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Betty Goodwin, far left, participates in an exercise class April 20 at New Cassel Retirement Center in Omaha. Photo by Lisa Maxson/for the Catholic Voice.
Post date: 05/04/2017
Betty Goodwin just wants to stay healthy. At 93 years old, she makes it a point each day to keep her body, mind and spirit in the best shape possible. Her mother lived to be 98, and Goodwin, a member of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Omaha, said she expects to at least match that. "It’s about self-respect," she said. "I always want to do the best...
Post date: 05/04/2017
Nutritional needs can change as people get older. Sometimes health problems, medicine or simply aging can affect eating habits, said Deborah Willcox, a registered dietitian and licensed medical nutrition therapist at St. Joseph Retirement Community and St. Francis Memorial Hospital, both in West Point. Some common nutritional challenges for...

Marcia Bredar with the Ignatian Volunteer Corps at her work station at Habitat for Humanity in Omaha. Photo by Lisa Spellman/for the Catholic Voice.
Post date: 05/04/2017
For 12 years, Marcia Bredar, 64, volunteered at New Cassel Retirement Center in Omaha, where she served on the board of directors and helped the foundation. But something was missing. Two years ago, Bredar, an attorney who retired from Mutual of Omaha on disability in 1998 due to post-polio syndrome, read an announcement in her parish bulletin at...

Jerry Baughman, left, visits with Father Dave Reeson, pastor of St. Columbkille Parish in Papillion, Kathryn Derby and Deacon Dave Graef of St. Columbkille at Granville Villa in La Vista. Photo by Susan Szalewski/for the Catholic Voice.
Post date: 05/04/2017
Keeping healthy – body and soul – is important, two archdiocesan priests said, and the two types of health are intertwined. People who exercise, venture outdoors and eat wisely often gain a sense of calm from those activities, which can make prayer easier, drawing them closer to God, said Father Jerry Connealy, pastor of St. Peter Parish in...
Post date: 05/04/2017
While many parish senior ministry programs target the spiritual life, some also offer programs to address the physical wellbeing of seniors. And two Omaha parishes – St. Wenceslaus and St. Margaret Mary – are among several that include a nursing services program to help seniors remain active and engaged. "We’re fortunate to have a parish nurse...

Marius Baumert, a member of St. Aloysius Parish in Aloys, works in the hobby shop in his home on a replica of the parish’s original wood-frame church. On the same table is a model he built of the former school, and both are on display in the parish rectory after being showcased last year at the parish’s 125th anniversary celebration. Photo by Delores Meister/for the Catholic Voice.
Post date: 05/04/2017
Eighty-four-year-old Marius Baumert, a lifetime member of St. Aloysius Parish in Aloys, is putting his woodworking to good use – serving his family, church and community. With the Baumert name plate hanging on a driveway post leading to the family farm founded in 1879, about a mile south of the church (he can see the church from his front porch),...

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