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Lilacs & Greensleeves: C.P. San Dimas Senior Community Center

Care4You is honored to have the San Dimas Senior/Community Center as our Community Partner. Thank you to everyone involved in serving our community. We appreciate you!!

The San Dimas Senior/Community Center is dedicated to offering services, events and activities that help enrich the lives of their community’s older adults. They accomplish this in collaboration with different agencies to provide a menu of services such as nutrition, health information, recreation classes, life-long-learning opportunities and special events within a fun and welcoming environment.

For over 20 years, the San Dimas Senior Citizen/Community Center has been a vital resource for older adults in San Dimas and surrounding communities. The Center remains a trailblazing facility thanks to the many participants who contribute their talents, knowledge, ideas and concerns. Their staff is dedicated to providing a variety of exciting programs that respect the vitality of older adults. They hope to see you soon!

Do you want to view a few easy ways to stay connected, share your talents, contribute, and get inspired?

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Lilacs & Greensleeves: National Wear Red Day February 2, 2018

  • Posted On February 8, 2018
  • Categorized In Awareness
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National Wear Red Day®

What is Go Red For Women?

“In 2004, the American Heart Association (AHA) faced a challenge. Cardiovascular disease claimed the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year, yet women were not paying attention. In fact, many even dismissed it as an older man’s disease. To dispel the myths and raise awareness of heart disease & stroke as the number one killer of women, the American Heart Association created Go Red For Women, a passionate, emotional, social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health.

What is the goal of Go Red For Women?

Go Red For Women encourages awareness of the issue of women and heart disease, and also action to save more lives. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power women have to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease. It challenges them to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them the tools they need to lead a heart healthy life.

In 2010, the AHA set a strategic goal of reducing death and disability from cardiovascular disease and strokes by 20 percent while improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent by the year 2020.”

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Lilacs & Greensleeves: Medication (Mis)Management

  • Posted On January 21, 2018
  • Categorized In Awareness
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Managing Your Prescription Medication

“As a senior living independently, you may be juggling multiple medications as part of your health care routine. Of course, it’s important to take your meds as prescribed by your doctor, but if you have a lot of different prescriptions to manage, it can get complicated. You can make life easier by setting up a medication schedule to help you take your medications properly and help you get the most benefit from them.

Why It’s Important to Stick to Your Medication Schedule

Doctors will tell you that you must take medications exactly as prescribed, because taking them incorrectly can lead to problems. For example, taking multiple medications that aren’t timed properly — before or after a meal, etc., might lead to a drug interaction, or the drug might not work as well as it should. On days when you’re feeling on top of the world, you might feel like skipping a day or two of your medication. Conditions such as blood pressure and cholesterol, however, may exhibit no symptoms, and you could aggravate the condition without even knowing it. Until your doctor okays discontinuing a medication, you need to stick to your prescribed medication schedule.

Tips for Taking Your Medication Properly

Yale Medical Group offers a number of tips to make it easier to manage your medication schedule and to make sure that your doctors and pharmacists know everything you’re taking and when you’re taking it. They suggest you make a list of all medications and supplements (vitamins, herbs, etc.) and give a copy to all your doctors and pharmacists. The FDA recommends that you keep a list with you at all times (in your purse or wallet).

Here are some ways you can stay on top of your medication schedule:

Make a master list of all your medications. Write them down in the order you take them from morning to night. Beside each medication, list any special instructions such as “take on an empty stomach,” “take with food,” or “take at bedtime.”

Use a divided pill case, and put all medications for one day in each compartment. Be sure to keep the pill case where you’ll see it throughout the day and out of the reach of small children. Or invest in an automatic medication dispensing service to help make sure you’re always taking the correct dosage. See here>

Set an alarm for medication time with your watch, phone, or kitchen timer in case you get involved in something and lose track of the time.

If you find that your medication schedule is running your life or if it’s just ridiculously complicated, take the list to your doctor and ask if there’s a way to simplify it — maybe you could take your medicine twice a day instead of throughout the day.

These tips can help make sure you remember to take your medication correctly and at the proper time. When you follow your medication schedule and take your medication as directed, you’re meeting your doctor halfway in reaching your mutual goal — ensuring that you feel your absolute best and get the most out of life.”

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Lilacs & Greensleeves: Professional Spotlight; Ferdinand Villegas

Care4You is honored to have Ferdinand Villagas as our Professional in the Spotlight. Thank you Ferdie, for everything you do for the communities in which you serve! Well done!

Ferdinand Villegas

Ferdie Villegas is the territory manager with Philips Lifeline which a division of Philips Electronics that offers consumer and healthcare technology across the globe. Over the last 12 years he has worked with Philips Lifeline in providing peace of mind and reassurance to older adults helping them to live independently in their own homes. He spends most of his time on the road as his work takes him across the state of California and Hawaii working with major hospital systems throughout the coast introducing the latest technological innovation in home health care solutions.

Previously he also worked as the business development manager for Country Villa Health Services one of the largest skilled nursing and rehabilitation company in California.

Prior to his work with Lifeline, he spent sixteen years as the product manager with the American Red Cross developing safety and survival products for the general public. He also served as the health and safety administrator for the local Red Cross in City of Long Beach teaching people life saving techniques such as First Aid and CPR/AED. It was through the Red Cross that he became involve with Lifeline as the program manager providing the service through different channels within the organization.

He is also certified as a defensive driver training instructor through the National Safety Council teaching people how operate a vehicle safely and effectively.

He received his bachelor’s degree at the California Polytechnic University in Pomona.
In his spare time, he enjoys running, cycling and plays competitive USTA league tennis on weekends.

Ferdinand.villegas@philips.com

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Lilacs & Greensleeves: Community Partner; Philips Lifeline

Care4You is very pleased to have Philips Lifeline as our Community Partner! Thank you so very much Philips Lifeline, for your dedication to our community!

Philips Lifeline

How it began

In 1972, gerontologist Andrew Dibner, Ph.D., came up with the idea for an emergency response system in answer to the question: “What would an elderly person do if he or she were alone and needed help?” Two years later, Dibner’s concept became a reality when he and his wife, sociologist Susan Dibner, established Lifeline Systems, Inc.

Dedicated to finding solutions that support the independence of older adults, the Dibners began selling Lifeline Systems. To help even more people, in the late 1970s, they began implementing their call systems in hospitals and other healthcare centers in the U.S. and Canada. Healthcare institutions rented call buttons in a pendant or wrist band style to their patients and responded to their calls.

In 1983, Lifeline went public, staying focused on evolving its technology and services. Advancements included waterproof call buttons that could be worn in the shower — one of the most likely places for a fall. They also centralized the call center to provide world-class services for everyone using Lifeline.

A perfect partnership

In 2006, Philips Lifeline was born when Royal Philips Electronics acquired Lifeline, expanding Philips’ presence in the global home healthcare market. This development also allowed Lifeline to continue to grow its market-leading service through Philips’ worldwide presence, technology, and innovation capabilities.

Continuous innovation

Since then, Lifeline call buttons have become lighter and more comfortable to wear, and the system’s performance and usefulness have rapidly progressed. By leveraging the latest wireless technology, HomeSafe and GoSafe systems allow seniors to call for help from any place in their homes or practically anywhere they travel. Lifeline’s AutoAlert, available with both our at-home and on-the-go services, features advanced automatic fall detection technology, adding another layer of protection.

Philips Lifeline has served over 7.5 million people and is the #1 medical alert device. Our passionate commitment to the Dibners’ original quest to help seniors live safe, independent lives continues as we explore new medical alert technology, at-home health solutions and population health management, while also pushing forward important initiatives, like collaborating in the AgingWell Hub, an innovative research and development program launched in 2015.

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CareSage: Frail and Elderly Program

The Philips Lifeline Frail and Elderly Program (FEP) powered by CareSage is an innovative solution to managing patients safely at home. Combining trusted Lifeline technology, HomeSafe with AutoAlert, and Philips’ HealthSuite, FEP and the CareSage predictive analytics engine provide a clear view of patients in the “white space” – that critical but cloudy area upon discharge when the risk of readmission is high. Through a three-tiered approach, healthcare professionals can monitor, qualify, and assess patient risk from collected data and analysis. Implementing this comprehensive program allows you to support your patients’ needs while improving patient satisfaction, the quality of outcomes, and potentially reduce the cost of care.

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Lilacs & Greensleeves: Depression in our Seniors

  • Posted On December 15, 2017
  • Categorized In Awareness
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Depression is not a normal part of growing older!

“Depression is a true and treatable medical condition, not a normal part of aging. However older adults are at an increased risk for experiencing depression. If you are concerned about a loved one, offer to go with him or her to see a health care provider to be diagnosed and treated.

Depression is not just having “the blues” or the emotions we feel when grieving the loss of a loved one. It is a true medical condition that is treatable, like diabetes or hypertension.

~How do I know if it’s depression?

Someone who is depressed has feelings of sadness or anxiety that last for weeks at a time. He or she may also experience–

Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism

Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and/or helplessness

Irritability, restlessness

Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable

Fatigue and decreased energy

Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions

Insomnia, early–morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping

Overeating or appetite loss

Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts

Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not get better, even with treatment

~How is depression different for other adults?

Older adults are at increased risk. We know that about 80% of older adults have at least one chronic health condition, and

50% have two or more. Depression is more common in people who also have other illnesses (such as heart disease or cancer)

or whose function becomes limited.

Older adults are often misdiagnosed and under-treated. Healthcare providers may mistake an older adult’s symptoms of

depression as just a natural reaction to illness or the life changes that may occur as we age, and therefore not see the

depression as something to be treated. Older adults themselves often share this belief and do not seek help because they don’t

understand that they could feel better with appropriate treatment.

~How many older adults are depressed?

The good news is that the majority of older adults are not depressed. Some estimates of major depression in older people

living in the community range from less than 1% to about 5% but rise to 13.5% in those who require home healthcare and to

11.5% in older hospital patients.”

~How do I find help?

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Lilacs & Greensleeves: Veterans Day November 2017

Care4You is honored to show our respect in remembering all of our wonderful Veterans on Veterans Day and always!

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.”

Soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France, wait for the end of hostilities. This photo was taken at 10:58 a.m., on November 11, 1918, two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect

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…”

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:

Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples….”

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Lilacs & Greensleeves: Special Tribute To Our Veterans

  • Posted On November 14, 2017
  • Categorized In Honor
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Care4You is please to share this short video which offers a heartfelt tribute to all of our Military Heroes, with a special “Welcome Home’ to our Vietnam Veterans!

Source: Mojave Traveler; “A tribute to the brave men and women of the United States military. God Bless our veterans..The song for this video is called Not Forgotten.”

 

Lilacs & Greensleeves: CP; VA Loma Linda Healthcare System

Care4You is so pleased to have VA Loma Linda Healthcare as our Community Partner. Thank you to all who work in this wonderful healthcare system that provides great care to all of of our Veterans.

About the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System

Since 1977, VA Loma Linda Healthcare System has been improving the health of the men and women who have so proudly served our nation. We consider it our privilege to serve your health care needs in any way we can. Services are available to more than 72,000 Veterans living in a 2-county area of San Bernardino and Riverside.

Community Clinics

In addition to our main facility in Loma Linda, we offer services in six community clinics. These clinics are located in —

Mission

Honor America’s Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being.

Vision

Veterans Health Administration (VHA) will continue to be the benchmark of excellence and benefits by providing exemplary services that are both patient centered and evidence based.

This care will be delivered by engaged, collaborative teams in an integrated environment that supports learning, discovery and continuous improvement.

It will emphasize prevention and population health and contribute to the Nation’s well-being through education, research and service in national emergencies.

Core Values

Integrity: Act with high moral principle. Adhere to the highest professional standards. Maintain the trust and confidence of all with whom I engage.

Commitment: Work diligently to serve Veterans and other beneficiaries. Be driven by an earnest belief in VA’s mission. Fulfill my individual responsibilities and organizational responsibilities.

Advocacy: Be truly Veteran-centric by identifying, fully considering, and appropriately advancing the interests of Veterans and other beneficiaries.

Respect: Treat all those I serve and with whom I work with dignity and respect. Show respect to earn it.

Excellence: Strive for the highest quality and continuous improvement. Be thoughtful and decisive in leadership, accountable for my actions, willing to admit mistakes, and rigorous in correcting them.

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Lilacs & Greensleeves: 15 Years and Thank You from Care4You

Care4You would like to thank each and every one of you, including the San Dimas Chamber of Commerce, who extended your congratulations and who joined us at our San Dimas location for our celebration of 15 years in service to our communities!

What a wonderful time we had!!

We especially want to thank the Tap Chicks who helped to make our celebration so enjoyable. Singing and dancing, what great performers they are! Well done, ladies!!

This has been a very memorable journey from the start and we will continue to remember our clients, the caregivers and our staff who have been so dedicated to each and every client, and all of our friends in the community who walked alongside of us, each step of the way!

Please allow us to share the memories of this very special day courtesy of the San Dimas Chamber of Commerce