Welcome to the June 2006 Seniors Digest!
This month, we take a look at a variety of issues having to do with health and safety.
If you have signed up for a Medicare Prescription Drug plan, but are having trouble getting the medications you need, recourse may be available. See "Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit: How to Request an Exception" to learn more.
On June 15, World Elder Abuse Day, organizations around the world will be focusing on raising awareness of this important issue. Read how to identify elder abuse...and how to report this serious crime. And wear something purple on June 15! If you don't take a stand, who will?
Also in this issue:
- Delicious recipes made with fresh, local ingredients in "Houston Brown's Cooking Corner"
- Online pitfalls to avoid in "Safe Surfing: Do's and Don'ts for Internet Users"
- Save the Date! August 23 Legislative Forum notice in "Links You Can Use"
- Are You at Risk for Tetanus or Diphtheria?
- "Summer Safety" Wordfind
For More Information...
Check out SeniorsDigest.org, our national companion website. The Seniors Digest Resource Center is a great place to begin your search for information about issues of interest to seniors and their families.
We hope you will refer to our electronic pages often to obtain advice, to learn of new and exciting services, and to offer us your constructive feedback.
Read Seniors Digest and tell us what you think. We are here to help.
Don Moreland, Chair
Seattle-King County Advisory Council
on Aging and Disability Services
* More About Jane Fitch
Jane Fitch volunteers as a victim's advocate for the Victim of Crimes Assistance (VOCA) program. The program, part of Senior Rights Assistance, provides support and assistance to elderly crime victims. Clients are referred to VOCA directly from the prosecutor's office once charges have been filed. Jane assists clients in navigating the complex system by helping with paperwork, explaining how the system works, following up with deadlines, and assisting with other needs.
According to Jane, the VOCA volunteers do a lot of listening. Many victims are embarrassed and blame themselves for the crime, so being able to share their fears and concerns with someone helps them through the process. Jane reports of a client whom she recently accompanied to court, "I just sat next to her, but sometimes that is all you need, to have someone beside you."
Jane has been volunteering on practically a full-time basis for 15 years. In addition to her work at the VOCA program, she currently volunteers for both the Intiman Theater and the Federal Way Multi-Service Center, where she works in the clothing bank.
In her "off-time" Jane enjoys traveling and spending time with her family two children and two grandchildren. She also regularly attends an art history course for older adults, and an informal group of seniors who meet regularly to walk through the woods and trails in Federal Way. She is an avid public transit rider, commuting via bus from Federal Way to Seattle several days a week to her volunteer job.
See "Links You Can Use" for more about VOCA and the Senior Rights Assistance Program.