BE AWARE: ALZHEIMERS AWARENESS

Alzheimer's is a complex neurological disease that is the most common form of dementia. More than 5 million people in the United States have Alzheimer's and more than 10 million are caring for a loved one with this disease. 

We want you to take the time to educate yourself, other family members, and friends of this growing disease by knowing the symptoms:

MEMORY LOSS- Forgetting recently learned information is the most common early signs of dementia. A person begins to forget more often and is unable to recall the information later.

DIFFICULTY PERFORMING FAMILIAR TASKS- People with dementia often find it hard to plan or complete everyday tasks.  Individuals may lose track of the steps involved in preparing a meal,  placing a telephone call or playing a game.

PROBLEMS WITH LANGUAGE- People with Alzheimer's disease often forget simple words or substitute unusual words, making their speech or writing hard to understand.

DISORIENTATION TO TIME AND PLACE- People with Alzheimer's disease can become lost in their own neighborhood, forget where they are and how they got there and/or get home.

 

2018 Health Care Enrollment Now Open!

Open Enrollment for 2018 Marketplace health insurance plans at healthcare.gov is quickly approaching. This year’s open enrollment, which runs from November 1 until December 15, is what’s known as a passive enrollment period. Kentuckians who already have a health plan purchased on the exchange do not have to do anything for their coverage to continue in 2018. Policyholders will have the same plan for 2018 or their coverage will move from their current plan to an available 2018 option that most closely matches their current coverage.

Current plan holders, and those who want to view 2018 options on the exchange, can now go to healthcare.gov and use the shopping tool. For new users, the federal marketplace requires the creation of a user account and a completed online application.

About 80 percent of Kentuckians enrolled in the exchange qualify for tax credits or subsidies that reduce their monthly health insurance premiums. For most of those who quality, the credits will off-set premium increases so the cost of insurance in 2018 will be about the same. A state-based call center is available at 855-459-6328 to assist Kentuckians with questions about where to go for coverage. The call center can help prescreen for program eligibility and help with questions and information. The HealthCare.gov customer service center is also available. It can be reached by calling 800-318-2596. The healthcare.gov call center is open 24/7.

Please be advised that that your local Family Health Centers are assisting with the open enrollments. Please contact Tamika Whitfield on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays 10;30-2:45 at 502-583-1981 located at East Broadway Family Health Center, 834 E. Broadway. 

Need an evening appointment: contact Debbie Baker on Mondays & Tuesdays 6-7 pm at          502-396-9710.

YMCA HOLIDAY HUSTLE: HEALTHY LIVING CHALLENGE

The Holidays are full of family, friends, fun, and lots of eats and sweets but one thing is for sure, the more you eat, the more those pounds start to stack up on the body. Thanks to the YMCA''s initiative of HEALTHY LIVING CHALLENGE that's just minutes away to help you stay active and fit.

Throughout the year, they will encourage you to complete different fitness challenges to improve your well being while also having fun! During the holiday season, they encourage you to join the HOLIDAY HUSTLE which had started NOVEMBER 1st and runs until DECEMBER 31st.

Join the YMCA nearest you in their annual Holiday Hustle where you have a challenge of completing 30 workouts in 61 days! The holidays have a reputation for overindulgence and putting exercise on the last page of the "to do" list. The Holiday Hustle will help you stay focused through this busy tome of year!

What: Holiday Hustle

When: November 1-December 31

Rate: Facility Members: $7 (includes t-shirt)

HOLIDAY HUSTLE DETAILS

  • An acceptable workout will consist of 30 minutes or more of exercise.
  • When you complete a workout, stop by the Front Desk for a sticker.
  • When you receive your sticker, walk over to our Holiday Hustle board and put the sticker by your name to verify you completed a workout for the day.
  • Only one sticker per day.

QUESTIONS?

For more information, contact Ashtyn Begley at abegley@ymcalouisville.org or at 502.933.9622.

KNOW YOUR RISK! Do you have Pre-Diabetes?

Diabetes has become an all too familiar disease. Few of us can say that we, or someone we know, are not effected by its reach. It can be confusing to manage diabetes. If left untreated, diabetes can put people at high risk for heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, and/or amputation.

Knowing your risk is the first step to preventively treating or preventing diabetes. In Kentucky we are working to engage people where they live, work and play to know their risk for Diabetes and learn how to best manage it.

WHAT IS PREDIABETES?

A reversible risk factor, where blood glucose levels are high, but not high enough to diagnose diabetes. with pre-diabetes, the blood sugar is already high enough to increase your risk for heart disease and other damage to your body.

HOW DO I PREVENT DIABETES?

Step 1: Know your risk! Click here to take the RISK QUIZ for Pre-Diabetes.

             Or text "My Risk" to 898-211

Step 2: Get the help you need! Call 2-1-1 today.

 

If you are at risk, your first step is to see your doctor for additional testing for pre-diabetes is needed. If you have diabetes or pre-diabetes, there are several community partners with resources to help you manage your health.

FREE FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT SERIES

Be in the next group of Louisvillians to take part in "Finances and You", a free six-series financial empowerment workshop. Each week guest speakers cover topics such how to coupon; evaluating needs and wants; credit reports and scores; and planning for 2018.

And just in time to help with budgeting and savings for holidays, the next offering begins Dec. 6th.

ACTION FOR DEMONCRACY LAUNCH-ARE YOU REGISTERED TO VOTE?

Join Kentuckians For The Commonwealth on Tuesday, November 7 at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT for our Action for Democracy online launch! Usually on the first Tuesday in November you might be huddled close to your television or Twitter feed watching election results. But since 2017 isn’t an election year in Kentucky, spend some time with KFTC members and allies from across the commonwealth celebrating our grassroots work, learning about our emerging Action for Democracy strategy, and building momentum for the 2018 primary and general elections. #HealthyDemocracy #NewPowerVoter#LetUsVote

COLLEGE IS JUST A STEP AWAY

Need help starting college?  KentuckianaWorks College Access Center (KCAC) is ready to help.

The KentuckianaWorks College Access Center offers FREE assistance in planning and paying for your education. FAFSA filing began this week so now is the time to act!

KCAC FREE assistance will help you:

  • Complete and file your financial aid forms (FAFSA filing began October 1st) 
  • Complete applications for admissions
  • Search for scholarships
  • Select the right school
  • Plan your career
  • Discover the fastest-growing occupations
  • Rehabilitate student loans in default

Call Today! 502-584-0475.

Or visit MyKCAC.org for location information and walk-in hours.

Your Future Is Awaiting You, so GO FOR IT!

 

 

Smoketown Neighborhood Association Meeting

Calling ALL Smoketown residents and Community Leaders to lift their voices about concerns, ideas, plans, and share upcoming events. Whatever your heart desires to bring forth to the table, you are more than welcome to share and learn what's going on in your community.

Get the latest update on the liquor store appeals, happenings and improvements in the community. Solutions to issues/concerns can only be addressed when brought to meetings where people can work together and contact higher personnel to make decisions that will effect you, your family and your community.

Please know that you have the POWER in helping make things happen in and for your community. Make your voice count. Come and be part of anything and everything that matters!

The Neighborhood Association meeting are held every 3rd Monday of the month at Bates Memorial Church, 620 East Lampton Street, 6:30-7:30 pm.

Next meeting is: Monday, November 20, 2017. Hope to see you there.