The Farmington Times
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Farmington Square Memory Care Newsletter
Our mission is to create and sustain comfortable, caring environments for those who depend on us.
Samantha Hamilton Executive Director Diana Rushing Assistant Executive Director Isabel Padron Chelsea Terrill Resident Care Coordinator Marrie Reinheardt Business Office Manager Nona McDowell Registered Nurse Tish Shaffer Snyder Licensed Practical Nurse Margaret Tepovac Dietary Director Kim Williams Maintenance Director Dawn Rand Activities Director
P2 Tech Devices and Apps for Seniors P3 Meet Our Maintenance Team P4 & P5 Activities Calendar
P6 Birthdays, Social Media & Highlights P7 Photos & Summer Destinations P8 Mission & Team
July 2018 Edition
Contact us at: 541-770-9080 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? “Philippines” - Mariel
“Missouri” - Shirley
“The beach” - Dawn
“Jamaica” - Diane
“Home” - Jean 7
July Highlights July 3: Bob Isom on piano @ 3:00 July 4: Fourth of July party @ 2:30 July 7: Louis Faro on piano @ 10:30 July 9 & 23: Heart & Hope Music @ 3:00 July 16: Mellelos Coffee House @ 3:00 July 19: Tracy & Kathy music @ 3:00 July 20: Kathy Kali on guitar @ 3:00 July 28: Summer Luncheon @ 12:00 July 30: Ice Cream Cone Outing @ 3:00 July 31: David Christian @ 3:00
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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.
July Birthdays! We hope you enjoy your special day! Residents: July 2, Jim B. July 7, Beverly P. July 8, Madgel R. July 15, Frank C. July 18, Robert “Rip” P. July 21, Iris A. July 23, Marlene S. July 23, Lorna B. 6
Employees: July 7, Miranda M. July 27, Diana E.
Meet Our Maintenance Team Kim Williams and Dennis Young make up the Maintenance Department at Farmington Square Medford. Kim is the Maintenance Director and his experience in all areas of building maintenance and operation is incredible. He is often seen repairing, building, remodeling, and all the tasks that a community like Farmington demands. Kim has a great sense of humor and brings joy to the staff and residents of our community on a daily basis. Dennis is the Maintenance Assistant and the Bus Driver for Farmington Medford. He safely transports our residents to their doctor appointments during the week and does so with the warmest smile and attitude. While not driving, Dennis is completing tasks around the campus that keep our grounds and buildings beautiful. Dennis has a deep love for each of our residents and this is shown as no task is as important as a conversation with one of our residents. Farmington owes many thanks to this duo of maintenance men. Their work is often thankless as it is behind the scenes, but we all notice it as we walk the grounds of Farmington. Thank you Kim and Dennis for your love and care in our community. 3