News & Announcements

March 2020

From the President 
As we head into March, I want to welcome a new Board member - Justin Strickland. We are excited to have his input as our Board moves into planning for the coming year. We also are saddened to say good-bye to two long-standing, recently retired Board members - Wendy Mitten and Cathy Nacrelli. Their devotion to MMC and the Board over the last 10 years has been steadfast. They have worked to make our galas successful and have been there to guide MMC and cheer us on through tough times. They will be missed.
One of the things our Board of Directors is charged with is our annual budget. Many of you may not realize that MMC’s budget is over $7,000,000 a year now. Although some of that is funded by state and federal funding, 53% of it is not. That is where you come in. Donations, membership fees, ticket sales for shows, our annual gala and other fundraisers are necessary to keep our doors open and the lights on. 
I want to share with you some of the numbers from our 2019 annual report.
Last year our Meals on Wheels volunteers logged 274,040 miles. In RSVP - our 822 volunteers served 115,385 hours at 54 different sites for a total economic value of $2,934,240.
Our transportation department completed 23,193 trips. We offered 73 different classes and programs for our members. Our employment training program - SCSEP - provided 25,982 hours for 56 enrollees. Our largest  department - nutrition - served 386,608 meals (congregate and homebound) to 6,113 clients. These numbers indicate the scope of what MMC does each year. It is a huge undertaking, but with the help of our Board of Directors, our 800+ volunteers, members and community supporters and their families, we are able to complete our mission to provide programs and services for older adults in Kent County.
We are happy to once again host the emergency preparedness workshop March 10 with the Delaware Division of Public Health.This workshop is specifically aimed at seniors and people with disabilities. There is a lot of good information provided to help you prepare for a disaster or emergency. The event is free but you do need to sign up by March 2 at Member Services.
The return of Hump Day has been successful so far. Our line dance night in February saw a large crowd and multiple generations from 12 to 90! Our first Karaoke and taco bar night Feb. 12 got off to a pretty good start. We had 12 brave singers get up and perform. We are looking forward to Music Bingo on the third Wednesday of the month and Team Trivia on the fourth Wednesday. Find out what you are missing! Bring your friends out on Wednesday evenings 5 to 7 p.m. and join the fun.
There are only two dates with parking issues this month - March 4 and 25. Both days DNREC is here - so that means lots of trucks! Plan accordingly.
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.


Effective March 16, the Modern Maturity Center is closed for all senior center activities. If you need services, please call 302-734-1200. Staff is available to help you. Meals on Wheels and adult day services with transportation continue at this time.