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Updated 1/6/21

OXFORD AREA SENIOR CENTER
will be closed
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

COVID-19 Vaccination Information
Chester County, through the Health Department, the hospitals and
other healthcare providers, are actively receiving COVID-19 vaccine
and administering it as quickly as possible. Click Here for more information.

Weekly Cold and Frozen Meal Program
thru The Chester County Department of Aging
as of August 1, 2020
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Chester County is now in the Green Phase as of June 26, 2020
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At this time we do not know when we will reopen

Due to the COVID 19 Coronavirus concerns,
federal, state and county declarations,
and concerns for our senior residents,
ALL congregate lunches, programs, AARP tax appointments,
exercise classes, and evening community group meetings
have been cancelled until further notice.

For updates visit our website at
www.oxfordseniors.org,
Facebook page
or call (610) 932-5244

Please Be Safe!!


Please visit our COVID-19 Update page for more information

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WHAT'S HAPPENING AT THE CENTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

INCOME TAX PREPARATION

We have had several phone calls from the County Superintendent for the AARP Tax Advisors regarding Income Tax preparation which normally begins in early February. As of now they do not have a Coordinator for the Oxford and West Grove sites where they’ve previously prepared taxes.

As they search for someone to accept that responsibility, we must warn you that if they do not find someone, they might not be preparing taxes this year.

Just in case they don’t find someone, we suggest you begin looking for some individual tax preparer, or some tax preparation business to complete your 2020 income tax forms.

We will certainly be glad to assist you complete your 2020 Rent/Rebate Tax Forms, but unfortunately, income tax preparation might not be available this year. Please start planning in case it’s not.

We will develop a list of local Tax Preparation individuals and companies to help you. But please realize you will probably have to pay for their services!


 


 


 

 

Top 10 Healthy New Year’s Resolutions For Older Adults

Making New Year’s resolutions to eat better, exercise, watch your weight, see your healthcare provider regularly, or quit smoking once and for all, can help you get healthier and feel better for many more years to come. The American Geriatrics Society’s Health in Aging Foundation recommends these top 10 healthy New Year’s resolutions for older adults to help achieve your goal of becoming and staying healthy. From https://www.healthinaging.org/tools-and-tips/tip-sheet-top-10-healthy-new-years-resolutions-older-adults

  1. Eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, low-fat dairy and healthy fats: In later life, you still need healthy foods, but fewer calories. The USDA’s Choose My Plate program, and your healthcare provider, can help you make good choices. Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Choose fiber-rich whole grain bread, brown rice, and whole grain pasta. Pick less fatty meats like chicken or turkey. Have heart-healthy fish twice a week. Include sources of calcium and Vitamin D to help keep your bones strong, Two daily servings of low-fat milk, yogurt, or cheese are a good way to get these nutrients. Use healthier fats, such as olive and canola oils, instead of butter or lard. Use herbs and spices to add flavor when cooking, which reduces the need to add salt or fat.
  2. Be active: Physical activity can be safe and healthy for older adults — even if you have heart disease, diabetes, or arthritis! In fact, many of these conditions get better with mild to moderate physical activity. Exercises such as tai chi, water aerobics, walking, and stretching can also help you control your weight, build your muscles and bones, and improve your balance, posture, and mood. Check with your insurance plan to see if you are eligible for the SilverSneakers program, which can provide access to local fitness centers.
  3. See your provider regularly: You should schedule an annual Medicare wellness visit with your healthcare provider around your birthday month to discuss health screenings and any changes in your advance directives. At each visit, talk to your provider about all the medications you’re taking, and whether or not you still need them. Find out if you should be getting any new or booster immunizations/shots.
  4. Quit smoking: Did you know that cigarette smokers are twice as likely to develop heart disease as non-smokers? It is never too late to quit.  You can still reduce your risk of many health problems, breathe easier, have more energy, and sleep better if you quit smoking.
  5. Toast with a smaller glass: Excessive drinking can make you feel depressed, increase your chances of falling, cause trouble sleeping, interact with your medications, and can contribute to other health problems. One drink = 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of hard liquor. The recommended limit for older men is no more than 14 drinks per week and for older women, no more than 7 per week.
  6. Guard against falls: One in every three older adults falls each year — and falls are a leading cause of injuries and death among older adults. Exercises such as walking or working out with an elastic band can increase your strength, balance, and flexibility and help you avoid falls. Also ask your healthcare provider to check that you’re not taking any pills that can make you more likely to fall. Eliminate items in your home that are easy to trip over, like throw rugs. Insert grab bars in your bathtub or shower, and install night lights so it’s easier to see at night.
  7. Give your brain a workout: The more you use your mind, the better it will work. Reading is a good choice.
  8. Speak up when you feel down or anxious: About 1 in 5 older adults suffers from depression or anxiety. Some possible signs of depression can be lingering sadness, tiredness, loss of appetite or pleasure in doing things you once enjoyed. You may also have difficulty sleeping, worry, irritability, and wanting to be alone. If you have any of these signs for more than two weeks, talk to your healthcare provider and reach out to friends and family. 
  9. Get enough sleep: Older adults need less sleep than younger people, right? Wrong! Older people need just as much — at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night. Avoid daytime naps, which can keep you up in the evening.
  10. Reconsider multivitamins: Reconsider using vitamins or nutrition supplements. as many older adults do not need them. Consult your healthcare provider if you have any issues or concerns about your nutrition.


 

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month,
an important time to spread the word about this sight-stealing disease.

Currently, more than 3 million people in the United States have glaucoma. The National Eye Institute projects this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030, a 58 percent increase. Glaucoma is called "the sneak thief of sight" since there are no symptoms and once vision is lost, it's permanent. As much as 40% of vision can be lost without a person noticing. Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness. Moreover, among African American and Latino populations, glaucoma is more prevalent. Glaucoma is 6 to 8 times more common in African Americans than Caucasians. Over 3 million Americans, and over 60 million people worldwide, have glaucoma. Experts estimate that half of them don't know they have it. Combined with our aging population, we can see an epidemic of blindness looming if we don't raise awareness about the importance of regular eye examinations to preserve vision. The World Health Organization estimates that 4.5 million people worldwide are blind due to glaucoma.

Help Raise Awareness
In the United States, approximately 120,000 are blind from glaucoma, accounting for 9% to 12% of all cases of blindness. Here are some ways you can help raise awareness:

  1. Talk to friends and family about glaucoma. If you have glaucoma, don’t keep it a secret. Let your family members know.
  2. Refer a friend to the web site, www.glaucoma.org.
  3. Request to have a free educational booklet sent to you or a friend.
  4. Get involved in your community through fundraisers, information sessions, group discussions, inviting expert speakers, and more.

Connect with Glaucoma.org on Facebook for regular updates on glaucoma research, treatments, news and information. Share information about glaucoma with your friends and family.

What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that gradually steal sight without warning. Although the most common forms primarily affect the middle-aged and the elderly, glaucoma can affect people of all ages. Vision loss is caused by damage to the optic nerve. This nerve acts like an electric cable with over a million wires. It is responsible for carrying images from the eye to the brain. There is no cure for glaucoma—yet. However, medication or surgery can slow or prevent further vision loss. The appropriate treatment depends upon the type of glaucoma among other factors. Early detection is vital to stopping the progress of the disease.

Types of Glaucoma
There are two main types of glaucoma: primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), and angle-closure glaucoma. These are marked by an increase of intraocular pressure (IOP), or pressure inside the eye. When optic nerve damage has occurred despite a normal IOP, this is called normal tension glaucoma.

Secondary glaucoma refers to any case in which another disease causes or contributes to increased eye pressure, resulting in optic nerve damage and vision loss. Read more about Types of Glaucoma at (https://www.glaucoma.org/glaucoma/types-of-glaucoma.php).

Regular Eye Exams are Important
Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world, according to the World Health Organization. In the most common form, there are virtually no symptoms. Vision loss begins with peripheral or side vision, so if you have glaucoma, you may not notice anything until significant vision is lost.

The best way to protect your sight from glaucoma is to get a comprehensive eye examination. Then, if you have glaucoma, treatment can begin immediately. Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness among African-Americans. And among Hispanics in older age groups, the risk of glaucoma is nearly as high as that for African-Americans. Also, siblings of persons diagnosed with glaucoma have a significantly increased risk of having glaucoma.

Risk Factors
Are you at risk for glaucoma (https://www.glaucoma.org/glaucoma/are-you-at-risk-for-glaucoma.php)? Those at higher risk include people of African, Asian, and Hispanic descent. Other high-risk groups include: people over 60, family members of those already diagnosed, diabetics, and people who are severely nearsighted. Regular eye exams are especially important for those at higher risk for glaucoma, and may help to prevent unnecessary vision loss.

Glaucoma Research Foundation is a national non-profit organization funding innovative research to find better treatments and a cure for glaucoma. Learn more about Glaucoma Research Foundation (https://www.glaucoma.org/about/).



 


 

 


IMPORTANT INFORMATION DUE TO THE COVID-19 SITUATION


Chester County Seniors

For food, supplies and prescriptions (also pet food)
During this COVID-19 stay-at-home mandated time, if you cannot shop for food, supplies or pickup your prescriptions, please call the senior center (610-932-5244) and leave a message. We check our messages daily. We can get someone to help you!

 

CDC COVID Updates

Visit the CDC website for the latest information, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Chester County COVID Updates

Visit this website for the latest information for Chester County: https://www.chesco.org/4376/Coronavirus-COVID-19

     

ROVER

Thanks to Chester County officials, hours for rides in the mornings to grocery stores, doctor’s appointments and pharmacies have been extended, and available on Saturday mornings too! There is a limit of 3 seniors on a bus at one time! There is no additional cost!

 

 PA Dept. of Health Updates

As always, stay directly informed on COVID-19 by visiting the Pennsylvania Department of Health's website, which is regularly updated. https://www.health.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx#

     

Emotional Support

Where people can turn if they need to talk:
Emotional Listening Line at 800-932-4616. http://www.contacthelpline.org/emotional-listening-support

The Chester County Department of Mental Health has compiled information on how to access help and support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit their website and help us to get the word out by sharing this message. https://www.chesco.org/615/Mental-HealthIntellectual-Dev-Disabiliti

Chester County Warm Line: 866-846-2722 or visit chesco.org/mhidd

COVID-19 Statewide Support & Referral Line: 855-284-2494

 

 

Governor’s Websites

Visit the Governor’s websites for important information on the COVID-19 situation.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s website:
https://www.governor.pa.gov/

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s website:
https://governor.maryland.gov/

Delaware Governor John Carney’s website:
https://governor.delaware.gov/

Veterans Affairs

In case you are a veteran or know of one in need, please call 610-344-6375

Oxford Area Senior Center

As always be sure to also check our website or Facebook page for any updates.

 
 
     

The Oxford Senior Center is a member agency of the

United Way

 

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