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Ypsilanti 50+ Club holds potluck

The Ypsilanti 50+ Club potluck was hosted by Ellen Orr in the community room at the Garden Gate on Feb. 27 with 13 members and guest Lorraine Jorgenson present. The nurse was present for foot care and blood pressure checks.

A program titled “Help for Those Who Want to Live at Home” was presented by Leslie Limvere and Ann Ede with the assistance of Bev Miedema. They explained the home- and community-based services and resources in the Jamestown area, as well as North Dakota.

Limvere, a licensed social worker, serves eastern North Dakota as an options counselor whose job is to present information on community-based long-term supports and services. She challenged the group to plan for the future and not wait for a crisis; also, to take a realistic look at who’s available to help in that planning. One suggestion was to be proactive — to have three places picked out where people want to go as they age. Questions were answered concerning home assessments, Lifeline, Sure Response, grants and websites. Cindy Lund, whose office is at the North Dakota State Hospital, and the South Central Human Service Center’s Family Care Givers Program are locally-based contacts.

Ann Ede, director of Options Counseling for the region, shared information about how the nonprofit Triumph Inc. had been started by two University of Jamestown graduates (herself and Jennifer Barnard) who wanted to find a way to help others. They head up a person-centered service whose counselors are trained to help reduce barriers for individuals to maintain their independence as much as possible. An analogy of their service is they are a “speed dial” to available resources — even finding someone to regularly shovel the driveway or take an elderly person to doctor appointments so that person can stay in their own home and live independently as long as possible.

Both agency representatives handed out printed materials and indicated they were available for speaking engagements.

President Harriet Lien brought the meeting to order. The secretary’s and treasurer’s reports were approved. There was no old business.

For new business, members were reminded of the Kids Against Hunger packaging event to be held at the Buffalo Mall on April 5. Donations were accepted, and members were urged to help pack the meals.

Dues of $8 per person were collected. 2014 officers elected were: Harriet Lien, president; Dale Marks, vice president; Ann Marks and Carolgene Wolf Matthiesen, secretary; Barb Erickson, hospitality; Marge Lange, treasurer; Nancy Lou Jensen, roll call and table decorations. The next meeting will be a potluck at Velma Roeske’s home at noon March 27. Door prizes were won by Diane Hast