10th Annual Multicultural Senior Health Fair – Friday, May 8th, 9-11:30am

April 23, 2015

2015 Health Fair Flyer

Just a few tickets remain for Black Tie BINGO!

April 14, 2015

Call Trisha today at 243-5252 to reserve yours!

Black Tie BINGO – Buy Tickets by April 9

April 8, 2015

BTB flyer (2)

Thriving at Any Age – Tuesday, April 7th, 10:15 – 11:00am

April 1, 2015

PSA - Thriving at any age


March 31, 2015

BLACK TIE BINGO – Get Your Tickets by April 9

March 31, 2015

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CURRACH provides Traditional Irish Music on St Patrick’s Day

March 10, 2015

On Tuesday, March 17, the band Currach will be performing at the NESCO Dining Site at Warner Park. They will play one 40 minute set starting at 10:30am so you don’t want to be late.  http://www.thecurrachtrio.com/

Call NESCO at 243-5252 by noon Monday, March 16th to sign up to stay for lunch after the performance. Lunch will be Corned Beef and Cabbage with Boiled Potatoes, Carrots and a Shamrock Cookie.


B i o g r a p h y

A currach is a traditional Irish boat, framed in wood with hide or canvas stretched to cover. It has close cousins in the Welsh coracle and canoe, but the design and construction spring uniquely from the West of Ireland and Scotland. A craft worthy of sea travel, fishing, and even the transport of livestock, powerful and ancient, like the music you’ll find here.

Daithi Wolfe moved to Madison from his hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan back in 1988. Since then he has had the pleasure of fiddling with the Drones, Far From Home, Yid Vicious, V05, and the Solidarity Singalong, among others.

He has a wife who is a carpenter and dancer and two daughters with Irish names who are learning to play fiddle. Life is good. Slainte!
Darl Ridgely started his percussion career early, abusing his mother’s pots and pans and moving upward to the likes of Hendrix, Cream and Led Zeppelin. He met his wife, also a multi-instrumentalist, on his first day here in Madison from his native Maryland, and they have been together for 40 years. Darl left rock & roll behind to learn pipe band drumming and the bodhran, met Daithi through a mutual friend, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Josh Perkins-time spent in the North East, Midwest and Dublin, Ireland have made this musician a powerhouse of Irish music and song. A magical guitar player and song interpreter, his lilting voice will carry you to times gone by (W. O’Donoghue)

For seven years, each Friday night at the Brocach Irish Pub, this trio of friends have pursued their apprenticeship to the great art of traditional music. In and out of the door, new friends come and go, some to stay only the night and some to stay for years. The languages of talk, laughter and music mix and flow through the rooms as blood through the veins of time and all the old makers of tunes are as alive in those rooms as they were in their prime, as they are always alive where they’re called to listen and play. For a little while, we’re all there together to sing and to remember why we worked to learn the music, that asks everything and gives back double in return. If you’re in the neighborhood, come join us.

Don’t miss this spring’s Premier Event!

February 18, 2015

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OAA – Older Americans Act – Reauthorization

February 2, 2015

NCOA Applauds HELP Committee Action on Older Americans Act Reauthorization



January 28, 2015

Vanessa Sink
Public Affairs Manager

Washington, DC – The National Council on Aging (NCOA) commends the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee on its quick markup of S. 192, the Older Americans Act Reauthorization of 2015, and encourages the full Senate to vote just as quickly on this important bill for America’s seniors.

The Older Americans Act (OAA) funds critical services that help older adults remain healthy, secure, and independent in their own homes—services like meals, job training, senior centers, caregiver support, transportation, health promotion, benefits enrollment, and more. The Act has historically received bipartisan support, but its authorization expired in 2011.

S. 192 reflects many of NCOA’s top priorities, including new resources to modernize multipurpose senior centers, a focus on seniors’ economic needs, requiring health promotion and disease prevention initiatives to be evidence-based, and promoting chronic disease self-management and falls prevention. NCOA also supports the inclusion of stronger elder justice and legal services provisions, needed clarity for caregiver support and Aging and Disability Resource Centers, and new opportunities for intergenerational shared sites.

Funding for OAA has not kept pace with inflation or demand, and sequester and other recent budget cuts have significantly eroded OAA funding and increased waiting lists for services nationwide. NCOA is pleased that S. 192 preserves authorized funding levels, ensuring the ability to make key investments through 2018.

“Reauthorization of the OAA is a critical opportunity for Congress to modernize and improve services for older Americans by supporting efficiencies and innovations and reassessing the Act’s successes and limitations,” said Howard Bedlin, NCOA Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy. “It’s notable that in this year where we’ll celebrate the 50th anniversary of this important program, Chairman Alexander has chosen to make bipartisan renewal of the OAA a priority.”

HELP Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN), with Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) and Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), introduced the bipartisan legislation. Learn more about the proposed reauthorization here.


About NCOA The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a respected national leader and trusted partner to help people aged 60+ meet the challenges of aging. Our mission is to improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are struggling. Through innovative community programs and services, online help, and advocacy, NCOA is partnering with nonprofit organizations, government, and business to improve the health and economic security of 10 million older adults by 2020. Learn more at ncoa.org and @NCOAging.

– See more at: http://www.ncoa.org/press-room/press-release/NCOA-Applauds-Action-on-OAA-Reauthorization.html#sthash.tOgyk26a.dpuf

KEEP YOU HEART HEALTHY – February is National Heart Month

January 28, 2015

The Basics

You can take steps today to lower your risk of heart disease and heart attack. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.

To help prevent heart disease, you can:

  • Eat healthy and get active.
  • Watch your weight.
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  • Control your cholesterol (“koh-LEHS-tuh-rahl”) and blood pressure.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  • Take steps to prevent type 2 diabetes.
  • Manage stress.

Am I at risk for heart disease?
You are at higher risk for heart disease if:

  • You are a woman over age 55
  • You are a man over age 45
  • Your father or brother had heart disease before age 55
  • Your mother or sister had heart disease before age 65

As you get older, your risk for heart disease and having a heart attack increases. But the good news is that heart disease can be prevented.

What is heart disease?
When people talk about heart disease, they are usually talking about coronary heart disease (CHD). It’s also called coronary artery disease (CAD). This is the most common type of heart disease.

When someone has CHD, the coronary arteries (tubes) that take blood to the heart are narrow or blocked. This happens when cholesterol and fatty material, called plaque (“plak”), build up inside the arteries.

Plaque is caused by:

  • Fat and cholesterol in the blood
  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • Too much sugar in the blood (usually because of diabetes)

When plaque blocks an artery, it’s hard for blood to flow to the heart. A blocked artery can cause chest pain or a heart attack.

Learn more about CHD.

What is a heart attack?
A heart attack happens when blood flow to the heart is suddenly blocked. Part of the heart may die if the person doesn’t get help quickly.

Common signs of a heart attack include:

  • Chest pain (or a feeling like pressure, squeezing, or fullness)
  • Pain or discomfort in the upper body – like the arms, back, neck, jaw, or upper stomach (above the belly button)
  • Trouble breathing (while resting or being active)
  • Feeling sick to your stomach or throwing up
  • Feeling dizzy, light-headed, or unusually tired
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat

Not everyone who has a heart attack will have all the signs. Learn more about the signs of a heart attack.

Don’t ignore changes in how you feel.
Signs of a heart attack often come on suddenly. But sometimes, they develop slowly – hours, days, or even weeks before a heart attack happens.

Talk to your doctor if you feel tired for several days, or if other health problems (like pain or trouble breathing) bother you more than usual.

Call 911 right away if you or someone else has signs of a heart attack.
Don’t ignore any signs or feel embarrassed to call for help. Acting fast can save a life. Call 911 even if you are not sure it’s a heart attack.

An ambulance is the best and safest way to get to the hospital. In an ambulance, EMTs (emergency medical technicians) can keep track of how you are doing and start life-saving treatments right away.

People who call an ambulance often get treated faster at the hospital. And, if you call 911, the operator can tell you what to do until the ambulance gets there.

Take Action!

Take steps today to lower your risk for heart disease.

Know your numbers.
High blood pressure and high cholesterol can cause heart disease and heart attack.

Get your cholesterol checked.
Men need to get their cholesterol checked at least once every 5 years. Women at risk for heart disease need to get their cholesterol checked once every 5 years. Talk with your doctor about getting your cholesterol checked.

Get your blood pressure checked.
Starting at age 18, get your blood pressure checked at least once every 2 years. High blood pressure has no signs or symptoms.

Use the myhealthfinder tool to get more screening recommendations based on your age and sex.

Know your family’s health history.
Your family history affects your risk for heart disease. Use this family health history tool to keep track of your family’s health. Share this information with your doctor or nurse.

If you are worried about a family member’s risk for heart disease, use these tips to start a conversation about heart health.

Quit smoking.
Quitting smoking helps lower your risk of having a heart attack. Call 1-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) for free support and to set up your plan for quitting.

Talk with your doctor about taking aspirin every day.
Daily aspirin can reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke by preventing blood clots. A blood clot can cause a heart attack or stroke if it blocks the flow of blood to your heart or brain.

Aspirin is not recommended for everyone. Talk with your doctor to find out if taking aspirin is the right choice for you.

Eat healthy.
Eating healthy can help lower your risk of heart disease. A heart-healthy diet includes foods that are low in cholesterol, saturated andtrans fats, sugar, and sodium (salt).

Heart-healthy items include high-fiber foods (whole grains, fruits, and vegetables) and certain fats (like the fats in olive oil and fish). Use this shopping list to find heart-healthy foods.

Check out these heart-healthy recipe collections:

Get heart-healthy tips for dining out [PDF – 3 MB]. For example, ask for a side salad instead of chips or french fries.

Watch your weight.
Take steps to watch your weight. Extra weight can lead to high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes. If you are overweight or obese, losing just 10 pounds can lower your risk of heart disease.

Use this calculator to figure out your BMI (body mass index).

Get active.
Getting active can help prevent heart disease. Adults need at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week. This includes walking fast, dancing, and biking.

If you are just getting started, try walking for 10 minutes a day, a few days each week. Then add more activity over time.

Drink alcohol only in moderation.
Drinking alcohol only in moderation can help lower your risk of heart disease. If you choose to drink alcohol, limit your drinking to no more than 1 drink a day for women and no more than 2 drinks a day for men.

Manage stress.
Managing stress can help prevent serious health problems like heart disease, depression, and high blood pressure.

Take steps to prevent type 2 diabetes.
When you have diabetes, there is too much glucose (sugar) in your blood. Over time, if it’s not controlled, diabetes can cause serious health problems, including heart disease.

Taking steps to prevent type 2 diabetes – like eating healthy and getting active – can help keep your heart healthy.


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