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unmet needs survey

North Orange County Unmet Needs 2013 Survey

Every other year the Collaborative  completes  an unmet needs survey and we need your help to spread the word.


Can you help your local seniors in the North Orange county area?  Please take a moment to complete this survey online right now  – share this link with everyone in our community.  http://bit.ly/unmetneeds –   Please help a local senior answer the questions as well  or  print  then out  this attachment  for your church or neighbors  or work friends  –

Our goal is to get 5,000 surveys done –

please share this link if  you live in Central or North Orange county!

Thanks so much !

We need all surveys completed and turned into St Jude Community Services -130 Bastanchury Rd., Fullerton, Ca no later than November 19th.

If you drop off a group  of surveys and leave your email address we will send  you

Print out copies from here.



Seven Steps to Prepare for a Move to a Senior Community

Are you ready to simplify your lifestyle and household responsibilities?   Are you considering the idea of moving to a smaller residence? If you have been thinking of organizing and downsizing your home and the thought of going through all your stuff is overwhelming, you’re not alone. Where do you begin? And what do you do with all of your belongings?

Being organized is vital to the moving process. Here are steps you can take to prepare for an organized, stress-free move:

 Make a plan. Establish a checklist, deadlines, measurements, delegation lists, move time-line.

  1. Start sorting. Pick one room/area to start with and designate an hour or two a day to this process.
  2. What do I do with my stuff? There are many ways to dispose of your items: antique dealers, consignment shops, yard sales, non-profits. Don’t assume that one donation center will take everything you need to dispose of. Have a backup plan.
  3. Make a floor plan. As soon as you know where you are going, make a floor plan. Cut out templates allowing you to visualize your furniture arrangement and what will fit.
  4. Inventory your staples. About a month before your move, take stock of paper products, canned goods and items in your freezer. Begin using up as much as possible. Donate extra items to local food pantries.
  5. Notify everyone. Make a list of those businesses and/or relative that need your new address. This includes post office, utilities and other services; creditors as well as friends, relatives and organizations for which you belong.
  6. Several days ahead of time, set aside items that you will need the day of the move in a reserved area. Included items might be: an overnight bag with change of clothes & personal items); important papers, sheets and towels; basic tools; cleaning supplies; kitchen needs, plus your checkbook and method of payment for the movers.

If you still need help, there are professional senior move specialists who are knowledgeable and can take you through the process and act as a support through this challenging process. A professional senior move specialist will also orchestrate all the moving details and set-up the new home so you can move right in and settle into your new home!

Article submitted by Nancy Giaimo, a professional organizer and a board member of NOCSC.  Her company website is  www.changingspacesoc.com

RED Flag warnings for Elderly Family and Friends

As an eldercare advisor, I speak with concerned family members everyday.  From my experiences with these families, there are warning signs that I listen for that I ask the families to address immediately:

Med Mismanagement: If you have suspicion of medication mismanagement, please take it seriously.  Medication mismanagement can result in confusion, depression, dehydration, and falls that can lead to hospitalization.  It is easy to become confused with the amount and frequency of the medication which leads to forgetting dosages or doubling up on them.

Isolation/Withdrawing: If your loved one is starting to isolate themselves or withdraw from doing things that they love, it is important to notice and address this.  There could be a variety of reasons for this from beginning dementia to depression to fear.  One family couldn’t understand why mom no longer wanted to go to her monthly luncheon with her friends and realized eventually that mom could no longer bathe safely and was concerned that her hygiene would be noticed.  Her pride did not allow her to address this with family.

Eating/Meal Concerns: Does your loved one only eat high sugar content foods?  Do you visit and find the same food in the refrigerator as the week before? Lack of proper nutrition can lead to confusion, diabetes concerns, lower immunity and dehydration.

Forgetfulness: There can be many causes of forgetfulness or short term memory loss.  Seeing a doctor should be done to rule out any issues related to dementia or medication related concerns.

As a child or spouse of someone with these issues, it can be very difficult to address these concerns with your loved one.  But I deal with so many people who are in the hospital or are in crisis that saw many warning signs and didn’t want to address them at the time.

Ask your family doctor if you are concerned.  Hire home care or explore assisted living.   Educate yourself about what is available to assist your family in your area.  No one can tell you what is best for your family….you will collectively decide that.  But arming yourself with the information needed to make that decision is critical.  You will feel much better about any decision that you make if you feel that you have explored the options available.

Please come join us at one of our upcoming Senior Care 101 classes (July 27th)  or download our Resource Guide and help the North Orange County Collaborative for Seniors  help  spread the word.

Cheryl Foster, M.A.