News & Announcements

November 2019

From the President 
Thank you! Our gala was a huge success - We (and you!) raised more than $215,000 for programs for older adults. 
Thank you to our sponsors: 
Diamond ($5,000+):
Delaware Electric Co-op, The Hope Dental & Medical Clinic, L&W Insurance, Lighthouse Construction, M&T Bank, PNC Bank, The Paradee Family, SYSCO, Wealth Management - Scott & Terri Brown
Ruby Sponsors ($2,500):
Joyce Breasure-Herrick, Delaware State News, Dover Federal Credit Union, Family Dental Associates Drs. Nacrelli & Boyle, Carolyn Fredricks, Highmark Delaware, Smith & Associates/Merrill Lynch, Wilmington University
Sapphire Sponsors ($1,500):
Axia Management, Don & Delores Blakey, Ned & Aleta Brown, First State Orthopaedics, iHeart Radio, List Refrigeration, Meals on Wheels Delaware, Mutual of America, René DeLyn Designs, Sovereign Property Management
Emerald Sponsors ($1,000):
Atlantic Concrete, Ken & Elsie Baughman, Raymond F. Book & Associates, Camden Walk-In, Del-One Federal Credit Union, Delaware State University, Edward Don, Faw Casson, George & Lynch, Kent County Levy Court, Terry & Cate Lyons, John & Linda Paradee, Snow Farms, Don & Judy Tilmon, WSFS, Whisman Giordano & Associates, Willis Chevrolet Buick/Willis Ford
A very special thank you to our Golden Sponsors - Bayhealth and Janet Kidd. We appreciate their generosity so much. You will shortly be seeing a new name on our Medical Arts Building - it will be the Dr. Robert W. Kidd III Medical Arts Building.
We could not have pulled off this wonderful event without the team effort of our staff and volunteers who put in countless hours preparing - from cataloguing and displaying auction donations, to decorating the room with such beautiful results  - we couldn’t do it without them. Thanks to Sue Krabill and Jen-Mor Florists for the gorgeous floral centerpieces that lent such an elegance to the room. Thank you to our RSVP volunteers, chef, wait and kitchen staff, maintenance crew who always do such a  phenomenal job taking care of our guests and facility.
Last but not least - thanks to all those who bought tickets and donated to our auction. Your support means the world to us and we appreciate it so much. You all helped make this 50th anniversary celebration truly special.
I hope you had a chance to look at the 50th Anniversary publication. If not, we still have some here at the Center. It is a great piece of memorabilia and takes a look at 50 years of MMC history.
Speaking of the history of MMC, if you haven’t gotten your tickets for our holiday dinner theater, The Fruitcake Follies, you had better hurry - there are only about 100 tickets left. We will be taking a look at 50 years of MMC Christmas parties. We are already in rehearsals with a cast of about 75 volunteers.
This month, we are all reminded to be thankful. It is easy to overlook our blessings in the rush of everyday life, be sure to take time to be thankful and tell someone how much they mean to you.
We are thankful for our veterans and their service all year through, but on Thursday Nov. 7, we will have a special celebration in their honor - complete with free ice cream provided by Wilmington University. Be sure to stop by and thank a veteran.
We celebrate our Thanksgiving Feast Nov. 21. Plan to bring family and friends for this annual event. Cost is $8 per person for those age 60+ and $9 for those under 60.
Tickets go on sale Nov. 4 for our New Year’s Eve Celebration. Cost is $35 per person, which includes dinner, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. The Honeycombs are also back again this year - for those that attended last year and enjoyed the new band members. Plan to attend and ring in the new year!
Carolyn Fredricks




9 Ways to Reduce your Risk of Alzheimer’s

August 2017
by Melinda Fulmer
Sun Sentinel
(TNS) The statistics on women and Alzheimer's disease are startling.
Every 66 seconds someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer's. Two-thirds are women, according to the Alzheimer's Assn.

Women in their 60s are more than twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's over the course of their lives as they are to develop breast cancer.

Once women develop mild cognitive impairment, their cognitive decline is two times faster than men.

And no one knows why women are so disproportionately affected by the disease.
California's former first lady and Alzheimer's activist Maria Shriver is puzzled by the indifference she sees among women regarding their cognitive health. Maybe it's fear and ageism, she says, but many are reluctant to even acknowledge the threat, and fewer still are asking their doctors about how to prevent it.

"I ask myself all the time," Shriver says, "why aren't more people interested in this? Why isn't this of more national importance? This is the biggest health crisis in the world. ... It bankrupts families faster than any other disease."

That's not just because there's no known cure for Alzheimer's. Women also make up a disproportionate share of the caregiving.

Shriver launched the Women's Alzheimer's Movement for advocacy, fundraising and education in 2009 after research was released showing the disease's disproportionate effect on women. Scientists used to think that women were harder hit by Alzheimer's as a consequence of generally living longer than men. But that isn't so, says Heather Snyder, senior director of medical and scientific operations for the Alzheimer's Assn. She says new studies suggest that there are more explanations from the different biological pathways in women's brains, the effect of hormones or even the way women's brains metabolize food differently. Because Alzheimer's typically takes two decades to develop before memory changes occur, adopting a brain-healthy lifestyle in your 30s and 40s can make a big difference, Snyder says.

Shriver, for her part, has started meditating to "change the way I process stress," took up dance and learned poker, ironed out a more regular sleep pattern, added more healthy fats to her diet and cut back on sugar to reduce inflammation in her body and brain.
Here are nine tips for reducing your risk of Alzheimer's, as recommended by the Alzheimer's Assn.:

1. Break a sweat
Regular cardiovascular exercise that elevates your heart rate and increases blood flow to the brain and body is associated with a reduced risk of cognitive decline.

2. Challenge yourself mentally
Education at any stage of life is beneficial for brain health, from an online course to classes at your local community center or college. Even mental challenges like jigsaw puzzles, card games and art classes have an effect.

3. Quit Smoking
Quitting can take your risk down to levels comparable to those who have never smoked.

4. Get your numbers
Growing evidence suggests that many factors that increase the risk of heart disease, from obesity to high cholesterol and blood pressure, also may increase the risk of dementia. Get your numbers checked.

5. Protect your noggin
Brain injury can increase your risk of cognitive decline and dementia, so wear a helmet for sports, click that seatbelt, and avoid falls.

6. Eat a healthy diet
Certain diets, including Mediterranean and Mediterranean-DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), may contribute to risk reduction.

7. Get enough sleep
Sleep apnea and insomnia can result in problems with memory and thinking.

8. Stay socially engaged
Volunteer, help a neighbor, take an exercise class with a friend, or just share more activities with friends and family.

9. Stress less
Some studies link a history of depression with increased risk of cognitive decline, so seek help from a professional for depression, anxiety, stress or other mental health concerns. That includes finding ways to manage stress.

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MMC Celebrates 50 Years of Service to Kent County older adults

Dover, Delaware – The Modern Maturity Center celebrates 50 years of service this year. Like all great accomplishments, the Center began with a vision.  In 1968 there wasn’t any such facility in Dover, but as the older population increased, a group of volunteers taking a class on aging saw the need for just such a gathering place.  On March 5, 1969, the Modern Maturity Center was officially incorporated.
The center had its beginnings in a rented church on Greenhill Avenue.  Less than two years later there was a need for a larger building, and in the fall of 1970 a house was purchased at 2 South Bradford Street.  Beginning with a vision, a dedicated Board of Directors and an untiring staff began the task of transforming a small senior center into what has become the largest such facility of its kind in Delaware.
Step by well planned step, the vision become a reality.  In 1972 the Center received funding through the Division of Aging for its first county-wide program, Telephone Reassurance.  This was followed by funding for the Senior Volunteer Program, RSVP, and MANNA, the Center’s nutrition program. 
During its four-year growth period between 1969 and 1973, services became the Center’s focal point for older adults.  Membership was growing and now the house on Bradford Street was not large enough to comfortably accommodate the needs of all its members.
In 1976, the same building at 18 Greenhill Avenue, where the Center first began, was purchased, and in 1980 it was renovated and enlarged to include a second story.  A countywide employment program was added to services sponsored by the Center, followed by Case Management and Adult Day Care.
By 1984 the Board of Directors once again realized that still a larger facility was needed to meet the growing needs of the ever-increasing membership.  Six years later, in 1990, the present basic structure on Forrest Avenue was completed.
But the vision didn’t stop there.  At the Center’s 30th anniversary celebration there were groundbreaking ceremonies for a new three million dollar annex, including an additional two hundred and fifty parking spaces.
The annex expanded the day care program “Daybreak.”  With its emphasis on wellness, the Center added a thirty by fifty-five foot therapeutic and recreational swimming pool, along with a fitness center.  Today, the rest of the new space is multi-purpose and provides areas for programs such as line dancing, large assemblies, and special events.
MMC believes that its main purpose is to provide services for seniors, with the goal of allowing them to age in place. To this end, in 2005, MMC opened a medical facility on their campus that houses the Hope Medical Clinic, as well as physical therapy services and a medical practice – Lifespan Medical Services. In 2011, the space was further expanded to provide more space for the adult day service program, offices for the Caregiver Resource Center, expanded space for the Hope Clinic to provide minor day surgery and new space for Lifespan. The year 2011 also saw the introduction of an Early Memory Loss program – Front Porch – the first of its kind in Delaware providing support for those dealing with the early stages of Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders. 
According to President/CEO Carolyn Fredricks, “The Modern Maturity’s success and popularity can be attributed to the many caring people working harmoniously together.  From Board of Directors to the core of dedicated employees, the RSVP’S thousand volunteers who give selflessly of their time, and most of all the  thousands of members, the Modern Maturity Center is a thriving, multi-faceted organization with always an eye toward the future.”
MMC now provides thousands of older adults with social, recreation, nutrition, fitness, education and transportation programs; employment training; volunteer services; a caregiver resource center; early memory loss program; and adult day services at its campus on Forrest Ave. in Dover.