Know what to do

Although it's incredibly rewarding, volunteering isn't always easy! You may find yourself in a scenario where you're unsure of what to do.

Click the buttons below to access resources designed to help you handle such situations and be a volunteer that's prepared for anything!

Spotting the Signs of Elder Abuse

Abuse can happen to any older person.
Learn about the different types of abuse, how to recognize the signs, and where to get help.

Loneliness is Lethal

More older Americans are suffering from chronic loneliness, and the long-term health risks can be deadly.

10 Reasons Why Seniors Lose their Appetite

Many older adults struggle during mealtimes or simply refuse to eat because they’ve lost their appetite.
This is an important issue to address because seniors need to eat well to stay as healthy and active as possible.
But how can you convince someone with no appetite to eat? And why do seniors lose their appetites in the first place?
To help you figure out why this happens, we explain what types of health conditions could cause a loss of appetite and share 10 reasons why someone wouldn’t want to eat.

Mental Health for Seniors: How to Identify Problems and Get Proper Care

Have you noticed that an older adult in your life is sleeping more than usual, seems angry and irritable, or is having suicidal thoughts? Did you know that these could be signs of a mental health problem?
It's important to recognize the warning signs and risk factors associated with depression and anxiety—and know how to get treatment for our seniors.

Alzheimer's Warning Signs

Differentiating between normal forgetfulness due to aging or a more serious disease is complicated.
Watch the below video to learn more about how to identify the warning signs of Alzheimer's.

What to do When an Older Person Falls

While most falls in adults over age 60 are little more than a spill, requiring a bit of dusting off and clambering back to their feet, you should take every fall seriously.
According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, falls in persons over the age of 65 are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries.
Even without injury, a fall can signal other problems, such as balance, gait, or improper medication.

How to Communicate With Difficult Seniors and Older Adults

Seniors need to feel relevant and respected. They also need your compassion.
Caring for, and having successful relationships with older adults often requires unique communication skills and strategies. Below are a few tips for successful communication with seniors.

Become a Mandated Reporter

Taking this course will equip you with the necessary tools and information you need to make a report whenever you suspect or witness elder or dependant adult abuse or neglect.
Click the button below to be redirected to the Mandated Reporter course on the California Department of Social Service website. Please note that this course will take approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.

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