September 2020 – Case Managers

September 2020 – Case Managers

When should I call a Case Manager?

 

Case managers are available to provide seniors, their families and their caregivers with information as well as offer short-term support or ongoing case management support and services. Case managers provide confidential needs assessments & referrals to appropriate resources. There are no fees associated with case management through the Verona Senior Center.

Case Managers can answer questions and/or make referrals for:

  • Nutritious meals (including home-delivered meals)
  • Transportation (local to Verona and for medical appointments)
  • Personal care/assistance in home
  • Palliative care and hospice services
  • Health insurance, drug coverage/Medicare Part D
  • State and County programs – resources and eligibility
  • Elder abuse or neglect
  • Caregiver support and resources
  • Social and recreational programs
  • Scam prevention
  • Tax assistance (referrals only)

 

How to Contact a Case Manager:

Case Managers are available via phone and email. If your last name begins with A-L, contact Becky Losby. If your last name begins with M-Z, contact Julie Larson.

Becky Losby 608-848-0432 becky.losby@ci.verona.wi.us
Julie Larson 608-848-0440 julie.larson@ci.verona.wi.us

 

Hope this finds you all well and enjoying what we can of the summer.  I’ve been trying to spend as much time as possible outside.  Sunshine is the key to happiness  🙂

Be well, Julie

 

Need a new place to take a walk?

Check out Military Ridge State Trail that runs behind the senior center. This trail is both asphalt & crushed stone. It’s perfect for walking or riding a bike and is wheelchair accessible. There is a path from the senior center to the trail near the east entrance. Go to the right (usually sunny) and walk into the heart of Verona. Go left (mostly shady) and there is a Little Library and if you go far enough you can see the new high school! This trail is 40 miles long and runs from the outskirts of Madison to Dodgeville and passes through the Troll Capital of the World!

Looking for ideas to keep busy this “quarantine season?” Try one of these!

No Technology required

  •  Build a time capsule! Add in today’s newspaper, current baseball cards or a receipt of current food & gas prices. You could write a letter to whoever finds it, telling them who you are, what the world is like & how you envision the future. Get creative!
  • Write in a journal. Journaling can improve your mood, reduce depression and stress, and can help improve memory. Studies have also shown that journaling can help strengthen your immune system and help improve sleep.
  • Binge watch a TV series. The Verona Library has tons of popular series available to rent on DVD and they offer curbside pickup!
  • Make a scrapbook & fill it with facts, stories & pictures about your family, current events, advise; whatever is meaningful to you.
  • Adopt a pet? Just a thought 🙂

 

Requires Technology

  • Live streaming – Live streaming means you can watch what is happening in real time. Check out explore.org where you will find countless wildlife live feeds. Bears catching fish in Alaska, whale watch in Canada, watch the Northern Lights; check out the beach in Hawaii. Who needs a vacation when you can travel for free in the comfort of your own home, right?  YouTube also has tons of streaming cameras to watch in locations all around the world.
  • Want to learn more about today’s culture? Check out openculture.com. It is filled with free articles, audio books, e-books and podcasts. The podcast page explains things in detail. There is a huge library of (mostly free) online lectures & courses to take, such as digital photography from Harvard University, financial & economics from Yale, food courses from Berkeley, courses on architecture, art, history, film and even courses to learn a new language. Check it out!

 

Anyone can study their ancestry. There are resources online, but there are also resources at the library. As I began researching my genealogy, I found out that my 6th great grandfather is Deacon Samuel Chapin, one of the founding fathers of Springfield, Massachusetts. Samuel (aka grandpa:-) was a prominent leader in both the church and in his community. In 1887 Sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens created a statue of Samuel known as “The Puritan,” which is also the symbol on the Springfield, Massachusetts flag!

We celebrated Carter’s graduation the end of July and got a picture of everyone together.

Olivia will be 5 months old on September 11.  She is rolling over and trying to talk.  So much fun!  Dear covid, go away!  This Grandma has some shopping to do!   Miss you all!

Becky