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Feb 2018 – AGING PARTNERS OFFERS FREE FITNESS CLASSES

The public is invited to participate in Aging Partners’ “Feeling Fit” classes from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Fridays throughout February in the lower level of the Downtown Senior Center, 1005 “O” Street.  All classes are free and open to the public, and no registration is required.  Four different types of classes will be offered:

  • February 9 – Chair Tai Chi: This class is based on the modified Tai Chi – Moving for Better Balance 8 Form program.  Participants are taught simple movements they can practice while sitting or standing near a chair.
  • February 16 – Chair Yoga: Poses are done while sitting or with a chair used for support during standing and balance poses.  Emphasis will be on breathing, balance and going at your own pace.  This class is suitable for all ages, fitness levels and physical conditions, and beginners are welcome.
  • February 23 – Chair Dance: This class is ideal for people with arthritis or limited mobility because of knee or hip issues.  This fun and upbeat class focuses on a unique combination of exercises and dance steps that isolate muscle groups and enhance flexibility.

 

More information about Aging Partners is available at aging.lincoln.ne.gov

 Too Much Screen Time Hinders Health of Kids AND Seniors  

You’ve probably heard about the importance of limiting the amount of time kids spend watching TV, being on the computer or playing video games to ensure they get enough physical activity and limit the barrage of junk food marketing on TV that influences them. In general, too much sedentary behavior affects everyone’s health, but for older adults, it can not only negatively impact their physical health and hinder mobility, but their social/emotional health as well.   Aging Partners interviewed PHL President, Dr. Bob Rauner about the effects of too much screen time on senior health for  the Winter 2018 edition of Living Well magazine.  Read or download Living Well here.

AGING PARTNERS EVENTS JANUARY 1 THROUGH JANUARY 7

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 January 1 through January 7:

Monday, January 1 – ALL AGING PARTERS OFFICES AND SENIOR CENTERS ARE CLOSED FOR THE NEW YEAR’S DAY HOLIDAY

Tuesday, January 2

  • 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.

Wednesday, January 3

  • Blood pressure screenings by Homestead Rehabilitation Center nurses, Northeast Senior Center – 9 a.m.
  • BINGO, Northeast Senior Center – 10 a.m.
  • Musical performance by The Unpaid Bills, Lake Street Senior Center – 10 a.m.
  • BINGO, Downtown Senior Center – 10:30 a.m.
  • BINGO, JoAnn Maxey Center – 11:30 a.m.
  • 10-Point Pitch and Bridge, Northeast Senior Center – 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Thursday, January 4

  • “Surfing the Internet” introductory class, Northeast Senior Center – 9:30 a.m.
  • Musical performance by “Jumpin’ Kate” Logan, Downtown Senior Center – 10:30 a.m.
  • Lincoln City Libraries’ Bookmobile visit, Lake Street Senior Center – noon

Friday, January 5

  • Musical performance by Fine Wine, Northeast Senior Center – 10 a.m.
  • 10-point Pitch, Northeast Senior Center – 12:30 to 3 p.m.
  • Blood pressure screenings by Waverly Care Center nurses, Waverly Senior Center – 1 p.m.
  • BINGO, Waverly Senior Center – 1 p.m.

Senior Center Meal Schedule (reservations required two working days in advance):

  • Belmont Senior Center (402-441-7990):  Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon
  • 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 noon
  • 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.
  • Asian Senior Center, 144 N. 44th St., Suite A
  • Belmont Senior Center, 1234 Judson St.
  • Bennet Senior Center, 970 Monroe St.
  • Downtown Senior Center, 1005 “O” St.
  • Firth Senior Center, 311 Nemaha 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.
  • 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 lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: My Center News) or call 402-441-7158.

ACTIVE LIVING WORKSHOPS BEGIN SEPTEMBER 7

Parks and Recreation received instructor training grant for program

Aging Partners and the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department invite senior citizens and the public to a 12-week series of free workshops on staying physically active.  The Active Living Every Day (ALED) workshops are from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursdays from September 7 through November 30 at the Lake Street Senior Center in the St. James United Methodist Church, 2400 S. 11th St.  Registration is required by calling Aging Partners at 402-441-7575 by 4:30 p.m. on the Tuesday before the session.  There is no class on November 23.

“Those who’ve taken part in the workshop in other parts of the country report they are exercising more, eating healthier and burning calories,” said Peggy Apthorpe, Aging Partners Health and Fitness Director.  “Participants will learn the skills necessary to make simple lifestyle changes that will enable them to become and stay physically active on a daily basis.”

Participants will learn how to create an activity plan that fits their preferences and lifestyle, with tasks like housekeeping and shopping incorporated into the plan.  The workshops will also address the causes of inactivity and help participants overcome those challenges.  Participants can attend as many workshops as they want, and are encouraged to attend as many as possible.

Aging Partners is partnering with Lincoln Parks and Recreation to present the workshops, which are made possible by an instructor training grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Parks and Recreation is one of only 46 similar agencies to receive the ALED grant.  The ALED program is based on discoveries that physical activity need not be strenuous or time consuming to benefit health, and people are more likely to become and stay physically active when taught the appropriate lifestyle skills.

More information on Aging Partners is available at aging.lincoln.ne.gov.  More information on Lincoln Parks and Recreation can be found at parks.lincoln.ne.gov.  More information on the NRPA is available at nrpa.org.

Source: lincoln.ne.gov | Mayor > Aging Partners\

By June 30th – Apply for Nebraska Homestead Exemption

Source: Nebraska Homestead Exemption

QUALIFYING SENIORS URGED TO FILE FOR HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION

Lancaster County citizens age 65 and older who qualify for a homestead property tax exemption are encouraged to apply through the County Assessor’s Office by June 30.  Both the Assessor’s Office and Aging Partners can help answer questions about the program, which is designed to help older adults stay in their homes by providing partial or total property tax relief.  The exemption also is available to younger people with qualifying disabilities.
To qualify for a homestead exemption, at least one homeowner must meet these requirements:

  • Be 65 years of age or older before January 1 of the application year.
  • Own and occupy a homestead continuously from January 1 through August 15.
  • Meet household income limits.

The amount of the property tax relief available depends on the value of the home and the household income.  Medical and dental expenses are deducted to determine adjusted household income.  A couple could have a 2016 adjusted household income of $48,200 or less and receive some property tax relief, depending on the value of their home.
Individuals must apply for a homestead exemption every year to receive the benefit.  Homestead exemption forms are mailed by the County Assessor’s Office in February to those who applied for the exemption in the prior year.
For more information about the program, call Aging Partners at 402-441-7070 or the County Assessor’s Office at 402-441-7463.  Application forms are available from the County Assessor’s office at 555 S. 10th Street, room 102, or online at http://www.revenue.nebraska.gov (search for “homestead”).

More information on Aging Partners is available at aging.lincoln.ne.gov.  More information on the County Assessor’s Office is available at lancaster.ne.gov/assessor/.

Weds – LINCOLN HISTORY LUNCH SERIES

AGING PARTNERS HOSTS LINCOLN HISTORY LUNCH SERIES

Aging Partners invites senior citizens and the public to attend the Lincoln History Lunch Series beginning Wednesday, March 29 at the Lincoln Community Playhouse, 2500 S. 56th St.  The presentations are from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and highlight Lincoln’s history and evolution.   A box lunch is available for a suggested contribution of $4 for ages 60 and over, and an $8 fee for those under age 60.  Meal reservations must be made by the Monday prior to the program by calling 402-441-7158.  The schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, March 29 – “Finding the Stories Behind the Photos” with Ed Zimmer.  Lincoln’s historic preservation planner since 1985, Zimmer will present a selection of mostly early 20th century images, demonstrating how he “listens to the photos” and seeks their broader contexts and deeper stories.
  • Wednesday, April 12 – “The Nebraska State Capitol: The Final Phase” with Robert C. Ripley, Capitol Administrator. Ripley will present the latest details on the courtyard fountains – the final phase in the original architectural plan of this renowned structure.


  • Wednesday, April 26 – “Bethany:  Nebraska Christian University/Cotner College” with Jim McKee. McKee will discuss the history of Nebraska Wesleyan, as well as the North Cotner, Bethany Heights, College View, Union College and University Place neighborhoods.
  • Wednesday, May 10 – “Lincoln Journal Star Books – Lincoln Memories: Volumes 1 and 2” with Megan Stubenhofer-Barrett. These books, created in cooperation with the State Historical Society, cover Lincoln’s history from the late 1800s to the 1960s.  Stubenhofer-Barrett will share some of the images and highlights in compiling these books.
  • Wednesday, May 24 – “Memories of Lincoln Hotels” with Zimmer and McKee. Two of Lincoln’s favorite historians will focus on the beauty of our former landmark hotels.  


The Lincoln History Lunch Series is co-sponsored by Aging Partners and the Lincoln Community Playhouse. For more information on Aging Partners, visit aging.lincoln.ne.gov.  
 

2017 Nebraska Bills affecting seniors

These are now being scheduled for hearing dates.  You find attached the legislation that we have identified that impacts seniors and are of particular interest.

I am sorry that the links do not work here. -keith

 

Year

Bill #

Sponsor

One Liner

Status

Select

2017

LR11

Riepe

Interim study to assess the Nebraska medical assistance program and the options for health care reform for Nebraska

Committee

Select

2017

LB65

Hansen

Provide income tax credits for caregivers

Committee

Select

2017

LB79

Blood

Adopt the Small Business Retirement Marketplace Act

 

Select

2017

LB92

Kolterman

Require health carriers to provide coverage for telehealth services

Committee

Select

2017

LB104

Bolz

Provide for a surrogate to make health care decisions

Committee

Select

2017

LB122

Pansing Brooks

Provide for family member visitation petitions

Committee

Select

2017

LB169

Wayne

Exempt social security benefits and retirement income from income taxation

 

Select

2017

LB217

Harr

Change provisions relating to the accrual of interest on denied and reduced homestead exemptions

 

Select

2017

LB239

Baker

Change provisions relating to trust funds under the Burial Pre-Need Sale Act

 

Select

2017

LB268

Schumacher

Change court and other provisions relating to medical assistance reimbursement

Committee

Select

2017

LB323

Kolterman

Adopt the Palliative Care and Quality of Life Act

Committee

Select

2017

LB417

Riepe

Change and eliminate provisions relating to public health and welfare

 

Select

2017

LB439

Wishart

Change licensure and regulation provisions for assisted-living facilities

 

Select

2017

LB442

Bolz

Create the Medical Assistance Managed Care Organization Oversight Committee

Committee

Select

2017

LB453

Lindstrom

Change provisions relating to income tax adjustments for social security benefits

 

Select

2017

LB649

Pansing Brooks

Prohibit additional services or populations under the medicaid managed care program

 
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