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Lincoln – free electric fans to seniors 2018

AGING PARTNERS OFFERS FREE FANS FOR SENIORS
Aging Partners reminds the public that it provides free electric fans to seniors age 60 and older in Lincoln and the surrounding area.  To obtain a fan, call Aging Partners at 402-441-3025. The fans are available through the generous donations of individuals and organizations.
More information on Aging Partners is available at 402-441-7070 or www.aging.lincoln.ne.gov.

Learn What Happens to You During a Stroke…

From – BabaMail

One in every six people will suffer from a stroke at some point in their lives. That’s why it’s of the utmost importance to learn exactly how a stroke works, as well as what causes one to occur in the first place. The video below will supply you with loads of answers, so you really can’t afford to miss it!

http://www.ba-bamail.com/video.aspx?emailid=29227

Apr 24 – Managing Stress

The Caregiver Education presentation for Tuesday, April 24th about  Managing Stress will be given by Jodi Sudik, BS, ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist, 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher and Health Coach, Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer for Bryan Health.  Jodi holds several certifications and has worked in corporate wellness, health and fitness for over thirty years.
She shared that STRESS is recognized as the #1 proxy killer disease today.  The American Medical Association has noted that stress is the basic cause of more than 60% of all human illness and disease.
This presentation will help you understand the mechanics of stress.  As a result, you will become more aware and sensitive to your own level of stress and knowing when and how to take proactive steps.  This increased awareness will also help you to take better care of you as well as your family, friends and colleagues.  This presentation will provide very useful  information for all caregivers, family members, pastors/church members, friends, and neighbors as well as professional care providers.

The Caregiver Education Group and Saint Paul UMC sponsor meetings for caregivers held the fourth Tuesday of each month at Saint Paul UMC, 1144 M Street.  The meetings are held in Room 155 on the main level.  The presentation begins at 1:30pm.  There is always time allowed for discussion and sharing after the presentation.  There is parking underneath the church.  You enter off 11th Street (between N & M Streets) right after the alley.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  We are pleased that Jen Wolf-Wubbels from Southlake Village, who is a member of the Lincoln Caregiver Education Group, brings yummy treats to the meeting each month.  Thanks so much, Jen.

Upcoming presentations:
May 22:                Get Smart About Scams
                               Speaker:  Ryan Sothan – Attorney General’s office
June 26:                Reduce Your Risk for Cognitive Decline
                               Speaker:  Clayton Freeman – Alzheimer’s Association
July 24:                  When it’s time to downsize, Where to go and how to get there
                                Speakers:  Jeannine Bryant – Changing Spaces
Jolee Urbanovsky – Bridge to Better Living

Go to the Lincoln Caregivers Education Group page on Facebook and like us.  Thanks.  It will keep you updated on events of interest to caregivers/older persons.  Becca Henry and Christine Vanderford, members of the Lincoln Caregiver Education Group, share helpful information for caregivers regularly.
You may also visit the Nebraska Caregiver Coalition page, the Nebraska Special Needs Ministry Network page, the Nebraska Lifespan Respite Network page on Facebook for even more information.
As always, if you have questions or need additional information feel free to contact me, Suzy Campbell, at (402) 802-2309.
Joy,   Suzy Campbell -Caregiver Education Group

Mar 27 – AARP presentation – with the Caregiver Education Group

The presentation for March 27th at 1:30 is about AARP Resources & Services  and will be given by Jina Ragland, AARP Advocacy & Outreach Director.  AARP Nebraska is fighting to support the 195,000+ family caregivers who help make it possible for older Nebraskans and other loved ones to live independently and choose the right care at the right time; working to find common sense solutions to help make family caregivers’ responsibilities a little easier.
Held at Saint Paul UMC, 1144 M Street.  March 27 is a Tuesday. The meetings are held in Room 155 on the main level.  The presentation begins at 1:30pm.  

This presentation will highlight the various caregiving bills introduced during the 2018 Nebraska legislative session.  In addition Jina will share about the Assisting Caregiver Transition Act passed in the Nebraska legislature in 2016.  The Federal RAISE act will also be explained.  An overview of resources, books,  and services available to caregivers through AARP will also be provided.  This presentation will provide very useful  information for all caregivers, family members, pastors/church members, friends, and neighbors as well as professional care providers.

In 2014 in Nebraska, about 195,000 family caregivers provided 182 million hours of uncompensated care, valued at $13.81/hour.  The economic value of their unpaid contributions was approximately $470 billion in 2013, up from an estimated $450 billion in 2009.  In Nebraska the value of unpaid contributions is estimated to be at $2.5 billion of care.

The Caregiver Education Group and Saint Paul UMC sponsor meetings for caregivers held the fourth Tuesday of each month at Saint Paul UMC, 1144 M Street.  The meetings are held in Room 155 on the main level.  The presentation begins at 1:30pm.  There is always time allowed for discussion and sharing after the presentation.  There is parking underneath the church.  You enter off 11th Street (between N & M Streets) right after the alley.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  We are pleased that Jen Wolf-Wubbels from Southlake Village, who is a member of the Lincoln Caregiver Education Group, brings yummy treats to the meeting each month.  Thanks so much, Jen.

The Eagle…

This is the kind of story you need when  it seems like the world is spiraling out of control. Not many people get a picture of this proud bird  snuggled up next to them!
Freedom and Jeff
Freedom and I have been together 11 years this summer. She came in as a baby in 1998 with two broken wings. Her left wing doesn’t open all the way even after surgery,  it was broken in 4 places.  She’s my baby.
When Freedom came in, she could not stand and both wings were broken.  She was emaciated and covered in lice.. We made the decision to give her a chance at life, so I took her to the vet’s office.  From then on, I was always around her.
We had her in a huge dog carrier with the top off, and it was loaded up with shredded newspaper for her to lay in.  I used to sit and talk to her, urging her to live, to fight;  and she would lay there looking at me with those big brown eyes.  We also had to tube feed her for weeks.
This went on for 4-6 weeks, and by then she still couldn’t stand.  It got to the point where the decision was made to euthanize her if she couldn’t stand in a week.
You know you don’t want to cross that line between torture and rehab, and it looked like death
She was going to be put down that Friday, and I was supposed to come in on that Thursday afternoon.. I didn’t want to go to the center that Thursday, because I couldn’t bear the thought of her being euthanized; but I went anyway, and when I walked in everyone was grinning from ear to ear.
I went immediately back to her cage; and there she was, standing on her own, a big beautiful eagle. She was ready to live. I was just about in tears by then. That was a very good day. We knew she could never fly, so the director asked me to glove train her.
I got her used to the glove, and then to jesses, and we started doing education programs for schools in western Washington.
We wound up in the newspapers, radio (believe it or not) and some TV.  Miracle Pets even did a show about us.
In the spring of 2000, I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  I had stage 3, which is not good (one major organ plus everywhere), so I wound up doing 8 months of chemo.  Lost the hair – the whole bit. I missed a lot of work.
When I felt good enough, I would go to Sarvey and take Freedom out for walks. Freedom would also come to me in my dreams and help me fight the cancer. This happened time and time again.
Fast forward to November 2000. The day after Thanksgiving, I went in for my last checkup. I was told that if the cancer was not all gone after 8 rounds of chemo, then my last option was a stem cell transplant.
Anyway, they did the tests; and I had to come back  Monday for the results. I went in Monday,  and I was told that all the cancer was gone.
So the first thing I did was get up to Sarvey and take the big girl out for a walk. It was misty and cold. I went to her flight and jessed her up, and we went out front to the top of the hill.
I hadn’t said a word to Freedom, but somehow she knew.  She looked at me and wrapped both her wings around me to where I could feel them pressing in on my back (I was engulfed in eagle wings), and she touched my nose with her beak and stared into my eyes, and we just stood there like that for I don’t know how long.
That was a magic moment.. We have been soul mates ever since we came in. This is a very special bird.
On a side note:  I have had people who were sick come up to us when we are out, and Freedom has some kind of hold on them
I once had a guy who was terminal come up to us and I let him hold her. His knees just about buckled and he swore he could feel her power course through his body. I have so many stories like that.
I never forget the honor I have of being so close to such a magnificent spirit as Freedom!! Hope you enjoyed this!

Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HO0O0SAgPuc

A SMALL REQUEST…. A small request…..Just one line: All you are asked to do is keep this circulating..  Even if it’s only to one more person. just someone who enjoys a GREAT STORY.

Can Senior Living Help Your Marriage?

These Couples Say Yes

Posted On 08 Feb 2018 . By : 
    Harold and Lois Greene still get around pretty well, considering he’s 92 years old and she’s 86. Harold sometimes needs a cane to walk and Lois’s hands shake a bit from Parkinson’s disease. The couple stays active, though, thanks to moving into a senior living community in Arizona about eight months ago.

The 9 Signs of Hidden Depression

How to help a person that has developed hidden depression – If you notice that one of your loved ones or someone close to you has developed one or more of the symptoms that we mentioned here, the best solution is to talk to them first and offer help, try to talk about the things that are bothering them and remove the masks. In such a conversation it is important not to try to minimize the value of the person’s problems or joke about them in order to ease the situation, but take them seriously – try to genuinely help them, by really touching on the problems they’re dealing with and not with empty words like “cheer up,” “just relax,” or “stop acting like that.” In any case, if the person in front of you refuses to talk, don’t try to force them, but keep an eye on their behavior. Be attentive, and let the person dealing with the problem feel that you are here for them.     From BabaMail

Full story here – http://www.ba-bamail.com/content.aspx?emailid=28805

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