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Rock County Council on Aging's

Apr il 2014

Senior Review Free

A Senior Magazine for Living a Healthier, Smarter and More Active Life in Rock County!

Volunteers Are Shining Stars – Meet One of Them


April is National Volunteer Week — Celebrate Service April 6 - April 12 Volunteers are those who give and receive. Miracles happen when we open our heart and extend a hand. Volunteering transforms our personal values into actions that strengthen every sector of our community. We can develop new skills, investigate different fields of interest, and work alone or within groups. National Volunteer Week is a time of celebration and inspiration as the nation honors the thousands of individuals who take action year round to strengthen their communities. Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week has grown exponentially in scope each year, recognizing the incalculable contributions that volunteers make every day across the country and challenging all Americans to step forward to help wherever there is need.

or over three years Dottie Reitzel has followed the same volunteer schedule. Her day begins in the early morning by volunteering at a local elementary school interacting with the children and helping staff. After that is completed, she goes to Best Events where she helps with home delivered meals for homebound older adults. Once the meals are ready for distribution, Dottie goes to Riverview where she once again volunteers serving lunch and helping with clean-up. That is just all “in a day of volunteering”. Twice a month, she volunteers at a local church which provides the homeless with shelter for the night. And if that were not enough, twice a month on Saturdays she prepares a “community” breakfast which is open to the residents of the apartment building in which she lives. “Breakfast with Dottie” provides the residents with an opportunity to get out of their apartments and socialize with others on a day when there may not be other activities readily available. Two of her grandsons are also involved with the breakfast. Not only do the

Where Would We Be Without Volunteers?

Submitted by Ranee Goodroad, Rock County Nutrition Program Supervisor


ecause of the generosity of volunteers, seniors may eat at any of five Golden Diners dining centers in Rock County; and those who are homebound receive hot, nutritious meals. While each center

other residents enjoy the opportunity for intergenerational exchange, Dottie emphasized the importance of providing this experience for her grandchildren. In spite of significant physical challenges, Dottie continues to be dedicated and committed to helping others. When asked as to what keeps her volunteering, she states that she feels better when she keeps going. Her reward is found in the smiles and appreciation she receives from those who benefit from her volunteer efforts. A recent segment on PBS that focused on what makes people feel better emphasized that people who give feel better (both physically and emotionally). From her experience, Dottie confirms this finding. In spite of physical challenges, she feels better by being engaged with life and others through giving. For those who have thought about volunteering, there are a wide variety of opportunities available. As Dottie Reitzel has found, volunteering is a “win-win” endeavor for all – those who receive the benefits of the work and those providing it.

has a manager, volunteers are vital to the continuation of the program. Some volunteers deliver meals to the homebound, and others assist in the kitchen. At the dining centers, volunteers welcome diners, make coffee, set tables, serve meals, and wash dishes. Volunteers also bring nutritious food and social contact to homebound seniors. In addition to a meal, volunteers provide a safety check. There have been several situations where a senior was in need of immediate medical assistance; and it was a volunteer who was there

to see that the appropriate help was summoned. For those without family or friends nearby, the days can be very long and lonely. Imagine what it would be like to be at home day after day without anyone stopping by or checking in to see how you are doing. In 2013, volunteers donated over 12,070 hours to the Rock County Council on Aging – Nutrition Program. For all their hard work, caring, and compassion, we sincerely thank each of the volunteers who keep the program going.

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Rock County Council on Aging Mailing Address: 51 S. Main Street, Janesville, WI 53545 Location: 3328 US HWY 51 North, Janesville, WI 53545 Phone: 608-757-5472 Fax: 608-758-8472 Website: Joyce Lubben, Director 757-5472 Ranee Goodroad, Nutrition Program Supervisor 757-5474 Lachel Fowler, Elderly Benefit Specialist 757-5414 Senior Review |‌ 1 Julie Seeman, Family Caregiver Support Specialist 758-8455

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Educational Corner

Put a Spring Back In Your Step!

For more information or to register, call (608) 758-8455. Or register online at, and then go to the Council on Aging department. Transportation may be available to the classes.

“Stepping On”, A Program to Reduce Falls and Build Confidence HAVE FUN – STRENGTHEN MUSCLES MAKE NEW FRIENDS – LIVE INDEPENDENTLY! “Stepping On” is a falls prevention program aimed at educating older adults and building confidence to reduce and/or eliminate falls. Participants meet once a week for seven weeks for two hours. A range of issues are covered including: • Fun strength and balance exercises • Education on falls and risks • Home hazards • Safe footwear • Vision related falls • Medication reviews • Learn from guest experts • Safety in public places • Understand Vitamin D &

Calcium related to falls • And much more! 4/11/14 to 5/23/14, Fridays 10:00 am to 12:00 pm The Gathering Place 715 Campus St, Milton 5/02/14 to 6/20/14, Fridays 10:00 am to Noon St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital 3400 E. Racine, Janesville How Does This Program Work? Program participants meet for two hours each week for seven weeks in a group setting. There will be guest speakers, group discussions, and sharing of information. There is a $10 fee for the program. We ask that participants commit to attending all seven classes and practicing the

Free Computer Classes at Rock County Public Libraries

By Martha Gammons

The Arrowhead Library System (ALS) and the seven public libraries of Rock County sponsor free computer classes throughout the year. Registration is required. Once you have decided on a class, please call the library that is offering the class to register. To find the information online, go to: and click on the “Take your pick” computer class icon. Or contact the library for more information: ▪ Beloit Public Library, 608-364-2905 ▪ Clinton Public Library, 608-676-5569 ▪ Edgerton Public Library, 608-884-4511 ▪ Eager Free Public Library, Evansville, 608-882-2260 ▪ Hedberg Public Library, Janesville, 608-758-6588 ▪ Milton Public Library, 608-868-7462

Attention Veterans - Join Us for a Free Lunch & Meeting

Would you like to join our NEW veterans group? This group is a newly revamped version of our earlier Vet’s Coffee and it is led each month by Andrew Heitman, APSW, veteran counselor of the Madison Vet Center. The group will meet once a month on the first Wednesday of each month at Grinnell Hall in the Vet’s Room. The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 1 at 11:00 a.m. A light lunch will be served at the first meeting and the initial meeting is limited to the first 25 veterans who sign up, due to space limitations. Call now to reserve your spot! 608-3642875. Article reprinted from the “Power of 50” Plus March newsletter

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“Stepping On” is designed for those who: • Live independently in own home/apartment • Do not have dementia/ memory loss • Are able to walk w/o the help of another person • Have had a fall(s) in the past year • Do NOT use a walker/ scooter/wheelchair most of the time.

Why Should I Be Concerned About Falling?

balance and strength exercises each week. Older adults who are at risk for falls or have a fear of falling and who are able to participate in weekly classes are encouraged to attend.

According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control: • Falls and hip fractures among older adults are serious. • More than 1/3 of adults age 65 years and older fall each year. • Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury and deaths and the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma. • Of those who fall, 20% to 30% suffer moderate to severe injuries such as hip fractures or head traumas that reduce mobility and independence and increase the risk of premature death.


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Educational Corner

ICE Your Cell Phone! No, don’t freeze your phone! Put it to use for your safety. “ICE” stands for “In Case of Emergency.” Emergency personnel try to contact a family member (or friend) when you are the victim of an accident, crime, or disaster. They may look for the word “ICE” entered as a listing in your cell phone contacts and call that number. Here are the steps you should take: 1. Decide who should be your “in case of emergency” person. You can list more than one (ICE1, ICE-2, ICE-3). It’s good to list someone who lives nearby. But also try to list one person who does not live in your area in case everyone in your area is affected by a disaster. 2. Tell these people that you are listing them as an emergency contact. In case they are ever called, they should know your name, date of birth, and address. If possible, they should know a bit about your health (relevant medical history or allergies). 3. Enter ICE as a name on your

Rotary Gardens Offer 25th Anniversary-Free Days

To commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Rotary Botanical Gardens, the community is invited to enjoy the Gardens with free admission on the 25th of the following months: ■ Friday, April 25th, 2014 ■ Sunday, May 25th, 2014 ■ Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 ■ Friday, July 25th, 2014 ■ Monday, August 25th, 2014 ■ Thursday, September 25th, 2014 ■ Saturday, October 25th, 2014 cell phone; put in the person’s phone number. 4. This is not a perfect plan. Your cell phone may be damaged or lost in an accident. So be sure you also carry an identification card with your name, date of birth, and address. List on the card the names and phone numbers of your “in case of emergency” people. Reprinted from the Spring 2009 edition of the “Air Waves -Wisconsin’s Information Network” newsletter



Her grandkids called her “Gigi,” and she let her Agrace care team do the same—because Gigi was truly at home with Agrace. As the community’s nonprofit hospice and palliative care agency, it’s our mission to help people stay comfortable at home. The best care … possible, for 35 years.

Additional opportunities for free admittance to the Gardens include: ■ National Public Gardens Day: Friday, May 9th

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For more information contact the Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville, 608.752.3885.

AARP Smart Drivers Course at Beloit Senior Center, Beloit

When: Thursday, April 17, 2014 Time: 8:00 a.m.—12 noon Cost: $15.00 / AARP Members $20 non members NEW UPDATED COURSE!!! To sign up call Grinnell Hall Beloit Senior Center at 608-364-2875.

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The first time I moved to The Heights, it was because I listened to my family and my doctor. The second time I moved to The Heights, it’s because I wanted to live here. We have fun here! Activities, outings, shopping fresh-made meals served daily, housekeeping services, 24-hour staff, emergency call system, even rehab therapists if you need them. This is a senior living community where people know me by name. That’s why I live at The Heights

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Run Short of Food at the End of the Month?

• cereal • dried and canned milk • peanut butter • canned meat • dried beans • rice, instant potatoes or pasta The food is bought by the US Dept of Agriculture is wholesome, easy to open and eat and requires little preparation.

A “Stock Box” might be your answer If you are a senior, living in Wisconsin on a fixed income, or if you care about someone who fits this description, sign them up for the monthly Stockbox program! What? Stockboxes are free, pre-packaged boxes of food. They are filled with nutritious items that can round out a

meal. Each cardboard “Stockbox” is filled with: • cheese • canned fruit • canned vegetables • juice

Requirements: • Must be age 60 or older • Must be low income (monthly income - single up to $1180; couple $1579) • A spouse may also receive a “Stockbox” if a couples combined monthly income does not exceed $1579.

Ask a Dietitian

There is an ever increasing barrage of nutritional information which can be confusing and overwhelming. Just reading the magazine covers while standing in line at the grocery store provides a cornucopia of nutritional tips and ideas. Between television, articles in magazines and the internet, it can be difficult to discern the validity of the information provided. Beginning with the May issue of the Senior Review, there will be a monthly column written by a

Healthy Eating For Successful Living in Older Adults Take advantage of those New Year’s resolutions to begin a journey of healthy eating! The evidencebased program “Healthy Eating for Successful Living” will help build a sense of empowerment as we incorporate healthy changes into our lives. The Rock County Council on Aging is offering a six-week educational class, Healthy Eating for Successful Living. The program is open to older adults interested in learning about nutrition and how lifestyle changes can promote better health through nutrition and exercise. Participants will learn goal setting and brainstorming strategies to increase bone and heart healthy food choices. The focus of the program is to stress heart and bone healthy nutrition strategies to help maintain or improve

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wellness and independence, and prevent chronic disease development or progression. Some topic areas covered are: • Eating healthy on a budget • Identify nutritious food choices • Adapt favorite recipes • Understand food labels • How to overcome cravings • Portion sizes • And much more! The class with be held at The Gathering Place, 715 Campus, Milton beginning Friday, April 4 through May 9, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. There is no charge for the workshop, but pre-registration is required. To register or for more information, contact the Rock County Council on Aging at (608) 758-8455 or register online at

Those who are eligible but homebound or unable to get to ECHO can fill out paperwork to have their monthly “Stockbox” picked up for them by people they authorize. Enrollment takes less than ten minutes. REGISTER and DISTRIBUTION 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Monday thru Thursday ECHO, 65 South High Street, Janesville Identification is required. All senior residents in Rock County that meet the above requirements are eligible for the “Stockbox” and can obtain it through ECHO. For more information, contact ECHO at 608-754-5333.

registered dietitian, Rebecca Suehring, answering questions from readers. If you have a nutritional question, please mail it to: Rock County Council on Aging, Nutrition Program, 51 S Main Street, Janesville WI 53545 or email to Each month a question will be selected from those which are submitted. Please note that it is not the intent of the column to address specific medical conditions. Be sure to read the column each month to learn how to improve or maintain a healthy life through good nutrition.

Do You Eat Alone Most Of The Time? By Ranee Goodroad, Nutrition Program Supervisor Many people don’t like to eat alone or cook just for one. Often it is easier to eat snacks rather than a meal. Many snack foods are high in salt, sugar, and fat, but low in the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy. Find ways to make meals fun and healthy. Here are some tips that might help. Things you could do at home: • Watch TV or listen to the radio while you eat to make it feel as if someone is there with you. • Ask a friend or relative to call around mealtime. Talk to them while you eat. • Sit at the table and set your place with a placemat and a fresh flower. Make it a special meal just for you. Things you could do to include other people: • Have lunch at one of the Golden

Diners centers of which there are five in Rock County. This will give you an opportunity to meet new people and enjoy activities. The menus, locations and schedule for the dining centers are included in each issue of the Senior Review. For information or to make a reservation, call the Rock County Council on Aging at 757-5474. • Ask a friend or neighbor over to share a meal. • Ask grandchildren over for a meal and teach them how to make your favorite recipe. • Get a group of people together for a pot-luck. Share the leftovers. • Attend pot-luck suppers in the community. • Go grocery shopping with a friend. Then cook and share a meal together. Healthy eating is a basic cornerstone of good health even for those who eat alone most of the time. Just find what works best for you and do it.

ADRC of Rock County Celebrates One Year Anniversary Have you ever had to make ten phone calls in order to answer one simple question? Do you want to know what your options are regarding Long Term Care Services? Well then, the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Rock County (ADRC) is the place to turn to. The ADRC, for those who are unaware, is a place where the elderly, adults with physical disabilities, adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families and/or caregivers, can come or call to get information and assistance on aspects of life related to aging and/ or living with a disability. The ADRC offers a variety of services including, but not limited to, information and assistance, benefits counseling, public funding, options counseling, transition services and elder/adult at risk reporting. The information we provide is accurate and unbiased and we are happy to assist with any questions or issues you may have. The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Rock County has now officially been open for one year as of March 13th of 2014. The ADRC has a lot to offer the residents of Rock County. We have eight Information and Assistance Specialists

on staff who have access to and are very knowledgeable of a wide variety of services and programs in Rock County that even our very own Rock County residents may not realize exist. Let the ADRC of Rock County be your single point of entry to discuss your needs and concerns with an Information and Assistance Specialist and let them do the research on your behalf in order to get you pointed in the right direction. The ADRC also has two Disability Benefits Specialists on staff that can assist adults with a disability, ages 1859, obtain public and private benefits they may be eligible for. The services at the ADRC are free and confidential and there are no income or asset limits to receive our services. If you or someone you know has questions pertaining to areas such as: Adaptive Equipment, Health and Wellness programs, Housing Options, In-home personal/supportive care, Public Funding or Transportation, just to name a few; call the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Rock County today at 608741-3600. The ADRC is located directly next to the Janesville Job Center at 1900 Center Ave., with a blue awning above our entrance. We also accept walk-ins Monday-Friday from 8:00am-4:30pm

Grinnell’s Got Talent Annual Talent Show Yes folks, it is that time of year again! Celebrate the ending of a long winter and bring on the entertainment! We are searching for area talent to perform at our show! Musicians, singers, story tellers and more! Show us what you can do. The show will be held on Friday, April 11 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Each talent slot is approximately 10 minutes and spots are limited. To reserve your spot, call Paula at Grinnell and sign up now! If you are a paid member of Grinnell, there will be no charge for the show. Please pick up your ticket at the front desk beginning Monday, March 31. If you are not a paid member, the show will cost $1.00. (Note: there is still a lot of time to come and renew or sign up for your membership!) For more information or to call Grinnell Hall at 608364-2875. Article reprinted from the “Power of 50” Plus March newsletter


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“I can’t come up with anything I don’t love!” she replies. She enjoys the programs, delicious food, and is one of the “Baking Ladies” concocting goodies for the residents. Her doctor and children wanted her to live where she could “be active” and she is!

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Continuity is Key in Home Care

he maze of long-term care options can be just that — a maze. Many people aren’t sure where to turn next, or what avenues are even available for them. What level of care do I (or a loved one) need? Who would benefit from these services? Where can I get them? Navigating the resources available to you can be difficult and overwhelming. To be a wise health care consumer, do some research on your own, ask family and friends for referrals, and reach out to your local Aging and Disability Resource Center. Home Health United also offers informational visits where a medical social worker can meet with you and your caregivers or loved ones in your home or via phone and answer any questions you may have. The more information you can gather, the more empowered you’ll be when you’re ready to make a decision regarding your long-term care needs. Depending on the level of care you’re in need of, you may hear these terms: home health care, palliative care, and hospice. But what’s the difference between these levels of home health care? Home health helps you recover from an illness or injury, regain independence, and become as self-sufficient as possible. Palliative care is a form of home health care in which patients face chronic or quality of life-limiting illnesses, and focuses on the relief of symptoms, pain and stress. Patients may receive curative treatments. Hospice is for patients with a limited life expectancy, who are no longer receiving curative treatments for any terminal illness.

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But what if you still aren’t sure if home health services are for you? Anyone with one or more of the following may benefit from a level of home health care: an acute and/or chronic health condition(s); a new diagnosis; concerns regarding medications; functional and/or cognitive decline; frequent hospitalizations/ER visits; pain/symptom control issues; frequent falls or fear of falling; home safety issues; mobility/endurance concerns; and terminal care. If you’re at the point where you’re ready for home care, how should you choose a provider? “Moving through the maze of long-term care is hard enough, you don’t need to make it more difficult than it already is,” said Janet Bollig, Social Worker and Sr. Business Development Specialist for Home Health United. “Look for an agency that can provide the continuum of care. When you need to make those care transitions from home health to palliative to hospice, choose an agency that can help you through the entire time.”

There is a new e-mail scam that uses fake funeral announcements as a way to infect your computer with malicious software also known as malware. According to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, the e-mails contain limited information, noting only that an upcoming service will be held for a “friend” and providing a link for more details. If you receive a similar e-mail, delete it immediately. Under no circumstances should an e-mail recipient click the link in the e-mail. The link will direct the browser to a foreign website where a .zip file will automatically be downloaded. If this .zip file is opened, malware will be installed on the victim’s computer. An e-mail received by a Wisconsin resident fraudulently claimed to be from Eubank Funeral Home & Cremation Services, a legitimate company in Texas. The company has placed a warning message on the home page of its website to warn the public about this scam and the misuse of its name. Similar e-mails in this scam may use the names of other businesses. For more information or to file a consumer complaint, visit, send an e-mail to or call the Consumer Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-422-7128. Published with permission from the Legal Services Team at the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources’ Elder Law & Advocacy Center.

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Ways to Help Wandering By Tammy Pence, Director of Community Relations for Azura Memory Care


andering is one of the most common symptoms exhibited by those living with memory loss. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6 out of 10 people with memory loss will wander outside of the home and become lost. If not found within 24 hours, up to half of those who wander risk serious injury or death. In some, episodes of wandering can last for a few days, while in others it can go on for months or even years. After this long, snowy, cold winter most people crave to be outside. Therefore, it is no wonder that the warmer Spring breezes bring on an increase in wandering for those with memory loss. Wandering can be brought on by a feeling of anxiety or signal a change in the progression of the disease or an infection. It is can be one of the most frustrating, scary and draining times for the caregiver, as they feel the need to always be on high alert. However, if you take a step back and look at wandering as simply the disease trying to speak for your loved one, it may help you understand and provide the patience needed to enter into their wandering world.

For example, every afternoon your eighty year old mother begins pacing and trying to leave the house. She says that she needs to meet the kids at the bus. Our first reaction may be to explain to Mom that her kids are grown and that she doesn’t need to meet the bus anymore, but this may further confuse and upset her. In reality what the disease is actually expressing for her is that she has the desire to be needed and valued. Our job is to meet that need. Our job is to use her personal history and try to relate to her feelings of anxiety. In addition, we need to enter her reality and possibly engage her in a conversation about her kids, then slowly refocus the conversation towards other topics. You could also consider going with her for a walk to help release her anxiety or find something else she enjoys like listening to her favorite song. You could also bring Mom a chair so that she can sit and wait for the bus, again providing her with another activity to do while she waits and thereby changing her focus naturally to another activity. However, if your loved one is exiting outdoors, please consider investing in alarms for all of the doors for your home, enrolling them in the Medic Alert + Safe Return program offered

by the Alzheimer’s Association and investigate secure homes in your area, like Azura Memory Care, that specialize in caring for those with memory loss. In addition, we are asking for everyone’s support in advocating for the Silver Alert law recently passed by the State of Wisconsin House of Representatives that would build upon the success of Wisconsin’s Amber Alert system and allow for its use in finding missing at-risk elderly adults. Currently this law is still waiting to be heard in the State Senate. Please take a minute to call to your State Senator and that they help push this important legislation to the floor and to our

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tress is a part of all of our lives. A little bit keeps us on our toes and can help us perform to the best of our abilities. But caregivers often have more stress than is manageable and that stress can be overwhelming and cause health concerns. We’ve all heard of the benefits of reducing stress to improve our health and “add years to our lives”. We know we “should” do it, but how can we realistically manage stress with our busy lifestyles? There are many ways to reduce April Is and manage stress in your life. National Taking time for yourself not only Stress will help you but will also benefit Awareness those around you by giving you Month more energy and patience to deal with all that life throws your way. The following lists just a few examples of what you can do when you feel stressed. Many take little time and can easily fit into your daily routine. Breathe deeply When stressed, our breathing often becomes shallow. Make a conscious effort to deepen your breaths by “breathing with your belly.” Place your hands on your stomach and make them rise and fall with each breath. As you exhale, imagine that you are pushing out all of your frustration. Listen to soothing music Check your local library for CDs of classical, instrumental or relaxation music. Play music softly in the background while you go about your daily routine or set aside time to just listen to the music. Have a massage or a back rub A massage is a fantastic way to have the stress rubbed right out of you. Maintain a healthy diet Lots of fruits, veggies and whole grains give us

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energy and keep our body fueled. Limit caffeine, sugar and junk food as these can increase our feelings of stress and leave us feeling “wired”. Write down your thoughts You don’t need a fancy journal; just a notebook to write out your thoughts at the end of each day can do wonders to release negativity and anxiety. Get regular exercise Exercise can help clear your mind and work off feelings of frustration and anxiety. Something as simple as a daily walk can leave you feeling more energetic. Try something new like yoga or Tai Chi. Find a local class or check out a DVD at your local library to use at home. Stay connected Stay in touch with your friends and family and let them know what’s going on. Ask them for help in giving care. Look for help in your community. Community services include meal delivery, transportation, and supportive home care.

Soak in a warm bath Add some relaxing bath salts to the warm water to relax your mind and body. See the following recipe. Enjoy a hobby Take time for something you really love to do. Whether it’s knitting, baking or line dancing, take the time to do it. Take care of yourself to stay well. Often we don’t realize that we are becoming stressed until we are already there. Relaxing needn’t be complicated or expensive, and it shouldn’t disrupt your daily routine. Instead, incorporate these tips into your lifestyle and enjoy a healthier, happier day! To connect with the Caregiver Support Coordinator in your area call Rock County Council on Aging, Caregiver Support Specialist at 608-758-8455. Some information adapted from

Whooping Cough or Pertussis in Seniors Most of us remember giving our kids the Pertussis (Whooping Cough) vaccine with little thought to our own susceptibility. But right now Wisconsin is experiencing an increase in whooping cough cases in all age groups. Pertussis is a highly contagious bacterial disease that causes uncontrollable, violent coughing. The coughing can make it hard to breathe and the deep "whooping" sound is often heard when the patient tries to take a breath. If someone with whooping cough sneezes or coughs, tiny droplets which hold the bacteria spread through the air. Once the infection takes hold, it’s tenacious, usually lasting at least six weeks. The first symptoms are similar to the common cold, but about 10 to 12 weeks after exposure to the bacteria severe episodes of coughing start. These coughing

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spells can lead to vomiting or a short loss of consciousness. Pertussis should always be considered when vomiting occurs with coughing. If you suspect you have whooping cough, go to your doctor and ask him to test for it. Your physician will take a sample from your nasal secretions and send it to the lab. Because the test takes a while, your MD may start you on a treatment course of antibiotics immediately is he/she suspects whooping cough. If started early enough, antibiotics like erythromycin will reduce or eliminate the symptoms within a short period of time. The big problem is that most patients are diagnosed too late, when antibiotics aren't very effective. Even so, the medicines can help reduce the patient's ability to spread the disease to others. Forget about cough mixtures: neither expectorants

nor suppressants are effective and physicians recommend that you do not use them. If you are a caregiver for young children, or spend time around children please consider updating your tetanus vaccination with one that now also contains the Pertussis component. Even if it has only been 2 years since you got your last Td, you can receive the new vaccine. To prevent catching pertussis: use good hand washing, avoid close contact with others that have a cough, see your doctor if you get a serious cough after having a cold especially if the cough lasts for weeks, and please consider getting a vaccine. It’s highly effective and can prevent pretty serious complications. For more information about pertussis, contact your doctor or the Rock County Health Department at 608-757-5442.

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Benefit Specialist Community Outreach Schedule April 2014 What is a Benefit Specialist and how can they help me? A Benefit Specialist is responsible for assisting older persons in gaining access to benefits, entitlements and legal rights. They work with county residents, age 60 years and older, regardless of financial status. There is no charge for their services. The Benefit Specialist can help you with problems in areas such as Medicare, Medicare Part D, Social Security, SSI, Medical Assistance, Homestead Tax Credit, Food Stamps and other benefit problems. The Benefit Specialist outreach schedule is listed below. Appointments can be made to meet at the office or at an outreach site. If home bound, arrangements can be made for a home visit.

NEED DENTURES??? The Marquette University School of Dentistry is recruiting patients for its annual complete denture training program. The program provides 25 eligible patients with a new set of complete dentures for the low cost of $200. Eligible participants are individuals with no remaining natural teeth. Interested participants should need a new set because of age, wear, a lost or broken set, or due to loss of fit over time. Each participant will be expected to attend an orientation in May and then seven weekly visits starting in June. Each visit will be approximately three hours long on Wednesday mornings. Participants MUST attend all sessions. Screenings for potential patients is ongoing at the dental school, located at 1801 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee. Each potential participant must pay for an x-ray, which has a cost of $20 due at time of screening. For more information or screening appointment, contact Marquette School of Dentistry at 414-288-0761. If you interested in this program and are over age 60, and need a ride to Milwaukee for these appointments, the Rock County Council on Aging has a volunteer driver program that may be available. For more information about the transportation program, contact the Specialized Transportation Department at 757-5054.

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Lachel Fowlers' Schedule For seniors who live in Afton, Beloit, Clinton, Evansville, Milton, Orfordville, Hanover & Brodhead contact Lachel at Council on Aging at 757-5414. 1 Clinton Senior Center 11:30 – 1:00 2 Creekside Place - Evansville 11:30 – 1:00 3 Beloit Senior Center 8:00 – Noon 7 Milton Senior Center 11:30 – 1:00 8 Beloit Senior Center 8:00 – Noon 21 Merrill Community Center 11:30 – 12:30 23 Beloit Senior Center 8:00 – Noon 30 Beloit Senior Center 8:00 – Noon

Josh Hinz’s Schedule For seniors who live in Janesville, Edgerton, Footville and Johnstown contact Josh Hinz, Benefit Specialist, Senior Services of Rock County at 757-5940 Ext 4. Call office for dates of outreach. Janesville Green Forest Run Apartments 2:00 – 3:00 Faith Lutheran Church 11:30 – 1:00 Hedberg Public Library 1:30 – 2:30 Edgerton Public Library 10:30 – 11:30 Riverview Heights Apartments 11:30 -- 1:00 Edgerton Elm Drive Apartments 2:00 – 3:00 Janesville Senior Center – Lobby Area 1:00 – 2:00 NOTE: If schedules should change, the outreach location will be notified prior to that date, whenever possible.

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Grilled Raspberry Chicken CA Mix Vegetables Tossed Salad Tossed Salad Hot Peaches & Garlic Bread Granola Melon Mix Wheat Roll (D) Carrot Cake 7 8 9 V10 Rosemary Pork Scalloped Chicken Beef Stew Quiche w/ Broccoli Roast w/ Mushrooms Cauliflower w/ and Cheese Peas and Carrots Rice Pilaf Red Pepper Cheesy Potato Red Cabbage Sliced Beets Fruit Cocktail Casserole Wheat Bread Green Beans Biscuit Carrots Pineapple & Dinner Roll M & M Cookie Wheat Roll Red Grapes Peaches (D) Watermelon (D) Chicken Drumsticks Mashed Potatoes w/ Gravy Broccoli Dinner Roll Peanut Butter Cookie



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BBQ Chicken Leg & Thigh Baked Potato Green Beans Wheat Bread Fruit Cocktail


Polish Sausage San Francisco Veg

Hot Turkey Mashed Potatoes Gravy Carrots Wheat Bread Pineapple


Cr. of Broccoli Soup ½ Turkey Sandwich Rosemary Red Potatoes Hot Applesauce w/ Wheat Roll Cinnamon Fruit Whip Salad Mixed Vegetables Chocolate Cake V22 Hot Dog w/ Bun Carrots Tossed Salad Jello w/ Fruit



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Mushroom Cr Sauce Parsley Red Potatoes

Mediterranean Blend Vegetables Dinner Roll Applesauce

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Meals served Monday – Friday. Milk is served with all meals. Coffee and tea served with dining center meals. Suggested Donation for Each Meal: $3.25 (dining center) $3.65 (home delivered) Dining center meals require reservations which must be made by noon of the prior business day. For reservations or additional information, please call Rock County Nutrition Program at 757-5474. Meals are available to anyone 60 years or older. Home delivered meals are available only to those 60 years of age and homebound. Funding provided by Title III (Older Americans Act) and donations. Rock County COA Nutrition Program is an equal opportunity provider. No eligible person will be denied a meal.

Senior Center 508 Front Street Meals Served at 11:45 a.m. Managers: Chris Tracy and Pam Dewey Beloit Grinnell Hall 631 Bluff Street Meals served at 11:45 a.m. Manager: Cindy Ross Evansville Creekside Place 102 Maple Street Meals served at 11:45 a.m. Transportation Available Manager: Pat Engendorf Milton The Gathering Place 715 Campus Lane Meals Served at Noon Transportation Available Manager: Mary JurgensJones

Our Ancestral Home

By Helen Jean Close


rom the time of my birth I lived in the house built by my greatgrandfather in 1870, a large two-story building on three acres at 1041 North Bluff Street on the edge of Janesville. The address was later changed to 1109 North Parker Drive. Some of the room ceilings were not quite level and once in a while the plaster gave way, sometimes onefourth of the ceiling would fall down. Hopefully this was when no one was under it but there was no guarantee. This happened in the living room once and in two of the bedrooms on separate occasions. My father was not a carpenter but he was the repairman. He replaced the missing plaster by purchasing dry plaster that he mixed with water and stirred up himself. Some of the replacements were not as professionally done as the original ceiling. The main floor of the home had a large living room, master bedroom, dining room and kitchen. We had no indoor plumbing when we were small. An outhouse in the backyard, with three holes in a wooden bench to sit on, was our toilet. A Sears Roebuck catalog and the Janesville newspaper provided toilet paper. The girls had a pail to carry upstairs to the bedroom for use at night. The first girl down in the morning was to empty the toilet pail in the outhouse. We got our drinking water from a pump in the backyard. A pump in the kitchen sink brought rainwater, collected in an underground cistern, to use for washing dishes, washing clothes and taking baths. My mother got out the big round laundry tub on Saturday nights, heated water on the kitchen stove and

we three girls took turns having our weekly baths in birth order – Peggy, Helen Jean and Patsy. The tub was placed on top of the furnace grate, about four feet by four feet, in the living room. This was to keep the water from getting cold by the time the third one got out. My mother not only washed us but also washed and set our hair. It took up most of Saturday night to get ready for church the next day. I don’t know if my mother and dad used the same tub water after we went to bed. My mother never showed her body to us or undressed in front of us. She and my father always shut the doors and dressed behind closed doors. In 1941, when I was nine years old, Franklin Roosevelt’s vision of employing the many unemployed came to be. The Works Progress Administration, known as WPA, was organized. WPA constructed many projects throughout the United States. Fortunately for us, they dug ditches and installed sewer and water lines and positioned curb and gutters along North Bluff Street from Glen Street to the area just past our house, which was the city limits, and widened the street. My parents hired a plumber as soon as the WPA project was finished in 1941. We had a bathtub, sink and toilet installed downstairs in the former pantry and a sink and toilet upstairs in a former closet. The kitchen got a double sink and we no longer had to go outside to pump waster. The water pump in the kitchen was dismantled.

High ceilings made it difficult to heat the house, especially with a coal - or wood-burning furnace. Baker or Cullen Coal Company delivered a ton of coal when needed. This filled up half the basement. The coal company driver drove up on the lawn and backed in by the side of a window to the basement. He tilted the coal box on the truck and let the coal drop on a slide into the dirt-floor basement coal bin. A wooden division kept the coal convenient for the furnace yet kept it far enough away from the furnace so it didn’t catch fire before it was used. The basement was pretty crude, made of large rocks with no insulation. No one knew the word “insulation” back in the “bad old days” anyway. (My mother used to call anything before her time the “bad old days.”) The bottom grate of the furnace had to be cleaned out frequently. My father put the clinkers and ashes in the opposite corner from the coal bin. This was a dirty job and he did not want to do it wearing a clean shirt. When there was a big enough pile of ashes, my father placed them in buckets and carried them up through the outside basement stairs. He put them in a wheelbarrow that he pushed down to the edge of the dump located at the south side of our property. My father could dispose of them without

having to put them in the car and drive somewhere else. Of course we did have to contend with the smell of garbage in the dump but I don’t remember it being very bad. This dump was used for about 15 years when I was small. The caretaker set parts of it on fire every day, tending the fire with a rake. This crude system seemed to work okay and was used by the City of Janesville, until the city took over parts of a sand and gravel pit for their dump. Highway 51 (Parker Drive) was at the front of our property and Rock River at the back. A farmer’s large fields of potatoes and corn were at the right and the city dump on the left. How many other people had a house surrounded by a river, a highway, farmland and a city dump? Helen Jean Close, was born in Janesville in 1932. She earned a B.S. degree in Physical Education from UWLaCrosse (1954); Master of Arts in Counseling from New York University (1964); and Boston University with additional counseling (1971). After teaching physical education at Evansville, WI, she taught children of service members in Japan and Germany. She was a counselor in Stuttgart, Kaiserslautern, Lakenheath and Hanau (1965-1997). Helen enjoys travel, writing and her computer. She is active in St. Mary’s Church, Woman’s Club, Senior Center, Retired Teachers, AAUW and AARP.

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