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Therapy Dogs Tribute to Roy Bellesfield Baby Boomers - 1951
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While this is the beginning of happy holidays for most of us, unfortunately we have very sad news for our readers. Our most requested contributor to this magazine, Roy Bellesfield, passed away at the end of last month. Roy was the writer of “Roy’s Reminiscences”. It was by far the most liked and requested series of articles that this magazine produced. Shortly before his death, Roy wrote what was to be his last article. It is printed in this issue. Please join me and everyone at Lifestyles over 50 in extending our condolences to the Bellesfield family. He will be dearly missed. Our feature story this month is about therapy dogs. I have always known and observed the therapeutic value of the relationship between humans and dogs. My own dogs have always been a comfort and joy for me. Our article tells the story of a Valley couple, Terry and Ron Elison, and their work with therapy dogs. These incredible dogs work magic with the people they visit. Our Boomer Pages highlight the year 1951 and has stories about a few famous entertainers from that era. We have story about a man who founded a garden dedicated to his wife’s memory. The beautiful garden was designed and built by and for the Easton Nursing Center. In keeping with the upcoming Thanksgiving season we have a few items about pumpkins including a recipe for pumpkin muffins. Everyone here at Lifestyles over 50 want to wish our readers and their families a happy Thanksgiving with the hope that they survive not only the food, but also Black Friday - enjoy.
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A Reason to Celebrate This Month: Military Family Appreciation Month, National Adoption Month, National Home Care and Hospice Month, National American Indian Heritage Month, National Alzheimer’s Disease Month, National Peanut Butter Lovers Month, National Pomegranate Month, Sweet Potato Awareness Month, Epilepsy Awareness Month. Weeks: 1-7: Give Wildlife a Break Week; 7-13: Pursuit of Happiness Week, National Nurse Practitioner’s Week; 8-14: Dear Santa Letter Week; 8-15: World Kindness Week; 14-20: Geography Awareness Week, National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week; 21-28: National Game and Puzzle Week; 21-27: National Teens Don’t Text and Drive Week.
Days: 2- Cookie Monster Day, Plan Your Epitaph Day; 3Cliche Day; 4- National Men Make Dinner Day, Use Your Common Sense Day; 5-7- Pumpkin Chucking Days; 6- Sadie Hawkins Day; 7- International Tongue Twister Day, Zero Tasking Day; 8- Abet and Aid Punsters Day; 14- Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day; 18- Married to a Scorpio Day, Use Less Stuff Day; 19- Have a Bad Day Day; 25- International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women Day; 26Black Friday, Flossing Day; 27- National Day of Listening Day; 30- Stay Home Because You’re Well Day. Birthstone: Yellow Topaz
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Napoleon was terrified of cats. The typical American eats 263 eggs a year. The parking meter was invented by C.C. Magee in 1935. The oldest known vegetable is the pea. Jack is the most common name in nursery rhymes. The avocado has the most calories of any fruit. The first zoo in the USA was in Philadelphia. France has the highest per capita consumption of cheese. A notch in a tree will remain the same distance from the ground as the tree grows Europeans in the Middle Ages used to call coffee the “Arabic Wine” Honeybees have hair on their eyes The shortest English word that contains the letters A, B, C, D, E, and F is “feedback.” The state of California raises the most turkeys out of all of the states. George Washington Carver invented peanut butter. Russia has the most movie theaters in the world. The most fatal car accidents occur on Saturday. The Eiffel Tower has 1792 steps. The mongoose was barred live entry into the U.S. in 1902.
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Goldfish swallowing started at Harvard in 1939. The stall closest to the door in a bathroom is the cleanest, because it is the least used. Toilet paper was invented in 1857. Alaska could hold the 21 smallest States. Before Prohibition, Schlitz Brewery owned more property in Chicago than anyone else, except the Catholic church. Kermit the Frog is left-handed. Nondairy creamer is flammable. The car in the foreground on the back of a $10 bill is a 1925 Hupmobile. If you can see a rainbow you have your back to the sun. The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of yore when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases. The ship, the Queen Elizabeth 2, should always be written as QE2. QEII is the actual queen. The correct response to the Irish greeting, “Top of the morning to you,” is “and the rest of the day to yourself.” When Saigon fell, the signal for all Americans to evacuate was Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” being played on the radio.
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1. Before it gets too cold out, visit the brand new playground at Allentown’s Cedar Beach Park! 2. Make a family gratitude list. For each day of the month in November, have each family member say and write down one thing they are grateful for each day. . Play with your grandchildren as though you are a child. Rake up the leaves for them and jump around! Forget about the mess, just enjoy the moment. Your grandkids will remember it for a long time. 4. Head out to your community library and explore the books. Time it so you are there for a children’s story ready time. 5. Put on some hats and gloves and visit any one of our Rails to Trails locations in the Valley. You can simply walk or bring your bikes. 6. Are the grandkids wrecking the house? Use that energy at the new East Penn Children’s Fitness Academy in Alburtis. They have many open tumble days for children ages 1 thru 5. For specific times call 610967-KIDS (5437) or visit their web site at www. eastpennchildrensfitnessacademy.com. 7. Go apple picking. The apples are still in season for some of November. Head out to an orchard, and when you get home make delicious treats with your harvest! Find a local farm at www.pickyourown.org. 8. Gather up the neighborhood kids and parents and start a game of touch football. 9. Find a fun craft to do at www.frugalfamilyfunblog.com. Lehigh Valley mom Valerie has tons of great ideas of crafts to do with your kids. 10. Volunteer somewhere. Go out as a family and do some good in the community. Deliver Meals on Wheels together or just clean up an elderly neighbor’s yard. It’s all about giving back.
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Two little ladies were shopping in the mall when Joanne smiled: “My cat can really play chess!” With a shocking expression, Angelina praised Joanne’s cat: “Really? It must be very smart!” Just when Angelina finished her sentence, Joanne said:” Well... Actually, I don’t know about that. I usually win three out of four times.” There was a family that had a parrot that was always embarrassing them by cussing and other stuff like that. So one day the boy took the parrot and stuck him in the freezer.Two hours later the squawking stopped. The kid checked the freezer and the parrot said, “Okay I’ll stop cussing, but I have one question”. The boy said, “What”? The Parrot asks, “What did the turkey do”??? A man walks into a bar one day and asks, “Does anyone here own that rottweiler outside?” “Yeah, I do!” a biker says, standing up. “What about it?” “Well, I think my chihuahua just killed him...” “What are you talkin’ about?!” the biker says, disbelievingly. “How could your little runt kill my rottweiler?” “Well, it seems he got stuck in your dog’s throat!” “I like kids, but I don’t think I could eat a whole one.” On a repair shop door: We can repair anything (Please knock hard on the door - the bell does not work). Come visit us at Senior Fest at booth # 3!
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Therapy Dogs Touch the Lives of Everyone Involved by Vicki Bezems, Lifestyles over 50
Since 2004, Terry and Ron Elison of Allentown have volunteered their time visiting nursing homes, hospitals, schools, adult care centers, and hospice patients with their two black Labrador Retrievers. The dogs, Bailey and Kenna, are therapy dogs. According to Terry, it’s a good experience for everyone involved. “It’s a wonderful way to give back to the community and share your dogs at the same time.” Ron and Terry help 2 year old Noah pet therapy dog, Kenna
Terry and Ron belong to Therapy Dogs International, a volunteer organization that regulates the use of therapy dogs. TDI was founded in 1976 by a registered nurse who saw firsthand how providing animal companionship for hospital and nursing home patients could improve a patient’s condition. The benefits of interaction between humans and animals have been studied for over 50 years. TDI did a study in 1996 which showed that therapy animals in facilities they visited improved the overall mood of both patients and staff. Patients show decreased blood pressure, focus less on pain, talk more, and are more positive and cooperative. In schools, therapy dogs help children improve their reading skills by serving as an affectionate, non-intimidating audience; and they give children an opportunity to learn how to treat animals. Therapy dogs in general offer comfort and unconditional love. Sometimes a terminal patient’s last request may be to feel the fur of one of the dogs or have the dog lie on the end of their bed. The dogs often provide comfort to grieving family members as well. The Elison’s dogs participate in the Tail-Waggin’ Tutor program, where children who have difficulty reading read aloud to a dog. Another service is disaster relief. This was added after 9/11, when therapy dogs were led through the streets of New York to give survivors or grieving family members the opportunity to stop and pet or hug the dogs. TDI dogs were instrumental in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. TDI has stringent requirements for certification. The dog must be at least one year old, have a good temperament,
be easily trainable, be licensed with the county, and have a certificate of vaccination and health from a veterinarian. Each dog and its handler must be certified by a TDI tester. The dog must pass the test at 100 per cent. The dog is evaluated on basic commands, such as “sit, stay, and come.” The animal must remain calm and well behaved when exposed to loud noises, children playing, other animals, strangers approaching, and joggers running by. According to Terry, “leave it” is the command that dogs most often fail. It must walk on a loose lead around a plate of tasty, good smelling food on the ground no more than three feet away without trying to go for it, while being told to “leave it”. This command is critical to a therapy dog’s safety. Bailey was certified with Terry as his handler in 2004, and Kenna was certified with both Ron and Terry in 2007. Bailey has the ideal temperament for the job; he’s very calm, he loves people, and he’s obedient. Terry said, “When Bailey was about a year or year and a half, I just knew that’s what he was meant to do.” In the hour that Laura Putt and I spent with Terry, interviewing her for this story, Bailey slept at Terry’s feet most of the time, while Laura’s two-year-old daughter climbed on his neck and pulled on his ears. The Elison’s other black Lab, five-year old Kenna, was equally gentle but much more active and playful. She tolerated the same kind of handling by the child, all the while playing with her stuffed squeaky toys, returning each one to its basket after she finished with it. Because Kenna is so active, Terry keeps her enrolled in agility training to help her maintain focus and good behavior. Terry’s neighbor gave Bailey to her as a birthday gift nine years ago. Bailey was born with heart disease. He had been sold to a family and returned to the breeder because of the potential problems of caring for a sick animal. The breeder was at a loss for finding Bailey a good home and had plans to put him down when a neighbor thought of Terry and her love for dogs. At the time, Terry and Ron were about to become empty-nesters, with one son in college, another who was a high school senior, and an aging Golden Retriever. They had no plans for another dog, but when the neighbor called and asked if they would take Bailey, Terry couldn’t say no. It was a win-win situation for Bailey and the Elisons. Dogs with the heart disease that Bailey has only live to about age four, on average. Asked what has kept Bailey so healthy up to his present age of nine, Terry credits his diet, which consists of high quality kibble; whole foods such as
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Therapy Dogs chicken, vegetables, fruit, yogurt and eggs; and no salt. Kenna enjoys the same menu and especially loves green peas. The dogs’ coats shimmer, and they shed very little. Both dogs receive supplements and visits to a chiropractor, as well as acupuncture. “Yes, they’re a little pampered,” muses Terry. “We call them our ‘fur kids’. Wherever we go, they go.” It would be easy to surmise that Bailey and Kenna’s good health and their success as therapy dogs can be attributed to the love they receive. TDI will accept any breed. Terry maintains that rescue dogs make wonderful therapy dogs because they have so much love to give. Owning and handling a therapy dog is an enriching experience for both their handlers and the recipients of their visits. Both families and couples can benefit from owning a therapy dog, which is also a growing interest among older and retired people. TDI reports that there were 21,000 dogs and handler teams registered in 2009. For information contact TDI: 88 Bartley Road, Flanders, NJ 07836, 973-252-9800, 973-252-7171(F), firstname.lastname@example.org, www.tdi-dog.org.
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They can be used to hold various sizes of coins. This is a great way to take quarters to the laundromat. 1. Put a small object inside like a paper clip or marble for an entertaining, rattling pet toy. 2. Keep small game pieces like dice, etc. all together when not in use and store in the game box. . Use as disposable watercolor brush water cups. 4. Transport small amounts of condiments like salt, pepper, sugar, creamer, etc. on picnics. Label with a permanent marker. 5. Keep a few of your favorite teabags in a bottle to stash in your purse or desk at work. 6. Make a small portable sewing or first aid kit by adding a few basic small necessities. 7. When traveling, take a few cotton balls, put a drop or two of your favorite perfume on each one, and stuff into a bottle. Take one out each day and dab on pulse points. You can also tuck the cotton ball inside your bra. 8. Use as a travel container for earrings and other jewelry. 9. Organize small office supplies like paper clips, push pins and staples. 10. Use as popsicle molds. 11. Store a girl’s small Barbie accessories like shoes (a nonchildproof cap would work best for this) in them. 12. Use as a Valentine or just-because romantic gift for your sweetie. Fill an empty bottle with conversation hearts and make a cute label instructing them to take one as needed for “love sickness” or a similarly mushy message. 1. Keep a few coins and some rolled-up bills for emergencies in a bottle in the glove compartment. 14. Let the kids make a tiny “time capsule” of a family vacation or other fun adventure. Collect sand and shells from a beach trip or small rocks, dried leaves and twigs from a camping trip or nature hike. Courtesy of http://www.tiphero.com/
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Memory Screening Day
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To raise awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease and other related illnesses, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America has designated Tuesday, November 16, as National Memory Screening Day. It’s estimated that as many as 5.1 million Americans currently have Alzheimer’s disease.
AFA introduced the nation’s first National Memory Screening Day (NMSD) in 2003. It holds this event in collaboration with local organizations and healthcare professionals nationwide each November during National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. NMSD marks the focal point of AFA’s national initiative to promote early detection and intervention for individuals concerned about memory loss and to educate the public about successful aging.
The incidence is rising in line with the nation’s aging population. Advanced age is the greatest risk factor, with the incidence of the disease doubling every five years between 65 and 95. Alzheimer’s disease is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.
On NMSD, local sites nationwide offer free, confidential memory screenings to the public and distribute educational materials about memory concerns, dementia, care-giving and successful aging. Memory screenings are a significant first step toward finding out if someone may have a memory problem.
Also, it’s estimated that missed diagnoses of dementia may be as high as 90 percent. Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia enables individuals with the disease to obtain appropriate medical treatment (numerous studies show that available medical treatments can help slow progression of symptoms) and behavioral management interventions; be more involved in long-term planning; and obtain social services support for themselves and their families.
Some memory problems can be readily treated, such as those caused by vitamin deficiencies or thyroid problems. Other memory problems might result from causes that are not currently reversible, such as Alzheimer’s disease. While NMSD serves as a starting point for discussions about memory concerns, it can also lead to lifestyle changes (i.e. diet, managing stress, physical exercise, etc.) that may help people age successfully.
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is a national nonprofit organization that’s headquartered in New York (go to www.alzfdn.org or call 866-AFA-8484). It’s dedicated to “Caring for the Nation…One Person at a Time” and focused on providing optimal care to those in need. AFA unites more than 1,400 member organizations across the country, all of which provide hands-on programs, services,
The screening is non-invasive, consists of a series of questions and tasks, and takes five to ten minutes to administer. All of the NMSD materials that AFA provides clearly emphasize that memory screenings are used as an indicator of whether a person might benefit from an extensive (continued on next page)
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Puzzles medical exam, but that they are not used to diagnose any illness and in no way replace an exam by a qualified healthcare professional. On NMSD In 2009, free, confidential memory screenings were administered to an estimated 58,000 people at nearly 2,200 sites nationwide. With this year’s campaign the goals are to: • Provide free, confidential memory screenings to individuals with memory concerns or who want to check their memory now and for future comparisons. • Eliminate the stigma and fears associated with dementia. • Encourage individuals with memory problems to follow up with an exam by a physician or other qualified healthcare professional for a comprehensive examination, an accurate diagnosis, treatment, social services and community resources. • Educate the public about Alzheimer’s disease and successful aging. • Alleviate the fears of those individuals who do not have a problem. National Memory Screening Day is supported by: • An extensive national public relations campaign, with the intent of securing coverage in major media and at the local level • A dedicated Web site, www.nationalmemoryscreening. org, which lists participating sites and provides critical information about memory screenings and Alzheimer’s disease • Major national professional and trade organizations.
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No COLA for 2011
by Pat Nemetch, President APRN, Member of the PA State AARP Long Term Care Committee By the time you read this the election will have come and gone, finally ending the non-stop barrage of negative political ads jamming our airwaves. For both newly-elected leaders and those remaining in office, it’s time to work together at the national, state and community level to find solutions to our most pressing problems.
Fortunately, some help may be on the way. To compensate for the lack of a cost-of-living adjustment, many in Washington are calling for a one-time $250 payment to Social Security recipients. AARP and other senior advocates are asking Congress after the election to vote for relief to help millions of older Americans. The payments would be similar to those provided by the government’s massive economic recovery package last year.
Unfortunately, it could be 2012 before older Americans see an increase in monthly Social Security benefits.
I encourage you to contact your representatives in Washington and tell them that seniors who rely on modest Social Security payments need help to survive. Approving a modest $250 payment to seniors will ensure that the lack of cost-of-living adjustment will not jeopardize older adults’ ability to survive solely on Social Security benefits.
The government recently announced that there will be no cost-of-living raise for the more than 58 million Social Security recipients in 2011. It’s the second year in a row that benefit checks didn’t increase for inflation.
As we join together with family and friends celebrating the holiday that has no religious boundaries, please keep in your thoughts and prayers all those who are fighting to keep our country free.
While people aren’t getting COLAs they certainly feel like they’re falling further and further behind. Older adults, particularly on fixed incomes, are very reliant on Social Security as a major portion of their income and have counted on the benefit increases over the years. Social Security COLAs are set annually by an inflation measure, the Consumer Price Index, which has been largely flat this year. A lack of inflation hasn’t stopped costs from going up, regardless of what that formula says. Over the past two years, many older Americans have paid more for utilities and food, experienced a decline in housing values, tried to recover from deep retirement account losses and faced longer periods of unemployment for those who need to work. Medical costs, on which older people spend much of their income, continued to rise faster than inflation. That all adds up to a reduction in income for retirees, workers with disabilities and their dependents It’s gotten so bad that Social Security was the primary source of income for 64 percent of retirees who got benefits in 2008, according to the Social Security Administration. A third relied on Social Security for at least 90 percent of their income. According to Social Security officials, monthly checks for retired workers and their dependents now average $1,170.
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Lower Macungie Historical Society Will Honor Veterans by Vicki Bezems, Lifestyles over 50
The Lower Macungie Historical Society will hold a Veteran’s Day program on Sunday, November 14, 2-4 pm, at the Lower Macungie Library. Robert F. Kauffman, a native of Emmaus, PA, will be the featured speaker. Robert graduated from Emmaus High School in 1943 and was drafted into the United States Army. He was sent to Normandy, France, as a replacement for a U.S. rifleman who had been killed in action. He was wounded twice, first during the Battle of St. Lo, France, in 1944 and then in the Ardennes during the Battle of the Bulge in January 1945. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart with 1 Oak Leaf, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, American Theater Medal, and European/African/Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 3 battle stars. After being discharged in 1946, he returned to Emmaus, working for the U.S. Postal Service for 29 years. In 2009, Robert published a book, The Replacement, about his experiences in the war.
The other is the preservation of the Henry Bortz Log Home at 5047 Hamilton Boulevard, at the Wescosville Recreation Center. The Lower Macungie Historical Society was formed in 1989 to save the log house from being torn down. The house was moved to its current location, where it is used to demonstrate life in the late 1700’s. Members of the Lower Macungie Historical Society work year round to restore and maintain the structure. In October, the historical society holds a traditional fall festival at the house, with open hearth cooking, sauerkraut making, butter churning, woodworking and 19th century games. A Christmas Open House will be held on Sunday, Dec. 12, 4-7 pm. Period decorations and candles will be on display, and open-hearth cooking will be demonstrated. If you would like to have more information on the Lower Macungie Historical Society, please write to them at PO Box 3722, Wescosville, PA 18106 or email LMTHS@ macungie.org, or http://www.lmths.org. A calendar of events is available online.
The Veteran’s Day program is part of the Lower Macungie Historical Society’s veterans’ recognition project. The project’s goal is to preserve the history of the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces, from the Civil War to present. The organization is building a collection of biological sketches and photographs of veterans who have lived in Lower Macungie Township. The collection is on display at the Lower Macungie Library and www.lmths. org/programs/veterans.phtml. The LM Historical Society is involved in two other important projects. One is a barn survey to collect information on historic barns in the area.
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Born in Manhattan, New York in 1908, Milton Berle started in show business at an early age (5) with a part in the silent classic The Perils of Pauline. He came into his own as a stand-up comic in the early 30’s. He continued his rise to fame on the radio during the 1940’s. He became a superstar when his TV show, Texaco Star Theater, became the number one show on TV and among the top ten for several years thereafter. Many credit him with the huge spike in TV sales in the early 50’s. Everyone wanted to see “Uncle Miltie” as he was known on the show. He was also known as “Mr. Television”. After his show was cancelled he went on to perform for many years in Las Vegas. Unknown to his many fans, Berle performed countless benefit concerts and shows for audiences and in particluar for the military. Milton Berle was one of the first seven people inducted into the Televison Academy Hall of Fame.
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North Korean offensive pushes beyond the 38th parallel; truce negotiations fail. Congress passes 22nd Amendment, limiting a President to two terms. Julius and Ethel Rosenberg convicted of passing U.S. nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union; both are sentenced to death. General Douglas MacArthur relieved of command in Korea. Sen. Estes Kefauver begins investigation of gambling and organized crime. Mass production of penicillin and streptomycin reaches records. Electricity generated from nuclear power for the first time. World Series: New York Yankees over New York Giants, 4-2. Pro Football Champs: Los Angeles Rams. Stanley Cup Champions: Toronta Maple Leafs. Movies: The African Queen, An American in Paris, Strangers on a Train, A Streetcar Named Desire. Songs: Hello Young Lovers, Getting to Know You, Cry, Kisses Sweeter than Wine, In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening. TV Shows: I Love Lucy, Adventures of Ellery Queen, Captain Video, What’s My Line. Books: A Man Called Peter, Catherine Marshall; Lie Down in Darkness, William Styron; Desirée, Annemarie Selinko; From Here to Eternity, James Jones; The Caine Mutiny, Herman Woulk; The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger. Color television introduced; first color broadcast transmitted from CBS in New York. The King and I opens on Broadway. In response to the growing popularity of television, movie theatres experiment with a variety of attractions, including wide-screen projection and 3-D effects.
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nostalgia, info, fun stuff for Baby Boomers Connie Francis
Born in New Jersey, Connie Francis was known for her emotion-laden songs such as “Who’s Sorry Now” and “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool”.
He was inspired by Elvis Presley’s style of rockabilly music and eventually formed the now famous Crickets band. He proposed to his wife on their first date. Tragically she was to be a widow less than seven months after their wedding. However, his songs (“Peggy Sue”, “That’ll Be The Day”) will live forever for fans of Rock and Roll.
Later in her career she hadgreat success on TV and in Las Vegas and cut a CD as recently as 2004 and performed a concert in Manila in 2008.
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Guided in part by her father she went on to record many of the hit songs of the Fifties. By 1967 she had 35 U.S. Top 40 hits, three of which reached Number 1. She sang several of her hits on the world-famous Dick Clark’s American Bandstand.
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Serenity Garden at Easton by Praxis/Easton Nursing Center
On August 22, 2010, residents, friends and staff members of Easton Nursing Center gathered together to officially dedicate the Center’s new Katzman Serenity Garden. The beautiful natural setting is available to residents, family members and visitors who wish to relax, reminisce, or simply enjoy a peaceful respite amidst delightful plantings and the tranquil sound of the garden’s waterfall.
and, if possible, to return home with visiting nursing care. Jean worked diligently in her rehab and with the dedicated care of her therapists and clinical support specialists made encouraging progress during her stay at ENC. Through it all, Stu remained steadfast in his devotion to Jean’s care, visiting daily, attending her therapy sessions and encouraging his wife every step of the way. However, despite her valiant efforts and those of her caregivers, Jean passed away on December 31, 2009. During their time with us, Stu and Jean became true members of the ENC family. Staff members were always there to support Stu, ensuring that his needs were met with the same compassion and caring as was Jean’s. It was that sense of dedication and exceptional quality of care that Stu decided to honor through his donation of the wonderfully named Serenity Garden, which he continues to visit regularly. On behalf of the staff of Easton Nursing Center and all those who will enjoy the Katzman Serenity Garden, we want to say thank you Stu for your gift of peace and love.
Designed and constructed by ENC’s own maintenance staff, the project was founded by a generous donation from Stuart “Stu” Katzman and is dedicated to the memory of his wife, Jean, a former resident. Theirs is a true love story that began with a chance meeting at New York’s Piccadilly Hotel in 1972. Jean had been vacationing in New York City from her home in Virginia and Stu was there to meet friends after work. Their eyes met and it was love at first sight. They married two years later. Stu describes his wife as beautiful and wise, and their marriage of 36 years as a partnership of mutual love and respect. They lived their lives as each other’s priority; and were “best friends” who enjoyed traveling the world together. In 1998 Jean suffered a stroke, but she was determined to regain her abilities and with extensive rehabilitation, she succeeded. As Stu fondly recalls, “She was a fighter.” In 2005, Jean was diagnosed with dementia and Stu became her constant caregiver. By the fall of 2009, however, Stu began to see changes in Jean, including hallucinations and loss of appetite, which prompted him to take her to a local hospital for an evaluation and treatment. Unfortunately, Jean suffered another stroke, leaving her unable to walk or swallow safely. At that point, Stu turned to ENC for help. Stu’s goal for Jean was to improve her condition sufficiently to permit her to enjoy optimum quality of life
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Protect Seniors Against Heightened Medication Risks by Ron Brodsky, Right at Home
Prescriptions can be the key to a longer, fuller life, but if not handled properly, they can also cause serious problems. To help use prescriptions properly and minimize risk, Right at Home celebrates “Talk About Prescriptions Month” to stimulate and improve communication on appropriate medicine use to consumers and health care professionals. “Educating patients is critical for promoting healthy use of prescriptions, as people tend to see many different doctors for various conditions instead of one primary physician,” said Ron Brodsky, Owner, Right at Home Lehigh Valley “Seniors are at an even higher risk than most for serious side effects and other medication risks. Right at Home is taking advantage of this month-long awareness event to education our clients and all seniors so they can protect themselves against these risks.” According to NCPIE, 2 out of every 3 doctor visits result in the prescribing of medication (a total of 3.5 billion prescriptions dispensed every year. Education is particularly important for seniors, who take more medications on average - 50% of seniors take an average of eight medications or more regularly, according to the National Council on Aging and CVS/pharmacy. Since the risk of experiencing side effects increases with the number of prescriptions taken, most seniors have a high risk. As bodies change and age, this can cause the body to react differently, so seniors may start to experience a side effect from a prescription even if they have been taking it for years without any issues. Right at Home recommends these top 10 best practices for senior medication safety: 1. Always keep a complete, updated list of medications, including prescriptions, over the counter medications, vitamins and supplements. Give a copy to family members and others who may need to know in an emergency. Show this list to all physicians you see at every visit. 2. Use one pharmacy. People usually see several doctors to address different problems, so prescriptions can’t be managed through a primary physician as they used to be. Going through the same pharmacy for all prescriptions will create one more check point to make sure prescriptions won’t mix dangerously. . Know your medications. Read the information that comes with each medication, know the purpose and be aware of their side effects. 4. Only take medications as directed. If you feel a change
needs to be made, talk to the physician who prescribed it; never self-medicate. Store medications in a dry place of moderate temperature; do not store in areas where temperatures vary greatly or where it gets humid (like the medicine cabinet in the bathroom). Know what prescriptions need to be stored in the refrigerator. Talk to a doctor before adding a new medication, vitamin or supplement to your routine if you are taking a prescription. Do not share prescriptions with others, no matter what. Even the same medication can come in pills of varying amounts, and even a small amount of difference in dosages can make a big difference to your body. Get rid of expired prescriptions, even if you haven’t used all of them yet. Prescriptions change as they age, meaning they will mix differently with your body and other prescriptions and can lead to dangerous adverse reactions. Speak up—keep the conversation going with your physicians and pharmacy. Ask questions and voice your concerns. You know your body best, and when it comes to your health, there are no bad questions. If applicable, use medication management tools like reminder services, electronic pill dispensers or in-home services like Right at Home to ensure that medications are taken properly. Missing a dosage, confusing pills or other innocent medication mistakes can have serious ramifications.
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Grammy Bellesfield by Roy Bellesfield
Editor’s Note: It is with great sorrow that we must report that Roy Bellesfield passed away September 23, 2010. This is the last story he wrote a week before his passing. It was edited and submitted by his son, Carl Bellesfield. Ida Nelson Bellesfield was my fathers’ mother. When I was a child, it was normal in most families to have grandparents living with the family for months and, in many cases, years. My Grammy Bellesfield had 5 sons and two daughters, so she lived at many places in her lifetime after her husband died. He was a canal boat man, a tiller, the man who sat at the rear and steered the boat. He hung his leg over the tiller to steer and he developed gangrene and infection set in and took his life when he was in his fifties. Grammy’s children were married and she was alone so she sold the home and went from child to child to live. She met a retired army man named Oler Nelson and they married, but he didn’t live very long and she lived with her children again. So my story is mostly about when she lived with us. She was a Christian lady and when she lived with us she attended church with us every week. She lived 89 years could get around very well. I learned a lot from her as she read the Bible daily and quoted to me a lot and I was a good listener and her favorite needle threader as she darned socks and sewed patches on clothing. She and my mother worked well together. At lunch or suppertime she peeled taters or veggies. She was a good helper and many times I was her buddy when she went to prayer meeting by the electric car, as she called it. She had friends who had stores on Hamilton Street that she visited sometimes, so she kept herself active.
She was stylish and wore long dresses to the floor and high leather shoes with many buttons she closed with a button hook, and a large hat everywhere she went. In summer she used an umbrella to shade her on sunny days and I saw lots of them in the summertime. I was just a kid, but remember her and cherish remembrances of her and our chats - gifts from God. Now I want to talk a bit about Grandpop Jacobs, his name was Jacob Jacobs, from Austria-Hungary and came to Ellis Island by boat. My granddaughter and I went to Ellis Island and found lots of surprises about him, with help from a woman clerk at Ellis Island. She showed us a long list of Jacob Jacobs that arrived the same day, fifty of them to be exact. He settled in Fullerton, PA and I guess he liked it there. I don’t know for sure where he worked, but I think at the iron works in Catasauqua. He went back to Austria and brought his wife and two daughters to Fullerton to live - my mother was 3 years old at that time. His two sons were born here in the U.S. They lived in Fullerton and my mother and dad were neighbors and went to school together. They were childhood sweethearts and married. My mother was 19 years old then, and I learned much about them, truly an unending love story. (continued on next page)
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I don’t recall any doctor visits, she doctored herself. Once in a while she sent me to Martins Drug Store on Hamilton Street for charcoal tablets. They cost 10 cents a small can full to cleanse ones blood. She read the Morning Call and corresponded with friends and did well for her small amount of schooling. I used to watch her braid her silver hair, and she told me about life when she was young. I was a good listener.
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Tributes to Roy Bellesfield (continued from previous page) Sorry I got carried away as I was talking about Granpop Jacobs, as I remember him he was not a man to hold a conversation with. I did ask questions and he usually answered with few words. He did send me to the tobacco shop for chewing tobacco. It was called Panic and sold for 5 cents. I decided to try it one day and choked and ran for water and I never tried that again. He did some chores around the yard when he was able. He lived with his children and moved around like Grammy Bellesfield. Toward the end of his days, he wanted to stay with us. My mother said, as a father he was strict and not a loving father, but my parents lived Christian lives and my mother said she had no malice in her heart for him. I never heard grandpop say he loved my mother. I saw by the way he smiled to her, he found something that made him want to stay right where he was. He lived to be 89 plus years. Now as I write about my grandparents and how they loved living at our house, I thank God I was privileged to be brought up where God was head of our home and love reigned always. Your friend always, Roy Bellesfield The following was Roy’s favorite verse from the Bible. We reprint here in his honor. “Fear not for I am with you. Do not be dismayed. I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
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Over the past five years, I had the privilege of getting to know Roy as I visited him each month. Our friendship may have had a 61 year age difference, but Roy was easy to talk with and we had many things in common, namely our love of family (and homemade strawberry ice cream). He would show me pictures of his children, grandchildren, greatgrandchildren, and even a great-great grandchild. He spoke of them with undeniable pride and love which inspired me as I began my own family. Now and again I
brought my two-year-old daughter to visit and she would climb onto Roy’s lap, which was uncharacteristic of her. I suppose she could sense his kind and loving heart. Roy quickly and unexpectedly became a trusted friend and advisor. Many times he graced me with hugs, prayers, words of wisdom and encouragement. He had an infectious attitude of joy, optimism and love. These things just oozed out of him and after each of our monthly visits, I left with renewed resolve to slow down and cherish the little things in life. I will hold dear my memories of Roy and lessons he unknowingly shared with me. I am truly a better person for having had a friend like Roy. While I am sad that my friend is no longer here with us, I can smile knowing that he is Heaven holding the hand of his beloved Evelyn. I thank Roy for providing all of us the pleasures of “Roy’s Reminiscences”. Laura Putt, Copy Editor For the past five years, Roy Bellesfield was far and away the most popular of the Lifestyles over 50 writers. He offered distant memories of life as it used to be, taking us away from the stresses of life and into an idealistic yesteryear of kindness and simple pleasures. We learned about who we are and also who we should be. Roy had a resolute faith in Jesus Christ that provided absolute joy and faith in even the most mundane things, radiating positivity and thankfulness as contagious as a baby’s smile. He exemplified everything that Lifestyles over 50 espouses; vibrant and healthy living. We thank Roy for his contributions and his lessons and anecdotes are sure to live on. Jeff Tintle, Publisher I have been with this publication for four years and have had the opportunity to meet with many of our readers. I have heard too many times to count that Roy’s articles were the favorite stories in this magazine. His ability to remember details about his youth and the Lehigh Valley has been a rich source of nostalgia for our readers. His reference to his faith has inspired many. Roy brought a smile of recognition and remembrance to our readers and for that he will always be remembered by all as a unique and inspiring writer. Lifestyles over 50 has been a favorite magazine in the Lehigh Valley in no small measure because of Roy Bellesfield. May he rest in peace. Art Villafane, Editor
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Dust in the Sun by Alan Allegra
I like the comic “Real Life Adventures” because it feeds one of my favorite pastimes: making fun of real life adventures. On the Allegra Refrigerator of Fame is this: Son (looking out of window): “Looks like a nice day out.” Dad: “Yep.” Mom (facing away from window): “If you can see past the sun highlighting the dirt on the windows and the dust on the furniture.” Son: “Women are different from us, aren’t they, Dad.” I can hear husbands reading this say, “Yep.” In his commentary on Psalm 88, Charles Spurgeon wrote, “Alas, when under deep depression the mind forgets all [blessings], and is only conscious of its unutterable misery; the man sees the lion but not the honey in its carcass, he feels the thorns but he cannot smell the roses which adorn them.” A coworker and I walked down the street after a storm. Above the tall gray buildings, we could see the tall gray clouds
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with the sun barely winking at us through the gloom. I said there should be a rainbow and sure enough—according to God’s promise after the flood—there it was, brighter and more colorful than “green” bulbs. We smiled. If you’ve gone through hard times (and who hasn’t?), you know how problems tip the scales to the point where it seems the blessings we have, including hope, fall off the other side. November’s big day is Thanksgiving, a day that baffles atheists and distresses the distressed, but is meant to glorify God for His bounty to us. For people dealing with fears, frustrations, family fights, and physical failures, it can be difficult, if not seemingly hypocritical, to be thankful. However, God has commanded us to be thankful, most succinctly expressed in Ephesians 5:20: “giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Giving thanks for all things? In the context, we are to turn, not to drunkenness, but to each other and the Lord with songs and service. There are no exceptions mentioned or implied. There are at least eight Psalms that say, “O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endures for ever” (Psalm 107:1). This command appears elsewhere in Scripture as well, often coupled with prayer (Philippians 4:6). When we can’t see the sun for the dirt or the furniture for the dust or forget to look for the rainbow in the clouds, we can remember that, in all things, the Lord is merciful. He will not allow our problems to crush us. He gives us breath and brains, beauty for ashes and bread for appetites, while we struggle to thank, praise, and trust Him. He offers eternal life and bliss to those who accept His son, Jesus Christ. He gives us an infallible book with over 770,000 words of truth and hope. He gives us . . . well, start counting—I’m running out of space. Despite the Norman Rockwell image of happy families drooling over Grandma’s perfectly cooked turkey and polished silverware, everyone’s Thanksgiving is not so warm and cozy. You may be spending it alone or with people you don’t like or in a hospital bed, at work or otherwise not as you would want. Look through the dirt and focus on the sun. Write your name and your blessings in the dust. Don’t turn from the window and miss the view beyond your circumstances. Remember God’s promise: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endures for ever.
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Pumpkin – Not Just for Pies Anymore by Vicki Bezems, Lifestyles over 50
One of America’s favorite foods at Thanksgiving and Christmas, pumpkin is tasty and extremely versatile. It is so good for you that it’s considered a “super food”, in the same class as many other foods such as acai berry, broccoli, salmon and almonds.
Pumpkin has been best known for pie filling, but there are many other delicious ways to use the nutritious fruit -- in soups, stews, chili, roasting, breads, cakes, and vegetarian lasagna. Even roasted pumpkin seeds make a satisfying, crunchy snack. Pumpkin Nutrition Facts Here are some of the ways that pumpkin is good for you. It is high in: • •
Fiber - aids in the digestive process, helps you manage your weight; lowers cholesterol; combats heart disease by reducing the tendency of the blood to clot. Vitamin C - helps the body’s immune functions; helps fight free radicals, which cause cellular damage; increases the body’s production of collagen, which is very important in recovering from wounds and injuries; may help fight cancer. Vitamin E - has antioxidant properties essential to skin health and skin care, helps regulate Vitamin A in the body, aids in treating sun burns and various skin irritations. Magnesium - essential to many normal biological functions of the body and the formation of bones and teeth.
Potassium - helps regulate blood pressure and proper heart function. Carotenoids - help lower risk of a variety of cancers, heart disease, cataracts and blindness; help fight the effects of aging; provide anti-inflamatory benefits; protect against cholesterol build up. Zinc - important for reproductive health, helps to reduce prostate size.
Do you know your pumpkin trivia? • Pumpkins range in size from less than one pound to over 1,000 pounds. • Pennsylvania is one of the top pumpkin-producing states in the U.S., along with Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and California. • The name “pumpkin” originated from the Greek word “pepon” which means large melon. • Native Americans dried strips of pumpkin and wove them into mats and also roasted long strips of pumpkin on the open fire and ate them. • Pumpkin pie originated when the colonists sliced off the pumpkin top, removed the seeds, and filled the insides with milk, spices and honey. The pumpkin was then baked in hot ashes. • The “pumpkin” is referred to in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow; Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater; Cinderella;, and the Harry Potter series.
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Lifestyles over 50 Thurs, Nov 4 Alzheimer’s Support Group, Thurs 1-3 PM St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. 1900 Pennsylvania Ave, Allentown. St. John’s Friendly Fifties, Mon Nov 8 in gym, 1343 Newport Avenue in Northampton. Speaker: Jeff Shrive, Miracle Ear. Cherry Blossom trip to Washington, DC Apr 6-7, 2011. Included: admission to National Aquarium, dinner and show at Toby’s Dinner Theatre, tour of the monuments, Odyssey lunch cruise, bus tour of the cherry blossoms, stay at Best Western in Baltimore. Cost is between $357-$379. Call Pat at 610-767-4881. Thurs, Nov 4, noon, Allentown AARP Chap. 5415 St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church 140 S.Ott St. Social hour 12-1p.m. Program: Reverse Mortgage presented by John Krajsa Biz mtng follows. 610437-4265 Tues Nov 2 12PM Lower Macungie Seniors. Lower Macungie Ctr 610395-0782. Tues, Nov 2, 6 pm. Whitehall Senior Grp. Dinner, entertain, Whitehall HS Cafeteria $3. 610264-3721. Wed Nov 3, 1 pm. Macungie Seniors, Macungie Fire Company. Ruth, 610-965-9584. Thurs, Nov 4, 7PM Lower Milford Twnshp Fire Co. 1601 Limeport Pike, spaghetti dinner adults $7 children $4 salad bar, dessert. Thurs, Nov 4 AARP Chap. 3115, 12PM Whitehall, American Club, 300 Cherry St, Coplay. After social hour, refreshments available. New members welcome. 610-264-9164 Sat, Nov 6, 10:30AM Enjoy gardening, interested in peace issues? Jordan United Church of Christ, Rt 309 and Walbert Ave, Allentown, 2.5 acres dedicated peace garden, custom peace sculpture, peace pole, worship areas, biblical plant & children’s bed, gazebo, swing, trails. Sat, Nov 6 Bethlehem Garden Club, share garden tips with local pros and hobbyists 610-838-1482. Mon, Nov 8, 7-8:30 pm. pray & share together for emotional
wholeness, women’s support group struggling, or have family struggling with depression, bi-polar, etc. Ebenezer Bible Fellowship, Bethlehem. Linda 610-395-8756. Tues, Nov 9, Alzheimer’s Support Group, SarahCare Adult Day Service, 610-391-1576 Tues, Nov 9, 1pm, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 5th & Chestnut Sts, Emmaus. Emmaus Garden Club, Sandi 610.965.2062. Tues, Nov 9, 7-8:30 pm. Prayer & Share Together for emotional wholeness, women’s support group struggling, or have family, struggling with depression, bi-polar, etc. Asbury Methodist Church, Allentown. Linda 610-395-8756. Tues, Nov 9, 8:30 AM Lehigh Co. TRIAD free continental breakfast. Green Meadows of Allentown. 610967-5454. Wed, Nov 10, 5:30-6:30PM. Alzheimer’s Support Group, share, support. Professional advice from caregivers for Alz. impaired families. Arden Courts of Allentown 610366-9010. Wed, Nov 10, LV Military Affairs Council – Saucon Manor in Hellertown. 12pm 484-788-0196 or email@example.com to get involved. . Thur, Nov 18, 5:30 Alz’s Support Group, Country Meadows of Allentown, Bldg 3. Light dinner 610-395-7160. Thur, Nov 18 4:30-6 pm. Alz Support Grp, support for those providing care and deal with Alz disease. Adult Day Service Bldg, Westminster Village. 610-7828390. Fri, Nov 19, 10 am. People Meeting People Club, Senior Social Group. Fellowship Hall, Asbury United Methodist Church. Thur, Nov 18 - Alzheimer’s Support Group for Caregivers 4-5 PM Phoebe Richland Health Care Center. 267-371-4569 Thur, Nov 18 7pm. LV Brain Injury Support Group - Good Shepherd Health & Tech Center, 850 S. Fifth Street, Allentown. Thur, Nov 18 12PM Caregivers & Professionals Network Group.
Country Meadows of Allentown, Bldg 3, 610-395-7160 Tue, Nov 23 Alzheimer’s Support Group 10AM. Old Orchard Health Care Center. Palmer Twp. Jim Baer 610-438-1608. Tue, Nov 23 LV Parkinson’s Support Group, Gerry Haines. Banko Bldg. 10-12PM. Wed May 26 Men of Retirement Age Club 12;30pm, Advent Moravian Church, 3730 Jacksonville Rd, Hanover. LV Chapter 1371 National Active and Retired Federal Employees meet Nov 18 at St. Peters Lutheren Church community room, 1933 Hanover Ave., Allentown, 12PM lunch. After meal, program of interest to seniors presented by local officials seeking reelection.Brief biz session concludes meeting. Current and former Fed workers invited. 1st timers and those wanting lunch ($7.50) call Ken 610-837-7246 before Sat, Nov 13. If just attending program arrive at 12:45 pm. Mondays 10 and 1. “Loving Hands Quilting Circle”. Country Meadows. Allentown, Buildings 3 & 1, 610-395-7160. Mondays 10 am. Hi-Neighbors Group, senior group. 2 speakers each meeting. 1st Presbyterian Church, Bethlehem. 610-954-7561. Mondays 11:30-2. JCC, Allentown Friendship Circle. Open to 50 and over. Programs and lunch. Ruth 610-865-3646, 1 week in advance. Tuesdays, 1 pm. Trexlertown Area Senior Group. Trexlertown Fire Co. 610-395-5316. Tuesdays 1:30-4:30. Palmer Senior Group, meet seniors, play cards, share good times. Charles Chrin Community Ctr Palmer Township 610-252-2098 palmercommunitycenter.org Wednesdays noon. Fogelsville Senior Group at Fire Company. Amelia, 610-395-2224. Wednesday 1pm St. Stevens Church Franklin & Turner St. Allentown. Cards, bingo & refreshments. Thursdays at 12. Schnecksville Senior Citizen Group. Peg 610-3958667 Schnecksville Fire Co. Fridays 1 pm. Emmaus Senior
Lifestyles over 50 Group, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Emmaus. Erma 610-966-2299.
Exercise Bethlehem YMCA. SilverSneakers 1 M/T/W 10:45AM M/W 3PM. SilverSneakers 2 T 8:30AM & F 10:30AM, YogaStretch Th 10:45AM Sat 8AM, SilverSplash T/ Th 9:15am Sat 8:15AM.Suburban Family YMCA. Dates and times adult aquatics classes call 610-8677588. Silver Sneakers I: Mon, Tues, Thurs at 9:00am,Thurs: 10:00am. Silver Sneakers II Mon 10:00am, Fri: 10:00am Silver Sneakers YogaStretch- Wed: 10am. Allentown YMCA & YWCA Senior Fit M-W-F 9:00 am, Silver Circuit M-W-F 9:00 am, Silver Sneakers 1 Mon & Thurs 11:30 am, Silver Sneakers 2 Mon, Tues, Thurs. 1:30 pm, Silver Splash Mon, Wed 9:30 am, Fri 2 pm, YogaStretch Wed 1:30 pm. Dates of adult aquatic classes available. 610-434-9333 YMCA - Easton, P’burg & Vicinity. Silver Sneakers Cardio Mon1pm Tues 11am, Wed. & Fri. 12pm Silver Sneakers 1 Tues. & Thurs. 12:30pm. Silver Sneakers Yoga Wed. 12:50pm. Low Impact Aerobics Tues. & Thurs. 8am. Aqua Aerobics M-F 9:15am, Tues. & Thurs. 7:00pm. Arthritis Aquatics M-W-F 10:30am, Tues. & Thurs. 1:00pm www.familyymca.org Arthritis Aquatics M-W-F 11:0011:45 AM or 11:45-12:30PM. 3rd St. Alliance for Women & Children. Month:$38.00 Drop-in: $6.00, more programs, memberships available. 610-258-6271. Aqua Pilates, Arthritis Aquatics, Aqua Aerobics. Rodale Aquatic Center Allentown 610-606-4670. Tai Chi and Qigong classes in LV, experienced instructor, reasonable rates. Hilary Smith, RN 610-7516090 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dances Wednesday Dances at Lehigh County Senior Ctr: 1-4 pm. 1st & 3rd Wed of month. $7.00 pp includes refreshments. 610-4373700 www.lehighseniors.org. Saturday Evening Dances at Lehigh County Senior Ctr: 8-11 pm. $7.00 pp. 610-437-3700.
Allentown Area Swing Dance. Fearless Fire Co. 1221 S Front St. 610-3907550. $9 includes lesson 7pm - 8:30, no partner needed. Nov 2 & 9 East coast Swing, 16 & 23 West Coast Swing, 30 Country 2 step www. allentownswingdance.org Check for semi private lessons. Holiday Ball, Sat. Jan 8, semi-formal 7:30-11:30PM, $15. Wed 7:30. N. Penn Elks Club, Colmar, Pa West Coast Swing. Third Fridays Peppermint Dance Club. Church on the Mall, Plymouth Meeting. peppermintdanceclub.com Third Friday – Easton Dance Party at Third St. Alliance, N. 3rd St., Easton. 610-330-9950. Ballroom Dance Sundays at Fearless Fire Company in Allentown, Carol 610-398-8312 schedule and info. Ballroom on High, Swing, www. swingkat.com
Bingo Mon & Thurs 7 PM. Memorial Hall, Liberty Fire Co. Stockertown. 610759-6811 Wed 5PM game at 6:45PM Volunteer Fire Co Fogelsville Ladies Auxiliary Cash Prizes 610-395-5479 Wed 6PM game at 7PM Lehigh County Senior Ctr. Free coffee and snacks. $15 includes 4 double cards & 1 pack of specials.610-437-3700
Classes and Lectures Seniors Who Wish to Re-Enter Workforce. Lehigh County Senior Ctr 1633 Elm St. Allentown, computer classes limited to 8. Basic Computer I & II, Digital Camera, Digital Photos, Intro to Internet. Classes at center and Whitehall Library. 8- 1.5 hr. classes $40 members $80 nonmembers. Membership $20. 610-437-3700 or email@example.com.
Community Events First and Third Tues, 8 pm. Tickle Me Tuesday, Allentown BrewWorks.
Tickets on sale for “A Cappella Dreamin’,” Sat. Nov. 13 Lehigh Valley Sweet Adelines annual show. This women’s chorus has been performing for 52 years,
November 2010 singing a cappella music in barbershop-style harmony. Show features familiar tunes across the decades. Guest performers will be Second Generation, awardwinning men’s barbershop quartet from the Lehigh Valley Harmonizers chorus, and Noteworthy, a mixedvoice collegiate a cappella quartet from Muhlenberg College. Foy Hall on the campus of Moravian College in Bethlehem, the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Pat at 610-966-1351 or sing@lehighvalleychorus. com for advance ticket reservations.
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