A publication of the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging
May 2013 VOL. 38 • NO. 5
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In a special eight-page section titled, Unleash the Power of Age, the New Horizons examines the Eastern Nebraska Office of Aging’s comprehensive package of programs and services which are designed to promote independence and dignity. The ENOA staff – seen here outside the agency’s office at 4223 Center Street – is committed to enhancing the quality of life for older men and women in Douglas, Sarpy, Dodge, Cass, and Washington counties. The section begins following page 6.
A Maverick at heart Nick Schinker profiles University of Nebraska at Omaha Chancellor John Christensen. See page 5.
Shredding day on Saturday, May 18
ARP’s Information Center and Shred-It are co-sponsoring the annual public document shredding day on Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will take place on the top level of the east parking lot at the Center Mall, 42nd and Center streets. Participants are asked to enter the parking lot from 40th and Center streets. Unloading assistance by AARP volunteers will be available. The event allows members of the public to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of identity theft by shredding some of their private documents. For more information, please call 402-398-9568.
Celebrate Sound walk scheduled for May 4
he Sertoma Clubs of Omaha are sponsoring Celebrate Sound; Don’t Walk in Silence on Saturday, May 4 at Wehrspann Lake, 8901 S. 154th St. The event is designed to raise awareness of and funds for hearing health. This year’s proceeds will enhance equipment at the Omaha Community Playhouse for people with hearing impairments. The $20 registration for the walk includes a tshirt and a chance to win additional raffle items. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the walk starts at 9 a.m. For more information, please call 402-301-9075.
Fremont Friendship Center You’re invited to visit the Fremont Friendship Center, 1730 W 16th St., this month for the following: • May 1: Piano music by Wally @ 10:30 a.m. • May 3: Pitch tourney @ 9:30 a.m. • May 6: Trip to Lauritzen Gardens @ 1 p.m. • May 8: Music by Roger Webb @ 10:30 a.m. • May 9: Humorist Kirk Estee @ 10:45 a.m. • May 15: Music by Lenny Eby @ 10:45 a.m. • May 22: Free health screening from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and music by the Link Duo. • May 23 & 24: Annual garage sale 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. • May 29: Music by the JRS Trio @ 10:30 a.m. • May 30: Presentation on memory loss @ 10:15 a.m. The center will be closed on May 27 for Memorial Day. The Fremont Friendship Center is open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (according to schedule); and Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch is served @ 11:30 a.m. There is a $3 suggested donation for the meal. Reservations are due by noon the business day prior to the meal you wish to enjoy. A Tuesday supper club is served @ 5:30 p.m. A variety of other activities are also available. For meal reservations or more information, please call Laurie Harms @ 402-727-2815.
Return homestead exemption applications by June 30
pplicants whose names are on file in the assessor’s office in Douglas, Sarpy, Dodge, Cass, and Washington counties should have a homestead exemption form mailed to them by early March. New applicants must contact their county assessor’s office to receive the application. The 2013 forms and a household income statement must be completed and returned to the county assessor’s office by June 30, 2013. A homestead exemption provides property tax relief by exempting all or part of the homestead’s valuation from taxation. The state of Nebraska reimburses the counties and other government subdivisions for the lost tax revenue. To qualify for a homestead exemption, a Nebraska homeowner must be age 65 by Jan. 1, 2013, the home’s owner/occupant through Aug. 15, 2013, and fall within the income guidelines shown below. Certain homeowners who have a disability and totally-disabled war veterans and their widow(er)s may also be eligible for this annual tax break. When determining household income, applicants must include Social Security
and Railroad Retirement benefits plus any income for which they receive a Form 1099. The homestead exemption amount is based on the homeowner’s marital status and income level (see below). Maximum exemptions are based on the average assessed value for residential property in each Nebraska county. The Douglas County Assessor’s office (1819 Farnam St.) is sending volunteers into the community to help older adults complete the application form. The volunteers will be located at sites throughout the county. A list of these locations will be included with your application. Assistance is also available by calling the Volunteers Assisting Seniors at 402444-6617. Douglas County residents can also have their homestead exemption questions answered by calling 402-597-6659. Here are the telephone numbers for the assessor’s offices in the counties served by the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging: Douglas: 402-444-7060; Sarpy: 402593-2122; Dodge: 402-727-3916; Cass: 402-296-9310; and Washington: 402426-6800.
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he instructor, Carol Osborne, moved between the seven students offering guidance and encouragement last month during a basket weaving class at the Millard Senior Center at Montclair, 2304 S. 135th Ave. The large market baskets were made using reeds that are grown in a jungle and purchased on the Internet, according to Osborne, who has made an estimated 850 baskets in the past 20 years. During the creation of each basket, three different sizes of reeds were used. Some of the crafters incorporated different colors of reeds into their design. Osborne said a typical market basket contains a quarter-
Sherri Bahnsen is giving her baskets away as Christmas presents.
pound coil of reeds and takes three to four hours to complete. One of the students, Theresa Kremer, said she’s going to fill her new basket with the fruits and vegetables she buys at farmers’ markets this summer.
Bahnsen has made four market baskets.
Classmate Sherri Bahnsen had already made three market baskets and was working on a fourth that day. “I’m going to give them away as Christmas presents,” she said proudly. The April class was the second taught by Osborne at the Millard site. In March, the students made Easter baskets. Center Manager Susan Sunderman said the basket weaving classes will be offered again during the fall. The cost for the materials is $5 for the small baskets and $17 for the market baskets. For more information on the Millard Senior Center, please see page 10 or call 402-546-1270.
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UNO is the thread connecting the chapters of Chancellor’s life By Nick Schinker
opened Maywood Dairy near 108th Contributing Writer and Blondo streets. His father, Axel, attended school at 108th Street near he first few times UniverMilitary Road, and was taught by sity of Nebraska at Omaha Sylvia Claussen – the mother of Chancellor John ChrisConnie Claussen, retired UNO astensen set foot on campus, sistant athletic director whose work he wasn’t a student. He wasn’t a to form and coach a softball team in teacher, either. 1969 was the beginning of women’s He was a young boy interested in athletics at UNO. football. “Dad and his siblings would get “I asked if my friends and I could up very early, help with the milking ride our bikes to the university to and then walk to school, where Sylwatch the football games and Dad via had to deal with them,” Chrissaid ‘Yes,’” Christensen recalls. “So tensen says. “My dad made her we did for a couple games. We’d sit promise to only tell me good stories on the hill in the grass next to Arts about him.” and Sciences Hall.” The Christensen family leased Living at 81st and Burdette streets, property from the Brandeis family it was a three-mile bike ride for on the west end of what is now the Christensen to watch what were UNO campus. “That’s where they then the Omaha University Indians grazed some of their milk cows.” face the week’s opponent on the Years later, Christensen earned gridiron. But when Christensen’s his master’s degree in special edumother found out, it wasn’t the dis- cation/speech pathology from UNO. tance that raised her concern. “I was the first in my family to go “Once Mom knew we were ridto college,” he says, proudly. “Now, ing our bikes across Dodge Street, my children are UNO graduates. In I didn’t get to ride to any more our immediate and extended family, games,” he says, smiling. “If we did we’ve got close to 20 UNO grads. want to go, Dad would drive and “UNO is a family affair for the drop us off.” Christensen family.” Today, Christensen’s secondfloor office overlooks the same ohn Christensen was born at places he visited as a boy. Like the Immanuel Hospital in Omaha stitching in a patchwork quilt, the on Sept. 6, 1948. His father University of Nebraska at Omaha was a World War II combat (UNO) is the thread that connects veteran who started a drywall busimany chapters of his life. ness in 1949. Christensen Drywall His paternal grandparents emiConstruction, Inc. is now run by a grated from Denmark to the United cousin, Nancy Sempek. States as teenagers. As adults, they “Dad did considerable work
As a youngster, Christensen rode his bicycle three miles to watch what were then Omaha University football games.
In 2007, John Christensen became the first alum to be named Chancellor of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. with (developer and former Omaha Mayor) P.J. Morgan,” he says. “P.J. once told me, ‘Your dad is the only person I worked with that I never had a contract. A handshake was always good enough.’ “Honesty and integrity were absolutes.” His mother, Ann, worked in an Air Force bomber assembly plant during World War II, then at a grocery store in Benson. Later, she devoted much of her time to caring for his disabled uncle. Christensen’s father built the family’s home on 81st Street, which was far west Omaha at the time. John attended Adams School, was in the first class at Lewis & Clark Junior High, and graduated from Benson High School in 1966. Although uncertain where it would take him, he enrolled at Dana College in Blair. “Education was a drumbeat I heard from the time I was little,” he says. “My grandparents and parents always said, ‘We didn’t have this opportunity. You do, and you should take advantage of it.’” It was at Dana that he met a young woman named Jan Sorensen. “I was a junior when she came to school,” he says. “As I recall, we met casually at the Student Union, and ended up taking some of the same classes.” One of those was taught by Bill Wakefield – who is now professor and Director of Community Outreach at UNO’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. “So, as you can see, there is a lot of serendipity in my life,” Christensen says. He and Jan will be married 40 years in August. A 1972 graduate of Dana College with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and psychology, Jan Christensen has taught in the Omaha Public Schools since graduation. She currently serves as Magnet Coordinator and Curriculum Specialist in the areas of Computer Science, Engineering, and Mathematics at Omaha North High Magnet School.
Christensen earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communications and drama from Dana College in 1971. After earning his master’s at UNO in 1974, he obtained his doctorate in speech pathology/audiology from the Kansas University in 1980. “In my discipline, KU had one of the top two or three programs in the country,” he says. “My education at UNO prepared me well for my experiences at KU.” Ironically, a position opened at UNO, he recalls. “I’ll never forget; I called Dad and told him there was a position open at UNO, but I felt there would be opportunities in Lawrence, as well. I told him I was really struggling making a decision about the future and he said, ‘I can’t help you.’ I asked him why and he said, ‘It’s your call. But take a look down the road. In 20 years, where is the action going to be?’” Christensen chose UNO and began his career as an instructor in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders. He subsequently served as department chair, dean of the College of Education, and vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. “The wisdom in my father’s response is so clear,” he says. “Look at the Omaha community and how it has grown in size and quality.” In May 2007, Christensen was named UNO’s 14th chancellor – the first UNO graduate to lead his alma mater in the school’s 102-year history. “My parents always spoke of ‘the D’s’ – dream big, and then do something about it,” Christensen says. “They believed that if you set a goal and work hard it will happen. I’ve never forgotten that and it worked!”
he fall of 2006 was a difficult time for UNO. Christensen took over the duties of chancellor in the wake of a scandal over expenses --Please turn to page 12.
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Camelot Friendship Senior Center May 2013 events calendar
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You’re invited to visit the Camelot Friendship Senior Center, 9270 Cady Ave. (two blocks north of Blondo Street) this month for the following: • May 1: Make May Day baskets with preschoolers from Benson’s “A is for Art” program. • May 2: A visit from Pam Witt from Heartland Cats @ noon. • May 7: Council meeting @ 10 a.m. • May 8: Birthday Bash. Enjoy cake and ice cream. Lunch is free for those with a May birthday. • May 15: An 11:45 a.m. presentation by Carol Lainholf, RN, on How to Prepare for Your Doctor’s Visit. • May 16: Jackpot Bingo @ 12:15 p.m. The cost is $1.50 for four Bingo cards. • May 22: Entertainment by Johnny Ray Gomez from the Merrymakers @ 11:30 a.m. • May 29: Entertainment by the Hot Flash Dancers @ 11:45 a.m. The facility will be closed on May 27 for Memorial Day. The Camelot Friendship Senior Center is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch is served at 11: 30 a.m. A $3 donation is suggested for the meal. Reservations are due by noon the business day prior to the meal you wish to enjoy. Center activities include pinochle on Tuesdays, pitch on Wednesdays, and Bingo on Mondays and Thursdays. Each Tuesday, win prizes (requires a $1 donation) in the 50-50 raffle. For meal reservations and more information, please call 402-444-3091.
AARP is offering a four-hour course on safe driving. The class is designed to teach older drivers how to boost safety awareness, refresh and improve their driving skills, and minimize crash risks. There are no exams or tests involved. Participants will receive a certificate of completion. Insurance discounts may apply. The class cost $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-AARP members. Friday, May 10 • Noon to 4 p.m. Metropolitan Community College 204th St. & West Dodge Rd. Class # AUAV 004N72 To register, call 402-457-5231 Saturday, May 11 • Noon to 4 p.m. AARP Information Center 1941 S. 42nd Street To register, call 402-398-9568
Produce coupons available in June During June 2013, the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging will again be offering coupons that can be exchanged for produce through the Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program. Recipients must be age 60 or older and have an annual income of less than $21,256.50 for one person and $28,693.50 for a two-income household. One set of coupons will be allowed per household. More information should be available through your ENOA senior center at the end of May. For a complete list of ENOA senior centers, log on to enoa.org. The coupons are expected to be available for distribution in early June. For more information, see the June New Horizons.
Florence Senior Center events schedule The Florence Senior Center, 2920 Bondesson St., is newly renovated and features access to an activity room, gym, weight room, and library. Here are a few of the upcoming events at the center you won’t want to miss: • May 3: Presentation on 150 Years of the Union Pacific Railroad @ 11 a.m. The Union Pacific Railroad Chorale will sing some classic railroad songs. Stay for a noon lunch and music by organist Jeanne Sabatka.
• May 10: Mother’s Day Party. • May 24: Memorial Day celebration. • June 9: Enjoy a taco and baked potato bar lunch @ 1 p.m. and entertainment by Wayne Miller @ 2 p.m. • June 11: Entertainment by Kim Eames from the Merrymakers during our noon lunch. The Florence Senior Center is open weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch is served at noon. A $3 donation is suggested for
the meal. Reservations are due by noon the business day prior to the meal you wish to enjoy. Center activities include Tai Chi (Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.), Bingo (Wednesday @ 12:30 p.m.), cards games (pinochle and pitch on Thursdays), dancing and entertainment on Fridays. For meal reservations and more information, call Amy Bench or Carol Larson at 402-444-6333.
Military Appreciation Day set for May 26
ou’re invited to attend Military Appreciation Day on Sunday, May 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the German-American Society, 3717 S. 120th St. The festivities will include a military color guard and the singing of the National Anthem @ 11:30 a.m., music by the Duffy Belorad Orchestra from noon to 3 p.m., patriotic and
cultural entertainment from 3 to 4 p.m., and the Omaha Big Band from 4 to 7 p.m. Great food and beverages will be available throughout the event. Admission is free for all active and retired U.S. military personnel and $5 for non-veterans. The admission fees will be donated to the Disabled American Veterans Association. For more information, please call 402-333-6615.
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“Aging is not lost youth, but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” --Betty Friedan
“The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.” --Robert Frost
A New Horizons special section • May 2013 From the desk of ENOA’s executive director
his special section in the New Horizons focuses on the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging and the programs and services offered through our agency. It’s no secret the number of Older Americans is increasing faster than any other age group. Earlier this year it was reported that 10,000 people a day are entering retirement age. It would be wonderful if everyone had prepared sufficiently for retirement and remained healthy and independent throughout their retirement years. Realistically, that’s not the case and a number of us will require some type of assistance as we age.
I see daily how effective and dedicated the employees of ENOA are in accomplishing the responsibilities they’ve accepted. Finding the right information and the appropriate assistance when the need arises can be a challenge and helping you navigate the world of programs and providers is one of ENOA’s main responsibilities. The ENOA programs and services featured in this month’s New Horizons highlight the diversity of what’s available either directly through our agency or by a network of providers and partners that offer the information, guidance, and services you, a family member, or an acquaintance may need. Back in 1965 the designers of the Older Americans Act got a lot of things right as far as federal legislation goes. Most federally funded programs are a top-down approach with a one size fits all mentality. I’ve always felt one of the beauties of the Older Americans Act was its insistence on local determination of need and the flexibility to use the funds, within the regulations, to meet those needs. Planning, priority setting, and adjusting those priorities is a constant process that requires input at all levels to insure we’re using funds to maximize resources efficiently and effectively to meet identified needs. The nation’s 650 Area Agencies on Aging do this extremely well but they cannot do it alone. ENOA is fortunate to have an educated and engaged Governing Board and an active Advisory Council that take the time to provide the leadership and direction that’s so important to our success.
We’re also fortunate in the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging’s service area to have a network of quality providers, medical facilities, and universities that collaborate with us to improve the lives of older Nebraskans. I’ve seen considerable changes to community-based aging services in my 30-plus years working in this field, but one thing has remained constant, the dedicated staff at all levels that do whatever’s necessary to allow our programs and services to maintain a high degree of excellence and to meet the individual needs of those we serve. I see daily how effective and dedicated the employees of ENOA are in accomplishing the responsibilities they’ve accepted and the efforts they make to treat those individuals needing assistance and their coworkers with the dignity and respect everyone deserves. If you need answers to your questions on aging programs and services, then the nation’s Area Agencies on Aging – like ENOA – are your best place to start. Since federal, state, and local taxes are our primary funding sources you should expect us to know what we’re doing and for us to be accountable and results driven. I assure you that ENOA’s Governing Board, Advisory Council, and its employees meet those expectations. It’s an amazing organization that I am proud to lead.
Borgeson, Warren, Kruse head ENOA’s 2013 Governing Board The Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging is governed by a board of elected officials from Douglas, Sarpy, Dodge, Cass, and Washington counties. The board holds a 3:30 p.m. meeting the second Wednesday of each month at ENOA’s headquarters, 4223 Center St. Here are the members of the 2013 ENOA Governing Board:
Mary Ann Borgeson Douglas County Chair Jim Warren Sarpy County Vice Chair Jerry Kruse Washington County Secretary Jim Peterson Cass County Gary Osborn Dodge County
Advisory Council meets quarterly A group of local professionals meet four times a year with ENOA’s management team to provide guidance and expertise to the agency as members of its Advisory Council. Members of the 2013 ENOA Advisory Council are: Dr. Julie Masters (chair) Judge Jane Prochaska (vice chair) Janet Bonet Ira Combs Jackie Hill Dianne Kelly Dr. Jane Potter Margaret Schaefer Yvonne Stock Aura Whitney-Jackson Duane Wilcox
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Care managers develop, monitor individualized plans of services
espite having had both of her shoulders and each of her hips replaced, Jean Beerbohm continues to live an independent lifestyle. Part of the reason the 86-year-old is able to remain living in her Fremontarea home is because she receives Homemaker Program services (see the story on page 3-A) through the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging. Beerbohm is among the ranks of older adults in Douglas, Sarpy, Dodge, Cass, and Washington counties who receive inhome services through the ENOA’s care management program. These programs and services are designed to promote independence and dignity while keeping these men and women in their own homes for as long as possible. ENOA’s care management program receives referrals from a variety of sources including prospective clients, family members, clergymen, health care professionals, and social workers from area hospitals and skilled nursing facilities. The referral process begins when a prospective client or their representative calls 402-444-6536 to request an in-home assessment or in-home services. ENOA care management staff will contact the referral source to complete the intake process and to determine if the client meets eligibility guidelines. To be eligible to receive services through ENOA’s care management program, a prospective client must
Fremont resident Jean Beerbohm, age 86, with Mary Cornell, her ENOA care manager. be age 60 or older, require assistance with at least three activities of daily living (bathing, mobility, meal preparation, housekeeping, toileting, etc.), and the need for the assistance must last 90 days or longer. ENOA care managers will work with the prospective client to arrange for a comprehensive in-home assessment designed to determine the older adult’s strengths, cognitive, physical, emotional, and social levels, and to view their home environment. After the initial in-home assessment is completed, the care manager – working with the client and the client’s family – creates an individualized care plan that may include a variety of inhome programs and services from ENOA and other community resources. These services may
include but are not limited to Meals on Wheels, a bath aide, homemaker assistance, an emergency response system, durable medical equipment, and respite care.
NOA care managers work to empower their clients as they enter into a long-term network of aging services. They offer an interdisciplinary approach linking health care professionals, social service providers, family members, and volunteers to ensure frail older adults the best quality of life possible. ENOA care managers provide an annual in-home recertification and assessment, and contact clients at least every three months to monitor services, ensure client satisfaction, and determine if additional services are needed. When necessary, they can make adjustments in these services. Among the topics addressed during the quarterly meetings include health issues, medication usage, personal care services including bathing (are the grab bars, shower chair, and hand-held shower meeting the needs), dressing, grooming, toileting, nutrition, meal preparation, eating habits, skin integrity, and driving. The requested contribution for ENOA’s care management services is set on a sliding scale based on the client’s income. Nobody is denied services because of an inability to pay. For more information, please call 402-444-6536 or log on to enoa.org.
ENOA’s Homemaker Program helps Beerbohm live an independent lifestyle in her own home.
Adult day services offer wide variety of coordinated, supervised activities
ersons caring for an older adult that cannot be left alone because they have Alzheimer’s disease, other forms of dementia, developmental disabilities, etc. may want to consider placing their loved one temporarily at one of the adult day service facilities in eastern Nebraska listed below. Adult day services are ideal for caregivers that need to work, go to school, travel, or who need a temporary break from their caregiving duties. These facilities provide a variety of coordinated and supervised activities, nutrition, and support services including exercise programs, arts and crafts, sing-a-longs, discussions about current events, breakfast, lunch, and intergenerational events. The cost for adult day services varies from one facility to another and may include one-way or round-trip transportation. The Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging provides financial assistance toward the cost of adult day services to older men and women with functional impairments. In order to receive this assistance, potential clients must be age 60 or older, meet the ENOA program guidelines, and not be eligible for other programs (community, federal, or state) that could provide financial help with the cost of adult day services. After a referral is made for this financial aid, potential clients must be assessed by an ENOA care manager. Those individuals who are approved for the program can receive assistance toward the cost of adult day service attendance, transportation provided by the adult day facility, and bathing service when it’s necessary and available. Clients and/or their caregivers must agree to utilize one of the adult day service centers that contract with ENOA (listed below). The amount of ENOA financial assistance for adult day service is based on household income and is then applied to an established sliding scale. For more information, please call 402-444-6444. Here’s a list of the adult day service facilities that have a contract with ENOA: Edgewood Vista 17620 Poppleton Ave. 402-333-5749 Franciscan Centre 900 N. 90th St. 402-393-2113 Friendship Program, Inc. 7315 Maple St. 402-393-6911 Mable Rose Estates The Club 4609 Hilltop St. Bellevue 402-291-9777 402-682-6804 SarahCare Adult Day Service 3615 N. 129th St. 402-496-3379
ENOA Resource Library The resource library maintains a variety of books and multi-media material dealing with aging concerns, health topics, life changes, grandparenting, and caregiving. It also features resource guides and ENOA brochures. Open weekdays 4223 Center St.
• 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. • 402-444-6444
Personal care services
Call 402-444-6684 for more information
Senior Employment Program provides job training, job referrals for older adults In 2008, after raising her three grandchildren, Doris Brown was ready to re-enter the job force. A friend, Gayla Chambers, told Brown about the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging’s Senior Employment Program, so Doris decided to learn more about the free service. ENOA’s Senior Employment Program works as a referral source for men and women age 50 and older looking for full-time or parttime employment. Older adults may be look-
ing for a job for a variety of reasons including supplementing their income, desiring a new challenge, or wishing to stay active with a sense of purpose in their life. The federally funded Senior Employment Program provides a wide variety of services for older adults including job placement consultation, computer classes, resume writing, and job interviewing skills training. The Senior Community Services Employment
The Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging contracts with several licensed home health care agencies to proProgram – also known as vide personal care services Title V – works with men for frail older adults who and women age 55 and are unable to safely manage older who are on a limited their own bathing without income. Those who qualify assistance, who can’t afford are assigned to work at a to pay for the service, and host agency or organization who aren’t eligible for the for 20 hours a week at the service under Medicare or minimum wage while they Medicaid. continue to look for employAfter undergoing an ment for up to two years. in-home evaluation by an ENOA care manager, “The clients age 60 and older in the agency’s five-county Senior service area are assigned Employment to a contracted agency of their choice, if possible, and Program has
helped me a whole lot. They put me in jobs where I can do what I do best.”
These days, Doris Brown is working as a receptionist at ENOA’s Bellevue Senior Center.
In addition to the income provided, persons enrolled in the Title V program receive valuable experience and on-the-job training. During the last five years, the Title V program has helped Brown found receptionist jobs with Habitat for Humanity, Team, Inc., and most recently, at ENOA’s Bellevue Senior Center. “The Senior Employment Program has helped me a whole lot,” Brown said. “They put me in jobs where I can do what I do best. I know how to talk with and how to relate to people.” For more information on ENOA’s Senior Employment Program, please call 402-444-6684 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Help with those housekeeping tasks
en and women age 60 and older in Douglas, Sarpy, Dodge, Cass, and Washington counties who need assistance maintaining their homes can call the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging’s Homemaker Program. The program’s goal is to help older adults remain independent by assisting them with the light housekeeping tasks they’re unable to perform. After an ENOA care manager makes an in-home assessment, a determination as to the number of hours (a minimum of two hours every other week) the client requires and the specific tasks the homemaker will complete will be made. Homemakers can provide light housekeeping that includes dusting, mopping, vacuuming, laundry, take out trash, etc. Homemakers are not allowed to assist with medications, dressing, or grooming, move heavy furniture, pay bills, care for pets, do yard work, or transport clients. The clients provide all the necessary
cleaning tools and supplies for the homemaker. The client receives a monthly contribution request based on a sliding fee scale. ENOA contracts with several providers in its five-county service area that perform homemaker services for hundreds of older adults each year. For more information about ENOA’s Homemaker Program, please call 402-4446536 or log on to enoa.org.
scheduled for regular bath aide visits. The frequency of the visits is determined by the client and the ENOA care manager during the initial evaluation. The bath aide can perform a variety of services including assistance with a tub bath, shower, bed bath, shampoo, nail filing and cleaning, and changing bed linens. Clients are asked to make a donation for the bath aide program on a sliding fee scale based on their income. No one is denied services due to an inability to pay. For more information, call 402-444-6444.
I & A staff can answer questions about agency programs, services Older adults in Douglas, Sarpy, Dodge, Cass, and Washington counties needing assistance to remain living independently and with dignity in their own homes are encouraged to call Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging’s Information and Assistance division staff members. The I & A telephone lines are open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A bilingual communications specialist for Spanish-speaking callers is available. The I & A staff will answer questions about ENOA’s programs and services, and when appropriate, make referrals to other community agencies and organizations. Many callers want basic information on topics like care management, personal care/bath aides, homemaker services, Meals on Wheels, adult day services, legal issues, durable medical equipment, chore services, senior housing, long-term care facilities, durable medical equipment, and community programs. I & A staff members will explain ENOA’s in-home support services, mail resource information, and start the intake process when ENOA services are requested. Service intakes are made on persons age 60 and older who live in ENOA’s five-county service area, and who aren’t eligible for services through federal or state programs. I & A staff members start the intake process over the telephone by getting the potential client’s name, address, telephone number, age, and service needs. An ENOA care management coordinator will make a follow-up call to the client or caregiver within 48 hours to get more information and to discuss the specific assistance required. The telephone numbers for the I & A lines are 402-4446444 (Douglas, Sarpy, and Cass counties), 402-721-8262 (Dodge County), and 402-426-9614 (Washington County).
Lawn care, snow removal
he Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging’s Chore Program provides snow removal and lawn mowing for persons age 60 and older that are unable to perform these duties in Douglas, Sarpy, Dodge, Cass, and Washington counties. Lawn mowing, which doesn’t include bagging, edging, or blowing away clippings, is provided on a schedule set by ENOA. Snow removal from driveways, steps, and sidewalks is available when there are two inches or more of snow on the ground. Providers have up to 24 hours to
remove the snow after it has stopped falling and blowing. Chore program recipients, who will receive a monthly contribution request, are asked to contribute toward the service’s cost based on a sliding fee scale. All chore services providers are insured and have undergone a background check. For more information on chore services, please call 402-444-6536, ext. 223 or 210 in Douglas and Cass counties; 402-426-9614 in Washington County; 402721-7780 in Dodge County; and 402-293-3041 in Sarpy County.
ENOA works with caterer, drivers to coordinate Meals on Wheels program
Satellite offices throughout the five-county service area
In addition to its main office at 4223 Center St. in Omaha, the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging has satellite locations in Fremont, Blair, and Elmwood, Neb. These sites, which are listed below, are open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Douglas County & Sarpy County 4223 Center Street 402-444-6536 1-888-554-2711
Cass County 140 N. 4th St. (Elmwood Senior Center) 402-994-2406 1-888-210-1093
Washington County 1327 Washington St. Blair 402-426-9614
Dodge County 1730 W. 16th St. (Fremont Senior Center) 402-721-7770
Gatekeeper, businesses, law enforcement work to ID older adults who may need help The Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging’s Gatekeeper Program works with area businesses and law enforcement agencies to help identify older Nebraskans who need help to remain living independently and with dignity in their own homes. The program helps provide education regarding warning signs an older man or woman needs assistance from ENOA. These signs may include difficulties communicating, compromised economic and social conditions, problems with emotional health and personal appearance, physical limitations, and home environments in need of repair. If the employee or law enforcement official identifies an older adult who needs assistance, they can encourage the older man or woman to call ENOA or place the call on the older adult’s behalf. All information provided to ENOA through its Gatekeeper Program will remain confidential. An ENOA case manager or services coordinator can assess the older adult’s needs, and when appropriate, help arrange for a variety of in-home services or programs such as Meals on Wheels, a homemaker, or a bath aide. An ENOA representative is available to meet with local businesses or law enforcement agencies to discuss the Gatekeeper Program. To arrange for a Gatekeeper presentation, please call 402-444-6654.
Part of the crew at Valley Services get the meals ready for delivery.
y 3 a.m. each weekday morning, the crew at Valley Services, 6710 L St., is busy making lunch for the more than 850 older adults who receive Meals on Wheels through the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging. This day’s menu features apple glazed pork, whipped potatoes, California blend vegetables, multi-grain bread with butter, fresh fruit, and a carton of milk. The hot portion of the meals are placed inside aluminum trays, sealed, and then stacked on a long table. The bread, butter, fruit, and milk are stored in a separate part of the large room. Utilizing a series of route lists, the crew – working assembly line style – place the hot trays inside Styrofoam coolers and the cold items inside another set of coolers. The sets of white coolers are then joined by route number, and placed inside ENOA vans for distribution to three satellite locations in the Omaha area.
LMNT can offer advice for all things nutritional The Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging has a Licensed Medical Nutrition Therapist (LMNT) on staff that can work with older adults in Douglas, Sarpy, Dodge, Cass, and Washington counties to provide nutrition counseling on dietary topics like weight loss or gain, cooking, grocery shopping, diabetes, and other medical concerns. Agency care managers, senior center managers, home health care agencies, physicians, and employees from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services may refer clients to ENOA’s nutrition counseling program. The LMNT can evaluate and address a client’s dietary history, food intake,
and any nutritional risk factors. An individualized care plan will then be developed and monitored. That care plan may include providing a liquid supplement. The client will be asked to make a donation for the supplement on a sliding fee scale based on their income. Nobody will be denied access to ENOA’s nutrition counseling program due to an inability to pay. Nutritional education programs are offered periodically at ENOA senior centers in its five-county service area. Topics include cooking for one, calcium in your diet, sodium, cancer, and heart disease. For more information, call 402-444-6513 or log on the Internet to enoa.org.
A team of paid and volunteer drivers from the private and public sectors meet the vans at the satellite locations and then load the coolers designated for their route inside their vehicle. During the next 90 minutes, hundreds of hot, nutritious, delicious meals are delivered to hungry older Nebraskans. Just another typical day for ENOA’s Meals on Wheels Program.
o receive Meals on Wheels through ENOA, a client must be age 60 or older, live in Douglas, Sarpy, Dodge, Cass, or Washington counties, and meet eligibility guidelines which require the recipient to be: • Likely admitted to a nursing home or similar facility if the meals weren’t available, or • Recovering at home following a hospital or nursing home stay, or • Mentally or physically
disabled and unable to prepare meals or have no available assistance with meal preparation, or • Without adequate cooking facilities and unable to acquire them, or • Lacking the proper nutritional support from a spouse, family member, caregiver, or • Unable to attend an ENOA senior center. he drivers bring a lot more to the homes on their route than just a hot meal. The provide socialization for the recipient and another set of eyes and ears for ENOA to check on its clients’ well being. Meals on Wheels recipients are asked to contribute toward the cost of the meals on a sliding fee scale based on their income. Nobody meeting program eligibility guidelines, however, will be denied the midday meals due to an inability to pay. For more information, please call 402-444-6536.
Durable medical equipment The Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging’s Durable Medical Equipment (DME) program provides medical equipment and supplies to frail older adults who can’t afford these items and who don’t have Medicare, Medicaid, or other insurance to cover the cost. The list of equipment available through ENOA’s DME program includes bathroom safety equipment (grab bars, raised toilet seats, toilet safety frames, tub spouts with diverter valves, tub benches, tub transfer benches, and hand-held showers), foam and
gel chair pads, lightweight bedrails, commodes, diabetic test strips, disposable bed pads, and washable bed pads. Through letters of agreement with a variety of local providers, ENOA obtains these items at a discounted rate. Clients are asked to contribute toward the cost of the bathroom safety equipment on a sliding fee scale. No one is denied access to durable medical equipment due to an inability to pay. For more information, please call 402444-6444 or log on the Internet to enoa.org.
Foster Grandparent Aurora Bryant helps out at LaVista West Elementary School
Foster Grandparent Aurora Bryant (in red sweater vest) volunteers with the kindergarten classes of Miss Sarah Czaplewski (left) and Mrs. Lisa Elsasser (right) at LaVista West Elementary School.
hen it comes to working with kids, Aurora Bryant’s philosophy is simple: “You help in any way
you can.” For the last 10 years, Bryant has volunteered with the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging’s Foster Grandparent Program. She’s one of 70 Foster Grandparents in Douglas, Sarpy, and Dodge counties. The FGP is sponsored locally by ENOA and administered nationally by the Corporation for National Service. Foster Grandparents work with children who need extra attention in a variety of settings including schools, Head Start programs, pre-elementary school child care programs, facilities that focus on mental health issues, substance abuse programs, domestic violence shelters, and hospitals. Men and women interested in becoming a Foster Grandparent must be age 55 and older and able to meet income guidelines. They begin the application process by providing two personal references, passing four background checks, and taking a physical examination. In exchange for volunteering 15 to 40 hours a week, Foster Grandparents receive an hourly stipend, transportation reimbursement, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, a meal at their site, monthly training, and an annual recognition event. The tax-free stipend isn’t counted as a wage or salary so the income doesn’t impact on housing or rental costs, Medicaid,
Grandma Aurora shares a hug with Ezechiel Amoussouga.
disability benefits, or any type of government assistance.
n 2002, Bryant retired following a 40-year career as a cook. Looking for something to do with her free time, Aurora – who has five children, eight grandchildren, and one great grandchild of her own – contacted ENOA and was referred to the FGP. “I’ve never been afraid to try new things, so I decided to become a Foster Grandparent,” she said. After stints at two other Papillion-LaVista area schools, Aurora now volunteers 40 hours a week at LaVista West Elementary School with two classes of kindergartners and with the Kids Club after school program. Among other things, she reads to the youngsters and helps the students learn new words. “The kids know they can come to me for help if the teacher’s busy,” Bryant said. Aurora, who came to the United States from Mexico at age 4, also helps out at LaVista West as an interpreter for some of the Spanish-speaking parents. Bryant loves being a Foster Grandparent and never misses a day unless absolutely necessary. “The kids are so sweet and so cute,” she said. “Even the bad ones,” she added in jest. For more information on the Foster Grandparent Program, call 402-444-6536.
Bryant, (from left) Anderson Craig, and Brendyn England listen to a story in Miss Czaplewski’s class.
Vols of all ages assist older adults through ENOA’s SeniorHelp Program
n a recent Sunday morning, there was a knock on the front door of Pat Clark’s Florencearea apartment. The retired patient accounts manager opened the door and welcomed Lonnie Newkirk and his 15-year-old daughter, Melissa. Each of the visitors was holding plastic bags filled with groceries. Every other week the Newkirks pick up and deliver groceries for Clark who is homebound. “I have some free time and I want to use that time to serve the community,” said Lonnie Newkirk, a business analyst for a software development firm. “I think everyone should volunteer (regardless of their age),” added Melissa, a student at Melissa and Lonnie Newkirk Omaha Burke High (standing) deliver groceries to School. Pat Clark (seated) through The Newkirks ENOA’s SeniorHelp Program. are volunteers with the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging’s SeniorHelp Program. Through SeniorHelp, volunteers of all ages provide a variety of services for older adults that help promote independence and dignity and allow them to remain living in their own homes for as long as possible. These services include companions, transportation, home maintenance, household assistance, cleanup/organizing projects, painting, snow removal, lawn care, grocery shopping, and telephone reassurance. SeniorHelp volunteers – who can serve individually, in pairs, in groups, or with their families – can help out as little or as much as their schedule allows. Individuals interested in becoming a SeniorHelp volunteer in Douglas, Sarpy, Dodge, Cass, and Washington counties, must complete an application form and go through a screening process. They must also be able to provide their own transportation. Clark, who uses a walker to move around her apartment, said she appreciates the SeniorHelp Program, the Newkirks, their smiling faces, and the delivery services. For more information on the SeniorHelp Program, please call 402-444-6536.
Support program designed to reduce caregivers’ stress The Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging’s Caregiver Support Program offers specialized care management services that assist caregivers age 18 and older who are caring for a frail older person age 60 and older. Almost half of all caregivers are older than age 50, making them more vulnerable to a decline in their own health due to the heavy emotional, physical, and financial toll of providing care. These caregiving duties are often in addition to maintaining a job and/or caring for children and grandchildren. ENOA’s care managers complete an assessment with the caregiver to gather information so they can better understand the caregiver’s situation and needs. The care managers can offer them supportive services to help reduce physical and emotional caregiver stress. This support may include: • Information about available services. • Assistance in accessing available services. • Counseling to help caregivers make decisions and solve problems related to their caregiver roles. • Respite care. • Supplemental services on a limited basis. For more information, please call 402-444-6536.
Delores: I’d be a hermit without Carlette
Ombudsmen work to protect the rights of long-term care facility residents
he Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging’s Senior Companion Program has volunteers that are trained to help older adults who are lonely and isolated, physically or mentally disabled, or living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia.
NOA’s volunteer ombudsmen advocates work in nursing homes and assisted living communities in Douglas, Sarpy, Dodge, Cass, and Washington counties to address the concerns of the residents, and, when necessary, serve as a mediator or negotiator between these men and women and the facility’s staff members. The project is funded by a grant through the state of Nebraska. The volunteers encourage the residents to speak for themselves, but when necessary, they can intervene and act as a third party to help address any concerns. The ombudsmen visit their assigned long-term care facility once a week for two hours to meet with the residents and the facility’s social services director to see if there are any concerns that need to be addressed during the visit. The volunteers also work with the facility’s staff to make sure the residents are satisfied with the quality of care they’re receiving. Men and women interested in becoming ombudsman advocates must complete 24 hours of initial classroom training and 12 hours of additional training every two years. During training, the volunteers learn about residents’ rights and federal and state laws regarding Nebraska’s long-term care facilities. They also discuss complaint investigation techniques and communication skills. Before being assigned to a nursing home or an assisted living community, the new volunteers make four visits to a site with an experienced ombudsman advocate to learn more about what the program entails. After finishing a three to six-month probationary period, the volunteers are then certified as ombudsman advocates. In addition to visiting nursing homes and assisted living communities, the ombudsman advocates are asked to attend an in-service session or an informal coffee with ENOA staff members and the other volunteers monthly. To learn more about ENOA’s Ombudsman Advocate Program, please call 402-444-6536 or log on the Internet to enoa.org.
“I know I’m going to have company three times a week.” For the last six years, SCP volunteer Carlette Winrow has come to Delores Hackworth’s home three times a week for four hours each visit. Winrow takes Hackworth grocery shopping, to doctors’ appointments, and for the last three months, the ladies have exercised together at the Butler-Gast YMCA, 3501 Ames Ave. “We’re trying to get fit,” Winrow said, smiling.
Program designed to find special needs, secure funding to finance those needs
n 1996, the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging and a group of community partners came together to identify ways to better serve older adults with “non traditional” needs in Douglas, Sarpy, Dodge, Cass, and Washington counties. Partnerships in Aging was then formed as a vehicle to seek funding to finance and develop programs and services to meet those needs. PIA – which has its own board of directors and a 501c3 status – works with nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, businesses, and volunteers to find innovative ways to meet the needs of local older adults, their caregivers, and their families. Partnerships In Aging, which has a major focus on caregivers and their families, manages the Respite Resource Center (see page 8-A), and the PIA Network. For more information on PIA, please call 402-996-8444.
“I’d be a hermit if she didn’t come,” Hackworth said of Winrow. “She takes me where I need to go.” The ladies have become good friends. “She’s just like family,” Winrow said as she glanced affectionately across the living room at Hackworth who was seated on a couch. “I know I’m going to have company three times a week,” Delores added. Carlette said she became a Senior Companion because volunteering gets her out of the house and it allows her to help people.
he SCP is sponsored locally by ENOA and administered nationally by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Senior Companions must
be age 55 or older and able to meet income guidelines. In exchange for volunteering 15 to 40 hours a week in Douglas, Sarpy, Dodge, Cass and Washington counties, SCP volunteers receive a tax-free stipend, transportation and meals reimbursement, supplemental accident insurance coverage when volunteering, and a variety of other benefits. Senior Companions spend time with their clients supporting their independence and dignity. In addition to providing transportation, they tell stories, watch TV, read mail, go for walks, play games, and run errands. SCP volunteers don’t do housework, prepare meals, or pay bills. For more information on the Senior Companion Program, call 402-444-6536.
Emergency response systems can summon assistance with the push of a button worn around neck, on wrist
ucille, who lives alone, fell one evening while making dinner. Calmly, the retired executive secretary pushed the emergency response system button on the pendant she wore around her neck. Individuals who have an emergency response system installed in their home wear a pendant around their neck or a wristband. In case of an emergency or fall, they push a button on the pendant or wristband, and within seconds a trained response associate - who has access to the client’s medical records - answers, then assesses the situation. If necessary, the associate will summon help by contacting loved ones, neighbors, or 911. The Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging can help subsidize the monthly cost of emergency response systems for older adults in Douglas, Sarpy, Dodge, Cass, and Washington counties.
Hackworth (seated) said Winrow takes her to the Butler-Gast YMCA three times a week to exercise.
Senior Companion Carlette Winrow (right) visits Delores Hackworth’s home three times a week.
The recipients are asked to contribute toward the monthly expense of the unit on a sliding fee scale based on their income. ENOA contracts with Immanuel Senior Living (Lifeline) and American Electronics (MediGuard USA) to provide emergency response systems in its five-county service area. To receive an emergency response system through ENOA, an older adult must first undergo an in-home evaluation from an ENOA care manager who determines the need and eligibility for the service. The systems are returned to ENOA, Immanuel Senior Living, or American Electronics when the client’s condition improves, they move into an assisted living facility, or they die. To schedule an ENOA in-home evaluation or to learn more about emergency response systems, please call 402-444-6444.
Volunteers provide free rides for older adults in Blair and Fremont
Call 402-546-1870 for more information
ENOA, Nebraska HHS combine to offer Aged Medicaid Waiver program
ith a goal of providing the right type and level of care at the right time, the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging has offered the Aged Medicaid Waiver program since 1997. The program is a joint effort between ENOA and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. The Aged Medicaid Waiver program is available to Nebraskans age 65 and older in Douglas, Sarpy, Dodge, Cass, and Washington counties that want to remain in their own homes or receive services in an assisted living facility. To qualify for the Aged Medicaid Waiver program, an individual must be age 65 or older, financially eligible for Medicaid, and have health care needs that would otherwise require them to live in a skilled nursing facility, or able to be served safely at home at a cost that’s not more than
Medicaid would pay for nursing home care. Older adults who may meet these requirements can be referred to the Aged Medicaid Waiver program by calling 402-546-1870. If the prospective client meets the criteria outlined above, their name is forwarded to an ENOA services coordinator who will telephone the prospective client to arrange for an in-home visit and assessment.
uring the in-home assessment, the services coordinator and the client work together to determine how much assistance the client needs to perform the activities of daily living (walking, eating, toileting, grooming, dressing, and transferring) and whether there are concerns about the client’s safety, behavior, or memory. The services coordinator and the client jointly develop an individualized care plan which allows Medicaid to pay for a variety of in-home services such as housekeep-
ing, meal preparation, personal care services, essential shopping, errand service, medical transportation, Meals on Wheels, durable medical equipment, and home modifications. Other services available to participants in ENOA’s Aged Medicaid Waiver program include adult day services, respite care, and a personal emergency response system. Once the care plan is implemented, the services coordinator will monitor its effectiveness each month and make adjustments in services if needed. An annual assessment to re-determine client eligibility will also be completed. Aged Medicaid Waiver services will continue as long as needed unless the client loses Medicaid eligibility, is admitted to a nursing facility on a long-term basis, their health becomes unstable, or the services no longer safely meet the client’s needs. For more information, please call 402-546-1870.
Rural Transportation Program
he Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging offers an affordable, doorto-door transportation program for Sarpy, Dodge, Cass, Washington, and rural Douglas County residents of any age. Use the Rural Transportation Program’s handicap and non-handicap accessible vehicles for medical appointments, business appointments, shopping, and for trips to Omaha’s Eppley Airfield weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. In Cass, Sarpy, and rural Douglas counties, round-trip or one-way transportation
on scheduled days is available into Omaha and Lincoln. The cost of the rides vary based on the distance traveled. Rides, which are reserved on a firstcome, first-served basis, must be booked a minimum of 24 hours in advance. To schedule a ride, please call 888-2101093 in Cass, Sarpy, and rural Douglas counties; 402-721-7770 in Dodge County; and 402-426-9614 in Washington County. ENOA’s Rural Transportation Program is funded by a grant from the Nebraska Department of Roads, ENOA, and fares.
Car-Go, a service of the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, provides transportation for older adults in Fremont and Blair. Volunteers use their own vehicles to transport older adults to medical appointments, trips to the grocery store, pharmacy, bank, beauty parlor, and barbershop, or to handle personal business matters. Car-Go drivers must be age 55 or older, have a good driving record and reliable transportation. These men and women – who are available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. – provide hundreds of rides each year at no cost to the recipients. Volunteers – who set their own schedule of the days and times they’re available – are reimbursed for their mileage, insured while on duty, and invited to an annual RSVP recognition program while providing a valuable service to older adults in their community. Fremont and Blair residents that use the Car-Go program must be at age 55 or older, unable to drive themselves, and not able to afford or use other forms of public transportation. Car-Go is not available to persons in wheelchairs or residents of nursing homes. Ride arrangements must be made at least 24 hours in advance. The Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging, an annual grant from the city of Blair, and donations from area physicians, business people, and residents fund the Car-Go program. For more information, please call 402-444-6536, ext. 224 in Douglas, Cass, and Sarpy counties or 402-721-7780 in Dodge and Washington counties. You can also log on the Internet to enoa.org.
Grandparent Resource Center
he Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging offers a program that can help support men and women age 55 and older that are raising their grandchildren. The Grandparent Resource Center provides an array of services including monthly support group meetings, assistance with transportation to these meetings, telephone support when needed, referrals to legal services, and access to other ENOA programs. Participants in the GRC will feel the support from their peers and have access to special opportunities such as zoo memberships, birthday gifts, ENOA’s food pantry, service learning programs, and academic connections. Persons enrolled in the Grandparent Resource Center will explore and develop strategies designed to build and sustain relationships among the parents, grandparents, grandchildren, and other family members. For more information, please call 402-444-6536, ext 297.
Blending the generations musically In 2013, the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging’s Intergeneration Orchestra of Omaha is celebrating its 29th anniversary. The IGO, created by ENOA’s Chris Gillette and Cora Lee Bell in 1985, blends the spirit, promise, and musical talents of musicians and vocalists younger than age 25 and age 50 and older. Conducted by Chuck Penington, the IGO performs at area retireTHE ment centers and nursing homes. Each April – to help raise funds to offset of Omaha the orchestra’s operating expenses – the ensemble hosts its Pops & Pie concert for the general public. A rose, a bud, and a piano keyboard are the orchestra’s symbols. The rose in full bloom signifies the older members’ maturity. The bud represents the promise of youth, while the keyboard indicates the two generations of artists sharing the common language of music. For more information on the IGO or to make a taxdeductible contribution to its endowment fund, please call Gillette at 402-444-6536, ext. 221.
ENOA senior centers offer food, friendship The Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging provides hot, healthy, nutritionally balanced meals weekdays at 29 senior centers in Douglas, Sarpy, Dodge, Cass, and Washington counties. The meals are designed by a registered dietitian to meet one-third of the recommended daily allowance of nutrients. A select menu is available at some of the ENOA senior centers. In addition to the food, a menu of fun, friendship, social, and recreational activities including bingo, card games, arts and crafts, exercise classes, and more is served
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is recruiting persons age 55 and older for a variety of opportunities. For more information in Douglas, Sarpy, and Cass counties, please call 402-444-6536, ext. 229. In Dodge and Washington counties, please call 402-721-7780. The following have volunteer opportunities in Douglas, Sarpy, and Cass counties: • Mount View Elementary School wants a TeamMates mentor. • Alegent Health Bergan Mercy Hospital needs volunteers for a variety of duties, • Boys Town wants volunteer mentors and a volunteer office assistant. • The Disabled American Veterans need volunteer drivers. • The Douglas County Health Center wants volunteers for a variety of assignments. • The Omaha Police Department needs volunteers for general duties. • Together Inc. is looking for an intake assistant. • Keep Omaha Beautiful wants volunteers for onetime yard cleaning projects. • Big Brothers & Big Sisters of the Midlands needs volunteers for a variety of assignments. • Omaha Serves is looking for volunteers to help with disaster recovery. • The Valley Public Library needs volunteers to help patrons with basic computer skills. • The Louisville Care Center wants volunteers to help with fishing outings for its residents. The following have volunteer opportunities in Dodge and Washington counties: • The Blair and Fremont Car-Go Programs need volunteer drivers. • The Fremont Friendship Center needs help with its Tuesday Supper Club. • The Fremont Area Medical Center is looking for volunteers for its information desk on weekends and to help out evenings at the A.J. Merrick Manor. • The Danish American Archive and Library in Blair needs volunteers for a variety of assignments.
CASS COUNTY Eagle Senior Center 509 4th St. 402-781-2468 Elmwood Senior Center 144 N. 4th St. 402-994-2145 Louisville Senior Center 423 Elm St. 402-234-2120 Nehawka Senior Center 402-227-9923 Plattsmouth Senior Center 308 S. 18th St. 402-296-5800 (ext. 1) Weeping Water Senior Center 101 E. Eldora St. 402-267-5303 DODGE COUNTY Dodge Getaway Senior Center City Municipal Building 226 Elm St 402-693-2239 Fremont Friendship Center Christensen Field 1730 W 16th St. 402-727-2815
Respite Resource Center It’s estimated that about one in four American families provide in-home care for someone age 50 or older. In many cases, caregivers put their own physical, mental, and emotional needs aside. They may not have time to eat properly, exercise, or spend time with their family and friends. In some cases, their job performance may suffer. Due to their caregiving demands, most caregivers will experience stress and feel burdens that can cause physical and emotional health concerns. For Douglas and Sarpy County residents, the Respite Resource Center is available to help caregivers find providers that can allow much needed breaks. These providers can also advise caregivers about ways to better care for themselves. Respite can take many forms but is most commonly used as a way to find time to run errands, visit the doctor, have lunch with friends, attend a church or school function, take a nap, or enjoy a vacation. An in-home or out-of-home respite break can be as short as a few hours or as long as several weeks. While the RRC – which is one of six members of the statewide Nebraska Respite Network – is housed at the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging, the program is state funded and serves persons caring for a loved one of any age with special needs. For more information, please call 402-996-8444.
Hooper Senior Center 208 N. Main St. 402-654-2537 North Bend Senior Center 402-652-8661 Snyder Senior Center 2nd & Elm streets 402-568-2245
at each facility. Other available services include financial and legal counseling, guest speakers, and a variety of field trips. Transportation is offered at some of the ENOA senior centers. A $3 or $4 donation is suggested for the meal. Reservations are normally due the business day prior to the meal the participant wishes to enjoy. For more information about ENOA’s congregate meals program, please call 402-444-6513 or log on the Internet to enoa.org.
DOUGLAS COUNTY Adams Park Senior Center 3230 John Creighton Blvd. 402-444-3237 Bennington Senior Center 322 N. Molley St. 402-238-2471 Camelot Friendship Center @ Camelot Community Center 9270 Cady Ave. 402-444-3091 Corrigan Senior Center 3819 X St. 402-731-7210 Heartland Family Service Senior Center 2101 S 42nd St. 402-553-5300 Florence Senior Center 2920 Bondesson St. 402-444-6333 Immanuel Courtyard 6757 Newport Ave. 402-829-2912 Intercultural Community Senior Center 2021 U St 402-444-6529 Millard Senior Center @ Montclair Community Center 2304 S. 135th Ave. 402-546-1270
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Nebraska Urban IndianHealth Senior Center 2240 Landon Court 402-346-0902 (ext. 112) Ralston Senior Center 7301 Q St, Ste. 100 402-339-4926 St. Mary Magdalene Senior Center 1817 Dodge St. 402-346-3234 Seven Oaks Lunch Club 3439 State St. 402-451-4477 SARPY COUNTY Bellevue Senior Community Center 109 W. 22nd Ave. 402-292-3041 LaVista Senior Center LaVista Recreation Department 8116 Parkview Blvd. 402-331-3455 Papillion Senior Center 1001 Limerick Rd 402-597-2059 WASHINGTON COUNTY Arlington Senior Center 305 N. 3rd St. 402-478-4774 Blair Senior Center @ Blair Family YMCA 1279 Wilbur St. 402-533-9622 (ext. 1007)
Florence AARP group meets third Monday of month Individuals age 50 and older are invited to attend the meeting of AARP’s Florence chapter the third Monday of each month. The gatherings are held at Olive Crest United Methodist Church, 7180 N. 60th St. at noon. The sessions include friendly people,
a meal for $7, a short meeting, and programs on a variety of topics. For more information or to arrange for a ride, please call Ann Van Hoff at 402556-3576, Marjorie Willard at 402-8401, or Ruth Kruse at 402-453-4825. Here’s the schedule for the rest of 2013:
May 20 Songs with Heart With Michael Trenhaile
September 16 Picnic
June 17 Alzheimer’s Caregiving With Pat Callone
October 21 Transylvania & Unitarians With Janet West
July 15 Respite Care With Elizabeth Chentland
November 18 Aprons With Judy Meyers
August 19 Hospice for Seniors With Kate Peppin
December 10 Christmas Music
CarFit program scheduled for May 3 Orchestra auditions
free CarFit inspection for older drivers will be held in the parking lot at the New Cassel Retirement Center, 900 N. 90th St. on Friday, May 3 from 9 a.m. to noon. Developed by the American Society on Aging in collaboration with AAA, AARP, and the American Occupational Therapy Association, CarFit is an educational program designed to help mature drivers find out how well they “fit” with their vehicles, and what actions might be taken to improve this fit. A proper fit inside the car can greatly increase the driver’s safety and the safety of others who share the roadway with them. CarFit includes a 12-point check that takes about 20
‘The 39 Steps’ is on Blue Barn stage through June 15 Mix an Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece, a juicy spy novel, and some Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps. This fast-paced two-time Tony Award winning mystery will be on stage through June 15 at the Blue Barn Theatre, 614 S. 11th St. Four actors will play more than 150 characters. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday (no show on May 16) through Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 19 and June 2. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and groups of 10 or more. For reservations or more information, please call 402345-1576.
minutes to ensure older drivers are sitting properly in their vehicle and that the seat, seat belt, mirrors, steering wheel, head restraint, gas and brake pedals, and other controls are positioned properly. Trained technicians representing the Creighton University School of Occupational Therapy and AARP will perform the checks. Call AARP at 402-3989568 weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to register for the event. Since a limited number of slots are available, early registration is encouraged. In addition to the free check, each CarFit participant will receive a complimentary large print road atlas and other useful safety items from AAA.
set for May 4, 11
The Intergeneration Orchestra of Omaha, a special project of the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging, is holding auditions for its 29th concert season in 2013-14. The auditions are scheduled for Saturday, May 4 and Saturday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at First Christian Church, 6630 Dodge St. The IGO blends the spirit, promise, and talents of musicians and vocalists younger than age 25 and age 50 and older. To make an appointment for an audition or for more information, please call Elizabeth Ferrin at 402-6185067 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Go to www.igo-omaha. org for more information.
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Try to avoid conflict when caring for your aging parents By Jen Vogt
aring for an aging parent can be a very stressful time for a family. Between the growing concerns for the older adult’s wellbeing, the impending cost of their care, and the considerable amount of time it takes to care for or arrange for the care of an aging loved one; there are many opportunities for conflict between family members.
When potential conflicts arise, talking about the differences in opinions can help diffuse disagreements and tensions.
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By putting differences aside and focusing on the best interests of their older loved one, families are often able to overcome whatever differences of opinion they may face. Open communication amongst family decision makers is one of the best ways to avoid conflict. Remember that communicating well includes both talking about issues at hand and listening to what others have to say. When potential conflicts arise, talking about the differences in opinions can help diffuse disagreements and tensions. Listening to the suggestions of all the involved members of your family can help everyone feel included and may offer a new perspective. When families educate themselves about options available to their loved ones, they enter this difficult milestone armed with the information they’ll need to make decisions. If siblings can’t agree on the care needed for their parent, consider asking the older adult’s primary care physician for an opinion on care arrangements.
If your loved one isn’t on board with a move to a retirement community, help them understand their choices. When it comes to the issue of paying for a loved one’s care, create a realistic payment scenario that includes the cost of care your loved one will likely face and the ways each of the involved parties will contribute financially. Elder care mediators can be invaluable resources when it comes to ironing out disagreements in these areas. Finally, as caregivers, you must remember to care for yourselves as well as your loved one. Many children struggle with balancing their commitments to their families, careers, and their role as a caregiver to their aging parent. If one child takes on the role of primary caregiver, they may eventually feel resentful of their siblings who don’t share an equal role in meeting the day-today needs of the parent. Asking for help in these situations is the best solution for everyone involved. Spelling out your specific needs as a caregiver can be all the motivation a sibling needs to help ease the burden. Even when a sibling isn’t close enough to physically offer a helping hand, they may be able to contribute in other ways. Understand when you take a more active role in caring for a parent; you’ll most likely face conflict amongst family members. It’s not realistic to assume you’ll always get along with everyone in your family. If you strive for open communication, educate yourself about available options and remember to ask for help when you need it, you can often avoid escalated conflict among siblings. When families put aside their differences and focus on the best interests of their loved one, they’re often able to over these challenges and assure their parent’s last years aren’t marred with strife. (Vogt is with Midwest Geriatrics, Inc. in Omaha.)
AgeWell and Immanuel Village Celebrates Senior Health and Fitness Day Come and bring a friend! Great Wellness Booths FREE Health Screenings FREE Audiology Screening
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM 6803 North 68th Plaza
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Corrigan Senior Center events You’re invited to visit the Corrigan Senior Center, 3819 X St. this month for: • May 6: Mother’s Day Week Kick-off Party. At 10 a.m., listen to a pharmacist’s presentation on senior vaccinations. At 11:15 a.m., enjoy the Omaha Dancing Grannies! Dress Up Day. Wear your hats, accessories, and jewelry. Stay for lunch and bingo following the show. • May 13: Heartland Cats Program @ 11a.m. Stay for lunch and bingo. • May 16: Roast Beef Dinner & Mega Bingo. Enjoy a delicious lunch and your chance to win cash during bingo. The menu is roast beef with gravy, mashed potatoes, California blend veggies, a tossed lettuce salad, a wheat roll, and strawberry shortcake. The reservations deadline is May 10. • May 20: Birthday Party featuring music by The Links sponsored by the Merrymakers @11a.m. Stay for a tasty noon lunch and Bingo. Snacks and baked goods are welcome! • May 23: Presentation on senior foot care by Carole Lainof, R.N. @ 11 a.m. Lunch and bingo will follow Carole’s talk The Corrigan Senior Center is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch is served at noon. A $3 donation is normally suggested for the meal. Reservations are normally due by noon the business day prior to the meal you wish to enjoy. We offer chair volleyball, card games, bingo, ceramics, exercise, woodcarving, and loads of fun! For meal reservations or more information, please call Lynnette at 402-7317210.
Retired fed employee groups meet monthly The National Association of Retired Federal Employees’ Chapter 144 meets the first Wednesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at the Amazing Pizza Machine, 13955 S Plz. For more information, please call 402-333-6460. The National Association of Retired Federal Employees’ Aksarben Chapter 1370 meets the second Wednesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at the Amazing Pizza Machine, 13955 S Plz. For more information, please call 402-392-0624.
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Some foundations are more resistant
You’re invited to visit the Dora Bingel Senior Center, 923 N. 38th St., this month for the following: • May 6, 13, 20, & 27: Al-Anon meeting @ 7 p.m. • May 7, 14, 21, & 28: Grief Support Group @ 10 a.m. • May 15: Billy Troy sings at 11:30 a.m. The Regeneration Lunch is $3. • May 16: Red Hat Club meeting @ noon. • May 29: Birthday Party Luncheon @ noon. Eat free if you have a May birthday. • May 31: Hard of Hearing Support Group @ 10:30 a.m. A nutritious lunch is served on Tuesday and Friday. A fancier lunch is offered on Wednesday. A $1 donation is suggested for the meals, other than $3 for Regeneration. 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: matinee @ 12:30, quilting group @ 1 p.m. Wednesday: Devotions @ 10:30 a.m., Tai Chi @ 11:15 a.m., Bingo @ 1 p.m., and Bible study @ 1 p.m. Friday: Joy Club @ 9:30 a.m. and Bingo @ 1 p.m. A foot care clinic is offered Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $10. For more information, please call 402-898-5854.
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Breakfast Optimist Club golf event is scheduled for May 17 at Tiburon
ou’re invited to participate in the 20th annual Don Beals Memorial Golf Tournament sponsored by the Breakfast Optimist Club of Omaha. The event is scheduled for Friday, May 17 at Tiburon Golf Club, 10302 S. 168th St. The 18-hole, four-person Texas scramble will feature a 1 p.m. shotgun start along with team, flag, and raffle prizes. A $10 donation gives a player the chance to win a 2013 Buick Verano by scoring a hole in one on a designated hole. The cost – which includes green fees, a cart, and dinner – is $80 for individuals or $320 for a foursome. Proceeds help support area youth activities. For more information, please call Steve Howard at 402-493-7655
Millard Senior Center You’re invited to visit the Millard Senior Center at Montclair, 2304 S. 135th Ave., this month for the following: • May 8: Project Linus Day. We’ll be making cotton, flannel, or fleece blankets for Omaha-area children. • May 10: Bling Day. Show off your jewelry and then tell center participants the stories behind the items you’re wearing. We’ll also be honoring all the Moms that day. The first Monday and Tuesday of each month, a nurse will be at the center for free blood pressure and pulse readings. The Millard Senior Center is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch is served at 11:30. A $3 donation 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, Tai Chi (Mondays and Fridays from 10 to 10:45 a.m. for $1), chair volleyball (Tuesdays @ 10 a.m.), card games, and bingo. On Sept. 11, we’ll resume making dresses and shorts for young girls and boys in Africa. For meal reservations and more information, please call Susan Sunderman at 402-546-1270.
Termites become more active as the weather warms, find out if your house is susceptible to an infestation By Carol McNulty
ermites in Nebraska live in the soil in a colony with hundreds or thousands of other termites. Extension educator Barb Ogg, Ph.D., says termites are important decomposers – they recycle dead plant materials and return nutrients to the soil. Termites are rarely seen and are a problem only when they feed on our structures. In Nebraska, termites aren’t very active during the winter when the soil is cold or frozen. But, when temperatures warm in the spring, hungry termites aggressively begin searching for food such as wood, cardboard, paper, or other types of cellulose. Termites have microbes in their gut that helps them turn cellulose into simple sugars, which they can digest. Termite researchers used to think termites wandered randomly through the soil. We know now this isn’t really true. Instead, Ogg says termites move in predictable ways to methodically divide and subdivide the soil to make sure they search every square inch of soil. If there’s a colony in your yard, termites eventually will bump into your house. To keep from becoming dehydrated, termites travel through the soil in mud tubes they make with mud, saliva, and feces. They keep the humidity in these mud tubes moist. In a perfect termite world, these soft-bodied workers would always stay in the soil, feeding on dead trees that have fallen to the ground. But, in urban areas, we clean up our landscapes so there are no dead trees lying around for them to eat. So, being the survivors they are, they search above the ground for wood. Any untreated wood that touches the soil is a potential termite conduit into the house. To get into a structure, termites must build a mud tube over the foundation or they must have a crack in the foundation or floor. Termites can squeeze through a 1/64th-inch wide crack. Ogg says some foundations are better at resisting termites than others: • Poured concrete foundations are best, as long as there aren’t cracks in the concrete. Rebar reinforced concrete will help prevent cracks. • Hollow block foundations are more risky, because the mortar that holds the blocks together may become weakened over time. The other problem with hollow block foundations is if the termites get inside the
hollow block, they can travel vertically into the house with no apparent signs of mud tubes. • Slab foundations are often close to the soil, which means termites can tube fairly easily into the structure. Slabs may have holes and cracks which provide a way into the structure. The basement floor almost always has a crack where it meets the side of the foundation. A susceptible location is often where the garage slab and house are attached. • Crawlspaces are problem areas because they are often humid and can’t be inspected very well. They are also difficult to treat. • Another problem area is called a “dirtfilled” porch. Many newer homes have this type of porch. During its construction, workers filled in the porch with soil and then poured a concrete “cap” on top. The dirt-filled porch is a problem because the soil (in the porch) is often higher than the structural wood of the house and is next to the house. • Some people believe brick houses are resistant to termites, but this isn’t true. Because the structure of a brick house is made of wood, termites will feed on it just as easily as other houses. In fact, a brick house is at risk because termites can travel behind the brick veneer to get into the house without being seen.
gg gives us some questions to determine how vulnerable is your house? What type of foundation do you have? Do you have an inaccessible crawlspace? Do you have wood touching the soil near the house? Researchers say 90 percent of termite infestations can be traced back to wood in the soil. Do you have moisture problems near the house that may draw termites? How old is your house? The older the house, the more likely it is to have foundation problems. However, we also see termites in newer homes. If your house is vulnerable to termites, you may be able to prevent termites yourself by eliminating wood-soil contact or moisture problems. But, it’s important to be vigilant and watch for signs of termites during the warmer months. For more information on termites and other pest controls, visit http://lancaster.unl. edu and go to the insects, spiders, mice, and more section. (McNulty is an educator with the University of Nebraska cooperative extension office in Douglas and Sarpy counties.)
Your home.Your care.Your pace. PACE: Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly. Our program includes primary, acute and long-term health care as well as day therapeutic and recreational services and transportation. Services are provided in the home, in the community and at our PACE Center. For complete program details and benefits, please call
402-991-0330. 5755 Sorensen Parkway Omaha, NE 68152 www.immanuelpathways.org PACE participants may be fully and personally liable for the costs of unauthorized or out-of-PACE program services. Emergency services are covered. Participants may disenroll at any time.
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Christensen working with community to build a great university from greater Nebraska. The remaining 10 percent come from other states and 130 foreign countries, Christensen says. “The ethnic and cultural diversity on this campus creates a unique educational experience,” he says. “It allows our students to see the world through a variety of difference lenses.”
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Christensen (back row, middle) with a group of UNO students during the January 2013 National Day of Service honoring the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. --Continued from page 5. and athletic department firings that forced his predecessor, Nancy Belck, to resign. Belck’s resignation was submitted to University of Nebraska President J.B. Milliken, who appointed Christensen, at the time a vice chancellor, to serve as interim chancellor at UNO.
cause of that, I don’t look in the rear view mirror anymore.” Christensen credits former UNO Chancellors Ronald Roskens and Del Weber as mentors. “Both men are incredibly passionate about this university,” he says. “It is a privilege having these two dedicated individuals help me personally and
“We’ve spent the past five years building capacity, creating the kind of teaching, learning environment with a rich campus life that you need in a major metropolitan university.” Once again, his father’s words came to mind. “He had a life lesson he gave me hundreds of times: ‘The only easy day was yesterday. If today was an easy day, you’re losing ground.’ I didn’t appreciate that when I was younger, but I appreciate it now.” There was considerable concern about UNO and its future in the months that followed his appointment as interim chancellor. “My approach was simple,” he recalls. “I’d go out to the coffee shops and other places where people were gathered and I’d talk to them. Generally, I would ask for their perceptions of the challenges and opportunities for the campus. I did a lot of listening, and that led to a promise. “I told them we were going to chart a course for the campus and be transparent in all we did. In exchange, I needed them to stick with us to fully realize the potential of UNO.” Christensen’s reputation and his open dialog with the community provided the stability UNO needed. “I had enough trust established over the years that they gave us an opportunity to calm the waters and move forward, and that’s exactly what we’ve done,” he says. “Be-
professionally.” Many factors have fueled UNO’s progress, not the least of which is the people on campus. “We have created a vision for UNO to become a premier metropolitan university,” Christensen says. “We are making significant progress in that direction because of the incredible talent, dedication, and passion of our faculty and staff, and the support of the community. “I see our journey taking us from good to great to absolute excellence. If yesterday was our easiest day, then our goal has to be excellence.” UNO is destined to thrive because it’s in Omaha, Christensen says. “We’ve spent the past five years building capacity, creating the kind of teaching, learning environment with a rich campus life that you need in a major metropolitan university,” he says. “The reason it happened is because of the talent on campus and the generosity of the community. “Great cities have great universities. The people here get it. If you add value to the city, this community will go out of its way to support you.” That support has yielded tremendous growth, from a Community Engagement Center and a Biome-
chanics Research Facility, now under construction, south to the Peter Kiewit Institute renovation, and Mammel Hall, new home of the College of Business Administration, situated at Aksarben Village. Farther south, construction on the recently approved University/ Community Arena will begin in late 2013, with an expected completion date of June 2015. Once built, the arena will be the home of UNO hockey; men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball; as well as serve as additional space for academic activities and gatherings including graduation ceremonies. “I am so excited about this new arena,” Christensen says. “It will serve UNO athletics and campus life and the community while anchoring the south end of our campus.” Beyond new facilities, the university is also attracting a wide range of talented students. Approximately 80 percent come from the metropolitan Omaha area and 10 percent
hristensen and his wife have three sons – Erik, Dana, and Anders – and each is making a career in education. “Jan and I apologized for overtly trying to influence their career decisions regarding education. We said you might not be financially wealthy, but you will be personally rich because of what you will be doing for young people.” Although as a young man Christensen enjoyed hunting and fishing with his father, most of his time outdoors today involves activities with his four grandchildren, ages 9 months to 7 years. “We love to see them and are sad to see them leave each time,” he says. “They have so much energy; it’s great to be around them.” A seasoned administrator admired by his peers, Christensen admits to making mistakes but says they were inevitable. “It’s all a part of looking to the future, setting a high bar, and then having the passion and commitment to get there. When you take on great responsibility, you’re bound to flub up somewhere along the way – and I have done my share.” He considers his work to be more a privilege than a job. “I feel blessed, truly blessed, every day,” he says, “because this is where I grew up, both literally and figuratively.” And he doesn’t have to ride his bike across Dodge Street to get here.
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Christensen (right) walks the UNO campus with United States Secretary of Defense and UNO graduate Chuck Hagel.