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‘Aging Gracefully’ Kicks Off Second Season Of Lively Discussions

By Delores Schweitzer for Island Eye News

The Edgar Allan Poe Branch Library welcomed Lt. Mandy Hawver of the Sullivan’s Island Fire Department on Friday, Sept. 18, for a First Responder Question and Answer session.

Lt. Hawver shared her personal story of becoming an emergency medical response provider and firefighter, as well as her own experiences on the customer side of the 911 call when seeking assistance for friends and family.

Fielding questions ranging from how they evaluate medical conditions on a call, to the best way to convey critical information about allergies and medications, to the proper placement of Do Not Resuscitate orders, to the difference between calling 911, the non-emergency dispatch (843.743.72000), and the Fire Administration (843.883.9944) numbers, Lt. Hawver provided helpful information about the types of services she and the SIFD team deliver. She also advocated strongly for the “Vial of Life” as a means to share critical information with first responders regarding medications, allergies, and emergency contact information, and she left a supply of these tools for library visitors who were unable to come to the program. Ask at the circulation desk of the library for more information.

The “Aging Gracefully” speaker series began at Poe in the fall of 2014 as a chance for locals to gather and talk about strategies for safeguarding emotional, physical and social well being in later years. Guest speakers covered topics ranging from choosing happiness to creating plans for successfully aging in place. The second series will dive deeper into issues of safety and personal well-being, meeting on a monthly basis from September to November 2015 and January to May 2016.

On Friday, October 2 at 10:30 a.m., Dana Madanski, community education representative for the Greater Charleston Chapter of the National Aging in Place Council, will present “Surviving Change.” Whether it is the loss of a loved one, a change of residence, family moving away, or a change in health, it is a challenge to navigate dramatic twists and turns in life. Ms. Madanski will provide tips on how to survive the change, receive support from others and collect resources to help in the transition.

On Friday, November 13 at 10:30 a.m., Donna German, Seniors Citizens Advocate for the Mt. Pleasant Police Department, will present “Guarding against Financial Fraud.” Ms. German holds degrees in Organizational Management and Counseling, and she is a certified Victim Service Provider with additional background working for the 9th Circuit Solicitor’s Office and the legal division of the SC Department of Social Services.

She will offer advice on how to spot online and phone scams and know your rights if someone tries to take advantage of you financially.

All programs are held at the Edgar Allan Poe Branch Library, 1921 I’on Avenue, Sullivan’s Island. Reservations are requested to ensure adequate seating. Call 843.883.3914 or email for details or to suggest a topic for future “Aging Gracefully” sessions.

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