Nov 1 We had a good turnout for our “upstairs” meeting; 16 members, 2 speakers, and 1 perspective member. Bill started us out by softly ringing his “mini” bell followed by our regular routine of the Pledge of Allegiance, God Bless America and our table grace. Then he shared with the members the large presentation board with the picture of our 100th anniversary project: The Easton Playground and Gardens Project at the Boys and Girls Club. We received a nice check from audiologist, Janet Westland. Ken takes her roses each year and she wanted to help out with out project. Thank you, Janet. Bill recognized those members with November birthdays and anniversaries. There will be a board meeting next week before our regular meeting. We will not have a meeting the day before Thanksgiving but members are welcome to join Walt on a field trip to the Kiwanis Club of the Stroudsburgs. Walt reported on our K-Kids and said that he will be going to our Region 6 meeting at the University of Scranton if anyone would like to tag along. James then reported on the next Opioid Awareness meeting at the Boys and Girls Club next Monday, Nov. 6 at 4PM. Dean and Bill both mentioned that the Nurse Family Partnership would like to be included with the Opioid Awareness. Watson introduced his guest, Andrew Glovas, Director of Operations at the Sigal Museum who then turned in the application for a corporate membership. Welcome Andrew and the Sigal Museum! On Dec 12 Palmer is holding a Holiday Party at the Pomfret Club and we are all invited and on Dec. 20 we will have an evening meeting to recognize the Firefighter of the Year.
Skip then introduced Candice Dew and Lynn Marie Houghton, RN BSN, from Seniors Helping Seniors, a private duty in home care facility that only hires seniors over the age of 50. It has been in the Lehigh Valley for 10 years. Lynn gave us several definitions of the word “senior”. Only one half of 64 year olds consider themselves seniors. Most feel younger than their chronological age. 19% of the world wide web users are over 50 years old. Over one third of people age 65 and older suffer from falls and most are ground level falls with 55% of them in the home. Causes of falling include dim lighting, clutter, small pets, confusion, vision problems, lack of balance, side effects of medications, and failure to use a cane or walker when needed. The employees of Seniors Helping Seniors do almost anything to help people stay independent and in their own homes. They can provide transportation, cleaning, laundry, medication management, conversation and socialization to name a few. The goal is to keep people safe at home. The cost is covered by private pay, long term care insurance and sometimes through veterans’ assistance.