Patty Turner Center staff member Margie Fischer, M.A., offers members of our community a variety of helpful services for older adults and their families. Call or visit her in the Social Service Resource Center. Service is free and confidential. Margie is generally in the office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please call: (847) 940-4010.
ACES - Adult Caregiver Education & Support
Many people do not realize they are caregivers. Who is a family caregiver? Anyone assisting an older adult who can no longer manage all tasks on his or her own. If you are taking an older person to medical appointments or shopping… if you help with things like meal preparation or bill paying… even if that person is in a long-term care facility… then you are providing important caregiving services. Studies show that caregivers reduce stress, enjoy improved health, and provide better care when receiving support. Informed caregivers make better decisions. ACES is a group of spouses and adult children of older adults who gather for valuable information on relevant topics, leads on resources, and to share concerns and tips with other caregivers. Whether you’re seeking information on available resources and services, are feeling stress or sadness from caring for a loved one … ACES can help. Meetings are on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 1PM -2:15 in the PTC library. Questions? Call Margie 847-940-4010 FREE.
Do your care obligations keep you from attending ACES?
We have solutions! Through our treasured partnership with Faith in Action Volunteers, we now offer TWO respite services! Our NEW on-site Friendship Group will provide supervision at the Patty Turner Center while you attend our ACES meeting. Care recipients for this program must be comfortable being apart from their loved one, and be able to use the restroom on their own. Also, a trained Faith In Action respite volunteer can also come to your home, if needed, while you attend the meeting. Both respite services are FREE, based on availability and pre-screening is required. Please call Margie for details.
Time is Running Out…
Make sure to apply for your discount on this year’s license plate renewal before December 31! This discount comes via Illinois’ Benefit Access Application and is combined with the Seniors Ride Free program. Are you eligible? One must be 65 or older – or over 16 years of age and totally disabled; AND have an annual income from ALL sources under $27,610 for singles or $36,635 for couples. The benefit is now good for two years. All applications must be submitted online. You can do it yourself online www.state.il.us/aging, then click on the Benefit Access Application tab on the right side of the screen. If you’d like assistance, make an appointment Margie at the PTC for cheerful assistance, but don’t wait until the last minute!
Going Places Transportation
Going Places is West Deerfield Township’s transportation program for the mobility challenged. It is appointment-based and includes the service area of Highland Park Hospital, Glenbrook Hospital and the VA Hospital. Registration is quick and easy. Call the Township secretary at (847) 945-0614 for a registration form to be mailed to you. Once approved, you’ll be able to schedule a medical destination ride up to 30 days in advance; non-medical rides three days in advance. Requests will be granted based on availability. Cost is $5 round-trip and $2 round-trip for all Veterans.
Caruso Grand Friends Fund
There is a fund available to assist lower income older adults in paying a portion of their membership/program fees at the PTC.
Participation in this program is strictly confidential. Please contact Margie in Social Services for application information.
Senior Gems“Fresh Approaches to Dealing with Stages of Dementia”
Tuesday, November 26, 1-2pm
This highly recommended FREE educational program offers a new perspective on dementia care. If you have a friend or loved one affected by Alzheimer’s or other dementia, come and learn how to help improve their life—and yours. The focus here is on the positive. The Senior Gems program will help you
better understand the stages of the disease,
understand why your loved one is thinking and acting the way they are,
communicate with them more effectively,
introduce you to activities to provide positive cognitive stimulation, and
show ways to improve cooperation and reduce fear and aggression
Senior Gems, created by Senior Helpers in conjunction with nationally known dementia specialist Teepa Snow, OT, is endorsed by the Alzheimer Foundation of America. Sponsored by Senior Helpers, the event is FREE and refreshments will be served. For more info, contact Margie in Social Services.
Community Support Grants
West Deerfield Township has limited grants of up to $1000 per household per year that may be awarded to residents to improve accessibility at home and in the community. Expenses which may qualify for this program include home remodeling/adaptation, mobility equipment, communication devices, etc. Older adults with special needs are encouraged to apply. The program is intended to assist West Deerfield Township residents with the greatest financial need, but there is no stated income limit. Applications are available at the Township office, the Patty Turner Center, or online at westdeerfieldtownship.org.
SHIP says “NOW is the time to pay attention to your Part D Plan!”
Medicare Open Enrollment is going on NOW until December 7. That means EVERYONE with a Medicare Drug Plan (Part D) should re-evaluate it to make sure it is the best plan at the best price. You may do it on your own by logging on to www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan. The online Plan Finder is an amazing tool, but it can be daunting to navigate on your own. Here at the Patty Turner Center our specially trained SHIP (Senior Health Insurance Program) volunteers will do the work for you. Each year we help scores of Medicare beneficiaries find their best plan and save money. People are catching on that an annual review is a smart move. To meet growing demand, we have added two additional volunteers. They are eager to assist you. Please call PTC for an appointment as soon as possible as slots book up fast. (Every year we have to turn people away who wait until the last minute.) When coming to your appointment please bring a list of your current medications, including the dose and frequency. “The Best Choice is an Educated Choice.” SHIP is a program of the Illinois Department on Aging.
Blue Bag Program
Yes, the bag is blue… but it’s what’s in the Blue Bag that makes it special! It contains copies of your current medication, advanced directives, emergency contact info and more. The Blue Bag is kept in or near your fridge EMTs know to look for it. In the event of an emergency, the info is sent with you to the hospital via the ambulance. A collaboration of the Deerfield-Bannockburn Fire Department and the PTC, the program’s goal is to ensure your wishes are honored and necessary information is available. Blue Bags and forms are free of charge to local residents. See Margie in Social Services.