Better g n i v i L This edition featuring . . . Retirement Homes
Comforts of home: Sprucing up apartment living
Banish boring meals with flavor, flavor, flavor
See whatâ€™s cookinâ€™ at your area Senior Center
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Comforts of home: Sprucing up apartment living KIRBY KAUFMAN KKAUFMAN@NONPAREILONLINE.COM
Dale Bard has more than 100 photographs hanging on his retirement home apartment walls. With a hammer in one hand and a handful of nails in the other, the 85year-old Council Bluffs man decorated his room over six years. “My passion is for horses and western art,” Bard said. “This is home now.” Residents at Harmony Court in Council Bluffs are encouraged to personalize their apartments to make them feel more like home. “Put as many holes in the walls as you need to,” said Pamela Hagen, operational manager for Harmony Court in Council Bluffs and Bellevue, Neb. Bard’s love of western art and memorabilia came from many years of teaching in Alliance, Neb., where he owned horses. In addition to numerous photos, Bard also displays his many horse saddles, spurs, blankets and pottery. “Each person is an individual,” Hagen said. “They bring their personality with them.” The facility also provides support for residents to create a better atmosphere. Residents at Harmony Court have all utilities paid except television and telephone. They receive breakfast and lunch every day and housekeeping services every two weeks. When needed, staff members will drive them to the grocery store and doctor vis-
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More than 100 photographs hang from the walls inside Dale Bard’s apartment at Harmony Court in Council Bluffs. Above left, an electric fireplace resides in a corner. Far left, Bard is at home amid the western memorabilia. Above right, a western-style vest hangs from a door.
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its. After dressing up their apartment interiors, residents participate in road trips, restaurant ventures and exercise three days a week at the Lied Center at the Iowa School for the Deaf. Hagen said personalization helps residents adjust to their new living situation.
“That’s what helps them become comfortable faster and better at home,” she said. Retirement facilities aren’t always a replacement for home, Hagen said, but staff members do their best to make it a close second. “They feel a sense of love here,” she said. “We’re family, and we care here.”
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Banish boring meals with flavor, flavor, flavor Ah, another boring meal. Boiled potatoes, green beans, hamburger patty and an apple and there goes the appetite. Considering that older adults often receive only 1/12 of the flavor from foods that youngsters do, no wonder some don’t bother to eat. When you add the factor that as we age it becomes more difficult to draw nutritive values from foods, many seemingly healthy seniors are malnourished. So the question becomes, how do we perk up the aging taste buds so that we can enjoy a variety of foods, do it in a healthy way, and thus increase our nutritional status? “It needs more salt!” Add more sugar!” “You should have fried it!” In the past that was about all we heard until the health studies indicated this might not be the way to treat your high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes. Furthermore, though the taste of the food was much better, eating that way can block absorption of other nutrients, lead to gastric upset and cause you to feel fuller than you really are causing you to eat less and receive fewer nutrients. In addition, as we age, there are other considerations when flavoring foods. Some medicines can destroy the flavor of food, such as giving them a metallic taste. If this is the case, speak with your physician about the possibility of a different medicine. Many seniors to not
get enough water and this inhibits the production of saliva in the mouth. The benefit of saliva is that it moistens the food as we eat it and the result is taste. Water is also used to help digest food and not getting enough can inhibit the body from properly digesting the food. So try drinking a glass of water about 30 minutes before eating to jump start your digestion and saliva production and another glass during dinner. Soda, tea and coffee are not adequate substitutes as they are diuretics. So what can we do about the meal mentioned earlier? Let’s first look at the potatoes. Try leaving the skins on and cutting into chunks. After cooking and draining, spray with a little butter flavored pan spray and sprinkle with basil, or, cut as above, toss in a little olive oil (it’s a healthy fat) and dried basil and dried onion and roast at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. Any raw vegetable can be prepared this way. There is color, texture and flavor to be enjoyed. Those green beans are
so blah! Try tossing with a small amount of stir fry sauce and adding some toasted almonds. Again there is color, texture and flavor. Oh, that nice beef patty steamed to perfection and looking a little grey? Try adding a little liquid smoke (just 1 teaspoon per pound is needed) and mix into meat, make patties and it is like flavor from the outside grill. Jazz them up by adding some bacon bits, dried onion flakes or a little minced garlic from a jar. Any one of these or a combination of a few adds a little zip. Don’t forget to give a quick hot sear on the outside to add color and seal in the juices and finish cooking … overcooking condenses the protein, pushing out the juices.
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The apple is sweet and crispy and fine just as is, but can be kicked up a level. Try adding a little bit of cinnamon and sugar to cottage cheese and dip slices of apple into it. It adds fun, slows down the fast eater, promotes chewing and there is even a little protein and calcium there. Food does not have to be boring and unappetizing. There are lots of products on the spice shelves of the grocery store, where the previously mentioned are found, that can add a food adventure to your diet. A healthier salad dressing from olive oil mixed with garlic or basil lets the color of the food shine through, parmesan cheese mixed with bread crumbs is tasty on oven baked chicken. Adding
the twist of a lemon or orange to the pan just as you finish cooking the fish is delightful. Tired of that slice of bread with your meal? Make special butters by adding seasonings to your margarine or butter, such as chives, basil, rosemary, cinnamon or honey. Adding them to toasted bread allows the heat to bring out the flavor and adds texture to your meal. There is a caution when trying all of this. If your physician has advised you to follow a bland diet, you’d best consult with them, especially with the use of spices. Food should have eye appeal, be appetizing, nutritious and most of all taste wonderful. Are you ready to start your adventure with “flavor, flavor, flavor?”
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National Family Caregivers Month: Caregivers matter In 1994, the National Family Caregivers Association began promoting the celebration of family caregivers during the week of Thanksgiving. President Clinton signed the first presidential proclamation in 1997 and every president since Democrat and Republican alike has issued an annual proclamation appreciating family caregivers. As interest grew in family caregiving issues, National Family Caregivers Week became National Family Caregivers Month. Day in and day out, more than 65 million family caregivers in this country fulfill a vital role on the care team. No one else is in a better position to ensure continuity of care. Family caregivers
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Southwest 8 Senior Services’ Senior Swing a success At a sunny 73 degrees, Sept. 28 was a fantastic day for a round of golf at the Council Bluffs Country Club. What better way to spend a day than to enjoy the outdoors while helping seniors at the same time? At the 12th Annual Senior Swing Golf Tournament, 18 talented teams took to the course to raise money for services and programs to keep seniors independent and in their own homes. While all enjoyed the day, one team was victorious. The First Flight Champion was the team from Horseshoe Casino, which shot a 54, 17 under par. The team was led by Bo Guidry and Dan Walsh. “We like to be actively involved in the community,” said Walsh, who has been playing golf recreationally and for charity for over 20 years. “We’re passionate about the seniors in our community, and we feel great about supporting them.” Walsh participates in six or seven charity golf tournaments a year. Walsh mentioned that Horseshoe Casino is the most fun place in Council Bluffs to be, not only for
The First Flight Champion was the team from Horseshoe Casino, which shot a 54, 17 under par. The team was led by Bo Guidry and Dan Walsh.
its casino but for the restaurants and night life options. Tee time at the tournament was kicked off with a shotgun start at 11:30 a.m. Southwest 8 provided boxed lunches for the eager golfers. An exciting afternoon later, the Senior Swing concluded with a delicious appetizer buffet from Chef Jeremy at the clubhouse. Kelly Butts, development director at Southwest 8, then announced winners and handed out trophies and pin prizes. There were dozens of raffle prizes handed out as well. The Senior Swing had a record turnout for this
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Hunting season is open. But rather than hunting for game, may we recommend setting your sights for the Part D Medicare prescription drug plan that’s best for you. You’ll have more time than usual this year, because open season is lasting longer than usual. If you currently are enrolled in Medicare and are considering changes to your Medicare Part D plan, act now. The “open season” runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. The Medicare Part D prescription drug program is available to all Medicare beneficiaries to help with the cost of medications. Joining a
Medicare prescription drug plan is voluntary, and participants pay an additional monthly premium for the coverage. While all Medicare beneficiaries can participate in the prescription drug program, some people with limited income and resources also are eligible for extra help to pay for monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription co-payments. The extra help is estimated to be worth about $4,000 per year. Many people qualify for these big savings and don’t even know it. To figure out whether you are eligible for the extra help, Social Security needs to know your income and the value of
any savings, investments, and real estate (other than the home you live in). To qualify, you must be receiving Medicare and have: ■ Income limited to $16,755 for an individual or $22,695 for a married couple living together. Even if your annual income is higher, you still may be able to get some help with monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription co-payments. Some examples where your income may be higher include if you or your spouse: – Support other family members who live with you; – Have earnings from work; or – Live in Alaska or
Hawaii; and ■ Resources limited to $13,070 for an individual or $26,120 for a married couple living together. Resources include such things as bank accounts, stocks, and bonds. We do not count your house or car as resources. You can complete an easy-to-use online application for extra help at socialsecurity.gov. Click on Medicare on the top right side of the page. Then click on “Get Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs.” To apply by phone or have an application mailed to you, call Social Security at 1-800-7721213 (TTY 1-800-3250778) and ask for the
Application for Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs (SSA-1020). Or go to your nearest Social Security office. And if you would like more information about the Medicare Part D prescription drug program, visit medicare.gov or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1800-633-4227; TTY 1877-486-2048). So this open season, hunt for something that could put an extra $4,000 in your pocket – bag the best Medicare prescription drug plan for you and see if you qualify for the extra help through Social Security. That’s a trophy worth displaying in your den.
Dept. of Transportation: Don’t veer for deer While taking a drive in the country, who doesn’t enjoy seeing a herd of deer foraging in a nearby field? It’s not so nice when they decide to cross the roadway and they are in your path. According to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, an estimate of deer population from 1936 placed statewide deer numbers between 500 and 700 animals. By 1950 the statewide estimate topped 10,000. Currently, the deer herd is estimated to be about 200,000 after the hunting season. With the increase in deer numbers comes the increased likelihood that we will all have a close encounter with them at some point in our driving
career. That likelihood increases during the fall as their habitat is disturbed by fall harvest and the deer’s mating season which begins in roughly mid-October and runs through mid-January. Should you have one of those close encounters and you discover a deer in your path on the roadway your instinctive reaction may be to veer. But veering may take you off the roadway or into oncoming traffic. Instead you should hold the steering wheel and apply the brakes firmly. Other suggestions and information to help you avoid deer/animal-vehicle crashes: ■ Slow down when you see a deer warning sign and pay greater attention.
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SENIOR CENTER MENU NOVEMBER TUE
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!
Sweet and sour chicken breast over white rice Japanese vegetables orange juice cup fortune cookies (x2) apricot halves
Macaroni and cheese Oregon blend vegetables spinach side salad Oroweat fiber bread banana
Ham shanks in scalloped potatoes cinnamon apples corn bread muffin tapioca pudding or sugar free vanilla pudding
26 Hearty ham shanks in northern beans strawberry pears corn bread muffin lemon pudding or sugar free vanilla pudding
27 Southern chicken breast chicken gravy baked potato green beans plums Vienna bread
Pork loin in gravy mashed potatoes glazed baby beets Oroweat fiber bread birthday cake or white cake square
28 Meatballs in gravy over wild rice Italian vegetables Oroweat fiber bread banana
9 Country fried steak with country gravy 1/2 baked sweet potato mixed vegetables blueberry bread emerald pears
15 BBQ pork rib patty mini wheat hoagie bun sliced red onions 1/2 baked sweet potato Oregon blend vegetables banana
16 Lasagna casserole Italian vegetables Lettuce salad Vienna bread fruit cocktail
21 Turkey roast in gravy mashed potatoes / stuffing green bean casserole sweet potatoes, cranberry relish butter flake roll pumpkin pie with whip cream
Chili macaroni with kidney beans cinnamon pears Oroweat fiber bread pineapple tidbits
2 Chicken taco salad meat/shredded cheese lettuce/tomatoes kidney beans tortilla chips banana
14 Fried chicken (x2) baked potato carrot coins Oroweat fiber bread Red seedless grapes
19 Hot beef sandwich with gravy over Oroweat bread (x2) mashed potatoes chuckwagon corn Mandarin oranges
Deluxe hamburger lettuce and tomato Oroweat sandwich thins scalloped potatoes vegetable pasta salad cubed cantaloupe
12 Salisbury steak with mushroom gravy cheesy whip potatoes Brussells sprouts Oroweat fiber bread oatmeal raisin cookies
1 Spaghetti with meat sauce Italian blend vegetables spinach side salad breadstick lemon bar
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29 Taco salad taco meat/shredded cheese lettuce/tomatos kidney beans tortilla chips cubed cantaloupe
30 Beef roast in gravy mashed potatoes green and gold beans Oroweat fiber bread Momâ€™s peach cobbler or white cake square
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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, Fre-
mont, Mills, Montgomery, Page and Shelby counties in Iowa. 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 toll-free at (800) 432-9209; or you can contact us via the Web at www.southwest8.org Advertising Information The Daily Nonpareil of Council
Bluffs represents the Better Living section. Advertising rates are available by contacting retail advertising at (712) 3281811. The advertising deadline for the next issue is the 13th day of the month prior to the running of the ad. Policy Board Cass County: Burton Conn - 2012; Fremont County: Christina Hankins 2013; Harrison County: Rollie Roberts - 2012; Mills County: Terry
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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 $3.25 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. Harlan Senior Center* 706 Victoria (712) 755-2757 M-F 12 p.m.
Council Bluffs at The Center 714 S. Main St. (712) 323-5995 M-F 12 p.m.
Irwin Senior Center 520 Ann St. (712) 782-3367 M-F 11:30 a.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.
Logan Senior Center 108 West Fourth St. (712) 644-2229 M-F 12 p.m.
Malvern Senior Center 201 East Fourth St. (712) 624-8985 M-F 11:30 a.m.
Shenandoah Sr. Center (Meal Site) 707 W. Summit St. (712) 246-5200 M-F 11:30 a.m.
Stanton Senior Center 326 Broad Ave. (712) 826-2782 Tue./Wed./Thurs. 11:45 a.m.
Villisca Senior Center 312 S. Third Ave. (712) 826-5182 M-F 11:30 a.m.
Clarinda Senior Center 1140 E. Main St. (712) 542-2932 M-F 11:30 a.m.
Dunlap Senior Center 619 Iowa St. (712) 643-2244 M-F 12 p.m. Missouri Valley Senior Center 100 S. Fourth St. (712) 642-3215 M-F 11:30 a.m.
Sidney Senior Center 2820 N. Ridge Road (712) 374-3053, 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.
The following centers are not affiliated with Southwest 8 Senior Services:
Glenwood Sr. Center 20 N. Vine St. (712) 527-4213 M-F 11:30 a.m.
Hamburg Senior Center 1008 Main St. (712) 382-1670 Mon/Wed/Fri 12 p.m.
Neola Senior Center 110 Fourth St. (712) 485-2179 M-F 12 p.m.
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Dept. of Transportation: Don’t veer for deer DEER/From Page 7 (the distance lit by your headlights) or use high beams when no other traffic is around. ■ If you see one deer, expect others. ■ You are more likely to see deer at locations where three factors converge: food, shelter (such as the cover of the forest) and water.
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On Election Day, consider issues facing senior citizens Election Day is just around the corner and hopefully each of you are planning on voting. Making an informed decision is important. There are many issues of concern that need to be taken into consideration as you make your decision on who is the best candidate. One of those issues of concern for you is, hopefully, older adults. Did you know that by 2030, in 88 of Iowa’s 99 counties, at least 20% of the population will be over the age of 60? This growth in this age group can have a big impact on public policy needs. To assist people in making an informed decision, Southwest 8, on Oct. 3,
sent out a questionnaire to all of the state legislative candidates in our service area. The question posed to them was: “What do you believe are or will be the major issues facing individuals over the age of 60 in Iowa, and how would you help address them if elected?” Since a small number of responses were received, you may not find your candidate(s) below. If you don’t, why don’t you ask them yourself what they believe the issues facing individuals over the age of 60 are and how they will address them. Senate District 12 – Joni Ernst ■ Health issues – assist elderly population (espe-
cially in my rural area) by ensuring ease of access to physicians, nurses, PAs in hospitals or clinics. ■ Economic stress – ensure access to affordable public transit, support of programs like “Meals on Wheels” and senior citizen centers where there is access to affordable, healthy meals, support measures to reduce property taxes. ■ Neglect/elder abuse – support tough penalties/sentences for abusers, support enforcement activities to investigate and prosecute elder abuse cases. House District 16 – Heidi Guggisberg-Coners “To the elderly people with whom I have spoken,
the most important issues are: Medicare (specifically), healthcare (generally), disability services, and personal property taxes. As an instructor of communication in healthcare, I am well versed in healthcare issues and I will make sure our seniors are taken care of. I also understand the plight of homeowners when it comes to taxes because I am a homeowner. I will work to make/keep property taxes low. I am a proponent of Southwest 8 on and off the campaign trail.” House District 15 – George Warren Yaple “Seniors and their families need to be knowl-
edgeable about the issues concerning their ‘golden’ years. Seniors have worked hard, played by the rules, and now, only want to be treated fairly. I will work for our families and seniors to care for those with needs and provide for safe and secure retirement years. I’ve worked hard all my life in many tough jobs with the idea that our lives would be better for that. Now, I’m asking for all seniors to stand with me to obtain a sense of security in knowing someone is fighting for them without the excuse of being a politician, which I am not. I will work for us, I will stand for a better Iowa.” – Southwest 8 Senior Services
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