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  • Guides for LGBTQI Students The first is a comprehensive guide created for LGBTQ students, allies, and other community members. It offers tips for knowing if a college is LGBTQ friendly and highlights the schools going above and beyond to welcome these students. It also explains the Campus Pride Index and includes an interview with Gary Howell, a staff member at Argosy University who works with AU Tampa’s Campus Pride group. ► Resources and Expert Advice for LGBTQ College Students The second guide focuses on transgender students. It includes scholarships specific to the trans community, describes how to find a transgender-friendly college and provides a directory for additional resources to help with academic and extracurricular success. You can check out the entire guide here ...
    Posted Feb 13, 2018, 12:02 PM by Wayne Wieseler
  • 3 Major Ways Caregivers Can Help Seniors Stay Independent February 1, 2018As an adult, you are used to having the freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want. It may be difficult for you to imagine not being able to do those things. Yet, for many seniors, this is a reality. With National Senior Independence Day being February, we are going to take a moment to recognize not only the importance of senior independence but also how caregivers can help seniors maintain their independence for as long as possible.With age comes a variety of changes that can challenge a senior’s physical and physiological state; some making it increasingly difficult for seniors to properly care for themselves. Because of this, many older adults are pressured to ...
    Posted Feb 2, 2018, 9:35 AM by Wayne Wieseler
  • AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Assistance Program AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free, individualized tax preparation for low-to-moderate-income taxpayers - especially those 50 and older - at more than 5,000 locations nationwide. Before visiting a Tax-Aide site, please note: You will need to bring your important documents to the site. Access the complete list. Federal Tax assistance is available at all locations. State tax assistance is available at all locations in your state for in-state residents and may be available to out-of-state residents in select neighboring states. Please contact sites in your neighboring state to confirm availability. Site hours are subject to change on a weekly basis. Therefore, please check again the day before you plan to go to the site ...
    Posted Feb 13, 2018, 2:57 PM by Wayne Wieseler
  • Free movies for seniors begin in November On November 2, 2017, the Free Seniors Movie Series will begin again, at the Third Street Cinemas in downtown Santa Rosa. As usual, a choice of three or four movies will be shown on the first Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. and will continue through June 7, 2018. No tickets are needed, and the doors open at 9:30 a.m.It is not possible to publicize an advance list of films, but for a list of the three or four movie titles for each month, call the Third Street Cinemas Recording the week of the Series: 525-8909 x 2.The movies are free for seniors, 60 and older. Detailed Flyers are on display in the ...
    Posted Sep 28, 2017, 4:10 PM by Wayne Wieseler
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Guides for LGBTQI Students

posted Feb 13, 2018, 11:52 AM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Feb 13, 2018, 12:02 PM ]

The first is a comprehensive guide created for LGBTQ students, allies, and other community members. It offers tips for knowing if a college is LGBTQ friendly and highlights the schools going above and beyond to welcome these students. It also explains the Campus Pride Index and includes an interview with Gary Howell, a staff member at Argosy University who works with AU Tampa’s Campus Pride group.

► Resources and Expert Advice for LGBTQ College Students

The second guide focuses on transgender students. It includes scholarships specific to the trans community, describes how to find a transgender-friendly college and provides a directory for additional resources to help with academic and extracurricular success. You can check out the entire guide here:

► Resources for Transgender College Students

The last guide in the series focuses on scholarships and financial aid available to LGBTQ college students. It's not only a list of funding opportunities -- there are tips on, for example, how to navigate applying to financial aid before coming out to family or if the family is not supportive.

► College Scholarships for LGBTQ Students

3 Major Ways Caregivers Can Help Seniors Stay Independent

posted Feb 2, 2018, 9:34 AM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Feb 2, 2018, 9:35 AM ]

February 1, 2018

As an adult, you are used to having the freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want. It may be difficult for you to imagine not being able to do those things. Yet, for many seniors, this is a reality. With National Senior Independence Day being February, we are going to take a moment to recognize not only the importance of senior independence but also how caregivers can help seniors maintain their independence for as long as possible.

With age comes a variety of changes that can challenge a senior’s physical and physiological state; some making it increasingly difficult for seniors to properly care for themselves. Because of this, many older adults are pressured to move into an assisted living facility. As a direct result, many seniors are hesitant to ask for help, even when they know they should, for fear they will be forced to live in an assisted living home. This is a huge mistake.

Failing to ask for help when you know you need it can backfire and can cost you your independence entirely. In fact, the best thing you can do to secure your independence is to learn how and when to ask for help.

How Home Care Can Help

Let’s clarify – an assisted living facility may be best for you if you need more help than you can receive from home care. But if you just need a little extra help around the house, non-medical home care is likely the best option for you and can really help facilitate your independence.

Here are a few common threats to a senior’s independence, as well as some information on how having a caregiver a few times a week can help.

#1: Failing to meet your nutritional requirements.

Getting adequate nutrition is crucial for seniors to remain independent. Seniors who meet their requirements typically report better mental acuity, stronger immune systems, higher energy levels and have an easier time managing chronic illnesses. Failure to do so can threaten health, mobility, and as a result, independence.

Unfortunately, many older adults experience challenges that make it difficult for them to get the nutrition they need. For example, seniors who are unable to drive may have a difficult time coordinating trips to and from the grocery store, while other seniors may struggle to prepare fresh meals on a regular basis. As a result, many seniors consume more processed foods due to their longer shelf life.

Home care services can help seniors by eliminating many of the challenges seniors face that prevent them from meeting their nutritional requirements, including the following.

  • Driving seniors to and from the grocery store.
  • Helping seniors navigate the grocery store (i.e. getting hard-to-reach items and carrying groceries back to their home)
  • Preparing fresh meals.
  • Throwing away old/expired meals.

#2: Neglecting to exercise.

Many seniors refrain from exercise because they think it’s unsafe. Studies have shown the contrary; seniors who refrain from exercise are usually more at risk of losing their independence.

Exercise is crucial for seniors to maintain their bone density and circulation. When bone density is lost, seniors are at a much greater risk of experiencing more serious injuries. Exercise can be the difference between a minor fracture and a broken bone.

In-home caregivers can help ensure seniors get enough exercise in the following ways.

  • Encouraging seniors make the effort to exercise.
  • Making sure seniors are doing the right exercises for their personal needs and capabilities.
  • Reducing the likelihood of injuries by providing assistance when needed (i.e. support while walking, ending exercise when needed)

#3: Forgetting to take medications.

As your age increases, the number of medications you are prescribed is also likely to increase. As a result, older adults are often faced with the challenge of managing multiple medications. It can be easy to confuse medications and miss doses. Unfortunately, doing this can be detrimental to a senior.

Caregivers can be extremely helpful to seniors who have trouble remembering to take their medications in the following ways.

  • Reminding seniors to take their medication at the appropriate time.
  • Ensuring seniors are consistent with their medication.

Conclusion

Aging is inevitable, bringing to light many of the associated challenges is the first step to ensuring aging doesn’t equate to a loss of independence. If you think you or a loved one may benefit from an in-home caregiver, don’t hesitate to contact us.                  

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Assistance Program

posted Jan 12, 2018, 11:11 AM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Feb 13, 2018, 2:57 PM ]

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free, individualized tax preparation for low-to-moderate-income taxpayers - especially those 50 and older - at more than 5,000 locations nationwide.

Before visiting a Tax-Aide site, please note:

  • You will need to bring your important documents to the site. Access the complete list.
  • Federal Tax assistance is available at all locations. State tax assistance is available at all locations in your state for in-state residents and may be available to out-of-state residents in select neighboring states. Please contact sites in your neighboring state to confirm availability.
  • Site hours are subject to change on a weekly basis. Therefore, please check again the day before you plan to go to the site.

Call 707.829.4797 for more information.

Hours

Thursdays 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
February 5, 2018 - April 12, 2018
Walk-ins only - no appointments

Area(s) Served

CA - Sonoma County

Fees

None

Application Process

Must bring photo ID, all W-2s and 1099s, family members Social Security cards and date of birth, and if possible a copy of last year's tax return. If applicable bring a check for direct deposit.

Eligibility Requirements

Some complicated tax returns are out of scope

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Free movies for seniors begin in November

posted Sep 28, 2017, 4:10 PM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Sep 28, 2017, 4:10 PM ]

On November 2, 2017, the Free Seniors Movie Series will begin again, at the Third Street Cinemas in downtown Santa Rosa. As usual, a choice of three or four movies will be shown on the first Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. and will continue through June 7, 2018. No tickets are needed, and the doors open at 9:30 a.m.

It is not possible to publicize an advance list of films, but for a list of the three or four movie titles for each month, call the Third Street Cinemas Recording the week of the Series: 525-8909 x 2.

The movies are free for seniors, 60 and older. Detailed Flyers are on display in the lobbies of the Roxy 14, the Airport 12, the Summerfield, and the Third Street Cinemas in Santa Rosa, as well as the Raven Film Center in Healdsburg. They have also been distributed to all of the Senior Centers, the Council on Aging, and various other facilities for seniors, including retirement homes, senior apartment complexes, and senior mobile home parks.

The Third Street Cinemas is located at 620 3rd Street between Santa Rosa Avenue and “D” Street (behind the Third Street Aleworks). It is only 1-1/2 blocks from the Downtown Transit Mall, where city and county buses arrive and depart. There are also two Parking Garages close: one directly across from the theatre (no elevator), and the other around the corner on “D” Street (basically, behind the theatre). The rate is 75c per hour, but those with handicapped placards may park free at parking meters on the street.

The Series is sponsored by Santa Rosa Memorial Park & Mortuary/Eggen & Lance Chapel, Kobrin Financial Services, and Hired Hands Homecare.

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