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Aging Matters

Resources for seniors in Sonoma County

Home Care Changes in the New Year

Sacramento passed two new laws in 2013 that take effect in 2014. The laws passed were AB241 (overtime) and AB10 (Minimum Wage). Prior to January 1, 2014, Caregivers working in homes was exempt from overtime. This exemption was given because: • Overtime increase the cost of care and while people want to remain home, the overtime payment would make home care too expensive for some people. • Although people want to remain in their homes with care, they do not… Read More »

Senior Care Napa and ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S.

Petaluma, CA, October 19th – The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting all Sonoma county residents to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, October 19th at 1800 So. McDowell Blvd. & Shollenberber Park in Petaluma. Check-in begins at 8:30am and the walk starts at 10:00am. In addition to the 1 or 3 mile route option, participants will enjoy music, the Sonoma County Taiko drummers, special guest… Read More »

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S®

Petaluma, CA, October 19th – The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting all Sonoma county residents to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, October 19th at 1800 So. McDowell Blvd. & Shollenberber Park in Petaluma. Check-in begins at 8:30am and the walk starts at 10:00am. In addition to the 1 or 3 mile route option, participants will enjoy music, the Sonoma County Taiko drummers, special guest… Read More »

The Monkees

I believe it’s important to look for opportunities for us to get out enjoy our family and friends. As we age this becomes more and more challenging. I would like to recommend that you consider this event as an reason to get out and have FUN! I hope to see you at the www.uptowntheatrenapa.com 

70’s icon Helen Reddy at Napa’s Uptown Theatre on 4/20/13

She is woman, hear her roar! Born into a well-known Australian show business family, Helen Reddy has had a life and a career richer and more varied than anything she could ever have imagined as a girl in Melbourne. She has dined on her birthday with the Prince of Wales, danced in the White House with the President of the United States, and had a tulip named after her in Holland. Don’t miss An Evening with Helen Reddy on Saturday,… Read More »

Let Senior Helpers Provide Your Holiday Helper!

Can you believe that the holiday season is already upon us? It seems to sneak up on me every year! As special as this time of year is for my family and me, it can also be exhausting! It always seems like there is so much to do and so many places to be. It’s times like these that I wish had my own personal assistant! For our aging loved ones, they may be wishing for a little help as… Read More »

Snubbing Aging Challenges

Everyone starts out their lives learning. We learn to walk and talk when we are toddlers. Then we go to school and learn reading, writing and math.  When we become teenagers we begin to learn about relationships.  By our early 20’s our brains are filled with marriage, careers and raising children.  All of these ever-changing activities require us to exercise our brains and therefore expand our brain power.  Each new challenge we face creates new pathways, and these new pathways… Read More »

It’s That Time of the Year Again

As you age, your immune system begins to weaken For seniors, the flu can be extremely serious, and often fatal. According to www.flu.gov, 90 percent of flu-related deaths and more than half of flu-related hospitalizations occur in people age 65 and older. As elders are more susceptible to the flu, the flu vaccine is vital for their health. Flu vaccines are designed to protect against three flu viruses that experts predict will be the most common during the upcoming season.… Read More »

Can the brain build up a ‘cognitive reserve’ to offset dementia?

Is it possible that the brain maintains a reserve of abilities that may be associated with slower cognitive decline and may reduce the risk of dementia in healthy adults? Many scientific experts, including renowned Bay area-based neuroscientist, Michael Merzenich, PhD, suggest that brain training exercises do just that. Cognitive reserve is a term that comes from the observation that the more intellectually demanding things you do as a child or adult, the later the typical onset of dementia. So, how… Read More »