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From Aging Partners by Randall Jones
                                                                                        Giving of Yourself Can Reduce      exercise programs for seniors on
                                                                                           Loneliness and Isolation        the City’s LNKTV channels.
                                                                                          During this period of isolation  Program schedules are available at
                                                                                       caused by                           LNKTVhealth.lincoln.ne.gov and
                                                                                       the COVID                           LNKTVcity.lincoln.ne.gov, and
                                                                                       event, we                           they’re available on all Lincoln
                                                                                       have learned                        cable systems.
                                                                                       more about                             Volunteer - Studies have shown
                                                                                       the negative                        that volunteerism has a positive
                                                                                       impacts of                          impact on blood pressure and your
                                                                                       loneliness                          self-satisfaction.  Aging Partners
                                                                                       and isola-                          and the City of Lincoln has devel-
                                                                                       tion.                               oped a new program called
                                                                                       Isolation can                       NeighborLNK.  This program pro-
                                                                                       lead to                             vides volunteers the opportunity to
                                                                                       increased                           connect with others who need sup-
                                                                                       depression,                         port through phone calls.  A friendly
                                                                                       and have                            call with a new friend will brighten
                                                                                       negative                            your day.  And you can volunteer
                                                                                       impacts on                          without leaving your home.  Call
                                                                                       health and mental health.           402-441-7575.
                                                                                          There are times when the impact     Form deeper relationships -
                                                                                       of isolation can’t be seen immedi-  Here are some questions to spark a
                             Class is meeting
                                                                                       ately.  However, if you live alone  conversation that builds a deeper
                       in the parking lot, stretching                                  and your typical support system is  relationship between you and
                               and walking                                             interrupted, you may identify in    someone on the other end of the
                       and keeping 6’ between us.                                      yourself, the need to focus on activ-  phone.  Start by sharing a story
                           As weather permits.                                         ities that can help reduce your iso-  about a challenge in your life or a
                                                                                       lation and decrease loneliness.     challenging time when you felt you
                                                                                       You can take control of this in many  really overcame something.
                                                                                       ways.                                  · What strength, value or part of
                                                                                          Give your love to a pet or       you helped overcome it?
                                                                                       adopt a pet - Pets provide the abili-  · Where or from whom did you
                                                                                       ty to gain a sense of control through  acquire that strength, value or part
                                                                                       the activity of caring for them.  I  of yourself?
                                                                                       heard someone say the other day,       · From whom, if anyone, did you
                                                                                       “It’s great to live with your best  find support?
                                                                                       friend.”                               · How did that moment or experi-
                                                                                          Stay in touch - Rather than wait  ence change who you are?
                  Living in Uncertainty -  by Georgia Feiste                           for a call from a family member or a   · What in this present moment
                                                                                       friend, reach out to them through   do you find so difficult?  Why is that
                It is part of our                           each other back and        notes, cards or phone calls.  Call  particularly important to you?
             American culture to go                         forth across a quiet       friends or old classmates.  You both   · What are you missing the
             about our lives with a                         street. Observing the      will be lifted up with the benefit of  most?  What about that is so valu-
             great deal of certainty.                       pollution in our city skies  conversation.  Who is someone you  able to you?
             We have been brought                           clear, and the ozone       have been thinking of a lot lately     · What do you want to try to do
             up to believe that if we                       hole closing. Hearing      who might need your support during  that is different or what opportunity
             work hard, keep our nose                       the music from the bal-    this time?  What might you be able  might this present for something
             to the grindstone, “git er                     conies in Italy and the    to offer them?                      new?
             done”, we are certain to                       joyfulness of the neigh-      Get moving - Exercise is not      For information on services and
             have a good life.                              bors. And enjoying the     only good for our bodies; it’s also  benefits for seniors, please call
                So, what do we do                           humor in the midst of      good for our mental health.  Keep    Aging Partners at 402-441-7070.
             when we are introduced                         the tears and fear.        moving!  Aging Partners provides           We are here to help.
             to the reality that that is                       Today, I felt the need
             not true as we are intro-                      to look at the dichotomy
             duced to a tiny little                         of these emotions. One                    2020 Census – Be Counted!
             microorganism coming into our lives  based in uncertainty, and one not.
             that will change everything. We will  Perhaps it is time to admit that life,
             come out of this time in our lives into  every minute of every day, is a gift  By Jenna White, Aging Partners,  households to respond to the 2020
             a new normal that will be emphatical-  with a vicarious and vacillating uncer-  Lincoln-Lancaster County      Census:
             ly uncertain. The “uncertainty” of  tainty. All we can be certain of is the  Complete Count Committee            Individuals will be invited to com-
             when this little bug catches YOU is  moment we are in. It is our choice                member                 plete the questionnaire online using a
             mind-numbing, and almost “certain”  what we do with it. It is our choice     With the 2020 Census soon to be  passcode provided in the census let-
             for 60% of us. The economic chaos   how we react to the fear and the      underway, we need to be prepared    ter.
             will not right itself easily, nor fairly.  struggle.                      and know the facts.  The U.S.          At the beginning of April, if a
                I’m on my 45th day of social dis-    a) Do we stand with guns on our   Constitution mandates that everyone  household hasn’t responded, the
             tancing. Because I truly spend a    shoulders screaming epithets and      in the country be counted every 10  Census Bureau will mail reminder let-
             great deal of my time thinking and  ideas that grandparents should be     years.  It is important for every indi-  ters and a paper version of the ques-
             noodling thoughts that intrigue me  prepared to die for their grandchil-  vidual to be counted regardless of  tionnaire.
             even when I’m busy, I think the set-  dren, demanding to go back to work  age, race, ethnicity, dwelling type    If a household still hasn’t
             tling in process has been easier for  so we can feed our families?        and household demographics.  An     responded to the first two options by
             me than for some. But, I have been  Refusing to wear a mask or maintain   accurate census count helps deter-  the end of April, Census Bureau rep-
             surprised at the struggle of not being  any social distancing? Or,        mine each state’s number of         resentatives will be going door-to-
             able to do whatever I want when I      b) do we sit down and carefully    Electoral College votes, the number  door to gather the necessary infor-
             want. I so understand the desire to  create the strategies necessary to   of representatives in Congress and,  mation.
             go out to eat (I hate to cook), to  make sure we can go back to work      most importantly, it helps determine   Although your response to the
             spend an evening with friends play-  with the fewest casualties possible,  how the federal government distrib-  census questionnaire is confidential,
             ing games, going to the gym or the  and make wise and ethical choices     utes $675 billion in funding.       we must all be diligent to ensure we
             pool. I desperately miss hugging my  as a society? Do we move from ME        Census data is uniquely important  don’t fall victim to scammers.  The
             kids and my grandchildren! The need  to WE, which appears to be an        to older adults, especially those over  Census Bureau will never ask for
             to work to feed your family and keep  anathema to some?                   age 60.  Many of the services provid-  your Social Security number, bank
             a roof over your head is a desperate   One thing is absolutely certain:   ed by your local Area Agency on     account information, credit card infor-
             drive for so many people now. The   We all have to live together in that  Aging (AAA) – such as Aging         mation or citizenship verification.
             fear of losing your job and your insur-  gaping hole between those two reac-  Partners who serves Lincoln and  The Census Bureau will never ask
             ance at the same time is terrifying,  tions. We are living without answers,  Lancaster County – are funded by  you for money or donations, and they
             and the unwillingness of our Federal  and we won’t have them for a long   the Older Americans Act, which uses  will never associate themselves with
             Government to help productively is  time. Struggle is not pleasant, and I  a population formula to determine  a political party.  If someone shows
             mind boggling. I GET it.            don’t wish it on anyone. My choice is  how much money each AAA will       up at your door claiming to be with
                I have also been astounded with  peace, patience, an open-mind, and    receive from the federal government.  the Census Bureau, be sure to ask
             the beauty and grace I have been    joy in the moment. All the while,     The formula accounts for every per-  them for valid identification.
             observing around me. The unbeliev-  helping others as best I can to cope  son age 60 and over in the AAA's       The Census Bureau is looking to
             able gift given to all of us by our  with the uncertainties they are facing,  service area, with the information  hire workers across the U.S. to assist
             healthcare workers, first responders,  helping with food, money, toilet   gathered from the census data.      with the 2020 census count.  The
             grocery workers, workers in food pro-  paper, cleaning supplies, books, con-  Many of your favorite programs such  Lincoln Census office plans to hire
             cessing plants, postal workers. So  versation, encouragement, and most    as senior centers, home delivered   around 3,500 people to fill full-time
             many essential human beings risking  of all, love.                        meals, handyman and transportation  and part-time positions.  The hours
             their lives to keep us alive and func-                                    assistance, are impacted by the     are flexible and the Census Bureau
             tioning. Witnessing the kindness of                                       number of older adult responders.   will pay $19.50 to $21.50 an hour.
             neighbors. Standing and talking over   Georgia Feiste, is a retired life  So be sure to do your civic duty and  To complete an application please
             the side wall to an extraordinary   coach and visual artist. She lived in  respond to the 2020 questionnaire  visit www.census.gov/jobs.
             human being I did not know before.  Lincoln NE for nearly 50 years, and   either by phone, mail or online!       For more information on the
             Keeping in touch with those we love,  has recently moved to Sun City, AZ.    Beginning in March 2020, the     Census, visit lincoln.ne.gov (key-
             not by physical closeness, but via  You can find her on Facebook and      Census Bureau will begin mailing let-  word: census 2020).
             some amazing technology. Watching   Twitter. She enjoys deep conversa-    ters to every address, inviting resi-  Be safe, be smart and be sure to
             the beautiful little birds in our back-  tions, play, painting and laughter.  dents to participate in the count.  get counted in 2020!
             yard, or the baby bunnies chasing                                         There will be three primary ways for
               Lincoln 55+ Seniors Paper                Online at www.Lincoln55Plus.com               Spring 2020  - Page - 20
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