News & Announcements

March 2018

From the Director 
I am happy to say we haven’t had any major disasters with the parking lot since construction began on the kitchen addition. Thank you to everyone for your cooperation and patience. Please remember to follow the arrows and direction signs posted. It is basically a big square around the building. You may EXIT on the west side of the building; however, you can not ENTER from that direction. All incoming traffic must turn right in front of the building and go around.
I want to say that I, too, was disappointed in the Haleyz Cometz concert earlier this month. While musically they were good, their vocals were definitely lacking. We strive to provide quality entertainment for our guests, but this was a less than stellar event. However, our next tribute show, Memories, May 18 will be outstanding. It will feature the music of Frank Sinatra and Barbara Streisand as performed by Tony Sands and Carla Delivillagio. Tickets go on sale March 19 at Member Services. Cost is $45 per person for dinner and the show. Buy yours early - we expect this one to be a sell-out.
The last week of February we paid tribute to a special group of volunteers. I have never seen such a devoted and dedicated group of people as the Meals on Wheels volunteers who daily serve our homebound clients. I like to think they are earning stars in their crowns for their service. I know those who are recipients of those meals are very appreciative of their efforts. In addition to the delivery of a hot meal, the MOW volunteer may be the only person that older adult sees that day. 
Our RSVP recognition event is March 8. More than 500 volunteers enrolled in RSVP, that have served 50 or more hours this past year, have been invited to attend. We expect close to 300 to be present to be honored for their service. The value of our volunteers cannot be measured in sheer numbers - they are priceless. However, the dollar figure for the value of the time they provided serving others last year (133,008 hrs.) is an astronomical $3,210,813! We could not fulfill our mission to the older adults of Kent County without them! To us, their worth is beyond measure.
There are several events in March that may exacerbate the parking problem. DNREC will be here March 1 and March 15 all day. Please make your plans accordingly. We will be running the golf cart to help our guests who have to park farther away. Your continued patience during this time is greatly appreciated. We hope construction will be complete in June. Until then - drive carefully!
Carolyn Fredricks
We ask that you still reach out to your local legislators and let them knwo that you support full restoration of the Grant-in-Aid cuts we received last year. Below is a copy of a letter you can use. Thank you for supporting MMC!

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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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How you can grow your Social Security Benefits Beyond Retirement age

July 2017
by Sherita Deal
Social Security District Manager, Dover DE

For more and more Americans, reaching retirement age no longer means the end of an active working life. Many people are choosing to work past the age of 65, according to the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you're willing and able, maintaining gainful employment later in life could go a long way toward ensuring a secure future for you and your family. Besides providing you with additional income to pay your bills, extending your employment or working for yourself could boost your lifetime Social Security benefits. Here's how: Waiting to claim your Social Security retirement benefits could grow them by up to 32 percent. Through delayed retirement credits, your monthly benefit amount increases by about eight percent for each year you wait between your full retirement age and 70. Full retirement age is between 65 and 67, depending on when you were born. To learn more about delayed retirement credits, please visit Social Security You get credits on your earnings record for each year of additional work income. Once you start receiving retirement benefits, we'll automatically review your earnings record each year to determine if you're entitled to an adjustment. When we calculate your retirement benefit amount, we use your best 35 years of earnings. We'll increase your benefit amount if your new year of earnings is higher than one of the years we used to calculate your initial benefit amount. To see how we calculate your benefits, visit the Social Security site. An increased benefit amount for yourself could mean more support for your family, too, through Social Security spousal benefits, child benefits, and survivor benefits. We also encourage you to set up your own my Social Security account so you can verify your lifetime earnings record, check the status of an application for benefits, and manage them after you're receiving them. You can create your personal my Social Security account today at Social Security is committed to helping you prepare for a secure today and tomorrow for you, your family, and future family. You can access all of our retirement resources at Social Security Retirement.