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Flu Season Precautions

Flu symptoms include: Fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. You can help stop the spread of the flu:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough and sneeze. Discard the tissue in the trash immediately after use.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, as this is how germs spread.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.

If you do get the flu:

  • Remain at home and limit contact with others as much as possible.
  • Call to order meal delivery.
  • Stay in your apartment for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone (Your fever should be gone without using a fever reducing medicine.)
  • Notify Natasha, our social worker, at 283-2088. Seek medical attention if needed!

Flu Shots Still Available Here!

You've heard the news – this year's flu is particularly dangerous! If you have not already had a flu shot, it's not too late. Protect yourself, family, friends, residents, & staff - get a flu shot NOW! Call Natasha Peterson at 283-2088 to schedule a flu shot.

Grand Hall AV Training

Residents who are interested in being film hosts are invited to attend this training session, where you will learn how to start the DVDs, select the English language subtitles, and adjust the volume on our new AV system in the Grand Hall. This training session starts at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, January 30th.

Health Tips from the Health Services Committee

In case of an emergency, it's a great idea to have vital information within easy reach of responding emergency personnel. Capitol Lakes provides clear plastic packets to be attached inside apartment entrance doors. If you don't already have one, you can request one at the reception desk as a "work order". In these packets, keep your Emergency Guide and information relative to your medical care, including the medications you use and any disabilities you may have. It's always best to be prepared in advance!

Adventure Trips

All trips will depart from the MainGate entrance while the remodeling of the Henry St. entrance is under way. Sign up for vans at the MainGate desk on the Friday before the departure date, unless otherwise indicated.

January 29 Guided Tour of Monona Terrace - 10 AM Departure One hour docent-guided tour with a $3 per person fee. Monona Terrace was designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Today's trip will be followed by lunch at nearby Paisan's, overlooking Lake Monona, for great Italian food.

Note to Frank Lloyd Wright fans: We plan to tour other Frank Lloyd Wright structures this summer, including Taliesin in Spring Green and Wingspread in Racine.

Buddy System

A new form "BUDDY SYSTEM at CAPITOL LAKES" has been developed by the Health Services Committee and approved by CLRA. It implements a new voluntary system in which two residents agree upon a mutually acceptable way - and time - to check-in with each other (typically by phone). The system is designed to promote a sense of community among independent living Capitol Lakes residents. Copies of the form are available at the Reception Desk. When completed, they are to be left at the Reception Desk for Social Worker Natasha Peterson. If help is needed to find a BUDDY, please contact Chaplain Guta (283-2004).

Library News

Good News! There is now a loose leaf notebook in the library containing a list of all the books in our inventory. The books are listed alphabetically by author. The notebook is on the library table.

If you see a book which is listed in the inventory but it is not on the shelves, RESERVE IT. A notebook is attached to the inventory notebook for this purpose.

Because of the lack of space, the library has taken many classic authors' books off the shelves. However, if you have been looking for books by authors from Bromfield, Chaucer and Eliot to Steinbeck, Thurber, Twain, amid many others, ask to see the cache of classic books in the library office. We will be glad to help you.

Buddhism Study Group

This series led by Carmen Rumbaut continues on Friday, Jan. 25 at 3 PM in the Heights Chapel. Learn how to deal with suffering according to the Buddha. Specifics methods will be presented.

Upcoming Computer Classes at Madison Senior Center

PC Maintenance and Performance Class
Learn how to keep your Windows-based systems running at peak performance levels and preventing common computer problems. Topics include hard drive cleanup and maintenance, managing startup options, upgrades and updates for hardware and software, Web browsers, Internet security and more! Meets Wednesday, February 6 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. The cost is $12. Call 266-6581 to register.

Internet Security Class
Join Cris Carpenter from House Call Computer Services to learn about this important topic on Wednesday, February 13, 9:30-10:30 am. Internet threats can take quite a variety of forms and most of them are intended to extract sensitive information from your computer and/or money from your accounts. Learn to protect your computer, personal information and accounts by recognizing common threats, utilizing effective security software, and employing safe web browsing and emailing practices. $12 fee. Call 266-6581 to register.

Skype Class
Friends and family all over the World are utilizing this free computer program to talk "face to face" via the Internet. Join Cris Carpenter from House Call Computer Services to learn how to install and use Skype for free live video phoning between computers anywhere in the world. Topics include system and internet requirements, webcams, setting up a Skype account, downloading and installing the software, adding contacts, making and receiving calls, and more. Wednesday, February 20 from 9:30 – 11:30 am. $12 fee. Call 266-6581 to register.

The Senior Center is located at 330 West Mifflin Street in Madison. Parking is available in the Overture Center Garage right next door to the Senior Center, if you choose to drive yourself and pay for parking.


Voting in the February 19 Primary Election

This is the Spring Primary Election for Judicial Offices and School Board.

Absentee Ballots. To vote by absentee ballot, you must be registered at your current address. If you have done this before, remember that you must renew your request for each calendar year unless you are on the Permanent Absentee Ballot List. If you are unsure of your status, call the Madison City Clerk's office, 266-4601. To request an Absentee Ballot, come to the Atrium at one of he times listed below.

If you need to register, come to the Atrium at one of the following times:

  • 2:30-3:00 PM Wednesday, Jan. 23
  • 10:00-10:30 AM, Thursday, Jan. 24

Bring your Wisconsin Driver's License or State ID if one has been issued to you. Otherwise, provide the last four digits of your Social Security number.

Voting on Election Day. Capitol Lakes Grand Hall is our polling place. To vote, you will have to be registered at your current address, including Apartment Number. You will NOT need a Voter ID.

You can register at the polls on Election Day. To do this, you must present acceptable written evidence of residence address. In addition, be prepared to provide the number on your Wisconsin Driver's License or Wisconsin ID card if one has been issued or, otherwise, the last four digits of your Social Security Number.

Unsure of Your Voter Registration Status? Call the City Clerk's Office (266-4601) or go to

An Election Information Notebook with sample ballot and the League of Women Voters' Candidate's Answers will be placed in the Library on Floor C. Brochures from the Madison City Clerk's Office are available for pickup at the Free Speech Bulletin Board on Floor C.

QUESTIONS? Call Dan Cornwell, 233-4990; Sally Drew, 251-3406; June Blanchard, 238-7337; Wanda Williamson, 658-1228; or the City Clerk's Office, 266-4601.
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Grand Hall Highlights

Keisuke Yamamoto, Violin
Friday, Jan. 25, 7 PM

Isthmus Chamber Orchestra
"L'Histoire du Soldat"

Sat. Jan. 26, 7 PM

James Crow Memorial Concert
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 7:30 PM

Lincoln Grahlfs presents
DVD "Veterans Trip to Cuba"

Thursday, Jan. 31, 2 PM

Garrick Olsen Piano Recital
Friday, Feb. 1, 7 PM

Capitol Lakes, 333 W. Main Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53703
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