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FROM THE EDITOR

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Like you I am have just about finished using up my quota of winter weather. I prefer warmer weather so I already have an eye out for the first robin of the year. I may be impatient, but I cannot help it. Two of our articles this month expand on last month’s topics. Dating after 50 is a fact of life for many of us. This month we focus on online dating. While it has been around for a while, it is now widespread. It can be an excellent alternative to more traditional ways of meeting new people but, it is not without its issues. We offer information that will help you have a safer experience with online dating. As many of us approach retirement age we need to know the issues surrounding the age at which we should officially retire and receive Social Security benefits. If you are considering getting benefits before age 65 then our article, “The Decision To Retire Early”, has invaluable information for you. Additionally this month we have information on a program that uses aquatic therapy to help with those who suffer from arthritis. Another topic that receives too little press is elder abuse. We recommend that you read about an upcoming seminar on March 29 on the topic. We have an article entitled “5 Lessons on How to Treat People”. After reading it once I found that I re-read it several times. Its lessons are timeless and have been heard before, but not in such a compelling way. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did. Let’s hope that the rest of the winter treats us nicely. Next time we meet I expect that the weather will be warmer and the winds kinder to our faces. t

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March 2011

A Reason to Celebrate This Month: Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month, International Mirth Month, National Ethics Awareness Month, National Eye Donor Month, National Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month, National Optimism Month, Sing With your Child Month, National Social Work Month, Berries and Cherries Month. This Week: 1-7: Universal Human Beings Week; 6-12: National Pancake Week, Women in Construction Week; 7-13: National Procrastination Week; 11-13: World Rattlesnake Round-Up; 13-20: Wildlife Week; 18-20: American Crossword Puzzle; 21-27: Act Happy Week.

Days: 2: Dr. Seuss Day; 3: I Want to Be Happy Day, Peace Corps Day; 4: National Grammar Day; 8: Organize Your Home Office Day, Mardi Gras; 9: Get Over It Day; 10: International Day of Awesomeness; 12: Genealogy Day; 13: Donald Duck Day, Good Samaritan Involvement Day; 14: Potato Chip Day; 16: Freedom of Information Day; 18: Awkward Moments Day; 19: National Chocolate Caramel Day; 20: Corn Dog Day, National Jump Out Day; 22: International Goof-Off Day; 26: Make Up Your Own Holiday Day; 30: Doctors Day; 31: Bunsen Burner Day. Birthstone: Aquamarine

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Windmills always turn counter-clockwise. Except for the windmills in Ireland. Termites eat wood twice as fast when listening to heavy metal music. Every year, the Moon moves a further 3.82cm from the Earth. It takes about 20 seconds for a red blood cell to circle the whole body. Hair is the fastest growing tissue in the body, second only to bone marrow. The term Cop comes from Constable on Patrol, which is a term used in England. Onions get their distinctive smell by soaking up sulfur from the soil. Guinness Book Of Records holds the record for being the book most stolen from Public Libraries. Charlie Chaplin won third place in a Charlie Chaplin look alike contest. Donald Duck comics were banned in Finland because he didn’t wear pants. From 1942 until the end of World War II, Oscars were made out of plaster to conserve metal. After the war, the winners received “real” replacement statues.

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The only Oscar statuette ever made of wood was presented to Edgar Bergen in 1938 for his “outstanding comic creation,” his ventriloquist dummy Charlie McCarthy. A person afflicted with hexadectylism has six fingers or six toes on one or both hands and feet. Tokyo has had 24 recorded instances of people either killed or receiving serious skull fractures while bowing to each other with the traditional Japanese greeting. When cats are happy or pleased, they squeeze their eyes shut The elephant is the only animal with 4 knees Each year, about 500,000 detectable earthquakes occur in the world. About 100,000 of those can be felt and about 100 of them cause damage. The tongue is the only body muscle that is attached from one end only. Approximately two-thirds of people tip their head to the right when they kiss Some Chinese believe that swinging the arms cures headaches The city of Portland in Oregon was named after a coin toss in 1844. Heads for Portland and tails for Boston.

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Family and Fun

Things To Do in March with the Grandkids by Vicki Bezems, Lifestyles over 50

1. Check out Children’s Storytelling by the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild Series at 2 p.m. every Sunday in February and March at Godfrey Daniels in Bethlehem. 2. Hop on In! This is a Zoo Camp for toddlers and adults, featuring animal presentations, games, guided tours, snacks, crafts and an interactive story time. 610-7994171; Lehigh Valley Zoo, . Have the grandkids help plant your garden from seed – indoors. Most plants can be transferred outdoors in April. Good bets for planting now are cabbage, eggplants, lettuce, onions, peppers, and radishes. 4. Watch for signs of spring. Have them track the time of sunrise and sunsets for a week. Watch the weather for spring showers or thunderstorms. Watch for robins to appear and the birds to sing more loudly in the early morning. Watch the ground for the first spring crocus blossoms to appear. 5. Visit “American Presidents: George Washington to Barack Obama”. Explore the popular image of our nation’s presidents from George Washington to President Obama. Learn about the American Presidency as you explore presidential images from throughout our nation’s history. 6. Enjoy the snow before it’s gone. Go snow tubing at one of the local ski resorts. It’s an alternative to snow boarding or skiing, requires no special skill, and is great family fun.

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Smile, It’s Your Best Feature by Art Villafane, Lifestyles over 50 • • • • • • • • • •

The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese. Why do Americans choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America? My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I am right My psychiatrist told me I was crazy and I said I want a second opinion. He said okay, you’re ugly too. I discovered I scream the same way whether I’m about to be devoured by a great white shark or if a piece of seaweed touches my foot. When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water. If you keep your feet firmly on the ground, you’ll have trouble putting on your pants. Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn’t have said. Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die. Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once. Presented By

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Personal Growth

Dating After 50 - Online Dating by Vicki Bezems, Lifestyles over 50

In last monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s issue, we looked at the decision to date again after a long period of marriage or being single. Once you feel that you are emotionally ready to go out and meet someone new, the first step is to assess what you want out of a relationship. Then you need to find the best way to meet other singles. You may or may not have used traditional methods, like joining a special interest club, taking a class or getting introduced through friends or family members, but whether you have or not, it may be time to try online dating. No, you say, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not for me! You may have heard horror stories about meeting people online. However, there are also many stories with happy endings. There are advantages and disadvantages to online dating. But, as in everything else, if you educate yourself on how to go about it, online dating can be successful and rewarding. Advantages: â&#x20AC;˘ Online dating offers lots of choices. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s convenient. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great way to find love and companionship without even leaving your own home. â&#x20AC;˘ Online dating is inexpensive. Even if you pay to join, an online dating service is still cheaper than other activities, like a senior cruise. â&#x20AC;˘ Online dating profiles are a fun way to learn about people. Online dating sites that allow you to write detailed personal profiles, including hobbies, special interests, political beliefs, dreams, goals and favorite activities will give you the most accurate idea of what a person is like and will help you decide if you have enough in common to make a connection. Noteworthy: The effort someone puts into writing his or her profile is indicative of the kind of effort he or she will put into interpersonal communications. â&#x20AC;˘ Online dating makes it easy to get to know each other. By exchanging emails with your prospective friend, you get to know each other slowly, without the awkwardness that comes with first dates. If you choose to meet, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll already know a lot about each other, and that could help you both feel more comfortable. Disadvantages â&#x20AC;˘ Online dating costs money. Many online dating sites will allow you to view other peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s profiles before joining, so you get an idea of whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s available. But they often charge to let you reply to a profile. â&#x20AC;˘ Pictures can lie. Photos are an important part of online

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Personal Growth You can start with a website called Datingsitesreviews. com. The best online dating sites for seniors are those that are designed for seniors, such as SeniorPeopleMeet.com or BabyBoomerPeopleMeet.com. There are also specialty sites where you may meet someone who shares your interests, for example: EquestrianSingles.com for horse lovers, DateMyPet. com for pet owners, and WineLoversMatch.com for wine connossieurs. Make a list of characteristics you’re looking for in a companion, and use it to narrow down your choices to those with whom you are more compatible. Be honest and thorough in your profile. This is critical. If you have family members living with you, be clear about that. You may want to say something about how important your kids and family are to you, so that any prospective mates will understand from the start that you and your family are a “package deal.” When you find an interesting profile, first pay attention to how the person writes; serious people tend to write quite a bit about who they are and who they are looking for. Safety Beware of free online dating services. Sincere prospects will be willing to pay a little to meet other sincere people. Check out the membership dues and rules for each online dating site before you join, especially if you are asked to provide a credit card number. Make sure you know the following: • • •

and that more than 120,000 marriages a year occur as a result of online dating. (Online Dating Magazine – 2007.) “Thirty-one percent of adults in America say they know someone who has used an online dating service. In the year 2008, 120,000 marriages that took place were attributed to online dating services. The number of people who are finding their love online, is increasing day-by-day,” states Onlinedatingmagazine.com. If you are honest about how you will be perceived and about the kind of person who would appreciate you; if you are warm, open and flexible; if you are careful and use common sense, the odds of meeting a desirable companion online are in your favor. Sources: articlesbase.com/relationships-articles/seniorcitizen-dating-sites-why-they-are-your-best-ticket-to-findingyour-dream-partner-4001109.html; aarp.com; About.com; Onlinedatingmagazine.com.

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March 2011

Health

Aquatic Therapy Can Help with Arthritis Pain by Linda Bollinger, CTRS,Good Shepherd, Rehabilitation Swimming pools have many fun and healthy uses. They’re fun to splash in, they’re great for cooling off in the sweltering summer heat, and they can help you shed a few extra pounds. You may not think of swimming pools as a tool for rehabilitation therapy, but you should, especially if you struggle with arthritis pain. Aquatic therapy is the use of water movement and exercise in the rehabilitation of people with disabilities or injuries. With the water heated to a warm 92 to 94 degrees, aquatic therapy can help reduce pain, increase range of motion and improve daily functions for people with functional limitations. It is easier to move in water, which can be especially helpful for people with arthritis pain or limitations with movement. Aquatic therapy can also be used to maintain and improve fitness following a physical therapy regimen for arthritis. In fact, individuals with arthritis often go through physical therapy in the pool and then transition to an aquatic fitness program to maintain their health and well-being. At Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, we offer many aquatic therapy programs that can decrease pain and increase fitness for people with arthritis. These programs also keep your workouts fresh and exciting, which will keep you returning to the pool time and again. Aqua aerobics increases strength, balance, endurance and range of motion. Aqua yoga/Pilates increases relaxation, releases stress, strengthens the body core and tones muscles. Circuit training and Ai Chi classes also can aid in improving strength and range of motion. Good Shepherd’s Water Walking Program also is popular with individuals who have gone through aquatic physical therapy. It is an independent exercise program designed to allow individuals to continue with the exercises they learned in physical therapy. These aquatic therapy programs can benefit any individual with a functional challenge. Good Shepherd also offers programs specifically geared to people with arthritis, which are designed to ease joint pain and increase mobility. So if you

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Elder Abuse – Who Will Protect Our Seniors? by Art Villafane, Lifestyles over 50

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According to the Department of Justice at least 10% of Americans over age 60 have experienced some form of elder abuse in the past year. While that statistic is shocking there is even more frightening news – many cases goes unreported.

We have created a Facebook page. It will have bits of information that would be of value to our Boomer readers.

According to the National Council on Aging, for every one case of elder abuse, neglect, exploitation, or self-neglect reported to authorities, at least five more go unreported.

The page is Lehigh Valley Boomers and can be found at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lehigh-ValleyBoomers/140089946051869?. Please visit the page and contribute to the wall.

Types of Abuse: As you would expect abuse is not limited to physical abuse. Other forms of abuse include: financial or material exploitation, neglect, sexual, abandonment and emotional / psychological. Who is at Risk? According to the latest statistics from the National Council on Aging women and the very elderly are at the most risk. Elder abuse affects seniors across all socio-economic groups, cultures, and races. But, women and “older” elders are more likely to be victimized. In 2003, 1 out of every 3 (65.7%) elder abuse victims were women and in 20 of the states, more than 2 in 5 five victims (42.8%) were 80 or older. How to Learn More On March 29, 2011 Family Answers is hosting a presentation on Elder Abuse in its many forms. The details of the presentation are below. Presenter: David P. Shallcross, Community Liaison, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Office of Attorney General, Public Protection Division Session 1: 2:30 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. Interactive Video & Discussion for seniors Session 2: 7:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. Interactive Video & Discussion for seniors and their Care Providers Both Sessions will include video, discussion, tips and prevention of: • Elder Abuse • State Lottery Fraud • Estate Planning Fraud • Home Improvement Fraud • Internet Fraud • Credit Card Fraud • Identity Theft The presentation is sponsored by Family Answers: Homemaker-Health Aide Services. Light refreshments will be provided at both sessions. There is plenty off street parking available. It will be held March 29 at Wesley United Methodist Church located at 2540 Center Street Bethlehem PA 18017.

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AARP

Help with the Cost of Drugs by Pat Nemetch, Caring Solutions for Seniors and Families

After such a cold and stormy winter, I’m already counting the days until spring’s arrival later this month. Soon all the frosty temperatures, snow and ice will be just a distant memory. While the warm weather and budding flowers will certainly be welcome, they won’t lessen the challenges for many seniors who are still struggling financially. A recent national survey showed one in four Americans can’t afford insurance covering prescription drugs. Many are individuals on fixed incomes or are unable to work due to injury or illness. Increasingly, older adults are forced to risk their health by sharing drugs, skipping doses or doing without vital medications altogether just to make ends meet. Fortunately, there is help available. Here in Pennsylvania, we’re very lucky to have the Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly (PACE) and the PACE Needs Enhancement Tier (PACENET) programs that are helping more than 300,000 older Pennsylvanians pay for prescription medications. There are no fees to join PACE and PACENET and there is no open enrollment period —you can apply for benefits anytime and eligibility is determined by your previous calendar year’s income. The programs are administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging and funded with proceeds from the Pennsylvania Lottery. You can learn more about the PACE and PACENET programs by calling 1-800-225-7223. While the enrollment numbers show the PACE and PACENET programs are well-received by Pennsylvania seniors, two lesser-known state government services also are available to help reduce or eliminate prescription drug costs. The Pennsylvania Patient Assistance Program Clearinghouse connects those who can’t afford medications with programs that will cover expenses. Run by the State Department of Aging, the service is great because it helps people in different ways. The staff works closely with you to find solutions that suit your needs and can suggest programs that help you and members of your family. If you do not qualify for any state or federally-funded programs and can’t afford prescription drug insurance, call toll free at 1-800955-0989 and speak to one of the Clearinghouse’s patient coordinators. The Pennsylvania RX Pricefinder can also help you save money on prescription drugs by comparing costs at local

pharmacies. Funded by the state lottery, the free website shows prices for frequently-used drugs, lists pharmacies offering $4 generic prescriptions and those that will match prices found at competing pharmacies, and shows the address, store hours and phone numbers of pharmacies in your area. The Pricefinder site updates drug prices weekly based on pharmacy billings to the PACE and PACENET programs. Visit www.parxpricefinder.com often to make sure you’re not paying more than necessary for your prescription drugs. If the current economy has you struggling to cover the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs, I encourage you to take advantage of these innovative state government programs. Investing a short time on the phone or on the internet can drastically reduce or even eliminate your medication costs and provide you with the peace of mind of knowing that you’ll receive the drugs your physician has prescribed for you. Take care of your health in other ways by getting out and staying active this spring, and remember to warm another’s heart with a smile.

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Finance

Puns To Groan By

Reverse Mortgage

For many Americans in their retirement years, bills are piling up, property taxes are on the rise, and there is not much money left over to enjoy life.

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To write with a broken pencil is pointless. When fish are in schools they sometimes take debate. A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months. When the smog lifts in Los Angeles, U.C.L.A. The professor discovered that her theory of earthquakes was on shaky ground. The batteries were given out free of charge. A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail. A will is a dead giveaway. If you don’t pay your exorcist you can get repossessed. With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress. Show me a piano falling down a mineshaft and I’ll show you A-flat miner. You are stuck with your debt if you can’t budge it. Local Area Network in Australia : The LAN down under. A boiled egg is hard to beat. When you’ve seen one shopping center you’ve seen a mall. Police were called to a day care where a three-year-old was resisting a rest. Did you hear about the fellow whose whole left side was cut off? He’s all right now. If you take a laptop computer for a run you could jog your memory. A bicycle can’t stand alone; it is two tired. In a democracy it’s your vote that counts; in feudalism, it’s your Count that votes. When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine was fully recovered. He had a photographic memory which was never developed. Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end. When she saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she’d dye. Acupuncture: a jab well done. Marathon runners with bad shoes suffer the agony of de feet. Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead to know basis.

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As older Americans face these financial struggles, they wonder if they will be able to remain in their home or if they need to consider alternative options such as moving in with family. There is a long-term solution available that would enable many seniors to stay in their home during retirement: a reverse mortgage. Some, however, while noting the benefits of a reverse mortgage in improving cash flow, have avoided this solution due to financed closing costs that are higher than for other loans. The new HECM Saver with lower closing costs was announced by FHA last October, and if anecdotal data holds true, it looks like a boom in reverse mortgages may be about to begin. Some lenders have reported record numbers of applications in January with as much as twenty percent of current volume being the new HECM Saver. A HECM Saver is simply an FHA insured reverse mortgage where HUD has in effect eliminated the up front FHA insurance premium in exchange for a loan amount somewhat lower than would otherwise be available. Since a reverse mortgage does not require monthly mortgage payments, there is no income test to qualify, which make a HECM an available option for many senior homeowners, even those on a limited income


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Boomers 1962

1962 Highlights • • • • • • • Top Ten TV Shows 1962 1. 2. . 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

The Beverly Hillbillies Candid Camera (tie) The Red Skelton Shown (tie) Bonanza (tie) The Lucy Show (tie) The Andy Griffith Show Ben Casey (tie) The Danny Thomas Show (tie) The Dick Van Dyke Show Gunsmoke

Richard (Red) Skelton was born in Vincennes, Indiana. By age 15, Red Skelton had hit the road full-time as an entertainer, working everywhere from medicine shows and vaudeville to burlesque and circuses. In 1941 Red Skelton premiered his own radio show, developing routines involving a number of recurring characters, including punch-drunk boxer Cauliflower McPugg and Junior the “mean widdle kid”, whose favorite phrase (“I dood it!”) became part of the American lexicon. There was con man San Fernando Red with his pair of crosseyed seagulls, Gertrude and Heathcliffe, and singing cabdriver Clem Kadiddlehopper, a country bumpkin with a big heart and a slow wit. In 1951 (the same year the network introduced I Love Lucy), CBS beckoned Red Skelton to bring his radio show to television. His characters worked even better on screen than on radio. Red Skelton’s weekly signoff -- “Good night and may God bless” -- became his signature phrase.

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The population of the United States is 185,771,000 Life Expectancy: 70.1 years Family median income = $6,000 (up $300 from 1961) Academy Award : West Side Story (Best Picture) Grammy Award : Moon River Pulitzer Prize : The Edge of Sadness President Kennedy announces an embargo blocking any Soviet ships from reaching Cuba Francis Gary Powers the U-2 pilot who was shot down over Russia is exchanged for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel in Berlin Adolph Eichmann, the captured Nazi, is found guilty of war crimes and executed in Israel The United States Supreme Court rules that mandatory prayers in public schools are unconstitutional Wal-Mart opens its first store in Rogers, Arkansas American artist Andy Warhol premieres his Campbell’s Soup Cans exhibit AT&T launches Telstar, the world’s first commercial communications satellite Nelson Mandela is arrested and jailed in S. Africa The Beatles replace drummer Pete Best with Ringo Starr Johnny Carson takes over as host of NBC’s Tonight Show, he hosts the show until 1992 Dr. No, the first James Bond film, premieres Britain and France sign an agreement to develop the Concorde supersonic airliner Mariner II, the first interplanetary probe, reaches Venus sending the first ever signal from another planet Popular dances were of course the twist also the mashed potato, the jerk, the swim, the monkey and the Watusi


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nostalgia, info, fun stuff for Baby Boomers Peter O’Toole was raised in Leeds, England, the son of a bookie. He spent several years on-stage at the Bristol Old Vic. In 1962, O’Toole played the title role in Lawrence of Arabia and became an international superstar. He received Academy Award nominations (but no Oscar) for seven different films. Medical problems (originally thought to have been brought on by his drinking but which turned out to be stomach cancer) threatened to destroy his career and life in the 1970s. He survived by giving up alcohol and, after serious medical treatment, returned to films with triumphant performances in The Stunt Man (1980) and My Favorite Year (1982). He remains one of the greatest actors of his generation.

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In 1960, Liz Taylor became the highest paid actress up to that time when she signed a one million dollar contract to play the title role in Cleopatra. Taylor won her first Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Butterfield 8 Her second Academy Award was for her performance as Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Taylor has devoted much time and energy to AIDSrelated charities and fundraising. She helped start the American Foundation for AIDS Research after the death of her former costar and friend, Rock Hudson. She also created her own AIDS foundation, the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation (ETAF). By 1999, she had helped to raise an estimated $50 million to fight the disease. 1940 Turner Sreet, Allentown, PA phoebe.org | 610-794-6000

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Retirement

The Decision to Retire Early by Vicki Bezems, Lifestyles over 50

If you are considering retirement at any age, it’s never too early to start checking into the social security benefits that are due to you.

You may be undecided as to when to start receiving your social security benefits. You can begin as early as age 62 or as late as 70, but your benefits will be different depending on the age you start receiving them. Widows, widowers, surviving children, the disabled and children of the disabled can start collecting earlier. According to Corrie Drosnock, Public Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration (SSA) office in Allentown, when you start is totally a personal choice. According to the SSA, here are a few things to keep in mind as you start to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of retiring early: SSA Terms and Definitions Full retirement age: The age at which a person may first become entitled to full or unreduced retirement benefits. For workers and spouses born in 1938 or later and widows/ widowers born in 1940 or later, the retirement age increases gradually from age 65 until it reaches age 67 in the year 2022. This increase affects the amount of the reduction for persons who begin receiving reduced benefits. Delayed retirement credits: Social Security benefits are increased by a certain percentage (depending on date of birth) if a person delays taking retirement benefits beyond full retirement age. The benefit increase no longer applies after age 70, even if the person continues to delay taking benefits.

Excess earnings: If you take early retirement, earnings you receive by working while you receive Social Security retirement (or survivors’) benefits. Some basic facts about Social Security Benefits: • If you choose to start your benefits before your full retirement age, payments will be reduced, based on the number of months you receive them before you reach your full retirement age. • If you wait until your full retirement age, your benefit payments will not be reduced. • Some of your benefits may be withheld if you have excess earnings. However, after you reach full retirement age, the SSA will recalculate your benefits to give you credit for any months in which you did not receive some benefit because of your earnings. • If you are at your full retirement age, you can apply for retirement benefits and then request to have payments suspended. That way, your spouse can receive a spouse’s benefit and you will continue to earn delayed retirement credits until age 70. • If you choose to delay benefits until after full retirement age, your benefit will be increased, based on the number of months you do not receive benefits between your full retirement age and age 70. • There is no additional benefit increase after you reach age 70, even if you continue to delay taking benefits. • You can receive Social Security retirement benefits or survivor’s benefits and work at the same time. • Important: If you apply for benefits more than 6 months after the month you reach full retirement age, you will receive benefits only for the previous 6 months. Drosnock advises that before you make a decision, it is extremely important to become educated about your options, with the help of the SSA. In May 2010, the agency’s online services were named the best in government, exceeding the top private sector sites in customer satisfaction. You can begin by visiting their comprehensive, easy to use website, www.

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Retirement socialsecurity.gov, which has all the tools you need to estimate and apply for your benefits. From the Home Page, you can start by selecting Learn What You Can Do Online and then select the option to Estimate Retirement Benefits or Apply for Retirement Benefits, among many other choices. These selections offer benefits calculators and an FAQ section. If you’re not certain you’re ready to apply, there are online resources that can help you decide. The Retirement Estimator will allow you to enter different scenarios to come up with the retirement plan that’s best for you. You can find it at www.socialsecurity.gov/ estimator. If you would like to hold an information session at your workplace or church or civic group, Public Affairs Specialists at your local SSA office are available to speak to groups upon request, free of charge. If you don’t have access to a computer or you need additional help, you can visit your local SSA office. In Allentown, the SSA office is located at 41 N 4th Street, Allentown, PA 18102. Phone: 1-877-405-6746; National toll-free 1-800-772-1213; TTY 1-800-325-0778.

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Are You on Facebook? Part 2 by Art Villafane, Lifestyles over 50

Things Not to Post on Facebook While Facebook has evolved into a great way to stay in touch and to communicate with others, you still need to be careful as to what information you post on you page. Don’t Make Your Facebook Public It’s nice to be popular but if your Facebook is available to everyone, then EVERYONE can see it. It could be your boss, your enemies, almost anyone who may not have your best interest at heart. Additionally, you can’t control what other people post on your Facebook so be careful. Don’t Over-share For some reason some people feel that they can share feelings and thoughts on Facebook that they do not share otherwise. Resist this temptation at all costs. Don’t Friend Everyone If you don’t know someone, don’t approve their friend request. They could be a spammer, a stalker, or, worst of all, someone investigating you. Many companies now use Facebook to screen current and future employees and may “friend” them under a bogus name to see their profile. Don’t fall for this trick! You should also avoid friending people like your boss, your parents, or others if you post anything that would cause problems. Think carefully before friending people who have authority over you. If you do friend them, consider setting up a friends filter so that they can only see what you want them to. Have Meaningful Interests This is a tricky area. Some people post their every waking hour on Facebook. For some of their friends this might be interesting. But is it for everyone else? I think not. I suggest you consider posting items of interest to your friends. Time is precious so don’t waste yours or theirs. Don’t Post Embarrassing Photos Although this is more of a problem with younger generations, the point is still valid. What may seem amusing on one day may be mortifying some time in the future. Don’t Post Revealing Updates If you’re posting status messages about what you’re doing, please avoid posting specific locations or times. This opens you up to stalking and can be extraordinarily dangerous. Don’t mention that you are going on vacation. This will alert evil-doers that your home will be empty


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Roy Bellesfield - Retrospective

By Roy Bellesfield

Editor’s Note: We received many letters from our readers expressing sorrow at Roy’s death. They also told us how much they enjoyed his column. As a tribute to Roy and for our readers we decided to re-print several of his articles. As I begin this writing I must tell you I worked shift-work, which gave me days during the week as off days to take some time for enjoyment. Evelyn and I had bicycles and we both liked to bike in the spring time from our home to the Lehigh Parkway and ride along the Little Lehigh. In the springtime we took our wildflower book and bird books with us and I had a loose-leaf notebook to write as we made many stops to quietly observe the world’s beauty all around us. I am taking a day from my notebook: “May 5, 1982, a beautiful day, so we boarded our bikes and headed for Bogert’s covered bridge and rode along the bridal path. What a beautiful day to be alive and see God’s handiwork all around us. Everything is new and showing us the beauty of each species; what an array of colors we saw as we peddled along slowly so as not to miss any of the showy blooms all over. Although there were birds in abundance singing to add to the splendor of the signs, we gave most of our attention to the many blooms of spring flowers. I will try to mention them all but I know I will miss some as they were blooming profusely all around us. There were lots of skunk cabbage and bluets covering the ground like a wall-to-wall run, with green grass in between. We saw Trilliums that were almost at the end of their blooming time, we found Columbines nestled on the side of a hill among other flower arranged so beautifully no human could make an arrangement so delightful. Wild Geraniums were abundant as were Spring Beauties with their five petals of dainty pink. We saw Violets of many colors, blue, Lehigh blue, white and yellow, also Dog-tooth Violets. Wood Sorrels came in many colors and species. We observed some pretty yellow ones. We found Buttercups so shiny they looked like they were polished. Dandelions were in profusion, pesky in lawns, but beautiful to behold, a few lingering Adders tongues still making the scene. Winter cress was showing up and scattered were a few Bellworts.

I couldn’t help looking in wonder and awe as those Meadowrues with the Japanese lantern-like little dangles arranged so beautifully so as to make us stop and look again and again at the lovely picture they painted. We also spotted some Toothwarts among the rocks and tree roots. Much in abundance and very showy were ground ivy, such a lovely shade of blue, among them were pretty Daisylike flowers that looked like Fleabanes, light pink petals and yellow centers - our wildflower book says blooms in summer, but I’m sure that’s what we say. I know I missed some of the species like May apples and Daisies to mention a couple. They were in leaf, but not yet in bloom. So you see, anyone can take a walk in our lovely Lehigh Parkway and see all these beauties on an early morning in spring, when the morning air is a pleasure to breathe, with the delicate wisps of scented air from all nature in concert. It makes me say in my heart, “Thank you, God, for eyes to see, a nose to smell, a brain to record and kept the thoughts of all the beautiful sights we shared this day.” As I’m writing about the wonders of God’s creation, I was so much into what I wrote I felt I was there with Evelyn and seeing all these things all over again and thank God for allowing me to keep all these beautiful memories in my mind. In my notebook I have many pages of days I recorded and dated. My earliest date in my book was March 30, 1965, soon after we moved to our home at the foot of South Mountain. I hope you enjoy my writings as much as I did telling them. Beauty is all around us any season of the year. All we have to do is pause and reflect on them and thank God for them every day.

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Personal Growth

Edited by God by Alan Allegra

I recently had the privilege of being interviewed on a local Christian show. The host pastor and I met the night before the taping to loosely rehearse the interview. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves for well over an hour. I must confess, I delivered some of my best lines and comments! This was going to be the most entertaining interview ever! Since I rely a lot on ad-libbing, I wondered whether I would remember every pearlescent phrase during the taping. Much to my dismay, the next night, I discovered I had only 20 minutes of airtime, including the host’s comments and questions. How could I cram so much cleverness into such a meager container?

blessing, most notably by penning “Amazing Grace.” He was living proof of the living word: “But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator” (Colossians 3:8-10). Newton put off the corrupt old way of life and was being renewed in the holy image of his Creator. In my younger days, I was known for having a crude sense of humor. I believed that the more vile and shocking I was, the funnier I was. Many of my friends were ashamed of me, and I was even admonished by some folks from Saturday Night Live, not exactly known for their moral restraint.

Once I gave my life to Christ and The lights blazed, the cameras the Holy Spirit took over, that language rolled, and the interview went very well, because a funny thing happened: The Lord was glorified, not me. Perhaps we can blame a slippery memory or the bright lights, but all the clever lines vaporized. The focus was on how the Lord prepared me for, and uses, my writing. The way I see it, I had been edited by God! Before John Newton became a Christian, he was the captain of a slave trading ship. His language was so foul that his crew feared God would strike the ship for punishment. God did strike John Newton, but in a different way. Newton repented and became a believer, turning from cursing to

faded away. I still slip on occasion and say things that are rude or hurtful, but now I’m offended by the very jokes and language that I once reveled in. That is the work of the Lord; our speech is edited by God according to this admonition: “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone” (Colossians 4:6). Instead of using our tongues to hurt others and exalt ourselves, we are to “Let no corrupting talk come out of [our] mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear” (Ephesians 4:29). Words are powerful, and the Lord wants us to harness that power for the blessing of others. We are to encourage others and “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:5). For a writer, it can be difficult to accept an editor’s suggestions and changes. For the Christian, it is an honor and a duty to be edited by God!

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5 Lessons on How to Treat People by Anonymous Author

First Important Lesson - “Know The Cleaning Lady” During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until I read the last one: “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?” Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade. “Absolutely,” said the professor. “In your careers you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say “hello.” I’ve never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.

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Third Important Lesson - “Remember Those Who Serve” In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him. “How much is an ice cream sundae?” he asked. “50¢,” replied the waitress. The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it. “Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?” he inquired. By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient. “35¢!” she brusquely replied. The little boy again counted his coins. “I’ll have the plain ice cream,” he said. The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left. When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies. You see, he couldn’t have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip. Fourth Important Lesson - “The Obstacles In Our Path” In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way. Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand - “Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.” Fifth Important Lesson - “Giving When It Counts” Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was

suffering from a rare and serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5year-old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, “Yes, I’ll do it if it will save her.” As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheeks. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, “Will I start to die right away?”. Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.


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featuring Paul D. Nussbaum, Ph.D. Clinical Neuropsychologist and Adjunct Professor of Neurological Surgery University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine The event is free and open to the public – to register, please call 484-895-4360. For additional information about this seminar series and the Presbyterian Senior Living Dementia Leadership Initiatives Resource Center, please call 484-895-4308 or email PSLmemory@presbyterianseniorliving.org This event is made possible in part by Grant Number 90MA0047/01 from the Department of Health & Human Services Administration on Aging

Dementia Leadership Initiatives Program Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18017

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Faith Presbyterian Church – Emmaus 3002 North Second Street L Emmaus, PA

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www.presbyterianseniorliving.org

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“Brain Health across the Lifespan” from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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You are invited to the second in a Series of Free Public Education Seminars

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22 a person who lives with mental illness. Do what friends do together: listen, go for a walk, watch a movie, enjoy a cup of coffee, etc. Main duty – Have Fun! 610.435.9651. Heartland Hospice seeks caring volunteers to offer bedside support and presence to those facing terminal illness. Comprehensive training, flex hours. Janet Daly, Coordinator. 610-266-0134 Do you think of yourself as a “people person” wanting to make a difference in of someone’s life? Have skills and talents that you want to use to “give back”? Compassionate Care wants you. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities with a training and support program to help you put your talents to good use. Loretta Kistler 888-680-6650 or email lkistler@cchnet.net St. Luke’s Hospice is actively seeking volunteers who are looking to make a difference. Volunteer Information Session Mar 9 at 1 pm and 6 pm. Opportunities in admin and clerical help, direct patient and family care, special projects and events, bereavement support, outreach efforts and community awareness. 610-954-1100 Visiting Nurses Association of St. uke’s 1510 Valley Center Parkway, Suite 200, Bethlehem, PA 18017

Do you have old classic records that you want to sell? Call Julius Vitali of VINYLALLY HEAR at

610-217-1629 (cell) 610-966-6202 (phone)

Buying classical records and collections

Lifestyles over 50 Social & Support Groups Tues Mar 1 12PM Lower Macungie Seniors. Lower Macungie Ctr 610395-0782. Tues, Mar 1, 6 pm. Whitehall Senior Grp. Dinner, entertain, Whitehall HS Cafeteria $3. 610264-3721. Mar 1 & 15 Lower Macungie Township Seniors, Lower Macungie Twsp. Comm. Ctr. Brookside Rd. Wed, Mar 2 LV Vegetarians. Quaker Meeting House Rt. 512 half mile N. of Rt. 22 Twnshp. Pot luck dinner. 6pm. $3.50 Len 610709-8984 Wed Mar 2, 1 pm. Macungie Seniors, Macungie Fire Company. Ruth, 610-965-9584. Thurs, Mar 3 Alzheimer’s Support Group, Thurs 1-3 PM St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. 1900 Pennsylvania Ave, Allentown. Thurs, Mar 3, 12 Allentown AARP Chapter #5415 St. Timothy’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 140 So. Ott St, Allentown. Speaker: Jim Palmquist, AARP Regional Leader. Biz meeting follows. Please bring non-perishable food for Allentown Food Bank. 610-437-4265 Thurs. Mar 3, AARP Chapter 4150 at Lower Macungie Twsp. Comm. Ctr. Brookside Rd. Thurs, Mar 3, 7PM Lower Milford Twnshp Fire Co. 1601 Limeport Pike, spaghetti dinner adults $7 children $4 salad bar, dessert. Thurs, Mar 3 AARP Chap. 3115, 12PM Whitehall, American Club, 300 Cherry St, Coplay. After social hour, refreshments available. New members welcome. 610-264-9164 Sat, Mar 5, 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, Mar 5 Bethlehem Garden Club, share garden tips with local pros and hobbyists 610-838-1482. Tues. Mar 8 & 22 Lower Lehigh Lions Club. Macungie Fire Co. Walnut St.

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Tues, Mar 8, Alzheimer’s Support Group, SarahCare Adult Day Service, 610-391-1576 Tues, Mar 8, 1pm, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 5th & Chestnut Sts, Emmaus. Emmaus Garden Club, Sandi 610.965.2062. Tues, Mar 8, 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, Mar 8, 8:30 AM Lehigh Co. TRIAD free continental breakfast. Green Meadows of Allentown. 610967-5454. Wed, Mar 9, 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, Mar 9, LV Military Affairs Council – Saucon Manor in Hellertown. 12pm 484-788-0196 or info@lvmac.org to get involved. . Thur, Mar 10, 5:30 Alz’s Support Group, Country Meadows of Allentown, Bldg 3. Light dinner 610-395-7160. Thur, Mar 10 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. Thur, Mar 10 Alzheimer’s Support Group for Caregivers 4-5 PM Phoebe Richland Health Care Center. 267-371-4569 Thur, Mar 10 7pm. LV Brain Injury Support Group - Good Shepherd Health & Tech Center, 850 S. Fifth Street, Allentown. Thur, Mar 10 12PM Caregivers & Professionals Network Group. Country Meadows of Allentown, Bldg 3, 610-395-7160 Fri, Mar 11, 10 am. People Meeting People Club, Senior Social Group. Fellowship Hall, Asbury United Methodist Church. Mon, Mar 14, 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. Mon Mar 14, 7:30 Macungie V.F.W. Lehigh St. Macungie Tue, Mar 22 Alzheimer’s Support Group 10AM. Old Orchard Health Care Center. Palmer Twp. Jim Baer 610-438-1608. St. John’s Friendly Fifties, Mon Mar 14, 1PM in gym, 1343 Trips: Dinner Theater - Staten Island “Legends of Music” May 5 $80 per peson if 40 attend, $90 if 30 attend. Call Pat at 610-767-4881. Tue, Mar 22 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 Thurs, Mar 24 at St. Peters Lutheren Church community room, 1933 Hanover Ave., Allentown, 12PM lunch. briefing. 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, Jan 22. If just attending program arrive at 12:45 pm. Info: 610-231-0237 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 Group, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Emmaus. Erma 610-966-2299.


Lifestyles over 50 Exercise Bethlehem YMCA. SilverSneakers 1 M/T/W 10:45AM M/W 3PM. SilverSneakers 2 T 8:30AM & F 10:30AM, YogaStretch Th 10:45 AM Sat 8AM, SilverSplash T/Th 9:15am Sat 8:15AM. Suburban Family YMCA. Adult aquatics classes: 610-867-7588. 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 drop-in: $6, more programs, memberships available. 610-258-6271. Aqua Pilates, Arthritis Aquatics, Aqua Aerobics. Rodale Aquatic Ctr Allentown 610606-4670. Tai Chi and Qigong classes in LV, experienced instructor, reasonable rates. Hilary Smith, RN 610-7516090 or smith.hilarym@gmail.com Maggie Boyes, RYT, Sat 8 2-4pm $35 afternoon of Restorative Yoga in Hellertown. To register or for info, Margaret@theboyes.com call (540) 354-8732.

Dances Wed Dances Lehigh County Senior Ctr: 1-4 pm. 1st & 3rd Wed of month. $7.00 pp includes refreshments. 610-437-3700 www. lehighseniors.org. Sat. Eve Dance Lehigh County Senior Ctr: 8-11 pm. $7.00 pp. 610-437-3700. 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 dndod@aol.com.

Community Events

. Celebrate Older American’s Month. Recognize Lehigh County residents, 60 years of age or older, who have displayed exceptional generosity with their time and talent to enhance the lives of others and community. The Unsung Hero finalists will be honored at special awards ceremony at Lehigh County Government Center May18, 1:00 PM. To get nomination form contact Ann O’Keefe (610) 782-3445 or annokeefe@lehighcounty.org. Forms available at www.lehighcounty. org on Aging and Adult Services page. Nominations must be postmarked by March 11. Tues, Mar. 1 Free preview of upcoming San Francisco & Lake Tahoe trip. Slideshow presentation Hanover Township Community Ctr 3660 Jacksonville Road, Bethlehem, 6:30 p.m. See ad on this page. 1st Presbyterian, Bethlehem PA, 2 programs at 10AM and 11:15AM Mar 7: Lehigh Canal slideshow &

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March 2011 County Exec J. Stoffa, Mar 14 “Making of Easton Documentary”, & Lenni Lenape Indians in Vera Cruz, Mar 21: Culinary Arts in NACC & “Easton Today”, Mar 28: Solid Waste Transfer Station & Harvesting Wisdom from Life’s Experiences. Over a dozen of the fastest 1/4 mile speedsters ever in Lehigh Valley will exhibit this spring at America On Wheels museum. americaonwheels. org or 610-432-4200. Crowded Kitchen Players presents Irish comedy, “Brendan,” Mar 4 – 20 at McCoole’s Arts & Events Place, 10 S. Main St. Quakertown. Reservations 610.395.7176 or ckplayers@rcn.com

Hanover 6:30PM. Men’s HOPE group – last Wed of month 1PM at Arden Courts. This is a time for fellowship and to make new friends. This group is open to male care partners. CAP-Caring for the Alzheimer’s Professional – For healthcare professionals who care for the memory impaired. 4th Tues of month at Arden Courts 2PM “Heart of the Valley” Antiques Show, benefit event for WDIY 88.1, Mar 12 and 13 at Bethlehem’s Ice House. Admission is $7 and parking is free at the Ice House. 610-6948100 or 610-588-6961 or visit www.wdiy.org.

Alz. Caregiver Support Groups: Advertise with us. Live, Love, Learn (this is a special Reach our audience group for the memory impaired and their loved ones) throughout the 2nd Tues of month at Sacred Heart Hospital, 4:30PM-2nd floor. Lehigh Valley and Family Caregiver Support - 2nd beyond. Wed of month at Arden Courts. Memory Care Community 5:30PM 610-762-9011 Family Caregiver Support - 4th jeff@gothrive.us 10 D167 SmoothTravelers_Ad_3.5x4.75_Layout 1 10/19/10 12:08 PM Page Mon of month at Traditions of

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For more information contact Art Villafane ● (610) 774-0919 *rate is per person based on double occupancy and includes hotel transfers, round trip air from Newark Intl Airport or DFW. Not included in price: Cancellation waiver and insurance and air taxes and fees. CST# 2006766-20 UBN# 601220855 Nevada Seller of Travel Registration No. 2003-0279


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Elder Abuse State Lottery Fraud Estate Planning Fraud Home Improvement Fraud Internet Fraud Credit and Bank Account Scams Identity Theft Charitable Contribution Fraud

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March 29, 2011-- Senior Crime Prevention University

Wesley United Methodist Church, 2540 Center Street, Bethlehem, PA 18017 Presenter:

David P. Shallcross, Community Liaison, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Office of Attorney General, Public Protection Division

Interactive Video & Discussion for seniors and their Care Providers Session One: 2:30 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. Session Two: 7:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. Both Sessions will include video, discussion, tips and prevention of Elder Abuse including State Lottery Fraud, Estate Planning Fraud, Home Improvement Fraud, Internet Fraud, Credit Card Fraud, Identity Theft and more.

The University is sponsored by Family Answers Homemaker-Health Aide Services Light Refreshments Off Street Parking Handicapped Accessible PLUS REPRESENTATIVES from Lehigh & Northampton Counties Area Agencies on Aging, PA Department of Banking, CARIE, and others.


Lifestyles over 50 March 2011