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06/04
TrialMatch: Find Clinical Trials for Alzheimer’s and Other Dementia
06/12
Public is encouraged to write letters to nursing home residents

 

State of Idaho
Idaho Commission on Aging
Brad Little

Governor

6305 W. Overland, Suite 110, Boise 83709
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, Idaho 83720-0007
Phone (208)334-3833
Website: http://www.aging.idaho.gov
Judy B. Taylor
Director
NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Janet Miller

208-334-3833

janet.j.miller@aging.idaho.gov

Help those most lonely this holiday season.

Boise ID (November 27, 2023)

Loneliness is real!  And even though many of us think of loneliness as an emotional response, it is so much more.

According to a recent publication by the US Surgeon General loneliness has far reaching effects.  As expected, the report verified that loneliness is connected to increased rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide.  However, it is also linked to increased rates of dementia, heart disease, elevated blood pressure and diabetes.

Although many nursing homes and assisted living centers do a great job of connecting their residents, the reality is that many residents continue to feel lonely. The National Library of Medicine reports that 40 percent of nursing home residents feel some level of loneliness.  This is especially true for those that do not have regular visits from family and friends.

The good news is that you can make a difference this holiday season and throughout the year.

The Idaho Commission on Aging (ICOA) encourages you to write letters to Residents of Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities in your area.  Write a letter, send a card, have your children draw a picture, and send it to a facility in your area addressed to “Any Resident”.  This may not seem like much, but to a lonely person, it would mean the world.  These letters will be distributed to residents who have little to no contact with family and friends.

If you would like to share your efforts on social media, we encourage you to use the hashtag #IdahoConnects to encourage others to join in and make a difference.

 

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About the Idaho Commission on Aging

The Idaho Commission on Aging (ICOA) serves Idaho’s seniors, people with disabilities, and their caregivers by safeguarding their rights, fostering self-sufficiency, and advocating on their behalf. The ICOA provides opportunities for individuals to access a comprehensive array of private and public pay, long term care, and support services through “Single Access Points” operated by the Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs).

The Older Americans Act (OAA) authorizes the state to designate a State Unit on Aging (SUA) to administer federal programs in Idaho. ICOA has the authority to develop and manage budgets and programs to address the needs of older Idahoans, people with disabilities and their caregivers.

The ICOA administers state and federally funded programs under the OAA and the State Senior Services Act by contracting with six geographically located Area Agencies on Aging (AAA). The AAAs provide OAA services as well as Idaho’s Ombudsman and Adult Protective programs.

06/17
Dementia Unplugged: Ask the Expert, Mondays at 5:00 (MST)

This Dementia Unplugged program, Ask The Expert™, is appropriate for all care partners and all types and stages of Dementia, as well as specific individuals (those living with MCI or very early-stage Dementia).

You’ll be able to ask basic questions, get real-world answers, and take the next best step(s) in your journey.

Register here

06/18
Family Caregiver Support Group, 3rd Tuesday of the Month, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, NORCO Bld, 1303 S Silverstone Way, Meridian
06/18
Alzheimer’s Association In-Person Support Groups and Educational Webinars June’s Schedule
06/19
Ada Community Library, Memory Connections Resource Center, Victory Branch, 10664 W. Victory Rd, Boise ID 83709
06/19
Boise Art Museum Monthly Education Programs & Hands-on Art Projects / Experiences
06/20
2024 Boise VA Legal Clinics, 2 pm – 4 pm, Building 54 at the Boise VA Medical Center

Please contact Amanda Pentland, LCSW, Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist, for additional information,  208-422-1064

Schedule here

06/20
Boise Farmer’s & City of Good Mobile Market, June – August

Fresh fruit and vegetables from local farms to your neighborhood each week.

Schedule here

06/20
Memory Cafes, June Schedule

Ada Community Library, Victory Branch,  No Meeting in June

Bown Crossing Library,  3rd Thursday, June 20,  1:00-2:30

Orchard Park Meridian Library, 4th Thursday, June 27, 1:00-2:30

Nampa Public Library, 4th Friday, June 28, 1:00-2:30

On-line Memory Cafe Coming in July, stay tuned for more information!

RSVP contact Karen Kouba-McIver kkouba@jannus.org or 208-947-4283

More information here