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A 70 Year Old Can Change Their Ways

A 70 Year Old Can Change Their Ways


Jim Krueger, BA, Executive Director of North/Eastside Senior Coalition

I recently read a blog for Changing Aging by Jeanette Leardi, entitled Age and the Potential to Change, expressing frustration about our society’s perception that a 70 year old cannot change their ways. Changing Aging is a multi-blog platform that challenges conventional views on aging.

Leardi contends that many Americans believe “a person’s age is inversely proportional to his or her capacity to change.” She feels that society has “developed the ageist assumption that our values, beliefs, and behaviors, like our arteries, harden with the years and that if we live long enough, most of us will morph into the caricatured grumpy, stubborn old man or lady”. Leardi concedes that “some elders are determined to hold on to the lifestyles they have grown accustomed and continue to treasure,” but stubbornness, ignorance, and fear can inhabit a person at any age in life.

Many older adults today do not fit this personality and they are embracing change and developing different values and beliefs about how they want to live their later years. NESCO offers technology assistance for older adults most of whom are 70 years or older. These older adults have no desire to feel old or be labeled as old. They are curious and motivated to learn and explore new ways of doing things. They want to be connected with today’s society. Leardi reminds us that “personality traits can be developed at any time and, in fact, are more likely to grow as we age.”

Leardi concludes society “must realize that age in itself is not a factor in the evolution of an individual’s personality.” Older adults are changing and we need to better educate ourselves and our community about the many inaccurate assumptions on aging.

Happy Thanksgiving from the NESCO Staff!

Age and the Potential to Change

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Mobile flu vaccination clinics to Madison

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Day Trip to Galena

Day Trip to Galena!

Join us on a Badger Motor Coach to beautiful and historic Galena Illinois, situated on the Galena River.  We will disembark the bus at the DeSoto House on Main Street, in the heart of Galena’s shopping district. The street is lined with boutique shops, restaurants, antique stores and much more. The history, architecture, great food and walkability
makes Galena the perfect place to play for the day.

This is not a guided tour and lunch is not included in the price of the trip, so all activities are at your discretion.

Tuesday, October 24
8:00 am-5:00 pm

$30 per person (non-refundable)
Includes transportation only (Seating for 40)

Payment is due at time of registration.

RSVP by Monday, October 2, 2017 by Noon:
(WMSC) Candice Martin (608) 238-0196
(NESCO) Ruth Helenbrand (608) 243-5252

Bus Pick Up and Drop Off Locations
8:00 am Pick up:  North/Eastside Senior Coalition
1625 Northport Drive, Madison, WI 53704

8:30 am Pick up:  West Madison Senior Center Offices
517 N. Segoe Road, Madison, WI 53705

We will be returning around 5:00 pm.


Learning, Coping and Surviving as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver

Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver

Presentation by Martin J. Schreiber,

Former Governor of the State of Wisconsin and Family Caregiver

Join former Wisconsin Gov. Martin J. Schreiber as he shares
lessons from his decade-plus journey as a caregiver for his
wife, Elaine, who lives with Alzheimer’s disease. Governor
Schreiber will candidly describe his challenges and missteps,
and highlight how compassion and humor provide comfort
to both caregiver and the person with dementia. His raw
honesty and practical advice will inspire other caregivers to
find patience, courage and love as they climb the Alzheimer’s
mountain. My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as
an Alzheimer’s Caregiver will be available for purchase for $15.
Net proceeds will be used to promote Alzheimer’s caregiver
support programs.

Tuesday, September 19th
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Stoughton Hospital
900 Ridge Street, Stoughton
Bryant Health Education Center
(lower level)

Light appetizers will be served. To register for this free
event, please go to and click on
“Classes & Events.”

Sponsored by Azura Memory Care & Stoughton Hospital

Ready to Retire?

Are you ready to retire?  Wonder where the best cities to retire at in the United States?

Here are the top 10 cities for retirement: (from:  Yahoo Finance)

  1. Orlando, Fla.
  2. Tampa, Fla.
  3. Miami, Fla.
  4. Scottsdale, Ariz.
  5. Atlanta, Ga.
  6. Salt Lake City, Utah
  7. Honolulu, Hawaii
  8. Denver, Colo.
  9. Austin, Tex.
  10. Las Vegas, Nev.

On the flip side Newark, N.J. was named the worst city for retirees.

To read this story, please visit:

My Two Elaines

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Fact or Fiction: Ask a Nurse!

Fact or Fiction? Ask the Nurse!

Do you have questions about health information? In this column, nurses from the UW-Madison School of Nursing will answer common health and wellness questions and help us figure out FACT from FICTION.

I want to garden or walk outside in the summer, but am not sure I can protect myself from heat stroke.

FACT: Heatstroke is predictable and preventable. Take these steps to prevent heatstroke during hot weather:

Get used to the heat. Limit the time you spend working or exercising in the heat until you’re conditioned to it. People who are not used to hot weather can be at risk for heat-related illness, including heatstroke. It can take several weeks for your body to adjust to hot weather.

Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing. Wearing too many clothes or clothing that fits tightly won’t allow your body to cool properly.

Wear light-colored clothing if you’re in the sun. Dark clothing absorbs heat. Light-colored clothing can help keep you cool by reflecting the sun’s rays.

Drink plenty of fluids. Staying hydrated will help your body sweat and maintain a normal body temperature.

Take it easy during the hottest parts of the day. Go outside during the coolest parts of the day, such as early morning or evening. Take breaks to rest in a cool spot and keep drinking water to help your body regulate your temperature.

Be cautious if you’re at increased risk. If you take medications or have a physical condition that increases your risk of heat-related problems, avoid the heat and act quickly if you notice symptoms of overheating.



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Madison Gas and Electric Proposes New Wind Farm

Madison Gas and Electric Proposes New Wind Farm

From:  Madison Gas and Electric

Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) is seeking to expand the amount of electricity it generates from renewable resources. In April, MGE filed with state regulators an application to construct, own and operate a 66-megawatt wind farm about 200 miles west of Madison near Saratoga, Iowa.

If approved, the Saratoga wind farm would be MGE’s largest to date, with enough energy to serve about 47,000 homes. The Saratoga project is a cost-effective, clean energy option for powering Madison-area homes and businesses for years to come.

It’s all about location.

MGE began scouting locations for a new wind farm more than a year ago. Considerable research goes into selecting a site for wind generation. MGE engineers selected the Saratoga site for a number of reasons, including its strong wind speeds and proximity to transmission infrastructure to deliver the power. If approved by regulators, construction could begin in spring 2018 and be complete by the end of 2018.

MGE is committed to cleaner energy sources.

Under MGE’s long-term framework, Energy 2030, the Company has committed to reducing carbon dioxide emissions and increasing its use of renewable resources. MGE has a goal of 30% renewables by 2030. Our interim goal is 25% by 2025. We know renewable energy is important to many of our customers and surrounding communities.

Energy 2030 continues MGE’s long-term direction toward cleaner energy sources. In 1999, we built what was at the time the largest wind farm east of the Mississippi River, our Rosiere wind farm in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin. In 2008, our Top of Iowa 3 wind farm in Kensett, Iowa, became operational.

The Saratoga project will host turbines taller than those at either of MGE’s earlier wind farms. If approved, Saratoga’s turbines would stretch nearly 500 feet high. Taller turbines with larger blades take advantage of faster wind speeds aloft, resulting in more energy produced per turbine.

To see additional features about how MGE is transitioning to greater use of renewable resources, visit

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