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Page 4 . 50 Plus Marketplace News . Weld County . September 2010Blue & black processGreeley Senior Center 970-350-9440Rocky Mountain Senior Games Basketball September 10th 1pm - 5pm September 11 8 - 5pm, Come out and cheer on your favorite team. Tickets are freeIce Cream Social FREE Sept. 16 1:30pm - 2:30pmFREE BREAKFAST & LUNCH??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Excellent information & resources for older adults as well as for children of aging parents.TOPICS INCLUDE:??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????SCREENINGS AVAILABLE:????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????SUMMIT CONFERENCE CENTER??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????FLU SHOTS????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????EXCLUSIVE RADIO SPONSORKEYNOTESPEAKERMichelle RahnMs. SeniorAmerica2004RSVPREQUIRED: 303-363-5189seating islimitedOrganizing Sponsors:??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Sponsored in part through donations from:????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Weld County District AttorneyContinuing Education: Do Your HomeworkAlthough there are no firm sta-tistics regarding how many ca-reer changes the average worker makes through-out their life, the Bureau of Labor Statistics esti-mates that individuals hold an av-erage of 10 jobs during their life-time. For many, changing careers in-volves furthering their education. Since it is not practical for most people to return to school as a full-time student, continuing educa-tion often occurs through on-line programs that accommodate the working-student's schedule. Be-fore enrolling on-line, do your homework and make sure the edu-cation you are going to pay for will pay off in the long run. Check the credibility of the educational institution. There are many legitimate on-line education programs including those offered by accredited colleges and uni-versities, but there are also many scams so buyer beware. Ken Buck Make sure the program you are considering is accredited. You can check accreditation through the Council for Higher Educa-tion Accreditation or through the Department of Education. Both organizations warn of "diploma mills" or agencies that offer de-grees, diplomas or certificates for a fee without requiring an individual to complete additional education or course work. Check with the Better Business Bureau as to the reputation of the agency or school you are consid-ering. Enter the agency or school name in Google and see if com-plaints surface through that search. Many times when a company has not performed well, people will post their complaints in blogs or web sites to warn others about their experience and frustration. If a site or school asks for only a fee to be paid prior to admission, be leery. A reputable school requires additional admission information such as educational history. Also, beware of programs that offer de-grees, for a fee, based on only your life or career experiences.v Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck can be reached at www.weldda.comElder CareFlu Shot TimeWith the advent of cooler weather people begin thinking about the fall colors, sweaters, higher heating bills and flu. Just like birds going south, it's time for people to start flocking to flu clinics. For 2010, flu vaccines have three virus strains - two Influenza A, including 2009 H1N1, and an Influenza B. The CDC recommends annu-al flu vaccination for everyone 6 months and older, an expansion of the previous recommendation to now include adults ages 19 to 49. Also this year, seniors have a new weapon in the fight against influenza - FluzoneĀ® High-Dose vaccine. This new vaccine, made up of inactivated influenza virus, is specifically tailored to adults 65 and over. It is designed to generate a more robust immune response for this age group than the stan-dard dose of flu vaccine. As people grow older, research Richard Griesshas shown that the immune sys-tem gets weaker. This weakening makes for higher susceptibility to infection and also less responsive to vaccination. Persons 65 and older suffer disproportionately from seasonal flu and associated complications than the younger population. While only making up 15% of the U.S. population, this group accounts for 65% of the annual hospitalizations and 90% of the deaths due to seasonal influenza annually. Rehabilitation and Visiting Nurse Association has acquired a supply of the FluzoneĀ® High-Dose vaccine and it will be available at the many flu clinics RVNA con-ducts throughout Weld and Lar-imer Counties. The clinic schedule is being finalized and will soon be available on the RVNA website rvnahomecare.com. For more in-formation or to schedule a clinic, please call 970-330-5655 or 970-225-9399.v If you have any questions, contact RVNA. In Weld County call 970-330-5655 and in Larimer County, call 970-225-9399.

. 50 Plus Marketplace News . Weld County . September 2010 . Page 5Union Pacific Depot, 902 7th Ave., GreeleyFor information, call 970-350-9783 or at: www.greeleygov.com/fmDebit and EBT cards accepted.Wednesdays 3 - 6 pm Saturdays 7:30 - NoonCaregivingRecent Studies On Day Care CentersAn article in the New York Times, Mar. 31, written by Paula Span, gave some snapshot-type pictures of what Adult Day Care centers do in practice plus what help they provide to both caregivers and participants. The article also ref-erenced several scholarly stud-ies conducted by Penn State University from as early as 1998 through 2009. Span visited an adult day care center near Montclair, NJ, but what she described could be more or less replicated over the US where more than 4,000 centers care for people. Span outlined programs and daily activities as varied as a self-defense class, an art class, an exercise group that completes circuits of walking in the unit, and hot lunches. These options closely parallels the daily happenings at Eldergarden where there is a daily exercise class, arts and crafts projects, outdoor walks around our enclosed garden, plus a daily hot lunch. Span also pointed out some of the other benefits for participants who might "otherwise sit at home alone, or who might move into a facility because they can't stay home alone"; but who instead have the option of choosing from a vari-ety of activities for as many days a week as they prefer to come. Then Span talked about the ben-efits for the caregivers (as the Penn State University research projects illustrated). The studies showed that adult day programs helped reduce stress levels in caregiv-ers, lowered their reports of feel-ings of depression and anger, and increased the amount of well-be-ing for the caregivers. (Zarit, Ste-Paul Martinphens, Townsend, and Greene 1998, Stress reduction for family caregivers: Effects of day care use. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sci-ences, 53B, S267-277). A second study in 2009 showed that family caregivers experience 66% less care-related stress on days that their relative uses the adult day care as compared to the days on which they do not use day care. (Zarit, Femia, Kim, and Sav-la, 2009, Daily Stress and well-be-ing of caregivers. Presented at the meetings of the Gerontological Society of America, Atlanta GA)Another interesting study to which Span referred was conducted by the University of California, San Fran-cisco, Institute on Aging that was reported in The Gerontologist in which the participants themselves were asked what they thought their attendance at the day care center was doing for them. The researchers asked the participants questions that measured their so-cial functioning and their health when they first enrolled in a day care center and then measured the same things at six- and at twelve-month intervals after that enroll-ment. The responses from partici-pants were compared with those of a control group that did not attend day care centers. The lead researcher, Eva Schmitt, said that the participants reported that the impact of their various emotional and physical problems lessened when they attended day care at least two days a week. It is to be hoped that the result of these studies will lead lawmakers and private foundations to realize the importance and the cost-effec-tiveness of adult day care centers and make financial decisions about funding accordingly.v Paul H. Martin, Community Re-lations Director. Eldergarden Adult Day Program. 970-353-5003