The participants of PACE Greater New Orleans won 1st Place in the funniest scarecrow category on City Park’s Botanical Garden Scarecrow Trail. The Award-winning scarecrow (Crowing Old at PACE) can be see on the Scarecrow Trail for FREE on Wednesdays until 8 pm through October. Participants traveled on a fieldtrip to see the scarecrow and enjoy the City Park’s Botanical Garden On Wednesday, October 17th as shown above.
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On Saturday, September 29th from 9:00 am through 1:00 pm, PACE clinical staff from Occupational and Social therapy met with the caregivers of PACE participants to discuss caregiver support. This first annual event was held at Fulton Alley where caregivers were able to discuss with each other issues they were having trying to care for their loved ones and strategic ways to effectively manage their care while at home. The event also featured a continental breakfast and several hours worth of bowling. In attendance from PACE were Lynette Gordon, Director of Clinical & Day Center Services, Social Workers Mae Dumas, Brenda Grayson, Mary Kulas Smith and Occupational Therapist Trisha Ventura.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is holding its Annual Health & Safety Fair, Thursday, October 25, 2018, from 10:00am until 1:00pm where PACE GNO will participate as a booth sponsor to answer questions about its valued services to the elderly community, Approximately 300-400 people are expected to pass through this fair. It will be held at the New Orleans District Headquarters, 7400 Lake Ave. (River Road), New Orleans, La. 70118. Both the U.S. Corps of Engineers and PACE GNO are proud to promote health and wellness at the upcoming fair.
ALEXANDRIA, VA – The U.S. House of Representatives took decisive action today to address the needs of an increasing number of American families who are straining to provide long-term care to loved ones by passing the Comprehensive Care for Seniors Act (H.R. 6561). Congressional leaders long have seen greater access to Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) as a key component to improving care for older adults and those with disabilities. The legislation, which passed by unanimous voice vote, directs the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to issue the final PACE regulation by Dec. 31. ….Read More
PACE GNO is featured on page 3 of the annual Good Business Matters section of the Clarion Herald. Read more . . .
“Before I Found PACE” is a new video series that is part of the PACE 2.0 initiative. The series will illustrate the need for expanding PACE through the stories and words of PACE participants and caregivers. Read more . . .
PACE began holding a Tai Chi class at the Shirley Landry Benson PACE Center at St. Cecilia as a pilot program for the State of LA Thursday, June 28, 2018. Lori LeDuff, Physical Therapist at PACE GNO and Alecia Oden, Occupational Therapist at PACE GNO, returned from Baton Rouge last week after becoming certified instructors in Tai Chi for fall prevention, seated Tai Chi, and Tai Chi for arthritis. They will participate in a study with the state of LA on fall prevention.
“Mind-body exercise, such as Tai Chi, is a type of physical exercise that combines physical and cognitive-stimulating activity. Tai Chi focuses on tranquility of mind to achieve longevity through meditation and life style modification. It is an alternate form of aerobic exercise with moderate intensity. Aerobic exercise can delay age-related brain atrophy, increase cerebral blood circulation, and stimulate neural cell regeneration. As an activity to promote cognitive stimulation, the meditation component of Tai Chi can improve attentional focus and executive function through learning a series of choreographed movements in continual sequence. As well, engaging in Tai Chi exercise in group settings allows elderly persons to maintain social contact with others, which can further benefit cognition through stress reduction and peer group support.
Systematic reviews and meta-analysis studies have reported Tai Chi training can improve general cognitive performance, memory, attention, language, and executive functions in older adults, including people with MCI. Effective management of IADL is dependent on memory, attention, and executive functions. Tai Chi can be conceived as an appropriate exercise for elderly persons to preserve cognitive health and functional abilities.”*
Classes will be regularly scheduled and held in the Wellness Center at the PACE GNO Eastbank Center.
*U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health – pub. 2018, Feb. 2; Mei-Yi-io and Diane T.F. Lee