community Outreach Specialist

Care4You is honored to feature Linda Loera as our Professional Spotlight. Thank you Linda for everything that you do in our community to help all of us have a better understanding about Alzheimer’s! We really appreciate you!

Linda Loera is a Community Outreach Specialist with the Alzheimer’s Association, CA – Southland Chapter. Her responsibilities include educating the community about Alzheimer’s disease, participating in community events to bring awareness to the disease, and supporting families and caregivers through care consultations, support groups and providing information and resources. Before joining the Alzheimer’s Association, Linda worked for the HICAP program for 11 years, counseling and advocating on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries and creating relationships with community organizations. She is bilingual in Spanish and English, earned a B.A. and M.A. in Latin American Studies as well as an M.A. in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Lilacs & Greensleeves: CP; Alzheimer’s Association

Care4You is very proud to feature the Alzheimer’s Association as our Community Partner! The work that you do everyday is a real service to our communities, not only to educate but also to move towards a real goal to help find the cure for this very difficult disease!

From all of us who walked with you on September 16, 2018, (see here>) and all who walk with you daily…thank you for being there for us!!

Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

The Alzheimer’s Association California Southland Chapter provides free educational programs, support services and care consultations across Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Kern, Tulare, Kings and Inyo counties while also supporting critical research toward a cure. To find a support group, program or regional office near you, contact our 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.

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Lilacs & Greensleeves: Care4You San Dimas CA Walk to End Alzheimer’s

On September 16, 2018 Care 4 You participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s through the Alzheimer’s Association at the Ontario Mills. We walked over 2.5 miles around the mall along with approximately 1,500 participants. This year’s event raised more than $150,000 for Alzheimer’s research to find a cure. Each of the flowers represents caregivers for someone with Alzheimer’s, those who have lost someone to Alzheimer’s, those currently with Alzheimer’s, and supporters of a cure for Alzheimer’s.

We were so honored to be a part of this very special group of friends, walking together for a great cause! ♥


Lilacs & Greensleeves: Prevent Hospital Readmissions

  • Posted On September 18, 2018
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What is a readmission?

“Readmission is a term used when a patient is admitted back to the hospital for in-patient care soon after being discharged.  OPA’s Quality Report Cards use a quality measure of hospital readmissions that occur within 30 days of being discharged for the same or a related medical condition.

Unfortunately, hospital readmissions occur far too often and can lead to more serious health problems. The good news is that many readmissions can be prevented with proper treatment planning and follow-up. Patients can do their part to prevent readmission by following their care plan, tracking their medicines, and keeping follow-up appointments.

Why is it important to prevent a readmission?

Both your health and finances are put further at risk if you face a hospital readmission. Each time you are admitted to the hospital, you probably will have to pay a deductible or another co-payment.  In addition to the cost of the hospital care, the delay in recovery from your illness can postpone your return to work.

What can be done to prevent a readmission?

Many return hospital visits could be prevented if patients, caregivers and hospital staff plan ahead for the day the patient leaves the hospital. There are key things you can do:

  • Ask questions: Make sure you understand the information given to you by your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.  Repeat their instructions to make sure you understand them. It is also helpful to have a family member or friend with you to take notes.
  • Have a discharge plan (also called a care plan): Before being discharged from the hospital, make sure the doctor, nurse or other hospital staff gives you a detailed written plan that includes:
    • A list of your medical problems.Know your diagnosis, potential complications, and who to call if you need assistance.
    • A schedule of follow-up appointments. See your primary care doctor or specialist as directed.
    • A list of your medications with clear written instructions about when to take them and for how long, as well as any possible side effects.
    • A list of equipment you might need, such as wheelchair or hospital bed.
    • A list of recommended home modifications, such as grab bars in the bathroom. Try to make these changes to your home before you leave the hospital.
    • A list of any activities to avoid and for how long.
    • If your hospital does not give you a discharge plan, you can use this discharge checklist to help you ask questions of the hospital staff.
  • Create a support team to help you at home: Have a family member, friend and/or other caregiver help you at home with meals, medications, personal hygiene and other necessary care.
  • Know what to do if you don’t feel well: Know the danger signs for your condition and what you will do if your symptoms get worse. Know who to call during the day, at night and on weekends.
  • Follow up with your regular doctor and specialists: Make sure your doctors know about any changes in your health. Bring your care plan to each doctor’s appointment, along with your new prescriptions and a list of all of your prescribed and over-the-counter medications, vitamins and other supplements.”

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Lilacs & Greensleeves: PS; Mary Winners BSBA, Certified Gerontologist

Care4You is honored to feature Mary Winners BSBA, Certified Gerontologist as our Professional Spotlight! Thank you Mary, for all that you do in your exceptional service to those in need. Well done!

Mary Winners, Founder.

Mary has over a decade of experience in the business development aspect of healthcare. While physicians and nurses provide medical recommendations, Mary understands the other side of health care-the confusing maze of health care options and unknowns. She has extensive knowledge in acute care hospitalization, Gero-psychiatric issues, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, hospice, assisted living and other senior care options. A noted speaker and adviser, Mary has provided expert services to a wide variety of seniors in every economic category. Her ability to accurately pinpoint and guide families as they deal with emotional life changing events gives Mary an insight that has no parallel.

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Lilacs & Greensleeves: CP; About Senior Solutions

Care4You is proud to feature About Senior Solutions as our Community Partner! The commitment and dedication to provide excellent care to those who seek their services makes them so very special! Thank you for all that you do in your endeavors to show your professional and very thoughtful spirit!

About Senior Solutions
Who They Are

About Senior Solutions is a senior resource, evaluation, placement and advocacy organization dedicated to serving the needs of aging seniors and their family members. The organization was founded by a professional woman passionate about providing families with solutions to health care dilemmas that families were in crisis over.

They understand that sudden or gradual changes in a senior’s health can create a great deal of emotional concern and create overwhelming anxiety for families. When families are caught in the merry-go-round of health care options and what the best things for their loved one is, they turn to About Senior Solutions for the answers.

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