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Tuesday of each month as well as an Alzheimer specific support group on the third Monday of each month. Caregivers can request to be included in a monthly mailing, which includes tips, educational handouts, and information on upcoming programs. A six-week class, “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” is offered twice a year and focuses on ways to cope effectively with responsibilities of caregiving. Assistance with respite and personal care is available for caregivers who need a break. Confidential consultations with an Alzheimer’s Association Program Specialist are offered once a month and may be scheduled through the Department of Aging. Alzheimer’s educational programs are also offered monthly. To learn more about caregiver support, call the Waushara County Department of Aging Caregiver Support Facilitator at 920-787-0403 or toll free 1-877-364-5344.
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Active lifestyle classes offered throughout Waushara County Senior citizens today are more active in the ways they approach their lives than many of their parents where. Aerobics, yoga, fall prevention courses as well as many healthy lifestyle programs are offered throughout Waushara County and have benefitted many seniors in the area. Aerobics and yoga programs are offered at the Waushara-Wautoma Senior Center for members and nonmembers for a small donation. The classes are very popular among members. The senior aerobics class is held every Tuesday and Thursday from 8:45-9:45 a.m. while CoreQuest Yoga Owner/Instructor Cathy Favelle, LE, RYT, teaches the Yoga Sculpt course from 8:45-9:45 a.m. on Monday and Wednesdays. “Yoga and aerobics are very popular because the seniors want to stay active,” explains Waushara-Wautoma Senior Center Program Director Deb Konczal. “Staying active is very important to so many of them, it’s not like the old ‘when you retire you just sit in the rocking chair.’ That doesn’t happen around here.” Favelle began teaching the yoga class at the senior center three years ago one day a week and since developed into two days with between 10 to 25 seniors attending each class. When her new studio opened, Favelle continued to support the center by offering Yoga Sculpt.
“It has been fantastic for so many of the ladies that they are able to now get in and out of chairs that they couldn’t do before,” explained Konczal. “Their balancing skills are so much better.” The Strong Women’s Club is held at the center each Tuesday and Thursday after the aerobics class. The group works mostly with weights and wants to continue to tone and build their muscles. The benefit to keeping seniors active in the community allows for them to get out of their houses, especially over the winter months. The senior center holds a coffee hour after each aerobics or yoga session where participants are able to socialize. With the cold winter that hit the area this past year, Konczal said that many of the senior center members came to the center to walk the Bingo area as well as use the exercise equipment in the basement. The Aging and Disability Resource Center serving Adams, Green Lake, Marquette and Waushara Counties also offers a variety of programs to help seniors with fall prevention and selfmanagement. Two of the fall prevention programs that are currently available for residents include Tai Chi and the Stepping On. The Prevention Coordinator for the Aging and Disability Resource Center Shannon Myers encourages seniors to
The Yoga Sculpt class is held at the Waushara-Wautoma Senior Center is taught by CoreQuest Yoga Owner/Instructor Cathy Favelle, LE, RYT, on Monday and Wednesdays from 8:45-9:45 a.m. Pictured with Favelle are: Carole Olson, Marlena Condiff, Mary White, Donna Jeanquart, Judt Beattie, Bonnie Deke, Helen Waala, Laura Clark. sign up before they have a fall. “If the individual hasn’t had a fall we definitely want to encourage them to take action now so that way they don’t have a fall or the injury is prolonged when they do,” said Meyers. The Tai Chi programs helps seniors improve cardiovascular health, lower blood pressure, improve balance, reduces pain and stiff joints, maintain healthy bone density levels, relieve stress and anxiety, and improve coordination. Stepping On is an evidence-based program geared toward fall prevention. The prevention workshop is held two hours each week for seven weeks, and is for anyone who is 60 years or older, has had a fall in the past year, is fearful of falling, is living at home or in an apartment, and is not suffering from dementia. Each Stepping On workshop has local guest speakers that come speak to the participants, including a physical therapist, pharmacist, a vision expert, and a community safety officer. “We talk about foot wear, home safety, and clothing,” said Meyers. “Basically we help with a little bit of a changed behavior to get them open their eyes to some potential risks around them and how to eliminate those or diminish them.” Meyers explained that many of the participants in the fall prevention programs through the resource center have noticed changes within the first few weeks. “They see how much their balance gets, how much better their coordination and strength gets, and they feel much better,” she said. The self-management programs accessible through the Aging and
Disability Resource Center works more with chronic conditions and diabetes. The Living Well with Chronic Conditions courses primarily goes over ways to relieve stress, symptoms, healthy eating habits, and exercise. The Living Well programs help to provide seniors with ways to deal with pain and fatigue, understand new treatment choices, and learn better ways to speak to their doctor and family about their health. The workshops are two and a half hours and are held each week for six weeks. Participants are able to set their own goals and create a plan to improve their health. The Healthy Living with Diabetes class is a six-week workshop that works with adults who have Type 2 Diabetes or pre-diabetes and assists them in managing their condition. The individuals enrolled are able to learn how to deal with their symptoms, learn exercise techniques, and how to use their medication, health eating strategies. “We want people to have the care that they need and to be self-managers with their own chronic conditions,” said Meyers. “Participants feel like they have a better handle on their health conditions and knowing that they can still achieve and do what they want to do, it’s just that they needed help to get past that obstacle.” To find out when the next courses will be held on all of the programs offered through the Aging and Disability Resource Center, seniors should look in the Central Wisconsin Resorter or Loose Ends newsletter. Silver Sneakers is another popular activity among seniors in the Waushara County area. The senior fitness
programs are offered at Wautoma Fitness 24/7, formerly Club TEAM. Both Konczal and Meyers both recommend the program to seniors and have heard encouraging things from those who have attended. Wautoma Fitness 24/7 Manager Tara Sullivan said that the fitness center offers other classes to seniors who are eligible for Silver Sneakers and/or have a membership to the club. The same 45-minute senior fitness classes is offered back to back on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Sullivan explained that during these sessions seniors use chairs, handballs, hand weights, and resistance tubing, which helps with strength building and range of motion. The fitness center also provides classes Monday and Wednesdays at 6:45 a.m. and Fridays at 7 a.m. for those who are looking for a more vigorous workout. The fitness center also has recumbent exercise bicycles, treadmills, and new hands and feet elliptical machines that seniors enjoy using regularly. The employees at Wautoma Fitness 24/7 encourage seniors to call or come to the facility during staff hours to find out more about Silver Sneakers and membership options. Staff hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4 p.m.-7 p.m. and Tuesday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. To find out more activities offered within Waushara County, pick up “Discover Waushara County Get Active Guide” published by the Waushara County Wellness Coalition. The guides can be found at the Aging and Disability Resource Center in Wautoma, the dining sites, and libraries.
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Waushara County mini bus trips available for seniors
“Add LIFE to your years” is a Waushara County Department of Aging slogan. LIFE stands for “Laughter, Independence, Friends, and Energy”. All are vital parts of a fulfilling life no matter what your age. To help you enjoy some of that “LIFE”, the Department of Aging offers the minibus program. Mini buses are available for medical appointments, transportation to senior dining centers, shopping and other errands. Volunteer drivers are available to transport anyone over the age of 60, disabled, Veterans, or other special circumstances on a case-by-case basis and when space is available. “It allows people to get out and get to the places they need to go,” said Mini Bus Coordinator Sue Seefeldt. “We want to get the word out that this program is available so people will take advantage of being able to get out of their house and get where they need to go.” The mini buses serve all areas of Waushara County at least one day per week, so no matter where you live in Waushara County you have a chance to take advantage of this service. Most trips are coordinated with more than one passenger
so it gives the opportunity to socialize with others that riders might not otherwise meet. There are a few special trips that are scheduled every year, including trips to Berlin twice a week; trips to Stevens Point once per month; and trips to Appleton and Oshkosh twice per year. There is a flat fee to ride the mini bus with each trip including up to three stops. Any additional stops will require an extra cost. Scheduling of rides requires three-business days advanced notice. The Department of Aging also needs to know if the rider uses a walker, wheelchair, or oxygen, so the staff can schedule accordingly. Each mini bus is equipped with a wheelchair lift or ramp and is able to carry one wheelchair and several other passengers at the same time. Waushara County Transportation, a safe and reliable way to get around. Expand your horizons, one ride at a time. As the saying goes, “sit back and enjoy the ride”. Call the Department of Aging Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 920-787-0403 or 877-364-5344 to find out about the current schedule or reserve a spot on the Waushara County mini bus.
The Hancock Area Veterans Association (HAVA) recently donated $500 towards helping to pay the fees for the mini bus trips for area veterans. Pictured are Director of the Department of Aging, Debbie Paavola, County Veterans Officer, Bill Rosenau and HAVA President Gary Casch.
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New Alzheimer’s Support Group Every 68 seconds someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and joins the 5.1 million Americans who have previously received this news. When someone you love is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, it is natural to want to be the one to provide the care they need. Caring for a family member is the most important job there is. However, no matter how much a person loves their family member (or friend), caregiving can at times present challenges and may
become both physically and emotionally draining. When caregiving becomes difficult, talking with people who understand can help. A support group is a wonderful source for finding comfort and reassurance by connecting with others who are in a similar situation. A new caregiver support group is now available in Waushara County, specifically designed for those who care for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Two volunteers trained by
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the Alzheimer’s Association facilitate the group and who have first-hand experience in caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the third Monday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Wautoma Library, 410 W. Main Street, Wautoma. Reservations are not required to attend. For more information, contact Waushara County Department of Aging at 920787-0403 or 1-877-364-5344.
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Like a good neighbor, Gary Christensen is there By Sherry Kelley
With just days to go before he retires, Gary Christensen is winding down his 31-year career as a State Farm Insurance agent in Wautoma. “It’s been a great 31 years,” said Christensen. He will retire on April 30, leaving the office in the competent hands of his office staff until the new agent arrives to take his place. Christensen first had his insurance agency office in two different locations in downtown Wautoma, but in 1991 bought his current office building at 402 E. Main, remodeling and adding an addition to accommodate another business, currently Co-operative Care. He started with no clients and now serves over 2,000 households. “I first started selling insurance policies to my friends,” he said. “My thoughts were ‘If your friends won’t buy a policy from you, then no one will.’” Christensen is a well-respected businessman and is known for his involvement in community projects. He feels blessed and likes the good feeling he gets when he gives back to the community and to those who have not been as fortunate as he and his family. Perhaps one of the projects he is most proud of is the Community Christmas Project. In October of each year, he contacts various businesses, churches, schools and others to initiate the donation process; he then coordinates the donation pick-up and drop-off process, and helps wherever he is needed throughout the project. Several years ago, the project partnered with Waushara Industries, which is the site where the donations are dropped off, sorted and packed into boxes for each family, and picked up by each family on a given date. Christensen and Rick King from Waushara Industries serve as co-chairmen of the project. “That partnership was a turning point,” said Christensen. “Working together with Rick has really boosted the project.” Christensen is also quick to give credit to the Wautoma Kiwanis volunteers who provide volunteer manpower in all aspects of the project and many other volunteers who help wherever and whenever needed. “It’s mind-boggling when you see how many people turn out to help and to see all of the gifts donated by people. Even the prisoners from the Redgranite prison donate mittens, scarves and other things they’ve made. Last year about 450 families and 750 kids received Christmas gifts,” he said. Christensen feels that there is another benefit to the project besides the obvious. “I believe it develops a ‘service-attitude’ among young kids and that’s such a good thing to happen at an early age. I know that kids whose families are probably receiving gifts from the project probably reach in the
cupboard during their school’s cannedgoods drive and bring a can of soup or something to donate and feel proud that they have given something. It’s important today that kids think about service to others,” added Christensen. On the McComb/Bruchs Performing Arts Center (PAC) board of directors for approximately 20 years, Christensen is proud of the entertainment groups that are scheduled to perform at the PAC. “Connie Waterman (the PAC director) is doing an excellent job of securing top-quality entertainment for the PAC. Without the 80 or so local businesses that support the PAC through their sponsorship, ads, and coming to the events, the PAC wouldn’t survive,” he said. Christensen adds that the board’s goal is to make the PAC and Wautoma a destination. “We hope we are making those two ladies proud,” said Christensen, referring to Ina McComb and Pearl Bruchs, who donated the funds for the PAC. The PAC board also has a school outreach program, scheduling a show each fall and each spring designed for kids: this fall “Curious George,” and next spring, “The Teacher from The Black Lagoon,” with 425 children attending a morning performance and 425 children attending the afternoon performance. In the summer, the PAC schedules a show that offers local children an opportunity to audition for some of the parts; this summer’s show is “Pinocchio.” “Besides entertaining kids, coming to the PAC for a show exposes kids to the arts,” said Christensen. Christensen also serves on the Wautoma’s Parks Committee, and has been involved with a Mill Pond Restoration Committee. Wautoma resident Neal Olson leads the group who are interested in enhancing the millpond in downtown Wautoma by developing more park space around the pond, installing a kayak/canoe launch, etc. “Our goal is to restore pride and beauty to the millpond area,” said Christensen. “I’m really enthused about what this committee wants to do. I know we can make a difference.” Christensen was offered an Industrial Arts teaching job in Wautoma in 1972. Even though he had never heard of Wautoma and had never visited, Christensen accepted the job and he and his wife, Kay, packed up and moved to Wautoma so he could begin his job at Dafoe Junior High and the high school. Christensen was raised in the small town of Wentworth while Kay was raised in Brule, and both attended a central high school in Maple. The two were high school sweethearts and were used to small-town life, so they were happy to be moving to a small
After 31 years as Wautoma’s State Farm Agent, Gary Christensen will retire on April 30. He plans to travel with his wife, Kay, spend time with family and friends, golf, fish, and continue to be active in the community. . community and looked forward to “Citizen of the Year” in 1993; Hope meeting new friends and becoming Lutheran Church, Wautoma; and other involved in the community. groups. Christensen spent four years The Christensens have two adult teaching Industrial Arts in the Wautoma children, Stacey, who has two girls, School District and then accepted a job and Abby, who has two boys. “They as a Building Trades instructor with range in age from 3 to 14,” he said. Big North, a technical college program, “We enjoy all of their activities.” The which was responsible for building whole family has also “adopted” a approximately 10 area homes, with roadway section of County Highway students from six different high schools, C, periodically picking up trash, thrown in the Wautoma area. along the road, as a family project. After the program ended in 1981, he Christensen’s plans for retirement and Maynard Miller, a friend/Big North include already-planned trips to New co-worker, decided to build homes on Orleans, Nashville, Washington, DC; their own. Around the same time, he traveling to various places in Wisconsin; was also offered a job with State Farm, golfing; snowmobiling; attending more but declined as he and Kay would’ve Brewer, Packer, and Badger games; and had to move to Neenah. In 1983, the fishing. State Farm Insurance Company once “I got a new fishing pole for my again offered him a job, but this time in birthday last year and I haven’t used Wautoma, which he accepted. it yet,” he said. “I’d like to get back Shortly after Christensen and his to doing some wood-working, too.” wife moved to Wautoma, they became Christensen also plans to continue members of the Wisconsin Jaycees being active in his current organizations and Jaycettes, where they made lasting and projects in the community. friendships, had fun, and began serving “People have already been asking the community. me to help out with other things in the “I remember the Jaycees and community and I will likely say ‘yes,’ to Jaycettes working together doing the some of them, but I want to keep some first haunted house in the area, doing time open to hang out with my kids and sandbox fills every year, Easter egg grandkids, too,” added Christensen. hunts, supporting the Little League programs, and other things,” said Addressing the most-asked question Christensen. about his retirement, Christensen As years went by, Christensen says that he and his wife don’t plan to joined, became active, and held offices move away from Wautoma. “We love in other groups, such as: the Kiwanis Wautoma and Waushara County. Our Club in 1984, where the primary goal kids and grandkids live in the area and is to help children and community; the our friends live here, too. This is home,” Chamber of Commerce, where he won he said.
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will be a deductible to pay. Assets, such as bank accounts, insurance policies, and home property are not counted; however, interest earned on a checking or savings account and withdrawals from annuities, CD’s and IRA’s are counted. Each eligible participant is covered for a 12-month benefit period. There isn’t any gap in coverage or a “donut hole” to fall into. There are four levels of participation depending on gross annual income: Level 1: has no deductible. Level 2a: has a $500 deductible. Level 2b: has an $850
deductible. Level 3: has a spend-down above the income limit. There is a co-payment of $5 for each covered generic prescription drug, and $15 for each covered brand name prescription drug after the required deductible has been met. Applications for SeniorCare may be obtained by contacting Waushara County Elder Benefit Specialist Carol Klabunde at 920-787-0402. Applications may also be printed from the Department of Health and Family Services website at dhfs.wisconsin.gov/ seniorcare.
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With her involvement with the Wild Rose Kiwanis, retired Wild Rose math teacher, Jan Klicka, serves as a liaison between the service organization and the Wild Rose High School Key Club members Bella Friday, Faith Parker, Amber Wenzel, and Briana Julian.
After retirement, Jan Klicka gains rewards from community involvement One needs not to sit idle because he or she is retired. Community involvement can reap big rewards for all, and that’s what Jan Klicka of Wild Rose does. Klicka arrived in Wild Rose in 1974 to teach junior high math, and later on Algebra I and II. Along the way, she even coached volleyball and girls’ basketball. She eventually married and raised four very active boys. In 2010, Klicka decided to retire, but maintains close ties with the Wild Rose School District and community. She has been involved with the summer migrant educational program, and tutors the
students in their studies, continuing on with those whose families stay in the area to work into October. Klicka’s been doing this for years and with some Hispanic families staying here year round. She lends tutoring services for those students as well. As far as sports are concerned, Klicka can be found serving as a line judge at some of the home volleyball matches. Belonging to the Wild Rose Kiwanis Club can keeps Klicka very busy and connected with others in the community. One such connection has been serving as
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the database, you will not be called. All businesses should register, as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the past year, and those who use a cellular phone or VoIP phone as their primary number. If you have already received a call during a weather related event, you
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ADRC Health Program Part of a Nationwide Initiative!
At the beginning of 2014, the Aging and Disability Resource Center serving Adams, Green Lake, Marquette, and Waushara Counties (ADRC) was asked to be a part of a nationwide initiative called Million Hearts Initiative. The purpose of the initiative is to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by the year 2017. MetaStar, located in Madison, is coordinating the initiative for Wisconsin. As part of a four-part video series, MetaStar filmed one of the health promotion programs offered by the ADRC at the Wautoma Public Library called Living Well with Chronic Conditions. They wanted to
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Everyday Fitness Ideas from the National Institute on Aging at NIH www.nia.nih.gov/Go4Life
Finding Activities You Enjoy Some people like to walk on a treadmill at the gym. Others find that kind of activity boring. The key to sticking with exercise is to make it interesting and enjoyable.
Be creative. Do things you enjoy but pick up the pace. Try some new activities to keep your interest alive. Let these suggestions inspire you to choose physical activities that match your interests! Love music? l Take dancing lessons. l Sign up for an aerobics class. l Walk briskly or jog and listen to your favorite tunes. Enjoy the outdoors? l Play catch with your dog or grandchildren. l Go hiking or rock climbing. l Grab a paddle and go canoeing. Like being with others? l Join a soccer or basketball league. l Make friends in an exercise class. l Organize a walking group with friends or coworkers. Want to be on your own? l Swim laps. l Spend an hour at the batting cage. l Use an exercise video at home. Feel the need to multi-task? l Lift weights while you watch TV. l Do balance exercises while waiting in line. l Walk on a treadmill while you listen to an audio book. National Institute on Aging National Institutes of Health U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Go4Life is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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Questions and Answers about Social Security RETIREMENT Q: How long does it take to complete the online application for retirement benefits? A: It can take as little as 15 minutes to complete the online application. In most cases, once the application is submitted electronically, it’s done. There are no forms to sign and usually no documentation is required. Social Security will process the application and contact the individual if any further information is needed. There’s no need to drive to a local Social Security office or wait for an appointment with a Social Security representative. To retire online, go to www.socialsecurity.gov/ retireonline. Q: My husband doesn’t have enough work credits to qualify for Social Security retirement benefits. Can he qualify on my record? A: A spouse receives one-half of the retired worker’s full benefit unless the spouse begins collecting benefits before full retirement age. If the spouse begins collecting benefits before full retirement
age, the amount of the spouse’s benefit is reduced by a percentage based on the number of months before he or she reaches full retirement age. You can learn more by reading the online publication, Retirement Benefits, available at www.socialsecurity.gov/ pubs. DISABILITY Q: If an individual who is currently receiving Social Security disability benefits later is diagnosed with a second serious disability, can the monthly benefit amount be increased? A: No. The Social Security disability benefit amount is based on the amount of the lifetime earnings before the disability began and not the number of disabling conditions or illnesses one may have. For more information, go to www.socialsecurity.gov/disability. Q: Is there a time limit on how long an individual can collect Social Security disability benefits? A: No. The disability benefits will continue as long as the medical
condition has not improved and the individual remains unable to work. The case will be reviewed at regular intervals to determine whether the individual is still disabled. If still receiving disability benefits when you reach full retirement age, Social Security will automatically convert them to retirement benefits, without a change in the payment amount. For all your disability questions, read the publication Disability Benefits, available at www.socialsecurity.gov/ pubs. SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME Q: My mother receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. She may have to enter a nursing home later this year. How does this affect her SSI benefits? A: Moving to a nursing home can affect the SSI benefits but it depends on the type of facility. In some cases, the SSI payment may be reduced or stopped. Whenever your mother enters or leaves a nursing home, assisted living facility,
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More Than a Meal Why stay home and eat lunch alone when you can enjoy a delicious, nutritious meal with friends? Visit a Waushara County Dining Center today:
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Heat stress in older adults Older adults (that is, people aged 65 years and older) are more prone to heat stress than younger people for several reasons: •Older individuals do not adjust as well as young people to sudden changes in temperature. •They are more likely to have a chronic medical condition that changes normal body responses to heat. •They are more likely to take prescription medicines that impair the body’s ability to regulate its temperature or that inhibit perspiration. Some signs of heat stress (heat stroke or exhaustion) may include: dizziness, nausea, headaches or change in the color of skin (pale or
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I have fallen in the past year.
People who have fallen once are likely to fall again. I use or have been advised to use a People who have been advised to cane or walker to get around safely. use a cane or walker may already be more likely to fall. Sometimes I feel unsteady when I am Unsteadiness or needing support walking. while walking are signs of poor balance. I steady myself by holding onto This is also a sign of poor furniture when walking at home. balance. I am worried about falling. People who are worried about falling are more likely to fall. I need to push with my hands to This is a sign of weak leg stand up from a chair. muscles, a major reason for falling. I have some trouble stepping up onto This is also a sign of weak leg a curb. muscles. I often have to rush to the toilet. Rushing to the bathroom, especially at night, increases your chance of falling. I have lost some feeling in my feet. Numbness in your feet can cause stumbles and lead to falls. I take medicine that sometimes Side effects from medicines can makes me feel light-headed or more sometimes increase your chance tired than usual. of falling. I take medicine to help me sleep or These medicines can sometimes improve my mood. increase your chance of falling. I often feel sad or depressed. Symptoms of depression, such as not feeling well or feeling slowed down, are linked to falls. Add up the number of points for each “yes” answer. If you scored 4 points or more, you may be at risk for falling. Discuss this quiz with your doctor. If you have questions about fall prevention programs, call the Aging & Disability Resource Center serving Adams, Green Lake, Marquette, and Waushara Counties at 1-‐877-‐883-‐5378.
* This checklist was developed by the Greater Los Angeles VA Geriatric Research Education Clinical Center and affiliates and is a validated fall risk assessment tool (Rubenstein et al. J Safety Res; 2011:42(6)493-‐499). The Heart of Ida reproduced this risk assessment directly from the CDC website. More information can be found at www.cdc.gov/injury or www.stopfalls.org.
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Are You Ready for an Emergency? If you were told that you need to evacuate your home, would you be ready? You should have a “grab-and-go” supply kit with the following: Bottled
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Should you complete a Voluntary Emergency Assistance Registry Application?
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The Waushara County Voluntary Emergency Assistance Registry is a database containing information about individuals in Waushara County who will require special assistance in the event of a disaster. The registry is a way for you to voluntarily tell emergency planners where you live and what help you will need during an evacuation, before a disaster occurs. Information will help emergency responders to better understand your unique situation and to provide more effective emergency assistance. Participation is voluntary and in no way ensures that you will receive immediate or preferential treatment in an emergency. For more information or to request an application, contact the Emergency Management office at (920) 787-6611.
Take extra steps for special needs:
Emergency assistance may not be available right away. If you or your family member has any special needs and rely on others for care, you should create a support network of at least 3 people who live nearby, know how to help (example, know how to give needed medication), and are likely to be available when needed. With a little time and careful planning, you can be prepared for emergencies! Education about planning for emergency events is a collaborative effort of Waushara County Department of Aging, Human Services, Public Health and Sheriff’s Department.