Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

November 7, 2011

Senior news Nov. 7, 2011



Breakfast Club held

at senior center

Hendricks County Senior Services hosts The Breakfast Club, presented by The Hatfield Family, at 9 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month. The next Breakfast Club will be at 9 a.m. Nov. 10.

The Breakfast Club offers a continental style breakfast consisting of pastries, fruit, milk, fruit juices, and coffee.

Along with breakfast, there is entertainment from month to month including gospel, bluegrass, and country music.

The Breakfast Club is an opportunity to get together with friends and family for fun and food. The cost is a $5 donation at the door. A freewill offering is also taken to support the event. Breakfast will be at 9 a.m. and music will be from 9:45 to 11 a.m.

Hendricks County Senior Services is at 1201 Sycamore Lane, Danville.



plans November programs

The staff at Crestwood Village West has several activities planned this month.

The Men’s Club will meet at 9 a.m. Nov. 17 in the club ballroom. The theme for this month’s meeting is “Remembering the USO.” Entertainer Tim Wright will bring back the memories with songs and impersonations from days gone by. The program is for men ages 55 and older. To make reservations, call 273-8800.

A Colts Dinner Dance is from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 19 in the club ballroom. Participants are encouraged to dress with team spirit. Music will be provided by Steve Elston. The dinner will include meat loaf, roasted red potatoes, buttered sweet corn, tossed salad, rolls, and spice cake. Cost is $7.75. To make reservations, call 273-8800.

There will be a Veterans’ Day service from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 11 in the club ballroom. The program will honor all American veterans, wherever and whenever they served. It is free and open to the public.

For more information about any of the programs or about Crestwood Village West, call the office at 273-8800.


HCSS invites community

to check on memory

Hendricks County Senior Services is encouraging members of the community to be proactive about memory health by taking advantage of free, confidential memory screenings and information about successful aging on Nov. 15.

The event is part of National Memory Screening Day , an annual initiative that the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) holds each November during National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. More than 2,000 sites across the country will be participating.

Hendricks County Senior Services will provide the memory screenings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Hendricks County Senior Center, 1201 Sycamore Lane, Danville.

Qualified healthcare professionals administer the screenings, which consist of a series of questions and tasks, and take five to 10 minutes. Screening results are not a diagnosis, and individuals with below-normal scores or who have concerns are encouraged to pursue a full medical exam.

Some memory problems can be readily treated, such as those caused by vitamin deficiencies or thyroid problems. Other memory problems might result from causes that are not currently reversible, such as Alzheimer’s disease. In general, the earlier the diagnosis, the easier it is to treat one of these conditions.

Eric J. Hall, AFA’s president and CEO, said the continuing growth of National Memory Screening Day reinforces the need for this service. More than 30 leading professional organizations are supporting the event this year.

“Community memory screenings are a vital resource to begin a dialogue with a healthcare professional and to learn more about brain health,” Hall said in a press release. “They prompt critical next steps.”

AFA urges anyone concerned about memory changes, at risk of Alzheimer’s disease due to family history, or who wants to check their memory now and for future comparison to get screened. Warning signs of dementia include forgetting people’s names and events, asking repetitive questions, loss of verbal or written skills, confusion over daily routines, and erratic mood swings.

Currently, as many as 5.1 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and the incidence is rising in line with the swell of aging baby boomers. The prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease doubles every five years beyond age 65.

Sharon Severy, activities coordinator for Hendricks County Senior Services, said, “Area social workers familiar with memory issues have agreed to volunteer their time to assist in this free memory screening program. We invite area resident to call us and pre-register at 745-4303. Walk-ins will also be welcome.”


Parkinson’s Support Group

to meet at senior center

Hendricks County Senior Services sponsors a Parkinson’s Support Group, designed specifically for persons with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers. The group will meet at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 8 at the Hendricks County Senior Center.

Hendricks County Senior Services offers this service to help support those who are living with Parkinson’s and those who care for Parkinson’s patients. Participants in support groups receive emotional support, practical assistance in coping with the problems they face, and the latest information about research.

All meetings are confidential and free of charge. The group is led by Shane Summers, Director of OT, PT and Sports Medicine at Hendricks Regional Hospital.

Those who would like to stay for lunch are asked to call the senior center at least 24 hours in advance. Transportation is also available.

The Hendricks County Senior Center is located at 1201 Sycamore Lane in Danville.


Stroke survivors

invited to meeting

Hendricks County Senior Services offers a support group for people who have had a stroke, their caregivers, and anyone else who is interested.

The group is facilitated by caregiver Donna Martin. The next meeting is from 10:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 15 at the Hendricks County Senior Center, 1201 Sycamore Lane, Danville.

To arrange for transportation and/or to stay for lunch at noon, call Hendricks County Senior Services at 745-4303.


Vision loss group

to meet Nov. 10

Hendricks County Senior Services offers a monthly support group for people suffering from vision loss, facilitated by Bosma Industries. The group meets at 10:30 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Hendricks County Senior Center, 1201 Sycamore Lane, Danville. The next meeting will is 10:30 a.m. Nov. 10.

Meetings are free and open to all. The meetings are designed to be for the sharing of personal experiences, information about new technology, and the opportunity to hear from guest speakers.

The session should be of benefit to those who have dealt with loss of vision for a period of time as well as those who are just now experiencing the condition. New participants are always welcome and membership in the senior center is not required.

Transportation is available through Senior Services by calling 745-4303.

Those who would like to stay for lunch are asked to call at least 24 hours in advance. Lunch is a suggested $2 donation for senior citizens over the age of 60 and their spouses. Those younger than age 60 are requested to offer a $6 donation.