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Home Safety Initiative

   
 
       
  Home Safety Assessments Knowing that falls and accidents at home can have a major impact on an elder’s mobility and ability to remain vital and independent, we have been focusing on fall prevention through our Home Safety Visits, Living Comfortably and Safely At Home programs and our Downsizing initiative. Participants are encouraged to have a home visit to help them avoid dangers within their own home environment, and to offer suggestions on ways to make one’s home safer and easier to negotiate by using simple equipment and making minor adjustments such as de-cluttering; rethinking bathroom strategies; and organizing the kitchen.  
 
   
   
 

Wellness Classes

   
 
   
  Educational Presentations
   
 
 
   
  Weekly health seminars given by New York Junior League volunteers in conjunction with Mt. Sinai Hospital.  
  Presentation by the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging and Longevity.  
  Presentations on Nutrition and Health.  
  NYU School of Dentistry lectures on importance of oral hygiene.  
  Precinct Lectures “Safety for Seniors During the Holidays” and “Identity Theft."  
  “Options for Seniors” housing in New York City.  
  “Living Comfortably and Safely”: how to manage your home during retirement.  
  NYC District Attorney’s Office seminars to discuss bank and credit card fees, and identity theft.  
 
   
   
  Intellectual stimulation, exercise, wellness, and social activity programs
   
 
 
   
  Ballroom Dancing: Weekly hour of dance.  
  Travelogues with guest speakers and slides.  
  Weekly Matinee Movies.  
  Meet the Author book discussions.  
  Seasonal Holiday luncheons with entertainment.  
  Bridge: weekly card game group with instructor.  
  Photography: Discuss composition, working with lighting, and other techniques.  
  Pet Club: Pet lovers gather for tea, conversation and shared joys of pet ownership.  
  TED TALKS: Screening and discussion of Ted Talks.  
  Special Museum visits and tours.  
  Art Workshops.  
 
   
   
 

Planning initiatives

Health Advocates has found that during a healthcare crisis many program participants are not prepared to have their preferences known and needs met. The Healthy Aging Program provides materials to help plan for these situations; staff and volunteers explain and help with their completion as/if needed.

   
 
 
   
  In Case of Emergency (I.C.E) Packs Health Advocates, after consulting EMS and the New York City Police Department,  has produced, a wallet-sized card in a Tyvek packet, that records essential information needed in case of on-the-street emergencies.  A unique feature, developed in collaboration with Not Home Alone, (an educational initiative sponsored by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals) is the inclusion of information about a senior’s pet.  In addition to providing I.C.E packets to Healthy Aging Program participants, Health Advocates will distribute them to churches and community organizations; Not Home Alone will reach their constituents, such as veterinarians and animal shelters.   Additionally, this wide distribution will provide publicity for Health Advocates and the Healthy Aging Program.  
  Personal Data Organizer (“My Book”) This is a tool to record and centralize vital personal information that can be used in both routine and emergency situations. This makes it easier to provide information when needed, and gives family members a resource to use in an emergency.  
  Access-a-ride. Regulations require individuals to submit an application, and passport-sized photos for an eventual identification card; Health Advocates takes and provides photos.  
  Referral Services.   Information is provided to seniors interested and in need of case management, bill paying and housecleaning services and are referred to community partners for assistance.  
 
   
   
 
   
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