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DUST OFF THOSE WALKING SHOES!!!

                                

Matthew Meadow Neighborhood Association is sponsoring a Charity 5K Fun Run/Walk Starting at 10 am Saturday October 21, 2017 Benefiting OUTCOMES, INC.

Register on Eventbrite (see link below) or in person the day of the event at Matthew Meadow Park (Matthew and Mateo Prado) between 9am-10am. Fee is $10/participant (Cash or check). Pets free/must be on leash

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Open to Everyone! Adults, Kids of all ages, Friends, Neighbors, Walking Groups and PETS!

Join us and have some family fun for a good cause!!

IF YOU CAN’T JOIN US, PLEASE MAKE A CONTRIBUTION.

ANY AMOUNT IS WELCOME!!

 *OUTCOMES is a non-profit organization that provides affordable mental health counseling to Adults, Children, Couples, Families and Groups.

Youth programs are available and Vocational testing and counseling is offered to those referred from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program offers services and information.

 

 

Help other seniors restore hope and create new meaning in their lives!

Senior Peer Counselors make home visits to older adults to ease loneliness and help with various challenges of later life. We use empathy and personal experience to make a difference.

Volunteers receive 16 hours of FREE training as well as ongoing guidance and support. Supervision is provided by a licensed master social worker. Must be 55 or older yourself and willing to drive own vehicle in and around Rio Rancho, NM. Mileage is reimbursed. Volunteer application and background check required. A one-year commitment is requested but all inquiries are welcome.

Learn useful skills and make new friends. Next training session begins this April. Register to take the training today! Contact Lynn Huxtable, Program Manager, at lhuxtable@outcomesnm.org or call toll-free at (800) 677-2947.

Source: U.S. Department of the Treasury, Financial Management Service

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has begun its move toward all-electronic federal benefit payments. This means that everyone applying for federal benefits will now receive their payments electronically, while anyone currently receiving paper federal benefit checks must switch to electronic payments by March 1, 2013. Paper checks will no longer be an option. People who do not choose an electronic payment option at the time they apply for federal benefits or who do not switch by the deadline will receive their federal benefit payments via the Direct Express® Debit MasterCard® card, so they will not experience any interruption in payment

Why Direct Deposit?

Receiving federal benefit payments by direct deposit means senior citizens, people with disabilities, veterans and others can experience significant advantages compared to paper checks, including:

  •  Safety – No risk of lost or stolen checks.
  •  Ease – No need to make a special trip to cash or deposit a check.
  •  Reliability – Payments are on time, every time
  •  Cost-Savings – Saves taxpayers $120 million each year.

Direct deposit offers you theft protection for your federal benefit payments. Switch from checks to direct deposit today. www.GoDirect.org

Don’t let a criminal take your federal benefit check. Protect your money. Switch to electronic payments today. www.GoDirect.org

Safeguard your federal benefit pmts. Switch from checks to direct deposit or the Direct Express® Debit MasterCard® card. www.GoDirect.org

Get federal benefit payments by paper check? You must switch to electronic payments by March 1, 2013. Don’t wait – protect your money from theft and fraud today. www.GoDirect.org

As we begin a new year, our thoughts usually turn to changes we’d like to make in our lives. Some of us vow to exercise more, others to spend more time with family or friends. And a month or two into the year, many of us find that our resolve has diminished. An area to try to prioritize, however, is our health. If you are a woman over the age of 54, please pay attention to the following article. The information may help extend your life span!

Older Women with Diabetes and Depression Have Twice the Risk of Death

(as reported by http://www.seniorjournal.com, January 3, 2011)

Older women suffering with diabetes and depression have a significantly increased risk of death from heart disease, as well as an increased death risk from all causes, over a six-year period, according to a report in the January issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of theJAMA/Archives journals.

Depression affects almost 15 million U.S. adults each year and more than 23.5 million U.S. adults have diabetes, according to the report. About 20 to 25 percent of patients with diabetes also have depression – nearly twice as many as those without diabetes. Diabetes and its complications are leading causes of death around the world.

A study of 78,282 older women – aged 54 to 79 – was conducted in 2000 by An Pan, Ph.D., of the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, and her colleagues. The women were participants in the Nurses Health Study.

The women were classified as having depression if they reported being diagnosed with the condition, were treated with antidepressant medications or scored high on an index measuring depressive symptoms. Reports of type 2 diabetes were confirmed using a supplementary questionnaire.

During six years of follow-up, 4,654 of the women died, including 979 who died from cardiovascular disease.

Compared with women who did not have either condition, the results were:
● those with depression had a 44 percent increased risk of death,
● those with diabetes had a 35 percent increased risk of death and
● those with both conditions had approximately twice the risk of death.

When considering only deaths from cardiovascular disease,
● women with diabetes had a 67 percent increased risk,
● women with depression had a 37 percent increased risk and
● women with both had a 2.7-fold increased risk.

“The underlying mechanisms of the increased mortality risk associated with depression in patients with diabetes remains to be elucidated,” the authors write.

“It is generally suggested that depression is associated with poor glycemic control, an increased risk of diabetes complications, poor adherence to diabetes management by patients and isolation from the social network.”

In addition, diabetes and depression are both linked to unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle, and depression could trigger changes in the nervous system that adversely affect the heart.

“Considering the size of the population that could be affected by these two prevalent disorders, further consideration is required to design strategies aimed to provide adequate psychological management and support among those with longstanding chronic conditions, such as diabetes,” the authors conclude.

This study was supported by a National Institutes of Health grant.

Grandma hasn’t been herself. Fred hasn’t been to the senior center in months. Juanita is starting to give away her favorite keepsakes. When is it time to worry that someone we care about may be seriously depressed or becoming suicidal?

Depression can be difficult to detect in older adults, because many of its symptoms overlap with some common experiences of aging. As we age, our sleep can become disrupted, our appetite may change, we may feel a decrease in the energy we once had, and we may develop various physical complaints such as digestive problems or generalized pain. However, depression is NOT a normal part of aging. If someone you know is having symptoms like these, ask about their interest in their usual hobbies or activities. Listen for feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, or disconnection. If they’ve stopped doing what they used to enjoy or have any of the feelings mentioned, encourage them to seek help.

Depression is a very treatable condition and a very dangerous one if left untreated. According to the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation, the risk for suicide increases with age. People 85 and older have the highest rates of suicide – twice the overall national rate. And depression, along with chronic illness, greatly increases a person’s risk for becoming suicidal.

It is hard for older adults to talk about feeling depressed or suicidal, because many believe it means they are weak or that these feelings are just part of growing older. They are wrong. Talk to them. Get them to their doctor to screen for other possible causes for their symptoms. And let them know you care. You just might save a life.

For more information about depression and suicide among older adults, visit the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation, the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, or the National Institute of Mental Health.