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Mar 11, 2024 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM

2024 Legacy Leadership Institute - South Alabama

Join us for our 3-day Institute!  Want to volunteer, but aren't sure how to engage? The Legacy Leadership Institute (LLI) targets retired professionals and baby boomers, and utilizes University of South Alabama faculty/visiting speakers. Learn about aging issues and impactful volunteering. And, connect to community and Area Agency on Aging volunteer opportunities to find your niche.  Some of our trained graduates have: created an Alzheimer's community support group; opened a Senior Center; and assisted with state-level advocacy efforts. Hundreds of older adults have graduated from the LLI over the last 20 years. Free to attend. Lunch, class materials, graduation certificates and gifts provided. Days 1 and 3: Area Agency on Aging Office on Beauregard Street 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.Day 2: University of South Alabama Campus  Faculty Club 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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Mar 09, 2024 07:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Alabama Senior Olympics Cycling Event

Events:5K & 10K Time Trials20K & 40K Road Race5K & 10K Recumbent Time Trials Date:March 9 & 10, 2024Checkin: 7:00 amMeeting: 8:001st race: directly after meeting (8:15) Race Order:Sat, March 9, 2024  10K Time Trial followed by 20K Road RaceSun, March 10, 2024  5K times Trial followed by 40K Road Race Location:Mobile, AL Registration:Opens: January 15, 2024Online registration ends February 23, 2024After February 23, 2024, we will have onsite registration the day of races until 7:30 am for an additional $10 late fee. Entry Regulation:1. Cyclists must provide their own bicycles and helmets. Medals:Awards will be presented for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place for each event within each age division. NSGA Qualifying Regulations: The 2024 Alabama Senior Olympics are a qualifier.

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Mar 06, 2024 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Proveer at Heritage Woods Tea Party

Join Us and Meet Miss Alabama 2023, Brianna Burrell.This afternoon will also include tasty sandwiches, homemade chocolates, teas, cocktails, and live music!Her Presence Promises to Inspire and Uplift.For more information and to RSVP contact Martha Taylor at 251-665-9063 or mtaylor@proveersl.com.

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Angels by Visiting Angels - Gulf Shores

Non-Medical 1313 S Commercial Dr Ste 101A, Foley, Alabama, 36535

Welcome to Visiting Angels of Gulf Shores! We are an essential personal in home care agency serving families in Mobile and the surrounding communities.Our services are flexible, affordable, and comprehensive. When you choose Visiting Angels for your senior care services, you will be matched with a professional, compassionate, and reliable caregiver.Senior home care services from Visiting Angels Daphne Area will provide assistance for those coping with the effects of aging. We also provide assistance to those with chronic care conditions including heart disease, multiple sclerosis, COPD, congestive heart failure, Alzheimers, and cancer.Our team of professional caregivers includes home health aides and Certified Nurses Assistants with experience to provide your loved one with a superior level of care. Call our Daphne-area office today to learn more about our home care services. We look forward to hearing from you!Our list of in-home care services include:Meal PreparationLight HousekeepingErrandsShoppingWalksMedication RemindersAffordable Hourly RatesHourly Care 24/7Multiple Shift CareTemporary or Long Term CareWeekends & HolidaysRespite Care for Family CaregiversRewarding Companionship

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Proveer at Heritage Woods

Memory Care 3440 Hillcrest Road, Mobile, Alabama, 36695

Providing peace of mind is our promise to you! The Proveer at Heritage Woods Cherish Memory Care Program provides a comprehensive and cost-effective option for Mobile families. We can support loved ones with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, frontotemporal dementia, and other forms of dementia.We celebrate the lives of residents by meeting their needs and offering a fulfilling lifestyle.Each month, we introduce new activities that support cognitive stimulation, movement, and socialization to promote engagement, health, and comfort.Our passionate team specializes in working with individuals living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Your loved one will receive personalized, engaging, meaningful, and innovative service.We cannot wait to show you the difference with Proveer at Heritage Woods!

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Live Oak Village

Independent Living 2300 N Cedar St, Foley, Alabama, 36535

Live Oak VillageVoted Best Retirement Community as part of Big Beautiful Baldwins Best of 2021, Live Oak Village offers exceptional independent and assisted living care services in Foley, Alabama. Live Oak Village is situated on approximately 200 acres of land covered with large oaks and located near medical, business, and shopping services. Live Oak Village is the premier senior living campus in south Baldwin County, where you or your loved one can experience shared community spaces bustling with energy and a genuine community with friends!Our independent living services are set to enhance the retirement of our residents. At Live Oak Village, our community was thoughtfully crafted to help rejuvenate and enhance the retirement life of our residents, a worry-free retirement that isnt bogged down by home maintenance, unexpected costs, lawn care, or safety concerns. Residents at Live Oak Village can enjoy a refined level of retirement in a genuine community with social, educational, spiritual, and physical events regularly!At Live Oak Village, we have several housing options in our community that can be purchased, providing the ultimate retirement home in a tight-knit community where services can be provided if needed. Homeownership in Live Oak Village in Foley, Alabama, comes with many perks that arent offered in a traditional neighborhood such as our pool and lovely surroundings.

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Sage Health-Pinebrook

Primary Care Providers for Seniors 3980 Airport Boulevard, Mobile, Alabama, 36608

Welcome to wiser healthcare for seniorsThis is not your typical doctor's office.  This is Sage Health, an innovative neighborhood health center that offers high-performance primary care, cardiology and wellness services exclusively for seniors.We are here to give you the level of care you deserve, with a total care team, a health concierge to help you navigate the healthcare maze and a focus on wellness to help you live your life to the fullest.Why Sage Health is the wise choice.A total care teamPrimary care physicians, cardiologists, nutritionists and other professionals all work together for you.Concierge service without the feesA dedicated care concierge coordinates all your healthcare needs, including scheduling appointments and arranging transportation. Youll even have the direct number of your primary care provider!Wellness comes firstWe dont just see you when youre sick. We help you stay healthy with fitness classes, cooking classes and social gatherings on site.Smaller patient panels mean more time for youOur physicians see a limited number of patients (just 400 patients per physicians). Seeing fewer patients means more time to listen to you and get to know you.Warm, welcoming environmentAt our centers you can relax, feel at home and connect with other seniors.Our promise to youWe will:Give you a high-touch healthcare experience tailored specifically to youForge strong personal relationships with you and your familyDeliver care with compassion, concierge service and absolute transparencyAdvocate for you and help you navigate every step of your healthcare journeyMake sure you never face a health challenge alone

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How Can You or a Loved One Benefit from Skilled Nursing Care

Are you considering home health care for a loved one? If so, youre likely weighing the pros and cons of skilled nursing care. Lets take a look at some of the benefits of skilled nursing care.1. What is Skilled Nursing care and what are its benefits:Skilled nursing care is a type of health care that is provided by licensed nurses who have the skills and training necessary to provide care for patients in their homes. Home health care services can be an excellent option for seniors or other adults who need assistance with activities of daily living but do not require the level of care that would be provided in a hospital or nursing home.Comprehensive AssistanceOur clinically-based model of care invites client oversight and provides direct, regular supervision of all nurses and aides, as well as thorough case management to ensure that your loved ones receive the highest possible quality of care. A dedicated case manager will coordinate with the full spectrum of healthcare providers, including doctors, therapists, and other healthcare professionals, to ensure exceptional coordination and continuity of care for our clients.Skilled Care ServicesAssessmentsBlood drawsCare managementCatheter careDressing changesFeedingsHigh-tech nursingInjectionsIV drug therapyMedical machineryMedicationMonitoringWound careA skilled nursing staff will provide the services you require for quality retirement while living in the comfort of your own home. Homemakers, personal companions, and other caring individuals are only a small window into making your senior years the best they can be. Look for skilled nursing care to ensure that these later years of life are your golden years of life.2. How does Gracepoint Home Care provide skilled nursing careAt Gracepoint Home Care, we provide skilled nursing care through our team of registered nurses. We carefully assess each of our clients and create a custom care plan that meets their specific needs. This may include assistance with activities of daily living, such as dressing, bathing, and grooming, as well as providing medication and other medical services. Every Gracepoint Home Care client receives a detailed, thorough assessment by a Registered Nurse, who takes client conditions, environments, and personalities into account in the process.A Registered Nurse then creates a custom plan of care that meets the physical, emotional, and medical needs of each client. These individualized plans were created not only to improve clients health but also to enhance their quality of life. Continual oversights of our nursing staff ensure the ideal fit between our clients and caregivers. In addition, our nursing staff provides daily assessments so that as a clients needs change and evolve, the plan of care can be modified to best accommodate the client.3. What services does Gracepoint Home Care offer in its skilled nursing care programAt Gracepoint Home Care, we provide skilled nursing care through our team of registered nurses. We offer a variety of services to meet the needs of our clients, including assistance with activities of daily living, medication, and other medical services, and continual oversight of our nursing staff. Our skilled nursing care program is designed to provide comprehensive assistance and support to our clients so that they can live their lives to the fullest.4. How can you or a loved one benefit from skilled nursing careThere are many ways in which you or a loved one can benefit from skilled nursing care. Skilled nursing care can provide comprehensive assistance and support with activities of daily living, medication, and other medical services. Our skilled nurses have the training and skills necessary to provide your loved one with the best possible care, and our case managers work to ensure that our clients receive the highest quality of care possible. In addition, our nursing staff provides daily assessments so that as a clients needs change and evolve, the plan of care can be modified to best accommodate the client.Gracepoint Home Care provides the services you require for quality retirement living in the comfort of your own home. Our home health care, personal care, companion care, and skilled nursing care services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Homemakers, personal companions, and other caring individuals are only a small window into how we can make your senior years the best they can be. We want to ensure that these later years of life are your golden years of life.Our seniors are given the opportunity to maintain their independence and their families are given the peace of mind knowing they are safe and well cared for. We enable homebound and vulnerable seniors to remain content and healthy in their own homes, living safely and independently while their families can return to a stress-free routine. Rest assured, the finest caregivers are caring for your loved one. 5. How can you get started with Gracepoint Home Cares skilled nursing care programIf you or a loved one is interested in receiving skilled nursing care from Gracepoint Home Care, the first step is to contact us and schedule a free assessment. During this assessment, our registered nurses will evaluate your needs and determine if our skilled nursing care program is the right fit for you.We offer a variety of services to meet the needs of our clients, and we will work with you to create a custom plan of care that meets your specific needs. Our skilled nursing care program is designed to provide comprehensive assistance and support to our clients so that they can live their lives to the fullest. Contact us today to get started!Skilled nursing care is a type of health care that is provided by licensed nurses who have the skills and training necessary to provide care for patients in their homes. Home health care services can be an excellent option for seniors or other adults who need assistance with activities of daily living, medication, and other medical services. At Gracepoint Home Care, we provide skilled nursing care through our team of registered nurses.Editors Note: This article was submitted by Dylan Maloney, the owner of Gracepoint Home Care and may be reached at 251-451-7494 or by email at info@gracepointcare.com. 

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Mental Health in an Aging Population

Mental Health in an Aging PopulationThe American Psychiatric Association defines mental illness as health conditions involving changes in emotion, thinking, and behaviors. Mental illnesses can be associated with distress and/or functioning in social, work or family activities. It is estimated that 20% of those age 55 or over will experience some sort of mental health issue. Those numbers are expected to double by 2030 due to the approximately 75 million Americans being over the age of 65. The most common disorders include dementia, cognitive impairment, anxiety, and mood disorders (depression or bipolar disorder). A little known but disturbing fact is that people aged 85 or older have the highest rates of suicide of any age group.https://www.cdc.gov/suicide/suicide-data-statistics.html.Older adults can often feel overlooked and unheard when it comes to receiving mental health treatment. Douglas Lane, a clinical psychologist in geriatric psychology spoke about the implicit biases medical providers may carry when dealing with older adults. Ageism often plays in one of three ways: They may be infantilized by providers. Providers can also be dismissive, assuming that older people cant be suicidal or have intimate relationships. Other times, issues among older people get normalized as a so-called routine part of aging. He went on to say, Well of course theyre frail. Of course theyre depressed. Of course they dont remember things as well as they used to. Aging stereotypes are pervasive in the culture but can also reside in ourselves. Older adults as well as their medical providers tend to normalize the physical and mental conditions that come along with getting older but it doesnt have to be that way. Being sad and depressed doesnt need to be a normal aspect of aging. Medical providers need to reinforce hope and remind their patients that once they get help, they can overcome those negative feelings and emotions.There are two main subgroups of the aging population who deal with the issues of ageism and health stigma. The first group includes those who have suffered with mental illness throughout their lives. The National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors conducted a study in 2006 that demonstrated that people with serious mental illnesses lived 25 years less than those without. The majority of deaths were caused by heart disease, respiratory disease, and diabetes which are largely preventable. The second group consists of elderly persons who are newly diagnosed with mental illness/es. They are at risk of being misdiagnosed with dementia when they are actually dealing with substance abuse issues and depression. Physical complaints, irritability, and cognitive impairment can present as depression in this population as opposed to more common signs such as sadness and crying. Treatment options can vary between the groups and traditional community health programs should provide multiple options ranging from therapy to supported employment.Aside from stigma and ageism, older adults face many other issues that result in care not being sought. Insurance companies play a major role in coming between an elderly patient and the care they need. Doctors appointments times have been minimized to increase volume, much needed prescriptions are not covered, and pre-authorizations are denied based on not meeting narrowing criteria. Primary Care Physicians (PCP) have also become the gatekeepers to care for many managed and private plans. The PCP may miss signs and symptoms of a mental illness or attribute them to a physical ailment due to a lack of time to adequately explore all of the patients complaints.Older adults deserve the same level of care and respect as their younger counterparts. They deserve happiness and to feel like their mental health needs are being met. It is the responsibility of the providers to work with these patients collaboratively and to choose the least invasive treatment options with minimal side effects. Society needs to address the stigmas associated with aging and mental health in order to create a culture where seeking treatment is accepted and encouraged. We should all remember that we will someday grow old and may face these challenges ourselves. Author Jacqueline Woodson put it best, Time comes to us softly, slowly. It sits beside us for a while. Then, long before we are ready, it moves on.Article submitted by By: Brandon M Osborn, MHAContact North Baldwin Infirmary Senior Behavioral Health.  Call 251-937-5521 for more information.  Free consultations provided.

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ABLE Accounts in 2024: Save Up to $18,000 Annually

For nearly a decade, people with disabilities have had the option to accumulate savings in a special tax-free account without risking their means-tested public benefits. In 2024, the annual limit on how much money one can deposit into these savings vehicles, known as ABLE accounts, will rise, allowing individuals to add up to $18,000 per year.What Is an ABLE Account?Many people across the disability community rely on such government assistance as Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Yet having too many assets to their name can disqualify them from receiving these often critical benefits. For example, in most states, the resource limit to qualify for Medicaid is just $2,000. In 2014, Congress signed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act into law to help address this issue.Individuals with an ABLE account can save up to a total of $100,000, tax-free, while remaining eligible for public assistance programs. Family members, friends, and others can make contributions to the account, too. The disabled person can then use these funds to help maintain their independence by spending them on disability-related expenses, including assistive technologies, education, transportation needs, vacations, legal fees, and health care.Unlike a special needs trust (SNT), an ABLE account can be opened by the individual with the disability. This offers them considerably more control over the account funds compared with an SNT. Starting in 2024, the annual limit on contributions to ABLE accounts will be $18,000, up from $17,000 in 2023. Through the end of 2025, ABLE account owners who work can contribute their employment income to these savings vehicles even beyond the per-year deposit limit. (Learn more about these rules under the ABLE to Work Act.)The idea for these accounts derived from the concept of a 529 college savings plan. Similar to a 529 plan, funds in an ABLE account grow tax-deferred over time. In addition, each state administers its own ABLE account program.To qualify, you must meet the Social Security Administrations strict definition of disabled. You also must have incurred your disability before age 26. (Note that the age cutoff will shift to age 46 come 2026. According to estimates, this age adjustment will result in roughly 6 million more individuals becoming eligible to open these types of savings accounts.)Why Open an ABLE Account?People with disabilities are among those most at risk for financial disaster. According to research, just 10 percent of people of working age who are living with a disability are financially healthy.ABLE Accounts, or 529A accounts, can serve as a form of future financial support for these individuals. Yet the vast majority of those who could benefit from these accounts remain unaware of them. As of 2022, 8 million people were eligible for this type of account, yet a mere 120,000 had one in place.Get Support With ABLE Accounts To learn more about setting up this type of savings account, consult with Ashley Day Special Needs & Elderly Law at 251-277-3377.

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14 Conditions and Illnesses Home Health Care Can Treat

What Conditions and Illnesses Can Home Health Care Treat?Heart Failure or Other Heart ConditionsStrokeDiabetesCOPD or Other Respiratory ConditionsAlzheimer's/Dementia/ConfusionCancerMultiple Chronic ConditionsSerious Illness (Pneumonia, Infection, Flu)Joint Replacement or Surgery (Knee, Hip, Shoulder)Falls, Dizziness or Loss of BalanceTrouble Eating/SwallowingDepressionAmputationMedications1. Heart Failure or Other Heart ConditionsWhen you or a loved one has heart problems, like heart attack or heart failure, you need a support system to recover and establish a healthy lifestyle. Home health care:Provides the medical care needed to recoverMonitors for early warning signsHelps lower anxietyWorks one-on-one to teach techniques for managing heart conditions2. StrokeCoordinated nursing and specialty therapy services can help people who have suffered a stroke recover functionality and regain as much independence as possible. Physical, occupational and speech therapy can help you regain the ability to do everydaytasks and communicate wants and needs with loved ones.3. DiabetesLiving with diabetes requires constant vigilance to monitor and adjust blood sugar and intervene at the first sign of problems. If you or your loved one has been recently diagnosed with diabetes, home health care can teach you how to manage your condition andprevent the serious consequences of advanced diabetes. When dealing with uncontrolled diabetes, proper self-management with added medical care is essential. Home health care can help you or your loved one recover from complications like slow-healing wounds, infections and amputations. Amedisys home health nurses and therapists are experts at helping patients heal from these complications.4. COPD or Other Respiratory ConditionsChronic respiratory conditions like COPD sap a persons energy. It takes so much effort just to breathe that fatigue, muscle weakness and malnutrition are common. It takes careful management to prevent flare-ups and maintain quality of life. For homeboundpatients, home health may be able to help. Home health nurses and therapists can work together to help you or your loved one have more energy by:Identifying triggers that cause flare-upsImproving exercise tolerance and strengthPerforming daily tasks more efficientlyInstructing how to manage shortness of breath5. Alzheimers/Dementia/ConfusionDementia and other diseases that affect the mind are some of the most difficult and stressful. Fortunately, treatments exist that can improve quality of life and help keep you or your loved one home longer. For example:Physical therapy may help you or your loved one increase strength and mobility.Occupational therapy can address daily routines. It can also train caregivers to provide appropriate cues and support for patients with cognitive limitations. This improves the patients ability to do daily activities. It can also reduce agitation or confusion.Speech therapy can maximize the patients preserved cognitive abilities. The speech pathologist helps educate the family and caregivers as the patients disease progresses.For patients with behavioral issues, a psychiatric nurse can figure out if medication is making agitation, aggression or other problems worse. They can also help recognize and treat depression, which can have many of the same symptoms as dementia.A medical social worker can help connect family caregivers with community support resources.6. Cancer Those undergoing treatment for cancer face the risk of secondary infections, side effects and poorly healing wounds. Home health care helps manage these complications and promote healing so you or your loved one can focus on fighting the cancer.7. Multiple Chronic ConditionsIf you or a loved one is dealing with multiple chronic conditions, youre likely taking numerous medications and seeing several specialists. It may be a difficult balancing act trying to manage all the symptoms, medications and side effects.Home health care helps:Manage MedicationsMonitor early warning signsTeach you and your caregiver how to manage your healthImprove your quality of lifeConnect you with community resources and home care aides to help with daily needs like bathing and dressing8. Serious Illness (Pneumonia, Infection, Flu)When you or a loved one is recovering from a serious illness, the care and monitoring of a skilled nurse can help speed healing. A home health nurse can administer IV medicine and recognize early warning signs to reduce the risk of serious complications.9. Joint Replacement or Surgery (Knee, Hip, Shoulder)Recovering from a joint replacement often requires specialized physical and/or occupational therapy to quickly regain flexibility and strength. With limited mobility after surgery, home health care can play an important role in getting you or your loved one back on your feet.10. Falls, Dizziness or Loss of BalanceFalls account for 95% of all hip fractures in the elderly. They are the leading cause of death in those over 65. And 15% of people discharged from the hospital will be readmitted within a month due to a fall or fall-related injury. Preventing falls is a high priority.Approximately two-thirds of all injuries reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention occurred in the bathtub or shower, and about half were precipitated by bathing or showering, slipping, or getting out of the tub or shower. To help decrease the risk of a fall, in-home physical and occupational therapists:Work to improve your strength, mobility, balance and motor skillsAddress environmental risks in the homeMake recommendationsProvide techniques and equipment to make you safer in your home11. Trouble Eating/SwallowingIf you or your loved one is having trouble swallowing, youre not alone. Swallowing disorders (dysphagia) affect approximately 15 million Americans. A speech-language pathologist can evaluate swallowing by looking at your strength, muscle range of motion, andability to safely eat or drink. Based on this evaluation, they determine the best exercises, positions and techniques for your needs.12. DepressionWhen confronted by serious health issues and decreasing independence, many people develop depression. But growing older doesnt have to mean living with depression. A multidisciplinary home health care approach may help.Nurses and therapists can provide skilled care and teach self-management for chronic conditions. Behavioral health specialists can help you or your loved one overcome grief, depression and anxiety.13. AmputationIf you or your loved one has lost a limb, you may benefit from specialized rehabilitation. This may include:Home nursing to help healingPhysical and occupational therapy to regain strength and as much independence as possible14. MedicationsCertain medications are frequently involved in medication-related hospitalizations. Examples include:Coumadin/Warfarin and other anti-clotting drugsInsulin and oral diabetic medicationsDifficulty managing medications is a dangerous situation. Medication problems account for as much as one-third of all emergency hospitalizations among seniors. Be sure to talk to your doctor about your medication schedule and what to do if you forget a dose. You might ask for a medication diary or pill box that could help manage medications. A doctor may prescribe home health care to teach you or your loved one about medications and monitor your condition to prevent complications. Home health care can help treat other conditions and issues as well. Click here to take our home health care assessment to find out if home health care is right for you or a loved one. Or call your local Amedisys center and well be glad to answer anyquestions you have.

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Touching Hearts Part Time CNA & Caregiver

Now Accepting applications for part-time C.N.A's & Caregivers in the Mobile, Daphne, Citronelle, and Saraland and surrounding areas.Please Apply in person at:3263 Demetropolis Rd. Ste.10 Mobile, AL. 36693 251-445-4204, or online at www.touchingheartsseniorcare.com, under careers, download the pdf file and either drop it off, email it to lisa@thscmobile.com, or fax back to (251) 445-4205.

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