Hello friends,

I hope you and your family are well. I am thinking of you and sending my positive thoughts and prayers. We are missing everyone, and hope to bridge the distance through this electronic connection.

For many of us, this is a stressful time; we have a great deal on our minds. For caregivers, this stress can be even more pronounced. Caring for a loved-one can be challenging, and sometimes caregivers neglect to take good care of themselves. Instead, their selfless energy is focused on their loved-one. It is important, however, to keep up with routine appointments and tests. Please do not neglect your health, especially with Covid-19 lurking about. So, this month, I am providing a few (not-so-gentle) reminders. Below, I have included things to prioritize and dates to mark; there are reminders for your physical health, for the health of our country and for the overall health of Ovation Adult Day Services. I promise this isn’t going to hurt. In fact, once you make the appointments, I bet you feel relief. Are you ready? Plop down in your comfiest chair, sip on a delicious beverage, and get ready to enter calendar dates and make a few calls. Let’s do an October countdown and stay on track!

…5, 4, 3, 2, 1… Important Things to Remember:

  1. Please Make a Plan to Vote-  “The vote is precious. It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democratic society, and we must use it.”- John Lewis

I have been heartbroken that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away. Throughout her remarkable life, she fought to improve our world through the pursuit of justice, by balancing the scales and by fighting for equal rights. Her principles and words always touched my soul, and I am forever grateful for her wisdom, grace, strength and bravery. In Hebrew, I would call her a “tzaddeket” (the feminine form of tzaddik). The Forward wrote, “…Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a thoughtful person who worked tirelessly to create a more just world. One that would perpetuate equality and access, one that wasn’t reliant on charity, one that was better for people she did not know, without the expectation of praise or fame.” Today, let us all honor her incredible spirit and legacy by voting.  And…Tell them that Ruth sent you!

Your vote counts! Click here for Wisconsin election tools, deadlines, dates, rules and links. Furthermore, this website provides registration information, voting by mail information and a polling place locator (your polling place may have changed- so please double check). https://www.vote.org/state/wisconsin/

Amazingly, I just read about a 102 year old woman that wore personal protective equipment so she could vote! Wow, what an example to follow! If she did it, we can too! No excuses friends…. just make a plan and vote! Election Day in Wisconsin is November 3, 2020. It is your choice to vote from home, or to wear a mask and vote in person. Please check the website (noting the deadlines), and make your vote count!

  1. Reduce Your Covid-19 Risk, and Get Your Flu Shot– “If you don’t take care of your body, where are you going to live?” -author unknown

Usually, the Flu season begins in October, and peaks between December and February. So, we are entering the typical flu time. On a “normal” year I would encourage you to talk to your doctor about getting a flu shot, but this year it is especially important. The flu shot is another way to reduce your risk of Covid-19.  From my point of view- it is ALL about minimizing risk!  Below is the website for the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention for frequently asked questions for the 2020-2021 season. As always, please check with your doctor for recommendations/guidance. In addition, if you are over 65 years, ask your physician about a Fluzone High-Dose vaccine. The CDC suggests that “September and October are good months to get vaccinated.” If you have not received your vaccine yet, please call your doctor and make an appointment this week.   https://www.cdc.gov/flu/season/faq-flu-season-2020-2021.htm

  1. It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month!- This is a great month to schedule a mammogram appointment, and to continue doing self-breast exams. I am sure many of you know someone that has been through Breast Cancer or is currently undergoing treatment. My family has also been touched with cancer, so this request is personal. Today, I ask you to please make your appointment for a mammogram, and to remind the people that you love (your mother, your partner, your sister, and your dear friends) to do the same. Click here for more information (from Mayo Clinic) about breast health/awareness and directions on how to perform a self-exam.  Please make your appointment today!  https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/breast-exam/about/pac-20393237
  2. Did You Know That Ovation Adult Day Services is in the News? …Hot off the press! (Can I still say this if it’s an electronic version?) I am delighted to share the electronic version of Rob Golub’s article entitled “Ovation Connects at Home During a Pandemic” – featured in The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle. (Thank you Rob!) This piece highlights how we currently provide services and connection to our wonderful families. Please click here to read: https://www.jewishchronicle.org/2020/10/02/ovation-connects-at-home-during-pandemic/
  3. You are Invited to the Virtual In-Ovation Third Annual Event– This special, online event is held on Thursday, October 22nd, at 6:45 pm. Please join us! The event is free to attend (but donations are welcome) and will be streamed live from our website. Your registration is appreciated.

I am also thrilled to share that the proceeds from this year’s In-Ovation Fundraising Event will help support Ovation’s Adult Day Services!

These days, we have a lot on our minds. I hope this Touch Points will remind you of a few important appointments and dates to note. As always, if you have a question or need help, please contact me. I would be very happy to assist. I am here for you! Email me at DRubin-Winkelman@ovation.org

Thinking of you and sending all my positive energy and love,

Dana