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May 2014

Volume 41 No. 5

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OLDER AMERICANS MONTH EVENT AT THE LAWRENCE SENIOR CENTER In celebration of the Older Americans Month 2014 theme, “Safe today. Healthy Tomorrow,” DCSS is providing fall risk assessments for seniors from 10 -11:30 a.m. on Monday, May 12 . Kenna Young, RN and trauma coordinator at Lawrence Memorial Hospital will be doing the free assessments, which include 3 short tests: the 30-Second Chair Stand Test; the Timed Up and Go (TUG) Test; and the 4 Stage Balance Test. Those taking part in the assessments will receive one chance to win a door prize for each test completed, for a total of three entries. Handouts will also be available with information and resources pertaining to fall prevention. Light refreshments will be served. To register for this event, call Rebecca Clancy at 842-0543 before May 8. As an added bonus, anyone who attends this event and wants to enroll in the popular Stepping On class in June will receive a $5 discount on their registration fee. Stepping On is an evidence-based, 7-week fall prevention class. Enrollment in this class is limited to 16 participants. For more information about Stepping On, please see our Leisure and Learning Catalog in this publication.

MISSION: To create opportunities that allow Douglas County residents 60 years and older to remain independent and active in their homes and communities. VISIT US AT WWW.DGCOSENIORSERVICES.ORG

OLDER AMERICANS MONTH 2014 “Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow.” Older adults have made countless contributions and sacrifices to ensure a better life for future generations. Since 1963, communities across the country have shown their gratitude by celebrating Older Americans Month each May. This celebration recognizes older Americans for their contributions and demonstrates our nation’s commitment to helping them stay healthy and active. This year’s theme for Older Americans Month is “Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow.” The theme focuses on injury prevention and safety to encourage older adults to protect themselves and remain active and independent for as long as possible. Unintentional injuries to this population result in at least 6 million medically treated injuries and more than 30,000 deaths every year. With an emphasis on safety during Older Americans Month, we encourage older adults to learn about the variety of ways they can avoid the leading causes of injury, like falls. While Douglas County Senior Services, Inc. provides services, support, and resources to older adults year-round, Older Americans Month offers an opportunity for us to provide specialized information and services around the important topic of injury prevention. This information will help older adults take control of their safety and live longer, healthier lives.

MERC FUNDRAISER NETS OVER $2,600 FOR MEALS PROGRAM The Senior Meals Program teamed up with The Merc in the month of March to raise funds during the national March for Meals Month campaign. Merc customers donated to the Senior Meals Program by rounding up their purchases to the next dollar, donating change in collection jars, and/or donating their bag return refund directly to Senior Meals. Combined, The Merc collected $2,624.84 to donate to the Senior Meals Program. Meals Manager Ray Buckingham and Assistant Manager Chip McConnell were on hand Friday, April 11 to receive the donation from Front End Manager, Zac Hamlin. “It was a pleasure helping raise these funds for the Senior Meals Program and The Merc is happy to be part of such a great community service,” noted Hamlin. The Senior Meals Program will use the funds to trade-in a large passenger van for a more economical vehicle to be used for home delivery routes. “The instant savings will be more than $100 per month with even greater long-term savings,” Buckingham said. “This will enable us to save significant funds that will increase our ability to continue to serve our program participants well both now and into the future.”

Ray Buckingham, Senior Meals Manager (left) accepts the donation check from Zac Hamlin, Front End Manager of The Merc.

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The One Ring Scam A Letter From District Attorney Charles Branson This month I would like to discuss with you a new twist on an older phone scam. While many of you may have heard of the term “cramming” as it is used with phones bills, my guess is that not as many of you are familiar with how it is associated with a newer scam referred to as the “one ring scam” and outrageously expensive calls from areas such as the Caribbean. Please keep reading to learn how these scams work hand-in-hand and how to protect your wallet. Here is how the scam begins. How many of you have heard your cell phone ring, frantically searched for it while the device taunts you with that now suddenly urgent sounding ring tone only to be forced to face the reality you just lost another call to voicemail? After you have victoriously found that pesky phone, are you now tempted to hit the callback button to see what VIP was trying to reach you? After all, many of us have unlimited call plans, right?

This could be an EXPENSIVE MISTAKE if you do not recognize the missed number. The rub in this new scam is how and why could a simple phone call be so expensive? This is how it pans out. Scammers are using auto-dialers to let phones ring just once and hang up in a deliberate attempt to get your attention and to hook you into calling them back. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), when you do call back, you will hear something like, “Hello. You’ve reached the operator, please hold.” All the while, you are getting slammed with hefty charges - a per-minute charge on top of an international rate. The calls are from phone numbers with three-digit area codes that look like they are from inside the United States, but actually, they are associated with international numbers, often in the Caribbean. The area codes include: 268, 284, 473, 664, 649, 767, 809, 829, 849 and 876.

If you get a call like this, do not answer it and do not call back. To understand it a bit better, the concern is not in the scammers calling and hanging up on you, the danger is if/when you call the number back and begin racking up a huge bill, often to the tune of $15 to $30 per call. As if this were not bad enough, these scammers may also take this opportunity to “cram” your cell phone bill with bogus charges that many consumers tend to overlook. How do you protect yourself from these “cramming” charges? Carefully review your bill, lineby-line for erroneous charges such as “special services, internet advertising, service fee, calling plan, or minimum monthly usage fee.” If you see a new charge such as one of these, often with fees between $5 and $10, contact your cell phone carrier to dispute it. You can also ask your carrier if your specific plan has the option to block access for third party charges.

If you have already been a victim of this scam, try to work out removal of the charges with your cell phone carrier. If that does not work, file a complaint with the FTC and the Federal Communications Commission. I hope this explanation of one ring and cramming scams was helpful to you. As always, for general consumer protection information, please contact my consumer protection division at 785-330-2849. We are always ready to serve the citizens of Douglas County. (Some of the information in this article was obtained from the Federal Reserve Board and Federal Trade Commission and 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.)

Volunteers Needed for SENIOR HEALTH INSURANCE COUNSELING Are you looking for a rewarding volunteer opportunity? Do you enjoy helping others? Do you want to learn how to help people navigate through the Medicare maze? Douglas County Senior Services, Inc., in cooperation with Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK), is currently recruiting volunteers to become trained SHICK Medicare counselors. Training will be held in Lawrence this summer. Following training volunteers may choose to offer guidance as a Comprehensive Medicare Counselor, assisting beneficiaries in all areas of Medicare, or they may choose to help with Open Enrollment for Medicare managed care and prescription drug plans. Volunteers may also help in our DCSS SHICK Call Center a few hours a week. If you are interested in hearing more about these rewarding volunteer opportunities, please contact Criss Tomlin, SHICK Coordinator at Douglas County Senior Services, (785) 842-0543.

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We would like to recognize Stacey Hunter Schwartz, who will be leaving the DCSS Board this month. Stacey, the former executive director of Independence, Inc. (2009-2013), joined the DCSS board in January, 2013. She served on the nutrition, finance, and marketing committees, and chaired the strategic planning committee. Stacey is leaving Lawrence

to join her husband in Arkansas, where he is the law school dean at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. She had this to say about her time in Lawrence: “I have lived in Lawrence for seven years, and I have met fantastic people who have welcomed me into the community. I am sad to leave the city in general and Douglas County Senior Services, in particular. But I am excited about all the great work

being done now by the staff and board to serve seniors in Douglas County and to recruit newcomers to retire here. And when I think about my own retirement, I think coming back to Lawrence sounds like a great idea.” We are truly grateful for her time and talents, helping DCSS during this important time of growth and transition. We extend our best wishes to Stacey and her family.

POPULAR SKILLBUILDERS SERIES WRAPS UP IN MAY The final three programs for this session of Skillbuilders will be held this month. Programs are held Thursday mornings from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the community room on the lower level of Drury Place at Alvamar, 1510 St. Andrews Drive. MAY 1 - BASIC CAR CARE • MAY 8 - MIRROR, MIRROR: A NEW LOOK? • MAY 15 - CELEBRATION & REMEMBRANCE The programs are free. Come to all or any session. For more information about Skillbuilders, contact Pattie Johnston, Outreach Services of the Lawrence Public Library, 785-843-3833, ext. 115. Hope to see you there!

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CONGRATULATIONS TO ASERACARE “We Honor Veterans” Level 4 Achieved

AseraCare, A hospice provider in Lawrence KS has been recognized as a Level 4 We Honor Veterans partner. The “We Honor Veterans” is an outreach initiative offered by the Veterans Administration. It is a program designed to make sure the unique needs of the veteran are considered when caring for them. Level 4 recognition is obtained when a program has met or exceeded a host of requirements. AseraCare in Lawrence, KS was granted level 4 on April 10, 2014. There are only 2 Level 4 hospice providers in the entire state of Kansas. Congratulations to the AseraCare team.

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You want to keep your independence and stay in your own home. But sometimes being independent doesn’t mean doing everything yourself. Independence means having a choice about who helps you and how. You can count on our care attendants, who are trained in first aid, safety, CPR, even home accessibility and memory care. All attendants are insured, bonded and thoroughly screened. Independence In Home Care is a non-profit organization. Some of the services we offer: • Dressing • Shopping • Transportation

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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 specified. There are no fees required for most of these groups. Some supplies/ equipment are provided. Programs are dependent upon donations. 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 Monday... Beginning Spanish - Emphasis on Grammer: 1-2 p.m., Board Room Games: 1:30 - 4:30 p.m., Dining Center Tuesday... Downtown Tuesday Painters: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Conference Room Wednesday... Beginning Spanish - Emphasis on Conversation: 1-2 p.m., Board Room Chair Exercise: 11:00 - 11:30 a.m., Conference Room (also Fri.) Thursday... Bingo: 11:00-11:45 a.m., Dining Center Friday... Popcorn Fridays: 1:30 - 3:30 Chair Exercise: 11:00 - 11:30 a.m., Conference Room

Clarinet rehearsal: 2:45-3:45, Jack Connolly Community Room New Horizon Band: 4 p.m., Jack Connolly Community Room BABCOCK PLACE 1700 Mass.; Phone: (785) 842-6976 Margaret Hawkins, Dining Center Coordinator Autoharp: Tues., 10 a.m.-12 p.m., hobby room. Contact: Berta Call, 785-883-4271. Bingo: Wed., 1:30 p.m. 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 tailor-made to fit your dining center situation. Contact the Leisure and Learning Department for details.

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

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.

7 Older Womens League (OWL), 2-3:30 p.m., Kenneth Doud Room, United Way Building, 2518 Ridge Court. Social time begins at 1:30.

19 DCSS Caregiver Support Group, 2:15-3:45 p.m., Lawrence Senior Center. For information call Janet, 842-0543.

10 Fibromyalgia & Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Support Group, “Focus on Improvement.” Location varies. Please call Rachel at 9795393 or Jean at 865-0016 for information.

20 Parkinson’s Support Group, 2 p.m., First Presbyterian Church. For more information call Elaine, 760-1026.

5 DCSS Caregiver Support Group, 2:15-3:45 p.m., Lawrence Senior Center. For information call Janet, 842-0543.

14 Welcome to Medicare Meeting, 12 to 1 p.m., Lawrence Senior Center. Informational meeting for those new to Medicare. For information call 842-0543. 15 Alzheimer’s Association - Heart of America Chapter Caregiver Support Group 5:30-6:45 p.m., Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Conference Room D-South. For information contact Kelly Jones at or 913-831-3888. 16 Low Vision/Blind Outreach Ministry Dinner, 5:30 p.m.,

with Grace Hospice. For information call Dave Jenkins at 785-228-0400.


21 Douglas County Coalition on Aging (DCCOA), 8 a.m., Lawrence Senior Center. 26 DCSS CLOSED for Memorial Day Holiday

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.

20 Stroke Support Group, 4 p.m., Lawrence Memorial Hospital. For more information call 785-505-2886. 20 Grief Support Group, 10:30 a.m., Pioneer Ridge,4851 Harvard Road, in association

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Community Village Lawrence aims to help seniors stay in their homes The Village Concept began in Boston with the Beacon Hill Village in 2001. It introduced the idea of keeping seniors in their homes as long as possible: Members would pay an annual fee to receive volunteer assistance and be involved in services and programs that would help in daily life. Modeled on the credibility and success of Beacon Hill, more Villages were developed throughout the country. There are now more than 120 Villages established in the US, Canada, Australia, and the Netherlands, and more than 120 still developing. These Villages have joined together to form the Village to Village Network ( Recently, a group of Lawrence residents interested in the concept collaborated to form Eastside Village, originally focused on the area east of Massachusetts Street and North Lawrence. The project continued to grow, and with the help of collaborators within the community, the organization expanded their mission to cover the whole city, and became Community Village

Lawrence. Supporters have included fiscal sponsor Douglas County Community Foundation, Douglas County Senior Services, Independence, Inc., Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods, Lawrence Creates Makerspace, Lawrence-Douglas County Advocacy Council on Aging, and New Cities Initiative at the University of Kansas. Community Village Lawrence (CVL) stands by the Village to Village mission to of enhancing the quality of life for the entire community by helping neighbors remain in their homes as they age. The organization plans to have its full membership launch in the summer of 2014. CVL currently offers free sample services to all members of the Lawrence community, regardless of membership, in order to preview full membership potential. CVL’s sample services are a Home Safety and Fire Safety Programs and a Telephone Reassurance Program. The Village has partnered with the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Department to offer group education, fire safety inspections,

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and smoke detector checks and installations for all interested community members. They have also begun to offer Telephone Reassurance, in which volunteers will make regular phone calls to residents who are living alone. The calls are meant to reassure participants and their families, and volunteers will check to see how members are doing and act as an additional contact outside the home. Members may choose the schedule of their calls, and it is anticipated that most of the volunteer callers will be other seniors wishing to participate in the community but who may not be able to participate in more physical activities. Telephone Reassurance program provides a healthy support system for residents. In order to raise funds to support and carry out their mission, Community Village Lawrence hosted a recent fundraiser event: A Trip Down Memory Lane: 1969 Orange Bowl Revival. This event was sponsored by many local businesses and auction donors, and featured special guest Bobby Douglass, quarterback in the 1969


Orange Bowl. With funds to allow for the launch of the village in the summer, full membership programs and services will be soon offered. Full membership in other model Villages includes transportation assistance, health and wellness programs, minor home repairs, social and educational activities, and day-to-day help to connect members with the larger community. The organization is currently looking for potential members as well as volunteers interested in serving their local residential community. For more information on Community Village Lawrence’s current and future services, please visit, or contact them by e-mail at, or by phone at 785-505-0187. For more news and information on the national Village to Village Network, please visit - About - Village to Village Network:


At GRACE HOSPICE, our focus is on the quality of life. Working as a team, we plan and coordinate care that centers on the physical, social, spiritual, and emotional needs of patients and their loved ones. Grace Hospice is a locally owned business that serves several counties in Kansas and Missouri - TOPEKA3715 SW 29th St., Ste. 100 • Topeka, KS 66614 (785) 228-0400 Fax (785) 288-9049

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“What’s for lunch?” “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

Margaret Hawkins, 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 Entrées THURSDAY, MAY 1 - Caribbean Chicken FRIDAY, MAY 2 - Ham Salad MONDAY, MAY 5 - Peppercorn Chicken TUESDAY, MAY 6 - Ham, Macaroni & Cheese WEDNESDAY, MAY 7 - Chicken Spaghetti THURSDAY, MAY 8 - Smothered Steak FRIDAY, MAY 9 - Chicken Salad MONDAY, MAY 12 - Beef Tips TUESDAY, MAY 13 - Chicken Nuggets WEDNESDAY, MAY 14 - Spaghetti & Meatballs THURSDAY, MAY 15 - Hot Dog FRIDAY, MAY 16 - Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad MONDAY, MAY 19 - Meatloaf TUESDAY, MAY 20 - Tryakki Chicken WEDNESDAY, MAY 21 - Beef Enchiladas THURSDAY, MAY 22 - Baked Chicken FRIDAY, MAY 23 - Tuna Salad MONDAY, MAY 26 - CLOSED for Memorial Day Holiday TUESDAY, MAY 27 - BBQ Brisket WEDNESDAY, MAY 28 - Chicken Lasagna THURSDAY, MAY 29 - Boneless Pork Chop FRIDAY, MAY 30 - Chicken Sandwich (Menu subject to change without notice.)

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Leisure and Learning Catalog - Course Description Call 842-0543 to enroll

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Ongoing activities are also listed in this publication. Call 8420543 for information, to offer suggestions or to volunteer. Fill out the registration form in this newsletter and mail it with your payment to DCSS, 745 Vermont St., Lawrence, KS 66044. Before making out your check, please note that some classes are co-sponsored, and checks may need to be made out to someone other than DCSS. Additionally, enrollments in Lawrence Parks and Recreation classes are processed by that office (call 785-832-7920). Refund or Credit? A full refund or credit will be given for all classes, events or trips 30 days

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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 one week in advance.

popcorn, just like you’d get at the movie theater. What a perfect snack to start off the weekend. Limit 1 free bag per person, while supplies last.

Partial class scholarships may be available for seniors who qualify. Scholarships will be considered upon completion of application in the Leisure and Learning office.

You’ll get your heart pumping and have a great time building friendships with fellow walkers. FREE! For more information, contact Ross Schraeder at (785) 832-7950.

The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is a community-based, recreational group exercise and education program designed specifically for people with arthritis and related diseases. The program’s multiple components help reduce pain and stiffness, and help maintain or improve mobility, muscle strength and functional ability. Each class includes a variety of exercises, endurance-building routines, relaxation exercises, and health education topics. Individuals from basic to advanced capabilities will benefit from the program. This class is conducted by a trained and certified instructor in partnership with the local Arthritis Foundation chapter and Lawrence Parks and Recreation. Note: You do not have to be diagnosed with Arthritis or a related disease to attend this class. Please call 8420543 to register.

Popcorn Fridays Every Friday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Fee: None, but donations appreciated. Location: Lawrence Senior Center.

Yoga for Every Body Tuesdays, May 6 - June 24, 3 - 4 p.m. Fee: $28. Location: Lawrence Senior Center. Instructor: Susan Rieger.

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Reasonable accommodations can be made for special needs. Registration must specify needs. Registrant must provide information at time of enrollment. FEATURED MAY ACTIVITIES A.M. Walking Club Need exercise? Then come down to the East Lawrence Rec Center from 7-10 a.m., Monday through Friday.

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 6 - June 26, 10 - 11 a.m. Fee: $15. Location: Lawrence Senior Center.

freedom in all the joints of the body, increases core and leg strength, improves balance, and leaves the participant feeling mentally and physically relaxed and restored. Previous participants report feeling stronger, having more energy and sleeping better. Bring a yoga mat and wear clothes which allow you to move easily. Please call 842-0543 to register. Fundamentals of Estate Planning Tuesday, May 13, 6-7:30 p.m. Fee: None. Location: Lawrence Senior Center. Instructor: Robert Ramsdell. Death is a certainty, incapacity a possibility. You need to plan for both. Fundamentals of Estate Planning will help you create those plans. The class covers what happens under intestate succession if you die without a plan; the uses of 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 for financial and healthcare decision-making; Living Wills and Do Not Resuscitate Directives; and a very general overview of how limitations on Medicaid eligibility might affect your assets. The presentation lasts about an hour, followed by an open question-and-answer period. AARP Smart Driver Course Saturday, May 24, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Fee: $15 for AARP Members, $20 for non-members. Location: Lawrence Senior Center. Refresh your driving skills with

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the AARP Smart Driver Course. Learn defensive driving techniques, proven safety strategies, and new traffic laws and rules of the road. There are no tests to pass; simply sign up and learn. Upon completion you could receive a multi-year discount on your car insurance. Lunch from noon to 1 p.m. on your own. Limited spots available, please call 842-0543 to register. DAY/SHORT TRIPS For reservations please contact Rebecca Clancy at 842-0543. Detailed fliers available at the Lawrence Senior Center. If making a reservation for any of the following trips, please make the check payable to: Group Getaways. Baseball & Bucks Getaway Wednesday, May 14. Fee: $65. Pick-up/Drop-off location: Lawrence. Our first stop is the historic Negro Leagues Baseball Museum & American Jazz Museum complex. The NLBM is filled with memorabilia, multi-media computer stations, several film exhibits, hundreds of photographs, field of 12 bronze sculptures and a growing collection of baseball artifacts; as well as the only museum in the world solely focused on the preservation, exhibition and advancement of jazz. We will also take a guided tour of the Money Museum at Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City where we will see millions of dollars processed, lift a gold bar worth nearly $400,000 and much more. On our way home we will

stop at The Legends for an ice cream treat at Russell Stover.

Pioneers & Presidents Tuesday, May 20. Fee: $79. Pickup/Drop-off location: Lawrence. Join us for a historical getaway to Independence Missouri. We’ll start at the Harry S. Truman Library & Museum which highlights the major issues and events of Harry Truman’s Presidency. Next, visit the National Frontier Trails Museum and view the museum’s award winning film “West,” and explore the exhibits relating to America’s westward expansion. Lunch is included. Red White & Tuna Sunday, June 8. Fee: $75. Pickup/Drop-off location: Lawrence. Join us for another Marvelous Matinee Getaway as we head to the Thelma Moore Community Playhouse, home of the Chamber Players Community Theatre in Garnett. Enjoy lunch while watching the featured show: This third installment in the Tuna trilogy takes us on another wild romp into the hearts and minds of the polyester-clad citizens of Texas’

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third smallest town. Along with Tuna’s perennial favorites, some new Tuna denizens burst into the 4th of July Tuna High School Class Reunion. This sets the stage for a show full of fireworks and fun from the land where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. Historic Leavenworth Thursday, June 26. Fee: $79. Pickup/Drop-off location: Lawrence. This “Doin’ Time in Leavenworth Getaway” offers a variety packed day trip to the oldest city in Kansas! We begin with a guided tour and carousel ride at the C.W. Parker Carousel Museum. Then we will enjoy a beef brisket meal with the Harvey Girls, followed by a guided tour of Fort Leavenworth: the oldest continuously operating military installation West of the Mississippi River. The Fort Leavenworth tour requires you to bring Government issued photo ID with you. Chicken-n-Pickin’ Ranch: Duling Family Dinner Theater Thursday, June 19. Fee: $89. Pickup/Drop-off location: Lawrence. Continued on page 10

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This “Fried Chicken Getaway” takes us to the tiny community of Walnut, located in Southeast Kansas. Owner Karen Duling has invited us to her farm for fabulous fried chicken meal with all the fixin’s. After our hearty lunch in the restored dairy barn, we’ll enjoy 2 hours of wholesome entertainment. With a new band and a new show, we’ll enjoy classic country music, storytelling and comedy. EDUCATION, HOBBY & FINANCE AARP Smart Driver Course Thursday and Friday, July 17- 18, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Fee: $15 for AARP Members, $20 for non-

members. Location: Lawrence Senior Center. Refresh your driving skills with the AARP Smart Driver Course. Learn defensive driving techniques, proven safety strategies, and new traffic laws and rules of the road. There are no tests to pass; simply sign up and learn. Upon completion you could receive a multi-year discount on your car insurance. Lunch from noon to 1:00 p.m. on your own. Limited spots available, please call 842-0543 to register. Fundamentals of Estate Planning Wednesday, July 23, 2-3:30 p.m. Fee: None. Location: Lawrence Senior Center. Instructor: Robert Ramsdell.

Death is a certainty, incapacity a possibility. You need to plan for both. Fundamentals of Estate Planning will help you create those plans. The class covers what happens under intestate succession if you die without a plan; the uses of a Will or Revocable Living Trust; an overview of probate administration; the impact of estate and gift taxes; nontestamentary transfer options, such as holding property in a joint tenancy; powers of attorney for financial and healthcare decision-making; Living Wills and Do Not Resuscitate Directives; and a very general overview of how limitations on Medicaid eligibility might affect your

assets. The presentation lasts about an hour, followed by an open question-and-answer period. Beginning Spanish- Emphasis 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, including useful words and phrases. Beginning Spanish- Emphasis on Conversations Wednesdays, 1-2 p.m. Location: Lawrence Senior Center Board Room. This course is for beginners - no prior knowledge of Spanish required. Please bring your own English to Spanish dictionary. ART

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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). Lori 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 Stepping On Mondays, June 2 - July 14, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Fee: $25. Location: Lawrence Senior Center. Minimum: 10. Maximum: 16. Join us for this 7 week, community-based workshop where you will learn balance and strength exercises as well as develop specific knowledge and skills to prevent falls. This program is conducted by trained and certified instructors and also features community experts who will discuss topics relevant to reducing your fall risk. This program is co-sponsored by Douglas County Senior Services, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, and the Lawrence Douglas County Housing Authority. A 5 pound ankle weight used for strengthening exercises is included. Limited spots available, please register early by calling 842-0543. Please Note: If you are registering for one of the exercise programs below, please make the check payable to: Lawrence Parks and Recreation Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi ages 60 and up Mondays and Fridays, June 2 July 25, 10 - 11 a.m. Fee: $41.

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Location: Community Building. Instructor: Susan Pomeroy.

This program is designed to improve the quality of life for people with arthritis using Sun style Tai Chi. This style includes agile steps and exercises that may improve mobility, breathing and relaxation. The movements don’t require deep bending or squatting, which makes it easier and more comfortable to learn. Register at the Community Building, 115 W. 11th St., 832-7920. Tai Chi - ages 60 and up Wednesdays, June 4 - July 23, 10 - 11:10 a.m. Fee: $30. Location: Community Building. Instructor: Susan Pomeroy. This ancient Chinese movement improves strength, flexibility, 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., 832-7920. Yoga - ages 60 and up Thursdays, June 5 - July 24, 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. Fee: $30. Location: Community Building. Instructor: Annie Wilsey. A less vigorous beginner’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., 832-7920. ENTERTAINMENT Theatre Lawrence Dress Rehearsal - “The King and I” Thursday, June 12, show starts at 7:30 p.m. Fee: None. Location: Theatre Lawrence. It is 1862 in Siam when an English widow, Anna Leonowens, and her young son arrive at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, having been summoned by the King to serve as tutor to his many children and wives. The King is largely considered to be a barbarian by those in the West, and he seeks Anna’s assistance in changing his image, if not his ways. With both keeping a firm grip on their respective traditions and values, Anna and the King grow to understand and, eventually, respect one another, in a truly unique love story. The dazzling score includes “Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Getting to Know You,” “Hello Young Lovers,” and “Shall We Dance.” Note: Due to limited number of available dress rehearsal tickets,

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only 2 tickets will be allowed per request. Tickets will be distributed after a random drawing a week before the dress rehearsal date. New Theatre Matinee Smokey Joe’s Café: The Songs of Leiber & Stoller Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Fee: $60. Transportation provided from Lawrence Senior Center. Maximum: 15. Four years running on Broadway, Smokey Joe’s Café is a compelling rock n’ roll musical revue encompassing the songs of Leiber and Stoller, the inventors of this music genre. Their timeless songs provide the basis for this electrifying entertainment that had critics raving and audiences stampeding the box office during its record-breaking Broadway run. The show features some of the greatest songs ever recorded including: On Broadway, Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock, Stand By Me, Spanish Harlem, Love Potion #9, Young Blood, Yakety Yak, I’m A Woman and Kansas City. As always the price includes transportation, a gourmet lunch buffet, and the show. Limited tickets available, please call 8420543 to register.


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Walk Your Way to Better Health Dear Savvy Senior, Can you give me some tips on starting a walking program? I need to lose weight and get my blood pressure under control, but I hate to exercise. Unfit at 59 Dear Unfit, More than 25 years of research has shown that walking may be the single best exercise you can do to improve your health. It burns calories (about 100 for every mile you walk) which will help you lose weight, it builds endurance, enhances muscle tone and it doesn’t pound your joints. It also helps improve or prevent many age-related health problems

including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, osteoporosis and dementia. But walking is not only good for what ails you. It’s also one of the easiest and most convenient exercises you can do, and is completely free. All you need is a good pair of walking shoes that fit well and a little desire. Here are a few tips to help you get started. Start walking: Start out slow if you need to. For many people this means head out the door, walk for 10 minutes, and walk back. Do it every day for a week. If that seems easy, add five minutes to your walks next week and keep adding five minutes until you are walking as long

as you desire. It’s also a smart idea to start and finish your walk with a few simple warm up and cool down stretches. Stretching will make you feel better and help prevent injury. How far: Any walking is better than none, but most fitness professionals recommend walking about 30 minutes, five days a week. Research has shown that the 30 minutes can be broken up throughout the day - 10 minutes here, 10 minutes there. Or, for optimal health benefits aim for 10,000 steps per day, which is the equivalent of about five miles. How fast: The right walking speed depends on your fitness level. Ideally you should walk at a brisk pace that has you breathing heavily, but you are still able to carry on a conversation. Staying Motivated While starting a walking program takes initiative, sticking with it takes commitment. Here are some tips to help you stay motivated:

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• Find some walking buddies: They can provide motivation and support along with companionship and security. • Use a pedometer: These nifty little gadgets - available in sporting goods stores for around $25 - measure how far you’ve walked in steps and miles, providing motivation by spurring you to meet a particular goal and showing you if you’ve met it. Or, if you’re a smartphone user, consider downloading a pedometer app like or

• Join a walking club: To find one in your community call your local medical center, mall, health clubs, YMCA, running shoe stores or Area Agency on Aging to see if they sponsor or know of any clubs or groups. Or try the American Volkssport Association ( and American Heart Association Walking Club (mywalkingclub. org), which let you search for noncompetitive walking clubs in your area, or start one. • Keep a journal: Use it to keep track of your walking minutes, steps, or mileage and total it up at the end of each week to see how you’re progressing. • Get a dog: Studies have shown that dog owners are much more likely to take regular walks than non-dog owners. • Listen to music: An iPod or MP3 player can also make a nice walking companion. Check out to find great walking songs that will match your pace. • Have a backup plan: If bad weather, allergies or other factors limit your outdoor walking have a backup plan like walking at your local mall, buying a home treadmill or joining a health club. (Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.)

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A BIG “THANK YOU” to all the dedicated AARP Tax

Aides who helped area seniors (and others) with their tax preparation. The service provided by these tireless volunteers is beyond measure.

NEW HORIZONS BAND SCHEDULE All Rehearsals and Concerts are held at 4 p.m. on Fridays, unless otherwise noted. Rehearsals are held at the Lawrence Senior Center, 745 Vermont. Band Director John Towner encourages anyone interested in playing to join. Dues are $5 for the year. Contact John Towner at 785-865-3519 or 785-865-8851 (cell), or by email at


Are you new to Medicare? Do you have questions? Douglas County Senior Services will present a “Welcome to Medicare” meeting on Wednesday, May 14 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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LEGALESE by Molly Wood

optometrist or ophthalmologist. (You can get a copy of the form at http://, or you can call the Kansas Dept. of Revenue - KDOR - for a mailed copy.)

Q: I am 83 years old, in relatively good health, and still consider myself a good driver, although I avoid driving at night, if I can. My driver’s license is about to expire. Will I lose my license because of my age? A: No, not solely because of your age. In Kansas, there is only one age-based requirement in the driver’s license renewal process: Once a driver reaches the age of sixty-five, his or her license must be renewed every four years rather than every six years. There are, however, no age-specific vision tests or road tests that the elderly driver must pass. Assuming you can still see well enough to pass the vision test, you are likely not at risk of losing your license. But if you’re worried about the vision test, you are permitted to have the stateís vision form filled out by your

Passing the standard vision test alone will not guarantee that you will retain your license, however. While the State will not revoke a driver’s license based on age alone, medical professionals, police officers, and family members may request that a driver be retested - this procedure would be appropriate for anyone whose driving is suspect, regardless of age. This is accomplished by sending a letter of concern to the KDOR for review. If the retest suggests that you may indeed be a risky driver, KDOR will contact you to inform you that a complaint has been filed against you, though they will not provide the name of the person who filed that complaint. At that time, you may be asked to undergo an additional retesting procedure to determine your fitness to drive. Just because the state does not revoke your license does not mean you should ignore warning signs that

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your driving has become impaired. For your own safety and the safety of other drivers and pedestrians, it is important that you recognize factors that may cause you to be a less than competent driver. These factors may include: • taking medications that make you tired or confused • experiencing a sudden loss of vision • experiencing troubles reading street signs • noticing difficulties in physically operating your car, or • becoming confused or disoriented when driving. If these or other similar issues are affecting your driving, you should reconsider whether driving is still the safest option for you. There are municipal services that provide lowcost transportation for the elderly, including the public bus system. While all drivers value independence, it is important to recognize when your autonomy is putting others at risk.

If you choose to stay on the road, there are many steps you can take to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you. First, choose a car with an automatic transmission, power steering, and brakes, which will make your car easier to maneuver in dangerous situations. If you are easily distracted, keep your radio turned down low so you can hear the traffic around you. Always keep an eye out for pedestrians. If you wear glasses, be sure your prescription is up-todate. Many eye doctors can prescribe special sunglasses that help people with vision problems see the roadways better. Finally, always plan your route before leaving your house, which will help cut down on feelings of stress and frustration while driving and will allow you to concentrate on what is going on around you. A common misconception about the elderly is that they are all bad drivers, though statistical evidence has shown that age isn’t the determinative factor in the ability to be a safe driver. Many drivers have excellent road skills well into their eighties (I have a friend who is 90+, and Iím happy to have him at the wheel), while others may begin experiencing problems much younger. It is important to evaluate your own skills, to identify possible influences that are hampering your ability to drive, and to take active steps in keeping yourself as safe as possible on the road. (Editor’s Note: Molly M. Wood is a partner at Stevens & Brand, L.L.P., in Lawrence, Kansas. If you have a legal question or concern, call your attorney, or you may contact the Kansas Elder Law Hotline, a toll-free legal advice and referral service for Kansas Seniors, 1-(888)-353-5337. The Elder Law Project attorney is available by appointment in Douglas County at the Lawrence Senior Center, 842-0543.)

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SCHEDULE EARLY: Due to a heavy demand for transportation, rides may be scheduled as far in advance as 7 days or as little as 48 hours. You should be ready to board 15 minutes prior to your scheduled ride. Daily fixed stop: 1:15 PM Monday through Thursday from the Lawrence Senior Center.

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 785865-6925 and ask for a Policy Manual. Baldwin City has a Volunteer Transportation Program. For Reservations or information about rides in Baldwin City call 785-594-3376.

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Editor: Janet Ikenberry Executive Director: Kristin Scheurer Printer: Lawrence Journal-World 609 New Hampshire, Lawrence, KS 66044 Douglas County Senior Services, Inc., is funded by Douglas County Mill Levy • Older Americans Act through the Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging • Kansas Department on Aging • Kansas Department of Transportation • special grants • project income • fund-raising activities • 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 have been discriminated against, you have the right to file a 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:

60 & Better Newsletter | May 2014  

60 & Better is published by Douglas County Senior Services in Douglas County, Kansas.

60 & Better Newsletter | May 2014  

60 & Better is published by Douglas County Senior Services in Douglas County, Kansas.