Wednesday, April 30, 2014Paulding County Progress Today’s Seniors - 3
What does your Paulding CountySenior Center do? In 2013 …..
6,029 Hot Congregate meals were served at the Center to 604 different seniors.
35,228 Hot noon meals were delivered to the homes of 241 different homebound seniors.
In addition to serving our seniors 739 lunch meals were prepared and paid for by NOCAC Summer Food Program.
Provided 140 seniors with transportation to appointments and to the Center.
Provided a total of 3,286 on-way-trips.
We traveled over 97,000 miles to provide services.
What else do we offer?
Exercise Classes, Health Checks, Crafts, Grocery shopping, Bill paying, Card games, Bingo, Special events, Birthday celebrations, Health and educationpresentations, Medicare D assistance, Commodity distribution, Buckeye Card assistance and more!
Don’t miss out!
May is Older Americans Month
‘Safe today. Healthy tomorrow’
Each Ohioan has the power to stay safeand remain a vital member of society by tak-ing steps to prevent falls and fall-relatedinjuries. May is Older Americans Monthand the 2014 theme for Ohio is “Safe Today.Healthy Tomorrow.”The Ohio Department of Aging encourages all Ohioansto use the month to becomemore aware of the impact of falls on our elders and learnabout the state’s falls pre-vention initiative, STEADYU Ohio.Falls and fall-related injuries pose a threat to independence andvitality. While the risk of fallsincreases with age, falling is not a nor-mal part of aging, and most falls can be pre-vented.Decreased muscle mass, vision and hear-ing decline, medical conditions and joint pain are some of the age-related changesthat can increase fall risks. However, minor changes to our home, health and habits canoffset these risk factors:
• Remove throw rugs• Improve lighting, especially near stairs.• Install grab bars near the toilet and shower.• Rearrange your home to make frequentlyused items easier to reach.• Don’t use chairs or other furni-ture for climbing. Instead, usea ladder or step-stool with ahand rail.
• Ask your doctor about afall risk assessment and talk about medicines you takeand whether they increaseyour risk for falls.• Have your hearing and visionchecked annually.
• Stay active to build muscle strength andimprove balance.• Slow down and think through tasks.• Stay hydrated and eat a well-balanceddiet that includes calcium-rich foods.