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Salvation Army volunteer reflects on flood relief, her “little part” in filling a huge need

For Omahan Stacey Quandahl, it was about rising to the occasion in the wake of last spring’s catastrophic flooding in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. A grandmother of three, she was among thousands of residents who stepped up to help with the relief effort. “I was moved to volunteer because I knew there was such

By |2019-07-01T09:15:50-05:00July 1st, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Stories|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Salvation Army volunteer reflects on flood relief, her “little part” in filling a huge need

Middle-age spread: With the right strategies, you can get a handle on battle of the bulge

Do you have an apple-shaped or pear-shaped body? What’s the difference between subcutaneous and visceral fat – and why does it matter? The answers are increasingly important as we age and start to grapple with those gradually expanding waistlines. Multiple factors — including hormone changes, genetics, lifestyle habits, loss of muscle mass and metabolism decline

By |2019-07-01T08:59:31-05:00July 1st, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Middle-age spread: With the right strategies, you can get a handle on battle of the bulge

Mindful meditation, other self-help strategies for managing stressors that can come with age

As a person grows older, it's natural to fret about an expanding slate of concerns: changing social roles, living on a fixed or limited income, physical decline, chronic illness, loss of independence. “Whether it’s retirement or an ‘empty nest,’ changing social roles can be difficult and confusing," says Jennifer Baker, a social worker and mental

By |2019-06-17T08:48:15-05:00June 17th, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Mindful meditation, other self-help strategies for managing stressors that can come with age

Like falling in love, experiencing art can boost your mental and physical well-being

As we grow older and look for ways to fortify our physical and mental health, study after study has painted a picture for us: It pays to get creative. This time, we’re not talking about exploring a new Zumba Gold class or diving into a series of brain games. We’re talking about exercising actual creativity

By |2019-06-05T09:08:10-05:00June 5th, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Like falling in love, experiencing art can boost your mental and physical well-being

Jessie had it all. Then the whisky took over. Without Heart Ministry Center, who knows where she’d be

It’s just before noon on a Monday, and the waiting area at Heart Ministry Center has grown crowded with people needing basic necessities: toothbrushes and toothpaste, deodorant, diapers ... They’ll also receive plenty of kindness and understanding from intake specialist Carlin “Jessie” Green. “Being hospitable and compassionate – just caring about people – is extremely

By |2019-05-28T09:38:06-05:00May 28th, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Stories|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Jessie had it all. Then the whisky took over. Without Heart Ministry Center, who knows where she’d be

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 |2019-08-26T11:00:44-05:00May 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 |2019-08-06T08:28:28-05:00April 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 |2019-08-06T08:32:28-05:00April 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