Hillcrest’s Dr. Anna Fisher Appointed to Bellevue Public Schools Foundation

Dr. Anna Fisher, Director of Education and Quality, was recently elected to serve as a board member of the Bellevue Public Schools Foundation for the 2017-2021 term.

“As longtime supporters of Bellevue Public Schools and the fourth largest employer in Bellevue, Hillcrest Health Services is honored to have our own Dr. Anna Fisher serve on the schools foundation board,” said Jim Janicki, a Hillcrest Vice President. “Dr. Anna has been committed to enhancing every aspect of life in Bellevue for many years, including her service to the local schools, Bellevue University, the Chamber, support groups for seniors and caregivers and many more activities.”

A certified dementia practitioner, Dr. Fisher is the president of the Consortium of Dementia Alternatives and is a subject matter expert in quality and nursing services education. An adjunct professor at Bellevue University, Dr. Fisher teaches in the Masters Health Administration program and was awarded the prestigious Maenner Award for Professorship in 2012. She is also co-producer of the award winning NET television series “Now What?” focusing on elder care and dementia.

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.