Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on January 31, 2000 · Page 3
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 3

Ukiah, California
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Monday, January 31, 2000
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THE UKiAH DAILY JOURNAL MONDAY, JAN. 31, 2000 — 3 YOUR SENIOR CENTER Home assistance is there for seniors By Melissa Phillips Membership •drive is on ;'' ,ll's that time of year - Membership Drive. I want to take this Opportunity to explain why the Membership Drive is so important to us as an organization. " Members are the life-blood of our organization. These are the people that contribute to - and Sare part of - all we do on a day- Jto ; day basis. As we look back on iithe generosity shown us, one Jvery special part of the community that is all too easily over- Jlooked is the membership of jUkiah Senior Center. These are Jhe folks who, year after year, •seno* their membership checks, Vnd-who - day after day, month JDj month out - commit to sup- the Senior Center's activi- volunteers, as advisors, as , interested, caring com- members who are com- fl)rtred to guaranteeing that there Stejll always be services forevery § njbr in our community who eds them. *pWe make every effort to keep Bur membership fees affordable jio that we can be certain that as many people as possible can receive this monthly newsletter tcrstay in touch with all that is happening at the Senior Center. Each $15 membership just about tovers the costs of mailing and other costs for getting our ^ewsletter out to each of you. p But when you think of it that is only $1.25 per member jjer month. That, is why ..we ask, for-those who are able 'to' cbn- Ijribute a little more - orw-krt more - to do so. For all the important services and activities that go on each day, every dollar a person adds to that member- sliip check means a great deal. It also makes you a sponsor of all that'happens at the Senior Cen- t'eii.-As I've told you before, approximately 25 percent of the dollars required to operate the Senior Center come from memberships, fund raising, and community support. I*S6, when you write your orjieck for your membership for t(ie:jyear 2000, invest in the fijl'itfe! Be a part of keeping Ukia'h Senior Center strong for tfie fjture. j Thank you to all those who support Ukiah Senior Center by being members. To those who Haven't yet joined, we are aways ready to welcome new fifes'. We all get older with the ptassijig of every day. With luck, we get to be seniors ourselves. Personally, I want to be certain that there is a place for me when I; become a senior - not too many years from now! i Thanks yous 1 Thank you to: Vivian Finne, Ukiah Natural Foods, Masonite, Rpte4h, Mendocino Redwoods, Safeway, Cub Scouts Pack 64 of Ukiah, Joanne Chiles and the Bank of America staff, Retired Pubjic Employees Association, Joan Griswold & Penofin/Per- foHhance Coatings, Don Willis, WjJl-Mart, Kmart, Millie Kilgo- rei* Chris Phillips, and of course to,all our volunteers. hA special thank you to Steve aiitl Barbara Redding at Red- dijng'ji Auto Body for repainting oiir stalls for the remodeled Battlett Hall Rest Rooms. Seniors can gftt'tax help [Preparation of income tax returns for seniors will begin Wednesday, Feb. 9, from 9 to 11#0 a.m. at Ukiah Senior Center- and will continue every Wednesday and Friday through April 14. By MELISSA PHILLIPS An elderly woman living alone falls and is hospitalized for a week or two. Her doctors tell her she really can't manage at home by herself. This is a typical call for Ukiah Senior Center's Home Assistance Program. Every day, the Home Assistance Program sends employees into the homes of seniors (and non-seniors) in the Ukiah area. When someone calls for services from the program, the client's needs and preferences are identified. If necessary, a visit is made to the home to help determine the need. Some clients may only want a few hours a week for basic house cleaning, yard work, errands or chores. For others, more personal assistance with daily living may be needed. The program can provide as many, or as few, hours as are wanted. One of the biggest demands in the local senior community is for transportation to medical appointments, either here in Ukiah, or as far away as Santa Rosa and San Francisco. The Home Assistance Program now provides this service for a reasonable hourly rate, plus a nominal mileage charge. Clients are asked to book these medical transports as far in advance as possible. The Senior Center carefully screens Home Assistance employees. They are fingerprinted and required to have TB tests. All Home Assistance Program employees are required to participate in training on care giving issues. The providers are trained by a local doctor on recognizing client needs. An Alzheimer's specialist has provided training on understanding dementia and dealing with clients with memory loss. A registered physical therapist has taught care givers how to perform safe lifting and transferring of elderly clients. For more information about the Home Assistance Program at Ukiah Senior Center, call Cathy Sellars or Evelyn Carpenter at 462-7207. Anyone can be hit with depression FEBRUARY MENU MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY TMUSSOAY FRIDAY L |_7_ Salisbury Steak Mashed Potato/gravy Carrots Garden Salad Dessert [M Taco Dinner Rice Tossed Salad Applesauce [21 HOLIDAY Center Closed Hamburger Steak w/mushroom gravy Pasley Carrots Garden Salad Dessert H Spaghetti Green Beans Garden Salad Fruit Cocktail 11 Beans & Ham Cornbread Cole Slaw Peaches [15 Hot Turkey Sandwich Mashed Potato/gravy Carrots Cottage Cheese Pie [22 Chicken Pot Pie Peas & Carrots Biscuits Tossed Salad Pudding [29 Carrot Salad Fresh Fruit 11 COOK'S CHOICE 11 Meatloaf Mashed Potatoes Creams Corn Green Salad Fresh Fruit [18 COOK'S CHOICE [23 Enchiladas Retried Beans Spanish Rice Cole Slaw Dessert L 11 Beef tips ; Rice Brussell Sprouts Cottage Cheese Dessert 11! Chef Salad VyYTurkey, Ham, Egg Bell Peppers Ln BBQ Chicken Rice Squash Pea & Cheese Salad Pudding [24 Swiss Steak Potato/gravy Cauliflower Cottage Cheese Pie L . .• • • 14 ^«~ Fish ; 'Augratin Potatoes. Spinach • Citrus Salad .* Pudding • in Chicken Sandwich, w/lett, torn, onion | Carrot/Raisin Salac Pears Li Tuna Casserole Mixed Veggie Garden Salad Dessert [25 Chili Dogs Broccoli Mac Salad Cake • L T ^ By MELISSA PHILLIPS Like many other societal concerns, this one has been around for a long time, but has only "come out of the closet" in recent years. People of the 60 and over generation are less apt to accept depression as a chronic problem or illness, and are more apt to bear it as a fact of life. Sometimes, often in fact, the "Golden Years" don't live up to all they are cracked up to be. Certainly, if one were to sum up in a single word the most consistent fact of life for the elderly - the word would have to be "loss." When you think about it, -f^ajny tosses. C 9 m f ,with,a£e some subtle, and some dowri- 'rightoitsl.lThexjhande.of losses • of friends and loved ones, and losses of your own health and physical abilities, increase the longer you live. As people retire, many lose touch with the contacts and activities that kept them involved and motivated. They stop being connected with the very things that fed their self-esteem, and become bored and lonely. In a recent needs assessment conducted by the Area Agency On Aging, local seniors identified loneliness as one of their three most serious concerns. When a doctor or mental health professional evaluates a person to determine depression, their criteria for that diagnosis is based in part on what is called a "Severity of Stressors Scale." Included on that scale are many items that are a part of the aging experience loss of job, or retirement, unemployment, poverty, death of a spouse, diagnosis of a physical illness. Yes, these are facts of life,' but they contribute to a real illness called depression. Physicians are now beginning to view depression- as a major and treatable issue for the elderly. Newly armed with an array of effective anti-depressants wjthj-ejatjyejy/nild side effects,, they are "beginning to prescnbe ; these-' - medications for some ; older patients - with positive results. More and more, doctors are inclined to look at illnesses like depression in the context of a person's whole living situation. They know that depressed individuals have weaker immune systems, and are more likely to develop other health problems, and have more difficulty recovering from them. Doctors increasingly prescribe participation in activities, getting out with friends, and taking up new hobbies as means of facing the challenges of depression. There are places to turn to in our community -for help and support. The Mendocino County Department of Mental Health Adult Services Division provides services to local individuals. Some may be able to receive the necessary support from the Senior Peer Counseling Program. Individuals are matched with a trained peer counselor, under professional supervision. Most importantly, you need to be aware that depression feeds on isolation and loneliness. AH too often, loneliness is self-imposed. The first step to recovering from depression is connection - connection to people and connection to activities. There is help. Reach/out to get- the help and'support'ybu' nefed 1 .'There may-well b& someone- out> ; > there who needs you. Valentine's Day dinner dance scheduled Ukiah Senior Center presents a Valentine Dinner Dance to be held Saturday, Feb. 12. Social hour will be from 5 to 6 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. The menu includes, stuffed pork chops and all the trimmings, and wine at $1 per glass. Following the dinner will be the dance where everp- one can dance to the music of The Wayne Miller Band. Thfs event will be held at Bartlett Hall, 495 Leslie Street, Ukiah: Advance tickets are $10, at the door, $12. Tickets are nonP refundable. 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