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January 2012

Better Living This edition featuring . . .Health

What is a ‘Good Driver?’

Proper nutrition is the key to a healthy lifestyle.

Giving makes the body feel good.

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What is a ‘Good Driver?’ How can you tell who is a good driver? Someone who has had no tickets or accidents? Or is that person lucky? Do you have friends or family members who consider themselves good drivers yet you are afraid to ride with them? How about your own driving? Are there things you do to stay polished in your skills? Cars have changed, so have traffic rules, driving conditions and the roads you travel every day. As we age, our necessary skills for safe driving – vision, reflexes, flexibility and hearing have also changed. If you notice some of these natural age-related changes you can adjust your driving habits to keep driving safely. It’s important to recognize your limitations and be aware of everything you can do to remain safely on the road. Besides recognizing your limitations you may wish to consider brushing up on your driving skills. There are a number of programs designed to update you on current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques and how to adjust your driving to those agerelated changes mentioned above. Many courses are still available in both classroom and online settings. You may be eligible to receive an insurance discount upon completing this course, consult your insurance agent for details.

Here are some of the courses available: Mature Operator Course AAA offers both classroom and online driver improvement courses, including a course designed for older drivers, the Mature Operator Course. Contact your local AAA club to find out about driving im-provement courses available in your area. To reach your local AAA office, use your phone directory or call 407-444-7000. CarFit Developed as a community-based activity, the CarFit program is designed to improve the “fit” between mature drivers and their vehicles followed by actions they can take to enhance comfort and safety behind the wheel. Developed in collaboration with the American Society on Aging, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association, the program also provides an opportunity to open a positive, nonthreatening conversation about older driver safety and wellness. In addition, CarFit offers specific, prac-tical community resources to help older drivers maintain and strengthen their wellness to extend t heir safe, independent driving years. To obtain more information regarding CarFit go to their website at is a wonderful resource for seniors, their family, and researchers to find indepth information about senior driving. The site offers screening programs to test driving skills, training pro-grams to help seniors improve skills and information about alternative transportation options. It also has a searchable database containing state-specific licensing information pertaining to senior drivers. Road-wise Review Online, DriveSharp brain training and other seniorrelated brochures are all available through the site. 55 Alive 55 Alive is an inexpensive class for older drivers to increase their awareness of driving procedures. It also helps drivers become aware of changes in their physical or mental health and identify any future problems. Contact your local AARP

chapter or community college to find out when you can sign up for a class. Being a good driver means more than avoiding tickets and accidents. Everyone wants to con-

tinue driv-ing for as long as possible, no one wants to be a threat to themselves or to others. How can you continue to drive safely? – Iowa Department of Transportation


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Social Security Resolutions DENISE JONES

Social Security District Manager in Council Bluffs

Happy 2012 from Social Security! With the new year, many people put together lists of goals and resolutions. Allow us to share with you some new year’s resolutions that you may find worth keeping. ■ Think about retirement. Whether you’re 26 and beginning a career or 62 and thinking about the best time to stop working, give some thought to what your retirement plan will be. Social Security is the largest source of income for elderly Americans today, but it was never intended to be your only source of income when you retire. You also will need savings, investments, pensions or retirement accounts to make sure you have enough money to live comfortably when you retire. The earlier you begin your financial planning, the better off you will be. For tips to help you save, visit ■ Plan ahead. The best way to begin planning for retirement is by using the free resources provided by Social Security. Start by using our Retirement Estimator, where you can get a personalized, instant estimate of your future retirement benefits using different retirement ages and scenarios.

Visit the Retirement Estimator at stimator. ■ Make sure you have all your numbers. While tax season may seem far away, now is the time that many taxpayers start gathering records and documentation for filing tax returns. One of the most important things you need is a Social Security number for everyone whom you will claim as a dependent. If you don’t have a number for one of your dependents, you need to apply now to have the Social Security number in time to file your tax return. Learn more at snumber. ■ Do a little light reading. The best way to learn more about Social Security, the benefit programs, and what they mean to you and your family is to browse through our online library of publications. You can find overviews as well as more detailed booklets. Our library at ubs is always open.

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■ Help a loved one. Sometimes we get the most satisfaction out of helping someone else. If you have a grandparent, parent, relative, or friend who could benefit from Social Security, share our website and

online services with them. You can even help a loved one apply for retirement or Medicare benefits – or for Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug costs – in as little as 10 minutes. Whether you forward a

publication or sit down to help someone apply for Social Security, the place to go is We hope you’ll consider some of these resolutions. Happy New Year from Social Security!

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The new year brings new activities to Senior Centers Harlan Center We have all survived the Holiday Season and are ready to begin a new year. This would be a great time to check out your local senior center, we have much information to offer as well as activities, wonderful food and good conversation. We can help with questions or concerns about being a senior. The Center wants to thank those who shared their talent by providing holiday music for us Ann, Melissa, Abby, Taylor, Jessica, Sarah and Rick. A kudos to Santa and Mrs. Claus always a fun time to have you surprise us. January activities are the usual of Crafts Monday and Fridays 9 a.m. Wednesdays we have Wii game morning at 9 a.m. and Bingo played starting at 1 p.m. The Alzheimer's Sup-

port Group Meeting is Monday, January 9 at 9:30 a.m., this is a great way to share the concerns you are having and you will find out you are not along dealing with the disease. Movie morning with Hy-Vee is Tuesday, January 10 at 9:30 a.m., plan on attending. Thursday, January 12 finds Senior Council meeting at 9:30 am the councikl will begin plans for the upcomming Dad's Belgiam Waffle fundraiserto be held Tuesday, February 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building. The birthday and anniversary party will start at 6 p.m. with blood pressure checks and entertainment by The Davidsons. Blood pressures checks will be Thursday, January 19 from 11 a.m. to noon. The second evening

meal of the month is Thursday, January 26 at 6 p.m. with blood pressure checks and entertainment to be announced. Oakland Center Welcome to 2012 and all the hopes, dreams and faith we hold on to make this a memorable CENTERS/See Page 7

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Q: My 82-year-old mother lives alone after we had to move my 84year-old father to a care facility because of his dementia. She’s doing fine, but my father becomes agitated often and my mother feels that she must be there all the time to try to calm him. Is there any other way to help him and reduce the strain on all of us? Ask your father’s doctor about humor therapy, which is as effective as widely used antipsychotic drugs in managing agitation in patients

with dementia – and avoids serious drug side effects, according to a new study in Australia. The first major study of the impact of humor therapy on mood, agitation, behavioral disturbances and social engagement in dementia patients found both short-term and persisting decrease in agitation, according to lead researcher Dr. Lee-Fay Low, a Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales’s School of Psychiatry. The “SMILE” study across 36 Australian care facilities involved the training of a staff member to act as a “Laughter Boss” who worked with a humor

practitioner with comedic and improvisation skills. Jean-Paul Bell, the key humor therapist in the SMILE study, has set up the Arts Health Institute to train humor practitioners and care staff. The institute’s core program, Play Up, provides a playful relationship with residents and staff in elder care, focusing particularly on people with dementia. Between 70 and 80 percent of people suffering from dementia are troubled by agitation, a problem for both patients with the disease and their caregivers. The SMILE study

found a 20 percent reduction in agitation using humor therapy, an improvement comparable with the use of antipsychotic drugs. In the SMILE study, agitation decreased not only during the 12-week humor therapy program but remained lower at 26-week follow-up. Happiness and positive behaviors rose during the 12 weeks of the program, however, dropped as soon as humor practitioner visits ceased. Your father might also benefit from additional companionship, which could help reduce the strain on your mother and your family. CAREGivers from the

local Home Instead Senior Care office go wherever they’re needed, including care communities and even hospitals. CAREGivers are screened, trained, bonded and insured, and they are available 24-7 including holidays to supplement care in facilities and provide respite to families. For more information about Home Instead Senior Care, contact Fred Grossman, CSA at 402.292.6611 or go to 110. For more about the study, visit /pad/articles/2011/sep/S MILE.html.

SHIIP honors Naujokaitis’ 15 years of service The Senior Health Insurance Information Program is proud to recognize Diane Naujokaitis at SW 8 Senior Services for her 15 years of service to the Pottwattamie County area as a SHIIP volunteer counselor. Diane Naujokaitis was first trained in 1996 and has assisted hundreds of people on Medicare. SHIIP is also proud to recognize Ruth Sherwood at SW 8 Senior Services for her 15 years of service to the Harrison County area as a SHIIP volunteer counselor. Ruth Sherwood was

first trained in 1996 and has assisted hundreds of people on Medicare. Kris Gross, SHIIP State Director commented, “To have a volunteer in one community dedicate 15 years to helping others is an inspiration to all of us. The time Diane has dedicated to helping others through SHIIP is remarkable and a true symbol of her commitment to community service. Words cannot express the value of the services she has provided.” SHIIP, its sponsor sites and volunteers provide free counseling and information to peo-

ple with questions about Medicare and related health insurance. Individuals can make an appointment to meet with a SHIIP counselor at SW 8 Senior Services by calling 1-800-4329209. Counseling is by appointment only. The State of Iowa created SHIIP in 1990 in response to the statewide need for senior health insurance information. SHIIP provides free informational materials as well as one-to-one assistance with Medicare coverage, Medicare supplement insurance, long-term care insurance,

Medicare and insurance claims and other related issues. SHIIP does not recommend insurance companies, plans or agents. The volunteers, trained

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More people now keeping fit with The Center DENNIS FRIEND DENNIS.FRIEND@NONPAREILONLINE.COM

The Council Bluffs Senior Center opened in 2002. The nonprofit organization had 500 members. Today, the Center has more than 2,000 members, program director Barb White said. White believes one reason the Center is so popular is because “We offer over 90 classes a week.” Many of these classes address exercise and health issues and White said new classes were introduced for 2011. Popular classes now include line dancing, aquatics sessions and Zumba, which allows participants to exercise to Latin music. “Tai chi is still very popular, too,” White said, so beginner-level tai chi classes are in the works. “Every four months, we review our offerings and try to offer new classes,” White said. The Center decisions are made based on “what’s popular and what people ask for,” she added. Those classes help improve the health and the overall quality of life for seniors in Council Bluffs. Programs and activities bring people out to meet other people while keeping them physically and mentally active. The Center’s dances have become a popular way to meet new people and keep in touch with old friends. “People are more in tune with exercise today,

but they can get bored, so we try to challenge them with new classes. It motivates them,” White said. Anyone 18 or older can take classes, and fees depend on someone’s ability to pay, based on a sliding scale that takes into consideration a number of factors. “Our policy is that no one is turned away because of an inability to pay,” said Tom Jensen, The Center’s executive director. About 300 of The Center’s members are on free or greatly reduced memberships. As the population of Council Bluffs ages, the services provided by The Center have become increasingly important. Jensen said the financial assistance program has brought more frail elderly to The Center. Local health professionals also regard The Center as a step in rehabilitation and wellness for patients who are no

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An exercise room at The Center offers one way to stay fit. Other activities range from Zumba and Pilates to tai chi and line dancing as well as aquatics classes.

longer eligible for insurance-provided rehabilitation. Jensen said staff at The Center works with seniors with conditions that include hip and knee replacements, high cholesterol, obesity, fibromyalgia, pain management, diabetes, stroke, arthritis, balance issues, depression, back problems and poor nutrition.

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not involve exercise range from arts and crafts to computer training, as well as digital photography, language classes and music instruction. The Center is located at 714 S. Main St. in Council Bluffs. Information is available by calling (712) 323-5995 or by visiting the website at

Knee or Hip Pain? Are you having trouble walking or standing for long periods of time? Has it become difficult to go up and/or down stairs? Is the pain in your knee or hip waking you up at night? These conditions may be due to arthritis in your knee or hip and are treatable. The orthopaedic specialists at Miller Orthopaedic perform hundreds of knee and hip procedures each year that help patients return to pain-free living. It’s your health, you should expect excellence in your orthopaedic care. If you feel you have lived with the pain for long enough, call 712.323.5333 to schedule

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The new year brings new activities to Senior Centers CENTERS/From Page 4

year. The Oakland Senior Center will host the Merrymaker’s duo, The Links on Tuesday, January 17at 1 p.m. following the noon meal. Reservations for this special entertainment are due by 11 a.m. on January 16. You can call the Center at 712482-3353. The Links are a duo consisting of May Link and Diana Sapp who for

years were based out of Reno, Nevada. They have been playing the senior market here in the Midwest since 2009. Their guitar and keyboard styles offer a unique and special blend in their vocals and harmonizing talents. Don’t miss this afternoon of entertainment! Welcome to the Center, Donna Clements, Alice Beverly and Don Cully! One of our regulars,

Audrey Hartje is convalescing and we wish her a speedy recovery. Attendance winners for the month are Betty Cleveland, Neuonia Timberman, Frances Rollins and Melva Henderson. Thanks to everyone who donated items to be used for the nursing home’s residents’ Christmas shopping. We are grateful to be of service. We are truly blessed to have two active pastors

supporting our Center. Pastor Earlin Shanno from the Oakland Christian Church is a regular at our Wednesday meals and Pastor Karen Hoff of the United Methodist Church in Oakland is a monthly participant at the Center. Thank you! As I sign off for the beginning of the New Year, here is a reminder that January first is also “Z Day.” Z Day is held annually

on the first day of the year and recognizes the names of people and places that begin with the letter Z who are listed at the end of the alphabet. So if your name is Zeke, Zack or Zelda or somewhere in between, Happy Z Day! To everyone, Happy New Year from the Oakland Senior Center where you are always welcome!

WARNING! The Sheriff’s Office is aware of a Medicare scam The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office warns that a Medicare identity-theft scam has been re-ported. On Dec. 6, 2011, a resident informed the Sheriff’s Office of a phone solicitor

posing as a Medicare represen-tative, according to a release from the Sheriff’s Office. The solicitor requested confirmation of the party’s address and bank account numbers, including the

routing number on the bottom of a check. Authorities contacted Medicare, and representatives there advised the caller was not with Medicare. The information obtained would likely be

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Plenty of job resources for retirees Because of the economic downturn, millions of retirees have had to re-enter the workforce to help resuscitate their dwindling nest eggs. If you’re in need of a job to help you through these tough times, there are a growing number of employment resources available today that cater specifically to older workers. Here are some top sources to check out. Web Resources Whatever your skills or working interest (fulltime, part-time, temporary or seasonal) there’s a growing array of online employment networks that can help you connect with companies that are interested in hiring seniors. Some top sites to visit are: This is the largest and most comprehensive career site for people over age 50. It offers a job search engine that lists more than 30,000 jobs nationwide from companies that are actively seeking older workers. It also provides jobseeking tips and advice, helps with resume writing and allows you to post your resume online for companies to find you. Other 50-plus job seeking sites worth a look are,,, retireework-

force. com, and AARP: At you can search for a job through AARP’s National Employer Team. This is a group of 39 top-notch national companies that are looking to hire older workers in a wide variety of areas. For retired government employees, this site ( matches federal, state and local government workers with private companies seeking to fill contract jobs in all kinds of fields. You post your resume on their site where a large pool of potential employers can review it and contact you if interested. This is an online recruitment firm that connects retired scientists, developers and engineers with companies that offer consulting assignments lasting up to one year. Government and Community Programs Uncle Sam may also be able to help you get a

job through their Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, SCSEP offers lowerincome folks, age 55 and older access to training and part time job placements in a wide variety of community service positions such as day care centers, senior centers, governmental agencies, schools, hospitals, libraries and landscaping centers. To learn more or locate a program near you visit or call 877-872-5627. Another government resource to tap into is a Career One-Stop center. There are more than 3,000 of these centers located around the country that provide free resources and services to help you explore career options, locate training and find a new job. To find a nearby center, call 877-348-0502 or go to In addition, some states, communities and local nonprofits may offer their own senior

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And for more information go to www.census. gov/2010censusjobs. SSA Notes: Retirees who are looking to unretire need to be aware that working can temporarily reduce your Social Security (see .html) if you are currently collecting retirement benefits and are under full retirement age, and will earn more than $14,160 in 2009. Also note that some of your Social Security benefits may be taxable if your adjusted gross income, nontaxable interest and half of your Social Security benefits reach more than $25,000, or $32,000 for married couples. For more information call the Social Security help line at 800-772-1213. – Metro Creative Service

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BETTER LIVING Better Living (Senior Courier) is a publication of The Daily Nonpareil and Southwest 8 Senior Services, Inc., the Area Agency on Aging for southwest Iowa. The publication is distributed by The Daily Nonpareil to approximately 17,000 households in Pottawattamie, Mills and Harrison counties. An additional 8,000 copies are distributed through a volunteer distribution network to people age 60 and older in Cass, Fremont, Mills, Montgomery, Page and Shelby counties in Iowa.

The advertising deadline for the next issue is the 13th day of the month prior to the running of the ad.

Address all correspondence to: Better Living/Courier Coordinator, Southwest 8 Senior Services, 300 W. Broadway, Suite 240, Council Bluffs, IA 51503; or call (712) 328-2540 or tollfree at (800) 432-9209; or you can contact us via the Web at

Policy Board Cass County: Burton Conn - 2012; Fremont County: Christina Hankins 2013; Harrison County: Rollie Roberts - 2012; Mills County: Terry Amburn - 2013; Montgomery County: John Waltz - 2012; Page County: Leo Humphrey - 2013; Pottawattamie County: Marilyn Schroeder 2013; Shelby County:

Advertising Information The Daily Nonpareil of Council Bluffs represents the Better Living section. Advertising rates are available by contacting retail advertising at (712) 328-1811.

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Help seniors fight fraud Seniors are too often victimized by telemarketing fraud. Studies from the American Association of Retired Persons have shown that many elderly fraud victims simply don't suspect the person soliciting money on the phone could be a criminal. The FBI reports that there are as many as 14,000 illegal telemarketing operations going on at any given time.These illegal operations generate as much as $40 billion a year. Relatives of seniors are understandably concerned, particularly if those seniors live alone and no one is around to monitor how many calls they're receiving from telemarketers. Concerned relatives can share the following information with seniors to reduce their loved ones' risks of being victimized by telemarketing fraud. ■ Legitimate mar-

keters are not in a rush to sell products or secure donations. A legitimate marketer or charity will not try to pressure prospective buyers into making a purchase over the phone or prospective donors into making immediate contributions. Explain to seniors that a legitimate marketer will accept a person's desire for written information about the products or charity and will gladly send such information to a prospective buyer or donor's home. ■ Payments are typically not picked up by a courier service. Telemarketing fraudsters often employ couriers to pick up payments. This is not the action of a reputable charity or business, and seniors should never agree to buy a product or donate money to any telemarketer who offers to send a courier to their

home to pick up payment. ■ Sweepstakes cannot legally require payment to win a prize. It is not legal for contests or sweepstakes to require "winners" pay a fee before they can enter a contest or claim a prize. Seniors should be made aware that this is the law and that any contest or sweepstakes demanding payment is bogus. ■ Be especially wary of companies offering to recover money paid to fraudulent telemarketers in the past. Companies offering to recover past money lost to fraud are often fraudulent themselves. These companies will offer their fraudulent services for a fee. ■ Money lost to a fraudulent telemarketer is likely lost forever. Men and women concerned about elderly friends or relatives being victimized

by telemarketing fraud should explain to their loved ones that money lost in a telemarketing scam is not likely to be recovered. This should help highlight the importance of receiving official documentation from any telemarketers before buying a product or making a donation.

If seniors are aware their money isn't likely to be recovered should it be going to a criminal, they are much less likely to make hasty decisions over the phone. To learn more about fraud, visit the National Consumer League's Fraud Center at – Metro Creative Service

Threadbare safety for aging boomers LEE BOWMAN SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICE

There it is, baby boomers – another dire report about the prospects of a health care system unready to care for you as you begin turning 65. For some decades now, ever since it became apparent that most of some 78 million people born between 1946 and 1964 would likely live to a ripe old age, health care

analysts and researchers have fretted about the country having enough doctors, nurses, hospitals, nursing home beds and other caregivers to accommodate the surge. The latest report in a long line comes from the Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academy of Sciences. It notes that there are only about 7,100 geriatricians, doctors specially trained to juggle the

treatment of several chronic conditions at once. There are already 35 million Americans 65 and older. That’s not likely to happen, since only about 2 percent of med school grads go on to train in geriatrics each year. Physician organizations representing the aging specialty say much of this aversion is due to low reimbursement from

Medicare and other insurance compared with other specialties. Mentioned less often is that caring for the elderly is difficult and the wins are harder to measure than for most docs. Physicians like to see success just like the rest of us. The surgeon wants to remove the tumor or fix the damaged joint. The pediatrician sees the sore throat or rash go

away. Geriatricians know they can’t defeat aging, only slow it down. They know a weakening heart or gradual loss of lung function or dementia will eventually claim every patient’s life. The truth is, of course, that almost everyone in American health care is going to have to provide help for the boomers, just as most are now, as they continue to age.

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Proper nutrition is the key to a healthy lifestyle CHAD NATION CNATION@NONPAREILONLINE.COM

Eating healthy is something we hear about our entire life. Whether it is getting the correct nutrients as an enfant or continuing to feed the body properly later life. Older adults are encouraged to continue to be mindful of what they are eating. Recently discovered information has led nutritionists to believe that certain foods can help prevent and fight off certain diseases. Many older adults are not consuming a diet that will help them stay as healthy as possible. According to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System only 33 percent of older adults in Iowa report eating the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Unfortunately poor nutritional health hastens many diseases associated with aging. As older adults chronically consume an inadequate diet, they are more likely to have an unhealthy weight, experience decline in both mental and physical health, and have a higher risk of dying. Older adults want to stay healthy, active and independent. Good nutrition and physically activity are necessary to achieve this goal. The Iowa Depart-

ment of Elder Affairs recommends seniors eat “functional food,” which is any food or food ingredient that may provide a health benefit beyond the traditional nutrients it contains. Functional foods have been associated with the prevention and/or treatment of the four leading causes of death in the U.S., which are cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and hypertension. Certain functional foods have also been shown to also help memory function. As an older adult, functional foods can be very beneficial. Statistics show that 87 percent of older Americans have one or more chronic diseases that can be improved with nutrition therapy including cancer, diabetes mellitus, high blood cholesterol, chronic lung disease, osteoporosis, obesity, high blood pressure, dementia, and congestive heart failure. The Department of Elder Affairs lists the following examples of functional foods. ■ Tomatoes and

tomato-based products which contain lycopene may help to prevent heart disease and cancer of the prostate, colon, bladder, and pancreas ■ Broccoli which contains sulphorophane may help prevent breast cancer. ■ Soy foods contain isoflavones which may reduce the risk of cancer. ■ Oats which contain beta glucan may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by lowering blood cholesterol. ■ Flaxseed and nuts which contain omega-3 fatty acids may reduce

the risk of cardiovascular disease and improve mental and visual functions. ■ Fish such as tuna and salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids

may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and improve mental and visual function. ■ Blueberries may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.


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Giving makes the body feel good The warm and fuzzy feeling that arises when helping others is what drives many to donate money or do good for others. Studies show that altruism may actually have profound physiological effects. Scientists have determined that the feelings of happiness associated with doing good can be traced to a particular pleasure center of the brain that can be viewed and measured with brain scans. There are physical components to doing thoughtful or charitable things, according to a 2008 report in The New York Times. This bodes well for donations as the recession continues to hit the country in a big way. Individuals who are facing layoffs or pay cuts may still dig deep into their pockets for charitable donations because they seek the high that donating provides. And it isn't just financial donations that make a person happy. Any type of goodwill toward others is a way to generate the endorphins and mood-boosting properties of altruism. That means there are plenty of opportunities that can boost feelings of happiness. ■ During the holiday season, write a "Letter from Santa" to a less fortunate child and include a gift card to a toy store so that he or

she can get a treat. ■ Visit seniors in a retirement community or assisted living facility and sit and chat for a while. ■ Knock on an elderly neighbor's door and find out if you can help out with any chores around the house. ■ Bring a friend breakfast or lunch simply because you were thinking of them and wanted to surprise them. ■ Take in the trash cans for your entire street, especially if the weather is nasty. ■ Tell a fast-food employee or another hard worker that they're doing a good job. Complaints come easy in the service industry, but praise is often hard to get. ■ Volunteer to watch neighborhood children so other mothers and fathers can get a muchneeded break. ■ Don't ignore a phone solicitation from a charity organization. Get more information and do your best to donate. ■ If you practice a religion, go to your house of worship and participate in commu-

nity togetherness. ■ Hold a door, smile at someone or offer to get something down from a tall shelf in a store. It's the little things that can bring pleasure. ■ Share something you have with another person who doesn't. That may mean generator-supplied electric power during a power outage, a special snack at school lunch, a tool, a

piece of clothing or whatever you can think of. There are so many ways to give to others,

and one of the biggest benefits is the smiles and positive feelings giving provides. – Metro Creative Service

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Rice & Roses

❊ Birthdays ❊ Birthdays ❊ Birthdays ❊ Birthdays ❊ Birthdays ❊ Birthdays ❊ Birthdays ❊ 1st 2nd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 5th 5th 6th 6th 6th 7th 8th 8th 9th 9th 9th 10th 12th 12th 13th 14th 14th 15th

Ruth Tarrent Agnes Goetzinger Alden Krueger Mary Hanson Helen VanAsselt Helen Mae Johnson Urban Schneider James Christensen Talena Andersen Bernadine Wiley Annabelle Fidler Margaret Schechinger Bill Oliver Charlie Dermer Gordon Nelson Audrey Bond LaVinna Blanchard Opal Bashor Mary Barton Harriette Latimer Marie Lombardo Jeanette Gillespie Richard Pennington Catherine Gubbels

91yrs. 86yrs. 81yrs. 90yrs. 89yrs. 93yrs. 84yrs. 87yrs. 87yrs. 94yrs. 86yrs. 84yrs. 83yrs. 86yrs. 80yrs. 91yrs. 81yrs. 104yrs. 88yrs. 90yrs. 101yrs. 84yrs. 81yrs. 90yrs.

Clarinda Westphalia Hancock Stanton Irwin Red Oak Westphalia Glenwood Harlan Irwin Clarinda Westphalia Harlan Glenwood Harlan Clarinda Oakland Clarinda Glenwood Clarinda Carter Lake Red Oak Carter Lake Harlan

15th 15th 15th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 22nd 23rd 24th 25th 25th 26th 26th 26th 27th 27th 27th 28th 29th 29th 31st 31st

Peg Obreht Marcella McKay Jack Pearson Gwen Wetmore Lavern Young Dixie Larson Mary Meredith Lois Baily Floyd Hamman Edna Newman Eleanor Hemminger Rosalynn Kinder Margaret Andersen Gene Beranck Bird Golden Jean Mulnix Peg Annan Estaleen Palmer Dwight Vennerberg Marge Scott Joy Shearer Loretta Johnson Vernon Herzberg John Wageman

84yrs. 90yrs. 90yrs. 93yrs. 81yrs. 85yrs. 89yrs. 80yrs. 85yrs. 97yrs. 84yrs. 89yrs. 84yrs. 82yrs. 81yrs. 87yrs. 91yrs. 97yrs. 89yrs. 86yrs. 80yrs. 86yrs. 87yrs. 91yrs.

Mo. Valley Clarinda Clarinda Clarinda Clarinda Harlan Glenwood Oakland Red Oak Stanton Harlan Clarinda Irwin Mo. Valley Carson Carter Lake Clarinda Carson Stanton Mo. Valley Red Oak Mo. Valley Clarinda Earling

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Merlyn & Betty Heilesen Max & Agnes Goodner Marge & Jerry Scott

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AREA SENIOR CENTERS The following centers are affiliated with the Southwest 8 Nutrition Department. Meals from Southwest 8 Senior Services Senior Centers follow the menu on the last page of the Better Living Courier, and meals are based on a suggested contribution of $3 to individuals age 60 or older. For the following centers please make meal reservations at 11 a.m. one day in advance. Atlantic Senior Center 411 Walnut St. (712) 243-3599 M–F 9 a.m. to 4p.m.; Meals served Tues./Wed./Thurs., 11:30 a.m.

Council Bluffs at The Center 714 S. Main St. (712) 323-5995 M-F 12 p.m.

Harlan Senior Center* 706 Victoria (712) 755-2757 M-F 12 p.m.

Irwin Senior Center 520 Ann St. (712) 782-3367 M-F 11:30 a.m.

Oakland Senior Center 618 N. Hwy (712) 482-3353 M-F 12 p.m.

Red Oak Senior Center 109 E. Washington (712) 623-3497 M-F 12 p.m.

Carter Lake Senior Center 626 E. Locust St. (712) 347-6102 M-W, F 12 p.m. Thurs. 5 p.m.

Lakin Campus Senior Center 815 N. 16th St. (712) 310-0617, M-F 9:30 – 1:30, Serve at 11:30 a.m.

Shenandoah Sr. Center (Meal Site) 707 W. Summit St. (712) 246-5200 M-F 11:30 a.m.

Clarinda Senior Center 1140 E. Main St. (712) 542-2932 M-F 11:30 a.m.

Logan Senior Center 108 West Fourth St. (712) 644-2229 M-F 12 p.m. Sidney Senior Center 2820 N. Ridge Road (712) 374-3053 M-F 12 p.m.

Lightning Bowl 105 N. 12th St. CB, IA 51501 (712) 323-8467 12:00 p.m. M-F Call 1 day before for reservation and menu.

Cumberland Senior Center 109 Main Street (712) 774-5727 M-F 11:30 a.m.

Glenwood Sr. Center 20 N. Vine St. (712) 527-4213 M-F 11:30 a.m.

Malvern Senior Center 201 East Fourth St. (712) 624-8985 M-F 11:30 a.m.

Stanton Senior Center 326 Broad Ave. (712) 826-2782 Tue./Wed./Thurs. 11:45 a.m.

The following centers are not affiliated with Southwest 8 Senior Services: Shenandoah Senior Activity Center 405 W. Sheridan Ave. (712) 246-2002 M/W/F. 12:30 to 4 p.m.; T, Th – 9:30am – 4pm. Meal 2nd Wednesday of the month.

Dunlap Senior Center 619 Iowa St. (712) 643-2244 M-F 12 p.m.

Hamburg Senior Center 1008 Main St. (712) 382-1670 Mon/Wed/Fri 12 p.m.

Missouri Valley Senior Center 100 S. Fourth St. (712) 642-3215 M-F 11:30 a.m.

Villisca Senior Center 312 S. Third Ave. (712) 826-5182 M-F 11:30 a.m.

Neola Senior Center 110 Fourth St. (712) 485-2179 M-F 12 p.m.

Woodbine Senior Center 411 Walker St. (712) 647-3011 M-F 11:30 a.m. Open 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch at 11:30 a.m.

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3 Beef Spanish Rice Lima Beans Grape Juice Cup Oroweat Fiber Bread / Marg. Orange/Cranberry Muffin

9 Meatloaf in Onion Gravy Baby Red Potatoes Peas & Carrots Oroweat Fiber Bread/Marg. Mand.Oranges & Pineapple

16 Hearty Ham Shanks in Northern Beans, Cinnamon Apples Corn Bread Muffin / Marg. Lemon Bar

23 Oven Roast Chicken Breast in Supreme Sauce, Baby Red Potatoes Glazed Baby Beets Oroweat Fiber Bread/Marg. Fresh Orange

30 BBQ Pork Rib Patty 1/2 Baked Sweet Potato Corn AppleCrisp or Applesauce



10 Macaroni & Cheese Oregon Blend Vegetables Spinach Side Salad Oroweat Fiber Bread/Marg. Cubed Cantaloupe

17 Rotisserie Chicken Quarter Baked Potato/Sr.Crm.PC Carrot Coins Oroweat Fiber Bread/Marg. Chocolate Pudding or SF

24 Breakfast Sandwich (Egg Patty, Sausage Patty) Tater Rounds Orange Juice Cup Cubed Cantaloupe

31 Italian Goulash Italian Vegetables Shredded Lettuce Salad Oroweat Fiber Bread/Marg. Diced Peaches


4 Breaded Fish Wedge Scalloped Potato Oregon Blend Vegetables Deli Rye Bread / Marg. Mandarin Oranges

11 Polish Sausage with Onions & Peppers, 1/2 Baked Sweet Potato, Cowboy Caviar, Double Orange Jell-o or SugarFree Fruited Jell-o

18 Chili Macaroni with Kidney Beans, Cinnamon Pears, Cinn.Raisin Bread / Marg. Pineapple Upside Down Cake or White Cake Square

25 Taco Salad (Beef) Tortilla Chips Cinn.Apple Raisin Cake

5 Tater Tot Casserole (12 ounce) Green Beans Strawberry Pears Oroweat Fiber Bread/Marg Red Seedless Grapes

12 Pork Roast in Gravy Mashed Potatoes, Peas Deli Rye Bread / Marg. Chocolate Birthday Cake or White Cake Square

19 Hot Beef Sandwich with Gravy over Oroweat Bread, Mashed Potatoes Chuckwagon Corn Red Seedless Grapes

26 Turkey Roast in Gravy Baked Potato California Blend Veggies Oroweat Fiber Bread/Marg Strawberry Short Cake

6 Egg Salad on Oroweat Fiber Bread (2X) Leaf Lettuce/Slice Tomato Potato Soup, Pickled Beets Banana

13 Cheesy Chicken & Rice with Brocolli, Fruit Punch Juice Cup, Oroweat Fiber Bread/Marg., Fresh Orange

20 Country Fried Steak w/ Gravy 1/2 Baked Sweet Potato Green & Gold Beans Oroweat Fiber Bread/Marg. Apricot Halves

27 Asian Beef & Rice Casserole Japanese Vegetables Apple Juice Cup Fortune Cookies (2x) Fruit Cocktail

All meals include coffee and 2% or skim milk. Please make reservations one day in advance. Modified diets may be requested when making reservations. Bring a friend!

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