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., ... Wednesday, December 31,2014 Trenton Sun Page 7 - Seniors Etc. ........ : ..... : : : : Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any care- giving devices or technology products that help families keep an eye on an elderly parent that lives alone? Over the holidays, my sister and I noticed that my dad's health has slipped, so we would like to find something that helps us keep closer tabs on him when we're not around. Concerned Son Dear Concerned, There are many different as- sistive technology products avail- able today that can help families keep an eye on an elderly loved one when they can't be there. De- pending on your dad's needs and how much you're willing to spend, here are some good options to con- sider. Personal Emergency Response Systems If you're primarily worried about your dad falling and need- ing help, one of the most common- ly used and affordable products for seniors living alone is a per- sonal emergency response system (PERS)--also known as a medical alert device. For about a dollar or two a day, these systems provide a wear- able pendent button--typically in the form of a necklace pendant or wristband--and a base station that connects to the home phone line. At the press of a button, your dad could call and talk to a trained op- erator through the system's base station receiver, which works like a powerful speakerphone. The op- erator will find out what's wrong, and will notify family members, a neighbor, friend or emergency services as needed. Some PERS today even offer motion-sensitive pendants that can detect a fall and automati- cally hall for help. And some offer GPS mobile-alert pendants that work anywhere. Some top compa- nies that offer all levels of services include: Philips Lifeline lifelinesys.com, 800-380-3111 Medical Alert medicalalert.com, 800-800-2537 and MobileHelp mobilehelpnow.com,800-992-0616 Sensor Monitoring If you want to keep closer tabs on your dad than what a PERS of- fers, consider a sensor monitoring system. These systems use small wireless sensors (not cameras) placed in key areas of your dad's home that can detect changes in his activity patterns, and will no- tify you via text message or email if something out of the ordinary is happening. For instance, if he went to the bathroom and didn't leave, it could indicate a fall or other emergency. You can also check up on his pat- terns anytime you want through the system's website. And for ad- ditional protection, most services also offer PERS call buttons that can be placed around the house, or worn. Some good companies that of- fer these services are GrandCare Systems (grandcare.com, 262- 338-6147), which charges $300 for their activity sensors, plus a $50 monthly service fee.; and BeClose (beclose.com, 866-574- 1784), which runs $399 for three sensors, and a $69 monthly ser- vice fee if paid a year in advance. If you're interested in a more budget-friendly option, consider Lively (mylively.com, 888-757- 0711), which costs only $50 with a $35 monthly service fee. Lively uses small motion sensors that you attach to movable objects like a pillbox, refrigerator door, front door, etc. These sensors will track your dad's movement/activity and let you know of any abnormalities in his routines. For example, if he didn't pick up his pillbox to get his medicine, or he didn't open the front door to go out and retrieve his morning newspaper, you would be notified and can check on him. Lively also offers a PERS "safety watch" in case he falls or needs to call for help. Another affordable option to check out is Evermind (evermind. us, 855-677-7625), which lets you keep an eye on your dad by moni- toring his frequently used elec- trical appliances through small plug-in sensors. So, for example, if your dad doesn't turn on the coffee maker in the morning, or if he's'not watching his favorite tele- vision program before bedtime, you would be notified. Evermind costs $199 for the three sensors, plus a $29 monthly service fee. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of "The Savvy Senior" book. d k. Trenton Senior Meal Site Menu and Activities January 5-9 MONDAY Spaghetti, Garlic Bread, Green Salad, Fruit Cobbler TUESDAY Beef Stroganoff, Carrots, Beets, Jello Poke Cake WEDNESDAY Roast Beef and Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Carrots, Fruit, Peanut Butter Squares THURSDAY Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Cookies, Fruit FRIDAY Hamburger on Bun, French Fries, Pasta Salad, Brownies Seniors must call 224-9913 before 9:00 a.m. and leave a message. Subject to change without notice. Meals are served at noon each day. To arrange transportation to the Meal Site, call South Central Transit at 800-660-7433. Volleyball Clinic Saturday in New Baden New Baden's Recreation Department, in conjunction with the St. Louis based H20 select volleyball team, will have a volleyball clinic on Saturday, January 3. The clinic is open to girls in third through eighth grades. There will be three time slots based on age. Players in grades three and four will be scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon; fifth and sixth graders will meet from 1 to 3 p.m.; and seventh graders from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m All of the activities will take place at the New Baden Civic Center (100 East Birch, New Baden). Each clinic time will focus on age-appropriate skills and drills. A clin- ic t-shirt is included in the registration fee. Registration forms can be downloaded from newbadenil.com. Deadline for registration is December 31. !!! N HAPPY NEW YEAR WHS music program plans trivia night Wesclin High School's band and chorus will have a fundraising trivia night on January 17. The event will be staged in the Wesclin High School Cafeteria. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and trivia starts at 7 p.m. Each table can include eight to ten people. The night will be arranged with ten rounds of trivia questions, games, and a silent auction. You are welcome to bring food to the event but all drinks must be purchased on site. For more information or to reserve a table, call Renee at 779-2991. Auto Home Business Life Health wwwpekininsurancecm  ![ NEWS TIPS? m i ke" t rentonsu n. net Illin00?00 Illin00s In a new statevnde ey lllinoans said it oud and clear: 73% of them ad  nlinois newspaper each wk. :: reaches cttstomers at the beat peible moment. /hezlth ...... dytoh ............ de. ll00ois! ehoe newpape er rao hy a 74o-1 margin. The choe spaper over TV and dlrect b ff4o-1. That is th par of newpapar place where yo tome a looking for you NU  -- in Illinois' many excellent newspapers. Fourth graders brighten holiday for seniors WI=SCMN MIDDLI= SCHOOL fourth graders in Dawn Isenhower's class made angel tray and table decorations for residents of Trenton Village to enjoy during the holiday season. Registr00Lt:ion ongoing for KC-Tre0000ton spring classes Registration is underway for the Spring 2015 semester at Kaskaskia College's main campus, branch campus, and Education centers. Most classes will begin on January 12, 2015. Classes offered for the Spring Semes- ter at the Trenton Education Center include: Accounting Principles, Intro- duction to Art, Microbiology, Biology 101, Anatomy and Physiology 122, In- troduction to Business, Marketing Fun- damentals I, Introduction to Business, General Chemistry, General Chemis- try, Microsoft Excel (Beginner), Intro to Word Processing, CISCO Routing and Switching, CISCO Network Essentials, Food Service Sanitation Certificate, Intro to Child Development, Motor Fit Activities-Preschool, Exceptional Child, Intro to Educational Practice, Principles of Management, Writing Ef- fective Sentence Paragraphs, Intro to College Composition, English Composi- tion 101 and 102, History of the United States 104, History of Western Civili- zations 101 and 102, History of Diver- sities, Human Health and Wellness, First Aid, Criminal Law, Police Opera- tions, Introduction to Literature, Fi- nite Mathematics, Basic Mathematics, General Statistics, Elementary Plane Geometry, Elementary Algebra, Intro to Contemporary Math, Intermediate Algebra, Trigonometry, Elementary Algebra, College Algebra, Intro to Con- temporary Math, Medical Terminology, Music Appreciation, Nurse Assistant, Basic Life Support, Logic, Core Values and Ethical Decision Making, Political Science, Child Psychology, Life Span Growth and Development, Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Fundamentals of Reading, Critical Reading and Study Skills, World Religions, Sociology, So- cial Problems, Spanish, Fundamentals of Speech, Leadership in Management, MIG Welding and Gas Welding Pro- cesses Gas Welding Processes For more information or to make an advising appointment, please contact the Trenton Education Center at 618- 224-2666. Starting dates for some class- es may vary. 00lste00 of Gomm0000lt00 Baptist l00e-sokool expedeuee for 4 00eae olds ENRObbING NOW FOR 2, 3 OR 4 DAYS A WEEK OPTIONS Call for an appointment or more information GriL, b q00OD00Y! Grace Community Baptist Church 1 West 4th Street Trenton Monica Marsh, Director Office: (618) 224-6748 or Cell: (618) 616-0371 NARFE meets January 14 The next meeting of the National Active and Re- tired Federal Employees (NARFE) Chapter 1019 will be Wednesday, January 14, in the meeting room at the Golden Corral in Shiloh. Buffet opens at 11 a.m. and the meeting begins at noon. Guests are always welcome. Ruth Holmes from the Me- morial Hospital Community Relations Office will speak on the hospital's expansion plans. NARFE is dedicated to protecting the healthcare and retirement benefits of federal employees and their survivors. If your future se- curity is tied to federal re- tirement benefits (retirees, current employees, spouses, and individual survivors), you are eligible for NARFE membership. Join online at www.narfe.org or by calling 800-627-3394. Learn about our electronic membership at www.eNarfe.org The NARFE Service Center is located in Building 50, 201 East Winters Street, Scott Air Force Base, on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mem- bers are available to assist with pertinent paperwork and to accept memberships. To leave a message, call 256- 9350. For more information, con- tact chapter president Deane Richter at 526-7932. Start the new year off right with a visit to your local Pekin Insurance agent. With affordable coverages for your auto, home, life, health, and business, you can rest assured and focus on resolutions for the year to come. We wish you a happy and prosperous New Year! Benhoff insurance Agency Inc. 7 S. Main St., Trenton, IL 62293 (618) 224-7311 www.benhoffinsuranceagency.com