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Safety Deposit Boxes Grand Island | Omaha | Kearney | Hastings | Lincoln | Sumner 2015 North Broadwell Avenue 3111West Stolley Park Road 2009 North Diers Avenue 518 North Eddy Street Service and Safety is our Priority While our lobbies may be temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to let you know F ive Points Bank is fully operational and committed to serving our customers. We offer many products and services that can be used without ever having to step into one our branches. Below is some information on how you can navigate our new way of doing business. Five Points Bank appreciates your understanding during these turbulent times. We look forward to weathering this storm together and serving your banking needs and our local communities for years to come. Thank you again for being a Five Points Bank customer. We truly appreciate that you have entrusted your banking business with The Better Bank. As this situation evolves, we pledge to continue to provide your banking needs to the best of our abilities. Appointments | Access to the lobby will be granted if you have an appointment with a loan officer or new accounts representative. Please call your local branch to make an appointment. Safety Deposit Boxes | Safety deposit box access will be by appointment or emergency situations. Deposit | Make a deposit using our drive-thru or night deposit located at each branch. Online and Mobile Banking | Using our mobile app or online banking platform, you can have 24-hour access to your accounts. This allows you to safely and securely check balances, make transfers, and pay bills on your computer or mobile device. Mobile Deposit | Deposit checks 24/7 from smartphone or tablet with our free mobile banking app. Need Cash? | Utilize our drive thru or our ATMs Online Bill Pay | Pay bills online from your computer or mobile smartphone. Zelle | Send money securely from your bank accounts to just about anyone with an email address or mobile number (United States only) Make a Loan Payment | Make payments through the drive thru, or make payments over the phone at your local branch. Do you need to open a new Checking Account, Savings Account, or CD? | Call your local branch, and we will take all of the information over the phone and schedule a time for you to sign account documents. Do you need a loan? | Call your local branch, and we will be happy to have you talk to a loan officer about your lending needs. Do you have a question regarding an account? | Please call our customer service number at 308-384-4323 or 1-800-576-4687. Do you need a Debit Card or Credit Card? | Please call a new accounts representative at your branch. Do you need to renew a CD? | Please call your local branch. Mobile Banking Appo intments ATMs Night Deposit The Grand Island Independent THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2020 4A senior LIVING By Lindsey Tanner AP Medical Writer A phone call sounds like such a small thing. But the sedatedman in a Missouri hospital room was gravely ill with COVID-19, and nurses arranged for his family to wish himwell, perhaps for the last time. In another hospital, a gui- tar-playing nurse sings ‘’Amazing Grace” outside patients’ rooms. And in another, doctors show smil- ing photos of themselves so COVID-19 patients can see the faces behind the masks. In a time of anxiety and isola- tion, simple acts of kindness from medical workers are giving com- fort and hope to patients and their families. That phone call arranged by a nurse at a St. Louis-area hospital let ErinMuthtalktoherdad,SteveBlaha, for the first time in six days and just hoursafterdoctorsrevivedhimwhen his heart stopped beating. “Dad had basically died andwe hadn’t hada chance to sayanything to him,” said Muth, a nurse her- self in Iowa. She tearfully told her dad, “Thanks for everything you’ve done for me, rooting for me and cheering me on. I’m cheering you on now, Dad.” Blaha, a machinist, turned 65 the next day, March 28, and though he remained sedated, Erin and her momwished him happy birthday in a nurse-arranged video call. Muth is convinced those calls gaveBlaha strength. Days later doc- tors removed the ventilator and let Blaha breathe on his own. He’s weak, but recovering. Most people do recover fromthe new coronavirus. But it can be life-threatening for older adults and people with existing health prob- lems. Many hospitals treating COVID-19patientshaveadoptedstrict no-visitorpoliciesandpatients’ only human contact iswithmasked and glovedmedical workers. “I’m afraid it might feel a little bit dehumanizing,” said Dr. Eliza- bethPaulk, an attending physician at ParklandMemorial Hospital in Dallas. “So much of our interac- tionwithpatients is nonverbal, and I think a lot of thewarmth and hu- manity of the interaction is lost whenyoucan’t see someone’s smile or their face.” That’s why Paulk decided to have her team make personal in- troductions, in simple paper print- outs showing their names, color photos, and greetings in English and Spanish. Paulk’s photo shows her with her two kids. Themessage: “We are complete people and we see them as com- plete people,” she said. At SalineMemorial Hospital in Benton, Arkansas, Katie Lea, chief nursing officer, knew the staff and patients needed to ease their stress. She recalled that one nurse plays guitar and sings at a local church. Michael Stramiello gladly obliged. On work breaks, wearing a blue surgical mask, he strums and sings at the nursing station and in the corridor, loud enough for patients to hear in their rooms. Religious songs are his favor- ites, but at a patient’s request he played “You are My Sunshine.” Stramiello said everyone is feel- ing “a bit more anxiety” because of the pandemic. “Music has always beenmyper- sonal therapy relief,” he said. “It’s a different approach to being a nurse, for sure. It makesme thank- ful to be able to do it.” The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content. A phone call, a song: Small gestures soothe stress In this March 2020 image taken from video provided by Adam Blackerby, Michael Stramiello plays the guitar inside a hospital room in Benton, Ark. In a time of anxiety and isolation, simple acts of kindness from hospital workers are giving comfort to patients and their families. Stramiello plays and sings for stressed-out staffers and patients. Adam Blackerby via AP SOCIAL SECURITY By Joel Aas Social Security Administration With more than 80 years of service, the Social Security Adminis- tration has helped secure today and tomorrow with financial benefits, infor- mation, and tools that support you throughout life’s journey. In May, we recognize Older Ameri- cans month and we encourage you to partici- pate by learning about available Social Security benefits. Did you know that you may be able to receive benefits on your spouse’s record if you have not worked or do not have enough Social Security credits to qualify for your own Social Security benefits? To qualify for spouse’s benefits, you must be: ■ 62 years of age or older; or ■ Any age and care for a child who is younger than age 16 or who is disabled and entitled to receive benefits on your spouse’s record. Your full spouse’s benefit could be up to one-half the amount your spouse is entitled to receive at their full retirement age. If you choose to receive spouse’s benefits before you reach full retirement age, you will get a permanently reduced benefit. If you wait until you reach full retirement age to receive benefits, you will receive your full spouse’s benefit amount – up to half the amount your spouse can receive. You will also get your full spouse’s benefit if you care for a child who is younger than age 16 or who has a disability and is entitled to receive benefits on your spouse’s record. If your benefits as a spouse are higher than your own retirement benefits, you will get a combination of benefits that equal the higher spouse benefit. For example, Sandy qualifies for a retirement benefit of $250 and a spouse’s benefit of $400. At her full retirement age, she will receive her own $250 retirement benefit. We will add $150 from her spouse’s benefit, for a total of $400. Want to apply for either your or your spouse’s benefits? Are you at least 61 years and 8 months old? Visit www. ment to learn more about the process. Are you divorced, but your marriage lasted at least 10 years? You may be able to get benefits on your former spouse’s record. Explore more about your eligibility by visiting our Benefits Planner page at www.ssa. gov/planners/retire/ divspouse.html for more information. Joel Aas is the Social Security district manager in Grand Island. You may be eligible for spousal benefits By Tim Henderson Stateline (TNS) ASHBURN, Va. — At 76, Anne Doane is still stocking shelves in aWegmans here, leaning to fill a display with hairbrushes as Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer” plays over the store’s sound system. “I never saved throughout my life, so therefore I have to do this,” Doane said. “And because I like it. I want to get out of the house. I want to talk to people. And I need the money.” MoreU.S.workersareworkingafter turn- ing 65, both out of financial necessity and to staybusy,atrendtheU.S.Bureauof LaborSta- tistics sees increasing over the next 10 years. Thebureauprojectstheshareof seniorswork- ing or actively looking for jobs to rise from 19.6%in 2018 to 23.3%in 2028, nearly double the rate of 1998, when itwas less than 12%. More than 165,000 seniors are working in grocery stores, earning an average of about $31,000 a year. About half of themore than 9 million workers 65 and older are in retail, health care, business services or ed- ucation, according to Bureau of Labor Sta- tistics data and a Stateline analysis of Cur- rent Population Survey microdata. Some of the highest-paying jobs for se- niors are incolleges anduniversities, where the average salary for the age group ismore than $93,000 a year, and in charity and ad- vocacy groups, where the average for the age group is more than $107,000 a year. It may be a shock for people to find that they can’t get by on Social Security alone, especially for those who claim their bene- fits before they turn 70. For passion or for money, more seniors keep working ■ turn to WORKING LONGER , page 5A THURSDAYS in The Independent on your time. YOUR GUIDE TO ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT IN THE COMING WEEKS your TICKET