News & Announcements

October 2018

From the President 
Kingsmen Quartet - Sept. 21. This was our first partnership with another organization - the Delmarva Gospel Music Association and it was a big hit. The 275+ crowd had a wonderful time and the group was very phenomenal - talented and entertaining. We have already worked with the DGMA to bring two other groups here next September. We hope the word will get out about how great this show was and we can increase attendance to 500!
Now that September is behind us, we are looking forward to two big events in October plus membership month! Don’t forget to come by and renew your card and check out the drawings and special presentations scheduled. 
Our first big event is, of course, our gala! I want to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us through donations, sponsorships, ticket purchases, and volunteering. This is always a huge undertaking and we couldn’t do it without your support. There are still a few tickets available. We are bringing back the games this year. Buy your tickets and take a chance to win a brand new Camaro, courtesy of Willis Chevrolet. (see photo top right). Tickets are $5 each and can be used for the balloon pop (two tickets); wine pull (three tickets); or the take a chance on the prize wheel to possibly win the car! (five tickets).
October also means we are starting rehearsals for our holiday show. The first practice is Oct. 2 and tickets go on sale Oct. 9. Anyone interested in participating is invited to join us. Practices are Tuesday evenings starting at 6 p.m. in the Longwood Room. This year, we will be doing n MMC version of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Story - taking a look at Christmas - past, present and future featuring well-loved Christmas classics, current favorites and also a new song, written and recorded by our own cast member - Chuck Bradley.
We have completed a lot of projects around the Center this summer - the kitchen expansion is done and in full operation, the parking lot has been resealed and striped, we have installed new partitions in the Palmer Room ladies room, halls and common areas have been painted. Coming up - the hallways will be getting new carpeting and . . . we have heard your concerns. The pool locker rooms will be getting upgraded and the pool resurfaced. The pool will be closed for the last two weeks of December to accomplish these major renovations. We plan to be ready to go in the new year just in time to help you start your New Year’s resolutions. 
There are several  dates in October where parking may be affected by events in the East Wing. They are Oct. 16, 18, 25 and the morning of Oct. 26, which is the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast.
We had sad news last month - one of our Board members - Michael Marion - passed away suddenly. Michael was a devoted advocate for MMC for many, many years. He contributed a great deal to the success of our galas in the past through donations for our silent auctions and lending a hand in our check out room. He was always a positive supporter of our endeavors and he will be dearly missed.
Lastly, I want to thank all those who contributed to the memorial bench in honor of my son, Bobby, who passed away in May. I want you to know my plans for the bench. My church purchased 28 acres of land as a future site for our church. We plan to install the bench near a small pond  there because Bobby loved to fish. It is our hope that in the future fathers and their children will be able to sit on that bench and fish. 
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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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.

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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