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If the gym scene isn’t for you, allemande left and dance your way to better fitness

Debbie Carlson, 67, says she was hooked instantly – ever since that first allemande left and do-si-do six years ago. “I found out about it from a member of a church group. Her square dance club was starting a session of lessons so I went to check it out,” Carlson says. Now, she is fully

By |2019-05-20T08:48:55-05:00May 20th, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on If the gym scene isn’t for you, allemande left and dance your way to better fitness

The truth about Alzheimer’s disease: We can’t control aging, genetics. That leaves lifestyle

Given the prevalence and devastating impact of Alzheimer’s disease, the claims are bound to grab attention. After all, who wouldn’t want to “reverse mental decline associated with dementia in just a week,” “reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by half” or “prevent the progression of Alzheimer’s”? Let’s start with a hard truth: While certain FDA-approved

By |2019-05-06T08:41:24-05:00May 7th, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on The truth about Alzheimer’s disease: We can’t control aging, genetics. That leaves lifestyle

UNL senior delivers meals and a smile; says it’s a ‘blessing to be a blessing’ to nonprofit

Throughout winter’s street-clogging swirl, Keegan Smith was there for Tabitha Meals on Wheels and its clients. “Every time we called him, he came ... We are so thankful to have Keegan,” an executive with the nonprofit says of their fearless volunteer. For Keegan Smith, 22, it is, quite simply, “a blessing to be a blessing.”

By |2019-04-29T08:22:28-05:00April 29th, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on UNL senior delivers meals and a smile; says it’s a ‘blessing to be a blessing’ to nonprofit

Achy joints? Just 10 minutes of low-impact activity daily can help relieve stiffness, swelling

After the winter we had, many of us are eager to put a little spring in our steps. Others, not so much. The prospect of increased activity can be daunting for those wrestling with joint pain – and that’s quite a few people. A national survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found

By |2019-04-15T08:49:14-05:00April 15th, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Achy joints? Just 10 minutes of low-impact activity daily can help relieve stiffness, swelling

5 free or low-cost ways to elevate your heart rate and your status as superstar grandparent

It’s one of the great things about living in Nebraska – you don’t have to spend a fortune to get out, get active and spend quality time with the grandkids. Some of our best options for togetherness and energetic memory-making are free or low-cost. Here are a few ideas for a warm-weather outing to elevate

By |2019-04-04T13:54:19-05:00April 5th, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on 5 free or low-cost ways to elevate your heart rate and your status as superstar grandparent

Kearney couple helps hurting kids, finds ‘forever family’ through camp work with Compass

It’s a snow day in Amherst, Nebraska, about 15 miles from Kearney, and the Schnacker household is a flurry of activity. Bentley, 6, is entertaining himself with an empty gift box, a remnant from sister Sereniti’s birthday morning. A brand-new 6, she’s eager to continue the celebration at a local restaurant later in the day.

By |2019-04-01T08:55:34-05:00April 1st, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Kearney couple helps hurting kids, finds ‘forever family’ through camp work with Compass

Hey, boomers, how are you feeling about your financial well-being?

You may be in good physical health. But how’s your financial wellness? It's an increasingly important answer to know for baby boomers rocketing toward retirement (almost 10,000 hit age 65 every day). While many have planned and saved and are eager for their next chapters, others are headed for serious financial anxiety. As a group,

By |2019-03-18T08:46:24-05:00March 18th, 2019|Categories: Our Take, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Hey, boomers, how are you feeling about your financial well-being?

It’s tough picking up the pieces after the loss of a spouse. Here’s where to start.

At first, they called it “The Widow’s Club,” a group of five women – friends from the neighborhood – who’ve all lost their husbands over the last two years. Karen McCann is the newest addition. Frank, her husband of 52 years, died last July at age 76. “Do I have moments when the tears flow

By |2019-03-04T08:46:49-05:00March 4th, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on It’s tough picking up the pieces after the loss of a spouse. Here’s where to start.

Dad once needed blood; grateful son now gives back delivering critical cargo for the Red Cross

Omahan Darrell Henning spends a lot of time on the road, navigating traffic and weather to shuttle critical cargo across the Heartland. He doesn’t do it for payment – but for repayment. To Henning, volunteering with the American Red Cross (and securing over-achiever status in the process) is a way of saying thank you for

By |2019-02-25T11:39:55-05:00February 25th, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Dad once needed blood; grateful son now gives back delivering critical cargo for the Red Cross

5 steps to paring down your possessions and giving yourself some mental clarity

Maybe you need to do it out of necessity – you’re moving to a smaller home or a retirement community and your lifetime of accumulation simply isn’t going to fit. Maybe you just have a sense that it’s time – your trove of “stuff” has grown unwieldy and it’s starting to stress you (or your

By |2019-02-18T08:49:39-05:00February 18th, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on 5 steps to paring down your possessions and giving yourself some mental clarity