Poor balance is the number one reason why seniors fall

Poor balance is the number one reason why seniors fall

Trouble balancing is the most common reason seniors seek medical help If you’ve ever felt lightheaded or dizzy, you may be having trouble balancing. Often this dizziness is caused by issues with your inner ear.  A common symptom is vertigo where you feel like things around you are spinning.  Good balance is critical to staying…

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Caring Connections Makes Inclusion a Reality for Central Oregon Seniors

Caring Connections Makes Inclusion a Reality for Central Oregon Seniors

An excerpt from an interview of Caring Connection participants by Geoff Norcross, host of Think Out Loud on OPB. This episode aired Friday, June 25th.  Norcross: Emily, can you talk first about the problem? Emily Freeman, Council on Aging Outreach Manager: A poll released last month by the University of Michigan revealed that twice as many…

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The Importance of Respecting and Including Older Adults

The Importance of Respecting and Including Older Adults

In a society that glorifies youth and change in its popular imagery, the common negative images of age and aging can fuel disrespectful behavior. Among the ageist biases reported, older people felt they were thought of as useless, less intelligent, stingy and a burden. As a group, there is a perception in developed countries that…

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In conversation with Morgan Dewalt, our July volunteer of the month!

In conversation with Morgan Dewalt, our July volunteer of the month!

Congratulations to Morgan Dewalt for her volunteer service as our Medicare counselor’s receptionist. Our Medicare counselors are part of the Oregon Senior Health Benefits Assistance Program (SHIBA) and are highly trained volunteers that help seniors navigate the complexities of Medicare, including enrolling at 65, annual open enrollment updates and fraud issues. Morgan, why did you…

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Caring Connections is a Lifeline

Caring Connections is a Lifeline

The Council on Aging serves as the place seniors in Central Oregon can turn to for the support and services they need to stay fed, safe, and connected. A retired physician, Alan Hillis, was one of the first volunteers to join the Caring Connections program. Alan is matched with Ed, a senior who signed up…

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Making Communities Socially Inclusive for Older Adults

Making Communities Socially Inclusive for Older Adults

The World Health Organization’s report on age-friendly cities says, “Social participation and social support is connected to good health and well-being throughout life.” Since humans are social creatures, inclusion, or a sense of community, is key to living a long and fulfilling life. Most of us enjoy spending time with friends, family, and colleagues.  Beyond…

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The Red Cross Now Offering Free Virtual Home Fire Safety Education

The Red Cross Now Offering Free Virtual Home Fire Safety Education

The number one disaster threat to homes and families isn’t a dreaded Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. It’s not torrential rains and massive flooding.  It’s not even a colossal freeway pileup. Instead, it’s a tiny spark – that leads to a flame – that leads to a fire – a home fire.  One that destroys possessions, displaces people,…

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Making Housing Age-Friendly for Older Adults

Making Housing Age-Friendly for Older Adults

A choice of dwellings and the ability to retain independent living are priorities as we age. Affordable housing ranks high on the list. A case study from the U.K. indicated that 76% of the homes were owner-occupied, reaffirming that most retirees would rather live in their own homes than move to a retirement community. This…

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