The Farmington Square News
960 Boone Rd. SE Salem, OR 97306
Farmington Square Assisted & Memory Care Newsletter
Our mission is to create and sustain comfortable, caring environments for those who depend on us.
Margo Garibay Executive Director Jessica D./Amanda B.
Community Relations Director Katrina D./Patty C./Mari G. Resident Care Coordinator
Shelly Kesterson Business Office Manager Rebecca Heflin Registered Nurse Steven Wendell Dietary Director Nels Esselstrom Maintenance Director Bonny Silva Activities Director
P2 Tech Devices and Apps for Seniors P3 Team Member/Resident of the Month P4 & P5 930/960 Activities Calendar
Contact us at: 503-363-2273
P6 Birthdays, Social Media & Highlights P7 Photos & Summer Destinations P8 Mission & Team
July 2018 Edition 8
Tech Devices & Apps for Seniors Statistics show seniors are increasingly embracing technology. There is a divide in use between younger and older adults, but seniors are seeing benefits of increased connection with loved ones, learning opportunities, and lifestyle enhancement through technology.
certain periods of time, is falling. There are a few products being made to address just that. A French company called E-Vone recently created shoes that, while worn by a person when they fall, will trigger an alarm. A cordless vacuum. There are several out there that get great reviews. The Shark DuoClean is touted for its ability to get to hard-toreach spots. A computer. This is a sixth example, but I am spreading the joy of It's Never 2 Late technology that our communities use. We adore these professional-grade computers with touchscreen capabilities. They are top-notch engagement systems!
A 2017 Pew Research Center study of over 3,000 adults 65+ found that four in 10 seniors own smartphones - more than double from 2013. Half have broadband in their homes - and Internet use has risen greatly, with 67 percent of seniors frequenting the web! Older-adult use of tablets has doubled in comparison to five years prior. Ereader and social media use are lower, with a third of seniors partaking, but those who do use social 5 Apps to Explore media are really dedicated, with 70 percent engaging daily. These stats show seniors increasingly One area that seniors are taking advantage of want to be engaged in tech. through technology is using apps (applications that can be used on mobile devices). We rounded 5 Technologies to Try up five great apps for seniors. A finder. There are lots of companies designing Park 'n' Forget. This one is helpful for finding key, wallet, phone, purse, and even pet findone's car in a parking lot. ers. These save time and reduce panic. Two I Skype. Video chatting can be such a great way have personally tried and liked? Tile Mate and for seniors to connect with family and friends the Firstmore Key Finder on Amazon. Both can who are far away. be secured to items for easy locating. For those EyeReader. For those who wish to magnify text who want to attach the Firstmore to their they're reading, this app acts as a magnifying phone, some phone cases have tiny pouches in glass and brightener. them now! Pillboxie. This reminds people when to take A tablet. Apple iPads are great for browsing medications if they lack help with that and the internet, e-reading, and playing games. The need it. mini versions may be easier to physically han bSafe. This app helps with personal safety. It dle. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is another can track where a person is for chosen widely recommended for seniors. "Guardians" to see the location. It also has Voice-interaction tech. A great example is the "fake calling” to help one out of unwanted situEcho Show. In it, voice commands are enations. hanced with visuals. It has hands-free voice Wordbrain. (Bonus mention because I included calling, the ability to aid in home-monitoring, six tech types!). This very popular word-puzzle and works with smart home devices (which app may help to keep cognition strong! eases physical work a senior could have to do). If you try any of these out, or recommend them to Fall-Alert devices. One area many seniors beone who does, let us know how it goes! come worried about, when they are alone for 2
“You don’t take a photograph, you make it!”
Our Favorite Summer Spots! We asked our residents and team members: What is your all-time favorite summer destination? “In-N-Out ” David
“Hawaii” - Alyssa
“Right in front of the AC” - Alma
“Oregon” - Frank
“Rio” - Lisa 7
July Highlights July 1: Intl. Chicken Wings Day, and Build a Scarecrow Day July 4: Independence Day! Happy 4th of July everyone! July 5: Graham Cracker Day July 8: National Blueberry Day July 13: Intl. French Fries Day July 16: Fresh Spinach Day July 20: Natl. Ice-Cream Soda Day July 24: Tell an Old Joke Day July 28: National Dance Day Follow us on Social Media: Facebook.com/FarmingtonSquareSalem
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Resident of the Month!
Team Member of the Month!
Did you know? Blueberries are where it's at! This super fruit has the potential to lower the risk of heart disease and cancer, and help to improve memory and cognitive function in some older adults. In those with cognitive impairments, it may be more effective. In a study of 47 adults over age 68 who had mild cognitive impairment, a blueberry-consuming group (versus placebo-consuming) had improved memory and access to words and concepts, per a study cited in 2016 by the American Chemical Society, an organization chartered by U.S. Congress.
Our resident of the month is Betty. She is 88 years old. She was born and raised in Niagara Falls New York. She moved to Oregon to live with her daughter a few years ago. Growing up she played softball and was nicknamed Joe Di Maggio because how well she played. She has two daughters, one that lives in Oregon and one that lives in New Hampshire. Betty always has a great attitude and loves to whistle at everyone and tell them they are beautiful. Betty has lived in our community for a little over a year and half. Congratulations on being our featured resident Betty.
Romey Our team member of the month is Romey. She is a housekeeper here at our community. She has worked here for nineteen years. She is loved by our residents and team members alike. Romey goes above and beyond from her housekeeping duties. She loves to decorate the residents rooms with fresh flowers from our gardens. The residents find joy from these deliveries from Romey. During holidays she is always decorating for the occasion. When asked what she loves to do she said that she loves doing her job and talking with all the residents and family members. Congratulations on being our featured team member Romey.
New Residents Welcome Home Rose L. Ellie K. Leota R. Welcome Back Betty B.