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Redwood Coast Seniors is the 501(c)3 non-profit host to Redwood Coast Senior Center. (EIN: 23-7286987) Tax deductible contributions are an important source of funds for this program. Please contact our staff to find out more about supporting our work through your direct financial support or by volunteering in our programs. Other program funds are provided by the federal Aging Americans Act, California Department of Aging, and the local Area Agency on Aging.


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Library, Forum, and up-to-date resources for Redwood Coast Seniors, sponsored by Redwood Coast Seniors Inc. and Mendocino County Board of Supervisors.
Redwood Coast Seniors
Services available in Fort Bragg and along the Mendocino Coast
Redwood Coast Seniors Online Library
Albums, Blogs, and other articles. Redwood Coast Senior Center provides stimulating activities, essential programs, and services for active elders. Located in Fort Bragg, on the magnificent Mendocino Coast, our historic community center supports an active Senior Advocacy Project and a Cyberspace Senior Center.
RCSC Board Application

Emergency

Crisis Line (no web link)
800-575-HELP (4357) - 24-hour telephone service administered by the Ukiah Community Center connects callers with crisis service agencies countywide.
Elderly Suicide Prevention Friendship Line (no web link)
800-971-0016 -- Bay Area based service for older adults suffering from life-threatening depression.
Mental Health Crisis Line (no web link)
964-4747 on the Coast, 463-4396 Ukiah, 456-3850 North County. 24-hour crisis line for mental health emergencies
Emergency Power Planning : Medical and Assistive devices
This emergency power planning checklist is for people who use electricity and battery dependent assistive technology and medical devices, including Breathing machines, Power wheelchairs and scooters, and Oxygen, suction or home dialysis equipment. Suggested by Jenny Wade.
Project Sanctuary
Services to prevent and lessen the effects of domestic violence
Disaster Preparedness for Seniors
This is a PDF and requires Adobe Reader. Suggested by Jenny Wade.
Emergency Family Contact Numbers
Emergencies can happen at any time. Does your family know how to get in touch with each other if you are not all together? Pick the same person for each family member to contact. It might be easier to reach someone who's out of town.

Health

Michael Pollan: Favorite Food Rules
"I liked these a lot - he's written a new book." -- Charles
National Institute of Health: Seniors
People in the U.S. are living longer than ever before. Many seniors live active and healthy lives. But there's no getting around one thing: as we age, our bodies and minds change. There are things you can do to stay healthy and active as you age. It is important to understand what to expect. Some changes may just be part of normal aging, while others may be a warning sign of a medical problem. It is important to know the difference, and to let your health care provider know if you have any concerns.
Fort Bragg Food Bank (no web link)
964-9404 -- 910 North Franklin Street, Fort Bragg
Guide to Addiction Prevention for Seniors
When discussing substance abuse and addiction, most people think about teenagers and young adults. Much public education is devoted to addiction prevention beginning in the elementary years, as evidence has shown that early education and intervention reduces the likelihood that children will experiment with drugs. Most people would be surprised to learn that substance abuse and addiction is actually a growing problem among senior citizens.
Mental Health and Addiction Resources
This looks like it's for youths, but according to WHO, 15% of adults aged 60 and over suffer from a mental disorder. Sometimes, mental health issues and addiction go hand-in-hand. Either addictive substances are used in an effort to self-medicate, or the use of substances creates health concerns. Proposed by Megan at rehabcenter.net .
Recall Report
Older adults often need to take more medications, and that can present unique problems, from side effects to drug interactions that may be dangerous to recalls of harmful drugs or defective medical devices. As people age, making healthy lifestyle choices becomes ever more important, as does being more aware of health needs in general. When these steps are taken, seniors can enjoy life while staying healthy.
Seniors and Dental Care
As you age into your senior years, proper oral care becomes more important than ever. Practicing proper oral health and taking proper care of any dental devices, such as dentures or implants, and looking into dental insurance suited to you is crucial.
Declutter and Organize Your Home for Seniors
A disorganized, or cluttered home on the other hand, could pose serious health risks to seniors and disabled persons. For example, a cluttered living room with too many closely placed pieces of furniture could pose a trip and fall risk. Suggested by Elena McDermott.
Depression in older adults
Older people are at risk for depression, are underserved by the mental health profession, and have the highest rates of suicide in the country. But many seniors are resistant to treatment because they don't want to burden their families, or are in denial about their limitations.
Recognizing and Treating Depression
A Guide for the Elderly and Their Caregivers Depression greatly diminishes a person's quality of life, personal joy and productivity. Too often elderly persons who reside in assisted living facilities, nursing homes, or live alone suffer from depression.
Terry Wahls
A bunch of YouTube presentations by an MS survivor
Public Health Corps
Handy references useful public information on health topics.
Emotional Support Animals
An Emotional Support Animal is a dog or other common domestic animal that provides theraputic support to a disabled or elderly owner through companionship, non-judgmental positive regard, affection, and a focus in life.

Housing

Making the Move to Assisted Living
A Guide to Knowing When It's Right and Making the Right Choice. As we watch our parents or grandparents get older, the last thing on our mind is finding a facility for them to live in. Our goal is to enjoy them as long as we have them with us. Yet, many adults find themselves in a situation wherein they have a loved one who can no longer care for themselves at home, leaving them to make the difficult decision about where to get additional care. Suggested by Elena McDermott.
Assisted Living
information on each senior community in California
Fair and Affordable Housing: Activist’s Blueprint
Everyone deserves a safe, affordable place to live. However, despite huge advancements in fair housing since the passing of the 1968 Fair Housing Act, housing discrimination is still very prevalent today. Most instances of housing discrimination go unreported, but the National Fair Housing Alliance estimates that there are four million violations of fair housing laws each year.
Act III: Your Plan for Aging in Place
A planning template for staying where you want to be
Tips for Choosing a Facility and Making the Transition
If you're having more and more difficulty with everyday activities such as showering, dressing, getting around the house, and running errands, an assisted living facility may be the answer. You can get the daily support you need, while remaining as independent as possible. Making the decision to leave your home can be difficult, but by taking time to find the right fit and being honest about your needs and concerns, you can you can make the choice that's right for you and ensure your senior years are happy and fulfilling.

Life

Community Care Senior Information & Assistance
Community Care's Senior Information and Assistance Program helps Lake and Mendocino County seniors link to the resources including Home Rehab and Energy Efficiency Improvements. Call 468-5132 or 800-510-2020
Senior Soulmates
It's Never Too Late for Love
Retirement Business Ideas
A short list of business ideas after retirement, which is not time or labor intensive so that people can generate the income they want without having to carefully budget their retirement funds in order to enjoy life. Suggested by students at the Brenham Community Center, Texas.
Senior Center Without Walls
Activities, conversation, and an assortment of classes and support groups to homebound seniors who find it difficult to go to a local senior center. Seniors participate from home through telephone conference calls. No special equipment is required.
Senior Discounts: A Guide To Saving Money For Seniors
A quarterly survey of brands that offer seniors discounts - 183 brands conveniently broken down into 18 categories. Every 3 months, our team independently verifies each and every discount on this list. We also add more brands to the list regularly when we come across them. Suggested by Angelica Marie Dela Cruz.
Traveling with a Medical Condition
Just because we're old, we don't want to stop GOING! This is a thought-filled guide for elder travelers. Suggested by Sophia Jole.
Discovering Your Queer Community When You’re LGBTQ
For LGBTQ seniors, the need for community is particularly acute. The population is twice as likely to live alone, twice as likely to be single and almost 75% less likely to have children. Internalized stigma, coupled with structural discrimination, makes it difficult for queer and trans seniors – who disproportionately live in poverty – to receive the critical social services they need.
Aid and Attendance for Veterans
This Improved Pension allows veterans and spouses of veterans who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in bathing, eating, dressing, undressing, medication dosing, or using the restroom to receive additional monetary benefits. It also includes those who are blind or a patient in a nursing home because of mental or physical incapacity. Assisted living facility care also qualifies. Suggested by Jennifer Tran.
Aging at home: Problems & Solutions
As we get older, many of our homes no longer work as well for us. But most of us want to remain in the homes we love. Fortunately, there are many solutions. There are trained experts in home modification all over the country. There are also new tools to address the specific issues of aging.
Retirement Resources for Boomers and Seniors
A collection of articles about money and aging: How to face the challenge of balanced investing for retirement, How to figure out how much risk to take with your retirement money, 13 steps to organizing your accounts and assets.
Senior Veterans Service Alliance
The SVSA lists appeals agents, advocates and eldercare services in many areas of the country. These individuals and providers help senior veterans and their survivors understand veterans benefits available to them.
Senior Care Helper
Life gets sweeter with age, but sometimes aging brings unique challenges and the need for a little extra help. Senior citizens have a new resource they can turn to for that support – Senior Care Helper.
Eldercare Resource Locator
An index of fact sheets, publications, links and other useful information for older adults, caregivers, and professionals. Suggested by Elena McDermott.

Special Needs

Home Organization for Seniors with Disabilities
As the population in America continues to age, we see an increasing focus on 'aging in place,' or continuing to live at home through the golden years. As more and more seniors indicate their desire to stay home while aging, those who are caring for them are faced with the question of how to keep them there safely.
the Art of Cooking for People with Special Needs
6 steps and helpful hints to teaching life skills cooking intended for Special Needs students
Special Needs Seniors – Planning for the Future
Benefits for People with Disabilities
The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. While these two programs are different in many ways, both are administered by the Social Security Administration and only individuals who have a disability and meet medical criteria may qualify for benefits under either program.
Fire Safety & Disabilities Guide
According to FEMA, each year approximately 17,500 people are injured and 3,400 die because of fire. There are dangers associated with fire for everyone, but people with disabilities face unique challenges in these emergencies. As FEMA notes, people with disabilities may have more difficulty escaping during a fire. In addition, some disabilities may prevent them from taking actions ahead of time without the help of a caregiver, friend, or relative.
Travel Insurance & Disabilities Guide
Holidaying with a disability can come with some challenges, but it shouldn’t stop you from exploring and seeing the sites, it might just take a little bit of extra planning to get you there. Proposed by Loyd Davis.
Senior & Disabled Resource Directory
800-510-2020 toll free. A comprehensive collection of Senior Information and Assistance Resources for Mendocino and Lake Counties. A free service for seniors 60 and older.
Hobbies, Interests and Activities for Special Needs Folk
A list of practical suggestions for a long list of hobbies and activities.
Disability Accommodation Guide
This guide will give you an insight into the steps you can take to ensure your home is disability-friendly, and how to take these steps in the most cost-effective manner possible. Proposed by Jessica Milly.
Benefits for Disabled Individuals - article
You may be able to receive benefits from Social Security and Medicare before you turn 65 if you're permanently disabled. You might also qualify if you have Lou Gehrig's disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS) or permanent kidney failure (end-stage renal disease, or ESRD).
Legal Planning for Dementia and Alzheimer
Guide to Legal Planning for Dementia and Alzheimer's Patients and Their Families: When you or someone you love is diagnosed with a progressive disease like Alzheimer's or dementia, you face a number of serious considerations, and many of those considerations need to be made quickly before the disease has a chance to progress. In addition to decisions about care, doctors, medical treatments and therapies, this is the time to make some legal decisions to plan for the future. The sooner you create an estate plan, the greater the likelihood that the patient will be able to express his or her full wishes, ensuring that the estate plan is exactly what he or she would want. Here are some tips and guidelines to help you through this process.
Legal Guide for Newly Disabled and Disabled Seniors
Legal Resources and Considerations for Seniors/Special Needs
When it comes to identifying vulnerable populations in our community, some of the more overlooked groups are the elderly and disabled. Many people consider the poor or the young to be venerable [sic] ... wha? Suggested by Elena McDermott.
Home Modifications for Seniors with Disabilities
Home improvements, modifications, and repairs can help older adults maintain their independence and prevent accidents. Work can range from simple changes, like replacing doorknobs with pull handles, to major structural projects such as installing a wheelchair ramp.
Disability Home Accommodation Cost Guide
Changing, remodeling or making additions to your home to accommodate people with disabilities can be done in a variety of different ways. If you are building a new home, you can ensure that it be single-level without door jambs to impede a wheelchair. If you are remodeling aspects of an existing home, you may need to do reconstruction or creative planning to make the changes.
Home Modification Resources
Should They Stay or Should They Go: Home Modifications and Selling Your Home.
Savings for Disabled
Good advice and resources for folks with disabilities. Proposed by Rachel Martinez.
Assistive Technology Buying Guide
"A guide to everything you need to know about buying assistive technology smartly, so you aren't left holding a big bill at the end of the day."
American Association on Health and Disability
Membership organization supporting the health and wellness of people with Disabilities through research, public awareness, education and advocacy.
Disability Travel Websites
Travel tips, access information, articles from Open World Magazine, useful links, information on upcoming events.

Government

Tax Postponement Program
The State Controller’s Property Tax Postponement Program allows homeowners who are seniors, are blind, or have a disability to defer current-year property taxes on their principal residence if they meet certain criteria including 40 percent equity in the home and an annual household income of $35,500 or less.
Area Agency on Aging of Lake & Mendocino Counties
The Area Agency on Aging of Lake & Mendocino Counties plans, coordinates and implements community-based support programs for seniors and their caregivers.
Social Security website
General clearinghouse for Social Security Administration
Medicare website
Government Medicare website
HICAP
Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program - free service to Medicare beneficiaries
CourtSystem.org Mendocino
A complete database of listings for all emergency, legal and law enforcement government offices in the country – with working phone numbers. Proposed by Jenna Murphy.

Other

Mendocino Coast Children's Fund
Every day, 365 days a year, Rockport to Gualala and inland to Comptche, keeping kids from falling through the cracks.
Coast Chamber Calendar
Events this month on the Mendocino Coast


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