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Hebron Center Site Manager Connects to Area Seniors


Josephine-Purevich-croppedJosephine Purevich stays connected to the community as site manager of the Hebron Senior Center by keeping the place humming with activities and helping fellow seniors feel at home.

Purevich coordinates speakers and health awareness events along with games, Meals on Wheels lunches and the annual Christmas party.

The center is a place to socialize, play different style cards, games, Bingo,” she said. “We have speakers in to discuss disease awareness and elderly nutrition.”

Wondering? Questions About Healthy Aging: Shingles Vaccine


Shingles-Vaccine-Senior-Circle-2011From the January 2011 Senior Circle publication

Q: I've read about the new shingles vaccine. Do I need it?

A: "If you're 60 or older, you should consider getting the vaccine," according to Pranjal Patel, MD, a family practitioner with Lake Porter Medical Group. "The vaccine may help you avoid getting shingles or prevent a recurrence of the painful skin rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox," he said. Shingles is most common in people 50 years old or older, those with...

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PCACS Hosting Two Part Workshop Series at Rittenhouse with Speaker from Alzheimer's Services


Porter County Aging & Community Services (PCACS) will host a presentation on “An Overview of Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease” with Barbara J. Dzikowski, MS, QDCS, Program Director for the Alzheimer’s Services, on Wednesday, March 2 at 11 a.m. at Rittenhouse Senior Living (1300 Vale Park Road, Valparaiso). Barbara Dzikowski will outline the main characteristics of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. This is part one of a two part series of workshops with Barbara Dzikkowski from Alzheimer’s Services



Encouraging Independence in Seniors - Maintaining Quality of Life


Encouraging-Independence-in-SeniorsAs a caregiver, it is important to encourage independence in seniors, but also to interact with them in ways that provide the opportunity for them to maintain a better quality of life for themselves. By participating in activities with your senior loved one, not only are you showing that you care - the acts you undertake together can help improve their overall health. In fact, research indicates that keeping seniors physically, mentally, socially and emotionally engaged can help them retain better cognitive function, stay healthier and live independently longer.1

As the seniors in our lives grow older, daily interaction is vital to their health and...

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Porter Health System’s Senior Circle Program Presents “Winter Wildlife in the National Park”


Senior_Circle_Logo_porterPorter Health System’s Senior Circle program will present “Winter Wildlife in the National Park” at 2 pm, on Thursday, Jan. 27, at the Porter County Visitor’s Center, 1420 Munson Road, Porter.

During this free presentation, Ranger J.P. Anderson will share information on the multitude of wildlife that spend their winters in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

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Top Five New Year's Resolutions for Seniors and their Families


Top-Five-Resolutions-for-SeniorsLife is full of traditions, many handed down through the years, and some newly created between families and friends. Either way, traditions are part of the colorful fabric that intertwine our lives and hold us together, transcending time and distance. One common tradition many people have is to make New Year's resolutions - promises of actions to make ourselves better, happier and healthier; and commitments to keep in touch, to quit bad habits, and to pursue the good things in life. Making New Year's resolutions is easy and can be quite fun. The hard part is putting those resolutions into action and maintaining the momentum to keep those promises throughout the year.

Aging Gracefully: What to Expect As You Age


Aging-GracefullyAging: The inevitable evolution of life that began the day we were born. In its early stages, aging is exciting. It is thought of in terms of "growing up" and looking forward to what the future holds. Later in life, as wrinkles and graying hair start to show, our bodies begin to change in ways which are expected, but may be somewhat discouraging as well.

This is the first article in a series that will discuss the aging process and explain changes one may expect from the inside out. One of the most important things to know about aging is what is considered normal in the process, because not every bodily change is related to aging. Knowing what to expect can make it easier...

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Porter Health System’s Senior Circle Program Presents “Becoming an Expert Caregiver”


PorterLogonewPorter Health System’s Senior Circle program will present “Becoming an Expert Caregiver” at 6 pm, on Monday, Jan. 10, at Holiday Inn Express, 2323 Willowcreek Road in Portage.

Designed for people caring for an elderly loved one with memory loss, Louise Thompson, the Community Services Liaison of the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Indiana, will share simple techniques to enhance and support their needs, while helping them maintain as much independence as possible.

Porter’s Senior Circle is part of a nationwide organization committed to enriching the...

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Porter Health System’s Senior Circle Program Presents “Lighten Up for the New Year: How to Create Healthier Meals”


PorterLogonewLearn how to lighten up your favorite recipes during Porter Health System’s Senior Circle program, “Lighten Up for the New Year: How to Create Healthier Meals.” The program will begin at 10 am, on Friday, Jan. 7, at Porter’s Education & Rehabilitation Campus, 1401 Calumet Ave., Valparaiso.

During the presentation, Porter’s registered dietitian, Jill Kilhefner, RD, CD, will discuss how to modify some of your favorite recipes to reduce the fat and calories, while keeping all of the flavor and appeal.

Porter’s Senior Circle is part of a nationwide...

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Porter Health System’s Senior Circle Program Presents “Personal Safety Tips”


Senior_Circle_Logo_porterLearn how to better protect yourself and increase awareness of your surroundings during Porter Health System’s Senior Circle Program’s presentation, “Personal Safety Tips,” by Adam Depew, martial arts instructor and trainer. The program will be held from Noon to 1 pm, on Thursday, Dec. 9, at Banta’s Village Park Enrichment Center, 605 Beech St., Valparaiso.

Depew will present a lively discussion and demonstration on personal safety and offer seniors tips that they can incorporate into their daily lives. A blood pressure screening will immediately follow the presentation.

Porter Health System’s Senior Circle Program Presents “Christmas Cookie Decorating”


Learn tips and techniques for creating beautifully decorated Christmas cookies during Porter Health System’s Senior Circle program, “Christmas Cookie Decorating.” The program will begin at 1 pm, on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at Porter’s Education and Rehabilitation Campus, 1401 Calumet Ave., Valparaiso. Senior_Circle_Logo_porter

Porter’s Senior Circle is part of a nationwide organization committed to enriching the lives of adults age 50 and better. Annual membership offers a generous selection of valuable discounts, activities and events, a chapter newsletter, national publication subscription, in-hospital privileges and much more.

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