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About the front cover: Jess Burkle and her son, Brady. Photo by Ashley Hempel Be sure to tune into WHBF on May 5th at 10:35pm for the next episode of Rule Ur Game. The only Quad City Show where Quad City teens are the reporters and they feature stories about the great things happening in their schools. We always visit at least 4 schools across the area, two from Illinois and two from Iowa. Rule Ur Game is hosted by WHBF Sports Director Jay Kidwell and produced by Mickle Communications! Go to our Rule Ur Game Facebook page and “like” us. Then suggest some stories we could cover at your school.

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Your Mickle’s Worth by Mike Mickle

As, the school year comes to a close, it brings with it a sadness. We lost four children this school year, three of them were teenagers, reportedly all four took their own lives. The topics of teen depression, bullying and the gut-wrenching consequences can no longer be avoided. As parents, we have to do something to help our children. Four lives were cut way too short. Four bright futures came to a heart-breaking end. Four mothers will spend this Mother’s day with an unimaginable sadness and this summer four families will perhaps plan a vacation that will not be complete. What’s the root cause? We may never have a definitive answer, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t search for one. Is it bullying? Social media is how our kids communicate, but just because they are using social media, doesn’t make it healthy. What is the real purpose of an app that allows your comments, no matter how hurtful to disappear after a few seconds, so parents never have a chance to see them? Why should there be a site where kids can post horrible comments anonymously about a classmate. The taunting is no longer limited to the halls of the school. It’s never ending for some children. As parents, we must address it. Children need our support and so do teachers and school administrators. In some cases, it’s not bullying. It’s depression, anxiety or other mental illness. There is no shame in confronting it. The shame comes from ignoring it. I try to keep my articles light-hearted and give you a chuckle while letting you know we all have those parenting moments, we’d just as soon pretend didn’t happen. This month, it just didn’t feel right. I saw my own children shaken from the news of a beautiful

girl they knew who left this earth way too soon. I attended a walk in memory of a Davenport West teenager who died. The heartache felt by family and friends was immeasurable. I rarely talk about the video projects that Mickle Communications is working on. However, this month, I think you should know. We are currently wrapping up a documentary on Human Trafficking in the Heartland. We’ve visited six states and interviewed investigators as well as survivors. Those survivors include a girl who was 14 when she was trafficked out of a Cedar Rapids grocery store. As soon as that documentary goes into post-production, we will tackle the issue of teen suicide. We are speaking with families who have endured this incomprehensible tragedy. We’ll also talk with experts and we’ll sit down with kids who are currently in the “heat of the battle”. They face bullying, depression and thoughts of suicide daily. We are also working with more than 20 area agencies to create a curriculum for schools, after-school programs and even parents to work on with their elementary age children. We’ll tackle topics that can endanger their future if not their lives and look for ways to help them make better decisions, while creating a support network of friends. If you have expertise in any of these issues or even if you don’t, we’d love your input. It takes a Village to Raise a Child. Let’s create a village that promotes healthy, happy families. Best regards, Mike

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This summer learn how to swim or upgrade your swimming skills. Davenport Parks and Recreation offers swim lessons for all levels, from beginner to advance, at each of our city pools. Two week sessions run throughout June & July! Davenport Resident Fees: $27.60 Non-residents Fees: $36 Sign up online today, or in person at the River’s Edge, 700 W River Dr. Browse our programs and register online at: Printed catalogs now available at the River’s Edge 6

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Go Exploring With Dora and Diego! Elly Gerdts Family Museum Marketing Director

Get ready to explore with Dora and Diego at the Family Museum in the new exhibit Dora and Diego—Let’s Explore! The exhibit features beloved characters Dora and Diego from Nickelodeon’s hit preschool series Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go!, along with their friends Boots, Map, Backpack, Isa, Tico, and of course Swiper, now in their own exhibit for your preschooler to explore as they learn and play along. This new interactive traveling exhibition was created by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in partnership with Nickelodeon, presented by the WellPoint Foundation, and made possible locally by DHCU Credit Union, Scott County Regional Authority, The Family Museum Foundation, and Ann E. Whitman. The exhibit will be open Saturday, May 24 through Sunday, September 14, 2014. Dora the Explorer follows the adventures of the 7-year-old Latina heroine Dora and her friends in an imaginative, tropical world. Go, Diego, Go!

stars Dora’s 8-year-old cousin Diego, a bilingual animal rescuer who protects animals and their environment. The exhibit gives children and their families the opportunity to go into the worlds of Dora and Diego to engage in problem-solving and active play. Young children play along as they join an adventure and learn how to solve problems, be a good friend, and care for animals and the environment. Spanish vocabulary is incorporated throughout the exhibit to introduce Spanish-speaking skills to preschool children. Dora the Explorer is a ground-breaking children’s series that draws kids into an interactive quest using a variety of learning techniques in every episode. Dora and Diego—Let’s Explore! carries the play-along theme throughout the exhibit as children are encouraged to actively play while they solve problems, share and learn about the natural world. Favorite friends and places from episodes of Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Do! are incorporated in the exhibit!


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Instructions NOT Included

Christine Gradert Family Resources Angie Kendall Child Abuse Council

Wouldn’t it be great if kids came with instruction manuals? Parenting would be easier if they did. While it’s no secret that there’s an abundance of parenting information available in book stores and on the web, you won’t find a manual with your child’s name specifically in the title. That’s why it’s imperative as parents that we learn as much general information as possible about children’s social and emotional development and equally important that we take the time to learn about our child’s unique needs. This will allow us to do the best job we can to help them grow up to be confident and productive young adults. Each child will develop at his or her own pace and bring with them unique talents and gifts. Some children are high spirited and meet life head-on with enthusiasm and gusto. They seem to have an endless source of energy and often go until they drop. Other children are quiet observers. They are keenly aware and sensitive to the energy around them and often prefer a more tranquil path in life. Whether high spirited or quiet observers, the tendencies in our children are generally referred to as their “nature” or “disposition.” Our job as parents, grandparents, foster or adoptive parents, or simply an adult interested in the future success of the child, is to get to know our children. Learning about our kids and their nature or disposition in their earliest years is critical to our guidance of their physical, social and emotional growth. When parents and children share similar natures, the adult will likely find the child “easy” to care for. For instance, parents who are boisterous and have high energy will enjoy being “on-the-go” and frequenting active and often highly stimulating environments. For high energy kids this is a great match and it feeds their curiosity and need for new experiences. More conservative parents however, generally pursue less crowded and noisy environments. For children who are sensitive, this is a good match and meets their need for deeper reflection and engagement. While all families may frequent the zoo, library, ballpark or swimming pool, their choice to attend during peak or non-peak hours may vary by their preference and/or need for stimulation. To maximize children’s learning at the earliest age, understanding their emotional nature is important. Children who are under-stimulated may become bored and express their need to release energy in ways parents find disruptive, i.e. running in the grocery store or yelling in a quiet environment. While it makes sense to parents that it’s okay to yell on the playground but not in the library, it’s not always that obvious to kids. The opposite can also happen. We may take our quiet natured child to a loud theme park and they may cry, become clingy or tantrum. These are all behaviors of an over-stimulated child. 8 May 2014 - QC Family Focus

Our job as parents and caretakers is to provide children with a learning environment that meets their needs and also builds social skills which allow them to cope when they’re frustrated or overwhelmed. These skills are often referred to as “resiliency skills.” Resilient kids are better able to be patient, self-sooth and interact socially and emotionally with others. Resilient children develop confidence when they have loving caretakers who meet their basic needs, provide them with a physically and emotionally safe environment and predictable family routines. Building your child’s resiliency isn’t difficult and you are likely already doing it. Its simple things like helping your child master a new skill such as; learn to skip, play hopscotch or ride a skateboard. When kids feel good about their accomplishments their self-esteem soars! Teaching our kids to manage their emotions is also important. Knowing what emotions feel like and how to handle them is a skill that is learned and is not an innate skill. This ability to control emotions is called “social-emotional literacy”. The best way to teach children is through role modeling yourself, how to manage stressful situations. You can tell your child “I am frustrated right now and am going to take some deep breaths to calm down.” Or “I am angry and before I do anything else I am going to walk away and calm down.” This helps children to learn behaviors that are adaptable in any environment. Teaching our kids how to self-soothe is also highly important, especially for sensitive children. Again, simple things like learning to visualize a protective shield, deep breathing, or learning yoga can help our children cope in a difficult world. While parenting won’t always be easy, it can be more predictable and enjoyable when you understand your child’s developmental stages and social and emotional nature! So go ahead, spend some time getting to know your kid and creating a specialized parenting manual uniquely made for him or her!

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Scott County Kids Early Childhood Iowa…what is Scott County Kids Early Childhood Iowa? Scott County Kids Early Childhood Iowa strives to ensure that “Every child beginning at birth will be healthy and successful.” How does Scott County Kids Early Childhood Iowa ensure that “Every child beginning at birth will be healthy and successful” in Scott County? Through community involvement community priorities are established. The Scott County Kids Early Childhood board may contract with a community agency to provide a completely unique service or an already existing service may be modified or enhanced to meet a particular need. Often the limited funding Scott County Kids Early Childhood Iowa has is utilized to meet identified community need; other times, needs can be met through facilitating communication with the early childhood service providers. Our community is fortunate to have a vast array of caring early childhood professionals. What is the Scott County Kids Early Childhood Iowa Board? The Scott County Kids Early Childhood Board is comprised of community leaders in the areas of education, health, human services, faith, business and of course parents. How does Scott County Kids Early Childhood Iowa get the funding they disperse? From the Early Childhood Iowa state board. The state departments supporting Early Childhood Iowa are; the Department of Education, Department of Human Services and Department of Health. Funding must be for services for children prenatal through age 5. How does Scott County Kids decide how to spend funding? Through evaluation of community forum information and community data assessments the Scott County Kids Early Childhood Board has established community priorities. These community priorities drive funding decisions. The priorities are as follows: 1. Advance healthy physical and mental development for all children, with a priority to at-risk children. 2. Increase access to affordable quality learning environments for all children. 3. Increase awareness regarding the importance of the early years. 4. Increase positive relationships between children and parents. 5. Increase the number of center and home based providers meeting quality standards. Are the same services always funded? Not always. In addition to funding decisions meeting community priorities, funding decisions adjust to community resources as well. For instance if a funding source becomes available in our community to provide a service that Scott County Kids has traditionally funded, Scott County Kids would adjust or reduce funding accordingly. Any unobligated funding would then be contracted to another community priority. …and it’s not all about funding! We strive to enrich the early childhood system of Scott County. The system is made up of many private and public service providers – all working to better the lives of children.

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In today’s world our children are expected to have many skills upon entering kindergarten, the main one being literacy. The biggest question is how do parents make sure their toddlers are on the right track before starting kindergarten? It may seem like a huge task at hand, but by incorporating three small things at home parents can help their children learn the skills they will need to succeed. The first thing to recognize is that literacy does not start with just books. Literacy is everywhere beginning with speech. Talking to your baby is the first step. They can understand language long before they can talk themselves. It might seem silly but eventually that jibber jabber is going to turn into words and those single words will become full sentences. While kids tend to learn at their own pace it helps introducing them and surrounding them with literacy, just make sure you’re not pushing too hard. Pushing your child to read is actually not a very realistic goal. Kids can become frustrated and scared and that can really impact their future confidence. So focus on the small things and let your child grow. Second, reading with your child shouldn’t just all be on the parent. The key is to get the child engaged by reading simple books. Start out with small board/cloth books with a single word on each page or simple pictures such as animals. You can point to an animal and ask “What sound does the lion make?” and wait for the child’s response. The more fun you have with it the better. When going through day to day activities make sure you’re talking to your toddler for example “Lets zip up your blue coat.” or “You are working so hard on stacking those cups!” The better vocabulary a child has the easier they pick up reading. The third item to help your child grow a desire to learn is possibly the easiest. Be a reader yourself! Let your child see you read and use literacy everyday. By toddlers seeing their parents reading it helps them value it more. Kids and especially toddlers want to be doing everything they see adults doing. You will encourage your child to “do as you do”, when you have many different materials around the house that you can read and discuss with them. They’re curious about the world and everything and everyone in it so why not make every opportunity you can a learning one. Literacy might not seem like a fun word but it should definitely be aMiddle fun task in you and your toddler’sIAlife. By 3382 Road - Bettendorf 52722 starting your child off Road early, not only will they beIA ahead of the 3382 Middle - Bettendorf 52722 game3382 when entering they will mostIAdefinitely Middlekindergarten, Road - Bettendorf 52722 see the3382 gains throughout their life- and into adulthood. 563.332.4311 800.224.4387 Middle Road Bettendorf IA 52722

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Do you have any spring or summer birthdays coming? If so, make these brownies! They are rich, decadent and loaded with flavor. Kids will love the peanut butter frosting and sprinkles and adults will love the dark chocolate brownie. They come together in less than an hour!

Fudgy Dark Chocolate Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting

Brownies: 2 eggs 2 t. vanilla 1 t. salt

8 T. butter 1 c. sugar 2/3 c. special dark cocoa

Frosting: 4 oz. softened cream cheese 3/4 c. peanut butter 1/4 c. milk

1/2 c. milk 1/2 c. brown sugar 2 c. flour

1/2 c. sugar 1 t. vanilla

1. P  reheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8x8 or 9x9 glass baking dish. 2. In a small saucepan melt the butter, then stir in the dry cocoa and vanilla. Pour this mixture into a bowl. 3. Sift together the flour, sugars, and salt. Add to the chocolate mixture and beat in eggs. This mixture will be thick. Pour in the 1/2 c. milk to help loosen. Stir to combine. 4. Place brownie batter in the greased pan. Bake for 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. 5. Allow brownies to cool completely. 6. In a bowl combine all frosting ingredients. When brownies are cool, frost and add sprinkles. 7. Keep brownies covered to stay fresh.

Spring brings warmth and sun and we start to crave lighter meals. This salad is perfect to prepare for a lunch gathering or simply to make for yourself! It brings just a bit of heat, but is quickly cooled off with the creamy avocado dressing.

Buffalo Chicken Cobb Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing For the salad: iceburg lettuce chopped tomatoes chopped hard boiled eggs shredded chicken buffalo sauce bacon For the dressing: 1 avocado 1/2 c. sour cream drizzle of olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 t. pepper freshly chopped dill, parsley

1/2 c. mayo splash of buttermilk juice of 1/2 lemon 1/2 t. salt 1/2 t. onion powder

Combine all ingredients, minus the olive oil and fresh herbs, into a food processor. To thin the dressing out a bit, drizzle in a bit of olive oil while the food processor is running. Remove dressing to a bowl and fold in the fresh herbs {a small handful of each}. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour. To make the salad: Layer lettuce on the plate. In rows, lay the tomatoes, chicken {combined with hot sauce}, bacon and eggs. Drizzle with the avocado dressing.

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$$- FOCUS ON FINANCES - $$ Whistle While You Work Jenny May Shannon QC Child Development Center

Are your kids OBSESSED with the movie Frozen? How about the soundtrack? My girls received both for their 5th birthday, leaving my husband cursing my family for the purchase. Even as I type this, I can hear the headstrong Elsa singing “Let it Go.” It wasn’t until volunteering in a 2 year old room at church this Sunday that I realized the value of a song being stuck in my head. Working with kids who don’t yet grasp language, and some who understand little to no English, has many challenges. Music is a language of its own that has mass appeal to adults and children alike. The kids love free time where they can play on the slide, build blocks, play kitchen, watch Veggie Tales, or climb on my husband. (Side note to male readers: he really is more attractive in this zone.) The room is literally chaos for about 35 minutes. But it doesn’t matter how many kids are playing or how many toys are out, we find it easy to clean up and line up once snack and lesson time is announced. This week, I heard a curly blond singing The Clean-Up Song to motivate her friends to help. It worked like a charm and soon others sang along, making it seem less like work. I visited the QC Child Development Center in Silvis and noticed a class of 4 year olds singing together. Joyce Martin, Lead Teacher, mentioned how the ABCs are easily learned through song even before kids know their letters.

But when it comes to teaching anything from manners to gross motor skills, she finds her class learns quicker by adding songs with movement. “CDs like ‘Kids in Action’ and ‘Ready, Set, Move’ really keep the children interested while allowing them to release energy,” explained Martin. “We often hear them singing or humming the tunes later during free time.” Here are some ways to use music with your kids: • Create a family song that alerts the kids that it is time to leave, get ready for bed, come inside, etc. •U  se a song as a timer to put away laundry or finish a chore •H  ave kids add their own words to existing tunes to learn facts about animals/states/math • As kids get older, find “sing-a-long” versions of songs so they can read the words • Make up songs to learn to spell words • Get crafty and make instruments and learn about rhythm For some reason, my kids seem to insert the word “poop” in any song. And it’s ok to be silly, especially if it helps them learn. Maybe they’ll be better with chores and you’ll start singing, “For the First Time in Forever…”

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Helping Our Children with Learning Differences Brenda Boleyn, Ph.D. & Barbara Wiese, Ph.D. Professors in the School of Education at St. Ambrose University

In the field of education, the term “differentiation of instruction” is an important concept recognized as critical in helping each child maximize his/her learning potential. Teachers strive to offer various ways to present material to students, different ways to involve them in learning through activities, and choices of methods for them to show that they have successfully acquired the desired outcomes from the learning process. Differentiating instruction has been described as a mindset or even a philosophy to keep close at hand when planning and implementing lessons in the classroom. As parents, we can keep this same concept in mind as we take part in our child’s cognitive development. We, too, will want to provide our children with a variety of ways in which to learn a new skill or task, and we need to remember that each child may not learn in the same way or at the same rate. Building on existing abilities in order to grow or extend skills in other areas is a generalized goal we have for each of our children. What can we do to take into account the learning differences that exist within and between our children? Early and frequent exposure to learning opportunities cannot be emphasized enough. Learning occurs best over time, and considering the shorter attention span of younger children, regular chances to engage in specific learning will result in better retention than fewer prolonged experiences. Most of us learned the “Pledge of Allegiance,” not by sitting down and memorizing it one day, rather it was through daily repetition over a school year. This applies equally well to academic skills such as reading, writing, and math. The regular nightly reading time with our children pays off not only in language exposure and word recognition, but in future writing skills. Begin teaching new concepts with the concrete

and gradually move to semi-concrete and eventually to the abstract. In math we start by having children use objects or manipulatives to grasp basic concepts relating to counting, adding, telling time, learning fractions, and so on. Next we move to pictures or drawings of objects to help children learn to do written problems. Eventually we move to doing more abstract work or mental math as skills and confidence grows. This basic pattern can be applied to any skill or subject area. Make sure you incorporate generalization into learning. Children may master a skill in one setting but may not be able to do so in a different location. Make sure your child practices the skill with different people as well. Have you ever had to drive a different vehicle and found it initially uncomfortable? The same happens with children as they learn to master any number of new skills that they need to apply in different places. One thing we try to do in the classroom is to create an environment that is warm, friendly, and comfortable - a home-like atmosphere. Make sure your child feels safe when working on his/her new skills. Help your child to learn that it’s okay to make mistakes and even fail. What’s not okay is to give up and quit. Learning involves many mistakes along the way and the sooner a child learns to pick themselves back up and keep trying, the more successful they will become. Keep the bar high in terms of expectations. We do not want to frustrate our children but neither do we want them to settle for less than their best. Recognizing learning differences in ourselves and others is the beginning of acceptance. Different does not have to mean better than or less than. Remember that all children can learn, but may learn at different rates and in different ways. Using best practices from educational settings can help us as parents when working with our own young children. QC Family Focus - May 2014 15

At the Rock Island Public Library this Summer! Events & Reading Contests from June 2-Aug 2, 2014 Summer Reading Kick-Off Saturday, June 7 Noon to 3 pm Rock Island Main Library 401 19th Street Register for Children, Teen or Adult Summer Reading Contests. Win an immediate prize and be entered in additional prize drawings!

Free Fun for the Whole Family— Bounce House - Games—Face Painting— Magic - Mascot visits! Plus, these special events:

1:00 pm—Costumed Pet Parade— Enter at the library website, or pick up an entry form. If your pet has paws and is on a leash or in a carrier, it qualifies! Enter by May 31, 2014. Prizes for best reading theme, best pet/person match, most original entry.

2:00 pm—K-9 Police Dog Demo, Rock Island Police Department Free food & beverage Kona Ice also available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the library!

Registration starts June 2! Earn fun and rewards with Paws to Read reading contests for the whole family, and enjoy free:

Events For Kids— Weekly Reading with Therapy Dogs Special Events, including Mad Science of Iowa, Be a Juggler show, Boogie in the Barnyard & Jeanie B Music concert Math Club, Storytimes, Legos & More Fun at Your Library!

For Teens Ages 12 to 18— Movies, Teen Gaming, Craft & Iron Chef programs Library Mini-Golf, Robot Building sessions, and a Teen Survival Day Scavenger Hunt!

For General Audiences— Technical help on using your tablet, downloading & more Call of the Wild wilderness program Star Gazing with the Popular Astronomy Club ‘Tails Up, Paws Down’ Dog Obedience presentation

Get Your Paws on More Details! Rock Island Main, 30/31 or Southwest Branch Libraries 309-732-READ (7323) Summer Reading support comes from Friends of the Rock Island Public Library, Milan-Blackhawk Area Public Library District, Rock Island Public Library Foundation and area businesses.


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Keep Learning - at Any Age!

Free Summer Reading & Events at Rock Island Public Library Lisa Lockheart Rock Island Library Reading has “gone to the dogs and cats” this summer at Rock Island Public Libraries, with Paws to Read Summer Reading education and events for all ages. Register starting June 2 at Rock Island Libraries, and pick up a prize, while supplies last! Then, join us from noon to 3pm on Saturday, June 7, for the Summer Kick-off Carnival, with additional prize drawings, a bounce house, animal events, K-9 police dog demo, games, mascot visits, face-painting, magic, and even a costumed pet parade! Enter your pet by May 31, just by picking up a entry at any Rock Island Library. Your pet qualifies if it has paws, and can walk on a leash or be transported in a carrier. Pets and their owners earn prizes for best reading theme, best pet-owner match and most original entry. While you’re at the library, get your paws on free reading logs and entry forms for children, teens, and adults, and start digging into books! Beyond free summer fun, Rock Island Library events help prevent summer learning loss. Free educational activities range from math club to art, reading with therapy dogs, “Mad Science” and “Reptile Experience” events, to children’s music and movement

programs. According to national research, students without access to summer learning score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer, and may lose up to two months of grade level math computation skills. Summer reading also helps students maintain vocabulary and reading comprehension skills. Summer Reading is for everyone, with productive events for teens ages 12 to 18, and lifelong learning programs for adults. Take advantage of a free Star Gazing program for ages 12 and older, free technology topics, and presentations on dog obedience, native mammals, and more. The reading program lasts until Aug. 2, so make tracks to Rock Island Main, 30/31 or Southwest Branches, go to or call 309-732-READ (7323.) Begin your summer fun at Rock Island Libraries!


Eastern Iowa Community Colleges SUMMER CAMPS! Health Careers Camp

Culinary Skills Camp

For students 8th and 9th Grades Scott Community College Cost: $160 - Class No. 141953

For students 9th - 12th Grades Scott Community College Cost: $160 - Class No. 142051

June 16-20 - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wilderness Camp

June 16 - 20 Ages 7 - 10 Class No. 141974 July 14-18 Ages 11 - 14 Class No. 141951 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nahant Marsh Education Center Cost: $160

Zombie STEM Camp

June 23-27 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ages 11 - 14 Midwest Public Safety Training Center Cost: $160 - Class No. 141950

July 30-August 1 - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

College Connection Camps June 16-19 – 9 a.m. to 12 noon

For students 7th and 8th Grades Clinton Community College Cost: FREE - Class No. 141956

June 23-26 – 9 a.m. to 12 noon For students 7th and 8th Grades Muscatine Community College Cost: FREE - Class No. 141955

For more camp details or to register: Visit Or call 1-888-336-3907

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2014 Rock Island Region Science Explorers Jr. For students entering 3rd & 4th Grades

Inquiring young scientists will explore a variety of science concepts: the mathematics behind board games, archaeology, the water cycle and weather, forensic science, and the physics of boat building with pirate science! There is an entirely new topic every day! When: June 16 - 20, 8:30am-3:00pm Cost: $260.00

Lit and Lab: The Wonder of it all! For students entering 5th & 6th Grades

Gripped by genetics? Motivated by Math? Enjoy a lab-based investigation of the science behind the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Lab based activities will be centered on genetics, probability and technology with regards to the main character, Auggie’s, facial deformities. When: June 16 - 20, 8:30am-3:00pm Cost: $260.00

Vital Signs: Biomedical Engineering For students entering 7th & 8th Grades

The study of medicine is a combination of Biology, Anatomy, Chemistry and Mathematics. But in today’s medical world, technology plays a greater role. Join us this summer for Biomedical Engineering. Throughout the week you will explore in depth laboratory experiments surrounding the field of medicine. When: June 23 - 27, 8:30am-3:00pm Cost: $260.00

Register for Summer@IMSA in the Rock Island Region! Program Location: Rock Island Center for Math and Science 2101 16th Ave. Rock Island, IL You can register online at: scholarships are available Contact: Kayleigh Karlovits, Rock Island Field Office Coordinator Email: Phone: 309.373.7795

The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10-12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program, and it serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry.


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What is Camp Shalom? Pr. Sara Olson-Smith Board of Directors for Camp Shalom

If I’m ever asked about my path toward becoming a pastor, I almost always talk about camp. I was a camper and worked on staff at a camp in southern Colorado called Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp. My time there has deeply shaped my life as a follower of Jesus. And, truth told, if you were to talk to any group of seminarians you will likely hear lots of stories about camp. I’m pretty convinced that outdoor ministry is among the most important ministries that we have in the church to shape our leaders. And I don’t just mean people in pulpits but also Sunday school teachers and CCD leaders, youth workers and more. Camp was (still is!) a perfect combination of creative worship, open Bible studies, authentic faith sharing, and enormous fun, all in a beautiful place away from everything. I discovered at camp a way of seeing God present in my life and the world along with a language and the courage to talk about it. It was a time and place apart that I could fully be myself with all my questions and curiosity, my joys and crazy playfulness, and my faith. Camp was not just instrumental in the shaping

of my own individual faith and leadership – but at camp I also learned why the church is necessary. I witnessed what being loved by a community could do to transform a person. I saw that community matters and that young people (all of us!) need community, particularly one that doesn’t have requirements or try-outs or where everyone must be the same. My time at camp made me want to spend my life being in and helping to grow that community we call the Church. I’m half the country away from those particular trees and cabins and people of my ‘home’ camp but thankfully I’m just a short drive away from a set of trees and cabins and people at a place called Camp Shalom who make the very same thing happen to form the leaders of our churches. But they are not just future leaders, the campers and staff members of Camp Shalom are already, right now, leading our church to love God and love this world even more deeply. Pr. Sara Olson-Smith is an Associate Pastor at St Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, IA and member of the Board of Directors for Camp Shalom.

Camp Shalom is an Christ-centered outdoor ministry that nurtures the Christian faith in a place and time apart. Retr and meeat e facilitieting availab s le!

Youth, individuals, and groups of all faiths are welcome at Camp Shalom

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Interview with Grandpa Joe (Happy Joe) Evin Ersan Hopewell Elementary 6th Grade Student

Question: Grandpa, I know Happy Joe’s is pretty successful now, but did you face any struggles in your business? If so, how did you cope with them? Answer: “Well when I started I didn’t have any money. I tried to borrow money and I took the kids’ savings out of their bank and I borrowed some insurance money out of my life insurance policy, and then I went from bank to bank trying to borrow some money and they all said no. I finally went to Davenport Bank and they listened. I came in and did a birthday for a guy that worked at the bank. I thought I’ll show him what Happy Joe’s is going to be like. So I took my horn with me into the bank and ‘HONK-HONK! Attention everyone! We have a birthday today at the bank. Let’s all sing happy birthday to him!’ All the people were coming out of their offices wondering what was going on and we were all singing happy birthday. The president came out and leaned over to the loan officer and said; “Good gosh! Get the kid a loan and get him out of here!” That’s how I opened my first store. I borrowed $30,000 and said my prayers every night hoping that God would help me get through that first week and not run out of money. Thanks to Him, I did make it through.” Question: What gave you the idea to start your business? Answer: “I wanted to open my own pizza parlor, and I didn’t want a pizza parlor like everyone else had. There were all kinds of little pizza parlors around the country and they were kind of dumpy little looking places. I had been a baker for years and then I worked for Shakey’s Pizza. I shared some ideas, but they did not want to try anything I suggested, so I really wanted to do my own thing. I wanted to open a place that would attract families and kids, a place that sold pizza and ice cream, and we’d honk the horn and rings the siren for birthdays. I wanted to make it a really fun place. That’s where we came up with the name Happy Joe’s! Question: What was your first job, and what did you learn from that

Watch Evin’s video report with his Grandpa Happy Joe Whitty at this link or scan this qr code 22

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job that helped you in your business? Answer: At my first job was, I got four dollars a day working for this farmer. I would get out there on the tractor and I would be out there all day tending to his fields. His wife would bring lunch out to me; I’d work until dark. I’d go home and then the next morning I’d come early and help him milk his cows and then I go out on the tractor and be out there all day again. Question: How did you come up with the idea for the Happy Joe’s Kids Foundation which benefits kids with special needs? Answer: When I was at Shakey’s a mother came in and asked me if I would mind if her boy with special needs came in the restaurant. I wondered why she asked that, but back in those days kids with special needs were not always welcome, and she had experienced that and wanted to be sure it was okay before she brought him in. He was a great kid and we rolled out the red carpet for him and the mom was so excited that she had a place she could come with him and feel comfortable. I wondered how many other kids were out there that didn’t feel welcomed. I decided to close the store during the holidays to host a party just for them and their families and caregivers. We have been doing this for 41 years now and it is my favorite time of year. Those kids make you really understand what life is about, and their parents are just as special. We officially started the Happy Joe’s Kids foundation in honor of Happy Joe’s 40th anniversary to make sure the commitment we have to these kids lasts long after I am gone. Question: Grandpa do you have any good advice for all the kids out there? Answer: Well, I’d say be honest. If you never tell a lie you don’t have to try to remember what you said. Be fair and work hard. Don’t expect to get things without working for them, and know what you’re good at and what you’re not. Make friends with others that are better than you in some areas. Don’t feel like you have to hang out with people just like you. People who are different can expose you to new things. Be good to your parents and grandparents. Always try to be close with your family. When you make a mistake, fix it and don’t blame others.


What is a Quality Business? Tawnya Hambly Public Relations Director, JA of the Heartland Can you think of things that are ranked? For example, sports teams, cities, colleges, contest winners, etc. Ranking is a process of putting things into a position in relation to others, usually first, second, third, etc. To determine how to rank things, the evaluator must set the criteria. Criteria is the standard in making an evaluation. For example, when ranking vacation spots you might consider criteria such as; fun for family, cost, and safety. When ranking students you might consider criteria such as; grades, attendance, and behavior. Ranking also takes place with businesses. Have you ever heard of the Fortune 500? Fortune 500 ranks the top 500 U.S. corporations based on their revenue. That’s one way to rank a business, can you think of others? What criteria would you use to evaluate the quality of a business? Here are some ideas: good customer service, strong community involvement, satisfied employees, good products, successful sales, and employee teamwork. For our activity, I’m putting you in charge of a Quality Task Force. Your job is to evaluate a business in your community for its quality. What criteria will you use? Use the space below to complete the activity. The business you are evaluating: Quality Criteria #1:__________________________ ______________________________________ Evaluation details: __________________________ ______________________________________ Quality Criteria #2:__________________________ ______________________________________ Evaluation details: __________________________ ______________________________________ Quality Criteria #3: _________________________ ______________________________________

Evaluation details: __________________________ ______________________________________ Quality Criteria #4: _________________________ ______________________________________ Evaluation details: __________________________ ______________________________________ Based on your evaluation, would you say the business is a quality business? Explain why. ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________ Why would a business want to be recognized as a quality business in the community? Stores that are dirty and have poor lighting probably won’t attract many customers. Or, restaurants who serve stale food probably won’t have customers who will return for another meal. Businesses want to attempt to be a quality business so they can draw more customers to their business. Doing so, will help them sell more products and generate more profit. Keep a watchful eye out as you visit other businesses in your community. Use your experience on the Quality Task Force to determine if they are a quality business or not. If they are not, what needs to change? Are those changes easy or hard? Some day you may work at a business. Keep in mind, how you present yourself as an employee makes a difference on how the customers evaluate your workplace as a quality business or not. Giving good customer service, keeping your work area neat and clean, as well as making sure you have good products to sell will help your workplace be recognized as a quality business. Article content is a part of the JA BizTown curriculum. QC Family Focus - May 2014


Just For Kids Kid's Calendar Tales of A Fourth Grade Nothing May 2,3,6,8,9,10 Based on the popular book by perennial favorite Judy Blume, TALES OF A FOURTH GRADE NOTHING is a humorous look at family life and the troubles that can only be caused by a younger sibling. This play teaches children about responsibilities and how to recognize certain feelings they have, whether with family or friends, and that the emotions they have are OK! Recommended for all ages! Performances are show-only and tickets are $8.50 per person. Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse • 1828 3rd Avenue - 309-786-7733


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Free Kid’s Craft Day Saturday, May 17th John Deere Pavilion Theme: Gardening Craft: Grow your own garden 10:00am-4:00pm

Color the Quads 5K - May31 Presenting Color the Quads 5K and Kid’s Color Dash, unique races that allow runners and walkers to get blasted with bursts of color powder on the course. This race format is popular with avid runners, families and walkers. The Color the Quads 5K will take place at 4:00 p.m., Cumberland Square at 2300 Spruce Hills Drive, Bettendorf, Iowa. The 400-yard dash for children 2-7 years old is at 9:00 a.m. All race participants are invited to attend the colorful after-party. The Color the Quads benefits the YMCA Youth Solutions and Camp Abe Lincoln and the Children’s Therapy Center of the Quad Cities. For more information, visit

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Our Mission: To strengthen children, families and individuals by providing quality services that engage community resources to create effective solutions.

For more information on our PIHP services call: 1-855-277-0430. For more information on our mental health services call: (563) 445-0557.

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How Is Your Child’s Mental Health?

Meredith Dennis Communications Officer, Family Resources

How many times have you had to answer what vaccinations your child has had? Or when was their last physical, or last vision screen? What about when they had a hearing test or a dental exam? How about when was their last mental health screen? I would imagine the majority of you would answer “never” on that last question. While we routinely conduct screenings, exams, and tests for our physical health, we rarely give our mental health the same attention. May is Mental Health Awareness month and the first full week in May has been designated as Child Mental Health Awareness week. For many people the term “mental health” brings to mind mental illness or mental health disorders and all the stereotypes and stigma attached. We think “my child isn’t mentally ill so she’s ok”. But mental health is much more than the absence of a mental illness. Good mental health is your overall emotional wellbeing. For adults it’s the ability to engage in meaningful, productive activities, to build strong relationships, to be able to adapt to change, to be able to deal with stress, to have confidence and high self -esteem, and to be able to find balance in one’s life. Similarly for children, good mental health is the ability to accomplish developmental tasks, to develop socially and emotionally, to identify and express emotion, to have confidence and courage to try new things, to feel good about themselves and secure in their surroundings, and to be able to cope with frustration, change and disappointment in an age appropriate manner. Having good mental health does not mean you or your child will never go through challenging times or will never feel sad, angry, anxious, or stressed. That’s just not realistic, we all experience disappointments,

loss, and change. Sometimes those challenges and emotions exceed our ability to manage them on our own. Just like a doctor may help you and your child learn to manage your physical health, a counselor or therapist can help you and your child learn to manage your mental health. Counselors can also help children and families develop or enhance their resiliency or “protective” factors. Resiliency allows children to develop emotional “safety shields” that help protect them when life becomes stressful. Simple things like having a family routine for mealtime or taking walks together in the evening can help children feel safe and secure. Resiliency is a necessary component for good mental health. Family Resources offers a full range of mental health services to both children and adults. Our Counseling and Therapy program offers mental health services across the lifespan. We provide play therapy as well as individual, family, and couples counseling to address a variety of issues. We are able to accept most major insurance plans as well as Medicare and Medicaid. The Counseling and Therapy program also offers a sliding fee scale for those clients who do not have insurance coverage. Additionally, we have a great new opportunity for children and their families to take care of their overall health, both mental and physical health. It’s called the Pediatric Integrated Health Program. Finding and accessing resources for children with emotional and/or behavioral needs can be confusing. We need to move from thinking of health care as a series of isolated, reactive, crisis-type encounters, to a big-picture approach that anticipates needs and improves outcomes. This is how a Pediatric Integrated Health Program can help. Utilizing a team approach, Family Resources’ Pediatric Integrated Health Program (PIHP) is designed to provide Medicaid recipients with coordinated services to ensure quality care for both physical and behavioral health care needs. Family Resources’ PIHP services offer free help to parents in meeting the physical health, mental health and social support needs of their children. We believe healthy kids make a healthy family and a healthy community. For more information on our PIHP services call: 1-855-277-0430. For more information on our mental health services call: (563) 445-0557. QC Family Focus - May 2014


Families Focus By Mike Mickle Your Mickle’s worthOn Furry Friends

As McRae I’m writing this, I’mDirector having another one of those Patti Executive “shaking my head” moments. Matt Welfare just got Center in the shower Quad City Animal about 2 minutes ago. We heard the shower door open and asked he was doing....and..... whatVolunteering is await for it....he says.... “I forgot to take my socks off before I got in the shower.” Please great way to teach children explain to me how you can step into how to give back in their the shower wearing an article (or in this case articles) of clothing without realizing community. Children learn it. Once again, I catch myself saying, “Only Matthew.” He valuable skills while they are of EVERY vehicle his can tell you the license plate number “on the job”. Another benefit friend’s parents drive, but forgets to take his socks off in the of volunteering is children shower. I give up. Meanwhile, Kyle has a device that looks like a zipabout lock bag steroids of over this foot when near water. learn theonmission the Heorganization had surgery toand repairhow a broken thattoe and it’s not allowed toorganization get wet for a few more weeks. is helping theThe surgery went well. Helocal wouldn’t let me community.ask the surgeon if I could come to the operating room to hang out with him. I thought it was a good Parents working side idea. Unfortunately, the cranky patient and his mother did by side their children not. Kyle with is fascinated with the set pin sticking out of his toe. a great example. He’s taking pictures of it,Children watching the recovering process who andsee their parentsthe photos with anyone closely doesn’t mind sharing volunteering much more who’d like to see are them. I’d just as soon pass. Meanwhile, Kate seems to be the one who doesn’t forget things other likely to believe in the value than cleaning her room. That ALWAYS seems to slip her of working to help others. mind until she’s not allowed to hang out with friends unless Another benefit of working it’s cleaned. Suddenly, it’s remarkably clutter-free, until you with your child as a volunteer open her closet door. I’ve learned to push the door open and is forthe that occurs run fearbonding of an avalanche. when people work May brings a birthday together for my mom as well as Mother’s as aI’m team. Day. preparing for a trip south to see Mom in the next choosing When few days and I’m currently brainstorming for Mothers Day ideas for my lovely wife and a volunteer opportunity,Mom. How do you find something sayfollowing: “thank you” for the woman who made sure considertothe you survived your teen years.. and the woman who single• Your child’s interests handedly keeps our lives in order. Mom tells stories that • Your interests I have no recollection of. I’m pretty sure it was someone • Your child’s abilities else who committed the foolish acts she speaks of. She is • Your abilities not letting me off the hook. Meanwhile, the mother of my • Location and Frequency children is the keeper of the schedule in our home. No matter manyVolunteering with willactivity teach how times she tells me whichanimals child has what and when, it simply doesn’t stick. She’s learned if I am going children how to be compassionate and to respect

nature. Children who are fond of animals may enjoy volunteering at an animal shelter. Cats, dogs, rabbits, ferrets, and many other companion animals are awaiting adoption and need to be shown love. Some of the things children can do to help with their parents include reading to the animals, walking dogs, socializing cats, mobile pet adoptions, and nursing home If a child unable Ito to be in charge of deliveringvisits. or picking up ourischildren, help at the shelter, there are need a complete list with times and locations. Not that I’ve to help. ever forgotten a child... forother more opportunities than five minutes.... or The child can maybe ten, but still Karen wants to make suretake I’m part armedin with the necessary info to avoid any possibility a Mickle a cat or dog that food drive, child would be left standing outside a school, gym or collecting pet toys, friend’s helping house. raise money to donate to the I certainly don’t want to forget to say “thank you” to all shelter. of you for your support of QC Family Focus. You are reading Thereand itare many the largest issue we have ever published wouldn’t be local shelters looking for possible without your support. 100 schools, daycare facilities volunteers and they all have and preschools now distribute QCFF to EVERY student, we programs. Consider have media partnerships withdifferent WHBF, WQAD, WYEC, Mix 96 and B-100 and our education sections have of the volunteering at thesome Quad City topAnimal experts in the community as contributors. To say we are Welfare Center (QCAWC). The QCAWC humbled be an understatement. Wefirst can’tWednesday thank you holds would a volunteer orientation the allof enough for helping this publication grow. It’s about each month beginning at 5:30 p.m. Learnwhat how we cherish most... family. you and your children can help the homeless cats I hope you have the opportunity to spend some time with and dogs in our community. For more information the special mom in your life. Have a great month and we’ll about volunteering at the QCAWC, please call 309check in with you in June! 787-6830 or visit our website at

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Kelly Hendershot Communications Officer, DHCU Community Credit Union Home improvement costs can add up quickly. But if you select smart projects, you can recoup a lot of what you spend when you sell the house. Once you’ve determined which projects you want to tackle, a home equity loan from DHCU Community Credit Union is a low-cost way to help you pay for them. We’re excited to help you refresh your home. These loans let you borrow money using the equity in your home as collateral. Unlike almost any other consumer loan type, the interest on a home equity loan or HELOC of $100,000 or less is likely to be taxdeductible ($50,000 if married filing separately). A HELOC is much like a credit card or any other type of open-ended credit. You can borrow money as needed, up to the credit limit your lender assigns, using a special checkbook or credit card, or by making a transfer into your checking account. A HELOC is usually a variable-rate loan, so your monthly payments will change based on your outstanding balance and fluctuations in the prime rate.

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It’s Never Too Early: The Value of an Academic Plan Todd Zachary Headmaster, Rivermont Collegiate There’s been a movement recently in high school education, both in the private and public sector, to expand dual-enrollment opportunities. Dual-enrollment programs provide the opportunity for students to take college level courses while still in high school, in partnership with a college or university. These programs offer a number of benefits, including the opportunity to take classes not offered at a student’s high school, to further challenge their knowledge and skills, and to get a closer look at an academic area of interest. Recent studies show that students who participate in these programs are more likely to go on to receive a college degree and have an easier time adjusting to the rigors of college level coursework. With that said, however, it is vital that parents, students, and schools work as a team to develop a comprehensive student academic plan. Such a plan will help determine to what degree dual-enrollment fits each individual student’s needs and future plans. An academic plan cannot be started too early! College planning begins in middle school, if not earlier. Now I’m not suggesting that 6th graders commit to a college major or career path to pursue - students should have the freedom to explore all possibilities. But parents

and educators should build pathways early for students to achieve their dreams. For example, a 6th grader may not know they want to pursue an engineering degree, but if they show a strength in mathematics, they should be given opportunities to develop this talent. If, as a senior, this student decides to apply to a top engineering university, they will need Calculus (or AP Calculus) completed in high school. Working backwards from this goal will create an academic plan for AP Calculus in 12th grade, Pre-calculus in 11th grade, and so on – back to Pre-algebra in 6th grade. The same planning holds true for dualenrollment – it must be included as part of a student’s overall academic plan. Look for subjects or career paths your high school student has an interest in. Then, explore what is offered in that area via dual-enrollment that is not offered at your high school. Enrolling in dual-enrollment courses in several academic areas may help a student narrow down their interests. For students already focused on a major or particular college or university, research what dual-enrollment courses are applicable and will transfer. Most importantly, discuss with your child their interests and future dreams and work with their school to develop a plan to achieve them. An early academic plan ensures opportunities later. Don’t wait until it’s time to apply for college to actually plan for it – build the path early!



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Planning For College

Kirk Marske Director- Career Cruising Quad Cities

The decision to attend college may be an easy one to make for some students but deciding which college to attend can be complicated process. Many factors must be considered, and usually several decision-makers are involved in the college search. The college search process is a marathon, not a sprint, and most college-bound students are well into college planning during their junior year of high school. These students usually visit colleges and universities in the spring and summer as part of the information gathering process. College applications can be submitted in the fall of their senior year and families can apply for financial aid beginning January 1. For families pursuing a college education for a student, good communication is essential. In most cases, the student does not select their college of choice without the input of their parents or other decision-makers in their life. Career Cruising Quad Cities (CCQC) can improve college search communication for families. The student’s Plan can be a centralized source of information, accessible to parents, mentors, and other decision-makers. A student can research education information in Career Cruising Quad Cities, save important and relevant information to their Plan, and share that information with others. The other decision-makers will have on-going access to the student’s Plan,

providing a convenient way to stay updated on the progress of the college search. CCQC has a comprehensive Education section with profiles for colleges and universities in all 50 states. Students can also use the Compare Schools tool to put college profiles side by side to easily see how schools of interest stack up against one another. And, CCQC’s career profiles connect directly to schools offering programs supporting that occupation – seeing that connection makes it easier to get on a pathway to the career of interest. All of this information can be saved to a student’s Plan and the student can make this information available to those mentoring their college search using the Share My Plan tool. CCQC also has helpful information for those supporting a college student financially. The Financial Aid section has a comprehensive tutorial on all financial aid topics. This information is shared through guides, on-line videos, and articles. There is also a Financial Aid Selector that helps students locate scholarships related to their own background and experience. Using CCQC as a central base for college search information can benefit any family, but it can be especially helpful to families where the decision-makers are frequently away from the student’s home - military families, parents who travel for their job, and those going through a divorce or separation. To learn more about how students use CCQC and for details on how students can share their Plan, visit www. Career Cruising Quad Cities is a web-based career exploration program administered by Junior Achievement of the Heartland in partnership with The Moline Foundation.

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For the health of mothers and babies Saturday, May 10, 2014 • 8:00 a.m. • Modern Woodman Park • Davenport, IA

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Raising Preeclampsia Awareness The Shelly Bridgewater Dreams Foundation

John Warner had never heard of preeclampsia. That is until it took his daughter’s life, and ultimately gave the last nine years of his life a new purpose. In January 2005, 25-year-old Shelly Warner Bridgewater died due to complications related to preeclampsia – exactly one week after giving birth to her first child, Hailey. Shelly was an elementary school teacher, tennis coach, and by all accounts, the life of the party. Preeclampsia is a high blood pressure disorder in pregnancy that affects 1 in 10 expecting mothers in the United States. That means, out of the 4 million births every year approximately 400,000 pregnancies are affected by preeclampsia. Yet, many women and families who have not been affected by the disease have never heard of it. Since their daughter’s death, John and his wife Brenda Warner have worked tirelessly to increase awareness to prevent other families from experiencing such a devastating loss. After years of raising money for national groups, the Warners decided to do more for the local community. In 2013, the Warners partnered with the University of Iowa Foundation to establish the Shelly Bridgewater Dreams Foundation. This allows funds to remain local, and be used for other maternal complications, in additional to preeclampsia. The proceeds will benefit the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology to support education, awareness, patient advocacy, and research for women’s health and pregnancy-related diseases. John’s unwavering activism was a way for him to honor Shelly’s life. Now, it’s also a way for his family of followers to commemorate his. On February 16, 2014, John died suddenly of a heart attack. Determined to keep his legacy alive, his loved ones have found the strength to move forward by keeping John’s

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example in mind: allow tragedy to inspire action. The Shelly Bridgewater Dreams Foundation team is excited to announce the first annual SBDF Dreams Walk. The event will be held on Saturday, May 10th at Modern Woodman Park in Davenport, IA. In addition to the walk, there will be a variety of fun, family-friendly activities, such as a face paint booth, games, bounce house, and more. The same volunteers that have helped John plan preeclampsiarelated walks in the past are organizing the 2014 Dreams Walk. The foundation’s mission to keep mothers and babies healthy was and always will be driven by John’s passion to make a difference. Join us on May 10th to make a difference – walk among survivors, and for those who can’t; walk to pay tribute to Shelly’s life and continue to John’s mission. “If we can save or prevent one family from experiencing what we did, it’ll be worth it.” – John Warner.

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lower cost of e-cigarettes and the belief that they are less toxic than cigarettes. Among all of the alternative tobacco products, e-cigarettes are the least regulated, which makes them a unique concern. The key difference between conventional cigarettes and e-cigarettes is that e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco. It is not just the tobacco in cigarettes that causes cancer. Conventional cigarettes contain a laundry list of chemicals that are proven toxic, and e-cigarettes have some of these same chemicals. Another danger is the nicotine because it is what people become addicted to and keeps them coming back for more. While most tobacco users know that they are addicted to the nicotine, many do not realize that nicotine can be just as addictive as heroin or cocaine. And, it causes more death and disease than all other addictions combined. The dictionary definition of a poison is a substance that causes injury, illness, or death. In its pure form, nicotine is a strong poison. A small dose of pure nicotine, injected directly into the bloodstream could kill a person within one hour. The truth is there is no safe form of tobacco product. The best way to remain healthy is to never start smoking or using any other kind of tobacco product. Talk to your kids/ teens about the dangers of tobacco and nicotine products. If you need help starting that conversation “like� us on Facebook at: or visit our web page at If you are ready to quit tobacco increase your chances by logging on to www. iowa or by calling 1.800.QUIT.NOW.

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Some practical advice on eating more fruits and vegetables Troy Stark, D.C. Palmer Chiropractic Clinics

The winds of nutritional science are always changing. From day to day, something like vitamin E can be recommended for preventing degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s one day, to showing no positive health effects the next. Nutritional information has become murky, to say the least, but there is one time-tested nutritional adage that we can rely upon. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Yet, getting plenty of fruits and vegetables into our diets can be a daunting task. Consuming plenty of fruits and vegetables can collide with our busy lives, especially with the temptation of fast and processed foods. We know that we need to consume more whole and fresh food, so how do we reconcile our busy lives with the nutritional needs of our bodies? One easy and delicious way is with whole food shakes. I decided to buy one of the specialty blenders that are specifically designed for making whole food shakes. I was lucky enough to find one of the blenders on sale and purchased one. When reading the instruction manual and searching for more information online, it became clear that this special blender could be a wonderful solution for me as well as for my patients who want to eat more fruits and

vegetables prepared in a delicious and easy way. It’s fast, easy to use and clean, and for those who don’t like vegetables, it can hide vegetables in a delicious, nutrientrich smoothie. Unlike juicing machines, these blenders leave all the food’s natural fiber in the shake. There are plenty of recipes available, but simple experimentation is just as useful in making healthy and delicious shakes. An apple or an orange with spinach or kale makes a great base for the shake. Then add protein powder, frozen fruit, olive or coconut oil and any type of nut, like walnuts or almonds, for healthy fats and fiber. The great thing about these blenders is that they create a shake with a silky, smooth texture. It’s impossible to tell that there’s spinach or kale in the shake because they are so well blended. So, even if you are a person who dislikes vegetables, you can sneak some into your diet. There are many advantages of eating more fruits and vegetables. One big bonus is that you consume less calories while still feeling full, which can help with losing or maintaining weight. Increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables can help lower blood pressure and also is associated with lower risks of certain types of cancer and heart disease. You could even experience higher energy levels as your body has the fuel it needs to run more efficiently and effectively. There really is no downside to this easy and delicious way to consume more fruits and vegetables. Your body will thank you for it.

Who takes care of you? The Palmer Clinics welcome Troy Stark, D.C., to our team of board certified chiropractic physicians. Dr. Stark grew up in the Quad Cities and has been an integral member of the Arts community since 1999. As a current member of the QC Music Guild Board of Directors, Dr. Stark values the impact the Arts make in the community and in life. • Palmer graduate • Focused on improving wellness through chiropractic care & nutrition • Palmer techniques, Gonstead, Thompson, Flexion-Distraction, Activator Methods

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Sports Eye Safety John Frederick, M.D.

examination techniques and equipment to assess the extent of the injury. Symptoms that should prompt immediate attention include loss of vision, pain in or around the eye, double vision, persistent flashes of light, floaters or shadows in the vision, or numbness in the cheek or teeth on the injured side. Athletes can now choose from various types of sturdy, lightweight, effective and fashionable eyewear. And when they have polycarbonate lenses and have been properly fitted by an eye care professional, eyewear does not hinder performance and can prevent 90 percent of sports eye injuries. Basketball, football, hockey and baseball aren’t the only sports that contribute to the thousands of eye injuries suffered each year. Soccer, tennis, golf and water sports also are dangerous to the eyes. Each of these sports require a different type of protective eyewear, so see an Eye M.D. or other eye care professional for eyewear appropriate for your sport. Most sporting leagues don’t require their young athletes to wear eye protection, yet when they do, the occurrence of eye injuries is greatly reduced. So, until mandatory eye protection comes to your child’s sporting league, it’s up to you to lobby for and protect your young athlete. Some professionals, including NBA All-Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, UCLA Bruins basketball player Reeves Nelson, and NFL Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson, have already gotten the message - sports eye protection doesn’t hinder performance, it protects eyes and careers. Whatever your game, whatever your age, protect your eyes with appropriate protective eyewear. Dr. Frederick, with Eye Surgeons Associates, is board-

The long-term benefits of playing sports are clear and America’s favorite pastimes make great memories for many. But for more than 40,000 athletes, those memories are ruined by eye injuries, the vast majority of which were preventable. Athletes need to choose protective eyewear because eye injuries can be devastating - not just career ending, but life changing. Eye injuries are one of the leading causes of visual impairment in children. Baseball/softball injuries are quite common and may cause serious harm to the eye. Helmets are worn to prevent head injury, but often won’t protect the eyes. Fortunately, we have fairly good natural protection afforded by the facial bones that surround the eye called the orbit (or eye socket). These bones are designed to absorb impact and shield the eye from harm. After a direct impact, such as from a thrown or batted ball, the orbital bones may fracture. Children can also end up with injuries ranging from abrasions of the cornea and bruises of the lids to internal eye injuries such as retinal detachments and internal bleeding. Unfortunately, some of these athletes end up with permanent vision loss and blindness. With any type of eye injury it may be difficult to assess the amount of damage from an external certified with a fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology. He practices examination. Anyone with a blow to the eye or surrounding at our offices in Bettendorf, Iowa and Rock Island and Silvis, Illinois. area should be evaluated urgently. Your eye doctor has special For more information, please see our website:

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Preventing Low Back Pain from Golf Nicole Norton, MSPT,PT

Low back pain represents one of the most common and costly diagnosis that the healthcare professionals manage. Golf injuries to the low back are the most common problems to both the professional and recreational golfer. The most common back injuries from golf include: muscle strains, joint injury and disc injury. A back injury results from too much stress placed on the spine, usually when the body does not perform the correct biomechanics through the golf swing. During the golf swing, eight times your body weight is forced through your spine as you make contact with the ball. Poor body mechanics and/or a weak core make you more prone to a back injury. Maintaining good core strength and good flexibility will lead to improved body mechanics and give you the most power through your swing and the least possibility of causing injury. The nature of the golf swing is inherently unhealthy for the spine. Forward flexion combined with rotation creates stresses throughout the spinal structures including the discs, the joints between each vertebra, the muscles and the ligaments connecting the vertebra to each other. A healthy back and injury prevention starts with proper awareness, core strength, warm-up and training. Proper warm-up is important to get your back loosened and ready to golf. Movement based dynamic warm-up stretches are important to prepare your back for the stresses of the golf game. A daily stretching program is essential to maintain good flexibility. Core strength is derived from the abdominals, the glutes and the lower back muscles. To stabilize the spine and minimize the

stresses placed on the back during a golf swing these muscles must be in good condition. To avoid back pain and injury, golfers will benefit from core strengthening and a golf specific training program. A well trained physical therapist is able to identify skeletal and muscle imbalances and give you correct golf specific stretching and strengthening exercises to improve body mechanics and overall conditioning specific for golf. Correct posture and muscle balance will enable you to get into the proper positions required to swing the golf club effectively. The knowledgeable therapy staff at Plaza Physical Therapy can help diagnose an injury and can also provide strengthening programs to help strengthen your core strength to improve your body mechanics and conditioning for golf or whatever your sport may be. Plaza Physical Therapy will be offering a no cost back pain screening on May 22nd at our Dexter Court office (3385 Dexter Court Suite 301, Davenport, IA) from 4PM-6PM. Let us help you get back into the game, back to work and back to life. To schedule a time slot for the screening or for an evaluation with a therapist, please call 563.344.6645.

NO COST BACK PAIN SCREENING Do you suffer from back pain? Does back pain limit your daily activities and life? If these symptoms describe you, meet with Plaza Physical Therapy therapists for a no cost evaluation and to learn about core strengthening programs to build your core strength.

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Senior Lifestyles

I’m Not Old Enough for CASI

people hear the word senior and automatically flash to images of grandma sitting in a wheelchair under an afghan, knitting. At CASI, our view is I’m Not  Old  Enough  for  CASI   a bit different. Think again! The Center for We have adopted a less common yet more Active Seniors, Inc. (CASI) is   accurate definition of today’s senior. Our seniors many things. It is a fitness center, hink  again!    The  Center  for  Active  Seniors,  Inc.  (CASI)  is  many  things.    It  is  a  fitness  center,  it  is  a  café,  it   are those adults age 50 and older who are looking it is a café, it is a library, it is a a  library,  it  is  a  dance  hall,  it  is  a  place  of  respite  and  learning  and  at  times  it  is  even  a  bar.    Some  of  the   for a place to socialize, volunteer, be engaged in dance hall, it is a place of respite ings  it  is  not,  however,  are  a  retirement  home,  a  gymnasium  or  your  typical  “senior  center”.       fun activities and stay active among people their and learning and at times it is even own age. adheres to a comprehensive ofserved   the things is not,source  of  activities,  information,   or  over  4a 0  ybar. ears,  Some CASI  has   as  the  it premier   referral  CASI and  advocacy   wellness model that provides access to activities however, are a retirement home, r  seniors  in  the  Quad  Cities.    Yet,  very  few  know  what  exactly  CASI  is  AND  even  fewer  see  themselves   and services throughout the age spectrum based a gymnasium your  “old  enough”   to  join.    Most  or people   hear  typical the  word  senior  and  automatically   flash   to  images   of   and interest. andma  s“senior itting  in  acenter”.  wheelchair  under  an  afghan,  knitting.    At  CASI,  our  view  on is  aneed  bit  different.   For over 40 years, CASI has served as the Socialization- At CASI, we offer over e  have  apremier dopted  a  less   common   et  more  accurate   definition  oreferral f  today’s  senior.    Our  activities seniors  are  each those   year providing the ideal 10,000 source of yactivities, information, dults  age  and 50  and   older  who  for are  seniors looking  for   place  Quad to  socialize,   volunteer,   e  engaged   fun  activities   forin  those seeking ways to remain active advocacy ina  the Cities. Yet, boutlet nd  stay  avery ctive  among   p eople   t heir   o wn   a ge.     C ASI   a dheres   t o   a   c omprehensive   w ellness   m odel   their community. Regularly few know what exactly CASI is AND even and engaged in that   ovides  afewer ccess  to  see activities   a nd   s ervices   t hroughout   t he   a ge   s pectrum   b ased   o n   n eed   a nd   i nterest.   themselves as “old enough” to join. Most offered activities include: • Zumba • Yoga CASI  Wellness  Model   • Tai Chi • Line Dancing • Card Clubs • Bingo • Billiards Health & Wellness- CASI Socializa[on   has partnered with Genesis Health  &  Wellness   Health System, Unity Point Advocacy   Health-Trinity, Walgreen’s Intensive  Services   and several independent providers to offer onsite health and wellness activities. These activities include: Laura L. Kopp, MS President/CEO Center for Active Seniors, Inc. (CASI)


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• Blood pressure checks • Foot Clinics • Flu Shots • Reflexology • Chiropractic services • SHIIP (Senior Health Insurance Information Program)-CASI is a state designated SHIIP site. Advocacy- Our Master’s level social workers, provide information, referral and light touch case management services to seniors free of charge. Funded through Milestone’s Area Agency on Aging, Scott County, the City of Davenport and the United Way, the Advocacy program assists thousands of seniors each year in accessing resources and remaining healthy and independent in their homes for as long as possible. Intensive ServicesOur intensive services such as Jane’s Place are geared towards providing a higher of level of care for those in need. Jane’s Place is an Adult Day Program, certified by the Iowa Department of Inspection and Appeals, which provides respite services to individuals diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer’s. If you think you are “old enough” for what CASI has to offer, give us a call today! We’d be happy to show you what it means to be a senior! QC Family Focus - May 2014


LivWell Seniors Rhonda Halterman

Human nature can be a funny thing. One constant that we, as humans, can be assured of is change. Change is inevitable, and we know it; and yet, instead of embracing change, it is often our human nature to fight against it, push it away, or ignore it in hopes that change will move on to another. Why is this? One of the most commonly cited reasons is that change – even some of life’s positive changes – can feel stressful and overwhelming. We tend to find comfort in our seemingly stable or secure environment, even when that environment may limit our day-to-day activities, interaction with others, or our general wellbeing and quality of life. This is especially true for older adults or their families who are contending with decisions that may involve a life-impacting change in the living environment. Here are some common factors to consider in determining if your loved one is at risk: • Poor nutrition • Isolation • Medication management • Frequent falls • Inability to drive • Forgetfulness As parents age and begin to lose their ability to care for themselves on an independent basis, many of us are left with worry, concern, fear, indecision and frustration. How do we best address the issue of home care or assisted living when it comes to our parents? What about the cost? What if distance is a concern? When is the right time to make decisions? How can we learn about the various social service resources in our community? What am I forgetting to do? Here are a few pertinent facts regarding families and elder care: •M  ore than 25% of American families are involved in elder/parent care. • $ 34 billion/year is lost in employee productivity due to eldercare responsibility. • 4 4% of Americans between the ages of 45 and 56 have both aging parents and children under the age of 21. They’re called the “sandwich generation,” facing needs of parents and children at the same time. There is help available through LivWell Seniors, a Quad Cities based company that understands the stress associated with life-changing decisions. LivWell Seniors’ Senior Resource Specialists serve as personal and professional advocates working closely with 44

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the family to navigate the broad network of senior resources that include senior living communities, relocation and downsizing services, real estate professionals, and other resources. LivWell Seniors community based resources offers comprehensive services that are 100% FREE to seniors and their families. My greatest joy comes when those families that I have assisted express to me that I have given them a renewed sense of hope and the guidance that they really needed to get through this journey. For more information about the resources offered by LivWell Seniors, call Rhonda Halterman (563) 265-1553 or Monte Schwartz (563)340-4781 or (319)322-8582. Or visit our website at www.

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Two common reasons for hearing loss in adults are age-related changes and noiseinduced hearing damage. While we have not found the “fountain of youth” for your ears there are some things that you can do to have the healthiest hearing possible. First let’s talk about noise. Our world is certainly a noisy place! The loudness of a sound is measured in decibels (or dB). Sounds in the 0-10 dB range are the softest sounds the human ear can hear. Normal conversation averages about 60 dB. When sound reaches 85 dB or louder it can begin to cause permanent damage to your hearing. The amount of time you are exposed to a sound also makes a difference. For example, a sound at 85 dB may take as long as 8 hours to cause permanent damage, while a sound a 100 dB can start damaging the inner ear after only 30 minutes of listening. Very loud sounds of 115 dB or more (ex: shotgun fire) can damage hearing instantly. If you work or have hobbies or leisure activities in noisy environments, protecting your hearing with earplugs or earmuffs is highly recommended. A very general rule of thumb is that if you have to shout to be heard, the noise level may be damaging to

your ears. Today’s technology has made it even easier to estimate sound levels; If you have a smart phone there are many free “sound level meter” apps available. The next time you are at a loud concert, you can spot-check the sound level! If it is over 85-90 dB, it might be wise to use that hearing protection! Age-related hearing loss (or presbycusis) may not be entirely preventable…unless you find that fountain of youth we mentioned! The best thing we can do to prevent this type of hearing loss is to keep our bodies healthy. Some recent studies have reported higher rates of hearing loss in smokers, diabetics and those who are obese. As always, talk to your physician regarding any health care concerns including hearing loss. Consider seeing an Audiologist for a hearing test if you are noticing changes in your hearing, have significant noise exposure or just want to establish a baseline.

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Healthy Aging Tips for Active Older Adults

Rennee Schwartz Group Fitness Director Livestrong at the YMCA Project Manager

May is Older Americans Month, and as a leading nonprofit dedicated to improving the nation’s health and well-being, the Scott County YMCA offers the following tips to encourage older adults in the QC area to live healthier lives. 1. Have fun with your food. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring! Have fun with your fruits and vegetables by trying them fresh, frozen or canned. Find a new recipe that uses a different source of protein or find a way to incorporate fish or beans into an old favorite. Remember as you age, it’s important to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat or fatfree dairy and lean meats to help your body get the necessary nutrients. 2. Fill up on fiber and potassium, hold the salt. As you age, your body needs more fiber rich foods to help it stay regular. Aim for a variety of colorful foods on your plate (i.e. fruits and veggies) to keep fiber rich foods a part of your diet. Additionally, increasing potassium along with reducing sodium or salt may lower your risk of high blood pressure. Fruits, vegetables and low-fat or fat-free milk and yogurt are good sources of potassium. 3. Tweak your routine. To get the recommended 30

minutes of daily physical activity, change your routine to 10-minute sessions throughout the day. For example, stand on one foot while brushing your teeth to increase balance, and do squats while washing dishes to increase strength. To increase your cardio, take the stairs instead of the elevator or park farther from the entrance to work. When sitting in front of the TV, march during commercials or do some light stretching to break up sitting for long periods. 4. Get social. Socialization is an important part of aging. As we get older, it’s important to be active socially to stay healthy. Take a walk with a friend or a neighbor, join a book club or volunteer at your local pet shelter or local Y. Being connected to the community keeps you healthy! 5. Take a snooze. It’s important to get seven, but no more than nine hours of sleep at night to keep you healthy. A lack of sleep has been associated with elevated cholesterol and blood pressure. To help get those necessary hours of sleep, leave mobile devices in another room, not in the bedroom. Digital distractions can disrupt your sleep. For more information on how your family can live a healthy, active life, visit www.



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Senior Star at Elmore Place In Honor of Older Americans Month May 2014 … Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow. Senior Star is Pleased to Invite Quad Cities’ Older Americans for Lunch and a Tour!

Senior Star at Elmore Place is opening its doors to the community for lunch every Wednesday during the month of May! You may have seen the Senior Star at Elmore Place chefs on the WQAD-ABC mid-day news or KWQC-NBC Paula Sands Live featured for both their healthy cooking and creating foods with flair. The community is taking note of Senior Star’s exciting, new food service program designed to wow residents with exceptional presentation, flavor and nutrition that meets the needs of those at all levels of care. What better way to experience the hype than by tasting the food on your own and touring their lovely community? Please join them for an afternoon lunch on the house at Senior Star on Wednesdays during the month of May. They have talented chefs who are interested in having the Quad Cities “taste” and experience the flavor of Senior Star. They will also provide valuable information on ways to be safe today and healthy tomorrow and … a door prize will be awarded.

What: L  unch and a Tour at Senior Star at Elmore Place Who: Open to the public Where: 4 500 Elmore Avenue, Davenport, IA 52807 When: From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 7: Quick Tips on Serving Healthy and Tasty Meals May 14: Maintaining Brain Health May 21: The Benefits of the Arthritis Foundation’s Aquatic Program May 28: The Health Benefits of Laughter

Please make your lunch reservation by calling 563.359.0100 the Monday prior to the Wednesday’s lunch you wish to attend. Space is limited to 20 guests per day on a first-come, firstserved basis, so make your reservations early. Make sure to watch for more information this summer as part of an ongoing community dining program. For more information about Senior Star at Elmore Place or to schedule a tour, call 563.359.0100 or visit the website at


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Your Most Important Decision

Curtis Ford Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP

Many people are under the impression that the most important decisions you make in your estate plan are decisions regarding the distribution of assets upon death. If you have minor children, however, the most important decision you make in your estate plan will likely be nominating a guardian for those children. As a parent, you undoubtedly worry about what would happen to your children should a tragic accident or illness take you away from them. While you may not be able to control the future, you can plan for all possibilities through a well though-out estate plan. Your Last Will and Testament, for example, allows you to do much more than just gift assets. In your Will you can nominate a guardian for your minor children should both parents be unable to care for the children at some point in time. Ultimately a court will have to decide who to appoint as guardian of your children should the need arise at some point in the future. If that does occur, the only opportunity you have to influence that decision is a nomination in your Will. The judge charged with appointing a guardian will usually give your choice of guardian considerable weight when making the decision. Because of the importance of the decision you make regarding a guardian, you should take the time to give the matter a great deal of thought before reaching a decision. Some things to consider include: • Relationship – does your choice of guardian already have an existing

relationship with your children that would help ease the transition? • Geography – if your guardian lives close, or is willing to relocate, that will help your children adjust during an already stressful time. • Capacity – does your guardian have the maturity and stability to raise your children? • Finances – your guardian should already be financially stable and you should provide as much funds as possible in your estate plan to help cover the cost of raising your children. • Philosophies – does your guardian share your parenting philosophies and religious views? • Desire –never assume someone is willing to accept the nomination. Always sit down and discuss the matter with them before you nominate them in your Will. Even a family member or close friend might not really be willing to accept the job and while it may not be what you want to hear now it’s better to know now than for the court to find out later. Once you have decided on a guardian, be sure to sit down with your estate planning attorney and incorporate your selection into your estate plan.

Nash Nash Bean & Ford are members of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. To receive a copy of our most recent newsletter “Your Estate Matters” or for a free consultation on Estate or Long Term Care Planning, call 800-6445345, email or visit our website at, where you may also link to our blog and Facebook page. The firm devotes its practice primarily in the areas of estate, business and tax planning and related areas of the law, as well as elder law and trust administration and probate. We offer guidance and advice to our clients in every area of estate planning. This column is designed for general information purposes only, and is not intended, nor should be construed or relied upon, as legal advice. Please consult your attorney if specific legal information is desired.

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Thistles and Flowers

Sandwiched: Part I

David W. Deuth, CFSP Owner / Funeral Director David W. Deuth, President Weerts Funeral Home of Weerts Funeral Home caring forabout someone – an You’re There’s no doubt it. The winter elderly parent, perhaps along of 2013-14 will goDeuth, into –theand history books David W. President of the Weerts Funeral Home way, you’re getting quite an education. as one of the harshest ever recorded – here You’re caring for someone – an throughout thedeal QCA andhard most everywhere With a great of work elderly parent, perhaps – and alongand the else ason well. way, you’re quite been an education. sacrifice your getting part, you’ve able to aingreat deal ofbut hard and With One can’t own helphome. notice that keep them their Orwork perhaps sacrifice on your part, you’ve been able numerous trees throughout the Quad they’re living in YOUR home. One wayto keep them their own home. Or perhaps Cities – it’s andinall evergreens in particular – or another, worked out OK. Until they’re living in YOUR home. One way have not weathered our harsh winter now.orJust in case you’re wondering ... another, it’s Large all worked OK. Until verynot wellalone. at all. brownout patches are you’re now. Just in case you’re wondering ... abundantly evident and, in many cases, you’re not alone. According to a 2009 AARP survey, the entire tree or shrub appears to have been lost. We’re hopeful, According to amillion 2009 AARP survey, “…more 42 Americans provide family as“…more many than of you must be,million that some of our trees and shrubs will than 42 Americans provide family caregiving for an adult who needs help with daily activities”. regain their fullness of health beauty before autumn! caregiving for an adult who and needs help with daily activities”. The same survey “…an 61.6 million have to indicates admit thatthat I’m agonizing over the thought of TheIsame survey indicates that “…anadditional additional 61.6 million people provide at least some care during the year.” having removeatany of the affected ones ifthe they don’t rebound; peopletoprovide least some care during year.” Allfond at same time, so intense has role I’m of greenery. The early challenge, I’ve decided,role will Allthe at the the same time, so intense hasthe the care-giving care-giving for parent(s) become thatyou youmay may actually be losing for be your parent(s) become beaffected losing to your determine which treesthat and shrubs are actually irrevocably sight ofultimately another primary responsibility: your own and be removed . . . and which onesown may family. actually sight ofmust another primary responsibility: your family. Your kids your nest“home”, “home”, whether have enough essential root system and storedwhether nutrientstoddlers to have Your kids maymay stillstill callcall your nest toddlers orpotential high-schoolers or anything in between. They need your the to beoreffectively revived. or high-schoolers anything in between. They need your your guidance, your attention, your84affection...and time, During a recent drive along route between the your Quad time, your guidance, your attention, your affection...and your resources. Cities and Savanna, Illinois, I commented to Linda how resources. You’re not alone here, either. Whether you know it or absolutely amazing ithere, isfor that such Whether large treesyou have grown You’re not alone either. know itout or not, if you’re caring a parent (or other relative) AND ofcaring nothing but rock along this scenic roadway . . . and how, by for (or financially supporting) your children, you’re not,comparison, if you’re some caringotherwise for a parent (or other relative) AND healthy planted inwho the good among a rapidly growing numbershrubs ofyour Americans find caring for (or financially supporting) children, soils of our own yard are not looking nearly as healthy asyou’re some themselves sandwiched between their responsibilities and among rapidly growing of Americans who find ofthe theagenerations trees that have grownnumber from nothing but a rock to whom they’re responsible. Nobed! surprise, themselves sandwiched between their responsibilities and then,Allthat kinds otherwise, will you of aregood nowallegory, identifiedBiblical as one and of the “Sandwich the generations to whom they’re responsible. No surprise, then, that you are now identified as one of the “Sandwich

Sandwiched: Part I

Generation”. As the Sandwich Generation numbers continue to grow certainly affirm that there is good truth in the notion of a couple new varieties of “sandwiches” have been added to planting things in good soil. Proper soil. And yet, as our Generation”. the menu: recent harsh winter Generation has clearlynumbers demonstrated, there are As the Sandwich continue to grow, • Club Sandwich: those injusttheir 50s orof60s sandwiched factors extending far beyond the quality soil that a couple new varieties of “sandwiches” have been added to between agingfor parents, children grandchildren become the tree adult or shrub or plantand to thrive ... the menu:necessary or those in their 30s and 40s, with young children, sometimes even those survive. theor significant drought aging • or Club Sandwich: inConsider their 50s 60s sandwiched parents and grandparents. before theaging winter, the extremely cold and temperatures and between parents, adult children grandchildren, or those Faced: in frost theiranyone 30s and 40s,involved withsalt young children, aging • Open in elder care. deep-driven line, the else extensive and other roadway parents grandparents. corrosives splashed of upon the plants and trees from Theandbeing implications being “sandwiched” can range • passing Open anyone else involved in elder care. vehicles. get the idea. Environment from Faced: minor to You positively overwhelming – also one plays of the mos The implications of being range asignificant critical role of for which the plant to grow and can survive. can be “sandwiched” inand thethrive realm. As the from minor to positively overwhelming –financial oneofof the most economy So as I’ve pondered the difficult decision whether or to cos continues to tighten and things continue significant of which can be in the financial realm. As the not to remove some to of my shrubs don’tfinding look so that healthy more and more, many seniors are – despite economy continues tighten andthat things continue to cost these days, you might imagine my pause taken upon reading more and more, seniors areretirement finding thatplanning – despite everything thatmany felt like proper 20 year this quoteproper from the quiet introspections of everything feltpossible like retirement planning years ago lesser-known – it isthat very to outlive your money20today. Abraham Lincoln: it said of memoney by those who knew ago – it is very possible to outlive today. Now that“I want the issue isyour identified and even has it me best,Now that Ithat always plucked aidentified thistle andand planted a flower the issue is even has its own name, what are the workarounds? Do good solution where I thought flower grow.” Do good solutions own name, whataare the would workarounds? for those The answers exist for those who “sandwiched”? to theseto these exist Not that it’swho atare allare fair“sandwiched”? to compareThe ouranswers winter-ravaged questions vary, to sure, be sure, amind one-size-fits-all solution i questions vary, be aand one-size-fits-all solution is ailing trees andto shrubs toand thistles, you; not at all. certain folly. The approach is always seek and obtain certain folly. The bestbest approach is always to seek obtain Rather, my contemplation from this slice oftoand Lincoln’s good, qualified professional advice forqualifier your setby of set o good, qualified professional advice for particular your particular wisdom has focused more upon the he chose circumstances . . .. because if your planning doesn’t do whatdo wha circumstances . I. thought because if your planning doesn’t addendum: “where a flower would grow.” need itAt to dodo when need itI decided doitwhat youworth GOT itGOT to do,it it’s need endwhen ofyou theyou day,need it’s that it the to do what younoting to do, it’ about like having no plan at all. trees can grow from rocks. And thistles seem to pop up just about like having no plan at all. Next month, we’ll take a closer look at one particular aboutNext anywhere. we’ll take a closer look at one particula scenario thatmonth, we’re beginning to see more frequently among scenario But sometimes, asbeginning Lincoln has aptly reminded it’s among thatbeing we’re see more those who are sandwiched. Ittomight be anfrequently eye us, opener entirely up toare us being to pluck the thistles and plant the for some. Remember Well. those who sandwiched. It might be flowers an eye opene . . . wherever we think the flowers would grow. Remember Statistics Source: for some. Remember Well.

Well. David W. Deuth, CFSP, is a funeral director and the owner Statistics Source: DavidFuneral W. Deuth, CFSP, is a funeral director and is the He ownercan of Weerts Home in of Weerts Home in Davenport. be Funeral reached at Davenport and RiverBend Cremation andCFSP, Citiesis Peta Cremation in Bettendorf. He can and be reached David W. Deuth, funeral director the owne 563.424.7055 by atQuad at 563.424.7055 or byor email atemail

of Weerts Funeral Home in Davenport. He can be reached a 563.424.7055 or by email at

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