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Senior Lifestyle


Mother’s Day Gift Guide

The Magic of




Making your house sparkle

Faith &Heart

JoAnn Gieselman






21st Annual



EVENT INFORMATION Hosted and organized by: Kelly’s Country Club 9601 W. Norfolk Ave. Norfolk, NE 68701 402-371-9959

Friday, June 8, 2018 9 a.m. Registration 10 a.m. Shot gun start 18 holes $50/individual $200/foursome Call Kelly’s Country Club to sign-up, donate, or sponsor this event. Includes: prizes, t-shirt, dinner, donation to Mosaic

Where does the money go?

Mosaic provides a life of possibilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities. When funding runs out, Mosaic bridges the gap to provide for our individuals. Funds that come in and get directed to your local agency go to serve our individuals in many ways. Here is what Mosaic has been able to provide our 60+ individuals we serve with our raised funds and partnerships with local businesses:

Spring 2018

1. New eye glasses & wheelchair parts 2. Funding for AED equipment in our two, 24-hour care facilities 3. Wheelchair repair and upgrades 4. Gym memberships 5. Counseling services 6. Groceries 7. A haircut 8. Christmas/Birthday/Easter presents 9. Holiday Dinner celebrations for individuals and their families/guardians 10. A night out: dinner to their favorite restaurant and a movie 11. A new bed 12. Vacation to a dream location or concert tickets to their favorite artist 13. Rides to and from work 14. A new work uniform and much, much more!

Thank you for helping make their dreams come true and for Mosaic to continue to provide our individuals with a “life of possibilities!”


Please call Kelly’s Country Club to make cart arrangements--carts are limited!

8 Fun and Games

Keep your day light, sharpen your mind

Lunch is available for purchase

9 Mother’s Day Gift Guide Ideas to make her day special

12 “Design it” with Purple

Make a statement with this vivid color of the year


14 Easter Message



Remember the reason for the season



Leading with Her Faith and Heart JoAnn Gieselman connects through community


Living a More Elevated Life Benefits to keeping yourself active


Crystal Cafe Reaches Platinum Milestone With Elroy Hefner



The Magic of Simplicity


What is Faith? Looking inside to find meaning

A Roadmap to Achieve and Enjoy Your Happiest Life.


Mission to Haiti A personal journey to change lives


Artist Todd Williams “John G. Neihardt State Historical Site”, Cumming County

30 Mosaic

People helping others with disabilities

32 Whimsical Colors Sing in the Garden Explore the magical world created by the Hanner’s

34 Passion and Quilting

Creating joy one stitch at a time for Veterans 3



From the Publisher’s Desk


PUBLISHER EDITOR IN-CHIEF Judith Stanton Editor Louise Paskey Graphic Design Jessica Eriksen


Senior Lifestyle Advantage, LLC PO Box 33 Laurel, NE 68745


8 Easy Ways to Care for Your Indoor Plants Learn how to keep your plants looking great

38 Today’s Brunches and Pinics

Delicious spring recipes to bring to any occasion

HEALTH AND WELLNESS 46 Isagenix With Bev Lessman

47 Lifestyle Changes and

Endocrinology Care With Siouxland Family Medicine

48 Steps of a Prosthetic Journey Lives intersect for a purpose



50 Osteoporosis

No Longer a “Silent Disease”

51 Say What?

Good Hearing Empowers Us

52 New Cataract Surgery

60 Trends in Senior Living Outdoor Spaces

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62 A Mother’s Love Endures All Things Author of College Survivor

Technologies Are They Worth the Extra Cost?

53 Taking Care of the Little

Things Helping you with your real estate needs

54 Life is a Gift

Get Screened for Cancer

56 Empty Nesting

What does it feel like to be an empty nester?


Heartland Counceling Something goes here

PLUS... 6 Road Trip 44 Travel


Tips that will leave your house sparkling


LIVING BETTER 36 7 Cleaning Tips for Spring

ADVERTISING Judith Stanton E: judystanton@ P: 402-200-9334

Please ask the publisher’s permission before using content for other purposes. Everyone has a story to tell and a talent. What is yours? Senior Lifestyle Advantage magazine is expanding our team and looking for dynamic individuals to assist with writing, photography, design, and story content. If you or someone you know is passionate about the senior industry, we want to hear from you.

Welcome Spring! It is time to make all things new again! The leaves and plants sprout to announce their jubilant return, and colorful flowers reappear to whisk away the monotones of winter. Join us, as we walk through whimsical flower gardens and let the newfound fragrances fill our senses with joy! I am very excited to publish the Spring 2018 issue of Senior Lifestyle Advantage magazine. My hope is that the many inspirational messages conveyed within the covers will empower and inspire you to make a difference in your life, and the lives of others. Our goal is to provide seniors with a positive message through stories of unique travel experiences, personal insight, interviews, healthy recipes, fashion, and true stories of faith. We are “Changing the Way We Think About Aging.” I am very grateful for every person that makes Senior Lifestyle Advantage Magazine possible. Through hard work and dedication, the magazine was voted “Most Engaging” for the second straight year. This not only inspires us to work harder but reinforces our belief that a positive message can connect with the hearts of an audience.

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. Proverbs (11:25) 5

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Calendar of Events

Celebrate your local communities!

Main Street Apothecary & Patefield’s Old Fashioned Soda Fountain

5th Annual Heartland Counseling 4 Person Scramble Golf Tournament

Saturday, April 21, 11 am, start time, registration begins at 9 am. registration begins at 9:00. Covington Links Golf Course 497 Golf Rd., South Sioux City, NE 68776. Contact Heartland Counseling for more information at 402-492-3337

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United Way Women’s Power Lunch

113 East 2nd Street Laurel, NE 68745 402-256-9553 Hair salon, beauty supply store and massage service. Follow us on Facebook

April 25, 2018 10 am - 1:30 pm Delta Hotel Center, 385 East 4th Street, South Sioux City, NE 68776 United Way of Siouxland’s Women’s Power Lunch is an event where women can be nurtured through education, strengthened through empowerment, and valued through friendship. PHOTOS BY SHUTTERSTOCK

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April 14 10:00 am – 5:00 pm April 15 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, UNO’s Baxter Arena 67th & Center Street Omaha, Nebraska You don’t want to miss the 11th Annual Omaha Health Expo. The largest Health Expo in the Region! Omaha Health, Wellness & Fitness Expo – Free Parking & Admission. Exhibitors Reserve Your Space Now! Call Bob Mancuso, Jr. 402-346-8003 email:,

“Colorpalooza” 5K Fun Run/Walk & Community Event June 2, 2018 9 am - 2 pm South Sioux City, Nebraska Colorful 5K fun run/walk, Kid friendly activities.


Expressions Florals & Gifts


June 15 - June 17 Family friendly event for everyone to attend. Birthday bash pool party, craft fair, community picnic, street dances, and parade. Visit for event information


Boomerfest 2018

April 19, 2018, 9 am - 9:30 pm Wayne Auditorium


Laurel, NE Q125 Celebration

Omaha Health Expo 2018

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Kardell’s Auto

Spring 2018


Arbor Day Weekend Celebration

April 27 - April 29 Arbor Day Farm, 2611 Arbor Ave, Nebraska City, NE 68410 Celebrate the tree planter’s holiday right here where it all began at Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City. For event information call 402-873-8717. 7

Mother’s Day

“The first five days after a weekend are always the hardest.” -anonymous


“How do I like my eggs? Ummm in a cake” -anonymous

MOTHER’S DAY, SUNDAY MAY 13, 2018. WE HAVE YOU COVERED! Choose from this wonderful variety of items that your mother will love!

“Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone” -Anthony Burgess

Illuminated gloss has a LED light Missa Sues Salon & Spa

Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday. -Don Marquis

Have you laughed today? HUMOR FOR WORD LOVERS While he was visiting, my father asked for the password to our Wi-Fi.

What is the only manmade object that is observable from the moon?

Be creative and treat mom to a spa day at home with a homemade basket including her favorite lotions and accessories.

In which country would one find 8 of the worlds 10 highest mountains?

“It’s taped under the modem,” I told him. After three failed attempts to log on, he asked, “Am I spelling this right? T-A-P-E-D-U-N-D-E-RT-H-E-M-O-D-E-M?”

Which common word changes its pronounciation when the first letter is capitalized?

Sharon McGinley, Talbott, Tennessee

Readers Digest anonymous



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Which is the most popular drink in the world that does not contain alcohol? Submit your answers by May 1st, 2018 to P.O. Box 33, Laurel, NE 68745 or email to recieve a chance to win a free gift from our mother’s day gift guide.


Retirement is the best thing that has happened to my brother-in-law. “I never know what day of the week it is,” he gloated. “All I know is, the day the big paper comes, I have to dress up and go to church.”

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The decoration that says it all Primatives by Kathy Lancaster, PA


Give the gift of personalization from Etched Impressions & MORE Hartington, NE

Fiesta® 5-pc. Bamboo and Silicone Utensil Set Treat mom to something sweet from “Piece of Cake” in LeMars, Iowa


Calm & Serene are the words that describe the color of the year in 2018.


Ultra Violet was announced 2018 Pantone Color of the Year

What colors swirl into purple? White, red and blue gradually combine to mix beautiful arrays in purple. Update the look of your home with these simple tips. Buy items that will blend with your current style.


Accessorize with pillows, blankets, throws, lamps, floral, & towels to add variety. Complete any room in your home with unique dĂŠcor: include rugs, pictures, wall art, coffee and accent tables, & wall mirrors.

Explore Purple

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Hold on to Jesus by Judith Stanton

Spring is the season for new beginnings! The old slumbers down under and the new green sprigs of grass root up. Cheer is among us while the birds sing sweetly, and the lilies announce their color. Does this sound like Easter? The feeling of Easter may seem commercialized. Maybe you celebrate it by giving baskets of jelly beans, participating in an Easter egg hunt, or visiting the Easter bunny with grandchildren. But how do we hold on to Easter each day? Sin and evil still exist in the world, but there is hope. There wouldn’t be an Easter celebration unless Jesus Christ died first. “When then is my hope, who can see any hope for me?” Job (17:15) Every day of every moment, Jesus reaches out to us and takes us just as we are. He died on the cross for you. It is ok to let go of the pain and hurt of the past.

When the sun rises on Easter morning, you can be assured that Jesus is alive! Because He lives, we have a new tomorrow! “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death is your sting?” “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is law.” “But thanks be to God! For He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians (15: 55-57) God gave us the lilies, animals, and people to love, all things have new life. Let Easter be a joyous occasion for you. Celebrate the resurrection in all its glory together with the people you love! Hold onto Jesus, He will never let you go. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” 1 Peter (1:3)

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“My love for God and serving Him first is always the most important thing in my life.

Dakota County Connections meets the second Thursday of each month. They connect people with the right organizations to provide support for their challenges. There are many focus groups that are part of the DCC where individuals use their expertise to help solve larger community challenges that cannot be answered in one meeting. For example, making sure our youth are safe when school is out (Beyond the Bell); providing parents with resources to deal with behavioral challenges in the home (Parent Child Interactive Therapy classes); or when a family has risks, they have somewhere to turn (Community Response).

My favorite Bible verse is (Romans 8: 38-39); ‘For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor Angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, not things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Jesus Christ our Lord (KJV)’,” shared JoAnn. For the past two years, JoAnn has worked as the Coordinator for Dakota County Connections (DCC), in South Sioux City, Nebraska, through Siouxland Human Investment Partnership.

With JoAnn Gieselman

It has been said that if you can match your passions with your career, then you are right where you need to be. JoAnn Gieselman of South Sioux City, Nebraska, is a perfect example. 16 SLA SPRING 2018

Dakota County Connections is a 501c3 organization, supported by Nebraska Children and Families Foundation. It consists of individuals from the community, agencies, churches, and businesses who work together and practice collective impact. In short, they work together to ensure the communities they live and work in are a better place for all.


Leading with Her Faith and Heart

“My role is to be the backbone of support for Dakota County Connections. My true desire, goal, and motivation in life is to come along side these wonderful people and just provide any encouragement or support they may want/need to help connect them with other people to share resources. People are already doing so many great things in our community, and when we connect and work together, the results are even brighter and provide a more optimistic future for our children, families, and community,” said JoAnn.

“In this wonderful journey of life, I have been so blessed by God to be surrounded by amazing people. These people are always willing and happy to share their gifts and talents to make this a better world and serve their fellow mankind. Over the years, I have experienced many different paths and people, but a common thread has always been the joy of serving others. In my early years, it was through teaching. Today, I get to do it with the collaboration of my community!” exclaimed JoAnn.

When she isn’t assisting the better- So how do such devoted, talented, ment of her community, she enjoys and hard-working family members finally kick back and relax when spending time with her family. they are together? “Serving the Lord is first, but my family is definitely second. I am so “We have fun playing frisbee golf, and we are all amazing at badminblessed with a wonderful, caring, ton. We also have two dogs and hard-working family that loves to love to spend time walking and spend time together any chance we get. Every year we take a family exercising with them.” vacation together. This year we Games are another favorite plan to travel to Denver. I was born there, and we are going to go pastime. When the family gets back and visit family members, see together, they especially enjoy playing 500 and cribbage. Family the sights, and do some climbing. meals are also a great time for My husband, Grant, and I have a son, Matt. Matt is the director of a fellowship. nursing home in Ogalla, NE. He and “When the kids were growing up, his beautiful wife, Jessica, will be I did all I could to arrange things joining us. She is a middle school teacher. Our daughter, Jen, who is around Sunday night dinner. Meat and potatoes, stick to your ribs in her third year of Law School at the University of Iowa, will also be type dinners. We eat more like that when we are all together. If joining us. She did her internship it is just Grant and I at home, it is last summer at the Immigration quickly put together vegetable Court in Omaha,” said JoAnn. 17

“Being active keeps me young at heart,” says Miss Betty. “My philosophy is, go while you can! The years when that’s not a possibility will come faster than you think, so don’t hesitate, go!”

Living a More Elevated Life By Peggy Galloway

dishes. I kind of like the change for a little while,” said JoAnn. Volunteering her time is also important. “Along with the great work of Dakota County Connections, I had the joy of being President of the Optimist Club in South Sioux City last year. This is another group of wonderful leaders that meet every week to sponsor events for youth, community, and each other. They support families facing childhood cancer, provide backpacks with supplies for schools, as well as make sure children have safe bicycles. They give children the opportunity to learn how to fish by hosting a fishing derby, recognize youth for their many accomplishment, and so much more.” Due to her work with DCC and her volunteer work with the Optimist club JoAnn has become a stronger community leader. “I have had the great honor of 18 SLA SPRING 2018

going through a program call Leadership Dakota County. It isled by Pam Miller and supported by many caring leaders throughout the community. They encourage others to lead by example and serve others. Really, all the groups blend together after a while. So many of these wonderful leaders sit on many different boards and organizations that support each other,” said JoAnn. For others searching for a life so rich in meaning and substance, what would JoAnn suggest to help them on their journey? “I believe that all things are possible. It’s about all the people who are doing amazing things. You help people recognize the best way to serve others is with their hearts. I want to thank each one of you for caring so much about our community. All of you are providing mutually reinforcing activities that support our shared

vision and our common agenda. This encourages a joint approach to solving challenges through working together and sharing our resources. I get so excited!

Every morning I get to serve in whatever capacity the Lord leads me to connect with; connect with everyone you meet, because everyone has gifts and talents to serve the Lord.” JoAnn Gieselman

At the young age of 75, Miss Betty purchased a new home all on her own! It’s an exciting, new chapter for her. Her new house is right across the street from her old high school. Every morning she can look out and remember what it was like to go to school there. All of her friends, the school functions (square dance champions that year!) and all of the great times she shared. Those memories always bring a smile to her face. And with her new hometown being the center for the annual Alumni Banquet, she can entertain her old classmates at home. Being very independent, but realistic, she realized it was time to move from her two-story house with 2 ½ acres to a new ranch-style home with just one acre to mow and manage. Being two blocks from her daughter and son-in-law is just icing on the cake. “They do help with things I can’t do myself, but I’m not helpless!” Miss Betty is very active in her church and community. There is always something to do or someone who needs a hand. And while she limits her driving to daytime hours (she does live in deer country!), she doesn’t think twice about loading up the van and going to visit friends and family.

The small Kansas town is nestled between wheat fields and pastures. In the evening, since she lives on the edge of town, she can watch the sun set over the wheat field adjacent to her back yard. “It’s a very slow ‘good night’ as the sun goes down and makes the wheat field glow,” says Miss Betty, “and when the fireflies come out, it’s simply magical. I wouldn’t trade country life for anything.”

American Flags should only be


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called the Diamond Horseshoe, was established in South Sioux City. Elroy and Vern sold the Diamond Horseshoe café in 1996 as construction changed the route of the highway. But, they have stayed with the Crystal Café and its adjoining truck stop.

“My success comes from working with good people and providing quality service. Motorists return to purchase diesel or fuel at the Crystal because our employees stay with us, there is always enjoyable conversation, and great food.”

Crystal Cafe Reaches Platinum Milestone With Elroy Hefner

On a bright spring day, you may hear the echo of a lawnmower on the streets of Coleridge, Nebraska. If you followed the sound, you could end up meeting Elroy Hefner. I ran into him on a crisp morning last spring while he was out mowing the yard. “I enjoy the exercise and the lawn must be mowed. So, I might as well enjoy some fresh air.” A local celebrity, Elroy is a WWII Navy Veteran, former Nebraska State Senator, and recently celebrated his 94th birthday. Elroy is also a business owner with his best friend Vern Hartung. A friendship that still stands firm after 70 years. In 1948, the two partners opened the Crystal Café. This business was expanded in 1954 to form the Crystal Oil Company which operated two truck stops a year later. According to Elroy, “Business is fascinating when you work with good friends.” When the truck stops opened in 20 SLA SPRING 2018

1955, the favorite item on the menu was hotdogs. Today, truckers and customers flock to the Crystal Café for their delicious home cooking and welcoming staff.

“One of our most tenured employees, Patsy Martineck has been with us since she was sixteen.” This isn’t the whole story to Elroy’s success. “Behind all good men are the wives. Carol Hefner and Marge Hartung have had their work cut out for them. The ladies would wash all the white uniforms when we started out. Getting grease out of the hats and uniforms could be challenging.” Laughing out loud and grinning from ear to ear, Elroy’s wife, Carol, took the opportunity to chime in, “that’s when we didn’t know any better.”

Today the Hefner’s and Hartung’s are still best friends. They spend time travelling together, attend conventions, and family celebrations. Elroy and Carol have been married for 68 years. Together, they celebrate their days with their children, grandchildren and friends.

“You can’t get a piece of pie like you can at the Crystal Café within fifty miles of South Sioux City. Fruit and cream pies are the favorite desserts among locals. All our entrees and meals are made fresh.” The Crystal Café was named after Crystal Lake. “There were many trucks backing up near the port of entry by Crystal Lake.” The other truck stop, 21

Some of our most profound moments of happiness come from small, simple moments, like when I took my two children to the Galapagos Islands. This destination is on the bucket list of many people. It is an astounding place with species of plants and animals not found anywhere else on the planet. We spent our days exploring and discovering these unbelievable plants and creatures. We also went snorkeling with manta rays. At one point, we were surrounded by such a large school of bright, yellow tang fish that our entire field of vision was filled with brilliant yellow. tree where we would pick up flat, multi-colored red, orange and yellow leaves from the ground. That was it. Ten minutes at most. Later, we spread those leaves all over the Thanksgiving table, but my kids still say it’s one of their fondest childhood memories.

As incredible as those moments were, the highlight of the trip for me was sitting in the back of the boat each day with both of my children, enjoying a glass of wine. While the sun sank into the horizon, the receding light illuminated our faces. I can still see the glow on the faces of my smiling children. The elation in their voices still echoes in my mind as they recounted the moments of the day. The feeling of intense joy in my heart as we talked and laughed still lingers.

By Mark Jaffe

A Roadmap to Achieve and Enjoy Your Happiest Life

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That was the entire moment: the three of us together, enveloped by magic. Very simple. Extraordinarily powerful. Not all simple moments have to be of utmost intensity to give us happiness. On Thanksgiving morning every year while my kids were growing up, we would drive about a mile down the road to a big maple


The Magic of Simplicity

Sometimes, it is a fleet gladdening of the heart that fades as quickly as it rises. It takes away your breath, only to restore it moments later. I was recently given a large branch of cinnamon that I put in my living room, and every time I walked past I breathed in the cinnamon-flavored air and smiled. The moment can quickly be over, but the happiness is yours to keep and remember forever. “Simple” does not mean “insignificant.” A butterfly alighting on a bench, an aroma wafting from a bakery… these are big deals in the happiness department, but you’ll miss them if you don’t stay present. Here’s what you can do to make a conscious effort to allow simplicity into your life.

Slow down your day. Go take a walk and pause after each step to notice something different — the shape of a tree branch, the smell of ethnic food emanating from a nearby storefront, the sound of children playing, the whisper of grass in a breeze.

experience your world for the next hour or the next day with extra emphasis on that particular sense. For example, on a breezy day it is surprising to hear the multitude of sounds that the wind makes depending upon what is in its path. Listen closely. Appreciate those sounds. If you’re indoors, take off your shoes and socks and feel the soft carpet beneath your toes, or the coolness of the solid floor. Discover how much you have missed because you didn’t focus on that sense in the past. Be aware. Be present. The simplest, happiest moments are the easiest to find, and you will see them if you open your eyes.

Or, stay indoors. If the sun is out, notice the interesting shadows it makes on the walls, floors, or ceilings. Walk into the kitchen specifically to taste a spice you haven’t had in a while. Soak up these small sensations and fully experience your world.

Look for them. Listen for them. Smell them. Touch them. Taste them. Feel them. They are right in front of you. Waiting for you to discover them, experience them, and add them to your suitcase of happyness.

Perhaps pick a sense that is normally underused, like touch or hearing or smell. Feel. Listen. Touch. Take your time, and

Mark Jaffe is the author of Suitcase of Happyness: A Roadmap to Achieve and Enjoy Your Happiest Life.


What is faith? We hear this word so much in our culture that we tend to forget what it really is and how powerful it can be! I believe faith is the currency of Heaven, moving God to act on our behalf. Jesus tells us that our faith can move mountains, even the smallest amount can change the course of our lives! So, why are we not seeing all sorts of mountains being moved around us? Why are people lacking faith, or even losing their faith these days? Because there is a battle against it!

What is Faith? By Brenda James 24 SLA SPRING 2018


Hebrews 11:1 describes faith as the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen. It is believing and trusting in someone we cannot see clearly, but know to be present and handling everything in the universe. It is believing there is a Creator

Who made us, loves us, and is perfectly good. God has our best interest in mind, while working all things together for our benefit.

I placed my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as a young girl, but I didn’t know Him personally or understand faith until 1994. This is when everything changed. Shortly after graduating from college, I had a divine encounter with God, where my spiritual eyes

were opened and I knew He was saving me from darkness. I gave my life to Christ and have never doubted Him since. My faith in God has grown deeper over the years, as I have learned what it means to trust Him in all situations, no matter what is happening.

I’ve watched Him do miracles and get me through many tough things in life. He has proven Himself to be the faithful, one true God, Who gave us His Word to stand on and will see it through to completion. Just have faith! Singer, songwriter, recording artist 25

boy had no shoes. His feet were calloused and scarred by the many miles he walked every day on the rugged trails. I could see chunks of skin missing from the underside of his feet. Upon reaching the vehicle, it broke my heart to pull my hand away from his steady grip, and merely wish him well.

“My prayer is that the Lord will continue to protect and provide for more of these special children, so they can grow up knowing they are loved and their God given talents and dreams can come true.”

Mission to Haiti By Don Cork

For most of us, The Lord’s Prayer is a cherished piece of Scripture we have all said many times. My favorite section of the Prayer is, “Give us this day our daily bread.” It puts me in a state of awe that the same God who created the Heavens has a personal interest in providing for my daily needs. However, it was not until after a mission trip to Haiti in 2011, that I saw this principle in action.

the area. They chose to partner with Mission of Hope, which had been working in Haiti for more than 30 years; their mission statement is “To bring life transformation to every man, woman, and child in Haiti.”

In January of 2010, the capital city of Haiti, Port au Prince was shaken to its core by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. Nearly 300,000 people were killed and more than 200,000 were injured. Although, all of this was taking place more than 2,200 miles from my home in North Sioux City, SD, it felt as though it were happening right next door.

Upon arrival, a concrete schoolroom in the small mountain village of Turpin was made available to serve as a clinic. Most of the patients we treated had never received any dental care before. The stifling heat of the day did nothing to sour their feelings of true appreciation for the work we provided.

My family and I are members of Central Baptist Church in Sioux City, Iowa, and the church had taken a number of local, regional, and foreign mission trips throughout the years. The leaders of the church met, and within a few weeks, a mission trip was planned to 26 SLA SPRING 2018

I felt unquestionably compelled to be part of the mission trip. As a dentist, I was sure there were many people in Haiti that needed dental assistance.

By the end of the day, my feet ached from standing on the concrete floor in the makeshift clinic. As I walked through the school courtyard to leave, a young malnourished boy grabbed my hand and proudly escorted me to the mission’s truck. The walk was painful for me. But as we walked, I noticed the

This colorful bus is symbolic of the never faltering faith and perseverance of the people of LeVeque, a growing community in Haiti In February, Dr. Cork will return for his eighth trip to Haiti with his church and Mission of Hope. In addition to providing dental care, relief workers have constructed over 500 homes within the last three and a half years. These new homes in the village of LeVeque have allowed the relocation of many families still displaced by the 2010 earthquake. Despite this progress, there is much more to be done before Haiti can fully recover. “Attending church is a privilege that Haitians look forward to each week. No matter what their circumstances may be, they always arrive in their Sunday best.”

A child from Turpin seeing a dentist for the first time

Dr. Don Cork is a dentist practicing in North Sioux City, SD. He attended Baylor University and the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He trained in the Navy and then worked on the Winnebago Indian Reservation for five years. For the last 21 years, he has owned and operated the North Sioux Dental Clinic with his partner, Dr. Ryan McKenna. He and his wife, Sheri, have three grown children, two wonderful daughters in law, and one amazing granddaughter. 27

John Neihardt (1881-1973) is best known as Nebraska’s first poet laureate and author of Black Elk Speaks (1932), a biography of the Oglala Lakota holy man. Painted here is a residence in Bancroft that Neihardt rented as a studio and library from 1911-1921. Built in the 1890s, the house is now part of the Neihardt state historical site. The Neihardt family moved to Nebraska when John was ten. As a 13-year-old, John entered Wayne Normal College in Wayne, Nebraska. While in school, he developed an interest in poetry. Neihardt’s first volume of poetry, the Divine Enchantment, was published in 1900. This was the first of 25 volumes of poetry, fiction and philosophy Neihardt published over the course of his lifetime. In 1921, the Nebraska state legislature recognized Neihardt’s accomplishments by naming him “Poet Laureate of Nebraska and the Prairies.” In 1930, while researching the plains Indian wars, Neihardt traveled to the pine ridge reservation in South Dakota and met Lakota elder Black Elk. Out of this remarkable relationship came Black Elk Speaks, the holy man’s life story and prayer for the future of his people. In a measure of their friendship, Neihardt and his two daughters were spiritually adopted into Black Elk’s world.

John G. Neihardt State Historic Site - Cuming County By Artist Todd A. Williams

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Learn how you can help Mosaic’s mission

Answer: “Attend our free, annual Partners in Possibilities (PIP) event!”

Key supporters of Mosaic are our senators. Speaker Scheer, Norfolk, NE, has always been a great supporter of Mosaic, attending and being present in the Norfolk agency’s events and advocating to continue state/federal funding. Speaker Scheer is an asset to the progress and sustainability of Mosaic in Northeast Nebraska and we’re grateful for all he has done and continues to do for our organization.

Senator Jim Scheer Speaker of the Legislature

“I am proud to support Mosaic in Nebraska and their mission. Mosaic provides vital services for the intellectually disabled community that truly make a difference in people’s lives every day.” -Senator Jim Scheer, Speaker of the Legislature 30 SLA SPRING 2018

“When I think about these services being cut it affects me personally”. Senator Lynne Walz

It affects so many individuals and so many families and it should affect all you personally. If you have not gone outside those glass doors and shook hands with the people who are receiving services and visited with Nebraskans who have disabilities, you need to. I urge you to do the right thing.”

Senator Walz said during session for the Nebraska Legislature, “At age 18, I moved into a home with three ladies who had developmental disabilities. This was not a job for me. This was an opportunity for me, to learn about people unlike me. To advocate for people unlike me and to love people unlike me. We became a family. I personally had the opportunity to observe the positive affects these services had in their lives. Link to her full speech on YouTube:

2018 Partners in Possibilities Luncheon

Tuesday, April 24 Fremont Golf Club 12—1 p.m. FREE EVENT

anyone may attend, we just ask

Senator Lynne Walz

Senator Walz, Fremont, NE, has also been a great supporter, advocating for our individuals and educating the political realm about us and similar agencies. She has a personal connection to Mosaic, working as an Executive Director from 1996—2000. When speaking to the Nebraska Legislature, Senator Walz spoke from her heart and personal experience, urging Senators not to vote on a bill impacting people with disabilities, until they have “stepped outside and shook hands with Nebraskans who have disabilities.”


that you RSVP to Aimee at

402-379-3888 x 215

MOSAIC SERVICES Job Coaching Assisted Day Services Assisted Residential Services Supported Day Services Supported Residential Services Host Homes Respite ICF (Intermediate Care Facilities) CDD (Center for Developmentally Disabled) School Contracts Recreational Opportunites Spiritual Opportunities

Senator Paul Schumacher

Senator Schumacher also knows the struggle Mosaic goes through each year to provide for the individuals in service. “While the political system has given a lot of lip service to commitments of providing community based services to people with developmental disabilities and their families,

Mosaic has been successful in leveraging prevailing beliefs into real action in the delivery of needed services to not only better the lives of the families it serves but also enrich the communities it services.” -Senator Paul Schumacher

Mosaic in Norfolk 105 E. Norfolk Ave., Ste. 200 Norfolk, NE 68701-5323 402-379-3888

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When you think of color, a rainbow may come to mind. Nestled south of Siouxland, a few miles from Sloan, Iowa, are the pitureperfect gardeners, Rich and Peggy Hanner.

Whimsical Colors Sing in the Garden With Peggy Hanner

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Rich jokes and comments, he is the hired help, all the credit goes to Peggy. Whimsical treasures of color are sprinkled throughout the acreage. The outbuildings and family home have been completely restored. “It was a typical rundown farm place,” when they purchased it in 1998. Today the old charm is back, nature sings with all its glory through each stepping stone walkway. The gardens contain over 600 varieties of spectacular beauty. Red, Orange, Yellow, White, Purple Lilies lay extravagantly as the petals open and show their vibrant colors.

fades over the garden, each shadow greets the night, and a feeling of calm is generated by each petal. Gardening isn’t just a hobby for Peggy, it is her moment to shine and share the garden with community

members. Guests are always welcome to tour the garden, even if it’s for a few moments. In the garden you will find peace, relaxation, joy and hope.

The genesis of the Hanner’s garden is a chicken coop which was converted into a greenhouse. Peggy’s organization and passion for gardening brings every little detail of the landscape to life. Gardening requires time and hard work. It takes many hours of nurturing, research, and digging to keep a garden going. She shares the love of gardening through the small details. Walk through the garden and you will notice, rusty sewing machines, broken cups and saucers, frogs, kettles, colored bottles, and love. As the sun 33

“Quilts of Valor” is a non-profit foundation, their goal is to cover all service members and Veterans touched by war with a freedom quilt. To comfort, heal and honor them and their sacrifices. Mary Rastede surrounds herself with family, friends, and Veterans every day. Many of Mary’s family members have been in the military, including her father, who served in the Navy during the Korean War. Mary encouraged her children in grade school to support their local communities and Veterans by volunteering. She recalls when her youngest daughter was in elementary school and made beaded bracelets. She sold them for $3 each and used the proceeds to buy items for care packages given to area service members during the Iraqi War. One winter, her daughter sold $1,600 worth of bracelets, and was thrilled to receive letters from Veterans, thanking her for the packages and generosity.

Passion & Quilting Bringing joy to Veterans

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By Mary Rastede

Veterans and their families make the ultimate sacrifice every day for our freedoms. Mary wanted to continue her volunteer service in the community and discovered “Quilts of Valor” through the internet. The next day, Mary went to a quilters meeting at The Quilt Shop in Wakefield, Nebraska. The Quilt Shop is a certified shop for “Quilts of Valor.” It was not a coincidence Mary found her love for quilting - it was meant to be. She then encouraged a group of ladies who quilt to join the program by volunteering. Today they meet twice a month and sew “Quilts of Valor.” God Bless America, let freedom ring, and love heal all.

To participate in sharing these tangible gifts of love and appreciation with Veterans, please contact The Quilt Shop 402-287-2325, or


2. If you water your plants more con-

2. Bring Spring in from the

sistently they will look their best. To assess the dampness of the soil, test with your finger. If the soil feels dry, give the plant some water.

outside. For spot free windows, try using one-part vinegar and two-parts water. Pour into a clear spray bottle. Spray windows and wipe down with newspaper for perfect streak free windows. Also, wash windows when direct sunlight is not present.

3. Read and follow the plant care

instructions when purchasing a plant. For example, many species of African Violets can be encouraged to bloom by letting the soil around the roots dry before watering.


Seal your granite counter tops. The best way to keep your counters from aging is to make sure you have a secure seal. Water beads will accumulate on top of the countertop when sealed correctly.

4. Adjust your fertilizing schedule



Keep your dishwasher clean. It only takes a few minutes to clean before each load. Use a soft sponge, water and dish soap to scrub the rubber around the dishwasher. Always remove food at the bottom of the dishwasher to prevent food accumulation.

office. Plants like indirect light. Stay away from direct sunlight because it will damage the leaves.

Making your house sparkle

1. Refresh your cabinets.

For a spotless microwave, mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice with 1 cup of water in a glass bowl. Heat mixture in microwave for 5 minutes and allow it to sit for 10 extra minutes. Remove the bowl and liquid from the microwave, discard the liquid, then wipe out the microwave with a dry towel.

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7. Don’t place plants near air vents.

Temperature variations from air conditioning or heating can negatively impact plant growth and quickly dry out soil. Some species of plants are very intolerant of temperature fluctuations and can’t survive rapid temperature changes.

quently. Use a dry mat for paws and puddles to stop dirt and mud at the door. Vacuum more frequently and take pets in for grooming on a regular basis. Your pets will feel better and you can reduce shedding of pet hair in your home.

Use a housekeeping service occasionally for specialty and deep cleaning needs. This will help you save time and make your home sparkle.

plants. Regular pruning helps maintain your plant’s shape and encourages bud development to increase flowering.

Keep your plant’s leaves clean. Dust and dirt can block your plant’s pores which reduces sunshine and slows growth.

6. If you have pets, clean more fre-

Over time build up collects on wooden furniture and cabinets. Use an all-purpose surface cleaner to gently remove stains. 7.

5. Don’t be afraid to prune your


8. Repot your plants as they grow. PHOTO BY SHUTTERSTOCK


By Elizabeth Kumm

1. Select plants that are suitable for the locations in your home or


Cleaning Tips for Spring

Easy Ways to Care for Your Indoor Plants

with the seasons. Your plants consume more nutrients in the summer and should be fertilized every three to four weeks. In winter months, the plant growth cycle slows and the feeding schedule can be lengthened to six weeks.

If you notice roots coming through the drain hole or matted near the soil surface, repot the plant into a twoinch larger diameter container. This will provide increased space for root development and keep your plant healthy.


Hazelnut Café Latte


Ingredients: 2 c. whole or 2% milk 1 1/3 c. hot freshly brewed dark espresso hazelnut coffee creamer cinnamon

brunch & picnics

Directions: brew expresso steam milk add the brewed espresso to the steamed milk add hazelnut creamer

Favorite Cup O’ Oatmeal

Italian Egg Casserole

Ingredients: 1 ¾ c. steel-cut oats ¼ tsp. salt ½ c. water ½ c. apple juice ½ c. chopped walnuts 2 tsp. cinnamon 2 T. brown sugar ¼ c. red apples (chopped)

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Directions: In a small sauce pan, add apple juice, water, & salt. Bring to a boil. Add steeled oats, remove the pan from the heat. Stir 5-10 minutes until the oatmeal is thickened to desired consistency. Pour oatmeal into a large cup. Top with brown sugar, apples, walnuts & cinnamon.

Ingredients: 6 Idaho potatoes 1 lb. of Italian sausage 1 cup of cheddar cheese (shredded) 6 eggs 2/3 c. of 2% milk 1 garlic glove, minced ½ c. yellow onions diced ¼ tsp. salt ¼ tsp. pepper 1 T. chopped parsley

Directions: Peel, cube, and boil potatoes. Drain potatoes and place in 8 – inch casserole dish. Brown Italian sausage with garlic and onions, in a frying pan over the stove. When fully cooked, drain the grease from the frying pan. Add the sausage mixture over the potatoes & stir together. In a bowl, Wisk together eggs & milk. Pour egg mixture over the potatoes & sausage. Top with cheese. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake covered for 30 minutes, then bake 20 minutes uncovered. Remove from oven cool 8-10 minutes then sprinkle parsley.


Sparkling Lemonade

Ingredients: 2 cups of icy water 1 ½ cups of real lemon juice 1 c. of sugar 1 bottle (750ml) of soda water 1 lemon slice (garnish) mint (garnish) ball jars

Chilled Fruit Cups

Ingredients: ½ c. granulated sugar ½ c. water 2 medium grapefruit 6 small clementine oranges (peeled) ¼. c. fresh squeezed lemon juice 2 c. halved fresh strawberries 1 medium granny smith apple, cut into ¼ inch cubes 1 medium pear, cut into ¼ inch cubes 2 cups of red grapes (halved) 1 medium banana, sliced

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Spring Watermelon Salad

Ingredients: 1 bag of spring green lettuce (pre-washed) 1 red onion (sliced) 1 c. feta cheese 1 T. olive oil salt & pepper to taste 1 Watermelon (sliced and cubed) 2 cucumbers (chopped) 2 T. lime juice ½ c. mint leaves (garnish)


with a cool cup of fresh fruit. Enjoy it for dessert with a scoop of lime or lemon sorbet.


Directions: In a small saucepan bring sugar and water to boil, until dissolved. Cool completely. Peel grapefruit, and clementines, then separate each piece, and place in bowl. Add remaining fruit to the bowl. Place lemon juice, and cooled sugar water together, then pour over grapefruit & clementines in the bowl: toss & combine. Refrigerate, covered, for 8 hours or overnight, stir in remaining fruit; apples, strawberries, bananas, & pears. Refrigerate covered, 1 hour longer. Makes 10 servings. Serve in small frozen glass dishes.

Directions: In a large pitcher combine water, lemon juice, sugar, stir and dissolve. Add soda water, ice, then stir. Refrigerate for 4-6 hours, add sliced lemons & mint to garnish. Pour into frozen ball jars. To freeze ball jars, pour cold water over ball jar, freeze for 2-3 hours.

Directions: In a small bowl, combine watermelon, cucumbers, olive oil, feta cheese, salt & pepper, red onion, lime juice and toss. Plate cool mixture over spring greens, then garnish with mint leaves. 41

Rotisserie Chicken Wraps

Ingredients: 1 rotisserie chicken 1 pkg. of tortillas (vegetable, wheat, or corn) 1 container of Vegetable Garden Cream Cheese lettuce pickles red onion tomatoes shredded carrots Directions: Spread 2 tablespoons of cream cheese over each tortilla. Layer with shredded chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, sliced onion, carrots, & pickles. Roll up tightly, chill in refrigerator for 1- 3 hours before serving. Makes 4 servings.

Mother’s Devil’s Food Cake by: Nelma Rix Ingredients: 1 ¼ c. granulated sugar 4 T. cocoa 1 ¾ c. flour 2 eggs (beaten) 1 ½ c. sour cream 2 tsp. soda in cream


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BUENA VISTA, COLORADO Our family had the opportunity to live in Colorado for about six years. We would travel to the mountains often and enjoy the breathtaking views and the simplicity of nature. One of our favorite camping destinations can be found in Buena Vista, located about 120 miles southwest of Denver. Chalk Lake is heralded as a great family fishing spot for rainbow, brook and brown trout. You can also take a day trip to the historic ghost town of St. Elmo, just 15 minutes from the campground, where the kids can feed chipmunks. The Chalk Lake campground offers an array of recreational opportunities like hiking, mountain biking and visiting the local fish hatchery. This is a destination recommended for every age. Jessica Eriksen SLA Graphic Designer

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Lifestyle Changes and Endocrinology Care

Did you know the endocrine system is an informational signal system? It is made up of tissues and endocrine glands that secrete hormones. It’s an amazing journey, as the endocrine system works with the nervous system and blood to regulate the overall body function. It doesn’t have to be complicated, there is good news!

With Bev Lessman There is no better way to good health than staying active and eating right. Bev Lessman studied Health & Physical Education at Wayne State College and became acutely aware of her own health when she was diagnosed with cancer. “Diet and exercise were a key component of my strategy to beat cancer. Sometimes when you are facing adversity, you focus your efforts on finding solutions. In my case, I looked for nutritional ways to improve my health and restore the energy I had lost.” Bev overcame the cancer 14 years ago but continued her program of using IsaLean® shakes and bars to supplement meals and maintain her energy levels. “It gave me a daily boost that was easy to prepare on the go and helped me to avoid my cravings for sweets or junk food.”

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Today, Bev offers one-on-one nutritional consultation to others and a full line of Isagenix® products.

“I use Isagenix® products because I know they work. Their supplements and cleanses are also supported by clinical studies.”

Molly Schooley PA-C

If you are looking to improve life health, Bev will help you set up an individualized nutrition program to achieve your goals.


Small Changes, Big Results

Family Health Care of Siouxland Clinic welcomes Molly Schooley, PA-C. She specializes in endocrinology with focuses on diabetes, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, and thyroid conditions. Molly took part in the University of South Dakota Physician Assistant program with several rotations taking place throughout Siouxland. Her new patients can expect her to be their partner in gaining better control of their health. Patient and family education is key to a healthier lifestyle and longevity. Our goals are aimed at helping the patient with diabetes achieve and maintain lifestyle changes that prevent long term complications by keeping blood glucose levels and cholesterol levels as close to normal as possible.

Diabetes mellitus is one of the most common chronic diseases which require a lifelong behavioral and lifestyle changes. With collaborative care approach, individuals with diabetes can manage the disease successfully. It is estimated that 30.3 million people in the United States have Type 2 diabetes and 1.25 million have Type 1 diabetes. Early symptoms of the disease may include an increase in urinary frequency, increased thirst, vision changes such as blurriness or drastic weight loss. When people are not appropriately treated for diabetes they can develop long term complications such as diabetic retinopathy, chronic

kidney disease and lower limb amputations. The greatest risk factor is the macro-vascular damage and cardiovascular events such as heart attacks or stroke. Today, Molly practices at the Family Health Care South Sioux Clinic and provides diabetic and endocrinology care to patients. It is our goal to provide our patients with the best possible medical care in a comfortable and personal setting.

Family Health Care of Siouxland is “Your first choice for your family’s health care needs.”

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There he learned the real value of hard work, honesty, and a handshake.

Steps of a Prosthetic Journey With Wally Kuntz

Some kids grow up in the cities, small communities, or on the farm. For Wally Kuntz growing up on the farm and ranch in North Dakota was an opportunity to build things with his hands, and soon it became a way to help people. 48 SLA SPRING 2018

Wally Kuntz CP, LP, is the Clinical Manager of the Sioux City Clark, Kuntz, and Associates Prosthetic Clinic. During his volunteer hours in college, he spent time with a local prosthetic company that would change his life forever. He loves solving people’s problems and creating significant change. Wally earned his education and bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration and continued to further his knowledge by earning an American Board of Certification in Prosthetics. Wally started his career with Winkley Orthopedics first as a prosthetic technician, then as a staff prosthetist. But little did he know who and how his skills would come into place a few years later. In 1971 there was young man by the name of Steven Rebhuhn. He was 17 years old helping his dad and twin brother build a barn on the family farm. Steven was using a chainsaw to cut the poles that support the rafters, when he was injured across his left leg. The cut rapidly became infected and his left leg was amputated. He received treatment and became a patient at Winkley’s in 1971. Steven said, “When you lose a leg, there is phantom pain, but you get through it.” The family was just recovering from the accident, when in 1972, twin brother Michael was injured while working part-time for a fertilizer company. A broken jack used for train cars, locked and hit Michael in the jaw, knocking him unconscious. Suddenly a train car rolled over his right leg. He was transferred to St. Joseph Hospital in Sioux City, where his right leg was amputated. He met a nursing student named Deb, who helped and encouraged him day by day. Soon, they fell in love and were married in1974. As the years went

by and healing began for both families, things were looking up. In 1975, Steven had a stump revision, HCMC in MN. There, he met Karen, an orthopedic nurse. She was sitting next to Steven after surgery. As he recalls, she was a “pleasant sight.” As time went by he kept in touch with her and they were married in 1977. Steven and Karen moved to a farm in Northwest Iowa, where they worked side by side with his twin brother Michael and father Robert.

Steven braved sub-zero temperatures driving from Minneapolis to Sioux City. Steven said, “Wally listens and tries to accommodate individual needs, he is always there for the patient.” Steven’s needs have evolved into celebrating simpler times with his wife, as they look forward to traveling in their fifth wheel camper and visiting the grandchildren in Texas. Wally stated, he is extremely honored to have someone with Steven’s prosthetic knowledge and expertise, travel a great distance and choose our prosthetic clinic to provide him with a safe, well-fitting prosthesis. There are almost 2 million people living with a limb loss in the United States. Some of the main causes include vascular disease, diabetes, trauma, and cancer. Limb loss doesn’t have to limit your life. Success happens when people who care about your goals and dreams make them real. It

In 1980, a chance for a career change took Steven and his family to Minneapolis, where he started working as a prosthetic technician for Winkley Orthopedic Company. He later advanced his career by taking a job with Ottobock, which involved teaching new prosthetic techniques and technologies across the world. It was through one of these seminars, Wally Kuntz and Steven Rebhuhn became acquainted. They continued to share their knowledge of prosthetics over the years. In 1996, Wally moved from Minneapolis to Sioux City to help start a prosthetic office for Dale Clark Prosthetics. It was soon thereafter, he brought Steven to town to help train and educate his local staff. At that time, Steven had decided to have Wally make him a new prosthetic limb. During the process of creating a new limb,

has been over 20 years since Wally began the healing process by providing technology at the highest level and performance with mobility for amputees. Wally said,

“After so many years, I still love the tremendous rewards of this industry. Trust me, there is no better feeling than helping people take their first steps, knowing that they will again rebuild their lives and regain their independence.” He believes there are two important parts of receiving any prosthetics. The first is comfort and the second is someone who will listen to your individual needs and understand your life, work goals, and can create solutions for your future.


Say What?

Men are also at risk for osteoporosis, although they generally develop the disease later than females. Risk factors for males include alcohol use, cigarette smoking, steroid therapy, and treatment for prostate cancer.

By Kim Weiner, PT posture and muscle strength take place. This increases the risk for falls and susceptibility to debilitating fractures. Over time, Osteoporosis can lead to decreased functional independence and increased health care costs.

Osteoporosis is known as a “silent disease” because bone loss occurs before the presence symptoms that include fractures at the spine, hip, and wrist. As bone density continues to decrease, changes in 50 SLA SPRING 2018

Women with key risk factors should be screened for osteoporosis starting at the age of 60. However, women that have a family history or experienced a fracture after the age of 50 may require earlier examination. The key risk factors include females with a body weight of 125 pounds or less and those who are not currently taking estrogen or are menopausal

By Michael L. Sloniker, Au.D. Audiologist/Owner Dr. Sloniker experienced chronic ear infections growing up and spent much of his time with an Audiologist and Otolaryngologist. Starting at a young age he became very familiar with the occupation. He initially focused on pursuing a career as a Wildlife Biologist but realized his passion was for being in the field of “people helping” rather than an occupation helping animals.

There are several ways to prevent or reduce the effects of osteoporosis. It is important to eat foods rich in calcium and vitamin D. Sources of these nutrients include dairy products, leafy green vegetables, fish such as tuna and mackerel, and foods that are fortified. Supplements of calcium (1,200 mg/day) and vitamin D (800 IU/day) are also recommended for individuals age 50 and older. High impact activities including walking, step aerobics, and dancing as well as high intensity resistance training have been shown to reduce bone loss and improve bone mass. The implementation of proper posture and balance is beneficial for decreasing stress on the skeletal system and reducing the risk of falls.

Consult with your physician if you have any of the risk factors for osteoporosis.

“I love being an Audiologist. I love helping patients.” He can’t imagine doing anything else. Dr. Sloniker takes pride in being honest and ethical in his practice by doing the best for each individual patient. Hearing loss can occur at birth or develop at any age and occurs in five out of every 1,000 newborns. There have been many advances in all aspects of hearing healthcare so there are now options for even the youngest infant.


Osteoporosis No Longer a “Silent Disease”

Good Hearing Empowers Us

Hearing aids can offer dramatic improvement for most people with hearing loss. It is estimated that 15 million people in the United States with hearing loss avoid seeking help. This is unfortunate as there are many new and exciting treatment options available to help people of all ages. These options vary depending on the degree and type of hearing loss, age of onset, and individual lifestyle needs. Dr. Sloniker and his staff focus on building trusting and lasting relationships with you and your loved ones at Siouxland Hearing Healthcare, PLC. They believe the ability to hear and communicate is essential to

the quality of life, and they are committed to taking you to the next level in hearing healthcare.

damaged. Sounds that are loud enough and not clear, may be muffled. Do you frequently ask the same question several times, turn up the volume on your television or radio, or Hearing empowers us by helping need to be closer to the person when individuals experience life daily withthey are speaking to you? Also, expoout limitations. The ear is a complex sure to a loud noise for a brief period system that allows individuals to hear can lead to temporary or permanent and walk at the same time. How does hearing loss. Approximately 20% or it work? Sound is funneled through 48 million Americans reports some the pinna into the external auditory degree of hearing loss. canal, called the (tympanic mem( brane). Sound causes the eardrum and tiny bones that are attached in Hearing tests can be performed to the middle ear to vibrate. When lishelp determine if you have hearing tening takes place, the brain is work- loss. Comprehensive testing, counseling to interpret the sound and that ing and follow-up care, is available at requires a concentrated effort. The Siouxland Hearing Healthcare, P.L.C. ears function includes hearing and Their professionals will strive to instill balance. Hearing loss occurs with ag- the trust and confidence in their sering, infections, and noise. As we age vices necessary to ensure a positive the inner cells of the ear can become experience.


making as to who is an acceptable candidate for them. At the time of your evaluation your eye surgeon can help you determine if specialty lenses are for you. In my opinion specialty lenses are definitely worth the money when indicated. While the vast majority of cataract surgery across the United States is not performed using any laser, new technology exists for its’ use in one to several of the many steps in cataract surgery. It costs an additional $1,000 to $1,200 per eye when used and increases the total surgical time. To date there are no independent studies that show it is safer, have less associated complications, or result in better vision than traditional cataract surgery.

New Cataract Surgery Technologies,

Are They Worth the Extra Cost? In today’s health care environment, we need to be informed about new procedures and tests that cost more than what insurance/ Medicare pays. Making wise, science based health care choices has become confounding and we often choose what we perceive to be the best. Take for instance today’s cataract surgery new technology choices. A cataract is the normal aging lens inside the eye that becomes cloudy and discolored resulting in worsening vision. Cataract surgery involves removal of the cloudy lens through an incision and placement of an artificial clear lens. Specialty lenses allow the best chance for good vision with the least dependence on glasses following surgery. They include lens implants that correct for astigmatism, called toric implants, and lenses that act like bifocal glasses correcting distance and near vision, called multifocal implants. These implants have an out of pocket cost of $1,500 to $3,000 per eye and there are many factors involved in the decision making as to who is an acceptable 52 SLA SPRING 2018

“laser assisted sounds impressive and is heavily marketed. Having been trained, certified and performed laser assisted cataract surgery, in my opinion, the added cost is rarely necessary or beneficial.” Beth Bruening, M.D.

Taking care of the little things With Charlotte Easland

“When you think of your real estate needs to buy or sell, I want to be your realtor! Charlotte is proud to be part of the Real Estate Solutions Team. She admires Kim and Russ Wilcox’s investment into the downtown of Norfolk and renovating the old DeLay Bank building.

Charlotte Easland, one of the realtors at Real Estate Solutions Team in Norfolk, NE, looks forward to helping meet the real estate needs of the community. “When you think of your real estate needs to buy or sell, I want to be your realtor! Trying to make a difference in someone’s life, you need to be willing to listen to the details of what it is that a person is searching for, or trying to express.

It’s taking care of the little things that show how much you truly care.”

For Russ and Kim Wilcox, the past year has been a great settling in experience at their new location. After working in the banking business for 27 years, moving the family real estate company, Real Estate Solutions Team, to the former bank building felt like Russ was bringing his two careers full-circle. “It means so much to me to have the four original vaults from the bank still in-tact and showing on the wall. The vaults doors are deemed safe and extremely adequate for their time. The vaults then were more than just slap a lock onto concrete. They are very sophisticated in how they operated. With more than 16,000 squarefeet available, we are thrilled to be part of the restoration of down-

-town Norfolk,” said Russ. Charlotte and her colleagues invite you to stop by the Real Estate Solutions Team’s new offices to discover how their professional knowledge can put you at ease when buying or selling property.

Charlotte has more than 15 years of commercial and residential real estate experience. Real Estate Solutions Team has a new home located in the former DeLay bank building at 401 W. Norfolk Ave. Like the vault in their office, she can be counted on to keep your real estate needs, dreams, and goals safe.


Life is a Gift

Get Screened for Cancer According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in both men and women in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates that about one in 22 men and one in 24 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in their lifetime. March is National Colon Cancer awareness month. The Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department (NNPHD) has staff who will assist people to find services that can help them get screened, and help individuals find needed healthcare services. NNPHD serves Cedar, Dixon, Thurston and Wayne Counties and can be reached by calling 402375-2200 or toll free 800-375-2260.

Jim Rabe from Winside, Nebraska, developed this type of cancer. He is an ordinary man who works behind the scenes in his local community. His goal is to make communities stronger, providing a future for families is very rewarding. He knows that every day counts and life is a gift. The importance of all of this was reinforced for him a few years ago when he found out through a routine colonoscopy that he had colorectal cancer. Jim received 28 treatments of chemo, radiation and “never lost a hair on his head.” He experienced tremendous support from his doctors, nurses, family and friends. He proudly conveys that he has been in remission for seven years. Living as a cancer survivor takes on new meaning, there are many questions that arise after treatment. What are the next steps? What are the chances of cancer returning? To save your life it is vitally important to keep your appointments with your doctor, follow up on any concerns that you may have.

According to the American Cancer Society, getting regular cancer screenings is one of the best ways to fight cancer; finding cancer early can greatly improve survival rates. For people who do not have an increased risk of colorectal cancer, colonoscopy should begin at age 50. Talk with your doctor to find out the best age for you to start screening.

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Jim currently serves as the Board Chair on the NNPHD Board of Health, as the Board Chair of the Wayne County Commissioner, President of the Northeast Nebraska RC & D, and Region 4 Behavioral Health Board Chair. His passion is to

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“keep going, share, and care for others.” Jim has some words of wisdom to share with others, “get screened early, I recommend anyone get checked, so they know, and can be treated. We have some of the best preventative care in Siouxland. Doctors found my spot in 2010. The doctors helped find the best treatment for my cancer. They saved my life!” Today, Jim enjoys spending time with his wife Carolyn, their three children, seven grandkids, and one great granddaughter. He has lived on the same farm since 1973 and enjoys spending time with the grandkids fishing whenever the day is free.

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You don’t want to miss the 11th Annual Omaha Health Expo. The largest Health Expo in the Region! April 14 10:00 am – 5:00 pm April 15 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, UNO’s Baxter Arena 67th & Center Street Omaha, Nebraska Exhibitors Reserve Your Space Now! Call Bob Mancuso, Jr. 402-346-8003 email:,

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and just wanted to see what you were up to.” But then I realized, they come home to use the washing machine, grab a dozen cookies, and play with the family dog. “Hugs!” “Mom, my friends are waiting.” “Good to see you!” “Don’t forget I love you.” I live for those words!

Empty Nesting By Judith Stanton

What does it feel like to be an empty nester?

Young adults moving out of the home is a normal event. As parents, we want to see our children be successful in their careers, develop new relationships, purchase their first car, second car, rent or buy an apartment and complete college. Although life is changing right before your eyes and you may feel sad and lonely. Your children flying the coup allows time to find yourself again. Take time to renew relationships with friends, family and travel with your spouse or significant other by creating bigger dreams together. Life can hit hard, ready or not it’s happening! Be real with yourself, allow time to grow. Build into the journey, embrace each moment, hold on tight to the ones you love and never ever stop dancing.

I get asked this question quite often. I just became an empty nester in 2017, when our youngest child and only daughter went off to college four hours away. I can tell you for sure, it’s more than playing bingo. Being a mother and wife has been one of my greatest accomplishments in life. When your first child goes off to college, life changes a little bit, especially when college is only 25 miles from home. You get use to cooking meals after hours, always ready for your son or daughter to pop in and say, “Oh! I was out for a drive 56 SLA SPRING 2018



Q. How did you first



Why did you become a Mental Health Practitioner? “Looking back, I just wanted to be in a service where I could help people. As I became older, I realized it was great to be around people when they have an ‘aha’ moment. The joy on a person’s face when they realize they can accomplish their goals keeps me going. I knew when I was in sixth grade I wanted to serve others. My grandmother and mother were volunteers with the YWCA for many years. They were wonderful role models for me.”

One in five Nebraskans have experienced some form of mental illness within the past year. You may know someone at risk. This includes, women, and individuals with lower incomes, or a less formal education. The truth is, adults in Nebraska with mental illness only seek professional treatment about half the time.

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Q. How does distance affect the resources in your community?


Our mission at Heartland Counseling Services, Inc. is to provide quality mental health and substance abuse outpatient therapy, education, community service programs, crisis response, and prevention services. We assist individuals, groups, and families, by providing consultation to community organizations in all of Siouxland and the Nebraska counties of Dakota, Dixon, Burt, Thurston, Wayne, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Holt, Keya Paha, and Rock.

“My grandmother was associated with the ladies group, school activities, church and community organizations. She believed in giving back.”

Q. What are some of your


“The number one goal, is to provide support for individuals who need someone to help them through a tough time and be available for them to reach out and talk to us. We all have had anxiety or depression at some point in our life. Each situation is different, and we help them develop healthier coping skills and support them.”

Heartland Counseling Services, Inc. has four physical locations in Nebraska that include Ainsworth, O’Neill, South Sioux City, and Valentine. We provide an array of services that consist of, but are not limited to, mental health and substance abuse evaluations and counseling, 24/7 mobile crisis response teams for both youth and adults, intensive outpatient programs for substance abuse, tele-psychiatry and medication management, community support services, recovery support services, peer support services, a day rehabilitation program in South Sioux City called The Life Center, mental health counseling in jails and schools, DUI/ OWI classes, and substance abuse prevention classes in school districts.

they support?

Kim Smith LMHP - Mental Health Practitioner O’Neill, Ainsworth, Valentine

“My very first volunteer position was while I was an undergraduate at Hastings College. I worked with the Crisis Center to help young men and women during difficult situations.”

“I travel every week to see clients on a regular basis. My time is spent traveling between Ainsworth, Valentine, and O’Neil. People can always call the office in O’Neil to set up an appointment for me to come to their location.”

Q. What volunteer roles did “A smile or friendly face can change a situation completely.”

become a volunteer?


Who do you serve in the Western Counties of Nebraska?


“We provide services anywhere there are limited resources. Most people have the blessings of family who love and respect them. However, a family member’s perspective this may not be as objective. Being able to provide four walls for people to speak out loud, we can help them achieve the next step toward emotional well-being. We serve all populations and ages.”

goals in reaching individuals who require counseling services?


402-336-2800 Ainsworth 402-494-3337 South Sioux City

Heartland Counseling Services offers a walk in clinic four days a week. Providing Mental Health and Substance Abuse Evaluations, no appointment is needed for your first session. Monday 12-3, Tuesday 8-11, Wednesday 3-6, Thursday 8-11.


Trends in Senior Living: Outdoor Spaces Crown Pointe • Sioux Center, IA

Terry Glade AIA, LEED AP Principal Architect

Healthcare & Senior Living Designer

Outdoor spaces for seniors can enhance emotional well-being, exercise, socialization, and feelings of usefulness. Exposure to fresh air and sunlight can positively impact our health and decrease agitation. Attractive, natural settings improve facilities for residents, staff and families – making facilities more marketable. Here are some thoughts about using nature to bridge the interior and exterior of senior living facilities: Connection to Outdoor Spaces Position buildings to capture outdoor views, nature, and street activity. Place outdoor spaces in areas of high resident use with large windows allowing them to connect with the time of day, seasons, weather, and wildlife. Allow views of staff to monitor secure outdoor spaces. Provide identifiable entry areas that allow light transitions for senior’s eyes. Bring the outdoors in with live plant walls, naturally weathered wood and oxidized metal.

Design Outdoor spaces should provide wide paths with gradual slopes, distinguishable edges, and pavement to minimize falls. Surfaces should minimize glare and lower level lighting is good for evening illumination. Provide seating, both sideby-side and face-to-face. Provide semi-private niches, as well as group gathering areas. Provide areas for sun and shade including gazebos and porches. Provide bird watching areas, fountains and possibly even a putting green.

Safety & Security If buildings do not enclose the outdoor space, fencing is a must. Be tasteful in design so seniors don’t feel imprisoned. Make sure that there is perimeter lighting and any exits through the fencing should be disguised. Outdoor spaces are important to provide the sense of independence and alleviate the feeling of confinement. Thoughtful design is required to maximize views and openness while maintaining safety. Furnishings Balance seating with both built-in, and movable furnishings. Strategically place seating for periodic respites, great views, semi-private reflection, as well as socialization. Provide opportunities for both sun and shade. Seating with backs, strong arms, and firm cushions are best. Site furniture comes in multiple finishes, weights, durability, benefits, and drawbacks. With metal finishes, make sure the design does not expose seniors to sunheated surfaces. Wood and wicker can be less durable, but more stable in weather.

Willow Ridge • Emmetsburg, IA

Gardens Design gardens with plant beds at various heights (i.e. ground level, wheel chair height, standing height). Provide plants that are not toxic or thorny. Include plants that trigger memories, provide color, and fragrance. Utilize plants that attract birds and butterflies. Provide potted plants as well and consider plants that bloom at various times. Strategically place seating for engaging views and potential senior gardening activities.

Akron Care Center • Akron, IA

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the Joplin, MO, tornado. I saw the same glow in my children’s faces as they gave away their clothes and toys. Their innocence was reminiscent of God’s grace which leads them on a path to serve his people and continue the cycle of giving.

A Mother’s Love Endures All Things With Phyllis Solis-Friederich I remember our family trips from South Texas to Mexico, beginning at age five. My father would have us pack our old clothes in suitcases with the purpose of giving them to others in need. Soon, we were in the Sierra Mountains, and would stop at all the cathedrals along our journey. I sat in the pew and watched my mother and father pray with intensity for others and my disabled sister. Many times, I could see a tear gently roll down my father’s face, as he would give our clothes away to families. I was awestruck by the glow on his face. I could see the Holy Spirit in clear sight. He was giddy with a joy that I had never seen before. My siblings and I would play with the local impoverished children. No shoes and black feet from the dirt was commonplace. I wanted to be just like them. The radiance in these children was intoxicating as two worlds spoke a universal language. Together, we shared a common bond through the innocence of youth. I believe that we are molded by our childhood. Today, I have such passion for humanitarian work. Watching a young girl hold up my old dress as if she were going to a huge event takes my breath away. Decades later, I asked my children to pack their clothes and toys as we prepared to drive to the site of 62 SLA SPRING 2018

The toughest hours of life are where I have found my strength. Despite adversity, we find ways to give back without hesitation. Our family has a blessed life. In fact, we are stronger because of adversity. Sixteen years ago, our son Westin Christopher was born with a heart defect. Since then, he has endured four open heart surgeries beginning on his fifth day of life. My toughest hours were during Westin’s first nine months of life. He would stop breathing, turn dusky blue, physically limp and unresponsive several times per week (right in my arms). This is one of many experiences that have changed my view of life. Each day is a gift and time on earth is short. So, each moment must be amazing. Think of it this way. We have our parents and children, while many do not. We lost our home to medical bankruptcy but have pictures, memories, and each other. We have food, lodging and transportation. In this world, so many are hungry, sleep in huts or use their feet as transportation. It is all how you perceive things. It is also how you quietly lead by example and find the positive during difficult times. A positive mind and attitude is powerful despite any adversity. My personal mantra is “tough times don’t last…tough people do.”

When doors open with opportunity, give back through ways that are gifted to you. “I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future,” Jeremiah 29:11. I believe the future looks bright. In 2016, I founded “College Survivor.” I developed this book and seminar by accident! With two high school students approaching college, I began researching the

“So far....College Survivor has helped me earn $20,000 for college.”. Megan Friederich - Senior in High School. latest information about scholarships and grants. My plan was to teach my children the tricks of the trade. I found every way to earn a scholarship or grant and taught myself the art of how to fund an education. As a single parent, I never gave up the value of my education. At that time, my oldest child was just a toddler and provided that extra inspiration to earn my BA Degree. My mother’s love was to provide an amazing future for my child. I was successful. I mastered the art of funding an education and still have the contract from Texas A&M that I owe $2,300 for my bachelor’s degree. Today, I have my two youngest children pursuing degrees in the medical field. I know that Westin will endure pulmonary valve surgery every 10 years for the rest of his life, which will be very costly. As a mom, I am determined to ensure both children finish their education debt free. I spent over 500 hours researching every aspect of funding an education. When conducting seminars, parents and students share the same sentiment. I have heard this time after time….“Thank you! Now we have a plan! ” Most parents want their children to have opportunities and receive a higher education. They don’t have to feel frustrated or helpless. I have the solution to help future students pursue their dreams, through “College Survivor”. And without fail, I get a smile and a tear from an appreciative mom.” “I love my job!” Owning “College Survivor” and being a business owner is the best!

As for Westin, he plans on becoming a Pediatric Nurse and a fulltime summer counselor at Camp Strong for Heart and Cancer Victims in Avant, Oklahoma. Westin’s career choice was inspired by male nurses while he was receiving care in the hospital. He wants to care for children in need, as he was cared for. Again, the giving cycle continues for another generation. Amen. The best compliment I ever received was “Phyllis, did you know that you leave your fingerprint everywhere you go, and it is an honor to work for you”. This left me breathless and humbled.

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