- Minimize Sun Exposure – Whether you are around your home, out in your yard, traveling out of town or taking part in local activities limit your time in direct sunlight as to avoid overheating, sunburn, or heat exhaustion. If you are planning to be outside wear sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun.
- Avoid Strenuous Activities – Activities which expend a lot of energy should be planned for the cooler times of the day (early morning or late evening) or moved to a cooler day. Ask for help when needed to shorten the time spent on these activities or responsibilities.
- Drink Plenty of Fluids – Unless otherwise discussed with your doctor, it is essential to stay hydrated and drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. Drinking plenty of fluid will help from becoming overheated and physically strained.
- Stay Active – In the summertime it is important to continue exercising. If you walk, choose to walk early in the morning as to avoid long sun exposure and heat exhaustion or walk in the air-conditioned mall. If you have a dog remember to walk them in the cooler times of the day because the pavement becomes too hot for their paws as the temperature increases. Try pool exercises at locations near to you to stay fit and cool. Join exercise classes, like Young at Heart, at local community centers or senior centers in your area.
- Medications & Sun Exposure – Understand the side effects of your medications, especially those effected by sun exposure and hot weather. Read warning labels and talk with your physician or pharmacist about any concerns you may have regarding certain medications.
- Buddy System – Establish a buddy system with friends, family members, and neighbors to check on them especially in the summertime with extreme heat waves. Young children and older adults may have a more difficult time expressing their discomfort and regulation of body temperature. Hot weather effects everyone differently, friendly monitoring can be essential to the safety and health of loved ones.
- Warning Signs – Some warning signs of heat exhaustion include: unusual fatigue, dizziness, nausea and headaches. Keep an eye on those who may be more susceptible to fatigue or dehydration and remind them to stay hydrated, rest in cool places, and consult a physician with any concerns.
- Local Relief – Finding local cooling stations can help those looking for cool relief. Check the local newspaper or call your local Area Agency on Aging for places near you such as community centers, libraries, and swimming pools that may be open for free or at a low cost.
Just this past month we have experienced some record highs for weather in the Central Valley. With temperatures continuing to stay near 100 degrees as July comes to an end here are eight helpful reminders to help you and your loved ones beat the heat.
BY KEN CARLSON
It appears that donations have given new life to the Young at Heart senior exercise classes in the outlying communities of Stanislaus County.
Some of those classes were in danger of closing in July when the county did not renew grant funding. The exercise program is designed to build strength and prevent life-threatening falls.
Young at Heart class members from Grayson offered feedback Tuesday to county supervisors, urging them to fund the beneficial program. After a Modesto Bee report appeared online May 10, the Stanislaus Senior Foundation donated $10,000 in one-time support for Young at Heart, which is operated by the Healthy Aging Association.
The association has since received other contributions that should keep the classes open in the July 1 to June 30 fiscal year, though the nonprofit group still is working on next year’s budget, Executive Director Dianna Olsen said.
Olsen said Supervisor Bill O’Brien gave $1,000 for the exercise groups in Oakdale and Waterford. Supervisor Jim DeMartini matched that amount for classes in his district.
The association still hasn’t made up for the $20,000 grant request that was denied early this month after the program received community development grant funds for more than 10 years.
The funds helped pay for instructors, exercise equipment, health education and staff costs of running the program in Ceres, Oakdale, Turlock, Patterson, Newman, Grayson and Waterford.
The exercise program is grounded in physical therapy concepts and health science in order to improve balance for seniors. People who are interested are screened first to make sure recent surgery or health conditions don’t prevent them from doing certain exercises, Olsen said.
Olsen said class sizes range from 20 members in the smallest communities to 112 registered participants in the Oakdale class. The classes are free, but participants do drop a few bucks in the donation boxes.
“We have people who have come in walkers or wheelchairs and are now standing and walking,” Olsen noted. It costs about $165,000 to run more than 30 classes in Stanislaus County, she said.
The association plans to apply for the federal community development grant funding for the following year. The grant funding is expected to be more competitive as county government puts more focus on programs to benefit young people.
The Healthy Aging Association’s 23 exercise classes in Modesto are not affected by the recent funding issue. Those groups are funded by an Area Agency on Aging grant, combined with support from Kaiser Permanente and United Way.
Ken Carlson: (209) 578-2321
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Organization to donate $10,000 to save senior exercise classes in Stanislaus County Senior foundation hopes someone will match donation
Young at Heart classes in outlying cities threatened
BY KEN CARLSON
The nonprofit Stanislaus Senior Foundation said it will donate $10,000 for the Young at Heart senior exercise classes, which are losing their grant funding in June.
Foundation President Elizabeth Price said the group’s board members approved the donation Monday after a story on the program’s funding crisis appeared in The Bee. The donation will be made to the Healthy Aging Association, which oversees the classes.
“We are hoping someone else comes forward to match it,” Price said.
Last week, Stanislaus County leaders agreed with a committee’s recommendation not to renew a $20,000 grant for the Young at Heart programs in Oakdale, Ceres, Turlock, Patterson, Newman, Grayson and Waterford. The exercise is considered important to health maintenance and fall prevention for seniors.
Loss of the grant funding is expected to result in some of those classes being cut in July. The 23 classes for seniors in Modesto are not affected.
A staff member with the Healthy Aging Association confirmed the foundation had offered the donation. The association is looking for funding sources to replace the $20,000 grant.
Founded in 2008, the Stanislaus Senior Foundation is a charity that works with the Area Agency on Aging and adult protective services to give emergency aid to seniors.
Ken Carlson: (209) 578-2321
Copied from the Modesto Bee article from 5/11/15
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By Ken Carlson
Teachers and students in a Friday exercise class at Oakdale’s Gladys Lemmons Senior Center had not yet received word that funding for the program will end in June.
The Young at Heart classes for seniors in Oakdale, Ceres and other outlying cities of Stanislaus County are more than fun and games.
The exercises improve flexibility, strength and balance, making the seniors less likely to fall at home and suffer serious injuries, teachers said. The workouts help relieve the effects of arthritis, diabetes and depression and help stroke victims recover, they added.
Gwen Tirrell, a 79-year-old assistant teacher in Oakdale, said the routines helped her overcome headaches, neck pain, hip pain and backaches, and restored motion in a shoulder.
“It stinks,” Tirrell said when she was told the county concurred with a committee’s recommendation to deny a $20,000 grant that has supported the program.
County supervisors gave approval last week to shift more federally funded community development grants to youth programs, causing seniors to lose out on funding.
Some of the Young at Heart classes in Ceres, Turlock, Oakdale, Patterson, Newman, Grayson and Waterford will be cut in July unless another source of money is identified, said Dianna Olsen, executive director of the Healthy Aging Association, which runs the classes.
No one has decided which classes will be cut. The Young at Heart groups in Modesto are not affected.
“We are just getting over being stunned,” Olsen said. “Not all of the classes will end. We will try to keep some. What I would like to do is find other funding.”
Last year, more than 1,450 seniors participated in the exercise classes, and 35 percent of them were in outlying communities, Olsen said.
The $20,000 grant paid for teachers, loops and straps and other gear for working the muscles and ligaments. Olsen is searching for other grant opportunities.
Kathy Sniffen, a member of the county Commission on Aging, challenged how $220,000 in public service funds were allocated to groups that applied for the competitive grants. None of those grants were awarded to senior groups, she noted.
Seven of the nine grants went to programs for children or youths; one was awarded to a food program and the other for services for homeless men. Sniffen said a community action plan gave top priority for the funding to children and youths. But seniors held the second priority, followed by the physically and mentally disabled. The latter group was not awarded any funding either, Sniffen said.
“There is a real discrepancy between how the funding was allocated and how community members ranked these priorities,” she said.
The recommendations for public service grants were made by a panel of representatives from the county, Ceres, Hughson, Oakdale, Patterson, Waterford, other local agencies and the county chief executive’s office.
In one change this year, $40,000 was set aside for a Focus on Prevention effort to benefit young people. Focus on Prevention is a county initiative to address the root causes of homelessness, gangs, crime and other social ills.
The $40,000 grant was approved for Central Valley Youth for Christ’s Point Break program to provide counseling for 160 youths and families identified through workshops at schools in the Ceres Unified School District. Counselors will strive to improve family relationships, reduce high-risk behavior and make sure the young people stay in school, the grant request says.
Point Break also has been implemented in Oakdale and Newman schools. Even though the broader Focus on Prevention campaign has not taken off, the grant is part of a county board directive to work on prevention, said Ruben Imperial of the chief executive’s office.
The Young at Heart classes tied for 10th in the scoring for public service grants and were not funded for the first time in 13 years.
Sandra Cordano, who attended Friday’s class in Oakdale with 30 other seniors, said her health depends on the exercise class. “What we are doing keeps me flexible and keeps my balance,” she said. “When you miss a class or two, you feel it.”
County supervisors said last week they need to shift the limited pot of community development grant money to other purposes. They want to concentrate more on prevention after spending hundreds of millions of dollars each year treating the symptoms of social decay.
“This is not easy, especially when we are changing things around,” board Chairman Terry Withrow said.
Ken Carlson: (209) 578-2321
AT A GLANCE
Public Service Grant awards for 2015-16 fiscal year in Stanislaus County
1. Salvation Army After School Program: $19,812
2. Second Harvest Food Assistance: $20,000
3. CASA of Stanislaus County: $20,000
4. Westside Family Resource Center: $20,000
5. Ceres Partnership for Healthy Children: $20,000
6. Oakdale Family Resource Center: $20,000
7. Second Harvest Food 4 Thought: $20,000
8. We Care Program shelter: $20,000
9. Children’s Crisis Center: $20,000
10. Young at Heart Program: zero
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The 9th Annual Age with Movement Celebration held on Friday, May 1st was a huge success.The event helped raise over $21,000 to support the Healthy Aging Association's senior health & fitness programs. Each year the event gets bigger and better. We feel fortunate to have the support of our community members and organizations.
We had nearly 400 attendees at the event moving and grooving throughout the morning. Adding the second walk at 10:00 AM allowed for later participation for many who could not attend the first walk at 8:00 AM. The exercise demonstrations provided options for older adults to stay active through a variety of activities and finding one that they enjoy. The FUNSTRUMMERS and The Quake Mobile DJ offered entertainment all morning long. The Shuttle Service provided by Dale Commons Assisted Living ran throughout the event shuttling participants to and from the church and the park. CSU Stanislaus Kinesiology Department provided fitness and health assessments to a number of attendees. The Fire Department was present to educate on home safety and Howard Training Center, Second Harvest Food Bank, along with Starbucks, provided the morning refreshments.
We are excited to share some of the publicity covered at the event and an awesome video that highlights the morning. Please click the red links below and enjoy :)
Please save the date for the
10th Anniversary of the
Age with Movement Celebration
Friday, May 6, 2016.
-Kim Viviano, Event Coordinator
We were selected as one of the 10 organizations to be apart of the Book of Dreams in the Modesto Bee. You can read the article at A Book of Dreams: Young at Heart. We received over $3,400 from our community, THANK YOU!
Here is the article copied from the Modesto Bee Article:
Five years ago, Gwen Tirell couldn’t reach down to tie her own shoes or cut her toenails.
Now, the 79-year-old instructs a Young at Heart exercise class three times a week at the Gladys Lemmons Community Center in Oakdale. With the vigor of someone a few decades younger, she helps lead a class of about 30 senior citizens in an hour-long stretching, marching and strength-training regimen.
“I was in bad shape,” Tirell said about the Gwen of five years ago. In addition to her stiffness, she suffered from headaches and backaches. She credits the Young at Heart program, offered free of charge through the Healthy Aging Association, with the change.