Aug 25, 26 – My Big Fat Greek Festival 2

, Lincoln\’s annual Greek Festival, will be held Aug 26-27, 2016 at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 950 N 63rd St, Lincoln.
Authentic Greek food & pastries, Greek dancing, silent auction & raffle, Church tours, jewelry & gifts, children\’s activities, family friendly. Music by Tim Javorsky of Sarabande Music. Hours are 4-10pm on Aug 26th & 11am to 10pm on Aug 27th.
Admission $2.00 for adults or the donation of a non-perishable food item to support the Food Bank of Lincoln. Admission is free for military personnel, firefighters & police officers (with ID) & children 12 & younger. For information contact 402-975-9897. Like us on Facebook – My Big Fat Greek Festival 2.

Life in a Jar- Sendler’s List Today I Found Out

One of the people mentioned was a Polish woman named Irena Sendler, who was said to have saved 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw ghetto. Schindler had saved about 1,100 people. “We thought this had to be a mistake or something,” said Conard. “Maybe this Sendler saved 250, but not 2,500. I mean, nobody had ever heard of this woman.”

Source: Life in a Jar- Sendler’s List

4 ways we get better with age – United Health Care

Older, yes. Wiser, you bet. How about happier too?

Do you tend to think of getting older as a to-be-expected decline? Well, there’s plenty of reason to look up.

In fact, here’s something to keep in mind: For many people, midlife and beyond may be some of their best years yet. Here are four good reasons why:

1. Optimism helps light the way – Research shows that as people grow older they’re more likely to have optimistic attitudes than those in younger age groups. They also tend to experience fewer emotional storms — and enjoy greater inner peace.

A tip for the ages: Focus on the positives in your life. One simple way to do this is with gratitude. For example, create a journal to note things you’re grateful for — both big and small.

2. Mixing and mingling come easier – By midlife, many people feel more confident in social situations — and more comfortable with who they are. And that’s a big plus for building relationships, a key to healthy aging. When you have people you can turn to for support and companionship, it can be a buffer against feeling lonely or depressed.

A tip for the ages: Reach out to family and friends regularly. And make an effort to make new pals. Volunteering in your community is a great way to meet people. And you can feel good about what you’re doing too.

3. Wisdom grows with time – After decades of experience, many people find they’re better at:

  • Adapting to career and life changes
  • Coping with a crisis
  • Making good financial decisions

A tip for the ages: Let your years boost your confidence. When faced with challenges, remind yourself of all you’ve managed in the past. And consider sharing your experience by being a mentor.

4. Curiosity is ageless – Learning new things can be revitalizing — and help keep your brain and memory sharp. Maybe that’s building furniture, starting a blog, studying a new language or taking up salsa dancing.* And if you have kids, they may be more independent now. That may mean you have more free time for new pursuits too.

A tip for the ages: You may find that your interests and preferences change over time. So be open to new endeavors that may be worth a try.

LightbulbWhat to do next – Set your sights on brighter days ahead. Envision the future you want with these 7 strategies for setting and working toward goals.

*Talk with your doctor before significantly increasing your activity level.


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Aug 25 – Free video “Unstuck! Lightening the Heart of the Family Caregiver with Humor

Lincoln ‐ AARP State Office

Join us for an in‐person watch party for our Online Family Caregiving Event, “Unstuck! Lightening the Heart of the Family Caregiver with Humor,” Thursday, August 25th at 6:00 PM at the AARP Nebraska State office in Suite 201 of the Cornhusker Plaza, 301 S. 13th in Lincoln. Parking is available in the Cornhusker Hotel Garage. The entrance to the garage is on L Street just before 12th Street. Parking will be validated for those who attend the watch party. Seating is limited so register early.

Peter Rosenberger, a 30‐year caregiver, author and AARP Tennessee volunteer will show you how to lighten you heart, rediscover your identity and find a safe emotional path – all with a healthy dose of his outrageous humor and candor.

Plus, AARP will provide free refreshments and a chance to win a copy of Peter’s new book “Hope for the Caregiver: Encouraging Words to Strengthen Your Spirit.”

Please make plans to join us for this special in‐person watch party! Register online to attend or by calling the AARP Event Registration Center at 1‐866‐740‐6947.

It is not necessary to be an AARP member to register for the event. For more information, please contact me.

If you can’t attend the watch party in person, you can also watch the webinar online at

NE‐register webinar‐lighten caregiver heart humor beginning at 5:00PM Mountain Time, 6:00 PM Central Time and 7:00PM Eastern Time. The presentation is an hour long.

Please feel free forward this special invitation to anyone you know who might be interested in participating.

Looking forward to seeing you on August 25thMany thanks,

Suzy Campbell Mary Shada – Co‐Chair Southeast Respite Coordinator – Nebraska Caregiver Coalition Nebraska Respite Network


Sept 10 – Respite Training


Free Respite Training

Learn how to become a Respite Care Worker! – 
Learn more about helping families in a Crisis Situation!
Please attend an educational course that provides respite training to adults and teens that want to offer very special care and assistance to caregivers.
As a paid or volunteer respite  worker, you give the gift of your time to provide a valuable service. You will spend one-on-one time with a child or adult, giving only as much time as you are willing and able to give.  

DATE: September 10, 2016
 TIME: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Lunch Provided)
 WHERE:  First Evangelical Free Church
3280 S 84th St, Lincoln, NE  68506
In the multipurpose room
Please enter the church from the south side.
 REGISTER: Call Mary Shada @ 402-434-3494 x103
COST: Free!

During this unique, interactive training program, you will receive the education and tools needed to be confident and successful in providing respite care to adults and children.    We will also help prepare respite workers to be able to provide CRISIS respite if the need should arise.  The ultimate goal of this course is to assist individuals to become effective respite providers by learning the three key steps of support:

10 Ways to Beat the High Cost of Assisted Living

Are you aware of how you can help your loved ones afford the cost of assisted living without compromising care? Learn more.

Source: 10 Ways to Beat the High Cost of Assisted Living


10 Ways to Beat the High Cost of Assisted Living

Posted On 13 Jan 2016

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Are you aware of these tips that can help you and your loved ones afford senior living, without compromising the quality of care?

Learn more about how to beat the high costs of assisted living.

How to Better Afford Assisted Living

Arranging senior living can be challenging, emotionally taxing and expensive, particularly when a person requires senior living with personal care, such as an assisted living community, residential care home or memory care provider.

“For family members seeking a place for a loved one,” says Tom L. who worked with A Place for Mom, “it can be a difficult time emotionally and mentally.”

Add to that the ever-rising costs of senior care — and the average monthly assisted living rent — and the situation can go from difficult to overwhelming.

For the countless families caught in the gap between being able to pay for senior care out of pocket and, at the other end of the spectrum, having low enough income and assets to qualify for Medicaid, finding affordable assisted living may seem like an impossible dilemma.

But don’t lose heart — there are plenty of strategies that can help you fit quality senior care into your budget:

1. Plan Ahead and Do Your Research

Give yourself and your senior loved ones enough time to evaluate senior care communities before they move in. If you’ve got your eye on a specific location, join the waiting list. If you wait until the last minute, you may end up having to pay for a community that’s at the high end of your budget — or that doesn’t meet your needs.

2. Get It Right the First Time

If you have to move your loved one several times until you get the right fit, you’ll end up spending more money. Instead, do your due diligence: visit locations multiple times, check their licensing, talk to the local long-term care ombudsman, and have an attorney review the contract. Use this assisted living checklist to help you find the right match.

3. Ask About Price Flexibility

The official cost of assisted living facilities may not be set in stone — ask about move-in incentives, and whether they might be willing to negotiate the monthly price.

4. Consider a Different Location

As with other types of housing, the cost of assisted living varies by location.

“In our initial search as a family, we hadn’t even considered looking out of state even though [the community we ended up choosing is] very close in proximity for many of my siblings,” said one A Place for Mom user. Suburbs or outlying communities may be more affordable, so be flexible enough to look outside your zip code or ideal location.

5. Compare A La Carte Costs with Inclusive Pricing

Some assisted living facilities offer a sort of “a la carte” menu, making it possible to choose some services but take care of others yourself. Family members or volunteer services may be able to fill in the gaps in a more cost-effective way. Bear in mind, though, that for some families an all-inclusive option might be more affordable, especially in some geographic areas where the cost of living is higher.

6. Consider Long-Term Care Insurance

For those unable to pay for assisted living out of pocket, private insurance, Medicare or Medicaid may help — but these services generally don’t pay for everything. Long-term care insurance can address that gap, andestate planning can give you greater access to financing long-term care.

7. Share a Room

In many types of senior living, a shared space is more cost-effective than a single room or apartment. Check on the costs for shared vs. individual rooms.

8. Explore Veterans Benefits

If your loved one or his or her spouse has served in the armed forces, they may be eligible for benefits through the Department of Veteran Affairs to offset the cost of senior care.

9. Compare Care Types

What type of care is most appropriate for your loved one? Maybe you don’t need the added cost of assisted living — independent living, for instance, might better suit your budget and your requirements. Check our senior care cost planner to compare the cost of living at home to assisted living expenses.

10. Get Personalized Advice

Making a final decision about elder care can be difficult, and sometimes having a knowledgeable advisor can help. Here’s just one example from our APFM community:

“I had gathered a significant amount of data (e.g., room prices, community fees, waiting list, etc.) which was overwhelming. I asked Hollis if she could pull it all together and she provided to me with a matrix of that information.  That was the key for us, as a family, in making a decision where to place my mom.”

Do you have any tips for defraying the cost of senior care? Share your strategies with us in the comments below.

Related Articles:

10 Ways to Beat the High Cost of Assisted Living posted by Sarah Stevenson


Aug 27th – Fundraising Event for Pioneers Park Nature Center

The Prairie Jazz Festival set for Saturday, August 27th is a fundraiser for the Friends of Pioneers Park Nature Center. Attendees will support the development and programming at the Nature Center. Gates will open at 3:30 pm, music will start at 4 pm.

This event will bring local jazz musicians, Sarah Cosano and Cambia, Jackie Allen Quintet, and the Gulizia Brothers, to the tallgrass prairie at Pioneers Park Nature Center. General admission tickets are available for $40 and VIP tickets for $100. VIP tickets include entrance to the performances, premium seating (table and chairs provided) under a shade tent, access to the VIP bar, and a catered meal with two drink tickets.  General Admission ticket holders can bring their own chair or blanket and their own picnic but no outside beverage are allowed. Food and drink will be available for purchase (cash only) from the event vendor, Brewsky’s in the Haymarket. The audience is encouraged to dress casually and comfortably for an evening enjoying splendid local jazz music on the prairie.

The Prairie Jazz Festival is made possible with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Additional support for this event is also provided by The Cooper Foundation, Brewsky’s in the Haymarket, Sandhills Publishing, Union Bank and Trust, Lincoln Parks Foundation.
Visit the event page at for more details about this event and to purchase tickets.
Pioneers Park Nature Center will be closed to the public 1 pm on Saturday, August 27 for The Prairie Jazz Festival.


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