Hillcrest Health Services proudly raises nearly $14,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association

As this year’s presenting sponsor, Hillcrest Health Services recently assisted the Alzheimer’s Association in exceeding its fundraising goal for the Sarpy County Walk to End Alzheimer’s, bringing in nearly $14,000 of the $61,000 raised, making Hillcrest the top fundraising team.

Hillcrest raised these funds through a number of donations, raffles and fundraisers, including bake sales, dunk tanks, penny wars, and even an event to shave a Hillcrest executive’s hair, prior to the August 26 event.

Leading the fundraising efforts was Laura Mayer, Dementia Care Specialist at Hillcrest Health Services, and a committee of team members, representing all of Hillcrest’s communities. Mayer works alongside Hillcrest’s nationally-renowned dementia expert Dr. Anna Fisher, Director of Education and Quality at Hillcrest Health Services, who, in addition to Mayer, spoke at this year’s Sarpy Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

“I am honored to have had the opportunity to lead the Hillcrest organization in our fundraising efforts for the Sarpy County Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” Mayer said to the crowd at the walk. “I hope that for as long as it takes we continue to stand together and walk for a future with a cure for Alzheimer’s.”

Each day, Hillcrest Health Services serves nearly 1,200 aging adults, and many of these individuals are experiencing the effects of Alzheimer’s or other dementia disorders. This is why Hillcrest helped lead efforts to start the Sarpy County Walk to End Alzheimer’s in 2014.

Though the 2017 Sarpy Walk to End Alzheimer’s has come to end, Hillcrest’s fundraising efforts have not stopped. This Saturday, representatives from Hillcrest, led by team captain Kari McElderry, will be walking in the Council Bluffs Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Tom Hanafan Rivers Edge Park. The goal is to raise another $1,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Celebrate Falls Prevention Awareness Day with Hillcrest!

Falls are a leading cause of death among individuals 65 and older, and they can be a major contributor to aging adults losing their independence. That’s why Hillcrest Health Services is partnering with the National Council on Aging and the Falls Free® Coalition to celebrate Falls Prevention Awareness Day on September 22.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Falls Prevention Awareness Day: “10 Years Standing Together to Prevent Falls.” The celebration is intended to bring together aging adults and their loved ones, health professionals and community leaders in support of falls prevention. Hillcrest’s community event will empower aging adults to stay active, independent and safe in their homes and communities.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hillcrest Country Estates Grand Lodge, guests can enjoy educational sessions, on-site screenings, interactive activities, access to community partners and more.

This event is FREE and open to the community. The first 250 participants will receive a free gift.

“Many people are surprised to hear that falls are such a large contributor to deaths in the aging population,” said Paul Gardner, Director of Home and Community Rehab Services. “We hope seniors will join us for Falls Prevention Awareness Day so we can provide the necessary education to understand the risks of falling and ultimately help to prevent future falls.”

Educational sessions include Falling Gracefully (How to Fall), Falling is Not Just Physical (Cognition and Environment), Exercise for the Ages (Senior Exercise) and Learning to Walk (You’ve Been Doing it Wrong for Years).

“Falls prevention is a team effort that takes a balance of education, intervention, and community support,” said Kathleen Cameron, Senior Director of NCOA’s National Falls Prevention Resource Center. “This annual coordinated celebration is an opportunity to look at the world around us, be aware of falls hazards and take action to stay safe from falls.”

To find out more about Falls Prevention Awareness Day and NOCA’s work to prevent falls, go to www.ncoa.org/FallsPrevention. For more information about Hillcrest’s Falls Prevention Awareness Day, call Paul at (402) 682-6482.

Hillcrest Country Estates Grand Lodge is located at 6021 Grand Lodge Ave in Papillion, just off Highway 370 and 60th Street.

Hillcrest Hospice Care to screen “Soul Injury”

The Hillcrest Hospice Bereavement Services team invites you to a free video screening of “Soul Injury: Liberating Unmourned Loss & Unforgiven Guilt.”

Join us on Thursday, September 14, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Grand Hall at Hillcrest Country Estates Grand Lodge (located at 6021 Grand Lodge Ave, Papillion). Doors open at 5 p.m. A light meal is complimentary with prior registration.

National lecturer and author Deborah Grassman, CEO, Opus Peace, cared for more than 10,000 dying veterans over a 30-year career. Now she shares what those veterans taught her about the burden of soul injury, an emotional wound caused by unmourned loss and unforgiven guilt or shame. Learn how soul injury has the potential to affect us all long before a serious illness and how to respond to soul injury during this thought-provoking educational program.

“The ‘Soul Injury’ video is designed to help professionals in health care, social work and related fields to better understand how to deal with trauma, grief and loss,” said Valerie Height, Bereavement Coordinator. “The program will also help those who have experienced soul injury themselves to know it is okay to be emotionally vulnerable.”

Two CE credits, with completion of an online exam, are available for $10 cash or check. CE’s are offered for social workers, nurses, clergy, funeral directors, counselors and more. This webinar is approximately 90 minutes with a 30-minute post-program discussion required for CE credits. A panel of professionals, including a psychiatrist, chaplain and war veteran, will lead the discussion.

Registration is requested online at: hillcresthealth.com/events/soul-injury. Please register by Thursday, September 7, as seating is limited.

For more information, call Valerie Height, Bereavement Coordinator, (402) 934-2518.