Hands to Help Seniors
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, CHOMP, is having a number of great classes this summer including one on how exercise can stave off high blood pressure. It will be held on Wednesday August 3 from 5:30 to 630 p.m. at the Montage Wellness Center in Marina in the conference room. Get tips and guidelines to design an exercise plan if you have high blood pressure. For more information, call 888-452-4667 or go to www.chomp.org/classes.
A study which has been going on for a decade has produced some exciting results. It found that computer exercises (speed training) that get users to visually process information more quickly was very successful in staving off dementia. This proved superior to memory and reason exercises to the surprise of many. Dubbed the Advanced Cognitive Training in Vital Elderly (ACTIVE), the study is the first to find that behavioral intervention can reduce the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Although previous studies have found that all three types of memory exercise reduce your chances of getting dementia, speed training was the only one of the three which protected against depression and it also reduced the chances of getting in an at-fault car wreck. Thanks go to the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Nursing Research which tested 2,832 healthy subjects aged 65 to 94. Regular readers of my blog know that both my grandmother and my father had this terrible disease when they passed away, and I have been working diligently with the Monterey Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association to raise money to find a cure. In addition to being the largest private funder of Alzheimer's research in the United States, they have support groups and a 24-hour hotline (800-272-3900) where a dedicated staff member can help you if you are struggling with caring for a loved one with the disease.
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, CHOMP, is having a number of great classes this summer including several on Advance Healthcare Planning. Choose from the Monday session on August 1 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the main hospital in the conference rooms, Thursday August 18 at the Montage Wellness Center in Salinas in the conference room from 10:00 a.m. to noon or on Tuesday August 23 at the main hospital in the conference rooms from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Complete documents, receive expert coaching and submit your wishes to CHOMP. For more information, call 888-452-4667 or go to www.chomp.org/planning.
Historically, retirement years have been a period of “decumulation” of assets and many people have feared outliving their money. However, a study from financial research firm Hearts & Wallets which was published in Kiplinger’s Retirement Report (Volume 23, Number 8, August 2016) found that the opposite is now occurring for many seniors. People are so scared after the last depression that many are actually saving well into their retirement. And it’s not just the wealthiest retirees that are doing this. About one-third of Americans aged 65 and older took absolutely no money out of their savings during the last five years. Despite historically low interest rates on T-Bills, many seniors are able to continue socking money away, perhaps fearful that they may live past 100 and run out of money. Kiplinger’s suggests going to the web site www.livingto100.com which can give you a good sense of your life expectancy. It factors in your health, family history and lifestyle to give you a better sense of what your odds are of becoming a Centenarian.
MONTEREY, CA (JULY 27, 2016) — “Celebrate the Classics” is the theme of the fifth annual gala Saturday Aug. 6, at Quail Lodge & Golf Club to benefit Hands to Help Seniors, a Monterey-based non-profit that assists homebound senior citizens and adults with disabilities who have limited financial means to remain independent in their own homes or secure permanent housing.
The gala dinner-dance kicks off at 6:00 p.m. with a cocktail reception and bidding on silent auction items. At 7:30 p.m. we will begin a sit-down, three-course meal with appetizer, dinner and dessert which will be served accompanied by wines donated by Mercy Vineyards and Scheid Vineyards.
After entrees are served, there will be a short introduction and testimonials from clients who have been helped by Hands to Help Seniors. After dinner, a live band will play music suitable to dance to.
Silent auction items include such things as a round of golf for four at Bayonet/and Black Horse and Quail Lodge & Golf Club, dinner for two at the Anton & Michel, Billy Quon’s Sur, Fandango, Inn at Spanish Bay and Sardine Factor, chocolate and wine pairing at Bernardus Tasting Room, tickets to Pebble Beach Food & Wine, Pacific Repertory Theatre and Western Stage, overnight stays at Portola Plaza and Bernardus Lodge, gift certificates from Raley's and Whole Foods and much more.
Dinner includes a classic Caesar salad; choice of grilled beef tenderloin with potato gratin and parsley pesto, grilled wild salmon with herb mashed potatoes and chive sauce or organic seasonal ravioli with ricotta and shaved Parmesan; and dessert of Theo's organic chocolate pots with cumin shortbread.
Major sponsors for the gala include SNL Financial, an offering of S&P Global Market Intelligence, and Family inHome Caregiving of Monterey.
Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.h2hs.org/2016-Gala.html
Since its founding in 2011 by Richard J. Kuehn, Hands to Help Seniors has been working as a premier response organization to help seniors cope with the financial demands caused by the myriad of cuts to programs for seniors and retirement fund assets not keeping up with the cost of living. As part of a growing movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the elderly, Hands to Help Seniors distinguishes itself by being one of the only non-profits that aims to help seniors in all areas of life that they are struggling with. The organization will continue to expand its services, always with the aim of preventing and relieving the financial suffering of seniors.
Today, Hands to Help Seniors offers compassionate services in nine key areas: finding permanent housing for the homeless, personal attendant services related to private duty care; companion care; personal care; homemaking & housekeeping services; transportation; assistance with paying bills; home and property maintenance; and information on educational programs that promote health and safety.
Hands to Help Seniors is where people rally to help their neighbors—across the street, across the county, and across the state in times of financial need. Each year, in communities large and small, victims of financial downturns and economic crises turn to our volunteers and employees for compassionate help.
Hands to Help Seniors is headquartered in Monterey, California. Richard J. Kuehn is President and CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Governors, with Jeannette K. Witten serving as Chief Financial Officer, Mary Allred as the Secretary of the Board of Governors, and Lindsay Hoover as the Marketing Officer on the Board of Governors.