FYI – Opening days is March 11, 2017

The Lincoln Children’s Zoo is taking some of the first steps in the development and expansion of the Zoo on the Antelope Park Triangle.  The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department moved 12 young trees from the Triangle to other locations in Antelope Park, removed declining trees and recycled a tree for use in the department’s new office space.  Additional trees will be removed prior to the bird migratory and nesting season.  An inventory has been prepared of the trees in the Triangle, and many of them are being incorporated into the landscape plan for the expansion project.
“The Zoo will continue its history of creating and maintaining an incredibly diverse selection of plant life in the expanded area,” said Zoo President/CEO John Chapo.  “The expanded Zoo will be home to plants and trees that are native to Nebraska and will aid in storm water management.  In addition, lumber from trees removed will be used in future zoo exhibits and animal habitats.”
The Parks and Recreation Department is preparing to move its offices from just south of the Zoo to the building west of Woods Park at 32nd and O Streets now occupied by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department.  The previously unoccupied third-floor office space is being renovated for use by Parks and Recreation.   Parking for the additional staff is being created in accordance with the approved master plan for Woods Park.  New landscaping will be installed around the parking lot in the spring.   Parks and Recreation plans to move in late March.
For more information about Lincoln Parks and Recreation, visit   For more information on the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, visit

Source: Lincoln Children’s Zoo

Keystone Award, your way to honor leadership and service to seniors.

Seniors Foundation Seeks Nominees for Service Award

LINCOLN (February 20, 2017) – The Seniors Foundation <>  of Lincoln & Lancaster County is seeking nominations for its Keystone Award, which honors leadership and service to seniors.
Deadline for nominations is March 30. Nomination forms are available online at <> .
The Keystone Award honors individuals or groups who have made a significant impact on the lives of seniors today and whose time, energy, effort and/or resources will provide a lasting benefit for years to come.
Past recipients of the Keystone Award, originally called the Community Service Award, include Helen Boosalis, Gil Savery, Lela Shanks, Jerry Joyce, Joe Hampton, Harland Johnson, Scott Young, R. David Wilcox, and Dayle Williamson.

The Keystone Award will be presented May 11 during the Keystone Award Luncheon at the Country Club of Lincoln. For questions, call the Seniors Foundation at 402-441-6179.

About the Seniors Foundation
Founded in 1981, the mission of the Seniors Foundation of Lincoln & Lancaster County is to enrich the lives of seniors by supporting Aging Partners. As a private 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, the Seniors Foundation believes every person has the right to be treated with dignity and respect as they age. Learn more at <> or on Facebook <> at Seniors Foundation of Lincoln/Lancaster County.

Source: Seniors Foundation of Lincoln/Lancaster County

Feb 28 – Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts Documentary

Exclusive Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts Documentary Coming to Lincoln!

You’re invited to join Tabitha for a sneak peek and interactive discussion of the intriguing documentary Alzheimer’s:  Every Minute Counts on Feb. 28 at NET Nebraska (1800 N. 33rd St., Lincoln.) This event is free and open to the public.

The program will begin with a fair and reception at 4 p.m., equipping you with a variety of educational resources to help you learn more about this disease and how it impacts the aging journey. Then watch the exclusive, 60 minute, film which includes stories from caregivers whose loved ones and families have been affected by Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Stay after the screening for an interactive discussion with some of Lincoln’s top dementia professionals and get your questions answered from experts in the field.

This special program serves as an urgent wake-up call to put more resources and awareness towards one of the most critical health crises facing our nation today. An alarming five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. and kills more people than breast and prostate cancer combined. One in every three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. The costs associated with this disease are astronomical. In 2016, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia cost the U.S. $236 billion. By 2050, these costs could rise to more than one trillion dollars.

Seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia have a wide range of abilities, and their needs change as their condition progresses.  Tabitha addresses these diverse needs with a broad range of memory care services within the Tabitha Elder Care Continuum. These services range from proactive aging planning to personalized in-home support to assisted living communities specifically designed for memory care clients. Tabitha also regularly provides educational forums with Q&A sessions open to the public about various topics related to memory care.

Learn more about how Tabitha supports those with memory loss by calling 402.486.8520 or visiting today.

Proudly serving for over 130 years as a nonprofit organization encompassing 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, visit

11 Healthy Hobbies for Seniors

Your aging loved one might want to consider:
1. Creating Art / Doing Crafts
2. Volunteering
3. Swimming
4. Walking
5. Playing Games / Cards
6. Dancing
7. Gardening
8. Practicing Yoga
9. Golfing
10. Caring for a Pet
11. Visiting Family and Friends

Follow the link for details. Source: 11 Healthy Hobbies for Seniors

Alzheimer’s or a Related Dementia and Their Care Partners

Register by – March 6, 2017,

Lincoln Site of Unique Support Group For ALZ/DEM

Sessions for Individuals Living with Alzheimer’s or a Related Dementia and Their Care Partners

A unique support opportunity is available for individuals living with a recent diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or a related dementia and their care partners.  Beginning March 6, 2017, the Alzheimer’s Association will offer a new education and support group in Lincoln for the first-time ever. The group will meet weekly from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. through April 24, 2017. Participants are encouraged to participate in each session.  This free opportunity will be facilitated by committed area professionals dedicated to providing education and support for families impacted by dementia.

In order to more effectively empower and assist individuals living with the diagnosis and their caregivers, providing education and support shortly after a diagnosis is crucial.  Alzheimer’s Association services, such as an early-stage support group, allow families impacted to further understand a diagnosis, to begin strategic and thoughtful planning for the next phase of their lives, and to connect with others who are experiencing similar circumstances for support and social engagement.

“In communities that have previously offered early stage support groups, health professionals have come to know these groups as the first stop for their patients after a diagnosis of dementia is given,” said Diane Hendricks, LCSW of the Alzheimer’s Association Nebraska Chapter. “Often times those living with dementia in the early stage and their care partners tell us they feel all alone. They soon discover through the Early Stage Support Group that education and information provide the tools to help on their path, and also build relationships with others recently diagnosed.”

For more information about the early-stage support group and/or to register to participate, please contact Diane Hendricks at 402.502.4301, x 8251.  Registration for these sessions is required.  For more information, call our 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900 or visit 

In the state of Nebraska, 33,000 individuals are living with a form of dementia, which equates to 12% of the senior population in the state. In addition, 81,000 individuals serve as voluntary caregivers with a total valued cost of care exceeding 1.1 billion dollars annually in Nebraska alone.  Experts predict that by 2025, 40,000 Nebraska seniors will be living with dementia. Alzheimer’s disease continues to be the sixth leading cause of death in the state.  

The Alzheimer’s Association Nebraska Chapter serves all 93 counties in Nebraska.  In addition to offering free education and support services, the Chapter also raises money for local and national research efforts through the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and The Longest Day events.  Staff and volunteers also work together to encourage state legislators to make Alzheimer’s disease a priority in the state by increasing funding for the disease. 

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s



Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the general public to attend a variety of senior-focused activities and classes in Lincoln and Lancaster County from February 20 through 26:
Monday, February 20

Tuesday, February 21

  • Chair Tai Chi, Aging Partners Health and Fitness Center – 9:45 a.m.
  • BINGO, Lake Street Senior Center – 10 a.m.
  • BINGO, Belmont Senior Center – 11:30 a.m.
  • Tai Chi class, Lake Street Senior Center – 12:30 p.m.
  • Stepping On fall prevention class, Grand Lodge at the Preserve – 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Dynamic Movement class, St. Mark’s United Methodist Church – 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 22

  • Senior Health Promotion UNMC Health Clinic, Vermeer Education Center – 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • BINGO, Northeast Senior Center – 10 a.m.
  • Musical performance by The Baker Bunch, Lake Street Senior Center – 10  a.m.
  • BINGO, Downtown Senior Center – 10:30 a.m.
  • Blood pressure screenings by Haven Manor nurses, Hickman Senior Center – 11  a.m.
  • BINGO, JoAnn Maxey Center – 11:30 a.m.
  • 10-Point Pitch and Bridge, Northeast Senior Center – 12:30 to 3 p.m.
  • Diabetes Self-Management Workshop, Gere Library – 1 p.m.
  • Chair Yoga class, Vermeer Education Center – 3 p.m.

Thursday, February 23

  • Beginners Tai Chi for Balance and Fall Prevention (Basic 8 Form), Auld Recreation Center – 9 a.m.
  • Downtown Senior Health Promotion UNMC Health Clinic, Downtown Senior Center – 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • “Surfing the Internet” introductory class, Northeast Senior Center – 9:30 a.m.
  • Movement and Music class, Auld Recreation Center – 10:30 a.m.
  • Piano performance by Carole Amateis, Downtown Senior Center – 10:45 a.m.
  • Blood pressure screenings by Angels Care Home Health nurses, Downtown Senior Center – 11 a.m.
  • Tai Chi class, Lake Street Senior Center – 12:30 p.m.
  • BINGO, Bennet Senior Center – 1 p.m.
  • Dynamic Movement class, St. Mark’s United Methodist Church – 3:30 p.m.

Friday, February 24

  • Traditional Tai Chi (24 Form), Auld Recreation Center – 9 a.m.
  • Musical performance by The UnPaid Bills, Northeast Senior Center – 10 a.m.
  • Tai Chi (Continuing 24 Form), Auld Recreation Center – 10:15 a.m.
  • Chair Yoga class, East Lincoln Christian Church – 11 a.m.
  • 10-point Pitch, Northeast Senior Center – 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Senior Center Meal Schedule (reservations required two working days in advance):
Belmont Senior Center (402-441-7990):  Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m.
Bennet Senior Center (402-416-7693):  Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon
Downtown Senior Center (402-441-7154):  Monday – Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Firth Senior Center (402-416-7693):  Mondays at 11:30 a.m.
Hickman Senior Center (402-792-2006):  Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m.
JoAnn Maxey Senior Center (402-441-7849):  Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:30 a.m.
Lake Street Senior Center (402-441-7157):  Monday – Friday at 11:30 a.m.
Northeast Senior Center (402-441-7151):  Monday – Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Waverly Senior Center (402-416-7693):  Fridays at 11:30 a.m.
Location addresses:
Aging Partners Health and Fitness Center, 233 S. 10th St.
Auld Recreation Center, 1650 Memorial Dr.
Belmont Senior Center, 1234 Judson St.
Bennet Senior Center, 970 Monroe St.
Downtown Senior Center, 1005 “O” St.
East Lincoln Christian Church, 7001 Edenton Road
Firth Senior Center, 311 Nemaha St.
Gere Library, 2400 S. 56th St.
Grand Lodge at the Preserve, 4400 S. 80th St.
Hickman Senior Center, 300 E. 3rd St.
JoAnn Maxey Senior Center, 2032 “U” St.
Lake Street Senior Center, 2400 S. 11th St.
Northeast Senior Center, 6310 Platte Ave.
St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 8550 Pioneers Blvd.
Vermeer Education Center, 4000 S. 84th St.
Waverly Senior Center, 14410 Folkestone St.
For information on classes or to register, call 402-441-7575.  Roundtrip transportation is available for senior center meals and activities in Lincoln only by calling the centers directly (phone numbers listed in meal schedule).  For more information on senior center events and activities, visit (keyword: My Center News) or call 402-441-7158.


Lincoln City Libraries invites the public to two Town Hall meetings next week about a potential new central library in downtown Lincoln.   Library Director Pat Leach said the meetings are an opportunity for residents to share their suggestions for services and resources a new library might offer.   The meeting schedule is as follows:
·      Thursday, February 23rd, 6:30 p.m., Nebraska Educational Telecommunications Center (NET), 1800 North 33rd Street
·      Friday, February 24th, 12:10 p.m., Bennett Martin Public Library, 4th floor auditorium, 136 S. 14th Street

Godfrey’s Associates Inc. of Dallas, Texas in conjunction with HDR Inc. of Lincoln will show images of libraries from around the world and take questions and comments about current and future best practices in public libraries.  

In addition to the Town Halls, Leach will also host several community meetings the following week to seek further input.  The meeting schedule is as follows:
·      Monday, February 27, 4 to 5 p.m., Gere Branch Library, 2400 S. 56th Street
·      Tuesday, February 28, 5 to 6 p.m., Bennett Martin Public Library
·      Wednesday, March 1, 1 to 2 p.m., Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior Street
·      Thursday, March 2, 6 to 7 p.m., Anderson Branch Library, 3635 Touzalin Avenue
·      Friday, March 3, 10 to 11 a.m., Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th Street

For information about the central library project, visit

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