ONEgeneration And Grandparents As Parents (GAP) Align To Expand Reach and Program Offerings

ONEgeneration And Grandparents As Parents (GAP) Align To Expand Reach and Program Offerings LOS ANGELES, May 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — ONEgeneration, a venerable leader in intergenerational care and community services, announced today the expansion of its program offerings with the addition of Grandparents As Parents (GAP), a 31-year-old agency that provides support, services and advocacy to meet the needs of grandparents and other relatives raising children at risk. “The strategic alignment of our complementary programs, innovative services, and cultures made perfect sense in advancing our shared goals and ‘intergenerational’ missions,” says ONEgeneration CEO Eva Goetz. “It is a privilege to welcome GAP into the ONEgeneration family of programs and bring together our combined 70 years of diligent service to the community’s most frail and vulnerable individuals and families.” With the integration of GAP, ONEgeneration will now cover a broad continuum of services areas that include: Intergenerational Communities Childcare Adult Day Care Senior Enrichment Center Congregate and Homebound Meals Transportation Care Management Kinship and Grand Families Support, Intervention and Crisis Management Family Recreational Services and Respite Care Education and Child-Focused Advocacy, Children’s Court Navigation Services “Joining ONEgeneration is a tremendous opportunity to maximize our financial resources and improve our efficiencies,” adds GAP Executive Director Carmen Garcia Hoffman. “It will strengthen GAP’s community impact by extending our geographic reach and access to a greater range of services for the 2,500 families we serve each year.” Hoffman emphasized the critical importance of GAP’s program considering that more than 600,000 California children and teens are living in homes not headed by their parents. While its peer support groups, crisis management services, resources and advocacy...

ONEgeneration Caregiver Training Sessions for Interns and Student Volunteers

The Physical Therapist and Occupational Therapists of our Adult Daycare hosted a training session for student interns and volunteers that support our senior programs. Students learned techniques to guide seniors with balance issues to sit and stand safely. They were able to experience and practice these tools and strength exercises with the professionals support. This workshop also covered at home safety tips for homes with a senior with dementia. Thank you to our staff for providing an engaging look at these safety issues.  The students attending this series of workshops range from high school volunteers, nursing interns, public health students, social welfare interns and MSW...

ONEgeneration Presentation at the American Society on Aging Conference (ASA)

The Aging in America Conference was held in San Francisco this March.  ASA’s Aging in America Conference is the nation’s largest and most dynamic multidisciplinary event known for its comprehensive view of the issues, challenges and opportunities in aging. It is the place to connect with peers, refresh your knowledge and gain new perspectives. We invite you to join our conference community of nearly 3,000 multidisciplinary professionals who, like you, are working to improve the lives of older adults. ONEgeneration was honored to present at this year’s American Society on Aging Conference in San Francisco on our unique Intergenerational Programs in conjunction with our partner Sages & Seekers. Thank you to Generations United for supporting us as a Program of Distinction at this conference. We hope this information provided to other senior services agencies promotes the positive outcomes of Intergenerational...

Red Cross Blood Drive at the Encino Farmers Market

The Encino Farmers Market is hosting a Red Cross LA Blood Drive on Sunday October 8th from 8am to 2pm.  Interested donors can register at  http://www.redcrossblood.org/  and enter sponsor code: onegeneration  to schedule an appointment. Blood drives are needed in this time of national and international disasters and help to replenish local supplies. Shopping at the Encino Farmers Market supports the programs offered by ONEgeneration.  We appreciate your...

2017 Community Needs Assessment Survey – City of Los Angeles

All of Los Angeles is constantly in motion, sometimes this includes even the ground beneath our feet.  The constant movement makes living in LA interesting, but also challenging.  One challenge is that LA is consistently ranked in the top for costs of living, and families with lower incomes are often disproportionately affected. The City receives four federal grants to invest in housing, job creation, public building and street improvements, social services, and other programs that serve people with lower incomes. This important survey is one of the tools that will help the City of Los Angeles prioritize the needs of communities and decide how the steadily diminishing federal grant funds should be used. If you visit, live, work, attend school, or do business in the City of Los Angeles, please take a few minutes to complete this opportunity to share your thoughts.  Your participation is appreciated!...

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....

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...

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...

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...