New Caregiver Support Group for ALZ/DEM in Lincoln

Source: Nebraska Chapter | Alzheimer’s Association

Ashleigh Drudik
Alzheimer’s Association Nebraska Chapter

Alzheimer’s Association Volunteers to Offer a New Caregiver Support Group for ALZ/DEM in Lincoln
Support Group Meetings Available for Caregivers of Individuals Living with Dementia
Beginning in June 2017, the Alzheimer’s Association will offer a new caregiver support group in Lincoln. The group will meet on the second Sunday of each month from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM at Home Instead Senior Care Education Center, 1400 Dahlberg Drive, Suite E, Lincoln, NE 68512. This free support opportunity will be facilitated by committed area professionals dedicated to providing education and support for families impacted by dementia.
Other support group options are also available in the Lincoln community as well. For details, visit
In order to more effectively empower and assist caregivers, providing education and support after a diagnosis is crucial. Alzheimer’s Association services allow families impacted to further understand a diagnosis, to employ 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 offer support groups, community members and health professionals turn to these groups to ensure caregivers do not feel isolated and feel empowered by education and support from peers,” said Diane Hendricks, LCSW of the Alzheimer’s Association Nebraska Chapter. “Caregivers soon discover through support groups that education and information provide the tools to help on their path.”

For more information about support groups, please contact either of the support group facilitators for the new group: Kathy, 402.840.0069 or Sarah, 402.560.4339. Registration for these sessions is not required, but interested participants are encouraged to call in advance to ensure meeting details have remained the same. 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.

FFM – Executive Travel | We Simplify Travel

Here are my annual TOP 10 TIPS for using frequent flyer miles and credit card points –

# 1 – American and United have the best frequent flyer programs –

Of the big three domestic airlines AA and UA have web sites that are pretty easy to use to find freebie space. They appear to have a lot more “saver award” space that allows for redemption for a reasonable amount of frequent flyer (FF) miles for both domestic and international free tickets than does Delta. DL freebie space is easy to find but often requires twice as many miles as other airlines. Perhaps their planes are so full they don’t have enough empty seats to redeem for freebies.

# 2 – Book your free tickets very early or very late –

A lot of airlines open up frequent flyer seat inventory very early (11 months in advance) or very late (7 to 10 days prior to departure).

# 3 – Don’t use miles for upgrades but for free premium class tickets –

It is a much better deal to use your miles for free tickets and not for upgrades. Most airlines today charge a very high number of miles plus cash to upgrade a seat domestically and internationally. You are much better off simply using all miles for a freebie premium seat ticket than messing with buying a ticket and then using miles and cash to upgrade and in some cases not being able to confirm your upgrade until the day before travel.

# 4 – Use your miles for international business and first class –

This is how you get the biggest bang for your buck. It is pretty easy math. Saver award space (low season) takes about 25,000 miles for a domestic round trip ticket ($400 value or 1.6 cents per mile). International economy class to Europe is 60,000 miles ($1200 value or 2 cents per mile). International business class is 90,000 miles ($4500 value or 5 cents per mile) and international first class is about 140,000 miles ($9000 value or 6.4 cents per mile). You can easily see the value in your miles is using them for international business and first class seats.

# 5 – Airline partners often have easier and cheaper freebie tickets than the major U.S. Airlines –

United, American, and Delta all belong to airline alliances that allow you to redeem airline miles on multiple airlines. There are 28 airlines in the Star Alliance with United Airlines. It is often much easier and a lot cheaper to find a premium (business or first class) freebie seat on a United partner airline like Lufthansa, ANA, Korean Air, and Asiana than on United Airlines. You are still using UA miles, just flying on a partner airline.

# 6 – Beware of airline fuel surcharges on free tickets –

Three cheers for AA, DL and UA as they don’t charge fuel surcharges on freebie tickets. International airlines like Lufthansa and British Airways can charge $1000 or more in fuel surcharge fees on free tickets.

# 7 – The best credit card with the easiest to use points is the American Express Starwood Preferred Guest card (SPG) –

This is my favorite as you can redeem for hotel room nights as low as 2400 points a night (5 cents a point) at Starwood hotels like Westin, Sheraton and Four Points. You can also use your SPG points and transfer them into airline miles. Here is the best part. For every 20,000 points converted to airline miles you get an extra 5000 miles. So 20,000 points = 25,000 airline miles.

# 8 – I put the majority of my credit card miles into Air Canada’s Aeroplan –

Air Canada is a member with United Airlines in the star alliance so I can use my Aeroplan miles to redeem for UA tickets. Sometimes I can find UA tickets cheaper on the Aeroplan site than on the UA web site. This makes no sense but it happens a lot. I also seem to be able to redeem miles for premium seats on foreign airlines much easier and cheaper on Aeroplan than at

# 9 – Secure your airline tickets first when planning a vacation using FF miles –

The more flexible you are the easier it becomes to find freebie seats using your FF miles. Always start your vacation planning by securing your freebie airline tickets. It is much easier building your hotel stays around your freebie tickets than the other way around.

# 10 – Complimentary upgrades are fast going the way of the dinosaur –

Airlines are dramatically lowering the price of first and business class seats in certain markets to try to get people to buy the seats rather than have all the premium seats filled with non-revenue complimentary upgrade customers. The airlines have figured out in the past that they might sell 4 out of 20 seats in first or business class and the rest were given as complimentary upgrades to their best customers. Now they are trying to lower the price of premium service so that people actually pay for the premium service.

Good news from American Airlines about their new seat pitch –

Last week I wrote about my concern that AA was narrowing the seat pitch on their airplanes from 31 to 29 inches. Obviously, when a person like me, who is 6’4″ hears there will be less legroom between seats it causes heartburn. The good news is that I heard from Becky Braswell, our AA rep that the new seat pitch only applies on the new Boeing 737 Max airplanes and will be only a small handfull of their total fleet. AA is using a new Meridian seat made by Rockwell Interior Systems. The Meridian seat is thinner and lighter but configured more comfortably than some of the bulkier seats you find on other older aircraft.

Please attend our FREE travel night on Thursday! –

Please join us for an alluring and informative evening this Thursday, featuring three of our favorite European destinations; Ireland, Germany and Austria.

Follow Rod Fowler, our Executive Tour Host, as he tour Ireland this September on the wonderful “Ireland – The Emerald Isle” itinerary or travel along with our treasured tour guide, Hildrun Mathies, while she leads you through the magic of the most sought-after Christmas markets in Germany and Austria this November and December. Our “Merry Christmas Europe” yet another of our repeated-by-demand tours, a true fairytale journey!

Our travel night takes place at 7:00pm, at the Bernina Suite #27 at The Shoppes at Piedmont, 1265 S Cotner Blvd, Lincoln, NE 68510. Reserve your spot now by calling 402-458-9845 or RSVP by clicking HERE, space is limited. We are looking forward to seeing you!

Need information on any of the above? 
Call our friendly travel advisors…. 

Lincoln – 402-435-8888 Toll-free 800-737-0582

Source: Executive Travel | We Simplify Travel

Free Jazz – Summer Concert Series

Free Summer Concert Series
Live jazz music will be in the air throughout the summer in Lincoln, Nebraska thanks to James Terry and JazzTime Smooth Radio. He was recently encouraged when Governor Pete Ricketts proclaimed April 2017 as Jazz Appreciation Month just as plans were finalized for two free community concert series.
For the third consecutive year, Downtown Lincoln Association will follow in the tradition of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s, Jazz in June series with Tower Jazz. Starting, July 11, at Tower Square, 13th and P Street, free jazz concerts will be played on Tuesday evenings from 7 – 9 pm.
As part of the Lincoln Parks and Rec Department’s, Party in the Parks events, free concerts are also scheduled on Friday evenings from 7 – 9 pm, in July and August at Lincoln’s Union Plaza, located north of 21st and O Street. Partnering with Ryan Larsen, owner of Roots Music, the series will start on the First Friday, July 7 and run through August 25. Celebrating the diversity of the community a variety of music styles will be showcased.
James Terry provides the best in live jazz entertainment for local and regional events. He also owns JazzTime Smooth Radio, an internet radio station where jazz music can be enjoyed 24/7 at JazzTime Smooth Radio operates from the SCC Focus Suites, located at 285 South 68th Street Place in Lincoln.
For more information contact: James Terry/402-580-6983

Source: JazzTime Smooth Radio – index

June 19 – Eclipse Expert at Hyde Memorial Observatory


Hyde Memorial Observatory invites the public to attend a free presentation by eclipse expert Dr. Kate Russo Monday, June 19 at UNL. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at Henzlik Hall, 1430 Vine. The event is part of Hyde Memorial Observatory’s 40th Anniversary celebration. Nebraska will be one of the best states to view the solar eclipse on August 21. It will be the first total solar eclipse seen in the U.S. since 1979.

Russo is an author, psychologist and eclipse chaser who has seen 10 total eclipses worldwide. She has published three books on eclipses and her latest, “Being in the Shadow,” will be released June 8. Her presentation will provide a detailed understanding of what it is like to experience a total solar eclipse and why it is of interest to everyone.

Hyde Memorial Observatory opened in Holmes Park in 1977. It was built with funds from private contributions and donated to the City. The observatory is one of a few in the U.S. dedicated entirely to public viewing through telescopes and astronomy education. It is staffed by volunteers from Lincoln’s amateur and professional astronomy community. The observatory is open every Saturday night throughout the year, and admission is free.

Information on Russo is available at, and on Facebook at @beingintheshadow. For more information about the Hyde Observatory and eclipse information, visit

Source: Hyde Memorial Observatory | Your Window on the Universe

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laptop ban on flights from Europe on hold

From Executive Travel’s Weekly travel news
The U.S. puts laptop ban on flights from Europe on hold for now –

The Department of Homeland Security announced yesterday that it is not planning to extend the laptop ban to flights from Europe to the U.S. for now. The business community took a big sigh of relief as the laptop ban would have been a disaster for business travel. Although we dodged a bullet on this ban for now, the DHS says they reserve the right to use this safety option if they see the risk escalating.

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12 Negative Thoughts and Behaviors | Spirituality – BabaMail

Banish These Thoughts for a Better Life – Go to the link to get the full story -keith
The 12 toxic and negative thoughts presented here pass through most of our minds, and it’s best to know how to handle them, freeing ourselves to live a truly happy life.
1. “I may not be happy right now, but I know I’ll be happy in the future.”
2. “Happiness depends on great moments and specific circumstances.”
3. “Every step I take, for myself and for others, must be logical.”
4. “I’m not good enough to do this.”
5. “Everyone should love me.”
6. “I’ve seen and heard it all.”
7. “I need to be in control.”
8. “I’ve been hurt so bad that I’ll never recover.”
9. “Everything that happens is personally connected to me.”
10. “I’m better than other people.”
11. “What they don’t know won’t hurt them.”
12. “I just don’t have time for my family and friends.”

Source: 12 Negative Thoughts and Behaviors | Spirituality – BabaMail

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