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Health & Wellness Program at SCV Senior Center assists seniors in living healthier and happier

Posted: November 1, 2009 8:49 p.m.
Updated: November 2, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. John Kaufman recently delivered a Health & Wellness talk focused on osteoporosis and avoiding bone fractures at the SCV Senior Center. The Center offers a slate of programs to help seniors live healthier lives.

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Are you interested in attending educational lectures that cover a wide variety of health and consumerism topics? Should your blood pressure be checked regularly? Do you have difficulty with hearing (or understanding what you hear)? Do you have concerns about your feet and wish to be examined by a podiatrist? Are you interested in receiving annual flu shots?

If diabetic, or pre-diabetic, would you like to receive a quick and easy glucose test each month? Are you a caregiver in need of resources to help you meet the stresses and demands of care-giving — while also learning ways to take better care of yourself?

If of limited income or you’re underinsured, would you like to receive no-cost health annual screenings?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center has a program that’s just what the doctor ordered.

And it’s all free of charge.

A component of the Center’s Supportive Services department, the Health & Wellness Program provides assistance for all of these situations and much more.

Education is power
Held Wednesdays from 1 -2 p.m. at the Senior Center, Health & Wellness lectures vary from week to week, as do the professionals delivering them.

One week, it could be a board-certified physician discussing ways to live longer or how to manage a disease.

Another week, it could be a psychotherapist advising caregivers how to find humor and meaning in care-giving — or a law expert describing ways to avoid identity theft or robbery, or a Reiki practitioner explaining how the ancient Japanese technique can help people relax and heal.

While the lectures are open to anyone 18 years of age and older, attendees are generally seniors. Many come into the lecture following the noontime meal served in the Senior Center’s dining room, replete with live Big Band music and dancing.

Health clinics
The Health & Wellness Program also offers a number of no cost medical services designed to promote seniors’ wellbeing. These include free monthly blood sugar screenings from registered dietitian Lori Robinson — free monthly hearing tests from (rotating) audiology groups — Audiology Services of Newhall and Audiology Associates; free foot exams from podiatrist Dr. Shane Rhodes and free weekly blood pressure testing, provided by registered nurses.

The program also coordinates with Los Angeles County Dept. of Public Health for its annual flu shot clinics held at the Senior Center.

As well, yearly caregiver resource events and community health fairs are held — plus a variety of other health and education-oriented special events.    

Mark your calendars
At this time, it’s a wise idea to get out your 2010 calendar and jot down “1- 3 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 13 at the SCV Senior Center.”

That is when a select panel of professionals will lead an important 2-hour Health & Wellness event. Aimed at helping seniors learn to protect themselves and their assets, the County of Los Angeles Fifth District’s “Smarter Seniors Forum” will be open to the public and provided at no charge.

Forum experts will comprise those from the Department of Consumer Affairs, Adult Protective Services, Department of Mental Health, and other areas.

Subjects will include elder abuse (problem and prevention), asset protection, conservatorships (who will take care of you when you cannot?) and more. A question-and-answer period will follow, as will the dissemination of valuable resource referrals.

The Health & Wellness Program is just one example of the many ways in which the SCV Senior Center strives to assist and enhance seniors’ lives.

A multipurpose facility, the Center is dedicated to independence, dignity, and quality of life for senior citizens and the community at large.

These goals are accomplished through community resource management and coordination, advocacy, and a full spectrum of direct quality services. Members of the SCV are encouraged to visit the Senior Center and discover what it has to offer.

Diana Sevanian, R.N. is the director of the Health & Wellness program at the SCV Senior Center. Her column reflects her views and not necessarily those of The Signal. For information about Health & Wellness programs a the Center call her at (661) 255-1588 ext. 138. The SCV Senior Center is located at 22900 Market St., Newhall.

 

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