Archive for October 2012

Family Caregiver Resource Fair, Saturday, Nov. 3rd, 9am-Noon, St. Peter’s Parish

Cortney Doescher-Hino

Cortney Doescher-Hino

Family Caregiver Resource Fair is Saturday, November 3rd from 9:00am-Noon at St. Peter’s Parish, located 5001 N. Sherman Ave.

Everything you need to know about the fair:

Representatives from 30 community-based organizations that provide resources, information and services are ready to discuss your concerns.
Grand Prize Raffle: Two-night stay at the luxurious Heidel House, on Green Lake.

NESCO Case Manager Cortney Doescher-Hino will facilitate an ongoing caregiver support group, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Raffle: Half-day spa at Rejuvenation Spa

All workshops are 40 minutes and begin at 9:15, 10:15 and 11:15am. The workshops are listed below.

1. Understanding Medicaid and Medicare
Did you know that Open Enrollment for Medicare Parts C and D has begun and ends on December 7? What does the landscape of plans look like for next year? What impact will the Affordable Care Act have on those reaching the prescription drug coverage gap? Does it make sense to delay enrolling in Part D if someone has no prescriptions? Does Medicare cover the shingles vaccine? How do people know if they’ve entered the prescription drug coverage gap? Donna Bryant, Medicare/Medicaid expert for the State Board on Aging and Long-Term care, will help you understand what you need to know about these two often complicated subjects and answer any questions you have.
Raffle: $50 Food Fight gift certificate and two movie passes for Market Square Theater

2. How to Advocate for Your Loved One Living in a Nursing Home.
Do you have a friend or loved one in a nursing home that you feel isn’t getting the care or attention they deserve? Julia Pierstorff, Coordinator Volunteer Ombudsman Program State of Wisconsin Board on Aging and Long-Term Care, will share with you ways to advocate for the rights as nursing home residents and to make certain they are upheld.
Raffle: Two passes to any concert at the Stoughton Opera House

3. The Tools of Problem Solving
Caregiving is a continual exercise in solving problems. How do you it in a way that is respectful for everyone’s needs?  Find out how and learn that problem solving also includes making time for you every day because can’t be an effective caregiver if you don’t take care of  you. We’ll show you how to make a doable plan that gives you the necessary time for yourself every day.  Presented by Ethel Dunn, MS. Edu., who coordinates and manages the Rainbow Project, Inc. program, Relatives Raising their Relative’s Children. She also teaches two six-week courses, Living Well with Chronic Conditions and Powerful Tools for Caregivers.
Raffle: Two passes to any concert at the Stoughton Opera House

4. What to do When Someone Falls and Other Home Safety Issues—a hands-on clinic
Learn how to safely lift, position and move an injured or frail adult. Other home safety issues will be discussed. Presented by Jean Mueller, Catholic Charities, who has been a registered nurse for over 30 years and has cared for individuals in clinical settings as well as home care. Her own family caregiving experience allows her to relate to others and offer common sense, practical advice.
Raffle: One-night stay and dinner for two at the Concourse Hotel

5. A Caregiver Class Sampler
Caregivers discuss how two caregiver classes—“Powerful Tools for Caregivers” and “Practical Skills for Caregivers”— can make your life as a caregiver much easier. Presented by Siv Goulding, a caregiver advocate and teacher of “Power Tools for Caregivers.”
Raffle: Free enrollment in the acclaimed six-week series “Powerful Tools for Caregivers.” Raffle includes the accompanying handbook (a $40 value) and a Trader Joe’s gift basket


1. Share the Care—A detailed step-by-step model (that’s described in the book by the same name) that shows how to organize a group to care for someone with a need – whether it be a long-term chronic illness like Parkinson’s or MS, for someone in rehabilitation, or at the end-of-life, a Share The Care groups provide all the help one needs for the long term. Claire Culbertson, National Family Caregiver Special Project’s Coordinator for the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, works with Wisconsin counties to set up Share the Care stations – a place where family and friends can learn about how to start a group. Claire and Mary Reines (retired clinical social worker specializing in dementia care)—both part of the Madison area Share The Care Station—will be available in the Exhibitor Room to discuss Share The Care with interested participants
Raffle: $50 Food Fight gift certificate and two movie passes to Market Square Theater

2. All Things Legal—Advance directives, living wills, powers of attorney, DNR (do not resuscitate), trusts, estates…and so on. The legal aspects of aging and dying can be daunting and complex. Julie Short, an expert elder law attorney, will be happy to answer any questions about your legal issues.
Raffle:  Orange Tree Imports gift certificate and two movie passes for Market Square Theater

Two 20-minute sessions, at 10:00 and 11:00am.
After you’ve visited the exhibitor room and/or taken a workshop, test what you learned by playing Caregiver Jeopardy. All the categories and questions will pertain to information about the organizations in the Exhibitor room.  Every person answering a question correctly wins a Culver’s custard cone.  You can participate in only one Jeopardy session.
Raffle: 1lb box of DB Infusion chocolates; Badger Cab Taxi Vouchers;  2 pair of movie passes for Market Square Theater

HOW-TO PRE-REGISTER: Call NESCO at 243-5252 by Friday, Nov. 2 and receive a bonus raffle ticket.

We will arrange respite free of charge. Please call us in advance at 243-5252 so we can organize it. We will also provide on-site respite. Again, please give us advance notice by calling 243-5252.

HOW THE RAFFLES WORK: After you’ve visited the Exhibitor Room and completed any workshop, the workshop leader will give you a ticket to fill out with your name and contact information. Place the ticket into the can as you leave. All drawings will take place at the end of the Fair at noon. You do not have to be present to win. All winners will be contacted.

Home Energy Plus Program

Laura Sherrington

Laura Sherrington

Fall is here and winter is just around the corner, so it’s time to put on a sweater and turn up the heat! Unfortunately, turning up the heat can be costly and can take a big chunk out of your monthly budget. If you feel financially strained by high energy bills, the Home Energy Plus Program run by Energy Services of Dane County might be for you! Starting 1 October and ending 15 May, you may be eligible for assistance in the form of a one-time payment to help ease the burden of high energy costs. This funding is only meant to pay a portion of heating costs and is not intended to cover the entire cost of heating a residence. The amount of the heating assistance benefit varies depending on a variety of factors, including the household’s size, income, and heating costs. In most cases the heating assistance benefit is paid directly to the household energy supplier


Family Size Total Gross Income Limit for 3 Months Preceding Application
1 $6,070
2 $7,939
3 $9,806

Call Energy Services, Inc. (333-0333) for more information or to set up an appointment, or contact one of our case managers (243-5252), who can help guide you through the process of determining eligibility and applying for assistance. Most appointments with Energy Services, Inc. are done in person, but if you are homebound it may be possible to receive an application in the mail and phone assistance in filling it out. It may also be possible for an energy assistance worker to come to your home.

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40th Anniversary of the Elderly Nutrition Program

Jim Krueger

Jim Krueger

The week of October 15-19 the North/Eastside Senior Coalition (NESCO) and senior centers across Dane County are celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Older Americans Act Nutrition Program.

Nationwide millions of older adults suffer from hunger, malnutrition, and food insecurity. For many, the meal they receive from the OAA Nutrition Program is their only meal of the day. Since the program’s implementation in 1972 eight billion meals have been served to older Americans, 240 million were served to 2.5 million senior adults in 2010 alone, helping them to eat more healthfully.

The meals and related nutrition services are an integral part of a broader home and community based services network funded by federal, state, and local resources that helps keep our loved ones at home, and helps to avoid more costly and restrictive institutional settings. The average cost for an OAA Nutrition Program to provide food and socialization for older adults equals the cost of 6 days in a nursing home or 1 day of hospitalization. NESCO thanks the visionaries in the White House and Congress who 40 years ago saw the need for a Nutrition Program, and to those nationally and locally, in the succeeding years, who have given their support for the continuation of this vital program.

Medicare Part D Open Enrollment

Laura Sherrington

Laura Sherrington

It is time again for the Open Enrollment Period for Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage Plans.

Open enrollment this year is 15 Oct–7 December 2012 for plans to be effective 1 January 2013.

You will not be able to change plans for the next year after 7 December, therefore please plan accordingly.

To compare plans go to the Plan Finder on the Medicare website:

NESCO case managers will again have a volunteer trained in how to use the Medicare Part D Planfinder. If you know you need to switch your plan or want to review which plan is best for you, feel free to call the NESCO front office at 243-5252 and ask to make an appointment with Mary Beth.. Appointments will be scheduled for Tuesday mornings between 8am– Noon and Wednesday afternoons, between Noon-4pm beginning 16 October.

Record Breaking Fundraiser- AppleFest

Jim Krueger

Jim Krueger

I want to thank ALL of the NESCO Staff, AppleFest Planning Committee Members, Volunteers and  the NESCO Board and Committee Members who helped make this year’s AppleFest a wonderful success!
I’d also like to thank our sponsors: Badger Popcorn, Gallagher Tent and Awning, Madison Mallards, Madison Chiropractic-North, McKinney Dentistry, Thrivent Financials for Lutherans, and Xerox.

A special thanks to Cheryl Batterman as well for leaving me a great structure to work from; being available whenever I had an AppleFest question, and for continuing to promote AppleFest throughout Dane county.
I feel SO fortunate to have such dedicated and creative people around me who ask to do whatever is needed, without any hesitation, for NESCO and the seniors we serve.

I am happy to report an all-time profit record!! Thanks again to everyone for your help and support!

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