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A publication of the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging

September 2017 VOL. 42 • NO. 9

ENOA 4780 South 131st Street Omaha, NE 68137-1822



Faith Dr. Syed Mohiuddin, MD, is a physician, teacher, researcher, and former chairman of the Department of Medicine at the Creighton University School of Medicine. Dr. Mohiuddin is also co-founder and president of the American Muslim Institute, an Omaha organization that has built a $6.2 million mosque on the Tri-Faith Commons campus near 132nd and Pacific streets. Leo Adam Biga’s profile of Dr. Mohiuddin begins on page 10.

Walking Chuck Gallup was among the participants in the third annual Step Out for Seniors Walkathon, a fundraiser for ENOA’s senior centers. See page 6.

n4a Sandy Markwood, CEO of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging in Washington, D.C., visited Omaha and the ENOA offices recently. See page 11.

Part of a $1.1 billion increase for NIH

House advances bill to increase funding for Alzheimer’s research


he House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies recently advanced a fiscal year 2018 funding bill that would increase Alzheimer’s research funding at the National Institutes of Health by approximately $400 million, part of a $1.1 billion overall increase at NIH. UsAgainstAlzheimer’s applauds this bi-partisan acknowledgement of Alzheimer’s as a game-changing national public health threat and calls on the full House appropriations committee to finalize this investment in research for a disease that affects 5.5 million Americans and costs the nation more than $250 billion annually. “We are grateful for the leadership of the Labor-HHS subcommittee chairman, Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), and colleagues for prioritizing innovation against a disease that is poised to be a great burden on families and the health care system for years to come,” said George Vradenburg, Us-

AgainstAlzheimer’s co-founder and chairman. “The burgeoning Alzheimer’s movement will not wait for much-needed progress. We need a cancer-sized solution to defeat this cancer-sized problem, and this proposed funding increase is an important next step.” The subcommittee’s bill follows a recent 40 percent increase in Alzheimer’s funding at NIH under the FY17 omnibus budget, suggesting a shift in the way Alzheimer’s disease is funded. If enacted, total funding for Alzheimer’s research at NIH would increase to $1.8 billion in FY 2018, closer to the $2 billion Alzheimer’s researchers have said should be the minimum level to achieve the national goal of stopping Alzheimer’s by 2025. The bill will also include an additional $76 million in funding for the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies initiative and $80 million for the Precision Medicine Initiative.

ENOA is looking for Senior Companions, Foster Grandparents Men 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.

Florence AARP 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 next two months: • September 18 Picnic • October 16 Environmental specialist Tim Fickenscher Elders for the Earth

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Research examined nearly 500 women

Buffalo study shows osteo treament may also help prevent gum disease Treatment for osteoporosis may also help prevent gum disease, according to new University at Buffalo research that examined the prevalence of periodontitis in postmenopausal women. The study revealed women age 50 treated with estrogen for osteoporosis – a condition in which the bones become weak and brittle from tissue loss – are 44 percent less likely to have severe periodontitis than women who didn’t receive the treatment. The lack of estrogen, a natural consequence of menopause, places women at risk of osteoporosis as they age. To counter these effects, some women are prescribed estrogen therapy along with supplements of calcium and vitamin D. Although previous studies have investigated the relationship between osteoporosis and tooth loss, few have examined the link between estrogen therapy and periodontitis, a disease that can ultimately lead to tooth loss and destruction of the jaw bone. “These results help confirm the findings of previous studies that suggested estrogen therapy to prevent osteoporosis could also play a role in the prevention of gum disease,” says Frank Scannapieco, DMD, PhD, co-author on the study, and professor and chair of the Department of Oral Biology in the UB School of Dental Medicine. “By advancing our understanding of how this treatment can impact oral health, we can better work to improve the bone health and quality of life of female patients.” The study, Association Between Osteoporosis Treatment and Severe Periodontitis in Postmenopausal Women, was led by Johelle de S. Passos-Soares, PhD, at the Federal University of Bahia in Brazil, and pub-

lished in a recent issue of Menopause: The Journal of the North American Menopause Society. The research examined nearly 500 postmenopausal women who received service at an osteoporosis diagnosis center in Brazil. Of the 356 women who were diagnosed with osteoporosis, 113 chose to receive estrogen therapy. Each participant was over age 50 and postmenopausal for at least one year. They were divided into two categories: women who received estrogen therapy for at least six months and those who never received treatment. Other factors such as race, income, and level of education were also recorded. The researchers found women receiving osteoporosis treatment had less periodontal probing depth and clinical attachment loss – the amount of space between teeth and surrounding tissue due to bone loss – and less gum bleeding than those who didn’t receive therapy. The study also found higher family income and more frequent consultations with a dentist were associated with a lower prevalence of periodontitis. Despite the evidence of estrogen playing a significant role in maintaining healthy bones, hormone therapy also has been shown to cause adverse effects such as increasing the risk of heart disease and breast cancer, Scannapieco said. Future research is needed to understand if prevention and treatment of osteoporosis may also help to control periodontal disease and tooth loss. (The University of Buffalo provided this information.)

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: 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, & Brian Zuger, 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.

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Dora Bingel Senior Center

Create a productive garden in a small space

You’re invited to visit the Dora Bingel Senior Center, 923 N. 38th St., this month for the following: • Sept. 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, &29: Ceramics @ 9 a.m. • Sept. 4, 11, 18, & 25: Al-Anon meeting @ 7 p.m. • Sept. 7: Holy Communion served @10 a.m. • Sept. 11: Book Club @ 10 a.m. • Sept. 20: Foot care clinic from 9 a.m. to noon for $10. Call 402-392-1818 to make an appointment. • Sept. 20: Music by Michael Lyon from the Merrymakers @11:30 a.m. Lunch is $3. • Sept. 27: Birthday party luncheon @ noon. Eat for free if you have a September birthday. • Sept. 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: Matinee @ 12:30 and quilting @1 p.m. Wednesday: Devotions @ 10:30, 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.

Camelot Friendship Center You’re invited to visit the Camelot Friendship Center inside the Camelot Community Center, 9270 Cady Ave., for the following: • Sept. 8: Senior Field Day at Dodge Park @ 9 a.m. • Sept. 12: Visit by VNA nurses @ 11:45 a.m. • Sept. 13: Birthday bash with music by Joyce Torchia from the Merrymakers @ 11:45 a.m. • Sept. 14: Book Club @ 10:15 a.m. • Sept. 15: Movie Day @ 12:15 p.m. • Sept. 18: Chair volleyball @ 10:30 a.m. • Sept. 20: Patio party from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. with music by Trudy Yeatts. • Sept. 21: Jackpot bingo @ 12:15 p.m. The center will be closed on Sept. 4 for Labor Day. 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.

By Melinda Myers


aise your gardening efforts to a new level with keyhole gardening. You’ll increase your garden’s productivity in a smaller space, while using less water and fertilizer. This intensive technique was first used in Africa where it’s hot and dry and the topsoil is shallow. Now gardeners growing in a variety of climates around the world are using this technique. You’ll even find keyhole gardens in urban and suburban backyards. Keyhole gardening grows abundant produce while composting plant-based kitchen scraps in one raised garden plot. Grow plants in the outer ring of a circular, six-feet diameter or larger raised bed. Create an inner circle for composting kitchen scraps, coffee grounds, and garden debris. Design a small pie shape notch in the circular bed. This provides easy access to the inner composting circle and gives the bed its distinct keyhole appearance. Build the sides of your raised bed garden from stones, cement blocks, bamboo, or any available materials that can withstand the rigors of your climate.

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Select a height that works for you and makes planting, tending, and harvesting easy. It may be easiest to purchase a keyhole garden kit. Select a kit with all the basic building supplies made from longlasting materials like the Cedar Keyhole Garden (gardeners. com). Once the walls are built, create an inner compost basket. Use chicken wire or a similar material that allows moisture and nutrients to move from the compost basket into the surrounding soil. It should be at least 12 inches in diameter with the bottom anchored to the ground and top extending above the soil surface. Fill the bottom of your raised bed with compostable materials. Start with a layer of cardboard on the soil surface. Then alternate four to six-inch layers of brown and green materials just as you would when building a compost pile. Use twigs, straw, dried leaves, paper, cardboard, and other carbon rich materials for your browns. Include herbicide-free grass clippings, manure, kitchen scraps, fresh plant debris, and other nitrogen rich materials for your greens. Add kitchen scraps and garden debris to the compost basket throughout the growing season. As these decompose water helps move nutrients from the compost basket to the surrounding soil. Continue layering until three fourths of the raised bed is filled. Top it off with compost rich soil for plants to root and grow. Slope the surface so the highest point is next to the compost basket. Allow the planting area to settle for several days. Then fill your garden with your favorite vegetables. Leave just enough space between plants so they can reach their mature size. Water new plantings thoroughly. Mulch the soil with shredded leaves, evergreen needles, or other organic material to help conserve moisture and continue to add organic matter to the soil. Check the soil moisture and water the garden bed and compost basket as needed throughout the season. Soon you’ll be enjoying the convenience of harvesting and composting in one bed. And you just might find yourself looking for another sunny spot to add an additional keyhole garden or two.   (Melinda Myers has written more than 20 gardening books.)

Mature citizens group: Government needs to do more to help homeless older adults


ccording to a U.S. government study, 1.5 million Americans are homeless. While efforts are underway to rectify this situation, more needs to be done, according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens. He says there needs to be a special focus on the population of older men and women with no permanent access to shelter. “It’s hard enough growing old in the comfort of your own home, but imagine how difficult and dangerous it is to age on the streets,” Weber said. “Bear in mind the homeless are included in the 10,000 Americans who turn 65 years of age each day. So, there is a pressing need for specific solutions to homelessness among the elderly and the need grows every day.  “The issue is particularly poignant for the AMAC since reportedly more than 50 percent of those living on the streets are elderly. The burden of living hand to mouth on the streets is particularly difficult for them since they are more susceptible to injuries and illnesses as they age.”


ara Bloomberg, a freelance journalist in San Francisco, recently reported that in 2014 wait times for access to temporary shelter for the homeless in that city averaged 26 days. Since then, the wait time has more than doubled. Bloomberg said among those recently seeking shelter was a 97-year-old individual and three in their 80s.

Weber said a University of California study showed 27 years ago only 11 percent of the homeless population were older Americans, but now more than half are age 50 or older. “As any of us with aging parents or grandparents know, the older you are, the more help you need,” he said. “One study of homeless individuals whose average age was 58 showed they have more trouble with simple tasks such as getting dressed, keeping themselves clean, and eating properly than 80 year olds living in a proper home environment. “Bear in mind as we age we can become more forgetful. We don’t see as well as we used to. We can become depressed more easily, and we can forget to take medications. And, we become more susceptible to physical injuries,” Weber said. While temporary shelters fill an important need, there’s widespread agreement that solutions that provide for permanent solutions for the homeless are needed.  “We need facilities that offer not only a roof over their heads but supportive services, as well,” Weber said. He called on city officials across the country to seek solutions that offer security, permanence, and hope for homeless older adults. 

Notre Dame Housing You’re invited to visit the Notre Dame Housing, 3439 State St. for the following: • Second & fourth Tuesday: Get banking help as American National Bank representative visits @ 10 a.m. • Second, third, and fourth Friday: Saving Grace from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. East entrance. • Monday & Wednesday: Tai Chi @ 4 p.m. North entrance. No class on Sept. 11 or 13. • 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. • Sept. 20: Birthday party @ 1:30 p.m. with music by Kim Eames from the Merrymakers. North entrance. • Sept. 21: Friends of Notre Dame @ 8:30 a.m. • Sept. 28: Creighton School of Dentistry presentation @ 1:30 p.m. North entrance. 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 402-451-4477, ext. 126.

Fontenelle Tours

Omaha/Council Bluffs


Quoted prices are per person, double occupancy. For more information about our tours, please call Ward or Kathy Kinney at Fontenelle Tours at the number listed above.

Motorcoach Branson Christmas. November 6 - 9. $739. 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, visit the completely updated Toy and Miniature Museum, enjoy our traditional 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. Black Hills “Ski for Light”. January 20 – 26, 2018. Fourth annual trip to Deadwood, South Dakota. A very rewarding week-long event for blind and physically challenged persons to participate in skiing and/or other outdoor activities. If you know someone who might want to participate, call us. Volunteers are also needed to provide various types of assistance at the event. Financial assistance also needed to make this event more affordable for participants. Motorcoach will pick up at various points across Nebraska. Contact us at 712-366-9596 for more details.


Dealing with vision loss? Don’t let it stop you from doing what you love! We have tools and resources to help. Come to the Outlook Nebraska Open House Friday, Oct 13 | Noon-6pm Guided Tours | Giveaways and Prizes 4125 S. 72nd St. | Omaha, NE 68127 | (402) 614-3331 Positively impacting the visually impaired through training, technology, recreational and cultural activities.

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. Watch New Horizons and our website for our trip schedule.

Thank you to all those who supported Outlook Nebraska’s renovation project!

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Third annual Step Out for Seniors

A beautiful day for a walk in the park


n a glorious, sunny morning last month, the path around the lagoon at Omaha’s Benson Park was dotted with men, women, boys, and girls of a variety of ages who participated in the third annual Step Out for Seniors Walkathon. The event was sponsored by the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging’s Nutrition Division and the City of Omaha’s Parks and Recreation Department to raise funds for ENOA’s 25 senior centers. In addition to the walk around the lagoon, the festivities included a Lifestyle Exposition showcasing a variety of products and services, free massages, a raffle for 21 gift baskets and four quilts, Tai Chi, yoga and exercise demonstrations, and a hot dog lunch. The staff of ENOA’s Nutrition Division wanted to thank the following sponsors: The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Department of Gerontology, Keller Williams, Special Kneads LLC, Crown Pointe, and Dignity Memorial. “I think the Step Out for Seniors Walkathon is a great way to raise money for our senior centers,” said Susie Davern, who

coordinates ENOA’s congregate meals program. “It was a beautiful day, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.”

Read it & eat By Lois Friedman

Settle in for a delicious September Stretch out the joys of summer and welcome the fall days ahead with these cookbooks. Pages and pages of great ideas for meals, snacks, and desserts. Settle back for some delicious cooking and reading. Big Green Egg Cookbook By Ray Lampe (Andrews McMeel, $25) This Dr. BBQ Hall of Fame and spokeschef shares 80 EGGcellent recipes to grill, smoke, bake, and roast in the “Big Green Egg”/kamado-style cooker. Tips, tricks, and award-winning food. You’ll be an EGGspert in no time. The Backyard Homestead Book Of Kitchen Know-How By Andrea Chesman (Storey, $19.95) The Vermont homesteader and her family learned how to cook ingredients raised and harvested nearby. Part I: Being efficient, farm to table, and what to do with food that comes into the kitchen. Part II: Preservation. Part III: Recipes, equipment, and techniques with lots of drawings, charts, and plans. A lifetime of useful kitchen information.

Carolyn Kay strolled around the Benson Park lagoon during the ENOA fundraiser last month.

Homegrown Pantry By Barbara Pleasant (Storey, $22.95) An A to Z guide to planning and planting your garden to produce the right amounts of year-round eating. Profiles 55 of the best varieties with tips, tricks, and descriptions of vegetables, fruits, and herbs with lots of color photographs. Rose Water & Orange Blossoms By Maureen Abood (Running Press, $30) This award-winning blogger shares Middle Eastern flavors of fresh and classic Lebanese recipes, menus, and stories from Avocado Tabbouleh to Za’atar. Lovely color photographs and detailed instructions. Bounty from the Box By Mi Ae Lipe (Twisted Carrot, $35) A huge, self-published volume of information plus recipes seasonally organized to help CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) members make the most of their boxes loaded with the picks of the season. Grill Fire By Lex Taylor (Sterling Epicure, $24.95) This grill master shares the joy of grilling basics, burgers, hotdogs, salts, rubs, a drink or two, and everything in between. Seventy-five recipes to wow family and friends. Lots of color photographs, grilling pro tips, and advice for tools and techniques. Try this classic Mexican street food recipe.

Grilled Corn Elote Salad (Serves 4) 4 ears of corn 4 tablespoons mayonnaise 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shaved 1 cup endive, roughly chopped 1 cup baby arugula 10 cherry tomatoes, halved 1 tablespoon chile flakes Salt and pepper to taste Grill the corn in the husks over medium-low heat for 20 minutes, rotating them often. Remove the husks and grill the cobs until they are lightly charred. Remove the corn from the heat and allow it to cool. With a knife, cut off the corn kernels and mix them with mayonnaise and cheese in a salad bowl. Mix in the endive, arugula and tomatoes. Add the chile flakes. Anything can be used: pasilla, ancho, etc. Each lend a unique perspective. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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Volunteers needed for Call 402-398-9568 to learn more ENOA’s Car-Go Project December, January training scheduled The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is recruiting volunteers age 55 and older to provide free transportation services for older adults in Fremont and Blair. 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-bycase 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, please call RSVP’s Fremont office at 402-721-7780.

Elder Access Line

Legal Aid of Nebraska operates a free telephone access line for Nebraskans age 60 and older. Information is offered to help the state’s older men and women with questions on topics like bankruptcy, homestead exemptions, collections, powers of attorney, Medicare, Medicaid, grandparent rights, and Section 8 housing. The telephone number for the Elder Access Line is 402-827-5656 in Omaha and 1-800-527-7249 statewide. This service is available to Nebraskans age 60 and older regardless of income, race, or ethnicity. For more information, log on the Internet to http:// www.legalaidofnebraska. com/EAL.

for AARP’s Tax-Aide program volunteers 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 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.

Experts offer advice on how to enhance your home’s curb appeal Want to give your home a dash of curb appeal? Experts say to focus on colorful accents for the home’s exterior. “The outside of a house is an open palette, and there’s so much opportunity to add curb appeal with colorful accents,” says color expert Kate Smith, chief color maven with Sensational Color. Here are 10 ways to give your house a colorful facelift: • No matter what style your home is, the roof is a major aspect of its curb appeal -- sometimes as much as 40 percent of the view. Think about it first. Visualize how different colors and products will look on your home. • Make landscaping decisions with color in mind. Either go for a vibrant and natural look or create a stylized look with patterns and designs. • Replace the numbers on your house or clean the old ones. Brass will certainly stand out on most housing materials. You may prefer to use large colorful accent numbers to contrast with your home exterior. • Forget about your bland, boring garage door. Use free online resources to select different garage door styles. • Give your mail carrier a warmer welcome. Spruce up your mailbox with a fresh coat of paint. Or, if it’s rusty or splintered, replace it. There are many styles available, so consider selecting something with character. • Add decorative glass windows for a distinctive accent to your home exterior. An assortment of square, geometric, and oval shaped options are available. Certain windows feature black, satin, or brass caming to offset beveled glass pieces and other privacy textured glass, while other windows boast silkscreened designs. • Soft touches, such as adding new colorful pillows to a front porch swing, laying out a new welcome mat, or hanging a flag, can give your home cozy, colorful curb appeal. • Add color to shutters, door, window surrounds, and other trim pieces. Start with low maintenance polyurethane pieces that are moisture, insect, and rot resistant. • For natural hues that accent and add contrast to siding, consider applying mortarless stone veneer as full accent walls on your home’s exterior or as a half wall/ wainscot application. • Pressure wash and repaint where necessary to restore your home to its original colorful splendor. Using color strategically, you can make your home more valuable to potential buyers or just more personalized for your own tastes.

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211 telephone network The 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, physical and mental health resources, support for older Americans and persons with a disability, and volunteer opportunities and donations. The 211 network – open 24 hours a day, seven days a week – is also available at

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: Sept. 9 @ 9 a.m. The Premier Group 11605 Miracle Hills Dr. #205 Call 402-557-6730 to register Sept. 9 @ noon AARP Info Center 1941 S. 42nd St #220 Call 402-398-9568 to register

Sept. 18 @ 9 a.m. Fremont Friendship Center 1730 W. 16th St. Call 402-727-2815 to register Sept. 15 @ 9 a.m. CHI Midlands Health 11111 S. 84th St. Call 800-253-4368 to register

Sept. 19 @ 10 a.m. Sunridge Village 13410 Blondo St. Call 402-496-0116 to register

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SAVE THE DATE Help celebrate the Millard Senior Center at Montclair’s 20th anniversary Wednesday, September 20 @ 9:30 a.m. 2304 S. 135th Avenue Guests of honor will include: • Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert • Former Omaha Mayor Hal Daub Entertainment will be provided By the Mission Belle Singers Join us for lunch @ 11:30 a.m.*

For lunch reservations and more information, please call 402-546-1270 * A contribution of $3.50 for persons age 60 and older and $9.25 for persons under age 60 is suggested.

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Series of free programs for caregivers

Outlook Nebraska’s open house scheduled for Friday, Oct. 13


egistration is underway for a free educational series that will help caregivers understand how to provide the best possible care for their loved ones with dementia. Learning to Live with Dementia focuses on the various types of dementia and how to manage symptoms. The workshop will be held Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 9 and Oct. 14 at the Servite Center of Compassion, 72nd Street and Ames Circle. Participants are asked to attend both sessions. The four components of the program are: • Dementia basics focuses on the four types of dementia. • Mystery and Reality of Living with Different Dementias covers the symptoms, behaviors, and preserved skills of the four types of dementia. • Person-centered Care discusses the importance of short-term and long-term individual planning for both the caregiver and the care receiver. • Compassionate Care outlines the resources available for support and talks about the compassionate journey. “Taking care of a person with dementia presents unique challenges,” said Nancy Flaherty, MS, CDP, president of Omaha’s Flaherty Senior Consulting. “This series provides caregivers with helpful information and opportunities to learn from and support each other so they can provide the best possible care to their loved ones.” Flaherty, a certified dementia practitioner, is the series presenter. She has extensive experience working with family caregivers and facilitating caregiver groups. To register for the free workshop, contact Sister Margaret Stratman at 402-951-3026 or email Visit for more information about these and its other programs.

Persons dealing with vision loss are invited to attend Outlook Nebraska’s open house on Friday, Oct. 13 between noon and 6 p.m. at 4125 S. 72nd St. Outlook Nebraska will showcase its new state-ofthe-art technology training lab that allows people to experience technology that makes the world accessible to everyone. Outlook Nebraska’s trainers can show visitors how to use a computer, a smartphone, or other electronic devices. While attending this event, visually impaired persons looking for employment can meet Outlook Nebraska associates and learn about its adapted workplace and inclusive culture. Visitors will also be introduced to Outlook Nebraska’s recreational activities, cultural opportunities, and accessible art workshops specifically for people with vision loss. Outlook Nebraska exists to empower as many blind and visually impaired individuals as it can, supporting them on their journey of self-discovery and selfreliance. For more information, please all 402-614-3331 or visit

Guided Autobiography Workshops You’re invited to attend a series of workshops for persons interested in sharing their life stories. The Guided Autobiography Workshops will be held on Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m.




Sept. 21 through Nov. 9 at the Westside Community Conference Center, 3534 S 108th St. For more information, please contact Chris Stewart at 402-881-6140.


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Corrigan Senior Center You’re invited to visit the Corrigan Senior Center, 3819 X St., this month for: • Sept. 1: Labor Day weekend lunch. Picnic style BBQ pork rib patty lunch at noon. Summer theme movies @ 10 a.m. • Sept. 6: River City Western Days party. The Country Kickers America dance demo @ 11:30 a.m. Wear your favorite Western attire. Meatballs marinara sub sandwich lunch @ noon. • Sept. 6, 13, 20, & 27: Visit by UNMC nursing students from 10 a.m. to noon. • Sept. 11: Grandparents Month lunch and bingo. Bring pictures of your grandchildren and great grandchildren. Chair volleyball @ 10 a.m. • Sept. 12: Yogurt tasting @ 10:30 a.m. Join Michaela Howard, R.D. for fun, educational yogurt tasting. Stay for a noon turkey lunch. • Sept. 13, 20, & 27: WhyArts? painting class from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Join artist Joe Broghammer for a fun, no experience needed three-session workshop. All supplies furnished. Call for 402-731-7210 to register, for more information, and to order a tasty noon lunch. • Sept. 18: Lunch & Learn @ 11 a.m. A representative from VNA will present Walker, Cane, & Scooter Safety and Etiquette. • Sept. 19: Spa Day from 10 a.m. to noon. Free blood pressure checks. Foot care by reservation. • Sept. 21: Ben Tomasello of the Generations @ 11 a.m. performing music from the ’50s & ’60s. Creative dress attire from the ’50s and ’60s is welcome. A special noon roast beef lunch will be served. Bingo to follow lunch. • Sept. 25: Paul Siebert’s Silver Screen Cowboy Show & Birthday Party @ 11 a.m. Hear your favorite country songs, old and new, in a show sponsored by Merrymakers Dawn and Sid Dinsdale. Stay for a noon lunch and bingo. The facility will be closed on Sept. 4 for Labor Day. 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.

Sokol Omaha Polka Hall of Fame


he 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 – is from 3 to 6 p.m. and from 7 to 7:30 p.m. The induction ceremonies run from 6 to 7 p.m. The inductees are Lou Hospodka, Kevin Koopman, Helen Janak, Charles Kral, Joe Yindrick, and Evert Van Cleve. For more information, please call 402-346-9802. 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

The causes for bad breath, Tips to keep you safe while jogging you need to monitor your surroundings. It’s another way of By Steve Kardian and ways to get rid of it saying keep your guard up, but it’s not about being hyper


aking up next to somebody with bad breath isn’t ideal. Cosmetic dentist Dr. Victoria Veytsman has the scoop on getting fresh breath. “It’s important to know the cause of the bad breath. Certain medications or health conditions may be the culprit. Most morning breath is caused by dry mouth. Saliva production goes down as one sleeps. Saliva fights bacteria that causes bad breath,” she said. While morning breath can’t be solved 100 percent of the time, it can be minimized. To help with dry mouth, Dr. Veytsman recommends: • Avoid alcohol based mouth rinses which can dry out the mouth. • Brush with a toothpaste which is a natural solution that features stabilized chlorine dioxide or OXYD-8, an oxygenating compound capable of eradicating anaerobic bacteria and eliminating bad breath. • Floss to ensure you’ve thoroughly removed all food particles. • Tongue scraping helps rid the mouth of bacteria. A pink tongue is fresh while one coated in white is a sign of bad breath and bacterial buildup. • The way you sleep can affect morning breath. Snoring or sleeping open mouthed causes the mouth to get drier. Try elevating your head. • Add a humidifier to moisten the room. • Limit caffeine intake. • Stop smoking or using tobacco products. • Drink plenty of water.

In April 2016, two young female joggers were brutally murdered within a week of each other. Karina Vetrano was killed while running near her home in Queens, NY. In Princeton, Mass., Vanessa Marcotte was found strangled less than half a mile from her mother’s home. Both were assaulted by strangers. In July 2016, Ally Bruegel of Michigan was fatally shot while jogging. Below are five tips to keep you safe on your runs. • Know your route. Being familiar with your route will help you identify abnormalities or deviations in what should be expected. Every environment and person has a baseline of what’s normal noise and behavior. Note any changes, such as a car repeatedly driving by or an unknown person or hazard along your route. Stay alert and don’t be surprised when there’s a change.  • Pay attention to your surroundings. To identify a potential danger or hazard,

vigilant or paranoid. Think of it like a low-level hum of mental activity, like when you look both ways before crossing the street. As you jog, don’t zone out and get lost in thought. Scan your surroundings, and be aware of who and what’s around you, including behind you. • Listen to your intuition. Intuition is knowing something without knowing why. If you get an uneasy feeling about someone or something, heed that internal warning. Eighty percent of your brain is dedicated to the subconscious and you’re constantly receiving input that could alert you to a danger.  Do a tactical pause and ask yourself, how does my body feel? An intuitive feeling could reveal itself by an uneasy sensation in your gut, the hair on the back of your neck standing up, or a lump in your throat.  • Don’t give away your auditory power. If you wear earbuds, you won’t be able to hear sounds that may identify a danger or hazardous situation. The brain processes sound much faster than the eyes, as much as 20 to 100 times faster. Listen for noise behind you, and don’t text or chat on the phone while running. If you wear earbuds, I suggest using only one earbud. • Self-defense devices. Carry pepper spray, a flashlight, and a GPS alert system that activates when you deploy the pepper spray. It will alert your contact list that you’re in danger and give them your GPS location.   (Kardian has spent more than 30 years as a law enforcement officer.)

Fire department can provide 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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Syed Mohiuddin is a pillar of Omaha’s medical, religious communities By Leo Adam Biga Contributing Writer


maha’s national name recognition hinges on a few staple people, places, and things. Everybody by now knows about billionaire Warren Buffett and filmmaker Alexander Payne. Artist Jun Kaneko and musician Conor Oberst have their followers. Prizefighter Terence Crawford’s made Omaha a relevant pro boxing championship site. Mutual of Omaha, the Omaha Community Playhouse, the Henry Doorly Zoo, the Old Market, Creighton University, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center boost the city’s profile. So do the annual College World Series, the Creighton University men’s basketball team, the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials, and the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Finals. Something new in the city that’s also making a big impression nationwide is the Tri-Faith Initiative, the decade-old interfaith endeavor whose partners are a Jewish synagogue, an Islamic mosque, and a Christian church. Two of three worship spaces at its Tri-Faith Commons campus are now open at the Sterling Ridge development near 132nd and Pacific streets. Temple Israel got there first in 2013. The American Muslin Institute (AMI) followed earlier this year. Ground has broken on the new Countryside Community Church which will join them in 2018. That leaves a fourth and final building, the joint Tri-Faith Center, slated to start construction next year and welcome visitors in 2019. The project’s been profiled by national media ranging from CNN to The Daily Show. But unlike so many things, the Tri-Faith Initiative isn’t dependent on celebrity or attendance or ratings – but on being good neighbors. A founder, Rabbi Aryeh Azriel, is a household name and much beloved figure for his many years leading Omaha’s reform Temple Israel, where he’s rabbi emeritus. He’s known for supporting social justice causes and he did interfaith work long before this project. He and Temple member Bob Freeman initiated the conversation that grew into what became the Tri-Faith Initiative project. Their earliest confabs about it were with someone less known, but no less important in making it a reality, Dr. Syed Mohiuddin. The Omaha cardiologist and teacher is the co-founder and president of the American Muslin Institute.  United Church of Christ member Countryside Community Church elected to be the project’s Christian partner led by Rev. Eric Elnes, who is himself a veteran of interfaith efforts. “I was disappointed the Episcopal church did not do it, but for some reason I never had any doubt we would have a third partner and that

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A native of Hyderabad, India, Dr. Syed Mohiuddin, now age 80, came to Omaha in 1963 to study medicine (cardiology) at the Creighton University School of Medicine. we will have a Tri-Faith campus,” Dr. Mohiuddin said. “I always had that faith.” Mohiuddin has been there from the project’s start and he’s never ceased being inspired by the TriFaith concept. “From day one when I heard about it, I thought it was a great idea and I was sorry I didn’t think of it myself,” he said. “It’s so unique and it’s so exciting. This has never been done, at least purposely.” His unwavering faith has inspired others. “My work on the Tri-Faith Initiative helped me to encounter the kind and compassionate Dr. Mohiuddin – a man of dignity, peacefulness, knowledge, and kindness. A man of infinite patience, full of courage, and a clever navigator in a sea full of obstacles and hazards,” said Rabbi Azriel. “In all my years of knowing him,

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nothing deterred him from the goal of building the Tri-Faith. He’s a real advocate for the Muslim community in Omaha and the world.” The two men forged their bond when, in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Azriel rallied Jews in Omaha to protect a mosque at 73rd and Pinkney streets. No harm came to the site. Cultural exchanges began occurring between the mosque and the synagogue, so when a few years later Azriel reached out about forming the Tri-Faith, Mohiuddin already knew his heart. “We had a very good relationship with Rabbi Azriel and the synagogue,” he said, “He came to the defense of the mosque when 9/11 happened. Synagogue members were in the process of thinking of moving from 70th and Cass (streets). It was too small for their congregation and too old. They

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wanted to go somewhere where they could select their neighbors.” It just so happened the newly formed AMI was looking to build its own facility rather than continue leasing spaces. “It was very important to us that we have an educational and religious center in Omaha, particularly in west Omaha, so that we could have a place that we call our own to have not only religious activities but also educational, (and) cultural activities,” Mohiuddin said. Thus, the founders like to say the project sprang from a conversation about sharing parking lots with one another. Dr. Mohiuddin credits Azriel with moving the Tri-Faith forward. “He is the prophet. Bob Freeman was also very prominent in this development. Bob was the first president (of the Tri-Faith Initiative). --Please turn to page 12.

Visit by Markwood, CEO of n4a, highlights meeting at ENOA

The directors of Nebraska’s Area Agencies on Aging are (bottom left to bottom right): Connie Cooper (Norfolk), Randy Jones (Lincoln), Dennis Loose (Omaha), Zoe Olson (Beatrice), Rod Horsley (Kearney), Lynne Viglicky (Hastings), and Cheryl Brunz (Scottsbluff). Not pictured is Linda Foreman (North Platte). By Jeff Reinhardt

build the capacity of its members so they can help older adults live indepenne of the dently with dignity and greatchoices in their homes and est chalcommunities for as long as lenges older possible. Americans The organization repreface today sents and provides a voice is actually preparing for in Washington, D.C. for the their own aging, said Sandy nation’s 622 Area Agencies Markwood, chief executive on Aging and its 256 Title officer of the National AsVI Native American aging sociation of Area Agencies programs. on Aging (n4a) during her The n4a is dedicated to recent visit to Omaha. supporting its members by “People need to plan raising visibility, offering to age successfully. They training and educational need to consider do I have events, and working to drive enough money to retire? excellence in information Will I outlive my savand assistance, transportaings?” she said. “They also tion, livable communities, need to look at things like healthy aging, benefits will their home meet their assistance, and volunteer housing needs as they age? programs. How will I get around if Markwood has worked and when I can no longer for more than 30 years dedrive? What services or sup- veloping and delivering agports will I need to remain ing, health, human services, healthy and independent? housing, and transportation And, people need to ask programs and services in and answer these questions counties and cities across ahead of time—before a the country. crisis happens.” Prior to joining the n4a Markwood said the vast as its CEO in January 2002, majority of people want Markwood served as deputy to age in their own homes director of county services and communities, and the at the National Association nation’s aging network is of Counties where she took working to ensure America’s a lead role in research, traincities and states are good ing, conference planning, places to grow old. program development, techThe n4a’s mission is to nical assistance, and grants


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management. Markwood manages the organization by setting the staff’s strategic direction, overseeing implementation of its policies, grassroots advocacy efforts, membership, and program initiatives. She also leads n4a’s fundraising efforts and engages corporate sponsors to support the aging network’s critical initiatives. Externally, Markwood forms strategic partnerships with federal agencies and organizations in the human services and health care arenas to enhance the role and recognition of the nation’s Area Agencies on Aging and Title VI Native American aging programs. She said the first 200 days of the Donald Trump presidency have been educational for both the new administration and the n4a. “While we’re happy with the political appointments (in the aging field), we’re learning there are new ways of doing business and many programs that have long been part of the social safety net are under scrutiny.” Markwood said she and the n4a look forward to working with and educating Trump and Congress about the issues facing older Americans and the important services and supports the aging network offers to help older adults age where they want to—in their homes and communities for as long as possible.


arkwood was in Omaha last month to attend the Nebraska Association of Area Agencies on Aging’s monthly meeting which was held at the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging. She also visited Omaha to meet with officials to discuss the possibility of the n4a hosting its 2021 national conference in the city. The Nebraska Association of Area Agencies on Aging has offices in Omaha, Lincoln, Norfolk, Beatrice, Hastings, Kearney, North Platte, and Scottsbluff. The organization’s mission is to develop a statewide network of community-based aging programs and services that help maintain independence and dignity for older Nebraskans and their caregivers regardless of income, race, color, creed, or national origin.

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Markwood is impressed by the range of programs and services available to older Nebraskans and the work being done by the state’s eight Area Agencies on Aging. Also in attendance at the meeting were Donna Harvey – CEO of the Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Agency – who represents Nebraska and Region VII on the n4a’s national board, Cynthia Brammeier, director of the Unit on Aging for the Nebraska Department of

Health and Human Services; Mark Intermill, associate state director for advocacy for AARP Nebraska, and the supervisors of the state’s eight Choosing Home or inCommunity Elder Services (CHOICES) programs. “I’m very pleased the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging was able to host this important meeting,” said Dennis Loose, ENOA’s executive director. “There was a great exchange of information and I think we all learned a lot.”

NACo elects Mary Ann Borgeson as organization’s second vice-president

Douglas County Commissioner Mary Ann Borgeson was sworn in recently as second vicepresident of the National Association of Counties.


ouglas County Commissioner Mary Ann Borgeson – who is also chair of the Eastern Nebraska Human Services Agency’s governing board – was recently elected and sworn in as the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) second vice-president at the NACo Annual Conference in Franklin County, Ohio. In this national leadership role, Borgeson said she plans to work to preserve local decision making and ensure county issues are heard at the national level. Borgeson is the first woman from Nebraska to be elected to an executive position for NACo.  “I am excited to be a part of the national conversations and bring back home solutions that are best for our taxpayers,” Borgeson said. “One of the things that I’ve learned over the years of being a Douglas County commissioner is that we have to work with all levels of government and that includes the national level. What happens at the national level has a direct impact on counties.”  Borgeson’s election positions her to become NACo’s president in July 2019.  “This is an opportunity for me to both reinforce and to amplify the importance of county government,” she said. “I want to continue to build upon and contribute to NACo’s positive momentum of spreading the message that counties are relevant and counties matter.” 

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Initiative unites three Abrahamic religions on one Omaha campus

Dr. Mohiuddin said the Tri-Faith Initiative is working to show the three Abrahamic faiths are branches of one common tree. --Continued from page 10. The Tri-Faith blossomed from the fertile soil of celebrating commonalities and differences. “First, we began with the idea that the three Abrahamic religions have a common root,” Dr. Mohiuddin said. “We have a very rich historical tradition which goes all the way back to the prophet Abraham. The idea which the prophet Abraham preached is common to all three faiths. We have different interpretations, but we believe in the same things. “And based on this idea we thought we could establish a campus where we could live together and demonstrate to the world that the three faiths really have no animosity per se, but they really are branches of a common tree.” The vision from the start called for three worship spaces and a communal, nondenominational, interfaith center.  “We will be able to show the world that the three faiths do believe in the common traditions, they can be servants of God, and they can work for good things in the world, including social justice and other things which we need to defend with a common voice,” Dr. Mohiuddin said. Fixing on a location for the campus, however, took time. “The first few years we just met and talked about things; mostly about where we should go. I can’t remember how many places we

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went to looking for a site that would be ideal. In the meantime, we began to know each other and we became very good friends,” Syed said. “We thought this was something which had more truth than simple parking. We were building relationships, we were beginning to know each other not only through our religious practice but how we lived our lives.” Relationships are the foundation of it all because the partners understand that tensions and fears borne of not knowing the other have prevented Jews, Muslims, and Christians from interfaith communion. “Our intent was to correct some of this misunderstanding, establish working, cooperative, (and) friendly relationships among the Abrahamic faiths,” Mohiuddin said. “We thought there could be no better way of doing this than sharing a campus. That became a very early goal with the partners. That’s exactly what has happened. It has deepened our friendship (and) deepened our trust in each other. “The amazing thing is when we started this project nobody said, ‘Why are you doing it and what is it in for you?’ We simply trusted each other and believed that this is something which needs to be done, and we did it.” Along the way, few have openly questioned or doubted the project’s validity and sustainability. Dr. Mohiuddin said it’s crucial that he and his fellow visionaries never let the

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detractors sway them. He said the project could have been derailed “if we had allowed ourselves to get discouraged by the dissenting voices and if we did not have the courage of our own convictions.” Ultimately, he said the Tri-Faith survived due to the conviction of the founding members to stay with the effort. “We had such a strong belief that what we were doing was necessary and needed to be done and that this was the right thing to do and the right time to do it.” Dr. Mohiuddin has an answer for skeptics who worry participation in the project will dilute or diminish any of the faiths. “The most important thing we’re doing is expressing the belief we have and that has actually made our faith stronger. We understand our own faith better than we did before because we have to explain it to people. It actually makes your faith stronger, it doesn’t weaken it.” Why did it take until the 21st Century for this to happen and why did the project find life in Omaha? “If you look at any of the wonderful things that happen in the world, you need a core, usually a spark, which acts as a nucleus around which everything turns,” Dr. Mohiuddin said. “It just happens to be in Omaha, it just happens to be us.” The fact Mohiuddin is still relatively unknown despite being a Tri-Faith founder and longtime fixture in Omaha’s medical community reflects the low-profile Muslims have in the city and his own soft-spoken, modest demeanor. Hardly a newcomer, the 80-year-old came here from his native India in 1963 to study at Creighton University. Though a familiar figure in local medical circles, he remained off the general public’s radar until the emergence of the Tri-Faith. Even now, his reserved manner is more likely to keep him in the background than the foreground. From its humble start amongst a few friends, the Tri-Faith evolved into a public display of interfaith action with events like Dinner Under Abraham’s Tent and the annual Tri-Faith Picnic. Mohiuddin’s been the face of the low-key Muslim community in Omaha. He galvanized support for the AMI to be a part of the Tri-Faith. He helped secure donors to build its combined mosque and educational center at the Commons. He often appears with his Jewish and Christian counterparts at community forums and press conferences. Though he’s happy to share the TriFaith story, he prefers letting the limelight shine on others. Avoiding publicity is getting harder these days. Thousands of well-wishers and dozens of reporters turned out for the AMI’s open house in July. The overwhelming response took Mohiuddin by surprise, though it was hardly the first time locals extended a welcome to Muslims in Omaha. He appreciates how Muslims are generally well-received in America but he’s aware hate crimes are a reality, too.  “Muslim integration to the United States is a new phenomenon, and Muslim integration to Nebraska is an even newer phenomenon,” Mohiuddin said. He said the more exposure people have to Muslims, the more they’ll recognize the core values of Islam – acceptance, compassion, equality, justice, and peace – are the shared values of the partners and of all humanity, specifically the three Abrahamic faiths. He hopes the Tri-Faith can help dispel myths. “Many stories you hear and read are biased – they don’t present a true picture of Islam,” Dr. Mohiuddin said. Against this backdrop, Syed was touched by how many people attended the July open house. “It was astounding, it was stunning,” he said seated in a conference room at the new facility. “We had never anticipated more than 150 people. We served food and it was probably gone in the first 15 minutes. There were anywhere from 1,500 to 3,000 people here. The open house was to start at 1 p.m. but people started coming here at noon and they didn’t leave until 5 p.m. or later. “It was absolutely a wonderful occasion. It indicated to us there is enough interest in our community, and we hope we did a good job of introducing our Institute and mosque and how our Muslim faith is practiced.” The event fulfilled the vision for the campus, as the parking lot for the synagogue, which is just to the east of the Institute, accommodated the overflow crowd. He said Tri-Faith Communications Director Vic Gutman may have captured the moment best by commenting, “Where in the world can you see people parking at a Jewish temple and walking over to a Muslim mosque?”  The outpouring of good will goes back to when funds were being raised for the $6.2 million Institute building. “What was amazing was getting support from the non-Muslim community – almost 50 percent,” he said. “It again reaffirmed my belief that the three faiths are supportive of each other.”


r. Mohiuddin experienced American egalitarianism and Midwestern hospitality when he and his late wife arrived in the States. They’d been married a month earlier overseas. He said though Omaha’s become a much larger city, what hasn’t changed is how welcoming it is to new residents. Please turn to page 13.

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Dr. Mohiuddin: Tri-Faith’s impact is for future generations --Continued from page 12. “That’s the reason I decided to stay in Omaha,” he said. “That, and my university – Creighton, which I loved and still do. Creighton, a Catholic institution, has always been very open, accepting, and supportive. I never felt that I was a stranger.” This was despite there being hardly any Muslims or people from India at that time in Omaha, he said. “We were so pleased with the reception we got from Creighton University and the Creighton Medical Center. I never looked back.” He fondly recalled he and his wife being befriended. “We were looking for an apartment because on an intern’s salary we couldn’t afford to buy a house. Somebody introduced us to an Italian family who owned a house and wanted to rent an apartment out to a couple. We took the apartment and became friends (with the landlords). They would invite us to their celebrations, including Christmas. It was wonderful. It was a large family and we all sat at a long table and thoroughly enjoyed the food and each other’s company.” Dr. Mohiuddin fell in love with America and applied for his U.S. citizenship as soon he was eligible. Gaining citizenship is something he cherished. “It was a wonderful occasion. Again, it was part of being accepted and how welcoming America is.” His fascination with the United States began back in India. Syed grew up in the city of Hyderabad. “I come from a middle-class

Muslim family, so we lived comfortably, but we didn’t have cars or other luxuries. My father was a forest officer. He died very young – when I was only 4 years old. My mother was my teacher. She was very interested in teaching me. All the things I know about Islam and Muslims are from her.” His mother didn’t have much formal education. “In India in those days girls were not really allowed to have a formal education.” Motivated to help people from an early age, Mohiuddin was still a boy when he vowed to become a physician. Syed was in college in India when he decided to do his postgraduate training in the West. He became proficient in English, which all the medical literature was written in, and determined he would study in the U.S. rather than Great Britain. “I admit freely I had a fundamental suspicion of the British because I knew how they had treated the people of India and our struggle for freedom, so I came here.” He came intending to be an endocrinologist but got hooked on the then-new field of cardiology. “I liked the idea that cardiology was going to make very rapid progress, and in that I was not wrong.” Teaching became his real passion. “I don’t think I would have even been satisfied being only in practice and treating patients and not teaching. That’s why I stayed at Creighton. I could have left and joined one of the large cardiology practices in Omaha and probably been much more financially successful, but that’s not what I wanted to do.

Mohiuddin said the support Omaha’s Jewish community showed local Muslims post 9/11 reassured him about his fellow man.

“I was very fortunate to have very good teachers at Creighton and they just happened to be cardiologists. They’re one of the reasons I went into cardiology. I learned from them how enjoyable it is to teach, (and) how enjoyable it is to see the light that comes on a student’s face when they learn.” His teachers also modeled a career commitment to education by remaining there for decades as he has himself. Dr. Mohiuddin’s integration into the mainstream was reflected by him being named chairman of the Department of Medicine at the Creighton University School of Medicine. He also served as president of the American Heart Association and governor of the American College of Cardiology (Nebraska chapter). Syed and his wife raised three children. Their fully Americanized kids attended Brownell Talbot and Creighton University. 

Country Club land for the campus. Jews had built the club at a time when they were denied access and membership to Gentile-only venues. “We spent almost eight years looking for a place to build and finally we found the ground for the campus,” Dr. Mohiuddin said. “When the Jewish synagogue began construction, we began to see this is going to be a real thing. It was no longer (just) an idea we had been celebrating but a real fact of life. This will be an example for the whole community, hopefully for the United States, and possibly the world.”


ohiuddin emphasizes situating the synagogue and mosque on the site near 132nd and Pacific streets also fills practical needs because their members mostly live out west. And just as with Temple, the AMI needed a new place with more space. “There are three mosques in ife for the Mohiuddins was Omaha but they are simply small prayer places,” he said. “None of good, safe, and uneventthose have any capability of providful. Then 9/11 happened ing educational or civil services. and Muslims were sudWhat we have built is not only a denly under suspicion. When the prayer center but also a center for Jewish community stood watch at education and for support of the the mosque, that show of concern and solidarity reassured Mohiuddin Muslim community, especially the new arrivals who need a lot of help about his fellow man. and support and anything else the The love and respect demoncommunity might need.” strated by that stand infuses the He said whereas the Institute Tri-Faith and explains why it still and Temple were already looking flourishes. to build new structures before the “That’s where it starts because Tri-Faith, Countryside Community you know there have been a lot of Church was not, which makes their interfaith dialogues that have not participation even more impressive. gotten anywhere. The key is havMohiuddin admires Countryside ing respect for our partners and for pastor Eric Elnes for bringing his any differences we have. These are congregation into the fold. the similarities in our intention and “He was probably the most vipurpose which brings us together. The word tolerance is a no-no in our sionary person among us because it was his leadership that got his discussions. congregation to consider this was “One of the things Rabbi Azriel the thing to do, this was the place to said in our first meeting was, ‘I’m tired of dialogue.’ This is about rela- go, and they passed a resolution to move with a 99 percent majority.”  tionships, not dialogue.” A larger purpose for erecting the Being in a relationship is what it AMI building was uniting a somemeans to be a true neighbor. “By times fractured Muslim community. forming a Commons together, con“There are, as in any religion, stantly we are neighbors – we look to each other and share our dreams.  different sects with different interpretations of Islam or the Koran or “Unlike a dialogue, at the end of which you get up and leave, here we what the prophet said or didn’t say. That has caused division within the cannot leave,” Dr. Mohiuddin said Muslim community. We wanted to looking out at the campus’ green be clear from the beginning this is spaces between the synagogue and a mosque for all Muslims no matmosque. The unturned dirt for the ter who they are. Whether they are church is next door. More evidence of togetherness in Shiite, Sunni, whatever, we are not Omaha came a few years ago when going to prohibit them – we are going to open them with open arms. Gaza hostilities erupted between “If you can’t welcome your own Palestinians and Israelis. brothers and sisters, how can we “The Muslim population was welcome our cousins?” distraught this was happening. But Another overriding goal is to we were able to come together with practice gender equity.  our Jewish and Christian friends and “We want to make sure, and we write a joint editorial in The Omaha have made it our fundamental aim, World-Herald which expressed the to treat women and men as equals concerns we had without blaming anybody. I thought it was a remark- because all religions, and Islam is not exception, have treated women able accomplishment.”  as somewhat inferior to men. Our Next for the Tri-Faith Initiative was acquiring the former Highland --Please turn to page 14.


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--Continued from page 13. board members include three women.” The new mosque’s prayer hall has only a discreet screen separating the sexes and it’s there at the request of women, he said, for modesty. A distinguishing feature of the AMI’s exterior is a towering, free-standing minaret that departs from the traditional custom of being affixed to the structure. The minaret symbolizes rising shafts of light that represent the five pillars of Islam. “These are the fundamentals of our religion and they meet at the top at the star that’s lit in the evening. One of our board members took a special interest in designing the minaret,” Dr. Mohiuddin said. The building’s intent also reflects where it is, who it serves, and what happens there. “This is not a typical Middle Eastern mosque. This is a mosque for people in Omaha. This is an Omaha mosque. The building not only serves as a mosque and a place for prayers in Omaha – which is its primary function – but it is also an institute that has educational functions, civic functions, (and) social functions. “It includes a gymnasium and a space for children. The building provides for all and that was something badly needed in Omaha. That’s why we continue to call it American Muslim Institute.” Mohiuddin has enjoyed a long, distinguished professional career but nothing tops the Tri Faith project. “Establishing the American Muslim Institute and being a part of the Tri-Faith Initiative I consider the most important things I have done.”

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Already, the Tri-Faith Commons is becoming a destination spot for tour groups who want to see this experiment with their own eyes. “I think people will come to see it’s a unique campus. They will see the three Abrahamic faiths working with each other, learning from each other, sharing their dreams, (and) their hopes together. “This will be the exact opposite of what we’re hearing about and some of its true – that Muslims mistreat Christians or Christians and Jews mistreat Muslims. This will be a counter to all of these things.” The partners’ relationship as neighbors is readily evident. “From the mosque, you can see the synagogue and you will be able to see the other buildings. You’ll be able to see how closely we are situated,” Dr. Mohiuddin said. The gleaming glass-fronted buildings glow at night. Proximity alone, he said, will offer tangible proof of this unique interfaith community and “of our message that the people of the Abrahamic faiths can live and work together and go on to the next generation.” The Commons is here and now but it’s real impact may come in the future. “We are doing it for our children,” Mohiuddin said. “The whole purpose is for the next generation. This has been a dream for us and it is a dream come true. That’s our dreamland.” The Tri-Faith Initiative would not have been possible without trust. “We just had somehow this bond of trust when we started and we still have it,” Dr. Mohiuddin said. Can it happen elsewhere? “I say why should this be unique. There ought to be other Muslims, Christians, and Jews who follow similar paths and when they see this thing actually working this will give them more hope and more faith that this can be done.” Mohiuddin advises others contemplating such as like being in an interfaith marriage: “Don’t have high expectations because you’ll only be disappointed. But there has to be a fundamental trust, there has to be a fundamental sharing of objectives and what is our goal. Then also a shared vision for how are we able to get there.” 


s work readies on the new Countryside church, plans for the Tri-Faith Center are being finalized. “I think soon we’ll make a decision on how large the building will be and what the function will be,” Dr. Mohiuddin said. “My own vision is that it will be an education center that would serve all three faiths. More importantly, it would serve people in Omaha and outside Omaha.” Yes, the Tri-Faith Initiative is the culmination of a Jew, a Muslim, and a Christian having fellowship. But just as there are no walls or fences separating the buildings, there are no boundaries excluding anyone from participating in the project. “The Tri-Faith belongs to all of us,” Mohiuddin said. He and the others invite everyone to this dreamland. Follow the project at (Read more of Leo Adam Biga’s work at

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Analysis shows multiple drugs are being developed to treat Alzheimer’s

You’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. 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 Phill Sherbon at 402-333-6529.

wenty-seven Alzheimer’s drugs in Phase III clinical trials and eight drugs in Phase II clinical trials may launch in the next five years, according to a revised Alzheimer’s pipeline analysis presented recently at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference by ResearchersAgainstAlzheimer’s (RA2), an UsAgainstAlzheimer’s network. “The Alzheimer’s disease pipeline, marred by decades of failures and underinvestment, is due for big victories,” said UsAgainstAlzheimer’s Co-Founder and Chairman George Vradenburg. “Thanks to growing investment from industry leaders, we remain cautiously optimistic the crop of latestage Alzheimer’s innovations will bring much-needed solutions to families in the near future.” The pipeline analysis offers projections for drugs in Phase II and Phase III clinical trials and identifies critical milestones in drug development, including estimated trial completion, estimated regulatory filing, and estimated launch date. A novel treatment for Alzheimer’s hasn’t received FDA approval since 2003 and regulatory approval in Europe since 2002. However, the analysis confirms significant momentum by industry to forge ahead with Alzheimer’s disease innovation. “There is no silver bullet when it comes to treating Alzheimer’s,” said Dr. David Morgan, a founding member of RA2 and a distinguished professor of molecular pharmacology and physiology at the University of South Florida. “The more we learn about the underlying Alzheimer’s pathology, the closer we get to a cure for a disease that is an enormous burden on patients, caregivers, and global health systems.” A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found Alzheimer’s deaths have increased by 55 percent during a recent 15-year period (1999 to 2014). The late-stage Alzheimer’s pipeline provides much-needed hope to the 5.5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers who are desperate for a treatment or cure. According to the analysis, six drugs will conclude Phase III trials in 2017. UsAgainstAlzheimer’s and ResearchersAgainstAlzheimer’s will continue actively tracking the progress of each drug and working across sectors to ensure clinical trials are efficient and diverse, and that regulatory approaches to approving Alzheimer’s drugs are modernized. As new, potentially life-changing treatments inch closer to regulatory approval, the analysis begs the question: Is the global health care system prepared to ensure people with or at risk of Alzheimer’s have access to the latest innovations once they reach the market? “Alzheimer’s is commonly misdiagnosed, and the United States suffers from a shortage of geriatricians – issues that will only grow as the Baby Boomer generation ages,” Vradenburg said. “Private and public sector leaders will need to work closely with insurers in the coming years to ensure patients have access to these drugs when they are available.”  

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 Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital 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.


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Heartland Generations Center You’re invited to visit the Heartland Generations Center – 4318 Fort St. – for the following: • Sept. 6: Clarkson nurses visit @ 1:15 p.m. • Sept. 8, 15, 22, & 29: Quilting • Sept. 12: Medicare presentation @ 10:45 a.m. • Sept 14: Birthday party with music by Michael Lyon from the Merrymakers @ 12:30 p.m. • Sept. 18: Tour the J. Sterling Morton mansion in Nebraska City. The cost is $5 for the bus and $8 for the tour. • Sept. 19: Volunteer Day • Sept. 20: Crafts (necklaces) with Kina @ 10: 30 a.m. • Sept. 25: Pastels with Joe Broghammer from WhyArts? @ 10:30 a.m. The center will be closed on Sept. 4 for Labor Day. Other center events include bingo Wednesday @ 10: 30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. and Friday @ 10:30 a.m. Tai Chi Tuesday & Thursday @ 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, call 402-553-5300.

Fremont Friendship Center You’re invited to visit the Fremont Friendship Center, 1730 W. 16th St. (Christensen Field), for the following: • Sept. 1 & 22: Trivia with Marv @ 10:30 a.m. • Sept. 6: Hints with Home Instead @ 10 a.m. followed by pianist Wally. • Sept. 7: Presentation on congestive heart failure. • Sept. 9: ECO-TREK at Johnson Lake from 9 to 11 a.m. The registration fee is $10. • Sept. 10: Grandparents Day. • Sept. 12: Slide show with Rich Hirshman. • Sept. 13: Music by the Links @ 10 a.m. • Sept. 18: AARP driver safety class from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $15 for AARP members or $20 for nonmembers. • Sept. 20: Music by Billy Troy @ 10:30 a.m. • Sept. 21: Presentation on Safety with Supplements @ 10 a.m. • Sept. 27: Music by Kim Eames. • Sept. 28: Annual spaghetti feed ($7) from 5 to 7 p.m. The facility will be closed on Sept. 4 for Labor Day. The Fremont Friendship Center is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. A $3.50 contribution is suggested for lunch. Reservations must be made by noon the business day prior to the meal you wish to enjoy. For meal reservations, call Laurie at 402-727-2815.


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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 Ave. 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

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Examine how assistive technology can improve the quality of your life, enhance independence By Meaghan Walls

dexterity. These impact activities like food preparation and eating, which in turn may affect nutrition. lthough it can sound Consider using an adapted cutting surface, cooking and mysterious, assistive eating utensils with extended or modified grips, or measurtechnology may be ing and cooking utensils with enlarged print or voice output more a part of everyday life that help alleviate challenges with declining vision. than you thought. I bet you Performing self-care activities of daily living such as didn’t realize all the things bathing-related tasks with increased independence and in your life that are considsafety improves quality of life and dignity as you age. Most ered to be assistive technol- everyone is familiar with shower benches, grab bars, and ogy. minimal threshold showers. But what about help with bathWith an education and ing, shaving, and dressing? There are options for extended professional background handles on sponges, razors with built in shower gel holders focused on enabling people for one-handed shaving, hands-free shoe removers, and apto participate in life the way paratus to help with zippers and buttons. they want, I define assistive Safety is also an important consideration in indepentechnology as “anything that dence. The ability to hear alerts and alarms can impact an makes an activity easier for individual’s ability to be home alone. Many options exist anyone.” History has shown for alarms and warnings with alternative modes of alert technology developed such as vibration and flashing to aid those with declining for the benefit of specific vision and/or hearing. individuals often ends up Medication management is a serious and significant conbenefitting the broader cern for individuals and their families. There are daily and population. weekly reminder systems that organize medications, and For example, motion acti- timed reminders and alerts to help you stay on schedule, vated faucets, vehicle back manage your medications, and stay healthy. hatches, and night lights can Quality of life is often directly tied to our social engagemake us safer, healthier, or ment and personal relationships. Whether you enjoy soligive us a “third hand” when tary activities like reading or gardening or social activities needed. like playing cards, there are many options for assistive The Amazon Echo protechnology. vides voice controlled Gardening tools have been designed with extended and access to news, weather, modified handles. Bookstands can hold a book for an exand music - but can also tended time. There are many card and board game options remotely access and control available with large print, enlarged place markers, or card home lights, temperature, holders to relieve the challenges with holding cards due to and security cameras. arthritis, tremors, or other conditions that affect grip. As a mom of two young There are several professionals available who can come children, my favorite recent into your home to help you develop customized solutions assistive technology deto your assistive technology needs. velopment is the automatic In summary, assistive technology can enhance indepenexterior door opener. Imag- dent living and the ability to stay at home by increasing ine trying to push a stroller, safety, reducing injury risks, and offering peace of mind for hold a little hand, carry an families, while providing dignity, and improving quality arm full of bags, and get of life while allowing older adults more opportunities for into or out of a store. social engagement. I’m sure you’re wonder(Walls is president and COO of Assistology, LLC in ing what this has to do with Omaha.) your life, or the tasks you need to complete as independently as possible. Older adults may ask how they can remain living in their homes longer with Parkinson’s Nebraska – a nonprofit organization that dignity, independence, and helps Nebraskans touched by Parkinson’s disease – is safety. There are options sponsoring the inaugural Walk the Park for Parkinson’s beyond making significant on Sunday, Sept. 10. The event, held from noon to 4 p.m. structural changes to your at Elmwood Park, will begin at the park pavilion, 802 S. residence that can improve 60th St. your ability to age graceMore than 15,000 Nebraskans have been diagnosed fully at home. with Parkinson’s, a progressive neurologically based You need to consider movement disorder that impacts a person’s ability to which daily activities you participate in routine tasks such as writing, walking, and need to perform and what other activities of daily living. Symptoms vary but often activities give your days include rigid muscles, slowness of movement, loss of meaning and enjoyment. balance, tremors, and soft speech. Let’s focus on commercial“All the funds raised will go straight to people with ly-available assistive techneeds in our community,” said Walk the Park for Parkinnology to aid in these two son’s chairman Molly Motsinger. areas. The event is more than just a walk, as the organization In addition to meal prepawill host free seated exercise classes, a hot dog lunch, ration and consumption, and playtime in the park, she added. people enjoy the social Registration for Walk the Park for Parkinson’s is $20 engagement that comes and include a t-shirt and lunch. with dining with family or For more information, please visit friends. The main factors or contact Motsinger at fecting independence in the kitchen are related to hand function and fine motor


Walk for Parkinson’s set for Sept. 10 at Elmwood Park

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he safety of tap water in the United States is a growing concern. Whether city or well, it’s quite possible the water you’re consuming at home is contaminated with cancer-causing or otherwise harmful materials such as heavy metals, pesticides, arsenic, bacteria, nitrates, and volatile organic compounds. Ingesting such chemicals regularly could shorten your life span, so it goes without saying testing your water is an important step you can take to protect yourself and your family’s health.   A reputable choice for accurate and easy testing is EnviroTestKits ( from Environmental Laboratories, Inc. - an industry authority for more than 40 years and one of North America’s largest EPA certified laboratories for testing drinking water. Consumers can choose from different test options based on the type and number of contaminants.  In three easy steps (collect, ship, and view the results online) you’ll know if there’s a problem with your tap water and be empowered to take appropriate action. Results are ready within seven to 10 days and each kit includes free return shipping.  Homeowners and renters should take this issue seriously because a simple search online pulls up pages of alarming data including: • Certain types of cancer such as breast and prostate have risen over the past 30 years, and research indicates they’re likely tied to pollutants like those found in drinking water.   • The EPA has reported more than three million Americans have been exposed since 2005 to drinking water with illegal concentrations of arsenic and radioactive elements, both of which have been linked to cancer at small doses.  • In some areas tested, the amount of radium detected in drinking water was 2,000 percent higher than the legal limit, according to EPA data. • A 2016 Harvard University study found there were unsafe levels of industrial chemicals linked with cancer, hormone disruption, and other health problems in the drinking water of 33 states, affecting 6 million Americans. • Data CNBC obtained from the EPA for a recent report revealed only nine U.S. states are reporting safe levels of lead in their water supply.  • In a 2009 report, the EPA warned “threats to drinking water are increasing.” • In 2015, nearly 77 million Americans lived in places where the water systems were in some violation of Safe Drinking Water Act regulations, according to a 2017 report by the Natural Resources Defense Council.  While many people are diligent about checking the oil in their car, many have never checked their drinking water. With the convenience of EnviroTestKits, today there’s no good reason not to find out what might be lurking.

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.

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Alzheimer’s support groups

Penn State study examines osteoarthritis


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

Third Tuesday @ 6 p.m. Temple Israel (media room) 13111 Sterling Ridge Dr.

• 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.

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.

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steoarthritis patients that are more confident in their physical abilities in the morning are more physically active throughout the day, according to a team of Penn State University researchers. The findings suggest self-efficacy – one’s confidence in their ability to do something – influences physical activity independent from other factors such as pain, mood, and support from a spouse. The researchers, who published their results in the journal Health Psychology, said the study could give insight into how to better design physical activity interventions. Ruixue Zhaoyang, a postdoctoral fellow in Penn State’s Center for Healthy Aging and lead author on the paper, said although earlier research has found physical activity to be one of the best ways to reduce and manage symptoms of osteoarthritis, pain often prevents patients from being as physically active as they should be. As a result, stiffness and deterioration in muscle strength tend to worsen. While previous studies have examined physical activity among people with other chronic conditions, researchers have yet to explore the psychological aspect of activity in people with osteoarthritis. “Osteoarthritis is a common condition, and we wanted to look at how we can help people who suffer from it improve their activity levels,” Zhaoyang said. “Self-efficacy is a very strong predictor of people’s physical activity, and we wanted to see how it specifically affects this population.” More than 100 study participants recorded their self-efficacy each morning by answering such questions as, “How confident are you that you can be physically active today despite pain?” They also answered questions about their mood and how much

pain they were feeling. The participants then wore an accelerometer throughout the day, which measured the intensity of their physical activity and how many steps they took. At the end of the study, the researchers found the participants’ self-efficacy had a significant positive effect on their steps and moderate-intensity activity throughout that day, even when controlled for pain, mood, and support from a spouse.


haoyang said one of the interesting aspects of the study was that it not only compared self-efficacy from person to person, but also from day to day within the same person. This gave the researchers a better idea about how daily fluctuations in self-efficacy influence a person’s activity. “It’s all about what you think you’re able to do. If you feel more confident than you generally are, you’re more likely to be physically active that day,” Zhaoyang said. “It’s not about your confidence compared to other people, it’s about comparing it within yourself. If you feel more confident than yesterday, you are more likely to be more active than yesterday.” They also said that the effect of a bump in self-efficacy failed to carry over to the following day. “So, for someone who’s trying to help someone become more active, if you boost their confidence today, but don’t do it tomorrow, the effect will disappear.” Lynn Martire, a professor in Penn State’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies who also worked on the study, said the results could help inform intervention programs that aim to help people become more active. With the effect of selfefficacy only lasting one day, the timing of motivational messaging is key.

Book review series begins on Sept. 19 The Eclectic Book Review Club begin its 68th year with the following speakers this fall: • Sept. 19: UN-L journalism professor emeritus Tim Anderson will review his Lonesome Dreamer: The Life of John G. Neihardt. • Oct. 17: Creighton U. professor emeritus Dr. Eileen Wirth will present Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. • Nov. 21: Jeff Kurrus, editor NEBRASKAland Magazine, will share the story of The Tale of Jacob Swift. The monthly meetings, which include lunch and a book review, are held at noon at the Field Club, 3615 Woolworth Ave. The cost is

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Paper shredding AARP is sponsoring a free paper shredding event on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the third parking level (east side) at the Center Mall, 42nd and Center streets. Participants are encouraged to help fight fraud by shredding their documents. For more information, please call the AARP Information Center at 402-3989568.


HEOS, 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

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$13 per person per month. To reserve a seat, call Rita at 402-553-3147. The reservation deadline is the Monday morning before the Tuesday noon meeting.

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.

Give your perennials a boost By Melinda Myers Give your perennials a shot in the arm this fall with a topdressing of organic matter. It’s a great way to revive tired gardens, improve a garden’s overall health, and keep vibrant perennials healthy and blooming at their best. Research found topdressing your garden with compost every year or two provides most, if not all the nutrients most perennials need. It feeds the soil, which in turn feeds your plants. Pull the mulch back if needed. Keep it handy, so you can put it back in place once you finish amending the soil. Topdressing is the first step in the process. Simply spread a one to two-inch layer of compost like Hsu Leaf Compost (, a 100 percent USDA certified bio-based product, over the soil surface. Be careful not to bury the crown of your plants.  You can leave the compost sitting on the soil surface or lightly mix it into the top inch with a hand cultivator. The earthworms, ground beetles, and other organisms will move it down into the soil and around the plant roots where it’s needed. The second step is especially helpful for those with heavy or compacted soils. Once the compost is in place, do a bit of vertical mulching. Use an auger bit on your cordless drill. Simply drill holes into the soil between plants. Then fill them with compost to further boost your efforts.  This will speed up the process a bit by getting the compost closer to the plant roots and soil organisms that will help incorporate it into the soil. You will also aerate the soil at the same time. These openings in the soil allow air, water, and fertilizer to penetrate the soil surface and travel to the root zone. Return the mulch to the garden or add mulch if needed. Maintaining an inch or two of organic mulch not only conserves moisture and suppresses weeds; it also continues to improve the soil. As the organic mulch breaks down, it adds organic matter and nutrients to the soil.  Investing some time to create and maintain healthy soil goes a long way in making your garden a beautiful part of the landscape. (Myers has more than 30 years of horticulture experience and has written more than 20 gardening books.)

NARFE meetings 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, please 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, please call 402-342-4351.

Workshops to address differences between memory loss, dementia

It can be hard to tell the difference between agerelated changes in memory and early signs of dementia. Memory often changes as we age, but memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a sign of dementia. Is it Normal Aging, or Is It Something Else? is an informative seminar that helps participants learn the signs of dementia. Nancy Flaherty, MS, president of Flaherty Senior Consulting in Omaha and a certified dementia practitioner, is the presenter. The free workshop will be presented: • Sept. 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 19251 Chandler St., in Gretna. To register for this workshop, contact Flaherty at 402312-9324 or email her • Nov. 11 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Servite Center of Compassion, 72nd Street and Ames Circle. To register for this workshop, contact Sister Margaret Stratman at 402-951-3026 or email her at Visit for more information and a listing of other programs presented by Flaherty Senior Consulting.

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Senior Bowling League held Tuesdays at Mockingbird Lanes


Carl Baratta, age 92.

Otto Husak, age 90.

Omar Barnhouse, age 93.

he combination of sounds was like no other. Polyurethane balls rolled down narrow pine lanes until they smashed into sets of 10 maple pins, scattering the wooden objects as the participants held their collective breath in anticipation of the results. Although the weather outside was gorgeous, a group of more than 100 older Nebraskans spent a sunny, cool August afternoon indoors competing, laughing, and enjoying one another’s company. It was the start of the 2017-18 Tuesday Senior Bowling League at Omaha’s Mockingbird Lanes, 4870 S. 96th Street. The league – open to men and women age 55 and older – features 35 keglers over age 80 including five in their 90s. Each of the bowling center’s 32 lanes was used by teams of handclapping, palm-slapping, smiling older adults who were excited as the season – which runs through April – got underway. Omar Barnhouse, a 93-year-old retired minister, waived to his wife, Elaine, after each roll of his bowling ball. After one frame, Elaine clapped as her husband of nine years picked up a spare, raising his score above the 100-pin mark in the series’ second game. A few lanes away, 92-year-old Carl Baratta’s ball slid a few inches left of the pocket’s center just before taking a quick right turn, shoving the tall, slender 10 pin into the pit at the end of the lane. Baratta, who worked in the commercial building industry, has been bowling since he was a teenager. He and his buddies also golf two or three times a week. “I don’t want to sit around the house,” he said when asked about his active lifestyle. On opening day 2017-18, Carl – who has two 300 games to his credit – rolled a 225 in the third game of his series.


erry Methe, 94, and Helen Nissen, age 92, had to miss the beginning of the bowling season.

“This is her weekly outing,” said Nissen’s daughter, Yvonne Demaray. “Even if she doesn’t bowl, she likes to come for the socializing.” Otto Husak, 90, took up bowling again about 10 years ago. He said the Tuesday Senior Bowling League provides great exercise and a chance to see his friends each week. “I never miss.” Husak recently switched from a 15-pound ball to a 12-pounder. “I’m not as strong as I used to be,” said the nonagenarian who spent 26 years in the United States Navy. “I

decided that when I turned 90, I’d get a lighter ball.” Last month, he rolled a 446 series to win the 2017 Nebraska State Games bowling competition in Kearney, competing in the age 90 to 94 category. Lyn Faulkner, 68, is proud to be a member of the Tuesday Senior Bowling League at Mockingbird Lanes. “I have such admiration for these people. I find it amazing that so many of our older bowlers are still active and desirous of competing.”

The Tuesday Senior Bowling League includes (from left): Omar Barnhouse, Otto Husak, and Carl Baratta.

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