A publication of the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging
February 2016 VOL. 41 • NO. 2
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Papillion entrepreneur Bill Moore is working to put more people of all ages on electric-assist bicycles as a way to promote fun and fitness and to help heal the planet. Nick Schinker tells Moore’s story beginning on page 10.
Supporting role Al Marcault has been a valuable behind the scenes volunteer at the Blue Barn Theatre since 2008. Learn more about this retired steamfitter and auto enthusiast on page 5.
What’s inside AARP Tax-Aide program ....................................... 3 Choosing the proper exercise routine ................... 4 OTs offer driving safety tips .................................. 6 ‘Read it & eat’ ....................................................... 8 Study examining brittle bones............................... 9 Fighting back against painkiller abuse ................. 12 Looking at ways to reduce infections .................. 14 Frost/Nixon at Blue Barn Feb. 4 to 28.................. 16 Column by Nancy Hemesath debuts ................... 16 America’s growing love affair with wine .............. 18
February 2016 events calendar
Camelot Friendship Center You’re invited to visit the Camelot Friendship Center inside the Camelot Community Center, 9270 Cady Ave., for the following: • Feb. 3: Nurse visit @ 11:45 a.m. • Feb. 9: Mardi Gras party. • Feb. 10: Birthday Bash. • Feb. 11: Valentine’s Day party. • Feb. 11: Book Club @ 10:15 a.m. • Feb. 12 & 26: Movie Day @ 12:15 p.m. • Feb. 17: Music by John Worsham from the Merrymakers @ 11:45 a.m. • Feb. 18: Jackpot Bingo. • Feb. 19: Attend the Shrine Circus. • Feb. 19: Line dancing @ 12:15 p.m. • Feb. 22: Chair volleyball @ 10:15 a.m. • Feb. 25: Nurse visit @ 10 a.m. The center will be closed on Feb. 15 for Presidents Day. Other activities include Bingo, pinochle, card games, other games, crafts, candy making, and scrapbooking. The Camelot Friendship Center is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. A $3.50 contribution is suggested for the meal. Reservations are due by noon the business day prior to the lunch you wish to enjoy. For reservations or more information, call 402-444-3091.
2 Cats With photographer Steve Winter Holland Performing Arts Center 7:30 p.m. 402-345-0606
16 Disney’s Newsies Through Feb. 21 Orpheum Theater $30 and up 402-345-0606
4 Gregory Porter Holland Performing Arts Center 7:30 p.m. 402-345-0606
19 Omaha Symphony French Masterpieces Also Feb. 20 Holland Performing Arts Center 7:30 p.m. $19 to $85 402-345-0606
Frost/Nixon By Peter Morgan Thursday through Sunday Through February 28 (no show 2/7) Blue Barn Theatre $25 & $30 402-345-1576 6 Omaha Symphony ’70s Top 40 Holland Performing Arts Center 7:30 p.m. $19 to $85 402-345-0606
Quoted prices are per person, double occupancy. For more information about our tours, please call Ward or Kathy Kinney at Fontenelle Tours at the number listed above.
12 Opera Omaha La Fanciulla del West Also Feb. 14 Friday @ 7:30 p.m. Sunday @ 2 p.m. Orpheum Theater $19 to $99 402-345-0606
“Beau Jest” at the New Theater. April 28. $139. Join us on a Thursday trip to Kansas City to see a live performance of “Beau Jest” while you enjoy a delicious buffet lunch. This comedy, starring Cindy Williams and Eddie Mekka from “Laverne and Shirley”, is the story of Sarah, a nice Jewish girl with a problem: her Mother wants her married to a nice Jewish boy. Her boyfriend isn’t! And there the fun and confusion begins. “Moses” in Branson. May 2 - 5. $689 before 2/26. ($729 after 2/26.) Enjoy the new show “Moses” at the Sight and Sound, Showboat Branson Belle, Texas Tenors, New Jersey Nights, The Blackwoods, The Brett Family, and #1 Hits of the 60s & 50s, too. Includes six meals and lodging at the Barrington Hotel. Hidden Gems in Cheeseland. June 13 - 17. $979 before 3/1. ($1,029 after 3/1.) A fun five-day adventure including US Mail Boat tour, Dancing Horses Dinner Theatre, Larsen’s Bakery, Jelly Belly Candy Factory, Mars Cheese Castle, Cristo Rey Ranch (200+ animals and run by nuns), Larsen’s Famous Clydesdales, Exotic Bird Show, a Baby Barn presentation, Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, and The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.
13 Omaha Symphony A Celebration of Spielberg & Williams Holland Performing Arts Center 7:30 p.m. $19 to $85 402-345-0606
“Beauty and the Beast” and “Chicago”. July 19 - 20. $315 before 4/19. ($335 after 4/19.) Join us for a trip to Kansas City to see “Beauty and the Beast” at the Starlight Theater, “Chicago” at the New Theater, lunch at a “farm-to-table” restaurant, tour of The Roasterie, IKEA, and the Strawberry Hill Povitica Bakery. Mark Twain and the Amish. August 3 – 5. $459 before 5/3. ($489 after 5/3.) Explore Hannibal, Missouri, take a dinner Cruise on the Mark Twain River Boat, Rockcliffe Mansion Tour, wine-tasting at the Cave Hollow West Winery, Mark Twain’s Cave, “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” play, Amish Farm Tour, shopping, and home-cooked Amish meal in Jamesport.
14 An Afternoon with Garrison Keillor Holland Performing Arts Center 3 p.m. 402-345-0606
Christ Our Life Catholic Regional Conference. September 24 - 25. Hear the teaching and witnessing of world-renowned Catholic speakers in Des Moines, Iowa, including Mark Hart, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, Jesse Romero, Alex Jones, Archbishop Charles Chaput, Bishop Richard Pates, Fr. Tom Hagan, Fr. Michael Schmitz, Jackie Fancois Angel, and Steve Angrisano. Golf Branson. September 28 – October 2. $949 before 6/28. ($999 after 6/28.) Experience Branson’s golf courses on this great five-day trip! Golfers enjoy three days of golfing on three different courses in Branson. Non-golfers come along and enjoy a Paint Party, Farm to Table lunch experience, the Titanic Museum, and shopping. Gather back together in the evenings to enjoy dinner and three shows---Pierce Arrow, Million Dollar Quartet, and Showboat Branson Belle. (Non-golfer price is less.) Fall in the Carolinas. October 16 - 23. Mississippi River Cruise, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Biltmore Estate and Gardens, Antler Hill Village Winery, Blue Ridge Mountain Opry’s “Bluegrass and BBQ” Show, Magnolia Plantation, Charleston city tour, boat trip to Fort Sumter National Historic Park, North Carolina Chimney Rock State Park, “America’s Hit Parade!” Show at the Grand Majestic Theatre, Jim Beam Distillery, and much more. Branson Christmas. November 7 - 10. $689 before 8/7. ($729 after 8/7.) Enjoy Daniel O’Donnell at the Welk Theater, Jim Stafford, Puttin’ On the Ritz (with Dino), Mel Tillis, “All Hands on Deck”, and either “Moses” at the Sight and Sound Theater or the Oak Ridge Boys, including dinner at Landry’s Seafood House. Kansas City Christmas. December 13 - 14. New Theater Restaurant, Webster House Luncheon, and more details coming. LAUGHLIN (There are currently no Laughlin trips available out of Omaha. Check with us for updates on these very reasonably priced charter flights to Laughlin, Nevada. They typically sell out fast.) IN PARTERNSHIP WITH COLLETTE VACATIONS Quoted prices are per person, double occupancy, and do not include airfare. More destinations available! Reflections of Italy. Ten days from $2449. Visit a land rich in history, culture, art, and romance including Rome, the Colosseum, Assisi, Perugia, Siena, Florence, Chianti Winery, Venice, Murano Island, and Milan. Extend your trip in Turin. Irish Splendor. Eight days from $1699. Return to times gone by as you experience fabulous accommodations, stunning scenery, and sumptuous food visiting Dublin, the Guiness Storehouse, Blarney Castle, Killarney, Dingle Peninsula, Cliffs of Moher, Dromoland Castle, and Tullamore Whiskey Distillery. Extend your trip in Dublin. Watch New Horizons and our website www.fontenelletours.com for our trip schedule. Our NEW mailing address is: 11808 Mason Plaza, Omaha, NE 68154
21 Omaha Symphony The Call of the Wild Holland Performing Arts Center 2 p.m. $12 402-345-0606 25 The Dance Theatre of Harlem 402-345-0606 27 Mummenschanz Orpheum Theater 7 p.m. 402-345-0606 28 Jane Lynch Holland Performing Arts Center 7 p.m. 402-345-0606 Omaha Symphony Schubert’s Fifth Symphony Joslyn Art Museum 2 p.m. $33 402-345-0606
Film series will take viewers to the ‘Cities of Italy’ on Thursday, Feb. 18
he Omaha World Adventurers film series continues on Thursday, Feb. 18 as Marlin Darrah, the world’s most traveled filmmaker, brings his The Cities of Italy to the Village Pointe Theaters, 304 N. 174th St. Show times are 2 and 7:30 p.m. Honored with a Knighthood by the Royal House of Portugal in September 2014, Darrah has filmed in 140 countries. The Cities of Italy will take armchair travelers to the eternal city of Rome, the gondola-laden waterways
of Venice, the Renaissance treasures of Florence, and the beautiful Amalfi coast. The film also showcases Pisa and its most photographed tower in the world, the world’s first pizza parlor, romantic Naples, the ancient city of Pompeii, and the spectacular island of Capri. The 90-minute film is in high definition and includes an intermission. Viewers will also enjoy a question and answer session with Darrah. Tickets are available at the door for $15. For more information, please call 1-866-385Filmmaker Marlin Darrah 3824.
AARP Tax-Aide program runs through April 18 AARP Tax-Aide program volunteers will be available at several sites in Douglas and Sarpy counties to provide free income tax service to Nebraska residents. A schedule below lists the sites, and the days and times volunteers will be at those sites. The AARP Tax-Aide program is designed primarily for low to middle income older adults, but no one is denied services
Walk in sites (Please arrive at the site at least one hour before its closing.) AgeWell 6801 N. 67th Plz. Suite 100 Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 5 to April 18 Bellevue Senior Center 109 W 22nd Ave. Monday & Wednesday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 8 to April 18 Bellevue University Library 1100 Galvin Rd. Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 6 to April 18 Crossroads Mall West corridor 7400 Dodge St. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 2 to April 18 Kids Can Community Center 4860 Q St. Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 4 to April 18
due to their age or income. At a minimum, taxpayers will need to bring the documents needed to verify all income sources, proof of medical insurance, a photo ID, and Social Security cards for all persons named on the tax return. More information is available online at www.nebraskataxaide.org or by calling 402-398-9582.
LaVista Community Center 8116 Park View Blvd. Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday: 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 2 to April 18 Montclair Community Center 2304 S. 135th Ave. Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 2 to April 18 North Christ Child Center 2111 Emmet St. Monday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday: 4 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 to April 18 Sons of Italy 1238 S. 10th St. Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 7 to April 18 Closed March 20 & 27 Appointment only sites AARP Information Center 1941 S. 42nd St. • Suite 220 Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 4 to April 18 402-398-9582 for appointment Kids Can Community Center 4860 Q St. Thursday: 5 to 7 p.m. 402-731-6988 (Call 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for an appointment)
Theatre Organ concert scheduled for Feb. 14
Walnut Grove Theatre Events
The River City Theatre Organ Society’s Sunday, Feb. 14 chapter meeting will also feature a theatre pipe organ concert at the Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. at 3 p.m. Guests are welcome to attend this free performance. The Rose Theater is home to a 3/21 Wurlitzer Theatre pipe organ, the only theatre pipe organ in Nebraska in concert condition. For more information, please call Jerry Pawlak 1-402-421-1356.
You’re invited to attend a pair of free performances this month in the theatre at the Walnut Grove Resort Lifestyle Community, 4901 S. 153rd St. • Tuesday, Feb. 2 @ 1 p.m. Amazing Lindy Magic Show • Tuesday, Feb. 23 @ 1 p.m. Tim Javorsky in concert For more information, please call 402861-1611.
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Editor....................................................Jeff Reinhardt Ad Mgr................Mitch Laudenback, 402-444-4148 Contributing Writers......Nick Schinker, Leo Biga, & Lois Friedman ENOA Board of Governors: Mary Ann Borgeson, Douglas County, chairperson; Jim Peterson, Cass County, vice-chairperson; Gary Osborn, Dodge County secretary; Brenda Carlisle, Sarpy County; & Lisa Kramer, Washington County. The New Horizons and the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging provide services without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, disability, or age.
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Finding the right exercise program for you
You’re invited to visit the Dora Bingel Senior Center, 923 N. 38th St., this month for the following: • Feb. 1: Book Club @ 10 a.m. • Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29: Al-Anon @ 7 p.m. • Feb. 2, 9, 16, & 23: Grief support group @ 10 a.m. • Feb. 3: Holy Communion served @ 10 a.m. • Feb. 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, & 26: Ceramics class @ 9 a.m. • Feb. 10: The Merrymakers present music by Paul Siebert @11:30 a.m. Lunch is $3. February 17: Foot care clinic from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $10. Please call 402-392-1818 to make an appointment. • Feb. 18: Red Hats meeting @ 11 a.m. • Feb. 24: Birthday party luncheon @ noon. Eat free if you have a February birthday. Lunch is served on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. A $1 donation is suggested for the meals other than $3 on Merrymakers Day. Round-trip transportation is available for $3. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance for all meals. Other activities offered at the facility include: Tuesday: Free matinee movie & quilting; Wednesday: Devotions, Tai Chi, Bible study, & Bingo; Friday: Joy Club & Bingo. For more information, please call 402-898-5854.
Heartland Generations Center You’re invited to visit the Heartland Generations Center – 4318 Fort St. – for the following: • Feb. 8: WHYARTS? from 10 to 11:30 a.m. • Feb 9: Why ARTS? presents Family Fun Night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. • Feb 10: February birthday party from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Singer Michael Lyons from the Merrymakers will perform. • Feb 18: Tour of the Blue Barn Theater from 1 to 3 p.m. • Feb 19: Attend the Shrine Circus at the Mid-America Center from 1 to 3 p.m. Seating is limited, so please call 402-553-5300 for reservations. • Feb 26: Methodist College nursing students @ 10 a.m. The facility will be closed on Feb. 15 for Presidents Day. The Heartland Generations Center is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch is normally served at noon. A $3.50 donation is suggested for the meal. Reservations are due by noon the business day prior to the lunch you wish to attend. Transportation is available within select neighborhoods for 50 cents each way. Regular activities include Bingo, crafts, and free Tai Chi classes (Tuesday and Thursday @ 10:45 a.m.) For meal reservations and more information, please call 402-553-5300.
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strength training include better weight management, increased metabolism, increased balance, improved symptoms from arthritis/ hat’s the best type of exerdiabetes/chronic disease, and more. cise? Without fail, this is the Maintaining strength is also the number most common question I reone factor in continued independence as we ceive as a fitness professional. age. The worst thing we can do is assume There’s a lot of information about exercise we need to stop lifting heavy objects as we floating around these days, and there’s an age. Scientific research has shown strength almost infinite amount of different workout training specifically can slow the physioroutines, exercise equipment, and fitlogical aging clock. While aerobic exercise ness modalities to try. Here’s the problem such as walking, jogging, or swimming, has though. The fitness industry has become many excellent health benefits it doesn’t a billion dollar industry and continues to make your muscles strong. grow. Our society, however, is more unfit Strength training two or three times a and unhealthy than ever. This should tell us week increases strength by building muscle what we’re doing isn’t working. mass and bone density. One 12-month So if you want to get healthier, lose some study of older women conducted at Tufts weight, and regain your fitness. I’m going University demonstrated 1 percent gains in to give you my top five healthy living tips hip and spine bone density, a 75 percent inno matter your age or fitness ability. crease in strength, and a 13 percent increase • Don’t believe everything you read. in dynamic balance with just two days per Turn off the fitness commercials, don’t week of strength training. believe everything that’s on TV, and defiThose with no strength training had losses nitely don’t purchase any fitness equipment in bone density, strength, and balance. that claims it can get you that “beach body” Strength training programs can also have a in only 20 minutes per week. The truth is, profound effect on reducing risk for falls, if all of the diets, nutrition supplements, which translates to fewer fractures. exercise equipment, and workout videos • Life is a marathon, not a sprint. worked these companies would go out of Being fit, active, and healthy is a lifestyle. business. A vital part of a thriving business Make good choices each day and stay conis repeat customers and unfortunately the sistent and committed. Progress will take fitness industry works the same way. If their time so be patient and trust you’ll get there. product worked, people wouldn’t need to Try to ignore quick fixes for anything fitcontinue to buy it. ness, diet, or health related. • Exercise may be ineffective, but As a personal trainer and nutrition coach movement is medicine. In a Mayo Clinic my typical client is interested in weight study, exercisers performing a standard management. Contrary to what the fitness hour-long treadmill workout six days per industry tells you, weight loss isn’t just week saw no decrease in body fat and in a 30 or 60-day plan. It’s not healthy for some instances actually increased body your body to rapidly fluctuate in weight. fat. So if you’re looking to lose weight, realAlthough retired, Jane is a busy woman. ize it won’t happen overnight. Most health A typical day involves driving, shopping, experts don’t recommend losing more than lunch, making phone calls, and volunteering one pound per week. before heading to the gym for a 45-minute • Don’t forget to work in. When you workout After that, it’s dinner and televiengage in a workout, you’re imposing sion before bed around 10 p.m. physical stress on the body’s many physiWhile Jane is active, she’s really not ological systems. Stress is a good thing physically active. Too often we use busy when used properly, but only when there’s and active as synonyms. An hour of exa balance between the amount of stress and ercise won’t combat 23 hours of being the amount of recovery. If the scale tips stationary. I wish we would remove the too far one way, the body will experience word exercise from our vernacular and use the many adverse effects of stress. It’s also the word movement. Sixty years ago eximportant to realize the body can’t differenercise and wellness centers were unheard tiate between forms of stress. Working out of. People led active lives walking, jumpis a form of stress, and assuming a workout ing, running, lifting, standing, pushing, and is a stress reliever is misunderstood. So if bending. you’re an individual that already has stressIf you’re engaging in low-level moveors from hectic schedules, family, finances, ment throughout the day, exercise is hardly job, etc., exercise may only compound that necessary. Like Jane, most of us would stress. benefit more from a “grazing” approach to For some folks working in is more immovement rather than the traditional oneportant the working out. This can include time-a-day exercise. relaxing walks after dinner, meditation, Every two hours no matter where you are, massage, deep breathing, tai chi, yoga, or do the following mini-workout: other light body movements. A general rule Stand up and sit down in and out of a of thumb is if whatever you’re doing works chair 10 times. Rotate your upper torso side up a thirst and/or heavy breathing, you’re to side 20 times. Raise your hands overhead working out and may need to slow down. 10 times. Push on a wall 15 times. With the proper balance between working Light consistent movement is truly out and working in, your fitness level will medicinal and necessary for healthy livgreatly increase. ing. “There are few things you can do that What’s the best form of exercise? It’s have a more profound effect on more bodily much simpler than the fitness industry systems than movement,” said Dr. Steven wants us to believe. It doesn’t take any Blair. “When you do regular movement, fancy equipment or a PhD to determine. It’s every body system revs up.” all about moving the body as it’s meant to • Strength training is king. As long as move. If you’re not sure what that means, you’re getting a little movement throughwatch a toddler. The key is to keep moving, out each day, your workouts should focus playing, and having fun every day. on strength development. The benefits of --Please turn to page 15. CPT, CES, FMS, FNC
Al Marcault is an integral part of the Blue Barn Theatre family teer and friend of the Blue Barn,” said Susan ClementToberer, the theater’s artistic director. “When we think of volunteers we think of Al but in a larger sense of the word. Al has truly helped grow the Blue Barn into what it is today. “He is a highly-skilled problem solver and we would be lost without his expertise and guidance,” Clement-Toberer continued. “Over the years he has become part of the family at the Blue Barn, and we are honored each day we see him walk into the theater.” Marcault reciprocated with some kind words about Clement-Toberer. “The Blue Barn Theatre is special because of Susan’s abilities as an artist and a business person,” he said.
E Marcault volunteers an average of 40 to 60 hours per month at Omaha’s Blue Barn Theatre. By Jeff Reinhardt New Horizons Editor
l Marcault has been around building and builders most of his life. The retired (after 37 years) Local 464 steamfitter was raised and still lives in the Bellevue area home his father and grandfather built for their family. He enjoys restoring old cars, building hot rods, and volunteering an average of 40 to 60 hours per month helping to create sets at Omaha’s Blue Barn Theatre, 1106 S. 10th St. Marcault, age 68, began helping out around the Blue Barn in 2008. Mary Kelly, his wife of 10 years and a longtime area actress, has appeared in several productions at the Omaha theater which moved into its new $5 million, 12,728 squarefeet digs during September 2015. The Blue Barn’s mission is to enhance the cultural life of Omaha by producing professionally executed, boundary-breaking plays that ignite a passion for the art form. It’s dedicated to theater’s most important tradition: to provoke thought, emotion, action, and change. In addition to helping build sets with Amy Reiner – the Blue Barn’s production manager –Al does whatever else needs to be done around the site.
“Community theater always operates on a shoestring budget,” he said. “I knew I could help out, and things grew from there.” Marcault said volunteering at the Blue Barn Theatre has introduced him to a whole new circle of friends: men and women who are passionate about theatrical productions. “Plus, it’s fun,” he said. I’ve always enjoyed working with my hands.” “Al is a longtime volun-
ach of the last eight years, the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging has benefitted from the generosity of the theater’s cast, staff, and audience members. During the Blue Barn’s annual holiday production, a Christmas tree adorned with ornaments featuring an older adult’s first name is placed inside the lobby. Audience members are asked to select an ornament and donate $20 to ENOA. Since 2008, the Blue Barn has used the money raised during the holiday effort to buy $28,000 worth of Target gift cards it donates to ENOA, according to Clement-Toberer. “We use the cards to buy Christmas gifts for our
Al works on a set for the Blue Barn’s production of ‘Frost/Nixon’ on stage Feb. 4 through 28. clients, many of whom are alone during the holidays,” said Dennis Loose, ENOA’s executive director. The gift cards are also used throughout the year to purchase goods and services for older adults in Douglas, Sarpy, Dodge, Cass, and Washington counties who have no other resources to pay for those needed items. “I want to thank the Blue Barn’s staff, cast, and patrons for their amazing generosity,” Loose said.
hen not spending time with his wife, Mary, or volunteering at the Blue Barn Theatre, Marcault enjoys working with cars. “Growing up in the 1950s and ’60s, I learned to maintain vehicles and I never got out of it,” he said. Al tools around town in a 1997 S-10 Chevy pickup he tore down and rebuilt in 2010, a process that took --Please turn to page 7.
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The Alzheimer’s Association Nebraska Chapter offers several caregiver support groups and specialty support groups each month in Cass, Dodge, Douglas, and Sarpy counties. These support groups offer valuable space and educational opportunities for families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia to engage and learn. Call Elizabeth at 402-502-4301 for more information. CASS COUNTY • PLATTSMOUTH Second Tuesday @ 6 p.m. First Lutheran Church 1025 Ave. D DODGE COUNTY • FREMONT Last Wednesday @ 2 p.m. Nye Square 655 W. 23rd St. Second Tuesday @ 5:30 p.m. Shalimar Gardens 749 E. 29th St. DOUGLAS COUNTY • BENNINGTON Last Thursday @ 6 p.m. Ridgewood Active Retirement Community 12301 N. 149th Cr. • ELKHORN Third Monday @ 6 p.m. Elk Ridge Village Assisted Living 19400 Elk Ridge Dr. • OMAHA Second Thursday @ 10 a.m. Country House 5030 S. 155th St. Adult day services provided. Every other Monday @ 7 p.m. Brighton Gardens 9220 Western Ave. Third Wednesday @ 3 p.m. Fountain View Senior Living 5710 S 108th St.
First & third Monday @ 1:30 p.m. New Cassel/Franciscan Centre 900 N. 90th St. Adult day services are provided on-site. • OMAHA Third Tuesday @ 5 p.m. Immanuel Fontenelle 6809 N 68th Plz. Second Tuesday @ 5:30 p.m. Heritage Pointe 16811 Burdette St. First Thursday @ 6:30 p.m. Early Stage Support Group Security National Bank 1120 S. 101st St. REGISTRATION REQUIRED Second or third Saturday @ 11 a.m. Caring for Your Parents Call Teri @ 402-393-0434 for location SARPY COUNTY • BELLEVUE Third Monday @ 7 p.m. Bellevue Senior Center 109 W. 22nd Ave. First Wednesday @ 1 p.m. Eastern Nebraska Vets Home 12505 S. 40th St. Fourth Thursday @ 6 p.m. Hillcrest Health Services 1804 Hillcrest Dr. Second Tuesday @ 5:30 p.m. Heritage Ridge 1502 Fort Crook Rd. South
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haviors that exist,” says Wendy Stav, PhD, OTR/L, SCDCM, FAOTA. “These include things like a lot of people are beeping at you, or you find you are driving below the speed limit. One of the biggest red flags is getting lost.” Other red flags include bumping curbs, having fender benders, difficulty seeing over the wheel, and difficulty getting in and out of the vehicle. • Get an individualized plan by seeking evaluation with an occupational therapist. Occupational therapists certified in driver rehabilitation offer drivers an individualized evaluation to explore the range of solutions to stay on the road safely and confidently. Driving services range from self-assessments, which can be useful educational tools to help identify potential challenges, to a comprehensive driving evaluation. • Utilize equipment that’s designed to prolong driving safety. Vehicle technologies are changing rapidly but some benefit older adults more than others. Suggestions made following a driver evaluation begin with the features of the car such as using navigation devices, or minor mirror or seat adjustments to make the right changes to accommodate the driver’s needs. More extensive changes may involve adaptive equipment or even vehicle modification. • Make adjustments to driving routines to improve safety. Older drivers should plan trips to avoid peak driving times such as rush hour or holidays. If weakened vision is an issue, they can schedule trips and appointments to avoid driving at dusk or in the dark. If available, they can use a bus or a cab for some errands and drive for others. “Transitioning is a strategy that informs and empowers,” says Schold Davis. “Confidence with alternatives ensures continued mobility as a driver or a passenger.”
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Two-hour-session on ambiguous loss set for Feb. 13 at the Servite Center
egistration is underway for a Saturday, Feb. 13 workshop that tackles a topic affecting many people - ambiguous loss. Nancy Flaherty, president of Flaherty Consulting, will lead the two-hour session designed to help participants discover ways to learn to live with the ambiguity of such a loss. The Ambiguous Loss Workshop takes place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Servite Center for Compassion, 7400 Military Ave. “We’ll reflect on how ambiguous loss differs from ordinary loss,” says Flaherty, a certified dementia practitioner. “Sometimes it results from a psychological presence but a physical absence, as in adoption or grown children moving away. Sometimes it results from a physical presence but a psychological absence, as in dementia or a traumatic brain injury.”
sing Dr. Pauline Boss’ widely recognized work on ambiguous loss, the workshop will help participants explore topics such as what family means to them, how to develop resiliency, and how to become more comfortable dealing with the uncertainty associated with ambiguous loss. The registration fee is $20, and scholarships are available. To sign up, contact Sister Margaret at 402-951-3026 or email her at email@example.com.
Elder Access Line Legal Aid of Nebraska operates a free telephone access line for Nebraskans age 60 and older. Information is offered to help the state’s older men and women with questions on topics like bankruptcy, homestead exemptions, collections, powers of attorney, Medicare, Medicaid, grandparent rights, and Section 8 housing. The telephone number for the Elder Access Line is 402-827-5656 in Omaha and 1-800-527-7249 statewide. This service is available to Nebraskans age 60 and older regardless of income, race, or ethnicity.
Al Marcault, Blue Barn Theatre... --Continued from page 5. him seven or eight months. Marcault also loves “blasting down the interstate” in a two-seat hot rod he customized. “It’s a great stress reliever,” he said. These days, the hot rod convertible is put away for the winter, and Al is focused on finishing the set for the Blue Barn Theatre’s production of Frost/Nixon by Peter Morgan that runs Feb. 4 through 28 (except Sunday, Feb. 7). The presentation focuses on a 1977 four-part television series of in-depth interviews between United States President Richard Nixon who resigned in 1974 and British talk show host David Frost. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets – which can be purchased by calling 402-3451576 – are $30 for adults and $25 for seniors, students, and groups of 10 or more.
Shortly after Frost/Nixon concludes, Marcault and Reiner will finish building the set for The Christians by Lucas Hnath, the Blue Barn production that runs March 24 through April 17.
l said he loves the additional space the Blue Barn’s new location offers. “We have a place we can work on a set for the next production while the current production is still going on.” He said he plans to keep volunteering at the Blue Barn Theatre as long as he’s physically able. “I’m so lucky I feel great.”
Volunteer opportunities The Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging’s Foster Grandparent Program, Senior Companion Program, and Ombudsman Advocate Program are recruiting older adults to become volunteers. Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions must be age 55 or older, meet income guidelines, have a government issued identification card or a driver’s license, able to volunteer at least 15 hours a week, and must complete background and reference checks. FGP and SCP volunteers receive a $2.65 an hour stipend, transportation and meal reimbursement, paid vacation, sick, and holiday leave, and supplemental accident insurance. Foster Grandparents work with children who have special needs while Senior Companions work to keep older adults living independently. Ombudsman advocates work to ensure residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities enjoy the best possible quality of life. Ombudsman advocates, who are enrolled through an application and screening process. must serve at least two hours a week. For more information, please call 402-444-6536. VOTES WANTED PLEASE GO TO
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RSVP RSVP is recruiting persons age 55 and older for a variety of opportunities. For more information in Douglas, Sarpy, and Cass counties, please call 402-4446536, ext. 224. In Dodge and Washington counties, please call 402-721-7780. The following have volunteer opportunities in Douglas, Sarpy, and Cass counties: • The Disabled AmeriVOTES WANTED PLEASE GO TO
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can Veterans/VA Medical Center need volunteer drivers. • The Office of Public Guardians is looking for volunteer court visitors
The following have a volunteer opportunity in Dodge and/or Washington County: • The Blair and Fremont Car-Go Program needs volunteer drivers. Sertoma Club clothing drive embers of the Omaha Sertoma Club encourage area residents to collect used and unwanted clothing, shoes, hats, caps, belts, purses, bedding, and towels by cleaning out their closets and other places these items are stored. These items can then be placed in bags and taken to and placed inside the donation bin at the Westside Community Center near 108th and Grover streets. These tax-deductible donations will be recycled and sent to people overseas. For more information, please log on the Internet to www. sertoma.org.
Dance Wednesdays at Legion Post #1
ou’re invited to attend a dance each Wednesday afternoon from 1 to 4 at American Legion Post #1, 7811 Davenport St. Admission is $2. For more information, please call 402-392-0444.
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Valentine’s treats for your sweetie It’s that glorious time of the year for sweets for your sweetie. Share delicious goodies from these cookbooks and enjoy happiness. From Chronicle: Slice & Bake Cookies By Elinor Klivans ($18.95) New ideas for this old-fashioned make-ahead favorite. Forty-five sweet and savory tempting recipes for beginner and experienced bakers alike. Detailed instructions guide you through the process. Hand-Crafted Candy Bars By Susan Norris & Susan Heeger ($24.95) From Loving Candy Bars to Bits & Bites We Love and from there to Dream Bars. Be happy, eat candy. These recipes are all natural, grown-up confections. Coconut By Stephannie Pedersen (Sterling, $14.95) The complete guide to this superfood. This is your Coconut 101 and includes getting friendly with coconut. Throughout the cookbook are coconut facts and history. The Big Book of Cakes From Betty Crocker (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $19.95) From the Betty Crocker kitchens are 200 recipes for all kinds of home-baked cakes for every occasion. Cake pops, petite fours, Red Velvet Texas Sheet Cake, and a white version, too. Slow Cooker Desserts By Roxanne Wyss & Kathy Moore (St. Martin's Griffin, $21.95) More than 50 recipes for special treats for celebrations and everyday sweets including fruits, cheesecakes, puddings, confections, and more. From How The Cookie Crumbles Cheesecake to Fondue Favorites. From Pelican: Brownies to Die For! By Bev Shaffer ($26.95) The history and basics of brownies. Consider Poke ‘n’ Pour Fudge-topped to Rocky Road, and Atomic to this brownie fix to dip, dunk, and layer.
Saucepan Brownies/Brownie Base 1/2 cup unsalted butter Two oz. unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped One cup granulated sugar One tsp. pure vanilla extract Two large eggs, lightly beaten 2/3 cup unbleached, all-purposed flour 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. salt 1/2 cup chopped nuts, if desired (hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts or almonds) Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and lightly flour an eight-inch square pan. Melt the butter and chocolate in a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat cool slightly. Whisk in sugar and vanilla. Blend in eggs. Whisk in flour, baking powder, and salt until blended. Gently stir in nuts. Spread into prepared pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a cake tester or toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. Cool pan completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Makes about 1 1/2 dozen.
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Fremont Friendship Center You’re invited to visit the Fremont Friendship Center, 1730 W. 16th St. (Christensen Field), for the following: • Feb. 3: Presentation with Nye @ 10 a.m. followed by pianist Wally. • Feb. 4: Presentation by the Hard of Hearing Commission @ 10 a.m. followed by Bingo. • Feb. 5: Traveling Pitch Tournament. Please bring a snack to share with our guests from North Bend and Arlington. • Feb. 10: Sue’s homemade cinnamon rolls @ 9 a.m. followed by music with Kim Eames at 10:30 a.m. • Feb. 12: We’ll crown our 2016 King and Queen and play Bingo with guests from Good Samaritan and Hooper @10:30 a.m. • Feb. 17: Music by Jim Rathbun @ 10:30 a.m. • Feb. 23: Movie with Larry @ 10:30 a.m. • Feb. 24: Board meeting @ 9:30 a.m. Blood pressure checks @10a.m. Music with Wayne Miller @ 10:30 a.m. The center will be closed on Feb. 15 for Presidents Day. The Fremont Friendship Center is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. A $3.50 contribution is suggested for lunch. Reservations must be made by noon the business day prior to the meal you wish to enjoy. For meal reservations and more information, please call Laurie at 402-727-2815.
Pet parents list 2016 resolutions According to the 2016 Milk-Bone Canine Resolutions Survey – an original survey of 3,000 U.S. “pet parents” by Milk-Bone brand dog treats – more Americans than ever have dog-related resolutions for this year. Here are the top 10 most popular New Year’s resolutions for pet parents in 2016. • I will spend more time with my dog (52 percent). • I will help my dog to have better health and wellness (42 percent). • I will take my dog on more trips with me (34 percent). • I will brush my dog’s teeth regularly (31 percent). • I will help my dog get essential vitamins and nutrients (30 percent). • I will help my dog become less anxious and stressed (29 percent). • I won’t feed my dog food from the dinner table (25 percent). • I won’t leave my dog home alone for quite so long (23 percent). • I will help my pet lose weight (21 percent). • I will take my canine to dog training class (15 percent). Because New Year’s resolutions are easier said than done, the Milk-Bone study also fetched the top five most effective ways for humans and canines to actually stick with their new year’s goals; often by doing them together. • Have a resolutions buddy. Because dogs follow through with rituals even better than humans – 55 percent of dog parents say their dog helps them exercise more, for instance – you can better stick to your personal health and wellness goals by including your furry buddy in them, too. • Say “good morning.” Since it’s easier to keep resolutions before you have other demands during the day, develop a morning routine that reinforces positive habits. If you and your dog aren’t getting all of the important nutrients you need from regular meals, why not give yourself a morning vitamin and your dog a treat? • Create nighttime rituals. Because nighttime rituals help calm and relax you and your dog before bed, try to stick with a regular sleep time routine that focuses on stress-reducing resolutions like a soothing petting session while watching your favorite TV program. • Think healthy fun. Make important health-related resolutions more fun by exercising outside with your dog or brushing your teeth together. • Give yourself a reward. Just like dogs love treats when they exhibit good behavior, make sure to regularly reward yourself and your dog with something pleasurable for following through on your resolutions. (Milk-Bone provided this information.)
Omaha medical centers part of NIH study to chart progression of brittle bone disease The University of Nebraska Medical Center and Children’s Hospital & Medical Center have been designated as a joint site for a National Institutes of Health study to chart the progression of the brittle bone disease osteogenesis imperfecta (OI). The study marks UNMC’s/Children’s first NIH-backed study on OI since it was accepted into the national Rare Disease Clinical Research Network. Membership in the consortium, which began in July, puts UNMC and Children’s on the cutting edge of brittle bone research, said Eric Rush, M.D., assistant professor at UNMC’s Munroe-Meyer Institute, a pediatric geneticist at Children’s, and the primary investigator for the study’s Omaha site. “All of the major OI centers around the country are part of this consortium,” he said. “We approached the investigators about being a part of the consortium, because between here at UNMC and at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, we’re one of the largest OI clinics in the country.” The UNMC/Children’s partnership has long been a clinical leader in the care of patients with brittle bone diseases, Dr. Rush said. “Now the research piece is coming online for us,” Dr. Rush said. “We’re starting to do more research, so all different facets of brittle bone diseases – care, research, and education – are going to be done at UNMC and Children’s. “It’s very exciting to get a clear picture for what the natural history of these diseases are, which we don’t completely understand, especially as people age.” Being one of the sites for an NIHfunded multi-center trial not only recognizes UNMC’s leadership in this rare bone
disease, but its growing reputation in rare genetic diseases in general, said Jennifer Larsen, M.D., vice chancellor of research. “For rare diseases, it is important to collaborate with other centers,” Dr. Larsen said. “This trial also provides an opportunity for our patients to help understand and better chart the future of management and outcomes of this rare bone disease.”
“It’s hard to develop really good clinical research questions unless you’re the clinician who is seeing the patients.” UNMC’s Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI) may become involved with companion studies as part of the consortium, Dr. Rush said. “One of the things MMI has always believed in is really transformative care, and that is one of the things Chancellor (Jeffrey) Gold has discussed as well,” Dr. Rush said. “That’s really what we’re trying to do – transformative care. To truly transform that care, you not only need the clinical piece and the bedside (care), but you need to be involved with the research aspects as well. That’s one reason why MMI and UNMC/ Children’s is a good fit for this.” Clinical expertise also offers the advantage of knowing what questions to ask. “It’s hard to develop really good clinical research questions unless you’re the clinician who is seeing the patients,” he said. “Part of this is seeing where the gaps exist. Part of this is also being the person who has to say, ‘I don’t know’ when you’re asked by parent or patient.”
Bill plans to market bike rental idea from Omaha to the Caribbean By Nick Schinker Contributing Writer
. William “Bill” Moore has an idea that could really go places. Moore wants to make bicycling more accessible and attractive to older adults and people of all ages, thanks to a rentable bicycle he’s marketing that has a little boost of power furnished by a compact electric motor on the back wheel hub. “Bike share systems commonly attract a young, male audience,” Moore says. “I want to open it to a much wider audience and give my generation a way to get back into bicycling.” His service, dubbed QUIKbyke, uses electric bicycles that meet federal standards and Nebraska law. To help convince senators in the Nebraska Unicameral that his electric-assist bicycles are bicycles and not motor vehicles – which would ban them from state bike paths – he bought a bamboo and aluminum single speed bike from a Minnesota firm and paired it with a compact hub motor from Italy. Called the K15, the bicycle weighs less than 32 pounds. The bike’s motor, which can be controlled by a rider’s smartphone, provides just enough of an assist to turn bicycling for older adults from pain to pleasure. “That little motor is a godsend,” he says. “When you need help on a hill or against a headwind, it makes all the difference in
Bill with the K15 bicycle which is made from bamboo and aluminum and weighs less than 32 pounds. the world.” Moore envisions a company that combines the electric-assist bicycle with a mobile rental kiosk built from side-opening shipping containers, the large kind seen on ocean-crossing shipping vessels. The recycled shipping containers, which Moore has titled Q-pods, would hold from a half-dozen to as
many as 20 bicycles. Solar panels atop the containers would serve to recharge the bikes’ electric motors. The first 20-foot shipping container is currently being converted at Predator Customer Trailers and Motorcoaches, a shop not far from Moore’s Papillion home. “Our goal is to get the first Q-pod ready in time
for the Berkshire Hathaway convention (in Omaha) at the end of April and get it stationed downtown,” he says. Moore says the electricassist bicycle makes sense on several levels. “Forty percent of all trips we make by automobile are less than three miles,” he says. “Shifting just a portion of those trips to
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bicycles could have a huge impact on public health, the environment, and personal expenses. “Besides, these are really fun bikes to ride.”
ill Moore was born in Germany and moved with his family to Omaha in 1954 when he was about 7 years old. A graduate of North High School, he studied theology in Texas and in Great Britain before serving the Worldwide Church of Christ as a minister for 10 years. Moore left the ministry and moved back to Omaha in 1980, eventually going to work for Continental Airlines as a ramp agent and then as a ticket agent at Eppley Airfield. “I did that for nine years, and I was also doing some freelance writing,” he says, with articles published in Discover, Popular Science, and Air & Space Smithsonian. He was hired as a writer for a local direct marketing company about a year before Continental closed its Omaha operations. The airline has since merged with United Airlines. “Unfortunately, the direct marketing firm I joined lost --Please turn to page 11.
Moore’s resume includes stints as minister, writer, airline staffer
Moore runs ‘EVWorld’, a Web-based digital publication about electric vehicles from his home in Sarpy County. --Continued from page 10. its largest client,” he recalls. “Being the last one in, I was the first one out the door.” While still exploring his options, Moore attended a one-day conference at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to take a close look at a very new technology concept: the Internet. “I thought, ‘this is amazing. This is really going to change things.’” While hunting for a full-time job, Moore was hired by the AIM Institute in Omaha to teach a class about the Internet. “The classroom was at the Center Mall,” he recalls. “I did a one-day Intro to the Internet from a business perspective.” Moore recalls one of his students in particular. “The first class had a gentleman named Pete Ricketts (now Nebraska’s governor). He told me afterward, ‘You have to come talk to Dad.’” Moore did speak with J. Joseph Ricketts, founder of the Omahaheadquartered brokerage firm TD Ameritrade. “That led to me building Ameritrade’s first website.” Moore went on to craft the popular Careerlink job-posting website for the AIM Institute. He also worked as webmaster for DTN (Data Transmission Network) in Omaha. Considering the cutting-edge nature of much of Moore’s career, it’s no wonder electric vehicles were parked somewhere on his horizon.
lways on the lookout for the next technological breakthrough, Moore was thumbing through a copy of Businessweek magazine in the summer of 1997 when he saw an advertisement for an electric bicycle. “I was fascinated not only with that idea, but with expanding it to a consumer-oriented publication focusing on all forms of electric vehicles. On Jan. 1, 1998, I launched EVWorld.” Although originally intended to be a magazine, EVWorld has always been a Web-based digital
publication. Run by Moore from his home, EVWorld utilizes feature articles, blogs, photos, and video clips to cover a broad range of electric vehicles from bikes to buses to boats and beyond. “I have long been immersed in this world of electric vehicles,” Moore says. “Now, this thing is finally starting to unfold.” For example, Moore says in addition to electric and hybrid automobiles, the Ford Motor Co. now sells the Ford Super Cruiser electric bicycle, while the company and General Motors are working on several other experimental electric vehicle concepts. “What they are saying is, ‘we are no longer car companies. We are facilitators of sustainable mobility.’” Moore is convinced that electricassist bicycles will catch on quickly in the United States and in exotic, warm-weather ports of call like the Caribbean. “There are almost 300 cruise ships in service,” he says. “My model is to put a Q-pod on these cruise ship piers. By turning shipping containers into rental shops, they’re not only mobile during the off-season, but they are also sturdy and waterproof. “Eventually, I want there to be as many Q-pods in service as there are cruise ships, with 25 percent of them corporate-owned and 75 percent franchise-owned.”
The Q-pods can ship and hold as many as 20 bikes. Solar panels atop the containers will recharge the bicycles’ electric motors. into developing his business plan, and has overcome several legislative obstacles along the way. “Thirty-three states have defined the electric-assist bicycle as a bicycle, not a motorized vehicle, but it was a gray area in Nebraska,” Moore says. “I spent almost two years working to have the codes revised to qualify this as an electric bicycle so people could ride them on the public trail systems.” In late 2014, the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District changed its policy to allow electric bicycles on its trails. Moore displayed his one-of-a-kind bike in the Nebraska state capitol for senators to inspect, and with the support of Sen. Jim Smith, the Legislature passed LB 95 last year recognizing e-bikes as bicycles. “Then I wondered, if someone rode it across the Bob Kerrey Bridge into Council Bluffs, would it be legal there?” Moore asked. “Although it was legal in the state of Iowa, in the city of Council Bluffs it was not.” He pleaded his case before the Council Bluffs city council, which
voted to approve revising the city code to allow the electric bicycle on city trails and streets. With the legal groundwork laid, Moore began peddling his idea full time. “I knew I would never want or be able to retire,” he says, smiling. “I don’t play golf, and my Social Security isn’t going to cut it. Therefore, I have no intention of growing old.” Instead, his intention is to take the lime green electric-assist bicycle parked in his office and turn it into a successful rental business. And perhaps take his wife on a vacation and visit a few of those exotic locales where his Q-pods will be stationed. “My life has been dictated by a desire that I want to make a difference,” he says. “I have always appreciated freedom, and there is something very real about the freedom that comes from being on a bike. “It will take you places where a car isn’t allowed,” he says, “and you can actually smell the flowers as you pass.”
oore and his wife, Judy, who works at Omaha Steaks, have been married 47 years. They have a daughter, Carissa, a researcher at Streck Laboratories in Omaha. The couple’s son, Ari, died of cancer in 1991 at age 19. A pilot who has drifted away from flying, Moore says he’d like to return to the small plane cockpit if given the time and the resources. For now, he is concentrating on making QUIKbyke a world-recognized brand. He has a small group of investors, and obtained a grant from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development to help build the first Q-pod. He has put considerable effort
The K15 bicycle, which features an electric motor on the back wheel hub, has been approved for use on Omaha bike trials. The motor is controlled by the rider’s smartphone.
Millard Senior Center
You’re invited to visit the Millard Senior Center at Montclair, 2304 S. 135th Ave., for the following: • Feb. 2: Bring something to share on treat day. • Feb. 10: Help sew dresses for women and girls in Africa. • Feb. 12: Valentine’s Day party @ 9:30 a.m. • Feb. 12: The Links Duo entertains @ noon. • Feb. 17: Board meeting @ 10 a.m. • Feb. 24: P.A.W.S. from 10 a.m. to noon. The center will be closed on Feb. 15 for Presidents Day.
The Millard Senior Center is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch is served at 11:30. A $3.50 contribution is suggested for the meal. Reservations are due by noon the business day prior to the lunch you wish to enjoy. Center activities include a walking club @ 8 a.m. (join and get a free t-shirt), quilting day (Thursdays @ 9 a.m.), Mahjongg on Wednesdays @ 1 p.m., Tai Chi class (Mondays and Fridays @ 10:30 a.m. for a $1 suggested contribution), chair volleyball (Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 10 a.m.), card games @ 9 a.m., and Bingo (Tuesdays and Fridays @ noon). Play Pickleball Fridays from 9 to 10:15 a.m. During Bingo, we have baked goodies from Baker’s or Panera to give away as prizes. For meal reservations and more information, please call 402-546-1270.
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Study: Counseling effective at curbing medication abuse
rescription opioid abuse has reached epidemic proportions, with more than half of patients being treated for chronic pain reportedly misusing their medication at some point. However, new research led by University at Buffalo psychiatric nursing researcher Yu-Ping Chang found motivational interviewing, a form of behavioral counseling, is an effective tool at curbing the abuse. Prescription opioids – which include pain medications such as morphine, Lortab, and codeine – are abused by 1.9 million Americans and cause nearly two deaths every hour from overdose or respiratory depression. Nearly 75 percent of opioid addiction patients switch to heroin as a cheaper source of the drug, according to data from the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). “Older adults are at high risk for complications resulting from prescription opioid misuse,” says Chang, PhD, RN, associate professor and interim associate dean for research and scholarship in the UB School of Nursing. “As the baby boomer generation ages and more patients are prescribed opioids, abuse is likely to become an even greater problem.” The study, The Effect of Motivational Interviewing on Prescription Opioid Adherence Among Older Adults With Chronic Pain, was published in a recent issue of Perspectives in Psychiatric Care. Motivational interviewing (MI) is designed to promote a patient’s desire to change problem behaviors by expressing empathy for their experiences, using non-confrontational dialogue, and developing discrepancies between actual and desired behavior. Although MI was developed to treat alcohol abuse, researchers wondered if the intervention also could be effective in treating opioid misuse in older adults. VOTES WANTED PLEASE GO TO
The researchers examined patients age 50 and older who experienced chronic pain and were rated at risk for opioid misuse based on screening tools. The participants underwent MI for one month, which consisted of an in-person meeting followed by weekly phone sessions with counselors, and later received a one month follow-up test. Before and after the intervention, participants completed screening surveys for risk of opioid misuse, alcohol abuse, levels of motivation, self-efficacy, depression and anxiety, chronic pain intensity, and treatment satisfaction. In addition to reducing the risk for opioid misuse, participants reported an increase in confidence, selfefficacy and motivation to change behavior, and a decline in depression, anxiety, and the intensity of chronic pain. The success of the lowcost intervention is a positive sign in the battle against prescription opioid abuse in primary care, says Chang. Opioids are one of the most commonly prescribed medications used to treat individuals with chronic pain, an issue that affects nearly half of Americans at some point in their lives, she says. According to the ASAM, in 2012 259 million opioid pain medication prescriptions were written, enough for every adult in the U.S. to have a bottle of pills. “Primary care providers who prescribe opioids to their patients with chronic pain are in the unique position to identify and intervene with patients whose use is hazardous or harmful to their health,” says Chang. “With motivational interviewing techniques, a brief and practical behavioral intervention, they can reduce the risk of opioid misuse and abuse.” Risk factors that could lead to opioid abuse include social isolation, poor health, multiple chronic illnesses, mental illness, and prior or current substance abuse. Health care providers should assess these factors when treating chronic pain patients, says Chang. Future research will explore the long-term effects of motivational interviewing, and incorporate additional patient testing measures, such as pill counts, refill records, and urine drug tests, says Chang.
Pick up your free copy of New Horizons each month The New Horizons is available at locations throughout eastern Nebraska. Stop by and pick up a free copy each month at one of the following: Adams Park Senior Center 3230 John Creighton Blvd.
Evans Tower 3600 N. 24th St.
Life Care Center 6032 Ville de Sante Dr.
Ridgewood Apts. 6801 Spring St.
Aksarben Manor 7410 Mercy Rd.
Florence Home 7915 N. 30th St.
Livingston Plaza Apts. 303 S. 132nd St.
Rorick Apts. 604 S. 22nd St.
The Ambassador 1540 N. 72nd St.
Florence Senior Center 2920 Bondesson St.
Louisville Senior Center 423 Elm St.
Royal Oaks/House of Hope 4801 N. 52nd St.
American Red Cross 3838 Dewey St.
Fremont (Neb.) Friendship Center 1730 W. 16th St.
Lutheran Home 530 S. 26th St.
St. Bernard Church 3601 N 65th St.
Mangelsen’s 84th & Grover streets
St. Bridget Church 4112 S. 26th St.
Maple Crest Condos 2820 N. 66th Ave.
St. Joseph Tower 2205 S. 10th St.
Mercy Care Center 1870 S. 75th St.
St. Joseph Villa 2305 S. 10th St.
Millard Manor 12825 Deauville Dr.
St. Mary’s Church 811 S. 23rd St. Bellevue
Arlington (Neb.) Senior Center 305 N. 3rd St. Bank of Nebraska 7223 S. 84th St. Bellewood Court Apts. 1700 Lincoln Rd. Bellevue Bellevue Library 1003 Lincoln Rd.
Friendship Program 7315 Maple St. GOCA 3604 Fowler Ave. Gold Coast Square 1213 Gold Coast Rd. Papillion Hallmark Care Center 5505 Grover St.
Millard Montclair Senior Center 2304 S. 135th Ave.
Bennington (Neb.) Senior Center 322 N. Molley St.
Heartland Family Service Senior Center 4318 Fort St.
Mission Vue Apartments 406 E. Mission Ave. Bellevue
Benson Tower 5900 NW Radial Hwy.
Hickory Villa 7315 Hickory St.
Bickford Cottage 11309 Blondo St.
Hillcrest Care Center 1702 Hillcrest Rd. Bellevue
Monarch Villa 201 E. Cedardale Dr. Papillion
Bellevue Senior Center 109 W. 22nd Ave.
Dora Bingel Senior Center 923 N. 38th St. Blumkin Home 333 S. 132nd St. Camelot 6 Apartments 9415 Cady Ave. Camelot Friendship Center 9270 Cady Ave.
Hooper (Neb.) Senior Center 208 N. Main St. Immanuel Courtyard 6757 Newport Ave. Immanuel Medical Center 6901 N. 72nd St.
Montclair Nursing Home 2525 S. 135th St. Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition 2240 Landon Ct. New Cassel 900 N. 90th St. Nehawka (Neb.) Senior Center North Bend (Neb.) Senior Center
Carter Lake Senior Center 626 Locust St.
Immanuel Trinity Village 522 N. Lincoln St. Papillion
Central Park Tower 1511 Farnam St.
Immanuel Village 6803 N. 68th Plz.
Oak Valley Apts. 12425 Krug Ave.
Christie Heights Senior Center 3623 P St.
Intercultural Community Senior Center 3010 R St.
OEA Apts. 122 S. 39th St.
Chubb Foods 2905 N. 16th St. W. Dale Clark Library 215 S. 15th St. Corrigan Senior Center 3819 X St. Croatian Cultural Society 8711 S. 36th St. Crown Pointe Retirement Center 2820 S. 80th St. Crown Tower 5904 Henninger Dr. deFreese Manor 2669 Dodge St. Dodge (Neb.) Senior Center 226 N. Elm St. Douglas County Housing 5449 N. 107th Plz. Durham Booth Manor 3612 Cuming St. Eagles Club 23rd & L streets
Jackson Tower 600 S. 27th St. Kay Jay Tower 25th & K streets Kohll’s Pharmacy 50th & Dodge streets Kohll’s Pharmacy 4230 L St. Kohll’s Pharmacy 2923 Leavenworth St. Kohll’s Pharmacy 12739 Q St. Kohll’s Pharmacy 3427 S. 84th St. Kohll’s Pharmacy 617 N. 114th St. Kohll’s Pharmacy 1413 S. Washington St. Papillion Kubat Pharmacy 4924 Center St.
Oak Grove Manor 4809 Redman Ave.
OEA Manor 320 N. 22nd St. OJ’s Mexican Restaurant 9201 N. 30th St. Omaha Nursing Home 4835 S. 49th St. The Orchards at Wildwood 7454 Gertrude St. Papillion Senior Center 1001 Limerick Ave. Park East Tower 539 S. 26th St. Park Tower North 1501 Park Ave.
St. Mary Magdalene Church 1817 Dodge St. St. Vincent DePaul 5920 Maple St. Sarpy County Courthouse 1261 Golden Gate Dr. Seven Oaks at Notre Dame 3439 State St. Skyline Manor 7300 Graceland Dr. Snyder (Neb.) Senior Center 2nd & Elm streets Social Security Office 7100 W. Center Rd. Suite 200 Social Settlement 4868 Q St. South Omaha Eagles 6607 Sunshine Dr. Southview Heights 49th & Q streets Swanson Library 9101 W. Dodge Rd. Joe Tess Restaurant 5424 S. 24th St. Thrift Store 7328 Maple St. Trinity Cathedral 18th Street & Capitol Avenue Twin Tower Apts. 3000 Farnam St. Underwood Tower 4850 Underwood Ave. Veterans Hospital 4101 Woolworth St.
Petrow’s Restaurant 5914 Center St.
Ville de Sante Terrace 6202 Ville de Sante Dr.
Phil’s Foodway 3030 Ames Ave.
Village Inn 309 N. Fort Crook Rd. Bellevue
Phil’s Foodway 4232 Redman Ave. Pine Tower 1501 Pine St.
Eagle (Neb.) Senior Center 509 4th St.
LaVista (Neb.) Senior Center 8116 Parkview Blvd.
Plattsmouth (Neb.) Senior Center 308 S. 18th St.
Elmwood (Neb) Senior Center 144 N. 4th St.
Leo’s Diner 6055 Maple St.
Ralston (Neb.) Senior Center 7301 Q St.
Elmwood Tower 801 S. 52nd St.
Leo Vaughn Manor 3325 Fontenelle Blvd.
Remington Heights 12606 W. Dodge Rd.
JC Wade Manor 3464 Ohio St. Walgreen’s Pharmacy 5038 Center St. Weeping Water (Neb.) Senior Center 101 E. Eldora St. The Wellington 501 E. Gold Coast Rd. Papillion
Canned fruits, vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet
ccording to the 2016 Canned Vegetable Nutrients Study – a dietary analysis of 24,000 Americans conducted by Dr. Marjorie Freedman of San Jose State University – American families who eat canned vegetables get more nutrients than families who do not eat canned veggies. Consider this: • 94 percent of American adults aren’t eating enough fruits and vegetables. • Adults who consume canned produce eat 17 percent more vegetables and 19 percent more fruit than those who don’t eat canned produce. • Adults who eat canned produce consume 7 percent more dietary fiber and 5 percent more potassium than those who don’t eat canned produce. These nutritional benefits affect our kids, too: • Nine in 10 kids don’t eat enough vegetables and six in 10 kids don’t eat enough fruit. • Kids who eat canned produce eat 22 percent more vegetables and 14 percent more fruit than those who don’t eat canned produce. • Kids who eat canned produce consume more protein, fiber, vitamin A, calcium, and potassium, but less fat. Experts believe canned food has this surprising effect not only because canned produce carries nearly identical nutrients to its fresh-cooked counterparts, but they’re also a cheaper and easier way to get recommended daily servings of fruits and veggies which can lower risk of heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers. Del Monte has released a new series of 2016 healthy eating tips: • Bring the farmer’s market to your pantry. It’s always healthy to eat fresh fruits and veggies, but canned produce provides very similar nutrient benefits to fresh-cooked produce. Canned fruits and veggies are a much healthier option than many choices – like take-out pizza – when fresh options aren’t available in your fridge. • Shift the balance. Pair less healthy foods with a side of vegetables and shift ratios on your plate so the vegetables take up more room than the more indulgent food. • Trick yourself or your kids. To infuse your favorite comfort foods with more vegetables, find hidden ways to make them higher in nutrients and lower in calories. (Del Monte provided this information.)
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control program in place, therefore, the ICAP will emphasize efforts to prevent infections in other types of health facilities such as ambulatory surgical centers, long-term care facilities, and critical access hospitals,” he said. Kate Tyner, an infection prevention nurse with Nebraska Medicine, who serves as coordinator of the ICAP, said it’s important to note ICAP is not a regulatory authority. “Our goal is to form a collaborative and educational partnership with our colleagues across the state to help them improve their practices and help facilities that may not have had ready access to infection prevention resources,” Tyner said. Shelly Schwedhelm, Nebraska Medicine’s executive director of emergency preparedness & infection prevention, will provide administrative oversight for ICAP. She said the team will visit most types of facilities where patients are cared for including long-term care, acute care, rehabilitation, surgical, and skilled nursing. “There’s been a discernible decrease across the country in some types of infections because of the proven prevention protocols that have gone into place,” Schwedhelm said. “But other infections have persisted at unacceptably high rates. The best defense against these deadly threats is through educating health professionals on infection prevention best practices.” Maureen Tierney, M.D., HAI coordinator for DHHS, said DHHS has been working to reduce HAIs in Nebraska in conjunction with the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network, a non-profit health care quality improvement organization. “While prior initiatives demonstrated some measurable improvements in HAIs, there is still much progress to be made,” Dr. Tierney said. “This new funding creates an opportunity to expand efforts to reduce health-care associated infections and further improve patient safety. We’re pleased to work with the ICAP team.” Health care associated infections include central line-associated bloodstream infections; catheter-associated urinary tract infections; surgical site infections; and infections due to multidrug-resistant organisms. Tyner said patients and family members also play an important role in the effort to fight against HAIs. “A well-informed family member or advocate is extremely important in the welfare of a patient in various settings,” Tyner said. “Patients and their advocates should be looking for things like hand hygiene, safe practices when inserting and caring for urinary and vascular catheters, appropriate use of antibiotics, and preventive measures for preventing surgical site infections. “If patients or family members see something that’s not making sense to them, it’s certainly well within their right to ask for an explanation. Being informed and appropriately assertive is to the patient’s advantage,” she said.
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he University of Nebraska Medical Center and its hospital partner, Nebraska Medicine, in conjunction with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, have established a center with a $2.4 million, three-year contract that will help health providers across Nebraska reduce the number of infections patients get in health care facilities. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded the funds to DHHS, which contracted with the medical center. It’s part of a nationwide effort to reduce health care-associated infections (HAI). The contract establishes the Nebraska Infection Control Assessment and Promotion Program (ICAP) at UNMC and Nebraska Medicine in Omaha. The team will work with health facilities across the state to employ current guidelines and tools for infection prevention. In addition, the group will evaluate the status of existing capacities and policies, provider training, and the capability to detect and control infectious disease outbreaks, according to Dr. Mark Rupp, acting director of the new ICAP, chief of the UNMC Division of Infectious Diseases, and medical director of the Nebraska Medicine Department of Infection Control & Epidemiology. The CDC estimates about 4 percent of hospitalized Americans develop a health care-associated infection. “Four percent nationally may not sound like a lot, but when you realize there are tens of millions of hospitalized patients, this equates to one to two million infections per year and nearly 100,000 lives lost,” said Dr. Rupp. “Each acute care facility in Nebraska has an infection
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HEOS, a group for older widows and widowers, meets at 6 p.m. the second Monday of each month at the Presbyterian Church of the Cross, 1517 S.
114th St. The organization offers weekend activities, Wednesday night dinners, and pinochle twice a month. For more information, please call Dorothy at 402-399-0759, Mary at 402-3933052, or Joan at 402-393-8931.
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Exercising... --Continued from page 4. In a more pragmatic definition, the best exercise is a twofold process. First and foremost it takes regular movement throughout each day. Try not to stay in one static position for more than an hour. Sit, stand, walk, squat down, climb stairs, bend over, push something, twist and rotate, etc. It’s the small things that add up. Don’t think of this movement as exercise though; think of this as your required daily dose of movement, much like taking vitamins for your health. Make it a routine and make it essential to each day. Even if you’re at a dinner party, a movie, or somewhere you can’t get up and move, you can still fidget around in your seat.
he Nebraska Regional Poison Center experienced a nearly 13 percent increase in calls concerning carbon monoxide poisonings in 2015. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than 400 deaths and approximately 15,000 emergency room visits each year in the United States as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. The highest percentage of carbon monoxide exposures occur during November, December, January, and February. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranked Nebraska as one of the states with the highest mortality rate from carbon monoxide. It’s imperative the citizens of Nebraska understand the dangers, the symptoms, and how to prevent poisoning from carbon monoxide. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include sleepiness, headache, dizziness, blurred vision, vomiting, shortness of breath, and convulsions. The first step in treating carbon monoxide poisoning is getting the victim to fresh air. Then seek medical attention immediately. Carbon monoxide is a gas produced when fuels burn incompletely. It has no color, taste, or smell. The major causes of carbon monoxide poisoning include: • Using heating equipment that’s in poor repair.
• Lack of ventilation in a car. • Using a charcoal grill indoors. • Using unvented space heaters. The Nebraska Poison Center offers the following suggestions to help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning: • Inspect all fuel-burning equipment yearly. • Vent fuel-burning heaters to the outside. • Don’t use a gas range or an oven for heating a room. • Never use a charcoal grill or hibachi inside. • Install carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your home. • Never leave a car running in an attached garage, even with the garage door open. • Have the vehicle muffler and tailpipes checked regularly.
ymptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning resemble those associated with other health conditions that are common among older adults especially during the winter. The carbon monoxide death rate is highest among people age 65 and older. If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning or if you have any questions, contact the Nebraska Regional Poison Center toll-free at 1-800-222-1222.
The second step is to increase the intensity a few times per week. You want to work out the body to the point your muscles are stressed. Focus on strength training and lifting heavy objects, and practice full body movements that incorporate multiple joints and body parts. Spend 30 to 45 minutes daily working out the body. You don’t need machines, equipment, or a gym. Squat down holding milk jugs in each hand. Bend over to pick up some rocks from the ground. Walk up and down the stairs with a backpack full of books. Lift full water bottles up and down overhead. Pick up a laundry basket full of canned goods. Try to be creative but also be practical in your strength training. In summary, the best form of exercise is movement. (Pollock is with Hillcrest Health Services.) VOTES WANTED PLEASE GO TO
‘National Geographic’ speaker series begins Feb. 2 at the Holland Center The first speaker in the 2016 National Geographic Live! series at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St., has been stalked by jaguars in Brazil, charged by a grizzly in Siberia, and trapped in quicksand inside the world’s largest tiger reserve in Myanmar. Omaha Performing Arts presents National Geographic Live’s On the Trail of Big Cats: Tigers, Cougars, and Snow Leopards with Steve Winter in the Kiewit Hall at the Holland Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $10 and are available at TicketOmaha. com, by calling 402-345-0606, or at the Ticket Omaha office inside the Holland Center.
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Life coach supporting older adults as they enter their ‘third chapter’ of life By Nancy Hemesath
hen I was in my 20s, I remember being amazed at an older friend who learned to swim and ride a bicycle after age 50. I had assumed learning new skills was over by age 50 and that it was all downhill after that. Today I am in my 70th year and am constantly learning new skills and material: how to build a website, how to ride a 10-speed bike efficiently, how to improve my Scrabble scores, and how to develop a small business—just to name a few. There’s so much more to life than I knew when I was 20. Since my retirement from full-time work, using my life-coaching training, I now specialize in supporting people in my age group make the retirement transition with ease and grace. Among the many wonderful resources I’ve discovered is a book called Conscious Living, Conscious Aging by Ron Pevny. I enjoyed spending a weekend retreat with the author in Durango, Colo. in October. He inspired me to commit myself to empowering others to embrace life’s richness by intentionally living the retirement years as “conscious elders.” Pevny, founder and director of the Colorado-based Center for Conscious Eldering, demonstrates the difference between simply drifting into old age and aging consciously with intention. For those who desire to live a conscious “elderhood,” preparation is required. The purpose of Pevny’s book is to walk the reader through the transitional process into the “third chapter,”
that phase of life that comes at the conclusion of our fulltime careers. The author discusses the importance of marking the transition into this third phase of life—one that lasts, on average, more than 20 years following the typical retirement age of 65. In this transition Pevny highlights the importance of looking back and letting go of what has been. This includes celebrations of the good times and healing from old hurts and resentments. He provides reflective exercises to guide the reader through the “letting go” process. Pevny suggests it’s then necessary to enter into the “in-between” stage that’s a reflective process, being present and mindful of our lives as we live into this new reality. It’s crucial to disengage from the negative stereotypes of our society’s view of older people. Instead we claim our wisdom that comes from decades of learning and life experience. This is counter-cultural in our youth-centered society and much more in keeping with ancient societies, Asian countries, and some indigenous tribes who cherish those who live into the wisdom years. Moving through letting go and the reflective in-between state, we begin to look forward and plan our future rather than just letting it happen. This means defining our purpose rather than simply finding things to keep us busy. It involves contributing our wisdom to others according to their needs and our capabilities. It means organizing our days to benefit others. This can take the form of volunteering, helping our families with childcare, working part-time in meaningful occupations, creating art, or simply being a good neighbor. The key is the activity must be personally meaningful and contributes to others. Pevny highlights the importance of legacy, that which we pass on to our children and future generations. The most important legacy isn’t money, buildings, or artifacts. It’s the wisdom and values we teach both by word and example. The author provides a framework to intentionally articulate this non-material legacy. Pevny’s book is one to savor and study. In the end, he emphasizes the importance of having a community wherein the individual can better realize a conscious elderhood. For this reason, I will be offering a book study at UNMC’s Center for Successful Aging, 38th Avenue and Leavenworth Street, starting in March and going for five Saturday morning sessions. For more information, please call 402-552-7210 or go to www.unmc.edu/engage. (Hemesath is a certified life and organizational coach. You can reach her at Lifencorecoaching.com or email@example.com.)
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Relive Frost/Nixon interviews at the Blue Barn
n 1974, Richard M. Nixon resigned the United States presidency in disgrace over Vietnam and the Watergate scandal. Three years later, British talk show host David Frost had become a lowbrow laughingstock. Determined to resurrect his career, Frost risks everything on a series of in-depth TV interviews in order to extract an apology from Nixon. The cagey Nixon, however, is equally bent on redeeming himself in his nation's eyes. In the television age, image is king, and both men are desperate to outtalk and upstage each other as the cameras roll. The
result is the interview that sealed a president’s legacy.
ow you can relive those interviews as Frost/Nixon by Peter Morgan appears on stage Feb. 4 to 28 at the Blue Barn Theatre, 1106 S. 10th St. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and Sunday at 6 p.m. There will be no performance of Frost/ Nixon on Sunday, Feb. 7. Tickets – which are $25 for older adults, students, and groups of 10 or more, and $30 for adults – are available by calling 402345-1576 or online at www.bluebarn.org.
Skype, FaceTime reuniting nursing home residents, families via Internet technology By Mark Kresl
n a world changed by technology on a nearly daily basis, many older Americans may feel it’s all passing them by. Cell phones, the Internet, Facebook, and as many as 200 TV channels can seem overwhelming to many people. Technology, however, doesn’t have to pass anyone by if it’s applied in the right way. The challenge is matching the high tech gadgets of today with the needs of older Americans. At Florence Home Healthcare – 7915 N. 30th St. – we identified an opportunity to apply today’s latest technology to help solve a problem that faces many nursing homes and their residents. On a national basis, more than 50 percent of nursing home residents never have a visitor. They get occasional phone calls, but rarely, if ever, see family members face to face. We wanted to connect our residents with their younger family members who conduct much of their social lives on their cell phones. We decided this provided a perfect opportunity for technology to step in. The Florence Home Healthcare staff determined by utilizing IPad computers, we could connect our residents with family members through the Skype and FaceTime programs. Thanks to a grant from the Omaha Community Foundation, we were able to upgrade our wireless Internet network and purchase some IPads. We then approached our residents and their families to discuss the possibilities. At first, the residents were hesitant because they didn’t understand the technology. We explained it was like the “telephones of the future” we heard about in the 60s
Florence Home resident Linda VanBuren laughs as she talks to her sister in Arizona. and 70s. We told them they could see their relatives while they talked to them.
seeing them reconnect in person. Since that first call, Gerald and his son have spoken t this point, to each other numerous we needed one times. During their last call, resident to take Gerald saw his grandkids the leap and that he hadn’t seen in five give it a try. A years. The children were resident named Gerald was holding up their Christmas up to the challenge. We arpresents to show Grandpa ranged with his son to make while talking to him at the the call. Gerald’s son lives same time. in Delaware and hadn’t seen Using Skype and Facehis father in more than three Time are now common ocyears. currences for the residents at
We’ve connected residents with family members in Delaware, Colorado, Arizona, Texas, and California. As soon as we had our connection and the “hellos” were completed, Gerald’s son said: “Dad, you’ve lost some weight.” “Yes I have,” Gerald replied. “Over 100 pounds since we saw each other last. I’ve been losing weight because of my health.” The conversation lasted about six minutes and had both of them completely engrossed. The second objective of our plan didn’t take long. Within 10 days of the first Skype call, Gerald’s son flew to Omaha to see his Dad. It was heartwarming
Florence Home Healthcare and Royale Oaks, 4801 N. 52nd St. We’ve connected residents with family members in Delaware, Colorado, Arizona, Texas, and California. We’ve witnessed many happy memories being made and know the increased personal time they spend with family will have a lasting and positive impact on their lives. (Kresl is with Midwest Geriatrics in Omaha.)
AARP offering driving course AARP is offering a new four-hour, research-based Smart Driver Course for older adults. By completing the course, participants will learn research-based driving safety strategies that can reduce the likelihood of having an accident; understand the links between the driver, the vehicle, and the road environment, and how this awareness encourages safer driving; learn how aging, medications, alcohol, and health-related issues affect driving ability and ways to allow for these changes; increase confidence; know how to share the road safely with other drivers, and learn the newest safety and advance features in vehicles. The fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonAARP members. No tests or examinations are involved, course completion certificates are provided, and auto insurance discounts may apply. Here’s this month’s schedule: Friday, Feb. 19 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Metro Community College 829 N. 204th St. To register, call 402-457-5231
Saturday, Feb. 20 AARP Information Center 1941 S. 42nd St. Suite 220 To register, call 402-398-9568
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Genealogical Society offering classes The Greater Omaha Genealogical Society is offering a series of free classes each month February through June. Each class will run from 9:15 a.m. to noon. To register and for more information, please contact Merrily at 402-706-1453 or firstname.lastname@example.org. • Feb. 20 Vital Records Mormon Trail Center 3215 State St.
• April 16 Family Search & Family Tree Mormon Trail Center 3215 State St.
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inancial expert Chris Hogan has authored a recently released book designed to change the way people save for retirement while equipping them with the knowledge to prepare for long-term financial success. Titled, Retire Inspired, the book – published by Ramsey Press – is available for $24.99. Everyday more people reach retirement age with little savings, no plan, and lots of regrets, and that’s not OK,” says Hogan. “I want VOTES WANTED PLEASE GO TO
people to live the retirement they have always dreamed of. But retirement isn’t about an age; it’s a financial number – the amount of money you need to live during your retirement years. “By equipping people with the tools and information to take control of their retirement planning, they’ll be able to determine their financial number and take the proper steps to reach that goal.” Retire Inspired breaks down the many aspects of retirement and gives simple, straightforward advice and explanations. Hogan addresses how debt and budgeting affect your retirement and provides practical steps for people at each age while speaking to why it’s critical to start preparing for retirement no matter your age or financial situation. For more information, please go online to www.retireinspired.com.
Eclectic Book Review Club’s spring schedule begins Feb. 16 The Eclectic Book Review Club, which began its series of reviews in 1949, has announced its spring 2016 schedule. Monthly meetings, which include lunch and a book review, are held at noon at the Omaha Field Club, 3615 Woolworth Ave. The cost is $13 per person each month. • Feb. 16: Creighton University Law Professor Stephen Sieberson reviews his book The Naked Mountaineer: Misadventures of an Alpine Traveler. • March 15: Omaha author Connie Spittler will review her latest novel The Erotica Book Club for Nice Ladies. • April 19: Holocaust survivor Milton Kleinberg will review his memoir as a teenager in WWII Bread or Death. • May 17: Local author Rebecca Rotert will review her book Last Night at the Blue Angel. For reservations, call Rita at 402-553-3147. HorizonAD-2010:HorizonAD-08
Thinking inside the box with your wine choice
hether it’s relaxing at home, dining out at a restaurant, or celebrating with friends and family, Americans are enjoying wine at a wider variety of occasions than ever before. In fact, 85 percent of frequent wine drinkers now believe wine is equally appropriate for casual and formal settings alike. Today’s attitudes and behaviors toward wine drinking were recently captured in the second Gallo Consumer Wine Trends Survey, commissioned by E. & J. Gallo Winery. The survey of 1,000 frequent wine drinkers found 82 percent enjoy between one and five glasses of wine per week, which they enjoy at a wide range of occasions. “We are always glad to see Americans’ love of wine expand each year as they experiment with flavors, varietals, and packaging formats,” said Stephanie Gallo, third generation family member and vice president of marketing at E. & J. Gallo Winery. “For more than 80 years,
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ore sipping occasions means more opportunities to try new wines. The top factors that inspire a frequent wine drinker to try something new are recommendations from friends, family members, and coworkers. Additionally, 86 percent of wine drinkers would be encouraged by a server, bartender, or sommelier recommendation, followed closely by a recommendation from a wine store employee. Not surprisingly, millennials are more influenced by the digital world than older generations. Survey data shows millennials are more likely to be encouraged to try a new wine if it’s featured prominently and positively in the media or if it’s recommended on social media. Mirroring the changes in wine drinkers’ shopping habits, the wine industry is thinking “inside the box” these days. Boxed wine has evolved considerably in the minds of consumers, thanks in large part to its convenience. The extended freshness of boxed wine allows wine drinkers to enjoy it at their own pace and the box’s portability allows for easy transport to all types of occasions. In fact, one in four surveyed agree boxed wine is best for large social gatherings and is becoming higher quality. Wine in a can is a relatively new concept that more than onefourth of frequent wine drinkers expressed interest in trying – particularly for outdoor excursions. Among fans of alternative packaging, outdoor events remained the primary occasion for the use of these products, which also include mini bottles and tetra packs. As wine culture becomes more approachable, common fears among wine drinkers are less prevalent. The survey found fears such as mispronouncing a wine’s name or being judged for wine choices, are still on the minds of some wine drinkers, but those who enjoy it regularly aren’t dramatically affected by these concerns. “As an industry, we must continue working to remove these barriers in order to nurture wine’s expansion into everyday occasions,” Gallo said. “By exploring the more emotional implications of wine culture and sharing these findings broadly, we hope to welcome more people into wine.” To learn more about the evolving wine culture, visit gallowinetrends.com. (Family Features provided this information. Photo by Getty Images.)
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esearchers in the Mind & Brain Health Labs he 211 telephone at the University of Nebraska Medical Cennetwork has been Eastern Nebraska a Office on Aging • 4223 Center Street • Omaha, NE 68105 ter (UNMC) are seeking 80 volunteers for a established in parts of research study of older driver mobility and Nebraska to give consumers safety. a single source for informaProfessor Matthew Rizzo, MD, director of the labs and tion about community and chair of the Department of Neurological Sciences, is leadhuman services. • Do you have questions about the Eastern Nebraska ing a team of expert researchers and clinicians to improve By dialing 211, consumOffice on Aging, its programs or services? understanding of how brain aging affects driver behavior. ers can access information To be eligible for the study, you must be between the about human needs resourc• Do you have a comment about the agency and how ages of 65 and 90, have a valid driver’s license, at least five es like food banks, shelters, it serves older adults in Douglas, Sarpy, Dodge, years of driving experience, and drive 50 miles or at least rent and utility assistance, Cass, and Washington counties? one hour per week. physical and mental health People meeting these criteria are invited to contact the resources, employment • Maybe you have a story idea for Mind & Brain Health Labs in UNMC’s Department of support, support for older the New Horizons? January 25, 2016 Neurological Sciences at 402-559-6870 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Americans and persons with In this novel research, real-life driving will be continua disability, support for chilously measured by equipping each driver’s own vehicle dren and families, as well as Send your questions,comments, with modern sensors that provide detailed information volunteer opportunities and Judy, story ideas, etc. to on driving behavior, strategy, and tactics over two, three-your ad donations. Here’s for the classified section for the February issue. Please let me month time frames. The 211 network is open DHHS.ENOA@nebraska.gov know if this is okay. If you have any changes, give me a call @ 402-444-4148. These sensors are unobtrusive and can be easily removed 24 hours a day, seven days We appreciate your interest in ad is approved your check for $24.00 to: from vehicles without damage. Participation also Once involves a week. mail The information ENOA and the New Horizons. several visits to complete cognitive testing and a study is also available online at New Horizons follow-up. www.ne211.org. c/o Jeff Reinhardt, Editor “Monitoring real-life driving performance will offer a 4223 Center Street greater understanding of real-world driver behavior and its Omaha, NE 68105 Lonergan Lawns relationship to cognitive abilities,” Dr. Rizzo said. Information gained from this research, he said, can be Mow, fertilize, aerate. Please call 402-444-4148 or used in the future to develop strategies for advising patients Trim trees & bushes. 402- 444-6654 to place your ad and families on driving safety, fitness to drive, andThanks! interClean gutters. ventions to promote independence and mobility inMitch older Laudenback Build walls. Haul junk. drivers. 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Thank you! From the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging to the following individuals, churches, businesses, and organizations that purchased more than 1,000 gifts for hundreds of ENOA clients during the 2015 Christmas season.
CHRISTMAS GIFT DONORS Blue Barn Theatre
St. Gerald’s Catholic Church
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
St. Philip Neri Catholic School
City of Omaha Finance Department
Carrie Schaffart and children
Covenant Presbyterian Church
Memorial Community Hospital
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New Horizons is a publication of the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging. Distributed free to people over age 60 in Douglas, Sarpy, Dodge, Wash...
Published on Jan 29, 2016
New Horizons is a publication of the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging. Distributed free to people over age 60 in Douglas, Sarpy, Dodge, Wash...