January, 2017 A Senior Connection Newsletter
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Happy New Year!!! 

A new year has begun....  but before we said goodbye to 2016, the staff at A Senior Connection had a wonderful Christmas Party where we were treated to pedicures and massages and then baked cookies, caramel corn, and candies into the night! We then took our baked goods along with gifts, to some of our favorite Care Homes, who are most in need, to bring a little extra cheer for the holidays! We hope that 2017 will be a healthy and prosperous year for us all! 
January 1, 2017:

Although 2016 may have taken it’s fair share of loved ones and celebrities, it also gave us some beneficial new laws! Here are a list of a few of the 898 new laws passed in California in 2016:

* Terminally ill Californians will have the “right to try” experimental drugs that do not yet have full federal approval for clinical trials.
* Patients who go to their insurance’s in-network hospital, lab or other health facility will not face surprise, larger charges if the doctor or health worker treating them is not in the network.
* There will be new protections against foreclosure for surviving spouses who own their home but are not listed on the mortgage.
* Employers are prohibited from paying women less than male colleagues based on prior salary. Workers in “substantially similar” jobs but of different race or ethnicity will also need to be paid equal wages.
* Want to save an animal trapped in a car in heat or cold? As long as you call authorities first, you won’t be held legally liable for breaking into the car.

You can search California Legislative Information for more information on these laws, as well as, the hundreds of others passed in 2016.

Signs Mom and Dad May Need More Help

You came home to see the family for the holidays, but maybe you saw some changes from the last time you visited.

Here are a few of the signs that extra care may be needed for your loved ones:

- Disheveled clothing
- Broken appliances
- Changes in mood or extreme mood swings
- Spoiled / expired groceries that don’t get thrown away
- Poor personal hygiene
- Cluttered, dirty and/or disorganized house
- Depressed or low energy temperament
- Unexplained bruising
- Trouble getting up from a seated position
- Missing important appointments
- Uncertainty and confusion when performing once-familiar tasks
- Forgetfulness
- Poor diet or weight loss
- Late payment notices, bounced checks and calls from collections
- Loss of interest in hobbies and activities
- Forgetting to take medications
- Unexplained dents or scratches on car

If you feel a family member may be in need of help, or you just have some questions, please call our office at 916-208-3338 so we may help guide you in the right direction. 
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