Monday, February 22, 2010

Elder Abuse

State of Florida has 4.36 million residents age 60 and older. Abuse includes not only physical abuse, but neglect, exploitation and self-neglect. Physical signs of abuse may include cuts, puncture wounds, burns, bruises, welts, dehydration or malnutrition, poor coloration, sunken eyes or cheeks, soiled clothing or bed, or lack of necessitites such as food, water or utilities.

Behavioral signs of abuse may include fear, anxiety, agitation, anger, isolation, withdrawal, depression, non-responsiveness, resignation, ambivalence, contradictory statements, implausible stories, hesitation to talk openly, confusion or disorientation.

If you know of anyone who may need help, call the Florida Elder Abuse hotline at

Saturday, February 13, 2010


I recently helped Sheila Salyer and Beth Hollister at the Senior Center again this year with the housing day for their participants in TALL (Tallahassee Area Lifelong Leaders).

These are usually but not exclusively retired individuals still wanting to make a difference in our community or making that difference and wanting to learn more.

We visited Woodmont Assisted Living where they fed us lunch which was fabulous and also Ed Dion's Remodel for a Universal House, over on Glenview. Very impressive what this builder has done to make this older home more practical for aging, or physically challenged individuals.

It took many individuals assistance to pull off the day and I am grateful for all the help and welcoming folks we visited. If you are interested in being a part of the TALL program at the Senior Center next year, contact Hella Spellman there at 891-4000.