May 2009 Senior Life Notes - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

May 2009 Senior Life Notes

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May is Older Americans Month - it is also Elder Abuse Prevention Month.  May is Older Americans Month - it is also Elder Abuse Prevention Month.  The Silver Ribbon Campaign is intended to bring awareness to and to help stop the abuse of elderly or disabled people. 

During the month of May, AtHome Care is asking you to support the Silver Ribbon Campaign and wear a Silver Ribbon as a symbol that you can make a difference concerning the issue of abuse, neglect and exploitation of the elderly and disabled.  

AtHome Care is hosting a Silver Ribbon Event to kick off the campaign on Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at the Corbin Senior Center. 

City Council Members, Mayor Verner, Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington, Elder Services, Aging Professionals, paid and unpaid caregivers and all of the general public are invited.   The hope is to see as much of the community as possible join in support of this cause. 

Where can you turn for the resources you need and sound advice on how to protect you and your money?  AARP Washington presents "Taking Charge in Tough Times" in Spokane June 3, 2009.   Visit the Senior Life page and click on AARP Washington for more information on how you can be a part of this free event!

As we age, it is vitally important to keep up with a healthy diet - MyOptumHealth.com has provided us with a great article about healthy eating at 65 and older here.

In your retirement plans, have you ever thought about your hometown?  That's right - the place where you grew up might be the perfect place to retire.  Read more about this idea of "homecoming" here.  For more articles, visit the Senior Life main page at www.khq.com/seniorlife and click on "Articles and Newsletters".

Our partners at Avista want to remind you that there IS help available to pay your energy bills and that you do have flexibility in making those choices. 

Avista can help with flexible ways to pay your energy bill.  Today, more and more families are concerned about keeping up with expenses in a difficult economy. That's why we give our customers the power to manage their energy bills with more payment options.

Preferred due dates, which give customers the ability to specify payment dates for monthly bills.

Flexible payment plans to help customers who may be having difficulties paying energy bills.

Comfort-level billing, a way to smooth out seasonal highs and lows by dividing your bill into 12 equal payments.

Bill assistance programs for limited-income customers.

To find out more, please visit avistautilities.com/assistance or call 1-800-227-9187.

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