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Warming to the task Photo by Mark Kuhlmann/ Omaha Athletics
In April, Bob Warming was named head coach of the men’s soccer team at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, five months after resigning from the same position at Penn State University. Warming and his wife, Cindy, had moved back to Omaha to be near their first grandchild. Nick Schinker tells Warming’s remarkable story on pages 10 and 11.
Goat yoga Erin Martin with a new friend she met during a recent goat yoga class at the Florence Home Healthcare Center. The event raised funds to allow the facility to add an adaptive yoga practice to its Life Enrichment Program. See page 18.
AARP offering driving course AARP is offering a new four-hour, research-based Smart Driver Course for older adults. By completing the course, participants will learn research-based driving safety strategies that can reduce the likelihood of having an accident; understand the links between the driver, the vehicle, and the road environment, and how this awareness encourages safer driving; learn how aging, medications, alcohol, and health-related issues affect driving ability and ways to allow for these changes; increase confidence; know how to share the road safely with other drivers, and learn the newest safety and advance features in vehicles. The fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonAARP members. No tests or examinations are involved, course completion certificates are provided, and auto insurance discounts may apply. Here’s this month’s schedule: Friday, June 8 9:30 a.m. Metro Community College 805 N. 204th St. Call 531-622-5231 to register
Saturday, June 9 1 p.m. AARP Information Center 1941 S. 42nd St #220 Call 402-398-9568 to register
Saturday, June 9 9 a.m. The Premier Group 11605 Miracle Hills Dr. #205 Call 402-934-1351 to register
Wednesday, June 13 9 a.m. CHI Health Midlands Hospital 11111 S. 84th St. Call 888-333-7520 to register
Tuesday, June 19 9:30 a.m. Sunridge Village 13410 Blondo St. Call 402-496-0116 to register
Author has 30 years experience
Palliative care nurse Nugent pens book about her patients An experienced palliative care nurse has published a stirring compilation of her former patients’ stories that intertwines her own experiences working in the medical field with her observations of others as they faced the end of their life. In As Good as Goodbyes Get: A Window into Death and Dying, author Joy Nugent, who has more than 30 years of experience working in palliative care, presents a deeply spiritual examination of what it means to die and advocates for the recognition and discussion of the soul’s ultimate journey as a person seeks a sense of peace and completion in their final days. “It is my belief that, in order to live a fuller and more meaningful life, we need to become more open in our conversations about death and dying, Nugent said. “Joy Nugent presents a wealth of lifelong learning and empathetic understanding of patients’ needs in her book As Good as Goodbyes Get: A Window into Death and Dying, an Amazon customer wrote in a fivestar review of the book. “Having studied Eastern and Western philosophies on the subject matter, she brings her compassionate nursing skills to palliative care.” As Good as Goodbyes Get: A Window into Death and Dying is available in paperback from the Balboa Press Bookstore, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.
UNO gerontology study
he University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Department of Gerontology is looking for healthy adults and caregivers for patients with dementia to participate in a research study about social decision making, perception, and hormones. Participants must be between ages 19 and 110, able to comprehend written and spoken English, have the mobility to travel to the UNO campus, and have completed a minimum of two years of high school. Compensation is available for participants and complementary parking will be available a short walk from the building where the study will take place. Men and women won’t be eligible to be part of the study if they’ve received a diagnosis of neurological or psychiatric disease (stroke, depression, etc.), are taking antidepressant medication, have vision, hearing, or motor difficulties, or are pregnant. Study participants will be asked to make a one-time, three-hour visit to a lab on UNO’s Dodge Street campus. The experiment will involve paper and pencil questionnaires, computer tasks, and saliva collection for hormone analyses. For more information, please contact Janelle Beadle, Ph.D. at 402-554-5961 or ABELabUNO@gmail.com.
Web streaming is available
Elder Justice Training scheduled for June 12 The State Unit on Aging within the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and the Nebraska State Bar Association’s Elder Law Section are co-sponsoring training on a variety of topics ranging from caregiving and respite to financial exploitation issues impacting guardianships and conservatorships. The training will also address the Medicaid eligibility process and the Nebraska Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention efforts. The 2018 Elder Justice Training will be held on Tuesday, June 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:55 p.m. at the NET studios in Lincoln. The training will also be offered via web streaming at 12 locations across the state and on personal computers. This free training is open to staff from the state’s eight Area Agencies on Aging (including the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging), long-term care facilities, Adult Protective Services staff, Senior Companion Program volunteers, Foster Grandparent Program volunteers, Ombudsman Advocate Program volunteers, attorneys, bankers, law enforcement officers, medical professionals, and personnel from other organizations across Nebraska. Continuing Education Credits for nursing will be provided upon request through Iowa Western Community College. Continuing Legal Education Credits are also available to attorneys through the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission. More information, including the agenda, registration form, and web streaming locations is available online at www.dhhs.ne.gov/agingtraining.
Elder access line
egal Aid of Nebraska operates a free telephone access line for Nebraskans age 60 and older. Information is offered to help the state’s older men and women with questions on topics like bankruptcy, homestead exemptions, collections, powers of attorney, Medicare, Medicaid, grandparent rights, and Section 8 housing. The telephone number for the Elder Access Line is 402827-5656 in Omaha and 1-800-527-7249 statewide. This service is available to Nebraskans age 60 and older regardless of income, race, or ethnicity. For more information, log on the Internet to legalaidofnebraska.com/EAL.
Return homestead exemption applications by June 30
pplicants whose names are on file in the assessor’s office in Douglas, Sarpy, Dodge, Cass, and Washington counties should have a homestead exemption form mailed to them by early March. New applicants must contact their county assessor’s office to receive the application. The 2018 forms and a household income statement must be completed and returned to the county assessor’s office by June 30, 2018. A homestead exemption provides property tax relief by exempting all or part of the homestead’s valuation from taxation. The state of Nebraska reimburses the counties and other government subdivisions for the lost tax revenue. To qualify for a homestead exemption, a Nebraska homeowner must be age 65 by Jan. 1, 2018, the home’s owner/occupant through Aug. 15, 2018, and fall within the income guidelines shown below. Certain homeowners who have a disability, are developmentally disabled, are totally disabled war veterans, or the widow(er) of a totally disabled war veteran – including those who have remarried after age 57 – may also be eligible for this
annual tax break. When determining household income, applicants must include Social Security and Railroad Retirement benefits plus any income for which they receive a Form 1099. The homestead exemption amount is based on the homeowner’s marital status and income level (see below). Maximum exemptions are based on the average assessed value for residential property in each Nebraska county.
he Douglas County Assessor/Register of Deeds’ office (1819 Farnam St.) is sending volunteers into the community to help older adults complete the application form. The volunteers will be located at sites throughout the county. A list of these locations will be included with your application. Assistance is also available by calling Volunteers Assisting Seniors (see page 7) at 402-444-6617. Here are the numbers for the local assessor’s offices: Douglas: 402-444-7060, option #2; Sarpy: 402-593-2122; Dodge: 402-727-3915; Cass: 402-296-9310; and Washington: 402-426-6800.
Household income table Over age 65 married income
Over age 65 single income
0 - $33,100.99 $33,101 - $34,900.99 $34,901 - $36,700.99 $36,701 - $38,400.99 $38,401 - $40,200.99 $40,201 - $42,000.99 $42,001 - $43,800.99 $43,801 - $45,600.99 $45,601 - $47,400.99 $47,401 - $49,100.99 $49,101 and over
0 to $28,200.99 $28,201 - $29,600.99 $29,601 - $31,100.99 $31,101 - $32,600.99 $32,601 - $34,000.99 $34,001 - $35,500.99 $35,501 - $37,000.99 $37,001 - $38,400.99 $38,401 - $39,900.99 $39,901 - $41,400.99 $41,401 and over
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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.
Editor....................................................Jeff Reinhardt Ad Mgr................Mitch Laudenback, 402-444-4148 Contributing Writers......Nick Schinker, Leo Biga, & Lois Friedman ENOA Board of Governors: Mary Ann Borgeson, Douglas County, chairperson; Lisa Kramer, Washington County, vice-chairperson; Janet McCartney, Cass County, secretary; David Saalfeld, Dodge County, & Jim Warren, Sarpy County. The New Horizons and the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging provide services without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, disability, or age.
Dora Bingel Senior Center You’re invited to visit the Dora Bingel Senior Center, 923 N. 38th St., this month for the following: • June 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, & 29: Ceramics @ 9 a.m. • June 4, 11, 18, & 25: Al-Anon meeting @ 7 p.m. • June 6: Holy Communion served @ 10 a.m. • June 6, 20, & 27: Tai Chi @ 11 a.m. • June 11: Book Club @ 10 a.m. • June 20: Foot care clinic from 9 a.m. to noon. Make an appointment by calling 392-1818. • June 20: The Merrymakers present music by Joe Taylor @ 11:30 a.m. Lunch is $3. • June 27: Birthday party luncheon @ noon. Eat free if you have a June birthday. • June 29: Hard of Hearing Support group @ 10:30 a.m. 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 all meals. Other activities offered at the facility include: Tuesday: Joy Club Devotions @ 10 a.m. and matinee @ 12:30 p.m. Wednesday: Devotions @ 10:30 a.m.; bingo @ 12:30 p.m., and Bible study at 12:30 p.m. Friday: Bingo @ 12:30 p.m. For more information, please call 402-898-5854.
Millard Senior Center You’re invited to visit the Millard Senior Center at Montclair, 2304 S. 135th Ave., this month for the following: • May 5: National Say Something Nice Day. • May 6: Farmers Market vouchers will be distributed @ 9 a.m. See the story on page 7 for more information. • May 7: Trip to Lauritzen Gardens. We’ll leave the center @ 9 a.m. The cost is $5. Sign up to reserve a space. • May 13: Board meeting @ 9:45 a.m. Contact any board member or Tamara Womack with any questions. • May 15: Rich Patton entertains @ 10 a.m. • May 19: VNA presentation on “My shoes don’t fit” @ 10:45 a.m. • May 21: Trip to the Dillard’s Outlet. We’ll leave the center @ 12:30 p.m. Space is limited, so please sign up. • May 26: Petra Misner, with the Azria Nursing Home, will speak about scams in the community @ 10:45 a.m. • May 30: Tightrope Day. Test your balance. The center is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch is served @ 11:30 a.m. A $3.50 donation is suggested for the meal. Reservations are due by noon the business day prior to the meal the participant wishes to enjoy. Other center activities include walking, card games, Tai Chi, dominoes, quilting, needlework, chair volleyball, and bingo. For more information, please call 402-546-1270.
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Medical community is unable to provide much assistance after a nuclear event
special report in a recent issue of the New England Journal of Medicine details serious concerns the medical community would be able to do much, if anything, to assist people in the event of a major nuclear event. The report was written by two leading experts in the medical field – Robert Gale, M.D., Ph.D., visiting professor of hematology, Imperial College London, and James Armitage, M.D., the Joe Shapiro Professor of Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in the division of oncology & hematology. The report states, “As in all medicine, prevention is better than cure. We believe the best approach is a carefully conceived, longterm plan within the public education system to provide lessons on radiation biology. “Because this subject is usually not well taught in medical schools, health care providers, including physicians, also should be required to take an informational course, much as several states require for responses to child abuse, therapy options for breast and prostate cancer, and management of Alzheimer’s disease.” The authors said the average destructive force of modern nuclear weapons is equal to approximately 1 megaton of TNT. However, the Soviet Union’s RDS-220 hydrogen bomb is equivalent to 50 megatons of TNT, or approximately 5,000 times more powerful than “Little Boy,” the bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima during WWII. “Planning an effective medical response to an attack with weapons like these is futile,” the authors said. Tissues such as the skin, lung, gastrointestinal tract, and bone marrow are the most severely immediately impacted in a nuclear blast.
In one scenario of an attack with an improvised nuclear device, there would be approximately 100,000 immediate deaths and another 100,000 casualties requiring medical intervention. Many of the people killed would be emergency and medical personnel, and many of those who survive would be exposed to high doses of neutron and gamma radiation. One simple way to triage large numbers of potentially exposed persons is to exclude those who haven’t had nausea and vomiting within four hours. The report said it will be very difficult to determine which patients might benefit from a bone marrow transplant. Estimating the precise dose of radiation for these patients also will be difficult. For example, if a person’s arm or leg is shielded by an automobile or concrete, some of the bone marrow may be unexposed or less exposed, and hematopoietic cell transplantation may not be required. The authors said it’s unlikely physicians will be able to make correct informed decisions regarding the benefits and risks of diverse medical interventions, especially ones with substantial potential adverse risks.
ast experiences with much smaller nuclear events, such as the Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear power facility accidents, suggest the best planning is unrealistic and unlikely to be effective with a large nuclear or radiologic terrorist event, the authors said, and it’s obviously useless if a nuclear weapon is detonated or in the event of a limited nuclear war. “There has been little progress made in educating government officials, policymakers, and the public about the real consequences of exposure to ionizing radiation,” the authors wrote. “This oversight comes at our own peril.” Several recent trends and events are disturbing, they wrote. These include: • Russia being in violation of the 1987 IntermediateRange Nuclear Forces Treaty. • Congress approving measures to expand and increase the capability of nuclear weapons in the U.S. arsenal. • The Trump administration giving the Air Force permission to develop a stealth nuclear cruise missile and to begin replacing the aging Minuteman missiles in silos across the U.S. • The U.S. developing smaller nuclear weapons that could be used in tactical settings. The smaller size of the weapons increases the likelihood they would be used and increases the number of weapons that could be stolen by terrorists or transported into the U.S. • Global nuclear weapons modernization, outsized nuclear weapons arsenals, and collapsing nuclear weapons treaties all pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humankind. “Educating government officials, policymakers, and the public about the risk of nuclear terrorism is essential,” the authors concluded. “Understanding what we can achieve – and especially what we cannot realistically achieve – with medical preparedness is also essential.” The special report notes nuclear power facilities have long been considered a target for some sort of nuclear attack. Dr. Gale, who was the lead U.S. physician at the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986, said the concerns associated with nuclear power facilities were validated by reports earlier this month that Russia was conducting cyberattacks on U.S. nuclear power facilities. (UNMC provided this information.)
NARFE The National Active and Retired Federal Employees’ Chapter 144 meets the first Wednesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at the Amazing Pizza Machine, 13955 S Plz. For more information, call 402-292-1156. The National Active and Retired Federal Employees’ Aksarben Chapter 1370 meets the second Wednesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at the Amazing Pizza Machine, 13955 S Plz. For more information, call 402-3424351.
HEOS, a social organization for singles age 60 and older, meets at 1:30 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 402-399-0759 or Mary at 402-3933052.
Florence AARP chapter The Florence AARP chapter meets monthly at Mountview Presbyterian Church, 5308 Hartman Ave. The programs begin each month with a noon lunch followed by a speaker. For reservations, please call Gerry Goldsborough at 402-571-0971. Rides to the meeting are available by calling Ruth Kruse at 402453-4825. Here are the remaining 2018 programs:
• June 18 Theresa Jordan CareMatrix
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
n Friday, June 15 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day will be observed around the world. WEAAD, which started in 2006, is designed to raise awareness of the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older adults. Each year, Adult Protective Services – a program of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services – handles approximately 3,000 elder abuse cases around the state including 1,000 in the Douglas-Sarpy County area. APS gets involved with these cases when it receives a call to its hotline (1-800-652-1999) from a concerned citizen, a mandatory reporter, or a law enforcement officer. The hotline is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Warning signs of elder abuse may include unexplained injuries, not taking medications properly, withdrawal from normal activities, and sudden changes in a person’s financial situation. Experts estimate as many as five million older Americans
are abused each year. It’s thought, however, that only one in six of these older men or women report their abuse. APS encourages individuals to call its hotline or contact law enforcement if they suspect a vulnerable older adult (has a mental and/or a functional impairment) has been a victim of self-neglect, physical, financial, or sexual abuse. Individuals can also fight back against elder abuse by staying in contact with older relatives, friends, and neighbors to help build a social network that decreases social isolation. On Friday, June 15, the WEAAD observation in eastern Nebraska will include having the WoodmenLife building in downtown Omaha lit in purple. For more information on WEAAD, log on to dhhs.ne.gov/WEADD.
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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 Partnership. 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.
Especially common with older adults
The battle against loneliness, social isolation By Nancy Hemesath
recently heard a program on National Public Radio that thoroughly captured my attention. The interviewer and guests described the health issues attached to the pain of loneliness. Recent studies on the negative health impact of social isolation, i.e. loneliness, can hardly be overstated. Feeling lonely is a comparable health risk to smoking 15 cigarettes per day or to severe obesity. The United Kingdom has gone so far as to create a Minister of Loneliness to address this epidemic.
People who say they always or frequently feel lonely are at higher risk for heart disease, cognitive decline, depression, anxiety, and other health issues. They’re also at risk for premature mortality. Because the dangers of loneliness affect so many people, it’s described as an epidemic based on the sheer numbers who suffer this condition. In a world where so many people live by themselves, the likelihood of loneliness increases, particularly among older adults. Social connection is a protective antidote for this loneliness. Quality interaction with people who care diminishes the sense of isolation. Face-to-face connections counterbalance the many hours people are spending alone. Conversation nourishes the mind as food nourishes the body. What seems like small talk may lift loneliness and provide a sense of comfort. Regular visits break up boredom and create joyful anticipation. Those who are lonely may feel no one really cares, thus Serving Proudly: A View of the Great War through Douglas County, Nebraska Douglas County Historical Society’s 2018-2019 exhibit is now on display at the General Crook House Museum! Come see the local commitment to the war effort during WWI. OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK- Enter from 32nd and Sorensen Weekdays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Weekends 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
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assuming they shouldn’t reach out lest they be a “bother” to all the busy people in their lives. Seeking relief from loneliness with this mindset is difficult, if not impossible. Getting oneself out to attend activities, even for those who are physically able, can be daunting. Loneliness then deepens creating a kind of paralysis. The United States doesn’t have a Minister of Loneliness who is attempting to orchestrate a response that provides social interaction for older adults. Sounds like a tough job to me. Rather it’s up to those of us who are blessed with relationships and communities to pay attention to those who may be suffering from isolation. Aging parents may have their physical needs met, but do they have regular visits or calls from children and grandchildren? Neighbors who live alone may appear to be self-sufficient, but would they enjoy a visit that’s more than a hello? Do those people who no longer drive have anyone to transport them to church services, clubs, or activities that get them out to enjoy the comradery that was once part of their lives? Even those of us who aren’t mobile can use our phones to reach out to friends and relatives who are alone. In our society, we’re vigilant about epidemics such as the flu. We get our shots, practice good hygiene, and care for those who are ill. Are we equally concerned about the loneliness epidemic? If each one helped one, this epidemic would quickly abate. Ironically, if we’re reaching out to the lonely, we will feel less alone. It’s a WIN-WIN. (Hemesath, who owns Encore Coaching, can be reached online at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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Recipes for your summer Summertime and the livin' is easy. Summer is any time in this terrific array of cookbooks. Recipes for every summer day or night. From Storey: Cast-Iron Cooking By Rachael Narins ($12.95) Everything you need to know about cast-iron cooking and cookware. Get the most out of this cooking workhorse that’s served the test of time. How to buy or revive a garage sale find. Hopefully you saved Granny’s kitchen treasures. Forty recipes from breakfast through desserts. Cattail Moonshine & Milkweed Medicine By Tammi Hartung ($19.95) This herbalist/organic farmer shares 125 uses, stories, and discoveries with photographs and drawings. A terrific read about 43 amazing North American native plants from Agave to Yucca. Food Anatomy By Julia Rothman ($16.95) Explore bits, pieces, and parts in this international guide to all things edible. See this culinary cornucopia through the creative eyes of the artist/author who shares her culinary expertise. Bacon Freak By Loosbrock, Lewis, & Hubbard (Sterling, $19.95) Everything mmmm bacon. Bacon 101, What’s for Brunch, Comfort Food, Party Hardy, Bacony Desserts, Swine & Wine, and bacon fests across the country. Fifty recipes for bacon martini, meatloaf, doughnut holes, chicharrones, and more. The South’s Best Butts By Matt Moore (Oxmoor, $26.95) This Southern Living publication is in three parts: Fuel-Flavor, Smokehouse Stories & Recipes, and All the Trimmings. Each has an index for subjects and recipes. Everybody has an opinion about BBQ. The author has gathered a variety of our country’s best...regional techniques, recipes, stories, and tales that finger-lickin’ good. Try this biscuit recipe, you’ll like it.
Sweet Potato Biscuits (Makes about 2 dozen)
1 1/2 cups mashed cooked sweet potato 1 cup (8 ounces) whole buttermilk 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) salted butter, melted 2 tablespoons sugar 1/8 teaspoon baking soda 3 1/3 cups self-rising flour Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease (with cooking spray) a baking sheet. Stir together the potato, buttermilk, and butter in a large bowl. Add the sugar, baking soda, and three cups of the flour, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead eight to 10 times, adding up to 1/3 cup more flour to prevent dough from sticking. Roll the dough to 3/4 inch thick; cut with a two-inch round cutter. Place the biscuits on prepared baking sheet. Bake at 400 degree F for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.
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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
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Be your own advocate
Don’t be afraid to ask for help when planning for summer fun By Jana Lemrick, MBA, MS, BA
ummer can bring about exciting events in Omaha like the College World Series, fireworks at TD Ameritrade Park, farmers’ markets in Aksarben Village and elsewhere, or fishing in the Missouri River. However, summer can also bring about anxiety or depression for older adults. Many of the activities that used to be enjoyable are now difficult or impossible for them to enjoy. This could be caused from a variety of issues related to aging; physical pain experienced while walking, no one to help with transportation, or an inability to connect with friends and loved ones. It’s never easy but asking for help is an important first step. Reach out to someone close to you and discuss your concerns. Let them know what activities you want to be a part of and work together to create solutions. There are many community resources available as well. Be your own advocate and find ways for you to enjoy your summer. (Lemrick is the Human Resource Director for Midwest Geriatrics Inc. in Omaha.)
Convincing others to use hearing aids By Dr. Leisa Lyles-DeLeon Repeatedly responding to “What did you say?” can often be the norm during conversations with older adults. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, about 28.8 million Americans could benefit from hearing aids. Despite age being the strongest predictor of hearing loss among adults, fewer than one in three men and women age 70 and older with hearing loss, have used hearing aids. To make matters worse, hearing loss is often progressive in nature. This means it can become gradually worse without the problem being immediately apparent to those with the hearing impairment. Loudly repeating yourself or noticing the TV volume is too high; all signs may
Farmers’ Market produce vouchers will be distributed in June at ENOA’s senior centers
armers’ Market vouchers are being distributed during June at the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging’s senior centers. To be eligible to receive $48 in vouchers, recipients must be age 60 or older and have an annual income less than $22,459 for a single person or less than $30, 451 for a two-person household. The vouchers can be exchanged for fresh produce sold at Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) certified farmers’ market stands in Nebraska through Oct. 31, 2018. The SFMNP – administered by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services’ State Unit on Aging – provides fresh locally-grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Please note that most distributions will occur during
the first two weeks of June. If you’re interested in obtaining the vouchers, please contact an ENOA senior center for information regarding the specific date and time that center has scheduled the distribution. The program’s appropriations are limited, therefore, not everyone requesting vouchers may receive them. More information is available at the ENOA senior centers. A complete list of these facilities can be found online at enoa.org by clicking on Program” and then the Senior Centers link.
be pointing to concerns of hearing loss for your loved one. How do you get older adults to realize how much of a toll this is taking on their well-being? Here are a few ways to convince an older loved one to consider using hearing aids. • Discuss the sense of independence they’ll gain. Not relying on others to repeat messages will allow them to play a more active role in discussions. While this can easily be taken for granted, being able to participate in the flow of information is essential to living an independent and productive life. • Share how feelings of frustration may be reduced. Older adults with hearing loss may hear noise but may not be able to discern what it is. This may be especially true with speech, making conversations extremely difficult. • Express your desire for their safety. Whether it’s being able to hear the smoke detector when sleeping at night or a car honking while driving, talk about your desire for them to be as safe as possible and how hearing
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Sarpy County Museum Visit the Sarpy County Museum – 2402 Clay St. in Bellevue – on Saturday, June 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. for a pie social. The event serves as a community fundraiser and a kick-off for the annual Great Sarpy County Quilt Exhibit. The pie social also supports efforts to maintain the museum, its train depot, and its caboose. Pie, drinks, and ice cream will be available for purchase. Tickets are $2 for a slice of pie and $1 each for ice cream and drinks. The Sarpy County Museum will be open to view more than 100 quilts made by area quilters on Sunday, Aug. 19. For more information, please contact Tricia Cottrell at 402-292-1880 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
well will help. • Discuss fatigue and how this may be reduced. It’s easy to underestimate the amount of energy and effort it takes for someone who is hearing impaired to listen. In reality, it’s extremely exhausting and causes fatigue, which can impact the desire to partake in leisure activities and lessening productivity. The brain has to work much harder to think, interpret sound, and produce speech. • Offer to go with them to their first hearing aid appointment. Help reduce the fear of the unknown and increase the sense of urgency by offering to go with your loved one to an appointment for a hearing test. An audiologist who will evaluate the sensitivity of your loved one’s sense of hearing typically conducts this test. The test assesses a person’s ability to hear by measuring the ability of sound to reach the brain. Joining this appointment can help reduce any anxiety the loved one may have been experiencing just thinking about the visit. (Dr. DeLeon is a Washington, D.C. audiologist.)
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VAS can help file your Homestead Exemption applications
he Nebraska Homestead Exemption program can provide relief from property taxes by exempting all or part of the home’s valuation from taxation (see page 3 for more information). Volunteers Assisting Seniors (VAS) is June 1 10 a.m. to noon Iron Workers Union Hall 14515 Industrial Rd.
available to help older Nebraskans file their 2018 homestead exemption applications at several Omaha-area sites. See below for a list of the sites, dates, and times VAS representatives are available. Please call 402-444-6617 to schedule an appointment.
June 5 10 a.m. to noon Elkhorn Eagles 20276 Wirt St.
June 8 10 a.m. to noon Faith Westwood Church 4814 Oaks Ln.
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Hearing loss group to meet on June 12
he Omaha Area Hearing Loss Association of America, a support group for hard of hearing adults, will next meet on Tuesday, June 12 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. For more information, please contact Beth Ellsworth at beth.ellsworth@ nebraska.gov or Verla Hamilton at 402-558-6449.
Learning to handle your stress
id the latest challenge in life bring on a tightening in your stomach? Does constant worry about a loved one’s health make you physically ill yourself? Everyone at some point feels the effects of stress. Not everyone deals with stress in the best way, though. “Often stressed-out people seek relief through alcohol, tobacco, or drugs, but that just makes matters worse,” says Richard Purvis, a health and wellness practitioner and author of Recalibrate: Six Secrets to Resetting Your Age (www.richardpurvisauthor.com). “Instead of relieving stress, those toxic substances tend to keep the body in a stressed state, causing even more physical problems.” Today is a good time to reflect on how the demands and anxieties of daily life put a strain not just on our minds, but on our bodies as well. Stress, of course, is not always a bad thing. It does serve a positive purpose. “It can keep us alert and prepares us to avoid danger,” Purvis says. “But stress becomes a negative factor when a person faces continuous challenges without any time mixed in for relief or relaxation.” As a result, he says, people become overworked, and stress-related anxiety and illness can occur. The strain leads them to suffer from such ailments as headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, and problems sleeping. Purvis says a few examples of how stress can play havoc on our bodies include: • Musculoskeletal system. When we experience stress, it’s natural for our muscles to tense up. “It’s the body’s way of guarding against injury and pain,” Purvis says. Usually, the muscles relax once the stressful event passes. But chronic stress keeps the muscles in a constant state of guardedness. “When muscles are taut and tense for long periods of time other reactions in the body are triggered,” he says. Chronic muscle tension in the shoulders, neck, and head can lead to tension-type headaches and migraines. • Respiratory system. Stress causes people to breathe harder. “That’s not a problem for most people,” Purvis says. “But if you suffer from asthma or a lung disease such as emphysema, getting essential oxygen can be difficult.” He says some studies show that acute stress events – such as the death of a loved one – can trigger asthma attacks in which the airway between the nose and the lungs constrict. Also, rapid breathing associated with stress – or hyperventilation – can result in a panic attack in some people. • Gastrointestinal system. Sometimes people who are stressed will eat much more than usual. Sometimes they will eat much less. Neither is healthy. “You can get heartburn or acid reflux if you eat more food or different types of food, or if you increase how much alcohol you drink or tobacco you use,” Purvis says. When you’re stressed, the brain sends alert sensations to the stomach. Your stomach can react with “butterflies,” nausea, or pain. “Severe stress can cause vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation,” he says. “If your stress becomes chronic, you might develop ulcers or severe stomach pain.” So, what’s to be done? Purvis points out stress is a natural occurrence in life and happens to everyone. “Since you can’t avoid your job, bills, or other life experiences, the best thing to do is learn to manage stress,” he says. “You won’t avoid stress entirely, but it is possible to minimize the effects by eating healthy, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and taking care of yourself in general.”
Opening scheduled for January 2019
Expanded Intercultural Senior Center will serve older adults from around the world
Keystone Villas Senior Living presents
Ice Cream Social
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We’re happy to have you as our community neighbors and want to spend more time getting to know you. Grab a chair and join us for ice cream sundaes in our beautiful lobby and dining room.
Sunday, June 24 2 to 4 p.m
Free will donation to benefit the Resident Council Fund
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n a hot, muggy day in late May, ground was broken at 5545 Center St. for the new 22,000 square-foot, $6.2 million Intercultural Senior Center. Founded in 2009, the ISC serves older adults in Omaha and from around the world. The facility has outgrown the rented space it occupies at 3010 R St. The Intercultural Senior Center was originally designed to provide pro-
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grams and services primarily for older Latinos but has since expanded its reach to assist older clients from 25 countries including Sudan, Somalia, Bhutan, Nepal, and Burma.
In addition to midday meals, the ISC offers case management, English as a second language and citizenship classes, support groups, and activities like Tai Chi, Zumba, dancing, sewing, and gardening. The new ISC is scheduled to open in January 2019. For more information about the ISC – which is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. – please call 402-4446529.
Arrow Rock, Clydesdales, and Chuck Wagon Dinner Show. August 9 - 11. $565. See the Budweiser Clydesdales at Warm Springs Ranch, enjoy a Chuckwagon Wild West Dutch Oven Dinner Show, “The 39 Steps” play at Arrow Rock’s Lyceum Theater, lunch at Les Bourgeois Vineyards, Columbia’s Candy Factory, a Jamesport Amish Farm tour and lunch, and the village of Arrow Rock, an entire village designated as a National Historic Landmark. Branson Christmas. November 5 – 8. $719. ($759 after 8/20/18). Enjoy the Legends in Concert (Elton John, Brooks & Dunn, Tina Turner, The Blues Brothers, and Elvis), Daniel O’Donnell, The Hughes Brothers, “Samson” at the Sight & Sound Theater, Hot Rods & High Heels, and Million Dollar Quartet.
ENOA staff collects, donates underwear
ay is Older tended an ENOA all-staff meeting to collect some of the Americans donated underwear for her organization. Month in the United States. As part of the nationwide celebration, Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging staff members purchased new, packaged underwear to be donated to Youth Emergency Services, the Open Door Mission, and to the Heart Ministry. The underwear collection’s theme was The Undie 500. ENOA staff members were divided into four neighborhoods (teams). Each neighborhood’s collection was lined up on a “race track” to see which team had donated the most packIn May, Maren Larsen (middle) from Youth ages of new underwear. Emergency Services, picked up packages of Overall, the ENOA staff donated underwear from ENOA staff members collected and donated 173 (from left): Deidra Cleveland, Chris Gillette, packages with 944 pairs of Katelyn York, and Yvonne Betts. Cleveland, underwear. Gillette, York, and Betts were part of the Midtown In May, Maren Larsen, neighborhood team that collected and donated the Youth Emergency Service’s mentoring specialist, atmost underwear among the ENOA staff.
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Warming brings four decades of coaching success to UNO soccer
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On April 2, Warming was named head soccer coach at UNO. By Nick Schinker Contributing Writer
ll of us have dominant elements that have come to shape our lives. For twotime National Soccer Coach of the Year Bob Warming, the dominant element is a shape itself – the circle. There is the circle of the soccer ball, those he used to block as a goalie in college, and those that have been the focus of his incredibly successful 42-year coaching career. There are the circles that were part of the plays he drew up over and over, until the introduction of video made diagraming with “Xs” and “Os” obsolete. Most of all, there are the circles of people and events that he now recognizes were actually starting points, eventually leading back to that person or place, the second time with a greater understanding of why he got there. “There are so many things in my life you could call ‘ironic,’” he says, “but I wouldn’t.”
arming, age 64, was born in Murray, Ky., where his father, Karl, was a hospital administrator. “We lived across the street in a house the hospital provided,” Bob recalls. “At that time, getting a house to go along with your job meant you were truly giving service to others.” His mother, Eloise, “was a real inspiration to me,” he says. “She left home at 16 on a train bound for a college she had never seen, with every possession in one small suitcase, and five bucks her dad gave her.” Her journey began in the coal mining town of Clifton Forge, Va., and took her to Berea College in Berea, Ky. She studied hard and eventually became a professor
and reading specialist, teaching at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. Warming’s father, meanwhile, ultimately became a college administrator at Berea College. Circle number one.
arming grew up like the rest of the kids he knew, competing in the sport of the season. “It was just the culture in town; you played sports.” Berea was a small town, but it had a propensity for producing the state amateur champion in golf. Warming tried for the title. “I finished fourth, and felt I failed,” he said. Warming’s father had played tennis in college. The same man who coached Karl served as Bob’s tennis coach, both as a youth competitor and later in college as a four-sport letter winner at Berea College. Circle number two. “It was an incredible experience for me,” Warming recalls. “When I was 13, I went to meet with my coach and he said, ‘You’re teaching the U9s (age 9 and under) today.’ I said, ‘Are you kidding?’ But I did it and I loved it. That day I went home and told my parents that I wanted to be a coach. I remember how enthusiastic I was. Watching kids improve really lit me up.” Besides tennis, Warming was also a varsity letter winner on the Berea golf, swimming, and soccer teams. “Back then, we had no Internet, of course. We had no way of reaching out to others except in person, and all we had were rural kids playing for us. Our mission at Berea is founded in scripture, ‘God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth’ (Acts 17:26). Our administrators felt that to achieve that mission, we had to diversify.” So, representatives of the college were dispatched to find and bring
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Bob inherits a team that lost 10 players from its 2017 roster. back a more diverse student body. Some went to Africa. “In the ’60s and the ’70s, Africans were not allowed to play soccer professionally in England or in Europe. No blacks. So, we brought them back to Berea, and I had the opportunity to train and play with them. That was not a popular thing in the South at the time, but I loved it. I loved learning about their culture, how they lived, what their beliefs were like. It was fascinating for me. It helped instill the idea of being a lifelong learner.” Warming wanted to be a field player on the Berea soccer team, but no one on the squad was better in goal. He posted a record of 28-2-2 as starting goalkeeper. After earning his bachelor’s degree at Berea, Warming went on to earn a master’s degree at Eastern Kentucky University, where his mother had taught. “I was the first graduate ever in sports management,” he says, smiling. “My master’s thesis was how to start a college soccer program.” Years later, he incorporated part of that thesis as bullet points in his presentation when he interviewed to become head soccer coach at Creighton University in Omaha in 1990. here are many people Warming considers as mentors, but “the first and biggest” is his college soccer coach Bob Pearson. “He called me in my senior year and said that they were starting a high school soccer program in town. I said, ‘Who’s going to coach it?’ He said, ‘You are.’ My senior year in college, I became Berea’s first high school coach.” A year after Warming received his bachelor’s degree, Pearson again called Bob into his office. “He said, ‘You’re going to be the next head
coach at Transylvania (Lexington, Ky.) University.’ I said, ‘But, they’re terrible.’ He said, ‘That’s why you’re going to be the head coach. Go down and sign up.’ That was it; no interview required.” After spending one season at Transylvania, Warming served as the head soccer coach at Berry College near Rome, Ga., from 1977 until 1981. When Warming left to take a head coaching job at Charlotte University in North Carolina, he was succeeded at Berry by – Bob Pearson. “Life’s circles are pretty crazy, aren’t they?” Warming met his wife, Cindy, while he was working as a graduate assistant at the University of Kentucky. “I went to a college bar and saw this beautiful young woman hanging with some of my friends’ friends,” he recalls. “I asked her to marry me six weeks later.” The couple were married Aug. 13, 1977. “Our anniversary is at the start of the season,” he says. “My gift is that I leave the house.” The Warmings had four children: Emily, Bess, and twins Grant and Audrey. Audrey died in 2012 when her car was hit by a drunk driver. “She was the designated driver for two other girls,” Warming says. “They survived. She was 22.” Like his marriage, Warming’s coaching career has spanned more than four decades. He is a two-time National Coach of the Year and was named Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2013 at Penn State. He is a six-time National Coach of the Year finalist. He ranks second among active NCAA Division I coaches with 461 wins and is one of only two active coaches to take two different programs to the NCAA College Cup (St. Louis University in 1997 and Creighton University in 2002). He has had --Please turn to page 11.
Chance to live near granddaughter ended Bob’s brief retirement --Continued from page 10. more than 60 players go on to play professional soccer. Warming served two times as the head soccer coach at Creighton (1990 to 1994 and 2001 to 2009), and is the winningest coach in program history, having led the Bluejays to 190 victories, seven Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament championships, 11 NCAA Championship appearances, and the 2002 College Cup. Most recently, Warming led Penn State to back-toback Big Ten Championships in 2012 and 2013. Warming directed the Nittany Lions to three NCAA tournament berths including trips to the Sweet 16 in 2010 and 2013. He has coached more than 25 All-Big Ten players, and more than 60 Academic All-Conference honorees. Of the many players who made him proud, one was a transfer from the University of Loyola – his son, Grant. “He asked me if he could try out for the team and I told him there were no guarantees,” Warming recalls. “I told him, ’I’ll never play you unless you’re better than the other guy.’” After that talk, Grant finished number one in fitness testing. “He worked his butt off,” Warming says. “The team made him captain.” Grant played a midfield position on the Penn State teams that won the consecutive Big Ten championships. “He had to cover a lot of
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Warming says his greatest accomplishment in coaching will be winning a national soccer title at UNO. territory in that position,” Warming says. “He was clocked on a GPS, and averaged 11.8 miles per game.” The Warmings’ daughters, Bess and Emily, were both married in 2016, one month apart. Bess and her husband, Dan, live in Omaha, and seven months ago gave birth to a daughter, Willa. And though Emily and her
husband Bryan, who live in Oakland, Calif., four months ago gave birth to a son, Oliver, it was Willa who sparked Warming’s most sudden career move. “When I came to Omaha and held Willa, it was game over,” Warming says. “I knew where Cindy and I had to be.” So, Warming walked into the athletic director’s office in State College, Pa., and last fall walked away from his career, announcing his retirement after eight years as Penn State’s men’s soccer coach. He and Cindy moved back to Omaha and a life of peace, quiet, and grandparenting. It didn’t last long.
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Bob’s college coaching career includes stops at Creighton, Charlotte, St. Louis, and Penn State.
n April 2, 2018, Warming was introduced by University of Nebraska at Omaha Vice Chancellor for Athletics Trev Alberts as the new UNO men’s soccer coach. Warming succeeded Jason Mims, UNO’s firstever men’s soccer coach who (ironically) served as Warming’s assistant at both Creighton and Penn State. Mims left UNO to accept a position with Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer. Warming says when he left Penn State, retirement seemed the best choice. “But for me, it wasn’t like
the competitive fire had gone completely out,” he says. “The pilot light was still on.” It has since turned into an inferno. “I’ve had to go from zero to 250 miles per hour. We lost 10 players from last year’s roster, and it’s a short runway to Aug. 1 (the beginning of the 2018 season).” Warming has hit the road, looking near and far to replace those players, traveling in early May to Europe. “I like to meet the family when I recruit a player,” he says. “I need to know what the connection will be. You can’t build a relationship without loyalty, trust, and respect.” And though he admits to being “on the back-nine of my career,” he says there is no better time to be coaching. “Coaching is unrecognizable from 40 years ago. It’s unrecognizable every six or seven years. The rate of acceleration of learning and how to teach players is amazing. No students have ever been this good at video learning and retention, which I love. “We started with VHS, and the film was so grainy, the kids would say, ‘Coach, I don’t know which of those 20 guys is me.’ Now we have 4K video. It’s really exciting for accelerated learning. I can show a guy a 15-second clip and he’s got it. “It’s still a challenge to teach, but it’s a different challenge. I always hated Xs and Os. They didn’t make sense to me. The best learning is not autocratic. It’s interactive.” Warming’s greatest accomplishment is an unmet goal. “I don’t look back. I look forward. My greatest accomplishment will be getting Omaha (UNO) in the Final Four and winning the national championship.” How long will that take? “I’m pretty impatient. I had a boss who told me, ‘Always be urgent about excellence.’ I like that.” He chuckles when asked about his free time. “I’m pretty shallow,” he says. “I’m a coach. If you want to be a great coach, if you want to have a great team, develop players, (and) win championships, coaching is not a job. It’s who you are.” Now that he can add “grandpa” to his resume, Warming has at least two small outside interests. And though Willa is here in Omaha, what about Oliver, all the way out in California? Warming smiles again. “I can get there non-stop direct, buddy.” And then circle back to Omaha.
Heartland Generations Center
Luncheon honors 58 Senior Companions
You’re invited to visit the Heartland Generations Center – 4318 Fort St. – for the following • June 5: Talk on housing discrimination @ 12:30 p.m. • June 6: Krafts w/Kina @ 10 a.m. Birthday celebration with music sponsored by the Merrymakers @11:45 a.m. • June 7: Show and Share @ 1 p.m. • June 8: Young Artist Exhibition and Summer Arts Festival. Leave the center @ 10:30 a.m. • June 11: WhyArts? @ 10:30 a.m. Omaha Street Percussion performance. Leave the center @ 12:30 p.m. • June 12: Farmers Market coupon distribution. • June 13 & 27: Manicures by Wanda @ 10:30 a.m. • June 16: Cyber Seniors outing at Do Space. Leave the center @ 10:30 a.m. • June 23: Cookout from 1 to 4 p.m. • June 25: Arbor Day Farm outing. Leave the center @ 10:30 a.m. Play bingo on Wednesdays and Fridays @ 1 p.m. Movement with Tisha Tuesday and Friday @ 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 and more information, please call 402-553-5300.
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.
delicious meal, musical entertainment by Michael “Gooch” Gurciullo, and comments from speakers Julie Nash and Toni Rupe from the Corporation for National and Community Services were among the highlights at a May 24 luncheon at the D.C. Centre where 58 volunteers with the Senior Companion Program (SCP) were honored. The three honored Senior Companions who have the most years of service were: Lucille Frizzell, 16 years; Josie Chapman, 17 years; and Florence Matthews, 19 years. Sponsored locally by the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging, SCP is a national program 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 and reading to them, discussing current events, sharing stories, playing cards, etc. For more information on SCP, please call 402-4446536.
Lucille Frizzell 16 years
Josie Chapman 17 years
Florence Matthews 19 years
Foster Grandparents recognized at annual event
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Gloria Gordon, a Foster Grandparent at Omaha’s Underwood School, was honored at the luncheon for her 26 years of service to the program.
Comments from speakers Julie Nash and Toni Rupe from the Corporation for National and Community Services, musical entertainment by Kenny Oyer and Al Anderson, and a delicious meal were among the highlights at a May 17 luncheon at the D.C. Centre where 62 volunteers with the Foster
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Grandparent Program (FGP) were honored. The event’s theme was Share Today, Shape Tomorrow. Sponsored locally by the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging, FGP is a national program of the Corporation for National and Community Service through the
Senior Service Corps. 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. For more information on FGP, call 402-444-6536.
Fremont Friendship Center
RSVP salute at German American Society
Among the volunteers honored at the RSVP luncheon were (from left): Bernard Anderson, Dona Roy, Charles Karrick, and Ed Studzinski.
group of 12 men and women who provided a combined 7,159 hours of volunteer service during the last year were among the older adults honored last month during RSVP’s annual recognition luncheon at the German American Society. Members of the 400 to 800 Hours Club are: Bernard Anderson (654), Antoinette Bryson (402), John Fink (598), Mary Ann Jares (592), Charles Karrick (781), Dennis Klein (420), Thomas Lichliter (620), Walter Meier (576), Janice Newman (816), Martha Rasmussen (418), Dona Roy (778), and Ed Studzinski (504). Sponsored locally by the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging, RSVP is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service through the Senior Service Corps.
RSVP volunteers – who must be at least age 55 – are an important resource for public and nonprofit organizations, health institutions, food pantries, and senior centers in Douglas, Sarpy, Dodge, Cass, and Washington counties. The theme of the May 23 event was the Experience of a Lifetime: RSVP Volunteers
You’re invited to visit the Fremont Friendship Center, 1730 W. 16th St. (Christensen Field), for the following: • June 5: Program on changes in Medicare @ 11 a.m. • June 8: Farmer’s Market voucher program. Registration @ 9, nutrition program @ 9:15, and distribution @ 9:30 a.m. See page 7 for more information. • June 13: Music by the Links @ 10 a.m. followed by our monthly birthday party @ 11:30 a.m. • June 14: Talk by Keith Chvatal on healthy aging @ 10 a.m. • June 20: Homemade cinnamon rolls with Nye Square @ 9 a.m. Music by Pam Kragt @ 10:30 a.m. • June 26: Trip to Harrah’s Casino leaves the center @ 10 a.m. The cost is $25 and includes a buffet lunch. • June 27: Music by Wayne Miller @ 10:30 a.m. • June 28: Presentation on positive thinking @ 10 a.m. Thanks to everyone for making the garage sale a success. We made $765. 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.
Work Wonders with Experience. The luncheon also featured musical entertainment by “Mr. Memories” Joe Taylor, a delicious meal, and a keynote address by Tom Lynch, director of commuNotre Dame Housing/Seven Oaks nity programs for the Boys Town Hall of History. For more information on You’re invited to visit the Notre Dame Housing/Seven RSVP, call 402-444-6536. Oaks Senior Center, 3439 State St. for the following: • Second, third, and fourth Friday: Community Food Pantry @ 11 a.m. • Second and fourth Tuesday: American National Bank representative visits @ 10 a.m. • Third Wednesday: Community Food Pantry, 10 to 2. • June 12: Presentation on Grief’s Journey @ 1:30 p.m. • June 21: Expand Your Horizons program on Medicaid expansion @ 7 p.m. • June 22: Farmers Market vouchers sign-up @ 2 p.m. See page 7 for more information. • June 26: Walker and wheelchair clinic @ 1:30 p.m. • June 27: Birthday celebration with music by Joyce Torchia from the Merrymakers @ 1:30 p.m. • June 28: Presentation on the Nebraska Humane Society @ 1:30 p.m. Notre Dame Housing/Seven Oaks Senior Center is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lunch is served at The RSVP luncheon’s entertainment was provided noon. A $3.50 contribution is suggested for the meal. Reservations are due by 11 a.m. the business day prior to the by vocalist “Mr. Memories” Joe Taylor. lunch. For meals reservations and more information, please call Ceremony honors vets at New Cassel, Franciscan Centre 402-451-4477, ext. 126. onoring Our Veterans – held Reeson, a 30-year military veteran; a thank last month at the New Casyou to the veterans and spouses of veterans; sel Retirement Center, 900 N. and refreshments. 90th St. – was a beautiful tribEach veteran received a patriotic gift and ute to those who defended this spouses of veterans received red, white, country and gave us the freedom we have and blue flowers courtesy of the Nebraska today, according to New Cassel Foundation chapter of Honor and Remember. President Cindy Petrich. “We, as a community, are called to salute our heroes for their sacrifice and fortitude in protecting our homeland and our way of life. They made sacrifices that many of us could never dream of making. We took great pride in thanking these men and women with this very special tribute,” Petrich said. “It was our honor to salute 45 men and women who call New Cassel Retirement Center and the Franciscan Adult Day Centre home. There is no other group of people we owe more to than our veterans. Each day of the year, they underwrite our freedom and security. Because of their sacrifice, we’re able to raise our children, take vacations, and work in a free country.” The 40-minute salute included representatives from Legion Post #1 posting the colFather Dave Reeson with New Cassel ors, playing Taps on the bugle, and providresident Rosemary Longacre. ing a rifle salute; guest speaker Father Dave
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free, six-week series of classes designed to help older adults learn more about living a healthy life with diabetes will be offered on Tuesday afternoons from July 10 through Aug. 14 at the Corrigan Senior Center, 3819 X St. The Living Well with Diabetes Self-Management workshops will be held each week from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Developed at Stanford University, the Living Well with Diabetes Self-Management workshops will show participants how to manage diabetes symptoms including fatigue and depression, use relaxation techniques, eat healthy, improve communication skills, use medications effectively, monitor blood sugars, solve problems, set goals, increase self-confidence, feel better, and take charge. To register (by the end of June) or for more information, please contact Michelle Jolley at 402-731-7210 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A minimum number of participants will be required.
By Melinda Myers Fill your garden with colorful annuals you and the pollinators can enjoy all season long. Look for outstanding varieties chosen by All-America Selections (AAS), a non-profit plant trialing organization, to brighten your garden, attract pollinators, and outperform other varieties on the market. Attract hummingbirds and second looks from passersby with the vibrant bright orange flowers of Canna South Pacific. This compact variety can be started from seed and was selected as a 2018 AAS winner for its vigorous, full, and uniform growth habit. Whether it’s spikes of lavender, pink, white, or red your garden and container need, you’ll find them in the Salvia Jewel series. Watch the butterflies and hummingbirds stop by for a sip of nectar and the finches feast upon the seeds. Add more vertical interest and pollinator appeal in the garden and large planters with Asian Garden Celosia. The bright pink blooms hold their color all season long atop sturdy stems 31 to 40 inches tall. Include a few Cupheas, also known as Mexican Heather in containers, borders, and mass plantings. FloriGlory Diana has more and larger flowers than its counterparts. The season long bloom of magenta flowers made this a winner. Incorporate beauty even in challenging locations with EnduraScape Pink Bicolor Verbena. As the name implies it is tough as nails, tolerating drought, heat, and temperatures in the low teens. Use this spreader in large containers and baskets where you can appreciate the soft pink blooms with their darker center. Wow visitors and lure pollinators to your garden and containers with Vinca Mega Bloom Orchid Halo. The bright purple blooms with a white eye stand up to heat and humidity without succumbing to disease. Grow winning varieties of a traditional favorite, zinnia. These low maintenance, sun-loving annuals can be started from seed directly in the garden. Add vibrant color to the
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ENOA recruiting older men, women 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.
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he National Safety Council of Nebraska is offering a comprehensive three-hour driving assessment class for older adults by appointment. The Senior Driving Program, which costs $300, is designed to keep older adults driving safely on Nebraska’s roads for as long as possible. Participants will be able to assess and improve their driving skills to reduce risk to themselves, their passengers, and to other drivers. The classes, held at the National Safety Council of Nebraska’s office, 11620 M Cir., offer a driving skills self- assessment, behind the wheel driving with state-certified instructors, driving tips, and evaluation, and recommendations. To register for the Senior Driving Program, please call 402-898-7371 or go online to email@example.com.
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he Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging is looking for men and women age 18 and older to join its Long-term Care Ombudsman Program. ENOA’s Long-term Care Ombudsmen volunteer in local long-term care facilities and assisted living communities to protect the residents’ rights, well-being, and quality of life. Long-term Care Ombudsmen must complete 20 hours of initial classroom training and 12 hours of additional training every two years. During the training,
the volunteers learn about the residents’ rights, aging issues, Medicare, Medicaid, communication skills, how to investigate the residents’ complaints, the importance of confidentiality, and about the federal and state rules, regulations, and laws regarding Nebraska’s long-term care facilities and assisted living communities. Before being assigned to a long-term care facility or an assisted living community, new volunteers will make four visits to a site with an experienced Ombudsman
Advocate to learn more about what the program entails. After a three-month probationary period, the new volunteers are certified as Ombudsman Advocates. Certified Ombudsman Advocates will be assigned to a long-term care facility or an assisted living community where they’ll visit for two hours a week to meet with administrators, residents, and the residents’ family members to address concerns. For more information, please call Beth Nodes at 402-444-6536.
Corrigan Senior Center You’re invited to visit the Corrigan Senior Center, 3819 X St., this month for: • June 4: Farmer’s Market voucher distribution @ 9 a.m. See page 7 for more information. • June 7: Presentation on elder abuse, fraud, and other issues effecting older adults by Tim Lenaghan from Legal Aid of Nebraska @ 11 a.m. • June 11: VNA Presentation on fall prevention @ 11 a.m. • June 14: Music by Joyce Torchia from the Merrymakers @11 a.m. • June 15: Donuts for Dad @ 10 a.m. • June 21: Third Thursday Dinner Dance with entertainment by Kim Eames @ 11 a.m. Other activities include bingo Monday and Thursday at 1 p.m.; gym walking daily @ 9 a.m.; chair exercise class daily @ 10 a.m.; and movies Friday @ 10 a.m. We have a kiln for sale for $100. You haul. 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 contact Michelle Jolley @ 402-731-7210 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ou’re invited to join the Omaha Computer Users Group, an organization dedicated to helping men and women age 50 and older learn about their computers regardless of their skill level. OCUG 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. Participants will have access to a projector connected to a computer with Microsoft Windows 10 to show users how to solve their computer problems. For more information, please call Phill Sherbon at 402-333-6529.
The Omaha Fire Department’s Public Education and Affairs Department will 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 1516 Jackson St. Omaha, Neb. 68102 For more information, please call 402-444-3560.
Tips for enhancing your personal safety By Steve Kardian
Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska Living with a brain injury can be difficult. Whether it’s an injury from birth or an acquired brain injury experienced later in life, the effects can include memory loss, depression, anxiety, or needing to learn how to walk, talk, and function in society. Too often, traumatic brain and acquired brain injury survivors must deal with physical and cognitive disabilities silently because awareness and knowledge of their lasting effects are lacking. Between 2016 and 2017, more than 8,000 Nebraskans were added to the Brain Injury Registry after being treated for a possible concussion by a health care professional. Community support for this largely unseen, unheard, and under-served population is the focus of the Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska. On Sunday, June 10, the Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska will host a fundraiser, Blazing Trails for Brain Injury. The event will include a 5K walk or run around Lake Zorinsky, 3808 S. 154th St. For more information, please call 402-423-2465 or visit http://biane.org.
Older adults are statistically less likely to be violent crime victims than younger people, but the fallout of a violent crime against an older man or woman can be more devastating. Reaction times are reduced as we age, and older adults may not have optimal health, so a physical attack can take longer to recover from, cause more injuries, and be more life threatening. Conditions like diminished vision and hearing or dementia can also make older men and women more vulnerable to crime. A few ways older adults, their friends, families, and caregivers can enhance personal safety include: • Fortify residences: Older men and women still living independently in a single-family home should make sure bushes and trees are trimmed back from the home. This will help eliminate hiding places for criminals. Bright landscape lighting can also help deter burglars and motion-sensing lighting should be installed in dark corners of the yard or near access points. Never allow anyone into your home even if they have a work uniform. Check their ID, and if unsure, call the company, especially if you didn’t schedule any service. • Enhance security: Security systems and personal emergency response system devices can help older adults reach help if a break-in occurs or if there’s a medical emergency. Some devices have features that will also notify family or caregivers if something is wrong. • Enroll in a self-defense class: Self-defense classes don’t have to be all about throwing a punch or mastering a kick. Older adults can benefit from self-defense classes that educate them about scams or how to use body language and confident verbal communication to scare off a potential attacker. Classes can also help teach about mitigating risk factors and how to be more aware of surroundings. • Better safe than sorry: If you return home and things don’t look right, don’t chalk it up to forgetfulness that you left items out or out of place. Go to a neighbor’s house or get back in your car and call a family member or the police to come check the house. There’s no reason to stumble upon a burglar alone. If there have been break-ins in your area, take extra precautions. Purchase something simple like a whistle or an air horn you can sound if someone breaks in while you’re home and need help. (Kardian is a law enforcement safety expert.)
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SVP is recruiting men and women age 55 and older for a variety of volunteer opportunities. For more information in Douglas, Sarpy, and Cass counties, please call 402-444-6536, ext. 1024. In Dodge and Washington counties, please call 402721-7780. • The Corrigan Senior Center wants volunteers. • The Boys Town Hall of History needs volunteers. • Together Inc. wants volunteers for its food pantry. • The VA Medical Center is looking for volunteers. • The YWCA’s Reach and Rise Mentoring Program wants volunteers to work with children ages 8 to 15. • The Heartland Hope Mission needs volunteers for its food pantry. • The Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital is looking for volunteers for a variety of assignments. • 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. • ENOA’s senior centers want volunteers for a variety of assignments.
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Alzheimer’s support groups The Alzheimer’s Association Nebraska Chapter offers several caregiver support groups and specialty support groups in Cass, Douglas, Washington, Dodge, 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 800-272-3900. DODGE COUNTY • FREMONT Second Tuesday @ 5:30 p.m. The Heritage at Shalimar Gardens 749 E. 29th St. DOUGLAS COUNTY • OMAHA Second Thursday @ 10 a.m. Second Thursday @ 5:30 p.m. Country House Residences 5030 S. 155th St. Call Christina @ 402-980-4995 for free adult day services. 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. Call Melanie @ 402-393-2113 for free adult day services. Third Tuesday @ 5 p.m. Immanuel Fontenelle First floor classroom 6809 N 68th Plz. Second Tuesday @ 6:45 p.m. For caregivers of individuals with an intellectual disabilty/dementia. Barbara Weitz Center 6001 Dodge St. (UNO campus)
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Admission is free Community Band Festival scheduled for Saturday, June 30 at Turner Park
he inaugural Community Band Festival of the Midlands will begin Saturday, June 30 at noon at Turner Park in the Midtown Crossing area of Omaha. The Nebraska Wind Symphony – Omaha’s Community Concert Band – will serve as host and perform at this event. In addition to the Wind Symphony, other performing groups will include the Papillion Area Concert Band, the Glenwood (Iowa) Community Band, the Iowa Western Community Band, the 1st Nebraska Volunteers Brass Band, the Swingtones, and the Omaha Symphonic Winds. Special guests at the free festival will be the Offutt Brass from the Heartland of America Band, stationed at Offutt Air Force Base. The ensembles will perform one after another throughout the afternoon, in a traditional family-friendly, music-in-the-park setting culminating with a grand finale mass band performance of John Philip Sousa’s classic, The Stars and Stripes Forever. For more information visit the Nebraska Wind Symphony Facebook page or www.nebraskawindsymphony.com.
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Fitness instructor Priscilla Russell led two goat yoga classes recently as a fundraiser for the Florence Home Healthcare Center.
nstructor Priscilla Russell, sporting a ponytail pulled through the back of her baseball cap and wearing a pair of sunglasses, stood in front of a group of fitness buffs on a humid, spring evening, and led the ladies through a 30-minute goat yoga workout. “Take a deep breath; the biggest breath you’ve taken all day,” Russell instructed as the class began. “Now open your mouth and let it all out.” A few minutes into the session, two goats and a lamb began walking through, around, and on top of the yoga class participants, stopping only to eat some grass or chew on scattered items like sandals, cell phones, brown paper bags, and purses. “Let’s channel our inner farm animals,” Russell, a yoga instructor for four years, said in a calm, soothing voice. While the yoga students tried to follow along with Russell, they often became distracted; picking up a goat or taking a selfie with the lamb. All in all, not your typical night at the Florence Home Healthcare Center, 7915 N. 30th St. The participants each paid $10 to exercise with two baby goats and a lamb from Doe’s and Diva’s Dairy in Honey Creek, Iowa. Course instructor Russell came from Omaha’s Simplicity Wellness Yoga + More. Proceeds from the evening’s two goat yoga classes will
be used to start an adaptive yoga program for the facility’s long-term care residents and rehabilitation patients. “Arranging for the classes was a little bit of work for me with a big payout for the Florence Home,” said Jen Kesterson, the center’s life enrichment director. “Yoga helps promote mobility, balance, and strength while improving sleep, feelings of depression, and general well-being,” she said.
raditional yoga – whose origins date back to the fifth century – combines physical, mental, and spiritual practices that began in India. “Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured
The yoga class participants stretched as the goats enjoyed their evening meal.
and to endure what cannot be cured,” said the legendary Indian yoga instructor B.K.S. Iyengar. Goat yoga, which started in Oregon, has steadily grown in popularity across the USA since its 2016 beginnings. Chanell Jaramillo, owner of Simplicity Wellness Yoga + More, said goat yoga classes are a great way for people to relax and interact with nature by connecting with the gentle, furry goats and lambs. Becky Beitenman signed up for the class because she wanted to support the Florence Home and it allowed her to play with some goats. Erin Martin said while she was easily distracted, the class was a lot of fun. “I’ve never petted a goat before,” she added. For more information on yoga classes, please call Jaramillo at 402-689-0905.
Becky Beitenman looked on as one of the goats munched on a brown paper bag.
The benefits of an active lifestyle for older adults Maintaining an active lifestyle is good for people of all ages. For older adults, staying active can bring a number of benefits including strength and balance improvement; better mood and feelings; lowered risk of stroke, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer; enhanced ability to learn, think, and make decisions; and an enhanced appreciation of one’s self. Many older men and women suffer from boredom as a result of isolation or health conditions that may limit their ability to be active. This issue shouldn’t be treated lightly. Isolation affects both physical and mental well-being and can be a precursor to depression. Luckily, there are a number of ways for older adults to stay active and achieve a healthy lifestyle. Here are some great ideas to learn and explore on how to stay active: • Take advantage of the services that are offered at ENOA senior centers. ENOA’s senior centers are amazing resources. A complete list is available at enoa.org. Click on the Programs link and then the Senior Centers link. • Do a variety of activities for enhanced physical balance and strengthening. These activities can include moderate aerobic exercises, dancing, brisk walking, swimming, raking leaves, simple hand weights lifting, balancing, Tai chi, and yoga. Aim for an activity you can do for 30 minutes on several days a week. Seek a doctor’s advice on the level and types of suitable physical activity. This can be particularly necessary if you have some health issues such as diabetes, obesity, or heart disease. • Be a volunteer or attend local events. Get yourself more involved in the community by volunteering or attending local events. Discover new things, meet new people, and acquire a new passion. Call 402-444-6536 to learn more about volunteer opportunities with ENOA. • Start or pursue a hobby. There’s no such thing as being too late to start a new hobby. There are a number of hobbies that don’t need special skills nor prior knowledge. Choose something that sparks your interest to help keep you motivated and inspired. With more time on your hands, now’s your chance to discover the benefits of fishing, cooking, scrapbook making, crocheting, painting, etc. • Perform mind-stimulating activities. Solving puzzles and playing memory games can help keep older adults fit, sharp, and witty. Solve crossword puzzles, play computer games, play a musical instrument, read informative books and magazines, learn a new language, and more. • Go on a road trip. Road trips are a great way to explore new sights and places while getting some welldeserved relaxation time. Retirees can take advantage of various perks such as senior travel deals and the flexibility to pick up and go depending on their schedule. Choose a destination, make an itinerary, and identify the route. Pack smart and include an emergency kit, medication, and health insurance cards. • Discover the benefits of getting a massage. The older we get, the more our bodies start to slow down and experience a certain level of pain and stiffness that goes with aging. We may find it difficult to continue doing all those physical activities we enjoy due to certain chronic illnesses such as osteoarthritis or Parkinson’s disease. One effective and non-invasive way to alleviate some of these agerelated conditions is massage therapy which can lead to an improved quality of life, increased levels of energy, and improved overall health. • Grow an herb garden. Growing an herb garden is easy and requires little to no gardening experience. It’s also easy to maintain and doesn’t need a lot of effort. One of the biggest benefits of herb gardening is we can grow our own herbs easily which allows us to experiment with a number of new and varying herb combinations. When we learn to use herbs in seasoning our dishes, we’re eating a healthy and nutritious diet. Some of the herbs that grow great indoors include thyme, basil, oregano, and lemongrass. • Share your knowledge or expertise through teaching. Do you have a specific skill or knowledge and interested to share it with others? You can volunteer to teach a class. Research and check for the requirements in teaching as well as your eligibility to teach. • Catch up on your reading. Nothing can compare to being immersed in reading a good book. Reading keeps our minds alert and more conscious of the world around us.
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Attorneys collaborate for free clinics at Intercultural Senior Center Thanks to a combined effort between Abby McConnaughhay of Hochstein Strategic Legal Planning and Tim Lenaghan of Legal Aid of Nebraska, more than 20 older adults who visit the Intercultural Senior Center (ISC) were recently able to receive free assistance filling out and completing financial powers of attorney and healthcare powers of attorney documents. The ISC – 3010 R St. – creates a welcoming, supportive place for older adults from around the world to stop in and enjoy a variety of activities. “This project was very near to my heart as many seniors at the Intercultural Senior Center don’t have access to basic legal documents and couldn’t afford to pay for them,” McConnaughhay said. She became involved with the ISC as part of her practicum for the Gerontology Master’s program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. After identifying the need, McConnaughhay connected with Lenaghan to collaborate on the free powers of attorney clinics.
Lenaghan said Legal Aid of Nebraska is always looking for ways to provide free legal assistance to underserved populations. “These clinics allowed us to meet face to face with
some people who might not otherwise be familiar with the legal system.” At the initial clinic in April, McConnaughhay, Lenaghan, and Kory Quandt – a third-year law student at
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“This clinic was very helpful to me,” said Burma native Kyey Kyi through translator Klee Shwe. For more information about the ISC, please call 402-444-6529.
Abby McConnaughhay (left) of Hochstein Strategic Legal Planning meets with Kyey Kyi (middle) and translator Klee Shwe during a free legal clinic last month at the Intercultural Senior Center, 3010 R St.
New Horizons is a publication of the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging. Distributed free to people over age 60 in Douglas, Sarpy, Dodge, Wash...
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New Horizons is a publication of the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging. Distributed free to people over age 60 in Douglas, Sarpy, Dodge, Wash...