Virtual Dementia Tour – An interactive experience presented by Homewatch CareGivers

ONEgeneration was fortunate to have this unique experience available at our 9th Annual Senior Symposium on Saturday May 20th, 2017.  Seniors, family members and caregivers were given a glimpse into the challenges their loved ones with dementia face daily. What Is the Virtual Dementia Tour Program? We Will Change the Perception of Aging “The Virtual Dementia Tour”  (VDT) was created by R.K. Beville, M.S., and was developed by the company she founded, Second Wind Dreams, a Georgia based charity that is dedicated to changing the perceptions of aging. Homewatch CareGivers of Thousand Oaks is partnering with Second Winds Dreams to provide the Virtual Dementia Tour in order to promote a heightened awareness of dementia, improve the quality of care for those living with dementia and aid in maintaining the dignity and independence of local seniors. The Tour gives able people a chance to feel what those with failing senses endure on a daily basis. Homewatch CareGivers is presenting the Tour to healthcare professional & caregivers, family caregivers and the public so they can have a deeper understanding of dementia and to help them move form “sympathy to empathy.” If  “walking in another’s shoes” is the key to empathy, try literally walking with the tingling soles of a person with neuropathy, or writing a note with fumbling fingers, or trying to select what to wear when you can’t discern colors. Each participant wears encumbrances that temporarily impair them both physically and cognitively while attempting to perform routine everyday tasks. While doing the Tour they become completely disoriented and disconcerted. Their brain just won’t do what they want it to do.... read more

Senior Center Quest/World Issues Discussion Group

Quest / World Issues Thursdays  1:00 – 2:30 pm Moderated by Sam Behmoiras This discussion group is one of the most popular classes at OSEC, with people showing up a half an hour before the start time to claim a seat. Sam, a former university professor, has been moderating for the past couple of years and the participant seem to love him. Once in a while someone else wants to step up and moderate and Sam is fine with that, because usually the seniors will clamor for Sam to come back and do it after all. Sam brings a list of possible discussion topics, issues he has gleaned from the news and conversation. This list is usually just a backup, since someone will start by raising their hand and introducing a topic. Sam will only recognize those with their hands up, and interruptions are not allowed, though they do happen. In fact the discussions can become quite heated, but a general sense of consideration and humor seems to prevail. But Sam does make it clear, “if you do not follow the rules, you have to leave the room.” If a topic veers into an area too controversial or unpleasant, Sam will suggest a subject change, or sometimes the one subject will lead into another, or just talk itself out. In a recent class, the subject was changed 10 times in the 90 minute session. The class is so popular, says Sam, because “people like to get the opportunity to speak their minds.” Though the class has its regular stalwarts, there are always some new faces at each meeting. Some... read more

Farmers Market News: Market Match partnership with the Ecology Center

The ONEgeneration Encino Farmers Market is proud to announce our new partnership with the Ecology Center and Market Match program. Market Match doubles your CalFresh benefits (up to $10 weekly) that you can use at our market for fruits and vegetables, per family. Our funding in this program is partially provided in partnership with First5LA providing this dollar to dollar match for those families with EBT and children under the age of 5. When you check in at the market gate …of the Encino Farmers Market for your EBT funds, there will be an opportunity to register for this program and earn up to an additional $10 in matching funds to use for fresh fruits and vegetables. Market Match duplica su Cal Fresh en los mercados agricolas particpantes, y permite a su familia comprar mas frutas y verduras. Este programa (solomente a Encino Farmers Market) es para familias con niños menores de 5... read more

Dr. Stern, Geriatrician – December Article

Years ago, before I became a geriatrician, I visited my aunt and uncle in San Diego. On their kitchen counter, I saw more than twenty medicine bottles, some prescription, some over the counter herbals. These all belonged to my aunt. My uncle’s pill bottles were in the cabinet above. I asked them to tell me what the pills were and what they were for. The response was spotty. As I reviewed them, I saw that some were redundant, some not needed at all. I spend time with every new patient, reviewing each medication taken and making sure that each medication is appropriate. I call it “validating the medication regimen”. The body changes as it ages: kidney function decreases, liver function decreases. The body’s ability to cleanse itself of medication and toxins slows down. Older people often take several medications simultaneously and, as a result, the risk of drug interactions and adverse side effects increases. Additionally, there are specific problems for people with dementia. Certain medications, such as antihistamines and antispasmotics may damage cognition and may lead to acute onset of confusion. Familiarity with the Beers Criteria, a list of potentially inappropriate medication for use in older adults, is essential when a doctor is treating elderly patients. After evaluating the medications the patient is taking, the doctor can consider adding new ones. Once it has been determined that the existing medications are appropriate, it is time to consider use of the medications that are FDA approved for the treatment of Alzheimer’s dementia. There are still only two general classes of medication that have been approved. No medications will prevent or... read more

Wells Fargo – Donation to our Music & Memories program

ONEgeneration was recently selected for a $1,000 grant from Wells Fargo as part of their Community Connections Giving program.  This generous gift was combined with a matching gift from an anonymous donor and the combined funds were applied to two new ADC programs –“Music and Memory” and “Person Centered Care.” We have seen many of our seniors respond joyfully to our current music programs. Here is a quote from the Music & Memory website: “We train elder care professionals, how to create and provide personalized playlists using iPods and related digital audio systems that enable those struggling with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive and physical challenges to reconnect with the world through music-triggered memories.”  ONEgeneration is thrilled that our staff will be trained and our facility will become” “Music & Memory” certified. The remaining funds will be used for at least one new table to support programming that fits a “Person Centered Care” model which promotes choice, purpose and meaning. It focuses on clients being supported in achieving a level of physical, mental and psychosocial well-being that is individual and all towards the goal of keeping seniors healthy, engaged and happy. The program is highly endorsed by the California Association of Adult Day Centers. We would like to thank Wells Fargo and our anonymous donor for their generous gifts to ONEgeneration.  The funds will bring about many smiles and enable seniors to age in place longer.  Together, we share the... read more

Encino Farmers Market – Kendor Farms

Humans have been eating eggs from birds since prehistoric times and chicken eggs are without a doubt the most common popular. Perhaps no other food on the planet is as universal as the egg. Statistics have shown that six billion eggs are consumed annually-and that’s just in the United States! As for its nutritional value, eggs are hard to beat for their compact size, portability and variety of uses. If you want to get the most of the egg’s nutrients, go for the freshest eggs available. Like they say, fresh is best – Check out Kendor Farms Fresh Chicken & Eggs at the Encino Farmer’s Market every Sunday.  Pick up some fresh veggies for an... read more