October

If you are a senior (60 years and over) residing in Spring Creek Towers or if you have a relative who is 60 and over, your safety is important to us. If you have any special needs such as equipment, use a walker, cane, or other assisted device, please let us know so we can be of help. Call us at 718/348.7620. Preparing for an emergency before it occurs is important. Plan ahead. Here are some important tips from the American Red Cross.

The Importance of a Personal Support Network
The American Red Cross recommends that senior citizens create a personal support network made up of several individuals who will check in on you in an emergency, to ensure your wellness and to give assistance if needed. This network can consist of friends, roommates, family members, relatives, personal attendants, co-workers and neighbors. Ideally, a minimum of three people can be identified at each location where you regularly spend time, for example at work, home, school or volunteer site.

There are seven important items to discuss and implement with a personal support network
1. Make arrangements, prior to an emergency, for your support network to immediately check on you after a disaster and, if needed, offer assistance.
2. Exchange important keys.
3. Show them where you keep emergency supplies.
4. Share copies of your relevant emergency documents, evacuation plans and emergency health information card.
5. Agree on and practice methods for contacting each other in an emergency. Do not count on the telephones working.
6. You and your personal support network should always notify each other when you are going out of town and when you will return.
7. The relationship should be mutual. Learn about each other’s needs and how to help each other in an emergency. You might take responsibility for food supplies and preparation, organizing neighborhood watch meetings and interpreting, among other things.

Other Ways to Stay Safe
Subscribe to Lifeline
Knowing that you can’t always be there when a loved one might need you, the Red Cross is proud to offer Lifeline. The Lifeline service allows people to get access to fast help, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with the push of a button.

Get Informed
Want to know what else you can do to better care for your loved ones as they get older? Visit or call the Spring Creek Senior Partners Office at 160 Schroeders Avenue (Building G5), 718/348.7620 and we can provide useful information and resources.

Fire Safety Education – NOVEMBER 6th @ 1:30 PM
A member of the local New York Fire Department will present a talk with useful information and resources for those 60 and over at the Spring Creek Senior Partners (G5) office.
FreeSNAP Screeningimage Dates: November 10th and December 8th


 

SAVE THE DATE
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND
INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25th

Your favorite event is back – INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL – just in time for the holidays. Bring a favorite dish, bring your friends and enjoy our most popular event. The International Food Festival celebrates our diversity and is a fun event. Due to our success, this year we will hold this event in the Café Area of the BROOKLYN SPORTS CLUB. For more information, call 718/348.7600.


 

GROUP ACTIVITIES
Tuesdays          10:00 am Indoor Walking Group Blood Pressure Monitoring
Wednesdays       3:00 pm English/Russian Classes
Thursdays         10:00 am Indoor Walking Group Blood Pressure Monitoring
Fridays             10:30 am Dancercise
11:00 a.m. Gardening Club


 

ABOUT SPRING CREEK SENIOR PARTNERS
Spring Creek Senior Partners is a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community/Supportive Service Program (NORC/SSP) and we serve all residents who are 60 years or older. . You can visit Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at 160 Schroeders Ave. (G5) or call us 718/348.-7620. We can also visit you in your home.

 

SENIOR PARTNERS OPEN HOUSE

OCTOBER 16 from 1:30 – 3 PM

Since 2001, Spring Creek Senior Partners has been serving those 60 and over residing in Spring Creek Towers.  Our professional staff includes a nurse, social worker, case manager, service coordinator and large group of dedicated and talented volunteers.  Our mission is to provide the services, support and activities to help you maintain an active and healthy lifestyle and help you with many issues of daily living – to successfully age in place.  In addition to individual services, we have a wide range of very interesting and fun events and activities including our weekly Dancercise Classes, Walking Group, Gardening Group, English Class for Russian Speakers, Social Events, Intergenerational Art Program, International Food Festival, Trips and much, much more.  Come on October 16, 2014, meet us, our volunteers and other seniors and learn more about what we do and can offer.  If you know of a senior who is homebound and can’t come and you want to bring them information about us, join us.

Bring a friend and learn about what is going on in your community

We will have refreshments and giveaways.


 

OCTOBER is NATIONAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.

Join us on October 23, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. and learn about breast health

Speaker:  Mary Solomon, R.N., Project Renewal, Scan Van Director


 

TRIPS ARE BACK!!!!

Seats are limited. Call Rema Kabani at 718/348.7620 to reserve a spot. You must be able to get on and off buses without assistance; if you are bringing any walking devices (cane, walkers, rollators) you must be able to get them on and off the bus as well.  Bus drivers are not allowed to provide assistance with this.  NO SHOPPING CARTS PERMITTED.  If you cannot attend a trip, please let us know a week in advance.  Seats are not guaranteed until you receive a confirmation phone call.   Below are the planned trips (pending confirmation of bus availability).

October 7-Borough Hall Green Market

October 10-Gateway Shopping Center

October 16-Borough Hall Green Market

October 22-Brooklyn Museum ($2.00)

October 30-Gateway Shopping Center


 

DO YOU KNOW A SENIOR WHO IS HOMEBOUND?

OR NEEDS A LITTLE EXTRA HELP WITH DAILY ACTIVITIES?

If you do, then a Senior Companion might be a great fit. Companions can do everything from simply keeping a senior company to assisting them with trips to grocery stores, community centers and health clinics. Senior Companions do not perform services that are normally done by a home health aide. However, they can be important people in the lives of their clients.

  • We asked a Senior Companion, What’s the best part of being a Senior Companion?

“The best part for me is my clients,” a Senior Companion said “They’re sweet, funny, independent, and keep you on your toes. I love the fact that I can help them.”

  • What does a Senior Companion do?

“I might call her doctor, or help her carry a few of her groceries. Often we’ll talk and joke around.”

  • What’s it like having a Senior Companion?

“She doesn’t just hear for me” says a client, “She also makes it a priority to listen to me.”

FreeSNAP  Screening Dates:  November 10 & December 8


 GROUP ACTIVITIES

Tuesdays         10:00 a.m.       Indoor Walking Group           Blood Pressure Monitoring

Wednesdays      3:00 p.m.       English/Russian Classes

Thursdays        10:00 a.m.       Indoor Walking Group           Blood Pressure Monitoring

Fridays            10:30 a.m.       Dancercise

Fridays            11:00 a.m.       Gardening Club