Help us Sound the Alarm about fire safety in Fall River
Every day 7 people die in home fires. You can help change that.
This spring, the American Red Cross will team up with fire departments, volunteers, and partners to Sound the Alarm with home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events.
On Saturday, May 5, 2018, volunteers will install 450 free smoke alarms in 150 households in Fall River. To schedule an installation, call 1-800-746-3511.
For additional details and dates, visit www.SoundTheAlarm.org/Massachusetts
Chances are, we all know someone affected by heart disease and stroke, because about 2,300 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of 1 death every 38 seconds. But together we can change that!
The biggest part of living healthy comes down to simply making healthy choices. While you can’t change things like age and family history, the good news is that even modest changes to your diet and lifestyle can improve your heart health and lower your risk by as much as 80 percent.
Take these steps to help lower your risk:
- Eat healthy
- Get active
- Stay at a healthy weight
- Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke
- Control your cholesterol and blood pressure
- If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation
- Manage stress
For more information on making healthy choices to prevent heart disease, visit the American Heart Association at www.heart .org.
TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS TO CAREGIVER CHALLENGES
For a limited time, technology that supports solving caregiver challenges is available at no cost to caregivers who care for a family member or friend with dementia. Examples include:
- Portable digital music players with personalized playlists
- GPS and other tracking devices
- Electronic medication management systems
- Communication aids such as telephone devices and electronic tablets
- Video monitoring devices
- Counseling and support on the available technologies
Some restrictions apply. To learn more, contact the Information and Referral unit at Bristol Elder Services at 774-627-1390.
MassRelay is a free, confidential 24/7 service enabling hearing people or people who do not use a text telephone (TTY) to communicate over regular telephone lines with people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, late deafened, or speech disabled. Depending on the type of disability, the relay services are specialized to fit your needs.
A relay operator will complete your call, dialing the person you wish to contact. The operator will stay on the line to relay messages electronically via a TTY, or verbally to people who can hear. Relay operators provide exact transcriptions of what they hear, and speak what is typed to them, unless the caller directs them to do otherwise.
For detailed information on MassRelay, visit https://www.mass.gov/massrelay
Bristol Elder Services, Inc. is actively recruiting volunteers in the Taunton area for the Long Term Care Ombudsmen Program and for the Bristol Elder Services’ Advisory Council. All it takes to volunteer with us is a caring spirit and a commitment to enhancing the quality of life for seniors.
A volunteer Ombudsman receives, investigates, and works to resolve complaints made by or on behalf of residents in long term care homes. An Ombudsman visits nursing homes in the greater Taunton area weekly to meet with residents and to observe conditions in the facility. Training and support is provided.
We are also seeking volunteers for Bristol’s Advisory Council. The Advisory Council makes recommendations to Bristol’s Board of Directors on issues and concerns affecting seniors in greater Attleboro, Fall River, and Taunton. Responsibilities include planning, advocacy, and program development.
Thank you for your consideration of these rewarding volunteer opportunities. If you have any questions or are interested in joining our team, please contact Jennifer Jimenez at 774-627-1472.