Seniors Not Scared of Social Media After All: MedlinePlus Health News

Study also finds using it helps them feel less isolated, may boost their health

Monday, September 12, 2016

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(HealthDay News) — The notion that seniors shy away from social media may be off the mark.

A new study found that many older people enjoy using social technology, and it helps them combat loneliness and might even benefit their health.

The findings challenge the popular belief that seniors aren’t interested in or have difficulty using social technology, such as email, instant messaging, Facebook, Twitter or Skype.

Michigan State University researcher William Chopik examined survey responses from nearly 600 older Americans, average age 68, and found that more than 95 percent were either “somewhat” or “very” satisfied with social technology, while 72 percent said they were not opposed to learning new technologies.

“Despite the attention that the digital divide has garnered in recent years, a large proportion of older adults use technology to maintain their social networks and make their lives easier,” Chopik said in a university news release.

“In fact, there may be portions of the older population that use technology as often as younger adults,” he added.

Chopik also found that social technology use was associated with lower levels of loneliness, which was tied to better physical and mental health. Seniors who used social technology tended to be more satisfied with life. They also had fewer symptoms of depression and fewer chronic health problems, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. But the study did not prove that social media use improved health.

The study was published online recently in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking.

SOURCE: Michigan State University, news release, Aug. 25, 2016

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Source: Seniors Not Scared of Social Media After All: MedlinePlus Health News

New Features That Improve Car Safety – Safety Learning Center – State Farm


Every year, vehicle manufacturers research, design and develop strategies to help make vehicles better—and safer. Take a look at five new vehicle safety features1 to consider when you’re in the market for a new car.

1. Adaptive Headlights
It can be difficult to see on dark, curved roads. This can increase the likelihood of a crash. Using information such as steering wheel movement and vehicle speed, adaptive headlights are able to pivot in the direction you’re traveling, helping you see the road ahead.

2. Blind Spot Monitoring/Blind Spot Detection
When you’re driving, vehicles behind or beside you are sometimes hidden in what’s called a “blind spot.” This can lead to an accident if you try to turn or change lanes. Blind spot monitoring systems visually alert you when a vehicle is traveling in your blind spot. Those alerts become brighter or louder if you signal to change lanes. Some systems even activate the brakes or steering controls to prevent a crash.

3. Front Crash Prevention
Front crash prevention systems use forward-facing sensors to monitor distance and relative speed between vehicles. If the system senses an impending crash, it will alert you with sound, visual cues or physical sensations such as a vibration of the steering wheel. If you don’t respond, some systems make adjustments to lessen the crash impact, or automatically brake the vehicle to prevent it.

4. Lane Departure Prevention
A lane departure system, which often uses a camera near the rearview mirror, keeps track of your vehicle’s position in a lane. Any movement to leave the lane unintentionally, including merging without signaling, creates an alert—a sound, steering wheel or seat vibration, and visual cues on the dashboard. Some systems also use light steering or braking to correct a lane departure.

5. Park Assist and Backover Protection
One or both of these systems may soon be required in most new vehicles.2They help drivers avoid accidents when parking or reversing, using sensors in cameras to alert you of objects behind your vehicle. Some backover protection systems may automatically brake to avoid collisions.

Remember: While all of these vehicle safety features are designed to help prevent a crash, they don’t replace safe driving. Always wear your seatbelt, avoid driving while distracted and pay attention to what other drivers are doing on the road.


Source: New Features That Improve Car Safety – Safety Learning Center – State Farm

Oct 9 – Arts For The Soul at First Presbyterian

The Arts for the Soul Music & Fine Arts Series is pleased to announce the opening concert of their 2016-2017 Tenth Anniversary Season: A Celebration of Festive Music & Hymns, featuring the First Presbyterian Choir, Bells, and Brass, on Sunday, October 9, 3:00 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church, 840 S. 17th Street, Lincoln, NE.
Dr. Brian Pfoltner, conductor; Dr. Charles W. Ore, organist.
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Arts for the Soul will begin its Tenth Anniversary Season in the same manner in which the series was premiered in October of 2007, with a celebratory concert of festive music and hymns. The concert will feature a variety of joyous and inspiring music, including works by both Charles W. Ore and Brian Pfoltner. Music will range from pieces for choir alone, to works for brass, organ, and bells, as well as works which combine all of the performing forces into one glorious and inspiring sound.
For more info go to our website: and click on Arts for the Soul
 Ticket prices are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $8 for students, and children 12 & under are free.  For further information contact First Presbyterian Church at (402) 477-6037, or go to the church website at:  and click on Arts for the Soul, or find us on Facebook.
Tickets may be purchased at the church Mon.-Fri. from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. by check or cash, or online with a credit card or PayPal account, or purchased with check or cash only at the door the day of the concert if tickets are available.

…with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

Source: Arts For The Soul Season Tickets | First Presbyterian

Review: ‘My Fair Lady’ hits on all counts | Theater |

Great seating remains for two shows scheduled during Nebraska football games. Please – Consider attending Tonight (9-24) or next Saturday to help fill the audience.

Former Wesleyan theater professor, Henry Blanke calls MFL the best performance he has seen at the Lincoln Community Playhouse.

If you go What: “My Fair Lady”
Where: Lincoln Community Playhouse, 2500 S. 56th St.
When: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24, 29-Oct. 1; 2 p.m. Sept. 25 and Oct. 2
Tickets: $25 for adults, $15 for students; 402-489-7529 or

Patty Kramer is Eliza Doolittle and Sam Ninegar is Henry Higgins in the Lincoln Community Playhouse production of “My Fair Lady.” Courtesy photo by Lincoln Community Playhouse

Former Wesleyan theater professor, Henry Blanke calls this the best performance he has seen at the Lincoln Community Playhouse.

Source: Review: ‘My Fair Lady’ hits on all counts | Theater |

It was smooth sailing for the cast of My Fair Lady Friday night at the Lincoln Community Playhouse as they followed the leads of Sam Ninegar (Professor Higgins) and Patty Kramer (Eliza Doolittle).
Kramer, a vocal performance major at UNL, graced the stage with poise, precision and prowess. Ninegar transformed nicely from his recent role as Cat in the Hat to an overbearing professor.

10 Health Benefits of Eating Tomatoes | Health – BabaMail

 Tomatoes are sweet, tasty, and extremely versatile in the kitchen, and to an extent, this already makes them attractive enough. However, there are many other reasons why you should consume them more often. As many of you may know, these red fruits are packed with vitamin C, are low in calories, and are fat-free – but that’s not all! Here are 10 even better things tomatoes do for your health:

Tomatoes aren’t just delicious and extremely versatile in the kitchen – they also offer many health benefits and can even fight cancer. Here are 10 of them.

Source: 10 Health Benefits of Eating Tomatoes | Health – BabaMail


Acclaimed journalist and author Sonia Nazario will share the story of a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the United States in “Enrique’s Journey and America’s Immigration Dilemma” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.
The event is the opening lecture in the 2016-17 E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues and the Humanities Nebraska Governor’s Lecture in the Humanities.
Nazario will draw from her bestselling book, “Enrique’s Journey,” which was originally published in the Los Angeles Times and won a Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 2003, among numerous other awards. With 2016 marking the centennial of the Pulitzer Prizes, she will also offer her thoughts on the Pulitzer’s place in American literary life and how winning the award has affected her career.
Nazario spent 20 years reporting about social issues for newspapers including the Wall Street Journal and the Times. Her stories have tackled some of America’s most challenging problems, including hunger, drug addiction and immigration.
A graduate of Williams College with a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of California, Berkeley, Nazario began her career as the youngest writer to be hired by the Wall Street Journal. She has been named among the most influential Latinos by Hispanic Business magazine and a trendsetter by Hispanic Magazine. Her humanitarian efforts led to her selection as the Don and Arvonne Fraser Human Rights Award recipient from the Advocates for Human Rights in 2015.
David Zaritzky Brown, managing partner of Brown Immigration Law in Lincoln, will give the pre-talk “The Immigration Dilemma: Examining Our Broken System and How We Fix It” at 7 p.m. in the Lied Center’s Steinhart Room.
Brown has more than 18 years of U.S. and Canadian immigration law experience, including stints in Toronto and Silicon Valley. His firm, founded in 2006, focuses on U.S. business immigration matters and supports clients with global immigration needs. He has represented leading companies in industries such as graphic arts, special effects, high tech, health care, biopharmaceutical, scientific instruments, consulting and financial services, as well as many startups. He also experienced the U.S. immigration system firsthand as a Canadian immigrant who became a U.S. citizen in 2008.
“Although we are not a border state, immigration has a huge impact on this state in many ways,” Brown said. “We’ve seen it in our ag community, where many farmers depend on immigrant workers, and we’re seeing it now in the Silicon Prairie. Nazario’s talk is a reminder that this is a human issue that involves complex political, economic and cultural issues.”
This year’s E.N. Thompson series, “Crossing Borders,” will explore the relevance of borders in the modern world – how they define people and, increasingly, the ways in which people ignore them in the interest of commerce, education and personal freedom.
New York Times op-ed columnist and author David Brooks will deliver the lecture “It’s Better Than It Looks: Election 2016” at 7 p.m. Oct. 4. Investigative science journalist and author Sonia Shah will close the series with “Pandemic: From Cholera to Ebola and Beyond” at 7 p.m. Nov. 9. A pre-talk will take place 30 minutes before both lectures in the Steinhart Room.
Free tickets are available from the Lied Center for Performing Arts. To order, go to or call the ticket office at 402-472-4747 <tel:402-472-4747> . Forums are general admission events; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Lectures are streamed at and are available live on Lincoln Time Warner Cable digital channel 80 and/or channel 5, channel 71.16 without a cable box, UNL campus channel 4 and KRNU radio 90.3 FM. All lectures are interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing.
The E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues is a cooperative project of the Cooper Foundation, The Lied Center for Performing Arts and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. It was established in 1988 with the purpose of bringing a diversity of viewpoints on international and public policy issues to the university and people of Nebraska to promote understanding and encourage debate.
The Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services is sponsoring Nazario’s lecture.

ATTENTION: News, Education, Calendar Editors
WHEN: Sept. 27, 7 p.m. pre-talk, 7:30 p.m. lecture
WHERE: Lied Center for Performing Arts, 301 N. 12th St.
IMAGES: A high-resolution color photo of Sonia Nazario and a high-resolution graphic are available at
CONTACT: Katie Bodie Cervantes, Coordinator, E.N. Thompson Forum, 402-472-0074 <tel:402-472-0074> ,

About World Alzheimer’s Month | World Alzheimer’s Month

We forgot (d a r n) to mention this.  Did you know that September is World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month <> ?

To help bring attention to this important cause, Home Instead Senior Care serving the Lincoln area has launched a new community education program, Prevent Wandering <> . This free program, developed in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association, provides tips and resources to help families better prepare for the challenging and unfortunate situation that occurs when a loved one living with Alzheimer’s wanders.

  • If you’re a family caregiver of an individual with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, the risk of wandering is one of the potential behavioral symptoms that a loved one could be facing. Wandering could put that person’s safety in jeopardy. Check out the resources of the Prevent Wandering℠ program to help protect your loved one from the potential dangers of wandering. And sign up your older adult for the Missing Senior Network℠, a free web service that can help locate a loved one who goes missing or becomes lost.

In addition to this program, Home Instead Senior Care has launched the Missing Senior Network <> . This free tool allows families to create a network of friends and neighbors, to alert via text or email  in the event their loved one wanders.

I’ve included additional information below and would be happy to connect you with local aging care expert, Monica Kuhns, who is available to discuss:

  • Common triggers that may cause a senior living with Alzheimer’s to wander,
  • Proactive steps for managing wandering behaviors, and
  • What to do when a senior loved one goes missing.

Alexis, on behalf of Home Instead Senior Care

Source: About World Alzheimer’s Month | World Alzheimer’s Month

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