As we get older we can all have concerns about our health, which can range from nutritional health, to caregiver information, to exercise and more. Knowledge is power, whether we are caring for an elderly loved one or the concern is for ourselves in trying to go into our golden years as healthy as we can be.
National Institute on Aging
NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads the federal government in conducting and supporting research on aging and the health and well-being of older people. The Institute seeks to understand the nature of aging and the aging process, and diseases and conditions associated with growing older, in order to extend the healthy, active years of life.
In 1974, Congress granted authority to form NIA to provide leadership in aging research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs relevant to aging and older people. Subsequent amendments to this legislation designated NIA as the primary Federal agency on Alzheimer’s disease research.
Steve Sciurba: Director of Community Outreach, The Kensington Sierra Madre
Care4You is so honored to have Steve Scurbia as our Professional in the Spotlight! Steve desires to build rapport and relationships effortlessly and he cares deeply about making the lives of seniors as pleasurable as possible. And because he believes the caliber of The Kensington is unmatched, Steve feels compelled to cultivate awareness in the community and he seeks to put their exceptional resources within easy reach of whoever needs them. In doing so, he affects many lives in the most wonderful ways!
With over 35 years of business development experience, Steve has worked in the following areas: Operations, Marketing, Sales Management, Recruitment and Sales Training. For the past 10 years Steve has been in the elder care industry, working for a SNF, a CCRC and currently at The Kensington, a RCFE. Personally, Steve lives in Glendora and has been married for 40 years and has 4 daughters and 3 grandchildren.
Care4You is very proud to have The Kensington Sierra Madre as our Community Partner! What a beautiful place to reside and more important is the wonderful care given to those who live there! Thank you to The Kensington Sierra Madre staff who seem to go beyond in their desire to make true their mission, “We promise to love and care for your family as we do our own.”
The Kensington is an assisted living and memory care residence located in the San Gabriel Valley in the heart of Sierra Madre. It is the realization of the vision of passionate leaders in the senior living industry.
This industrious group imagined and then developed a community that takes the assisted living model of care to a higher level in an environment of comfortable eloquence, staffed by loving professionals.
The Kensington is designed to be home for seniors who need assisted living and memory care services. They believe the comfort of familiarity is precious, so their enhanced program enables them to offer care beyond what the traditional assisted living community can deliver.
They offer a full spectrum of including clinical support, including end-of-life care. No resident needs to move out if assisted living health care needs change or increase.
For those with memory loss, the Kensington offers two levels of care in specially designed neighborhoods. Connections is for residents in the early to middle stages of memory loss. Haven is for residents in the middle to late stages. Their multifaceted program is geared to support not only residents but also their families.
The Kensington weaves heartfelt, professional care into the everyday lives of residents. With a high degree of sensitivity, their caregivers help residents patiently with even the smallest of tasks; watch carefully for cues when they should provide more support; and retreat when appropriate so residents can remain as independent as possible. They find or create ways to help residents feel comfortable, secure, happy and dignified.
The Kensington offers a wide range of services and amenities so residents can live securely, unburdened and well attended in a beautiful community they’re pleased to call home. They want life to be as enjoyable for their residents as possible, so they assume many of the demands of daily living. This makes more room for pleasure, such as dining leisurely with family, pursuing hobbies, relaxing with a bestseller in the library or sipping cocktails each afternoon.
“Successful fall prevention involves the three main strategies of: balance training and physical activity; medical management; and, environmental/home modifications. Whether you are a service provider, an interested individual, a caregiver, or an educator/researcher, remember that a combination of all three interventions are necessary to prevent falls in the home and out in the community.
Are you concerned about a family member or friend falling? Are you an informal or paid caregiver? Do you want to know more about common problems that contribute to falls, and learn about simple steps to prevent them? Do you wish to learn about assistive devices or environmental/home modifications that can reduce the risks for falling?”
Care4You is very proud to have Lori Michiel Fitness as our Community Partner! What an incredible team of trainers Lori has working alongside her, helping us to achieve our greatest potential in health and fitness. Lori Michiel Fitness professionals are passionate and enjoy helping seniors improve their well-being as they age. That really touches our hearts here at Care4You as we are involved in helping to take care of our cherished clients each day! Thank you so much Lori Michiel Fitness, for all you do to reach out to our communities and help as many people as possible so they can be the best that they can…strong and fit!
About Lori Michiel Fitness
Lori and her team of trainers treat you with care, dignity and respect. They understand the best approach to help you reach your fitness goals while maintaining safety as their first priority.
Lori Michiel Fitness does not believe in the “one size fits all” or a factory-style workout. Their trained instructors and physical therapists have a knowledge-based foundation in order to design a program specifically for you.
Fitness for Seniors
Even small doses of exercise can make a difference in the lives of those with chronic conditions. Research proves that even moderate exercise can improve the quality of life and create healthy habits. Their adaptive programs and corrective exercise training have shown to have a positive effect on individuals with arthritis, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and other musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. Lori Michiel Fitness helps seniors achieve:
A special concern for many seniors today is Fall Prevention. Taking one of the achievements above, ‘Improved Balance’ Lori and her trainers at Lori Michiel Fitness offer help to those in our community who wish to address their own concerns about falling.
Balance: Stay Vertical – Resist the Hidden Danger of Falling
Even in Your 30s and 40s, Specific Exercises Help Prevent a Big Danger of Aging
You know it when you feel it.
If you find yourself needing to sit down to take off your shoes, it might be time to start paying attention to your sense of balance.
People don’t usually think about balance until they fall or know someone they never thought would. There are signs that cannot be ignored such as holding onto hand rails to go up and down the stairs, wavering as you step into a pair of pants, missing the lip on a curb. These situations can be an early warning sign that your stability is starting to decline.
Once recognized, it is important not to dismiss the signs because loss of balance is usually treatable, but will often get worse if ignored. A formal assessment may not indicate balance issues, but does help predict the chances of becoming “one with the floor”.
Care4You is so honored to have Lori Michiel NASM-CPT as our Professional in the Spotlight. Lori’s exceptional heart is filled with a passion that shows very well throughout her career as a trainer, teacher and advocate for fitness! Thank you Lori! We certainly appreciate you for all that you do for the wellness and the joy that you bring to those who seek your services. Well done!
About Lori Michiel:
Lori Michiel, founder of Lori Michiel Fitness™, is a well-known, published professional specializing in senior fitness. Lori provides private consultations and creates personalized fitness programs for those with chronic conditions such as Parkinson’s, arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis and other ailments to enhance safety and quality of life for seniors.
Lori is trained by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), the gold standard in the fitness industry, and is certified by the Arthritis Foundation and SilverSneakers®. An active member of the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) and IDEA Fitness Association, Lori has over 40 years of training experience. Clients seek out Lori’s services when experiencing recovery from joint replacement surgery, when they are challenged by post-rehabilitation recovery, ill health or are simply committed to aging gracefully. Her keen sense of humor and sensitive approach make her a highly sought-after trainer and coach.
For more information about Lori and Lori Michiel Fitness, visit her website here>
True love…it’s such a beautiful place to be. A safe place in your relationships that no matter what happens in your life, someone will be there to walk alongside of you in total devotion.
This can come within a marriage, a family of brothers and sisters, friends or even a stranger among strangers.
As a couple, Dad and Mom were like that with one another. When Mom was diagnosed with Post-Infarct Dementia, Dad stepped right up to the plate to see her through as he had done so many times through their lives together, no matter what. He was totally devoted to her, all the way to the day that she took her last breath. This was such a sweet blessing for me as I cared for Mom and for Dad, as well. To observe their devotion to one another over the years, is a memory that will stay with me every day for the rest of my life.
So dedicated they were to each other, as is the dear man in this story…
“It was a busy morning, about 8:30 am, when an elderly gentleman in his 80’s arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am. I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone could see him.
I saw him looking at his watch and decided ,since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound. On exam, it was well healed so I talked with on of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound. While taking care of his thumb, I asked him if he had another doctors appointment this morning as he was in such a hurry. The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife.
I inquired as to her health. He told me that she had been in there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer’s disease. As we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he were a little late. He replied that she no longer knows who he was, that she had not recognized him for five years now. I was surprised and asked him, “And you still go every morning even though she doesn’t know who you are?”
He smiled, patted my hand and said, “She doesn’t know who I am, but I know who she is.”
“I had to hold back the tears as he left..I had goose bumps on my arms and thought, that’s the kind of love I want in my life~” ~Author Unknown
And then there are our caregivers, men and women who spend many hours walking in the personal world of their clients, helping them to feel safe and loved, with a devotion to see them through their time of need. Dedicated, hard working, patient caregivers they are, each and every one of them.
So when this video was brought to my attention this morning, I sat there watching, listening and feeling the warm tears stream down my face, my vision blurred at times, only to clear with the soft wipe of a tissue.
The story goes where this dear man who worked within the residence of an elderly woman, a man who wasn’t related but whose heart was touched by this woman…this precious soul, and how he responded with a very kind heart to her. How? By walking in her world and as he did, he helped to make her days very joyful ones.
Please allow me to share this beautiful video with you.
Songwriters: Brett Ryan Eldridge / Truman Bradley Crisler. Thank you, gentlemen. your song is both precious and priceless!
“Heart disease is the No.1 killer in the world. Stroke ranks second globally and is a leading cause of severe disability. Some form of cardiovascular disease affects more than one in every three adult Americans.
The American Heart Association wants everyone to understand the threat – and to know that cardiovascular diseases and stroke are largely preventable.
Risks can be lowered by adhering to what we call Life’s Simple 7…”
YouthCare is a respite and memory care program pairing trained student volunteers and older adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment or early-stage dementia in a group setting. YouthCare is designed to serve short-term respite needs (3-6 hours a week), ensuring family caregivers receive a much-needed break.
Your loved one will have the opportunity to play fun games, participate in artistic activities, and have engaging conversations with a youthful partner. The cost of the program is $15 per hour.
Our program is held at an easily-accessible, dementia friendly venue in downtown Los Angeles. We ensure a safe environment by providing clinical oversight for all student-older adult pairs. Drop off your loved one and enjoy a worry-free afternoon.
Care4You is very proud to have Joseph (Jay) Jones as our Professional in the Spotlight! Thank you Jay for all that you do within the San Dimas Senior Center and in the community at large!
His name is Joseph L Jones III although most people know him by Jay. Reason being when you’re the 3rd most names (Joseph, Joe, etc) are already taken. He was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Maryland. He was active in his community playing various sports and as an active participant in the Boy Scouts. In 1990, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout which to this day has granted him life skills he uses everyday. He attended Hampton University in Virginia where he received a BA in psychology. He moved to Northern California in 1994 where he attended graduate school at john F. Kennedy University in 2001 He received his MA in Sports Psychology. While attending graduate school, he worked as a Swim Club manager and as manager of fitness club that catered to older adults, his clientele’s average age was around 85yrs. His clients ranged from people just wanting to stay fit to people with Parkinson’s, hip/knee/shoulder replacement and brain stem injury. It was here where he developed his love for working with seniors.
He moved to southern California in 2005 and eventually began working for the City of Moreno Valley. He started out as the Senor Recreation Leader in sports and was quickly given the opportunity to be the coordinator of the senior center. He held that position for 10 years. He remembers when he started the job, they didn’t have many visitors daily, maybe 65 per day. Most seniors were dropped by their children and they would sit and wait for 8hrs until they were picked up and they would repeat this for 5 days straight. This was sad to witness so he told his staff that they had to change the environment. His motto was never say no to any idea or suggestion for any program a senior wanted. So with that, some things failed but most things flourished. He figured out real quick that seniors should make their own decisions regarding the programming and activities they wanted. How could he possibly decide what was good or not good for them based on his perception? When he left Moreno Valley, the senior center was averaging 125 people daily and they were at 97% capacity for room use.
He began his job in San Dimas as Recreation Supervisor in July 2016. His responsibilities are supervising the Recreation Department and two facilities, the San Dimas Senior Citizen Community Center and the San Dimas Recreation Center.
He has begun to infuse his thought process with the senior community there in San Dimas and so far he is very excited about the positive feedback. He looks forward to growing his partnerships within our community and providing great programming and opportunities for our senior community.
See the San Dimas Senior Citizen Community Centerhere>