Archive for January 2018

My meal, My Way at Festival Foods

Festival Foods (East Washington Ave) has teamed up with Dane County’s My Meal, My Way program to offer area seniors an affordable and healthy lunch option.

Adults over the age of 60 can assemble a plate of food from the salad bar at Festival Foods and also order a cup of soup.  With a suggested donation of $4, participants are still only encouraged to pay what they can afford.

Lunch is offered every Thursday from 11am to 1:30pm at Festival Foods on East Washington Avenue.  Transportation is also available by calling (608)243-5252.

Members of the North/Eastside Senior Coalition and the East Madison/Monona Coalition of the Aging will volunteer at the lunches.

Festival Foods is the fifth business to participate in My Meal, My Way, which is a donation-based program in Dane County.

For more information or to learn more about volunteering opportunities, please call (608)243-5252.



RSR Flyer for Jan, Feb, Apr 2018

Free Medicare Seminars

Medicare Seminars Flyer 2018 Final

Memory Screenings

Alzheimer’s talk and memory screenings offered as part of the 8th Annual Solomon Carter Fuller Memory Screening event

As part of the eighth annual Solomon Carter Fuller Memory Screening Day the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin (ADAW), are hosting a free public talk about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in the African American community, along with a caregiver workshop, a healthy cooking demonstration and confidential memory screenings .

On Friday, February 16, Dr. Cerise Elliott, National Institutes on Aging, will present “Advancing Health Disparities Research in the African American Community” on from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Fountain of Life Covenant Church, 633 W. Badger Rd. in Madison.

Free confidential memory screenings are offered on Saturday, February 17 along with a caregiver workshop, healthy cooking demonstration and health fair from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at The Village on Park, 2300 S. Park St. in Madison. To schedule a memory screening call ADAW, 608.232.3400 or email The last memory screening appointment of the day will be at 2:15 p.m. Walk-in appointments available.

All events are free and open to the public. Visit  for more details.

The Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center is focused on improving early detection of Alzheimer’s disease, identifying risk and protective factors, and finding ways to delay onset and progression. Learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved in research studies at The Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin is a nonprofit organization that connects people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers with community resources and offers early stage and caregiver education programs. Learn about living with memory loss and caregiver resources at

2018 Dane County Memory Screening

2018 Memory Screening Events (1)

My Meal, My Way

Menu publicity piece My Meal My Way at Festival Foods 2018

My Meal My Way

Menu draft 5 My Meal My Way at Festival Foods 2018

Working Together for Energy Efficiency

Working Together for Energy Efficiency

From: Madison Gas and Electric

If we’re all energy efficient, we can save energy and money and be good stewards of the environment.

Below are some of the most common ways we all can reduce our energy use during the colder months.

Fix air leaks: Make sure your home is adequately sealed to avoid air leaks. Latch windows and double check weatherstripping around doors. Quality caulking and weatherstripping can last for decades.

If your attic has fewer than 7 inches of insulation, fix air leaks from the house into the attic and add more insulation. Failing to fix air leaks before re-insulating is a big mistake. Most air leaks come from attics, basements, kneewalls, and garages under living spaces.

Use the “auto” setting on your thermostat: Use your thermostat to set the furnace fan to “auto” instead of “on” to avoid costs resulting from the fan running continuously.

Also, lower the thermostat when sleeping and when away (55°F lowest setting). The longer your home is at a lower temperature, the more you save. Consider upgrading to a programmable or smart thermostat to make saving energy more convenient!

Adjust your curtains and blinds: Close them at night. This will keep the cold air from dispersing throughout your home. Open them during the day to allow the sun to warm the room.

Adjust your water heater: Heating water can account for up to 25% of the energy used in your home. Turn down your water heater to 120°F to help save energy without making a noticeable impact.

Consider a home energy assessment: MGE’s partner in energy efficiency, Focus on Energy, helps customers purchase a home energy assessment to help you identify which upgrades make sense for your home. See a brief video of a home energy assessment in Monona at

Explore smart home technologies: Smart power strips, thermostats, lightbulbs, and switches make energy efficiency easy. Smart home technology can be automated and/or controlled remotely via a smartphone, tablet, or computer, putting control at your fingertips no matter where you are.

For more energy-saving information and brief videos of how new technologies can help meet your household’s energy goals, visit

Energy efficiency is a priority under MGE’s Energy 2030 framework for a more sustainable energy future. Let’s work together!