News & Announcements

May 2018

From the President 
I think spring has finally arrived! With it we welcome the arrival of two new members to our Board of Directors - Mark Biddle and Linda Paradee. We are excited to have them with us and look forward to working with them in the coming year. 
A you know, we are facing funding challenges due to last year’s cut to Grant-in-Aid. We have several great dinner theater opportunities for our members and the public to enjoy while providing support to MMC and its programs. On the front page you will see a list of the “Sounds of Summer” at MMC. There is a little something for everyone, so please show your support and come out to enjoy some great music and food!
Another way to help is to please call your legislators and let them know that you want them to fully restore the cuts to Grant-in-Aid for all non-profits. The economic impact of nonprofits in Delaware is significant. For example:
- The more than 5,500 nonprofits in Delaware employ 38,500 people - that is 11.4% of the state’s workforce.
- Those nonprofits generate almost $6 billion in annual revenues and hold assets of nearly $16.8 billion.
Nonprofits are important to Delaware
Another area of concern is the projected shortfall in funds for Meals on Wheels. Statewide it is expected to be about $840,000. Now is the time to make your voices heard. One or two phone calls can be dismissed, but when your legislator gets, 10, 20 50 or more phone calls on the same subject, they will listen. The projected shortfall will have a substantial impact on the clients we serve. If this funding is not corrected, there will be homebound seniors who will not get a meal.
The Delaware Aging Network is a coalition of nonprofits that have aging issues as their mission. They have banded together to let legislators and the public know about this shortfall and to advocate for a budget that adds enough funding to cover that shortfall.
May 9 is Senior Day at Legislative Hall. We will be going there to talk to legislators and to let them know our concerns. The following day - May 10 - a state-wide press conference will be held at 11:30 a.m. MMC with all of the nutrition providers in the state present. We will be pushing hard to get the message out that without adequate funding, there will be lives severely affected. The best advocates for proper funding of senior programs are those who are most in need and who use these services daily.
The phone numbers and e-mails of Kent County legislators are listed at right.
On a lighter note - we have started rehearsals for our summer dinner theater - “Meet Us At The Fair.” Join us as we share the sights and sounds of our state fair from the stage of MMC. Tickets are on sale now at Member Services - $35 per person. They are going fast, so don’t wait too long!
 
 
Carolyn Fredricks
President/CEO

 

This is important!!!!!! 
Call your legislators today and let them know you want them to fully fund Meals on Wheels and to restore the cuts to Grant-in-Aid. 

SD 14 – Sen. Bruce Ennis
Legislative Phone:
302-744-4310
Email Address:
Bruce.Ennis@state.de.us
 
SD15 – Sen. Dave Lawson
Legislative Phone:
302-744-4237
Email Address:
Dave.Lawson@state.de.us
 
SD 16 – Sen. Colin Bonini
Legislative Phone:
302-744-4169
Email Address:
Colin.Bonini@state.de.us
 
SD17 – Sen. Brian Bushweller
Email Address:
Brian.Bushweller@state.de.us
 
SD 18 – Sen. Gary Simpson
Legislative Phone:
302-744-4134
Email Address:
Gary.Simpson@state.de.us
 
SD 6 – Sen. Ernesto Lopez
Legislative Phone:
302-744-4136
Email Address:
Ernesto.Lopez@state.de.us
 
RD 11 - Rep. Jeff Speigelman
Legislative Phone:
302-744-4171
Email Address:
Jeff.Spiegelman@state.de.us
 
RD 28 – Rep. Bill Carson
Dover, DE 19901
Legislative Phone:
302-744-4351
Email Address:
William.Carson@state.de.us
 
RD 29 – Rep. Trey Paradee
Legislative Phone:
302-744-4351
Email Address:
Trey.Paradee@state.de.us
 
RD 30 – Rep. Bobby Outten
Legislative Phone:
302-744-4083
Email Address:
Bobby.Outten@state.de.us
RD 31 – Rep. Sean Lynn
Legislative Phone:
302-744-4351
Email Address:
Sean.Lynn@state.de.us
 
RD 32 – Rep. Andria Bennett
Legislative Phone:
302-744-4351
Email Address:
Andria.Bennett@state.de.us
 
RD 33 – Rep. Charles Postles
Legislative Phone:
(302) 744-4081
Email Address:
Charles.Postles@state.de.us
 
RD 34 – Rep. Lyndon Yearick
Legislative Phone:
302-744-4171
Email Address:
Lyndon.Yearick@state.de.us
 
RD 35 – Rep. Dave WIlson
302-744-4150
Email Address:
David.L.Wilson@state.de.us
 
RD 20 – Rep. Stephen Smyk
Legislative Phone:
302-744-4171
Email Address:
Steve.Smyk@state.de.us
 
RD 14 – Rep. Peter Schwartzkopf
Legislative Phone:
302-744-4351
Email Address:
Peter.Schwartzkopf@state.de.us
 

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 SocialSecurity.com. 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.

MMC 2018 gala -

The Modern Maturity Center has announced Saturday, Oct. 13 as the date for their 15th Annual Gala “The Sky's the Limit!”  The event is to raise funds for programs for older adults in Kent County. This includes programs such as Meals on Wheels, an early memory loss program, adult day services and more.
 
NEW this year is entertainment provided by Love Seed, Mama Jump. Other highlights of the evening include silent and live auctions, games of chance including the opportunity to win a new convertible. Live auction items include an Alaskan cruise for two and an outdoor kitchen.
 
The silent auction opens at 6:30 p.m., a 7 p.m. dinner of filet mignon and crab imperial is followed by dancing at 8 p.m.  Tickets are $75 per person. Tables of ten are available for groups or businesses. Tickets are on sale August 6 at the Modern Maturity Center Member Services, or you may call 302-734-1200.

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