Archive for Senior Programs

Let’s Talk about Medicines

Let’s Talk About Medicines is a free one-hour educational program developed by Wisconsin Health Literacy to help participants obtain a better understanding of how to more safely and effectively use medicine, which can lead to better health.

Program topics include:
• Understanding the main parts of a prescription medicine label
• How to read and interpret special instructions on the label
• Types of containers and labels for solid and liquid medicines
• Dosage instructions and strategies to remember to take your medicine
• Information about over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and how they may interact with other medicines
• Basic storage techniques and more!

Each participant is provided with a free pillbox and workbook to take home, plus the chance to enter into a cash prize drawing at the end of the program.

This project is supported by Security Health Plan.

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Betty Lou Cruisin’

Boarding the Betty Lou

On Friday, June 25, we boarded the Betty Lou and hit Lake Monona for an afternoon of great weather, delicious lunch, and fantastic views of the Madison skyline. This was one of the various trips that we offer each year for senior adults – if you’re interested in learning about other travel opportunities, contact NESCO at (608) 243-5252 or To view more photos from the Betty Lou Cruise, click here:

View of Madison from Lake Monona

Blog revived! Summer Concerts in full swing.

It’s been a while since this blog has been updated, but we’re dusting it off and getting it ready for Round Two, just in time for our summer programs. Check back regularly for new content, concerning NESCO programs, services, and events, as well as topics relevent to senior adults!


Summer Concerts are back! We’ve already enjoyed the sounds of The Midwesterners, and we’ve got a great lineup of bands still to come. If you can think of a better way to enjoy a summer evening than sitting in a beautiful park, snacking on a bratwurst and rootbeer float, and enjoying some great FREE music, we’d love to hear it. As it is, we think the Summer Concerts at Warner Park are the best deal in town! So come check it out:

22 June – Ladies Must Swing (Swing)

29 June – Waunakee Community Band (Patriotic)

13 July – Davis Family Band (R&B)

20 July – Grupo Candela (Merenga & Salsa)

27 July – North Country Drifters (Waltzes & Polkas)

All concerts are Monday evenings at 6pm (except June 29 concert, at 6:30pm) at the Warner Park shelter. 1625 Northport Drive, Madison, WI 53704. Transportation is available for seniors, call 243-5252 to arrange ride.

The Summer Concert Series is sponsored by Alliant Energy Foundation, Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission with additional funds from the Overture Foundation and Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation, M&I Bank, Madison Arts Commission and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts, Madison Mallards, Target, and Dennis Tiziani.

On Her Plate – an art show to benefit seniors!

library-1265On Her Plate:
The Artwork of Carolyn Gaska

6-19 March 2009
Opening Reception: Friday, 6 March, 7-10pm
Project Lodge Gallery (817 E. Johnson Street, Madison WI)

Artist and crafts person Carolyn Gaska’s life’s work was kept mostly in storage, until now. The body of work amassed by her efforts is large, and has until now been shared modestly with individuals in the senior community. After her death in 2005, her husband John Gaska was unsure exactly how to disseminate her work to those who would appreciate it. “Her work has touched people and I hope it will continue to do so,” said John.

For the first time Carolyn’s entire body of work will be shown, at the Project Lodge gallery. Using commonplace materials such as plastic plates, gloss acrylic medium, quilt batting, and magazine images, Gaska created a unique art form and spent much of her adult life executing its production with absolute care and dedication. Those born after 1950 have come to know a highly disposable culture, built on consuming, outgrowing, and discarding. Members of the Great Generation operate under a different mindset altogether: quite simply, materials are valued. This is clearly exemplified in the artwork of Carolyn Gaska, and a value that in today’s economic times, we can all learn from.

The opening is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Donations will be accepted to cover the cost of space and for the North/Eastside Senior Coalition.

Thanks-for-Giving Recap



On Thursday night the North/Eastside Senior Coalition held its annual Thanks-for-Giving Social honoring NESCO volunteers, and the event was a smashing success! NESCO is blessed with an enthusiastic and dedicated bunch of volunteers. We as a staff, along with the senior adults we serve, are so grateful to have them. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!

Cortney Doescher-Hino and Breena Wiederhoeft applauded NESCO volunteers.

Cortney Doescher-Hino and Breena Wiederhoeft applauded NESCO volunteers.

These volunteers from Blackhawk Middle School’s Spirit Club enjoyed the evening.

These volunteers from Black Hawk Middle School’s Spirit Club enjoyed the evening.

NESCO Board member Paul Van Rooy led the way to the buffet!

NESCO Board member Paul Van Rooy led the way to the buffet!

NESCO staff members enjoyed the chance to give back to our office volunteers Monika Rieser and Mary Hill.

NESCO staff members enjoyed the chance to give back to our office volunteers Monika Rieser and Mary Hill.


NESCO so appreciates the volunteers who give of their time and compassion in order to enhance the lives of senior adults in our community. NESCO couldn’t accomplish its work without your support and friendship. On a recruitment note, we are always looking for new volunteers for a variety of projects. If you would like to contribute your time and energy, please contact NESCO at 243-5252 or email us at

Thanks for Giving!

Thanksgiving in Fitchburg



African American Seniors of Fitchburg and the surrounding areas: on Friday, November 21, the Fitchburg Senior Center will host their annual Thanksgiving Lunch.  A turkey meal will be served and there will be a performance by Casey and Greg.  If you would like to attend, please call by Tuesday, November 18, to make reservations for lunch and sign up for transportation if needed.  Donations are appreciated for lunch.  We will also have a winter craft project for you to do and take home.  For more information, or to sign up, call the Fitchburg Senior Center (608.270.4294). Read More

If you want to sing out, sing out!



I like to sing.  I like to sing in my car, I like to sing in the shower, I like to sing when I’m doing the dishes.  Who doesn’t?  There is something that feels good about singing.  A lot of people that I talk to agree that they like to sing, but only when no one else is around to hear them.  “Do you think you don’t have a good voice?”  I will ask them.  “No, it’s because I am shy.”  Or embarassed.  Or maybe they do think they have a bad voice (which they most likely do not).  Here’s what I think: singing feels good, and if we enjoy it, we should share it. Read More