Cherries and more…we hope to see you soon at the Encino Farmers Market

Blog [/et_pb_sidebar] Cherries and more…we hope to see you soon at the Encino Farmers Market As spring flows into summer the farmers market becomes an exciting place for community members to shop for a wonderful variety of fruits and vegetables. We still have tons of cherries including Burlat’s, and of course Brooks and Bings.  We also have apricots, peaches and plums, which have been around for a few weeks but are just coming into their own and getting sweeter. We now have corn on the cob, fresh from the fields and will be in its peak into...

California Weatherization Assistance Program

Program Description  –  The Department of Energy, Weatherization Assistance Program (DOE WAP) has long served as the core program for delivering energy conservation services to low-income Californians. The Weatherization Assistance Program reduces the heating and cooling costs for low-income families by improving the energy efficiency of their homes and ensuring their health and safety. Among low-income households, the program focuses on those with elderly residents, individuals with disabilities, and families with children. General Program Requirements  – In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of California who needs financial assistance for home energy costs.  In order to qualify, you must also have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below 60% of the State’s Median Income: Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year) 1 $24,236 2 $31,693 3 $39,150 4 $46,607 If you are interested in applying for this program you can call at: 1-866-675-6623. If you have any further questions feel free to contact the Care Management department at...

Summertime Heat and Dehydration Prevention for Seniors

Summertime is here!!  And with it comes the often difficult task of keeping ourselves and our senior loved ones cool and hydrated.  As we age, our thirst signals become weaker, and those with memory problems often forget to drink enough fluids.  Here are some tips for you to help prevent dehydration: Ask the doctor how much water you or your loved one should be drinking during the day and drink small amounts of water with each meal and several times per day. If you or your loved one has special dietary needs, ask the doctor what other beverages you can use to supplement fluid intake (i.e. sugar free drinks, sports drinks, electrolyte enhanced waters, etc.). Fresh fruits and vegetables, smoothies, watered down juices, and popsicles are other foods and drinks that can help you stay hydrated.  Be sure you pick ingredients that fit within your dietary guidelines. Avoid beverages with caffeine and alcohol because these can lead to dehydration as they have diuretic qualities. Watch for signs of dehydration and seek treatment immediately. Signs of dehydration include dry skin, fatigue, headache, dark urine and bags under the eyes. If there are signs of dehydration, please seek medical treatment immediately. Dehydration can be a serious, even potentially fatal, medical...