As the holidays approach and many of us will be returning home to spend some quality time with our families, my thoughts turn to an increasing challenge many of my friends will encounter during the holidays: seeing Mom, Dad, Grandma, or Grandpa “slipping’ due to old age. (more…)
Archive for October, 2008
Brrrrr…..it’s starting to get cold outside. If the windy chilly air wasn’t evidence enough that winter is right around the corner, the sighting of snowflakes earlier this week was definitely convincing. And with this cold means higher utility bills as we attempt to keep ourselves warm. (more…)
Fall has finally arrived and this means crunch time for yours truly! Although I find myself yearning to romp in the leaves while enjoying the crisp fresh air outside…I’m equally excited about setting a chunk of time aside to say thank you to an incredible amount of people. These past few days I’ve been concentrating my efforts on acknowledging our wonderful donors throughout the year. Starting with our awesome sponsors for the summer concert series and ending with our generous AppleFest donors, we are blessed to receive strong community support for our programs and services. We don’t take this endorsement lightly—it takes a long time with a lot of hard work to earn r-e-s-p-e-c-t (cue Aretha Franklin!). (more…)
With yard signs, bumper stickers, and candidates’ ads abounding, it would be nearly impossible not to notice our impending presidential election on November 4th! Senior adults have historically shown a committed turnout at the polls. Here at NESCO we encourage Madison’s older adults and their advocates to continue that trend by voting to represent seniors and their diverse concerns as they related to healthcare, economic issues, energy consumption, and other issues of domestic and international importance. (more…)
For kids, the best thing about fall is jumping in the leaves. Getting a pillowcase full of candy on Halloween might come close, but jumping in that first pile of leaves is still at the top of the list. As we get older and our joints become slightly less elastic, we begin to appreciate the color of the leaves more than their potential for play. Even after it becomes a chore, though, many adults still name raking leaves as one of their favorite fall activities. And why not? It’s a great way to get exercise, to spend time outdoors, and maybe to watch your kids play in the leaf piles. For many senior adults, though, this task becomes more difficult, and a lawn full of fallen leaves can be an overwhelming thing, rather than an enjoyable one. (more…)
At NESCO we have always prided ourselves on providing quality content for seniors in a variety of forms, including our monthly newsletter, our website, and materials here at our office. In order to expand on the information that we offer, we have created this blog, the Golden Extra. This will be a place to find up-to-date information on issues concerning senior adults, their families, caregivers, and volunteers. We will also be posting information specific to NESCO services and programs, including the Caregivers Support Group, Case Management, Cultural Diversity Programs (Latino and African American), Home Chore Program, Intergenerational Program, Senior Dining Site, and Senior Programs.
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