Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

March 22, 2013

Senior news



CarFit event planned

for senior citizens

On April 6, occupational therapists from Hendricks Regional Health will staff a CarFit event for area senior citizens. The free event runs from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Hendricks County Senior Center, 1201 Sycamore Lane, Danville.

Each CarFit check will take about 20 minutes to complete.

CarFit is an educational program, created by the American Society on Aging, that offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles “fit” them and actions they can take to improve their fit and safety.

The CarFit program also provides seniors with information and materials on community-specific resources that could enhance their safety as drivers, and/or increase their mobility in the community.

Carfit was developed through a collaboration with the American Automobile Association, American Association of Retired Persons, and the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Although older drivers tend to have safe driving habits, they are more likely to be killed or seriously injured when a crash does occur due to the greater fragility of their bodies. A properly fit car can greatly increase not only the driver’s safety but also the safety of others. Based on findings from the CarFit checklists from previous events and follow-up surveys of participants, the program is highly effective on multiple fronts.

Some of the CarFit results show:

- More than one-third had at least one critical safety issue needing to be addressed.

- Ten percent were seated too close to the steering wheel.

- About 20 percent did not have a line of sight at least three inches over the steering wheel.

n The vast majority of CarFit survey respondents indicated that as a result of having gone through the event, they made a change to improve the fit of their vehicle, their use of safety features in their vehicle, and/or their willingness to discuss their driving with family and/or health care providers.

For more information on the CarFit event, call Jennifer Cook at 745-3420.


Speedway AARP

will meet April 7

Speedway AARP Chapter No. 814 will meet at 2 p.m. April 7 in the basement of Speedway United Methodist Church, 5065 W. 16th St.

The speaker will be Lisa Pace from Bosma Enterprises. Many people have vision problems that can occur with aging. Bosma Enterprises provides programs and services for adults with low-vision impairments such as age-related macular degeneration.

The program will be followed by a short business meeting, refreshments, and fellowship.

People ages 50 and older are always welcome to attend and find out about AARP membership.

Donations for local food pantries are always appreciated.

For more information, call chapter President Betty Haley at 858-9836.


Local firm creates opportunity for local veterans

Roy Strong of Strong Financial Services has been helping families who are transitioning into the healthcare environment, whether it is assisted living, nursing home care, memory care, or home care.

The firm looks at it from a legal and financial perspective. Strong specializes in areas related to Medicaid and the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Pension Planning.

He said the Special Monthly Pension with Aid and Attendance is the government’s best kept secret.

“I cannot tell you how many seniors have told me that they called the Veterans Affairs and were told that this pension does not exist, or that they do not qualify,” Strong said in a press release. “The pension really does exist but learning how to qualify your family member for this benefit takes careful planning.”

To qualify for the pension, veterans must be disabled, or age 65; must have served 90 days in active service with at least one day during a declared time of war (World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, or the Gulf War); and must have been honorably discharged.

Although these pension benefits have been around since 1951, Strong said they are very rarely utilized because people simply do not know what is required for them to qualify or how to apply.

For example, it is estimated that 2 million Americans qualify for this particular pension benefit, yet only 143,000 veterans or surviving spouses are currently receiving them.

The workshop is 6 p.m. April 3 at Country Charm, 3177 Meridian Parke Drive, Greenwood; 10 a.m. April 4 at Four Seasons, 1901 Taylor Road, Columbus; and 2 p.m. April 9 at Meadow Lakes, 200 Meadow Lakes Drive, Mooresville.

To make a reservation, call 858-2214.

Veterans or surviving spouses who are not able to attend the workshops can ask for another event to be scheduled. Strong will hold these types of workshops in and around the Indianapolis area. For more information, call 852-9774.