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Motivated to Move

FEBRUARY 2021 AGING & DISABILITY  RESOURCE CENTER  [ADRC] 721 Oxford Avenue Room 1130 Eau Claire WI 54703  Monday Ͳ Friday  8:00 am Ͳ 4:30 pm 715.839.4735  1.888.338.4636  !y: use Relay (711) 

Website and Social Media www.eauclaireadrc.org  www.facebook.com/

Movement is an essenal part of every funcon and process within our bodies. Movement is not only about losing or maintaining weight, but strength, endurance, even our thought processes, emoons, understanding, and decision making are aected by lack of movement. Just 15 Ͳ 30 minutes of connuous movement a day can improve your overall health, helping to reduce the risks of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other diseases.  If 15 to 30 minutes seems challenging, don’t fret. Even just a few minutes of physical acvity is be2er than none at all. Start with 5Ͳ or 10Ͳminutes and slowly increase your me. The more you exercise, the more energy you’ll have, building on small successes you will reach your goal before too long. The key is to commit to some type of physical, daily acvity. As moving becomes a habit, slowly add extra minutes and try dierent kinds of acvies.  New to movement? Don’t focus on whether it is a marathon or a sprint, instead focus on pung one foot in front of the other, literally. More importantly, think creavely, the more fun the acvity, the more likely it will become a part of your daily roune. Look beyond the typical idea of exercise, while biking, jogging, and Zumba are all fabulous ways to move, they might not be the best opon for you. Mini golf, swimming, Wii Sports, or gardening might be more your speed; whatever you en-

1 joy, ďŹ nd ways to do it more oen. Variety is the spice of life and an excellent mantra for staying movated to move! Studies show, even a small amount of movement each day, can: i i i i i i i

Boost your mood Improve your sleep Sharpen your focus Reduce your stress Enhance memory Help maintain healthy weight Give you more overall energy

Here are a few simple ways to incorporate movement into your day:

Set an alarm to remind you to get up every hour, even for a stroll around the kitchen table or to get the mail. March in place while watching your favorite television program. Stretch throughout the day, add stretching into your morning and evening rounes. Stretching wakes up muscles, and is a great way to wind down before bed. Be ineďŹƒcient Íś put away laundry one towel at a me, make extra trips with groceries, or consider that trip back into the room for what you forget an opportunity to increase your step count and not a sign of aging.

The beneďŹ ts of being acve are far too good to pass up. A small investment of your me and the willingness to make it a priority, and a habit, in your daily life, will reap great rewards. Exercise has been shown to prevent disease, lower the risk of falls, improve mental health and wellͲbeing, strengthen social es, and improve cognive funcon. The case for ge(ng up and moving the body is strong.  What movates you to add more movement into your life?



ADRC Director Linda S.

ADRC Manager Lisa R. 

ADRC Manager Betsy H. 

Kitchen Manager Sheryl S.

Prevenon  Coordinator Deb B.

Demena Care Specialist Lisa W. 

Elder Benefit Specialist Leda J.

Elder Benefit Specialist Jessica S.

Accountant Kelli W. 

Administrave Associate Heather C. 

Resource Specialist Molly Y. 

Resource  Specialist Brianna W.

DisabilityBenefit  Disability Benefit  Specialist Specialist Jim C. Melissa W.

Administrave Associate Vacant

Resource  Specialist Lindi E.

Opons Counselor Opons Counselor Dana G. Sue O.

Opons Counselor Opons Counselor Opons Counselor Opons Counselor Opons Counselor Jen S. Dawnelle E. Andrea R.  Liz N. Jenna B. 

Meal Site Worker Carmelita H. 

Cook Gilda H. 

Cook Aaron P. 

Cook Karin K. 

ADRC Van Driver Dave O. 

Meal Delivery Driver Meal Delivery Driver Kris B. Gordy G.


Meal Delivery  Driver Doug S. 

Meal Delivery Driver Norm B. 

Support Meals on Wheels with  a Donation During the  Month of March One year of Meals on Wheels per parcipant is the same cost as one day in the hospital. 

1 in 6 seniors in Wisconsin struggles with hunger. You can help be the change for our community.  March 4 Meals offers a wonderful opportunity to  support the Eau Claire County Meals on Wheels  program. For more informaon call our office at 715.839.4735 or email betsy.henck@co.eauͲ claire.wi.us or sign up at  h2ps://www.signupgenius.com go/60B0A45A5A923A13Ͳmarch2.   More informaon and our sponsorship form will be included in next month’s news-


The ADRC lobby is temporarily closed to the public. We are sll working hard to serve you over the phone and email.  To reach us: 715Ͳ839Ͳ4735 or adrc@co.eauͲclaire.wi.us  ▪Meals on Wheels is s ll delivering:  715Ͳ839Ͳ4886  ▪Ensure can be delivered by a volunteer.  ▪Adap ve Equipment can be loaned out or taken back with an appointment only. 

Call to get scheduled! GOVERNMENT CENTER  UPDATE

Skip the Trip!  While the ADRC Lobby is closed at this me the public is strongly  encouraged to call ahead to any other  department as well Ͳ most services can be handled in other ways.  There is a black,  secure dropbox to the le) of the front doors(on Oxford Ave). Items are  retrieved from the drop box twice a day and delivered by hand to the correct person/ department. 3mMpTUmKlaiHaxpam@RM]y KM]UvMlyaqlRal^malIallMmia_KM_IMpapTM aq_pyœ


2020 Abby Vans Transportaon  Survey Results

 Thank you to those that parcipated in our Abby Vans paratransit survey. Each year we randomly select 200 individuals who ulize our paratransit services to  complete a survey regarding their experience with our provider. Survey results indicate the following:  97% of survey respondents indicated sasfied or very sasfied with the cleanliness of the vans, courtesy of the van drivers, and overall experience with the transportaon program.  96% of surveys returned indicated they were sasfied or very sasfied with the comfort of Abby Van vehicles.  94% of survey responses indicated sasfied or very sasfied with the Courtesy of Abby Vans   Personnel and ease of scheduling.  93% of surveys returned indicated they were sasfied or very sasfied with the cost of the paratransit service.

The ADRC Loan Closet also has a device called a Pocket Talker that amplifies sound and is only about $135 compared to thousands for a hearing aid. This is a great opon for those that can’t wear a hearing aid or just want it for shorter mes like a meeng/special conversaon or watching TV.  Try before you buyͲcall the ADRC.   

Isolation During Covid...


COVID19 Vaccine is in the Pipeline. The Scammers Won’t be Far Behind! 

 Be on the lookout for COVIDͲ19 scams:  For most people living in the   U.S., each state will make the You likely will not need to pay anything outʣofʣpocket to get the final decisions on who will get vaccine during the public health emergency.  the vaccines and when.   While we enter the distribuon You cannot pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine phase of the vaccine, there’s early.  no doubt scammers are   scheming.  No one from Medicare or the Health Department will contact  you.  Please visit the Eau Claire City   County Health Department Beware of providers offering other products, treatments or COVID 19 Hub website for the medicines to prevent the virus.  latest informaon:  Coronavirus and COVIDͲ19 InforNo one from a vaccine distribution site or health care payer will maon Hub (arcgis.com)  call and ask for your Medicare number, Social security number,  or banking information to sign you up for a vaccine.  Reprinted with permission from Wisconsin Senior Medicare Patrol. If you suspect Medicare fraud, call: 1Ǧ877Ǧ808Ǧ2468

Contact the SMP to report Medicare fraud, errors, or abuse at 877.808.2468 or at smpresource.org. 

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ADRC Van Schedule February 2021

Would you like to go on one of our scheduled trips at no cost? ADRC Van has room for one wheelchair and 3 additional individuals. Is available for the elderly and disabled residents living in Eau Claire County. Contact Dave, Transportation Coordinator to schedule 7152250975 Monday





1 Open date call to schedule trip.

2 Trip to Walmart in Eau Claire. Pickups start 10a

3 Open date call to schedule trip.

4 Trip to Woodmans Grocery Store. Pickups start at 10a

5 St Johns Apartment Walmart trip. Pickup at 10a

8 Open date call to schedule trip.

9 Trip to Woodmans Grocery Store. Pickups start at 10a

10 Open date call to schedule trip.

11 Trip to Walmart in Eau Claire. Pickups start 10a

12 Open date call to schedule trip.

15 Trip to Walmart in Eau Claire. Pickups start 10a

16 Open date call to schedule trip.

17 Trip to Walmart 18 Trip to Woodin Eau Claire. mans Grocery Store. Pickups start 10a Pickups start at 10a

22 Open date call to schedule trip.

23 Trip to Menards 24 Open date call in Eau Claire. to schedule trip. Pickups start at 10a

25 Trip to Walmart in Eau Claire. Pickups start 10a

19 St. Johns Apartment Woodmans trip. Pickup at 10a 26 Open date call to schedule trip.

ADRC Board Member Spotlight: Kim Cronk, ADRC Board Chair 

I have been a longͲme resident of Eau Claire County aer living for a while and having my two oldest children in New Mexico, which is sll one of my favorite places. I am blessed with three sons, one granddaughter, and a very large, blended and extended family. I became appointed to the County Board in 2016 aer a resignaon occurred in District 28, as well as with the encouragement and support of people in the community to apply. At the me, I then inherited the posions on the ADRC Board and Human Services Board, which has been an amazing fit. I have been in the healthcare field in various posions for the last 19+ years and ensuring holisc health equity is very important to me. I have been privileged to connue serving on both the Human Services Board and the ADRC Board and was elected as Chair last spring.   I currently work as an RN Case Manager, primarily with people who have various disabilies and it has been an honor to hear people’s personal stories, needs, challenges and successes, then use those experiences and themes to advocate for policy changes and budget priories within the various boards I serve on. These experiences, along with personal life experiences, have helped to provide a community centered approach to advocacy and understanding that people who are most impacted and oen most underrepresented need to lead.   I enjoy being on the ADRC Board because I have learned so much from each of the people who serve and their passion for advocacy. I also appreciate the creavity of the staff to work with limited budgets and to always be able to create beyond what seems possible. I also find it interesng that at least the last three people who have Chaired, and ViceͲChaired the ADRC Board have been women.   My first direct experience with an ADRC was in trying to help find support for my dad who had become ill and was needing more help at home. I was impressed with the caring, kindness, and educaon of opons that was provided to my family, especially at a me

7 when we felt very vulnerable. As someone who contacts various ADRC’s around the state, I am always impressed with the dedicaon and creavity of our local ADRC. The ability to create a centralized kitchen and connually increase the output of healthy meals, especially during a pandemic, has been just one example.  Other roles I have parcipated in and hope to help expand have been centered around reimagining jusce, including the expansion of restorave and transformave pracces within community and systems and collaborang as a volunteer for the ACLU Rights for All Campaign and the ACLU Smart Jusce Campaign with our local organizer(s) and volunteers. As one of the parcipants in the Stepping Up Iniave’s Peer Learning Network project with the goal(s) of keeping people with mental health and substance use needs out of our jails/prisons, building community supports, and confronng racial and ethnic disparies, I understand that it is imperave that we as a community and county reckon with our history so we can begin to repair and heal our future. This can happen in many ways such as through policy changes, budget priorizaon and ensuring racial equity in our budgets and contracts, creang or enhancing culturally relevant services that represent the community(ies) served, and in ensuring we have equitable outcomes.  It is always most impacRul for me to hear someone’s story and it is crical to find new ways to ensure community is centered at all levels within the County. I am very grateful to be part of this ADRC Board and a strong community of advocates who have taught and connue to teach me a lot. I look forward to all we can accomplish together in the  future.

February Highlights

2/2 Groundhog Day 2/7 Superbowl Sunday 2/14 Valen4ne’s Day 2/15 President’s Day


Grab and Go Meals 

Grab and Go Meals will be offered at L.E. Phillip’s Senior Center in lieu of the evening meal. Please call the office by the Friday before at 3:00 PM to make your reservaon.   Meals can be picked up outside of the senior center (weather pending) at 5:00 PM on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month.  February 9th: Cheese Tortellini, Red Sauce, Squash,  Garlic Bread, Side Salad, Fresh Fruit February 23rd: Salisbury Steak, Homestyle Gravy, Mashed Yukon Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli,  Strawberries and Angel Food Cake.  Grab and Go meals are being offered at Augusta Senior Center, call 715Ͳ286Ͳ2953 to make your reservaon. Meals can be picked up at 11:30 AM. ʹ Augusta Senior Center is currently closed; we will resume Grab ‘n’ Go once they open.  

Healthy Baking and Cooking  Substuons

By: Created by Lauren Levandoski, MS, UWͲStout Dietec Intern


Canadian bacon, turkey  bacon, smoked turkey or prosciu2o

Bu2er,  margarine,  shortening or oil

Apple sauce, prune puree for half the bu2er, cooking spray for pans


FatͲfree half & half, evaporated skim milk


Two egg whites, ¼ cup egg substute for each egg


WholeͲwheat flour for half of the called for amount

Grab and Go meals are offered at St. John’s Apartments, call 715Ͳ839Ͳ4886 to make your reservaon. Meals can be picked up at 11:15 AM.  

Iceberg le2uce

Arugula, chicory, collard greens, kale, mustard greens, spinach or  watercress

Fairchild Community Center will connue to serve Grab and Go meals every Wednesday at noon. Call 715Ͳ839Ͳ4886 to make your reservaon by Tuesday at 1:00 PM. Salads are now available, follow menu in the newsle2er.

Oil based  marinades

Wine, balsamic vinegar, fruit juice, fatͲfree broth Plain fatͲfree or lowͲfat yogurt.

Sour cream Sugar

Reduce by the amount of 1/3 to ½ and add  vanilla, nutmeg or  cinnamon

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February 2021 Meals on Wheels & Senior Dining Menu 

iSt. John’s Apts | 815 Chapin Street, Eau Claire| Monʹ Fri Serve Time: 11:15 am | 715Ͳ839Ͳ4886

iAugusta Senior Center | 616 W Washington St, Augusta| Monʹ Fri Serve Time: 11:30 am | 715Ͳ286Ͳ2953 iL.E. Phillips Senior Center | 1616 Bellinger St, Eau Claire| 2nd & 4th Tues Serve Time: 5:00 pm | 715Ͳ839Ͳ4886 iFairchild Community Center | 121 Farmer St, Fairchild| Every Wednesday Serve Time: 12:00 pm | 715Ͳ839Ͳ4886

Salad’s only available at the “Grab and Go” sites. Please make your meal reservations by 1:00 pm one business day in advance . All meals are served with 1% milk. Meals subject to change without notice






1 Bacon  Cheeseburger Whole Grain Bun* Pickles Roasted SweetPotato* Green Beans Fresh Fruit^

2 Baked Ham  With Apples^  Baked Red Potato* Baked Beans* Bu3er & Egg Roll* Brownie*

3 Meatloaf  Mashed Potatoes* Steak House Spinach Whole Grain Bread* Fresh Fruit^ Cherry Ambrosia*

4 Turkey Tetraz  With Noodles* Roasted Cauliflower Squash* Fruit Juice* Pistachio Pudding* 

8  Baked Cod with Lemon Bu3er  Au Gran Potatoes* California Blend^ Whole Grain Dinner Roll* Fresh Fruit*  15  Grilled Kielbasa  With Kraut Roasted Red Potatoes* Peas and Carrots* Rye Dinner Roll* Fresh Fruit*

9 Chicken Alfredo  Fe3uccini Pasta* and Broccoli Bu3ered Beets* Rice Krispy Bar*

10  Sloppy Joes on Kaiser Roll* Steamed Corn* Beans Medley* Creamy Coleslaw Cranberry Fluff*

11  Creamed Chicken  w/ Veggies^ (over) Biscuit* Steamed Carrots* Angel Food Cake* Strawberries 

5  Chicken Salad  Sandwich w/Grapes Whole Grain Bun* Potato Salad* Tomato Juice*     12  Pork Tenderloin  Homestyle Gravy Mashed Potatoes* Asparagus* Whole Grain Bread* Fresh Fruit* 

16  Roast Beef w/  Onions & Mushroom Mashed Potatoes* Green & Wax Beans Whole Grain Bread*  Frosted Chocolate Cake* 

17  Chef Salad  With Ham/Egg Romaine Le3uce Tomato/Cucumber Carrots w/French Whole Grain Bun* Cherry Crisp*  24  Swedish  Meatballs Mashed Yukon* Calico Baked Beans* Whole Grain Bread* Fruit Cups* Chocolate Pudding* 

18  Turkey with  Homestyle Gray* Dressing* Mashed Sweet Potatoes* Steamed Broccoli Pumpkin Bars*

19  Shepard’s Pie  With Mixed Veggies & Mashed Yukon* Squash* Applesauce^ Breadsck*

25  Breaded  Pork Chop^ Au Gran Potatoes* Green Beans Whole Grain Dinner Roll* Pineapple Chunks^ Choc Chip Cookies*

26  Tuna Casserole  With Green Peas* Egg Noodles* California Blend* Biscuit* Fresh Fruit^ 

 Note: The signs indicate the number of carbs in a meal. ^ = ½ carb * = 1 carb *^ = 1 ½ carb 

22  23  Baked Chicken  Grilled Salmon  Homestyle Gravy* w/Lemon Caper Mashed Potatoes* Bow Tie Noodles* Four Way Veggies* Steamed Carrots Steamed Spinach Breadsck* Bu3er & Egg Roll* Fruit Juice^ Fresh Fruit^ Bu3er Cake Bars*    February Salads:  2/3ʹ Fresh Fruit and Co3age Cheese 2/10ʹ Spinach and Fresh Strawberries 2/17ʹ Chef Salad 2/24ʹ Tuna with Fresh Greens


Weather Cancellaon Policy

 We would like to remind everyone of our policy regarding closures of the Meal on Wheels and Senior Dining Program. Meals on Wheels and Senior Dining Sites may be closed if we have heavy snowfall, extreme temperatures, icy roads, storms/tornado/heavy winds, etc. If Eau Claire schools are closed due to weather, Meals on Wheels and Senior Dining Sites will also be closed. If Eau Claire schools have a late start, Meals on Wheels will sll deliver. For delivery, we ask that you please have snow and ice removed from en-

trance and sidewalks so that our volunteers can safely deliver your meal to you. If your sidewalks are not cleared you run the risk of no delivery.

 To check for our closings, you will be able to find them scrolling on the bo2om of the TV along with the school closings on your local channels WEAUͲTV 13 and WQOWͲTV 18. You can also find our closings directly on their websites: www.weau.com and www.wqow.com. We also announce our closings on WAXX radio.   If you have any quesons or concerns, please call our nutrion office at (715) 839Ͳ4886. We are available Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm.

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Changes to Adaptive Equipment Loan Program

Due to COVID 19, the Adaptive Equipment Loan Program offers SCHEDULED curbside drop off and pick up only. One of the great and unique services the Eau Claire County Aging & Disability Resource Center provides is the Adapve Equipment Loan Program. This program offers a way to borrow adapve equipment such as a walker, cane, wheelchair, etc. for up to three months. If you are needing adapve equipment for a temporary amount of me or thinking about purchasing an item but want to try it out first, check out the ADRC loan program.  Please see the procedures to loan equipment below. To Check For Availability Call the ADRC (715) 839-4735 Large items: $10.00 fee /Small Items: $5.00 fee

One-Time Contribution Fees are being WAIVED until further notice

Pick-Up/Drop off Item Call the ADRC Mon–Fri: 8am–4:30 pm to

schedule a pickup/drop off time

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Stay Connected with a GrandPad

GrandPad is a simple and secure table computer that digitally connects a senior to their family and friends.  The senior can easily view family photos and videos, play games, listen to music, check emails, make phone calls, place a video chat, and much more. A family ‘administrator’ has a companion app so the GrandPad is set up for the senior right out of the box. Check out the introducon to the GrandPad video at www.grandpad.net/tabletͲfeatures.  A family caregiver grant may be able to reimburse you the cost of the GrandPad and the monthly service fee/ Internet connecon for the device for one year. Aer the 1st year the Internet fee ($40/month at this me) would be your responsibility, but the device remains your property.   To learn more and see if you meet requirements of this grant, contact the ADRC today!   “My parents really To purchase on your love it, thank you!” own for your loved one visit: ~family caregiver www.grandpad.net 

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Energy Assistance  Applicaons for  2020Ͳ 2021  season are available 

 Energy Assistance  applicaons can be  completed ONLINE at:  h1ps://energybenefit.wi.gov

 Applicants may also call Western Dairyland  at 715Ͳ836Ͳ7511 to schedule an appointment or  request a paper applicaon be mailed.  Western Dairyland’s hours are MondayͲFriday, 8:00 amͲ4:00 pm. 

Energy Assistance applicaons for the  2020Ͳ2021 season will be accepted  October 1, 2020ͲMay 15, 2021. 

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Living Well with Demena  By Russell Martoccio A Personal Journey: Ebbs and Flows


When I was diagnosed with demena in 2017, I took a posive approach and said “Okay, this is who I am; it’s part of my life.” I decided to concentrate on the things that I sll had rather than on the things that I had lost. Demena is my diagnosis, but the disease does not define who I am as a person. In other words, I refuse to live my diagnosis. Like the ebb and flow of the de I have good days and bad days and I admit to that.  The effects of demena can progress slowly or aggressively. As my partner Kathie says to me every day “This is the day the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Aer all we are given only one day at a me and I am grateful for each and every day that is given to me. Now it becomes my choice what to do with that day. Going forward I choose to start each day with quiet me praying and listening for God’s will for me and the power to carry it out. His Word fills my heart with peace and the willingness to connue this journey, that He sll has a plan for the rest of my life, and that His promise will bear fruit. This always gives me a sense of balance and comfort. As my cognive skills diminish, I rely more and more on the spirit of my heart for good orderly direcon. I did not ask for demena, but honestly believe that it was placed in my life for a reason. For I have learned the important lessons of forgiveness, acceptance, and reconciliaon. I am now at peace with all that has past, I am not worrying about the future, but I am firmly rooted in the now. Because no ma2er the condion of my mind, that li2le bird in my heart that never le me through all the storms of my life will always sing its song of hope! 

Tip for staying UPRIGHT  on the snow and ice. 

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The Eau Claire Memory Café and Support Groups will be online and/or conference call. To parcipate, you will need an email and either a computer/tablet/iPad, smartphone or phone. Register online at www.adrcevents.org   Chippewa Valley Memory Cafe The café offers a comfortable way for people with memory problems and their care partners to have fun and socialize with others.  10:00 ʹ 11:30 am Tuesday, February 9, 2021 For more informa on, contact Lisa at 715 Ͳ839Ͳ4750 or lisa.wells@co.eauͲ claire.wi.us  Coffee Group for Men (inͲperson at this me)  Connec ons and coffee for men caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other type  of demen a. 11:00 am Wednesdays, February 3 and 17, 2021 Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E. Fillmore Avenue For more informa on, contact Bob at 414 Ͳ378Ͳ2114 or beevee6610@gmail.com   Early Stage Memory Loss Support Group This support group is for people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or other demen as and their caregivers.  1:30 ʹ 3:00 pm Wednesday, February 24, 2021 For more informa on, contact Lisa at 715 Ͳ839Ͳ4750 or lisa.wells@co.eauͲ claire.wi.us    

 MiddleͲLate Stage Alzheimer’s/Demena Caregiver Support Group This support group is for people caring for a person in the middleͲlate stages of Alzheimer’s disease or other demen as.  1:30 ʹ 2:45 pm Tuesday, February 9, 2021 For more informa on or to register, contact Paula at paulajwainsco<@gmail.com   Lewy Body Demena Support Group This support group is for people caring for a person living with Lewy Body Demen a. 6:00Ͳ8:00 pm Wednesday, February 10 and 24, 2021 For more informa on contact Janell at romatowskij@comcast.net or  Amy at 715Ͳ379Ͳ3148 or amy@modularmarke ngsystems.com   SoulͲCare for Caregivers A monthly support group for individuals who are caring/suppor ng a loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease or other demen a, or a chronic/terminal health condi on or disability.  10:30 am ʹ noon Tuesday, February 23, 2021 For more informa on, contact Paula at paulajwainsco<@gmail.com

 Stand in the Light Memory Choir Spring Semester People in the early to midͲstages of memory loss, their care partners, and singing volunteers come together to share their love of music. No musical experience is necessary to par cipate. 9:45 ʹ 11:00 am Thursdays, January 7 ʹ April 29, 2021 For more informa on call 715Ͳ210Ͳ4165 or standinthelightchoir@gmail.com 


Caretaker Corner By Jim Alf Instant Caregiver

Caretaking can happen suddenly, and when Minnesotan Jan Kurtz stopped in Eau Claire to visit her mother, Phyllis, in September she found herself in the role, with no preparation. Quickly her personal life was on hold as she settled in to help.  Noticing her mom’s labored breathing she took her for an exam and before they left the doctor’s office her mom was on hospice, wearing a DNR wrist band. An avalanche of decisions to make sent Jan reeling. Hospice installed a hospital bed, medical protocols were established and she began attending her mom who would be gone in two months. Then, the miracle: Friends, neighbors, church members and others heard the news and the family’s social network activated. Meals magically appeared, masked friends came to read, rant about politics and bring movies, food and laughter. With a house full of accumulations Jan and her mom gladly let them set up a giveaway venue in the garage and help with dispersal of “stuff.”  Phyllis, aware of her coming demise, yet vibrant and cheerful, did last minute affairs herself, writing letters and accomplishing other end of life duties. That was very helpful to Jan who was trying to maintain stability in the whirlwind of events.“Thanks to all who brought us food,” she wrote in a recent email, “emptied her condo, took me for walks and listened to me grasp for sanity during the weeks I could not leave her side. I am deeply grateful to so many angels. Sometimes we just had to break the CDC rules about hugging.“ On the morning of November 14th,” after an allnight vigil by two Carols, me on morphine duty, Mary singing and Ginny helping, Mom passed” Jan writes. She had achieved her goal of living long enough to vote. Becoming caretakers gradually or suddenly, it is done best with hospice and a network of generous helpers who willingly share the burden.


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Health Promoon Updates for February and March

 Mind Over Ma er: Healthy Bowels, Healthy Bladder is a threeͲsession workshop designed to give women the tools they need to take control of symptoms. It provides informaon and group acvies along with simple exercises and dietary changes to pracce at home. Even if you don’t have leakage symptoms now, it is never too early or too late to think about bladder and bowel health. 

WHEN:  Mondays, 1:00 Ͳ 3:00 p.m.   February 15, March 1 & 15, 20201 WHERE: Virtual via Webex. Program coordinator will assist with set up. COST:  No fee  REGISTER: Call the Aging & Disability Resource Center at 715Ͳ839Ͳ4735 or go to     www.adrcevents.org at least one week prior.   StrongBodies™ Informa&on Session  for new parcipants. Strength training is especially important as we age. Being physically acve and socially connected are both essenal for health and wellͲbeing. The StrongBodies™ program provides a safe environment for older adults to improve both strength and balance with a fun group of peers. Learn more in this free orientaon and sign up for classes. WHEN: Thursday, March 4, 2021    10:00 Ͳ 11:15 am WHERE: Virtual Webex, “Join meeng” link and instrucons will be sent via email. REGISTER: Call the Aging & Disability Resource Center at 715Ͳ839Ͳ4735 or go to     www.adrcevents.org at least one week prior.  StrongBodies™ Virtual Strength and Balance Training  10Ͳweek workshops, classes meet twice weekly for one hour each.  Mondays & Wednesdays, April 5 Ͳ June 14, 2021 at 8:30 am or 11:15 am  Tuesdays & Thursdays, April 6 Ͳ June 10, 2021 at 8:30 am. Repeat parcipants must complete a   ReͲenrollment Consent Form to sign up by March 15. There is a fee for repeat parcipants. Scholarships available.    Download form at www.adrcevents.org, email adrc@co.eauͲclaire.wi.us or call the Aging & Disability Resource Center at 715Ͳ839Ͳ4735 to request a form by mail.

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Presentaons are virtual unl further noce, and use the WebEx plaRorm Parcipants can a2end by video or phone. Register at www.adrcevents.org or Aging & Disability Resource Center 715Ͳ839Ͳ4735 • 1Ͳ888Ͳ338Ͳ4636 2y: use Relay (711) adrc@co.eauͲclaire.wi.us

1:00 pm Friday, February 5, 2021 10:00 am Wednesday, February 17, 2021 1:00 pm Friday, March 5, 2021 10:00 am Wednesday, March 17, 2021 

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Vehicle Modification Grant

 Are you in need of modifying your vehicle for handicap accessibility and safety reasons? Are the costs just too high? The ADRC is happy to announce that there is now a grant available for individuals in need of vehicle modification up to $5,000. A waiver may be requested for additional funding.  Eligible applicants must be elderly (60+ years), or an adult with a permanent disability, and/or a caregiver to someone elderly and/or an adult with a permanent disability and an Eau Claire County resident. Applications will be reviewed and granted based on funding availability.   *Individuals enrolled in long term care programs or receiving Medical Assistance (MA) ARE NOW ELIGIBLE. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity call 7158396259 . Congratulations to Lynn and  Bernadette Walker! 

Lynn received funding to help purchase a vehicle that had handicap accessibility. Funding was awarded through the Vehicle Modification Grant through the ADRC. 

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