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New Caregiver Support Group for ALZ/DEM in Lincoln

Source: Nebraska Chapter | Alzheimer’s Association

CONTACT:
Ashleigh Drudik
Alzheimer’s Association Nebraska Chapter http://www.alz.org/nebraska

Alzheimer’s Association Volunteers to Offer a New Caregiver Support Group for ALZ/DEM in Lincoln
Support Group Meetings Available for Caregivers of Individuals Living with Dementia
Beginning in June 2017, the Alzheimer’s Association will offer a new caregiver support group in Lincoln. The group will meet on the second Sunday of each month from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM at Home Instead Senior Care Education Center, 1400 Dahlberg Drive, Suite E, Lincoln, NE 68512. This free support opportunity will be facilitated by committed area professionals dedicated to providing education and support for families impacted by dementia.
Other support group options are also available in the Lincoln community as well. For details, visit alz.org/Nebraska.
In order to more effectively empower and assist caregivers, providing education and support after a diagnosis is crucial. Alzheimer’s Association services allow families impacted to further understand a diagnosis, to employ 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 offer support groups, community members and health professionals turn to these groups to ensure caregivers do not feel isolated and feel empowered by education and support from peers,” said Diane Hendricks, LCSW of the Alzheimer’s Association Nebraska Chapter. “Caregivers soon discover through support groups that education and information provide the tools to help on their path.”

For more information about support groups, please contact either of the support group facilitators for the new group: Kathy, 402.840.0069 or Sarah, 402.560.4339. Registration for these sessions is not required, but interested participants are encouraged to call in advance to ensure meeting details have remained the same. For more information, call our 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900 or visit alz.org.
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.
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Free Jazz – Summer Concert Series

Free Summer Concert Series
Live jazz music will be in the air throughout the summer in Lincoln, Nebraska thanks to James Terry and JazzTime Smooth Radio. He was recently encouraged when Governor Pete Ricketts proclaimed April 2017 as Jazz Appreciation Month just as plans were finalized for two free community concert series.
For the third consecutive year, Downtown Lincoln Association will follow in the tradition of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s, Jazz in June series with Tower Jazz. Starting, July 11, at Tower Square, 13th and P Street, free jazz concerts will be played on Tuesday evenings from 7 – 9 pm.
As part of the Lincoln Parks and Rec Department’s, Party in the Parks events, free concerts are also scheduled on Friday evenings from 7 – 9 pm, in July and August at Lincoln’s Union Plaza, located north of 21st and O Street. Partnering with Ryan Larsen, owner of Roots Music, the series will start on the First Friday, July 7 and run through August 25. Celebrating the diversity of the community a variety of music styles will be showcased.
ABOUT
James Terry provides the best in live jazz entertainment for local and regional events. He also owns JazzTime Smooth Radio, an internet radio station where jazz music can be enjoyed 24/7 at jazzztimessmoothradio.com. JazzTime Smooth Radio operates from the SCC Focus Suites, located at 285 South 68th Street Place in Lincoln.
For more information contact: James Terry/402-580-6983

Source: JazzTime Smooth Radio – index

Top 10 skills children learn from the arts – The Washington Post

Source: Top 10 skills children learn from the arts – The Washington Post

Full story is even better. -keith —–
Top 10 skills children learn from the arts
By Valerie Strauss January 22, 2013
1. Creativity
2. Confidence
3. Problem Solving
4. Perseverance
5. Focus
6. Non-Verbal Communication
7. Receiving Constructive Feedback
8. Collaboration
9. Dedication
10. Accountability.

Spring Maintenance for Senior Safety

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  • Can they move around and negotiate the property safely?
  • Are they willing to allow outside help from a neighbor or service company when needed?
  • Is the work they are doing to keep the home up to date too exhausting?
  • Is the responsibility of spring maintenance overwhelming?
  • Are some important tasks being left undone?

Full story at the source: Spring Maintenance for Senior Safety

Good for the Body and Soul

Tending to gardens, clearing eaves and gutters, and cleaning windows are but a few of the strenuous tasks that are required for home maintenance. These chores are especially worrisome for adults with senior parents living on their own. But, if your parent(s) can take these tasks on, they should—performing them has a positive effect on the body and mind.

 

AGING PARTNERS OFFERS FREE FEELING FIT CLASSES

Source: lincoln.ne.gov | Mayor > Aging Partners

AGING PARTNERS OFFERS FREE “FEELING FIT” CLASSES

The public is invited to participate in Aging Partners’ “Feeling Fit” classes as part of the Move More Lincoln Wellness Series.  Classes are from noon to 12:45 p.m. Fridays from June 2 through September 1 at the Jayne Snyder Trail Center, 21st and “Q” streets.  All classes are free and open to the public, and no preregistration is required.  Six different types of classes are offered:

  • June 2 – Movement and Music:  Explore elements of dance in a no-pressure, social environment at a comfortable pace.
  • June 9 – Chair Tai Chi: Perform simple movements while sitting or standing near a chair.
  • June 16 – Dynamic Movement:  Stretching, breathing and a unique combination of exercises and dance steps will isolate muscle groups, enhance flexibility, increase heart rate and improve strength.
  • June 23 – Qigong:  Movements work with the body, breath, mind and subtle energies to attain health, vitality and longevity.
  • June 30 – Fit Mix:  An eclectic class that incorporates movements from dance, yoga, Tai Chi and Qigong.
  • July 7, 14, 21 and 28 – Movement and Music
  • August 4 – Fit Mix
  • August 11 – Tai Chi, Moving for Better Balance:  A fall prevention program using principles and movements of Tai Chi.
  • August 18 – Dynamic Movement
  • August 25 – Fit Mix
  • September 1 – Qigong


The Move More Lincoln Wellness Series is designed to help individuals stay active, flexible and balanced.  It is sponsored by the Community Health Endowment of Lincoln and Lincoln Parks and Recreation.

More information about Aging Partners is available at aging.lincoln.ne.gov.  More information about the Move More Lincoln Wellness Series can be found at chelincoln.org (select Move More Lincoln in the “News, Events & Resources” tab). 

$400 million increase in Alzheimer’s research funding

Source: AIM | Alzheimer’s Impact Movement

Call to Congress Answered with Funding Gains at National Institutes of Health 

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 2017 – The Alzheimer’s Association, the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM) and its nationwide network of advocates applaud Congress for hearing their call and taking action in the fight to end Alzheimer’s. Today, a $400 million increase in Alzheimer’s research funding was signed into law, increasing federal funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to nearly $1.4 billion. After years of stagnant funding, this is the second year in a row the Alzheimer’s Association request for historic funding increases has been acted on by our federal leaders.

“The Alzheimer’s Association and our sister organization, the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement, represent millions of families facing Alzheimer’s disease, and we know firsthand the importance of investing in research to advance faster against this deadly disease,” said Harry Johns, Alzheimer’s Association and Alzheimer’s Impact Movement president and CEO. “This is the latest in a series of policy victories in the fight to end Alzheimer’s, but more work remains. As the leading voice for those affected by the disease, the Alzheimer’s Association, AIM, and our advocates will continue to work with Congress to ensure continued bipartisan support for urgently needed research funding increases and access to necessary care and support services.”

Today, there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, the only leading cause of death that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. An additional 15 million Americans serve as unpaid caregivers for individuals living with the disease.

Already the nation’s most expensive disease — at a cost of $259 billion in 2017 — the Alzheimer’s Association estimates that by mid-century the number of people with the disease is set to nearly triple, and the costs of Alzheimer’s are projected to more than quadruple to $1.1 trillion. Today, funding for Alzheimer’s research at the NIH is under $1.4 billion per year. Leading experts have said a greater investment is still needed if we are to stay on the path to preventing and effectively treating Alzheimer’s by 2025.

Demonstrating the urgency of this crisis, the NIH Professional Judgment Budget commissioned by Congress has already recommended a $414 million increase in spending on Alzheimer’s disease research for fiscal year 2018.

The Alzheimer’s Association International Research Grant Program, through philanthropic support, has committed over $385 million to more than 2,500 best-of-field grant proposals, leading to field-changing

advances. According to Thomson Reuters InCites (formerly Web of Science), the Alzheimer’s Association ranks as the highest impact nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s disease research in the world, ranking in overall impact behind only the Chinese and United States governments.

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. For more information, visit alz.org.

Alzheimer’s Impact Movement 

The Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization working in strategic partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association. AIM advocates for policies to overcome Alzheimer’s disease, including increased investment in research, improved care and support, and development of approaches to reduce the risk of developing dementia. For more information, visit alzimpact.org.

 

Rotary Clubs – What Is A Paul Harris Fellow you ask?

A Paul Harris Fellow is awarded to persons who, or for whom, a total of $1,000 has been donated to The Rotary (International) Foundation, whether in a lump sum or in increments over several years. This year is The Rotary Foundation’s 100th year. What began as an idea by Past RI President Arch C. Klumph to build an endowment with the purpose of “doing good in the world” in 1917 has grown to a Foundation that has $1 billion in assets and an impressive record of improving millions of lives. Today’s mission of The Rotary Foundation is to support the efforts of Rotary International in the fulfillment of the Object of Rotary, Rotary’s mission, and the achievement of world understanding and peace through local, national, and international humanitarian, educational, and cultural programs. It is one of the greatest foundations in the world. The giving expectation for every Rotarian is to give $100 per year to the foundation.  

There is no such thing as a Paul Harris Fellowship, and it is not an award; it is simply recognition.

https://www.rotaryd9710.org.au/foundation/paul-harris-fellows/paul-harris-fellow-meaning.html

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