With Fall just around the corner, we are reminded that September is Fall Prevention Month.
Fall outings and festivals abound throughout our area during this time. It is important to remember tips to keep older adults safe during these autumn outings.
First of all, don’t forget a jacket. Make sure your jacket is heavy enough to keep you warm but not so long or bulky that you could become entangled in it which would put you at risk for a fall.
Secondly, allow plenty of time. Most of the events that we attend in the fall whether it be a fall senior fair, a fall festival or just a lovely drive to look at the fall foliage do not require us to be in a hurry. So, plan on moving slowly and carefully no matter what event you are attending. Wear proper attire if you will be walking, such as comfortable clothing and walking shoes.
And finally, make sure that the event that you are attending is handicap accessible if you require the use of a walker or wheelchair. By following these simple tips, you can experience a great fall without having a great fall.
WISE GIVING IN THE WAKE OF HURRICANES
Because it is in our nature to help one another, it is not unusual to want to provide whatever assistance that you can when our nation experiences a crisis like Hurricane Harvey. However, the Federal Trade Commission cautions you to do your homework before giving any one a single cent. Unfortunately, there are those that prey on others’ misfortune. Here are a few tips to consider before giving:
Donate to charities you know and trust with a proven track record with dealing with disasters.
Be alert for charities that seem to have sprung up overnight in connection with current events. Check out the charity with the Better Business Bureau, Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch or GuideStar.
Designate the disaster so that you can ensure your funds are going to disaster relief, rather than a general fund. For example, if you are writing a check to give to a charity toward Harvey relief, make sure to write “Harvey Relief” on the memo line of your check.
Never click on links or open attachments in e-mails unless you know who sent it.
Don’t assume that charity messages posted on social media are legitimate. Research the organization yourself.
When texting to donate, confirm the number with the source before you donate. The charge will show up on your mobile phone bill, but donations are not immediate.
LIKE TO HELP OTHERS? WHY NOT VOLUNTEER?
New volunteer opportunities for volunteers ages 55+ will be on their way to Greene County soon! However, plenty of opportunities already exist for volunteers of all ages, so if you are interested in volunteering in ANY of the counties in the Generations’ service area (Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Knox, Martin and Pike), give us a call at 1-800-742-9002.
The latest issue of Generations magazine will be here any day! Our magazine is geared toward adults in pre-retirement and retirement years and promotes active aging and preventive health. It is published three times a year and is free to subscribers. All we need is your name and address. If you would like to receive future copies of the magazine, contact Brenda Hancock at 812-888-5146 or email@example.com.
Generations, Area 13 Agency on Aging & Disability, is a program of Vincennes University’s Community Services Division. Our agency connects individuals and caregivers to community resources and options for long-term care and in-home services. For more information, call 1-800-742-9002 or 812-888-5880 or visit our website at www.generationsnetwork.org.