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A Season of Exploration

by Gae Ruddell, Eskaton Village Carmichael

If you’re an older adult living in the Sacramento area, you are surrounded by a world ablaze with history, art, beauty, and fun. The cooler weather of fall and winter is the best time to have new adventures, whether you prefer to explore alone, or with friends and family. I’ve listed here some exciting, educational, and playful outings to get you started. These locations support the use of wheelchairs and walkers, and frequently offer senior discounts, so get out and enjoy! Resident painting

  • The California Museum - Home of the California Hall of Fame — engages, educates, and enlightens people about California’s rich history and unique contributions to the world. www.californiamuseum.org
  • The Crocker Art Museum - Art is beautifully displayed in the original Crocker home, along with the new, contemporary wing; both ongoing and visiting shows make this a great stop for all art lovers. www.crockerartmuseum.org
  • Old Sacramento - Railroad Museum, Historic Walking Tours, Delta King Riverboat - You’ll appreciate the variety Old Sac offers, from gazing at the historical buildings while savoring ice cream cones, to shopping and dining right on the river. www.oldsacramento.com
  • California State Capitol Museum - More than a pretty face, our state capitol includes tours of the original business offices and the opportunity to witness California government in action. www.capitolmuseum.ca.gov
  • Aerospace Museum - A spectacular collection of airplanes, exhibits and artifacts celebrating flight from the Wright Brothers to Mars. www.aerospaceca.org
  • Theater - Sacramento Theater Company Broadway Series, Sacramento Community Center, Sacramento Musical Theater, B Street Theater, Harris Center, Mondovi Center, Sacramento Ballet

Outside Sacramento:

  • Apple Hill, Camino – Cozy hayrides in the crisp autumn air, holiday crafts, pine trees, and scrumptious apple desserts of every kind. www.applehill.com
  • Victorian Christmas, Nevada City – Step back in time with wandering carolers, chestnuts roasting on open fires, and booths revealing tantalizing gifts. www.nevadacitychamber.com/nevada-city-events/victorian-christmas
  • Haggin Museum - This art and history museum, located in Stockton, displays dozens of paintings by renowned 19th- and early 20th-century American and European artists. www.hagginmuseum.org

Gae Ruddell has been an activity coordinator for Independent Living adults at Eskaton Village Carmichael for over 15 years. Her greatest pleasure comes from hosting trips that rekindle old memories or create new ones.

Be a hero! Help a low-income senior stay independent!

John Doe* is at risk of losing his home even though he lives in an Eskaton affordable housing apartment for low-income seniors. That’s because he cannot afford to pay a caregiver to help him for a few hours per month and is not eligible for assistance from the relevant state programs. If he is unable to continue to manage on his own, he will be forced to move to a nursing home, which is much more expensive than a few hours of in-home care. John will also lose his independence.

Now Eskaton Foundation is launching a Resident Care Fund to help low-income seniors like John! The Fund will cover the cost of non-medical in-home care for vulnerable Eskaton affordable housing residents who can no longer fully care for themselves but can continue to live independently.

Our goal is to raise $100,000 by early 2015. So far, Eskaton Foundation has secured $76,000 toward this goal. Once we raise the remaining $24,000, we can begin awarding caregiving grants to low-income seniors.

Be a hero! Help a low-income senior remain independent by making a donation today! Call Eskaton Foundation at 916-334-0810

You can also make an online gift by visiting our donation page. In the designation box, select “Resident Care Fund,” then fill-in your donation information.

Thank you!

* The resident’s name has been changed to preserve anonymity.

Signs that Your Older Loved One Needs Help

By Larry Dawes, MSW – CMC, Live Well at Home Geriatric Care Manager

A visit home to see older relations for the holidays often brings unexpected surprises that lead to growing concerns about aging-in-place.

Little clues lend a lot of insight into knowing that an older adult may be in need of help. When visiting an older friend or relative for whom you are concerned, Eskaton Care Advisor Larry Dawes, MSW, suggests what to look for: Larry Dawes, MSW, CMC with a resident

  • Stacks of unopened personal mail and bills, or mail piling up in the mailbox.
  • Signs of impaired driving: multiple dents or scrapes on bumpers or along the edges of the vehicle, as well as multiple warning lights on the dashboard for service needs.
  • Expired foods in the refrigerator, freezer and pantry, or lack of healthy foods on hand.
  • Excessive clutter and tripping hazards, such as piles of magazines, extension cords or uncollected newspapers on the front porch.
  • Home maintenance needs such as ceiling stains, worn-out stair railings, broken locks, doorbells or leaky faucets.
  • Pets in need of routine care, such as grooming issues, full litter boxes or dirty food bowls.

If you’ve encountered these or similar issues and aren’t sure how to raise the subject with your loved one, the Care Management program, part of Live Well at Home offers consultation time with caring, knowledgeable professionals who can provide expert insights to getting things in order. “We are here to help,” says Program Manager Terry McPeek. “Whether it’s a first consultation, or providing an independent assessment to help someone improve their safety and living arrangements, working with a third party takes a lot of the tension out of the situation and helps restore confidence for everyone involved.” To connect with a Care Manager, call Cynthia Anderson at 916-334-1072 or email info@eskaton.org.

To identify a certified care manager outside of the Sacramento area, use the National Association of Professional Care Managers Find a Member Search tool, at http://memberfinder.caremanager.org.

Larry Dawes has over 30 years of experience working alongside older adults and family members with the majority of that experience as a nationally- certified Professional Geriatric Care Manager. His greatest pleasure comes from meeting new people, hearing about their life experiences and learning from them as much as helping them.