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Family Living Focus Caregiving Issues Facing the Multi-Generational Family There are many family situations today where you can find three, four or even five generations living under one roof. While the circumstances that result in multi-generational living vary from financial to health-related to simple family closeness, those who live in these types of households deal with many issues. Serving as the main caregiver for an older relative, dealing with grandchildren and having one of their own children living back at home after several years on his/her own can be a challenge for the best of families. In dealing with your older relative, the most critical aspect is not just tending to their physical needs, but providing them with the emotional support they require as well. Often, it is coping with these emotional needs that is most time consuming and stressful. Family members often wonder "How do I talk to my relative about... "(You fill in the blank.) The answer is "Not easily." Remember, your job is to help your older relative make informed, reasonable decisions for themselves, not to make the decision for them. It is also important to realize that they may be frightened about their overall condition, and that this frightened state is relayed throug.h anger toward YOU, the main caregiver. It is crucial to keep the lines of communication open between the generations so that both of you can express your fears and concerns as honestly as possible. You may also wish to gain as much knowledge as possible regarding the older person's condition so that you know what to expect of them now and in the future. In that way, you can let them maintain their sense of independence and well- being and provide the needed care when it becomes necessary. Children, even at an early age, can be asked to take on family responsibilities. They can be very helpful and resourceful. They can perform everyday chores like cleaning and help in preparation of meals and laundry. They can also help Grandma or Grandpa by sitting with them, reading together or watching TV, among other things. By involving children, you are giving them an honest look into the daily care giving process and you open the door to start a dialogue about aging issues in general. The relationship between an older relative and a child is invaluable in that the older person provides educational and historical information that is passed on to another generation and the child can give new and fresh insight on things for the older person. When an older relative begins to fail, either mentally or physically, it can be very confusing and sometimes frightening for a child. There are many resources geared specifically for children that explain the aging process. Children are seen as extremely therapeutic assets as families deal with the daily issues associated with the care of a relative. Older relatives can also be an invaluable resource to their grandchildren. They can serve as educators, story tellers and, in many instances, serve as the primary providers of care to their grandchildren. Many older people end up "raising" their grandchildren due to a variety of circumstances. These older relatives struggle not only with the daily demands of care needed by their grandchildren, but also with the concerns and struggles that their own children (the grandchildren's parents) face and their own health and financial issues. Those who are in the "sandwich generation" often are faced with the daily demands of care needed by their parents or older relatives AND are responsible for the raising of their own children. In addition, they may have to deal with their own health and financial worries. Other responsibilities faced by this generation include the demands of a work schedule and their relationship with a spouse or significant other, in addition to their ongoing relationship with siblings and close friends. Regardless of their age, there are many instances where the main caregiver in the family refuses to acknowledge '.hat they can't handle the load. They are too caught up in the daily grind that they don't recognize the warning signals, which can include extreme fatigue, lack of rest, irritability, and frustration over lack of free time. Letting others know your feelings and that you need help is crucial to the caregiver's mental and physical well-being. It is also important to negotiate the exact roles of each family member in terms of providing care. Some may feel more comfortable with hands-on duties while others may want to only focus on household chores or helping with transportation or financial and legal issues. There are many instances where the care receiver is very stubborn and resistant to any help, even from family members. In these cases you need to be FIRM in expressing the reality of the situation and that the person needs assistance. It is particularly important for those liVing in multi-generational households who often are providing 24 hours a day/7 days a week care to have an occasional respite break. With family members living longer, many individuals are faced with the prospect of being a caregiver for a significant number of years. More and more families are opting to live in a multi-generational household for a variety of reasons, including providing care for a loved one. It is important for the family to recognize that, in many cases, they will not be able to tend to all the needs of their relative, and that they will have to rely on others for occasional support. There is support that is available. Information adapted from article by Helen Hunter, ACSW, CMSW in Caregiver Weekly 11/16/10. If you would like more information on ,Caregiving Issues Facing Multi- Generational Families" feel free to contact Gail Gilman-Waldner, Program Development and Coordination - Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging, Inc. and Professor Emeritus - University of Minnesota at 507-389-8869 or e-mail Gail at ggwaldner@rndc.org. Additional resources are available by contacting the Senior Linkage Linefi at 1-800-333-2433 or visiting the MinnesotaHelp.Info website at www.MinnesotaHelp.Info Conservation Comments by Deborah Hoffman, Program Assistant, Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) SWCD Funding-Where does it come from? The mission of the Lac qui Parle Soil and Water conservation District is to take available technical, financial and educational resources, v~hatever the local land user to help him/her protect Lac qui Parle's natural resourcrs. To accomplish our mission, the Lac qui Parle Soil and Water Conservation District works with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) arid other agenc~rS,':in their source, and focus or coordinate reducing degradation of soil and water them so that they meet the needs of from soil erosion, sedimentation, Strege-Johnston vows spoken Samantha Jo Strege, daughter of Dean and Mona Strege of Ortonville, became the bride of Nathan Scott Johnston on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 4 p.m. at the Ed and Kris Vollmer (uncle and aunt of the bride) residence overlooking Big Stone Lake with Pastor Paul Krueger of Minot, ND officiating. The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore a floor length champagne and ivory pleated dress covered with beads and pearls. Her garter, hand- kerchief and tablecloth for the unity table were made from her mother's wedding gown. She carried long stem calla lillies. Attending the bride as matron of honor was Sabrina Rausch, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Tiffany Finke, Sereena Olson and Erika Haman, all friends of the bride. Flower girls were Elli Groves and Sophia Anderson. They all wore clover colored dresses of their choice. The flower girl dresses matched the bridesmaids and were made by the bride's mother and a family friend: They carried calla lilly bouquets and the flower girls carried flower balls. The groom was attired in a black tuxedo with an ivory vest and tie. Attending the groom as best man was Shaun Peterson, friend of the groom. Groomsmen were Ryan Charbonneau, cousin of the groom, Ron Groves and Jared Haecherl, friends of the groom. They all wore black tuxedos with black ties. Ushers were Peter Rausch, brother- in-law of the bride, James Springer, Drew Pfitzer and Michael Anderson, all friends of the couple. Soloist was Sara Vollmer, accom- panied by Jason Vollmer, both cousins of the bride. The reception and dance was held at Sioux Historic in Ortonville. The couple honeymooned in Hawaii. They now reside in Fargo, ND where the bride is attending Dental Hygiene School at Minnesota State Community and Technical College. The groom is assistant manager at Old Broadway in Fargo. pollution, and improper use of the land. Although the name of the District includes the name of the county in its title (Lac qui Parle Soil and Water Conservation District), the District is a non regulatory subdivision of state government, and considered separate from the county. The purpose of using the name of the county is to demonstrate location and boundaries. The District receives funding from three major sources: BWSR (Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources); Lac qui Parle County; local producers and landowners. The BWSR funds from the State of Minnesota provide money for general operation and money for flow-through projects to you. These funds are used to cost share new projects that prevent erosion and protect water quality to help pay for the necessary technical assistance required, and the follow up required for the ten or more years of the lifetime of those projects. When a resource need is identified in LqP County, District staff look for special pockets of funding that are run through the District, such as Clean Water Legacy and other grants. The District has no taxing authority (which is different from the Watersheds and School Districts), so the LqP County Board of Commissioners support the work of the SWCD by designating an annual amount to the District. Those funds are used to maintain continuity of services, and assist with the day to day operations. A small portion of District funding is received from local producers and landowners who will often work with the District for the purchase and installation of trees for windbreaks or shelterbelts, and other conservation practices. The Lac qui Parle Soil and Water Conservation District is a service agency, with limited opportunity to generate funding based on resale or rent of equipment. To help accomplish our mission, the District strives to educate the public on the importance of protecting Lac qui Parle's natural resources, and to assist with best management practices. We look beyond our existing programs to meet yourneeds. We are here for you, whether you are the producer, landowner, an interested individual, part of a group, or organizations. Let's work together, to help protect Lac qui Parle's natural resources. If you have any questions about our programs, or would like to know more about where our funding comes from, please give us a call at 320-598-7321 ext. 3, stop by our office at 122 South 8th Ave. in Madison, or visit our website at http://lacquiparleswcd.org/. Steaks, Roasts, Hamburger Pork Chops & Roasts 25 LB. BEEF BUNDLE 20 LB. PORK BUNDLE $89.95 $49.95 agalnst ) ast Cancer - Many workers will see a 2% increase in take home pay Question: When could two percent less equal two percent more? Answer: When two percent of the income you would normally pay in Social Security payroll taxes is=not collected during a year-long tax holiday. Thanks to the "Tax Relief, Unem- ployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010," passed on Dec. 17, 2010, many workers will enjoy a 2 percent increase in take-home pay due to a temporary two percentage point reduction in the payroll tax em- ployees pay for Social Security's Old- Age, Survivors and Disability Income program. The rate is reduced from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent in 2011 only, and applies to salaries up to $106,800. Typically, Social Security's Old- Age, Survivors and Disability Income prOgram is funded through a 6.2 per- cent payroll tax on employees, with a matching 6.2 percent contribution from employers. If an individual is self-em- ployed, he or she typically pays both the employee AND the employer por- tion of the tax, or 12.4 percent. The tax holiday will reduce the payroll tax for the self-employed to 10.4 percent. This means workers' making $50,000 can get a $1,000 tax cut, and those making $106,800 or more can re- ceive tax savings of $2,136. House- holds with two wage earners have the potential to receive up to $4,272 in tax savings, dependent on their individual income levels. In short, less for Uncle Sam means more for you in 2011. "An extra $20 or $40 dollars per week may not sound like much, but over time, those dollars can really make a difference," said Rick Edinger, director of Retirement Advice for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. "The key is to intentionally apply those dot- lars to your short- or long-term finan- cial needs and goals." Edinger offers some practical sug- gestions for the two percent paycheck windfall: Pay down credit-card debt. Start or increase an emergency fund. Start or increase your retirement fund (e.g, 401(k), IRA, etc.). Start or increase a college fund for your children or grandchildren. Make sure your income and life are adequately insured to protect your fam- ily's financial security. "The temptation for many people will be to ignore their slightly in- creased paycheck and have their extra dollars just melt away without serving a larger purpose," says Edinger. "Hav- ing extra spending money can be fun, but impulse spending doesn't help a person become more financially se- cure." Edinger cautions that the employee rate reduction is temporary and will jump back to 6.2 percent in 2012, so now is the time to act on one's finan- cial priorities. He also notes that the $400 Making Work Pay tax credit of 2009 and 2010 has now ended, and some lower-income individuals may see a slight decrease in their overall take-home pay, despite the tax holiday. M in nesota exports u p 13 percent from one year ago Minnesota exports of manufactured, agricultural and mining products grew 13 percent in the first quarter from the same period a year ago. According to figures released today by the Min- nesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), the state exported a record $4.8 billion in the quarter. Manufactured products were the dominant export category, accounting for $4.4 billion of total sales in the quarter, up 12 percent from the same period a year ago. "Minnesota exports continue to be strong, generating more business for companies and contributing to job growth statewide," said DEED Com- missioner Mark Phillips. "Exports to nine of the state's top 10 markets ex- panded from a year ago, and sales for most of our products and commodities grew as well." "Our first quarter results are en- couraging," said Katie Clark, executive director of the Minnesota Trade Office. "However, many small and mid-sized companies have potential to export and are not currently doing so. With 95 per- cent of consumers living outside of the United States, Minnesota must focus on selling its products to the global marketplace. The Minnesota Trade Of- fice will continue to provide guidance to Minnesota companies to increase ex- ports and increase jobs here in Min- nesota." Canada remains Minnesota's largest customer, accounting for $1.3 billion in exports (27 percent of the state's total) in the quarter, up 16 percent from a year ago. Other top markets were China ($558 million, up 35 percent), Japan ($332 million, up 20 percent), Mexico ($250 million, up 4 percent), Germany ($198 million, up 12 percent), South Korea ($163 million, up 5 percent), Belgium ($146 million, up 3 percent), Singapore ($140 million, up 17 percent), United Kingdom ($137 million, down 7 per- cent) and Taiwan ($135 million, up 14 percent). Asia was the strongest-performing global region, buying 35 percent of Minnesota's exports during the quarter, followed by North America, which ac- counted for 31 percent of the state's ex- port total. Another 21 percent of the state's exports went to countries in the European Union. Machinery led all export categories with $949 million in sales, up 8 percent from the same period a year ago. The state's other top exports were optic, medical instruments ($713 mil- lion, down 3 percent), electrical ma- chinery ($670 million, up 27 percent), vehicles, n0trailway ($390 million, up 16 percent), plastic ($280 miIlirn, up 5 percent), food waste, animal feed ($123 million; up 27 percent), aircraft, spacecraft ($114 million, up 8 percent), meat ($92 million, up 111 percent), pharmaceutical products ($88 million, up 48 percent), miscellaneous grains, seeds, fruit ($80 million, down 23 per- cent), beverages ($79 million, up 101 percent) and cereals ($78 million, down 8 percent). Machinery, which accounted for 20 percent of state exports, saw major growth in centrifuges and filters (up 16 percent to $125 million), liquid pumps (up 76 percent to $59 million), and self-propelled bulldozers and scrapers (up 136 percent to $21 million). Japan was a major buyer of the state's agricultural exports, purchasing 62 percent of cereals (mainly corn) and 45 percent of miscellaneous grains/seeds/fruit (mainly corn). The Minnesota Trade Office is the unit within DEED that offers programs and consulting services to help Min- nesota companies compete globally. In order to provide a more comprehensive view of the state's exports, .this quar- terly report has been expanded to in- clude both manufactured and non-manufactured exports. Previously only manufactured exports were in- cluded in the quarterly report, but both manufactured and non-manufactured exports were included in the annual re- port. The full report is available at www.tinyurl.com/MinnesotaExports. DEED is the state's principal ec nomic development agency, promoting busi- ness recruitment, expansion and reten- tion, workforce development, international trade and community de- velopment. For more details about the agency and our services, visit us at www.PositivelyMinnesota.com. Fol- low us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PositivelyMN. AMY LANG OF CLINTON was one the performers on Aug. 26 at Central Park in Ortonville. Many musicians shared their talents throughout the summer to draw attention to the oldest park in town. Court report (Week of Sept. 1, 2011) MN State Patrol Michael Ray Basich, White Bear Lake, Speeding, 73/55, Fined $145. Stacy Fredrick Homan, Graceville, Speeding, 65/55, Traffic Regulation- Seat Belt Required, Fined $150. Big Stone County Sheriff's Office Andrew Joseph Petrini, Stockton, CA, Speeding, 70/55, Fined $145. Alex Aubrey French, Lake Bluff, IL, Speeding, 74/55, Fined $145. Daniel James Bauer, Graceville, Traffic-DL-Driving after cancella- tion-inimical to public safety, Stay of adjudication, Fined $500. Matthew Jacob Nilson, Beardsley, Disorderly Conduct, Traffic-Driving after Revocation, Fined $285, Local Confinement Stay five days for one year. Joaquin Carlos Rueda, Johnson, Traffic-Driving after Revocation, Fined $285. Ortonville Police Department Diane Faye Daughters, Harrisburg, SD, Speeding, 45/30, Fined $145. Cory Ryan Walsh, Ortonville, Domestic Assault, Fined $685, Local Confinement Stay three days for one year, Supervised Probation one year. Anthony Douglas Zuraff, 0rtonville, Assault-5th Degree, Fined $1005.16, Local Confinement Stay 59 days for one year, Supervised Probation one year. Daily Hoursi Mon.-Fri. 8AM-6:00PM; Sat. 8AM-5PM ORTONVILLE, MN PHONE (320) 839-2653 Per Lb. Locally Grown Beef - Per Lb. ,'11 d'lz OELI HAM ........................ z.vv 112 or 114 BEEF ............ ;~Z~. 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