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  • 1. Independent, With Help patient’s physician, Physical Ther- Volume 14, Issue 3 apy and Occupational Therapy are ―I am so blessed to have the help I often also called to the home. P.T. do, so I can stay in my apartment,‖ November, 2011 seeks to restore maximum mobility says Bette Bass. ―I have a lot of and physical function. O.T. seeks to challenging health problems,‖ she teach patients to safely accomplish explains. Bette has limited mobility the ordinary tasks of daily life, from and very little vision, and is prone to getting dressed to using the bath- developing pneumonia. Kathy room, often with the help of adap- Bengtson, Director of Homecare at tive devices. Therapists may also recommend adaptations to the home, such as railings, ramps, etc. The bottom line is safety. Medicare and insurance will cover these services for a period, on the condition that the patient is homebound (there are strict guidelines for this), that skilledNEWSLETTER OF THE CANNON VALLEY ELDER COLLEGIIUM nursing is needed, and that they are part of a recovery plan, i.e. the pa- tient is expected to improve. Under Northfield Hospital, visits Bette these conditions, the home services once a week to set up her medica- may be discontinued once the pa- tions, and to discuss any problems or tient has recovered. Ongoing ser- changes in health indicators that vice after that point requires another arise and make a plan to manage source of payment, either private or them. Bette also gets grocery shop- Collegium News through a public program available ping help, and at times other ser- to low income patients. Conditions vices as needed. that lead to continuing deterioration, Typically a patient is re- such as Parkinson’s disease or multi- ferred to Homecare after a surgery, ple sclerosis, may not be eligible for illness, or other trauma, Kathy says. Medicare or insurance coverage for ―The nurse is the case manager, and homecare, unless the patient has is the eyes and ears of the physi- long-term care insurance. cian.‖ The nurse works with the Individuals who need some client at home to set goals and make assistance with daily living that can plans to achieve them. Collabora- not be provided by a spouse or other tion encourages the patient to par- relative are good candidates for on- ticipate and take responsibility for going homecare services. Visits by these goals. Education is an essen- a home health aide, help with bath- tial part of the program – clients ing and certain homemaking tasks learn how to manage their own care can enable some to remain in their and how to monitor their health homes when otherwise they would status so problems can be caught need to transfer to a continual care before they become critical. The facility. While people are often goal of homecare is to keep the cli- loath to pay out of pocket for such ent out of the hospital. Studies show services, it is much less costly than that people recover more rapidly at nursing home care or other residen- home than in the hospital, and they tial based continual care. Most of us also avoid exposure to germs that want to keep My Place and My In- exist in the hospital environment. dependence as much as possible, for And of course the cost of homecare as long as possible. Assistance is much less than hospital care. trumps dependence. By Kathy Based on the recommenda- Mellstrom tions of the homecare nurse and the
  • 2. 2 CVEC Class Schedule – Winter 2012 For Lifelong Learning The Questing Intellect Never Retires January 9 – March 2, 2012 (Registration Begins November 21, 2011)Title of Class Professor Time of Class LocationEinstein! Rich Noer Monday 9:30 – 11:30 am Weitz Center Rm 8 *Understanding Evolution Mary Caroline Henry Monday 1:30 – 3:30 pm Weitz Center Rm 8 *The Book of Revelation: Richard CollmanApocalypse and Allegiance Northfield Senior Center Rm 106 Tuesday 9:30 - 11:30 amExploring the Haunted Ground Barbara Evans Of Erin Hart’s Ireland Village on the Cannon Tuesday 9:30 – 11:30 amHow to be Your Family’s Best Doctor Edward Lufkin Tuesday 1:30 – 3:30 pm NRC TheaterParis and the Birth of Modernism Eric Nelson Wednesday 9:30 – 11:30 am NRC Theater & Fireside Room Wednesday 1:30 - 3:30 pmIslam: Unity and Diversity Vern Faillettaz Thursday 9:30-11:30 Northfield Senior Center Rm 106Plains Indians In The 19th Century Bob Bonner Thursday 1:30 - 3:30 pm Village on the CannonCelebrations of the Sun Cycle Mary Flaten Thursday 1:30 – 3:30 pm Three Links , Parkridge Dining RmThe Economy: Then and Now Bill Carlson Friday 9:30 - 11:30 am Northfield Senior Center Rm 106 * Could be changed; follow website 2
  • 3. 3CVEC COURSE DESCRIP- of evolution make biology into a true sci-TIONS: WINTER 2012 ence? In this course we will explore these questions. We will see how genetic inheri-1. Rich Noer - Einstein! tance provides theMonday 9:30 – 11:30, Weitz Center foundation forTime magazine’s ―Person of the Century‖ evolutionaryin 2000, Albert Einstein first drew un- change. We willprecedented public atten- understand howtion for his revolutionary the theory of evo-scientific ideas (in par- lution unites ob-ticular, the theories of servations fromrelativity and the light many different areas of biology and howquantum). In the public these observations provide evidence foreye he evolved into an evolution. Perhaps more importantly, weiconic figure, instantly will see how this theory forms the basis forrecognizable with his testable hypotheses about living things.tousled hair, rumpled sweaters, and twin- And finally, we will consider the possiblekling eyes—widely revered but understood conflict between current evolutionaryby few outside the physics community. thought and religious belief.Our classes will be devoted mainly to con- Mary Caroline Henry was educated at Swarthmore Col-ceptual discussion of Einstein’s scientific lege and the University of Pennsylvania. She taught highideas, including the relativity of space and school biology at a girls school in Cairo and basic biology at a womens college in Tehran. She has taught ethologytime, gravity as the curvature of space- and neurobiology at Carleton and animal physiology andtime, E=mc2, black holes, light as photons, neuroscience at St. Olaf, as well at introductory biologyand the ―spooky action at a distance‖ of courses at both colleges.quantum theory. Though these ideassometimes strain our credulity, they are 3. Richard Collman, The Book Of Reve-surprisingly easy to talk about without a lation: Apocalypse And Allegiance,need for mathematical analysis. Reading Tuesday 9:30-11:30, Senior Center,an excellent recent biography, we’ll also Room 106try to understand Einstein as a person. The Book of Revelation: Apocalypse andRich Noer taught physics at Carleton for 38 years. He alsobecame interested in the history and philosophy of science, Allegiance is the title of a new book by J.co-authored a text for liberal-arts students, and taught fresh- Nelson Kraybill that will examine Revela-man seminars and interdisciplinary courses aimed at con- tion in its historical context and open win-necting the sciences with the humanities. dows into the political, economic, and so- cial realities of the early church. What is2. Mary Caroline Henry, Understanding the relevance of Johns apocalypse for ourEvolution lives today in another empire? With pho-Monday 1:30-3-30, Weitz Center tographs and other visuals, the book and extra materials will further consider Reve-What does "evolution" mean? By what lation as a great source of worship, poetry,mechanisms does it occur? Why has it and music throughout history. While abeen so controversial? How did the theory mystery to many, this book is the subject 3
  • 4. 4of popular novels and is rarily dwell in the lush, green beauty ofoften abused in prophetic Erin Hart’s Ireland.predictions. How were Barbara Evans taught American Literature, Drama, Debateworship practices de- and Composition in Rochester, MN for 34 years. She is a graduate of and has been a visiting professor at St. Olaf Col-scribed in Revelation lege, teaching public speaking and first year writing. Hercountercultural long ago interests include literary travel, architecture, photography,and are they so now? En- and restoration of her arts and crafts home here in North- field.gage this most dangerousbook in the Bible through reading and dis- 5. Ed Lufkin: How to be Your Family’scussion. Best Doctor Tuesday 1:30-3:30 PM, NRC TheatreRev. Richard F. Collman is a retired United Methodistminister and musician who has taught courses on Revelation In this course we’ll address topics I’ve notover the years in various settings. He remains inspired by covered in the past: Recent importantthe Book of Revelation for its contribution to worship, mu-sic, and art and for the questions it raises about our alle- advances in medicine; genitourinary,giances today. gastrointestinal, and pain disorders; how to stay in your home longer; first4 . B a r ba r a E v a ns , E x pl o r i ng - aid; and preparing for Obamacare.the Haunted Ground of Erin Hart’s Ire- Slide seminars and discussions will be theland principal tools of this course, but videos also where possi-Tuesday 9:30-11:30, Village on the Can- ble. Our readingnon will be mainlyHaunted Ground is the from handouts,first of Erin Hart’s three not a textbook.novels. In it Ms. Hart My intent is toweaves archaeology, an- show how youthropology, and forensic can best navigate the seas of change in thescience into a mystery rich medical field by staying well informed.in Irish characters and cul- Ed Lufkin served most of his medical career in the endo-ture. Hart’s detectives crine division, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. His special interest was in women’s health, but he had broad interests inseek to unravel a possible murder that be- patient care, drug research and education, and served forgins with the discovery of the remains of a three years as medical editor of the Mayo Clinic Health Let-red-haired woman in a peat bog near Gal- ter.way. Class participants will read bothHaunted Ground and Lake of Sorrows. 6 & 7. Eric Nelson, Paris and the BirthRelated topics will include archaeology, Of Modernismforensic science, geography, history, folk- Wednesday 9:30-11-30 and 1:30-3:30lore, literary travel, myth and music rele- NRC Theater & Fireside Roomvant to this novel. Ms. Hart will visit our In the first decades of the 20th centuryclass to discuss her work and to preview Paris was the center of an internationalher upcoming fourth novel. Enjoy men- revolution in all the arts – poetry and fic-tally leaving wintry Minnesota to tempo- tion, painting and sculpture, music and 4
  • 5. 5dance. Innovations in one medium might life. Several have opted forquickly move into other aesthetic forms. Islamic grounded democraciesThe new medium of in which Islamic political par-film influenced the ties have been successful.formal innovations of This course will introduce theCubism (Picasso and fundamental beliefs and regu-Braque were avid lar practices among Muslims.movie-goers), which It will examine the unities inin turn influenced T. the Islamic world, and attendS. Eliot’s The Love to diversity among Sunni,Song of J. Alfred Pru- Shi’ite and Sufis, and among countriesfrock and The Waste that practice Islam. We will also discussLand. This extraordinary cross-pollination the increasing leadership of Muslims inwas facilitated by cafés and salons that U.S. political and cultural life.had long fostered revolutionary ideas in Vern Faillettaz graduated from the University of Califor-the arts and in politics. We will examine nia, Berkeley. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Theological Seminary, St. Paul, MN, and atheir histories and the roles they played in Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from the University of Chicago.the birth of Modernism, as well as the bo- He studied Islam at the Center for the Study of World Re-hemian character of the Left Bank, which ligion at Harvard University and taught an Islam course at St. Olaf for 20 years. He led the Middle East Semesterhas roots that go back to the 12th century. from St. Olaf in the eighties.Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises willgive us a vivid fictional account of thisexpatriate bohemian life. Steve Kelly will 9. Bob Bonner, Plains Indians In Theguide us through the jazz scene in Paris 19th Centuryand Mary Easter will show us how Isadora Thursday 1:30-3:30, Vil-Duncan and Josephine Baker created new lage on the Cannonkinds of interpretive dance. No less im-portant were Gertrude Stein and Sylvia The years 1750-1890 en- compass the rise and theBeach, who drew these strong-willed indi-viduals into an intimate creative commu- collapse of the traditionalnity. Our Gallic feast will conclude with a horse-and-bison culture of the aboriginallight dessert: Woody Allen’s delightful inhabitants of the plains of western Amer- ica. We will attempt to understand thatfantasy, Midnight in Paris. culture as a whole as we learn the historyEric Nelson is Professor Emeritus of English, St Olaf C of particular tribes and their interactionslege. with Europeans and Americans who en- croached upon the lands they called their8. Vern Faillettaz, Islam: Unity and own. Particular examples we will studyDiversity more closely will be taken from the histo-Thursday 9:30-11:30 AM, Senior Cen- ries of the tribes of the northern plains,ter 106 e.g. Blackfeet, Crow, Sioux, and Chey- enne. Readings will include contempo-Muslim countries have recently experi-enced amazing changes in political 5
  • 6. 6rary native testimony as well as modern brating those festivals, she has led and participated in cele- brations of the eight seasons of the solar calendar for overscholarship. 25 years.Robert Bonner taught American Indian History at CarletonCollege, from whence he retired in 2001. 11. Bill Carlson, The Economy: Then and Now10. Mary Flaten, Celebrations of theSun Cycle Friday 9:30-11:30, Northfield Senior Center, Room 106Thursday 1:30-3:30: Three Links ,Parkridge Dining Room In this course we will spend six weeks studying late―A life without festival is a long road with- th th 18 , 19 , andout an inn.‖ – Democritus. There are four early 20th cen- major junctures in the tury economic relationship of the history and then earth to the sun, two spend two solstices and two weeks consider- equinoxes. Halfway ing the effect of between each of them the highly are the so-called skewed income distribution on our present ―cross-quarter days.‖ economy. The course will examine in de- Yearly festivals have tail the industrial revolution starting intraditionally clustered around all eight of Britain followed by a major emphasis onthese calendar points. In this day and age, the growth of the U. S. economy in themarvelous arrays of artificial light are eve- 19th century including the role played byrywhere 24/7, so much so that appreciation Minnesota. This will be followed by look-of the life-giving solar orb is sometimes ing at the great depression in the 1930’s.forgotten. Each class meeting will feature With this background we will read thethe solar origin of one major festival day, book, ―Aftershock: The Next Economy &starting with the Winter Sol- America’s Future‖, by Robert B. Reich,stice/Christmas/Festival of Lights, with its Professor of Public Policy, University ofpossible original meaning, and with a look California, Berkley. Our study and theat historical and cross-cultural ritual varia- book will provide a starting point for a dis-tions. Decorative cloths and objects appro- cussion of the present economy. The pa-priate to the season will enliven the room, perback book is available at Monkey Seeand some samplings of food will be pro- Monkey Read, Northfield.vided. Some of the classes will include a Bill Carlson is Professor Emeritus in Economics at St. Olafstory circle, where each participant will be College. His principal teaching emphasis was statistics andgiven the opportunity to briefly share a quantitative economics. Since retirement he has spent sig- nificant time studying the industrial revolution. In additionmemory relevant to the topic. The text will he has led a number of International Study Programs lead-be The Dance of Time, by Michael Judge, ing students to many places in the world. He has writtenavailable from Monkey See, Monkey three textbooks, numerous papers, including considerable research on highway accidents. He was the only member ofRead. the St. Olaf faculty with an undergraduate degree in MiningMary Flaten, M.A., M.A.T., grew up loving Christmas and Engineering.Easter, Halloween and Thanksgiving. In addition to cele- 6
  • 7. 7 REGISTRATION FORM 2012 CVEC WINTER TERM CLASSES January 9 – March 2, 2012 Registration Begins November 21, 2011 Complete the form below and bring or mail to: Cannon Valley Elder Collegium, @Northfield Senior Center, 1651 Jefferson Parkway, Northfield MN 55057Include course fee of $50.00 or check the financial For class selection, in the first column indicate person A, B orassistance box. Books, printed materials and travel both, and in the second column indicate your choice with X. You may register for more than one course by writing anotherwhen specified for a class, are extra and optional. X next to the second course, and including the tuition for each course.Name(s) A/B X(A)__________________________________ ___ ___ Einstein!(B)___________________________________ ___ ___ Understanding Evolution ___ ___ The Book of RevelationAddress_______________________________ ___ ___ Exploring Haunted GroundCity__________________________________ ___ ___ How to be Your Family’s Best DoctorTelephone_____________________________ ___ ___ Paris and the Birth of Modernism (9:30) ___ ___ Paris and the Birth of Modernism (1:30)E-mail Address_________________________ (To be used only for CVEC activities) ___ ___ Islam: Unity and Diversity ___ ___ Plains Indians in the 19thCenturyCheck if you need financial assistance_______ ___ ___ Celebrations of the Sun CycleCheck if this is your first CVEC class________Included is a tax-deductible gift of__________ ___ ___ The Economy: Then and Now--------------------------------------------------------------------------Register Early to Avoid Being Disappointed Cannon Valley Elder Collegium Goals Our Purpose:A registration box will be available at the Northfield SeniorCenter beginning November 21, 2011. All registrations must  To provide a content oriented study experience forbe accompanied by a check unless financial assistance has elder students with senior faculty.been requested. If you must mail your registration, send it Our Program:early enough to arrive by November 21. All mail and box  CVEC focuses on a desire for life-long learningregistrations received by the end of the first day (Nov 21) will  The courses of study are selected to provide richbe treated as arriving at the same time, and random selection academic experiences in the liberal artswill be used to fill courses if necessary.  Most of these studies will take a seminar format withPlease register by December 16, 2011. If the class for which learners actively participating in research andyou register is oversubscribed, you will be notified dialogueimmediately, so you may register for another course. After  CVEC welcomes younger registrants (under 50) on aDecember 16, cards will be mailed to confirm course seat-available basisregistration. If a course fills prior to Dec.16, cards will be  Previous formal education is not a requirementmailed immediately to the class members. Our Policies:Class availability and enrollment numbers will be updated  Class size is generally limited to 15daily on the web page: www.cvec.org. The Registration  Most classes will meet 8 times, once/weekBook at the Senior Center also provides information on class  Classes are 2 hours/sessionenrollment.  Financial assistance is available for registrants who can not afford the fee (Check above)MEMBERSHIP FUNDING: The difference between  Students may withdraw from a course before the 2ndCVECs tuition revenue and total cost has been bridged by class meeting and request a refundmember contributions and grants. Because many volunteer Questions concerning registration should be directed to:their time, our administrative costs have always been David Halsor, Operations Directorminimal. Tax deductible contributions are needed and greatly 713 Highland Ave, Northfield, MN 55057appreciated. 507-645-6052 dhalsor@rconnect.com 7
  • 8. 8Cannon Valley Elder Collegium Non-Profit1651 Jefferson Parkway OrganizationNorthfield, MN 55057 U.S. Postage Paid Northfield, MN 55057CVEC is a non-discriminatory PERMIT # 51 OrganizationFrom the Director: All of us serving on the CVEC Board were gratified to begin our 14th academic year on September 19with a record enrollment of 209 students. While our mission has never been merely to set new records,we do feel happy with this endorsement of our curriculum, and believe this testifies to the variety, novelty,and appeal of the courses being offered, as well as the abundant good will and friendliness of the studentsand faculty. You may be assured we will remember these points in our future planning, which is com-pleted for the winter term, and almost completed for spring. It was particularly nice that the classroom we were hoping for in the Weitz Center opened as scheduledon Sept. 20. The course chosen for this was Hartley Clark’s The Arab Revolt Against Misrule. Itquickly reached its quota of enrollment and the classroom lived up to its promise of state-of-the-art techni-cal facilities. It was fitting that one of Carleton’s most noted faculty was willing to lead this course. I’msure I speak for all participants when I extend my personal gratitude to Carleton College for the use of thisspace, and we are eager to continue this splendid example of sharing the college’s mission with our com-munity. On the subject of shared missions, we point with satisfaction to the program given at the NorthfieldSenior Center on Oct. 21, when Prof. Ed Berkeley gave a seminar to a sizeable audience of local citizenson the play under his direction, Shakespeare’s The Tempest. This seminar was jointly sponsored by theSenior Center, the public library, and CVEC, who also sponsored a post-production seminar by RuthWeiner of the Carleton theatre department. We are now hoping to offer a film festival at the Weitz Centerin the not-too-distant future, to show our membership a truly modern and comfortable cinema theatre inaction. Please join us on these shared journeys, and offer your suggestions for others that appeal to YOU. Ed 8