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Health District Offering Fall-Risk Assessments for Seniors

Health District Offering Fall-Risk Assessments for Seniors

The Southern Nevada Health District is partnering with several organizations to help seniors assess their risk of falling.

The events are part of Fall Prevention Awareness Week.

Health district staff and partners will use guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to assess how likely people are to fall.

Those who are found to be at risk for falling will be given information on how to prevent a fall and will be encouraged to attend a seven-week course on preventing falls.

According to the Center for Health Data and Research, in Nevada in 2004, there were 132 deaths from falls, most happened in Clark County.

The report also showed that between 2003 and 2005, more than 10,000 people were admitted to Nevada hospitals as a result of a fall.

Falls are the leading cause of injury for people 65 years and older.

Here is the list of days, times and locations for free fall assessment:

Senior Talent Competition Registration Opens


Calling all talented local seniors: your skills are wanted for a performance contest.

Registration for the 2013 Senior Idol Talent Showcase auditions is under way for the 10th annual competition that will be held at 3 p.m June 13 at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.

This showcase is for performers 50 years and older, and includes numerous categories for individuals and groups to compete in. Categories include, but not limited to, singing, dance, musical instruments and comedy.

To get a registration packet, contact the Las Vegas Senior Center at 229-6454, or stop by at 451 E. Bonanza Road. Packets must be completed and returned to the Las Vegas Senior Center by 6 p.m. April 26. Invitations to audition will be mailed out, and auditions will be held May 8 and 9 at the Las Vegas Senior Center.

Senior Housing Facility to be Dedicated to Councilman's Mother

Senior Housing Facility to be Dedicated to Councilman's Mother


A ceremony will be held Tuesday to dedicate the Aldene Kline Barlow Senior Apartments at 1327 H Street.

The event begins at 10 a.m. and will be hosted by Councilman Ricki Barlow, whose mother is the namesake of the apartments.

The new three-story apartment building is named to honor Barlow’s mother, who died at the location in a car accident. It is age-restricted and rented to seniors with household incomes less than 80 percent of area median income.

More than $6 million for construction came from the city of Las Vegas, provided by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Redevelopment Affordable Housing Set Aside funds.

“My family and I are deeply moved that mother is being honored and remembered in this way,” Councilman Barlow said. “Like all of us, she cared deeply about our community and the welfare of our seniors. She would be proud that a fine building that will be home to so many carries her name.”

Free Tax Help for Seniors and Lower-Income People

Free Tax Help for Seniors and Lower-Income People


Seniors and lower-income people needing help preparing their income tax returns can find free help at City of Las Vegas senior centers through April.

Volunteers from AARP will offer residents age 50 and older free assistance with personal income tax form preparation and electronic filing at four city active adult and senior centers beginning in February.

Participants in the Internal Revenue Service Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will offer similar free help to Nevada residents at the Doolittle Senior Center starting Feb. 19.

Income restrictions will apply to qualify for assistance. Advance appointments are required at all locations. Bring a copy of your 2011 income tax return and all of your applicable 2012 paperwork to the appointment. Call a center below between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays to schedule an appointment:

New Sidewalk Ramps Coming to Older Neighborhoods

New Sidewalk Ramps Coming to Older Neighborhoods


New sidewalks ramps are coming to older neighborhoods of Las Vegas.

The city of Las Vegas has started installing new ramps in two residential areas in an effort to improve the quality of life for people living in that part of the community.

The first area is bounded by Decatur Boulevard, Meadows Lane, Valley View and Charleston boulevards.

The second area is farther east and is bounded by Marion Drive, Charleston Boulevard, Stewart Avenue and the Las Vegas Wash.

The 150 new ramps will improve the look of the neighborhoods and make the areas compliant with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. Crews will also be upgrading 25 existing ramps.

The city is using in-house construction staff to complete the work over the next five months. 

Seniors Learn to Spot Scams

Seniors Learn to Spot Scams


The Nevada State Contractors Board spent the day helping Las Vegas seniors avoid scams.

The board held a Senior Awareness Program seminar at the Doolittle Senior Center Thursday morning. Seniors learned about specific scams that target them, tips to protect themselves and how to report when they've been victimized.

According to the Health and Human Services Aging and Disability Services Division, between July 2010 and June 2011, more than 4,300 elderly abuse cases were reported to the state. That is about 12 incidents of abuse each day. Those numbers are expected to rise as the baby boomer generation ages.

For more information about scams and how to report if you've been victimized, go to fightfraud.nv.gov.


Matching Older Pets with Local Seniors

Matching Older Pets with Local Seniors


Senior rescue pets often struggle finding permanent homes, but the Animal Foundation is launching a new program aimed at the problem.

The “Seniors 4 Seniors” program offers local seniors age 60 and over $50 discounts on adoption fees for dogs 3 years of age and older, and cats over the age of 1.

The shelter receives more than 50,000 animals annually. Younger cats and dogs find homes quickly and easily. Older pets frequently get passed over.