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Lifestyles over 50 Volume 4 - Issue 11 - February 2010

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Senior Statesman of Strength Solar Energy Is Here in PA Classic Bumper Stickers Virtual Dementia Tour The Mayonnaise Jar

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FROM THE EDITOR This month we have an inspiring story about Peter Buttacavoli - someone who went back to getting in shape after turning 60. As they say “you are never too old...”. You will find his story to be inspirational as well as amazing. My wife and I continue with our exercise program of working out 2-3 times per week. Slowly but surely we are seeing the benefits. You may very well find the article on exercise bands helpful. These easy to use aids can be an excellent way to start your own low impact and safe exercise program. We hope these stories will give you the impetus to find ways to improve your own health. Many people talk about doing something to save the planet, but we have someone who actually is doing it in his own small way. Our story on Steve Domitrecz’ home

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conversion to solar energy takes some of the mystery out of the subject. I recently participated in a “virtual dementia tour” and it was quite an experience. The article on my experience relates how it alters your perception of this awful disease. An additional story on dementia gives you an idea of just how insidious the disease can be. This month we have a list of amusing and clever bumper stickers as well as our usual mixture of the funny and the unusual. Our “Boost Your Brainpower” has been a popular feature so we have even more ways to maintain a healthy mind as well as body. Lastly, check out the mayonnaise jar story. It is an excellent metaphor for how you can view life and live a bit more easily. Enjoy this issue and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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A Reason to Celebrate This Month: Grapefruit Month; National Bird Feeding Month; National Laugh-Friendly Month; National Mend a Broken Heart Month; Plant the Seeds of Greatness Month; Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month; Library Lovers Month; Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month. Weeks: 1-7: Women’s Heart Week; 3-6: International Snow Sculpting Week; 6-12: Dump your Significant Jerk Week; 814: Love Makes the World Go Round, but Laughter Keeps Us From Getting Dizzy Week; 12-15: Random Acts of Kindness Week; 14-20: National Pancake Week; 14-21: Love a Mench Week; 26-28: Texas Cowboy Poetry Week.

Days: 2- Groundhog Day, Sled Dog Day; 5- Move Hollywood & Broadway to Lebanon, PA Day; 8- Laugh and Get Rich Day; 9- Read in the Bathtub Day; 13- Get a Different Name Day, Madly in Love with Me Day; 14National Donor Day, Ferris Wheel Day; 15- National Gum Drop Day; 17- My Way Day, World Human Spirit Day; 18- Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day; 19- Chocolate Mint Day; 20- Clam Chowder Day; 25- National Chili Day; 26- For Pete’s Sake Day; 28- National Tooth Fairy Day, International Sword Swallowers Day. Birthstone: Amethyst

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Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain was born on a day in 1835 when Haley’s Comet came into view. When he died in 1910, Haley’s Comet came into view again. Charlie Brown’s father was a barber. Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously. The volume of the Earth’s moon is the same as the volume of the Pacific Ocean. Ingrown toenails are hereditary. In Mel Brooks’ ‘Silent Movie,’ mime Marcel Marceau is the only person who has a speaking role. The word “set” has more definitions than any other word in the English language. The longest U.S. highway is route 6 starting in Cape Cod, Massachusetts going through 14 states, and ending in Bishop, California. “Underground” is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters “und.” If you toss a penny 10000 times, it will not be heads 5000 times, but more like 4950. The heads picture weighs more, so it ends up on the bottom. The housefly hums in the middle octave, key of F. Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur. Deborah Winger did the voice of E.T.

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There is a word in the English language with only one vowel, which occurs six times: Indivisibility. Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer. The muzzle of a lion is like a fingerprint - no two lions have the same pattern of whiskers. In 1969, the last Corvair was painted gold. The only real people to be a Pez head are Betsy Ross, Paul Revere and Daniel Boone. Wilma Flintstone’s maiden name was Wilma Slaghoopal, and Betty Rubble’s Maiden name was Betty Jean Mcbricker. On an American one-dollar bill, there is an owl in the upper left-hand corner of the “1” encased in the “shield” and a spider hidden in the front upper right-hand corner. Maine is the toothpick capital of the world. The A&W of root beer fame stands for Allen and Wright. A baby eel is called an elver, a baby oyster is called a spat. Bingo is the name of the dog on the Cracker Jack box. Montana mountain goats will butt heads so hard their hooves fall off. Cranberries are sorted for ripeness by bouncing them; a fully ripened cranberry can be dribbled like a basketball.


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Solar Energy Is Here in PA

by Art Villafane, Editor, Lifestyles over 50 What is renewable solar energy and can I afford it? There is a lot of talk on this subject, but not enough information for the public to make an informed decision as to whether this technology will benefit them. We at Lifestyles over 50 have presented a number of articles on green energy over the last year. Several articles were by Steve Domitrecz, a Bethlehem resident, who has made a concerted effort to be part of the green energy movement. He has done it by installing water purifying systems, solar panels for his swimming pool and other techniques. Recently he made a huge jump into green energy. He put solar panels on to his roof. I wanted to know what this involved and what it might cost so I visited Steve to watch the progress and final result of his solar panel project. I must admit I was quite surprised by how clean and simple the panels looked. His home has a south facing roof and it was covered in panels, but when you look at the roof from street level you hardly notice the panels at all – they blend in quite nicely. The additional electrical equipment that was installed for the capture of new energy is located at the side of the house. It was nondescript and nonintrusive. Intrigued by the design and installation I contacted the installer (Andrew Ciasulli) from Sonic Solar Energy in Wind Gap. Andrew is a young entrepreneur who saw the

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Renewable Energy

opportunities in solar energy. With a mechanical engineering degree from Drexel, an interest in renewable energy and a background in building contracting he established his company to install solar panels. Andrew combines the installation of roofing panels with a sophisticated software program to optimize a home’s energy program. He will create a three dimensional layout of a home and decides how to best maximize the energy from the panels. While this was interesting to me, the obvious question was “how much does this cost”. The answer is “not as much as you might think”. The reason for this is that the federal and state governments have programs to significantly mitigate the cost. To keep it simple and short for this article I will give the highlights of the programs. The PA Sunshine Rebate program will rebate a portion of the homeowner’s cost up to a maximum of $22,500. There is a federal tax credit of 30% of the installation cost (with no limit to the system size). You can carry forward this credit for several years. Lastly and most intriguing is the Alternative Energy Credit. This allows a homeowner’s excess energy to be sold back to the energy companies. That is a nice bonus. Andrew Ciasulli What this all means is that you can recover your investment in solar energy very quickly. An average payback period can be in the 5-8 year range. Andrew explains all this and has a printout that will show you specifically how your solar energy plan will work for you.

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Exercise Resistance Bands - What Can Resistance Bands Do For Me? by Deb Conn, That Figures Women’s Fitness

Exercise resistance bands are rapidly gaining popularity as an alternative to weights. But what are bands and what can they do for you? Resistance bands are stretchy elastic bands that come in a variety of sizes, resistances, and colors. You attach them, most commonly to a door, and the band creates resistance for you to pull against. The greatest advantage that these bands have over weights is the cumulative effect of the tightening band. If you lift a 5 lb. weight, it provides 5 lbs. of resistance throughout the whole movement. But as you pull against a band the resistance increases as you pull it more taut. You can build more muscle more quickly. And we all know that more muscle leads to more calorie burning and quicker fat loss! From a safety standpoint, you’re extremely unlikely to overextend any joints, which is always a possibility with weights. And you won’t hurt yourself if you drop a resistance band on your foot! As with other forms of exercise, bands

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help increase endurance, reduce stress, and boost energy. The low impact nature of bands helps build joint strength and increase flexibility. There are lots of advantages to adding resistance bands to your workout routine. They are quite inexpensive compared to other home gym equipment and very versatile. You can add a band to many of the movements you already use, such as bicep curls or lunges, to increase the intensity of your workout. They are small, flexible, and portable. Put one in your purse and you can pull it out for a quick 5-minute workout almost anywhere! For more information about exercise resistance bands, go to http://www.thatfigureswomensfitness.com/exerciseresistance-bands.html. For fitness information, advice, and resources for women, visit Deb Conn’s blog, http://www. thatfigureswomensfitness.com.

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Virtual Dementia Tour

by Art Villafane, Editor, Lifestyles over 50 We have all heard, read or in some way have come in contact with dementia. The most well known is Alzheimer’s. But none of us knows what someone with dementia really experiences. That is until now.

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I was recently invited to personally experience the Dementia Virtual Tour at Arden Courts in Allentown. I was greeted by Karen Francis, their Marketing Director. Before starting the tour I filled out a questionnaire on my attitudes regarding dementia.

Karen explained what would happen next - I would have most of my senses significantly blocked after which I would be asked to perform several tasks which Karen briefed me on before starting.

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I now had to perform the tasks she had given me earlier (put on a plaid shirt, match 6 pairs of socks on a bed, fill a cup with water, find a necktie and put it on, write a note to my family and others). As you can imagine the tasks were almost impossible to perform no matter how trivial. As I struggled with the simplest task, such as finding and putting on a plaid shirt, I became more and more frustrated and angry and impatient (which of course made it all the worse). Seasoned caregivers that go through this experience are often emotionally drained and overwhelmed by the experience. There is no doubt that knowing what a patient experiences can lead to better understanding and therefore better care. At the end of my 10 minutes Karen mercifully put it to a stop. I must admit to relief that my ordeal was over while at the same time realizing that so many of our fellow citizens deal with this every day. I now have a much different perspective. Empathy would be too weak a word. Suffice to say that my perspective has been altered permanently.

I was fitted with clothes and props for the tour. This consisted of a white lab coat, glasses that restricted my vision by blacking out the middle of my field of vision and putting a foggy yellow hue on what remained of my sight. The handsome devil in the photo above is yours truly before setting out on the “tour”. I wore headphones through which a constant volume of music distracted my hearing and concentration. Lastly, I put on latex surgical gloves with grains of rice at the ends. My sense of touch was diminished to say the least.

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All this helps you experience what an aging person with dementia lives with every day: very poor eyesight, poor hearing coupled with confusion, and restricted tactile sensation due to restricted blood flow and edema in the extremities. I was disoriented even before we began my virtual tour. Next I would go to my living quarters at Arden Courts. At this point Karen had to hold my hand and help my to my “room”. As I stepped into the room there was a large strobe light and loud sounds playing making it extremely difficult to concentrate or even walk without bumping into the furniture in the room. This also simulates dementia symptoms.

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The Mayonnaise Jar Author Unknown

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day is not enough remember the mayonnaise jar and 2 cups of coffee. A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and start to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.  The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured it into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again If the jar was full. They agreed it was.  The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous ‘yes.’  The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed. 

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There will always be time to clean the house and fix the dripping tap. Take care of the golf balls first -- the things that really matter.  Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.’ One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. ‘I’m glad ! You asked’.  ‘It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.’

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‘Now,’ said the professor, as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things - God, Family, Children, Health, Friends, and favorite passions. Things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full’. ‘The pebbles are the things that matter like your job, house, and car. The sand is everything else -- the small stuff.’  ‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you’ll never have room for the things that are important.’ ‘So...  Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children.  Take time to get medical checkups.  Take your partner out to dinner. 

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Riddles - Brain Exercises It is always a good idea to exercise the brain. I thought you might enjoy these five riddles try figuring them out before peeking at answers 1. A murderer is condemned to death. He has to choose between three rooms. The first is full of raging fires. The second is full of assassins with loaded guns. The third is full of lions that haven’t eaten in 3 years... Which room is safest for him? 2. A woman shoots her husband. Then she holds him under water for over 5 minutes. Finally, she hangs him. But 5 minutes later they both go out together and enjoy a wonderful dinner together. How can this be? . What is black when you buy it, red when you use it, and gray when you throw it away? 4. Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday? 5. This is an unusual paragraph. I’m curious as to just how quickly you can find out what is so unusual about it. It looks so ordinary and plain that you would think

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nothing was wrong with it. In fact, nothing is wrong with it! It is highly unusual though. Study it and think about it, but you still may not find anything odd.. But if you work at it a bit, you might find out. Try to do so without any coaching! Answers 1. The third room. Lions that haven’t eaten in three years are dead. That one was easy, right? 2. The woman was a photographer. She shot a picture of her husband, developed it, and hung it up to dry (shot; held under water; and hung). . Charcoal, as it is used in barbecuing. 4. Sure you can name three consecutive days, yesterday, today, and tomorrow! 5. The letter e, which is the most common letter used in the English language, does not appear even once in the paragraph. How did you do?

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Acts of Kindness

by Pat Nemetch, President APRN, Member of the PA State AARP Long Term Care Committee February is a great time to cuddle with love ones, watch movies, play board games, or even catch up on your reading. Of course, it’s also not too late to add a new resolution for 2010, and I‘d like to suggest an easy one. Over the last several months, I have been fortunate to experience the most wonderful acts of compassion from folks of all walks of life in our community. The outpouring of well wishes we’ve received from our friends and neighbors got me thinking of ways we can make our community a kinder, more compassionate place. I knew I was on the right track when I saw the JanuaryFebruary issue of the AARP Bulletin that featured the headline “A Million Acts of Kindness; One Man’s Personal Quest.”

to the person walking toward you or allowing a driver to pull out in front of you- even when you’re in a hurry. The bottom line is kindness is contagious. Making a conscious effort to be kind can transform even the crankiest individuals. You’ll be setting a wonderful example for family and friends, and there’s no better way to be remembered by others. I say let’s join together this February—the month of love-- and vow to be kind to one stranger each and every day. While we won’t be counting and won’t be handing out stickers, I’m certain we can exceed a million acts of kindness which will be just as obvious in our community. I look forward to hearing your stories. In the meantime, please keep in your hearts, thoughts and prayers the victims of the Haiti earthquake, our service men and women and our fellow citizens who are not as lucky as we are.

The story tells how Bob Votruba visits college campuses nationwide with his dog Bogart to distribute stickers that read “One Million Acts of Kindness.” While most of us can’t travel to college campuses across the country, we can achieve the same objectives right here at home. I’m asking each of you to spend the remainder of 2010 doing a simple act of kindness for someone every day. You’ll feel great doing it, and you’ll be helping start a chain reaction that builds a kinder community for us all. The good news is it’s easy to do. In some cases the need is clear, like helping citizens of Haiti devastated by the recent earthquake. While donating money or traveling overseas to help with relief efforts may be appropriate for some, everyone can help in their own way.

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and gain a sense of personal enrichment.

Just as importantly, acts of kindness don’t have to be as obvious. Start with simple gestures, like holding a door open for the person behind you, smiling and saying hello

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Winterize Your Feet by Jennifer Gross-Edwards, DPM Yes, we are in the middle of winter but it is not too late to take care of your feet during the cold weather. Dry skin is very prevalent in the winter. The answer is to moisturize, moisturize and moisturize the skin. Use a non fragrant moisturizer to the skin at least twice a day. Apply to the feet and legs, but avoid between the toes. Ensure that there are no openings on the skin. If there are, please seek medical attention. The dry heat and low moisture in the air also drys our skin. Drink plenty of fluids- healthy fluids such as water and milk. Caffeinated products do not help with hydration. Protect your feet from the cold with socks. More than one pair at a time could lead to extra pressure on the skin and possible skin break down or blisters. Avoid warmers to the feet, whether placed in the socks or the shoes/boots. The added heat could cause a burn to the skin. This can be especially true if you have poor feeling in your feet since you may not be able to feel the heat becoming too hot. Likewise, a hot basin of water for the feet or heated blankets can cause burns to the feet as well. You should avoid soaking the feet in hot water. Rather use lukewarm water, tested with your hands or a thermometer, below 100 degrees.

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Opera from New York in Allentown by Art Villafane, Editor, Lifestyles over 50 This past month I had a wonderful experience here in Allentown. I attended a performance of the opera, Carmen, at Allentown Symphony Hall. That in itself might not be unusual, but the performance was transmitted live from New York’s Metropolitan Opera. Even more impressive, the transmission was on a huge screen and in High Definition (HD) with sub-titles. My opinion - one word: stunning! I go to local opera on average once a year with my stepdaughter, Emile. This was the first year we went to Symphony Hall’s hi-def performance. We went with two friends and we were all simply awed by the experience. You are literally up close and personal with the singers. You have a close-up view that no one in the New York audience can have. You even see all the behind the scene set changes. The price for this is amazingly affordable - less than $25 per person. If you ever wanted to go to the opera but could not because it was too expensive to go to New York or Philadelphia, then you owe it to yourself to go to one at Allentown Symphony Hall.

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Senior Statesman of Strength by Jeff Tintle, Lifestyles over 50

Most people put off diet and exercise for as long as possible. For Macungie resident Peter Buttacavoli it was 40 years. He started working out as a young man, but work and family obligations put his exercise routine on hold at the age of 22. It was not until he was 62 that he had free time to pursue his hobby of working out. That was 10 years ago. On January 22 Peter turned 72. It also marked a decade of consistent workouts - and it shows. Peter goes to OxyFit Gym in Macungie where he is a SilverSneakers Fitness Program® member, but he decided to follow a different exercise routine than is typical for this program. In fact, gold is more his style, and he prefers to pump iron with those half his age. One look at Peter and one would guess that he was 55. He has a Bert Reynolds mug with a Stallone physique; built like a solid 30-year old with big guns (literally, he has two pistols tattooed on his left arm), enough bling for the Mr. T starter kit and a Rocky swagger. The part-time engineering consultant is articulate and soft-spoken and his actions do the talking. Each week he does 3, 2-hour workouts; strength training and body sculpting are performed at intense levels to help with his cardiovascular fitness. He is motivated by a competitive spirit to not only improve his own performance, but also stay ahead of the 40-year olds that surround him. His routine, which was fatiguing just to listen to, includes 90 lb.. dumbbell bench presses, 200 perfect push-ups, dozens of one-armed push ups and one-armed chin ups ... and that’s not even the half of it. His workouts “energize his whole being” and that he “hates missing workouts.”

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“People invest in their homes, cars and in the stock market. They also need to invest in their body with health and exercise,” says Peter. He doesn’t have any special diets but admits that he watches what he eats and limits red meat. Beyond that he credits his health and strength to good genes and takes natural vitamin E that he considers a “magic vitamin” and attributes his good skin to it. It is no surprise that when asked “what advice do you have for someone looking to start working out?” he responded, “just start!” Peter Buttacavoli exemplifies a vibrant and healthy life and I was encouraged by his energy after meeting him. It was obvious that others at the gym respect him and are also motivated by him. Thanks Peter for pushing yourself and in turn, pushing us. OxyFit Gym is recognizing the unique needs of the older adults in the community by partnering with the nationally recognized Healthways SilverSneakers® Fitness Program. About the Healthways SilverSneakers® Fitness Program The SilverSneakers® Fitness Program is offered by Healthways, an industry leader providing specialized, comprehensive Health and Care Supportsm solutions to help people maintain or improve their health. SilverSneakers was founded in 1992 and is the nation’s leading exercise program designed exclusively for older adults, offering an innovative blend of physical activity, healthy lifestyle and sociallyoriented programming. The unique program may be available at no additional cost (other than any medical plan premium) to eligible Medicare health plan members and group retirees at more than 9,000 participating fitness and wellness centers, YMCAs, and Curves® locations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and D.C. For more information on SilverSneakers, call 888423-4632 or visit www.silversneakers.com. Come visit us at Senior Fest at booth # 3!

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Replace candy with a sweet pick-me-up of pears, apples, oranges, and cantaloupe. The combination prevents elevated blood sugar that could impede brain cells from firing correctly. It also provides fiber and antioxidants that help scrub plaque from brain arteries and mop up free radicals that inhibit clear thinking. Top rolled oats with cinnamon for a brainy breakfast. The oats scrub plaques from your brain arteries, while a chemical in cinnamon is good for keeping your blood sugar in check— which can improve neurotransmission. Turn up the tunes. TV may provide a lot of stimuli, but watching too much can dull brain transmission. Instead, spend an afternoon listening to your favorite music. Music can lower stress hormones that inhibit memory and increase feelings of well-being that improve focus. Curry up. The active ingredient in Indian curry, turmeric, contains resveratrol, the same powerful antioxidant that makes red wine good for brain health. Eat curry once a week, or sprinkle it on salads, to protect brain cells from harmful free radicals. Take a food break. Research shows that people who fast one day a week or month unlock a unique form of blood glucose that helps the brain more efficiently transmit information. Then break your fast with brain-healthy blueberries, walnuts, and maybe a glass of red wine. Replace the olive oil in your favorite vinaigrette with walnut oil. Walnut oil, which is chock-full of brain-healthy omega3s, cuts brain inflammation, a precursor to many cognitive problems. It also keeps oxygen-rich blood flowing to your brain by thinning the blood slightly.

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Movie Review - Last Chance Harvey By Art Villafane, Editor, Lifestyles over 50

I found another gem. This movie took me by surprise. Any movie with Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson has the potential to be good and this did not disappoint. Dustin Hoffman is a frustrated jazz pianist who writes jingles for commercials. His career is in danger, but he has to go to London to attend his daughter’s wedding. Arriving at his hotel he finds that he is the only one at the hotel while all the other guests are at his exwife’s house - not a good start. He does not have a close relationship with his daughter nor his now-married exwife. He is the odd man out and is made to feel that way.

Unable to accept that he is somewhat irrelevant to the happy events surrounding him, he cannot decide between staying in London or going back to New York to a job he needs but clearly hates. Watching these two superstars is a delight. I usually watch whatever either one is in. This movie did not disappoint. It in interesting to see how Emma changes from a distant and lonely person to someone who wants to help this strange man who has his own weirdness and problems. Dustin does equally as well as a cold, somewhat bitter man who realizes he missed so much of life and maybe should not miss any more.

Emma is a single woman in London trying out the dating scene without too much success. Emma works at an airline and takes care of her possessive mother.

The two quickly become close and begin to help each other. While at the daughter’s reception Hoffman delivers what must be the most difficult to watch and improbable toast to his daughter. It wrenches your gut even though you cannot believe someone would actually give such a toast.

They meet at the airport. While at first awkward, they begin to enjoy each other’s company. Dustin is obviously smitten by Emma. Although hesitant at first, she starts to warm up to him after a while.

The question is: can these two opposite, middle-aged people break through their shells and make a life for each other. Go rent this movie to find out. Let me know what you think.

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Roy’s Reminiscences by Roy Bellesfield

As I sit down to write about things that happened in the past and the joy that is mine, it’s very gratifying for me and the folks I write about to update past happenings. As I look at my children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and even a great, great grandson, they bring to mind those happy times we shared together. I thank God that my dear wife Evelyn also had some years to see and love them; they lovingly called her “Gee Gee” for great grandmother. Many times she was baby sitter as they were growing up. They played games with her, and she always had treats for them, as growing kids could always eat and drink. Evelyn made tea from tea bags, then cut fresh mint from the garden, put it in the tea, and stored it in the fridge. When the kids came here they all wanted her iced tea and she always had it cold on hot summer days. I still make it and drink it daily. We were a swimming family and spent many afternoons at our daughter’s big pool and always had snacks and cool drinks. It was always fun splashing each other, and we just enjoyed ourselves as a family. What happy memories we now talk about, but time marches on and now those little kids are adults, some married with children of their own.

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PERSONAL GROWTH

Get Your Act Together by Alan Allegra

As I write, Christmas is a fading memory. February is when ladies wonder what their man will get them for Valentine’s Day, while, on February 13, men wonder what they’re going to get their lady. Listening to Christmas music after the actual holiday is like drinking flat soda. The decorations seem as stale as the leftover cookies. Not only holiday sentiments and Get Well balloons and Mountain Dew get flat; life can lose its sparkle and fizz as well. All of life rarely loses its flavor; usually some aspect of life drags the rest down. A boring job can wilt the other third of your life that you spend awake. A sparkling marriage that has sat opened too long can turn to vinegar. The high spots of a life of faith can be eroded by harsh winds of adversity, becoming a desert waste. However, a fizzled life can be restored to effervescence, just as a wilted plant can be nursed back to vitality. When we are weary, the Bible promises, “We do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16). The key to a zest for life is love. A house filled with love can shelter the home from boredom. A marriage that has been open to the stresses and disappointments of life can leak love like a cheap balloon until it’s empty. A commitment to love one another will seal that leak and keep the love inside the marriage. The ability to truly love takes root in the soil of God’s love and is nourished thereby. John gives the source of love: “We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19). Because God loves us, we can love. His love is uniquely higher and more benevolent than any love we can muster. His love is inexhaustible and free to all. Without it, there is little strength to endure hardships and no possibility of ultimate salvation. “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22, 23). The perfect Valentine’s Day card says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). This is the declaration of the most perfect, most unselfish love. Jesus used this love as the example to follow: “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12). We choose a job, spouse, house, or lifestyle because we love him or her or it. That love can lose its vitality and dry

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up. This was the case with the church at Ephesus. They went through the motions and looked good; however, the Lord of the Church said, “I have this against you, that you have left your first love” (Revelation 2:4). Christ wanted their love, not just their deeds. His remedy: “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works” (v. 5). To restore love, we need to get back to the place where the seeds of love were first sown. If life seems dull and the tinsel is falling off its branches, think back to what made life interesting in the first place. What did you like about your job? What attracted you to your spouse, friend, house, or hobby? Relationships require work to thrive and prosper. Just as plants are happy under conditions that need to be maintained (soil, light, water, air, food), our lives need to be properly cared for. Return to the first works, the acts and thoughts that first bore the fruit of love. Above all, make sure “that Christ . . . dwell[s] in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:17–19).

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Dementia

Dementia at an Early Age by Wendy Scott, MA, BA, CDP, Dementia Program Director, Lehigh Commons

Have you or has someone you loved been diagnosed with early onset dementia? Being diagnosed with dementia is a big fear in all of us. The thought of losing our memories, forgetting those we love, and becoming unable to care for ourselves is beyond our comprehension. When the doctor gives a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s/ dementia, the patient and their loved ones immediately go through denial: “There has to be another reason they are forgetting; maybe the person is stressed out, needs a vacation, and has too much on their plate to handle.” Most of the time a person receives the diagnosis long after the symptoms have surfaced. Many people may not recognize the subtle changes in memory loss and confusion. Family and friends who have been around us daily are so busy with their lives that they may not even notice the changes. Sometimes loved ones compensate for a person’s memory loss and confusion without even realizing there is a problem. One important fact is that dementia does not discriminate against age. There have been rare cases of individuals in their thirties being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. It is more common to hear of people over the age of 75 to have episodes of memory loss and disorientation. However, some are experiencing signs and symptoms of early onset Alzheimer’s in their 40’s and 50’s. What if you are between the age of 45 and 65? You are probably still working full time, looking forward to some form of retirement and enjoying the next chapter in your life. All of a sudden you realize that something is not working right and you are forgetting to complete certain daily tasks. Family and friends may not be aware of what is happening to you because they could just pass it off as being stressed or having to do so much at one time. We all know what stress and an abundance of work can do to our mental state. All of us have occasional memory loss and disorientation. When does it become a problem or real concern? You and those around you may begin to notice the slight changes in personality and memory.

What was once a daily habit for you can become obsolete just because you are forgetting your daily routine. You may begin to lose your patience with tasks that were at one time simple for you to complete. Then all of a sudden you are driving your car home from work and you realize that a five minute commute has taken you two hours because you cannot remember how to get home. The decision to go to the doctor takes courage; in the back of your mind you are still able to understand what is happening to you and it is not normal. You know what the diagnosis could be. Unfortunately the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s/dementia is feared by all of us because there is no cure and it will become progressively worse. One difficult part of the disease is that most victims are in great physical health and it is their mind that is failing. This means that most live 10 to 20 years with this disease. It is hard not only on the person with the diagnosis but the family as well. It will take the effort of everyone involved to educate themselves on the process of dementia and come

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Dementia up with an action plan. If you are the unfortunate one with the diagnosis you are still able to make some decisions for yourself. Tell your family what your wishes are and what kind of care you would like. Take a tour of facilities in your area that cater to dementia care and pick one that best fits you. Check in with the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org), which has wonderful programs and specialized support groups for people and their families diagnosed with early onset dementia. If you recognize a change in memory or you or a loved one is noticing a change, it is important to seek medical advice. Even though dementia is non-reversible, there are some medications that can prolong the progression in the beginning stages. It can be frightening, but always know that there are many resources you can utilize to help make this difficult time a little easier.

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Tools for Finding Long Lost Friends

WINK (http://wink.com) This site is used for searching social-networking profiles. Finding a profile makes it simple to contact someone. You’ll find profiles on MySpace, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and more. You can search by name, city, school, interests and more. CVGADGET (http://www.cvgadget.com) This site will also search social-networking profiles. It will also search through several Google services. It may return images, documents, blogs, videos and news. Just enter the person’s first and last name. PIPL (http://www.pipl.com) This service searches the deep Web. It searches pages not often indexed by common search engines. You might get a phone number from online white pages, or public information may contain an employment history. Even little clues could lead you in the right direction. PEEKYOU (http://www.peekyou.com/) This site taps even more online resources. Of course, you’ll get social-networking results. But you’ll also get news stories, business pages and blogs.

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Social & Support Groups Wed, Feb 3 LV Vegetarians. Quaker Meeting House Rt. 512 half mile N. of Rt. 22 Twnshp. Pot luck dinner. 6pm. $3.50 Len 610-709-8984 Mon, Feb 8, 1pm St. John’s Friendly 50’s 1343 Newport Ave Northampton. 1PM Entertainment by “Cabaret Couple”. If bad weather, meeting rescheduled to following Monday. Wed, Mar 24 at Li Greci’s Staten Italian dinner theater in Staten Island, NY. Meal served with Italian comedian and Sinatra imitator $77-$85. Thurs Apr 15, bus trip: “Sights and Sounds” production of “Joseph”. $110-$120 pp, lunch at Miller’s Smorgasbord. 610-767-4881. Thurs, Feb 4 Alzheimer’s Support Group, Thurs 1-3 PM St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. 1900 Pennsylvania Ave, Allentown. Thurs, Feb 4, Allentown AARP Chap. 5415 St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church 140 S. Ott St. Social hour 12-1p.m. Program: The Gilbert Family “Kids of America” Business meeting follows. 610-437-4265 Tues Feb 2 & Jan 16, Noon. Lower Macungie Seniors. Lower Macungie Comm. Ctr 610-395-0782. Tues, Feb 2, 6 pm. Whitehall Senior Group. Dinner and Entertainment, Whitehall HS Cafeteria $3. Irene 610-264-3721. Wed Feb 3, 1 pm. Macungie Seniors, Macungie Fire Company. Ruth, 610-965-9584. Thurs, Feb 4 7PM Lower Milford Twnshp Fire Co. 1601 Limeport Pike, spaghetti dinner adults $7

children $4 salad bar, dessert. Sat, Feb 13 10:30AM Enjoy gardening, interested in peace issues? Jordan United Church of Christ, Rt 309 and Walbert Ave, Allentown, 2.5 acres dedicated as peace garden, custom peace sculpture, peace pole, worship areas, biblical plant & children’s bed, gazebo, swing, trails. Sat, Feb 13 Bethlehem Garden Club, share garden tips with local pros and hobbyists 610-838-1482. Emmaus Garden Club Mar 1, 2010 bus trip - Philadelphia Garden Show Departs 12:30 PM Weis Market Cedar Crest Blvd. and Chestnut St. Emmaus, leaves Philly 7:30 pm, $50. Diane 610-530-1559 or Sue 610-395-5788 - reservations. Mon, Feb 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. Ebenezer Bible Fellowship, Bethlehem. Linda 610-395-8756. Tues, Feb 9 Alzheimer’s Support Group, SarahCare Adult Day Service, 610-391-1576 Tues, Feb 9 1pm, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 5th & Chestnut Sts, Emmaus. Emmaus Garden Club, Sandi 610.965.2062. Tue, Feb 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, Feb 9, 8:30 AM Lehigh Co. TRIAD free continental breakfast. Green Meadows of Allentown. Call 610-967-5454.

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Wed, Feb 10 5:30-6:30PM. Alzheimer’s Support Group, share, support. Professional advice from caregivers for Alzheimer’s impaired families. Arden Courts of Allentown 610-366-9010.

Tue Feb 23 Alzheimer’s Support Group 10AM. Old Orchard Health Care Center. Palmer Twp. Jim Baer for info 610-438-1608.

Wed, Feb 10 Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council – Saucon Manor in Hellertown. 12pm 484-788-0196 or info@lvmac.org to get involved. Open to all.

Tues, Feb 23 LV Parkinson’s Support Group, Gerry Haines (Chair). Banko Bldg. 10-12PM. Wed Feb 24 Men of Retirement Age Club 1-2;30pm, Advent Moravian Church, 3730 Jacksonville Road, Hanover Township.

Thur, Feb 18 5:30 Alz’s Support Group, Country Meadows of Allentown, Bldg 3. Light dinner served. RSVP 610-395-7160.

Mondays 10 and 1. “Loving Hands Quilting Circle”. Country Meadows. Allentown, Buildings 3 and 1, 610-395-7160.

Thur, Feb 18 4:30-6 pm. Alz Support Group, mutual support for those who provide care and deal with Alzheimer’s disease. Adult Day Service Building, Westminster Village. 610-782-8390.

Mondays 10 am. Hi-Neighbors Group, senior group. 2 guest speakers each meeting. First Presbyterian Church, Bethlehem. Call Jan 610-954-7561.

Fri Feb 19, 10 am. People Meeting People Club, PEP. Senior Social Group. Fellowship Hall, Asbury United Methodist Church. Thurs, Feb 25 - Alzheimer’s Support Group for Caregivers 4-5 PM Phoebe Richland Health Care Center. 267-371-4569 Thurs, Feb 25 7pm. LV Brain Injury Support Group - Good Shepherd Health & Tech Center, 850 S. Fifth Street, Allentown. Thurs, Feb 25 12PM Caregivers & Professionals Networking Group. Country Meadows of Allentown, Building 3, 610-395-7160 LV Chap. 1371, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Thurs Feb 25 St. Peters Lutheran Church Comm. Room, 1933 Hanover Ave. Allentown, 12PM w/ lunch. Business session at end of meeting. Current/former fed workers invited to interesting program for seniors. First timers and those for lunch, call Bob Emery 610-395-9157 before Sat, Feb 20. Lunch $7.50. Those attending just the program and meeting may arrive at 1PM. AARP Chapter 3115, Whitehall, noon Thurs, Feb 4 American Club, 300 Cherry St, Coplay. After social hour, refreshments available. Heather Strohm housing counselor at Catholic Social Agency speaks on reverse mortgages. New members welcome. Info: 610-264-9164

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. Back entrance. 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 www. palmercommunitycenter.org Wednesdays noon. Fogelsville Senior Group at Fire Company. Amelia, 610-395-2224. Wednesdays 1pm St. Stevens Church Franklin & Turner St. Allentown. Cards, bingo & refreshments. Thursdays at 12. Schnecksville Senior Citizen Group. Schnecksville Fire Co. Peg 610-395-8667. Fridays 1 pm. Emmaus Senior 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.


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 & times of adult aquatic classes available. 610-434-9333 YMCA - Easton, P’burg & Vicinity. Silver Sneakers Cardio Mon1pm Tues 11:00am, Wed. & Fri. 12:00 pm Silver Sneakers 1 Tues. & Thurs. 12:30pm. Silver Sneakers Yoga Wed. 12:50pm. Low Impact Aerobics Tues. & Thurs. 8:00am. 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 Mon, Wed, and Fri 11:00-11:45 AM or 11:4512:30PM. 3rd St. Alliance for Women & Children. Monthly: $38.00 Drop-in: $6.00. Other programs, memberships available. 610-258-6271. Aqua Pilates, Arthritis Aquatics, Aqua Aerobics.

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Many days and times available for classes. Rodale Aquatic Center Allentown 610-606-4670. Tai Chi and Qigong classes in Lehigh Valley, experienced instructor, reasonable rates. Hilary Smith, RN 610-751-6090 or smith. hilarym@gmail.com

Dances Wednesday Afternoon 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. 610-390-7550. $7 includes lesson 7pm - 8:30, no partner needed. Feb 2 & 9 Cha Cha Feb 23 Hustle. www.allentownswingdance.org Mardi Gras Tues Feb 16. Wed 7:30. N. Penn Elks Club, Colmar, Pa West Coast Swing. Third Fridays Peppermint Dance Club. Church on the Mall, Plymouth Meeting. www. peppermintdanceclub.com Third Friday of month – 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 5PM, game at 7 PM. Memorial Hall, Liberty Fire Co. Stockertown. 610-759-6811 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 Maulfair Medical Ctr, Topton. 610682-2104. www.drmaulfair.com.

Seniors Who Wish to Re-Enter Workforce. Lehigh County Senior Ctr 1633 Elm Street Allentown: practical computer classes. Basic Computer I and II, Digital Camera, Digital Photos, Intro to Internet. Classes limited to 8. Classes at the center and Whitehall Library. Eight 1.5 hour classes $40 members $80 nonmembers. Annual membership $20. Info 610-437-3700 or Diane Nolan dndod@aol.com.

Community Events First and Third Tues, 8 pm. Tickle Me Tuesday, Allentown BrewWorks. Instructor needed. Teach 1hour per week math class to women in Community Reentry Program - 6th grade level curriculum in place. Needed - Medicare Fraud Educator - help identify & educate consumers about Medicare and Medicaid abuse and fraud. Training sessions and updates by supportive staff. Ask about travel stipend. Concerned about local environment? Help monitor water quality in the Little Lehigh. Training and a once a month commitment needed. Info about these and other interesting assignments, contact Karen Nielson, Senior Corps RSVP 610-391-8219, nielsonk@diakon.org. Seniors Monday Workshops at DaVinci Science Ctr. Curious minds ages 62 and up encouraged to reserve spots 484.664.1002 X112, dzehner@davinci-center.org. 2010 Seniors Monday Workshops feature workshop and full-day admission Science Center for $4.50, chances to win gift certificates to

local businesses. Mon Feb. 22 Hubble Telescope: An Insider’s View. Spring workshops close Mon Mar 15 with Evolution of Strength and Conditioning Training for Sports. All workshops feature sessions at 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Limited seating available for all sessions. Groups are welcome to reserve spaces. Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group 4th Annual Short Story Contest for young adults of Lehigh Valley in 9th-12th grades. Deadline Feb 16 to submit entries. Entries must be original and unpublished. Submit additional stories for $5 reading fee. Must be typed on white paper, 12 pt. font, one margin, double spaced. First page includes title, word count and name, address, phone, email, high school and grade. Limit 4,000 words. Send to: GLVWG – Short Story Contest 3650 Nazareth Pike, PMB #136 Bethlehem, 18020. $300 for first, $150 second, $50 third place. Winners announced Mar 16. Adoption Event - cats & kittens Sat, Feb 6 11AM-2:30PM, Superpetz, 2920 Easton Ave. Bethlehem, PA. Adoption Event - cats & kittens Sat, Feb 20 11AM-2:30PM Superpetz, 2920 Easton Ave. Bethlehem, PA Info: - www.furryfeetrescue.com or call 610-438-5645

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