• Staying Active While Quarantining Posted 03/30/2020

    Staying active, especially as you age, is crucial to your well-being- and there is no better time to start than while quarantined. Take this unusual circumstance as a chance to get back on track with staying active, creating a plan, and beginning to accomplish your goals. Not only will you experience less stressful symptoms, but your mind and body will thank you as well. Read more »
  • Staying Positive During a Crisis Posted 03/24/2020

    These anxious, inexperienced times can bring an immense amount of unwanted stress and negativity into our lives. However, the most important thing to do in this situation is to remain positive. Studies show that people who had more positive emotions when diagnosed with the influenza virus were more likely to fight off symptoms. Along with this, positive emotions allow for lower levels of chemicals that are associated with inflammation related to stress and are known for boosting our judgment, expanding our creativity and increasing our ability to solve problems. Read more »
  • Our best defense is our collective action Posted 03/13/2020

    Sharing this important information from Public Health of Madison and Dane County As the prevalence of coronavirus (COVID-19) around the world increases, we are using the best information we have to take proactive steps to protect the health of our community. We know that our recommendations have a tremendous impact on peoples’ lives, but this is a critical moment to slow the spread of this disease in our community. The sooner we slow transmission, the more cases we can prevent. Read more »
  • Preparing to Care Posted 02/26/2020

    No one is ever prepared to become a caregiver for a loved one diagnosed with dementia. It is an unplanned experience and one that most people are unsure of how to prep for. Caregivers typically take on a physical, emotional, and financial toll, and many difficulties are often unknown to us until we begin to struggle. It is important to become, and continue to become, prepared for the eventuality of this situation. Read more »
  • How Seniors Are Affected by Mesothelioma? Posted 02/21/2020

    Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive disease, one that can affect any person who comes into contact with asbestos. However, some people are more at risk of developing the cancer than others. Due to numerous characteristics of the disease, seniors are one such group of people. According to the American Cancer Society, the latency period for mesothelioma to develop can be anywhere from 20 to 50 years after asbestos exposure. Most times you don’t see any signs or symptoms until years later, making the common age range for diagnosis 50 to 70 years old. Read more »
  • Resolution Check: Have you been keeping up with your New Year resolutions? Posted 02/18/2020

    For me, one of the most challenging parts of the New Year for me is deciding on a worthwhile resolution. However, the even more challenging part is following through with that said resolution. Here are some tips for keeping your word and sticking to that goal. Read more »
  • Winter Safety Posted 02/10/2020

    Winter Safety It is finally that time of the year…negative degree temperatures, icy sidewalks, and lots and lots of hot chocolate. It is important to be conscious of some general tips for staying safe and happy during the winter season. Read more »
  • Age Friendly Madison - Innovative, Inclusive & Thriving Posted 01/30/2020

    Madison Senior Center recently collaborated with Public Health Madison-Dane County and Downtown Madison, Inc. for the City of Madison to achieve acceptance as a member of AARP’s network of Age-Friendly Communities. The network is an affiliate of the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly Cities and Communities program, an international effort launched in 2006 to help cities prepare for rapid population aging and the parallel trend of urbanization. Madison is the 6th municipality in Wisconsin to earn the designation. Read more »
  • Gratitude Posted 12/27/2019

    Gratitude seems to be somewhat of a buzz word these days. It appears on t-shirts, rustic home decorator boards, books, articles, etc. This is a good time of year to reflect on what it means to us individually. Read more »
  • Preparing to Care Posted 10/17/2019

    No one is ever prepared to become a caregiver for a loved one diagnosed with dementia. The financial and emotional strain, as well as the time commitment are significant and draining. A new educational series is designed to help you prepare and plan for the eventuality of this situation. It will also benefit individuals already immersed and trying to getting a handle on their situation. This is a series so each week builds on the previous one. It is most beneficial to attend all three. If you need respite care in order to attend, call Jane DeBroux at 240-7400. Read more »
  • September 23rd is National Falls Prevention Day Posted 08/27/2019

    National Falls Prevention Day, is a day set aside to educate others on how to prevent fall related injuries, the impact of falls, and to make the community aware of falls prevention programs in the community. Per the National Council on Aging “Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Wisconsin has one of the highest rates of death from unintentional falls in the nation. In fact, the death rate due to unintentional falls in Wisconsin is twice the national average. Read more »
  • Wearable Tech for Increased Health Posted 07/10/2019

    The summer months have finally rolled around and it is time to get outside and soak up that vitamin D! What better way to accomplish this than walking? Did you know, there is wearable technology that can tell you how many steps you’ve taken and encourage you along the way? A recent study found that short-term pedometer-based walking interventions can help older adults to achieve not only sustained increases in physical activity but also important long-term health benefits. These pedometers can assist in goal-setting, self-monitoring, and feedback. Read more »
  • The Longest Day Posted 06/25/2019

    This past weekend we celebrated the Summer Solstice, which marked the longest hours of daylight for 2019. Often this day includes fun outdoor festivities such as a BBQ or a day on the lake, but the Summer Solstice means more than a brat washed down with a Spotted Cow. Read more »
  • Dementia Friendly Communities Posted 03/05/2019

    What is a Dementia Friendly community? A dementia friendly community is a village, town, city or county that is informed, safe and respectful of individuals with the disease, their families and caregivers and provides supportive options that foster quality of life. Joining DFA means a community is engaging in a process to become more dementia friendly. Read more »
  • From the Desk of Sally Jo Spaeni Posted 02/20/2019

    Hello Center Participants! As we head in to March and we start to witness the on-again-off again signs of Spring, I often find myself thinking about new opportunities and activities. Read more »
  • February is American Heart Month Posted 02/14/2019

    Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices. Make a difference in your community: Spread the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and encourage people to live heart healthy lives. Read more »
  • AMP - Aging Mastery Program Posted 01/23/2019

    Welcome to your playbook for aging well! As children, we’re taught how to be successful adults. By contrast, no one teaches us how to age well. As a result, most are unprepared for this new stage in life. Read more »
  • Aging Mastery Program Posted 12/20/2018

    Welcome to your playbook for aging well! As children, we’re taught how to be successful adults. By contrast, no one teaches us how to age well. As a result, most are unprepared for this new stage in life. That’s where Aging Mastery® comes in. The National Council on Aging (NCOA) created the Aging Mastery Program (AMP) as a guide to building a playbook for aging well and making the most of the gift of longer life.  Read more »
  • National Family Caregiver's Month Posted 11/15/2018

    November is National Family Caregivers Month. It is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. This year’s theme is “Caregiving Around the Clock.” This special observance enables us to do the following: Read more »
  • Positive Attitude Month Posted 10/09/2018

    Positive Attitude Month is an annual designation observed in October. A positive attitude is the best trait you can carry with you, because it makes any difficult or frustrating situation a lot easier to deal with. If you look at most scenarios as “glass half empty,” now is the time to change that! Looking at things with a “glass half full” perspective is a small thought process that makes a big difference. Research suggests there are lasting benefits to keeping a positive attitude. Read more »
  • Heat Stroke: The Facts for Seniors Posted 07/02/2018

    Knowing the signs and symptoms of heat stroke is extremely important as emergency treatment is needed. Untreated heat stroke cause severe and even fatal damage to your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles. Stay one step ahead of heat stroke by knowing the following symptoms: Read more »
  • Wise Words from MSC Director, Christine Beatty Posted 05/31/2018

    Engaging WI Seniors During Older Americans Month Read more »
  • Walk With Ease Posted 03/28/2018

    The Arthritis Foundation’s program that is proven to reduce the pain of arthritis and improve your overall health   No matter if you need relief from arthritis pain or just want to be active, the Arthritis Foundation’s six week Walk With Ease program can teach you how to safely make physical activity part of your everyday life.   Read more »
  • March is National Nutrition Month Posted 03/15/2018

    "Go Further with Food" is the theme for 2018, and its importance is timely for many reasons. Whether it's starting the day off right with a healthy breakfast or fueling before an athletic event, the foods you choose can make a real difference. Preparing your foods to go further, by planning meals and snacks in advance can also help to reduce food loss and waste. Read more »