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9-17 – Walk with Nebraska Alzheimer’s Association

Walk to End Alzheimers – info. See below —

WHEN:            Sunday, September 17, 2017
11:00 AM Registration
12:30 PM Opening ceremony
1:00 PM Walk begins
WHERE:         Holmes Lake
HOW:              Register today. Sign up as a Team Captain, join a team or register to walk as an individual at
CONTACT:    Erinn Drouin, 402.502.4301, x. 8250,


 Over 1,200 Lincoln Residents are Raising Critically Needed Awareness and Funds

WHAT:  Over 1,200 Lincoln residents will join the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease at the 2017 Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s. In 2016, Lincoln raised over $184,000, contributing to more than 70 million raised nationwide for care, support and research efforts for those impacted by Alzheimer’s.

In addition to walking, participants will enjoy live entertainment, free food from Runza, and interaction with the following event sponsors:  Runza, Alpha Media, KLKN-TV, Carpetland, CountryHouse Residences, Legacy Retirement Communities – The Arbors, and Stanley Healthcare, among others.

Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Participants will learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment and support programs and services. Walk participants also honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony.

About the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®  The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s – the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.

Alzheimer’s Association®  The Alzheimer’s Association is the 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. Visit or call 800.272.3900.

Source: Nebraska Chapter | Alzheimer’s Association



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  More information on Lincoln Parks and Recreation can be found at  More information on the NRPA is available at

Source: | Mayor > Aging Partners\

Generic Eye Drops for Seniors Could Save Millions of Dollars a Year: MedlinePlus Health News

Medicare is billed more than $1 billion annually for glaucoma treatments alone, researchers say    By Robert Preidt Friday, July 28, 2017

FRIDAY, July 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Prescribing generic drugs for seniors’ eye problems could save the U.S. government hundreds of millions of dollars a year, a new study suggests.

Conditions like glaucoma and dry eye that require daily eye drops are common in old age.

University of Michigan researchers report that eye doctors caring for seniors prescribe brand-name medications in more than three-quarters of cases, compared to one-third of cases among nearly all other specialties.

Read more at the Source: Generic Eye Drops for Seniors Could Save Millions of Dollars a Year: MedlinePlus Health News

A New Solar Still to Provide Clean Water For All | Science & Tech – BabaMail

A New Solar Still to Provide Clean Water For All

Planet Earth is now home to some 7.5 billion people. In spite of the ever-increasing population and life expectancy figures, one of the sad truths of our world is that more than one in 10 people do not have access to clean drinking water  – but all that might be about to change.Researchers at the State University of New York have created a portable solar still, which is a technology that will allow people to generate their own drinking water much like they generate energy with solar panels.


Solar stills have actually been around for millennia. They’re essentially black-bottomed vessels that filled with water after it has been trapped using a clear material (such as a sheet of plastic). The suns heats up the black container, causing the water to evaporate and become trapped in its upper layer, leaving contaminants and dirt behind.

The problems with solar stills to date have been the cost to set one up, and the amount of surface area required to produce an adequate amount of clean water each day. The researchers at the State University of New York managed to improve the ancient design in two fundamental ways, namely ensuring that it’s just the topmost layer of the water that gets heated for less lost energy, and employing materials that would make the new solar still design viable for the poorest people in the world to own.


Materials include a fiber-rich paper, similar to the paper used to print currency on, that’s coated in carbon black. The latter is a cheap powder that is left as a by-product of oil and tar production. Polystyrene blocks are also cut up and turned into 25 connected sections.

The polystyrene foam allows the solar still to float on the surface untreated water and acts as an insulating barrier, preventing sunlight from heating up too much of the water below. Evaporated water is trapped by a clear acrylic cover before being funneled into a collection vessel.


According to a report on the new solar still design, it channels the energy in sunlight into evaporating water with 88% efficiency. This level of efficiency allows the new design with a 1-square-meter surface area to purify 1 liter of water every hour, which is four times faster than commercially-available solar still designs.

At an estimated cost of just $1.60 per square meter, providing the minimal level water needed to sustain a family of four might cost as little as $5 per solar still. Are we on the cusp of a water revolution? Only time will tell.

Source: A New Solar Still to Provide Clean Water For All | Science & Tech – BabaMail

Study Reveals Link Between Alzheimer’s & Bacteria | Science & Tech – BabaMail


Alzheimer’s disease is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that affects one in ten people over the age of 65. As of today, there’s no known cure, and scientists still don’t fully understand every aspect of this disease. However, groundbreaking new research, published in ‘Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience,’ promises to be the next step forward, and will hopefully lead to a cure before too long.

The research shows that the onset of Alzheimer’s could be the result of bacteria bypassing the brain’s defences and infecting the neurons. Scientists studying the brains of deceased donors found that the type and quantity of bacteria differed between healthy brains and those with Alzheimer’s.

The researchers, from the UK’s University of Bristol, think that there may be a link between neuroinflammation and these newly-discovered bacteria populations. David Emery, one of the researchers, said that, ” Alzheimer’s brains usually contain evidence of neuroinflammation, and researchers increasingly think that this could be a possible driver of the disease, by causing neurons in the brain to degenerate.” Furthermore, he believes that “Neuroinflammation in the brain may be a reaction to the presence of bacteria.”

Read more — Source: Study Reveals Link Between Alzheimer’s & Bacteria | Science & Tech – BabaMail

4 Secrets to Slow Aging: Keeping Seniors Active

Source: 4 Secrets to Slow Aging: Keeping Seniors Active

1. Socialization is Key

Click on the link above for details

2. Let’s Stay Physical! Physical!

3. Keeping That Society Life.

4. Keeping It Real

Daily household chores and responsibilities can be a lot for anyone.


Remove Plaque in Next to No Time | Tips and Updates – BabaMail

A DIY Home Remedy to Remove Plaque – posted by BabaMail

Yup, you heard that right! The things that keep wounds clean and your fridge smelling fresh will also do wonders for your mouth. This mixture is our favorite because it’s made from common household items which are easy to get a hold of, it’s cheap, and there are no hidden additives or chemicals.

To make your own plaque-busting mouthwash, you will need the following:

• 1 tablespoon of baking soda
• ½ a cup of salt
• ½ cup of drug store hydrogen peroxide (1-3%)
• 1 cup of cold water
• ½ cup of warm water
• Toothpick
• Toothbrush


1. Combine the salt and baking soda in a small container.

2. Run your toothbrush under some warm water, then swirl the bristle around in the baking soda-salt mixture.

3. Brush your teeth normally, and spit out the homemade paste when finished.

4.  Now to the best part – the mouthwash! This step is simple. All you need to do is combine the ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide with the ½ cup of warm water, and swish it around in your mouth for a minute or two.

5. To remove as much plaque as possible, use a toothpick on the hard-to-reach areas, and rinse the excess away with some cold water.

Repeat this procedure up to twice a week, but please remember that this DIY dental routine is not meant to replace your daily brushing and flossing. Just think of it as a fast, fun, and economical way to make plaque a thing of the past.

Source: tiphero

Source: Remove Plaque in Next to No Time | Tips and Updates – BabaMail

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