Crawford County HEA Newsletter
In This Issue
- June, 2017
- June Board Meeting
- Member's Opinions
- HCE Annual Picnic — June 15
- No July Board Meeting
- HCE Board Meeting — May 2, 2017
- Crawford County Blood Drives
- Attention Try Hard Unit
- ** We NEED Members! **
- RIDES Mass Transit — June Bus Trips
- Mark Your Calendars
- Learning and Fun on Field Trips!
- International Program - Poland
- 5 Million Dollar Dip
- Crawford County Senior Centers
- Financial Elder Exploitation — June Lesson
1 HCE Board Meeting 9 a.m. in the Extension office
14 Flag Day
15 Annual Picnic, Oblong Fairgrounds (American Legion)
18 Father's Day
27 Try Hard Unit will be assembling the July/August
newsletter at 10 a.m. in the Extension Office.
*Please call 546-1549, if that time doesn't work for you!
Find ALL past newsletters online at: web.extension.illinois.edu/cce/crawfordheanews/
June Board Meeting
Monthly HCE Board meeting will be Tuesday, June 6 at 9 a.m. in the U of I Extension office.
Everyone is invited to attend!
Buy a cheap cereal container ($ store) with a lid and put a plastic bag inside and use it as a "waste basket" in your car!
Saturate a clean sponge with water, place into a Ziploc bag and freeze overnight. In the morning, just toss them into your lunch pail. As they melt, the sponge will reabsorb the water, so just toss them back in the freezer when you get home from work.
HCE Annual Picnic — June 15
The annual picnic has been planned for 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, June 15 at the American Legion Building
in Oblong at the Fairgrounds!
Menu: pork BBQ, baked beans, cole slaw, desserts, and drinks
Program will be: Amy Kemp speaking on the Oblong Children's Christian Home.
Registration deadline: Monday, June 12
Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy a delicious lunch with your HCE friends!
Please call the U of I Extension office (618/546-1549) to reserve your seat!
We want to make sure there is enough food!
HCE Board Meeting — May 2, 2017
President, Susan Allison called the meeting to order with 8 members present: Susan Allison, Phyllis Adams, Sandy Bryans, Bonnie Finn, LaDonna Harris, Helen Brackett, Barb Miller, and Hope Dennis. And 2 guests: Mary Stampini and Velda Eubank.
Hope read last month's minutes: LaDonna made the motion to approve the minutes, Phyllis seconded the motion.
Sandy read the treasury's report: Checking - $973.31 and Money Market - $3,907.20. Bonnie made motion to approve the treasurer's report, LaDonna seconded the motion.
Susan Allison read thank you notes from Jane Chapman (IAHCE President) and Ann Emken (former County Director) for the lovely 70th anniversary celebration and a letter from Marilyn Schaefer (HCE District Director)
Phyllis reported & displayed the "2016 Education Award in International" given to Crawford County. Along with the award, $50 is given to our treasury! Phyllis who is our
International board member turns in a report every year which wins us this award!
Membership program was a success, with TWO new members – Pat Scholfield and Shirley Adams.
Scholarship application deadline is May 9 and two have been received. The HCE Picnic is June 15, Fall District Workshop is August 8 and there will be NO July Board Meeting
Hope made the motion to adjourn and Sandy seconded the motion.
Next meeting: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.
Crawford County Blood Drives
Monday, June 5: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Heritage Health- Therapy & Senior Care, 600 East Robinwood Drive, Robinson
Tuesday, June 6: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Villas Country Store, Villas Country Store, 10282 East 340 Avenue, Flat Rock
Thursday, June 15: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Oblong Municipal Building, 202 South Range Street, Oblong
Before busy summer schedules set in, Red Cross urges eligible donors to roll up a sleeve to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients in need.
Donors of all blood types are needed now to help accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving cancer treatment.
Giving blood is an easy and thoughtful way to honor a loved one who has relied on blood products, to follow in the example of a family member who gives regularly or to simply help others.
Attention Try Hard Unit
Members will be assembling the July newsletter in the Extension office on Tuesday, June 27, at 10 a.m.
** We NEED Members! **
Please consider paying $9 for a friend to join HCE to be a Mailbox member, so they can "see" what our HCE group is all about and then entice them to tag along with you to programs! We will send a card saying this was a gift - FROM YOU!!!
A HUGE thank you to everyone who paid their 2017 dues for HCE.
Each $9 dues collected, $5 is sent to the State, and $4 is left here to pay for programs, luncheons and festivities!
RIDES Mass Transit — June Bus Trips
June 3rd- Let's go to some Garage Sales and eat lunch at Ponderosa in Effingham
June 17th? Lunch at Moonshine and then go to Casey to see the World's Largest Wind chime, Rocking Chair, and some other large monuments.
June 23rd- Let's try the Great House of Pizza in Casey for our June Friday night Supper!
To schedule a ride call 866/389-7536 by 3 p.m. the Thursday before the trip.
** Senior Citizens show their ID card and ride for FREE! If you are a senior and want an ID card, please call the
Robinson Senior Center at 618/544-8811.
Mark Your Calendars
Summer Hootenanny on Saturday, July 8, in the Oblong Park.
It's a day of fun at Oblong's first Summer Hootenanny!
There will be a little bit of everything and something for all ages to enjoy. Grab your lawn chair and come spend the day at the beautiful Oblong Park.
Food and drinks will be available at 10:30 and will last until the evening hours. There will be Duck Race on the Lake, Sand Volleyball at the park, Cornhole Tournament at the Park, 3 Bounce Houses for only $5 for the day, Car Cruise-In and music by Scott Wattles and the Blue Suede Crew.
Learning and Fun on Field Trips!
Ever wanted to go on a field trip with family OR a couple of friends? When you and others travel into the wide world
with learning as your goal, you are on a field trip! Your destination can be as close as the front porch or as
distant as a museum in another town.
Where will you go? Illinois and neighboring states are packed with interesting places to visit. Please keep in mind that to a young child, even the back yard or city park can offer many discoveries and new experiences.
What will you see, do, and find out? Any trip can be a rich learning experience if you go with questions to answer, problems to solve, or a list of "things to look for". You can observe, sketch, write, photograph, record audio, count, measure, or take notes about the place you visit.
What will you want to consider in scheduling the trip?
Trips may need to include mealtime (maybe even a rest time). It's a good idea to set a "rain date" in case of bad weather. You might also want to avoid peak visiting times at large public places.
What will you take? Maps, drinks/snacks, a change of clothes, books, paper/drawing materials, change for parking meters, cameras, binoculars, audio recorders, or plastic storage bags for collecting specimens or storing wet clothes. Carry a backpack or fanny pack so your hands will be free.
How will you assure your child's safety on the trip?
Parking lots, trails, and large crowds call for special safety precautions. Talk with your child ahead of time about how to stay safe. Be specific and firm so that your child knows exactly what she needs to do.
· Have a good time and do not try to do too much! You can see and do more another time!
· If you have to wait, try playing games or reading a book.
· Follow up. After the trip, make time to talk with your friend or child about the experience. Encourage them to tell you the story of the trip.
· Keep a scrapbook or collection box of specimens, photos, or other reminders of the trip.
· For related Web resources, see "Learning and Fun on Family Field Trips" at:
· For a copy of the annual Illinois Travel Guide, visit: http://www.enjoyillinois.com/travelguides
— Susan Sloop, Extension Educator,
International Program - Poland
Attending: Rhea hayden, Bonnie Finn, LaDonna Harris, Velda Eubank, Martha Holt, Mary Stampini, Susan Allison, Sandy Bryans, Hope Dennis, Helen Brackett, Elizabeth Will, Phyllis Adams, Barb Miller, Debbie Borries and Susan Stout (guest).
Program speakers were: Virginia Hryniewicz and Eva Enlow.
Delicious Polish food was served.
Now what? The children are home and they need to be fed. Let's build those healthy food habits so our children AND grandchildren can be healthier!
There is a common misconception that children (and others who are not overweight) do not need to make careful choices when eating. I have heard people say — "I can't believe my kids are eating my whole grain crackers — I told them to eat their chips—the crackers are for me because I need to lose weight".
Nothing could be further from the truth. None of us need the chips! Chips and other fried salty snacks should be reserved for occasional consumption regardless of your position on the BMI chart.
Just because children are not overweight does not mean that we should encourage them to eat unhealthy foods. "Eating behaviors evolve during the first years of life; children learn what, when, and how much to eat through direct
experiences with food and by observing the eating behaviors of others. Everyday matters, everyone needs to eat healthy, every day.
I know you have heard it all before, but with a little planning, eating a healthy snack can be as easy as opening a bag of chips. Keep apples in the refrigerator crisper drawer.
Mix up some humus (recipe below). Prep vegetables once a week so they are snack ready. Cut whole grain tortillas into 6 wedges, spray lightly with vegetable oil spray and bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes for homemade chips. Make snack mix by combining whole grain cereals with dried fruit and lightly salted nuts. All of these suggestions can be made in advance in large enough quantities to last several days; simply place a single serving into a plastic bag and store.
Easy Humus Dip
1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drain and save liquid, rinse beans
1-1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1 Tbsp. ground cumin
2 Tbsp. olive oil
3 Tbsp. reserved bean liquid
1/8. tsp. salt
Place all ingredients into a food processor or blender. Process together until a smoother consistency. Serve with whole wheat pita bread, pretzels, or veggie sticks.
Nutrition Facts:6 servings: Calories 100,Fat 6g,Sodium 140mg,Total Carbohydrates 10g,Fiber 3g,Protein 3g
— MaryLiz Wright, Extension Educator,Nutrition and Wellness
What does that mean? It means planning ahead, making choices in the grocery store that reflect MyPlate.
Having fruits and vegetables, ready to eat, in convenient places for easy snacking.
5 Million Dollar Dip
So easy, pretty & delicious!
5 green onions, chopped
8 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup mayonnaise (Hellmann's low fat = 15 calories/Tbsp)
1/2 cup real bacon bits
1/2 cup slivered almonds - toasted
Add green onions, cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, bacon bits, and slivered almonds to a small bowl.
Mix until combined and chill for at least 2 hours.
Serve with your favorite crackers or try:
Aunt Millie's Diet Potato Bread/Toasted, only 35 calories a slice!
Crawford County Senior Centers
All 3 area Senior Centers are serving lunch! You can eat your lunch at any one of these Centers — or pick it up and take it home!
Robinson Senior Center: 618/544-8811
Oblong Nutrition Center: 618/592-3111
Palestine Senior Center at 618/586-2128
Financial Elder Exploitation — June Lesson
Every year hundreds of thousands of adults over 60 are abused, neglected or financially exploited. It is estimated that 1 in 10 people over 60 who live at home, experience some form of abuse including financial exploitation. This is likely an underestimated statistic because many people are afraid or unable to report the abuse. This lesson deals strictly with financial exploitation, however, some of the resources for assistance would help in other situations as well.
What is Elder Financial Exploitation?
¨ It is the fraudulent, illegal or improper actions;
¨ By a caregiver (including family), fiduciary or someone else including strangers. (A fiduciary is a person who holds a legal or ethical relationship of trust. Typically, a fiduciary prudently takes care of money or other asset for another person.);
¨ Involves stealing resources like money, property or personal belongings.
¨ Financial exploitation includes scams by strangers but is broader, and also includes actions by family members, for example.
Seniors (or the elderly) are the second largest group that scammers target -- the first is young adults in their 20's.
The elderly are often targets of financial exploitation for a number of reasons:
· They have regular income and/or accumulated assets;
· Some are lonely and socially isolated;
· They can be vulnerable due to grief- from the loss of a spouse, family member, friend or pet;
· They may be dependent on support from family members or caregivers to remain independent; and
· Normal brain aging can affect financial decision making and judgement.
While anyone can exploit seniors, often it is family members or caregivers.
Warning Signs of Financial Exploitation
Are you asked to wire money or send a prepaid reloadable card?
Are you being pressured to make a decision quickly?
Did the company contact you, or did you contact them?
Are you asked to pay a fee to receive a prize?
Are you urged to keep your actions a secret?
Is someone asking you to convert property (like your home) into cash?
Has someone "guaranteed" you that you'll make money?
Slow the process down, think carefully and talk to a trusted person. If it truly is a good deal, then it can wait a day or two for you to do a little research and talk it over with someone you trust.
As a friend or neighbor you may notice something different or odd about a friend. Here are some warning signs to look for in case someone else is being exploited.
¨ Unusual financial practices: can't pay bills or they make extra withdrawals of money;
¨ Overabundance of "charitable" or "penny stocks" or "free products" mail;
¨ Abrupt changes in their will, insurance or other financial documents;
¨ Fear or anxiety when talking about finances;
¨ Multiple phone calls taken in secrecy;
¨ Confusion about recent financial transactions.
Tools to Help Prevent Elder Exploitation
A Power of Attorney is a legal document that appoints someone else to make financial decisions for you.
There are two types of Power of Attorney: one that allows someone else to manage your finances and one that allows someone else to make health care decisions when you can't. You can make the decision as to what types of indicators might trigger when someone else would take over these duties for you.
If you have a caregiver, there are some safeguards that you can use to help prevent exploitation.
Secure your valuables including jewelry.
Secure financial documents including your social security number (don't forget that your social security number is on your Medicare card!)
Require receipts for any purchases made and compare with checks written or monies spent.
Don't click on links in e-mails.
Be very cautious about opening attachments and downloading files. Scammers often make e-mails look very authentic and they look like they are coming from reputable banks or government agencies.
Use passwords that are hard to guess.
Don't be afraid to report financial exploitation.
People continue to get away with this behavior because they do not face consequences. If this is happening to you, find a trusted friend to confide in for help if you cannot call for help yourself.
If you suspect someone else is being financially exploited, report it to Adult Protective Services, it is their job to investigate and make sure things are alright.
We have the complete lesson in the Extension office, if you would like a copy!