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2014 Young at Heart

2014 Young at Heart

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 March 20, 2013
What’s inside
Acupuncture can relieve stress, relax muscles
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Stay active and reduce risk of memory loss
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How to choose a second career
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 Getting your finances in order before retirement
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5 foods for men and women over 50
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 How yoga can help as you grow older
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Seniors getting savvy on
today’s technology
Unified Newspaper Group 
In a world where technol-ogy is changing so quickly it’s hard for even young adults to keep up, seniors who grew up in the first half of the 20th century have a steep learning curve in staying with the “tech” times. Thanks to help from area senior centers, though, the more experienced genera-tions are getting their fair share of knowledge about iPads, Nooks and every-thing in between. Oregon Senior Center assistant director Anne Stone said technology classes at the center “do quite well” with attendance and are not limited to senior citizens.“We focus on the inter-net, and different things you can do,” she said. “For example, there’s an online selling class that teach-ers you how to shop safety online, and we’re focusing more on that kind of thing.”The center’s digital guru is Milly McCartney, who teaches courses on using digital cameras, how to protect your identity online, exploring Smartphones, navigating Windows opera-tions and much more. Stone said the center has become a place where seniors are comfortable asking lots of questions and in some cas-es, learning from scratch. “These are things that seniors are forced to learn,” she said. “Before, you didn’t have to worry about online identity protec-tion and learning all these things, and all of a sudden, this new technology comes out.”Stone said senior center patrons are asking for more information on eReaders and iPads – many times to connect with grandchildren or even peers. “A lot of times, they don’t know what to ask for, so we try to look ahead and anticipate things that might have issues with,” she said.
Help from students
Senior centers in Stough-ton and Verona have both held technology classes recently, with high school students coming in to show how to use a variety of new devices. The Stough-ton Senior Center hosts an annual Technology Expo, held in January, where seniors can pick up valu-able information about cell phones, Facebook, You-Tube and more. The idea came from the Stoughton High School Key Club, who had heard of it from another school district. Verona Senior Center program director Chris Nye said Verona High School recently got a grant to pur-chase iPads, and have been sending students to the cen-ter to help patrons learn about the new electronic
Senior centers thrive because of helping hands
Unified Newspaper Group 
Dane County is well-known as a great place in which to live, work and retire. One main reason is the quality of people residing in these parts, and nowhere else is that shown more clearly than by the people who volunteer their time at senior centers.With its unique Nordic architec-ture style, the Stoughton Senior Cen-ter is a landmark on Main Street and a definite hot spot for area seniors, with programs seemingly going on non-stop. Judy Bethke found out all about it when she recently moved to the area, looking for something to do. “I came to town a year ago, wid-owed and lonely and not knowing anyone,” she said. “I came in here and they grabbed me right away and said, ‘We need you at the reception desk.’”Bethke has a varied work back-ground, with experience as a business professional and a nursing school graduate, so she found she quickly took to the work of a recep-tionist. “I do every Thursday after-noon and as needed, if they call me up,” she said. “ “Sitting by the desk, you get to see everybody and direct them and talk on the phone,” she said. “It’s very nice here, I have good friends – everyone’s friendly. I never thought of myself as a senior citizen, but I guess I am.”When Ruby Hauge retired 1989 from her career as a librarian and teacher, she said she was looking for a change, which she found at the senior center. “I was ready for older people, I had enough of kids, so that’s what drew me to this,” she chuckled.
Look who’s
Photo by
Scott De Laruelle
Mya Lonnebotn (right) helps a woman with an iPad during the 2014 Stoughton Area Senior Center Technology Expo in February.
Get involved
To find out more about your local senior center or to volunteer:
Photo by
Scott De Laruelle
Verona Senior Center director Mary Hanson (right) talks with a volunteer about the variety of programs offered at the center.
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- March 20, 2014
Take control of your health with integrative medicine
Health is our most important concern, for without health what do we have? As we age, our focus is on saving money for retirement, building a net for unforeseen problems and working for the future. Are we focusing on what is most important - our health? In America, our health care system has been described as anything but healthy. It is time we spend some time focusing on taking control of our health. Integrative medi-cine is the lens through which we can focus, and we can have integrative medicine at our fingertips to build a healthy future.Integrative medicine is a holistic movement, which has left its imprint on many of the nation’s hospitals, universities and medical schools. Doc-tors and patients alike are bonding with the philoso-phy of integrative medi-cine, which is designed to treat the person, not just the disease. IM, as it’s often called, depends on a partner-ship between the patient and the doctor, where the goal is to treat the mind, body and spirit - all at the same time. In the effort to treat the whole person, IM combines conven-tional Western medicine with complementary treat-ments such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, tai chi, qi gong, yoga and meditation. Today, we have the power to take our health into our own hands. There are many tools out there to do this, and the more we learn, the better off we can be. In a recent survey, the National Center for Com-plementary and Alterna-tive Medicine (part of the National Institutes of Health) found 41 percent of peo-ple 60-69 years old, 32 percent of those 70-84 and nearly 25 percent of people 85 and older used some kind of integrative medicine. The most com-mon barrier isn’t lack of awareness or infor-mation, or an unwilling-ness to try new things. The biggest obstacle for seniors, particularly those on a fixed income, is cost, as many health insurance plans do not cover the full range of IM treatment options. There are possibil-ities for getting the health you deserve, and options to take your health into your own hands, though. Non-profit and Commu-nity Acupuncture clinics are offering treatments to fit into any budget. Herbal Medicine is very afford-able, and extremely effec-tive. Tai chi, qi gong, and yoga classes are offered all over, and many are free. Meditation can be done anywhere, anytime, it costs nothing, but has an amaz-ing power.Take control of your health, boost the efficacy of your medicine and be your best through IM. The options are end-less, and it is time you get the health advantages you deserve. Ask your doctor about what programs they have to offer, or call your local acupuncturist to find out more how you can live a healthier life. Even though our health-care system may be a mess, there is light show-ing the way to a balance western medicine with eastern medicine. There is a way to have health and wellness, and you can have it now.
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Celebrating another 5 years of National & State Accreditation! 
Call 873-8585 to register for these upcoming activities:
Music Appreciation:
 Mondays, April 7th-May 5th, 3:00 PM
Car Cleaning Clinic with High School Student Senate:
Saturday, April 5th from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
AARP Driver Safety Class:
 Thursday, April 10, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM
Memory Screening with the Dean Foundation:
 Wednesday, April 16, 1:00-4:00 PM
Over 90 Luncheon & Entertainment with John Duggleby:
April 25, 12:00 PM • Register by April 23
Registration is required for many of these events. Please call or see our newsletter for details.
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No one, regardless of age, is immune to random bouts of mem-ory loss. While misplaced car keys or for-getting items on your grocery list are nothing to get worked up over, many people over 50 do start to worry about memory lapses, espe-cially when they start to occur with more frequency. But while memory loss might be quickly associated with aging, increased forgetfulness is not an inevitable side effect of get-ting older, a fact that those at or approaching retirement age should find comforting.It’s important to recognize the distinction between memory laps-es and dementia. As a person ages, their hippo-campus - the region of the brain involved in the formation and retrieval of memories - often dete-riorates, affecting how long it takes to learn and recall information. But just because this process is slower does not mean it’s a warn-ing sign of dementia, which is the loss of certain mental functions, including memory. While dementia brought on by conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease is untreatable, there are things people can do to strengthen their memo-ries and reduce their momentary lapses in memory.
Start playing games
Games that test the mind have long been believed to benefit the brain. A recent National Institute on Aging study found brain games may pay numerous and long-term dividends. Nearly 700 healthy volunteers older than 40 were divided into four groups: one played computerized crossword puzzles while the other three played a brain training video game designed to enhance the speed and accuracy of visual processing. They showed less decline in visual processing, concentra-tion, memory and the ability to shift quickly between tasks. The benefits from the training games lasted as long as seven years after training. Brain games are now more accessible than ever before, as players can access games on their smartphones, tablets, eReaders, and computers.
Alter your routine
Many working professionals recognize each day tends to have its mundane moments. Altering your daily routine can jar the brain awake, forcing it to focus during those times that had become mun-dane but now present new chal-lenges. Something as simple as alternat-ing driving routes to work from day to day or preparing some new, yet healthy, breakfast each morning can help the brain stay alert and sharp.
Become a social butterfly
Maintaining a social life as you age is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family, but it’s also healthy. A 2008 study published in the American Journal of Public Health found older women who main-tained large social networks were 26 percent less likely to develop dementia than those with smaller social networks. In addition, those who had daily contact with friends and family cut their risk of dementia by nearly half. The study also noted that regular social interaction can delay or possibly even prevent cognitive impairment.
Continue your career
While retiring poolside and watching the world go by might seem nice, it’s not necessar-ily good for your brain. Numerous studies have shown the benefits that staying engaged in profes-sional activities can have on brain health. The brain does not thrive if it’s sitting on the sideline. Staying active in your career will contin-ue to provide the challenges your brain needs to stay sharp and avoid memory loss and struggles with concentration. Men and women who want to leave office life behind can branch out on their own and work as consultants or put their years of experience to use by teaching at a nearby university or at a secondary school.
Memory loss not an automatic side effect of aging
Staying socially active after 50 can benefit the brain and even reduce a person’s risk of dementia.

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