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Affordable Housing Being Built at Westcliff and Durango Drives

A new affordable housing complex is set to open in June, but developers are taking applications right now.

The nonprofit NevadaHAND is developing the Westcliff Pines 2 Senior Apartments at Westcliff Drive and Durango Drive. The complex will feature one and two bedroom apartments with rent starting at $411 per month.

However, there is a income limit for people applying to live at the complex. The maximum income for a household of one is $21,555 and $24,600 for a household of two.

People interested in living in the new apartments can apply at the Westcliff Pines Senior Apartments, 8206 Silver Sky Circle, or online at nevadahand.org.

Applications will be accepted through Feb. 28. Renters will be chosen through a lottery system. Applications received after Feb. 28 will be placed on a waiting list.

NevadaHand is nonprofit dedicated to providing housing solutions for low-income people.


Health District Offering Fall-Risk Assessments for Seniors

Health District Offering Fall-Risk Assessments for Seniors

The Southern Nevada Health District is partnering with several organizations to help seniors assess their risk of falling.

The events are part of Fall Prevention Awareness Week.

Health district staff and partners will use guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to assess how likely people are to fall.

Those who are found to be at risk for falling will be given information on how to prevent a fall and will be encouraged to attend a seven-week course on preventing falls.

According to the Center for Health Data and Research, in Nevada in 2004, there were 132 deaths from falls, most happened in Clark County.

The report also showed that between 2003 and 2005, more than 10,000 people were admitted to Nevada hospitals as a result of a fall.

Falls are the leading cause of injury for people 65 years and older.

Here is the list of days, times and locations for free fall assessment:

Attorney General to Give Talk to Seniors on Scams

Attorney General to Give Talk to Seniors on Scams


Protecting seniors against scams will be the focus of an upcoming public talk at Las Ventanas care facility.

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto will present a lecture on senior scams at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Masto’s talk is part of Las Ventanas’ 2013 Summerlin Lecture & Event Series, a free monthly series featuring experts on topics relevant to the “active adult” community.  

This event is open to the public, and will be held on Las Ventanas’ campus in Summerlin, located at 10401 W. Charleston Blvd.  Call 789-7487 to RSVP, as seating is limited.

Attack on Pearl Harbor Remembered

Attack on Pearl Harbor Remembered


The nation is remembering the attack on Pearl Harbor with ceremonies around the country, including at one senior living community in Las Vegas.

Seniors at Atria Seville on North Rampart Boulevard held a ceremony Friday morning. During the event, John Waid, The Department of Finance Officer of the Nevada Purple Hearts spoke about his experiences being based next to Pearl Harbor several years.

Friday is the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack on U.S. forces stationed at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The ceremonies there started with a ship's whistle at 7:55 a.m., which is the exact time the bombing started in 1941. 

Humana Food Drive Brings in 400 Pounds for Seniors

Humana Food Drive Brings in 400 Pounds for Seniors


A food drive organized by Humana Guidance Centers netted 400 pounds of food for seniors near the Thanksgiving holiday.

The centers in Henderson and Summerlin collected the of food to benefit Helping Hands of Vegas Valley, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides assistive services to senior citizens in Southern Nevada. 

The food items were collected inside the Valley’s two Guidance Centers: 1000 N. Green Valley Parkway in Henderson and 8975 W. Charleston Blvd. in Las Vegas. Helping Hands of Vegas Valley picked up the food on Nov. 22 and distributed it to seniors across the Valley for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Free Screenings for Fall Risk

Free Screenings for Fall Risk


The Southern Nevada Health District is working with Nevada Geriatric Education Consortium to sponsor Fall Prevention Awareness Day with a series of fall prevention programs.

The health district has set up fall testing for seniors at centers around the Las Vegas Valley Friday. The testing starts at noon and goes until 2:30 p.m. The screenings are free. Those who test positive for being at risk for a fall will be referred to Stepping On a fall prevention program.

Every year more than one-third of adults 65 and older suffer some kind of fall. Of those, one-third is hurt. Research also shows people who fall are likely to fall again, and each fall increases the chance of seriously injury.

Free screening locations:

Workshop Set for Retirement Planning

Workshop Set for Retirement Planning

Planning for retirement can be daunting with so many choices and so much information. 

That is why people wanting some help with making the right decisions can go to a retirement planning workshop. The workshop will be held Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Leisure Services Center, 101 S. Pavilion Center Drive. Experts will discuss Social Security, Medicare and other retirement issues.  2nd Ward city councilman Steve Wolfson will also be there.