The retirement years can be a wonderful time to serve the Lord and His people, enjoy fellowship with others and the possibility of some travel to see other parts of the world!  With a little planning and some caution, seniors can safely visit almost any destination, especially Omaha, Nebraska this fall at the OWLS National Convention! More information on the trip to Omaha in the April issue of the OWLS newsletter on the Gathering Space kiosk…

All travelers, including seniors, would do well to make sure they have had a regular check-up prior to a major trip. A discussion about any matters of concern and medicines he or she is taking is important for the doctor to know. In addition to providing vaccines, medicine, and advice for keeping healthy, a doctor can conduct a physical exam to assess a senior's fitness for travel. Seniors should consider their physical limitations when planning a trip. Seniors with heart disease, for example, might choose an itinerary that does not involve strenuous activities. Seniors may also have a hard time recovering from jet lag and motion sickness, so they should take these factors into account when planning a trip. Seniors would do well to follow their usual dietary patterns! If very rich or spicy foods bother your stomach, then avoid an excess of the foods that are bothersome!

Prescription medicine should always be carried in its original container, along with a list of your prescriptions and any allergies. All medicine should be packed in carry-on luggage, in case checked luggage gets lost. Insurance cards, the name of your physician and a phone number, your pharmacy and a phone number, and the name and number of an emergency contact person not traveling with you are all helpful pieces of information.

Interested in a handy ID created for our seniors by Joe Stickney at David’s Star? Stop by the Health Office or ask Sue, and she’ll be glad to give you one. Enjoy your travels this summer and consider a road trip this fall with the David’s Star OWLS group (a coach bus has been reserved to make the trip easier)!  All seniors are welcome. Reserve your spot on the bus!

Always remember that our Lord is still in control in spite of the limitations that come as we age, and God’s promise in Deuteronomy 31:6…Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord Your God goes with you: he will never leave you nor forsake you.

Your friend in Christ,

Sue Bolha RN, David’s Star Parish Nurse
Anyone interested in joining the DS OWLS is invited to talk either myself, Mel Heckendorf or Doris Koeller.  The qualifications include being a David's Star congregational member (or an affiliated WELS or ELS congregational membership), where you or your spouse are 50 years or older and an annual $15 per person National OWLS Registration fee.  Note, however that this fee is usually reimbursed through member discounts on many of our DS OWLS annual activities.

Sue Bolha

The Organization of WELS Lutheran Seniors (OWLS) is a national organization for WELS/ELS members single or married who are 55 and over or whose spouse is of that age. People not yet 55 but retired are also welcome! Our purpose is to gather for fun, fellowship, service and spiritual growth as WELS/ELS Lutheran Seniors. OWLS provides a nation wide program for the life enrichment of seniors in the service of their Lord and His church.  
Individuals fifty-five years of age and older or retired, single or married, may become members by joining the David's Star OWLS Chapter # 80. Contact Dan Bolha @ 262-677-3485 or Dave Martin @ 262-677-0806 for more information.
Chapters provide the opportunity for spiritual growth through Bible Study, visiting those not able to attend church services with devotions and helping others in need as well as fellowship with like minded Christians. As members you will receive the quarterly newsletter and be able to attend the annual national convention as well as taking part in local Chapter activities. Yearly membership is $15 per person providing support for the European Civilian Chaplaincy Program.