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I grew up on a farm outside of Woolstock and graduated from Webster City in 2001. My only time away from this great community was during my college years. I attended Iowa Central Community College to play collegiate softball and earned my Associate of Arts Degree and coaching authorization. I then transferred to the University of Northern Iowa and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in teaching secondary mathematics. Upon graduation, I taught in the Fort Dodge schools both public and parochial but continued to live in this great community and coach volleyball and softball for my heart would never let me cheer for colors other than purple and gold. I decided early in my career to pursue a masters degree, and earned a masters in school mathematics from Iowa State University which allows me to teach dual credit math courses to our high school students. In 2009, I was given the opportunity to come back and teach in the high school I learned so much in myself, and this year marks my 11th school year teaching high school mathematics in Webster City. My husband, Clint, and I have made Webster City our home along with our four children Aaliyah (7), Sophie (5), Houston (3), and Landry (1). I am in my 13th season as the head volleyball coach and this past summer marked my 11th season as the head softball coach.

What’s important to you?

My family is hands down the most important thing in my life. I am very blessed to have four healthy children that have shown me a type of love I never knew existed. My husband and I decided to create our story in my hometown which has allowed our children to create a very special relationship with their grandparents and great grandparents. I, myself, cannot remember a single sporting event, awards ceremony, banquet, graduation, etc. in which I did not have a cheering section in my corner and it is very important to me for my children to know that kind of love and support. My second family, my past and present players, are my next driving force. I work very hard to set an example of high standards for my players so that they learn how to be hardworking, driven, motivated, and successful individuals once they wear their lynx uniform for the last time. I can name every senior that has played for me and if given enough time the year they graduated. Some I continue to stay in touch with and some I haven’t seen since they graduated from Webster City, but everyone has made a very lasting imprint on my life. I like to think that the sweat they worked off for me has pushed them far in their careers.

Webster City High School volleyball and softball coach

to Webster City has allowed me to give back to so many individuals that shaped me into the person that I am today. I coach because I was blessed with some of the best. My dad sparked an interest at a very young age and I then had the opportunity to work with people such as Larry Dawson, John Norem, Jim Adams, and Dave Hilton. I teach because my teachers provided me with confidence in my abilities and now have the opportunity to teach alongside Karen Daniels and Trish Bahrenfuss, two women that taught me so much more than mathematics. I raise my family here because I absolutely cannot imagine my own children not having the opportunity to learn from my greatest teachers, my parents. Nor can I imagine them not feeling the support I have felt from this community since I was born. So, I guess what I love about Webster City is that this town has made me who I am today, and I am extremely grateful for that.

What are you building for our future?

On a daily basis I am working with the youth of Webster City. My driving goal is to teach these kids how to be productive and successful adults. My title is their Algebra/Geometry/Calculus teacher, but what I really want them to learn is how to work hard to achieve a goal, how to persevere through a difficult problem to find an answer, and how to grow from a loss instead of facing it as a setback. I want to teach our youth mathematics in a way that they become problem solvers in that they can logically work their way through any problem not just a math problem and see through it to the end. I also want to instill a sense of pride in these kids so that they experience this community the same way that I did and want to come back to Webster City and help our community continue to grow.

What are you working hardest on?

Right now I’m working hardest on coaching volleyball and providing my students with a quality education. Teaching and coaching take a lot of my time, so I also make sure that my time spent with my family is quality time. When I walk in the door I am theirs until their heads hit the pillow which makes for late nights for me but let’s them know that there is nothing that can take me away from them. My husband and children are what is most important to me, so I’m also working on making sure they know and feel that always too.

What do you love about Webster City?

So many kids that walk the halls of the high school cannot wait to get out, and I was just the opposite. I have always wanted to come back and teach inside the walls that taught me so much. Growing up in this community taught me how to work hard, face adversity, and achieve goals. Coming back

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Tell Usabout YOU

lisaRidge

Van Diest Medical Center

Bio: I am the Chief Executive Officer at Van Diest Medical Center. I have been

with VDMC since August 2016, first serving as the Chief Nursing Officer and then in my current role since Oct. 1, 2017. As a young teenager, I started my healthcare career as a Certified Nursing Assistant. I attended Iowa Methodist School of Nursing and received my Nursing Degree in 1990. I completed my Master’s Degree specializing in leadership and development from Walden University in 2013. I was selected as one of Iowa’s 100 Great Nurses in 2013. My inspiration to go into nursing started very young. I had always been a caretaker and “mother hen.” I love to help people and care for them in times of need. I praise my mother for my passion towards people and my dad for my work ethic. I am the younger of two children. I was raised in a small rural Iowa town, Milo. I am married to my hard working husband, Brian Ridge, and have four grown boys, amazing daughters-in-law and one adorable grandson, Henry. They all bring me much happiness. I am tremendously proud of them and take a lot of pride in the individuals they have become. Not a day goes by that I don’t worry about them. As a mother, their health and well-being are always on my mind. I have seen significant changes in healthcare over the years. I advise young people considering a career in healthcare to talk with others in the field, job shadow and understand the field. It is a very rewarding career and can provide you with some of the most rewarding moments. You can truly make a difference in someone else’s life.

What’s important to you?

For something to be important it has to have an impact on life. Many things are important to me but health and happiness rise to the top of the list. Health and happiness affect us in one way or another every day, yet everyone might define these two words differently depending on one’s own life lessons and values. For me, happiness is having family and friends to connect with, making a difference to others and creating memories so we don’t let life pass us by. It’s those moments when you can smile, laugh and positively impact others. Doing for others is something that truly makes my heart happy and probably why becoming a nurse 30 years ago was a natural fit for me.

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What do you love about Webster City?

I have been in Webster City for over three years now. I would say Webster City offers the small community feel with safety and friendliness of the people. Although Webster City is a rural community, many activities are offered here you couldn’t find other places such as the library, kayaking and the walking/ biking trail. Webster City is very progressive and has civic-minded people who volunteer countless hours to improve the community.

What are you building for our future?

Rural health is important for communities and rural hospitals represent more than half of all hospitals in the United States. The vitality and sustainment of our community hospital is at the forefront of my work. It’s important for a community to have a hospital that will provide high-quality care to the community members. Primary care access and emergency services are the most vital services needed. Therefore, I continue to work to assure we are integrated in the community, giving back to the community and providing high-quality care to those we serve. Listening to those we serve is important and assuring we adapt to the changes in healthcare is vital to our sustainment.

What are you working hardest on?

Currently, I am working hardest on recruitment of primary care physicians. Because primary access is so important for the community, we must always have recruitment in mind. The Association of American Medical Colleges say we could see a shortage of up to 120,000 physicians by 2030. In addition, physicians have so many choices, so we must align our physician practice at Van Diest Family Health Clinic with a physician that wants to be in a small community. It’s proven to be a tough market so we need to work hard to assure we are able to fill our positions and continue to serve our community.


Tell Usabout YOU

loriMason I was born and raised in Sanborn, Iowa, but have called Webster City home for the last 19 years. After graduating from Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School, I received my Associates degree in Accounting at AIB and began my career as a Staff Accountant for a firm in Des Moines. During those college years is when I met my husband Brandon who convinced me to relocate to his hometown of Webster City. After working at Beam Industries for a few years in the accounting department, a good friend told me about a position open at Seneca Foundry. Not being a local, I didn’t know many people yet but she told me about the family and people that worked at the Foundry and said I might like it. In January 2005 I took a chance and switched jobs to be the Accounting Coordinator at Seneca Foundry. Over the last 14+ years I have fallen in love with the foundry industry and am amazed every day at what we can do with a little sand, dedicated employees, and 2600º F molten iron!

What’s important to you?

It is important to me to make sure that the youth in Hamilton County have resources they need to develop leadership skills, have new experiences, and be given opportunities to grow in areas that interest them. One way I work towards making these things happen for our youth is volunteering my time and resources serving as the current President of the Hamilton County 4-H Foundation Board and also as a 4-H club leader for the Freedom Flickers. The opportunities 4-H provides to our youth are endless and I am proud to be a part of making that happen right here in Hamilton County.

Seneca Foundry

What are you building for our future?

The Hamilton County 4-H Foundation Board supports 4-H youth development by raising funds and serving our county 4-H programs. Investing my time, knowledge, and other resources, I would like to think I am helping to build future leaders and providing opportunities to make our community the best it can be. That can mean a lot of different things to different people, my hope is that as adults they become good citizens and understand the importance of being a part of a strong community.

What are you working hardest on?

Since its inception as a Webster City family business in 1909, Seneca Foundry has experienced continual growth. As current President of Seneca Foundry, I am working hard on planning and implementing the next steps for our future, ensuring that customers are receiving a high-quality product while employees are given a safe growth-oriented environment to develop rewarding careers. We are investing in capital equipment and investing in ways for all of our employees to work smarter not harder.

What do you love about Webster City?

Webster City is where my husband Brandon and I have chosen to raise our five children Taylor, Austin, Tristan, Miley, and Waylon. It is a safe community with an excellent school system. We love spending time outdoors and appreciate the parks and trails. Brandon and the kids like to find time to cast a fishing line at Brushy Creek or Briggs Woods while I enjoying walking the trails and taking our youngest child to the swings in the park.

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Tell Usabout YOU

ann

McLaughlin

Webster Theater manager

I was born and raised in Webster City and started working for my parents (Tom and Judy McLaughlin) at Thompson Pharmacy at age six. I was a band and chorus geek through junior high, high school and even a little bit in college. After graduating from the University of Iowa, I worked for a year in North Liberty, Iowa. In 1996, I moved to the Sacramento, California, area where I lived for almost 22 years. Much of the time I lived in California, I worked in the end-of-life arena. First, for a hospice pharmacy benefits manager and then for a non-profit which educated healthcare professionals on how to have end of life conversations with their seriously ill patients. I also picked up a bit of a “wine habit” while I lived there. I moved back to town in May of 2018 and when I’m not working, I enjoy spending my time reading, playing cards, watching the Hawkeyes and being the sherpa for my parents on trips.

What’s important to you?

It seems a bit cliche to say, but family is the most important thing to me. Family is the reason I moved back to town and I spend as much time as I can with them. I’m also closer to my extended family so I can attend other family get-togethers as well. It’s also important to me to be able to make a difference in some way. It can be as simple as making someone laugh when they’re down, or more broad reaching like helping my P.E.O. chapter raise money for scholarships and grants for women around the world. Having a purpose for the things I do is significant for me.

What do you love about Webster City?

I love the feeling of community in Webster City. When I was younger, I didn’t appreciate the idea of the small town life. After moving out to California, I came to realize that I missed the community and the sense of belonging that comes with a small town. I love that people wave to you on the streets, stop to ask how you’re doing AND genuinely want to know the answer and when you need something they’ll drop everything and come to your aid. We mow each other’s lawns in the summer and scoop sidewalks in the winter, because it’s the neighborly thing to do, not because we get something out of it. I even love the fact that there is no such thing as a quick run to the store, because you always run into someone you know and want to chat with. I’m proud to be from Webster City!

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What are you building for our future?

I hope that I’m helping to build a town that people want to live and thrive in. I’d really like to see downtown get back to where it was when I was growing up. Between managing the Webster Theater and working with three other businesses in town (Shanti Rejuvenation Center, Interior Spaces and Osweiler’s Fashions) on their social media and web marketing, I’m building community excitement. As we get excited about the businesses we already have, hopefully we can then attract other businesses to the area and we won’t have to go somewhere else to shop. I’m also working with Legacy Learning Boone River Valley to put Webster City and Hamilton County on the map as a place to come for arts, recreation and adult learning opportunities.

What are you working hardest on?

I have my fingers in a lot of pots right now, so picking just one would be difficult. Ultimately, it all comes back to making Webster City a place people want to live and visit!


Tell Usabout YOU

mary

Fortune

Shanti Rejuvenation Center owner

I was born and raised in Webster City and take great pride in being of a member of the community. I have a BS from the University of Iowa in Recreation Education and was owner of The Wellness Way, a wellness consulting/fitness training business for over 25 years. In 2006, I completed the Esthetics program at LaJames Cosmetology school and opened Shanti Wellness Day Spa with the goal of helping those in the community reach their wellness and beauty goals. I am dedicated to keeping up-to-date on the latest fitness trends and esthetic technology to offer my clients the most current techniques and information.

What is important to you?

What is important to me is the “Quality of my life”, which is all encompassing of healthy and happy family and friends as well as my own. I have found that people think that I do what I do for my mind and body on a daily basis is to live a long life but it is more important to me that while I’m here I am able to continue to enjoy all the things I love to do in my personal time and in my career.

What do you love about Webster City?

What I love about Webster City is the community of people. There are always pros and cons to living in a small town but this community always comes together to support each other and the city in its times of need and in celebration.

What are you working hardest on?

I have owned and operated Shanti Rejuvenation Center on Main Street since 2008. In August of this year I purchased the medical building at 914 Willson Ave. When I went to look at I envisioned taking my business to the next level with all the space I would now have. My vison is to bring holistic and integrative health and wellness services to Webster City. For two decades I have sought out holistic providers and services and have traveled as far as 90 miles to get them. I want the people of this town and surrounding area to have them available without having to travel. My new location will have a medical wing, that I hope to bring in medical providers that share my passion and vision of helping people with their health needs and goals. I would love to have a cosmetic dermatologist, functional practitioners as well as women’s and/ or family medicine. I will continue to offer my skin and body care treatments as well as acupuncture. The Rejuvenation Wing will be complete with locker room, flotation/deprivation tank, Infrared sauna, Joove Red light therapy and Nitrofit Vibration plate. I will be offering monthly memberships for the Rejuvenation Wing services.

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Collector Enjoys Work With Annual Toy Show ‘Collecting All Relates Back To One’s Experience’ By Billie Shelton editor@freemanjournal.net

If your idea of what it takes to make a good Christmas holiday is a decorated Christmas tree plus lots and lots of toys, then the Willis home on the north edge of Jewell is your answer. T he only issue is that what looks like enough toy machinery to be nirvana for a little farm boy is really collectibles made to display and examine, not to plow furrows in the sand box. A nd the decorated tree? It’s John Deere yellow, decorated with miniature John Deere machinery of the traditional green and strung with green lights. It may seem it’s been put up a little early this year, but the tree actually stays up twelve months of the year. So, it might not be what you’d call a Christmas tree after all. T he toy machinery comes in all the standard colors, heavy on John Deere green. It represents not only a lifelong affection for Gene Willis and his 46-year career with John Deere, but also his efforts that have gone into the popular Jewell Toy Show sponsored by the Jewell Lions Club each spring.

This shows just a portion of Gene’s collectible replicas.

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G ene has been a Lion for forty years now, ever since he was invited to attend a meeting by the late Stu Schlafke and joined a few months later. “Much of my involvement with the Lions has to do with the toy show,” Gene notes of the idea for a club fundraiser that he and Stu developed together. T he 2019 show was the 38th annual. Gene is proud the profit from the show has gone back to the community over the years. “In 38 years, we have turned all of $300,000 back to the South Hamilton and Hamilton County community,” he notes, adding that the club also contributes to Lions at the state and national level. “Plus, we give to the community through a South Hamilton scholarship every year. Every dime we raise goes to help somebody, and that’s not so in other organizations.” H e knows about those amounts. He’s been treasurer for his Lions club for 15 to 20 years, a commitment he shrugs off with “mostly I do it because of the toy show.”

Gene with a Tru Value combine, one of his favorite toys growing up.

G ene, who grew up on a Dows-area farm and graduated from Dows High School in 1970, earned a bachelor’s degree in ag business and farm management from ISU in 1973. His career with John Deere began shortly before graduation when he took a job with Conaway Implement in Jewell. A lthough Gene has lived in Jewell since he was “fresh out of college,” as puts it, over the years his career with John Deere has taken him to other dealerships— Kanawha, Story City, Woolstock, and Nevada. In 2000 he transitioned into the corporate staff for evaluation of used ag equipment, a position he still holds. A lthough Gene came to Jewell for a job, he also “ended up with a Jewell Gem,” as he says with a smile. In 1975 he met Jewell native Mary Beth Walker, and they were married in 1978. The couple has one grown son, who currently lives in Ankeny. F rom 1986 until 1995 Gene served as a county supervisor. First appointed to complete a term when his mentor Stu Schlafke passed away, Gene ran in two elections as well. A nd through it all, Gene has been devoted to the Lions club and to the toy show that now draws 600 to 700 attendees every year, folks that Gene says range in age from “just learning to walk to needing a wheelchair.” 12 OUR HOMETOWN | OCTOBER 2019

Another piece from Gene’s collectible replicas


In the school gym, the visitors from as far away as South Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois, Nebraska, Missouri, Indiana, and Kansas stroll through 100 tables of farm toys set up by as many as 60 exhibitors. Why are these collectibles popular? Gene’s theory is that people want a piece of nostalgia. “It’s a way to preserve memories, and it lets people tell a story,” he believes. “There’s always a story behind it, whatever they want. “ A true collectible will hold its value for many ages, but I am in it for nostalgia and for a relationship with agriculture, not for the potential increase in value,” Gene goes on. “Collecting all relates back to one’s experience.” G ene should know what he’s talking about, as his basement holds many John Deere mementoes as well as his impressive collection of toy machinery all carefully, attractively displayed. Most are not meant to be toys, he says; they are collectible replicas. As a boy, he played with toy machinery made by Tru Scale that had moving parts like real machinery. He has some of those pieces in his extensive collection, along with plenty of John Deere pieces as well as machinery from companies no longer in production—Minneapolis Moline, Ford, Steiger, and Oliver, to name a few. F or now, Gene has plans to continue the Jewell Toy Show as well as his active membership in the Jewell Lions. “The operation of the toy show and the Lions club still fit for me. We just repeat the process every year,” he says. “We do it as a club,” Gene insists. “I’m not extraordinary; it’s the concept of the club working together that makes is extraordinary. It’s extraordinary people banding together to do extraordinary things.”

The 2020 Jewell Toy Show will be Sunday, April 5, at the South Hamilton high school gym in Jewell. Unique tree always on display in the Willis home in Jewell.

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CITY SCENE

Webster City

FULLER HALL

Winter Hours (September 29, 2019 through May 2, 2020)

           Monday – Thursday             Friday             Saturday             Sunday

6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.* 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.* 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.* 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

WILSON BREWER PARK 6th Annual Pumpkin Scarecrow Event – October 4 through November 4 To participate - $5.00 donation at Fuller Hall – use your own pumpkin head and pick out a post that will already be installed in front of the Depot Museum – Scarecrows will be up for a month.

*Children under the age of 18 need to be accompanied by an adult between 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. as well as on Sunday

October 19th 1 p.m. Mulberry Center Church Program “Hot Tamale Louie: Telling Stories Without Words”

2019 Halloween Saturday, October 26, 2019 Preschool Halloween Party in Fuller Hall Gym from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Activities Middle School Activity Night at Fuller Hall 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Announced Thursday, October 31, 2019 The City of Webster City would like to announce the activities scheduled for Halloween.

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Merchant Downtown Trick or Treat 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Residential Trick or Treat Night 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Crestview Nursing & Rehabilitation and Southfield Wellness Community 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

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LET’S EAT

Our Hometown Recipe Corner

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust Serves 8 to 10

Crust 1 1⁄2 1⁄2 6 1⁄4

cups gingersnap cookie crumbs cup finely chopped hazelnuts tablespoons unsalted butter, melted cup sugar

Filling 1 1⁄2 1⁄2 1⁄4 2 2 11⁄2 2 1 1⁄2 2

pounds cream cheese, at room temperature cup packed light brown sugar cup granulated sugar large eggs large egg yolks tablespoons all-purpose flour teaspoons pumpkin pie spice cup solid-pack pumpkin purée cup créme fraîche, homemade (right) or store-bought, or sour cream teaspoons pure vanilla extract

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Créme Fraîche Makes about 1⁄2 cup 1⁄2

cup heavy whipping cream

1⁄2

cup créme fraîche or sour cream with live cultures

Pour the cream into a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid and spoon in the créme fraîche. Let sit on the counter, with the lid slightly ajar, until the mixture thickens, from 4 to 24 hours, depending on the weather. Refrigerate, tightly covered, until ready to use.


Add something new to your pumpkin repertoire Pumpkins are readily available in fall, when people carve jack-o’-lanterns out of pumpkins for Halloween or serve up pumpkin pie after a hearty Thanksgiving dinner. But people who are unsatisfied with plain old pumpkin pie can add something new to their repertoire this fall by cooking up the following recipe for “Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust,” courtesy of Lori Longbotham’s “Luscious Creamy Desserts” (Chronicle Books).

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Lightly butter an 8- or 81⁄2-inch springform pan. 2. To make the crust: Stir together all of the ingredients in a medium bowl until the crumbs are moistened. Press the mixture over the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Bake the crust for 10 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Increase the oven temperature to 425 F. 3. To make the filling: With an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese, brown sugar and granulated sugar in a large deep bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and then the egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the flour and pumpkin pie spice and beat on low speed until just combined. Add the pumpkin purée, créme fraîche and vanilla, and beat until just combined. Pour the filling into the shell.

4. Place the cheesecake on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 250 F and continue baking for 1 hour. 5. Turn the oven off and let the cheesecake cool in the oven for 21⁄2 hours. Then transfer to a wire rack and let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate, tightly covered, for at least 10 hours, until thoroughly chilled and set, or for up to 2 days. 6. To serve, run a knife around the side of the cheesecake and remove the side of the pan. Serve slightly chilled or at room temperature, cut into thin wedges with a sharp knife dipped into hot water and wiped dry after each cut. UPGRADE

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SAVVY SENIOR by Jim Miller

How to Help Aging Parents Manage their Medications Dear Working, Dear Savvy Senior, What tips or tools can you recommend that can help seniors and their caregivers keep up with medications? My 82-year-old mother, who lives alone, is supposed to take several different medications at various times of the day but often forgets.

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Anybody who juggles multiple medications can relate to the problem of forgetting to take a medication, or not remembering whether they already took it. This is especially true for older adults who take medications at varying times of the day. Here are some different product and service solutions that may help.


Simple Medication Helpers

Getting organized and being reminded are the two keys to staying on top of a medication schedule. To help your mom achieve this, there are a wide variety of pillboxes, medication organizers, vibrating watches, beeping pill bottles and even dispensers that will talk to her that can make all the difference. To find these types of products, the best source is Epill.com, where you’ll find dozens to choose from. You can also help your mom stay organized by creating a simple medication list that breaks down exactly what she should take and when she should take it. To help you with this, go to SafeMedication.com – a resource from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists – and download and print a copy of “My Medicine List.”

Smart Pill Boxes

There are also a variety of “smart” pill boxes on the market today that will remind your mom when she needs to take her medicine and will send family members and caregivers notifications if she forgets to take her pills, or accidentally takes the wrong ones. Three to consider here include Tricella (Tricella.com, $95), which uses Bluetooth connectivity but requires that your mom have a smartphone with data service or tablet with WiFi; PillDrill (PillDrill.com, $279), a comprehensive system ideal for strict medication schedules but requires home Wi-Fi; and MedMinder (MedMinder.com, $40 per month), that operates off a cellular network (no phone line or Wi-Fi necessary).

away with all the pill bottles and pill sorting. One of the top providers of this type of service is PillPack.com, an online pharmacy owned by Amazon.

Apps and Calling Services

If you mom has a smartphone, there are apps she could use to help her keep up with her medication. One of the best is Medisafe (MyMedisafe.com), a free app works on Apple and Android phones. Medisafe will organize your mom’s pills in one place, send her timely notifications to take her meds, and send her reminders to fill her prescriptions. Caregivers can also connect with the Medisafe app to get notifications about when it’s time for their loved one to take their medication – and they can see whether or not it’s been marked as taken. If your mom doesn’t use a smartphone, there are also calling services, like Care Call Reassurance, which provides medication reminding calls – see Medication-Reminders. com. This service will call your mom’s phone at the scheduled times she needs to take her medication as a reminder, and if she fails to answer or acknowledge the call, a family member or caregiver will be contacted. This service runs between $15 and $20 per month.

Convenient Packaging

Another way to help simplify your mom’s medication use is to get her prescriptions filled in single-dose packets that put all her medications (vitamins and over-the-counter drugs can be included too) together in neatly labeled packets organized by date and the time of day they should be taken. This does

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