Resource fair to showcase products and services for seniors and people with disabilities

Warren Wolfe

contributing writer

 

Products, services and activities to help older people and those with disabilities live better at home will be the focus of a resource fair on Thursday, June 13, at the Roseville Skating Center.

Two dozen organizations and businesses will offer information and demonstrations at the event, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the second-floor Rose Room at the center, 2661 Civic Center Drive.

The event is free, handicap-accessible and open to the public. It is part of a monthly Caring & Coping series sponsored by the Roseville Alzheimer’s and Dementia Community Action Team (Roseville A/D), the Ramsey County Library system and the City of Roseville.

The series typically is presented at the Roseville Library, but this month’s program was moved to the Roseville Skating Center to provide more space for exhibitors.

It will be an opportunity for seniors, people with disabilities and their families to check out a wide range of aids that can make continuing to live at home safer, easier and sometimes more fulfilling than moving into supervised living such as nursing homes or assisted living facilities.

For instance, devices on display can help with walking, dressing, eating, breathing, vision or hearing loss, medication management, computer and phone access and voice-activated home-environment control.

Information will be offered about such local services as home-safety assessments, Meals on Wheels, city-sponsored recreation programs, adult-day services, in-home art therapy, classes and workshops for seniors, caregiver coaching, education and support groups, GivingVoice Chorus for people with dementia and their care partners, life-long learning programs, upcoming educational events, nearby mental-health clinics, tips for retaining a healthy brain and a state program that lends assistive technology devices.

In addition, the Roseville Fire Department will offer free Vial of Life medical-information kits, CPR instruction and information about preventing falls and fires.

Roseville A/D will offer information about Memory Minder kits with activities, games and information for people with dementia and their families, available for check-out at Ramsey County libraries. It also will describe a new project to make Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport the nation’s first dementia-friendly airport.

Roseville A/D is a volunteer group of residents, city officials and professionals in aging services that since 2013 has developed and presented educational programs about dementia issues. For more information and for area resources, go to www.cityofroseville.com/dementiainfo.

 

—Warren Wolfe is a Roseville resident who retired from the Star Tribune, where he wrote about aging and health-policy issues. He is active in Roseville A/D.

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