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Welcome to the Seniors Blue Book local home page for the Eastern NE and Western IA area.  My name is Amy Wilkerson, your local Publisher and Partner at the Seniors Blue Book. Please let me know how we can help you!  Whether you are looking for resources, looking to promote your business or just want to be aware of Senior Activities in the area, the Seniors Blue Book website is your go-to site for everything related to aging well and caring for your older loved ones. As industry professionals, your clients come from many different sources:  the seniors themselves, their caregivers and other healthcare professionals. The Seniors Blue Book’s wide and diverse reach offers your business opportunities that other marketing mediums are simply unable to provide. Contact me to discuss a package that will maximize your return for your marketing dollars at 402-980-5179 or Amy@seniorsbluebook.com.


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Jun 09, 2024 08:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Parkinson's Moving Day Omaha

Question, please visit www.movingdayomaha.org or contact Nida Dada at 913-350-0283 email Ndad@parkinson.orgMoving Day is an inspiring and empowering annual fundraising event that has united more than 150,000 participants around the country living with PD, their care partners and loved ones.Moving Day is more than just a walk. It is a celebration of movement  proven to help manage Parkinsons symptoms.

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Jun 09, 2024 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Parkinson's Moving Day

For more information - www.movingdayomaha.org

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Apr 02, 2024 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Stay Active & Independent for Life

To register for class or for more information, please call 402-453-5656 ext 222

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Mar 14, 2024 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

Coalition Of Resources for the Elderly

Happy 1st  Friday of March CORE! Next month's meeting will be our EXPLODE Networking Event on Thursday, March 14th from 4p to 6p hosted by Craft Lifestyle ManagementLocation: Flutterby 111 North 14th Street, Ashland, NE 68003 Homepage - Services - Craft Lifestyle Management (craftlifestylemgt.com) This is a great event to bring guest & introduce them to CORE & the great networking opportunities it creates.    Please RSVP by replying to this email by Monday, March 4th, 2024.

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The Heritage at Fox Run

Independent Living 4802 Council Pointe Road, Council Bluffs, Iowa, 51501

At The Heritage at Fox Run in Council Bluffs, Independent Living means enjoying a lifestyle designed with your preferences in mind. It means fewer worries, a maintenance-free home, and a community tailored to your needs and interests. Your only job here is to enjoy each day.One of the best parts of our senior living community is that well take care of all the responsibilities of home maintenance that you just dont want to do anymore. No more housekeeping, yardwork, snow removal, painting, fixing and repairs. We do it all for you!Enjoy active senior living in Iowa. Meet new people, discover fun and engaging activities, entertain friends and family, or do absolutely nothing! Choose the Independent Living residence thats perfect for you.At The Heritage at Fox Run, we offer four unique Independent Living  floor plans that are perfect for active adults. Each one is light-filled, well-designed, and finished with modern and easy-to-use appliances.Your new apartment home will delight you.Smartly designed and beautiful. What more could you ask for in your independent living apartment home? Just bring your favorite furnishings and make it your very own.

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The Heritage at Legacy

Assisted Living 2961 South 169th Plaza, Omaha, Nebraska, 68130

Come discover our full-service Heritage senior living community in Omaha, Nebraska, that puts you at the center of everything we do. From knowing how you like your coffee and loving your dog (almost!) as much as you do to knowing your grandkids names and favorite restaurants nearby, youll be delighted with the many ways we care about and for you.We offer plenty of choices that will delight you when selecting your own residence. No matter what type of care you require, we offer choices and options in how you live.

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Ridgewood Retirement Community

Independent Living 12301 N 149th Cir, Bennington, Nebraska, 68007

Ridgewood Independent Living provides a comfortable, home-like atmosphere for seniors who wish to maintain an active, independent lifestyle without concerns of housekeeping, home maintenance, cooking, or security. Our residents appreciate the freedom of living independently, and also the security of knowing that additional services are available within the community.Ridgewood Independent Living is operated by Heritage Communities

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Heritage Ridge

Independent Living 1502 Fort Crook Road South, Bellevue, Nebraska, 68005

Independent Living at Heritage Ridge in Bellevue, means enjoying a thriving and warm community designed with your preferences in mind. It means enjoying an ideal location, a maintenance-free lifestyle, and plenty of opportunities to have fun!Even better? Our friendly and highly qualified associates delight in offering personalized assistance that allows you to enjoy each day with as much freedom and independence as possible.One of the best features of Independent Living at Heritage Ridge is that well take care of all the responsibilities of home maintenance that you just dont want to do anymore. No more housekeeping, yardwork, snow removal, painting, fixing and repairs. We do it all for you!At Heritage Ridge, we offer three large and unique Independent Living floor plans that are perfect for active adults. Each one is light filled, well designed, and includes modern, easy-to-use appliances.Most important, we offer what you want today an Independent Living lifestyle and what you may need tomorrow Assisted Living and Respite Care.

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Isolation in Seniors and Why Socialization Is So Important for Their Well-Being

Not only do loneliness and isolation in seniors and other age groups pose serious hazards to emotional, mental and physical health, but they have also been declared an epidemic by the US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, who has released a Surgeon General Advisory calling attention to this public health crisis.According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Surgeon Generals Advisories are public statements that call the American peoples attention to a critical public health issue and provide recommendations for how it should be addressed. Advisories are reserved for significant public health challenges that need the American peoples immediate attention.In his Advisory, Dr. Murthy states,Our epidemic of loneliness and isolation has been an underappreciated public health crisis that has harmed individual and societal health. Our relationships are a source of healing and well-being hiding in plain sight one that can help us live healthier, more fulfilled, and more productive lives.Given the significant health consequences of loneliness and isolation, we must prioritize building social connection the same way we have prioritized other critical public health issues such as tobacco, obesity, and substance use disorders. Together, we can build a country thats healthier, more resilient, less lonely, and more connected.Its clear that engaging and connecting with others is vital for older adults. One of the pillars of Dr. Murthys Advisory calls for cultivating a culture of connection, where people can come together and benefit from healthy connection. This is one area where the right living environment can play a significant role.Isolation in seniors: understanding whats going onMom doesnt seem interested in having Sunday dinner with the family lately. Or Dad has stopped attending his regular lodge meetings. While having some alone time is perfectly normal, when it persists, it might be time to find out what is going on.If youve noticed your loved one seems to be avoiding socializing with family or friends, you will want to learn what is behind their reluctance. There could be several reasons. For example:They might be feeling unsteady on their feet due to mobility issues, which can lead to a fear of falling.They might be experiencing changes in their vision or hearing.If they are experiencing bouts of confusion, they may fear becoming lost.Driving, particularly at night, might have become unsettling.Even if you offer to pick up your loved one and take them to a family gathering, they might be worried that you will notice their physical challenges and decide they can no longer live on their own.Their longtime friends and trusted neighbors may have moved on or are too busy with their families to include them in social events.Isolation in seniors can be the result of several of these factors. Consider going with your loved one to visit their physician in order to determine if there is a change in health that needs to be addressed.Let them know you are simply concerned about their health and safety, as well as their happiness. Its quite possible they will welcome the opportunity to discuss their concerns with you.Why isolation in seniors is so dangerousProlonged social isolation can lead to an almost 30% increase in the risk of premature death through health conditions including diabetes, heart attacks, insomnia and dementia. In fact, in terms of impacts on health and well-being, loneliness has been compared to smoking 15 cigarettes a day.Why is loneliness increasing?According to the Census Bureau, people are spending less time with friends and more time alone, and this was true even before the pandemic. Researchers say its due to many factors; some have even tied the first spike in loneliness numbers to the arrival of the smartphone in 2014. But even a fun game on the phone doesnt replace the significant health benefits of engagement and connection with others, especially with older adults.When it comes to isolation in seniors, choosing a vibrant senior living community can make all the difference.Senior living: where getting the benefits of socializing is easyA senior living alone in a neighborhood where most friends have moved away can quickly become bored and depressed. Theres nothing to do except watch television or take a nap. It can feel like the world has passed them by.Take that same senior and put them in a vibrant, inspiring senior living atmosphere filled with friends and fun, and theyre most likely going to enjoy life in a whole new way. Just knowing friends are nearby can give a previously lonely senior a new sense of purpose and a feeling of belonging.At Heritage Communities, we believe retirement living should bring more to your life. More fun. More friends. More ways to engage and connect. We call it living better. Here are just a few of the socializing opportunities youll find in one of our communities:Activities and events that bring residents, family and friends together to celebrate holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, and special occasions.Pleasant dining experiences filled with delicious food and lively conversation.Good friends right next door so theres always someone close by for companionship.Group wellness and exercise classes and programs make it easier to stay motivated and inspired to follow healthy habits.Exceptional amenities that bring residents together for entertainment, learning, and more.Inviting outdoor spaces for special occasions, family and visits, and moments of meditation.Whether your loved one is a private person, a social butterfly, or a little of both, at Heritage Communities, every resident can enjoy the comfort and privacy of their own apartment, as well as a bustling atmosphere filled with opportunities for healthy socializing. Wed love to tell you more.The senior living experience you want. Download our free guide, Family Decision Toolkit. Or contact us today 402-721-1616.

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Medicare Part D Prescription Plans

Medicare offers prescription drug coverage to everyone with Medicare. If you decide not to join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan when you're first eligible, and you don't have other creditable prescription drug coverage, or you don't get Extra Help, you'll likely pay a late enrollment penalty. To get Medicare drug coverage, you must join a plan run by an insurance company or other private company approved by Medicare. Each plan can vary in cost and drugs covered.2 ways to get drug coverageMedicare Prescription Drug Plan (Part D). These plans (sometimes called "PDPs") add drug coverage to Original Medicare, some Medicare Cost Plans, some Medicare Private Fee-for-Service (PFFS) Plans, and Medicare Medical Savings Account (MSA) Plans.Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C) (like an HMO or PPO) or other Medicare health plan that offers Medicare prescription drug coverage. You get all of your Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) coverage, and prescription drug coverage (Part D), through these plans. Medicare Advantage Plans with prescription drug coverage are sometimes called MA-PDs. You must have Part A and Part B to join a Medicare Advantage Plan.What drug plans coverEach Medicare Prescription Drug Plan has its own list of covered drugs (called a formulary). Many Medicare drug plans place drugs into different "tiers" on their formularies. Drugs in each tier have a different cost.A drug in a lower tier will generally cost you less than a drug in a higher tier. In some cases, if your drug is on a higher tier and your prescriber thinks you need that drug instead of a similar drug on a lower tier, you or your prescriber can ask your plan for an exception to get a lower copayment.

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Kids Need Hospice Too

Making a choice to transition to hospice is a big step for any family, but especially so for families with children who have life-threatening illnesses. It can be hard to imagine a child at the beginning of their life as being appropriate for hospice care. However, kids need hospice too. For some children, their complex medical diagnoses or chronic illness are such that cure focused treatments are no longer successful. When this happens, children deserve supportive care so they do not have to remain hospitalized. Currently, in the Omaha area there are minimal options for pediatric families. Because of this, Endless Journey has started a pediatric hospice program to support the youngest patients in our community. When working with pediatric hospice patients, there is a need to provide support for multiple family members at once. The team provides direct medical care in the home for the patient, emotional support for the caregivers, and developmentally appropriate care for any siblings. This compassionate, family-centered care includes connecting families with community organizations to help provide meaningful experiences and facilitate memory making. At Endless Journey, the team knows that time is a resource we cannot create more of so we aim to make the most of each moment. Pediatric hospice is unique in that families can receive hospice care while also still engaging in curative treatments; this is called concurrent care. Under the affordable care act (sec. 2302) in the state of Nebraska, children aged 19 years and younger are eligible to receive this concurrent care. Because of this, Endless Journey has fostered partnerships with the pediatric hospital systems in the area to ensure that our in-home hospice support is well coordinated with the in-clinic plans of the primary medical teams. Making the choice for hospice has historically had a connotation of giving up, but in practice, hospice is looking towards living well with the focus of what is most important to the family. Editors Note: This article was submitted by Katie Ransdell, MS, CCLS, Bereavement Coordinator & Certified Child Life Specialist with Endless Journey Hospice where she can be reached at 402-800-8145  

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Understanding Our Services: Personal Care

Do you have a loved one with physical challenges or a chronic condition? Personal care can help with daily activities, like bathing, dressing, eating and getting ready for bed.At FirstLight Home Care, we always provide these services with the utmost care and respect, ensuring your loved ones dignity and comfort are maintained. We want to keep our clients looking and feeling their best and can achieve this in many ways, including help with:Getting Ready for the DayIf your loved one has trouble bathing or dressing, it can be awkward for you both when you try to help. Instead, let one of our professional caregivers step in to handle these situations. Youll have peace of mind knowing your loved ones personal needs are met in a way that reduces frustration and improves hygiene and safety.We offer experienced, compassionate professionals who know how to support your loved one in a way that makes them feel safe and comfortable. They can help in many areas of personal care and hygiene, including showering or bathing, dressing, shaving, assisting with brushing teeth, denture care and other areas.Getting Around During the DayFor many of our personal care clients, walking and mobility are a challenge. If that is true for your family member, our caregivers can keep them safe and ensure they always have the extra help they need. Common activities we assist with include:Getting into or out of bedGoing up or down the stairsGetting into or out of a vehicleSafely navigating the houseOur caregivers know how to help those with physical limitations in a way thats comfortable for them. You can rest assured knowing your loved one is in the capable hands of a professional who is watching out for their safety around the home.Good posture is important for proper circulation and digestion. Our caregivers can help your loved one maintain good posture during the day as theyre walking or sitting.. Whether theyre reading, eating or watching TV, our caregivers can offer reminders and help with repositioning.Eating Well and Maintaining a Proper DietOur caregivers can also help your loved one maintain a proper diet by shopping for groceries and preparing meals. We can follow specific requests or special diets (such as low sodium or heart healthy), so your loved one is consuming the right foods and is able to keep up their strength and health.With our personal care services, our team can also assist individuals while eating if they have any physical or mental challenges that prevent them from feeding themselves. Every step of the way, your loved one will be treated with extreme care and sensitivity, so they feel secure and respected.Getting Ready for BedJust as we do during a morning personal care routine, we can help your loved one prepare for bedtime. If they prefer to bathe or shower during the evening, we will provide the right level of support they need during the process. We can also help with dressing and undressing, dental care and getting into bed, so they are comfortable and get a good nights rest.Were Here When You Need Us with Personal CareWith personal care from FirstLight Home Care, we can meet a variety of scheduling needs. Our team can provide comfort, care and attention to your loved one all day, every day. Our caregivers can even stay overnight and will remain ready to respond to any immediate needs.In addition, if your family is looking for a respite break, were available to help during the days, evenings, overnight, on weekends and even during the holidays. Our services are offered on a part-time and full-time basis and can be adjusted at any time if your loved ones condition changes.Some of the people we provide personal care for include:Seniors. If you have an elderly loved one who needs extra support to live at home, our caregivers can help. We offer the daily and overnight assistance they need to remain in their homes, living as independently as possible and with complete dignity.Disabled Adults. If a loved one has a physical disability or mental limitations, our team can assist in many personal care areas, from meal preparation and eating to mobility, hygiene and more. We can also help during an upcoming trip with our travel companion service, providing the same level of personal care throughout the journey.Veterans. Our caregivers help veterans and their families in need. Whether your loved one was injured in the field and requires extra help during the day, or your spouse is deployed, you can trust our team for dependable and compassionate caregivers.Those Recovering. When a family member is recovering after surgery or an illness, we can take care of them in many ways, including with personal care. Theyll feel better, have more confidence and can get on the road to recovery.Whether you need us for a few hours each week, during the day or 24/7, were happy to create a personalized care plan that meets your needs and provides the right level of help and support, wherever you call home.

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First Light Home Care of Omaha

Faye McCoy, owner of FirstLight Home Care Omaha, shares about her business and the spectrum of care her caregivers can provide. She even shares a story about a special client and her dedication to ensure that she had her needs met every step of the way!You can reach Jaye and her team at 402-614-0413 or on the web at www.firstlighthomecare.com

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The Brant - An exciting life awaits you

KETV  promo  The Brant is Opening in Fall 2022. Expect more from senior living at The Brant. The retirement lifestyle at The Brant means the advantage of a connection to surrounding communities such as Omaha with plenty more opportunities to live well! Come see what a community built for you looks like.

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Parkside Village Senior Living Consultant

Resort Lifestyle Communities is accepting applications for a Sales Consultant who will focus on growing community occupancy and increasing the awareness of our independent living retirement community, all while building trust with prospective residents and their families each step along the way. You will actively contribute as a member of the community leadership team.Schedule, Benefits and Pay:You will work the following schedule: Tuesday through Saturday with flexibility to work other days as needed to achieve the established goals.You can enjoy a delicious free meal during your shift!You will have robust benefits to choose from and receive $575 per month from our company to apply towards any benefit(s) you select, including:Health, Dental, and Vision InsuranceLife InsuranceShort Term and/or Long Term DisabilityHealth Savings Account (HSA), Medical Flexible Spending Account (FSA), and Dependent Care FSA- to apply towards childcare or other dependent careAccident Insurance and Hospital IndemnityMet Law- access to attorneys and legal adviceYou will receive paid holidays and vacation time, as well as a 401(k) with a generous employer match.Responsibilities and Duties:Youll lead the sales strategy to gain maximum occupancy and revenue targets.Youll quickly and diligently respond to inquiries and professional referral partnerships.Youll conduct sales calls, home visits, and community tours with prospective residents.Youll effectively network within the local community.You must live by our Core Values of Respect, Kindness & Compassion, Honesty, and Service Excellence.Qualifications:You are able to effectively close sales with integrity.You have validated sales success, preferably in the local market.You are able to successfully communicate in a positive and credible manner.You have previous work experience in the senior housing industry.You can effectively work independently and within a team environment.You are proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook, and data entry.If you have a servant heart, a passion for hospitality and are eager to make a difference, complete our on-line application today and you'll hear from us soon!We are Resort Lifestyle Communities, a family-owned company established over twenty years ago. We specialize in providing all-inclusive, independent, resort-style 55-and-over senior living retirement communities all across the nation. Our Home Office is based out of Lincoln, Nebraska and we are rapidly growing and expanding! EOE/ADA#LI-CZ1Pay Range: $55,000 - $65,000 per yearAPPLY HERE

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