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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 —


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


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.



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


Lilacs & Greensleeves: Dementia Awareness October 2017

  • Posted On October 17, 2017
  • Categorized In Awareness
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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.”

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And you can know the 10 signs of Alzheimer’s opposed to what is typical!!

See them here>

What are the risk factors?

Age and Family History are two!

Let’s stand together in the fight to end Alzheimer’s as well as other forms of dementia!

Knowledge is power!!


Lilacs & Greensleeves: PS Heather Cooper Ortner President and CEO

Care4You is honored to have Heather Cooper Ortner, President and CEO of Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles as our Professional in the Spotlight. Thank you Heather, for everything that you do in service to those in need!!

Meet Heather:

by Mark S. Liberman, Co-Chair of the organization’s Board of Directors as told to Katy Sweet & Associates:

“Heather Cooper Ortner has been named President and Chief Executive Officer, Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles (ALZGLA). She will be responsible for overseeing all organizational and administrative duties, providing direct oversight of all programs, and staff and initiating and implementing strategic planning.

Heather brings a wealth of experience in the healthcare arena to Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles.

Her proactive approach and passion for her work, coupled with an entrepreneurial spirit make her a valuable asset, particularly as awareness continues to grow for the comprehensive programs and support ALZGLA provides for the entire community.

Prior to joining ALZGLA, Cooper Ortner served as Chief Executive Officer for the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, overseeing all activities of the organization including management of annual and long-term strategic positioning. She also enjoyed a seven-year stint with the International Myeloma Foundation, first as its Vice President, Development and subsequently as Executive Vice President, Development. A graduate of UCLA, Cooper Ortner also served as Director of Development for The Brandeis-Bardin Institute as well as Director, Western Area Development Center for Hadassah.”

Heather’s response:

“I am honored to be joining Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles,” said Cooper Ortner. “By providing a multitude of free programs and on-going assistance, ALZGLA is clearly bringing much needed support to those with Alzheimer’s as well as their family and caregivers here in Los Angeles and the Inland Empire. I am grateful to the board of directors for the opportunity to lead this exceptional organization of dedicated and talented professionals. I look forward to helping raise the profile and to increasing funding and efficiency so ALZGLA can serve even more people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.”

Congratulations, Heather!!

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Lilacs & Greensleeves: CP Alzheimer’s Greater L.A. & Telenovela

Care4You is very pleased to have Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles as our Community Partner! Thank you so very much for your dedicated service to our community!

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or another dementia can be overwhelming. They can help you understand the disease and provide tools and resources to help navigate the challenging journey.

They provide in-depth, personalized consultations for individuals and families facing challenges associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

In addition, Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles is introducing ‘LOST MEMORIES,’ a bi-lingual, 4-part web series created by Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles. This Telenovela is about an East L.A. family who overcomes stigma and family conflict to rise against Alzheimer’s disease!
Take a look at this heartwarming ‘Official Trailer’ and then view Episode 1 ‘Happy Birthday’ below:
See more episodes both in English and Spanish here>

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Care4You Open House & S.D. Chamber Mixer


“The Tap Chicks have performed for the last 10 years at the LA County Fair in Pomona and for the opening ceremonies of the Senior Olympics. They have performed in the Summer Concerts at The Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena, for the last 8 years and were part of the ‘Pasadena Follies,’ a highly successful fundraiser for the Pasadena Senior Center.”

“Pamela Kay and Billy Kay met, married, and worked together in Las Vegas in the early 1970’s. They were a mainstay at the Frontier Hotel Lounge for 9 years, where Vegas stars would visit every night to sit in and perform with them. They worked not only the lounges but the main rooms with luminaries like George Burns, Kenny Rogers, and Wayne Newton. Pam & Billy worked together in Las Vegas for 21 years.”

“They participated in the 26th Annual Doo Dah Parade and perform for many women’s clubs and civic organizations throughout the San Gabriel Valley. Their performances at the Sierra Madre Playhouse are usually sold out and are enthusiastically received.”

Visit the Tap Chicks website here>

Join us on Thursday, September 21, 2017 for our 15th Anniversary Celebration- Open House and San Dimas Chamber Mixer.



Lilacs & Greensleeves: PS; Desiree Hawkins, RN, CCM


It is our honor at Care4You, to have Desiree Hawkins as our Professional in the Spotlight! Thank you Desiree for everything you do for your patients, their families and the community that you serve!

Meet Desiree:


Desiree has worked as an RN for 30+ years with her career beginning as a medical surgical nurse. She went to work at San Dimas Community Hospital in 1990 as a medical surgical nurse. SDCH has always encouraged her growth as a nurse, thus she has crossed trained to telemetry, ICU, GI lab, OB post-partum, and case management. She was a charge nurse for med/surg telemetry for many years and loved it! Desiree transitioned to case management in 2004 and has “never looked back!” She loves working with patients, family, physicians, and their community vendors. SDCH is located in a warm and family-oriented community, and she is so proud and grateful to be part of this community.

San Dimas Community Hospital has grown to a 101 bed facility over the years, and offers many resources to our community. As case management director, Desiree sees great teamwork throughout the hospital. Their case management department utilizes many different care-giving agencies and vendors. Through her own personal family need, she urgently needed a caregiver for her family member. She called Donna at Care 4 You, and she quickly connected her to a caregiver. All was promptly handled very professionally. Desiree deals with these situations on a daily basis at work, and she says that she was truly impressed with all of Care4You’s staff. Having this personal experience with non-medical caregivers has really stressed to Desiree the importance of what her case management team does for families at SDCH.

San Dimas Community Hospital is her home away from home, and Desiree looks forward to many more years assisting her patients and families transition through their care while they are part of the SDCH family during their hospitalization.

Desiree Hawkins, RN, CCM
Director Case Management
San Dimas Community Hospital
1350 West Covina Boulevard
San Dimas, CA 91773
909-599-6811 Ext: 2628
[email protected]