Conversations on The Lake

The Lake Merritt – Oakland

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Everybody Needs A Place
Presented by St. Mary’s Center and Rodney Bell

St. Mary’s Center, a community of hope, justice, and healing serves at-risk seniors and preschoolers in the heart of Oakland. Their services particularly address the needs of seniors who are homeless or at-risk. St. Mary’s Center’s staff Susan Werner and Aleta Manual will identify conditions in their society that contribute to homelessness. They will discuss St. Mary’s Center’s services and advocacy to end homelessness. Musician and artist Rodney Bell, a former resident of St. Mary’s Winter Shelter, uplifts St. Mary’s community through his music and art that portrays first-hand experiences of homelessness. Rodney will speak about his journey from homelessness to being housed and what benefits people who are homeless.

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Talking To Grandchildren About Their Grandparent’s Alzheimer’s

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Alzheimer’s doesn’t just affect those that have the disease. Most often, its effect is troubling and leaves a lasting impression on the entire family, including the youngest members. Due to the complexity of the disease and the wide range of intensity from person to person, it is, often, difficult for family members and friends to talk about it. Even though this is the case, Alzheimer’s is something that needs to be discussed in order to fully understand not only the disease itself but how to handle it.

Once the adults, usually the adult children, have mastered talking about Alzheimer themselves, it’s time to turn one’s attention to the children. Though the conservation is about something difficult, there are still ways to discuss it with the younger individuals in the household without confusing them or adding stress to their young lives. Because it is very important that all family members understand the disease as much as possible, we’ve complied a short summary on how to talk to grandchildren about their grandparent’s Alzheimer.

The Introduction

Most children, even those in high school, will have not heard of Alzheimer’s before. Because of this, you’ll want to ease into the conversation. But before starting the conversation, first choose a calm and private place to have the talk. A good place might be the kitchen table or the living room couch. The goal is to introduce the subject in a room that the child feels comfortable in. Some might feel that the child’s bedroom is a good place to discuss this. Although you might want to leave their room as a place for them to go to after the conservation if they want some space to digest what they have just learned.

After you have chosen where to talk, it’s now time to introduce the definition of Alzheimer’s. Generally people define Alzheimer’s as the degradation of the mind that causes memory loss. Depending on how old the child is, you’ll want to change the definition so that it’s easy for them to understand. If you’re talking to a young child, it’s best to leave medical terms out of the discussion and instead use vocabulary that is easy for them to comprehend. Once the child understands what Alzheimer’s is, then it’s time to tell them about who has it. This part may be very difficult for you and you may want to get through it quickly, but it is necessary to go as slow as the child needs.

Reactions and associated feelings

Depending on how close the child is to the person affected with Alzheimer’s, you’ll find their reaction may or may not be what you expected. Some might take the news very well, while others may seem confused or not want to believe you. This all depends on how much of the Alzheimer’s they’ve seen directly and how they handle bad news in general. Reactions also depend on the age of the child. Typical reactions include:

• Sad and confused
• Worried that parents will get the same disease
• Frustrated
• Embarrassed

Again, these reactions are dependent on a number of factors including age, closeness to person affected and how they react to other negative situations. The key is to stay calm throughout the conversation and try your best to answer any and all questions they have. It’s also helpful to give them space when they ask for it. Sometimes children do better when they’re able to go into their room and think about what they’ve just been told before coming back out to you to ask questions.

Outside help

If you’re concerned about talking about Alzheimer’s, there are resources available to help. If you go online, you can find videos, worksheets, books and other printed resources that have been developed with this conversation in mind. Even though this is a conversation that you may want to put off, it’s important to realize that the sooner you tell the children in the family, the more opportunities they will have to understand it and ask any questions they might have. The last thing that you want to do is keep them out of the loop. This will likely lead to confusion and/or upset them, especially if they are witnessing the effects of Alzheimer’s firsthand.

At SearchSeniorLiving.com, we are dedicated to helping you and your family ease the search for just the right In-Home Care provider, community, product or service! For more information and to use our Search, Sort and Match ™ tool, please visit our website or call us at 877-243-8073.

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Inside the Sgt. Pepper’s Sessions – Part 2 – The Lake Merritt – Oakland

May 7th @ 2:00pm
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The Lake Merritt – Oakland

Inside the Sgt. Pepper’s Sessions – Part 2
Presented by Ryan Wilcox

“It was the record of that time, and it probably did change the face of recording, but they didn’t do it consciously…We decided to go into another kind of art form… putting something down on tape that could only be done on tape.” – George Martin.

Sgt. Pepper’s was a pivotal album in both the Beatles’ career and in the history of rock and pop music. It turned the Fab Four into spokesmen for a generation and an era of radical cultural change. Take a trip inside the wildly creative world of the Beatles as they redefined record making. they’ll try to get close to the heart of the album as they listen to and discuss some classic tracks, and they’ll pay homage to the late George Martin, the “Fifth Beatle.”Kate Mayott

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WRC-ALCA 26TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE – Monterey

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October 20-22, 2016

Hyatt Regency Monterey
Room Rate: $189 plus 11.6% tax & $2.45 per night
Resort Fee Waived

Monterey County has an extraordinary moment for everyone. With natural beauty known around the world, Monterey County is an iconic, bucket-list destination that builds event attendance every time. Monterey provides a relaxing, un-harried, upscale resort-like ambiance in which a group can feel special without the expensive price tag. While the area is known for golf and wine, it offers access to a diverse and appealing set of other activities. It is the quintessential Central Coast of California experience – multidimensional and not solely focused on one destination asset.

 

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31st Annual Marin Senior Information Fair – San Rafael

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THE 2016 MARIN SENIOR INFORMATION FAIR invites you to be Curiouser and Curiouser: at “Steppin’ Thru the Looking Glass!”
Don’t be late for this very important date!
Join us for a fantastic event— a “Steppin’ Thru the Looking Glass!” Wednesday, October 26, 2016. You never know who you might meet as you wander around Dormouse Alley, visit the Mad Hatter’s Stage, step into the Red Queen Room, or grab a tasty bite at the ‘Eat Me, Drink Me’ Cafe. The Fair is open for your enjoyment and participation, from 9 AM to 3 PM, Marin Exhibit Hall, 10 Avenue of The Flags, in San Rafael.

ADMISSION IS FREE.

They are planning a day that celebrates life, whimsy, adventures, and fun.Visit a dizzying 135+ cleverly decorated booths based on the Thru the Looking Glass theme, enjoy all day live entertainment on the Main Stage and around the Fair. Look for activities. Enjoy interactive games. Try out the dance floor.

The Marin Senior Information Fair is the place to be. Fair booths present pertinent lifestyle information from A to Z, of interest and concern to older adults, their families, and those planning their retirements. They offer the most comprehensive collection of providers, professionals, and helpful presenters in Northern California.

GET INSPIRED

Come celebrate your power, your imagination, and your life, at the 2016 Marin Senior Information Fair. Socialize, investigate, share your opinions, explore new resources and opportunities.

EXPLORE YOUR INTERESTS & PASSIONS.
Discover all the possibilities available to you.

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FITNESS CONSULTS
TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES
SMART INTERNET & COMPUTER USE
EDUCATIONAL POSSIBILITIES
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
HOUSING INFORMATION
DRUG INTERACTION FACTS
FREE HEALTH TESTS & SCREENINGS AROUND THE FAIR
EXPANDED WELLNESS HEADQUARTERS offering flu vaccinations, balance and stroke education, and more. Courtesy of Sutter Care At Home
PURSUE YOUR INTERESTS, LEARN ABOUT CLUBS
EXPLORE IN HOME CARE
HEALTH SERVICES
ADD TO YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF HEALING MODALITIES, & NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION
CHECK OUT LEGAL SERVICES
PERUSE 1000’S OF FREE BOOKS – YOURS FOR THE TAKING
VISIT OUR CRITTERS
DISCOVER A VARIETY OF NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS FOCUSED ON SENIOR HEALTH INDEPENDENCE, & MORE
MEET AUTHORS
SHOP FOR COLORFUL HANDMADE & VINTAGE ITEMS
ENJOY ALL DAY MUSIC – DANCING – SINGING
WIN SOME FABULOUS PRIZES
INVESTIGATE RETIREMENT PLANNING OPTIONS
ASK ABOUT SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, MEDICAID
CHECK OUT PHYSICAL THERAPY AND MASSAGE
GET INFORMATION ABOUT HEALTH PLANS, MEDICAL EQUIPMENT, HOSPICES
DISCUSS FINANCE & ESTATE PLANNING
FIND OUT ABOUT REAL ESTATE
REGISTER TO VOTE
EXPLORE TRANSPORTATION AROUND THE NORTH BAY
A VARIETY OF HANDS-ON ACTIVITY CENTERS
QUILTING DEMONSTRATIONS • QUILT ART
WATERCOLOR ART SHOW – PHOTOGRAPHIC DISPLAYS
HELP WITH YOUR SMART PHONE
CHIROPRACTIC EVALUATIONS
FOOD TASTING
AND MORE!
ENTERTAINMENT IS AN ALL DAY AFFAIR

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From the morning FILM presentation to afternoon ballroom dancing with Starduster Orchestra, and a line-up of performing artists, including, Lovin’ Harmony, Ukulele Jamboree and other live performances that will have you singing, tapping your feet, and dancing to the beat. The Main Stage and Lobby Stage area offer all day lively and thoroughly enjoyable acts.

Strolling entertainers, prizes, awards, and stage entertainment go on all day throughout the Fair.
KRON TV and KCBS Radio broadcaster Jan Wahl, our own “Mad Hatter” emcees the Main Stage and awards prizes to many lucky Fairgoers.

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Hamstring Support by Vive

You don’t have to be in pain with a pulled hamstring or sprained thigh muscle. This easy-to-use wrap supports the thigh and hamstring enabling the active user to walk, play tennis and engage in other sports more comfortably.

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DPL Flex Mitt

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Do you suffer from the pain and joint stiffness associated with arthritis? Relieve the symptoms naturally with DPL Flex Mitt. By relaxing the joints, this incredible mitten will relieve the pain.
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Talking to Seniors About Moving Closer to Loved Ones

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When one reaches retirement years, often the idea of moving out of one’s current living situation into a different home is in the forefront of their minds. This could involve moving into an assisted living facility, senior community, or moving closer to adult children or grandchildren.

Not every senior needs nor wants to move closer to loved ones, and in some cases family members might already live nearby. However, there are times when it is necessary, or can be very beneficial to all parties for family members to live closer together. Below we have provided a list of reasons why this is true, along with ways in which you can to talk to your senior relative about moving closer to family.

Why Should Seniors Move Closer to Loved Ones?

1. Easier access to help
2. Building closer relationships with adult children and grandchildren
3. Reconnecting with other family members

Talking to Seniors About Moving Closer

Now that we have covered some reasons why moving closer to loved ones can be beneficial to your senior family members, it’s time to look at how to talk to them about making such a move. For some, this talk will go very smoothly and end in a ‘let’s do this!” while for others it may be more of a challenge.

Some seniors have no desire to move and are perfectly comfortable and content where they are. Think of it this way: you’ve lived on your own for ages and have been able to be an adult without your children around interfering with your daily life and telling you what to do. Now you feel threatened with the prospect of your siblings, children, or grandchildren directing your everyday life, or at least trying to. Though this may not be the case, your senior relative could be thinking that this will be their new reality if they move closer to loved ones. Your job is to make sure that they understand the positives about moving closer to you, and talk through any of the negatives that they might believe.

To start, ask your loved one what they’ve considered for their living situation for their later years. Take time to listen and ask questions that are relevant to their thoughts and concerns. Also, it is very helpful to state that your intention is to help them take the steps toward a healthy, happy and safe living environment.

A few ways to move the discussion along and to keep it going in the right direction are:

 

1. Focus on the easier access to see grandchildren

If you have children, especially young ones, remind your senior that they’ll have lots of opportunity to socialize, play and hang out on a regular basis with your children. Kids help keep the elderly young, and infuse their life with new things every day.

2. Discuss with them options to bring prized processions

Most moves involve packing everything into a U-Haul and driving it to a new house. This type of move is no exception. Even if they are moving into your home, they need to bring things that they love. This very well could include pets. Some of this might not be your first choice either, but remember that you are the one suggesting that they move closer to you, not the other way around.

3. Talk about the positive aspects of the new home

Again, you’ll want to focus on the good aspects of moving closer to you and how positive the experience will be. If there are any negatives involved , they should be discussed, but not as the main talking points. The last thing you want to do is create dark clouds over the move. The option to move, and the conversation, should be kept as positive as possible.

4. Don’t demand they move immediately

As with any move, this will be a process and not an overnight event. There are multiple things to take into account. Selling a home, sorting and moving processions, and planning the travel involved with the move itself all take time. To demand that a loved one move right away will most likely lead to a negative discussion, which will in turn derail your plan. It may take weeks to a few months to get a move going and generally speaking, that’s a good time frame for most people, your loved ones and you included.

At SearchSeniorLiving.com, we are dedicated to helping you and your family ease the search for just the right In-Home Care provider, community, product or service! For more information and to use our Search, Sort and Match ™ tool, please visit our website or call us at 877-243-8073.

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11th Annual Conference on Elder Abuse – San Francisco

LEGAL ASSISTANCE FOR SENIORS’ – 11th Annual Conference on Elder Abuse

LASDon’t miss out on Early Bird Pricing!
11th Annual Conference on Elder Abuse
May 17, San Francisco
Register NOW – LASConference2016.eventbrite.com

Join professionals, advocates and community members for a conference that has become an essential resource and networking opportunity for a wide range of stakeholders, including attorneys, social workers, fiduciaries, law enforcement officials, and others working to protect seniors from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

Learn from leading experts, gain insight from peers, and collaborate with a multidisciplinary group of stakeholders so that together we can better help and protect vulnerable seniors from exploitation.

Up to 6 hours continuing education credit available for selected disciplines.

When: Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 8:30 AM to 5 PM
Where: UC Hastings College of the Law, 198 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA
Register at: LASConference2016.eventbrite.com

Topics include:

Hoarding Behavior in Older Adults
Undue Influence, Capacity & Over-Medication
LGBT Elder Issues
Elder Abuse Prevention and Professional Ethics for Attorneys, Fiduciaries, and Real Estate Professionals
The Latest Research and Prevention Models on Various Forms of Elder Abuse
Standing up for Elders in a For Profit World
Mediating an Elder Abuse Case
Building an Elder Justice Movement in California and Beyond
Insights of Psychological and Neurobiological Studies into the Assessment of Elder Abuse Claims

And more!

SPONSORS
Please support our efforts to ensure the independence and dignity of seniors. Contact LAS to learn about the benefits of becoming a conference sponsor. Contact Kate at conference@lashicap.org or 510-832-3040.

Platinum Sponsors
– Andrew de Vries, MBA, Probate, Estate, Trust and Conservatorship Broker
– Kazan, McClain Satterley & Greenwood, A Professional Law Corporation

Gold Sponsors
– Campbell Green LLP – Trust and Estate Attorneys
– GGU Graduate Law Program in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law
– Michael Stephens, Realtor, Probate, Trust & Estate Specialist
– Roisman Henel LLP

Silver Sponsors
– Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP
– Holland & Knight LLP
– LivHome
– Ingrid M. Evans, Evans Law Firm, Inc.
– Seniors At Home, a division of JFCS
– East Bay Trusts and Estate Lawyers (EBTEL)
– Evans, Latham & Campisi

Bronze Sponsors
– Priscilla Camp
– The Kevins – Zephyr Real Estate
– Law Office of Ann E. O’Hara
– IMT Associates – Sharon Toth & Meredith Taylor
– Merlander Company
– Leslie Byrne, Senior Care Consultants
– Needham Kepner & Fish LLP, Attorneys at Law
– Law Office of Srinoi G. Rousseau

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“Smart Women, Smart Money” Workshops – Novato

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Take that next step to knowing more about leveraging money to expand
your life.

May 18, 2016 5:30p – 7:00p Pacific Daylight Time

smart-women-logoTopics we will be covering:

1. How to develop a plan that seeks financial security in good times
and bad

2. How to figure out where you stand financially

3. Planning for Retirement: What Women Should Know

More money equals more opportunity and the freedom to make new
choices.

WINE, WOMAN, WEALTH – Hors D’oeuvres and Wine will be served

Where: Trek Winery
1026 Machin Ave
Novato CA

RSVP to (415) 506-4569 or visit http://www.alphawmp.com/events

Andrei Jigalin is a Registered Representative with, and Securities offered through LPL Financial Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advice offered through Alpha Wealth Management and Planning, a registered investment advisor and separate entity from LPL Financial.

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