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AGEWELL

LONG BEACH

What Makes an

Age-Friendly

University?

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ISSUE

Aging and Nutrition

With commentary from

Rachel Blaine D.Sc., M.P.H., R.D.

SPOTLIGHT:

Interview with Dr. Maria Claver

CSULB Director of Gerontology

RESOURCE GUIDE for Older Adults • Families • Caregivers

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Families

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CONTENTS

Aging and Nutrition | 6

SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Maria Claver | 8

The Pursuit of Happiness at the LifeFit Center | 12

What Makes and Age -Friendly University? | 14

Parkinson’s Wellness Program | 16

OLLI at California University Long Beach | 18

Successful Aging in Long Beach | 20

Classes | 24-26

Elder Abuse |27

Food Assistance | 28

Fraud Help and Prevention | 29

Health Care | 30

Hearing Assistance | 31

In-Home Resources | 31

Hospital Centers/Classes | 32

Hospitals/Urgent Care | 32-33

Neighboring Hospitals | 33

Helplines & Hotlines | 34

Housing | 35

Long Beach Libraries | 36-37

Surrounding Libraries | 38

Legal and Taxes | 39

Long Beach City Numbers | 41

Low Vision | 41

Long Beach Senior Centers

and Community Centers | 42

Utilities | 42

Neighboring Senior Centers | 43

Medical Equipment | 43

Medicare/Healthcare | 44

Medicare Fraud | 44

Check your Mental Wellness | 45

Mental Health | 46

Mortuarys/Cemeteries | 46-47

Transportation | 47

Volunteer and Advocacy | 48-49

Check your Risk for Falling | 50-51

Long Beach City Government | 40

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AgeWell, especially Dr. Mary Marshall’s CSULB Gerontology

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Aging and Nutrition

with Rachel Blaine D.Sc., M.P.H., R.D.

By: Regan Hansen, Irene

Cervantes, Leilani Sato, and

Juan Sanchez

Muscle and Metabolism

As people age, metabolism slows down

and muscle mass is lost. That means that

while diet can stay the same, people will

still be gaining weight thoughout the years.

After the age of 50, six to seven pounds

of lean muscle mass are lost every decade

(Hetherington, M., 1998). Older adults

should get 2.5 hours of moderate aerobic

exercise weekly (Staff, F.E., 2017). Exercises

to help build muscle mass and burn calories

include taking walks, lifting weights, using

resistance bands, and doing body-weight

exercises such as push ups and sit ups (Staff,

F.E., 2017).

Here is what Dr. Blaine says: “Muscle mass

is an important part of our metabolism. So

if you’re losing that muscle mass, you’re

losing 10% of your metabolism every

decade. That’s why we really recommend

older adults stay active and try to do weight

bearing exercises. I recommend strength

training, or even just resistance against the

ground, and things that are going to keep

their muscles healthy and engaged.”

Appetite Gone Astray?

Loss of appetite is a common issue for older

adults as they age.

• Between 15% - 30% of older adults

experience a decline in their appetite

• Loss of appetite can result in health

implications due to the lack of

nutritional intake that it causes.

• Physical activity can help improve

appetite. Dr. Rachel Blaine says, “The

best activity for older adults is just being

outside and walking every single day,

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and that can boost appetite.”

• For seniors who may be homebound, Dr.

Blaine suggests the local food delivery

program, Meals on Wheels.

Here is what Dr. Blaine says: “I think there

are a few ways older adults can approach

improving their appetites. One of them

is to try to eat with other people as much

as possible, whether through lunch dates,

social groups, and church clubs. There

is definitely evidence that eating with

other people can boost the amount of

food somebody eats and it also is a more

pleasurable experience.”

Disease-Deterring Diet

Through nutrition and diet, many diseases

are preventable. While genetics play

a factor in health conditions, what a

person intakes can affect their quality and

longevity of life.

• Walnuts and fatty fish are proven to

improve long-term brain and cognitive

health (Blaine, 2019).

• Older adults should be conscious of

portion size due to their decrease in

metabolism.

• Healthy calories are important. A great

way to start a better diet is substituting

high-calorie, low-nutrient drinks and

snacks with foods that are more filling

(Blaine, 2019).

• Dr. Blaine suggests eating fruits,

vegetables, nuts, and beans. These

foods provide nutrients through

vitamins and minerals.

• According to Dr. Blaine, “People who eat

fewer animal products live longer... and

have less chronic disease. People should

try to eat more plant-based foods.” She

suggested trying Meatless Monday!

Switching out meat for plant-based

foods once a week can reduce heart

disease by almost 30%, studies show.

Here is what Dr. Blaine says: “A big change

would be switching the kind of fat someone

is eating and having more heart-healthy

fats like olive oil, avocados, fatty salmon

or fish can really change somebody’s

risk. Even if someone didn’t have the best

lifestyle when they were younger, they can

definitely lengthen their life and lengthen

their quality of life. For a lot of people in

the United States, the types of diseases

that we’re seeing people get in old age

really are preventable diseases. People

don’t have to be dying from heart disease.”

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OWN HANDS. A HEALTHIER

LIFESTYLE CREATES A QUALITY

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When did your interest in gerontology

start?

I believe it began when I was about 14

years old. My great-grandfather was able

to live at home until his last two weeks

of life, at which time his care became too

intensive for family to handle. He went to

a nursing home and there was a situation

where I had to strongly advocate for him. I

wondered what happened for those older

adults that didn’t have advocates. I think

that is when the seed was planted. I didn’t

think too much about it until I started as an

undergraduate at UCLA. My very first class

I took was a gerontology class.

What does the word “elderly” mean to

you?

How long have you been a part of CSULB?

(Faculty or Otherwise)

I started teaching at CSULB in 2007. I

became the Gerontology Program Director

in 2016.

What are your degrees and where did you

receive them from?

All of my degrees are from UCLA (go

Bruins!). I received a BS in Psychology in

1997, an MSW (Social Welfare) in 2001

and my PhD in Social Welfare in 2006.

For my graduate degrees, I specialized in

older adults. My dissertation for my PhD

was about frequent emergency room use

among older veterans.

The language we use in this field is SO

important. The term preferred by most

people is “older adults,” because it gives

the connotation of continued vibrancy and

quality of life. “Elderly” gives the sense of

illness and frailty. As an aside, I have started

advocating for the term “care partner”

rather than “caregiver” because again, it

honors the role of the actual older adult,

even if he/she needs assistance.

What are some of the ways CSULB is

considered an age-friendly campus?

There are actually quite a few ways

that CSULB is age-friendly. We have

wonderful resources such as the Osher

Lifelong Learning Institute and Center

for Successful Aging that not only meet

the needs of older adults, but INCLUDE

them in all aspects of their programs.

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SPOTLIGHT

Interview with CSULB Director of

Gerontology Dr. Maria Claver

By: Nick Ortega, Jack

Kuller, and Devin Leff

The topic of aging has been named as

one of the four primary interest areas

for the College of Health and Human

Services and the university as a whole has

recognized the importance of including

the older population in research, planning

and teaching. In November 2018, CSULB

became the third university in California

to join the international Age-Friendly

University Network, which originated out

of Ireland. My current research will focus

on identifying the needs of older students

and digging deeper into how the university

already serves older adults (and how

they could do an even better job). Lastly,

I want to mention that gerontology/aging

is covered in many classes across campus

– not just the ones with the GERN prefix.

We have a group called the Gerontology

Faculty Interest Group of about 80 faculty

members across campus that teach the

topic in their classes or include older adults

in their research or service.

If you could add an age-friendly program

to CSULB, what would it be and why?

Creating new courses is one of my favorite

things to do. A year ago, a colleague and I

created a class called “Women and Aging:

Lessons from the Golden Girls.” It has

been so fun to teach. I think a goal could

be creating modules that other professors

could include in their courses to get even

more students exposed to the topic. It’s

also a goal to let more students know that

we have a minor, certificate and Master’s

degree.

What advice would you give to an elderly

individual who wants to continue their

education but may have reservations due

to their age?

GO FOR IT! The age span of our students

in the Gerontology Program is early 20s to

mid-60s, so we are no strangers to students

returning to school. Intergenerational

classes (as well as other types of diversity

in the classroom) provide for richer

discussion.

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buy food.

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debit card.

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participating restaurant, supermarket, and/or

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affected by depression

Two-thirds of older

adults experiencing

depression do not

receive the treatment

they need.

Exercising the mind

and body is key to

maintainina wellness.

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Source:National Council on Aging

Getting help early

matters to maintain

physical and mental

wellness.

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The Pursuit of Happiness

at the LifeFit Center

By: Deleine Chavez, Allysa DeGuzman,

Allison Edquid, Gio Hernandez, and

William Yeo

Whether you have exercised your whole

life or haven’t thought of fitness in the

last 30 years, LifeFit at Cal State Long

Beach will get you feeling better than

ever! Living a healthy lifestyle is always

important, especially in old age. Caring,

compassionate, and driven students assist

in designing programs to fit your individual

needs. There is no need to worry if you

have had a previous medical condition,

LifeFit has the resources to get you in a

fitness rhythm. Why not live a healthy

lifestyle surrounded by like-minded

individuals? We did an interview with Ayla

Donlin, Ed.D, who is the director of the

LifeFit Center and Angela Avery, who is

a member and participant of the center

to find out what LifeFit is and why older

adults should join.

What is LifeFit?

The LifeFit Center is a health and fitness

facility for individuals in the Long Beach

community ages 49 and up. Cardio,

resistance training, balance, palates, and

yoga are some of the core classes they

offer1. The facility includes services such

as an open floor gym and personal training.

Older adults at the LifeFit center are of

all skill levels! Some people have been

working out most of their lives and some

have just decided to start now. No matter

the fitness level, the LifeFit center creates

personal programs based on your health

and certain risk factors that may affect

what you are able to do.

Why join?

The best part of the LifeFit program is

that you are not alone! Ayla, who is the

director of the Lifefit Center, prides herself

on creating a community atmosphere,

getting to know people by name and

building meaningful relationships. Studies

show that strong social activity is just as

important to a longer lifespan as fitness

activities. Social relationships weaken

as we age, with our kids growing up and

friends moving away to focus on their own

families. That’s why it’s beneficial to create

relationships with the people around you.

Having a friend to work out with also

motivates you to get your fitness on, so

stop by the LifFit center anytime during

our hours below to start your journey.

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"Move More. Live Longer ."

LifeFit Center @ The Beach

California State University, Long Beach

1250 Bellflower Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90840

Phone: (562) 985-2015

Email: LFCBeach@csulb.edu

Pricing:

Community Member-$30/month

OLLI Member- $20/month

Hours:

Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 8:30am-2pm

Tuesday/Thursday: 8:30am-5:30pm

Weekends: CLOSED

Interview with Angie Avery

Alumni of Cal State Long Beach / LifeFit Member of 6 years

How often do you come to the center?

Three or four times a week.

Do you participate in fitness classes that

they offer or do you exercise alone?

I am in a small group training program. I

signed up for it, enjoyed it and kept coming.

The group is called “strength for living,”

and feels like personal training. There are

12 people in the class and is led by a group

instructor.

Have you built relationships at the center?

Do you feel comfortable?

Yes, I know a lot of people. I know all the

staff and they fluctuate from semester to

semester because of student interns. But,

you get to know them over the course of

the semester. However, the core group of

staff have been there for a while.

I find it really cool to see everyone all the

time. Everyone is motivated and they

want to take care of themselves. I built

relationships when I didn’t think I would in

the beginning. Over time you see the same

people and it’s also good because we all

have a lot in common. It then becomes FUN.

How has the life center changed your life?

Well, I feel very healthy for my age. I am

going to be 65 soon. So I have been doing

this since I was 59. I can do things now that

I couldn’t do before when I was working. I

am stronger, healthier, and my balance is

great. I agree that I don’t do as much when I

am away from the center. It just feels better

when you are at the center because you

have your group.

What does successful aging mean to you?

Successful aging means that I can do things

that I used to do when I was younger. That

I don’t use age as an excuse. That I am

motivated.

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What Makes an Age-Friendly

University?

By: Nick Ortega, Jack Kuller, and Devin Leff

When some people think about a college campus, they may think it only full of students

between 18 and 22 years old. But that is not true, college campuses serve people across

many age ranges within the community surrounding the campus. More universities today

are setting out to be age-friendly campuses, and in this issue of AgeWell we are going to

discuss what makes CSULB one of those campuses. Just last year CSULB joined the Age-

Friendly University (AFU) Global Network, becoming the third university from Southern

California to join, following USC and Fielding Graduate University . What this means is

that CSULB satisfies the ten principles for being an AFU by providing many educational

programs and opportunities for older adults.

An article from Stanford University lays out ten principles for age-friendly universities to

follow, and one of those is to enhance access for older adults to the university’s range of

health and wellness programs. The LifeFit Center at CSULB provides a great opportunity

to engage in these kinds of programs. Monthly membership ranges from just $4-$26

while offering group fitness programs, personal training, and small group programs.

Classes at the LifeFit Center are also geared toward specific categories such as weight

training, cardio, pilates, and much more.

Within the College of Health and Human Services is also the Osher Lifelong Learning

Institute (OLLI) at CSULB. This institute holds 80-95 various non-credit classes and

operates in four sessions of eight weeks per year. If there has ever been a particular topic

or subject that you have wanted to learn more about or are simply interested in, give one

of the classes a try. There are no academic prerequisites for any of the classes; OLLI just

asks that you come with a desire to learn!

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LifeFit Center Kranking Class

Another program at CSULB that is doing a good job at making the

campus more suitable for older adults is the Center for Successful Aging.

As explained on the CSULB website, “A primary focus of the Center is

promoting social connectivity by linking generations, developing positive

associations with aging, and preparing the workforce for increasingly large

cohorts of older adults.” What’s unique about the Center for Successful

Aging is that they rely on scientific research and evidence with their

decision making, using that to develop creative solutions to bridging the

gap between generations. One way that the Center for Successful Aging is

helping the older adult community, is by holding the annual Donald P. Lauda

wellness lecture series which addresses the concept of mental health.

This lecture consists of various topics covering the field of wellness from

speakers, “selected to educate, challenge, and inspire us with the latest

theory, research, philosophical, and practical innovations in attaining,

maintaining, and promoting health throughout the lifespan.”

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Parkinson’s

Wellness Program

By: Kevin Bello, Darlene Gonzalez,

Debbie Rivera, and Jonathan Valdez

John Saldano

Approximately 930,000 people will be

diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease by the

year 2020 . Although there are no known

cures for this disease, there are a number

of ways individuals can slow down the

progression of their symptoms. One way is

through physical exercise, which has been

shown to effectively contribute towards

the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease

and can be used as a preventative and

maintenance role in physical fitness and

mental health.

One particular program that is available

to the public is the Parkinson’s Wellness

Program held by PT@ the Beach at

California State University- Long Beach .

Patients have the option of attending either

of the two hourly-long sessions held on

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00-3:00pm or

3:00-4:00pm. Sessions are held inside the

LifeFit center on campus with a convenient

parking lot in front. Those who choose

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to participate in this program will get a

comprehensive assessment completed

every 6 months to track progress and

set goals. During the session, patients

perform aerobic exercises for 45 minutes

continuously on either a stationary bicycle

or on a treadmill. Patients are encouraged

to attend both sessions per week and the

LifeFit center offers a discounted rate

for spouses to use the equipment in the

facility. For additional information or if you

are interested in getting involved, PT@

theBeach can be contacted at (562)985-

8286 or CHHS-PTBeach@csulb.edu.

We had the opportunity to interview one of

the regular attendees of the program, John

Saldano. John suffers from the early stages

of Parkinson’s Disease and actively seeks

out various ways to treat his illness. He was

kind enough to share some of his personal

experiences with Parkinson’s Disease.


INTERVIEW

with John Saldano

Interviewer: When did you notice

your symptoms for Parkinson’s

Disease?

John: I noticed them 6 months ago. I

woke up one day and I noticed there

was a slight tremor in my right hand

that I could not stop. I was scared

because I’ve seen it before in other

people.

Interviewer: How has this disease

affected your daily living?

John: Not much. I still live a normal

life and I can still do the things I love.

I’m generally a happy person. The

only thing that bothers me is when

people feel obligated to treat me

differently. I want to be independent

and not reliant on others.

Interviewer: Do you feel like the

Parkinson’s Wellness Program has

helped you at all?

John: Absolutely! Even though I have

Parkinson’s Disease, I still feel strong

and healthy because I am exercising

multiple times a week. The reason

why I agreed to this interview is to

spread the awareness of Parkinson’s

Disease and this program.

Long Reach Time Exchange

The Long Beach Time Exchange is a network for

sharing skills and services with neighbors, friends,

and fellow residents as well as other organizations.

Instead of money, we use our time.

Phone: (562) 786-6081

Email: lbtimeexchange@gmail.com

Website: www.lbtimeexchange.com

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OLLI at California State

University Long Beach

By: Josef Babia, Davis Stewart & Hunter Rhode

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

at California State University Long Beach

offers generous support to provide quality

educational opportunities throughout a

lifespan. OLLI is located in the College of

Health and Human Services and is operated

by volunteers. Classes are held Monday

through Saturday from 8:00AM to 5:00PM

and typically meet one day a week. OLLI

offers 80-95 different courses of interest to

persons 50 years of age or older. Rebecca Low,

an office administrator at OLLI, states:

“We hope to provide educational

opportunities for seniors as well as socializing.

They get to come and meet other people, chat,

and get out of the house—all while learning.

There are activity classes such as Tai Chi,

yoga on a chair, or longevity stick. We have

jewelry making, painting, watercolor and art.

Our biggest growth has been in music so we

started out with a choir and now we have a

ukulele class and even offer guitar lessons.

We also have jam sessions where individuals

get together and play good old sixties songs.

Classes also cover topics such as Shakespeare

and even astronomy. We have upcoming

classes such finance and because every teacher

is a volunteer, the possibilities of any class

are endless. If a volunteer comes in and says

they want to teach crochet, then we will try

and open a crochet class. Anybody who has a

passion and wants to teach can simply sign up

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— it can’t get any easier than that.”

Education is an important part of life and we

believe any person, regardless of age, should

have equal opportunities to learn new things

and ideas. Why is continued education and

learning so important in old age? Lifelong

learning and continued education can help

older adults maintain relevance in society by

keeping up with both educational material

and physical activities. The goal is to maintain

the quality of their lives. Healthy practices

include enhancing their self-reliance, selfsufficiency,

and coping strategies in the areas

of physical, health, and social relationships.

Learning in later life may include individual

reflection and life review that takes place in an

unstructured and spasmodic way, but which

may lead to greater self-understanding and

individual insight.

OLLI is an important part of the Long Beach

community as it opens a door for older

adults and gives them endless amounts of

opportunity for learning and growth. Studies

show that older adults benefit from learning

new things. It is therefore imperative to seek

to prolong the lives of the adult population

through various types of education to enable

them to cope with retirement and the aging

process. Aging education should be made

available to all citizens to increase awareness

and respect for the older adults in our society.


The contribution that one makes in adulthood

can be followed up in their old age through

sources of appropriate education to update

and upgrade their knowledge about their

capabilities and about society.

OLLI at California State University Long

Beach is a wonderful foundation for the

community as it is led by a hardworking and

encouraging administration and staff. It gives

those who may not have had an education

growing up an opportunity to witness

firsthand how it feels to learn new ideas, tricks,

and even a chance to love new hobbies that

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Early last year, California State University,

Long Beach relaunched its Center for

Successful Aging, headed by Dr. Iveris

Martinez. The purpose of the center

is to promote a positive view towards

aging, propel research that addresses

issues within our aging communities, and

prepare the future workforce for the

caring and servicing of elderly adults. With

the support of the Archstone Foundation

and the American Gold Star Manor, the

center aims to promote healthy aging

within the Long Beach community and

across the U.S.

The center already has several programs

to address issues facing our older

population. Some of the work the center

does to create increased awareness of

successful aging includes:

A Fall Prevention program which looks

into ways to prevent injuries primarily

through exercise programs that focus on

creating balance and mental sharpness.

A Walking Program partnered with the

American Gold Star Manor, which aims to

get older adults out in the community,

Successful Aging

in Long Beach

By:

Santos Galeas

Melinda Nelissen

Cyrille Juimo Noubisse

Tuva Owre

California State University, Long Beach

Gerontology 400 Section 04

Dr. Mary Marshall

March 14, 2019

ensure that adults of any generation have

the opportunity to learn about the aging

process and what we can do to improve

wellbeing for older adults.

Why is studying fall prevention important?

Lately, there has been a focus on physical

health amongst all age groups; however, it

is of particular importance for adults over

50. Most research involving exercise for

promote wellbeing and exercise, and

give members of our community an

opportunity to re-engage with the city.

Studies on Gerontology and aging to

older adults focuses on alleviating health

issues or preventing them altogether.

For example, a study conducted in 2014

looked at improving gait asymmetry

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through balance and weight training. Gait

asymmetry is a condition where one leg

becomes dominant while the other starts

to drag behind. Some severe conditions

prevent adults from being able to lift their

leg, which leads to a higher risk for slips

and falls. The study found that balance

and weight training, in addition to aiding

the severity of the gait, increased overall

strength and also improved posture and

balance.

Why is walking important?

Walking has many health benefits for older

adults. It builds strength, coordination,

and energy; reduces risk for falls and

fractures; improves mood; and relieves

depression. The Center’s walking program

has a primary focus to get older adults back

into the community. The program sets up

walking routes throughout the city that

allow older adults to reach businesses,

parks, and services that cater to them.

It also allows for a more passive form

of exercise that improves mobility and

independence. It is no secret that walking,

biking, and any other aerobic activity can

improve your quality of life, but it is rare

for communities to actually promote this

idea. As the older adult community is

already more than a quarter of the Long

Beach population, the need for improving

access to services has never been of higher

importance for the city.

When we interviewed Dr. Martinez, the

director of the Center for Successful

Aging, to ask her questions about the

center and its affiliates, it became clear

that they are very passionate about, and

Dr. Iveris L. Martinez

take pride in, the work they do. We asked

about her greatest accomplishment, to

which Dr. Martinez responded, “As a team,

the Center for Successful Aging (CSA)

prides itself in the progress made towards

connecting university and community

partners to better assess and evaluate

the needs and services needed for an

improved quality of life among local older

adults.” We asked Dr. Martinez what she

thinks is the greatest factor contributing to

quality of life in older adults and what kind

of research is being conducted to spread

Center for

Successful Aging

Location:

Foundation Building,

Room 150.

Hours:

Monday- Friday

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Website:

csulb.edu/aging

Email:

CHHS-Aging@csulb.edu

Phone:

562-985-2079

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Successful Aging in Long Beach (Cont.)

awareness of this. Dr. Martinez stated the

center believes that “social connectivity is

strongly related to quality of life,” and that

“there is currently developing research on

the negative impacts social isolation has

on health and quality of life.” The programs

CSA offers, such as the Fall Prevention

program and the Walking Program, tackle

issues of social isolation, as the programs

encourage older adults to become a greater

part of their community and engage in

social activities that can benefit their

overall health. Lastly, we asked Dr. Martinez

what resources she recommends for older

adults to become more involved in the Long

Beach community, to which she answered,

“The CSA fully supports student and

older adult volunteer opportunities. We

are currently overseeing four projects at

American Gold Star Manor, a senior living

community in West Long Beach, involving

residents and offering opportunities for

student volunteers to work with aging

populations. Training students across

professions to work with aging populations

through intergenerational experiences is

one of our top priorities.” Additionally, she

discussed how she encourages university

and community members to attend the

colloquium series they host once a month,

where they present “current research

and other initiatives on aging taking place

on campus, many in collaboration with

community partners.”

We are glad to have had the opportunity

to interview with Dr. Martinez and learn

more about the Center for Successful Aging

and the resources they offer to the older

community. If you want more information

about the Center for Successful Aging

and their upcoming events their contact

information is included below.

Students from Dr. Mary Marshall’s

Gerontology class at CSULB. The

Heart of Ida thanks you for putting

together all of the CSULB articles for

the summer issue of AgeWell.

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Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine

Senior Water

Exercise Classes

Seniors 50+ are free with a Senior Fitness Pass.

Fun, fast paced, low impact Water Exercise classes will shape you up with

little or no stress on your knees or back. The resistance and buoyancy of

water conditions muscles and promotes cardiovascular fitness.

Belmont

Plaza Pool

4320 East Olympic Plaza

562.570.1807

• Shallow Water Exercise

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday: 11-11 :50 a.m.

Tuesday & Thursday: 7:10 - 8 p.m.

• Deep Water Exercise

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday: 10-10:50 a.m.

Silverado

Pool

1540 West 32nd Street

562.570.1721

• Shallow Water Exercise

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday: 11 -11 :50 a.m.

• Deep Water Exercise

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday: 10-10:50 a.m.

King Park

1810 Lemon Avenue

562.570.1718

• Deep Water

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 6:30-7:20 a.m.

• Shallow Water

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8 • 8:50 a.m.

• Shallow Water

Monday, Wednesday:

6 - 6:50 p.m.

Visit www.lbparks.org

for more information.

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CLASSES, SPECIAL INTEREST,

& OTHER

Senior Centers

Long Beach Senior Center

1150 E 4th St.

(562) 570-3500

Fitness Gym. Friendly Café, Monday-Friday,

8am-2pm. HSA lunch, Monday - Friday, $2.25.

OC Food Bank. Food Finders. Game Room with

billiards, games, table tennis. CalFresh (food

stamps) sign-ups, Tuesday, 9am. Library with

magazines and books. Thrift Store. Gift Shop.

Special events, speakers, and occasional vendor

tables. Red Hat Society. Long Beach Gray

Panthers meet first Saturdays at 10:30am.

Senior Citizen Advisory Commission meets 3rd

Wednesday of the month at 9am.

Silverado Park

1545 W. 31st St.

(562) 570-1675

Small lunch, $1, Monday - Friday, 11:30am-

1:30pm. Aerobics • Health Lectures • Bingo

• Card Games • Crochet • Arts & Crafts •

Dances • Floral Arranging • Longevity Stick •

Card Games • Tech Talk • Jewelry Class

El Dorado Park West

2800 Studebaker Road

(562) 570-3225

HSA lunch, Monday-Friday Registration

needed, (562) 429-4283)

Hula • Bell Dancing • Bingo • Book Club •

Card Making • Mini-Craft • Flower Arranging

• Longevity Stick • Light Chair Stretching •

Big Band Concert & Dancing • Senior Fitness

• Bridge • Cronit Club • Card Games • Zumba

Gold Toning • Quilters • Ballroom Dancing •

Line Dance • Almost Ballet • Crochet & Knit.

Houghton Park

6301 Myrtle Ave.

(562) 570-1640

Light-Chair Aerobics • Tai Chi • Bingo •

Call for details such as schedules and registration.

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Quilting • Beg. Computer (English & Spanish)

• Mini Craft • Spanish 1 & 2 • Jewelry Class.

HSA Lunch, $2.25, Monday - Friday.

Cesar Chavez

401 Golden Ave.

(562) 570-8890

Game room, billiards, ping-pong, fitness room.

Crochet, painting, and arts & crafts.

California Rec. Center

1550 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.

(562) 570-1605

HSA lunch program, $2.25, Monday - Friday.

Game room with billiards, games, table tennis,

TV. Tai Chi • Bingo • Crafts • Line Dancing •

Quilting • Tech Help (cell phones, cameras,

email, social media) • Exercise Class • Music

Appreciation

Expo Arts Center

4321 Atlantic Ave.

For schedule of senior activities, call Council

District 8 at (562) 570-6685.

longbeach.gov/district8/

The Salvation Army Al and

Faye Taylor Senior Center

3000 Long Beach Boulevard,

Long Beach, CA, 90807

Call for classes (562) 247-3539

The LGBTQ Center

2017 E. 4th St.

(562) 434-4455

Centerlb.org.

Social support groups, seminars and events.

Alpert Jewish Community Center

3801 E. Willow St.

(562) 426-7601

alpertjcc.org

Silver Sneakers Fitness Program

Call for information. The Barbara Alpert

Warm Water

Exercise

Ability First

3770 E. Willow St.

(562) 426-6161

abilityfirst.org

Arthritis Swim,

Arthritis Swim Plus,

Open Swim,

Water Exercise.

Pools of Hope

6801 Long Beach Blvd.

(310) 537-2224

caaquatictherapy.com

City Pools with

Exercise Classes:

Long Beach

Lakewood

Carson

Compton

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CLASSES, SPECIAL INTEREST, & OTHER (Cont.)

Chorus, Wednesdays at 10:30, strong singing

voice not required. Questions? Call Dr.

Susan Mathieu at (562) 426-7601 x 1721 or

smathieu@alpertjcc.org.

The Happiness & Humor Group, free, monthly

group that helps find the positive side of

life. All senior adults are invited, bring your

friends, and be ready to laugh. Coffee and light

refreshments served. For more information,

call Dr. Susan Mathieu at (562) 426-7601, ext.

1721. Weekly senior lunches, Wednesdays at

noon $5-6

CSULB

Life Fit Center at CSULB

1250 N. Bellflower Blvd.

(562) 985-2015

For Long Beach residents ages 49+.

Membership: $4-26 per month. Additional

fee for parking and Alter-G Anti-Gravity

treadmills.

Fit & Fun, Krank Circuit, Bodyweight &

Balance, Building Strength, Pilates, Flexibility,

Mindfulness & Gratitude, Yoga, Aqua Fitness,

Fit Camp, Krank Fusion, Xcel Fitness, SIT: Spin

Interval Training, In-Trinity Flow, Strength For

Living, Personal Training, Beach TV Yoga, Fit &

Fueled, and much more!

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Four locations. (562) 985-8237

Call for special events.

Annual membership for adults ages 50+: $40

(covers full academic year, September to

September). Tuition: $10 per lecture class. $35

per computer class. Additional fee for parking

permit.

LBCC Long Beach Community College

Lifetime Learning Program for older adults.

Pacific Coast Campus, 1305 E. PCH., FF-108.

(562) 938-3048

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lbcc.edu/seniorcenter

Tours and Classes. Call for more information.

Long Beach

Health & Human Services

Locations vary

(562) 570-4499

longbeach.gov/health/

Call or visit their website for Diabetes

Prevention & Management Program, Healthy

Active Long Beach events & programs,

workshops, and health fairs, plus mental health

and healthcare resources.

Primetime Players

Seniors who enjoy singing, dancing, acting and/

or stage work are encouraged to audition.

Contact Jim Meyer, (714) 269-7496 or

Barbara Klein. byrdbud2@verizon.net

YMCA

Silver Sneakers and Silver & Fit.

Los Altos, 1720 Bellflower Blvd

(562) 596-3394 Fairfield, 4949 Atlantic Ave.

(562)423-0491; and Lakewood, 5835 E. Carson

St. (Lakewood), (562) 425-7431.

lbymca.org

Heart of Ida

(562) 570-3548

HeartofIda.com

Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance

Book Club, plus occasional classes, fallprevention

awareness, fall-risk screenings,

classes and events.

Pathways

(562) 531-3031

4645 Woodruff Avenue,

Lakewood 90713


ELDER ABUSE

Report elder abuse

or neglect.

Elder Abuse Hotline

(877) 477-3646

If it is immediate

(happening right

now) or life threat-ening

— Call 911

Ageless Alliance

agelessalliance.org

LA County District

Attorney Victim-Witness

Assistance

(800) 380-3811

da.co.la.ca.us

California Attorney

General Bureau of

Medi-CalFraud & Elder

Abuse

(800) 722-0432

oag.ca.gov/bmfea

Domestic Violence

Hotlines:

National DVH

(800) 799-7233

DVH Socal in 13 languages:

(800) 978-3600

Jewish Family Service

Violence Project

(818) 505-0900

Aging & Adult

Protective Services

(888) 202-4248

(877) 477-3646

aging.lacity.org

Conducts investigation of all

situations involving elders

(age 65+) and dependent

adults (physically or

mentally impaired aged

18-64) who are reported to

be endangered by physical,

sexual, or financial abuse,

abandonment, isolation,

abduction, neglect or selfneglect,

or hazardous living

conditions.

Long-Term Care

Ombudsman

(800) 334-9473

(800) 231-4024

After hours/crisis

wiseandhealthyaging.org

A free and confidential

service that maintains and

improves the quality of life

for residents in long-term

care facilities.

Elder Abuse

Occurs in

Many Forms

PHYSICAL

SEXUAL

EMOTIONAL

FINANCIAL/

MATERIAL

EXPLOITATION

NEGLECT

ABANDONMENT

SELF-NEGLECT

Stand Up &

Speak Out.

It Matters.

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FOOD ASSISTANCE

Food Stamps

(Cal Fresh)

Sign-ups, call for days/times:

Long Beach Senior Center

(562) 570-3500

Long Beach Dept. of Health

& Human Services

(562) 570-4315

longbeach.gov/health/

Alpert Jewish

Community Center

Senior Lunches $6-7

Wednesdays at noon

(vegetarian and Kosher

options)

3801 E. Willow St.

(562) 426-7601 x 1721 or

smathieu@ alpertjcc.org.

Human Services

Association (HSA)

Meals Program

(562) 570-3520

Lunch Program for ages

60+. Suggested donation

of $2.25; any donation is

appreciated, but no one

will be turned away due to

inability to donate.

Locations include:

California Rec. Center,

Cerritos Senior Center, El

Dorado Park, Houghton

Park, and Long Beach Senior

Center. Phone numbers

and location addresses are

found page 42.

Meals on Wheels LB

$8 per day for two meals -

dinner & lunch. Meals are

delivered Monday - Friday

between 10:30 am - 12:30

pm by volunteers. Sign up

on their website or over the

phone.

(562) 439-5000

mowlb.org

FOOD BANKS

- Call for locations, pickup

times, & more.

American Red Cross

(562) 595-6341

Long Beach Community

(213) 251-3432

Food Finders

(562) 283-1400

Foodbank of So. Cal.

(562) 435-3577

Grateful Hearts Storehouse

(562) 431-0880

Long Beach Rescue

(562) 591-1292

Salvation Army

(562) 436-7637

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FRAUD HELP AND PREVENTION

Credit Card Fraud

Help with identity theft,

create a freeze on new

accounts from being opened

in your name, and credit

report disputes.

Experian

experian.com

(888) 397-3742

Equifax

equifax.com

(866) 349-5191

TransUnion

transunion.com

(800) 680-7289

Free annual credit report:

(877) 322-8228

annualcreditreport.com

Mail Fraud &

Prevention

US Postal Inspection

Service to report mail fraud:

(877) 876-2455

postalinspectors.uspis.gov

Opt-out from insurance

offers, pre-approved credit

card, & unsolicited mail

(888) 567-8688

Direct Marketing

Association Inc.

Remove your name from

mailing lists and e-mailing

lists:

www.dmachoice.org

Telephone Fraud

Federal Trade

Commission (FTC)

Report telemarketing fraud/

identity theft:

(877) 382-4357

Do Not Call Registry - Stop

telemarketers from calling.

(888) 382-1222. www.

donotcall.gov

Internet Crime / Spam

Internet Crime complaint

center: www.ic3.gov

Other Issues

Financial Industry

Regulatory Authority

(FINRA) check the

background of a broker or

brokerage

(800) 289-9999

California Department of

Consumer Affairs to make

sure licenses of physicians,

nurses, and other health

care professionals are

current: dcs.ca.gov, (800)

952-5210

California Department of

Insurance

(800) 927-4357

insurance.ca.gov

California Department of

Real Estate

(213) 620-2072

dre.ca.gov

California Public Utilities

Commission for utility

complaints

cpuc.ca.gov/puc

(800) 649-7570

LA County Department of

Consumer Affairs

for landlord/tenant issues,

housing discrimination,

home-buyer issues,

consumer complaints: dca.

(800) 593-8222

lacounty.gov

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HEALTH CARE

Alzheimer’s Greater Los

Angeles Adult Day

Services Help Line

(844) HELP.ALZ

alzgla.org

ALS Association

als.org

American Heart

Association and

American Stroke

Association

(213) 291-7000

heart.org

American Diabetes

Association

(800) 342-2383

diabetes.org

California Association of

Adult Day Services

caads.org

California Dept. of

Health Care Services

dhcs.ca.gov

California Dept.

of Social Services

ccld.ca.gov

Facility Resources

A Place for Mom

(844) 731-8137

aplaceformom.com

Assisted Living Locators

(310) 853-8282

assistedlivinglocatorssla.

com

Connections Care

Home Referrals

(800) 330-5993

carehomefinders.com

Nursing Home Compare

medicare.gov/

NHCompare/Home

CalQualityCare

calqualitycare.org

Genesis Program

Mental health

Assessments for

people age 60+.

(213) 351-7284

IMAlive Crisis Network

imalive.org

Friendship Line

24-hour, for people

60+.

(800) 971-0016

LA Warmline

10pm - 6am

Crisis Line

(855) 952-9276

spanish available

The Warm Line

Non-Crisis line.

M-F, 5-10pm

Spanish

(888) 448-4055

English

(888) 448-9777

Ombudsmen

State of CA Crisis Line

(800) 231-4024

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HEARING ASSISTANCE

Ascent Hearing Center

4085 Atlantic Ave., Ste. D

(562) 206-1983

ascenthearinglongbeach.

com

Beltone S. California

2865 Atlantic Ave., Ste. 225

(714) 672-9445, beltone.

com

Connect Hearing

(562) 494-7374

Screenings: locations vary

connecthearing.com

Clear Captions

Free phones.

clearcaptions.com

Hearing Loss Association of

America (HLAA)

Long Beach/Lakewood

Chapter

(562) 438-0597

hlalongbeachlakewood.org

Chapter meets on 2nd

Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Free Hearing Assistive

Technology (HAT) Demos -

call for schedule. Meeting,

classes, and demos at

Weingart Senior Center,

5220 Olivia Ave., Lakewood.

Jay’s Hearing Aid Center

3740 E. 7th St.

(562) 433-6701

jayshearingcenterlb.com

Sonus Hearing Care

2530 Atlantic Ave., Ste. D

(562) 426-2137

sonushearing.com

IN-HOME RESOURCES

In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)

Personal Care Services Program (PCSP)

(888) 944-4477

dpss.lacounty.gov

IHSS Ombudsman

(888) 678-4477

Senior Links Program

For Resources/Services

(562) 570-3555

1150 E. 4th St.

(Inside Long Beach Senior Center)

Long Beach Department of Health and

Human Services outreach program

provides a help line, and wide range of

services & resources.

SCAN

Independence at Home

(866) 421-1964

www.scanhealthplan.com

For people 55+, programs provide

wide variety of supoort through social

workers, gerontologists, mental-health

professionals, pharmacists, health

educators, and volunteers. No charge.

Available in Spanish and other languages.

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HOSPITAL CENTERS/CLASSES

Dignity Health - St. Mary’s

Medical Center

Bazzeni Wellness Center

for older adults 50+.

1050 Linden Ave.

(562) 491-9811.

dignityhealth.org

Membership, free - $25

annually.

Free classes:

Balance Assessment •

Community Referrals •

Health Education Classes.

Fee-Based Classes (lowcost):

Falls Prevention •

Yoga • Senior Fit Class

• T’ai Chi • Stepping

On • Book Club • Trips

• Passages Outpatient

Therapeutic Support for

55+ • More

Long Beach Memorial

MemorialCare Senior Plus

program for older adults

ages 55+.

2801 Atlantic Ave.,

(562) 933-1650

memorialcare.org

$25 annual fee.

Call for details.

HOSPITALS/URGENT CARE

Hospitals

Dignity-St. Mary’s

Medical Center

1050 Linden Ave.,

(562) 491-9000

dignityhealth.org

Long Beach Community

1720 Termino Ave.,

(562) 498-1000

memorialcare.org

Long Beach

Memorial Hospital

2801 Atlantic Ave.,

(562) 933-2000,

memorialcare.org

VA Long Beach

5901 E. 7th St.,

(562) 826-8000

longbeach.va.gov

Neighboring

Hospitals

Harbor-UCLA

Medical Center

1000 W. Carson St.

(310) 222-2345

harbor-ucla.org

Los Alamitos

Medical Center

3751 Katella Ave.,

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Los Alamitos

(562) 598-1311

losalamitosmedctr.com

Lakewood Regional

Medical Center

3700 E. South St.,

Lakewood

(562) 531-2550

lakewoodregional.com

Kaiser Permanente

25825 Vermont Ave.,

Harbor City

(800) 780-

1230

St. Francis Family

Health Center

457 S. Long Beach Blvd.,

Compton

(310) 761-8461

stfrancis.verity.org

Urgent Care

Centers

Urgent Care Plus

555 Ocean Blvd.,

Ste. 110

(562) 285-5050

lburgentcare.com

Reddy Urgent Care

123 Atlantic Ave.,

(562) 726-1383

reddyuc.com

Long Beach Urgent Care

6553 E. PCH

(562) 596-8700

remedemd.com

Medpost Urgent Care

2010 E. Carson St.

(562) 424-5450

medpost.com

MemorialCare Medical

Groups Urgent Care Center

2110 N. Bellflower Blvd.

(562) 346-2222

memorialcare.org

Long Beach Comprehensive

Healthcare

1333 Chestnut Ave.

(562) 599-2153

NEIGHBORING HOSPITALS

Los Alamitos

Medical Center

3751 Katella Ave.,

Los Alamitos

(562) 598-1311

losalamitosmedctr.com

Classes and lectures.

Lakewood Regional

Medical Center

3700 E. South St.,

Lakewood

(562) 531-2550

lakewoodregional.com

Classes and lectures.

Kaiser Permanente

25825 Vermont Ave.,

Harbor City

(800) 780-1230

healthy.kaiserpermanente.

org

Classes (KP members only)

St. Francis Family

Health Center

457 S. Long Beach Blvd.,

Compton

(310) 900-7340

55+. Events, wellness

classes, health screenings,

health fairs,

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HELPLINES & HOTLINES

911 Emergency Police/Fire

911

211 Los Angeles

211

Suicide Hotline &

Vet Crisis Line

(800) 784-2433

Suicide Prevention

for LGBTQ

(866) 488-7386

Poison Control

(800) 222-1222

Elder Abuse Hotline

(877) 477-3646

National Sexual Assault

Hotline

(800) 656-4673

Los Angeles Aging & Adult

Services

(888) 202-4248

Disabled Transport

(Access Eligibility)

(562) 591-8753

Domestic Violence

(800) 799-7233

Center for Health Rights

(213) 383-4519

Emergency Shelter

Hotline

(800) 548-6047

LA County

Mental Health

Access

(800) 854-7771

Legal Aid of Los Angeles

601 Pacific Ave.

(562) 435-3501

Long Beach Gas & Oil

Emergency (562) 570-2140

Utility (562) 570-5700

So Cal Edison

(800) 655-4555

LIHEAP

(Low-Income Emergency

Assistance with Utilities)

(866) 675-6623

Wise & Healthy Aging

Long Term Care

Ombudsman

(800) 334-9473, After

hours, (800) 231-4024

Medicare

(800) 633-4227

Multi-Service Center

1301 W. 12th St.

(562) 570-4500

Poverty assistance.

Friendship Line

(800) 971-0016

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HOUSING

Affordable Living

for the Aging

(323) 650-7988

alaseniorliving.org

Eviction Defense Network

(213) 385-8112

Fair Housing Foundation

(562) 989-1206

Forever Active

(888) 705-7441

foreveractivemed.com

Housing Rights Center

(800) 477-5977

hrc-la.org

Housing Authority Bureau

for the City of Long Beach

(562) 570-6985

HUD Senior Resources

hud.gov/groups/seniors/cfm

LA County Housing

Resource Center

(877) 428-8844

housing.lacounty.gov

LBRE -Long Beach

Residents Empowered

(562) 444-5147

Renter’s rights & legal

workshops, bi-monthly

meetings & more

LGBTQ+ Seniors & Allys

LBGTQHousingLB@gmail.

com

(562) 294-6040

Menorah Housing

Foundation

(310) 475-6083

Neighborhood

Improvement

- Free graffitt removal &

paint and use of cleanup

tools, and other resources.

longbeach.gov/cd/

neighborhood_services

(562) 570-6866

Rebuilding Together

Long Beach

(562) 490-3802

Stayhome Safe

(626) 792-0070

stayhomesafe.com

US Dept of Housing &

Urban Development

(800) 955-2232

See CA State Property Tax

Postponement Program on

Page 39.

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LONG BEACH LIBRARIES

HOURS:

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: Noon – 7 p.m.

Wednesday: Noon - 6 p.m.

Thursday: Noon – 7 p.m.

Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday: Noon – 4 p.m.

(Bay Shore, Burnett, El Dorado, & Michelle Obama libraries only)

Main Library

200 W. Broadway,

(562) 570-7500

Alamitos

1836 E. Third St.,

(562) 570-1037

Book club for adults on the second

Saturday of each month at 2:30pm

Ruth Bach

4055 N.

Bellflower Blvd.,

(562) 570-1038.

Mystery Readers Discussion Group

2nd Friday, 11:30am - 12:30pm

Bay Shore

195 Bay Shore Ave.,

(562) 570-1039

Book Club 2nd Thursday, 6:30pm

Brewitt

4036 E. Anaheim St.,

(562) 570-1040

Book Club for adults

First Saturday, 10:00 am

Burnett

560 E. Hill St.,

(562) 570-1041

Computer classes focusing on social

media, Saturday, 12:00 pm, and beginning

computer classes Saturday at 2 pm.

Dana

3680 Atlantic Ave.,

(562) 570-1042

Tech Friday, by appt.

El Dorado

2900 Studebaker

Road, (562) 570-3136

Book Club 50+ 1st Tuesday, 1-2:30pm,

Long Beach Sewing Guild Group, 2nd

Thursday, 5 pm.

Bret Harte

1595 W. Willow St.,

(562) 570-1044

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Movie, 2nd Saturday 2pm

Los Altos

5614 E. Britton Dr..

(562) 570-1045

Coloring Club

Thursdays, 3:00-4:30pm, Writing

Workshop, every other Tuesday, 4:30pm,

Book Club, 2nd Saturday, 10:00am,

Shakespeare Aloud, every other Saturday,

1:00 pm.

Mark Twain

1401 E. Anaheim St.,

(562) 570-1046

One on one computer instructions by

appointment only. Dance for Life (Senior

program co-sponsored with the United

Cambodian Community. Low impact,

light aerobic, line and box step dancing to

traditional Cambodian and contemporary

music, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 am

to noon); Spanish Language Support Group,

Tuesdays 4pm - 6pm

(LA County Dept of Mental Health,

co-sponsored with Latinos in Action-

Discussion and support group for Spanish

speaking adults)

Michelle Obama

5870 Atlantic Ave.,

(562) 570-1047

Gardening Group Fridays 9:30 – 10:30 am,

Computer Basics, call to make an

appointment.

Call locations to confirm listed programs,

plus, ask about classes & workshops,

online tutorials, databases & specialized

collections.

Homebound readers services, (562) 570-

6959, Tuesday - Saturday, 10am-5pm.

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SURROUNDING LIBRARIES

Bellflower

(562) 925-5543

9945 E. Flower St.

colapublib.org

Carson

(310) 830-0901

151 E. Carson St.

colapublib.org

Compton

(310) 637-0202

240 W. Compton Blvd.

colapublib.org

Rancho Dominguez

(310) 632-6193

4420 E. Rose St.

colapublib.org

Hawaiian Gardens

(562) 496-1212

11940 Carson St

colapublib.org

Lakewood

4990 Clark Ave.,

(562) 866-1777

6600 Del Amo Blvd.

(562) 421-8497

colapublib.org

Los Alamitos/Rossmoor

(562) 430-1048

12700 Montecito, Seal

Beach, ocpl.org

Paramount

(562) 630-3171

16254 Colorado Ave.

colapublib.org

Seal Beach

(562) 431-3584

707 Electric Ave

ocpl.org

Signal Hill

1780 E. Hill St.,

(562) 989-7323

http://bit.ly/2sppCMG

First Friday (of the month)

Book Club, 11:30am. Book

Sale, October 6, 1-4pm;

Oct. 7, 10am-3pm. 25¢

paperbacks; $1 CD/DVD.

Willmington

(310) 834-1082

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LEGAL AND TAXES

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

(877) 434-7598

aarp.org

Search Tax Aide and Tax Aide locator.

Bet Tzedek Legal Services

(323) 939-0506

bettzedek.org

California State Attorney General

(800) 952-5225, oag.ca.gov

California Elder Law Center

(562) 377-7710

5220 Clark Ave. Lakewood

calelderlawcenter.com

Veterans Seminar & Health Benefits

Clinic - Weds. at 2 p.m.

Schomer Law Group

Free seminars. (562) 346-3209

schomerlawgroup.com

California State Property Tax

Postponement Program

Property tax deferement availble for some

CA homeowners who are seniors, blind, or

have a disability. Search “PTP” at sco.co.gov

or call (800) 952-5661.

Center for Health Care Rights LA

(213) 383-4519

HELP - Health Care & Elder

Law Programs

(310) 533-1996

help4seniors.org

LA County Public Administration Public

Guardian, (213) 974-0515

Legal Aid Foundation of LA

(800) 399-4529

lafla.org

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

naela.org

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LONG BEACH CITY GOVERNMENT

Long Beach City

Mayor & Council

Districts

Mayor Robert Garcia

(562) 570-6801

longbeach.gov/mayor

longbeach.gov/officials

Council District 1

(562) 570-6919

Council District 2

Jeannine Pearce

(562) 570-2222

Council District 3

Suzie Price

(562) 570-6300

Council District 4

Daryl Supernaw

(562) 570-4444

Council District 5

Stacy Mungo

(562) 570-5555

Council District 6

Dee Andrews

(562) 570-6816

Council District 7

Roberto Uranga

(562) 570-7777

Council District 8

Al Austin

(562) 570-6685

Council District 9

Rex Richardson

(562) 570-3319

Neighboring

City Halls

Bellflower

(562) 804-1424

bellflower.org

Carson

(310) 830-7600

ci.carson.ca.us/

Compton

(310) 537-8000

comptoncity.org

Hawaiian Gardens

(562) 420-2641

hgcity.org

Lakewood

(562) 866-9771

lakewoodcity.org

Los Alamitos

(562) 431-3538

cityoflosalamitos.org

Paramount

(562) 220-2225

paramountcity.com

Seal Beach

(562) 431-2527

sealbeachca.gov

Signal Hill

(562) 989-7300

cityofsignalhill.org

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LONG BEACH CITY NUMBERS

Abandoned Shopping Carts

(800) 252-4613

Gas Dept. Emergency

(562) 570-2140

Broken Curb

(562) 570-2770

Leaking Fire Hydrant

(562) 570-2390

Damaged Sewer

(562) 570-2440

Abandoned Vehicles

Code Enforcement

Weed Abatement

(562) 570-2633

Large Trash Pickup

(free, twice a year)

Alley Cleaning

Trash Not Picked up

Trash in Street

Overflowing Trash Can

(562) 570-2876

Standing Water

in Gutters, Tree

Trimming, Potholes

Storm Drains

(562) 570-2700

Noise Complaints

(562) 570-4126

Broken Traffic Light/Meter

(562) 570-3264

Graffiti

(562) 570-2773

LOW VISION

St. Mary Medical Center

Low Vision Center

1050 Linden Ave.

(562) 491-9275

https://dignityhlth.

org/2rEr4HA

Lions Club Sight Programs

Downtown Long Beach

Lions

(562) 477-3286

longbeachlions.org

LensCrafters OneSight

(877) 753-6727

lenscrafters.com/

onesight#sd

Outside Long Beach

The Braille Institute

Los Angeles

741 N. Vermont Ave.

(323) 663-1111

Anaheim

527 N. Dale Ave.

(714) 821-5000

(800) 272-4553 (BRAILLE)

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LONG BEACH SENIOR CENTERS

AND COMMUNITY CENTERS

Long Beach

Senior Center

1150 E 4th St.

Monday - Friday

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, 10am. - 4pm

Reception:

(562) 570-3500

Info. & Assistance:

(562) 570-3533

Senior Fitness Room:

(562) 570-3515

Friendly Cup Cafe:

(562) 570-3546

Heart of Ida

(562) 570-3548

UTILITIES

Filipine/American

Senior Civic Center Club

(562) 570-3543

Senior Links

(562) 570-3555

California Recreation

Center

1550 Martin Luther King Jr.

Ave.

(562) 570-1605

Monday - Friday,

9am - 2pm

Cesar Chavez

401 Golden Ave. (562) 570-

8890

Monday - Friday,

9am - 1:30pm

El Dorado Park West

2800 Studebaker Road

(562)

570-3225

Monday - Friday,

9am - 5pm.

Houghton Park

6301 Myrtle Ave.(562) 570-

1640

Monday - Friday,

9am - 2pm

Silverado Park

1545 W. 31st St. (562) 570-

1675

Monday - Friday,

9am - 2pm

Expo Arts Center

4321 Atlantic Ave.

Council District 8 at

(562) 570-6685.

longbeach.gov/district8/

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Long Beach Gas & Water

333 W. Ocean Blvd.,

Long Beach

(562) 570-5700

longbeach.gov/

utilityservices

SoCal Edison Assistance

Plans

sce.com/billhelper

Energy Assistance Fund

(800) 205-8596

Energy Savings Assistance

(800) 736-4777

SoCal Gas

(The Gas Company)

Emergency,

(800) 427-2200

(877) 238-0092

socalgas.com

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NEIGHBORING SENIOR CENTERS

Bellflower

(562) 866-8614

Thompson Park Senior Club,

14001 Bellflower Blvd.

Tuesday, 9am - noon.

Carson

(310) 830-7600

3 Civic Plaza

Compton / Rancho

Dominguez

(310) 605-5688

Dollarhide Center, 301

Tamarind Ave.

Mon. - Fri., 830am-5pm

Hawaiian Gardens

(562) 420-2641

Senior Center, 21815 S.

Pioneer Blvd. Mon. - Fri.,

9am-4pm.

Lakewood

Weingart, 5220 Olivia St.,

(562) 630-6141

Burns, 5510 Clark Ave.,

(562) 925-7512. Mon.-Fri.,

7am-6pm; Sat., 8am-noon

Los Alamitos

Senior Club, (562) 431-

3538. Community Center,

10911 Oak St. Lunch

programs with activities,

grocery program & home

delivered meals.

Paramount

Paramount Park, 14400

Paramount Blvd.

55+ . Monday - Friday, 8am -

5pm, (562) 220-2090.

Signal Hill

(562) 989-7330,

cityofsignalhill.org

Social Club, 2nd

Thursday, 10am -

noon, meets at

Signal Hill Library, 1780 E.

Hill St.

Seal Beach

(562) 431-2527

707 Electric Ave.

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

Choice Home Medical

Supplies

800 E. Wardlow Road, Ste. A

(562) 256-9961

choicemedsupplies.com

Disabled Resource Center

2750 E. Spring St., Ste. 100

(562) 427-1000, drcinc.org

Medical equipment loans.

Home Medix

3811 Atlantic Ave.

(562) 595-1153

homemedix.com

Mozena Medical Supplies

3935 E. Anaheim St.

(562) 498-2500

mozenamedical.com

Mobul -

The Home

Mobility

Store

2153 N.

Bellflower

Blvd., (562)

343-7333,

mobulstore.

com

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MEDICARE/HEALTHCARE

Medicare

(800) 633-4227

www.medicare.gov

Sign up, change plans, review costs, what

is covered, drug coverage, supplements,

claims/appeals, forms and resources.

Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy

Program (HICAP)

- Medicare counseling

(800) 434-0222

cahealthadvocates.org/hicap

Medi-Cal Managed Care Ombudsman

(888) 452-8609

National Council on Aging

Benefits Check-up

benefitscheckup.org

CA Dept. of Insurance Consumer Hotline

(213) 897-8921

(800) 927-4357

MEDICARE FRAUD

Senior Medicare Patrol

California Fraud

Hotline

(855) 613-7080

smpresource.org

cahealthadvocates.org

Center for Health Care

Rights

(213) 383-4519

Telephone counseling by

appointment; in-person

also available under special

circumstances.

US Health and Human TIPS

Hotline to report Medicare

Fraud

(800) 447-8477

oig.hhs.gov/fraud/report-fraud

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CHECK YOUR MENTAL WELLNESS

Could you be depressed?

The Geriatri c Depress ion Scale is a valuable and reliab le measurement

tool used in clinical

prac t ice and research programs. If yo u susp ect you are suffering from depressi o n, you can

answer the questions yourself. If you have a score of 5 or more points, you should contact

your health care provider for further evaluation.

1. Are you basically satisfied with your life?

2. Have you dropped many of your activities and interests?

3. Do you feel that your life is empty?

4. Do you often get bored?

5. Are you in good spirits most of the time?

6. Are you afraid that something bad is going to happen to you?

7. Do you feel happy most of the time?

8. Do you often feel helpless?

9. Do you prefer to stay at home, rather than going out and doing

thing s?

10. Do you feel that you have more problems with memory than

most?

11. Do you think it is wonderful to be alive now?

12. Do you feel worthless the way you are now?

13. Do you feel full of energy?

14. Do you feel that your situation is hopeless?

15. Do you think that most people are better off than you are?

Yes

No

Scoring: Score one point if you answered NO to Questions 1, 5,

7, 11, 13. Score one point if you answered YES to Questions 2,

3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15. Total your points. If you have a score

of 5 or more points, you should contact your health care provider for

further evaluation.

TOTAL

Author: Jerry Yesavage, M.D., Department of Psychiat ry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

Medical Center. Reference: Yesavage JA, Brink TL, Rose TL, Lum 0 1

Huang V, Adey MB, Leirer VO:

Development and validation of a geriat ric depression screening scale: A preliminary repor t . Journal of

Psychiatric Research. 17: 37-49, 1983.

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MENTAL HEALTH

Suicide Hotline

(800) 273-8255

suicidepreventionlifeline.

org

Chat available.

Dignity - St. Mary

Medical Center

Trauma - 1045 Atlantic Ave.

Ste. 801, (562) 491-7977.

Long Beach Police

Dept. Mental Health

Evaluation Team

(562) 435-6711

Long Beach Mental

Health Center

2900 Redondo Avenue

(562) 256-2900

dmh.lacounty.gov

Long Beach Asian

Pacific Islander Family

Mental Health

4510 E. PCH, Ste. 600

(562) 346-1100

Mental Health America

Village ISA

456 Elm Ave., (562) 437-

6717. mhavillage.org

C.A.R.E.

1045 Atlantic Ave.,

Ste. 1016,

(562) 624-4900

careprogram.org

Telecare La Casa

Mental Health Urgent Care

6060 Paramount Blvd.

(562) 634-9534

Walk-in services only,

8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Los Angeles County

Dept. of Mental Health

(800) 854-7771

dmh.lacounty.gov

MORTUARYS & CEMETARIES

Adams Funeral Home

501 E. Palmer, Compton

(323) 636-9864

Affordable Burial

and Cremation Services

6510 Cherry Ave.

(888) 932-3286

affordableburial.net

All Souls Mortuary

4400 Cherry Ave.

(562) 424-8601

catholicmortuaries.com

Dignity Memorial /

Stricklin

Snively Mortuary

1952 Long Beach Blvd.

(562) 426-3365

dignitymemorial.com

Dignity Memorial / Whites

Funeral Home

9903 E. Flower St.,

Bellflower

(562) 867-2741

dignitymemorial.com

Forest Lawn

1500 E. San Antonio Drive

4471 Lincoln Ave., Cypress

(888) 204-3131

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forestlawn.com

Harrison-Ross Mortuary

426 E. Compton Blvd.

Compton

(310) 667-4052

harrisonross.com

Long Beach Colonial

Mortuary

638 Atlantic Ave.

(562) 436-1601

longbeachcolonial.com

Luyben / Dilday Mortuary

5161 Arbor Road

(562) 425-6401

luybendilday.com

McKenzie Mortuary

3843 E. Anaheim St.

(562) 961-9301

mckenziemortuary.com

Sunnyside Cemetery

(Historical)

1095 E. Willow St.

(562) 595-9392

TRANSPORTATION

AARP Driver Safety Course

50+. Online course at aarp.com

AAA Defensive Driving Course.

Online courses, tips and evaluations.

seniordriving.aaa.com

Rancho Los Amigos National

Rehabilitation Center- Driving Simulations

7601 E. Imperial Hwy., Downey.

(562) 401-7111

http://goo.gl/wO9iOQ

Long Beach Transit

- Bus System Passengers that qualify for

Medicare, are 62+, and/or have disabilities,

bus fare is 60 cents. Passengers who

are blind or use a wheelchair, bus fare is

free. Find bus schedules at lbtransit.com/

services

Disability Transportation Services

Must register prior to use. Dial-A-Lift

through Long Beach Transit, (562) 591-

8753; and Access Paratransit Services,

(800) 883-1295, fees apply.

Taxi and Mobile Ride Share

ButterFLI

(855) 267-2354

gobutterfli.com

On-demand assisted transportation.

Long Beach Yellow Cab

(562) 435-6111

Uber and Lyft access services offer

additional assistance to seniors and people

with disabilities. To use services, Uber

and/or Lyft apps are required on a mobile

device.

For Uber services, open the app slide to

Assist or WAV and set location.

For Lyft services, open the app, go to the

“Settings” menu, tap on “Services,” tap on

“Access” to enable, then request a ride.

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VOLUNTEER AND ADVOCACY

Alpert Jewish

Community Center

Retired and Senior

Volunteer Program

(RSVP) - (562) 506-2801

American Red Cross

3150 E. 29th St.

(562) 595-6341

redcross.org/ca/longbeach

Cambodian Association

of America

2390 Pacific Ave.

(562) 988-1863

Carpenter Performing

Arts Center

(562) 985-4274

carpenterarts.org

Christian Outreach

in Action

515 3rd St.

(562) 432-1440

coalongbeach.org

Free medical clinic, Tues.

and Thurs., 8am-4pm. Food

and clothing bank. Water

station during the summer

months. Food for pets,

during food bank, Thursday,

9am-noon.

Community Action

Partnership (LBCAP)

(562) 216-4600

lbcap.org

Disabled Resource Center

2750 E. Spring St., Ste. 100

(562) 427-1000

drcinc.org

Food Finders

(562) 283-1400

foodfinders.org

Gray Panthers Long Beach

First Saturday, 10:30 a.m.

at the Long Beach Senior

Center

1150 E. 4th St.

facebook.com/

longbeachgraypanthers

Heart of Ida

(562) 570-3548

heartofida.org

Long Beach Health

& Human Services

Public Health 24 Hour

Advisory Info Line

(562) 570-4499

Main: 2525 Grand Ave.

(562) 570-4000

Independence at Home

by SCAN

(866) 421-1964

independenceathome.org

Justin Rudd Community

Action Team

justinrudd.com/cat.html

LBRE - Long Beach

Residents Empowered

(562) 444-5147

Renter’s rights & legal

workshops, Housing Action

Meeting bi-monthly.

LGBTQ Center LB

2017 E. 4th St.,

(562) 434-4455

centerlb.org

Long Beach Fire

Ambassador

(562) 570-2519

http://bit.ly/2rTeQiv

Long Beach Heritage

(562) 493-7019

lbheritage.org

Long Beach Playhouse

(562) 494-1014

lbplayhouse.org

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Long Beach Rescue

Mission / Lydia House

Samaritan House

1335 Pacific Ave.

(562) 591-1292

lbrm.org

Long Beach Senior

Police Partners (SPP)

http://bit.ly/2t7P07A

Lutheran Social Services

Community Care Long

Beach

1611 Pine Ave.

(562) 599-1321

lsscommunitycare.org

Meals on Wheels

Long Beach

(562) 439-5000

mealsonwheelsoflongbeach.

org

Multi-Service Center

for People Experiencing

Homelessness/Poverty

1301 W. 12th St.,

(562) 570-4500

Neighborhood

Resource Center

(562) 570-1010

100 W. Broadway #550

http://bit.ly/2cqGbNX

Access to fax machines,

computers, printers,

Internet, resource materials

and more.

PFLAG Long Beach

(562) 248-6010

lbpflag.org

Second Wednesday

meetings at Temple

Isreal, 269 Loma; 7pm

Rancho Los Alamitos

(562) 431-3541

rancholosalamitos.com

Rancho Los Cerritos

(562) 206-2040

rancholoscerritos.org

Salvation Army

Family Services

3092 Long Beach Blvd.

(562) 426-7637

salvationarmylbc.org

Senior Corps

(800) 942-2677,

nationalservice.gov/

seniorcorps

Senior Links - Public Health

(562) 570-355

inside Long Beach Senior

Center, 1150 E. 4th St.

Social Security

(800) 772-1213

2005 Long Beach Blvd.,

ssa.gov

St. Luke’s Long Beach

(562) 436-4047

stlukeslb.org

Urban Community

Outreach

(562) 582-1000

ucodic.org

US Vets Long Beach

usvetsinc.org

Hospitals

Long Beach Community

and Memorial Care

Long Beach

http://bit.ly/2rlZUoP

Dignity Health -

St. Mary’s Medical

Center

https://dignityhlth.

org/2t7LVnQ

VA Hospital - Long Beach

(562) 826-5715

longbeach.va.gov/giving

Villages at Cabrillo

2001 River Ave.,

(562) 200-7300

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Averigiie cual es su riesgo de tener una caida

Si (2)

No (0) I He tenido una caida en el ultimo ano.

Si (2) No (0) Uso o me han recomendado que usara baston o un

caminador para desplazarme con seguridad.

I

Si (1) No (0) A veces siento que no tengo estabilidad al caminar.

Si (1) No (0) Me sostengo de los muebles para estabilizarme cuando

camino en casa.

Las personas que han tenido una caida tienen probabilidades

de volve r a caerse.

Las personas a qu ienes se les ha recomendado usar un

baston o un caminador posib leme nte ya te ngan mas

probabilidades de t ener una cafda.

La falta de estabilidad y sentir la necesidad de apoyarse al

caminar son senales de falta de equi librio.

Esto tambien es serial de falta de equilibrio.

Si (1) No (0) Me preocupa caerme.

Si (1) No (0) Necesito ayudarme con las manos para levantarme de

una silla.

Si (1) No (0) Tengo algo de dificultad para subir el borde de la acera.

Si (1) No (0) Frecuentemente tengo urgencia de llegar al bario.

--

Si (1)

-

No (0) He perdido un poco de sensibilidad en los pies.

Si (1) No (0) Torno medicamentos que a veces me hacen sentir aturdido

o mas cansado de lo normal.

-

Si (1) No (0) Torno medicament os para ayudarme a dormir o para

I mejor ar el estado de animo.

Si (1) No (0) Con frecuencia me siento triste o deprimido.

Las personas que t ienen preocupaciones de caerse tienen

mas probabilidades de tener una cafda.

Esta es una serial de debi lidad muscular en las piernas , una

de las principales causas de cafdas.

Esto tambi en es serial de deb ilidad muscular en las piernas.

Correr para llegar al bario, especia lmente dur ante la noche ,

aumenta las probab ilidades de caerse.

Tener los pies entumecidos puede hacer que se tropiece y se caiga.

A veces, los efectos secundarios de los medicamentos

pueden aument ar sus probabilidades de caerse.

Estos medicamentos a veces pued en aumentar sus

probabilidades de caerse.

Los sfntomas de depresion, como no sentirse bien o sentirse

aletargado, se relacionan con las cafdas.

Total~-

Sume la cantidad de puntos para cada respuesta de "si" . Si obtuvo un puntaje de 4 o mas, es posib le que este en

riesgo de tener una cafda . Hable con su medico acerca de este fo lleto.

*Esta lista fue elaborada por el Greater Los Ange les VA Geriatric Research Education Clinical Center y sus afiliado s y es una herramienta validada

de autoeval uaci6n de riesgo de caidas (Rubenstein et al. J Safety Res; 2011 :42(6)493-499). Adaptado con aut orizaci6n de los autores .


Check Your Risk for Falling

Please circle “Yes” or “No” for

each statement below

Why it matters

Yes (2)

No (0)

I have fallen in the past year. People who have fallen once are likely to fall again.

Yes (2)

Yes (1)

Yes (1)

No (0)

No (0)

No (0)

I use or have been advised to use a cane or

walker to get around safely.

Sometimes I feel unsteady when

I am walking.

I steady myself by holding onto furniture

when walking home.

People who have been advised to use a cane or

walker may already be more likely to fall.

Unsteadiness or needing support while walking

are signs of poor balance.

This is also a sign of poor balance.

Yes (1)

No (0)

I am worried about falling. People who are worried about falling are more

likely to fall.

Yes (1)

No (0)

I need to push with my hands to stand up

from a chair.

This is a sign of weak leg muscles,

a major reason for falling.

Yes (1)

No (0)

I have some trouble stepping up onto a curb. This is also a sign of weak leg muscles.

Yes (1)

No (0)

I often have to rush to the toilet. Rushing to the bathroom, especially at night, increases

your chances of falling.

Yes (1)

Yes (1)

Yes (1)

No (0)

No (0)

No (0)

I have lost some feeling in my feet. Numbness in your feet can cause stumbles and

lead to falls.

I take medicine that sometimes makes me Side effects from medicines can sometimes

feel light-headed or more tired than usual. increase your chance of falling.

I take medicine to help me sleep or improve

my mood.

These medicines can sometimes increase your

chance of falling.

Yes (1)

No (0)

I often feel sad or depressed. Symptoms of depression, such as not feeling well

or feeling slowed down, are linked to falls.

Total

Add up the number of points for each “yes” answer. If you scored 4 points or more,

you may be at risk for falling. Discuss this brochure with your doctor.

This checklist was developed by the Greater Los Angeles VA Geriatric Research Education Clinical Center and affiliates and us a

validated fall risk assessment tool (Rubenstein et al. J Safety Res; 2011:42(6)493-499. Adapted with permission of the authors.

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