April 25, 2014
10:00 AMPreventing Crimes Against Older Adults

Preventing Crimes against Older Adults

How to Prepare and Protect Yourself

Brought to the community by Assemblyman Donald Wagner R-68, UC Irvine Health Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, and the Orange County Aging Services Collaborative.

Important Town Hall Open to the Public:

Raising Awareness among Seniors and Community Members on How to Prevent Crimes.

Speakers will include representatives from the Orange CountySherriff’s Office, UC Irvine Health Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, the Council on Aging Orange County, Adult Protective Services, and the District Attorney’s Office.

Who should attend?

Community members – Caregivers – Family and friends – Health care and senior care professionals

Refreshments will be provided

No cost to attend.

RSVP – 949-757-3775 or Christine@ocagingservicescollaborative.org

April 26, 2014
10:00 AMMemory Loss 101 for familiesThe Basics: A family Orientation

A one-time meeting for care partners and family members new to the disease and/or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Latest News

April 14, 2014  "One Person, One Action, One Nation United Against Elder Abuse."April 1st launched a local 2014 WEAAD Project - "One Person, One Action, One Nation United Against Elder Abuse."

Through a unique partnership with some local Starbucks coffee shops, new items (PJ's, Slippers, Toiletries, Etc.) are being collected at 14 local Starbucks - South Orange County and City of Orange
(see attached flyer).

These items (like Project Dignity) will be distributed to at-risk older and dependent adults through Adult Protective Services, Long-Term Care Ombudsmen, and Human Options (an Orange County domestic violence program).
Please join us as we work to end and prevent elder and dependent adult abuse!

April 14, 2014  Aerobic Exercise May Help Older Women at Risk for DementiaAerobic Exercise May Help Older Women at Risk for Dementia
Small study suggests regular walking increases hippocampus area of brain
By Robert Preidt

WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Regular aerobic workouts increase the size of the brain's memory area in older women and may help slow the progression of dementia, according to a small new study.

It included 86 women, aged 70 to 80, who had mild memory problems, also known as "mild cognitive impairment," which researchers say is a common risk factor for dementia. The women also underwent MRIs to assess the size of their hippocampus, the part of the brain involved in verbal memory and learning.

The study, conducted by Teresa Liu-Ambrose and her colleagues at the physical therapy department of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, was published online April 8 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

March 24, 2014  Older Drivers May Be Vulnerable to Just One DrinkOlder Drivers May Be Vulnerable to Just One Drink
But that doesn't mean it's safe for younger drivers to consume any alcohol, researchers say

THURSDAY, March 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Even a single glass of wine, bottle of beer or mixed drink might impair driving ability in people over the age of 55, new research suggests.

A small study by University of Florida scientists looked at how one serving of alcohol affected the driving skills of a group of 72 healthy people. Half ranged in age from 25 to 36 and the other half were between the ages of 55 and 70.

Downing a single alcoholic beverage did not raise any of the participants' blood alcohol levels over 0.08 -- the legal limit for driving. But it was enough to impair the driving skills of the older drivers, the study authors said in a recent issue of the journal Psychopharmacology.

February 21, 2014  Too Much Sitting After 60 May Lead to Disability, Study SaysWEDNESDAY, Feb. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Too much sitting has been linked to increased risk for health problems such as heart failure and earlier death. Now, a new study finds older adults who sit too much are more likely to be disabled -- regardless of their exercise habits.

"Sedentary behavior is its own separate risk factor [for disability]," said study researcher Dorothy Dunlop, a professor of medicine at the Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. She evaluated the exercise habits of more than 2,000 men and women, aged 60 and above, and their ability to perform normal everyday activities.