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					Two Rivers Senior Anchor Newsletter December, 2007 Celebrating Over 50 Years of Service to the Community Transportation TWO RIVERS SENIOR CENTER Assist To Transport 682-8820 1520 17th STREET Maritime Metro (the bus) – Tickets, passes Open Monday through Friday and maps are available at the Senior 8:00 AM to 4:30 P.M. Center.

920/793-5596

STAFF Sarah R. Gallagher Senior Center Supervisor sargal@two-rivers.org 793-5597 Bonnie Wilker Program Coordinator bonwil@two-rivers.org 793-5590 Traci Hoeltke MOW/Volunteer Coordinator trahoe@two-rivers.org
793-7266

The Two Rivers Senior Center is an accredited member of the Wisconsin Association of Senior Centers and a member of the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups.

Christine LaCrosse, Head Cook Barbara Stegemann, Assist. Cook Check out our website www.two-rivers.org

City of Two Rivers Committee on Aging Meets the first Monday of each month Doris Mattie, President Rose Mary Borths Ann DeFere Darlene Gabel Elaine Hrdina Gerald Juckem Bernard Pavlik Jerome Schubring James Taddy, City Council Representative

Mark Your Calendar!
Dec 3 ~ COA Meeting Dec 3 ~ Advisory Board Meeting Dec 3 ~ Tai Chi Monday Class 12/10, 12/17 Dec 3 ~ Cookie Pick Up & 12/4 & 12/5 Dec 3 ~ Community Sing-A-Long Dec 3 ~ Medicare Part D Appts & 12/18 Dec 4 ~ Arthritis Exercise & every Tues Dec 5 ~ Dells Christmas Trip Dec 5 ~ Tai Chi Class also 12/12 & 12/19 Dec 6 ~ St Nick Day Dec 6 ~ Fuel Assistance (call for other dates) Dec 6 ~ Health Service & Dec 20 Dec 6 ~ Christopher Shaw Dec 7 ~ Legal Counsel Dec 11 ~ LB Clarke Holiday Music Program Dec 11 ~ Friends Meeting Dec 12 ~ Anniversary Dinner Dec 13 ~ Holiday Party & Roncalli Singers Dec 14 ~ Hugs Group Gingerbread House Construction Dec 17 ~ through Dec 21 Holiday Party Wk Dec 17 ~ Antique Appraisal Dec 18 ~ Holiday Bake Sale Dec 20 ~ Holiday Party at 11:00 Dec 24 & 25 CLOSED Dec 26 ~ Birthday Dinner Dec 31 ~ Friends of the Center 1st Annual Party

Two Rivers Senior Anchor Newsletter December, 2007 Celebrating Over 50 Years of Service to the Community

Friends of the Two Rivers Senior Center
New Lifetime Friends of the Senior Center are: Francis & Janis LeClair Never renew your Senior Center Membership again! Become a lifetime Member today! Lifetime Membership in the Friends Group is available for 10 times the annual rate.

Friends of the Senior Center 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Status Is Official It’s time to plan for year end giving for tax purposes. The Friends of the Senior Center now has 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, and can issue you a receipt for your tax deductible gifts. The renovation of the Center is just months away. For more information, please call Sarah Gallagher at 920-793-5597. Legal Counsel Attorney J. Steve Winter offers advice by appointment here at the Senior Center. He will be here on Friday, December 7. The next date he will be taking appointments is Friday, January 4, 2008. Call 793-5596 for your free consultation time. December Foot Care Foot Care will be held on Monday, December 11 in the Behringer Room warming kitchen in the Community House. Look for signs to the room. Appointments begin at 9:00 a.m. and can be made by calling 793-5596. There is a $12.00 fee, payable to the Visiting Nurse at the time of services. Please bring your own towel.

Two Rivers Senior Anchor Newsletter December, 2007 Celebrating Over 50 Years of Service to the Community

You are cordially invited to our

Holiday Happenings!
At the Two Rivers Senior Center

December 3 & 4 ~ Pre-ordered Christmas Cut Out Cookie PickUp December 3 ~ Community Sing A Long Cookies & Hot Chocolate or Coffee 6:00 PM December 11 ~ LB Clarke Middle School Holiday Sing 11:15 AM program, Chicken Dinner served at Noon December 13 ~ Holiday Party at 5:30 PM Signature Roast Beef Dinner with all the trimmings! Be enthralled by the Roncalli Singers Special appearance by Santa! Door Prizes Tickets $8.00 per person on Sale Now at the Senior Center December 18 ~ Holiday Bake Sale Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins and M&M Bars December 20 ~ Holiday Party at Noon Entertainment by the TR Center Chorus at 11:15 AM Special appearance by Santa

Call 793-5596 to make your reservation

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From Social Security:
What’s New for 2008 Most of the changes affect people already getting Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. But a few affect people who work and pay Social Security taxes. Beginning with January 2008 Social Security and SSI benefits will go up 2.3 percent. That means the average Social Security retirement benefit will rise to $1,079 in 2008. Of course, the increase applies to all Social Security benefits, not just retirement payments. For example, the average disability check climbs to $1004 in 2008. And the average benefit payable to a widow(er) goes up to $1,041 in 2008. The basic SSI monthly payment rate for an individual rises from $623 to $637. The rate for a couple goes from $934 to $956. Note that these figures represent just the federal portion of the SSI payment. Wisconsin supplements that federal rate with a separate state payment. People getting Social Security benefits who are under full retirement age, not disabled, and still working also have new earnings limits to take into consideration. The earnings threshold in 2008 is $13,560. For every $2 earned over that limit, $1 must be withheld from any Social Security benefits due. If you are reaching full retirement age in 2008, you have a higher income threshold. It is $36,120. For every $3 you earn over $36,120, we must take $1 from any benefits you are due, for those months leading up to your full retirement age. When you reach your month of full retirement age your wages stop counting against the earnings limit. An important message for Medicare beneficiaries is that the Part B premium goes up to $96.40 in 2008. As I mentioned earlier, some of the annual updates affect people still working and paying Social Security taxes. The major change affects higher-income workers, those making up to $102,000. Workers will pay into Social Security up to this new maximum taxable limit. The combined tax rate itself does not change. It remains at 7.65 percent for wage earners and 15.30 percent for self-employed people. Of this amount 6.20 percent is the tax rate for Social Security on the wage earner and 14.40 for the self-employed. The Medicare tax rate is 1.45 percent for wage earners and 2.9 percent for the self-employed. There is no earnings taxable limit for Medicare taxes. In other words, all of your wages or self-employment income is subject to the Medicare tax. The amount of income required to earn one quarter of coverage is $1,050 in 2008. Once you make $4,200 you will have earned the maximum of four credits available in 2008. Most people need 40 credits to be eligible for Social Security retirement benefits. (Fewer credits are sometimes needed for other Social Security benefits.) To learn more, visit our website at www.socialsecurity.gov <http://www.socialsecurity.gov/> . You can also call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-3250778).
Ken Hess is the Public Affairs Specialist for Northern Wisconsin. You can contact Ken at 1603 Mirro Drive, Manitowoc, Wisconsin 54221 or via email at Kenneth.hess@ssa.gov.

Two Rivers Senior Anchor Newsletter December, 2007 Celebrating Over 50 Years of Service to the Community December Wish List

Please donate cans of white frosting to make Gingerbread Houses for our Meals on Wheels folks. We’ll be constructing them on Friday, December 14. If you would like to help, we’ll be starting at 9 AM.

Medicare Part B Premium Help Individuals who are currently receiving Social Security benefits will receive their New Benefit Amount statements from Social Security in late November or early December. The statement will reflect the cost of living increase in their Social Security benefits for 2008 but it will also show an increased Medicare medical insurance deduction (Part B premium) for those individuals who are on Medicare. For most people, the new premium will be $96.40 per month compared to $93.50 for 2007 (premiums are higher for individuals with higher incomes). Individuals with assets of less than $4,000.00 ($6,000.00 for married couples) and 2007 gross monthly income of less than $1,148 ($1,540.00 for married couples) from all sources may qualify to have their premiums paid for them. This benefit is called Medicare Savings Program or the Medicare Premium Assistance. People who qualify for benefits under the Medicare Savings Program also qualify for “extra help” with Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage. This entitles them to receive Part D coverage with no premium, no deductible, reduced co-payments, and coverage during the gap or donut hole. You may qualify for these by benefits by applying at Department of Human Services located at the Job Center, 3733 Dewey Street in Manitowoc – call 683-2888 for an appointment. You may also get further information by calling the Manitowoc County Aging and Disability Resource Center, 4319 Expo Drive, Manitowoc at 683-4180.

Two Rivers Senior Anchor Newsletter December, 2007 Celebrating Over 50 Years of Service to the Community Question of the Month Q. My friend wants to come to just one of the programs at the Center. Must he be a member? A. Out of town (Manitowoc County) guests are allowed to attend certain programs at the Center on occasion Call Sarah or Bonnie to check on a specific program. Membership for local residents for the Center is very affordable, at just $10 per year. If you have a question for the newsletter, please drop it off at the front desk. Medicare Strives to Keep You Healthy A Healthier US Starts Here Diabetes is a medical condition in which your body doesn't make enough insulin or has a reduced response to insulin. Diabetes causes your blood sugar to be too high because insulin is needed to use sugar properly. A high blood sugar level is not good for your health. For people with Medicare at risk for getting diabetes, Medicare covers a screening blood sugar test to check for diabetes. You are considered at risk if you have any of the following: high blood pressure, dyslipidemia (history of abnormal cholesterol and triglyceride levels), obesity, or a history of high blood sugar. Other risk factors may also qualify you for this test and based on the results, you may be eligible for up to two screenings each year. Medicare also covers certain supplies and self-management training to find and treat diabetes. Diabetes Screening (Fasting Plasma Glucose Test) covered beginning January 1, 2005 How often is it covered? You may be eligible for up to two screenings each year. For whom? Individuals at increased risk for diabetes that have any of the following: high blood pressure, dyslipidemia (history of abnormal cholesterol and triglyceride levels), obesity, or a history of high blood sugar. Your costs in the Original Medicare Plan? You pay nothing Diabetes Glucose monitors, test strips, and lancets For whom? All people with Medicare who have diabetes Your costs in the Original Medicare Plan? You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount after the yearly Part B deductible. Diabetes Self-Management Training For whom? This training is for certain people with Medicare who are at risk for complications from diabetes. Your doctor must request this service. Your costs in the Original Medicare Plan? You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount after the yearly Part B deductible
This information prepared by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Holiday Spirit Been out of touch with your Senior Center group? Holiday parties are scheduled the week of December 18th through the 22. Call Bonnie or Sarah at the Center to see if your group has scheduled a get together. The phone number is 793-5596.

Quick and Inexpensive Gift Ideas Simplify your shopping this year and support the Senior Center at the same time. A dozen hand decorated cookies from the Senior Center would be perfect for the neighbor who watches over you, the niece who does your shopping, or your neighborhood mailman. A pair of hand knit mittens or slippers for $2 would be a wonderful gift for the young man that shovels your walk or the neighbor’s little girl. We also have quite a few dish towels available. Call or stop in the Center to see what delights await your eyes and will be easy on your budget. Driving When You Have Arthritis For most people, driving represents freedom, control and competence. Driving enables most people to get to the places they want or need to go. For many people, driving is important economically – some drive as part of their job or to get to and from work. Driving is a complex skill. Our ability to drive safely can be affected by changes in our physical, emotional and mental condition. The goal of this article is to help you, your family and your health care professional talk about how arthritis may affect your ability to drive safely. How can arthritis affect my driving? Having arthritis can make your joints swollen and stiff, which can limit how far you can bend or move your shoulders, hands, head and neck. This can make it harder to grasp or turn the steering wheel, apply the brake and gas pedals, put on your safety belt or look over your shoulder to check your blind spot. As a result, arthritis can make it harder for you to drive safely. If arthritis affects your hips, knees, ankles or feet, you also may have difficulty getting in and out of your car. Can I still drive with arthritis? Yes, most people can drive safely with arthritis. It depends on which joints are affected, and how well you and your doctor are able to manage your condition. Your doctor cares about your health and safety, and will work with you and your loved ones to manage your care. If you use medicine to treat your arthritis, make sure it doesn’t make you sleepy. Ask your doctor about other treatments that can help with your pain, swelling, and soreness – treatments that will not make it difficult to drive safely. Arthritis can limit your movement and strength, so try to stay fit and active. Doing so will help you to keep driving safely. Ask your doctor about exercises to keep your joints strong and supple.

Two Rivers Senior Anchor Newsletter December, 2007 Celebrating Over 50 Years of Service to the Community What can I do when arthritis affects my driving? Your doctor can refer you to a rehabilitation center or a specialist*** who can determine if, and how, your arthritis is affecting your driving. The specialist may offer training to improve your driving skills. That training may include how to use special devices that you can have installed in your car to make it easier for you to drive safely. You will need training on the use of those devices, however, before beginning to drive with them. Improving your driving skills could help keep you and others around you safe. You also can call hospitals and rehabilitation facilities to find an occupational therapist who can help with the driving skills assessment and remediation, and with choosing and using the special devices to make it easier for you to drive with arthritis. *** according to the www.aota.org/olderdirver (American Occupational Therapy Assoc) we have a driving specialist in our area. Cheryl Reinke at Holy Family Memorial is listed on the website. You can reach Cheryl at 320-2397. She can help you with driving skills assessment and remediation and with choosing and using the special devices to make it easier for you to drive with arthritis. Depending on where you live, you may need to travel to nearby communities to find these services. Who can I call for help with transportation? Our local provider of Senior Transportation is Assist to Transport. Their phone number is 920-682-8820. You can get a copy of the “Age Page On Older Drivers” from the National Institute on Aging by calling 1-800-222-2225, or by going to their website at www.niapublications.org/engagepages/drivers.asp.Information from the US DOT
Brought to you from the Two Rivers Senior Center Health Committee Members are: Elroy Bever, Sandy Beyer, Ann DeFere, Pat Dewitt, LaVerne Lyons, Marilyn Saduske, Cele Savard, Jerry Schuster Ardel Tome, and Ed VanderBloomen.

Ever Wonder About Your Ancestors? Are you interested in your family history? Have you ever wondered how to get started? If so, come to our next Genealogy Talk Group on Monday, February 25. Our group has been meeting informally for the past 2 years. We meet at 1:15 and spend our time helping each other overcome those brick wall situations that very often can slow down the researching of family trees. Don't feel left out because your family doesn't have its roots in TR. A few of our present group got their start in locations other than Manitowoc County. We hope to see you at our next meeting on Monday, February 25 at 1:15 PM. PS. Santa Claus had his roots everywhere - Merry Christmas! Learn To Knit Join experienced knitting teacher, Claudia Kolpin as she teaches the basics of knitting. Class continues on Fridays at 1:15 at the Senior Center. Class fee for Senior Center members $1 per session, non members $2.

Two Rivers Senior Anchor Newsletter December, 2007 Celebrating Over 50 Years of Service to the Community A Parent's Nightmare Before Christmas 'Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house I searched for the tools to hand to my spouse. Instructions were studied and we were inspired, In hopes we could manage "Some Assembly Required." The children were quiet (not asleep) in their beds, While Dad and I faced the evening with dread: A kitchen, two bikes, Barbie's town house to boot! And, thanks to Grandpa, a train with a toot! We opened the boxes, my heart skipped a beat.... Let no parts be missing or parts incomplete! Too late for last-minute returns or replacement; If we can't get it right, it goes in the basement! When what to my worrying eyes should appear, But 50 sheets of directions, concise, but not clear, With each part numbered and every slot named, So if we failed, only we could be blamed. More rapid than eagles the parts then fell out, All over the carpet they were scattered about. "Now bolt it! Now twist it! Attach it right there! Slide on the seats, and staple the stair! Hammer the shelves, and nail to the stand." "Honey," said hubby, "you just glued my hand." And then in a twinkling, I knew for a fact That all the toy dealers had indeed made a pact To keep parents busy all Christmas Eve night With "assembly required" till morning's first light. We spoke not a word, but kept bent at our work, Till our eyes, they went bleary; our fingers all hurt. The coffee went cold and the night, it wore thin Before we attached the last rod and last pin. Then laying the tools away in the chest, We fell into bed for a well-deserved rest. But I said to my husband just before I passed out, "This will be the best Christmas, without any doubt.

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Tomorrow we'll cheer, let the holiday ring, And not have to run to the store for a thing! We did it! We did it! The toys are all set For the perfect, most perfect, Christmas, I bet!" Then off to dreamland and sweet repose I gratefully went, Though I suppose there's something to say for those self-deluded... I'd forgotten that batteries are never included!

Donations
Birthday Donations Anonymous, Bea Christoffel, Frank Ciha, Jr., John Benthien, Janis Minaker, Judy Pilger, Judi Root, Geraldine Wojta, Cash birthday donations are used to purchase supplies so we may continue to make and mail greeting cards to our members, also to underwrite the birthday party gifts. Many treat our lunch group to a special dessert on their special day, which helps to stretch our food dollars! Thank You!! Renovation & Other Donations Anonymous, Donna Baker, Wilma Zinn In memory of Lucille Holtz, Anton (Tony) Zinkel Businesses Supporting Your Senior Center: Winter, Chewning & Geary, LLP Natural Ovens Bakery, Inc.,

Platinum Sponsors of the Friends of the Senior Center:
Deja & Martin Funeral Chapels Shoreline Credit Union Winter, Chewning & Geary, LLP

Two Rivers Senior Anchor Newsletter December, 2007 Celebrating Over 50 Years of Service to the Community Fuel Assistance Appointments Open on December 6 Don’t fear those high heating bills coming down the pike, you may qualify for assistance to pay those pesky bills. Other programs to help qualifying participants include Emergency fuel assistance, Counseling for energy conservation and energy budgets, Pro-active co- payment plans, Targeted outreach services, or Emergency furnace repair and replacement. You may qualify for Heating Assistance, Electric Assistance, or Crisis Assistance if your income is less than the amount shown for your family size. Family Size 3 Month Family Income 1 Month Income 1 $3,828.75 1,276.25 2 $5,133.75 1,711.25 3 $6,438.75 2,146.25 Applications are scheduled as follows: Two Rivers Senior Center ~1520 17th Street, Two Rivers For a November appointment ~ Call 793-5596 to check available appointment openings. Individuals receiving FoodShare, Medical Assistance, or who have their Medicare Part B premium paid for them, should contact their Economic Support Specialist at Manitowoc County Human Services Department to apply for Energy Assistance. Homebound individuals can receive assistance through the Manitowoc County Aging Resource Center by calling (920) 683-4180 or TOLL FREE @ 877-416-7083 What to bring to your appointment: Social Security Cards for EVERYONE in household. Heating usage statements from your heat supplier (Sept. 1 2006 thru Aug 30, 2007) Electric usage statement from your electric supplier (Sept. 1 2006 thru Aug. 30, 2007) Proof of income for three months prior to month of application: a. Social Security benefit award letter for 2007 b. Check stubs or pay roll report c. Pension, annuity, IRA statements, etc. 2007 Wisconsin Homestead return / 2007 1040 Income tax return Other things maybe requested at time of appointment for which you will have 30 days to return information.

December Bake Sale
A taste of the holidays will be yours if you stop in to purchase Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins and M&M Bars on Tuesday, December 18. Buy extra this month to have some on hand for your unexpected company. Try out our recipes, if you like them, we’ll give you a copy!!

Two Rivers Senior Anchor Newsletter December, 2007 Celebrating Over 50 Years of Service to the Community Antique Roadshow, Two Rivers Style! Bring in your Grandmother’s holiday trinkets for appraisal purposes. Kathy will be here on Monday, December 17th at 11:00. Appraisal Fee? Just $1 donation per item if you are a friend of the Senior Center and $2 per item for the public. All donations will benefit the Senior Center Renovation Fund. Red Hattitudes Our Christmas party will be December 13 ~ Note the date change, it is one week earlier than usual. Reservations are at the Oar House at 12:30. Car pool will leave the Senior Center at 12:15 PM. A $5 gift exchange is optional for those who wish to participate. Our January 18 meeting will be at the Senior Center. It will be time to register for 2008 and discuss the 2007 survey. Come so that you can have input into the year’s activities. Join us for dinner at the Senior Center. For more information, please call Jean Lesperance at 793-1298, or the Center at 793-5596. Signs You Bought a Bad Christmas Tree 5. It is two feet tall, forty feet wide 4. Salesman's opening line: "You're not a cop, are you?" 3. It looks suspiciously like a broom handle with a lot of coat hangers 2. Each branch has "Duraflame" printed on it. 1. It's very small and says "air freshener" on it. Two Rivers Has a Winter Farm & Crafters Market Two Rivers has a new "Winter Market" that started in November and will be open every Saturday from 9 AM till 2 PM through April 26, 2008. You can find the market across from McDonalds on the corner of Washington and 12th Streets in the former "high-lift" building of the City of Two Rivers. What will you find? - - Many vendors from the summer market have joined this new market. Local apples, honey, potatoes, onions and other veggies will be available for quite a while yet. Many of the crafters will be there as well. But this market will expand even larger. Plans are underway to include vendors selling meat, cheese, Amish bakery and more. For further information contact the Two Rivers Main Street Office, 1609 Washington Street, Two Rivers or call them at 794-1482. Thanks for your support for the summer market, and we’ll see you back in Central Park in the spring!.

Two Rivers Senior Anchor Newsletter December, 2007 Celebrating Over 50 Years of Service to the Community Ombudsman: A Voice for Long Term Care Residents “Ombudsman” (Om-budz-man) is a Scandinavian word meaning, “representative of the people.” In the United States, the word has come to mean an advocate or helper. An Ombudsman advocates for residents who are age 60 and older who live in nursing homes, community-based residential facilities (CBRF), adult family homes and elders who are participating in the Community Options Program (COP). An Ombudsman protects and promotes the rights of long-term care consumers, working with residents and family members to achieve quality care and quality of life. As the Regional Ombudsman for Manitowoc County, I can assist residents/family members by: 1. Investigating complaints. 2. Resolving conflicts, through facilitation and mediation techniques. 3. Providing information and education for care providers, clients, families, legal representatives and the general public about resident rights, long-term care services and Wisconsin’s long-term care delivery system. 4. Monitoring enforcement system regulating long term care providers. 5. Consulting on any aspect of long term care. 6. Supporting residents and family members during a discharge planning or care planning conference, a facility closure or downsizing, or other event adversely affecting one or more long-term care residents. If you would like to know more information about the Ombudsman Program, or how I may assist you with a question or concern regarding long-term care, please feel free to contact me at:
Amy Panosh, Regional Ombudsman State of Wisconsin Board on Aging and Long Term Care P.O. Box 514 Two Rivers, WI 54241 Phone: 920-793-2132 or 1-800-815-0015 Fax: 920-793-2135 Email: Amy.Panosh@wisconsin.gov

Safe and Healthy Living ~ Keeping Information and Medications Organized The Manitowoc County Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) is continuing its educational luncheon series “Safe & Healthy Living” on a Tuesday of each month at 11:30 AM at the Two Rivers Senior Center. Join Pat Long on Tuesday, December 18 as she talks about keeping your information and medication organized. Stay for lunch at noon by registering at the center or by calling Pat Long at the ADRC at 683-4180.

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December Wedding Anniversary Dinner Happy Anniversary
Join us on Wednesday, December 12 as we celebrate our Friends of the Senior Center December Wedding Anniversaries. We have special tables and door prizes reserved for our anniversary guests Dinner will be Baked Chicken. Friends of the Senior Center celebrating an anniversary include: Mr. & Mrs. Herb Bunke, Mr. & Mrs. Herb Kincaid, Mr. & Mrs. Ervin Krueger, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Nething, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Sebanz, Mr. & Mrs. Fritz Specht and Mr. & Mrs. Marion Weaver. Congratulations! (If your name is missing from this list, please call Sarah or Bonnie at 793-5596.)

Tips for Caregivers - Activities What to do all day? Finding activities that the person with AD (Alzheimer’s Disease) can do and is interested in can be a challenge. Building on current skills generally works better than trying to teach something new. Don’t expect too much. Simple activities often are best, especially when they use current abilities. Help the person get started on an activity. Break the activity down into small steps and praise the person for each step he or she completes. Watch for signs of agitation or frustration with an activity. Gently help or distract the person to something else. Incorporate activities the person seems to enjoy into your daily routine and try to do them at a similar time each day. Try to include the person with AD in the entire activity process. For instance, at mealtimes, encourage the person to help prepare the food, set the table, pull out the chairs, or put away the dishes. This can help maintain functional skills, enhance feelings of personal control, and make good use of time. Take advantage of adult day services, which provide various activities for the person with AD, as well as an opportunity for caregivers to gain temporary relief from tasks associated with caregiving. Transportation and meals often are provided. ☺Holy Family Memorial offers adult day services at the Reed Avenue Campus. To contact them, call 920-320-8606.
From the NIA US Dept of Health and Human Services

Two Rivers Senior Anchor Newsletter December, 2007 Celebrating Over 50 Years of Service to the Community

Holiday Stress?
How is your blood pressure this month? Come on down to the Center to have yours checked. This free screening happens twice this month, on Thursdays, December 6 and December 20. This service is available on a first-come first-served basis. Remember When We Said… Be sure and refill the ice trays, we are going to have company later. Watch for the postman, I want to get this letter in the mail today. Quit slamming that screen door! Be sure to pull the windows down when you leave, it looks like it might shower -- and bring in the clothes from the line, too. Don't forget to wind the clock before you go to bed. You have torn the knees out of that pair of pants so many times there is nothing left to put a patch on. Don't you go outside with your good school clothes on! Go comb your hair. It looks like the rats have nested in it all night. Be sure and pour the cream off the top of the milk when you open the new bottle. I need it for baking and Pa's coffee. Take that empty bottle to the store with you so you won't have to pay a deposit on another one. You boys stay close by, the car may not start and I will need you to help push it off. There is a dollar in my purse, go by the service station and get five gallons of gas when you get to town. Don't sit to close to the TV it is hard on your eyes. Do you want to go get me a switch? Be sure and fill the lamps this morning so we don't have to do that tonight in the dark. Here, take this old magazine to the outhouse when you go, we are almost out of paper out there. Don't turn the radio on now, I want the battery to be up when the Grand Ole Opry comes on. No! I don't have five cents for you to go to the show, do you think money grows on trees? Medicare Advantage ~ Its Time To Renew or Sign Up Do you need real information about a Medicare Advantage Plan without any sales pressure? Make an appointment here at the Two Rivers Senior Center with Pat Long from the Aging and Disability Resource Center and she’ll help you find the best plan for you. Pat will be meeting with people on Monday, December 3 and Tuesday, December 18th. Bring along your medication list from your pharmacist, or your medications in the original bottles, proof of income, social security number and the name of your current Medicare Part D plan. Call for your personal appointment today at 793-5596.

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Finish Your Holiday Shopping at the Senior Center Stop at the Senior Center Volunteer Desk to see these items up close.

What do reindeer hang on their Christmas trees? ”Horn”-aments! What would a reindeer do if it lost its tail? She’d go to a “re-tail”shop for a new one! Why is Prancer always wet? Because he’s a “rain”-deer! Which of Santa's reindeer has bad manners? ”Rude”-olph! What do you give a reindeer with an upset tummy? ”Elk”-a-seltzer! What did the elf say was the first step in using a Christmas computer? "First, YULE LOGon"!

Shop early while selection is best, Adult & Children Sizes available. Hat & Mitten Sets $3.00 Mittens $2 pair Socks & Slippers $2 pair Dish Towels $2 each Dish Cloths $1.50 each Hats $2 ******************************** How do you get into Donner's house? You ring the “deer”-bell!

Why did the elf put his bed into the fireplace? He wanted to sleep like a log!

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Day Trips for 2008 The time is here to plan the day trips for 2008. Vote on your favorite 6 main destinations and turn them in to the office by December 31. _____ Amish area of Bonduel ______ Factory Tour – may be _____ Planetarium & Fox Valley Harley Davidson Plant or Trek Bicycle, Vitamin Factory) _____ Mini Golf Tour ______ Rawhide Boys Ranch Friday _____ Clauson Family Gospel Night Fish Fry and Ranch Tour Music Show _____ Door County Haunted Spaces Tour _____ Summer Rodeo _____ Mt. Horeb Troll Museum, ______ Holiday Music Show Little Norway, Mustard Museum _____ Mystery Trip ______ Chicago Trip _____ Milwaukee Area Tour

In Case Of Severe Weather….

Two Rivers Senior Anchor Newsletter December, 2007 Celebrating Over 50 Years of Service to the Community In Case of Severe Weather
Slip Slidin’ Away… A fun song, but we don’t want you to do the dance on your driveway. The Two Rivers Senior Center will monitor weather conditions. If the Two Rivers

Public Schools are closed for the day, then the dining room will not be open. The office will remain open, however, there may also be activity cancellations. If in doubt, before venturing out in inclement weather, please call ahead to 793-5596. Holiday Trivia The use of a Christmas wreath as a decoration on your front door, mantel or bay window symbolizes a sign of welcome and long life to all who enter. Today poinsettias are the most popular Christmas plant and are the number one flowering potted plant in the United States. The poinsettia, a traditional Christmas flower, originally grew in Mexico, where it is also known as the 'Flower of the Holy Night'. Joel Poinsett first brought it to America in 1829. The first printed reference to Christmas trees appeared in Germany in 1531. Real Christmas trees are an all-American product, grown in all 50 states, including Alaska and Hawaii. California, Oregon, Michigan, Washington, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and North Carolina are the top Christmas tree producing states. Oregon is the leading producer of Christmas trees - 8.6 million in 1998. Christmas trees are edible. Many parts of pines, spruces, and firs can be eaten. The needles are a good source of vitamin C. Pine nuts, or pine cones, are also a good source of nutrition. The best selling Christmas trees are Scotch pine, Douglas fir, Noble fir, Fraser fir, Virginia pine, Balsam fir and white pine. For every real Christmas tree harvested, 2 to 3 seedlings are planted in its place. Each hectare provides the daily oxygen requirements of 45 people. Artificial Christmas trees have outsold real ones since 1991. In 1836, Alabama was the first state in the USA to declare Christmas a legal holiday. In 1856, President Franklin Pierce decorates the first White House Christmas tree. In 1907, Oklahoma became the last USA state to declare Christmas a legal holiday. Due to the time zones, Santa has 31 hours to deliver gifts? This means that he would have to visit 832 homes each second! The biggest selling Christmas single of all time is Bing Crosby's White Christmas. A traditional Christmas dinner in early England was the head of a pig prepared with mustard. According to a 1995 survey, 7 out of 10 British dogs get Christmas gifts from their doting owners

Two Rivers Senior Anchor Newsletter December, 2007 Celebrating Over 50 Years of Service to the Community
After "A Christmas Carol," Charles Dickens wrote several other Christmas stories, one each year, but none was as successful as the original. The four ghosts in Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol" were the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, Christmas Yet to Come, and the ghost of Jacob Marley (former partner of Scrooge).


				
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