LATEST UPDATES FROM THE ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION

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Written by Alzheimer's Association

Senior Fitness Exercises 300x240During our Alzheimer's Association International Conference® 2019 last week, leading scientists from more than 50 countries reported on new research studies, including causes, risk factors, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. This exchange of knowledge cultivates progress and innovation, and it may lead to vital answers to important scientific questions about Alzheimer's disease. Here are a few of the incredible highlights we've seen:

  • Adopting multiple healthy lifestyle factors provides maximum memory benefit and may even counteract genetic risk. Evidence is building that

Aging Well Mentally

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Ask anyone who is getting older what they wish for in coming years, and most would include staying mentally sharp and maintaining control of their lives. From crossword puzzles to Tai Chi, many activities offer the promise of keeping an aging brain at its best. Now scientists are finding that music works to exercise the brain, as well as helping to improve mood and to reduce stress.

Music therapist Alaina Hogue explains, “I think music is different in that it triggers and lights up so many portions of the brain, and this is something that has been proven by neuroscientists. I think it really accesses your ability to age well mentally, in a different way.” Hogue is one of two music therapists who teach the Pasadena Senior Center’s Music for Wellness class.

Co-teacher Juliana Frias, also a music therapist, adds, “Music is one of those things that supports individuals in aging well because it encourages participation.” For some, participation might mean challenging their brains by learning to play an instrument. Others, like class member Julia Collins, like to use their own voices. “I just love singing,” she explains. “Singing is really important for my soul.” Collins says music is fun, and she looks forward to the class on Mondays because it gives her a reason and a place to sing with people.

The class also gives participants a chance to be creative. Frias says every week they do improvisation, song-making, taking turns playing an instrument as well as singing. The class also plays games such as musical jeopardy and music bingo.

The songs involved in the games and other exercises are particularly important for those whose who are interested in memory help. Frias says listening to, or recalling lyrics involves the brain’s language centers. Hogue agrees, “It is different as far as you are able to keep those musical memories longer than you are other memories.”

Listening to your favorite music can also improve your mood. Class member Shirley Chow Rausch says, “The music, melody, the lyrics and the message that’s given help me to feel good, and I really enjoy it.” She’s been in the Music for Wellness class for three years. Frias says music also helps relieve the stress that older adults and their caregivers often experience.

Both teachers agree that you don’t have to be involved in a class to experience the benefits of music. “It’s never too late. Going to a concert and experiencing live music and actively listening is a great way to exercise the brain. When you are actively listening, you are processing more in the brain.”

The Music for Wellness class is just one of the many opportunities the Center offers to help members age well mentally. There are also classes and clubs that involve dancing and exercise, as well as writing and socializing. Researchers find they all help keep the brain active and engaged.

PAUL KINNEY NAMED NEW BOARD PRESIDENT

Posted in Around the Pasadena Senior Center

Written by Ann Erdman

Paul Kinney

A member of the PSC board since 2015, Paul Kinney was named president in early January for a two-year term. During these past four years, he has seen the landscape for PSC change due to diminishing funding and a growing community need for senior programs and services.

More adults 50 and older, of all abilities and incomes, are turning to the Pasadena Senior Center than ever before. In addition to activities geared to active, healthy older adults, for nearly six decades PSC has been providing programs, social services and resources. Proactive wellness checks and telephone calls to homebound seniors, workshops and support groups for the caregivers and families of people with dementias, health fairs that include a variety of screenings as well as related counseling and resources, and workshops that focus on financial planning for long-term care are among the programs and social services that help address the community’s needs.

Pasadena's Quiet Crisis

Posted in Messages from Akila

Written by Akila Gibbs

Akila 2019An historic shift is taking place in our country, and Pasadena has landed in the middle of it. Our community, like so many others, is facing dramatic growth in its older population as members of the baby-boom generation turn 65 in unprecedented numbers.

This year, our retiree population will grow faster than the population of young people. And next year will see the same, and the year after that.

In fact, the historic makeup of Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley insures we will see a demographic shift that is more dramatic than in many urban areas.

And we are not ready.

Scams to Watch Out for in 2019

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Written by NCOA Blog Economic Security

tax fraudIt is estimated that older adults lose billions of dollars to scammers each year. But there is good news—last year the Federal Trade Commission noted that older consumers are more likely to report they’ve been victimized by financial exploitation than their younger counterparts.

Here are three scams that are notably making the rounds.

CV TEAM WINS CHAMPIONSHIP INTERCITY LEAGUE

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Written by Marty Zack

Champs Whose your DafddyThe Pasadena sponsored team, Whose Your Daddy, won the championship of the Intercity Senior Coed Softball League, defeating the Diamond Bar Rascals, 7 to 6. It was a close game, with the lead changing several times before Whose Your Daddy pushed across the winning run in the final inning. The championship game, played November 8, was in Diamond Bar at Pantera Park.

Here when you need it

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Written by Akila Gibbs, November 2016

Byrone SalmoaByron, at 104 years old, came to the Senior Center for his daily fix—working on a puzzle. Six days a week, he arrived at his usual spot. At the beginning, he worked on his puzzle alone, with Center members sometimes stopping to say hello and chat about this or that. In the last few years Marilyn, another Senior Center member, joined him and she would work on his puzzle too. The two of them would sit together, heads bowed over the puzzle table, stopping only at lunchtime for a bite to eat. After lunch, he’d go home. Byron recently passed away,

I am not much of a gambler

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Written by Akila Gibbs, August 2017

joyI’m not much of a gambler, but I like the saying about making the most of the hand you’re dealt in life. The truth is, there are no guarantees, and no promises of a tomorrow. We all need to make the most of today. Whether we have been dealing with a debilitating illness for many years, or we get sudden bad news, we need strength for this life.

I was reminded of this recently,

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