Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Spotlight: July

Mary Hill

Mary Hill has been volunteering at NESCO for 15 years. She is one of our Front Office Volunteers. You can find her here every Monday morning. When she is volunteering, Mary answers the phone, directs calls to staff, and record program appointments. She also makes calls as needed to remind people of appointments, fax Foot Care Clinic appointment to the appropriate site, and welcomes people who walk into the office needing information.

Mary volunteers because it gives her a feeling of “self-worth” and keeps her mentally alert and attentive to civic issues happening. She enjoys being able to interact with and help with all ages the most.

Outside of NESCO, Mary volunteers at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in various areas two or three times a month. She also enjoys to watch old shows on TV, crochet, do the State Journal’s crossword puzzles, and play solitaire on the computer in her free time.

Mary was born and raised on a farm between Platteville and Dubuque. She moved to Madison after graduating from High School, and married an Airman from Truax Field. Together, they moved to many different states. After her husband passed away, she moved back to Madison in early 1986, and began working as a nurse’s aide at Central Colony. Mary has 9 children, and was in the hospital three times on Mother’s Day with new babies to take home!! She has 21 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, and 7 great, great grandchildren


For more information about Madison’s North/Eastside Senior Coalition, please visit: www.NESCOinc.org

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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 energy2030together.com.

Artful Aging Reception

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Summer Boomer Bash

Boomer Bash

How will the State and Federal Budgets Impact Seniors

How will the State and Federal budgets impact seniors?

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ADRC Board Hearing

ADRC-Dane Co

Monday, May 15th , 2017

Session 1 starts at 10:30 AM
Session 2 starts at 5:00 PM

Alliant Energy Center
1919 Alliant Energy Center Way

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10 Ways to Prevent Wandering

Here is a great article from WebMD.com

10 Ways to Prevent Wandering

  1. Secure your home. To prevent wandering, you may want to install new locks on your doors and windows that your loved one can’t open easily. If you can put them high up, they’re less likely to be noticed or reached. Depending on your situation, you may also need to install bars on windows. Buying motion detectors can alert you when someone opens an outer door. A simpler solution to prevent wandering: Hang bells on the doorknobs.
  2. Make sure the person always carries ID. It won’t prevent wandering, but making sure your loved one has ID at all times is crucial. Keep in mind that keeping an ID in a person’s wallet isn’t enough, because he could remove it, either deliberately or accidentally. Medical ID jewelry – like a bracelet or pendant – is a good idea. You could also consider sewing identification into your loved one’s jacket. Another option: temporary tattoos. They’re available in kits and give basic information about the person’s health condition, along with space for your phone number.
  3. Dress your loved one in bright clothing. If it’s reasonable and your loved one doesn’t mind, consider dressing her in clothing that’s easy-to-see from a distance. This can be a good way to prevent wandering if you’re planning to be in a crowd.
  4. Put up a fence. It can be expensive, but putting up a fence – with secured gates — can prevent wandering while allowing your loved one a way to get some fresh air.
  5. Use radio tracking devices. Bracelets or other jewelry with radio transmitters can be a big help. Some are short-range and designed so that caregivers can monitor the person themselves. Some sound an alarm on both the bracelet and a base unit when the person gets too far away. Others are services that charge a monthly fee and use devices to pinpoint the person’s location. The company can track her and will work with local law enforcement, or the organization Project LifeSaver, to get her back to you.
  6. Know your neighbors. Introduce your loved one to your neighbors so they get to know his face. Tell them that he’s prone to wandering and that they should let you know if they see him out by himself. Give neighbors a number where you can be reached. The more explicit you are, the better – many people are naturally inclined not to get involved.
  7. Put up signs. Sometimes, just hanging a sign inside a door to the outside that says ”Stop” or ”Do Not Enter” can be enough to prevent your loved one from wandering. By the same token, consider putting signs on other doors — like the one to the bathroom — so he can see which door leads where, and he won’t accidentally wind up outside.
  8. Increase physical activity. This advice doesn’t apply to everybody. But some experts believe that getting physical activity during the day can help prevent wandering at night. Even a supervised walk around the block before dinner may be enough to reduce nighttime agitation.
  9. Focus on sleep hygiene. Some conditions linked with wandering are associated with poor sleep quality. Wandering itself could result from sleeplessness. So do what you can to practice good sleep hygiene with your loved one. As much as you are able, get her on a regular schedule of going to bed and waking up. To help prevent wandering, reduce napping during the day and cut out caffeinated drinks.
  10. Consider if there’s an underlying cause. In many cases, a loved one’s wandering may not have a reason. But sometimes, caregivers come to understand that there’s a motive behind it and figure out ways to prevent wandering. If a parent with dementia becomes agitated and wanders at night, maybe it’s initially triggered by something simple – being thirsty or hungry. Leaving a glass of water or a few crackers by the bed could help. A child with autism might have a fixation with certain sounds or objects and tend to wander off to investigate them. If you can predict what will attract his attention, you may be able to avoid situations in which wandering is a real risk.