A very interesting conversation with Nancy Rich, senior advocate and current Senior Center Coordinator for Bates County Missouri.
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A very interesting conversation with Nancy Rich, senior advocate and current Senior Center Coordinator for Bates County Missouri.
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welcome once again to the complicated burrito. Here's your podcast host Alan Brooks on today's show. We have Nancy Rich. Nancy is a senior advocate, and she's also the senior center coordinator for Bates County, Missouri. All right, let's give Nancy a call and see if she's home.
Welcome to the complicated burrito.
Uh, I'm honored
when I talk to you about being on the show. I had mentioned your senior activism and you corrected me. It said that you were not an activist, but an advocate. Can you tell me and the listeners a little bit about that?
Okay. And activists is centrally focused on their mission, and in my opinion, and this is just my opinion. Sometimes they get they, um, get a little overbearing for my taste. I'm not saying all of them are that way, but in aspic, it, um, educate on the reason why a certain vote should be made. They are willing to educate legislators anybody else who was like, who would listen to them. And I firmly believe that if one needs Thio, hold a protest against something they believe this wrong. Um, I feel that it's better to educate and, uh, not centrally demand. I don't like people demanding stuff on me. I would much rather they talk with me and, uh, educate me. Okay,
that's really interesting. Well, how long have you been a senior advocate?
Oh, my goodness. It kind of kind of chose me, Um, to start with the very first senior I feel in love with my grandmother Bush. She too, May. She was the coolest person in the world. My brothers and my sister and my cousins and I used the fight to spend the night with grandmother. She had them soft bed, she booth type of person that played game with you. Listen to you. Yeah. You know, grand parents are better than parents, you know? Yeah. They treat you differently.
I can remember my grandma making, you know, homemade ice cream and playing Chinese checkers, you know? Yes, I am like
that with my grandmother too.
So you want You got a lot of schooling behind. I see you got a lot of certifications. A c m a CNN. See Mt and Mt. Yeah, You got a bachelor's in project management.
And you got your bachelor's degree while he was working full time at the same time, right?
It was. It was with Colorado Technical University, online I'm in. If he remembered the commercial,
I've taken up some credited online courses. And that's the way to go.
Yes. There it is. What are your courses on?
A veterinary assistant.
Oh, very cool. Very needed.
Yeah. Yeah. You know,
I remember you telling me that at one time,
right? Yeah. Well, you know, a lot of people didn't even take that step. And it was a six month online course, which is easy enough, you know? And the next step would be, like, two years at a community college and which was tech. So I just wanted to get the assisting and see what I could learn, you know?
Yeah, But I have to hook you up with my friend Maryland paller in Texas, because that's what she worked at.
E m. T. Did you get that? Have you ever worked as a name? T
Yes, I have.
Yeah, as a matter of fact, at the senior center, I've often told my my my volunteers that, um, they know I don't like trauma, which means injury. Um, they have taken them to the hospital before. Um, in fact, my the assessment skills that I've learned as a empty I can look at you and tail if you're doing good or if you're not doing so good.
Wow. That's amazing.
Yeah, I had the best teacher in the world
know what's the C. M. A.
CMA is a certified medication aid.
Okay. So you can give out medication.
Right? And the only difference between my C. M. A and my CME T is I have a certification now to give insulin shots.
What is CME T
CME T is certified medication technicians.
What? C n a
certified nursing assistant.
Wow. You have got a lot of certifications under your vote.
Yeah, well, a lot of hard work of behind the certification.
Yeah, Right now, you grew up in a military family, So you were on the move all the time, right?
Absolutely. And I tell you the truth, that it is a survivable type lifestyle. It kind of works on you in relationships in some ways, but in other ways, it gives you exposure to the type of travel that a lot of people in small scale could not a diff by with unless they were in the military. I lived about six months as a child in the Philippines.
Okay, I've been there twice.
Yeah, little place called Little Anjali.
so, you know, And then when I went back to the States, I kind of had fun with some of the kids at school. I would tell them about the huge flower Boston, the bushes of huge flower Boston's that surrounded our house we had to do was open up our windows way. Didn't have to use Glade a ring thing. And then I also told him about the giant grasshoppers that would stand over your house waiting for you to come out so they could eat you.
I'm picturing that in my mind.
But, you know, then I could tell him about the giant army, and that would come and, uh, get rid of all the insects, the army, and they're true.
So your father served in Vietnam?
Yes, sir. Um, he did one tour, and he, uh he actually, uh, retired in 1974 which was the same year my husband joined the Marine Corps.
Well, well, I saw your husband was in Desert Storm and he retired in 94.
Yeah, he did. Yes, he did. Well, I was kind of like what? Margaret Hoolahan said, Um, that she was a military brat through and through, and she thought civilians were people who were waiting for the uniforms. Come back from the laundry.
What does the word geriatric? Me and geriatrics.
Okay, Jerry Asterix is the study of old people that that's basically what it's just study up. In fact, I would love to get a, uh, a degree in geriatrics. Most of my geriatric knowledge is through experience.
I've heard the world, like, you know, on TV and in commercials and stuff. But, you know, I knew it was related to seniors in some way. When does what is the definition of a senior? I mean, what is the age like?
Okay, a baby boomer, actually, uh, it was born between 1945 to through 1960. And some people say 1965. But I don't know, it's It's according to where you get your information from, but according to what I've learned, people born between 1945 and 1960.
Well, I'm starting to get those letters in the mail. You No way. Yeah.
Love you got a free bag? Yeah,
I did. I did a heck. Yeah, Yeah. 57. Now, you know, I graduated in 80 okay? And then I went in the navy directly, right? And so I want, you know, Japan and the Philippines, and I was all over, you know?
Oh, yeah. So you have travel experience?
Yes. Well, I think it's good for everybody to get out at least a little bit.
Your comfort zone or your area. You know,
what's the comfort zone?
I guess, Even if you know, even if you
question what Normal.
Yeah, well, I guess if you get out in your state, you know, because even, you know, state to state cultures differ so much. You know, You know, there's so much just here in America to see, you know, But if you can get over into Europe, you know, at least once in your life, you know, I was tell people, Please do it because, you know, there's just so much history and everywhere you're walking, you know that just the people before you know the stories, it's just well,
well I'll tell you what, If you won't learn a piece of history, go to old person. Go Thio to a person it was born before the baby boomers. If you could find one, they are walking History book.
I've got a possible interview set up with a senior and he's I think 95. Yeah, I'm gonna take my mobile recorder over there to him and try and get him talking, You know?
Let me tell you something. You will learn more from that man than you will ever learn from anybody. They have seen it all. I I would love it. I have a, uh She's a board member. She also comes at a senior center and volunteers. She's a next month on the 24. She will turn 100 years old.
name is Miss Edie. Dilip.
And let me tell you, I wish somebody would record her history. I mean, phenomenal. Some of the things that she said and even some of the things she's accomplished after she turned 90 and that's what people don't understand.
Maybe we can get her on the show.
Okay, It'll take some doing believe you don't e
I completely understand. Wow. I
still have to meet you.
That's that's not a problem. You know, before my grandma passed away, I was fortunate enough. Thio getsem footage of her on video of reciting some poems. You know what? She was sharp, sharp as a tack. You know, she wouldn't let me come back and do it again. But at least I got those little bits, you know.
So, you know, I want to talk to you about something else. And that was the other thing that you like to do. And that's you're a writer.
I have been known to do a little writing. I'm not. In fact, I had the opportunity to go back to some of my school of fragments. And I'm reading a long and I'm like, Are you sure that was using ropes that Nancy Syria? But I write a monthly newsletter that the only thing I have really published
I have written a few poems. I have written a A. Uh, it's a fiction is called pimped out. Um, I have it published it, but
is that a book? Huh? Is it a book? Yes. Okay.
I've written a few poems
Yeah, I've got one right here. Yeah. Lady Liberty.
Yes. And I wrote that out of a painful heart after seeing how things were going in our government in our nation, and I just needed to write it. And that's that's what happens when when people are writers, they often write out their emotions on and especially painful ones. Sometimes out of, um, joyful emotions. Writing is creative. Writing is based out of emotions, much like painting and sculpting and music writing stuff like that. So it's a release.
How many poems do you have?
Uh, not very many. Uh, poetry is not my strongest suit. Um, I like to write things now. They help educate, um, especially educate seniors now so that they can live a more. Ah, healthier, more productive life. Amore. Purposeful life that way.
Well, you know, there's a lot of ways to publish E books now on the Internet. I've got, like, 90 books out on Amazon and kindle myself. Yeah,
yeah, yeah. A friend of mine is doing a Amazon business. I am. She's in Kurt's trying to encourage me to publish through Amazon. I moved a little more detail of what's going on then we may get back to that sometime.
Cool. Currently, you're running the senior center and Butler Missouri.
Yeah. I am the senior center coordinator for base. Canny.
And what I do is I work directly with volunteers in the front of the house. We served hot nutritional meals. There is a butler senior center and, uh, by, like, she's my could. But our culinary manager is what she calls herself, does the kitchen area. And I worked the front, and I do the administrative work. I also leaving guide seniors in their voluntary work. And we also provide home delivered meals for homebound seniors 60 and older.
Well, I've stopped in there. I've been in there two or three times, and you guys do a lot of amazing stuff now. You guys, you guys provide meals and you've got games and activities. What else do you guys view?
Oh, well, this Nadine is practically a better project managers, and I am because she's rallied. Volunteers thio, uh, so together, little stuffed animals that they gave away to the difference. Um, emergency centers like the police department to share
well when they have to deal with Children right we'll get a little stuffed animal.
Yeah, that if that, uh they made more because they started running out. We gave him to the hospital, especially the ambulances. Um oh, gosh. We gave him to the lily house out there in Adrian. Just different agencies that have to sometimes work with kids. So, uh, and then, uh, she even had a little party. Um, like she had a tight party. That kind of was dealing with different things that pertained to seniors. She said it upto where, like the pharmacist of Sunshine Policy caves and talk to them seniors about Medication Way had a boot for people to talk to them about physical exercise. Using Good Shepherd Hospital, Heartland Hospital came over and they were playing what it's called. Ah, balloon bash where he used the swimming noodle path of swimming noodles and blues. You hit him? Yeah. Great. I mean,
that sounds like different
games and stuff like that are always coming up with projects.
That's Nate. Why now? A Christmas time's always a big deal around there.
Oh, yeah, way we have been The claws come out the year before. Last way had to seven claws come out.
So, do you have any future things coming up?
Yes. Uh, right now, the city of Butler is trying to take off their plate the senior taxi, which has been running for 40 years. Okay. And the city's in trouble. So a group of us has gotten got together with representative Patricia Pike, and they met with some of the city councilman to come up with a different solution. Another group of us with the Northerner commissioner. And he came in as a citizen. And not just because he's the northern commissioner, and, uh, we're trying to set up a different program. Since, um, transportation did not pay an hour. Uh, we're looking at two possible situations. One is with West Central in collaboration with them to set up transportations that would help cover the county. We're also looking at the possibility of becoming a limited liability nonprofit.
I think it really just comes on defunding. Really?
Well, I know. Get Patricia Pike on board is smart.
Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah. Because she is interested in what's going on with seniors. She was very intricate old during the subcommittee for the Senior Taxi.
For those I don't know. She's the state representative for Bates County, Missouri. Right.
She is the 126 district State
representative. Thank you. Yeah. Yeah, I've met her several times. She's a great lady
down the earth. Wonderful lady. She she's a down home type person. She didn't put on air racing. She's a former teacher, and I really look up to her. In fact, I saw her today. The elf here, Rich Hill was having a fund raiser, and she came to it and she and I sat down and having pulled pork together,
that's cool. Yes, she makes time for people, you know, And, uh, and she doesn't act like she's in a hurry to get away from you, you know?
Exactly. We also met up with the lady that has a who has opened up her home, Thio. People who are trying to get away from drugs and alcohol. Yeah, I'll have to introduce her. Common a lady,
man. I've been down there just a little bit and, uh who? Wow, she's taken a lot. That's amazing. That's amazing, man. I'm glad there's people that can do that. Well, you know, I wanted to tell you to that I have talked to several people that locally about the problem with senior taxi and what they told me, you know? I mean, they didn't even mean they didn't bat an eye. And they said they would help fund raise that. They want to help. You know, I told and I told him, you know, it could be You know, I'm not sure how much a year, you know, the budget would be Well, you know, it would have to find out all that, But so I know you've got a lot of support.
Yes, and I appreciate that night without given name. I told them that we had some funding help coming and just waiting to come in. But there's some other help that we could use. Um, if any of your friends are maybe an intern or corporate lawyer who is willing to do some pro bono work because we're going to need someone like that help help guide us in the incorporation thing, especially with it with being able to become a limited liability nonprofit, and we could use an accountant.
Well, now I'll put some links under the podcast and and, you know, if somebody wants to help out. They can also get a hold of me, and I will direct them to you.
Fantastic. We greatly appreciate this talent.
Ah, but I'm glad to help. Well, Nancy, thank you so much for being my guest today on the complicated burrito. Really enjoyed having you and talking to you. A very interesting conversation today.
Yeah, that. Thank you, Ellen. Thank you for all your help. Your support and your prints. Ship.
Most of all. I love what you do. You know, we've been friends a long time now and so and I want, you know, I want to get you back on the show, you know? You know, down the road and we'll catch up and see. You know what's been happening.
Absolutely be my honor, Alan.
Okay, Nancy, will you have a great day and thanks again.
Thank you, Alan. Take care, but
Okay. Bye. All right. That was a really interesting conversation with Nancy Rich. I'd like to thank you for listening to the podcast today on behalf of Revo 24 radio. I'm Alan Brooks for the complicated burrito 24. You're 24 hour music connection. When you knew the best from across the globe