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February 2015

REACHing Hispanic Caregivers


BY ELLEN SCHMEDING
DIRECTOR, AGING & INDEPENDENCE SERVICES

ilar Ortega used to dread taking her mother to the bank. Resource Center, a new partner in the Countys Live Well
As the 82-year-old womans dementia progressed, she San Diego initiative, to implement this program modeled
had become paranoid about losing money and other items. on the federal program called REACH (Resources for
She wanted to take all her money out of the bank. Pilar Enhancing Alzheimers Caregiver Health).
Caregivers of persons
would tell her to leave at
with
dementia have been
least $1 so the account
shown
to suffer from
could stay open, but her
increased rates of demother was sure the teller
pression, illness, sleep
would take that dollar.
problems and decreased
This was a regular battle.
quality of life. And rePilar would try to reason
search has shown that
with her, but her mother
health outcomes for
could no longer grasp
Hispanic caregivers are
logic. The more Pilar
worse than for other ethtried to explain that her
nic groups.
money was safe, the more
REACHing Out profrustrated and stressed
vides four two-hour,
small-group sessions
both of them became.
with education, coaching
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mon among family
members who care for MARTHA RANON, SOUTHERN CAREGIVER RESOURCE CENTER. caregivers of persons
with Alzheimers disease
relatives with Alzheimers disease or related dementias. Caregivers often dont or a related dementia. Each group has a Spanish-speaking
know what to do when common sense no longer works. mental health professional, who can assess the level of
The struggle with her mom was depressing for Pilar, depression of each participant and facilitate the sessions
who had worked as a paid caregiver for many other fami- focused on helping the caregivers help themselves and
lies. She was used to being a problem-solver for others, others in the group.
The participants learn about dementia and what their
but didnt feel as effective in helping her own loved one.
Pilar was the perfect candidate for the REACHing Out relatives are experiencing, plus how behaviors could
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change as the disease progresses. They are able to share
among themselves what challenges theyve faced and
seek solutions others in the group might have used successfully. They learn how to take care of themselves
along the way.
They have homework, says Martha Ranon, a former
caregiver who now works with Southern Caregiver
Resource Center. They need to identify activities they
can do to de-stress. What five things can you do that are
positive for you? It could be as simple as listen to music
or light candles.
Pilar had not been able to find this kind of guidance
anywhere else. Her mothers physician speaks Spanish,
but he was not knowledgeable about caregiver resources
and didnt have time to counsel his patients daughter.
In the REACHing Out group, Pilar learned to change
how she approaches her mothers anger and fear.
I learned not to let her anger become contagious, she
says. I dont argue with her now. I just take a deep breath
and start talking with her about something else.
And now, before visiting her mom in the senior high-rise
apartment building, Pilar takes a 45-minute walk and
talks to God as I walk. I thank God for my Mom.
The four-session REACHing Out classes are available
each month and are held mostly in South Bay locations.
In March, there will also be a class in City Heights. All of
the February and March classes are in Spanish, although
there will be occasional classes in English. For details
on the REACHing Out classes, call Southern Caregiver
Resource Center at (800) 827-1008.

ONLINE SEMINARS FOR CAREGIVERS

series of live streaming seminars about caring for


loved ones are offered free online by the San Diego
Caregiver Coalition at noon on selected Fridays. Each
interactive seminar lasts half an hour.
Feb. 13: When a Pet Is Part of the Family with
Anyah Hoang of PAWS San Diego. What makes a good
match? How can we care for our pets when we get sick?
Feb. 20: I Am a Caregiver with caregiver advocate
Beresford Sinclair. Hear one mans journey through the
world of caregiving.
Feb. 27: Chair Yoga to Relax, Renew and Restore
with instructor Helena Bray. The benefits of yoga will
be discussed as you are guided through simple exercises
you can do while seated at your computer.
To register, visit www.caregivercoalitionsd.org, or for
questions, email martin.dare@sdcounty.ca.gov.

GIRL SCOUT TROOPS BEFRIEND SENIORS

companion program to More on the Menu (MOM)


that provides fresh produce to homebound older
adults is MOM Connections,
which adds letters and artwork
from local youth groups to the
deliveries. Currently students
from Otay Elementary, Cathedral Catholic High School
and St. Columba participate
in MOM Connections.
Girl Scouts San Diego has
just become a MOM Connections partner, as well. Scouts
will write letters and/or create
artwork that will be delivered by the meal providers to
interested MOM recipients. Participating troops can earn
an embroidered patch that says, I (heart) Seniors. To
learn more about MOM, visit: GiveToMOM.org.

JOB CLUB FOR WORKSEEKERS OF ALL AGES

areer Connections is a job club for experienced professionals of all ages who are actively seeking employment and/or are interested in changing careers. The club
is facilitated by Misti Allred, a human resource specialist
with the know-how to help people find their next job.
Career Connections workshops are held from 6 to 8
p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays at the JFS-Turk
Family Center, 8804 Balboa Ave., San Diego 92123.
Cost is $10 per session. Register online at www.jfssd.
org/careerconnections. For questions, contact Camille
Harris at (858) 637-3355.

VITAL AGING 2015: SAVE THE DATE

he date for our next Vital Aging conference has


been set for Wednesday, June 17. Please put this
on your calendar. AIS coordinates the Vital Aging
event every other year to spotlight elements of health
and wellbeing for older adults. This years theme is
Smart Actions for Healthy Minds and will focus on
brain health. The free conference will be held at two
locations: McMillin Center in Liberty Station, 2875
Dewey, San Diego 92106; and at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd.,
Escondido 92025.
More details about Vital Aging 2015 will be shared
in future Aging & Independence bulletins.

Honoring
RSVP: LEAD WITH EXPERIENCE
VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH
Bruce Walters, nominated by Rod
Rancik, Senior Volunteer Administrator from the County Sheriffs
Department in San Marcos, is the
volunteer of the month. Bruce has
been a shining member of the Senior Volunteer Patrol since 2009.
Having demonstrated an excellent
understanding of patrol duties while
on patrol, he volunteered for the
extra task of Patrol Assistant. While BRUCE WALTERS
working this task, Bruce became
interested in scheduling personnel for patrols and volunteered to be the overall scheduler. Additionally, Bruce,
who is skilled with computers and applications, has saved
countless hours of frustration as he publishes schedules,
notices and other required materials that need to be sent
to the members in a timely fashion. Bruce was key in
developing the rotating neighborhood patrol schedules
assigning each city patrol to a specific beat.
Bruce is always willing to cover other members tasks
if they are ill or vacationing, always ready to respond to
an emergency call-out, and always ready to accept any
unexpected task in an emergency. He accepts problems
as a challenge and is ready and willing to jump in and
find a solution. His amiable personality is an asset to the
morale in the SVP office.
Without the unwavering support of SVP members such
as Bruce Walters, it would not be possible to operate the
San Marcos Senior Volunteer Patrol successfully, says
Rod Rancik.
Congratulations, Bruce, your dedication to volunteering
has made a difference in the North San Diego community.

A GOOD GOAL FOR THE NEW YEAR


Make your goal to volunteer in 2015. By volunteering,
you can help others while receiving health benefits for
yourself. There are many different volunteer opportunities for seniors at more than 80 different volunteer sites.

Let us help you find the opportunity that fits your needs
and interests. Just call RSVP at (858) 505-6399 and let
us support you in your goal for 2015.

SCRIPPS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL


With so much happening on the campus of Scripps
Memorial Hospital La Jolla, there has never been a better
time to volunteer and be part of the exciting expansion
under way. In 2015, the Prebys Cardiovascular Institute
will open its doors to patient care. This state-of-the-art facility will transform heart care in San Diego and beyond.
As a Scripps volunteer, you can touch the lives of
patients at this new facility in many ways. Whether assisting employees, greeting visitors or helping patients at
their bedside, our volunteers provide invaluable services.
You will not only have a rewarding experience, but will
also learn new skills, make new friends, meet others
who share the same values and interests and gain great
experience, while enhancing the overall care provided at
Scripps. Our volunteers efforts are appreciated by staff,
physicians, patients and their families.
Volunteers must commit to serving at least one, fourhour shift per week. After an initial interview and health
screening, volunteers are assigned to an area of their
choice and attend a site orientation. We offer training programs and continuing education to help volunteers remain
efficient and effective.
There are many
opportunities
available, and the
volunteer office
will help you find
the right one. For
more information regarding
volunteering
with Scripps Memorial Hospital,
contact RSVP at
(858) 505-6399. PREBYS CARDIOVASCULAR INSTITUTE

THREE NEW FEELING FIT CLUBS

its residents, the citizens at-large. The council makes


recommendations to the AIS director and to the County
Board of Supervisors.
There are potentially 30 members of the Advisory
Council. Having strong ties within the community is a
valuable attribute.
Applications are available online (http://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/dam/sdc/cob/docs/bcac/brdapp.pdf);
sign and return to the address on the application. Applications are also available at the monthly meetings, which are
held at the AIS headquarters the second Monday of each
month at noon. The AIS headquarters is located at 5560
Overland Ave., Third Floor, San Diego 92123. These are
public meetings. All are welcome.
For more information, contact Rosemarie Bahmani at
(858) 213-6554.

ake it your New Years resolution to join a Feeling


Fit Club! Three new clubs have just been added to
the previous list of 28 available classes:
Rancho San Diego Branch Library from 8:30 to 9:30
a.m. each Monday and Wednesday. Address: 11555 Via
Rancho San Diego, El Cajon 92019
El Cajon Salvation Army from 10 to 11 a.m. each
Monday and Wednesday. Address: 1011 E. Main St., El
Cajon 92021.
Vista Library from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. each Monday and
Thursday. Address: 700 Eucalyptus Ave., Vista 92084.
The clubs offer social interaction and build self-esteem
in a relaxed, non-threatening environment. Participants
say they develop better balance, greater strength and flexibility, enhanced sleep, improved mood, better digestion,
more relief from arthritis and more resistance to chronic EVENT SCHEDULED FOR KINSHIP FAMILIES
illnesses. To locate a class near you, call (858) 495-5500,
ext. 3 and leave your name, number and address.
randparents and other relatives raising grandchildren
The Feeling Fit Club is also broadcast on County Televihave unique challenges, including legal issues, school
sion Network at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Cox Ch. 19 or 24; concerns, financial matters. The Countys East Region is
Time Warner Ch. 85 and Uverse Ch. 99 and scroll.
planning a Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Symposium from 8:30 to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the
SIGN UP FOR HEALTHIER LIVING CLASSES Meridian Baptist Church, 550 S. 3rd St., El Cajon 92019.
Lunch and onsite childcare provided. RSVP required; call
he County coordinates interactive and goal-oriented 2-1-1 after Feb. 4.
workshops called Healthier Living for people with
chronic health conditions. Caregivers are also welcome JOIN A COMMUNITY ACTION NETWORK
to attend. Workshops are held once a week for six weeks:
Feb. 6 through March 20 (Fridays) from 1 to 3:30
our regional Community Action Networks focus on
p.m. at the Poway Library Community Room, 13137
the issues and needs of older adults and persons with
Poway Rd., Poway 92064.
disabilities. They welcome your participation.
(Focus on diabetes) Feb. 6 through March 20 (FriThe San Diego Community Action Network (SanDidays) from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Park Avenue Commu- CAN) meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon on the last Tuesday
nity Center, 210 Park Ave., Escondido 92025.
of each month at the War Memorial Building, 3325 Zoo
Feb. 11 to March 18 (Wednesdays) from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Dr., San Diego. For more information, contact Brian
at the Public Authority-HHSA, 3890 Murphy Canyon Rollins: (858) 505-6305.
Rd., Suite 250A, San Diego 92123.
The East County Action Network (ECAN) meets from
To register, contact Kyra Reinhold at kyra.reinhold@ 1 to 3 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the
sdcounty.ca.gov, or call (858) 495-5710.
Renette Recreation Center, 935 S. Emerald Ave., El Cajon. For more information, call Kathy Holmes-Hardy:
AIS ADVISORY COUNCIL SEEKS MEMBERS (619) 401-3994.
The South County Action Network (SoCAN) meets
he AIS Advisory Council is seeking adults ages 50 and from 1 to 3 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month
older to fill two open positions on this board. These at the San Diego County Library, Bonita-Sunnyside
spots would be strictly volunteer positions. The organiza- Branch, 4375 Bonita Rd., Bonita. Contact Anabel Kuyktion is particularly seeking representation from the Latino/ endall: (619) 476-6223.
Hispanic community.
The North County Action Network (NorCAN) meets
The council assists AIS staff members on policy and from 1 to 3 pm. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at
program needs related to its role as the Area Agency on the San Marcos Senior Center, 111 Richmar Ave., San
Aging for San Diego County from the perspective of
Marcos. For details, call Marty Dare: (858) 505-6300.

SEND IN YOUR ITEMS


This monthly calendar welcomes your
contributions. Just send items by the
10th of each month preceding the issue date to: Denise G. Nelesen, editor,
Aging & Independence Services, PO
Box 23217, San Diego, CA 921933217. Or you can e-mail to: denise.
nelesen@sdcounty.ca.gov.

FEB. 7, SATURDAY
9:30 TO 11:30 A.M.

San Diego, 1805 Upas St., San Diego


92103. This celebration is part of a
new program called A Better Me,
which will offer visually impaired
persons weekly opportunities for life
enrichment. For details, call (619)
298-5021 or email Kristynn Bennett
at kbennett@bccsd.org.

disease and their caregivers will


be held at the Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church, 2128
Chatsworth Blvd., San Diego. RSVP
required; call (800) 827-4277.

FEB. 17, TUESDAY


6 TO 7:30 P.M.

Make Friends with Your iPad, a


two-part class, will be held at the
Lawrence Family Jewish Community
Center, 4126 Executive Dr., UTC
area. Cost: $20. Bring your charged
iPad and know your Apple ID password. RSVP to Melanie Rubin by
Feb. 19: (858) 362-1141.

The Seniors Computer Group of


San Diego meets every Saturday at
Wesley Palms, 2404 Loring St., San
Diego 92109. For details, visit: www.
scgsd.org, or email: Tom Sprague at
tspraguepr@aol.com.

A healing arts group for persons with


neurological challenges is offered on
the first and third Tuesdays of each
month at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas in the Rehabilitation
Centers Brain Injury Day Treatment
Room. To RSVP or for details, call
Nancy Coleman: (760) 633-7417.

FEB. 10, TUESDAY


10 TO 11 A.M.

FEB. 21, SATURDAY


1 TO 4 P.M.

Effective Communications Strategies with Persons with Alzheimers


will be held at the Alzheimers Association, 6632 Convoy Court, San
Diego 92111. To register or for more
information, call (800) 272-3900.

A celebration of Black History


Month will be held at the Spring
Valley Library, 836 Kempton St.,
Spring Valley 91977. Includes music,
refreshments and more. For details,
call (619) 463-3006.

FEB. 11, WEDNESDAY


1 TO 2 P.M.

FEB. 21, SATURDAY


2 TO 3:30 P.M.

Balance and Conditioning Classes


are offered each Wednesday at the
Challenge Center, 5540 Lake Park
Way, La Mesa. Cost for an 8-week
session is $50. Also offered from 2
to 3 p.m. on Thursdays. For more
information, call (619) 667-8644.

Dance Around the World, a free


intergenerational day of folk dancing, will be held at the Bonita branch
of the County Library, 4375 Bonita
Rd., Bonita 91902. All ages invited.
For more information, call Connie or
Marisa at (619) 475-4642.

FEB. 14, SATURDAY


11 A.M. TO 2 P.M.

FEB. 25, WEDNESDAY


10 A.M. TO NOON

A Valentines Day party will be held


at the Blind Community Center of

Good Start Workshop for persons


newly diagnosed with Parkinsons

FEB. 26 & MARCH 5


1:30 TO 3 P.M.

MARCH 14, SATURDAY


7:30 A.M. TO 4:30 P.M.
Sharp Womens Health Conference
will be held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, 1380 Harbor
Dr., San Diego. Includes health and
fitness speakers, health screenings,
exhibitors, gourmet lunch, gift bag
and more. Cost is $50. RSVP required; call (800) 827-4277.

MARCH 18, WEDNESDAY


9 A.M. TO NOON
Spring into Healthy Living, a free
health fair for older adults, will be
held at the Cameron YMCA, 10123
Riverwalk Dr., Santee 92071. To
RSVP or for more information, call
(877) 926-8300.

ADVISORY COUNCIL
The AIS Advisory Council will
meet at noon Monday, Feb. 9, at
AIS, 5560 Overland Ave., Third
Floor, San Diego 92123. These
meetings are open to the public.

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