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MISSION: To create opportunities that allow Douglas County residents 60 years and older to remain independent and active in their homes and communities.

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Wednesday, July 17, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. with hotdog lunch available for purchase 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, July 19, 8 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Join us in our big room upstairs for a fun garage sale for a cause. There will be lots of items to choose from, especially for crafters. Some of the items include: various styles of fabric, sewing patterns and kits, quilting accessories, Christmas items, some children’s

items, and much more. On July 18, a hotdog lunch will be available for purchase from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds from the garage sale and hotdog cookout will go toward senior center programming. This will be a great time and we hope to see you there!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

DCSS Board Member Hank Booth (left) visited recently with Senior Meals staff at the Lawrence Senior Center. Pictured with Hank are Dining Center Coordinator Kathryn Newman, and two of our very dedicated volunteers, Willis Moten and Gilbert Moten.

NEED A FAN OR KNOW ANOTHER SENIOR WHO DOES? Thanks to another generous donation from the local employees at Westar Energy, DCSS has fans available to those in need. Call the Community Services Department at 785-842-0543.

We are in need of some dedicated volunteers to help us with the DCSS Garage Sale in July. If you are interested in volunteering, either with set-up, during the garage sale, or clean-up after the sale please contact Rebecca Clancy, Leisure and Learning Specialist, at 842-0543. Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated!

Who’s driving the bus? Senior Wheels staff posed for a photo outside the Lawrence Senior Center. Pictured (left to right) are Transportation Coordinator Terry Berner, Zane Aldrich, Charles Hart, Richard Curtiss, Chip McConnell, Rev. William Dulin, and Fleet Manager Larry Coleman.

USING PRODUCE TO CREATE EASY & DELICIOUS RECIPES - JULY 10 With summer in the air, there is an abundance of fresh fruits and veggies! Join your Clinton Parkway Hy-Vee dietitian, Kylene Etzel, RD, LD, as she shares some tips for enjoying fresh produce in tasty, yet

healthful ways, along with strategies to help you stretch your food dollar. There is a $5 fee for this presentation at the Lawrence Senior Center July 10 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. There will also be recipes to sample, including:

Hummus Chicken Salad and a fruit and veggieinspired smoothie. Please call Rebecca Clancy at 842-0543 to register by Wednesday, July 3. There is a minimum enrollment of eight participants.


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Pyramid Scheme or Legitimate Business? The Determination is in the Details ................................. A Letter From District Attorney Charles Branson Last month I wrote about Ponzi schemes and this month I wanted to discuss its cousin, the pyramid scheme. I thought this was an important discussion, as seniors could be a prime target for those scammers who knowingly and purposely push these schemes on victims, and especially victims with money. They woo you with their stories RI¿QDQFLDOVXFFHVV and rags to riches tales. After all, who does not want to be in a better position to help out their family and/or loved ones? I want to ensure you do not fall victim to their promises of high returns on your money for doing nothing other than getting others to do the same. Pyramid schemes are illegal and for good reason.

money you make is based on the number of people you recruit and your sales to them, then it is a pyramid scheme. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) the time-tested, traditional tip-off to a pyramid scheme is any plan where the reward for recruiting new distributors is more than it is for selling products to the public. So that one evaluation may be your gold standard when initially evaluating a company.

According the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) the fraudsters behind a pyramid scheme may go to great lengths to make the program look like a legitimate multi-level marketing program, but despite their claims to have legitimate products or services to sell, these So how do you know fraudsters simply use if someone is trying the money coming to recruit you for a in from new recruits legitimate business to pay off early stage opportunity or to suck investors, but eventually you into a pyramid the pyramid will scheme or plan? If the collapse. At some point money you make from the company is based on the schemes get too big, your sales to the public the promoter cannot raise enough money it may be a legitimate from new investors to multilevel marketing pay earlier investors plan. However, if the

and many people lose their money. In just one example of how big these pyramids can get and how large the loses can be, in January of this year, the FTC announced a complaint against Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing, Inc. for scamming consumers out of $169 million. FTC investigators found that 90% of the members earned less than $15 in a year. Most people paid more to join than they earned in a year.

E. Ask a friend or adviser to also read the materials.

Now that you have a little information on what is a pyramid scheme, you may want to consider what else can you do to protect yourself and your money.

J. Is the company registered with the Kansas Secretary of State or the U.S. Security Exchange Commission?

A. Learn everything you can about the company. B. Evaluate the company’s plan. C. NEVER sign a contract at an “opportunity meeting.” D. Find out about refunds. Get the company’s refund policy in writing.

F. Think about whether this kind of work suits your talents and goals. G. Ask LOTS of questions. H. Never rush or hurry to make a decision. A legitimate opportunity will also be around next year. I. If it sounds too good to be true, it is.

Many people have made a great deal of money in legitimate multilevel marketing sales programs. The key to that sentence is LEGITIMATE. If you decide you would like to earn some extra income, do your due diligence research and homework. Make certain you know what you are investing in. Make certain you know all the details. Make certain you are up for that style and type of work.

If a company still seems legitimate after all of these checks and you think you want to do proceed in starting a business relationship with them, now is a good time to check in with \RXUWUXVWHG¿QDQFLDO advisor or attorney. He or she may have some further concerns that need to be addressed before you proceed. As always, for general consumer protection information, please contact my consumer SURWHFWLRQRI¿FHDW 785-330-2849. We are always ready to serve the citizens of Douglas County. (Information in this article was obtained from the Internal Revenue Service. The information in this article is not intended to provide legal advice. Legal advice can only be provided in an attorney-client relationship. This information must not be relied on as a substitute for obtaining legal advice from a licensed attorney.)


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“Welcome to Medicare� MEETING JULY 17 Are you new to Medicare? Do you have questions? Douglas County Senior Services will present a “Welcome to Medicare� meeting on Wednesday, July 17 from noon to 1 p.m. Community Services Program Assistant and Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) Coordinator Criss Tomlin will give an overview of Medicare and answer questions. Participants are free to bring their lunch or reserve one through our Senior Meals program. For more information please contact Criss Tomlin, SHICK Coordinator at Douglas County Senior Services, 785-842-0543 or toll free 1-877-295-3277.

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LAWRENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY JULY PROGRAM “MEET PRESIDENT AND MRS. FORD�

on stage over 8,400 times. Through costumes, dialects and demeanors, they As part of the Brandon introduce the audience to Woods “Meet the these historical characters. Presidents and their First Come enjoy as the Ladies� series, performers Wills present a dramatic William and Sue Wills will portrayal of the Fords present a conversation with during an important time Jerry and Betty Ford on in our history. There is no Thursday, July 18 at the charge for this event but Smith Center at Brandon reservations are requested. Woods. There will be two performances - 10 a.m. and To make a reservation, 2 p.m. A veteran acting please call Brandon and writing team, the Woods at 785-838-8000 Wills are now in their 17th or Pattie Johnston at the year of bringing to life Lawrence Public Library, the stories of 33 different 843-3833 extension 115. Presidential couples. They Refreshments will be have appeared together served.


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“Grab & Go�

Senior Carry-out Meals Available On the go? In a hurry? No time to sit and eat? Senior Meals Grab & Go is the answer! Carry-out meals are available to seniors age 60 and over and their spouses who need a fast, nutritious meal on the go. Call any Senior Dining Center at least a day in advance to reserve your meal, and it will be ready to Grab & Go. A donation of $2.75 per meal is suggested. For more information about the Senior Dining Center nearest you, see the listings in this newsletter. Home delivered meals for homebound seniors are also available. Call the Senior Meals Program at 842-0543 for information.

DINING CENTER LOCATIONS Please call by 11 a.m. on the day before to make a reservation. All meals are served by Noon. All DCSS Dining Centers meet accessibility guidelines established by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). A donation of $2.75 per meal is suggested. To cancel a meal at any of the dining centers please call 785-842-0543 and leave a message.

Lawrence Senior Center Kathryn Newman, coordinator 842-0543 745 Vermont Lawrence

Babcock Dining Center

Shirley Brown, coordinator 842-6976 Babcock Place Apartments 17th & Massachusetts, Lawrence

Eudora Dining Center Carol Mason, coordinator 760-2102 Pinecrest II Apts. 924 Walnut Eudora

Baldwin Senior Center Maxine Scott, coordinator (785) 594-2409 1221 Indiana Baldwin City

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Menu EntrĂŠes Monday, July 1 - Meatloaf Tuesday, July 2 - Chicken Nuggets Wednesday, July 3 - Beef Enchiladas Thursday, July 4 - CLOSED for Independence Day Friday, July 5 - Tuna Salad

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Monday, July 29 - Pulled Pork Tuesday, July 30 - Tomato & Basil Chicken with Pasta (Menu subject to change without notice.)


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AICR HEALTHTALK

Our drivers provide Door to Door assistance.

Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDN American Institute for Cancer Research

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It seems to be so much harder to avoid weight gain as I’ve gotten older. Is it true that metabolism slows down as we age? Is there anything to do about it?

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You’re right - if you eat the same as you did as a young adult, and remain just as active, barring some unusual illness, you will gain weight partly due to slowing metabolism. Research shows we burn fewer calories as we age because of a combination of decreased physical activity, loss of lean muscle tissue and slower metabolic rate. On average, compared to total calorie needs at age 20, at age 50 you need about 200 fewer calories per day, and at age 65 or 70, about 400 to 500 fewer calories per day. One way to avoid or reduce age-related weight gain is to reduce calorie consumption - make “treats” a less common event, reduce portion sizes and don’t go back for seconds on anything but vegetables, for example. However, you can get to a point where it’s hard to meet nutrient needs if you aim for a calorie intake that’s too low. The good news is that the reduced amount of calories burned with age can be offset by increasing physical activity. Doing 30 to 60 minutes daily of moderate physical activity - like brisk walking - generally burns calories similar to the drop in metabolic rate that occurs. This activity doesn’t need to occur all at once, but it needs to be virtually every day and needs to take you beyond an easy stroll where you could easily VLQJDV\RXZDON7KHUHDOO\WHUUL¿FQHZVLVWKDW even as this activity is helping avoid weight gain, it exerts powerful metabolic effects independent of weight that help to reduce diabetes and cancer risk with each and every walk.

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL 5,'(6H[FHSWIRU¿[HG SERVING LAWRENCE, stops. LECOMPTON, EUDORA, SCHEDULE EARLY: & BALDWIN CITY Due to a heavy demand for transportation, rides RESERVATIONS AND may be scheduled as far INFORMATION call in advance as 7 days or 785-865-6925 as little as 48 hours. Senior Wheels strives to meet the transportation needs of customers who are 60 years or older in Douglas County. Accompanying spouses & caregivers are also eligible to ride at no additional charge.

COST: $ 3.00 for each one way trip within the city limits of each community. $15.00 for trips outside of the city limits. (Example: a one way trip from Eudora to Lawrence) For detailed policy information, please call 785-865-6925 and ask for a Policy Manual.

You should be ready to board 15 minutes prior to your scheduled ride.

Baldwin City has a Volunteer Transportation Program.

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ONGOING GROUPS AND DROP-IN ACTIVITIES Anyone 55 and over is welcome to participate in these fun and friendly activities. Groups listed below meet as VSHFL¿HG7KHUHDUHQR fees required for most of these groups. Some supplies are provided. Programs are dependent upon donations. Equipment is available for participants’ use. Please contact the department for further information on these activities. LAWRENCE SENIOR CENTER 745 Vermont St.; Phone: (785) 842-0543

Kathryn Newman, Dining Center Coordinator Every Day... Pool & Coffee: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Pool Room

BABCOCK PLACE 1700 Mass.; Phone: (785) 842-6976 Shirley Brown, Dining Center Coordinator Autoharp: Tues., 10 a.m.-12 p.m., hobby room. Contact: Berta Thursday... Bingo: 11:00-11:45 a.m., Call, 785-883-4271. Bingo: Wed., 1:30 p.m. Dining Center - Emphasis on Conversation: 1-2 p.m., Board Room Chair Exercise: 10:45 11:15 a.m., Conference Room (also Fri.)

Monday... Beginning Spanish Emphasis on Grammer: 1-2 p.m., Board Room Friday... Games: 1:30 - 4:30 p.m., Chair Exercise: 10:45 Dining Center 11:15 a.m., Conference Room Tuesday... Clarinet rehearsal: Downtown Tuesday Resumes in fall Painters: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., New Horizon Band: Conference Room Resumes in fall Wednesday... Beginning Spanish

BALDWIN SENIOR CENTER 1221 Indiana, Baldwin City; Phone: (785) 594-2409 Maxine Scott, Dining Center Coordinator Pool: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.1 p.m. Pot Luck: Fri. (1st and 3rd), 6-9 p.m.

PINECREST APARTMENTS 924 Walnut, Eudora; Phone: (785) 542-1020 Carol Mason, Dining Center Coordinator Bingo: Wed., 12:30-1 p.m. WE WANT YOUR INPUT! Please let us know if you are interested in starting an activity at your dining center. We can provide the materials, equipment, and facilities needed to implement a program tailorPDGHWR¿W\RXUGLQLQJ center situation. Contact the Leisure and Learning Department for details.

Do you GiveBack? Did you know that with every purchase using your Lawrence GiveBack card, you can make an automatic donation to Douglas County Senior Services? There are over 50 participating merchants and that adds up to a lot of opportunities for you to use your card and help local charitable organizations, including DCSS. Won’t you help us, please? If you don’t already have a card, you can

get one at the Lawrence Senior Center or at any of the participating merchants. Then, head to LawrenceGiveBack. com and activate your card. It is quick and easy, and a wonderful way to give back while you are shopping - without costing you anything extra!


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DCSS Board of Directors

JULY 2013 CALENDAR OF EVENTS 1 DCSS Caregiver Support Group, 2:15-3:45 p.m., Lawrence Senior Center. 4 CLOSED for Independence Day Holiday 9 Grief Support Group, 10:30 a.m., Pioneer Ridge,4851 Harvard Road,in association with Grace Hospice. For information call Dave Jenkins at 785-228-0400.

16 Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Support Group, 2 p.m., First Presbyterian Church. For more information call 865-2450. 16 Stroke Support Group, 4 p.m., Lawrence Memorial Hospital. For more information call 840-2712.

information call Dave Jenkins at 785-228-0400. 23 Grief Support Group, 10:30 a.m., Pioneer Ridge,4851 Harvard Road,in association with Grace Hospice. For information call Dave Jenkins at 785-228-0400.

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9 Memory Book Group, 6 p.m., Grace Hospice 2IÂżFH)RULQIRUPDWLRQ call Dave Jenkins at 785-228-0400.

12 Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Caregiver Support Group, 1-2:30 p.m., KU Center for Research, 1315 Wakarusa, Second Floor, Room 214. This support group is for families caring for early to late stage Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease. Contact: Jeanne Reeder or Michelle Niedens (913) 831-3888. 13 Fibromyalgia & Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Support Group, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Focus on Improvement.â&#x20AC;? Location varies. Please call Rachel at 979-5393 or Jean at 865-0016 for information. 15 DCSS Caregiver Support Group, 2:15-3:45 p.m., Lawrence Senior Center.

17 NO JULY MEETING for the Douglas County Coalition on Aging (DCCOA)

17 Welcome to Medicare Meeting, 12 to 1 p.m., Lawrence Senior Center. Informational meeting for those new to Medicare. For information call 842-0543.

19 Low Vision/Blind Outreach Ministry Dinner, 5:30 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church and Student Center, 2104 Bob Billings Parkway (15th and Iowa St. adjacent to KU Campus). This group meets for dinners, social and speaker events, as well as day trips. RSVP encouraged for purpose of dinner reservations. Anyone in the community that is blind or has low vision is welcome. For information call 843-0620. 22 Grief Support Group, 4 p.m., Lawrence Presbyterian Manor, 1429 Kasold Dr., in association with Grace Hospice. For

23 Memory Book Group, 6 p.m., Grace Hospice 2IÂżFH)RULQIRUPDWLRQ call Dave Jenkins at 785-228-0400. 26 Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Caregiver Support Group, 1-2:30 p.m., KU Center for Research, 1315 Wakarusa, Second Floor, Room 214. This support group is for families caring for early to late stage Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease. Contact: Jeanne Reeder or Michelle Niedens (913) 831-3888. The University Bridge Club of Lawrence meets Saturdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Contact Cora at 842-5567 for more information. The Breast Cancer Support Group meets every Monday (except holidays) at 5:30 p.m. at Presbyterian Manor, 1429 Kasold. For information, call 842-5250 or 840-2768. If you would like your meeting listed in the calendar of events, please contact DCSS at 842-0543.

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Fragrant Rice with Roasted Lemon Sparks Summer Meals SOMETHING DIFFERENT From the AICR Test Kitchen

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Serve this pilaf with grilled or broiled salmon, VKULPSRURWKHU¿VKRU roasted chicken. For an almost vegetarian main course, mix in chopped steamed asparagus or sugar pea pods and cubed baked marinated tofu. Lemon Brown Rice Pilaf 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided 6 lemon slices, 1/4-inch thick 1 cup brown basmati rice 1/2 medium onion, cut into thin crescents 2 1/2 cups fat-free, reduced-sodium chicken broth Salt and freshly ground black pepper Preheat oven to 350° F. Line small baking sheet with parchment paper. In large saucepan, preferably wider than deep, place 1 teaspoon of oil. Add lemon slices and coat with oil. Arrange coated lemon slices on prepared baking sheet. Set pot aside. Roast lemons for 20 minutes, or until rind is golden brown in places. Thin sections of slices may blacken. Coarsely chop 2 lemon slices, then set all roasted lemon aside.

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LAWRENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOKMOBILE The Lawrence Public Library Bookmobile make stops each week at a variety of senior communities across the city. Anyone with a valid library card may select items from the bookmobile and may return materials that had been checked out at the main library building. If

you do not have a library card, you may obtain one from the bookmobile by showing a valid ID. You need not be a resident of the site to make a selection from the bookmobile. So, when the weather makes you feel like staying closer to home, consider the Bookmobile.

Monday: 9-10 a.m.- Prairie Commons, 5121 Congressional Circle 10:30-11:30 a.m. Presbyterian Manor, 1429 Kasold Drive 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Vermont Towers, 1100 Vermont St. Wednesday: 9-10 a.m., Brandon Woods, 1501 Inverness Drive

HELP SENIORS IN NEED by Recycling Old Cell Phones

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Drury Place, 1510 St. Andrews Dr. 1-2 p.m. - Babcock Place, 1700 Massachusetts St.

Crossgate Dr. 1:30-2:30 p.m., Peterson Acres, 2910 Peterson Road.

*If you have a question concerning the bookmobile, call Friday: 9-10 a.m. - Clinton the Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Senior Place Apartments, Outreach Services at 2125 Clinton Parkway 843-3833. Visit the Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website: 10:30-11:30 a.m. - Wyndham Place www.lawrence.lib. ks.us. Apartments, 2551

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Do you have old cell phones sitting around gathering dust? Let us take those old phones off your hands and put them to good use. Donate them to DCSS! Proceeds from our cell phone recycling program go to our Emergency Fund, which helps local seniors in need of assistance. While some donated phones are used for our 911 Emergency Cell Phone program, most are recycled through a fundraising program that gives money back to us. Please think of us when you upgrade and spread the word to friends and family. Bring your old phones to the Lawrence Senior Center, 745 Vermont St., or one of these other convenient drop-off locations throughout Douglas County:

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Leisure and Learning Catalogue - Course Description Call 842-0543 to enroll Douglas County Senior Services offers diverse continuing education FRXUVHVKHDOWKDQGÂżWQHVV classes, workshops, seminars, tours, and special events for active Douglas County residents age 55 and over. Year-round drop-in activities are also listed in this publication. Call 8420543 to enroll, suggest a new program, volunteer to teach a class, or be a tour director. Fill out the registration form in this newsletter and mail it with your check (payable to Douglas County Senior Services) to: Douglas County Senior Services, Leisure and Learning Department, 745 Vermont St., Lawrence, KS 66044. Walk-ins are welcome. Refund or Credit? A full refund or credit will be given for all classes, events or trips 30 days prior to the class or event, except theater tickets that are bought in advance and are non-refundable. Less than 30 days prior, refunds will be given for medical hardships, approved emergencies, and events canceled or rescheduled by the department. A 10 percent administrative charge will be deducted from refunds for cancellations less than

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one week in advance. Partial class scholarships may be available for seniors who qualify. Scholarships will be considered upon completion of application in the Leisure and Learning RIÂżFH Reasonable accommodations can be made for special needs. Registration must specify needs. Registrant must provide information at time of enrollment. Please note that certain classes are co-sponsored with and located at Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department. FEATURED JULY ACTIVITIES

Using Produce to Create Easy & Delicious Recipes presented by Clinton Parkway Hy-Vee Dietitian, Kylene Etzel, RD, LD. Wednesday, July 10, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Fee: $5 (minimum 8 participants). Location: Lawrence Senior Center. With summer in the air, there is an abundance of fresh fruits and veggies! Join your Clinton Parkway Hy-Vee dietitian, Kylene, as she shares some tips for enjoying fresh produce in tasty, yet healthful ways, along with strategies to help you stretch your food dollar. There will also be recipes to sample, including: Hummus Chicken Salad and a fruit and veggie-inspired smoothie. Please register by Wednesday, July 3.

AARP Driver Safety Classroom Course- ages 60 and up Thursday- Friday, July 11-12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Fee: $12 for AARP member, $14 for non-AARP member. Location: Lawrence Senior Center. Reviews the rules of the road, and contains safety driving tips for all drivers. Completion of the class entitles students to a discount on their automobile insurance. No physical or written test. A pleasant mix of video and instructor presentation. Lunch break from Noon to 1:00 p.m. To register please call 842-0543. Group Getaways: Travel Talk Monday, July 15, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Fee: None. Location: Lawrence Senior Center. Want to learn more about the Clydesdales & Comedy trip being offered in September, or other upcoming Group Getaways trips? Darla Bass, Tour Director of Group Getaways, will be here to discuss the exciting trips that are available so you can plan for your next vacation. As an incentive to attend this event, Darla will be offering a one-time, special discount to any person that makes a tour reservation after the presentation. Please register by Monday, July 8. Lawrence Senior Center Garage Sale Wednesday-Thursday, July 17-18, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Friday, July 19, 8-11 a.m. Join us at the senior center

for an indoor garage sale with lots of great bargains July 17-19. There will be lots of items to choose from, especially for crafters. Some of the items include: various styles of fabric, sewing patterns and kits, quilting items, Christmas decorations, children items, furniture, and much more. On Thursday, July 18 we will also have a hotdog lunch available for purchase from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. All proceeds from the garage sale and hotdog cookout will go towards senior center programming. This will be a great time and we hope to see you there! Fundamentals of Estate Planning Tuesday, July 23, 6-7:30 p.m. Location: Lawrence Senior Center. Fee: None. Instructor: Robert Ramsdell. An overview of the options in arranging your affairs: what happens in estate succession if you die without a plan; the possible uses of either a Will or Revocable Living Trust; an overview of probate administration; the impact of estate and gift taxes; non-testamentary transfer options, such as holding property in a joint tenancy; powers of attorney IRUÂżQDQFLDODQGKHDOWKFDUH decision-making; living wills and do not resuscitate directives; and a very general overview of how limitations on Medicaid eligibility might affect your assets. Relevant to anyone 18 or older. Includes time for audience questions.

Basic Personal Finance & Investing Thursday, July 25, 6-7:30 p.m. Location: Lawrence Senior Center. Fee: None. Instructor: Robert Ramsdell. $QRYHUYLHZRIÂżQDQFLDO planning considerations, LQFOXGLQJÂżQDQFLDOJRDO setting; investment options such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and ETFs; risk tolerance and capacity; DQGGLYHUVLÂżFDWLRQDVVHW allocation, and rebalancing of an investment portfolio. While the focus is on saving and investing for retirement, the principles apply to other ORQJWHUPÂżQDQFLDOJRDOV such as providing for a childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s college education. Relevant to anyone 18 or older. Includes time for audience questions. FREE Senior Swim Days Wednesdays are Senior Swim Days for people 60 years and over. Every Wednesday, all day long, seniors swim for free. DAY/SHORT TRIPS For reservations please contact Rebecca Clancy at 842-0543. Clydesdales & Comedy Thursday- Friday, September 26-27, 2013. Pick-up/dropoff location in Lawrence. Cost per person: double$249, single- $289. This comical getaway takes us to Boonville and the quaint villages of Arrow Rock & Blackwater, MO. Upon arrival we will enjoy a hearty lunch buffet and then head


to Arrow Rock, home of the Lyceum Theatre, for a hilarious production, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tuna Does Vegasâ&#x20AC;? that features lovable and eccentric characters from the â&#x20AC;&#x153;third smallest town in Texasâ&#x20AC;? as they take a rambling romp in Sin City. Afterwards we go to the oldest continuously serving restaurant west of the Mississippi River, the 1834 Huston Tavern for a scrumptious family style dinner. The next morning we take a guided tour of Warm Springs Ranch to see the Budweiser Clydesdales. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get an up-close peek at the Clydesdalesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; custom made harness, a 1903 Studebaker-built beer wagon, and a luxurious tractor trailer that transports the Clydesdales to appearances all over the country. If you are 21 or older, you may also enjoy a complimentary Budweiser beer! EDUCATION, HOBBY & FINANCE Video Tribute Designages 60 and up Saturdays, October 1219, 2-4 p.m. Fee: $25. Location: River Front Plaza Computer Lab. Instructor: Andrew Torres. Make video tributes for your special occasions. Participants will learn to incorporate still photographs or movie clips with captions and narrations. You will also learn how to add music to enhance your DVD production. Register at the Community Building, 115

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W. 11th St., 832-7930. Computer 101- ages 60 and up Tuesdays, October 29November 9, 6-7 p.m. Fee: $30. Location: River Front Plaza Computer Lab. Instructor: Andrew Torres. Designed for those with no or little experience with computers, Computer 101 uses hands-on experience to make you comfortable operating the computer. Learn terminology, parts of the computer, use of the mouse and keyboard, and develop a general understanding of the computer. Register at the Community Building, 115 W. 11th St., 832-7930. Facebook Fundamentalsages 60 and up Tuesdays, October 1522, 6-7 p.m. Fee: $14. Location: River Front Plaza Computer Lab. Connect to the world through Facebook. Learn how to socialize online with your friends and family. You never have WRZRUU\DERXWÂżQGLQJ addresses, and you can look for old friends by name. Surprise your grandkids across the world or in another state as you invite them to your Facebook page. Find old friends, classmates and relatives, or discover groups you can join. In order to use Facebook you will need to bring an email address with you to class. Register at the Community Building, 115 W 11th St., 832-7930.

Beginning SpanishEmphasis on Grammar Mondays, 1-2 p.m. Location: Lawrence Senior Center Board Room. This course will stress some of the basics of the Spanish language and useful words and phrases.

Beginning SpanishEmphasis on Conversations Wednesdays, 1-2 p.m. Location: Lawrence Senior Center Board Room. This course is for beginners wanting to learn Spanish- no prior knowledge of Spanish required. Please bring your own English to Spanish dictionary. ART Acrylic Painting Class Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Fee: $20 per session. Location: Lawrence Senior Center. Instructor: Lori Dalrymple (local area and national artist). Join Lori as she teaches acrylic painting to students of all levels of expertise. No need to pre-register. Supplies not included. If you already have supplies please bring them and if you are starting out and need assistance in getting supplies, please call Lori at 785-917-0118. Downtown Tuesday Painters Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: Lawrence Senior Center Conference Room. Bring your painting project and supplies and join the Downtown Tuesday Painters.

HEALTH & FITNESS Aerobic Dance Exercise ages 60 and up Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, July 29 - August 30, 8:50 - 9:50 a.m. Location: Holcom Rec. Center. Fee: $34. Instructor: Nicki Listerman. Move to lively music while you reap WKHPDQ\KHDOWKEHQHÂżWV of aerobic conditioning. Increase your stamina and agility, while improving your immune system and cardio pulmonary function through dancing. Enhance \RXUEDODQFHĂ&#x20AC;H[LELOLW\ and muscle strength during the toning and stretching segment of class. Register at the Community Building, 115 W. 11th St., 832-7930.

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Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi - ages 60 and up Mondays and Fridays, July 29 - August 30, 10 - 11 a.m. Fee: $26. Location: Community Building. Instructor: Susan Pomeroy. Designed to improve the quality of life for people with arthritis using Sun style Tai Chi, one of the four major recognized styles of Tai Chi. This style includes agile steps and exercises that may improve mobility, breathing and relaxation. The movements donĂ­t require deep bending or squatting, which makes it easier and more comfortable to learn. Register at the Community Building, 115 W. 11th St., 832-7930. Continued on page 12

    

 



 

  

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Ballroom Dancing Fees are assessed at a percouple-rate and you must enroll a partner Mondays, September 9- October 28, 8 - 8:55 p.m. Fee: $75 per couple. Location: Lawrence Senior Center. Instructor: Shirley Barrand. This course instructs you in ballroom fundamentals of frame, posture, footwork and timing, plus leading and following your partner. Learn the basic steps to all of the most popular styles of ballroom dancing; the cha-cha, waltz, East Coast swing, polka and more. Register at the Community Building, 115 W. 11th St., 832-7930. Cycling - Pedal Pushers ages 60 and up Fridays, August 2 - August 30, 12-12:45 a.m. Location: Community Building. Fee: $21. Instructor: Melanie Johnson. Beginning/ introductory class designed for older adults. Indoor cycling can increase your endurance and strength in your lower body, core and upper body. Individuals are responsible for the intensity of their own workouts. Bikers can modify their cycling resistance and pace according to their current ÂżWQHVVOHYHOV5HJLVWHUDWWKH Community Building, 115 W. 11th St., 832-7930. Fitness for Life - ages 60 and up Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, July 30 - August

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30, 10 - 11 a.m. Fee: $34. Location: Holcom Rec Center. Instructor: Melanie -RKQVRQ3K\VLFDOÂżWQHVV is especially important for mature men and women. Helps coordination, improves FLUFXODWLRQIRUWLÂżHVKHDUW and lungs, and improves muscle tone. Register at the Community Building, 115 W. 11th St., 832-7930.

Pilates Silver - ages 60 and up Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 30 - August 29, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Fee: $26. Location: Holcom Rec. Center. Instructor: Pat Middaugh. Pilates is a modern approach to body conditioning that will keep you on the cutting edge of times. Class will focus on core muscles such as hips, thighs, and abdominals that will strengthen and tone by stretching. Main principles include following PRWLRQEUHDWKLQJĂ&#x20AC;H[LELOLW\ precision, centering and control. This class not only strengthens your body but your mind as well. Register at the Community Building, 115 W. 11th St., 832-7930. Senior Strength Training ages 60 and up Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, July 3 - August 30, times vary with beginner and advanced classes. Location: Holcom Rec. Center. Fee: $34. Instructor: Cindy Baker/Vicki Lysen/ Crystal Shepherd. Strength Training for seniors is effective improving balance (preventing falls), strengthening major muscle

groups and increasing muscle mass and bone density. Class is designed to include functional movement patterns to enhance daily living activities. A variety of strength training equipment will be used, including universal machines, free weights and resistance tubing and bands. Class includes a warm-up period and postworkout stretch. NOTE: A physicianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s release is required prior to beginning of class. Register at the Community Building, 115 W. 11th St., 832-7930. Stretch nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Recovery Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 30- August 29, 10-10:45 a.m. Fee: $23. Location: Holcom Rec Center. Instructor: Lori Tochtrop. A sculpting and stretching class that uses a combination of Yoga and 3LODWHVWKDWEXLOGVĂ&#x20AC;H[LELOLW\ and strength that will leave you feeling centered and calm. Enjoy this relaxing atmosphere with deep stretching to round out that class. Register at the Community Building, 115 W. 11th St., 832-7930.

Tai Chi - ages 60 and up Wednesdays, July 31 August 28, 10:10 - 11:10 a.m. Fee: $17. Location: Community Building. Susan Pomeroy. This ancient Chinese movement LPSURYHVVWUHQJWKĂ&#x20AC;H[LELOLW\ concentration and balance by combining gentle physical movement and mental discipline. Slow movements also strengthen muscles and joints, not to mention reduce

stress, fatigue and the risk of falls due to increased balance. Register at the Community Building, 115 W. 11th St., 832-7930.

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Yoga - ages 60 and up Mondays, September 9 October 28, 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. Fee: $34. Location: Community Building. Instructor: Annie Wilsey. A less vigorous beginnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s class adapted for older adults. Stretch stiff muscles and learn to correctly align your spine through slow, progressive traction. While using the full capacity of the lungs through correct breath, you will completely oxygenate the body and the brain, improving blood circulation and your sense of well being. Register at the Community Building, 115 W. 11th St., 832-7930.

Please contact Rebecca Clancy, DCSS Leisure and Learning Specialist, at (785)842-0543 for more information on the following WULSV'HWDLOHGĂ&#x20AC;LHUVDUHDOVR available at the Lawrence Senior Center.

Zumba Gold - ages 60 and up Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 30 - August 29, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Fee: $26. Location: East Lawrence Rec Center. Instructor: Susan Pomeroy. A completely new program designed for the active senior. Zumba is a fun, HIIHFWLYHDQGVLPSOHÂżWQHVV system that will maximize calorie output, fat burning and total body toning. The explosive Latin rhythm creates a fun atmosphere that delivers results, as well as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;feel happyâ&#x20AC;? workout! You can still enjoy Zumba even if you have limited mobility. Register at the Community Building, 115 W. 11th St., 832-7930.

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The Western Caribbean With Norwegian Cruise Line on the Norwegian Jewel. January 25- February 3, 2014. Per person rate for Inside Cabin: Double- $1,315. Includes roundtrip motor coach from Lawrence to New Orleans where you will board the Norwegian Jewel for a 6-day cruise around the Caribbean. Cruise stops include Cozumel, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras; and Costa Maya, Mexico. At each stop you will have the opportunity to spend a day discovering the beautiful Caribbean sites at your leisure. *Passport required; cost of trip also includes one stopover each way, port charges, and government fees. Discover Tuscany October 15- 24, 2013 )RUGHWDLOVVHHĂ&#x20AC;LHUVDYDLODEOH at the Lawrence Senior Center or visit our website www.dgcoseniorservices.org. )RUGHWDLOVVHHĂ&#x20AC;LHUVDYDLODEOH at the Lawrence Senior Center or visit our website www.dgcoseniorservices.org.


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How to Use Herbal Supplements Safely Dear Savvy Senior, Are herbal supplements safe for seniors who are taking other prescription medications? I have a friend who swears by them, but I want to be sure before I take anything new. Cautious Carol Dear Carol, Herbal supplements have become increasingly popular in recent years as millions of Americans are looking for natural and more affordable ways to improve their health. But, it’s important to know that many herbs can also cause side effects and can interact with prescription medications, especially if you have hypertension, diabetes, kidney disease or liver problems. While the Food and Drug Administration does regulate herbal supplements, they don’t get the same VFLHQWL¿FVFUXWLQ\ that medications do. Herbal supplement manufacturers do not have to get FDA approval, and they don’t have to prove a

product’s safety and effectiveness before it’s marketed. So, before you start taking any new supplement, no matter how natural or harmless it may seem, you need to talk to your doctor or pharmacist to make sure it’s safe for you. In the meantime, here are a few popular herbs you should know about that can cause problems when taken with certain medications. Aloe Vera: Used on your skin, aloe vera is perfectly safe. But taken orally as a laxative, it may interact with blood sugar-lowering medicines used to treat diabetes. Ginger: A gram or so of powdered ginger can help ease nausea, but it can also interfere with anticoagulant (blood thinning) medications like warfarin and even aspirin. And, if taken in large quantities could interfere with cardiac, diabetes and blood pressure meds. Garlic: Marketed as a pill, capsule or powder to lower blood pressure

and cholesterol, garlic acts as a blood thinner. So, if you’re taking an anticoagulant, use with caution because garlic can make your blood too thin increasing the risk of excessive bleeding. Ginkgo: Taken to help boost memory and prevent dementia, as well as treat a variety of other ailments, this popular supplement can also raise your risk of bleeding when combined with blood thinning medications. It can also counteract the blood pressure lowering effect of thiazide diuretic drugs and can interfere with anti-seizure medications and insulin used to treat diabetes. Ginseng: Taken primarily to improve overall health and boost the immune system, this herb can reduce concentrations of the anticoagulant drug warfarin and can interact with some antidepressant medications too. People with diabetes should also use extra caution with ginseng if they are taking medicine to lower

blood sugar. Kava: Promoted as a treatment to curb anxiety and stress, kava has been reported to cause liver damage, including hepatitis and liver failure. It can also interfere with antipsychotic and Parkinson’s medications, can thin the blood and should not be taken with anticoagulants, and can cause drowsiness so it should not be taken in combination with any sedatives. Licorice Root: Taken for ulcers, bronchitis and sore throat, licorice root can cause high blood pressure and salt and water retention, raising the risk of heart problems. It can also thin the blood and should not be used with blood thinning drugs. St. John’s wort: Marketed as an aid to treat depression, Saint John’s wort can reduce the effectiveness of a number of prescription medications including anticoagulants, antidepressants, seizurecontrol drugs and certain cancer drugs.

Zinc: Taken as a defense against colds, excess zinc can cause nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach cramps, diarrhea and headaches. It can also interact with a variety of prescription drugs, including antibiotics and hypertension meds. To get more information on the safety, side effects and effectiveness of these and many other herbal remedies, visit the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center site on herbs, botanicals and supplements at mskccherbs.org, and see the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine “Herbs at a Glance” Web page at nccam. nih.gov/health/ herbsataglance.htm. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior. org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.


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Editor: Janet Ikenberry Interim Executive Director: Mike Wildgen Printer: Lawrence Journal-World 609 New Hampshire Lawrence, KS 66044 Douglas County Senior Services, Inc., is funded by Douglas County Mill Levy â&#x20AC;˘ Older Americans Act through the Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging â&#x20AC;˘ Kansas Department on Aging â&#x20AC;˘ Kansas Department of Transportation â&#x20AC;˘ special grants â&#x20AC;˘ project income â&#x20AC;˘ fund-raising activities â&#x20AC;˘ and your donations. Douglas County Senior Services, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, sex, color, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or size. If you feel that you KDYH EHHQ GLVFULPLQDWHG DJDLQVW \RX KDYH WKH ULJKW WR ÂżOH D complaint with Douglas County Senior Services. 842-0543. (TDD: 1-800-766-3777). Toll free: 1-877-295-DCSS (1-877-295-3277) On the web: dgcoseniorservices.org

60 & Better July 2013  

60 & Better Newsletter is published by Douglas County Senior Services for Douglas County Kansas.