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Lifestyles over 50 Encouraging vibrant and healthy living in the greater Lehigh Valley!

FREE - Volume 5 - Issue 11 - February 2011

New Face of Retirement Dating after 50 Zumba - Exercise in Disguise

Veterans Sanctuary Opens Boomer Pages: 1952

Are You on Facebook? Things to Do with Your Grandkids

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Lifestyles over 50

a Thrive LLC Publication 905 Harrision Street, Suite 104, Allentown, PA 18103

We have another interesting issue this month. We tackle an often neglected topic – Dating after 50. This can be an awkward and sometimes difficult time in one’s life so we offer some suggestions that can help.

Publisher: Jeff Tintle, 610-762-9011, Editor Art Villafane, 610-774-0919, Copy Editors Laura Putt, Vicki Bezems Distribution Osvanys Osoria, Lissette Lemok, Gustavo Caicedo Miguel Varela, Carlos Rodriguez

We are always looking to provide information on improving your health and our article on Zumba Gold fits the bill. It is an exercise routine geared to those over 50. Similarly we have an article that helps your heart in a different way. By volunteering you can help someone who needs it and at the same time help your own heart physically and emotionally.

Lifestyles over 50 is distributed FREE throughout the greater Lehigh Valley. Copyright 2011 © Thrive LLC. Reproduction of any and all content is not permitted unless express written permission is granted. Opinions expressed in any commentary published in this magazine do not necessarily represent those of Thrive LLC and are not to be regarded as advice (legal, tax, investment or otherwise). Thrive LLC assumes no liability for the actions by any group or individual based upon such material. Advertising rates are available upon request. Publisher reserves the right to reject any advertisement or other information at any time. You can find copies of Lifestyles over 50 at: Libraries • Churches • Senior Centers Fitness Centers • Community Centers • Resource Offices Doctor & Healthcare Offices Independent & Assisted Living Facilities. Subscriptions are available for $20.00/year.

There are many of us who are approaching retirement age. Will we? Maybe not – our article entitled “New Face of Retirement” discusses how traditional retirement is changing in the face of the different demographic group known as the “Baby Boomers.”

The Veterans Sanctuary that we highlighted last issue opened on January 4th. I attended the opening and report on it in this issue. Please find ways to help our veterans who are in great need. Contact Veterans Sanctuary to see how you can help those who protected our country.

The Boomer Pages highlight the year 1952 in this issue. With televisions becoming widespread, the mix of movies, radio, and TV gave us several sources of information and entertainment. I hope you enjoy your trip down memory lane. Remember two things this month: Valentine’s Day and staying warm. It will not be long before we see a glimmer of Spring. I know that I cannot wait. See you next month. PS: I do not care what anybody says. I was born a Taurus and will stay a Taurus. How about you?



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A Reason to Celebrate This Month: Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month, Avocado and Banana Month, Library Lovers Month, National Bird Feeding Month, National Mend a Broken Heart Month, Pull Your Sofa Off the Wall Month, Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month, Plant the Seeds of Greatness Month, Responsible Pet Owners Month, Sweet Potato Month. This Week: 1-7: National Patient Recognition Week; 612: Dump Your Significant Jerk Week, Jello Week; 12-15: Random Acts of Kindness; 14-20: Love a Mench Week; 1016: Celebration of Love Week; 13-19: International Flirting Week; 21-25: Read Me Week; 28-3/6: Peace Corps Week.

Days: 1: Give Kids a Smile Day; 2: Groundhog Day; 4: USO Day; 5: Ice Cream for Breakfast Day; 8: Bubble Bath Day, Fruitcake Toss Day; 9: Read in the Bathtub Day; 12: Darwin Day; 13: Get a Different Name Day; 14: National Donor Day, Ferris Wheel Day; 15: National Gum Drop Day; 19: Chocolate Mint Day; 20: Clam Chowder Day, Northern Hemisphere Hoodie Hoo Day; 22: World Thinking Day, 24: National Chili Day, Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day; 26: For Pete’s Sake Day; 28: National Tooth Fairy Day, Rare Disease Day. Birthstone: Amethyst

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The main library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building. The first known heart medicine was discovered in an English garden. In 1799, physician John Ferriar noted the effect of dried leaves of the common foxglove plant, digitalis purpurea, on heart action. Still used in heart medications, digitalis slows the pulse and increases the force of heart contractions and the amount of blood pumped per heartbeat. Dry cereal for breakfast was invented by John Henry Kellogg at the turn of the century. During World War II, a German U-boat was sunk by a truck. The U-boat in question attacked a convoy in the Atlantic and then rose to see the effect. The merchant ship it sank had material strapped to its deck including a fleet of trucks, one of which was thrown in the air by the explosion, landing on the U-boat and breaking its back. Jeremy Bentham, a British philosopher who died in 1832, left his entire estate to the London Hospital provided that his body be allowed to preside over its board meetings. His skeleton was clothed and fitted with a wax mask of his

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face. It was present at the meeting for 92 years. Diet Coke was only invented in 1982. Methane gas can often be seen bubbling up from the bottom of ponds. It is produced by the decomposition of dead plants and animals in the mud. Henry Ford produced the model T mostly in black because the black paint available at the time was the fastest to dry. The average person will spend two weeks over his lifetime waiting for the traffic light to change. More than 2500 left handed people are killed every year from using right handed products. “Naked” means to be unprotected. “Nude” means unclothed. Upper and lower case letters are named ‘upper’ and ‘lower’, because when all original print had to be set in individual letters, ‘upper case’ letters were stored in the case on top of the case that stored smaller, ‘lower case’ letters. A lion’s roar can be heard from five miles away. Snails can sleep for 3 years without eating. There is about 200 times more gold in the worlds oceans, than has been mined in our entire history. Hair and nails do not continue to grow after death. The skin recedes, making it appear to grow.

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Family and Fun

Things To Do in February with the Grandkids

Smile, It’s Your Best Feature

1. Help the grandkids make valentines for their mom and dad. 2. Have a silly song-writing contest and see who can write the silliest song with the most nonsensical lyrics. . Pull out the pots and pans, wooden spoons and create a kitchen band. 4. Have a book party. Spread out a blanket on the floor, have all the grandkids bring their favorite book, and read them aloud to each other. Or, hold your party on your bed an hour before lights-out. 5. Try snow painting. Fill a few water bottles with squirt tops with water and food coloring and then head outside. 6. Build an old-fashioned snowman, or dress her up in some trendy fashion. 7. Teach your grandkids to play chess. or ask them to teach you. 8. Play video games with your grandkids.

A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to re-frame or reinterpret the first part. It is frequently used for humorous or dramatic effect. Enjoy! • I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car. • The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on the list. • If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong. (my favorite) • We never really grow up; we only learn how to act in public. • War does not determine who is right -- only who is left. • I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness. • Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad. • Evening news is where they begin with ‘Good evening,’ and then proceed to tell you why it isn’t. • To steal an idea from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research. • A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. My desk is a work station. • How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire? • I thought I wanted a career; turns out I just wanted paychecks. • Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says “In an emergency, notify:” I put “ A Doctor.” • I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you. • Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet? • Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman. • A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory. • The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas! • Some cause happiness wherever they go.. Others, whenever they go. • I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not sure. • I always take life with a grain of salt... plus a slice of lemon... and a shot of tequila. • You’re never too old to learn something stupid. • To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target. • Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.

by Vicki Bezems, Lifestyles over 50

Golf Joke

Two friends went to play golf and were about to tee off, when one fellow noticed that his partner had but one golf ball. “Don’t you have at least one other golf ball?”, he asked. The other guy replied that no, he only needed the one. “Are you sure?”, the friend persisted. “What happens if you lose that ball?” The other guy replied, “This is a very special golf ball. I won’t lose it so I don’t need another one.” Well,” the friend asked, “what happens if you miss your shot and the ball goes in the lake?” “That’s okay,” he replied, “this special golf ball floats. I’ll be able to retrieve it.” “Well what happens if you hit it into the trees and it gets lost among the bushes and shrubs?” The other guy replied, “That’s okay too. You see, this special golf ball has a homing beacon. I’ll be able to get it back -- no problem.” Exasperated, the friend asks, “Okay. Let’s say our game goes late, the sun goes down, and you hit your ball into a sand trap. What are you going to do then?” “No problem,” says the other guy, “you see, this ball is fluorescent. I’ll be able to see it in the dark.” Finally satisfied that he needs only the one golf ball, the friend asks, “Hey, where did you get a golf ball like that anyway?” The other guy replies, “I found it.”

by Art Villafane, Lifestyles over 50


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February 2011

Personal Growth

Dating After 50 - The Basics by Vicki Bezems, Lifestyles over 50

According to the U.S. Census, almost 30 percent of 45-to64-year-olds -- a.k.a. baby boomers -- are single. Thirty years ago, only 19 percent of this age group was single. Whether people become single (again) as the result of death or divorce, more and more singles over 50 are dating. Because people are marrying later and living longer, they can expect to spend more time unattached than ever before. Bella DePaulo, who writes for Psychology Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Living Singleâ&#x20AC;? blog, claims, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Older people often find that being unattached can be fulfilling. You develop a greater sense of self. As you get older, what other people think doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter as much. The idea that if you get married, your life will fall into place, that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re basically superior by the very act of being married, isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t what people think anymore,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; DePaulo adds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People go on and build their lives.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; (Source: Miami Herald, miamiherald. com/2010/09/05/1806940/in-midlife-theyre-unexpectedly. html#ixzz1BG3RMHzM).



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Decide what you want out of a relationship. Are you looking for a dinner companion, a dance partner, someone to share your enthusiasm for gokart racing or a lifetime partner? Make a list of everyone you know (from your dentist to your college roommate). Call them and ask them if they know of anyone they can introduce you to. Get your grown children, nieces and nephews to play Cupid for you. Have courage. You can expect at least half of the first dates you go on not to result in a second. Go on â&#x20AC;&#x153;practice datesâ&#x20AC;?. Keep the date short, such as meeting for coffee. Go out with someone you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find hopelessly attractive; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be better able to keep your wits about you. Talk to your potential date a few times on the phone before you agree to meet. Decide first if he or she is even worth meeting.

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Whatever the reason for dating again, making the decision to get out there after years of married life can be frightening. But now, there are endless resources for meeting potential companions and advice on dating. The first step should be to examine whether you are ready to date again. Consider the possibility of rejection as well as love at first sight. No one wants a ride on an emotional roller coaster. Dating at any age can be overwhelming; but after 50, looking for companionship can present an additional set of challenges. Many have set habits and routines, enjoy their freedom and are less likely to change. Divorce, failed relationships, children and elderly parents can complicate dating. Wrinkles, extra pounds, and other physical changes can diminish selfesteem and create intimacy issues. (Source: perfectmatch. com/onlinedating/over50/singles-over-50-dating-facts.asp.) But after youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve weighed the pros and cons and decided youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re willing to take the risk, you can start to look for ways to find someone to share your time with:

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Examine your expectations. It may not be realistic to expect your coffee date to look like George Clooney or Christie Brinkley, be as handy as Ty Covington or cook like Giada De Laurentis. Decide what faults you can live with. A receding hairline may be tolerable, as may be less than ideal housekeeping practices. But perhaps you should reconsider if her 35-year old son is still living with his mom rent-free while waiting for his rock band’s big break. Maximize your assets. Women, get a free makeover at a department store or ask a friend to go shopping with you for some attractive “date clothes”. Men, don’t look frumpy. Attend small, special events, volunteer for community service or go on an organized trip. Check with your place of worship, or find clubs or classes at your local community college in an area of interest or a hobby that you have. For instance, if you like to hike, find a local hiking club. If you want to learn more about digital cameras, look for a photography class at your local community college. Break out of your bubble and try a new sport, join a gym, or go on a tour. Within these venues, you’ll find other people with interests similar to yours. Attend your high school or college class reunions; these are usually ripe with available men and women. Or book a stay at a spa.

Finally, consider using an online dating service. The Internet is available to everyone, and for many, cyber dating is hugely successful. In the year 2008, 120,000 relationships that resulted in marriage began through online dating services. The number of people who are finding their love online is increasing daily. Cyber dating does pose some risks, however, and it’s wise to educate yourself before you begin.

Solutions for Heel Fissures by Jennifer Gross-Edwards, DPM

Heel fissures are dry cracking skin on the heels of your feet. This is more than dry skin. The fissures are openings in the top layers of the skin. Heel fissures typically occur because the skin on the heels become dry, callused and then due to the loss of water in the skin, the fissures will develop. They tend to occur more during the winter. They are also common with wearing open back shoes. A closed back shoe “cups” the heel, while an open back shoe enables the heel pad to spread out. This allows the skin to crack and develop fissures when dried. You can try lotions and creams to the heel fissures, but sometimes that is not enough. Even ointments that are more moisturizing may not help the fissures. At times, the fissures can even start to bleed or become infected. If this occurs, please see a medical professional. Topical or oral medications may be needed. In my office, I will try to remove some of the thicken skin. Then, I will prescribe medication to be used at home. In the beginning, a topical antibiotic or anti-fungal can be used; in addition, an ointment can be used on the skin for moisturizing.

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Zumba Gold – Exercise in Disguise by Vicki Bezems, Lifestyles over 50

Are you looking for a way to have fun exercising? Do you like to dance? What if you could get a safe, complete workout in an hour, with all the fun and excitement of a dance party? Zumba Gold may be exactly what you’re looking for. “Zumba creates the feeling that you’re going to have fun. It’s exercise in disguise,” says Lehigh Valley Zumba instructor Kory Prehl, who teaches at Bethany and Asbury United Methodist churches. Zumba Fitness® is a Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that blends Latin music and contagious steps to form a “fitness-party” that is “downright addictive.” Zumba Gold takes the same dance rhythms at little slower pace and intensity and makes the exercises safer for older adults, beginners or people with physical limitations. Older adults who are young in spirit enjoy exercising to familiar dances like the cha-cha and the twist, along with the tango, flamenco, samba, calypso, and merengue, among others. The music in a Zumba class is about 70 percent Latin and 30 percent the instructor’s choice. Zumba routines are choreographed to follow the music. No counting is required, and steps are repeated often to make it easy to follow. Zumba Gold can help with the activities of daily living. It increases flexibility and physical awareness. It also improves balance and increases bone density, strength, cardiovascular health, cognitive abilities, motor control, range of motion and stability.

Since its beginnings in 2001, Zumba Fitness has become the world’s largest and most successful dancefitness program. Now, more than 10 million people of all shapes, sizes and ages take weekly Zumba classes in more than 110 countries around the world.

Zumba instructor Kory Prehl one on one with a class member

Zumba requires no special clothing or equipment. Loosefitting, comfortable work-out clothes and aerobics or court shoes work well. Classes are available through Athletes for Christ at Bethany United Methodist Church, 1208 Brookside Road, Wescosville, PA, 18106; and Asbury United Methodist Church at 1533 Springhouse Road, Allentown, PA 18104, at the following times: Mon: 9:15 am and 7:30 pm – Bethany Tues: 9:15 am – Asbury; 6 pm – Bethany Wed: 9:15 am – Bethany Thurs: 9:15 am – Asbury; 6 pm – Bethany; 7:30 pm – Asbury Fri: 9:15 am – Bethany. Sat: 9:30 am – Bethany For more info go to zumbaschedule.shtml; email qbrashear@bethanyumchurch. com; or call 610-453-7023; for general information on Zumba, go to


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Zumba Gold participants claim that the class makes them feel stronger, healthier, younger and happier. Zumba Gold provides a social outlet for older adults, as well. Zumba originated when Alberto “Beto” Perez, a fitness instructor in Cali, Colombia, forgot to take his traditional aerobics music to the class he was teaching one day. He improvised using tapes he had with him (salsa and merengue music he grew up with). “Spontaneously, he created a new kind of dance-fitness, one that focused on letting the music move you (instead of counting reps over the music). Energy electrified the room; AT people couldn’t stop smiling. His class loved T C EN it!” (Source: GI AR TION VE E R S


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Diabetes Classes Offered

by Lois Kunkle, Extension Educator, Penn State Dining with Diabetes is a program for adults with diabetes and their families. Participants learn how to prepare meals that are healthy, simple, and taste good. Recipes are demonstrated and participants have the opportunity to help prepare and taste each one. Participants also learn up-to-date information on nutrition, meal planning, and exercise, as well as how to understand diabetes-related medical tests. A recipe book, pedometer, exercise DVD, stretch band, meal-planning placemat and handouts are given to each participant. Diabetes is a very serious and costly disease, but research has shown that those who learn to manage their blood glucose (sugar) levels, eat healthy, and exercise regularly can lower their risk of complications and lead a healthier, more productive life. Elevated glucose can result in blindness, kidney failure, nerve damage and amputations. Participants who attended previous “Dining with Diabetes” classes increased their knowledge of nutrition, meal planning and label reading that resulted in improved eating habits and preparation of healthier meals. Tasty, nutritious recipes from the cookbook helped them achieve these goals. Class members received a pedometer, stretch band and exercise DVD to support the emphasis on increased physical activity. One person reached the recommended 10,000 steps a day! Assessments done before and after the series of classes documented the effect of these changes. Many participants who had high blood pressure, blood glucose, or waist circumference improved these health indicators. Weight loss was as much as 26 pounds; some were able to decrease their medication. Classes are offered weekly for four weeks with a threemonth follow-up class. Penn State Cooperative Extension will be offering a Dining with Diabetes class Monday 3/14, 21, 28 & 4/4 from 1-3 pm at the 911 Center, 100 Gracedale Ave., Nazareth with follow-up on 6/6/11. Preregistration is required due to space limitations and a small fee is requested. Dining with Diabetes is sponsored by Penn State Cooperative Extension with partial funding provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the United States Department of Agriculture. Registration for this program can be made by calling the Extension office in Northampton Co. at 610-746-1970. Please register by March 7.

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I’m on a strict running program. I started yesterday. I’ve only missed one day so far. I belong to a gym now. Well, let me rephrase that: I don’t belong there at all, but I go. Running is never fun. Running is something you do when there’s a man chasing you with a knife. I went to a gym. They offered me free membership for life if I posed for a ‘don’t let this happen to you’ poster. I like being married for two reasons: 1) I got really tired of dating, and 2) I got really tired of exercising. I quit smoking cigarettes about a year ago. I gained 18 pounds. So, now I have to wear a lot of black so no one knows how big I am. No matter what I do, I cannot lose this 18 pounds. . I mean I have tried everything short of diet and exercise. I joined a gym recently. I don’t have the best history in the world of sticking with my fitness regimens, but I feel like this time’s gonna be different. I figure one of two things is gonna happen: either I’ll get into shape, or I’ll just resign myself to paying an $85 a month fat tax.

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Help Fight Hunger

by Pat Nemetch, Caring Solutions for Seniors and Families Hunger doesn’t care how old you are The simple fact is no one of any age should go hungry in our nation today. Yet some six million older Americans, including some right here in the Lehigh Valley currently face the threat of hunger, are forced to skip meals or buy poor quality food. From 2006 – 2008, the percentage of older people struggling with hunger more than doubled, and now totals more than 10 percent. Unfortunately, that number will only increase as the aging population grows. The AARP Foundation’s Drive To End Hunger campaign works with local anti-hunger programs and services to help older people enroll in SNAP (the federal government’s food assistance program) and collaborates with other organizations to raise awareness about senior hunger and the funds to help fight it. SNAP, which helps people with low incomes buy food, is seeing a recession-related surge in enrollment — except among older, eligible Americans. Of the 7 million seniors who are eligible in the United States, only about 2.4 million are now signed up for the program. What is SNAP? SNAP is an updated version of the food stamp program, a legacy of the massive War on Poverty initiative declared by President Lyndon B. Johnson in the mid-1960s. It became known as SNAP two years ago when the USDA finished replacing food stamps with the current debit card system. Congress upgraded the program in 2008 by, among other things, raising minimum benefit levels and mandating automatic annual adjustments for inflation. How big is the benefit? Benefits are based on the net monthly income of the household. The USDA expects households to spend about 30 percent of their resources on food. The maximum benefit for a single-person household is $200; a two-person household, $367; and a four-person household, $668. You’re eligible if: • Your monthly net income doesn’t exceed $903 for a single person or $1,214 for a married couple. • You have savings of less than $3,000, not including individual retirement accounts. • You don’t live in federally subsidized housing. How to apply: You can apply for and renew your benefits from the comfort of your home using COMPASS, the Department

of Public Welfare’s online application process. You can also file an application at your local county assistance office or download an application for SNAP benefits from the Web and return it to your local county assistance office. Of course there are plenty of locally run food pantries right here in our community that don’t require applications or that you meet financial standards. Many are operated by local churches or non-profit organizations that allow you to simply show up on food distribution days. If you’d like to help ensure that vulnerable older adults have enough to eat, there are many ways to get involved. You can use AARP’s Create the Good program ( to organize a food drive in the community or volunteer with a local food organization. You can also donate directly to local food banks or make cash contributions to AARP’s national Drive to End Hunger, which provides local assistance to seniors facing food insecurity. In the meantime, stay active, stay warm and be sure to spend Valentines Day with the ones you love.

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Veterans Sanctuary Opens by Art Villafane, Lifestyles over 50

The new Veteran’s Sanctuary opened in Allentown on January 4, 2011. It is a treatment facility for veterans suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The Veteran’s Sanctuary is a 32 bed facility that will grow to 60 beds in the future.

Being a Vietnam veteran I was very gratified to see that there is still an outreach to veterans who had, and continue to have, problems stemming from their experiences in war. These issues were historically not given the same level of attention and concern that physical injuries received. Because of that, many veterans suffered symptoms for many years. Some veterans suffer the rest of their lives. The keynote speaker, Ed Tick, was not able to attend due to illness. In his place was Brian Delate, an actor and film maker. Mr. Delate proved to be an exceptional speaker. I saw that there were a number of veterans from World War II to the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. To begin the ceremonies there was a moving prayer performed by Martha Abbott. She invoked a Peruvian prayer to the four corners of Mother Earth. Next was a performance of “Flowers of the Forest” by bagpipe player, Gene Kuntzler. The color guard from VFW Post 9264 presented the flag. There was an invocation by Richard O’Donnell. In his presentation he eloquently explained the meaning of the empty table set up in front of the stage to pay tribute to those who were declared Missing in Action.

Community Toward the end of his presentation he recited from memory the famous soliloquy, “St. Crispin’s Day”, from Shakespeare’s Henry V. The setting is the Battle of Agincourt in France where English troops are severely outnumbered.

Brian DeLate, Speaker

“But we in it shall be remembered; We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he today that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile, This day shall gentle his condition” “Band of Brothers’ has become a standard phrase among soldiers to communicate the bond that they forge from having been in battle together. The ceremonies concluded with Robert Csandl, Executive Director, Treatment Trends, acknowledging the efforts of all who contributed to the creation of the sanctuary. 1925 Turner St, Allentown, PA 18104 610-794-5344 |

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Next, Brian Delate was introduced. Before he began his part of the presentation he asked all the vets attending to stand up. As we stood up we received a very enthusiastic and sustained ovation which I can say was very moving. Brian then played a few minutes from his new film “Soldier’s Heart” which he described as a love letter to veterans and their families. It is about a soldier’s struggle with PTSD. He then went on to discuss his own problems stemming from his PTSD as a result of serving in Vietnam. It was inspiring and frightening at the same time. Brian did not even realize that the issues he was struggling with were a direct result of his illness. Brian survived through counseling, family and friends, and since then has dedicated himself to helping veterans whenever and wherever he can.


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Boomers 1971

1952 Highlights • • • • • Top Ten TV Shows 1952 1. 2. . 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Texaco Star Theatre Fireside Theatre Philco TV Playhouse Your Show of Shows Colgate Comedy Hour Gillette Cavalcade of Stars The Lone Ranger Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts 9. Hopalong Cassidy 10. Mama

Arthur Godfrey was an American radio and television broadcaster and entertainer sometimes introduced by his nickname, “The Old Redhead”. Arguably the most prominent of the medium’s early master commercial pitchmen, he was strongly identified with many of his many sponsors, especially Chesterfield cigarettes and Lipton Tea. Godfrey’s morning show was supplemented by a primetime variety show, Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts. The variety show was a showcase for rising young performers including Lenny Bruce, Don Adams, Tony Bennett, Patsy Cline and Pat Boone. He is a member of the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in the radio division. He found that one way to enhance his pitches was to extemporize his commercials, poking fun at the sponsors (while never showing disrespect for the products themselves).

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Mad magazine makes its debut in May as a 32-page comic book full of zany nonsense. Guiding Light premiered on TV. Gary Cooper wins Best Actor for High Noon! University of Tennessee admits its first black student. Norman Vincent Peale, publishes his most popular book, The Power of Positive Thinking. Clarence Birdseye marketed the first frozen peas. Mr. Potato Head arrives! Richard Nixon’s “Checkers” speech is successful. Dwight D. Eisenhower is elected President and Nixon, VicePresident. Anne Frank, Diary of a Young Girl published in the U.S. When Howard Johnson’s opens its 351st restaurant, it becomes the world’s largest food chain. The first Holiday Inn opens and has the familiar bright yellow and green sign. Sony, a brand new Japanese company, introduces the first pocket-sized transistor radio Rocky Marciano beats ``Jersey’’ Joe Walcott to win the world heavyweight boxing championship. Telephone area codes begin. Albert Schwietzer wins Nobel Peace Prize President Truman seizes U.S. steel mills to avert an industry-wide strike for higher wages. The strike is settled after 54 days in talks at the White House. King Farouk I of Egypt abdicated in the wake of a coup led by Gamal Abdel Nasser. Ernest Hemingway, a heavyweight in American literature, publishes The Old Man in the Sea. King George VI of Britain was found dead in bed by a servant delivering the morning tea. Elizabeth gets the job. TV first acknowledges pregnancy on I Love Lucy. 50,000 will be stricken by polio and 3,300 of them will die. Many more will be crippled. The first birth control pill is introduced, although it will not be available to the public for another 8 years. Unemployment is 3.1%

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nostalgia, info, fun stuff for Baby Boomers Tony Curtis was an American film actor whose career spanned six decades. Although his early film roles were partly the result of his good looks, by the latter half of the 1950s he became a notable and strong screen presence. He proved to be a good dramatic actor.

Grace Kelly was an American actress and Princess of Monaco. In April 1956 Kelly married Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, and became Her Serene Highness, The Princess of Monaco, and was commonly referred to as Princess Grace.

He won his first serious recognition as a skilled dramatic actor in Sweet Smell of Success (1957). He was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in another drama, The Defiant Ones (1958).

At the age of 20, Grace Kelly appeared in New York City theatrical productions as well as live drama productions broadcast during the early 1950s. Kelly’s role in Mogambo garnered her a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and her first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Curtis then gave what many believe was his best acting, in a completely different role, the comedy Some Like it Hot (1959). His most significant serious part came in 1968 when he starred in the true-life drama The Boston Strangler, which some consider his finest role.

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February 2011


New Face of Retirement by Vicki Bezems, Lifestyles over 50

From birth, the baby boomer generation has been a catalyst of change in our society. This group, currently between ages 45 and 64, has “acted differently and in many ways re-defined every life stage they have passed through,” according to a 2010 report by MetLife’s Mature Market Institute. “One relatively recent development in the lives of early boomers is that many more have adult children or grandchildren living with them. Other children or grandchildren may be depending on them for financial support.” The “early boomers,” those baby boomers who are now between 55 and 64, are changing the way we view retirement and old age. Early boomers will set the trend for future generations. In the past, about 75% of men and women were retired by age 69 or 70. By the time the early boomers approach age 70, less than half will have retired. Let’s take a closer look at some of the developments that have led to this shift. Education More early boomers are college educated and employed full-time, earning higher incomes, than any previous group in the same age bracket. From 2000 to 2010, the number of men and women who had earned a bachelor’s or graduate degree by age 64 jumped over 10 percent. For women, this was the continuation of a trend. For men, it was unprecedented. As a result, both men and women experienced an increased ability to get a white-collar job and earn higher wages. Because a significantly higher number of people with a college education participate in the workforce after age 65 compared to those without such a degree, early boomers will be likely to stay in the workforce after age 65. In 2009, men aged 65 to 74 with a college degree earned twice as much as those with a high school diploma. It’s no surprise that individuals with such higher earnings potential may very well continue working past retirement age, even if only for another couple of years. Additionally, many early boomers will continue to work out of necessity, regardless of their education level.

Social Security Also factoring in to the changing face of retirement is that early boomers are eligible for full Social Security benefits at 66 (66 years and two months for those born in 1955). Considering the consequences of retiring before that date, many early boomers will probably decide to work at least until they are 66. Family Relationships According to U.S. Census Bureau estimates, there are about eight percent more early boomer women than men. Women have a longer life expectancy, so as early boomer women age, more will become single through death of a spouse, divorce or separation. By the year 2020, only 55 percent of these women are projected to be married. Consequently, more early boomer women will become the primary owners or renters of their homes as they age. Millions of baby boomer women may be going through two major changes in their lives: loss of a spouse and possibly loss of a job due to retirement. Either change can have either very positive or very negative monetary implications. One relatively recent development in the lives of early boomers is that many more have adult children or grandchildren living with them. Other children or grandchildren may be depending on them for financial support. In the next ten years, it is predicted that most early boomers will be grandparents, if they are not already. Those who have advanced degrees is realize the advantages of a college education; it’s easy to understand why they would work longer to provide the same benefits for their grandchildren. Providing education or other privileges to grandchildren is a huge incentive to continue drawing a steady income after age 65. In spite of all the evidence to the contrary, it is possible that early boomers might retire at the same rate as the previous generation, but this is not expected, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “The late 20th Century pattern of working until about age 65 and then spending one’s remaining years in the leisure pursuits is very likely over,” according to MMI. In future issues, we will delve more deeply into the financial, health and social aspects of retirement, and some of the vast multitude of options to be considered. Source: The Metlife Report on Early Boomers, Metlife, In Collaboration with Peter Francese, Francese LLC Mature Market Institute. 57 Greens Farms Road, Westport, CT 06880;

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

“What is all this I hear about Facebook?” We hear that question a lot and thought we should provide you, our readers, with information that will help you get started on Facebook and provide guidance as you gain more experience. A bit of Facebook background first. College kids developed Facebook as a way to stay in touch with one another. They did not care for email and the phone was not much better. They developed a program that allowed you to keep in touch with friends by posting information about themselves via the Internet then letting their friends know there was new information for them to catch up on. Simple enough. But the program known as Facebook took off and became so much bigger than anyone expected. Recent statistics show its explosive growth: • • • •

More than 500 million active users 50% of active users log on to Facebook in any given day Average user has 130 friends People spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook

Why Use Facebook? Many of us have used it to reach out to high school and college friends. In fact, this is the primary reason for most of us signing up for Facebook. Even though high school may have been a source of sometimes painful and / or embarrassing memories, for the most part we remember the friends we made to be the best we’ve ever known. Facebook is a very easy way to find and re-connect with those friends. Facebook is easy to use once you get the hang of it. Essentially, people just type (post) stuff about whatever interests them or whatever they want to share with their friends and relatives. Since everyone you connect with in Facebook is called a “friend” I will use that term from now on to mean friends, relatives and acquaintances you wish to contact. Another side advantage to Facebook is that you do

not have to remember the email addresses of all your friends. Use Facebook Socially You can use Facebook to stay connected with your children and grandchildren. Since you can post photos on Facebook it is an easy way to “see” what is going on in their lives. Now the kids do not have to worry about calling you all the time to update you on what is going on. They post to Facebook and everyone is up to date. Another important feature of Facebook is that when you connect to a friend you can request to connect to his or her friends and they can request to connect to you. This is how you can build a significant network of friends. Typically a regular Facebook user has on average about 130 friends although some have significantly more (in the thousands!). Use Facebook in Business Many of Facebook’s users find it a key component in their business. In fact you now see every major organization with a Facebook page. It is just another way to market to customers. It is an easy and relatively inexpensive way to “get the word out”. If you have a business it is to your advantage to integrate Facebook into your marketing strategy. Getting Started We will provide instructions on how to sign up for and to use Facebook in a subsequent article. But you do not have to wait until then. If you are comfortable using a computer you should be able to start using Facebook right now. If you would rather wait, next month’s article will get you started. There are so many people using Facebook that your family and friends can also give you some guidance. In fact the over-50 population in the United States is the fastest growing group of Facebook users, so you are in good company. I use Facebook to keep in touch with friends in Texas, California, Oklahoma, New York, and elsewhere. My daughter in New York always lets me know when there are new photos of the grandkids. We hope that stating to use Facebook will bring you many of the benefits that so many of us enjoy.


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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. Of course, 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

I Really Don’t Care by Alan Allegra

An on-the-street reporter once asked an on-the-sidewalk citizen if he agreed with this statement: “Polls show that the two greatest problems with society are ignorance and apathy.” The man responded, “I don’t know and I don’t care!” “I really don’t care!” can betray a nasty attitude. My parents often uttered it in exasperation when I nagged them too much about something I wanted to do. It really meant, “Leave me alone already!” However, for the believer, “I really don’t care!” can be the ultimate expression of positive faith. You may, at first, think me twisted or hardhearted, but when I read troubling articles in the newspaper, whether they concern economics, politics, or culture, my final reaction is not caring. It’s not that I turn a cold nose to human events; it’s just that I don’t get bent out of shape over the news. Do I really care? Yes. Do I really care? No. This is one of the enigmas of the Christian life. When a person becomes a believer, he or she gets two things: a new heart and a new Daddy. The new heart enables us to care; the new Daddy enables us to not care. The Bible exhorts the believer thus: “Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble” (1 Peter 3:8). This is the essence of caring for the situations of others. This is the same compassion that God has for people. God’s Word also tells us, “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6, 7). “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6, 7). This is the essence of NOT caring: Trusting God to take care of all your needs. When we do that, He will supply a peace in our heart that the world can neither understand nor take away. “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27). You see, Jesus gave no qualifiers to his promise. He didn’t say, “Don’t worry, unless the banks collapse or a rogue

nation gets atomic weapons or the pay envelope has a pink slip or the x-ray has a little speck.” There is nothing that we can’t pray about and that God cannot handle. It is trusting that fact that brings us peace and confidence. We can care about what is happening, but not with the hopeless, desperate or reckless care that unbelievers usually exhibit. We can throw our cares on the Lord through Bible promises carried back to God through believing prayer. Cares cannot be in two places at once: If you give them to God, you can’t be holding them yourself. You can’t have your care and cede it, too. At times, I’ve been accused of being cavalier and unrealistic. I prefer to think of myself as carefree. This is not the same as having a devil-may-care attitude. Maybe the devil DOES care. I don’t care if he does or not. Carefree is not the same as careless. The devil is not my Lord and Father—God is. I care what happens to you and everyone else. Moreover, God cares about us and can help us. So, bring on the scary headlines; I really don’t care!

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February Is Heart Month by Diane Schrameyer, Director, RSVP

Nourish your own health and happiness through acts of generosity. If you’ve already broken those heart-healthy New Year’s resolutions, February - the month dedicated to the heart – is a great time to begin again with new resolve. As we all rededicate ourselves to put good intentions into actions I’d like to suggest adding one more heart-healthy activity to the list. Make time to do something to help others.

The Health Benefits of Volunteering documents major findings from more than thirty rigorous and longitudinal studies that reviewed the relationship between health and volunteering. The studies, which were controlled for other factors, found that volunteering leads to improved physical and mental health. There is now a convergence of research leading to the conclusion that helping others makes people happier and healthier. So the word is out – it’s good to be good.

According to a study released by the Corporation for National and Community Service people who volunteer help themselves to better health while helping others. The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research has found a significant connection between volunteering and good health. The report shows that volunteers have greater longevity, higher functional ability, lower rates of depression and less incidence of heart disease.

Research suggests that volunteering is particularly beneficial to the health of older adults and those serving 100 hours annually. According to the report: •

A study of adults age 65 and older found that the positive effect of volunteering on physical and mental health is due to the personal sense of accomplishment an individual gains from his or her volunteer activities.

To quote David Eisner, the former CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service “Volunteering makes the heart grow stronger”.

Another study found that volunteering led to lower rates of depression in individuals 65 and older.

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A Duke study found that individuals who volunteered after experiencing heart attacks reported reductions in despair and depression – two factors that have been linked to mortality in post-coronary artery disease patients. An analysis of longitudinal data found that individuals over 70 who volunteered approximately 100 hours had less of a decline in self-reported health and functioning levels, experienced lower levels of depression, and had more longevity. Two studies found that the volunteering threshold is about 100 hours per year, or about two hours a week. Individuals who reached the threshold enjoyed significant health benefits, although there were not additional benefits beyond the 100-hour mark.

“There is now a convergence of research leading to the conclusion that helping others makes people happier and healthier. So the word is out – it’s good to be good. Science increasingly says so,” said Dr. Stephen Post, a professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and co-author of the forthcoming book “Why Good Things Happen to Good People: The Exciting New Research That Proves the Link Between Doing Good and Living a Longer, Healthier, Happier Life.” More than 61 million Americans volunteer to improve conditions for people in need and to unselfishly give of themselves. While the motivation is altruistic, it is gratifying to learn that their efforts are returning considerable health benefits.

Random Thoughts

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Don’t worry about what people think, they don’t do it very often. If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you’ve never tried before. My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance. Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious. For every action, there is an equal and opposite government program. If you look like your passport picture, you probably need the trip. Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of checks. A conscience is what hurts when all of your other parts feel so good. Eat well, stay fit, die anyway. Men are from earth. Women are from earth. Deal with it. No man has ever been shot while doing the dishes. A balanced diet is a muffin in each hand. Opportunities always look bigger going than coming. By the time you can make ends meet, they move the ends. Thou shalt not weigh more than thy refrigerator. Someone who thinks logically provides nice contrast to the real world. It ain’t the jeans that make your butt look fat. There is a very fine line between ‘hobby’ and ‘mental illness.’ Never lick a steak knife. The most destructive force in the universe is gossip. Always remember you’re unique, just like everyone else. Your friends love you anyway.

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22 Compeer of LV volunteers 4 hrs. a month with Compeer friend, 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

Social & Support Groups Wed, Feb 2 LV Vegetarians. Quaker Meeting House Rt. 512 half mile N. of Rt. 22 Twnshp. Pot luck dinner. 6pm. $3.50 Len 610-7098984 Thurs, Feb 3 Alzheimer’s Support Group, Thurs 1-3 PM St.

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 Andrew’s Episcopal Church. 1900 Pennsylvania Ave, Allentown. St. John’s Friendly Fifties, Mon Feb 14, 1PM in gym, 1343 Newport Avenue in Northampton. Maria Dean will provide the entertainment. Cherry Blossom trip Washington, DC Apr 6-7, 2011. Included: admission to National Aquarium, dinner and show at Toby’s Dinner Theatre, tour of the monuments, Odyssey lunch cruise, bus tour of the cherry blossoms, stay at Best Western in Baltimore. Cost is between $357-$379. Call Pat at 610-767-4881.

February 2011

Mon, Feb 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 Feb 14, 7:30 Macungie V.F.W. Lehigh St. Macungie Tues. Feb 8 & 22 Lower Lehigh Lions Club. Macungie Fire Co. Walnut St. Feb 1 & 15 Lower Macungie Township Seniors, Lower Macungie Twsp. Comm. Ctr. Brookside Rd.

Thurs, Feb 3, 12 Allentown AARP Chapter #5415 St. Timothy’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 140 So. Ott St, Allentown. John Bauer, singing your favorites. Biz meeting follows. Please bring non-perishable food for Allentown Food Bank. 610-437-4265

Tues, Feb 8, Alzheimer’s Support Group, SarahCare Adult Day Service, 610-391-1576

Thurs. Feb 3, AARP Chapter 4150 at Lower Macungie Twsp. Comm. Ctr. Brookside Rd. Tues Feb 1 12PM Lower Macungie Seniors. Lower Macungie Ctr 610395-0782.

Tues, 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. Asbury Methodist Church, Allentown. Linda 610-395-8756.

Tues, Feb 1, 6 pm. Whitehall Senior Grp. Dinner, entertain, Whitehall HS Cafeteria $3. 610264-3721.

Tues, Feb 8, 8:30 AM Lehigh Co. TRIAD free continental breakfast. Green Meadows of Allentown. 610967-5454.

Wed Feb 2, 1 pm. Macungie Seniors, Macungie Fire Company. Ruth, 610-965-9584. Thurs, Feb 3, 7PM Lower Milford Twnshp Fire Co. 1601 Limeport Pike, spaghetti dinner adults $7 children $4 salad bar, dessert. Thurs, Feb 3 AARP Chap. 3115, 12PM Whitehall, American Club, 300 Cherry St, Coplay. After social hour, refreshments available. New members welcome. 610-264-9164 Sat, Feb 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, Feb 5 Bethlehem Garden Club, share garden tips with local pros and hobbyists 610-838-1482.

Tues, Feb 8, 1pm, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 5th & Chestnut Sts, Emmaus. Emmaus Garden Club, Sandi 610.965.2062.

Wed, Feb 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, Feb 9, LV Military Affairs Council – Saucon Manor in Hellertown. 12pm 484-788-0196 or to get involved. . Thur, Feb 10, 5:30 Alz’s Support Group, Country Meadows of Allentown, Bldg 3. Light dinner 610-395-7160. Thur, Feb 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. Fri, Feb 11, 10 am. People Meeting People Club, Senior Social Group. Fellowship Hall, Asbury United Methodist Church.

Thur, Feb 10 Alzheimer’s Support Group for Caregivers 4-5 PM Phoebe Richland Health Care Center. 267-371-4569 Thur, Feb 10 7pm. LV Brain Injury Support Group - Good Shepherd Health & Tech Center, 850 S. Fifth Street, Allentown. Thur, Feb 10 12PM Caregivers & Professionals Network Group. Country Meadows of Allentown, Bldg 3, 610-395-7160 Tue, Feb 22 Alzheimer’s Support Group 10AM. Old Orchard Health Care Center. Palmer Twp. Jim Baer 610-438-1608. Tue, Feb 22 LV Parkinson’s Support Group, Gerry Haines. Banko Bldg. 10-12PM. Wed May 26 Men of Retirement Age Club 1-2;30pm, Advent Moravian Church, 3730 Jacksonville Rd, Hanover. Alzheimer’s Support Groups: Tues Feb 8 Sacred Heart Hospital 4:30 2nd fl. conference room; Family Caregiver, Wed, Feb 9 Arden Courts 5:30PM; Family Caregiver, Mon Feb 28 6:30 PM, Traditions of Hanover; Men’s HOPE group, last Wed of month, 1PM Arden Courts; CAP Caring for Alz Professional, Feb 22 2 PM Arden Courts. LV Chapter 1371 National Active and Retired Federal Employees meet Thurs, Feb 24 at St. Peters Lutheren Church community room, 1933 Hanover Ave., Allentown, 12PM lunch. 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.

Lifestyles over 50 Tuesdays 1:30-4:30. Palmer Senior Group, meet seniors, play cards, share good times. Charles Chrin Community Ctr Palmer Township 610-252-2098 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.

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 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 610-751-6090 or Maggie Boyes, RYT, Sat 8 2-4pm $35 afternoon of Restorative Yoga in Hellertown. You will be in supported poses for extended period. Bring 3 or more blankets, 2 bath towels, a set of blocks, a strap and bolsters to support you. To register or for info, Margaret@ call (540) 354-8732.

Dances Wed Dances Lehigh County Senior Ctr: 1-4 pm. 1st & 3rd Wed of month. $7.00 pp includes refreshments. 610437-3700 Sat. Eve Dance Lehigh County Senior Ctr: 8-11 pm. $7.00 pp. 610-4373700. Wed 7:30. N. Penn Elks Club, Colmar, Pa West Coast Swing. Third Fridays Peppermint Dance Club. Church on the Mall, Plymouth Meeting. 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.

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


February 2011

Community Events

. Veterans Benefits Info Forum helps wartime veterans or surviving spouse. Feb 17 2-3pm Lehigh Commons, 1680 Spring Creek Rd. Macungie. Limited seating RSVP Wendy Scott by Feb 10 610-5308089 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, Village at Willow Lane: free seminar 6:30 p.m. See ad below. on benefits for veterans, spouses and widows of veterans. Tues Feb 22 6- Alzheimer’s Caregiver workshop: 7PM 6488 Alburtis Rd., Macungie Feb 17, Different Tyes of RSVP by Feb11 610-421-8100 Dementia, Mar 24: Early and x103 Accurate Deiagnosis. Reserve seat, Arden Courts, 610-366Celebrate Older American’s Month. 9010 or allentown@arden-courts. Recognize Lehigh County residents, com 60 years of age or older, who have displayed exceptional generosity Advertise with us. with their time and talent to Reach our audience enhance the lives of others and community. The Unsung Hero throughout the finalists will be honored at special Lehigh Valley and awards ceremony at Lehigh County Government Center May 18, beyond. 1:00 PM. To get nomination form 610-762-9011 contact Ann O’Keefe (610) 7823445 or annokeefe@lehighcounty. 10 D167 SmoothTravelers_Ad_3.5x4.75_Layout 1 10/19/10 12:08 PM Page org. Forms available at www.


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