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Avoiding Falls at Home
When a senior falls, it can be the first step in physical decline. A hospital stay or time in rehab might be required, which can result in overall weakness and fear of a second fall. That fear can lead to cautious movement, which leads to more physical weakness.
We don’t need to start down that path. There are a number of steps we can take to reduce the chance of falling — and staying independent.
• The first and biggest step is to declutter the floor. This means rerouting electrical cords, moving furniture and removing small rugs away from where you walk. Get rid of stacks of newspapers and magazines.
• Install grab bars in the bathroom and anti-slip mats in the shower or tub. Consider using a shower chair.
• Take exercise classes designed to improve your balance, such as yoga for seniors or tai chi. Ask your doctor if a weight training or muscle resistance class is appropriate for you to keep your bones strong.
• Turn on the lights! Use nightlights in the bedroom and bathroom. Keep a flashlight handy. Open the drapes during the day.
• Keep your eyeglass prescription current by seeing your eye doctor at least once a year.
• Consider giving up the basement, if you have one in your home. Basement stairs are notoriously dangerous under the best of circumstances. If your laundry room
is down there, consider doing a remodel to move it up to the living level, or have someone do the laundry
For helpful ideas and resources, if you have Internet access, go to the National Council on Aging website at ncoa.org and search for falls prevention. Also see the websites for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov) and Mayo Clinic (mayoclinic.org).
If you need help organizing your home to avoid
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University of Dubuque Celebrates 5th Anniversary Live at Heritage Season by University of Dubuque
Tony Danza, UD alumnus (C’72, HON’04)
DUBUQUE, Iowa – Tickets are now available for UD’s 2017-18 Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series, boasting 21 guest artist performances selected from today’s international touring circuit as well as Christmas at Heritage Center. While a new intimate theater series occurs in Babka Theatre, all other events occur in Heritage’s signature venue, John and Alice Butler Hall.
The eight-event CenterStage Series subscription package offers the best value and includes a variety
of benefits such as priority seating, discounted tickets, reduced fees, free Christmas at Heritage Center admission and advance purchasing privileges on special events. New this season, ticket packages
are also available for the Family Series and B.I.T.E. Size Series.
Subscription orders are being accepted online now at www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter, via phone, or in-person. Individual ticket orders are being accepted now only through submitted order forms, online or via mail, and processed beginning Monday, Aug. 14. Individual tickets can be ordered online beginning Aug. 14, and via phone or in-person starting Monday, Aug. 21.
Farber Box Office summer hours are Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., resuming normal weekday hours 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. beginning Aug. 21. For more information or to request a brochure, call 563.585.SHOW.
The 2017-18 season
features the following Butler Hall events:
Sept. 12 - 8:00 p.m.
Vitaly Beckman: An Evening of Wonders
Sept. 16 - 7:30 p.m.
The Official Blues Brothers Revue
Sept. 21 - 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 5 - 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 20 - 7:30 p.m.
Tony Danza: Standards & Stories, UD Homecoming
Nov. 1 - 7:30 p.m.
Jeff Daniels and the Ben Daniels Band
Nov. 11 - 7:30 p.m.
Sofi and the Baladis,
presented in cooperation with the Dubuque Arts Council
Nov. 12 - 2:00 p.m.
Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat
(Two Beans Productions of New York City)
Dec. 1 - 7:30 p.m.
Fifth Annual Christmas at Heritage Center
Jan. 12 - 7:30 p.m.
Sons of Serendip, Songs in the Key of Wonder:
50 Years of Stevie Wonder
Jan. 20 - 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m.
(Missoula Children’s Theatre)
Feb. 13 - 7:30 p.m.
Amazing Grace: A New Broadway Musical
Feb. 17 - 7:30 p.m.
Ondekoza, taiko drummers,
presented in cooperation with the Dubuque Arts Council
Feb. 25 - 2:00 p.m.
Guess How Much I Love You
& I Love My Little Storybook
(Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia)
March 6 - 7:30 p.m.
PUPPET UP! - UNCENSORED
March 23 - 7:30 p.m.
FLY Dance Company: The Gentlemen of Hip-Hop
April 4 - 7:30 p.m.
Grammy-winning a capella gospel music sextet
April 6 - 7:00 p.m.
Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey
(Lightwire Theater in New Orleans)
New for 2017-18,
B.I.T.E. Size Series Babka Theatre presentations include:
Oct. 9 - 7:30 p.m. & Oct. 10 - 3:30 p.m.
The Kite Runner
(Literature to Life)
Nov. 10 - 3:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
The Accidental Hero, starring Patrick Dewane
March 19 - 7:30 p.m.
& March 20 - 3:30 p.m.
Charles Lindbergh: The Lone Eagle,
starring Steve Carroll
April 13 - 7:30 p.m.
6 Guitars, starring Chase Padgett
For further information, please contact Stacey Ortman, director of public information, at 563.589.3267 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emmy-Award winning actor Jeff Daniels
fronts his son Ben’s band
Anyone can carry his burden, however hard,
until nightfall. Anyone can do his work,
however hard, for one day. Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, till the sun goes down.
And this is all life really means.
—Robert Louis Stevenson