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August 2017 VOL. 42 • NO. 8
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In March 2017, the South Omaha Museum opened at 2314 M Street. The museum, and its curator – former Omaha South High School social studies teacher Gary Kastrick (above) – celebrate South Omaha’s rich history which includes the meatpacking industry, Rosenblatt Stadium, and waves of immigrants from all over the world who came to live and work in the area. Nick Schinker takes an in-depth look at Kastrick and the museum. See page 10.
Athlete Ron Hennig, 80, plans to compete in the 50 & 100-meter races, the javelin, and softball throw at the Nebraska Senior Games in Kearney Aug. 3 to 6. See page 4.
Love story Carol Dargy, a retired Omaha educator, has written a book about a young boy and his relationship with his grandfather who has Alzheimer’s disease. See page 20.
Mizzou study examines impact of hyperglycemia on surgical patients
igh blood sugar, also known as hyperglycemia, occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin to turn blood glucose into energy. Although high blood sugar usually only affects diabetics, hyperglycemia has been associated with poorer outcomes for patients undergoing surgical procedures. A recent study by University of Missouri School of Medicine researchers found that following surgery for artery disease of the legs, hyperglycemia can cause complications, increased hospitalizations, and mortality for all patients – even those who aren’t diabetic. “Peripheral artery disease, or PAD, is a common circulatory problem caused by plaque build-up inside the arteries of the legs,” said Todd Vogel, M.D., associate professor and chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery at the MU School of Medicine, and lead author of the study. “This build-up blocks blood flow to the lower extremities, and usually requires surgical intervention. Patients with PAD often have additional health concerns such as diabetes. Our study looked at how common hyperglycemia is following surgery for PAD and how it affects post-surgical outcomes.” For the observational study, Vogel’s team used the Cerner Health Facts database to review 3,586 patient cases. Sixty-seven hospitals were represented in the study. All are located in urban areas.
Working female caregivers may have to choose between being a good employee, good daughter
new survey by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, found half of working female caregivers feel they must choose between being a good employee and being a good daughter. In addition, a quarter of working daughters report they find a workplace stigma in being a caregiver, and 23 percent have found their supervisor is unsympathetic. To help start a conversation about how working family caregivers can be better supported in the workplace, the Home Instead Senior Care network has launched a new public education program, Daughters in the Workplace. The new program offers free resources to help working family caregivers feel empowered to talk to their employers about their needs while also identifying caregiving support that may be available. The program also provides information to help employers understand what their employees want and need as caregivers, including caregiver friendly business practices. “All too often we see working caregivers feel they have to make a choice between work and their aging loved one,” said April Kelly of the Home Instead Senior Care office in Omaha. “They are often unaware of what resources are available and how to navigate those conversations with their employer.”
Research shows women are twice as likely as men to spend more than 30 hours a week on caregiving. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, working female caregivers average nearly double the amount of time caring for aging loved ones, compared to their male counterparts (9.1 hours a week vs 5.7 hours). What’s more, many women are a part of the sandwich generation, caring for an aging parent or relative while also caring for their own children. According to Home Instead’s survey, 91 percent of female caregivers report having acted to accommodate being an employee and a caregiver. The most common actions include taking paid time off, switching from full time to part time, avoiding certain responsibilities, and turning down promotions. All the hours spent caregiving – combined with the sacrifices made in the workplace – can leave daughters in the workplace with undue strain and stress in their lives. While women make up two-thirds of family caregivers, the solutions to addressing caregiving challenges in the workplace are gender neutral. Drew Holzapfel, from ReACT (Respect a Caregiver’s Time), said a significant issue facing working family caregivers is often they don’t realize the benefits they may be eligible to receive from their employers. “Flexible time can have a stigma, and working caregivers might not know they can use FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) for senior care, or they might not know how to access their EAP (Employee Assistance Program),” said Holzapfel. To help educate working family caregivers on these resources, daughtersintheworkplace.com includes an interactive quiz in which caregivers can equip themselves with the knowledge of protected family leave rights that may be available to them. The website also includes conversation starters and health tips for caregiving employees, communication tips for employers, and signs caregiving employees need support. “The hope is that by highlighting the struggles family caregivers experience, and providing them with solutions and tips they can implement in their home and work lives, we can help ensure they are happy and healthy in their work lives while also being able to provide their loved ones with the care they need,” said Kelly. For more information, log on the Internet to daughtersintheworkplace.com.
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esults of the study indicated that one in five patients undergoing vascular procedures had postoperative hyperglycemia. High blood sugar following PAD surgery was associated with poorer outcomes in patients with and without diabetes, including increased infection rates, hospital stays, and mortality. No difference was found with respect to hospital readmissions. “Our study demonstrated that postoperative hyperglycemia is common after lower extremity procedures,” Vogel said. “Patients with postoperative high blood sugar without a diagnosis of diabetes were just as likely to experience complications as those with diabetes. They were about twice as likely to have an infection and a hospital stay longer than 10 days. They also had higher odds of in-hospital mortality.” “I think of most interest was that diabetes alone was not associated with an increase in infection rates, length of stay, or mortality,” Vogel said. “Although more research is needed, this suggests that post-procedure hyperglycemia is a significant risk factor for outcomes following lower extremity vascular procedures. Glucose management may represent an important method for improving outcomes following surgical interventions.” (The University of Missouri provided this information.)
Tips to help caregivers avoid burnout, provide optimum care
eing the primary caregiver for a loved one dealing with a serious medical condition is hard and will take a toll. The good news is there are things caregivers can do to help them provide the best care possible, make it through the tough times, and avoid caregiver burnout. Kurt Kazanowski MS, RN, CHE, author of A Son’s Journey: Taking Care of Mom and Dad, is a senior care, home care, and hospice expert, and offers these 10 tips to avoid caregiver burnout: • Soothe yourself with prayer, meditation, repeating positive affirmations, or anything else to remind you you’re a wonderful person. It’s helpful to join a caregivers’ support group and get around other people who are in the same situation. • Switch your focus. Do something different, change your routine – even if it’s just for a few minutes. This will help you return to what you were doing with a fresh perspective. • Ask for help. Make a list of things you need and concrete ways people can assist you. When people ask what they can do, have and choose from the list. • Avoid isolation. Spend time with friends, pursue a
hobby, take a class, and become active in your community. • Take care of your needs. Eat right, exercise, get enough rest, get regular checkups at the doctor, and take time for yourself spending time alone or with friends and family. • Express your feelings. Feelings of anger, depression, and sadness are common to caregivers. Talk about these feelings with a friend, relative, support group, or therapist. • Avoid the use of illegal drugs and/or alcohol. These substances don’t help to make the situation better. See a therapist or join a support group to work on issues instead of ignoring them. • Remember you’re doing the best you can. Nobody is perfect or can do everything. Accept assistance if offered and stay positive. • Consult with trained professionals who have the knowledge and experience with aging issues to help make things easier. • Taking care of yourself first will leave you with the energy to be a much more effective caregiver, which is something positive and healthy for your loved one.
The Sokol Omaha Polka Hall of Fame will host its 43rd annual induction ceremonies on Sunday, Sept. 10 at the Sokol Auditorium, 2234 S. 13th St. The doors will open at 2 p.m. The music – by the Kenny Janak Orchestra playing the original Eddie Janak Music Library – is from 3 to 6 p.m. and from 7 to 7:30 p.m. The induction ceremonies begin at 6 p.m. The 2017 inductees are Lou Hospodka and Kevin Koopman in the Living Category and Helen Janak, Charles Kral, and Joe Yindrick in the Deceased Category. Evert Van Cleave will receive the Sokol Omaha Service Award. For more information, please call 402-346-9802.
Tips to help reduce your chances of falling By Eric Edelman, PT Each year millions of Americans age 65 and older are injured by falling, with 20 percent of these fall-related injuries accounting for 800,000 hospitalizations annually and 74 deaths a day, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Adding insult to injury is the cost of these falls, which are among the 20 most expensive medical conditions. To make matters worse, falling once doubles the risk of falling again. Today, when health insurance – and specifically Medicare – has placed emphasis on health outcomes and quality, fall prevention, in the form of education, screening, assessment, and physical therapy is more relevant than ever. The reasons behind the increase in falls with advancing age are no mystery. During the natural maturing process, there is a decrease in muscle strength, slowing of reflexes, and balance reactions, often leading to a self-fulfilled fear of falling. Balance and gait can also be impacted by any number of conditions including stroke, diabetes, unstable blood pressure, Parkinson’s disease, and visual disturbances. An increased number of prescription medications can also be a fall risk culprit, especially if the meds contain a sedative component. Other common factors that can lead to falling are uneven ground, poor lighting, and any conditions that might impair safe judgement such as anxiety, depression, delirium, or dementia. While not every fall results in serious injury such as broken bones or head trauma, the fear of a repeat tumble can do a number on a person’s psyche leading to a decrease in activity, a subsequent general weakened state, and an increase in the probability of
falling. Physical therapy can be a literal lifesaver for those at risk of falling. Protocol involves a comprehensive fall evaluation which includes muscle strength, balance, and functional mobility assessment. Once specific parameters and issues are determined, a physical therapy plan can be developed to minimize or prevent falls. Certainly, there are any number of traditional physical therapy exercises to help improve balance and prevent falls, but studies have found Tai Chi may also reduce the risk of falls in older adults. Considered a soft martial art, Tai Chi is based on the principles of yin and yang, with yin representing the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest) and yang the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight). Tai Chi is ideal as part of a physical therapy program for geriatrics since it involves soft, slow movements in opposite directions to increase strength and improve flexibility and concentration. It can also restore selfconfidence in individuals who have fallen in the past and fear a repeat spill. Balance can be improved through this ancient Chinese practice since the basic principles of Tai Chi are upright posture, coordinated breathing, weight shifting, and slow, fluid, rounded movements. The measured, smooth and continuous movements help strengthen the internal muscles that support and bolster the spine. In addition to physical benefits, Tai Chi can calm the mind, helping to reduce falls from sudden movements. In essence, Tai Chi is a moving form of meditation that when incorporated into an exercise program can help reduce of falls, particularly for the geriatric population. (Edelman owns Peak Physical Therapy & Sports Performance in Massachusetts.)
New Horizons New Horizons is the official publication of the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging. The paper is distributed free to people over age 60 in Douglas, Sarpy, Dodge, Washington, and Cass counties. Those living outside the 5-county region may subscribe for $5 annually. Address all correspondence to: Jeff Reinhardt, Editor, 4780 S. 131st Street, Omaha, NE 68137-1822. Phone 402-444-6654. FAX 402-444-3076. E-mail: email@example.com Advertisements appearing in New Horizons do not imply endorsement of the advertiser by the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging. However, complaints about advertisers will be reviewed and, if warranted, their advertising discontinued. Display and insert advertising rates available on request. Open rates are commissionable, with discounts for extended runs. Circulation is 20,000 through direct mail and freehand distribution.
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Dora Bingel Senior Center You’re invited to visit the Dora Bingel Senior Center, 923 N. 38th St., this month for the following: • Aug. 2: Holy Communion served @10 a.m. • Aug. 2, 4, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30: Ceramics @ 9 a.m. • Aug. 7-11: The facility will be closed. • Aug. 7, 14, 21, & 28: Al-Anon meeting @ 7 p.m. • Aug. 14: Book Club @ 10 a.m. • August 16: Foot care clinic from 9 a.m. to noon for $10. Call 402-392-1818 to make an appointment. • Aug. 16: Music by Kim Eames sponsored by the Merrymakers @ 11:30 a.m. Lunch is $3. • Aug. 25: Hard of hearing support group @ 10:30 a.m. • Aug. 30: Birthday party luncheon @ noon. Eat for free if you have an August birthday. A nutritious lunch is served on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. A $1 donation is suggested for the meals, other than $3 for Merrymakers. Round-trip transportation is available for $3. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance for meals. Other activities offered at the facility include: Tuesday: Matinee @ 12:30 and quilting @1 p.m. Wednesday: Devotions @ 10:30, Tai Chi at 11 a.m., Bingo @ 12:30 p.m., and Bible Study at 12:30 p.m. Friday: Joy Club Devotions at 9:30 a.m. and Bingo @ 12:30 p.m. For more information, please call 402-898-5854.
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Motorcoach “Let’s Visit Kansas City”. August 11 - 12. $319. Join us on a Friday/Saturday trip to Kansas City to see a live performance of “The Million Dollar Quartet” at the New Theater Restaurant, the Arabian Steamboat Museum, Historic City Market, Crown Center, Union Station, National World War I Museum and Memorial, and the option to see the musical “Body Guard” at the outdoor Starlight Theater. Nebraska State Parks and Solar Eclipse. August 20 - 25. $909. Come along to help celebrate Nebraska’s 150th Anniversary of Statehood. Begin the trip with the Total Solar Eclipse in Kearney, which is in the direct path of totality. Experience the beauty of Nebraska nature in several state parks, historical parks, recreation areas, and monuments, including a steak cookout, guided tours, cabin stays, and special highlights as we make a giant loop around the state. Branson Christmas. November 6 - 9. $699 before 8/6. ($739 after 8/6.) Enjoy Daniel O’Donnell at the Welk Theater, Pierce Arrow, The Brett Family, Neal McCoy, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons hits in “New Jersey Nights”, and either “The Miracle of Christmas” at the Sight and Sound Theater or the SIX Show, and Grand Village shopping. Kansas City Christmas. December 13 – 14. TBD. Have some Christmas fun including “Funny Money” at the New Theater Restaurant, the Webster House Holiday luncheon, and much more. We’re trying to contact Santa to see if he’ll come back for a Christmas party. More details will follow.
Laughlin Laughlin in September. September 22 - 25. $309. Four days – three nights. Includes non-stop, round-trip airfare to Laughlin, Nevada, three nights lodging at the Riverside Resort and Casino on the banks of the Colorado River, and shuttle transportation to and from the airport. Entertainment during this trip includes “A Night at The Copacabana – A Tribute to Barry Manilow” at the Riverside Resort, “Chicago” at Harrah’s, and the International Gift and Craft Show at the Tropicana.
In Partnership with Collette Vacations Quoted prices are per person, double occupancy, and do include airfare. More destinations available! America’s Music Cities. October 1 - 8. $3149. New Orleans, Memphis, and Nashville by air. Some highlights include a French Quarter tour and jazz revue, swamp cruise, Gaylord Opryland Hotel stay, Graceland, Country Music Hall of Fame, reserved seats at the Grand Ole Opry, whisky distillery tour, Belle Meade Plantation tour, and a Louisiana cooking demo. Discover Panama. February 22 – March 2, 2018. Details to follow. Canadian Rockies & Glacier National Park. Mid July 2018. Details to follow. Spotlight London Holiday. December 2018. Details to follow. Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights. Early March 2019. Details to follow.
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he words printed on a sign hanging from the kitchen refrigerator door inside Ron Hennig’s West Omaha home sum up the octogenarian’s philosophy of life succinctly: Your belief doesn’t make you a better person, your behavior does. Those words were put to a severe test in December 2010 after Judy Hennig, Ron’s beloved wife for 48 years, died following a battle with cancer. Judy had been a supervisor in the Omaha Public Schools’ Gifted and Talented Students Program before retiring in 1995. During the first 12 months after Judy’s death, Hennig, now age 80 – who retired in 1999 following a 39-year career as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal at Omaha’s Robbins, Rosewater, Castelar, and Field Club Elementary Schools – grieved deeply. “I would go to the library and bookstores to read about death, the hereafter, and seeing my wife again someday, but it did no good,” Ron said. At that point, he couldn’t sleep and seeing men and women together at church and in public made him feel lonely. The son of a Lutheran minister, Hennig played football and ran track in high school at Pender, Neb. (graduated in 1955) and during his collegiate days at Concordia University in Seward, Neb. (graduated in 1960), so athletics and physical activity had been a large part of his life for many years. In December 2011, still feeling restless and having trouble sleeping, Ron started going to the gym seven nights a week from 8 to 10:30 working out with weights, running, and walking. “This exercise made all the difference in my getting a good night’s sleep,” he said. “I was relaxed and felt good for the first time since my wife passed away. It cleared my mind of negative thoughts.”
friend of Hennig’s told Ron about the Nebraska Senior Games, an annual Olympic-type athletic
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Exercising, competing have helped Ron bounce back after wife’s death in 2010
Ron Hennig’s goal is to qualify for the 2019 National Senior Games in Albuquerque, N.M. competition for men and women age 50 and older held each summer in Kearney. In August 2012, Hennig decided to compete in the 100-meter dash, the javelin, and softball throw in the age 75 to 79 category. Ron, who has two daughters and seven grandkids (he’s babysitting an 8-year-granddaughter this summer), finished second in each event that year. In 2013, 2014, and 2015, Hennig skipped the Nebraska Senior Games so he could travel, but he rejoined the annual competition in 2016. “I came in second in the 100-meter dash, and first in both the javelin and softball throw,” Ron said as he picked up two gold medals from the living room table. In April, Hennig entered the 2017 Western Iowa Senior Challenge track and field meet at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs. He took first place honors tossing the javelin 44.4 feet, and won gold medals in the 50 and 100-meter races with times of 11.5 seconds and 22.49 seconds, respectively. “Every time I get ready for an event, I think of Judy and I know she’s urging me to win,” Ron said. “She always encouraged me to do my best.” This month, Hennig is planning to compete in the 2017 Nebraska Senior Games in the 50 and 100-meter races, the javelin, and the softball throw competition. His goal is to win each event and qualify for the 2019 National Senior Games in Albuquerque, N.M. in the age 80 to 84 category. The games – hosted in Birmingham, Ala. in 2017 – are held every other year. “I’m 100 percent confident I’ll do well if I keep training,” Hennig said. “I know Judy would want me to do that.”
Vols needed for Tax-Aide program Volunteers are needed for AARP’s Tax-Aide program which provides free taxpreparation services to the community with a focus on older adults with low to moderate income. AARP membership isn’t required. Men and women are needed at the nine sites in the Omaha area that provide tax preparation services. No experience is needed other than knowing how to operate a computer and having done your own income tax returns. Volunteers – who’ll work with experienced volunteers – will receive materials from AARP and the IRS for reference and self-study, attend training sessions in December and January, and then prepare tax returns a few hours a week during the tax season. AARP also needs greeters, administrative help, and technical support personnel who aren’t directly involved in the tax preparation. For more information log on to nebraskataxaide.org or call 402-398-9568 with your name, phone number, and email address. Your information will be passed to the local supervisor who will contact you.
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THEOS THEOS, a social organization for singles age 60 and older, meets from 1 to 4 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at New Cassel, 900 N. 90th St. Older men and women are encouraged to meet for a fun afternoon and to sign up for other activities throughout the month. For more information, please call Dorothy at 402399-0759 or Mary at 402393-3052.
You’re invited to visit the Notre Dame Housing, 3439 State St. for the following: • Wednesdays: Veggie truck @ 9:30 a.m. Farmers’ Market vouchers accepted. • Second Tuesday: Blood pressure clinic from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the wellness center. North entrance. • Second & fourth Tuesday: Get banking help as American National Bank representative visits @ 10 a.m. Use the north entrance. • Second, third, and fourth Friday: Saving Grace from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. East entrance.
• Tuesday & Thursday: Tai Chi @ 10:30 a.m. North entrance. • Third Thursday: The Center for Holistic Development will provide confidential one-on-one counseling from 3 to 5 p.m. East entrance. • Third Wednesday: Food pantry from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please bring a picture ID and a piece of mail from last 30 days showing proof of address. East entrance. • Aug. 8: Presentation on supermarket savings @ 1:30 p.m. North entrance. • Aug. 17: Fall prevention
clinic @ 1:30 p.m. North entrance. • Aug. 30: Birthday party with music by The Links, sponsored by the Merrymakers @1:30 p.m. Notre Dame Housing is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lunch is served at noon. A $3.50 contribution is suggested for the meal. Reservations are due by 11 a.m. the business day prior to the lunch you wish to attend. For meal reservations and more information, please call Brenda at 402-4514477, ext. 126.
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Tips to improve your fall lawn’s health, vigor By Melinda Myers
o just one thing this fall and you can improve your lawn’s health and vigor. Fall fertilization helps lawns recover from summer stress and provides needed nutrients to grow deeper roots and a denser stand of grass. That means fewer weeds and a healthier lawn that’s more resistant to drought, insects, and diseases. Fertilize around Labor Day as the temperatures begin to cool and lawns start spreading outward instead of growing upward. Continue to leave clippings on the lawn. They return nutrients, moisture, and organic matter to the soil. Consider it free fertilizer applied every time you mow the lawn. One fall application will give low maintenance lawns the nutrient boost they need. You’ll have a healthier lawn with minimal care. Increase the quality and improve the lawn’s ability to withstand and recover from wear and tear with a second application. Apply fertilizer in late fall between Halloween and Thanksgiving, but before the ground freezes. Those growing warm season grasses should make the last application in early October at least one month prior to the first killing frost.
No need to purchase a winterizing fertilizer. Most soils have high to excessive levels of phosphorous and potassium. Have a soil test if you suspect your lawn is deficient in these nutrients. You’ll save money and harm to the environment by using the right product.
onsider using a slow release, organic nitrogen fertilizer like Milorganite (milorganite.com) that helps improve the soil, while providing needed nutrients. Research discovered as the microorganisms work on releasing the nutrients from its pellets they also make phosphorous which promotes root development, and potassium, which promotes hardiness and disease resistance, that’s bound to the soil available to the grass plants. Continue to mow high as long as the grass grows. You can gradually reduce the mowing height for winter if desired. Once you see the improvement in your lawn, you may be inspired to adopt the holiday fertilization schedule. Adding one or two additional fertilizer applications can greatly increase your lawn’s health, vigor, wear resistance, and ability to tolerate drought and pests. Those growing warm season grasses can begin fertilizing around Easter once the grass begins growing. Make additional applications around Memorial Day and the recommended fall date. Those growing cool season grasses should wait until Memorial Day to start fertilizing in addition to the two fall applications. Add a mid-summer application of slow release fertilizer for irrigated lawns. Fall fertilization is the first step in growing a healthy lawn next year. Do this one thing this fall and you’ll decrease your lawn care challenges and workload next year. (Myers has more than 30 years of horticulture experience and has written more than 20 gardening books.)
Read it & eat By Lois Friedman firstname.lastname@example.org
A summer trip to the kitchen The delicious food of the world is in the pages of the cookbooks ahead. Settle back in your comfortable easy chair and enjoy your vicarious summer travels to international kitchens around the globe. Cooking With Loula By Alexandra Stratou (Artisan, $29.95) Begun as a kickstarter project. This is a Greek remembrance of the family cook and her creations. Classical and innovative recipes from Summer Spreads to Holiday Fare and the magic and memories of sharing a meal. Generations of family and food/traditions. A personal food memoir with lovely photographs in this voyage to the past. Cook Korean! By Robin Ha (Ten Speed, $19.99) Learn to cook Korean in this unique format with 64 recipes in a graphic cookbook novel format. Words and drawings makes learning fun. From Easy Kimchi to Sweet and Sour Pork. Enjoy cooking Korean. The Food of Oman By Felicia Campbell (Andrews McMeel, $40) One hundred recipes from home kitchens with stories and hospitality to explore the Omani life and history along the Arabian Gulf and Sea. From Pantry Ingredients, Meals With Friends, Family and Sacred Places, and Between Meals, too. The Yogurt Cookbook By Arto DerHaroutunian (Interlink, $25) Recipes from around the world. Discover how to make more than 200 recipes using yogurt. From soups and appetizers to sweet cakes. Discover delicious and inspiring ideas. Land of Fish and Rice By Fuchsia Dunlop (W. W. Norton, $39.95) From this esteemed authority on Chinese food (four James Beard Awards), the lower Yangtze region, or Jiangnan with the capital of Shanghai comes this collection of healthy food, balance, and seasonality of the “delicacy and deliciousness of the local cuisines which prizes health and harmony above all.” Mouthwatering recipes, descriptions, and photographs. The Saffron Tales By Yasmin Khan (Bloomsbury, $27) The stories and recipes of Iran. Culinary secrets from Persian/Iranian home kitchens. Travel the sidebars for a food adventure with stunning photography and tales of rice paddies, tea plantations, and more. Try this recipe which is somewhere between a dip and a salad. It becomes a colorful addition to any Persian spread. Garnish, add flatbread and a rice dish for a more substantial starter.
Yogurt with Beets and Mint (Borani-ye laboo) (Serves 4-6) 2 cups Greek yogurt 1/2 garlic clove, crushed 1/2 tsp sea salt 1/2 tsp black pepper 1/2 lb pre-cooked beets, diced into 1/3-inch cubes 1 heaped tsp dried mint, plus extra to garnish For the toppings (optional): 1/4 cup feta, crumbled, 1/4 cup walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped In a large mixing bowl. Combine the yogurt and garlic, and then season with the salt and pepper. Add the beets and dried mint and stir well. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Crumble over the feta and the walnuts (if you are using them) then finish with a final sprinkle of dried mint, if you like.
Adequate sleep complements exercise, balanced diet for your healthy lifestyle
hile a healthy lifestyle requires a balanced diet and exercise, sleep is another pillar of overall wellness that’s both essential to your health and success and often overlooked. By simply making small changes to your daily routine you can improve your quality of sleep. Follow these tips from Dr. Sujay Kansagra, Mattress Firm’s sleep health consultant and director of Duke University’s Pediatric Neurology Sleep Medicine Program. This advice will help you get on your way to better rest and a healthier life. • Manage your sleep time. Rather than trying to accomplish everything on your to do list at the expense of sleep, reverse your approach. As the average adult needs seven to nine hours of sleep each night, make sure to set aside the time needed for a full night of rest. • Stay on schedule. Try to keep your bedtime and wake time consistent on both weekdays and weekends. With time, your brain and body will acclimate to these set times, but until then, rely on an alarm – not only to wake in the morning, but to keep you from staying up too late at night, too. • Find a routine. A routine performed 20 to 30 minutes prior to bed every night can subconsciously ease your brain into sleep. Unwinding with a book, taking a warm bath, or meditating are ways to slow your mind and transition toward peaceful rest. • Brighten up the morning. Getting plenty of bright light in the morning helps keep your sleep timing on track, particularly if you wake up early. Make opening the drapes and blinds your first task each morning.
The average adult requires seven to nine hours of sleep each night. • Ditch the clock. Fixating on the time can create stress and keep you up at night. Instead, set your alarm, turn your clock around, and forget about the time. • Get moving. Research shows that exercise can act as a natural sleep remedy, often leading to a sounder slumber. However, if you exercise late and have difficulty falling asleep, consider moving your workout to earlier in the day. The increase in body temperature from exercise tends to be prolonged, sometimes making it hard to fall asleep. • Kick the caffeine habit. Morning caffeine can linger in your system until it’s time to sleep. Coffee, tea, dark sodas, and dark chocolate are the main offenders for most people. • Pay back debt. If you’re chronically deprived of sleep, allow your body extra sleep time to make up for the loss. In these cases, even eight to nine hours each night may not be enough. Allow your body to catch up then commit to more consistent sleep patterns in the future. Find more resources to help improve your sleep, including tips on how to purchase a new mattress at DailyDoze.com. (Family Features provided this information.)
Heartland Generations Center You’re invited to visit the Heartland Generations Center – 4318 Fort St. – for the following: • Aug. 2: Crafts with Kina @ 10:30 a.m. • Aug. 7: Presentation on the Holocaust by Bea Karp @ 10:45 a.m. • Aug. 8: Back to School Family Night with WhyArts? @ 6 p.m. • Aug. 10: UPRR Museum tour @ 10:15 a.m. • Aug. 17: Bid Whist tournament @ 12:30 pm. Call 402552-7036 to enter yourself or a team. • Aug. 21: Partial eclipse of the sun party @ noon. • Aug. 22: Basic skills computer class @ 1 p.m. • Aug. 28: WhyArts? watercolor class @ 10:30 a.m. • Aug. 28: August birthday party with Billy Troy from the Merrymakers @ 1 p.m. Other center events include bingo Wednesday @ 10: 30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. and Friday @ 10:30 a.m. Tai Chi Tuesday @ 10:45 a.m. 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. Bus transportation is available within select neighborhoods for 50 cents each way. For meal reservations, please call 402-553-5300.
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Antique autos coming to Nebraska Sept. 17-22 The largest and longest recurring annual antique automobile tour will travel the roads of Hastings, Grand Island, and the surrounding Nebraska communities Sept. 17 through 22. Throughout the weeklong event, thousands of motorists will have a rare opportunity to view nearly 150 pre-1942 autos as they travel area roads on local tours, with some drivers and passengers dressed in vintage touring outfits. The celebration is part of the
AAA Glidden Tour, named after the early automotive pioneer Charles Glidden. The 2017 tour – organized by the Antique Automobile Club of America – marks the 72nd annual re-enactment of similar motor vehicle endurance runs sponsored by the AAA motor club from 1904 to 1913. The original Glidden tours were held by AAA to prove the reliability of automobiles and the need for improved laws, roads, and services.
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ilingual information about hospice care, palliative care, helping loved ones with grief and loss, and caregiving is available through the Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care Partner-
ship. The number for the Cuidando con Carino Compassionate Care HelpLine is (toll free) 1-877-658-8896. The service is offered weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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: Aug. 11 @ 9:30 a.m. Metro Comm. College 829 N. 204th St. AUAV 004N-72 Call 531-622-2620 to register Aug. 12 @ 1 p.m. AARP Info Center 1941 S. 42nd St #220 Call 402-398-9568 to register
Aug. 23 @ 9:30 a.m. CHI Midlands Hospital 11111 S. 84th St. Call 800-253-4368 to register Aug. 26 @ 9 a.m. The Premier Group, LLC 11605 Miracle Hills Dr. #205 Call 402-557-6730 to register
Older Americans’ need for caregivers influencing family medical leave plans The nation’s aging population, increases in demand for family members to care for loved ones, and gender gaps in labor force participation are powerful forces aligning to make time for family care and serious personal medical issues essential components of any national paid family and medical leave plan. These are some of the findings of a recently released report following the inclusion of a very limited paid parental leave proposal in the projected Trump administration’s FY 2018 budget. The report, Our Aging, Caring Nation: Why a U.S. Paid Leave Plan Must Provide More Than Time to Care for New Children was prepared by the National Partnership for Women & Families. The group analyzed research on the health, financial, and economic effects of paid leave policies along with demographic and labor force data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The analysis highlights the significant deficiencies of public policy proposals for paid leave that exclude certain types of care, and specific states in which providing for family care and serious personal medical
needs would be especially important. “Meeting the needs of parents caring for new children is critically important and must be part of any national paid leave plan, but it is wholly insufficient on its own,” said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership. “More than three in four people who take leave in this country do so to recover from serious illnesses or injuries, or to care for a seriously ill or injured parent, spouse, child, or relative.
“Our analysis shows that no paid leave plan that leaves these people behind and ignores years of research will come close to addressing the needs of workers, families, businesses, and our economy.” According to the analysis, there are strong health, financial, and economic imperatives for a national paid leave policy that includes parental leave, family care leave, and personal medical leave. However, some states would benefit more than others from an inclusive policy based on several key indicators. The findings include: • Low birth rates in 10 states make access to parental leave especially important for these states’ economies, care needs, and future finances. • About one in five adults provide unpaid family care in 10 states making paid leave for family care critical for them, their families, and these states. • Older and more rapidly aging populations and workforces in 11 states mean these states would be especially poorly served by paid leave plans that exclude family care and personal medical leave. • Higher shares of workers ages 55 and older in 10 states mean paid medical leave could help bolster these states’ labor forces. • Women’s low labor force participation compared to men’s – overall, at child-bearing age, and at prime age for elder care responsibilities – in eight states mean paid family and medical leave could help correct gender imbalances by helping keep women in the workforce. “The data clearly show that any paid leave plan that excludes the millions of working people caring for family members and the increasing number of older working adults who need care isn’t the real solution the country needs,” said Vicki Shabo, vice president at the National Partnership. “Recent and growing consensus about the problem is remarkable progress, and it offers the opportunity for a real conversation about what a strong policy looks like and how we end the days when too many people in this country are struggling without basic paid family and medical leave. A plan that only offers paid parental leave just won’t do.” Just 14 percent of U.S. workers have paid family leave through their jobs and fewer than 40 percent have personal medical leave through an employer’s temporary disability insurance program. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides unpaid leave, but it doesn’t cover everyone and many can’t afford to take unpaid leave. More than 75 percent of those who take FMLA leave do so for family caregiving and medical reasons and not for parental leave purposes. Our Aging, Caring Nation concludes the best solution is a national paid family and medical leave plan that’s available to all working people, applies to women and men equally, provides at least 12 weeks of leave with meaningful benefits, covers the range of well-established reasons people need family and medical leave, protects against retaliation for needing or taking leave, and is affordable for workers and employers. The Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act which is before Congress would meet these criteria.
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Volunteer drivers are needed for program in Fremont, Blair
he Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is recruiting volunteers age 55 and older to provide free transportation services for older adults in Fremont and Blair. “We’re especially interested in providing transportation services for military veterans,” said Pat Tanner, who coordinates the RSVP for the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging. Sponsored locally by ENOA, RSVP is a national program of the Corporation for National and Community Service through the Senior Service Corps. RSVP staff members who serve in Dodge, Washington, Douglas, Sarpy, and Cass counties realize many older men and women live alone, are on fixed incomes, are no longer able to operate their own vehicle, and don’t have family members available to drive them to their various appointments.
In response, RSVP’s Car-Go Project offers free transportation for men and women age 55 and older in Blair and Fremont through volunteers age 55 and older who use their own vehicles. Free rides can be given to medical appointments, pharmacies, grocery stores, beauty parlors, barbershops, banks, and other personal business locations. Rides for persons who use wheelchairs (must be able to transfer themselves) will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The Car-Go Project – which isn’t available to nursing home residents – operates in Fremont and Blair Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on becoming a volunteer driver or to make a reservation (24 hours notice is required) for a ride, please call RSVP’s Fremont office at 402-7217780.
211 telephone network
he 211 telephone network has been established in parts of Nebraska to give consumers a single source for information about community and human services. By dialing 211, consumers can access information about: • Human needs resources like food banks, shelters, rent and utility assistance, etc. • Physical and mental health resources. • Employment support. • Support for older Americans and persons with a disability. • Support for children and families. • Volunteer opportunities and donations. The 211 network is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The information is also available online at (www.ne211.org).
Fundraiser for ENOA senior centers
Step Out for Seniors Walkathon is set for Aug. 11 at Benson Park The Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging’s Nutrition Division and the City of Omaha’s Parks and Recreation Department are sponsoring the third annual Step Out for Seniors Walkathon on Friday, Aug. 11 at Benson Park, 7028 Military Ave.
The walkathon is a fundraiser to help ENOA update programming and services at its 26 senior centers in Douglas, Sarpy, Dodge, Cass, and Washington counties. All ages are encouraged to participate. Sign-in begins on Aug. 11 at 8:30 a.m. The walk follows at 9 a.m. The festivities will also feature a Lifestyles Exposition showcasing a variety of products and services. Food, drink, and health information will be available that morning at Benson Park. Registration is $15 for adults and $10 for children. Groups of seven or more will receive a $10 per person discount. Participants can obtain a registration form at any ENOA senior center or online at stepoutforseniors.weebly.com.
Alzheimer’s support groups
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. For more information about any of the groups listed below, please call (toll free) 800-272-3900. CASS COUNTY • PLATTSMOUTH Second Tuesday @ 6 p.m. First Lutheran Church (chapel) 1025 Ave. D DODGE COUNTY • FREMONT Second Tuesday @ 5:30 p.m. Shalimar Gardens (second floor community room) 749 E. 29th St. DOUGLAS COUNTY • OMAHA Second Thursday @ 10 a.m. Country House Residences 5030 S. 155th St. FREE on site adult day services are provided. Every other Monday @ 7 p.m. Brighton Gardens 9220 Western Ave. First & third Monday @ 1:30 p.m. New Cassel’s Franciscan Centre 900 N. 90th St. FREE on-site adult day services are provided.
Third Tuesday @ 6 p.m. Temple Israel (media room) 13111 Sterling Ridge Dr. Caring for Your Parents Second or third Saturday @ 11 a.m. Call Teri @ 402-393-0434 for locations Spanish Language Support Group Second Tuesday @ 4 p.m. Intercultural Community Center 3010 R St. SARPY COUNTY • BELLEVUE Third Monday @ 7 p.m. Bellevue Senior Center 109 W. 22nd Ave. First Wednesday @ 1 p.m. Eastern Nebraska Vets Home (Vets and non-vets welcome) 12505 S. 40th St. • PAPILLION Fourth Thursday @ 6 p.m. Hillcrest Grand Lodge 6021 Grand Lodge Ave.
Third Tuesday @ 5 p.m. Immanuel Fontenelle 6809 N 68th Plz.
Museum brings South Omaha’s history to life
You can visit the South Omaha Museum – 2314 M St. – Thursdays from 1 to 7 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The facility is also open Tuesdays and Wednesdays by appointment. The building was previously an OPPD office. By Nick Schinker Contributing Writer
f it happened in South Omaha – almost any time in South Omaha – Gary Kastrick has probably heard about it. And he will eagerly tell you about it, and most likely has collected newspaper articles and other artifacts that will bring it to life. Kastrick is the curator of the South Omaha Museum. Situated at 2314 M St., the museum is an exciting work in progress, just like the vibrant area of Omaha it represents. “Our first exhibit when we opened in March was on the livestock exchange and the Omaha stockyards,” Kastrick says. “It was titled, The Smell of Money. We have many items from that time period, including the last standing cattle pen from those stockyards. Just don’t ask me how we got it.” A former social studies teacher at Omaha South High School and an honoree in the school’s Hall of Fame, Kastrick is as rooted in South Omaha as the trees along South 23rd Street. He is proud of his Polish heritage and is working hard to preserve its role, along with that of many other ethnic groups in the evolution of South Omaha. “There are so many great things about South Omaha,” he says. “The characters, the nicknames, the events, (and) the history. Omaha doesn’t tell its history very well, but we hope to change all that.”
ary’s father was Leo Kastrick, whose last name is the Americanized version of Kasprzyk, “which means Jones. It’s a very common name in Poland.” His mother was Josephine Pawlusiak, whose father, Mike, owned a grocery store at 40thth and I streets. Leo Kastrick was a custodian at Robbins School, originally called Franklin School, located at 4302 S. 39th Ave. Leo, who eventually became the first custodian to serve on the Omaha School
Board, also worked as a bartender at night at places like Bud’s, Lou’s, Hillside, and the Royal. “My dad was a storyteller,” Kastrick says. “That’s where I got my passion for storytelling. A good bartender meant having a good sense of humor and being a good listener.” The elder Kastrick didn’t keep those stories to himself. His son, Gary, and fellow siblings, Bob and Janet, delighted in hearing those colorful glimpses of other peoples’ lives. And, it helped that their front door was always open to those who lived around them. “We had a great childhood,” Kastrick says. “Everyone in the neighborhood was at our house. The amazing part was, we were poor and didn’t know it. There was always so much to do. The neighborhood was our playground. Next door, the lot was our ballfield. “On Friday nights, I’d follow Dad to the bars and get all the pop and candy I could eat. In the summertime, we’d sell baloney sandwiches to the stockyards truckers to earn comic book money.” Back when Kastrick, now 65, was a child, South Omaha was a mix of ethnic groups that continued to grow. Much like the occupants of the pens at the nearby stockyards, they were many people crowded into one small area. “Eventually, we got used to each other because we had to,” Kastrick says. “Because of that, we formed a sort of South Omaha culture, rather than try to keep to a bunch of individual cultures. “I remember we had a Mexican family next door, and we’d share food all the time. They made a Mexican version of sarma, Polish stuffed cabbage rolls, and I tell you, I thought it was better with the Mexican spices.” Independent until it was annexed by Omaha in 1915, South Omaha has always maintained its distinctive ethnic flavor and reputation. “One of the words that best define South Omaha is ‘tough,’” Kastrick says. “Not as in fighters or mean. South Omahans endured. Whether it was the grueling work in the packinghouses, the slaughterhouses, really; or the other jobs that re-
quired back-bending manual labor, South Omahans endured. “They were in occupations that wore them down – but they never let that work get them down.” Leo Kastrick “demanded” that his children go to college “because he never had a chance to, so all three of us got degrees.” Gary Kastrick majored in political science and history and earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Nebraska at Omaha before obtaining a master’s degree in economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His first teaching job was in 1979 in Big Springs, Neb. “I was the whole social studies department,” he recalls. “It taught me to be innovative. It taught me how to teach, not just what to teach. It was hard and rough but I learned a lot and I brought it to my classroom in Omaha. “One of the lessons I learned was that it’s not so much meaning that’s important, but purpose. You can find meaning, but you create your own purpose. That’s probably why I started this museum.” He actually founded the museum years ago, while teaching at South High School. “I started the first Omaha history classes in 1986,” he recalls. “I’d give my students assignments, almost like an editor, and they’d go collect the history by interviewing people. “We interviewed 60 people who worked in the packinghouses. I’d tell them we needed a story about streetcars in Omaha, and they’d combine history and writing. A lot of time, they created their own children’s books, and we developed a local history curriculum for third graders. “One year, we decided to create our own Brandeis Christmas window, so we interviewed the woman who used to design and assemble the windows,” he says. “She had photos and even some of the pieces from the actual windows. “People came and saw it and some of them cried. They told us stories about seeing the windows as children, and how much this kind of --Please turn to page 11.
Curator proud of his ethnic roots, storytelling ability
Open from 1884 to 1999, South Omaha’s Union Stockyards became the nation’s largest livestock market and meatpacking center. --Continued from page 10 history meant to them. That’s when we realized we were performing a community service.” He started the South Omaha Museum at South High in 1999. An article in The Omaha WorldHerald produced many inquiries, as well as donated items. When he retired in 2010 from South High, “no one wanted to take over the museum, so I took it all home and it sat in my basement until March.” A good friend, Marcos Mora, who owns the building at 23rd and M streets helped Kastrick open the museum. “This building was an OPPD office that I used to clean with my dad,” Kastrick says. “What goes around . . .” Kastrick has poured time, labor, and his own money into establishing a museum that will preserve the history of all South Omaha’s ethnic groups. But he hasn’t stopped there. He has helped serve as a historical consultant for the South Omaha Mural Project, including
artwork depicting South Omaha’s thriving Mexican community on the El Mercado building near 25th and N streets, the Lithuanian community mural at the Lithuanian Bakery, 5217 S. 33rd Ave.; the Polish mural at Dinker’s Bar, 2368 S. 29th St.; and most recently, the Croatian mural on the side of Bere’s Hall at 36th and W streets. “We’re starting a mural to depict people traveling to South Omaha to bring in the livestock, or shop – or drink a few beers,” Kastrick says. He also conducts walking tours for Omaha restoration and tours for the Durham Museum. Kastrick says he would like to move the South Omaha museum to a larger space, one that would allow permanent exhibits of the many items he’s collected. One thing that would help is donations. “And I need protégés,” he says, smiling. “I’m not a young man anymore.” While funds may be scant, Kastrick has a wealth of artifacts, from old photos and newspaper articles to storerooms filled with everything
Gary Kastrick with some Omaha Royals memorabilia used during the ballclub’s 1969 to 2010 stay at Rosenblatt Stadium. The South Omaha ballpark was also home to the Omaha Cardinals, the Omaha Dodgers, and the NCAA’s College World Series.
from toys to signage and other memorabilia, such as an old menu from a popular South Omaha restaurant that advertises: “We’ll serve your drink in a coffee cup if your boss or client is at the next table.” Yes, the times, and South Omaha, have truly changed. Just ask Gary Kastrick.
The South Omaha Museum’s tribute to Rosenblatt Stadium includes these red seats taken from the grandstand.
Explore the variety of solar panel options f aesthetics is the reason you’ve been holding off on converting your home to solar power, 2017 might be the year for you to take the renewables leap. For starters, several panel makers now sell “frameless” or “seamless” designs whereby photovoltaic panels appear to “float” on the roof surface, with sightlines unencumbered by big black metal framework apparatus. Getting rid of the frames, however, hardly constitutes an aesthetic revolution. For that, we turn to electric-car pioneer Tesla, which made a big splash recently with the launch of its new Solar Roof system, which uses attractive, integrated solar tiles made from tempered quartz glass to replace conventional roof tiles and shingles. The Solar Roof tiles can withstand upwards of three times the storm force of other traditional roof tiles—and as such come with a warranty lasting the home’s lifetime or infinity, whichever comes first. While the Solar Roof system still costs about a third more than a traditional photovoltaic rooftop set-up, its visual appeal could make the transition more palatable
to many potential rooftop solar wannabes. Photovoltaic installer SolarCity (co-founded by Elon Musk and then acquired by Tesla in 2016) rolled out the new system, available for outright purchase or through a lease, in California in June and plans to expand to other parts of the United States soon. Tesla’s new Solar Roof isn’t the only option when it comes to more attractive rooftop solar installations. Italian start-up Dyaqua, inspired to bring the historic retrofit industry into the 21st century, has ramped up manufacturing on its so-called “Invisible Solar” photovoltaic roof tiles that are indistinguishable from traditional terra cotta, wood, or stone roofing. This replacement roofing looks opaque but is translucent to the sun’s rays so light can enter and stoke the silicon solar cells inside. Meanwhile, Boston-based Sistine Solar is developing a “solar skin” product that matches the underlying rooftop. These newfangled MIT-designed panels reflect an image of the roof below while still letting light through to the photovoltaic cells within. Sistine’s “camouflaged” solar panels cost about 10 percent more than typical photovoltaics. The start-up is banking on homeowners’ willingness to spend a little more so unsightly roof panels don’t stick out like sore thumbs in the neighborhood. For that matter, the rooftop isn’t the only option any more. Maryland-based Solar Window Technologies is developing invisible window coatings that house ultra-small solar cells designed to convert light from the sun and artificial sources into electricity. And California-based Sunflare is pioneering a new generation of “thin-film” photovoltaics that are only a few micrometers thick and can be affixed to just about any surface with some double-sided tape. Given that we could power all of humanity’s electrical and industrial activities for a year with the amount of sunlight that hits the Earth’s surface in an hour, it’s a shame solar power still accounts for less than 1 percent of global energy production. But with the costs of solar panels coming down, maybe improving their look is just what we need to kick-start the transition away from fossil fuel home power. (EarthTalk® is produced by Roddy Scheer & Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of the nonprofit Earth Action Network.)
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Corrigan Senior Center You’re invited to visit the Corrigan Senior Center, 3819 X St., this month for: • Aug. 7: Hawaiian party with music by Billy Troy sponsored by Merrymakers @ 11 a.m. Beach themed games at 10 a.m. Noon lunch of Italian chicken pasta bake or a deli roast beef and Swiss cheese wrap. Bingo will follow at 1 p.m. • Aug. 10: Tai Chi class @ 9:30 a.m. Q & A with I & A, a talk by Mary Ann and Janet from ENOA’s Information and Assistance division @ 11 a.m. Learn about ENOA’s programs and services. • Aug. 14: Chair volleyball @ 10 a.m. Lunch & Learn with VNA on Medicare Criteria for Home Health Services @ 11 a.m. Lunch is an open-faced hot roast beef sandwich or a deli ham salad on marble rye bread. • Aug. 17: Tai Chi @ 9:30 a.m., trivia contest with prizes @ 11 a.m., chicken dinner @ noon, and bingo @ 1 p.m. • Aug. 21: Accordionist/vocalist Tom Sladek Variety Show @ 11 a.m. Lunch is a beef and country potato casserole or an egg salad on Vienna bread deli sandwich. Solar eclipse bingo @1 p.m. • Aug. 28: Watch an Alexander Payne movie @ 9 a.m. followed by special guest Leo Adam Biga, author of the book Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film @ 11:15 a.m. • Aug. 29: Officer Jennifer Nelson with the Omaha Police Department will present Personal Safety, Senior Scams @ 10:30 a.m. Stay for a noon lunch featuring a tasty pork chop fritter. • Aug. 30: UNMC nursing students will be here to visit from 10 a.m. to noon to work on their Population Centered Care class. Everyone, including new players, is welcome to play chair volleyball every Tuesday and Thursday @ 11 a.m. A noon lunch will follow. Join us for Tai Chi – a relaxing and fun activity that’s proven to improve your balance – Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. in our spacious gym. Bingo, ceramics, exercise, woodcarving, and loads of fun are also available. The Corrigan Senior Center is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch is served at noon. A $3.50 contribution is normally suggested for the meal. Reservations are normally due by noon the business day prior to the meal you wish to enjoy. For meal reservations or more information, please call Lynnette at 402-731-7210.
The Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging has been providing programs and services for older adults in Douglas, Sarpy, Dodge, Cass, and Washington counties since 1974. Intercultural Senior Center earns Guidelines & Principles certificate
he Intercultural Senior Center (ISC) – 3010 R St. – is pleased to announce it has earned the Guidelines & Principles certificate through the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (NAM). The certificate makes ISC a Best Practices Partner with NAM, an organization that connects nonprofits with information, education, advocacy, and collaboration which, in turn, allows them to focus on the people and communities they serve. The Intercultural Senior Center is a nonprofit organization that serves older adults, many of whom are immigrants and refugees from around the world. The organization specializes in creating a welcoming, supportive environment where this often-isolated group can make friends, take classes, and rediscover vibrant lives filled with dignity and purpose. For more information about the ISC, please call 402444-6529.
Nebraska Regional Poison Center As the weather and seasons change so do the types of calls to the Nebraska Regional Poison Center. During the summer poison centers manage more calls about bites, stings, plants, and pesticides than they do at other times of the year. As the weather warms up so do the calls on bites and stings. The bee population has started to increase and will be at its peak until the first freeze. If you’re stung by a bee, call the poison center. Close observation for allergic reaction is important, especially in the first hour after a sting. Only use insect repellents that are meant to be used on skin. DEET- containing insecticides should be applied sparingly to exposed skin and clothing. Lower concentrations of less than 10 percent DEET have been found to be just as effective as higher concentrations. It’s recommended to wash off the product once returning indoors. Days are longer and people are spending more time outdoors where they can be exposed to poisons. Hydrocarbons found in gasoline, kerosene, lighter fluids, and torch fuels, are among the top causes of childhood poisoning deaths in the United States. Be sure to store these and out of reach of children after use.
When firing up the grill or heading to a picnic, it’s important to take some precautions. Remember to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. The USDA recommends fully cooking all meats to ensure bacteria are destroyed to prevent food poisoning. Meats should be cooked to 160 degrees. Always use a food thermometer as you can’t tell if meat is fully cooked by looking at it. Fireworks contain toxic chemicals and can be dangerous if swallowed. Glow sticks are a common reason for calls to the poison center and generally result in only minimal irritation. If an eye exposure occurs the poison center nurses can assist with instructions and follow-up care. Summer is the busiest time of the year for the poison center and nurses are always available to answer your questions at 1-800222-1222. Program the number of the poison center into your phone before you leave for vacation. By calling 1-800-222-1222 anywhere in the country you will reach a poison center. Call the poison center before you head to the emergency room for a poisoning. The call is free to the public. You’ll be given expert advice and save yourself money.
Fremont Area Alzheimer’s Coalition donates $25,000 to UNMC for additional AD research The Fremont Area Alzheimer’s Coalition has made a $25,000 donation to the University of Nebraska Foundation to help the University of Nebraska Medical Center fund clinical research into Alzheimer’s disease. This latest gift brings total FAAC support to UNMC to more than $100,000 over the past five years. Marv Welstead, a 96-year-old Fremont man who lost his wife, Jean, in 2009 after an eight-year battle with Alzheimer’s, is the honorary chairperson of the FAAC. Jason McDermott is the fundraising chairperson. The money was raised through the annual Fremont Area Alzheimer’s Walk, as well as through online gifts and memorials. This year’s walk is scheduled for Sept. 30. For more information about the walk, contact Kim Henrichs-Suey at 402-7532078 or Riley Faulkner at 402-721-1616. There also will be a fundraiser golf tournament Sept. 29 at the North Bend Golf Course. Half of the proceeds will go toward the FAAC. For more information, call 402-721-9300. “Marv Welstead’s vision for supporting Alzheimer’s disease research in the region and improving awareness and knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease has been realized due to his tireless efforts,” said Dan Murman, M.D., professor
Fremont’s Marv Welstead, age 96, is the FAAC’s honorary chairperson in 2017. and vice chair of clinical and translational research in the UNMC Department of Neurological Sciences. “The department is grateful for the tremendous support we have received from the FAAC to support clinical and translational research. This support is invaluable for new programs and young investigators to start their research endeavors.” Welstead said 60 percent of the monies raised by the FAAC goes to institutions conducting cutting-edge research in Alzheimer’s disease. The remaining 40 percent is given as grants to support caregiver education and programming in the Fremont area. To date, the FAAC money given to UNMC has been used to: • Help build an infrastructure for clinical trial research and to help establish the Mind and Brain Health Registry. • Fund a grant to Sachin Kedar, M.B.B.S., to help the Mind and Brain Health Lab purchase an Optical Coherence Tomography machine for retinal imaging of neurologic disorders including Alzheimer’s disease. • Fund a grant to David Warren, Ph.D., to use functional MRI to image the neuronal networks involved in memory, both in normal subjects and in those with memory disorders. • Support a collaborative pilot project using transcranial Doppler to measure early changes in cerebrovascular reactivity in those with Alzheimer’s. Dr. Murman said projects that will be supported by the most recent FAAC grant have not yet been determined. (UNMC provided this information.)
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ENOA’s recruiting older adults to become Senior Companions, Foster Grandparents
en and women age 55 and older who want to earn a tax-free stipend while making an impact in their community are encouraged to join the Senior Companion Program and the Foster Grandparent Program. Sponsored locally by the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging, the SCP and FGP are national programs of the Corporation for National and Community Service through the Senior Service Corps. Senior Companions help other older adults maintain their independence by visiting them at home to discuss the news, read mail, play cards, run errands, etc. Foster Grandparents serve as positive role models for children who need special attention with education, healthcare, and social development in schools, Head Start programs, and child development centers. SCP and FGP volunteers must meet income guidelines and complete an enrollment process that includes references and background checks. In exchange for volunteering 15 hours or more per week, Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions receive a $2.65 an hour tax-free stipend, mileage reimbursement, an annual physical examination, supplemental accident insurance coverage, and other benefits including an annual recognition luncheon. The stipend does not interfere with rent, disability, Medicaid, or other benefits. For more information on the FGP and SCP, please call 402-444-6536.
Fremont Friendship Center You’re invited to visit the Fremont Friendship Center, 1730 W. 16th St. (Christensen Field), for the following: • Aug. 2: Hints with Home Instead @ 10 a.m. followed by pianist Wally. • Aug. 7: Movie Monday @ 9:15 a.m. • Aug. 9: Birthday party featuring music by The Neals @ 10:30 a.m. • Aug. 11: ENOA’S Step Out for Seniors Walk-a-thon. See page 9 for more information. The Fremont Friendship Center will be closed today. • Aug. 14: Polka music by Ron Schulzkamp @ 10:30 a.m. • Aug. 16: Bill Chrastil @ 10:30 a.m. • Aug. 23: George and the Juniors @ 10:30 a.m. • Aug. 30: Music by Wayne Miller @ 10:30 a.m. • Aug. 31: Supper at the Fremont Lakes @ 5:30 p.m. We’ll meet at the lakes and everyone will pay for their own meal. Walking in the main arena Tusesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. is encouraged. Keep track of your miles in our walking book 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. Law Offices of Charles E. Dorwart 35 years of legal experience • Wills • Living Trusts • Probate • Healthcare and Financial Powers of Attorney • In-home consultations • Free Initial consultation 6790 Grover Street • Suite 100 Omaha, NE 68106 Office: (402) 558-1404 • Fax: (402) 779-7498 email@example.com
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.
ENCAP 2406 Fowler Ave.
Life Care Center 6032 Ville de Sante Dr.
Ridgewood Apts. 6801 Spring St.
Aksarben Manor 7410 Mercy Rd.
Evans Tower 3600 N. 24th St.
Livingston Plaza Apts. 303 S. 132nd St.
Rorick Apts. 604 S. 22nd St.
The Ambassador 1540 N. 72nd St.
Florence Home 7915 N. 30th St.
Louisville Senior Center 423 Elm St.
Royal Oaks/House of Hope 4801 N. 52nd St.
American Red Cross 3838 Dewey St.
Florence Senior Center 2920 Bondesson St.
Lutheran Home 530 S. 26th St.
St. Bernard Church 3601 N 65th St.
Arlington (Neb.) Senior Center 305 N. 3rd St.
Fremont (Neb.) Friendship Center 1730 W. 16th 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
Bank of Nebraska 7223 S. 84th St. Bellewood Court Apts. 1700 Lincoln Rd. Bellevue Bellevue Library 1003 Lincoln Rd.
Friendship Program 7315 Maple St. 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. Margaret Mary’s Church 6116 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
Consider container gardening By Melinda Myers
ontainer gardens allow you to easily dress up your balcony and patio, create a colorful welcome for guests, and keep edibles close at hand for cooking and entertaining. They’re also a terrific way for new gardeners to get their start. Increase your success growing vegetables, herbs, or flowers in a container with these tips. • Proper plant selection. Select the right plants for the container and growing conditions. Closely check the plant tags for this and more information to help with your decision. Create attractive combinations with plants that look good together and require the same growing conditions. Don’t be afraid to mix flowers, herbs, and vegetables. This is a great way to have both beauty and flavor on your patio, deck, or balcony. Scour gardening magazines and the Internet for free container planting plans like those featured on the Bonnie Plants website. • Selecting the right container. Further increase your success by selecting a container large enough to accommodate your plants. The bigger the pot, the more moisture it can hold, maximizing the time between watering. A small pot with a large plant will need to be watered several times a day during hot weather and fertilized more frequently. Use a container with drainage holes made from material suited to your gardening style and climate. Even if you could provide the exact amount of water your plants need, nature may intervene with an extra dose or two. Drainage holes prevent water from building up in the bottom of the pot, leading to root rot. Those living in areas with hot summers should avoid black and metal pots that can heat up in the summer sun and damage tender plant roots. Terra cotta pots are a traditional favorite. They are attractive, heavy, and dry out more quickly than some other materials. Glazed pots are beautiful, but tend
to be pricey and heavy to move. Plastic pots are affordable, come in a variety of styles, and don’t dry out as quickly as terracotta. Then there’s the sturdy half whiskey barrel. This planter is a longtime favorite, but be sure to drill drainage holes in the bottom if it doesn’t already have them. • Potting mix. Next, invest in a quality potting mix that holds moisture, yet provides adequate drainage. These are usually a combination of peat moss, compost, or coir to hold moisture, and perlite or vermiculite to aid in drainage. Leave garden soil in the garden where it belongs, not in containers. • Watering. Check the potting soil moisture in your container gardens at least once a day and more often if the pots are small or temperatures high. Water thoroughly when the top inch of soil is dry and allow the excess to run out the drainage holes. This shows you have moistened the potting mix, top to bottom, encouraging a robust root system to develop. Extend the time between watering with the help of self-watering pots. Their builtin water reservoirs provide water to the plants as the soil dries. Fill the reservoir as needed and make sure there is a weep hole. This allows excess water to drain out of the reservoir instead of saturating the soil and leading to root rot. • Fertilization. Lastly, incorporate a slow release fertilizer into the potting mix at planting. This type of fertilizer provides small amounts of nutrients over a longer time period. Follow label directions and make additional applications as recommended on the fertilizer label. As your container plants continue to thrive and you enjoy the flavorful vegetables and herbs and gorgeous flowers they provide, you’ll soon be looking for more spaces to incorporate container gardens into your landscape. (Myers has written more than 20 gardening books.)
RSVP RSVP is recruiting men and women age 55 and older for a variety of opportunities. For more information in Douglas, Sarpy, and Cass counties, please call 402-444-6536, ext. 224. In Dodge and Washington counties, please call 402721-7780. • The Corrigan Senior Center is looking for volunteers. • The Lutheran Thrift Store needs volunteers. • The Douglas County Health Center is looking for volunteers for a variety of assignments. • Crestview Village wants volunteers to teach ESL and GED classes. • The Low Income Ministry wants volunteers for its food pantry. • The Blair and Fremont Car-Go Program needs volunteers to drive older adults to their appointments once or twice a week.
The Omaha Area Hearing Loss Association of America, a support group for hard of hearing adults, will next meet on Tuesday, Aug. 8 at Dundee Presbyterian Church, 5312 Underwood Ave. Participants are asked to enter the church on the Happy Hollow Blvd. (east) side. The 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. meeting will feature social time and a speaker. The Omaha Area Hearing Loss Association of America meets the second Tuesday of the month from September through December and from March through August. You’re encouraged to like the Omaha Area Hearing Loss Association of America on Facebook. For more information, please contact Beth Ellsworth at ellsworth.beth@ cox.net or Verla Hamilton at 402-558-6449.
Fire Department can install free smoke, carbon monoxide detectors
he Omaha Fire Department’s Public Education and Affairs Department can install free smoke and/or carbon monoxide detectors inside the residences of area homeowners. To have a free smoke and/or carbon monoxide detector installed inside your home, send your name, address, and telephone number to: Omaha Fire Department Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Requests 10245 Weisman Dr. Omaha, Neb. 68134 For more information, please call 402-444-3560.
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Celebrating South Omaha baseball he history and traditions of South Omaha baseball came alive recently at the Corrigan Senior Center, 3819 X St. The June festivities including singing The Stars Spangled Banner and Take Me Out to the Ballgame, photos and displays from the national pastime as played at Brown Park and other South Omaha venues, with many stories told and memories shared. Among the presenters were Randy Lukasiewicz, Ben Letak, historian Gary Kastrick (see page 10), and Tony Grazziano. For more information about the Corrigan Senior Center, please see page 12 or call 402-731-7210.
Hearing loss group to meet on Aug. 8
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Omaha Computer Users Group
Theatre organ show scheduled for Aug. 20
ou’re invited to join the Omaha Computer Users Group (OCUG), an organization dedicated to helping men and women age 50 and older learn more about their computers. Anyone can join OCUG regardless of his or her computer skills. The organization meets the third Saturday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Abrahams Library, 5011 N. 90th St. Annual dues to OCUG are $25. OCUG has a projector connected to a Microsoft Windows 7 computer and a Windows 8 computer to show users how to solve their computer problems. Bring your questions concerning your computer problems to the meetings for answers. For more information, please call OCUG’s president Phill Sherbon at 402333-6529.
On Sunday, Aug. 20, the River City Theatre Organ Society will present an entertaining afternoon with world-renowned theatre organist Dave Wickerham playing the mighty Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ at Omaha’s Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St.
The 3 p.m. concert will feature Wickersham accompanying the showing of a silent Laurel & Hardy film comedy. Tickets are $20 at the door or $15 by mail. Group rates are available. To order your tickets by mail, please send your check to River City Theatre Organ Society, 8825 Executive Woods Drive, Villa #85, Lincoln, Neb. 68512. For more information, please call 402-421-1356 or log on the Internet to firstname.lastname@example.org.
AARP Florence Chapter 2269 AARP’s Florence Chapter 2269 meets monthly at Mount View Presbyterian Church, 5308 Hartman Ave. The meetings feature a noon lunch for $8 followed by a program at 12:45 p.m. The meetings are open to both AARP members and non-members. Transportation is available by calling Ruth Kruse at 402-453-4825 or Marge Willard at 402-455-8401. Here’s the schedule for the rest of 2017
Women from rural areas needed for UNMC’s breast cancer study
research study at the University of Nebraska Medical Center is looking for 20 women with new breast cancer diagnoses who live in rural areas, to participate in an at-home Internet support program. For the three-month study, a new breast cancer diagnosis is considered less than three months after diagnosis. Called CaringGuidance After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, the program was developed by Robin Lally, Ph.D., a professor at the UNMC College of Nursing and member at the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center. Dr. Lally started the effort after more than 15 years of caring for women and talking to them about their thoughts and emotions through the treatment process.
• August 15 Pastor Ner Clay Karen refugees from Myanmar (Burma) • September 18 Picnic • October 16 Environmental specialist Tim Fickenscher Elders for the Earth • November 20 Omaha historian Lowen Kruse Omaha Blossoms • December 12 Christmas music
UNMC’s ‘CaringGuidance After Breast Cancer Diagnosis’ study will last three months. The program has six modules with more than 20 subthemes that address thoughts and worries while providing support and coping strategies to reduce distress of the daily social and emotional challenges of a new cancer diagnosis. CaringGuidance After Breast Cancer Diagnosis contains information most requested by newly diagnosed women, 27 mental exercises to work through common problems, and more than 100 video vignettes from 11 survivors and family members. It also includes advice about how to get the most from appointments and a glossary of cancer-related words to support understanding. Topics also include how to disclose the cancer diagnosis to other people, receiving and accepting support, dealing with unsupportive people, understanding the complexity of a cancer diagnosis, and moving forward. “Women have said this is like a support group in a box,” said Dr. Lally, the principal investigator of the study. “That’s what makes it ideal for rural women. They don’t have to go to an in-person support group, they don’t have to travel anywhere, and they can have the support from women who are in the program sharing their experiences. “It helps women challenge their thinking, gain various perspectives and realistic expectations to cope with events that affect life with a new cancer diagnosis.” The small, three-month pilot study will give rural women the opportunity to use the program and provide feedback. The women will complete forms when they start the study and once a month until they complete it. The study will form the basis for a future larger study that will compare one group of women using the program to a group who doesn’t use it. “After using the program for our one-week focus group, the women didn’t want to give it up. And these women were survivors, they were years past their diagnosis,” Dr. Lally said. She said women described the CaringGuidance program as a site they could trust and one that provided “an oasis of support” they wished they’d had when they were diagnosed. Dr. Lally said there are plenty of websites that provide information about breast cancer types and treatment but CaringGuidance is the only program her colleagues know of that was designed with help from breast cancer survivors. For more information about the study, contact Dr. Lally at email@example.com or 402-559-5464. Emails and calls will be accepted throughout the year. Volunteers will be reimbursed for their time.
Nebraska Senior Medicare Patrol Nebraska Senior Medicare Patrol, a Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services program that works to educate and empower older adults to help prevent health care fraud offers 10 tips to help you avoid Medicare scams. • Don’t provide your Medicare number to anyone except your trusted healthcare provider. • Ask friends and neighbors to pick up your mail while you’re away from home. • Shred important documents before throwing them away. • Read Medicare summary notices carefully looking for possible mistakes. • Use a calendar or health care journal to record information from doctor visits. • Compare your calendar or health care journal with your Medicare summary notices. • Count your prescription pills. If the total is less than expected, go back and tell the pharmacist. • Medicare Part D plans change annually. • Don’t speak to anyone claiming to be a Medicare representative about Medicare. • Medicare loses billions of dollars each year. It’s up to you to help fight fraud. If you believe you may be a victim of Medicare fraud, call the Nebraska Senior Medicare Patrol at 800-942-7830.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s The Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 26 at Bellevue West High School, 1501 Thurston Ave. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m. Nearly 500 people are expected at this year’s event which is designed to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease. Participants will complete a walk route and learn
about Alzheimer's disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment, as well as support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association. Participants will also join in a meaningful tribute ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer's disease. To sign up as a team captain, join a team, or register to walk as an individual, log on to alz.org/walk or call 402-502-4300, ext. 8250.
Don’t ignore the warning signs of a stroke
survey conducted by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association shows one-third of United States adults have had symptoms consistent with a transient ischemic attack (TIA), also known as a mini-stroke, but only 3 percent called 911 for help. “Ignoring any stroke signs could be a deadly mistake,” said Mitch Elkind, M.D., chair of the American Stroke Association Advisory Committee. “Only a formal medical diagnosis with brain imaging can determine whether you’re having a TIA or a stroke.” The survey showed 35 percent of respondents experienced at least one sign of a TIA or mini-stroke, such as sudden trouble speaking or a severe headache with no known cause. According to the online survey, those who suffered symptoms were more likely to wait it out, rest, or take medicine rather than call 911. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term adult disability in the United States and among the top five causes of death. However, with proper, timely medical attention, stroke is largely treatable. The faster you’re treated, the more likely you are to have a
Only a medical diagnosis can determine whether an individual is having a TIA or a stroke. positive outcome. The American Stroke Association’s Together to End Stroke initiative, nationally sponsored by Medtronic, teaches the acronym F.A.S.T. to help people remember the most common stroke warning signs and what to do in a stroke emergency: • F: Face drooping • A: Arm weakness • S: Speech difficulty • T: Time to call 911 While the symptoms are the same, the difference between a TIA and a stroke is the blockage is temporary, lasting between a few minutes and 24 hours. People who suffer a TIA, sometimes called a warning stroke, are more likely to have a stroke within 90 days, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Elkind said anyone who experiences a stroke warning sign that appears suddenly, whether it goes away or not, should call 911 immediately. This could improve the chances of an accurate diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. Stroke symptoms come on suddenly with no known cause and may include confusion, trouble speaking or understanding; weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body; trouble seeing in one or both eyes; trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; or a severe headache. To learn more about stroke warning signs and treatment, visit StrokeAssociation.org. (Family Features provided this information.)
Volunteers needed The Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging is looking for volunteer drivers for its Meals on Wheels Program. Flexible weekday schedule delivering midday meals to homebound older adults in the greater Omaha area. Call Arlis at 402-444-6766 for more information.
They happen to most people
Tips to help you avoid brain blips By Dr. Michelle Braun
“brain blip” is a temporary inability to remember information. Most people, including memory champions, experience brain blips several times per week, and sometimes multiple times per day. Common brain blips include forgetting names, misplacing frequently-used objects, forgetting why you walked into a room, and word-finding difficulties. If brain blips get progressively worse and interfere with daily life, evaluation by a healthcare provider is recommended. However, rest assured for most of us, brain blips are temporary roadblocks that can be surpassed with simple tools based on the science of brain functioning. The 3-P’s are science-based strategies that counteract multiple Brain Blips. The 3-P’s include: • Pause to ensure you’re paying attention to the information you want to remember. • Piggyback new information to information that’s already stored in your brain. This speeds up the process of creating a new memory. • Practice the newly-learned information. This strengthens your neuronal connections and improves your memory of the information.
here are few things more frustrating than forgetting the name of an acquaintance or a person you just met. This often occurs when you don’t create a strong, memorable link to remember the name when you first learn it. Remember to: • Pause to pay attention to the person’s name. Then repeat it out loud after you are introduced (e.g. “Nice to meet you Joe”). • Piggyback the person’s name to another person you already know with that name or to a famous person with that name. You’re more likely to remember the new name if you link it to a name that’s already well stored in your brain. • Practice the new name and the link you created. You’re likely to misplace commonlyused objects such as keys, glasses, and purses/wallets. This occurs because you use the objects in multiple settings, often while engaged in other activities that distract you from remembering where you put them. Remember to: • Pause to place the item in its “home space.” A home space is a place you consistently put common objects. HorizonAD-2010:HorizonAD-08 2/4/10 8:00 AM • Piggyback the object to its surrounding
area. Study the visual scene around where you placed the object. • Practice/repeat the location to yourself while you picture it at least three times. Walking into a room occurs so frequently odds are high you’ll sometimes forget why you did so. Remember to: • Take a 10-second “pause point” to verbalize your mission out loud before walking into the other room. Your mission is what you intend to look for or do, where, and why. • Piggyback your mission to the action you intend to take. • Practice your mission several times on the way to the other room. If other thoughts come to mind, take note of them, but quickly return your thoughts to your mission.
he July 2017 issue of New Horizons featured an article about the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging’s Care Management program and its staff of care managers. That article prompted the following review by Marg Evans on ENOA’s Facebook page:
ord-finding difficulties occur when you can’t think of the word you want to say. The strategies to triumph over this tip-of-the-tongue phenomenon include: • Keep talking. Think of alternative words to describe what you want to say. By continuing to talk, you may activate the neuronal pathways in the same geographic neighborhood of the brain where your target word is hiding. • Substitute a synonym. Try substituting a word that’s close to the word you’re looking for. • Percolate and link. Your brain will often automatically search for and find the intended word (often when you least expect it. If you can’t think of the word after several minutes, look it up. Then link it to similar words or pictures to strengthen your memory. (Braun is a Yale University and Harvard Page 1 University trained neuropsychologist.)
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ou’re invited to visit the Camelot Friendship Center inside the Camelot Community Center, 9270 Cady Ave., for the following: • Aug. 1: Foot care clinic @ 10 a.m. • Aug. 9: Birthday bash. • Aug. 10: Book Club @ 10:15 a.m. • Aug. 11: The center will be closed for ENOA ‘s Step Out for Seniors Walk-a-Thon. See page 9 for more information. • Aug. 15: VNA visit @ 11:45 a.m. • Aug. 17: Jackpot bingo. • Aug. 18: Trudy Yeatts @ noon. • Aug. 21: Chair volleyball @ 10:30 a.m. • Aug. 22: ENOA presentation @ 11 a.m. • Aug. 24: Music by John Worsham from the Merrymakers @ 11:45 a.m. Other activities include Tai Chi (Friday @ 10:15 a.m.), 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, please call Amy at 402-444-3091.
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Psychotherapist challenges stereotypes for older adults sychoterapist Dr. Andrea Brandt, Ph.D., MFT, has written a book which will be released in October which tries to deliver the answers to questions about growing older. Called Mindful Aging: Embracing Your Life After 50 to Find Fulfillment, Purpose, and Joy, the book challenges readers to throw out aging stereotypes, look at new evidence, and open themselves to all of life’s possibilities. Dr. Brandt identifies cultural and societal connotations about aging and how people need to rethink them, offers key ways to increase happiness as we age, examines the need for creating a vision for life after age 50, and describes how to let go of experiences that no longer serve people. Mindful Aging: Embracing Your Life After 50 to Find Fulfillment, Purpose, and Joy will be available Oct. 10 online at amazon.com.
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Anne Simpson of St. Paul, Minn. has written a book which encourages people from all generations to discuss aging. In Do You Feel As Old As You Are?: Conversations with My Granddaughter, Simpson shares the answers to 40 questions about the experiences of aging posed by her 21-year-old granddaughter Alison Leslie. Simpson said she would like to see the book unite the generations and spread the message that aging – a topic that’s been avoided for a long time – needs to be talked about openly. Do You Feel As Old As You Are?: Conversations with My Granddaughter is available online at amazon.com.
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Book designed to help kids cope with a loved one’s Alzheimer’s
Retired teacher Carol Dargy is the author of the self-published book, ‘My Pal, My Grandpa: The Story of a Child’s Journey with a Grandfather Suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease’. By Jeff Reinhardt
According to Dargy, Michael Pflaum’s illustrations (above and below) make the book’s script come alive.
Although the assignment received an A+, the pages sat idly until 2016 when Dargy self-published the book as My Pal, My Grandpa: The Story of a Child’s Journey with a Grandfather Suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease.
with adversity.” The tale is told through the eyes of Dargy’s son, n 1981, Carol Dargy, Tom, who had a loving then an Omaha stay relationship and a strong at home mom with bond with his grandpa Jerry three sons and two Smola, a retired cattle buyer daughters, decided to enroll who had worked at the in the College of St. Mary Omaha Stockyards. to complete her degree in Today, Tom Dargy is a elementary education and captain with the Bellevue then return to teaching. Police Department. The final assignment in “There’s a real need for one of her Children’s Litchildren to be involved with, erature courses was to write to love, and to never forget a children’s book. At that their loved ones, especially point in her life, Dargy’s fathose who have memory ther, Jerry Smola, was living loss,” Carol said. in a nursing home battling Alzheimer’s disease. riting and ilIllustration by Michael Pflaum “I was always taught to lustrating My write about what you know, “This is the true story of Pal, My so I decided to write about my father’s diagnosis of Grandpa: The Daddy,” Dargy said during Alzheimer’s disease and Story of a Child’s Journey a recent interview in the how our family dealt with with a Grandfather Sufmidtown Omaha home she the many challenges,” Carol fering from Alzheimer’s shares with Bob, her hussaid. “The book is about Disease was truly a family band for 58 years. family, love, and dealing affair. Dargy’s sister Mary Pat McCormick edited the book. The 42-page paperback memoir is illustrated by Michael Pflaum, Dargy’s nephew. Pflaum is an Omaha artist who teaches art at St. Vincent de Paul Elementary School. “The illustrations bring the script to life. Children react to illustrations,” said Dargy, who taught school for 20 years including 18 years at Omaha’s St. Thomas More Elementary School. Carol’s daughter Mary Stutzman typed the pages, while son-in-law Travis Stutzman and nephew Illustration by Michael Pflaum James Wilcox are listed in New Horizons Editor
Illustration by Michael Pflaum
the book as technical guru and inspirational author, respectively. Carol also thanked daughter Kate, sons Bob and Mike, and all of Jerry’s grandkids who loved Smola in their own special ways.
arol and Bob Dargy – who have 16 grandchildren and three great grandchildren – love to fish in Minnesota. During a trip to the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” Carol gave a copy of My Pal, My Grandpa: The Story of a Child’s Journey with a Grandfather Suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease to Max, a young neighbor whose grandpa has Alzheimer’s.
Later, the boy went out of his way to thank Dargy and tell her how much he enjoyed reading the story and rereading certain pages. That type of reaction “is why I wrote the book,” Carol said proudly. She hopes the memoir will act as a reminder to family members who have so much to offer loved ones with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. “The human touch is so important,” Dargy said. “Don’t ever write them off.” My Pal, My Grandpa: The Story of a Child’s Journey with a Grandfather Suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease is available for $9.95 through amazon.com.
Illustration by Michael Pflaum
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 Jul 31, 2017
New Horizons is a publication of the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging. Distributed free to people over age 60 in Douglas, Sarpy, Dodge, Wash...