Senior News March/April 2017
Providing programs for individuals, families, and seniors that lead to self-sufficiency and foster independence. Metrocrest Services 13801 Hutton Dr. Suite 150 Farmers Branch, TX 75234 metrocrestservices.org (972) 446-2100 Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat., 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter facebook.com/ metrocrestservices twitter@metrocresthelps
Trouble Getting Enough
If you aren’t eating enough, add snacks throughout the day to help you get more nutrients and calories. Snacks can be healthy—for example, raw vegetables with a low-fat dip or hummus, low-fat cheese and whole-grain crackers, or a piece of fruit. Unsalted nuts or nut butters are nutrient-dense snacks that give you added protein. You could try putting shredded low-fat cheese on your soup or popcorn or sprinkling nuts or wheat germ on yogurt or cereal. If you are eating so little that you are losing weight but don’t need to, your doctor might suggest protein and energy supplements. Sometimes these help undernourished people gain a little weight. If so, they should be used as snacks between meals or after dinner, not in place of a meal and not right before one. Ask your doctor how to choose a supplement. From: National Institute on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nia.nih.gov/health/publication.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Susan Watson, Chair Jamie Robertson, Chair Elect Beccy Ratliff, Secretary Richard Fleming, Treasurer Brian Boilla Mary Ann Burns Reggie Carney Andy Dastur Kenny Dickson Dianne Fletcher Andy Folmer Margie Gunther Diane Moreau-Randall Beccy Ratliff Jack Stotz
Upcoming Events THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2017 Tour Metrocrest Services at 9:30 a.m.
Learn about needs in our community and the role of Metrocrest Services in providing aid to families and seniors in need. Open to groups and individuals. For additional tour dates, view our calendar at metrocrestservices.org or call 972-446-2100.
THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017
Pam Peña, C-FB ISD Mark Hill, City of Coppell Anthony Hill, Coppell ISD Bob Garza, City of Carrollton Mike Bomgardner, City of Farmers Branch Fran Powell, Town of Addison Lou Sartor, Advisory Council Oscar Lopez, Brookhaven College
Keyholder Breakfast at the Crowne Plaza Dallas near the Galleria benefits Metrocrest Services. It’s our biggest fundraiser of the year! For sponsorship opportunities, contact Mike Harris at 972-446-2130.
Lifestyle choices you make today can lead to a healthier future. Learn how eating a healthy diet and exercising can help control or delay age-related health problems.
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Warning Signs a Senior Shouldn’t Be Driving
Southwest Airlines employees sorted food donations during the annual holiday distribution in December.
Volunteer Opportunities for Groups
You May Need to Take Away the Keys
Wondering at what point you should have a conversation with your parent or aging loved one about their driving abilities? Is it time to take away the keys? There are a number of issues you should take into account. It would be a lot easier if we could just assign an age when people are no longer safe drivers, but as a group, seniors are relatively safe. They’ve got years of experience behind the wheel and they tend to self-regulate when and how much they drive. Jody Gastfriend, LICSW and VP of Care Management at Care.com lists the following considerations for deciding if it is safe for your loved one to continue driving.
Health status. There are various medical conditions
that can decrease a person’s ability to drive safely. For example, arthritis can affect a person’s ability to move and notice obstacles when switching lanes or backing out of a parking spot. Dementia can decrease a person’s ability to obey the laws of the road and increase the likelihood of getting lost. If you’re getting concerned, schedule an appointment for your senior and a trusted physician and call ahead of time to let the doctor know what you’re worried about. When you attend the appointment, you can discuss whether your senior is considered healthy enough to drive safely.
Medications. Some medications can have side effects which make it unsafe for a senior to drive. Make sure you ask the doctor about potential side effects of medication before your senior begins taking it. And if your senior is taking medication that would cause him to be unsafe without— consider strategies to prevent medication errors. You might even want to count the number of pills to ensure they’ve been taken on a regular basis.
Recent driving record. Have there been fenderbenders, near misses, or unexplained bumps and scratches on the car? These can be warning signs that your parent’s driving abilities are not what they should be.
Observable differences. If you can, arrange to
From Sunday school classes to teams of corporate employees such as Southwest Airlines, volunteer groups serve a vital role in helping Metrocrest Services reach families in need throughout the year. For example, groups are needed during summer months to fill backpacks with food that will be distributed to local children participating in the Sack Summer Hunger program. Brittni Coe, the new Volunteer Manager at Metrocrest Services, is available to work with interested groups to find the right project to ensure a rewarding volunteer experience. Call Brittni at (972) 446-2100, or visit metrocrestservices.org for more volunteer information or to register online.
be in the car while your loved one is driving. Observation of your parent’s abilities is one of the better ways to evaluate if it is time to have a discussion. Keep an eye out for errors with signaling, difficulty turning, driving at inappropriate speeds (too fast or too slow), increased agitation or irritation, failure to stop at a stop sign or red light, and delayed response to unanticipated situations. CONSIDER THIS... Your senior doesn’t have to take an all or nothing approach. It is possible to safely drive on local roads at speeds under 45 miles per hour, while avoiding long distances on the highway. This is an example of self-regulating one’s driving. Additionally, there are tests that can evaluate a person’s ability to operate a car. A driving assessment may be available at the local Department of Motor Vehicles, rehabilitation center, Veterans Administration medical center, or hospital. According to the Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., these evaluations usually cost between $200 and $500 and are rarely covered by insurance, but it may be well worth the expense. If you are unsure whether it is time to speak with your parent about driving, ask yourself how comfortable you feel with your parent driving other people. If you do not want them driving grandchildren, it is probably time to have a conversation.
Volunteer Manager Brittni Coe schedules groups to help in several Metrocrest Services programs that impact local families and seniors.
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Sponsors are needed to support monthly Eat Smart, Live Strong food distributions that benefit qualifying seniors living in Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Addison, Coppell and the city of Dallas in Denton County. To discuss sponsorship details, contact Tracy Eubanks, Metrocrest Services CEO, at 972-446-2100.
Joe and Bette Rosenfield, along with Doug Abbott shown in background, are regular volunteers with Metrocrest Servicesâ€™ Home Delivered Meals program that serves local seniors.
Brought to you thanks to support from our cities. . .
Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church in Carrollton is one of several area churches providing support to the Metrocrest Services food pantry. Church members like Carolyn help by restocking shelves, accepting donations of food, and assisting clients as they select food for their families. Learn more at www.metrocrestservices.org.
Metrocrest Resale Assistant Manager Jessica Muresan is spreading the word that Metrocrest Resale was voted Carrolltonâ€™s #1 resale store for 2016 by Star Local Media. Itâ€™s the second year in a row that the store, which benefits Metrocrest Services, has received the honor. The store is located at 2661 Midway, Suite 207, at Trinity Mills. Call 972250-1900.
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Metrocrest Services Senior News—March/April ’17 This newspaper is published bi-monthly by Metrocrest Services, a non-profit agency serving Addison, Carrollton, Coppell, Farmers Branch and city of Dallas in Denton County. The printed News is delivered free to homes of 60+ area residents and available online at metrocrestservices.org.
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