What’s New?  June 2012

 

The ARC OFFICE at Trinity Lutheran Church, Roselle, is open from 9-11 every Sunday morning for visitors who would like to pick up “Emergency Information Kits” or browse our growing collection of brochures.  Watch for announcements in the months to come about our featured topics of the month and expanded hours.

 

Farmers’ Markets Open!   The “early spring” weather in March jump-started produce as well as flowers in the Midwest, and Farmers’ Markets are up and running.  Those within an easy drive of Trinity include the following:

 

Arlington Heights:  Parking lot at Vail & Fremont, west of library, Saturdays,

            7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Bartlett:  Bartlett Town Center, 228 S. Main, Fridays, 2-6 p.m.

Geneva:   “French Market” @ Metra parking lot, South and Fourth Streets,

            Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; “Green Market” @ 75 N. River Lane, Thursdays,

            7 a.m.-1 p.m.

Glen Ellyn:  “French Market” @ 400 S. Main St., Fridays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Schaumburg:  Trickster gallery, 190 S. Roselle Rd., Fridays, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.

Wheaton:  “French Market” @  Main & Liberty Streets, Saturdays, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Winfield:  Prairie Trail Center, County Farm & Geneva Rds., Wednesdays, 7 a.m.-

            1 p.m.

 

For a complete listing of city (45+) and suburban markets (90+), go to http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-05-09/features/ct-food-0509-farmers-market-listings-20120509_1_farmers-markets-pilsen-community-market-chicago-markets

 

Cantigny launches their summer concert season with a “double header,” May 27 (jazz program) and May 28th (Dixieland).  Concerts begin at 3 p.m. every Sunday at the Bandshell in front of the First Division Museum.  Concerts are free, but there is a small fee for parking.  Lunch is served in the LeJardin  room of the Visitors’ Center for those wishing to dine before the concert.  All concerts are outdoors, and guests should bring blankets or lawnchairs.   A full schedule can be viewed at www.cantigny.org.

Bloomingdale Township Seniors are invited to the Annual Cook-Out, Friday, June 29th at noon.  Brats, burgers, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw, and ice cream and a BINGO card can be had for just $8 per person.  Payment due at time of reservation.  For information about township sponsored programs and trips for seniors, please visit http://www.villageofbloomingdale.org/living-here/community-resources/senior-services/bloomingdale-township-senior-services

 

The Bloomingdale Township Senior Center is sponsoring a trip to Mackinac Island August 27-31.  Cost is $460 per person (double occupancy) and includes luxury motor coach (videos and restrooms), four nights lodging, four breakfasts, four dinners, boat ride through the Soo Locks, guided tour of Mackinaw City, carriage tour of Mackinac Island (the Grand Hotel is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year!), casino gaming and more.   For more information, call the Senior Center at 630-529-7794.

 

 “Boomers”—this one’s for you PBS is launching Next Avenue on June 1st; it’s a new website designed to engage the 50+ population and help them plan for their “bonus years.” The site will provide visitors with original content on issues such as health, finances, work, leisure, and care giving—as well as content from a variety of expert sources; visit www.NextAvenue.org.

 

Out-dated Will = Useless Will?   Some changes in the people or circumstances named in a will years ago, can make the will as useless as having no will at all according to a recent article in ElderLawAnswers .  Key changes that could render a will useless include the following:

Death of a spouse or other beneficiaries, or you’ve remarried, and/or additional descendents have been born (Did you ever think you’d have six great-grandkids?!?) or the introduction of step-children/grandchildren into the family,

or the personal executor you named has died or is unable to serve (in which case,  the court—not your family-- will name a replacement!).

You no longer own real estate or valuable personal property identified in your will. (This becomes especially critical if it is included as part of an “equal shares”  division—ie Jr. gets the summer cottage and Sissy gets all the jewelry, and the cottage was sold last year…uh oh…)

If your will and estate plan were designed to protect assets years ago, the laws have changed (and probably not in favor of you or your inheritors). 

National Health Care Decisions Month …was last month.  Did you complete your Health Care Power of Attorney form that was included in the “Emergency Information Kits” (aka File of Life packet) distributed by the ARC last month?   Without that document in place, medical decisions might be made for you or a loved one by someone who doesn’t know you, your wishes, or your values.    How about this:  If you have an older mom or dad or are one, do the paperwork and give the gift of peace of mind to your family for Mothers’ Day or Fathers’ Day.

 

Comparing  Home Health Care Options:  Senior citizens just got another helpful informational tool from Medicare. Home Health Compare, an online tool for checking the performance of home health care agencies, has added survey results on what patients say about the care they have received from these agencies.  Results from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) national survey that asks patients about their experiences with Medicare-certified home health agencies are now available on the agency’s Quality Care Finder (http://www.medicare.gov/quality-care-finder/) website.

 

(Thank you to Erin Vogt of Dutton & Casey, PC, Attorneys at Law for sharing the newsletter that contained the information on wills, decisions, and options.)

 

Foods hampering or blocking the effects of medications isn’t “new news,” but the list of common foods doing more harm than good has grown according to the Arthritis Foundation.  Four common “pill blockers” to watch out for include 1) milk and yogurt which block iron supplements and antibiotics, 2) apple, orange and grapefruit juices block drugs used for inflammation, psoriasis, arthritis, cancer, antibiotics for infections, allergy medications, osteoporosis drugs, and beta blockers, 3) coffee inhibits absorption of penicillin-based antibiotics, and 4) foods rich in Vitamin K like leafy green vegetables and liver inhibit blood thinners like Coumadin.   Grapefruit juice can also have the opposite effect; it can cause some medications to be as much as 10 times more powerful than they’re meant to be.   The Foundation urges patients to carefully question their doctor and pharmacist about a drug’s interaction with food as well as the routine asked questions about interactions with other medications.

 

Gadgets can provide much needed assistance for those who have problems with hearing, seeing, remembering, getting around, and performing everyday tasks.  Did you know the ARC office (Room 102 at Trinity, Roselle) has large catalogues containing thousands of gadgets and gizmos to help with these and other aging issues.  Remember, we’re open every Sunday from 9-11 a.m. or email Karen Umlauf (daclassroomqueen@yahoo.com) if you’d like help with researching items to meet your needs.

 

“Pocket Neighborhoods” are springing up across the country allowing the Boomer generation to “age in place” in their communities in downsized homes arranged in clusters for easier interaction and maintenance.  Read more at

http://www.aarp.org/home-family/livable-communities/info-05-2012/pocket-neighborhood-slideshow.html?cmp=NLC-RSS-DAILY-BULLETIN-050812-P1

Would you like to see this happen here?  Make your voice heard!

 

Mayflower Tours is hosting dozens of FREE travel showcases in the Chicago area this month, many focusing on great Autumn destinations including the Grand Hotel (celebrating its 125th anniversary) and Mackinac Island.  To view all their senior-friendly tours and find an expo at a convenient time and location for you, visit http://www.mayflowertours.com/

 

Fraud Protection While Traveling:  The AARP “Money Page” notes that travelers are targeted for fraud both at home and on the road.  Learn eight key ways to protect yourself while traveling at http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-05-2012/avoiding-travel-identity-theft.html?cmp=NLC-RSS-DAILY-BULLETIN-050712-M1

 

Just for Fun:  Want to see a movie that doesn’t treat older people as a joke?  “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” is getting some rave reviews.  Read one of them at http://www.arcamax.com/seniorliving/s-1137696-445577.  (Thanks to The Retired Lutheran Educators Network for the link!)

 

 

 

As always, your comments, questions, and concerns about our monthly “What’s New” or our ARC website are welcome!  Email me at

daclassroomqueen@yahoo.com