Health
Thursday, May 6, 2004
Support group notice
Sussex Fibromyalgia Support Group will not be meeting in May or during the summer months due to illness of the facilitator. Plans are to resume monthly meetings in September. Any questions, contact Jonathan Souder, Methodist Manor House, 629-4593.

NHS Auxiliary Meeting
Nanticoke Health Services Auxiliary meeting Wednesday, May 12, at RJ Riverside Restaurant, Laurel.Lunch at 11:30 a.m., Cost $10, reservations due May 7. Guest speaker - Col. Aaron Chaffinch, Delaware State Police Chief.
Join the fight for cure for Alzheimer’s Disease
May is national Older Americans Month and an opportune time for everyone to become involved in contributing to the seniors in their communities — family members, neighbors, friends, mentors and teachers. As the 76 million “Baby Boomers” are poised to march into their senior years, it is more important now than ever to be aware of the issues of concern to older Americans, a demographic that is growing day by day. Throughout the month, there are many opportunities to continue to help improve the quality of life for our nation’s aging population. Donating money to senior-focused organizations or to causes of particular concern to older Americans is one of the easiest and most readily available ways to give back to the senior community. According to a survey sponsored by insurer Bankers Life and Casualty Company, developing Alzheimer's disease is the biggest fear of aging among older Americans (age 56-80). Because research is the most promising and direct avenue to an eventual cure for Alzheimer’s, efforts toward funding research are vital and invaluable. Bankers is just one organization supporting older Americans’ causes. This year, the company is sponsoring its second annual “Forget Me Not Days” campaign to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association. On May 7 and 8, look for agents in your area clad in green garden aprons collecting money on street corners. All donations go directly to the Alzheimer's Association, which provides research for the prevention, treatment and eventual cure of the disease, as well as programs that support and educate those with Alzheimer's and their families. Donations can also be made directly to the organization at www.alz.org. Fund raising allows organizations like the Alzheimer's Association to continue their cutting-edge research into curing Alzheimer's and other mentally crippling diseases, and that gives hope to and calms the fears of older Americans whose concerns about developing such diseases are very real. Volunteering time is just as important as giving money.
  • Spend time with a senior in your life - play a game together or go for a walk.
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  • Ask them what they did for fun when they were young or to tell you stories about family members.
  • Send a card or letter to out-of-town grandparents or visit a nursing home and talk to the residents there.
Another way to support older Americans is to advocate causes and issues that affect them the most - Medicare, Social Security and medical research to name a few. Advocacy is a powerful and necessary instrument in protecting the rights of seniors. Communicate to local, state and federal legislators the need for advancements in research and expanded health care. Older Americans are at special risk of losing strength, flexibility, endurance and balance without adequate exercise. Luckily, it's been shown that physical exercise, even moderate activities such as walking or playing shuffleboard, has protective benefits to the brain as well. Participate in fun exercise activities, such as golf, dancing or playing with a puppy, with older family members and friends. Seniors have many emotional, physical and financial changes to plan for. Starting early is the best way to ensure worry-free senior years. To speak with a certified senior advisor in your area, call 1-800-231-9150 or visit www.bankers.com.