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Great River Federal Credit Union Non-profit Organization Winner

Foley Area CARE non-Profit Winner

the Vote is in, and the Winner is…

In mid-February, Great River Federal Credit Union announced its decision to award three grants every quarter to community nominated non-profit organizations. Community residents of all ages were encouraged to vote online at the Great River web page for their first choice, once per day per household for two weeks. The first place winner would receive a grant of $2,500, and the two
runners-up would receive grants of $500 each.

Voting ended on February 28th, and the excitement was palpable when the staff at Foley Area C.A.R.E. received a call from Mary Jo Schepers at Great River Federal Credit Union announcing that C.A.R.E. had been awarded the $2,500 grant, as the non-profit with the most votes.

“Foley Area C.A.R.E...

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8 Tips To Add More Vegetables To Your Day

8 Tips to add more vegetables to your day

8 Tips To Tdd More Vegetables To Your Day

Eating vegetables is important because they provide vitamins and minerals, and are essential for good digestion and overall health.

Savor the flavor of seasonal vegetables

  • Buy vegetables that are in season for maximum flavor at a lower cost. Check your local supermarket specials for the best in-season buys. Or visit your local farmer’s market.

Choose vegetables rich in a variety of colors, and try something new!

  • You never know what you may like. Choose a new vegetable – try it raw or lightly steamed. Brighten your plate with vegetables that are red, orange, or dark green. Try acorn squash, cherry tomatoes, sweet potatoes, or collard greens.

Make your garden salad glow with color

  • Brighten your salad by using colorful vegetables and a variet...
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10 Tips for Healthy Meals

A healthy meal starts with more vegetables and fruits and smaller portions of protein and grains. Think about how you can adjust the portion on your plate to get more of what you need without too many calories. And don’t forget dairy – make it the beverage with your meal or add fat-free or low-fat dairy products to your plate.

  1. Make half your plate veggies and fruits. Vegetables and fruits are full of nutrients and may help to promote good health. Choose red, orange, and dark-green vegetables such as tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and broccoli.
  2. Add lean protein. Choose protein foods, such as lean beef and pork, or chicken, turkey, beans, or tofu. Twice a week, make seafood the protein on your plate.
  3. Include whole grains. Aim to make at least half your grains whole grains...
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Thank You, Pastor Al!

Foley Area C.A.R.E. staff and members of the Board of Directors and their spouses, attended a dinner celebrating the retirement of Pastor Al Jergenson, at Coyote Moon Grille on September 22nd.

In 2002 Pastor Al was a member of the steering committee, and became the first chairman of the Board of Directors of the newly formed Foley Area C.A.R.E. Program. Carol Mersinger, Director of the CROSS Center in Foley, served with Pastor Al in those early days on the steering committee and told us, “He is a visionary who understood how a program like this could benefit and grow in this community”. We agree; his contributions of time and resources to C.A.R.E. over the years has been instrumental in its success.

It is with great affection that we thank this loving, kind and generous man, and wish h...

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Safety for Seniors

Opioid abuse is a fast growing problem across the country and here locally as well. Addicts go to great lengths to find ways to feed their addiction. Sometimes that includes stealing medications from others. If you have ever had any kind of surgery or other medical condition that resulted in substantial pain, you have likely been prescribed an opioid pain killer. These medications are known by a number of different names. Morphine, methadone, buprenorphine, hydrocodone, and oxycodone are the generic names for these medications. They are also sold under the brand names of Vicodin, Percodan, Tylox, OxyContin, Percocet, and Demerol. It is not uncommon for patients to have unused pills left after recovering from their medical condition...

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Foley Area CARE Welcomes Gift Cards

When you donate a gift card from a business such as:

  • Office Depot/OfficeMax
  • Coborn’s
  • Target
  • Walmart/Sam’s Club
  • Dollar Store

The staff at C.A.R.E. is able to purchase office supplies and items needed for fundraisers with your generous donation – and your purchase is 100% tax deductible!

You can support area neighbors 60 and over to continue living in the home of their choice through your tax deductible gift on or before December 31, 2017. Thank you!

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Volunteer Appreciation Dinner “Celebrating You!”

Foley Area C.A.R.E. volunteers, staff, and board members gathered at the First Presbyterian Church in Foley on Thursday, July 27, 2017 for our annual volunteer appreciation dinner.

Pastor Al Jergenson and Dennis Clark barbecued hamburgers, while staff and other board members served volunteers at the build-a-burger buffet. The room was filled with laughter and chatter, as the children of the Brian and Paula Lorenz family bused tables and served beverages and desserts.

Our guest speaker was Krisie Barron, a licensed social worker, who spoke to our group about “Normal Aging/Not Normal Aging as it Pertains to Alzheimer’s”. Her interactive presentation included valuable information for current caregivers, respite caregivers, and advance planning for those of us who may need help in the future...

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Free Food, All Year ‘Round, For Seniors in Benton County

The Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS) is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Bill. This program, based on household size and income, will provide a 30-35 pound box of food every month to seniors aged 60 years and older who qualify:

    • Canned fruits packed in juice or light syrup; Canned vegetables with low sodium; Bottled 100% juice
    • Nonfat dry and shelf stable low fat milk, low fat American cheese
    • Canned meat like chicken, beef stew, chili or tuna, and peanut butter or dry beans
    • Cereal & rice or pasta

Foley Area C.A.R.E. is proud to be the Benton County distribution center for this program. Seniors who are registered can pick up their monthly box of food on the second Monday of every month from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the C.A.R.E...

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Age & Disabilities Odyssey Conference

Sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Minnesota Board on Aging, this conference is held every two years at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center in Duluth.

This conference provides original, thought-provoking sessions on a variety of topics related to the support of seniors and persons with disabilities; in order to provide knowledge that attendees can easily relate to and put into action.

The Foley Area C.A.R.E. Program is the grateful recipient of a large portion of our funding through a grant from the State of Minnesota Department of Human Services. As such we are invited, excited, and required to attend this event...

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Safety for Senior

Theft is consistently among the top five most reported crimes in Benton County. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps you can take to help prevent becoming a victim of theft. Theft is often a crime of opportunity. A thief sees something of value left unattended or unsecured and steals it. Taking the simple step of securing your property will prevent a large percentage of would-be thieves. Locking outbuildings, locking vehicles, putting away easily taken items (bicycles, lawn mowers, tools, chain saws, etc.) inside a locked shed, taking keys out of vehicles, or any other actions that will make it difficult for a thief to take your property are the best defense against theft.

Conceal any items of value from easy view...

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