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TIPS TO NAVIGATE THE HOLIDAY SEASON

Lincoln, Nebraska, Dec. 19, 2019 — With the holidays approaching, University of Nebraska–Lincoln researchers are delivering top tips for navigating the season with good cheer. This listicle provides research-based recommendations on designing energy-efficient light displays; accommodating food allergies; adding healthy choices to the holiday buffet; recycling holiday decor; and decreasing stress to maximize the enjoyment of the season.

Counting calories in real time may curb overindulgence

During the holiday season, an average adult gains about a pound — which is often never lost. This trend may contribute to the U.S.’s increasing rates of obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other long-term illnesses. 

Nebraska agricultural economist Christopher Gustafson is working to help people make healthier decisions about food consumption. In a 2019 study, Gustafson explored whether access to a real-time calorie counter would spur healthier choices. 

Compared to people without a calorie tracker, the participants who used the device had a more accurate view of the number of calories they selected over five sequential food choices. They also chose significantly fewer calories overall. The differences occurred in the last few selections, suggesting that people without a tracker overindulged down the line because they underestimated the caloric value of earlier choices.

This means people may make poorer choices at a later point in time — at dessert or during a second trip through the buffet line, for example — because they’ve undershot their caloric intake to that point.

Until free, real-time calorie trackers are available — a long-range goal of Gustafson’s research — people can help themselves by staying attuned to their actual consumption.

“At a time of year full of holiday celebrations — usually with tempting foods — people may be able to make their New Year’s resolutions easier to accomplish by trying to be honest with themselves about the foods they’re consuming now,” Gustafson said.

Boosting your home’s cheer, but not your energy bill

Holiday lights are beautiful, but they also sap power. Estimates from the Department of Energy indicate Americans’ holiday light use burns 6.6 billion kilowatt-hours annually — enough to fuel more than 800,000 homes for a year.

Luckily there are ways to mitigate power use without turning into the Grinch, said Jerry Hudgins, interim director of the Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research and professor and chair of electrical and computer engineering.

Using LED lights rather than traditional incandescent bulbs yields significant savings, he said. They’re more expensive up front, with an LED bulb costing about $1.50 compared to 25 cents for a same-sized regular bulb. But over time, the investment pays off: LEDs use up to 70% less energy than traditional lights, and they last roughly 10 times longer.

“Because of the lower electrical power requirements, LEDs cause fewer greenhouse gases to be emitted from electric power generation, and so are more environmentally friendly,” Hudgins said.

Another power-saving tip is to put your outdoor lights on a timer, so that they’re running during high-traffic times, when the greatest number of people will enjoy them. Hudgins pointed out that after midnight, few people are out and about to admire your display.

Beyond energy-saving tips, Hudgins recommends people stay safe with outdoor holiday displays by using extension cords that are rated for outdoor use and have the proper gauge wire size. A lower number, or gauge, corresponds to a larger diameter wire and can handle a higher electrical load.

“A long extension cord with small gauge wire can overheat if the electrical load is too high,” Hudgins said.

Helping yourself — and your dog — stay calm

Depleted bank accounts, time with the family and an onslaught of parties and events is enough to bring on the holiday frazzle for many people.

One solution? Jeffrey Stevens, associate professor of psychology and director of Nebraska’s Canine Cognition and Human Interaction Lab, said turning to your four-legged companion for support is a scientifically backed way to ratchet down the pressure.

“Our research has shown that briefly petting a dog can improve mood and reduce stress and anxiety,” Stevens said. “So if things get a little overwhelming, spend some quality time with your pet to calm yourself and strengthen your bond.”

Remember, though, the holidays aren’t just stressful for people — dogs can get keyed up too, with extra UPS deliveries, guests in the house and packages on the floor to explore. Stevens said to watch out for dogs’ signs of stress — panting, yawning and lip licking in situations where those behaviors don’t typically occur.

“If it seems like your pet is stressed, make sure they have a quiet place to relax away from the hustle and bustle.”

Stevens launched the Canine Cognition and Human Interaction Lab in 2018, aiming to develop a better understanding of dog psychology and how interacting with dogs influences human behavior and psychology.

Enhancing children’s nutrition during the holidays

‘Tis the season for cookies, candy and sweets — but it’s also possible for families to celebrate the holidays healthfully by incorporating fruits and vegetables.

“You can make healthy foods festive by getting creative with fruits and vegetables to make fun snacks that are bright and delightful,” said Carly Hillburn, a Nebraska dietetics intern and collaborator on the Ecological Approach to Family Style dining program.

Examples include making “Grinch Santas” by stacking green grapes, banana slices and strawberries, or placing sliced strawberries and bananas into a candy cane shape.

The EAT Family Style team also recommends:

> Getting children involved at mealtimes to pique their interest in trying their creations. For example, toddlers can dump ingredients into bowls and stir; preschoolers can use cookie cutters and rinse produce; and elementary-aged children can crack eggs and use vegetable peelers.

> Exploring healthy meals by engaging children’s senses and talking about nutritional benefits. Since children are curious about the world, ask them to explore their food using the five senses. You can ask specific questions about foods, such as “Did you hear the celery crunch when you took a bite?” or incorporate nutritional phrases into mealtimes, such as “Fruits will give my body energy.”

EAT Family Style is led by Dipti Dev, the Betti and Richard Robinson Associate Professor of Child, Youth and Family Studies. Saima Hasnin, doctoral student in child, youth and family studies, and Rachel Maloy, an undergraduate in nutrition and dietetics, contributed to this article.

Building happier, healthier families through storytelling

The holiday season is replete with family time and intergenerational gatherings.

Nebraska’s Jody Koenig Kellas, professor of communication studies and an expert on interpersonal, family and health communication, said the family stories we hear and tell can have a significant and lasting impact on family members. For this reason, the holidays can be the perfect time to intentionally engage in storytelling to learn about or revisit family history and create stronger ties.

Koenig Kellas said family stories help create a sense of family identity; socialize members about family meanings, values and beliefs; cope with and make sense of difficulty and stress; and connect with one another. 

But her research shows that how families share stories is crucial.

“Families who engage in storytelling by being present and warm, who share the floor and build on each other’s contributions, who seek out and honor each other’s perspectives on how things happened or the meaning of the story, and who work together to create the meaning or moral of the story – these families report higher levels of health and happiness than families who are distant, disengaged, don’t take each other’s perspectives into account and don’t work together to build story meaning,” Koenig Kellas said.

In short, being mindfully engaged, other-centered and collaborative during the storytelling process is one avenue for promoting family satisfaction and closeness.

Giving your Christmas tree a second life

During the holiday season, decor often includes a fresh-cut Christmas tree. But after the ornaments and lights are back in storage, most real trees end up in landfills, where they can take years to break down.

But there are other options for your evergreen, according to Nebraska Extension horticulture educators Nicole Stoner and Sarah Browning.

Here are their tips:

> Create a backyard habitat to feed the birds: After stripping the tree of decor, move it to the south or east side of your home, anchor it securely and decorate it with strings of popcorn, cranberries or raisins to create a bird oasis. 

> Boost local fish habitat: If you take your tree to a local lake designated for Christmas tree recycling, it will be placed on the lake’s ice in the winter. When the ice melts in spring, the trees fall into the water and function as fish habitat.

> Sustain local parks: Lincoln has several recycling points for Christmas trees, which are collected, chipped and used as mulch or pathway cover in city parks and arboreta.

> Beautify your garden: Chip your tree and use it as garden mulch in the spring. Alternatively, clean up the tree and use it to make a trellis, which can be used to grow cucumbers up off the ground.

Staying merry despite food allergies

Many people love to indulge in the traditional dishes and flavors of the holiday season. But for individuals and families with food allergies, these food-filled events can become dangerous.

“Food allergies are potentially life-threatening conditions affecting millions of Americans, and the only way to prevent reactions is strict avoidance,” said Melanie Downs, assistant professor of food science and technology and a member of Nebraska’s Food Allergy Research and Resource Program. “Even very small amounts of food can cause reactions.”

But Downs and Eleanor Garrow-Holding of the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Connection Team, a FARRP collaborator, said food allergies are manageable, even during the holidays. Here are their tips for event attendees:

> Contact your host and alert them of the allergy and precautions, including not having the allergen present, if necessary.

> Offer to go a little early and help clean.

> Offer to help the host cook the food.

> Have your child eat a snack before you go, so they’re less tempted to grab food when you’re not watching.

> Bring separate dishes that you know your child can eat.

> Remind your child about not eating anything that you haven’t OK’d first.

> Always be prepared with an allergy and anaphylaxis emergency care plan and epinephrine, if prescribed.

More information is available on the FARRP and FAACT websites, https://farrp.unl.edu and https://www.foodallergyawareness.org/education.

Combating holiday blues in children

The wintertime hustle and bustle is overwhelming to some children, particularly those who have experienced a significant change in their life.

Nebraska Extension’s Lisa Poppe, who specializes in the social and emotional well-being of children, said holiday plans that are typically happy and exciting can be complicated by divorce, separation, remarriage or the loss of a parent or other important figure.

“When children are in these situations, the holidays may remind them of how their life was before, and the emotional conflict and stress can ruin their time,” said Poppe, who is part of the Metro Extension District.

Poppe provided the following tips to help children navigate the stress:

> Maintain family traditions even if a parent is absent. Children look forward to the normalcy of these traditions and feel safe in this routine.

> It’s OK if you don’t see everyone or do everything. Overscheduled children become burned out, overtired and cranky.

> Make sure children get plenty of sleep.

> Build in extra time for traveling, and bring plenty of snacks, games and books with you.

> Don’t forget to take care of yourself. When you’re overcommitted or on edge, children feel that stress.

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WRITER: Tiffany Lee, Office of Research and Economic Development

The Top 10 Most FAQs Concerning Alzheimer’s Disease

Edited By: Krista Mc’Farlene

Alzheimer’s disease is a word many of us are familiar with. But do we know enough about the disease and how it may impact our lives – how it begins, what it does and what cures are available? These FAQs seek to provide a well-rounded foundation on Alzheimer’s disease.

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1. What is Alzheimer’s disease?

2. What is dementia? Dementia is a loss of thinking, remembering and reasoning skills that tends to interfere with a person’s daily life and activities.

3. How many people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease? (…)  it is believed that more than 5 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s disease.

5. What are the stages in the development of Alzheimer’s disease?

6. What causes Alzheimer’s disease?

Age is the most well-known risk for Alzheimer’s disease. However, lifestyle factors such as diet and physical exercise as well as long-term health conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes may also play a role.

7. If you become forgetful as you get older, does that mean you will get Alzheimer’s disease?

8. Why is early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s important?

9. Are there any medicines to treat Alzheimer’s disease?

10. Is there anything I can do to prevent Alzheimer’s disease?

4 Reasons Why Independent or Assisted Living May Trump Living Alone

Last Updated: June 14, 2019

While remaining at home is the top choice for many, research from AARP and MetLife Mature Market Institute shows that it may not be the best option for the family budget, overall happiness or quality of life in our golden years.4 Reasons Why Independent or Assisted Living May Trump Living Alone

Many people don’t want to make the move into an independent or assisted living community and feel they lose their independence when they succumb to moving. But this simply isn’t true anymore, as baby boomers have reinvented assisted living. Learn more about how many independent and assisted living communities have expanded their market by providing convenience and retirement services and may trump living alone.

Why Independent or Assisted Living May Trump Living Alone

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7 Gentle Exercises for Seniors With Arthritis

7 Gentle Exercises for Seniors With Arthritis

It may be hard for a senior to motivate themselves to exercise when they are experiencing an arthritis flare-up. However, according to the Arthritis Foundation, exercise may be the best way to improve your overall activity level and manage the pain.

Learn more about seven gentle exercises that you can pursue to improve your health and reduce your arthritis pain, without causing more stress to sensitive joints.

Before You Begin Exercising

All seniors should talk to their doctor before they begin a new exercise regime. Your doctor may want to test your cardiovascular health before you begin. They may also have valuable advice about exercises that are best for you considering your health conditions.

When you begin exercising, you should spend several minutes warming up whichever part of your body you are going to work – and be sure to exercise your left and right sides equally.

If at any time during exercise you feel pain, you should stop. Physiotherapists can help those who are struggling to exercise without pain.

Here are seven gentle exercises that you can pursue to reduce arthritis pain:

Arthritis in the Hands or Wrists

1. Fist Close: Maintaining finger flexibility is key for those with arthritis in the hands. This simple exercise can help. Simply ball your hand into a fist, slowly if it is challenging. Hold your hand in a fist for five seconds, or as long as you can. Release and repeat.

2. Wrist Bends: Some with arthritis find that their wrists get stuck or can’t bend as far as they need them too. This exercise can help, when practiced regularly. Place your elbow on a tabletop, with your hand pointing to the ceiling. Slowly push back your open palm with your other hand. Don’t push so hard you feel pain, but do try to go as far as you can. Hold for five seconds and release. Now push your hand forward, hold for five seconds and release.

3. Make an “O”: This last exercise may be a challenge if you have very serious arthritis, but it can also be very useful. Attempt to make an “O” shape with your hand. Hold your fingers together, bend your thumb, and gently try to touch your thumb to your index finger. You will get better at this exercise with time.

Arthritis in the Hips or Knees

4. Sitting Stretch: This exercise will gently move your hips and as a bonus, stretch your leg muscles. Sit on the floor with your legs extended in front of you. Slowly bend forward at the hips and reach for your feet. Most likely, you will not be able to reach very far at first, so don’t push yourself. Over time you will become more flexible.

5. Step-Ups: Gently bending your knee will help relieve pain. You don’t need special equipment to do this. Instead, find the nearest staircase. Hold on to the banister for balance, if necessary, and step one leg onto the bottom step, then the other. Move backward off the step and repeat.

Arthritis in the Ankles or Feet

6. Ankle Circles: Seniors may wish to hold onto the side of a chair, for balance, when they try this exercise. Stand up and raise one foot off the floor. Point your toe and draw a circle. This moves your ankle through its full range of motion. Draw five circles and then change direction. Be sure to do the other ankle too.

Arthritis in Multiple Areas

7. Swimming: It can be especially challenging to exercise when you have arthritis in multiple joints. One way to relieve pain and move all of these suffering joints is by swimming. Water takes the weight off all of your joints so you can move them further with less pain. If you can no longer swim, or don’t enjoy it, you can join water aerobic classes where you spend most of the time standing on the bottom of the pool.

It may be a challenge to adjust to a new exercise at first. However, seniors with arthritis have a lot to gain from trying a few gentle exercises a day.

How do you deal with your arthritis pain? Which gentle exercises are your favorite? We’d like to hear your suggestions in the comments below.

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7 Gentle Exercises for Seniors With Arthritis posted by Kimberley Fowler

May 2019 – FREE STOP THE BLEED CLASSES

Lincoln City Libraries will host four free Stop the Bleed training classes in May.  The courses coincide with Stop the Bleed Month, a nationwide campaign to highlight emergency first aid training.  Classes are limited to 20 participants each.  Call 401-441-8503 to register.   The training schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, May 2, 6:30 p.m., Anderson Branch Library, 3635 Touzalin Avenue
  • Monday, May 6, 2 p.m., Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior Street
  • Friday, May 17, 10:30 a.m., Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th Street
  • Wednesday, May 22, 6:30 p.m., Gere Branch Library, 2400 S. 56th Street

According to the American College of Surgeons, citizen responders will almost always be first on the scene of an emergency medical situation, no matter how quickly professional emergency responders arrive.    Because an injured person can die from blood loss within minutes, those nearest to someone with life threatening injuries are best positioned to provide first care.

The training program is presented by the City of Lincoln Risk Management Division and Bryan Health.  Training is appropriate for teens and adults and lasts about an hour.

For information about Lincoln City Libraries and its resources, visit www.lincolnlibraries.org.   More information on Stop the Bleed is available at www.bleedingcontrol.org.

AGING PARTNERS EVENTS APRIL 8 THROUGH APRIL 14

SENIORS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE

Read this if you are a senior in Lincoln Nebraska.   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 April 8 through April 14:

Monday, April 8

  • Musical performance by The Clefs, Downtown Senior Center – 10 a.m.
  • Qigong Refresh and Recharge class, Cotner Center Condominium – 10 to 11 a.m.
  • BINGO, Firth Senior Center – 12:30 p.m.
  • 10-point Pitch, Northeast Senior Center – 12:30 to 3 p.m.
  • Tai Chi – Continuing 24 Form, Cotner Center Condominium – 1 to 1:30 p.m.
  • Tai Chi – Moving for Better Balance, Eastridge Presbyterian Church – 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Dynamic Movement class, Cotner Center Condominium – 2 to 3 p.m.
  • Tai Chi – Moving for Better Balance, Eastridge Presbyterian Church – 3 to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, April 9

  • Learn to speak Spanish class, Downtown Senior Center – 9:30 a.m.
  • Chair Tai Chi, St. Paul United Methodist Church – 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.
  • Dynamic Movement class, Auld Pavilion – 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Tai Chi – Moving for Better Balance, F Street Recreation Center – 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Beginners 8 Form Tai Chi for Balance and Fall Prevention class, Auld Pavilion – 10:45 to 11:45 p.m.
  • 24 Form Tai Chi, F Street Recreation Center – 6 to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 10

  • Senior Walking Warriors, Hickman Senior Center – 9 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Senior Health Promotion UNMC Health Clinic, Vermeer Education Center – 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Book Buddies, Downtown Senior Center – 9:30 a.m.
  • BINGO, Northeast Senior Center – 10 a.m.
  • Physical activity and exercise class, Asian Senior Center – 10 a.m.
  • BINGO, Downtown Senior Center – 10:30 a.m.
  • BINGO, JoAnn Maxey Senior Center – 11:30 a.m.
  • 10-Point Pitch and Bridge, Northeast Senior Center – 12:30 to 3 p.m.
  • Chair Yoga, Eastridge Presbyterian Church – 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 11

  • Qigong Refresh and Recharge class, Auld Pavilion – 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Senior Health Promotion UNMC Health Clinic, Downtown Senior Center – 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Writer’s workshop, Northeast Senior Center – 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Poetry reading and writer’s workshop with Carol Roland, Downtown Senior Center – 10:30 a.m.
  • “Colorful Magic” with magician Bruce Jacoby, Bennet Senior Center – 10:30 a.m.
  • Musical performance by Robert Patton and Nancy Vogt, Lake Street Senior Center – 10:30 a.m.
  • Tai Chi – Moving for Better Balance, F Street Recreation Center – 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Musical performance by Mike McCracken and Pete Spotted Horse, Belmont Senior Center – 11 a.m.
  • Lincoln City Libraries Bookmobile visit, Lake Street Senior Center – noon to 1 p.m.
  • Stepping On – Building Confidence and Reducing Falls class, Eastmont Towers (Seasons) – 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Tai Chi – Moving for Better Balance, Eastridge Presbyterian Church – 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Tai Chi – Moving for Better Balance, Eastridge Presbyterian Church – 3 to 4 p.m.
  • Dynamic Movement class, St. Mark’s United Methodist Church gymnasium – 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • “Dinner and a Show” featuring Hillbilly Hal Cottrell, Cotner Center Condominium – dinner at 5:30 p.m., show at 6:30 p.m. (call 402-441-7158 by April 9 for reservations)

Friday, April 12

  • Musical performance by Mike McCracken, Northeast Senior Center – 10 a.m.
  • Chair Yoga, East Lincoln Christian Church – 11 a.m. to noon
  • 10-point Pitch, Northeast Senior Center – 12:30 to 3 p.m.

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

Belmont Senior Center (402-441-7990):  Monday, 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 (402-416-7693):  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:

Asian Senior Center, 144 N. 44th St.

Auld Pavilion, 1650 Memorial Drive

Belmont Senior Center, 1234 Judson St.

Bennet Senior Center, 970 Monroe St.

Cotner Center Condominium, 1540 N. Cotner Blvd.

Downtown Senior Center, 1005 “O” St.

East Lincoln Christian Church, 7001 Edenton Road

Eastmont Towers (Seasons), 6305 “O” St.

Eastridge Presbyterian Church, 1135 Eastridge Drive

F Street Recreation Center, 1225 “F” St.

Firth Senior Center, 311 Nemaha St.

Hickman Senior Center, 115 Locust St.

JoAnn Maxey Senior Center, 2032 “U” St.

Lake Street Senior Center, 2400 S. 11th St.

Northeast Senior Center, 6310 Platte Ave.

St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 8550 Pioneers Blvd.

St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1144 “M” St.

Vermeer Education Center, 4000 S. 84th St.

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

April 16 – Begin – Diabetes Self-Management Workshop

The Diabetes Self-Management Workshop is a six-week course for adults with diabetes, their family members and friends. At Hillcrest Firethorn Health Services 8601 Firethorn Lane Tuesdays, 1 to 3 p.m. April 16 through May 21

New six-week session!  Please register early. Classes that do not have sufficient enrollment will be canceled.  To register, call Aging Partners Health and Fitness Center at 402-441-7575.

Learn about diabetes including:

  • What to eat and when to exercise.
  • Monitoring your blood sugar.
  • Foot care.
  • Communicating with family and your health care provider.
  • Low and high blood sugar.
  • Tips for dealing with stress.
  • How to set small and achievable goals.
  • Overview of relaxation techniques.
  • How to increase your self-confidence.
  • Feel better and take charge.

This workshop is offered at no cost, but a suggested contribution of $4 per class is appreciated!

 

Time-saving features of the “My Social Security” account

my Social+Security

It’s National Social Security Month and this year we’re highlighting some of the time-saving features of the my Social Security account. Once you create an account, you’ll see that we already have your work history and secure information to estimate what you could receive once you start collecting benefits. With your personal my Social Security account, you can also:

  • Request a replacement Social Security card;
  • Set up or change direct deposit;
  • Get a proof of income letter;
  • Change your address;
  • Check the status of your Social Security application; and
  • Get a Social Security 1099 form (SSA-1099).

For over 80 years, Social Security has worked to meet the changing needs of the American public. Today, you can apply for retirement, disability, and Medicare benefits online, as well as take care of other business.

Knowledge is power. You care about your friends’ and family’s future, so encourage them to create a my Social Security account. Celebrate National Social Security Month by learning what you can do online anytime, anywhere at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

Sincerely,
Jewell Colbert
Regional Communications Director
Kansas City Region
(816) 936-5740
kc.rpao@ssa.gov
Securing Today and Tomorrow

Lincoln – DIABETES WORKSHOPS BEGIN OCTOBER 24

Adults with diabetes, their family members and friends are invited to attend a series of free Aging Partners workshops from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays from October 24 through November 28.  The five-week Diabetes Self-Management Workshop will be held at Ambassador Health, 4405 Normal Blvd.

The workshop is free, but a suggested contribution of $4 per class is appreciated.  Pre-registration is required by calling 402-441-7575, and class size is limited.  The following topics will be discussed:

  • Determining what to eat and when to exercise
  • Monitoring blood sugar
  • Caring for feet
  • Communicating with family and health care providers
  • Managing low and high blood sugar
  • Dealing with stress and learning relaxation techniques
  • Setting small and achievable goals
  • Increasing self-confidence
  • Feeling better and taking charge

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

Best Medical Alert Systems

A medical Alert system helped my mother 2 or 3 times. Please consider this for your parents. -keith

While technology has changed immensely since actors from the 80’s famous infomercial cried, “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!”, the need for affordable and reliable elderly medical alert systems remains the same. In fact, the National Council on Aging reports that 30 percent of seniors experience a fall or have other situations where emergency medical assistance is required each year. With a growing percentage of seniors wishing maintain their independence at home, medical alert systems and services provide a way for them to do so safely.

This list has been provided to help seniors, caregivers, and loved ones choose the best medical alert system for their situation. If you have experience with medical alert systems, please share that experience and your opinions below to help others choose the best Medical Alert company.

The rankings, ratings, and opinions expressed on TheTopTens.com are influenced by site visitors and TheTopTens®, and are subject to change. To keep this valuable service free, we may generate advertising revenue from some companies featured in this list.

https://www.thetoptens.com/medical-alert-systems/

Wild poliovirus is still a threat in parts of the world

wild poliovirus is still a threat in parts of the world, with 10 cases in Afghanistan and three cases in Pakistan this year so far.

On 15 August, 2018, Rotary announced nearly $100 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children each year.

The announcement comes as Nigeria marks two years without any reported cases of wild poliovirus, following four reported cases in 2016.

Full story – https://www.endpolio.org/rotary-announces-us-965-million-to-end-polio-0

 

funding will support efforts to keep 12 vulnerable African countries polio-free:

・Cameroon ($98,600)
・Central African Republic ($394,400)
・Chad ($1.71 million)
・Democratic Republic of the Congo ($10.4 million)
・Guinea ($527,300)
・Madagascar ($690,000)
・Mali ($923,200)
・Niger ($85,300)
・Sierra Leone ($245,300)
・Somalia ($776,200)
・South Sudan ($3.5 million)
・Sudan ($2.6 million)

5 Tips For Getting Rid of a Dry Cough

 A persistent dry cough can be irritating to handle. The good news is that there are a number of remedies you can try to reduce or eliminate your cough. On that note, it is important to bear in mind that if your cough persists for more than three weeks, you should consult with your doctor. Meanwhile, here are some methods I have found to work on me:

Hip Replacement Surgery Dos and Don’ts: 

Posted On 07 May 2018 By : 

Summary only – Hip replacement surgery is one of the most common orthopedic procedures with over 300,000 surgeries done each year. The best piece of advice we can give you before your surgery is to be prepared. If you know what to do and what to not do, you can speed up your healing time and will soon be lacing up your running shoes once again.

Hip Replacement Surgery Dos and Don'ts: What You Need to Know Before Your Surgery

Hip Replacement Surgery Dos and Don’ts

Learn more about what you need to do to have a successful recovery from your hip replacement surgery:

DON’T: Do It Alone

DO: Eat for Healing

DO: Know What is Normal and Have Realistic Expectations

DO: Manage Your Pain

DO: Plan to Move

Read full story… https://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/hip-replacement-surgery-dos-and-donts/

Medicare can help with cataracts 

Greg Dill
Greg Dill

Cataracts often come with age and can affect your vision. By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. New eyeglasses, brighter lighting, antiglare sunglasses, or magnifying lenses may help your symptoms. If not, you may need surgery.

What else??? http://www.seniorspectrumnewspaper.com/newspaper/08_18/Greg_Dill.htm

Mosquito Bites

An estimated 20 percent of people, it turns out, are especially delicious for mosquitoes, and get bit more often on a consistent basis. And while scientists don’t yet have a cure for the ailment, other than preventing bites with insect repellent (which, we’ve recently discovered, some mosquitoes can become immune to over time), they do have a number of ideas regarding why some of us are more prone to bites than others. Here are some of the factors that could play a role:

Find out more here —> https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-do-mosquitoes-bite-some-people-more-than-others-10255934/

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