By Tom Haraldsen
CEDAR CITY—During the month of September, a number of activities are planned in order to celebrate and support older adults and their caregivers, sponsored by Cedar City Hospital.
On Saturday, Sept. 23, at “Age Out Loud” event will begin at 9 a.m. and run until about 11 a.m. on the walking trail adjacent to the hospital. Janelle Brown, RN, the Older Adult Advocate at the hospital, said the walk “will help older adults and their caretakers a chance to gain education on personal health and community resources.”
Among the activities planned for that day are Tai chi, Chair yoga, depression screenings, and blood pressure screenings, along with information on dementia, physical therapy at home, fall prevention and home safety tips, caregiver support groups and volunteer opportunities.
Brown is also coordinating a donation drive for older adults. In the lobby of Cedar City Hospital, a small tree (similar to the Angel Trees used by organizations at Christmas time) has tags that show some of the items being requested by older adults in the community. These items include adult pullups/pads, hygiene wipes, gift certificates for services or items, magnifying glasses, door and bed alarms, bus passes, blankets, and more.
“We’re asking for community members to come in and take one of these tags, then return it with that requested item,” Brown said. Donation can be brought to the hospital or to 5 County Association of Governments office in Cedar.
Community members can also help older adults in a number of ways during September, or at any other time of year. Brown said these include spending time visiting with an older adult, helping with yard or house work, serving in a local senior facility, providing relief for a caregiver, writing letters or sending small gifts to Veterans or an older adult neighbor, or allowing that adult a chance to teach or mentor a younger person on their skills or their history.
“Our goal in starting this program is to do whatever we can to improve the care of older adults in our community,” Brown said.
You can get more information from Brown at Janelle.email@example.com, or by calling 435-868-5818.
CAPTION: Janelle Brown, RN, the Older Adult Advocate at Cedar City Hospital, shows the donation tree where community members can find a list of items requested by older adults. Photo by Tom Haraldsen/Iron County Today