MAY 2012

Did you know that by 2045, for the first time in human history, there will be more seniors than children in the world?  It’s been a “tough economy” the past few years, but even greater challenges lie ahead as the population strives to provide services and support for older adults.  How do we help ourselves and future generations?   We start by “taking care of business”!  Read on… 

Emergency Information Kits:   Did you pick up your cylinder or packet during the ARC’s grand opening celebration or the health fair last month?  If you have—great!   We hope you’re busy filling out the forms, getting them witnessed, notarized or signed as needed.  If you missed out in April, it’s not too late.  Stop by the ARC office (Room 102 across from the Oasis Library) between services (9-11 a.m.)  any Sunday beginning May 20th.  A volunteer will be happy to provide one. 

Medicare Preventative Benefits:  While 24 million seniors took advantage of free preventative services in 2011, millions more missed out on these benefits.  To learn what’s included, visit the Centers for Medicare Services (CMS) at

http://www.mymedicarematters.org/StayingHealthy/Services/services.php?utm_source=BenefitsAlert_120404&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=BenefitsAlert 

Chronic Disease Management:  A recent Wall Street Journal article lauds the new

“Chronic Disease Self-Management Program” designed to help patients and their families manage symptoms and treatments.  Read more at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204571404577255843724813640.html  To read about how one man changed a half dozen lives with this program, visit http://www.ncoa.org/improve-health/chronic-conditions/the-power-of-people-contact.html?utm_source=NCOAWeek_120424&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=NCOAWeek

Emergency/Disaster Preparedness:  May is “Older Americans Month,” and the Department of Health and Human Services wants to insure that seniors, their families, and caregivers are prepared for emergency or disastrous situations, and that they know how to get immediate help and long-term assistance should one occur.  For more information of use to all citizens, please visit HHS’s website: http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/Preparedness/Resources_Individuals/index.aspx 

News & Notes from ABMC:  Alexian Brothers Medical Center encourages seniors to get and stay active via participation in “Golden Circle” social, travel, and exercise programs for those 50+; membership is just $12 a year.  Activities this month begin with “Senior Celebration Day’ on May 9 from 11:15 a.m..-3:15 p.m.. to be held at Arlington Park Racecourse.  This event includes health screenings, seminars, drivers’ license renewal information, business giveaways, raffles, entertainment and more.  And, on Tuesday, May 22nd  from 9 a.m..-1 p.m., AMBC will celebrate “Older Americans Month” in the lobby of the Eberle Building, 800 Biesterfield Rd. in Elk Grove Village.  Receive a gift of appreciation, get free blood pressure checks, and learn more about the programs and services of AMBC’s Senior and Community Resource Center.  Dozens more programs and seminars of interest to seniors can be found at www.alexianbrothershealthlife.org

Bloomingdale’s Annual Senior Day Fair—May 4th The Bloomingdale Police dept. and Bloomingdale Senior Citizen Advisory Council will host this event from 9 a.m.- noon at the Medinah Shriners Banquet Facility, Army Trail & Swift Rds., in Addison.  Seniors can meet with more than 50 local agencies, service providers, and businesses to learn about services and resources available to them.  Admission is free, refreshments will be available, and giveaways and door prizes will be distributed throughout the morning. 

Bloomingdale’s Annual Memorial Day Observance:  St. Paul Evergreen Cemetery on the north side of Lake St. just east of Circle is the site of this annual tribute to veterans, living and deceased.  The program at 9:30 a.m. and lasts approximately 45 minutes; bring lawn chairs if you wish.   The remembrance is a joint venture of the VFW, Bloomingdale Historical Society and Library, the village, and Alden Valley Ridge.   Free refreshments follow the program. 

A Reminder for Roselle Residents:  Prove you’re 65 or better, and the village will discount your vehicle sticker by 50% ; and, although rates for garbage pick-up recently increased, seniors are eligible for a discount from Republic Services.  Call them at 847-981-0091 to sign up.  (Thanks to Trinity member Richard White for this info!) 

Discounts and Deals:  CBS’s “Money Watch” commentator, Allan Roth, recently shared his “10 Painless Tricks for Saving Money Every Day.”    Some are “tried and true” like negotiating extensions on teaser rates by threatening to switch to the competition if the rate isn’t extended.  Others brought to light some surprises:

 A “cash back” credit card that gives 2% (or more) nets you 50% more value than “miles” credit cards.  To find the right card for you use the www.Bankrate.com search engine.  (Average “payoff” is $700+ annually.)

“Coupons are cool.”  Find discounts for anything from theater tickets to cheese pizzas by Goggling the site’s name and the words “Coupon code” or “promo code.” In less than a minute, you could save from 50 cents to $50; do this just once a week and save an average of $600 annually.

“Comparison shop…online.”   Roth shops retail stores for exactly what he wants, then inserts make and model information into his web browser to find the best price—often from 10-40% of retail.  He cites saving $800 on his new TV as proof that the internet is a saver’s best friend (and, yes, he got FREE shipping AND FREE set-up in his home by “negotiating”).

It’s okay to buy “knock-offs”—especially when it comes to disposable items  like ink cartridges for your printer.  Many name-brand printers are sold at a loss because the company is counting on making money on its cartridges (even to the extent that some new printers come loaded with “starter” cartridges which are only ½ full!).  Roth suggests buying from EBay where “generic/non-OEM” cartridges sell for 1/4th the cost of brand names.  His annual savings exceeded $1,400.)

Want to get serious about this?  Read Clark Howard’s Living Large in Lean Times; Roth says Howard makes him look like an amateur when it comes to getting the most value for the least price! 

Come see us Sundays from 9-11 a.m.:  The ARC office, Room 102 across from the Oasis Library, will be open Sundays starting May 20th.   Every Sunday we’ll have handouts, brochures, File of Life packets and more that may be of interest to you or someone you love.  Stop by and browse our “Look and Take One” table.

Email your suggestions or comments about the ARC, the website, or this newsletter to kumlauf@trinityrosellearc.com.