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Lincoln Libraries to Assist with Job Searches


Lincoln City Libraries and the Prosper Lincoln invite the public to a series of programs to help people find jobs that lead to full-time careers. Volunteers trained by Prosper Lincoln will help job seekers find and correctly apply for positions online.  No registration or appointments are required.
The program is available at the following locations:
·        Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th St. – Tuesdays, noon to 2 p.m. and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
·        Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior Street – Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Prosper Lincoln is a shared community agenda focusing on improving early childhood, employment skills and innovation and entrepreneurship in Lincoln.
For information on the resources available at Lincoln City Libraries, visit  For information about Prosper Lincoln, visit

By June 30th – Apply for Nebraska Homestead Exemption

Source: Nebraska 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 (search for “homestead”).

More information on Aging Partners is available at  More information on the County Assessor’s Office is available at

Exceptional Caregivers Share Their Tips

Source: Exceptional Caregivers Share Their Tips

Posted On 06 Mar 2017 By : 

 A Place for Mom recently celebrated the stories of three exceptional caregivers: Carlen Maddux, Feylyn Lewis and Susan Hamilton. Although each of these caregivers had a very different and unique caregiving experience, they all shared similar tips about how caregivers can survive and triumph.Exceptional Caregivers Share Their Tips

Learn more from these exceptional caregivers, as they share their tips with us today.

Tips from Exceptional Caregivers

According to these exceptional caregivers, it’s important to practice these tips while caregiving:

1. Advocate. Wanting to help others doesn’t end when you’re no longer a caregiver. Caregivers Carlen Maddux, Feylyn Lewis and Susan Hamilton all get great satisfaction out of helping other caregivers, now that their caregiving role is over.

“Speak out where you can and when possible, share your story,” Lewis encourages.

2. Ask for help and support.

According to Lewis, one of the reasons she and her older brother didn’t seek out formal help and support when caring for her mom is because she “didn’t want to be a burden and didn’t want people worrying about her.”

As a 10-year-old child caregiver, she felt like no one would understand what she was going through. Now, as a leading researcher of young adult caregivers, Lewis knows that there are others out there in similar situations, and she is working to raise awareness and support for these caregivers.

3. Draw support from other caregivers, your family and friends.

For Maddux, who worked in an office during the day and cared for his wife at night, “even though I had help it was a tough road.” His children offered to give him one weekend a month off and he took it. He suggests that others caregivers reach out to family and friends and ask for short reprieves whenever possible. “I have a friend in Nashville who had a dozen friends work out a weekly schedule to help get his wife where she needed to be,” he says. “Tap into your friends for help.”

Social media is a great place to connect to other caregivers. Lewis and Hamilton suggest looking for caregiver forums, Facebook and messenger groups where you can vent in a safe space to other caregivers who understand.

4. Find local support.

For Hamilton, local support was critical when it came to caring for her mom. She leaned on the help of her local church and library groups, as well as larger organizations like the Alzheimer’s Society and A Place for Mom.

“Being a caregiver can be isolating and you can feel like you are all alone, it’s so important to make connections where you can,” Maddux says. He found support from his local church community who offered counselling and support. When Maddux’s adult children gave him a monthly reprieve from caregiving, he made use of a local monastery where he mediated, reflected and gathered his energy for the next month ahead.

5. Seek financial aid and advice.

Caregiving takes a huge financial toll, crossing economic situations and impacting families of all backgrounds and economic means. “There are many folks who can’t afford to care for their loved ones 24/7,” Maddux says.

Maddux was fortunate enough to find a local organization that helped subsidize home care for his wife, Martha, while he was at work. In addition to looking for subsidized programs, he advises caregivers to “invest in an elder care lawyer.” Maddux’s lawyer helped get him up to speed on Medicaid which covered some nursing home expenses for his wife when she was no longer able to remain at home. “I’d be flat broke if  I had to pay for that,” he says. “Don’t let caregiving destroy your financial well-being.”

6. Take care of yourself first.

All of our exceptional caregivers mentioned that self-care is easier said than done. It’s something that everyone tells caregivers to do, but in reality “self care is the last thing a caregiver has time for,” Hamilton says. “It’s so counter-intuitive, it’s a real challenge.” So, what can you do to take care of yourself if you don’t have time? “Give yourself a break and a healthy dose of reality,” Lewis advises. Caregivers are often over-critical and feel guilty when they can’t do it all. “If you don’t get it all done will there really be negative effects?” Lewis asks. Instead, she suggests that caregivers prioritize tasks and give themselves permission to not do it all.

Maddux found that keeping a journal was an important part of caring for his emotional well being. Not only did it help him keep track of research and information, it also helped him to vent and track his emotional journey. After Martha passed away, going through his journal became an important part of his grieving process.

7. Try not to isolate yourself.

There is a stigma associated with being a caregiver. This stigma leads many caregivers to hide their situation from friends and love ones, which leads to social isolation.

“Martha did not want to tell her parents, brothers and even our children about her diagnosis,” Maddux says of his wife. “It was very isolating.”

Are you an exceptional caregiver with other tips to share? We’d love to hear your suggestions and tips in the comments below.

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Exceptional Caregivers Share Their Tips posted by Kimberley Fowler

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Kimberley Fowler is a writer and editor dedicated to improving seniors’ lives through education, activism, volunteerism and community programs. Her other passions include yoga, literature, history, education and conservation. She is active in her local community and currently volunteers with the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club. Kimberley earned a Master of Arts in English Literature and Language from the University of Windsor, an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto. ViewKimberley’s website or connect with her on Twitter @kimsfow andLinkedIn.


Tips to Better Understand Your Aging Parents

As we age, time feels more fleeting. That’s why it’s important to connect and better understand your aging parents now.
Tips to Better Understand Your Aging Parents

The following list suggests some tips for questions that you could ask your parents to learn more about them, their interests and past.

Source: Tips to Better Understand Your Aging Parents

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

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

How to Support a Cancer Patient During Chemotherapy | Reader’s Digest

Your loved one is getting treated for cancer. Now what? Support the survivor through treatment and recovery with these guidelines.

Source: How to Support a Cancer Patient During Chemotherapy | Reader’s Digest

Summary: Please follow the link to read the full article. -keith  —-> —–>

If your loved one says he or she is feeling too under the weather to see you, respect that.

  1. Don’t avoid the elephant in the room
  2. Never force the conversation
  3. Keep things normal
  4. Leave questions open-ended
  5. Share a laugh
  6. Offer to run errands
  7. Go for a walk together
  8. Bring a meal
  9. Stay away if you’re sick
  10. Don’t visit right after getting vaccinated
  11. Keep long-distance ties strong


Need help? Ask “Graceful In Home Healthcare”

Graceful In Home Healthcare, LLCl employees provide non-medical senior care service. They specialize in matching your needs with the right caregiver. Each item or service is listed in your care plan as directed by a supervising nurse RN/LPN or as order by your Doctor.
They can provide the following services for you or your loved one:

  1. Assisting with bathing and grooming – This can include but is not limited to: shampooing hair, finger and toenail care, brushing teething, and shower assistance.
  2. Basic food preparation – From grocery shopping to actually preparing the food, it’s important to ensure the senior is displaying proper nutrition.
  3. Medication reminders – Caregivers must assure that medications are taken at the correct time as directed by the doctor.
  4. Light housekeeping – It’s important for caregivers to keep a safe and clean environment. Duties related to housekeeping will typically involve making the bed and cleaning the bathroom and kitchen
  5. Transferring the client – This refers to transferring the client from chairs, from the toilet, from bed, and to and from a vehicle.
  6. Toileting – It’s important to assist with using the toilet to encourage comfort and prevent any infections
  7. Transportation – Upon request, a caregiver with a vehicle and a driver’s license, can help take the elder to doctor’s appointment and other activities.
  8. Monitoring changes in client’s health –When following the care plan, the supervisor will be notified immediately with any changes in the client’s condition. The nurse will want to know if there are any changes in health that may need medical attention.
  9. Companionship – Is the most important part of Graceful In Home Care caregiver duties, caregivers will be with the client all day and it’s equally beneficial if they enjoy each other’s company. It’s a very important part of a caregiver job!

Graceful In Home Healthcare, LLC is located at 1500 70th Street Suite 104 Lincoln NE 68506.  Grace Kats is the owner and manager. The office is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm by appointment please. Set up your appointment by calling Grace a call at (402) 617-7337.

Holiday Helper – Senior Home Care Lincoln, NE

Our Holiday Helper program provides you with the help and care you need for your loved one so you can get your baking done…get your shopping done…attend all those holiday parties. 

Home Instead Senior Care in Lincoln, NE provides in-home senior care services. Call (402) 802-9840 for your Free senior home care consultation.

Source: Senior Home Care Lincoln, NE | Home Instead Senior Care

This is the time of the year when adding all the holiday activities to your already full plate can leave you overwhelmed and exhausted. If you are already caring for a loved one, it can be even worse.

Our Holiday Helper program provides you with the help and care you need for your loved one so you can get your baking done…get your shopping done…attend all those holiday parties. Different packages and pricing options available to fit your needs and your budget.

Call 402.423.8119 to learn more.

Home Instead Senior Care

Monica Kuhns

8101 South 15th, Suite A

Lincoln, NE  68512

Phone: 402-423-8119

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How to Fall Back Asleep in the Middle of the Night | Reader’s Digest

It’s the middle of the night, and suddenly, you’re wide awake. Stop the sleepless cycle with these tips for easing falling back asleep.

Source: How to Fall Back Asleep in the Middle of the Night | Reader’s Digest

A Caregiver’s Story: National Family Caregivers Month

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Quoted –

“For centuries, we have been driven by the belief that we all have certain obligations to one another.  Every day, caregivers across our country answer this call and lift up the lives of loved ones who need additional support.  During National Family Caregivers Month, let us honor their contributions and pledge to continue working toward a future where all caregivers know the same support and understanding they show for those they look after.”
– President Barack Obama


Laughing with Mary Maxwell – YouTube

The dry humor and quick wit of Mary Maxwell has entertained millions over the years. Mary is known for her honest and humorous take on aging, as well as other life events. She has spoken at events ranging from the national Christ Child Society con…


Bathing Mom is awkward – YouTube

This one is serious and good advice. I will see if I can add her playlist summary for more. For now, take a look.

7 Good Books on Senior Care

Are you a new caregiver? These 7 great books help you provide the kind of senior care that helps your loved one live the best possible life.

Source: 7 Good Books on Senior Care

Becoming a caregiver can be daunting.

A new diagnosis can make your head whirl with questions on the mental changes and attitude shifts that occur when a person contracts a major disease, about how you’ll learn all you need to about senior care, how you’ll keep living as yourself, how your relationship will change with the person you’re caring for, and more.

I’ve assembled this list of books because they helped me either when I was caring for my parents, or since, in my work with other families coping with the challenges of senior care.  My hope is that this will be a good starting place for youa list of reliable, valuable resourcesthat can ease the caregiving tasks that lie ahead.

If you’ve found other great books on caregiving, please send me a list of your favorite titles.

All the best,

Lee Nyberg

7 quick ways to help brighten your day – Healthy Mind Healthy Body®

Moody blues? 7 quick ways to help brighten your day

Don’t let skimpy daylight get you down — count on these little mood boosters
As the days get a little shorter, do your moods tend to dip too?

This time of year — when there’s less natural light to be had — many people notice a mild slump. If you’re one of them, here are some ideas to help perk up your days all fall and winter long.

1. Get outdoors daily. – Seek out the sun for at least 10 minutes a day. Even better: Take a quick walk. Exercise also increases the body’s natural happy chemicals. If you enjoy some sunlight in the morning, it can help set you up for a better day.

2. Let in the light. – For a pick-me-up indoors, try sitting by a sunny window — or in a brightly lit part of your home.

3. Reach out. – Social time is a great way to cheer yourself up. It may be tempting to lie low this time of year. But give yourself a nudge. Make a date to meet a friend for lunch or a movie. Call a loved one to chat. Or volunteer to help someone — that’s a proven mood booster.

4. Do your happy dance!  – Let music give you feel-good moments. Create an upbeat playlist. Or stream or dial in a radio station that plays lively pop tunes or toe-tapping classics you enjoy.

5. Make your space a cheerier place.  – Keep items that make you happy in sight, such as joyful pictures or fresh flowers. Clearing the clutter might do wonders for your mindset too!

6. Find comfort in healthy foods. – Balanced eating is always in season. As a bonus, research suggests that nutritious fruits and veggies — along with foods rich in omega-3 fatty acid, such as salmon, walnuts and olive oil — may provide a positive mood boost.

7. Smile frequently — and just because.  – This simple act can lift your spirits — and help others around you lighten up too.

Is it SAD? – If your blues don’t let up, you may want to see a doctor. Some people have a form of depression called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. Treatment can include daily light therapy, along with lifestyle changes.* Also see “When the sadness doesn’t go away.”

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Join us for an online seminar. You can pick up tips worth smiling about during the “Be more productive” seminar on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 12:30 p.m. ET, 11:30 a.m. CT. Register here.

*Check your benefit plan to see what services may be covered.

Source: Healthy Mind Healthy Body®: Moody blues? 7 quick ways to help brighten your day

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