Film Screening “The 33”

Thursday, October 12th at 2:30PM

Room 1 (Yalowitz Room)

Based on the real-life event, when a gold and copper mine collapses, it traps 33 miners underground for 69 days. Starring Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, and Juliette Binoche.

Ask the Doctor: One on One Meetings

Friday, October 6th at 2:30PM

Room 1 (Yalowitz Room)

Through a UJA funded grant, a Mount Sinai Geriatrician and Geriatric psychologist will be working with PSPS on issues related to memory and aging. Come meet with Dr. Joyce Fogel or Dr. Greg Hinrichsen for a 10-15 minute appointment by scheduling at 212-243-3670 or sign-up at the front desk.

Could Drinking Cause Memory Loss?


Thursday, September 14th at 2:30PM

Room 1 (Yalowitz Room)

Drs. Fogel and Hinrichsen will discuss how Alcohol impacts the older adult differently and its effect on memory as they age. Through a UJA funded grant, a Mount Sinai Beth Israel Geriatrician and Geriatric psychologist will be working with PSPS on issues related to memory and aging. Signup at the Front Desk or call 212-243-3670. Light Refreshments will be provided.

Neighborly Night: Movie + Pizza ($3): “Lion”

Wednesday, September 13th at 5:30PM

Room 1 (Yalowitz Room)

A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family. Starring: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, and Rooney Mara.

Depression in Later Life

By Gregory A. Hinrichsen, Ph.D.

Dept. of Geriatrics, Icahn School of Medicine

About 15% of older adults have symptoms of depression and 3% have a serious problem with depression (what mental health professionals call a “major depression.”)  Symptoms of depression can include feeling sad/down-in-the dumps/”blue,” not being as interested in things as before, having to push oneself to get things done, feeling discouraged and self-critical, “seeing the glass half full,” problems with concentration and memory concerns, and other symptoms.  Sometimes people with “major depression” have sleep and appetite changes and even thoughts that life is not worth living.  Fortunately there are effective treatments for depression.  These include psychotherapy and antidepressant medications.  Most older adults prefer psychotherapy for the treatment of depression.  Studies show that 70% of older adults treated for depression show meaningful improvement in their symptoms.  Some of the challenges of later life increase risk for depression.  For example:  Medical problems, caring for a family member with medical problems or conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, conflict with a family member or friend, death of a spouse/partner or other important person, and feeling isolated and lonely.  If you wonder if you’re depressed, talk with your doctor, other health care provider, or social worker.  They might ask you a series of questions to see if it makes sense to get some help for depression.  Remember:  Depression can improve for most people and is not usually part of getting older.

Through a UJA funded grant, a Mount Sinai Beth Israel Geriatrician and Geriatric psychologist will be working with PSPS on issues related to memory and aging.

Insomnia in Later Life

By Gregory A. Hinrichsen, Ph.D.
Dept. of Geriatrics, Icahn School of Medicine

Have problems falling asleep at night? Join the 30% of people 65 years and older who also have insomnia. Insomnia is defined as problems with falling asleep, staying asleep, and/or waking up earlier than you want. While almost everyone has some poor nights of sleep, insomnia lasts for months or even years. One woman once told me that her insomnia started as a child when she was living in London during the “blitz” when the Germans regularly bombed London. Scientists have found that insomnia is not good for the body, brain, or the mood. Younger as well as older people with insomnia don’t think as clearly or those who get a good night’s sleep. While sleep medication (whether prescribed by the doctor or “over the counter, ” that is, purchased at the drug store) can be helpful if used for a few days or weeks, these medications can become a problem if used for long periods of time. For example, long-term use of sleep medications can increase risk for falls. Effective “behavioral” treatments for insomnia exist that don’t involve use of drugs. General advice if you have insomnia: Have a regular time to go to bed, get up at the same time every day, don’t take naps later in the afternoon or evening, don’t drink alcohol in the evening, and sleep in a bedroom that is preferably quiet, cool, and dark. Oh, that woman who developed insomnia as a kid in London? After treatment with a behavioral therapy for insomnia, her sleep was much improved and stayed improved.

Through a UJA funded grant, a Mount Sinai Beth Israel Geriatrician and Geriatric psychologist will be working with PSPS on issues related to memory and aging.


Traveling Safety Tips For Seniors: How To Plan For A Trip

With summer in full swing, many people are making plans to travel on vacation or to see family, and while these trips can be fun, traveling can present a unique set of challenges for seniors. There are always safety concerns involved with any trip, in part because you may have physical limitations that need to be addressed but also because seniors are often targeted by thieves.

You may even be traveling with another senior who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, which will require some extra planning, including packing all medications together and creating an itinerary that allows the individual to stay close to his usual schedule. Travel to brand-new places can lead to wandering, so do some research to make sure the destination’s accommodations will give you access to a door with a sturdy lock and make sure the individual has paperwork on him at all times documenting his health needs. Check out this article for more tips on dealing with the challenges of traveling with a loved one with Alzheimer’s.

One of the first things you’ll need to do–after you figure out where you’re traveling to, that is–is to get travel insurance. This will keep you covered in case there’s an accident or you fall ill while on your trip and will ensure that you can get the medical assistance you need no matter how far from home you are.

“Nothing is worse than to be in a foreign land and find yourself in a situation where you have fallen or run out of medication and not knowing what to do or if you’ll be covered,” says travel expert Liz Dahl.

It’s also a good idea to let your immediate family members know where you’re going, where you’ll be staying, how to get in touch with you during the trip, and how long you’ll be there. Talk to your neighbors and keep them in the loop, as well, so that someone can keep an eye on your house.

Here are a few more of the best travel safety tips for seniors.

Keep a low profile

No matter where you’re going, it’s a good idea not to advertise where you are through social media. If you use Facebook, don’t “check in” to restaurants or other establishments, as this is a flag to potential thieves or scammers that you are away from your hotel room or will possibly be using your credit card there. Also, don’t use the signs meant to hang on your hotel room door, as these can tell a thief that no one is around.

When booking your hotel room, ask for one near the elevator, where there will be more foot traffic, and stay away from first-floor rooms if possible, which would give a potential thief window access.

Choose what you eat carefully

You might be tempted to go a little wild while on vacation and eat all the local cuisine, but if you’re on a sodium-free diet or a special meal plan to control diabetes or other disease, it’s a good idea to stick as closely to that as possible. It’s okay to sample what your vacation destination has to offer, but don’t go too crazy. It’s also important to stay hydrated, so drink lots of water throughout the trip.

Don’t flash your cash

It’s never a good idea to flash your money around in an unfamiliar place, so keep the cash you carry to a minimum and consider carrying a small money clip that can be kept in your front pocket, or invest in a good cell phone holder that doubles as a hiding place for your paper money. Women should carry purses that can be worn cross-body style, preferably with a zipper closure instead of a button.

Stay on top of your medicine

If you have several medicines to keep track of, it’s a good idea to invest in a pill caddy that will allow you to sort each medicine by the day. It might be helpful to set an alarm on your phone to help you remember when to take each one, especially if you find yourself getting out of your normal routine while you’re away.

Remember that traveling can be overwhelming when you’re tired or hungry, so try to bring along healthy snacks and make sure you get enough rest to cut down on the stress and anxiety of taking a trip.

Author: Marie Villeza

Multimedia Art Exhibt 2017

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The first Penn South Social Services “Multimedia Art Exhibt 2017” highlights and celebrates the many talented members of the various Penn South Art Groups: Drawing Group, Ceramics Studio, Woodworkers Club, and the Program for Seniors Art Classes. The Exhibit runs from Saturday, June 24 through Sunday, June 25 from 1PM to 5PM. It will be held in Penn South’s Community Room 8A, 343 Eighth Avenue, between 26th and 27th streets.