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Not Enough Drops in the Bucket By Phyllis Watkins


inally! Our government has recognized what those of us who are caregivers already know. Alzheimer’s disease is a disease to be reckoned with. Already affecting over five million Americans, Alzheimer’s is expected to soon reach epidemic proportions. Currently, one in eight people over 65 has Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Nearly half of those over 85 have AD. Younger people also have AD--approximately 4% of those with the disease are under 65. By 2050, 11 to 16 million people are expected to have AD and the projected cost of their care is $1.1 trillion. I applaud the Obama Administration’s recent increase in AD research spending. However, the redirected $50 million from the National Institutes of Health is still just a drop in the bucket. If President Obama’s request for another $80 million for the FY 2013 budget is approved---that would add another drop to the bucket. Adding another $130 million to the current $450 million for AD research is good, but it’s not nearly enough. We still don’t know the definitive cause of AD; we do not have effective treatments; we are nowhere near a cure. Research is the key to understanding this disease. Due, in part, to underfunded research, AD is the only major disease that does not have a declining death rate. It is the sixth leading cause of death. In January 2011, President Obama signed the National Alzheimer’s Project Act into law. It establishes the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services. The law is important because it shows the Obama Administration is addressing what could be the most important health issue facing our country today. This January, the Department of Health and Human Services released a draft of the Council’s “Framework of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease.” The Plan has five goals. The first one, “Prevent and Effectively Treat Alzheimer’s Disease by 2025,” is somewhat lofty, given the time frame. There will have to be more that $450 million aimed at AD research to fulfill that goal. I am especially heartened that the plan’s other goals address caregiver and family issues such as quality of care, family support, education and public awareness. President Obama’s funding increase also includes $26 million to help meet these five goals. Recognition by Washington that AD is not going away without a serious fight; increased funding for AD research; and funding to address caregiver needs represent just the first steps. I am optimistic that we are on the road toward making a difference.

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Groups Ask Supreme Court to Exempt Medicare Healthcare reform improves Medicare


ey provisions in healthcare reform are “of vital importance to the health and well-being of people 65 and older,” according to six national aging advocacy groups. The six groups made their feelings known in a friend of the court brief, filed recently with the U.S. Supreme Court with reference to two cases that challenge the constitutionality of the healthcare reform law: National Federation of Independent Business et al v Kathleen Sebelius et al and the State of Florida et al v Department of Health and Human Services et al. Petitioners in both cases contend that all the PPACA—Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act-- should be declared unconstitutional if the individual mandate (called the minimum coverage provision) to purchase health insurance is invalidated by the Court. The aging advocacy groups disagree, saying the Court’s decision on the constitutionality of the individual mandate should not be linked to positive changes the PPACA already made in Medicare. These changes have been in effect during the two years following passage of the PPACA. The aging groups want the new Medicare benefits to continue, regardless of the Supreme Court’s eventual ruling. AARP Arkansas State Director Maria Reynolds-Diaz says the changes in Medicare have helped older Arkansans. “The Affordable Care Act includes key protections and provisions that are important to our members and all 50-plus Americans,” she

the definitive cause of AD;

The changes in Medicare have helped

we do not have effective

older Arkansans.

We still don’t know

treatments; we are

nowhere near a cure.

Mrs. Watkins is executive director of Alzheimer’s Arkansas Programs and Services, serving Alzheimer’s patients and their families throughout central Arkansas. 2 febrUARY 16, 2012 MATURE ARKANSAS

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told Mature Arkansas. “It cracks down on Medicare fraud, waste and abuse; helps those in Medicare with high drug costs by closing the prescription drug “doughnut hole;” expands the number of people eligible for free preventive and wellness benefits; and gives people new options to plan for their long-term care needs.” Reynolds-Diaz also says healthcare reform prevents “… exclusions based on pre-existing conditions and restricts the use of age rating to charge exorbitant premiums to older Americans.” The amicus brief contends that, “a careful review” of the policies Congress enacted shows that the provision affecting Medicare

The Court may defer a decision about the individual mandate because

no one has been harmed by it yet. beneficiaries can be kept in place without any reliance on the individual mandate provision. “The health and quality of life of many older Americans are already improving because of the health reform law,” says National Senior Citizens Law Center Executive Director Paul Nathanson. “We don’t believe Congress intended to let the elderly poor languish in nursing homes or be subject to abuse if the individual mandate was found unworkable.” The brief also highlights the parts of the PPACA that benefit people 65+. The brief says these provisions should not be affected if the Court decides to invalidate the individual mandate provision. They include: • Re d u c e d c o s t - s h a r i n g for Medicare beneficiaries for prescription drugs by substantially reducing the coverage gap

(doughnut hole) • Elimination of cost-sharing for annual wellness visits and other screening services • Medicare Advantage plans are prevented from charging higher cost-sharing for chemotherapy and dialysis than permitted under traditional Medicare • Decreased unnecessary institutionalization of Medicaid beneficiaries • Improved coordination of care for people receiving both Medicare and Medicaid (dual eligibles) • Improved quality and safety in nursing homes and prevention of abuse and neglect of elderly and people with disabilities in nursing and other residential facilities. The brief contends the only provisions that should be affected by the constitutionality of the individual mandate provision are the pre-existing condition, the community rating and guaranteed issue provisions. They want the rest of the PPACA to remain intact. The Supreme Court has scheduled arguments in the case for March. The decision may come as early as May or June. However, a spokesman for the National Senior Citizens Law Center speculated that the Court may defer a decision about the individual mandate because no one has been harmed by it yet. The individual mandate does not go into effect until 2014. Reynolds-Diaz says that while the courts sort out the legality of the law, “AARP will continue to provide information about how people age 50 to 64 are routinely denied affordable health insurance because of their age and preexisting conditions. We will also carry on with our efforts to help older Americans understand how the law will impact them and their families.” Joining in the amicus brief are: AARP, Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc., Medicare Rights Center, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, National Council on Aging, and National Senior Citizens Law Center.

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Feb. 16 – Chamber Music Society of Little Rock: Hye - J i n K i m , S t. Mark’s Episcopal C h u r c h Pa r i s h H a ll, Little Rock , 7:30 - 9:30 PM. Features works by Clara & Robert Schumann. Tickets: $25. For more information, call 664-5823, e-mail or visit Feb. 16 – African American Music Listening Session: Motown Hits, Sue Cowan Williams L i b r a r y, 1 8 0 0 S . Chester Street, Little Rock, 6:00 PM. Enjoy Motown hits with other Motown fans. For more information, call 376-4282. Feb.18 – 19 - Arkansas Custom Knife Show, Robinson Center, Little Rock. Sat. 10:00 AM – 5:00 Feb. 16 – Celebrate PM & Sun. 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Admission: $5; for more information, visit Bl a c k H i s t o r y with the Argenta Branch Library, 506 Main Street, North AM - Noon. FREE screenings include: Prostate, Street, North Little Rock. For details or to Little Rock, 6:00 PM. Hear Richard Lindsey, cholesterol, blood sugar, carbon monoxide, BMI, display your artwork, call 993-1234 or visit one of the North Little Rock six, tell his story blood pressure, and flu Shots (limited supply.) of the courageous attempt to integrate North Feb. 17 thru 19 - Arkansas RV Show, Feb. 18 – Nourish: An Ayurvedic Little Rock high school in 1957. Free; for more Statehouse Convention Center, Little Experience, Elevate Community information, call 687-1061. Center, 323 S. Cross Street, Suite D, Little Rock. The state’s largest RV Show will feature Feb.17 - NLR Friends of Animals Chili Rock, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Included in this 100,000 sq. ft. of RV exhibits. Over 125 recreational Supper at the Park Hill Christian peaceful mini retreat: 30 min. of healing vehicles on display--motor homes, travel trailers, Church on JFK Blvd., 5:00 - 8:00 PM. Menu: ayurvedic massage, 60 min. of restorative yoga fifth wheels and camping trailers plus exhibits Chili (beans, no beans, veggie), Cole slaw, and breath work, 30 min. of deeply relaxing featuring resorts, campgrounds and RV accesnachos, crackers, punch, coffee, and homeguided imagery/meditation, 1 plate of delisories. Fri & Sat, 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM; Sun, 10:00 made desserts. Adults: $5; kids 12 and under, cious and nourishing living food, 1 bath bomb AM - 6:00 PM. Admission $5 for adults, kids 12 $4. For details call 501-607-4887. and ayurvedic gift basket. Cost: $108. Email and under are free. For more information, visit or call 888-749-6949 or call 765-1423. F e b. 1 7 - A r g e n ta’s 3 r d F r i d ay for reservations. ArtWalk, 5:00 - 8:00 PM. “Art Inside Feb. 18 – Free Health Screenings by Baptist Health, McCain Mall, 3929 Feb. 18 – Black History Artifacts, Unexpected Places” can be found inside the Dee Brown Library, 6325 Baseline Road, McCain Blvd., North Little Rock, from 9:00 First Presbyterian Church, 4th and Maple


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Feb. 17 – Pinnacle Piecemakers Quilting Circle, Roosevelt Thompson Library, 38 Rahling Circle, Little Rock, 10:00 AM. This quilting circle meets every Friday, except the fifth Fridays. All skill levels are welcome. Call 821-3060 for more information.

Little Rock. Learn about important events and African American people that have changed our world from Archie Moore. Call 568-7494 for more information.

cross stitch, you’re welcome to join the fun at this social crafting circle. Bring your project and a lunch – drinks and cookies are provided. Call 918-3000 for more information.

Feb. 20 – Indoor Exercise at the Williams Library, 1800 S. Chester St., Little Rock. Work out indoors using DVDs and online tutorials. This group meets every Mon., Wed., & Fri at 5:30 PM. For more information, call 376-4282.

Feb. 22 - A Walk through History Brown Bag Lunch Lecture, Old State House Museum, Little Rock, noon- 1:00 PM. Gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Little Rock Nine’s struggle to integrate Central High School in 1957. Photographs and letters will provide context to this historic time. Free and you are encouraged to bring a sack lunch; beverages provided. More information, visit or call 324-9685.

Feb. 21 – Sit N’ Stitch at the Main Library, 5th floor in the Lee Room, 100 Rock Street, Little Rock, 12:00 PM. Calling all crafters! Whether you knit, crochet, spin, embroider, or

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Restaurant g u ide n By bob wood

Ali Baba's Superb Sandwiches I

t’s funny how things get meat is marinated in a variety connected. On a recent of spices. It then roasts as it Saturday morning, I went to rotates on a rotisserie just like the Main Library and wound a gyros cooker. Along with the up talking with a Syrian friend chicken, the sandwich had of mine. I asked her if she some yoghurt sauce, tomato cooked Syrian dishes very and onion, and it was good, I often. She said she made mean, really good. hummus, but when she was I sampled my friend’s falafel hungry for chicken shawarma sandwich, and it was very she went to Ali Baba. tasty, too. I’ve had falafel Ali Baba? My ears perked before where the garbanzo up. The Pavlov effect clicked bean mixture was flattened, in. And, rather than barking, fried in a patty, and then placed I decided to have lunch there in the sandwich. But the falafel that day. I’m the most suggestat Ali Baba is more of a loose ible person I know, and I’m OK mixture with lots of cumin and with that. other spices. All that rolled into Ali Baba is on South a big pita with tomato, yoghurt Baba Ghanoush comes with pickled turnips. University, across from the and onion. Delicious. University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), out wrapped in foil and resembling small diriThe hummus and baba ghanoush at Ali in what people of a certain age will remember gibles. Seriously, I think two people could Baba were prepared a little differently than as the location of the former Discount easily split one sandwich. I unwound the I’m accustomed to, but I liked both. One Records. Remember records? They were the foil, smelled good things, took a large-ish bite, thing that sets them apart from the norm round, black plastic vinyl things we used to and it was DELICIOUS. I was impressed. The around here was the addition of some buy, take home, put on turnpickled turnips (a beautifully tables, turn up the volume and unnatural, pinkish-red color) then revel in the cool sounds and some mild dill pickles on that came out of the crappy the side, plus green relish on speakers. I miss those days… top. Give them a try, and see but I digress. what you think. Ali Baba is two-thirds Prices at Ali Baba are pretty grocery and one-third restaureasonable. I ordered more rant. The day my friend and than I would normally simply I went, we both ordered to try several things. Our total sandwiches. I had a chicken tab plus drinks was $18.74. shawarma, and she had the Not bad. falafel. I also ordered some If you like to cook, the hummus and baba ghanoush, grocery is a great place to buy just to see how they prepared stuff like good olive oil, tahini, them. You get your drinks out garbanzo beans and lots of of a big cooler at the back of other fairly bizarre (to me) the grocery. They have a selecstuff that I have yet to try. tion of American and Middle Ali Baba Grocery and Eastern beverages to choose Restaurant, 3400 South from. University Ave., Little Rock, Be prepared for a reasonphone 501-379-8011. able wait after you order at Ali Baba. In about 10 minutes, Mr. Wood, a writer and designer Ali Baba is in the old Discount Records building, across from UALR. both of our sandwiches came in Little Rock, is often hungry.




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Grunewald enjoys preserving old things, including his wife’s 1968 MGB. ON THE COVER Ken Grunewald, with rescue dogs Annie (left) and Pandora (right), is passionate about animals.


Ken Grunewald

By Kaye Risser photography by

brian chilson

Little Rock-Loving Nomad


hat does a former military brat do for retirement? He keeps moving! But ask

retiree Ken Grunewald, who

Morgan,” he adds. “I just like to fix old things,” Grunewald reiterates, as he points retains his excitement about out various pieces of antique furniture he has given new life. new discoveries and an active “While stationed in Little Rock in the 70s,” he says, “I bought a appreciation of antiquity. White Flyer Sailboat and raced with the Grand Maumelle Sailing Club.” Shortly after his retirement, The son of an U.S. Air Force pilot, Marlena checked to see if the old boat was Grunewald and his family moved frequently still there. It was, but it was wrecked; it from air base to air base, exploring and didn’t even float anymore, she says. She adapting to new faces and spaces. He spent gave it to him for his birthday that year his impressionable teen years in Europe. and he is in the process of restoring it now. Exposure to different cultures in France and Travel is Grunewald’s passion--not just Germany changed his outlook on people, the short trips he takes to bicycle and hike places and especially “things” forever. in the Ozarks and Ouachita mountains--but Why, he wondered, was life so different extensive international travel. “I want to set in the U.S.? Why, he questioned, do foot on all seven continents, now all I’m Americans go about tearing things down lacking is Antarctica,” he exclaims. Stories while older cultures focus on preserving of his “bucket list” travels are the past? These queries became the basis informative and entertaining. for his lifelong quest. Grunewald says he is interested “When you retire,” explains Grunewald in the cultures he knows nothing from the book-filled den in his Pleasant about and fascinated by those in Valley home, “then you can pay attenwhich things are vanishing. “On tion to what really matters, to your own these trips, I tend to go the oppopersonal interests … like old friends, and site way from everybody else; if they’re pets, and cars, and sailboats … and more turning to the left, I want to go right. I’m travel.” Over the past four years, he has looking for the people and places that completely restored his wife Marlena’s 1968 won’t be around much longer,” he says. MGB, “with a lot of help and advice from His first post-retirement adventure the British Sports Car Club and McLeod’s was to North Africa. From Casablanca, British Motoring Cars of Arkansas, in Morocco, he travelled alone with a Sunni

Arab guide to Fez, a walled, Ninth Century city that had no cars. He trekked the countryside until he met and mingled with the vanishing people of a Berber tribe. The next year’s destination was South America, where in Peru he travelled the jungles, floated the rivers and eventually hiked to meet and experience the culture of indigenous Amazonians in their villages. In Australia, his goal was to meet a group of aborigines he had once seen in a movie. He was pleased to encounter a kindred soul, a German scientist, who wanted to share the journey. With an aboriginal guide, they not only met the natives, but found ancient rock art that their guide could interpret as stories. A month-long trip to Asia found him taking the Trans-Siberian and TransMongolian railroads from St. Petersburg, Russia, to Beijing, China. “The land mass

As for the Antarctica: “No definite plans as yet, but it will happen.” was incredible, travelling from one end of Asia to the other,” he says. He found the Russians to be extremely friendly and says they liked Americans.” En route, he met vanishing nomads in Mongolia and slept in “gers” in the Gobi Desert. “This was an iconic trip for me!” he exclaims. As for


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LEFT Grunewald bought his first banjo in Hong Kong in the 1970s but didn’t start taking blue grass lessons until he retired. RIGHT Hats make good souvenirs from Ken Grunewald’s international travels. He wears a Russian military officer’s hat and displays a Moroccan fez (left) and Australian leather bush hat.

the Antarctica: “No definite plans as yet, but it will happen.” The message he extracts from his travels is not new to Grunewald. “Coming from a nomadic military family, I already knew the world does not revolve around the United States. As an American, I’ve found we are liked by most people, but we are definitely not the center of the world, much less the universe!” Grunewald credits a visionary professor at

next war would be fought over a shortage of water, which is coming to pass. He talked about preservation and other topics which provided some answers for my teenage question: “Why doesn’t America look like Europe?” After graduating from Penn State in 1967, Grunewald intended to follow in his father’s footsteps. “We were in the middle of the Vietnam War,” he says, “and I was commissioned into the Air Force as a 22-year-old lieu-

commercial flight instructor, using his skills both in California, and Louisiana, until he stopped, he says, “the day I went up with a student who wasn’t paying attention.” Lieutenant Grunewald’s first military assignment was at Little Rock Air Force Base as an Intelligence ICBM launch officer. When he transferred to the Strategic Air Command base in Omaha, he helped plan nuclear targeting for U.S. missiles. He explains, “This means we were selecting the sites to bomb wherever and whenever the necessity arose.” A later assignment took him to an air base near Denver, followed by a tour of duty in Vietnam, about which he wryly comments, “I realized within the first two weeks that we had no business there!” Following the Vietnam stint and a further assignment in Korea, he returned to the U.S., and from various air bases, continued to plot the destruction of enemy cities and structures. After 22 years, he retired from the Air Force in 1989. Grunewald met his wife Marlena while stationed in Denver. “Actually, our cars met before we did,” he says. “She was a nurse at local hospitals and lived across the hall from my apartment. We both drove MGBs that frequently ended up parked side by side. One day we parked at the same time, found mutual interests besides our cars and began dating. When I got orders to leave for Vietnam, we decided to meet and marry in Hawaii, during my first rest-and-recuperation break. We did

As an American, I’ve found we are liked by most people, but we are definitely not the center of the world, much less the universe! Penn State University, where he majored in geography, with “sensitizing me to the world. He used words that are commonplace today, but unheard of outside classrooms back then … words like urban sprawl, and he predicted the

tenant. I took the Air Force test to become a pilot but failed the eye test. I knew my eyes were questionable, but I really wanted to fly.” Grunewald wanted to fly so badly that he later took private flight lessons. He became a

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that and it has lasted 42 terrific years. We have a wonderful son Nick and his wife Wendi.” Marlena adds, “We’re enjoying our first grandbaby, born Thanksgiving Day.” Not ready for retirement, it didn’t take

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MON EY n By Gar y Garr i son

Invest at Your Comfort Level

O, Wind, if Winter comes, can Spring be far behind? — Percy Bysshe Shelley

Good planning trumps risk


f you’ve spent any time studying investment vehicles, you’ve encountered classic risk and reward situations. The equity markets (or stock markets) are a good example. Equity markets, especially when viewed with a short-term lens, present variables that make them risky. They’re also potentially more rewarding, posting high short-term gains. But do high investment rewards have to go hand-in-hand with high risk? A good way to approach your investment strategy, whatever your tolerance for risk, is to use the Rule of 100. The Rule starts with 100, subtracts your age and the result is the percentage of your portfolio that can be invested in higher-risk vehicles while allowing for time to recover if the investment suffers a reversal. If you’re 65, your Rule of 100 number would be 35. That means you should invest no more than 35% of your portfolio in higher-risk vehicles such

as stocks, bonds, mutual funds, etc. In this example, if you put 100% of your portfolio in the stock market, and the market declines 40%, you stand to lose a significant portion of your nest egg. It would take a 66.6% return on investment to regain that original principal! There aren’t many vehicles offering that kind of return, especially considering the relatively short time you would have at age 65 to get the principal back. Spreading your portfolio over several investments is the best approach, one that yields consistent results. Your diversification should contain: • “Safe” instruments, like checking, savings, certificates of deposit and fixed annuities

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GARDEN I N G n By Carol Sanders

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ebruary and early March, before bud break, is the ideal time to prune fruit trees, shrubs and vines, says Dr. Obadiah Njue, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Cooperative Extension Program horticulture specialist. Pruning modifies the growth and structure of a plant. The reasons to prune include: • to develop a strong tree or plant structure • provide balanced growth and productivity • provide good quality light penetration • maintain a healthy plant • control plant size • train young plants. Properly pruned and trained trees, shrubs and vines produce high quality fruit, and the plants live longer. Pruning to promote a strong plant structure starts from planting and should be done each year, Njue advises. Pruning controls the balance between plant

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• “Hybrid” instruments like fixed index annuities • “At-risk” instruments like stocks, bonds and mutual funds. • The percentage of each instrument should vary according to your timeline as illustrated in the Rule of 100. By making sure you adjust your portfolio’s content as time goes by, you can greatly reduce your exposure to risk. Having an investment advisor in your corner makes a huge difference, and gives you several advantages on your investment journey. In his book, Profit Without Panic, Jonathan Myers writes, “The inherent risk of an investment at any given time is stable or assessable, while perception of risk can fluctuate according to whim, bias

size, yields and fruit quality. Pruning opens the plant’s canopy to maximize light penetration essential for flower bud development and fruit set for the following year. It also improves the quality of the current year’s fruits. Removing damaged wood and dead or dying branches injured by disease, insects, storms or mechanical injuries maintains a healthy plant and makes controlling diseases and insects easier. “Training and shaping branches is easier when a plant is young rather than pruning larger branches later on,” says Njue. Late winter or early spring pruning has advantages over early winter pruning. Wounds heal quickly when growth starts. Undesirable branches and wood to be pruned can be seen more easily without leaves on the plant or tree. The bark is less likely to

Mr. Garrison is president of Asset Protection Wealth Management and specializes in assisting retirees.

tear when cuts are made. If you prune too early, plants can be damaged by low winter temperatures. Different fruit trees, shrubs and vines require different pruning techniques. For help on specific pruning methods for your plants and trees, shrubs and vines, contact your county Extension agent. Or, attend Dr. Njue’s pruning workshop on March 10, 9:30 AM, at the UAPB Extension Complex, on the corner of L.A. “Prexy” Davis Drive and Oliver Road, Pine Bluff. Call 870-575-8152 for details Ms. Sanders is a writer with the UAPB School of Agriculture.

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A: There are only a select few variable annuities that I would incorporate into a portfolio. Most of them have high fees and early withdrawal penalties. Find a variable annuity that only charges about $25 per month, has no early withdrawal charges, is 100% liquid at all times. There are variable annuities that also have hundreds of investment choices. And of course, the tax deferral of a variable annuity can be a huge benefit the higher your tax bracket.

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and external influence.” Put simply, the investment itself carries a risk that’s easy to define and based on specific and universal measurements. Your tolerance for that risk isn’t. A personalized risk assessment helps you identify your comfort level with risk. Everyone has a different level of risk tolerance. Your financial planner should be able to offer you a questionnaire to help determine your risk tolerance. This information, combined with the Rule of 100, will help put a sharper focus on your investment strategy. Great rewards don’t always come from great risks; they often come from great planning.

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affodils and other spring bulbs are up and growing and February is a good time to fertilize them. When you see flower buds showing, put a complete fertilizer around them, according to University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. Fertilizing them now allows time for the fertilizer to work itself into the soil; the plants to take it up and be ready when the flowers are finished blooming. Remember, all spring bulbs need at least six weeks of growth following bloom. Never cut them back until a full six weeks after last bloom.

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Position Yourself for Employment Employers want tech-savvy applicants


Facebook friend posted this week about one company may be an albatross when you’re ageism and interviewing on the job front. searching for a new job,” writes author Linda This friend is in her 50s and well versed in all Wiener. “While dependability and loyalty are things media, having had a long career as a still valued, in today’s marketplace, the average reporter. She is active online and in her commustay at a job is less than three years.” nity. She consults and freelances and often is It seems to me that at least making some “job hunting.” She isn’t afraid to jump right sense of what’s happening in the world of into new things, especially if it means keeping technology would be helpful for job seekers, up with trends in technology and in the virtual regardless of age. workplace. If you’ve been in a job for a long while, or The article she posted, from, are retired and shifting gears a bit; working to a popular job site for companies looking for ease financial stress, or just feel like it’s time The New York Times Syndication Sales Corporation new hires and for those seeking placement, for a change, don’t expect all that experience to 500 Seventh Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10018 addresses interviewing specifically.For Information Call: “speak volumes.” It 1-800-972-3550 may truly say a lot about For Release Thursday, February 16,2012 2012work ethic, but today you For Release February 10, “Surprisingly, long-term experience with Friday, your loyalty and your

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Diabetes and Your Feet 25% of diabetics have foot problems


iabetes is a serious disease that develops from the lack of insulin production in the body or due to the inability of insulin to perform normally. Insulin helps process food and turns it into energy. Diabetes is a chronic disease affecting 24 million Americans; nearly six million don’t know they have it. Fully 25% of diabetics will develop foot problems, arising from a combination of poor circulation and neuropathy.

Treatment for Charcot foot consists primarily of complete, non-weight-bearing immobilization. Feet and ankles are so fragile during the early stages of Charcot and must be protected so soft bones can repair themselves. Shoes with special inserts may be needed after the bones have healed to enable the patient to return to daily activity. Bracing is required for severe deformity. Activities may need to be modified to avoid repetitive trauma. In some cases, a surgical procedure may be necessary.

Preventing foot ulcers Peripheral vascular Foot ulcers can be another serious compliTake care of your feet to stay active. disease cation of diabetes. An ulcer can start as a Diabetes often leads to peripheral Preventing Charcot foot small, insignificant blister or small cut. A vascular disease that inhibits blood circulaCharcot foot is a sudden softening of the bones lack of prompt treatment can turn ulcers into tion. Poor circulation contributes to diabetic in the foot, occurring in people who have chronic, non-healing ulcers, or lead to gangrene foot problems by reducing oxygen and nutrition diabetic neuropathy. The bones are weakand amputation. supplied to the skin, causing poor healing of ened enough to fracture. Continuing to walk Blood flow is a large part of injury recovery. injuries. Poor circulation can also lead to dry will eventually change the foot’s shape as the Because diabetics can have reduced blood and swollen feet. If untreated, it can lead to arch collapses and the foot takes on a “rocker supply to the feet, it leads to slow healing and ulcers, infection and amputation. bottom” shape, making it difficult to walk. an increased risk of infection. Neuropathy prevents the pain of an injury Preventing diabetic foot ulcers is easier Diabetic neuropathy from being noticed and the patient continues than treating them. Lifestyle changes such as Diabetic neuropathy is the impairment or to walk, making the injury worse. controlling your diabetes, exercising, avoiding damage of nerve function due to the increased Charcot foot is serious and can lead to smoking and maintaining a healthy body blood sugar of diabetes. Signs of neuropathy severe deformity, disability and even amputaweight are extremely important for diabetics. include muscle weakness and pain, tingling, tion. The symptoms of Charcot foot can appear Many ulcers can be prevented by making sure loss of feeling, decreased pain sensation, after a sudden trauma or even a mild repetiany cut, sore, bruise or blister is noticed early and burning or numbness in hands and feet. tive trauma, such as a long walk. The sympand treated quickly. Many of these symptoms are worse at night. toms are similar to those of infection: warmth, Diabetic neuropathy can cause severe redness, swelling and pain. Seek immediate Dr. Buk practices at the Arkansas Foot and complications including disability and ampucare if symptoms appear. Ankle Clinic in Little Rock tation of limbs. Because neuropathy masks pain, you may not notice a cut, blister or even a bone fracture. This may lead to serious infection, ulceration or foot deformity. To prevent diabetic neuropathy, maintain • Wash your feet in warm water, dry well between the toes, moisturize and apply sunscreen good blood sugar control. This can be achieved when needed. through proper use of medication, diet and • Keep your toenails trimmed by clipping straight across or smooth with an emery board. If exercise. your nails are thick or yellowed, have a podiatrist trim them. If you already have diabetic neuropathy, check your feet daily. Look at the tops and • Never walk barefoot, even indoors. bottoms of your feet, heels and between the • Do not use hot water bottles or heating pads. toes. Check for cracks or breaks in the skin • Do not use over-the-counter products to remove calluses because the chemicals can and color changes. Use a mirror or ask somedamage your skin. body to check for you. Feel for changes in • Wear diabetic socks specially formulated for sensitive skin. skin temperature: cold could mean circulation • Be sure shoes are well-fitted from the start. Consider Medicare’s Therapeutic Shoe is being cut off; hot could mean infection or Program. Your podiatrist can fit the shoes professionally in the office. injury. Immediately report any changes to your • Make sure a medical professional examines your feet at least once a year. doctor.

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