As an older adult, you have access to an amazing resource for non-profit and community organizations: You! You are a wealth of knowledge and experience that can be highly beneficial to the communities you live in.
 
As you gear up to enter your golden years, instead of retiring to the couch, think about how the skills, knowledge, and experience you have can help out a local organization. You can be an instrumental factor in helping our communities become better places to live, grow, and have fun.
 
Volunteering gives you the opportunity to remain active and a contributing member of your community. You could lend your experience or learn new skills to help others, spruce up a garden, volunteer in a school art program, assist the elderly, feed the hungry, or help a veteran. There are many ways to remain active in your community.
 
Volunteering or working for the community is a great way to meet new people, make new friends, and keep your body and brain active and healthy. Help yourself while helping others!
 
It is important to remain active. Whether volunteering or embarking on a new career, your knowledge and experience can be a welcomed addition to our community.
Interested in an exciting job opportunity or want to put your expertise to work? Talk with our Senior Employment service team and see how your skills could translate into a new and exciting career.
 
For volunteer opportunities in your community or to learn more about Senior Employment, call Council on Aging Silicon Valley and speak with our Information and Assistance team at 408.350.3200, option 1.

Lung Cancer Screening

Medicare Part B covers lung cancer screening using low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) if the individual meets all the following criteria:

  • Aged 55 to 77
  • No signs or symptoms of lung cancer
  • Current smoker or quit smoking within the past 15 years
  • Tobacco smoking history averaging one pack per day for 20 years (“20 pack-years”)
  • An order from a doctor or healthcare provider

Take advantage of these preventative services offered by Medicare by asking for them for yourself or your loved one. In this way, older adults can reduce their risk of developing substance abuse disorders or mitigate its effects to maintain healthier lifestyles.

References

  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2020, July). Substance use in older adults drugfacts. Substance Use in Older Adults DrugFacts | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) (nih.gov)
  2. gov. (n.d.). Preventive & screening services. preventive services (medicare.gov)

 

This project was supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $94,686 with 100 percent funding by ACL/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.