Rancho Santa Fe Senior Scene: Health-related events coming up

By Terrie Litwin,

RSF Senior Center, executive director

Senior Center Selected as HICAP Site

The Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) is a state-sponsored, volunteer-supported program that provides free counseling to people with Medicare about their benefits, rights and options, and other health insurance related questions. HICAP provides unbiased information to help you make an informed decision for your individual health care needs. The California Department of Aging provides funding and oversight of the program through contracts with local Area Agencies on Aging offices that administer the local HICAP programs. Counseling services are provided by trained volunteer counselors who are registered by the California Department of Aging. Local seniors will now be able to make appointments for individual HICAP counseling services offered at the RSF Senior Center the second Tuesday of each month from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., by appointment only. Please call 1-800-434-0222 to schedule an appointment.

Quality Healthcare: Defining what is Valuable

Please join us at the Senior Center on Friday, April 20, at 2 p.m. for “Quality Healthcare: Defining what is Valuable” presented by Scott A. Irwin, MD, PhD. Dr. Irwin is Chief of Psychiatry & Psychosocial Services at the Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice. During this interactive presentation, Dr. Irvin will lead an open discussion to include: What people find of value in healthcare and what they don’t, the definition of palliative care, and how palliative care might close the gap.

Dr. Irwin graduated from the University of Illinois Medical School, Urbana-Champaign in 2002. In 2006, he completed a psychiatry residency at UCSD as the chief resident of Outpatient Psychiatric Services, as well as a two-year elective in hospice and palliative care at San Diego Hospice. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, with certification in the subspecialty of Psychosomatic Medicine. Dr. Irwin currently holds appointments as faculty in the Institute of Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice and as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, UCSD School of Medicine. Please call the Senior Center at (858)756-3041 to reserve your place.

Healthy Cooking for One or Two

According to the National Institute on Aging, older adults who consume a well planned, balanced mix of foods every day reap many health benefits. Eating a well balanced diet may reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, bone loss, some kinds of cancer and anemia. If you already have one or more of these chronic diseases, eating well may help you better manage them. Eating well gives you the nutrients you need to keep your muscles, bones and organs healthy. These nutrients include vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, fats and water.

As we age, eating healthfully becomes more important and also more challenging. Often, when faced with shopping, food storage, and food preparation, seniors resort to buying prepared, processed foods which may be high in sodium and calories and low in nutrients. Learning simple techniques and shortcuts for shopping and meal preparation can make creating nutritious meals an enjoyable experience. On Wednesday, April 25, at 2 p.m., Chef Pamela Croft will present “Healthy Cooking for One or Two”. Pamela will discuss tips for food safety at home, provide recipe ideas, and offer recipe modifications when cooking for one or two. There will be a cooking demonstration with a tasting of delicious meal samples.