Archive for April 2011

Volunteers Nominated for an Award

Cheryl Batterman

Cheryl Batterman

The North/Eastside Senior Coalition is pleased to announce one of the two volunteers nominated for a United Way Community Volunteer Award was selected at the ceremony yesterday. Lydia Auner was one of two students selected for the Goodman Gemstone Youth Award.

Lydia is part of the ENJOY Club (East Neighbors Joining Old and Young) at Madison East High School. The ENJOY Club is a branch of the Home Chore Program, which provides volunteers to limited income senior adults in Madison, so they can stay independent and in their own homes. For the past three years, Lydia has provided general home chores, weekly, to a senior adult woman on the North/East side of Madison. In Lydia’s nomination submission, NESCO Programs Manager Katie Kluesner wrote, “Lydia recruits new members and is a positive member of the club. Her peers respect and look up to her. She is deeply involved with other sports and clubs at East High School, including gymnastics, cross country and many more. She is a very busy young adult but always finds time to volunteer and visit her senior adult. Lydia is a wonderful, caring person, with a warm heart.”

This is the first year the Goodman Gemstone Youth Award has been presented; it is in honor of philanthropists Irwin and Bob Goodman. Although Lydia was unable to attend yesterday’s awards ceremony due to a school sponsored trip to the Smokey Mountains, her mother Lois Bergerson accepted an engraved clock and gemstone pin on her behalf. The award also comes with a $1,000 scholarship for Lydia and a $1,000 donation to NESCO.

NESCO also nominated Mary Beth Welch for a Community Volunteer Award, honoring her volunteer work helping senior adults navigate the complex Medicare Part D enrollment system. After being initially trained on the intricate Medicare Part D Planfinder website (listing insurance plans for prescription drugs), Mary Beth worked one-on-one with senior adults reviewing their medications and then finding the plan that best fit their needs and their wallets. NESCO’s case managers accompanied Mary Beth to the awards ceremony, recognizing the huge impact she made to this vital program. Bilingual Case Manager Liz Mensing stated, “Mary Beth helped us by freeing up a lot of our time so we could assist seniors with other critical needs. We could completely trust Mary Beth with this complex system—we could give her these referrals and knew she would follow-up with the seniors and find the best plan for each one.”

Please join us in congratulating both Lydia and Mary Beth—they rock!

Watch the video of Lydia and her mom, Lois, accepting the award.

Living Well With Diabetes

Liz Mensing

Liz Mensing

NESCO is proud to introduce a new group to our Latino Cultural Diversity programs.  Living Well with Diabetes is a new support group aimed at increasing participants’ awareness of diabetes, helping them to understand how the disease affects their daily life and how they can continue to live well with the diagnosis.

The creation of Living Well with Diabetes has been in the works for some time.  Last fall, members of our Latino Cultural Diversity discussion group attended a series of workshops where they were trained to become facilitators for this group.  They were educated on chronic conditions, specifically diabetes, and were given to the tools to help their peers discuss and learn about diabetes.  Now, members of the Latino Cultural Diversity discussion group are facilitating Living Well with Diabetes, under the direction of Coordinator, Yolanda Salazar.

Living Well with Diabetes will take place every third month of the year, on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 6-8 pm at the Madison Senior Center.   The group celebrated its first meeting in March, and will continue to meet in May, August, and October.  This group is held in Spanish and is open to the public.  Healthy snacks are provided and limited transportation is available.  Please contact Yolanda Salazar at 608-243-5252 if you are interested in attending.  Here’s to a healthy life and celebrating ourselves as we are!

A New Program for Caregivers

Cortney Doescher-Hino

Cortney Doescher-Hino

The Alzheimer and Dementia Alliance has a new program for caregivers! Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease is often a varied and challenging emotional journey. As the disease progresses, caregivers face tests of stamina, problem-solving, and resiliency.

Exploring common Alzheimer’s experiences with others can shift your perspective and show you that you are not alone. There are literally millions of other people providing care to someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia right now. Learning all you can about the disease and what to expect not only helps your loved one but helps you protect your own health.

If you’re a caregiver, we have something special for you this month. The Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance and HospiceCare Inc. will be hosting Patti Kerr, author of I Love You…Who Are You? Loving and Caring For a Parent with Alzheimer’s, on Thursday, April 28, 2011, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at HospiceCare Inc., 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison. Patti’s mother and grandmother had Alzheimer’s, and in her book she interviews sons, daughters and grandchildren who cared for a loved one with the disease. The book contains their practical and compassionate advice, and Patti will be here to share what she’s learned with you.

The program includes a panel discussion on local resources provided by the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance and HospiceCare Inc. Light refreshments will be served, and a tour of HospiceCare will be offered after the presentation. We present this program at no cost to you, but RSVP to the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance ahead of time at 232.3400 or 888.308.6251.