Another year is upon us. 2020! Easy to say and easy to type. Remember when the calendar changed from 1999 to 2000? The big question was if the clocks would be able to change from 1999 to 2000 without a complete failure of the world (well, at least the computer world). That was 20 years ago. Unbelievable. Where do the years go? And at what rate! Does the senior population live two to four years to everyone else’s one? That would explain a lot.
We celebrated our volunteers recently. We are so lucky to have such high caliber volunteers. Our volunteers are extremely dependable, caring, respectful, and all out super. Thirty-eight volunteers were present at our recent luncheon.
March for Meals is scheduled for March 28. Plan on participating. Sponsor sheets will be available in the office. Plan on obtaining sponsors for your stroll through town from the Center to the signal light, across the street, and return to the Center. (Which light is your choice.) Ask businesses, family, and friends to sponsor you in the walk. Instead of an amount “per mile”, just a lump sum for participating.
Winter has arrived. There have been puddles everywhere. I really do like a rainy day. It refreshes the air immensely.
If you couldn’t think of anything to change for the upcoming year, here are a few examples:
1. Exercise for 30 minutes every day—Start with 10 min/day.
2. Volunteer—Provides a sense of accomplishment.
3. Be aware of your health—Schedule a wellness visit to your healthcare provider.
4. Revive an old friendship—Make a telephone call, send an email or reach out via social media.
5. Make healthier dessert decisions—Fruits and dark chocolate make excellent natural alternatives if you need to satisfy a sweet craving.
6. Challenge your brain regularly—The more use, the better.
Provides free and objective information and assistance in dealing with Medicare, Medi-Cal, HMO's , long term care insurance and other health insurance issues. HICAP provides two main services: individual counseling and community education presentations. Local appoints are available with a registered volunteer. To schedule a one-on-one counseling appoint with a HICAP counselor, call 1-800-434-0222, ext. 117.
Information and Assistance
A free service for seniors 60 and older in Lake and Mendocino counties, linking older individuals and their caregivers to appropriate community resources available to meet their needs. Senior I & A will help you know about area services and whether you qualify.
Senior Hot Line Available:
Senior Legal Assistance
The program provides free legal assistance, education, advice, counseling and representation to Lake & Mendocino county seniors in the following areas:
Public Benefits (health, income & supportive services)