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Feb – Transcontinental Railroad: The Railroads that Tamed the West

to be featured at Homestead National Monument of America Film Festival

2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. This amazing transportation development shortened a cross country trip from months to mere days.  Transcontinental Railroad: The Railroads that Tamed the West, explores this undertaking initiated by Abraham Lincoln soon after the signing of the Homestead Act. The documentary touches on the innovations and dangers that accompanied this feat, as well as the complications and benefits faced by travelers and employees once the railroad was operational. This film will screen Saturday, February 9, and Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the Education Center at Homestead National Monument of America.
Join us for the “Innovation: Transportation During the Homestead Era Film Festival,” Saturdays and Sundays in January, February, and early March at 2:00 p.m., in the Homestead National Monument of America Education Center. This year features films that explore the Transcontinental Railroad and the Apollo Space program:

2 p.m. Saturday/Sunday February 9-10     The Railroad that Tamed the West
2 p.m. Saturday/Sunday February 16-17        Hidden Figures (PG)
2 p.m. Saturday/Sunday February 23-24        The West: The Grandest Empire Under God
2 p.m. Saturday/Sunday March 2-3                In the Shadow of the Moon

Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2019. Keep up with the latest information by following us on Twitter (HomesteadNM), Facebook (HomesteadNM), and Instagram (HomesteadNPS).

Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska and 45 miles south of Lincoln. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit http://www.nps.gov/home/.

Focus on a New Year, New Congress

Nice list. No need to vote but do if you wish. Or copy, paste and email to a friend.
https://action.uschamber.com/mGctm0N

New Year, New Congress

What should be the top areas of focus for Congress in 2019?
Please select all that apply.
 Agriculture and Food Safety
 Debt and Deficit
 Education
 Energy
 Environment
 Federal Contracting
 Financial Regulation
 Free Speech
 Health Care
 Immigration
 Infrastructure
 Intellectual Property
 International Trade and Investment
 Labor
 Legal Reform
 National and Cyber Security
 Regulatory Reform
 Retirement
 Taxes
 Technology
 Transportation
 Travel and Tourism

The 7 Deadliest Mistakes of Financial Planning

Use the link below for the full story… At Babamail.com

When it comes to personal finance, human flaws can throw you off course during your earning years. But as retirement approaches, these flaws have the capacity to do lasting damage. These retirement planning sins can set you back from achieving important goals. So, if you feel like you can do a better job of your retirement planning, here are seven offenses on how to get back on track:

1. Don’t be afraid to seek help
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2. Don’t get jealous over what others have
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3. Don’t let anger cloud your judgment
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5. Don’t get lazy
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6. Don’t get overly greedy when making money
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7. Don’t lust after what you cannot have

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Lincoln 55+ and OLLI in 2007

Hello from the Lincoln 55+ Seniors Paper,

OLLI – Osher Life Long Learning – has been just a great success. In the last months of a 3 year grant, OLLI had 304 members with a long term goal of reaching 500 members. Meeting this goal would earn a $1 Million endowment to help educate Seniors in Lincoln NE..On March 1st, 2007, with publication of a 4 page, color ad in the spring issue of the Lincoln 55+ Senior Paper, our membership jumped in just 6 weeks to 447. After the next 4-page ad in the summer issue, we reached 537 – well beyond the “long-term goal.”  After the membership year ended, we dropped back to 440 members but surged forward again after the Fall 2007 ads – to 650 members. So – in 10 months, OLLI membership rose from 304 to 650. Wow. And yes! We did get that 1st $Million endowment.

OLLI board members carried 1200-1500 papers (of 12,000 total) to their friends and neighbors and doctors offices for each issue. Offering the 55+ Paper became a method for starting a conversation about OLLI.  The Lincoln 55+ is proud of the the 12 years relationship with OLLI. in 2018, we are over 1400 members and now have a second endowment in hand. A million here and an million there adds up.

OLLI Rocks.  https://olli.unl.edu/

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Nebraska Medicaid Vote

Even well-off Seniors may need Medicaid one day. Please vote yes.

 

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.

(SSI) benefits will increase 2.8 percent

Thursday, October 11, 2018
For Immediate Release
Social Security Administration Seal

 

Mark Hinkle, Acting Press Officer
press.office@ssa.gov

 

News Release
SOCIAL SECURITY

 

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 67 million Americans will increase 2.8 percent in 2019, the Social Security Administration announced today.

The 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 62 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2019. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2018. (Note: some people receive both Social Security and SSI benefits). The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Some other adjustments that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages. Based on that increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $132,900 from $128,400.

Security and SSI beneficiaries are normally notified by mail in early December about their new benefit amount. This year, for the first time, most people who receive Security payments will be able to view their COLA notice online through their my Security account. People may create or access their my Security account online at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

Information about Medicare changes for 2019, when announced, will be available at www.medicare.gov. For Social Security beneficiaries receiving Medicare, Social Security will not be able to compute their new benefit amount until after the Medicare premium amounts for 2019 are announced. Final 2019 benefit amounts will be communicated to beneficiaries in December through the mailed COLA notice and mySocial Security’s Message Center.

The Social Security Act provides for how the COLA is calculated. To read more, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/cola.

Lincoln – Oct 21 – ROBBER’S CAVE PRESENTATION SET FOR OCTOBER 21

 

Lincoln City Libraries invites the public to a free presentation Sunday, October 21 by Joel Green, the author of a new book, “Robber’s Cave:  Truths, Legends, Recollections.”  The program begins at 2 p.m. at the Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors on the third floor of the Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street.  The program is part of the John H. Ames Reading Series, which showcases Nebraska authors reading their own works.
In his book, Green, a local teacher and Robber’s Cave tour guide, tracks the cave’s ownership through the past century and beyond.  The books is full of photographs and stories about those who have used the cave, including Native Americans, the Underground Railroad, Lincoln’s first brewery, Coxey’s Army, the Ku Klux Klan and possibly Jesse James.
The John H. Ames Reading Series is recorded by LNKTV City, the City’s government access channel (ALLO channel 2, Spectrum channel 1303 and Kinetic channel 1005).  A broadcast schedule is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: LNKTV), and programs are available at YouTube.com/LNKTVcity.  Previous programs are also available for borrowing on DVD at Lincoln City Libraries.
For more information about Lincoln City Libraries, visit www.lincolnlibraries.org.

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/

There are the 7 Types of Love –

 We all seem to crave a romantic love, but few of us realize that it is far from being timeless and universal. Romantic love, rather, is a modern construct, one that emerged in tandem with what we read in novels. But there are many other ways to love, not all of which are consistent or consonant with romantic love. By preoccupying ourselves with romantic love, we tend to neglect other types of love that tend to be more accessible and that may, in the long term prove more healing and fulfilling. Here are seven types of love which are loosely based on classical readings, especially of Plato and Aristotle, and on J.A. Lee’s 1973 book Colors of Love.  Click to learn more

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1. Eros
2. Philia
3. Storge
4. Agape
5. Ludus
6. Pragma
7. Philautia

Age by Rix Quinn

Minute Story — Age by Rix Quinn

How old are you? Do you want to be older or younger?        

     There’s a great book by Andrew Postman called What’s in an Age? Who did what when, from age 1 to 100. Did you know that at the age of six, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart performed concerts in Europe?

     Or that Joy Foster became the Jamaican women’s table tennis champion at age eight? (At the age of six, I was still counting my toes, and at age eight happily discovered I had 13.)

     Some people do great things when they’re young. Others perform spectacularly as senior citizens.

     Sophocles wrote the play “Oedipus at Colonus” when he was 90. At age 100, Ichijirou Araya climbed Mount Fuji.

     Most of us are older than six, and younger than 100. So what will we do with this 94 years of middle age?

     We can stay in school, or go back to it. We can learn a new profession, or develop a specialty in our current one.

     Unfortunately, there’s no rewind on life’s video. The only way we can move is forward.

     So if I could pick one single age, it would be the Age of Enlightenment, which begins for everyone each new morning.

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Looking at the Details of a Senior Living Contract

Posted On 14 Aug 2018 By : 

Senior living contracts (also called admission or residency agreements) come in many different forms depending on the community, type of care and your state. Though, no matter what type of senior living contract you’re entering into, it’s important to ensure you fully understand it before signing on the dotted line.

Since most senior living contracts are full of industry and legal terms, it can be difficult to understand the complete terms of the agreement, which is why it’s beneficial to have an attorney review it on your behalf. See how you can take a more in-depth look at the details of a senior living contract and read other tips from A Place for Mom’s Legal Expert, Stuart Furman Esq.

How to Look at the Details of a Senior Living Contract

Read At A Place for Mom – https://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/details-of-a-senior-living-contract/

Best Cell Phone Plans and Phones for Seniors

Posted On 06 Mar 2018 By : Estelle Carlson of Redondo Beach, California, has had a smartphone for at least 10 years. Carlson, who is in her 70s, does everything on it: she banks, Facetimes with her cousin in Scotland and her granddaughters in Boston and Kaui, she writes “letters” and texts. “I can’t imagine being without it,” she says of her iPhone.The Best Cell Phone Plans and Phones for Seniors

Carlson is not alone. Smartphone use among seniors is growing every year, but it varies substantially by age: 59% of 65- to 69-year-olds have smartphones. But that drops off as seniors get older. Only 31% of 75- to 79-year-olds use them, according to the Pew Research Center.

What if you’re not a savvy iPhone user like Carlson and you want a cell phone only to use for emergency calls and texts? What if your elderly parent needs a phone with big buttons and loud volume, what then? Here, we break down the best cell phone plans and phones for seniors, no matter their mobile proficiency. From flip phones to the iPhone X, here’s what you need to know before you buy.

Things to Consider When Choosing a Cell Phone Plan

Go here —> https://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/best-cell-phone-plans-and-phones-for-seniors/

Most Living Wills Don’t Help You Plan for Dementia Care

Most Living Wills Don’t Help You Plan for Dementia Care, This One Does Posted On 12 Apr 2018 By : 
 We all know we’re supposed to have a living will so our doctors and families will know what type of care we want (and don’t want) if we can’t decide for ourselves. For about a third of us, though, dementia will present a problem a traditional living will can’t solve. That’s because most living wills — also known as advance directives — only take effect after a catastrophic sudden change in your cognitive abilities, like a serious accident or stroke.

Most Living Wills Don't Help You Plan for Dementia Care, This One Does

Dementia, however, affects decision-making in slower, more subtle ways, leaving patients competent to make simple choices but often overwhelmed by major decisions about treatment options.
A New Living Will for Dementia Care

(…) Each stage has four options for dementia care:

  1. To exclude the use of breathing machines and resuscitation.
  2. To prolong life as long as possible.
  3. To receive care only at home
  4. To receive palliative care only.
Developing a Health Directive for Dementia

(…) Gaster said age 65-70 is the ideal time to make your care choices, fill out the form and sign it.
(…) Gaster recommends the Alzheimer’s planning tools created by the Conversation Project,

Ways to Talk About Dementia Care Planning With Your Loved Ones

(…) talking about the possibility of dementia and planning for it can make the difference between a good end of life and one that’s unnecessarily painful and stressful for the whole family.
(…) thousands of people who’ve downloaded the dementia directive online.

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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/

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