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Feature Story: 10-Step Plan to Career Change

Stuck in the Middle Preparing for the H1N1 Virus

Encouraging Vibrant and Healthy Living in the Greater Lehigh Valley

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FROM THE EDITOR It is an understatement to say that jobs are on everyone’s minds. Many of us are faced with job and career changes that occur due to our efforts or by events outside of our control. This month our feature article is on career changing – focusing on a plan to help guide you. This aid can help you prepare and manage this sometimes stressful event. Steve Domitrecz is back with another article on energy saving ideas that can put dollars in your pocket, and that are kind to the environment. On the health side we have articles on proper shoe fittings, and an important statement by Senator Pat Browne on the H1N1 flu vaccine program. On the finance side we discuss cool weather strategies and the state’s LIHEAP program which helps seniors in need of financial support for the heating bills. An article on adult care

services and more on the issues confronting the “sandwich generation” round out our offerings this month. As mentioned previously I started an exercise program. I had the program interrupted due to a number of serious family issues, but I am back on track now. Anyone who has done regular exercise will tell you that being interrupted for any length of time can easily kill motivation. Getting back is hard, but I know that, and I am more determined than ever to “suck it up” so I can “pump it up”. My point is that perseverance is the key to success in almost everything. If you are thinking about starting an exercise program, or something bigger like a career change, keep in mind that persistence is the key. When your body or your mind says “take a day off”, ignore the temptation and keep going forward. It works for exercise and it works in life. See you next month.

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A Reason to Celebrate This Month: Adopt a Shelter Dog Month; Wishbones for Pets Month; Class Reunion Month; Dyslexia Awareness Month; Emotional Wellness Month; German-American Heritage Month; Go Hog Wild - Eat Country Ham Month; Halloween Safety Month; National Chili Month; National Popcorn Popping Month; National Sarcastic Awareness Sausage Month; National Liver Awareness Month. Weeks: 2-4: No Salt Week; 11-17: Home-based Business Week; 12-18: World Rainforest Week; 18-24: Freedom from Bullies Week; 19-25: Freedom of Speech Week; 19-25: National Massage Therapy Week; 24-30: Disarmament Week; 25-31: International Magic Week.

Days: 1- International Day of Older Persons; 2- World Smile Day; 5- World Teachers Day; 6- Mad Hatter Day; 10- Universal Music Day; 12- International Moment of Frustration Scream Day, Free Thought Day; 13- National Face Your Fears Day; 14- Be Free and Be Bald Day, International Top Spinning Day; 15- National Grouch Day; 17- Mulligan Day, International Day for the Eradication of Poverty Day; 26- National Worldwide Howl at the Moon Night; 27- Cranky Co-workers Day; 30- Create a Great Funeral Day; 30- National Candy Corn Day; 31- National Knock-Knock Jokes Day; 31- National Magic Day. October Birthstone: Opal October Flower: Snapdragon

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Health

What Do Your Shoes Say? by Jennifer Gross-Edwards, DPM

especially in the toe box. Some people even have a narrow heel and need this to be accommodated.

A shoe can say a lot. You do not need to look far from your feet to see if there are any problems. Your shoes can offer you some insight. If your shoes are stretched by the big toe area, this could indicate that you have a bunion in the area, or that you have arthritis in the joint. If there is a bump in the shoes near the small toe, then you could have a bunionette. A bunionette is simply a bunion on the other side of the foot. Bumps on the top of the shoes over the toe area could indicate hammertoes.

Remember, that the size and style of shoes change from manufacturer to manufacturer. There are even differences in the same brand when they are manufactured in different locations. Try on the shoes towards the afternoon when your feet would be the most swollen. Wear the same hosiery to try the shoes that you intend to wear with you shoes once purchased. If you are still having problems with the fit of your shoes, see a professional. They can help select a proper fitting shoe.

Look at the soles of the shoes. Uneven wear patterns can be seen. You might have the inside of the heels being worn. This could indicate that you are pronating when your heel hits the ground. Pronating is walking on the inside of your foot. If there is uneven wear on the lateral side of the heel, then you are supinating. Supinating is walking on the outside of our foot. Likewise, you can pronate or supinate in the front of the foot while walking and wear the soles down in these areas as well.

If you are pronating or supinating when walking, there are devices that can be placed in shoes that will help with distributing your weight and the forces in your feet - orthotics. They can be custom made or dispensed to the size of your feet. They are also helpful for some foot pain.

If the material of the upper part of the shoe is overhanging on the sole of the shoe, then you need a new shoe. This means your shoes are stretched. Your foot is not being supported. You need to ensure that the shape of the shoe matches the shape of your foot. If your foot is narrow, then a narrow shoe would fit you. But if your foot is wide, then you need a wider shoe,

Finally, when selecting a shoe, there are 3 good signs to look for. One is to ensure that the material that goes around the back of the heel is stiff. Second is to ensure that the shoe bends where your toes would bend - and not in the center of the shoe or arch area. The third is the shoe is flexible but can not be twisted from toes to heel. There can be some give, but not able to ring the shoe out like a towel. So, take a look at your shoes, if you notice any changes and have foot pain, then consider seeing a podiatrist.

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Green Energy

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New Heat Pumps Can Save Money and the Ozone by Steve Domitrecz

Like many Lehigh Valley area homes built in the 1970’s, we have an all-electric home. The prices of fossil fuels, such as natural gas, oil and propane, are at record highs; so using a heat pump may be the least expensive source of year-round heating and cooling. With the potential of higher electric rates in 2010, this year was the perfect time to consider replacing our 20 year old central air conditioner with a new, high efficiency heat pump. New minimum energy efficiency requirements for 2009 have resulted in improvements in heat pumps which make them an excellent choice for almost any home. A heat pump is a central air conditioner with a reversing valve. When switching from the cooling to the heating mode, the reversing valve reverses the direction of the refrigerant. The hot gases flow through the indoor blower coil to cool (or heat) the air inside your home. The wall thermostat takes care of switching the reversing valve, depending upon whether you need heating or cooling. During mild weather, the heat pump can be less expensive to operate than even the most efficient fossil fuel furnace. A heat pump of the same capacity, efficiency and features may cost about $400 to $500 more than the equivalent (cooling only) central air conditioner. A two-stage heat pump is currently your most efficient option and, in most people’s opinion, also provides the best comfort. The heat pump has two different output levels when heating and when cooling. This allows the heat pump to be sized to handle some of the colder or hotter days, yet also be effective during milder weather. Depending upon the compressor design, the heat pump lower-output level will be from 50 percent to 67 percent of the maximum higher-output level. A two-stage heat pump is a great advantage because the heat pump runs in longer, more efficient cycles when it is operating in the lower-output level. Even though it is running longer, the compressor is using less electricity in this lower-output level, so the overall electricity usage is reduced. Because it is running longer and more slowly, there is less indoor blower and air flow sound, and indoor temperatures remain more constant.

The majority of the HVAC manufacturers have switched to a twostage scroll compressor with R410A refrigerant instead of R-22 (commonly called Freon). R410A is much more environmentally friendly than R22 and it operates at slightly higher pressures. By 2010, manufacturers will no longer be allowed to produce units using R-22, and so it will be more expensive to maintain the older R-22 units since Freon and replacement parts will become more scarce.

Heat pump efficiency in the cooling mode is rated by SEER (seasonal energy efficiency rating) similar to a central air conditioner. In the heating mode, the efficiency is rated by the HSPF (heating seasonal performance factor). Generally, the ones which are most efficient at cooling your home are also the most efficient when heating. If you now have an older unit, installing one of the more efficient (SEER of 19) new ones can potentially cut your HVAC utility bills by more than 50 percent.

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Lifestyles over 50 Over the past several years, there has been quite a design push to make the outdoor unit run more quietly. This is accomplished by insulating the compressor motors, using more sound-damping mounts, and redesigning the fins, fan blades and housing for quieter air flow. Most manufacturers can provide you with sound level ratings for their various models. Sound level does vary by size and compressor type. Most two-stage heat pumps use a variable-speed ECM blower motor in the indoor air handler. This efficient motor varies its speed depending on the heat pump stage currently running and the air flow resistance in the duct work. Heat pump efficiency and indoor comfort depends upon matching the outdoor unit, the indoor coil, and the blower speed (air flow). These high-efficiency models also provide the best comfort, particularly during the milder weather of early and late summer. This is when you often sense that clammy feeling. The indoor air gets cool enough, but the air conditioner has not run long enough to also adequately dehumidify the air. Using a modulating rotary or a two-stage compressor and a multispeed condenser fan, these models fine tune the cooling output to the cooling needs of your home. During mild weather, they operate in the slow, superefficient stage with reduced cooling output. In this slow stage, they run longer and dehumidify better. There are several designs of two-stage compressors. Some use a two-piston compressor. When it rotates in one direction, only one piston moves. When the rotation reverses, both pistons move to double the cooling. Another design uses a two-speed compressor. Some models use two small compressors. These run on only one compressor except on very hot days with high cooling needs. The newest and most efficient design is a two-stage scroll compressor. A scroll compressor has very few moving parts and operates quietly Whether you choose a super-efficient two-stage or a lowerpriced one-stage model, consider replacing the indoor air handler with one using a variable-speed blower. This will increase the year-round efficiency and comfort level with much less indoor noise.

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Green Energy

If you’re looking to save money on your power bill and maybe get help from the government, check out these two sites. This one gives you information on state incentives: www.dsireusa.org The next gives you the federal incentives: www.energytaxincentives.org Steve Domitrecz has a lifelong interest in alternative energy, starting with serving as the co-director of the first Earth Day at Temple Univ. in 1970. For more information, questions or comments, contact him at stevedom@verizon. net or (610) 866-0684.

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Heating Aid Cuts

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Proposed Heating Aid Cuts

by Pat Nemetch, President APRN, Member of the PA State AARP Long Term Care Committee Most years I look forward to autumn’s changing leaves and cooler temperatures. Unfortunately, this fall there’s an extra chill in the air in the form of proposed home heating assistance cuts that could leave many older Pennsylvanians out in the cold later this winter. Reducing the money available for home heating assistance only compounds financial problems currently facing older residents. Many are already wrestling with the effects of the recession, skyrocketing prescription drug costs and looming deregulated electricity rates beginning in January. That means keeping warm this winter may mean require more advance planning than previous years. Under current proposals, Pennsylvania will have about $107 million available for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), down from $142 million last year. The actual amount allocated to Pennsylvania this year is $142.6 million, but 25 percent will be used for weatherization programs and administrative costs, leaving about $107 million for assistance, according to the state officials. Those expecting help from LIHEAP funds should be ready to pay more out-of-pocket this year as payments and crisis allocations may be reduced. The state also intends to open applications for grants one month later than normal, and close the program two weeks early. The revised calendar will shorten the aid season by six weeks. Applications for initial cash assistance will be accepted from December 1 through January 3, 2010. Crisis payment requests will not be taken until after January 3, 2010, and the program closes March 15. To make matters worse, crisis allocations would be capped at $300 this year, down from $800 last year. Income eligibility guidelines also may be cut back. Last year, a family of four with income up to $44,443 could get help. This year, the cut off is $33,075 for the same family. In total, the state estimates that 388,279 households could be helped by LIHEAP this year, with another 50,926 expected to need crisis grants after January 3. State officials describe the cutbacks as an attempt to stretch the dollars as far as possible. They plan to loosen the LIHEAP rules if Congress decides to boost heating aid assistance, which is a possibility. The proposed cutbacks mean those with oil furnaces should plan now for November heating needs. Since

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the program is beginning one month later than usual, LIHEAP may not provide as much help this year. I’d also encourage everyone to learn about the law related to utility shut-offs and know your rights, save money by learning how to conserve energy and heat your home safely, and explore budget billing options with utilities. It’s also essential that family members and neighbors be extra vigilant in monitoring those at risk of utility shutoffs or other heating loss. Plan to visit frequently and make sure friends, family and loved ones stay warm and safe throughout the winter months. Finally, anyone considering applying for LIHEAP assistance should not wait until the deadline, as the program will only remain open while funds are available. You can apply online at www.compass.state.pa.us, at your local county assistance office or you can call the Statewide LIHEAP Hotline at 1-866-857-7095. In the meantime, be sure to get out and stay active this fall. As for me, I’m rooting for an Indian summer before hunkering down for the colder weather.

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Strategies for Seniors by Diane Schraymeyer

Fall is here! Time to pull out the sweatshirts and sweaters, enjoy some freshly-made apple cider and brace ourselves for cooler temperatures. Hopefully, the weather this fall will be as easy on our utility bills as it was this past summer. Perhaps nature will be on our side and provide us with an extra-long, warm, Indian summer so we can postpone turning on the heat and hold on to our money for a little while longer. Wishing and hoping for a warmer than usual fall is certainly one strategy to save money. However, if you are doing without things you need because of increases in the cost of food and utilities, a more helpful strategy might be to make certain you’re getting all the benefits you’re entitled to receive. Benefit programs like the PA Property Tax & Rent Rebate Program can put up to $650 back into the pockets of eligible Pennsylvania seniors and people living with disabilities. If you haven’t applied for your PA Property Tax and Rent rebate, there is still time. The deadline for application has been extended to December 31, 2009. Another benefit program, the LowIncome Home Energy Program (LIHEAP) can help seniors cover heating costs, avoid shut-offs, and weatherize homes. LIHEAP is scheduled to start in December this year. Those who qualify for a property tax or rent rebate and/or LIHEAP may be surprised to learn they also qualify for other federal, state and local benefits. Call toll-free at 1-888-369-1478 and say you’d like to have a benefits check-up. You’ll be asked for your name and address so information can be sent to you and for your phone number so you can be called to set up an appointment for a Benefits Check Up. Thousands of people in the Lehigh Valley have requested the assistance of specially-trained volunteers who use the web-based tool, BenefitsCheckUp, to find benefit programs that help pay for prescription drugs, health care, rent, utilities, and other needs. BenefitsCheckUp, developed and maintained by The National Council on Aging (NCOA), is the nation’s most comprehensive web-based tool to screen for benefits programs for seniors with limited income and resources. The worsening economy has put new pressure on many seniors who have never needed help paying for their energy bills, rent, food or health care in the past. You’ve worked hard to build a secure retirement, yet you may feel the plans you had for your “golden years” slowly dissolving with every utility rate increase and property tax hike. Have a BenefitsCheckUp and determine if you’re eligible for any benefits that could help make life a little more comfortable for you. BenefitsCheckUp • No Fees or Charges • Volunteer Assisted Completely Confidential • 1-888-369-1478

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Career

The 10-Step Plan to Career Change

by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D. , CEO - Empowering Sites How does it happen? Perhaps you just begin to lose interest. Perhaps you find something that interests you more. Perhaps your company is downsizing. These are just some of the numerous reasons people find themselves on that precipitous cliff looking back on their career just as the dirt begins to crumble beneath them. Are you facing that career change plunge? Do you wish you were? Take it slowly and make sure what you really want to do is change careers. Then use this 10-step plan, and you will be on much more sure footing -- and on a path toward career change success. Finally, remember that career change is a natural life progression; most studies show that the average job-seeker will change careers (not jobs) several times over the course of his or her lifetime. Step 1: Assessment of Likes and Dislikes. A lot of people change careers because they dislike their job, their boss, their company. So, identifying the dislikes is often the easier part of this step; however, you will not know what direction to change your career unless you examine your likes. What do you really like doing when you’re at work, when you’re at home - in your spare time. What excites you and energizes you? What’s your passion? If you’re really unsure, consider taking one of more of these career assessments (http://www. quintcareers.com/career_assessment.html). The key is spending some time rediscovering yourself -- and using your self-assessment to direct your new career search. Step 2: Researching New Careers. Once you’ve discovered (or rediscovered) your passion, spend some time researching the types of careers that center around your passions. Don’t worry if you’re feeling a bit unsure or insecure -- it’s a natural part of the career change process. How much research you do also partly depends on how much of a change you’re making; for example, changing from a teacher to a corporate trainer versus switching from a nurse to a Web designer. You can find some great career information and a skills-matching service at http://online.onetcenter.org/ from the U.S. Department of Labor and basic job information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook. Step 3: Transferable Skills. Leverage some of your current skills and experiences to your new career. There are many skills (such as communications, leadership, planning, and others) that are transferable and applicable to what you want to do in your new career. You may be surprised to see that you already have a solid amount of experience for your new career.

Step 4: Training and Education. You may find it necessary to update your skills and broaden your knowledge. Take it slowly. If the skill you need to learn is one you could use in your current job, see if your current employer would be willing to pick up the tab. And start slowly. Take a course or two to ensure you really like the subject matter. If you are going for a new degree or certification, make sure you check the accreditation of the school, and get some information about placement successes. Step 5: Networking. One of the real keys to successfully changing careers will be your networking abilities. People in your network may be able to give you job leads, offer you advice and information about a particular company or industry, and introduce you to others so that you can expand your network. Even if you don’t think you already have a network, you probably do - consider colleagues, friends, and family members. You can broaden your network through joining professional organizations in your new field and contacting alumni from your college who are working in the field you want to enter.

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Career Step 6: Gaining Experience. Remember that, in a sense, you are starting your career again from square one. Obtaining a part-time job or volunteering in your new career field not only can solidify your decision, but give you much needed experience in your new career. You might also want to consider temping in your new field. Work weekends, nights, whatever it takes to gain the experience. Step 7: Find a Mentor. Changing careers is a major life decision that can get overwhelming at times. Find a mentor who can help you through the rough patches. Your mentor may also be able to help you by taking advantage of his or her network. A mentor doesn’t have to be a highly placed individual, though the more powerful the mentor, the more success you may have in using that power to your advantage. Step 8: Changing In or Out. Some people change careers, but never change employers. Unfortunately, only the very progressive employers recognize that once happy employees can be happy and productive again - in a different capacity. It’s more than likely that you will need to switch employers to change fields, but don’t overlook your current employer. Remember not to start asking about a job switch until you are completely ready to do so. Step 9: Job-Hunting Basics. If it’has been a while since you have had to use your job-hunting tools and skills, now is the time for a refresher course. Consider spending time with one or more of our tutorials. Key tools include: • guide to researching companies (www.quintcareers.com/researching_companies.html) • resume resources (www.quintcareers.com/resres.html) • cover letter resources (www.quintcareers.com/covres. html) • interviewing resources (www.quintcareers.com/intvres. html) • salary negotiation resources (www.quintcareers.com/ salary_negotiation.html)

Step 10: Be Flexible. You’ll need to be flexible about nearly everything - from your employment status to relocation and salary. Set positive goals for yourself, but expect setbacks and change - and don’t let these things get you down. Besides totally new careers, you might also consider a lateral move that could serve as a springboard for a bigger career change. You might also consider starting your own business or consulting as other avenues. Here are some resources for special categories of career changers: • women career changers (www.quintcareers.com/women_ career_resources.html) • minority career changers (http://www.quintcareers.com/ diversity_resources.html) • older (50+) career changers (www.quintcareers.com/ mature_jobseekers.html) • disabled career changers (www.quintcareers.com/ disabled_career_resources.html) • transitioning military ( www.quintcareers.com/former_ military.html) Dr. Randall S. Hansen is founder of Quintessential Careers, one of the oldest and most comprehensive career development sites on the Web, as well CEO of EmpoweringSites.com. Visit his personal Website or reach him by email at randall(at)quintcareers.com.

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Health

Preparing for the H1N1 Virus

by Senator Pat Browne, 16th Senatorial District

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently predicted that the H1N1 influenza strain could infect up to 50 percent of the U.S. population and cause 30,000 to 90,000 deaths nationwide. As part of Pennsylvania’s preparations for this potential pandemic, some of the state’s leading authorities on disease response and prevention held an informational hearing at the state Capitol on August 26 to detail the state’s response to H1N1 and offer advice for citizens to avoid contracting and spreading the virus.

In addition to working with schools, the Department will be helping hospitals in high-infection areas to deal with the increased patient load. The Department will be communicating the latest news on the virus directly to providers and the public. A website has been established to keep the public informed about the H1N1 virus. A link to this website is available on the Department of Health’s website at www.health.state.pa.us.

More than 1,000,000 Americans contracted the H1N1 virus this spring, but the vast majority of these individuals recovered without needing serious medical attention. It is unclear if the virus will yield similar results or will become more deadly during this flu season. Therefore, it’s important for all citizens to take the proper steps to prevent the spread of the virus in the event that it mutates into a more virulent strain. The H1N1 virus spreads through the same methods as the seasonal flu, including coughing, sneezing and close contact with infected individuals. The most important steps that citizens can take to prevent the spread of the disease are covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, frequent hand washing, avoiding close contact with sick individuals and staying at home when exhibiting flu-like symptoms (except to get medical care or other necessities). The H1N1 virus is sometimes referred to as the “swine flu,” but it is important to note that the virus cannot be contracted by eating pork products. The state Department of Health and the CDC are urging at-risk populations to get vaccinated against the H1N1 virus as soon as the vaccine is available. Clinical trials are underway for the H1N1 vaccine. The first doses are expected to be available in mid-October.

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Stuff

Unusual Phobias • • • • • • • • • •

Chionophobia - fear of snow (better move to Florida) Alliumphobia - fear of garlic (don’t come to my house) Paraskavedekatraphobia - fear of Friday the 13th (Boo!!) Somniphobia - fear of sleep (I wanna nap) Pentheraphobia - fear of mother-in-law (no comment) Philophobia - fear of falling in love or being in love (kiss me, you fool) Aphenphosmophobia – fear of touching or being touched (pull my finger) Cacophobia - fear of ugliness or things that are ugly (no wonder people run away from me) Linonophobia - fear of strings (your shoelace is untied) Epistaxiophobia - fear of nosebleeds (please don’t hit me)

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Phobophobia – fear of developing a phobia (I am not afraid, I am just fearful of panic) Numerophobia – fear of numbers (would you please pick a lottery number for me?) Apeirophobia - fear of infinity (there isn’t enough time for me to explain) Ablutophobia: fear of bathing (I can just go longer between baths than most people) Arachibutyrophobia - fear of peanut butter (school lunch is going to be very boring) Peladophobia - fear of people who are bald (no comment, they have suffered enough) Politicophobia - fear of politicians (don’t get me started or I will really flip out)

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Adult Day Care Adds Services by SarahCare of the Lehigh Valley

SarahCare adds in-home services to their adult day care business. SarahCare of the Lehigh Valley has been providing high quality adult day care services for nearly four years and has recently added in-home care services for their participants in response to the needs of their family caregivers. SarahCare is a day program that supports caregivers in keeping their family members at home. It is a comprehensive program specially tailored for adults who need supervision and assistance during the day. At the heart of SarahCare is a uniquely designed program that brings together health, social and other supportive services in a safe, friendly and home-like environment. According to SarahCare’s founder and president, Curt Maier, CSA, many families have shown a keen interest in having SarahCare caregivers provide in-home services including individual companionship, meal preparation, medication reminders, transportation to medical appointments, light housekeeping and shopping. “Sarah-At-Home” can be provided early in the morning or late at night and arrangements can be made for as little as a few hours or on a 24 hour basis. Family caregivers trust the caregivers from SarahCare as they have developed relationships with their loved ones in the adult day care center and have been fully qualified (criminal background checks, confirmation of references, etc.) and have been trained to provide the highest quality in-home services to their participants. SarahCare is the nation’s premier provider of adult day care and in-home services and have recently been recognized by Governor Rendell for “providing an invaluable service to seniors throughout the Lehigh Valley”. Participants and their family caregivers approve the selection of a SarahCare employee to satisfy their needs and “Sarah-At-Home” is staffed with sufficient resources to provide backup to ensure reliability. A SarahCare representative is available at no cost or obligation to discuss details of the Sarah-At-Home program as well as the basic adult day care services program. SarahCare’s executive director, Deb Miller, LPN, can be reached at dmiller@

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PERSONAL GROWTH

Why Pray When You Can Worry? by Alan Allegra

It seems the older we get, the more we worry. Is it because there is more to worry about in the world today or because there is more that can happen to us as we age? Perhaps it’s because we feel helpless as our health and strength slip away. Whatever the reason, there is no reason for us to worry. “What are you, nuts? Don’t you pay attention to what is going on in the world?” I can hear our readers loud and clear. But even louder is the voice from heaven that cries, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6). All around us is the dissonance of worldly declarations from terrorists, cultural watchdogs, economic advisers, government demagogues, and healthcare experts, convincing us that the sky is falling and we’re on the brink. It’s enough to trouble the strongest heart. There are two things we can worry about. We can worry about getting caught doing things we shouldn’t, and we can worry about things we can’t do anything about. Both have an easy solution. In the first case, don’t do, or stop doing, whatever it is you shouldn’t be doing! The second case is easier to fix and more difficult to understand: pray. When our hearts are troubled, Jesus has the cure: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27). He doesn’t just say, “Don’t worry, be happy!” He offers his peace to replace the worry in our heart. His peace doesn’t come from stocks, bonds, political promises or extended warrantees. It comes directly from him by faith. When the disciples worried because Jesus was leaving them to go to the Father, he said, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me” (John 14:1). If they really believed in God, they would trust His Son as well and live in his peace. Many people believe in “God” but have no peace because they haven’t put their faith in Christ, since “we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1). Without having peace with God through forgiveness, we can’t trust Him for anything else. As the Apostle Paul wrote, “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us

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all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32). What part, then, does prayer play in the search for peace? It is through sincere prayer that you “cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). You give him all your troubles. Notice, this time, the promise attached to the command to pray: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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). But observe that God doesn’t promise to give you everything you ask for—he promises peace. That’s because this act of faith shows that you trust him to provide what’s best, not always what you think you need. God’s promises have been around a lot longer than any crisis that has existed, does exist, will exist or only exists in your mind! “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging” (Psalm 46:1–3).

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Sandwich Generation

Stuck In the Middle

have long term care insurance? Long term care insurance will help to pay for additional in-home care services or retirement Wendy Scott M.A., B.A, Genesis Healthcare communities. Do they have power of attorney (POA) papers? Your children are getting older and becoming self sufficient If so, who is their designated POA? If and when they become and independent. Now it is time for you to enjoy the things very ill, do they have a living will? Have them give you detailed in life that you put on hold while you were busy raising your information about their current medical condition along with children. All of the sudden your plans change. Your parents a list of medications and physicians’ names. are in need of assistance from you. Does this sound familiar? Have you been struggling with caring for your parents and If they may need to move into a retirement community children while working a full time job? The responsibility in the near future, become familiar with the retirement and stress can become so overwhelming that you begin to communities in the area. All facilities are different and may feel suffocated. Are you getting support from other family provide varied levels of care. Find out what level of care each members and the community, or are you alone? facility provides and at what cost. Make appointments to tour the facilities. Discuss with your parents their likes and You are now part of the “sandwich generation”. The term dislikes of the facilities and have them choose which one that means you are stuck in the middle of taking care of your would work best for them. Always remember that your parents parents and children. You bring substance to people who are may need additional help but they are still your parents, and not as strong and independent. There is a growing number of it is important for them to be a part of the decision making people falling into this generation. Whether you are already process. This will relieve some of your burden. taking on the role of caregiver or you eventually will be, here is some information that will help. Being a caregiver for your parent is consuming; you unintentionally put aside others’ needs, as well as your own, One important piece of advice is to plan ahead. Our creating more stress and frustration in your home. Your time parents will age and it is imperative to talk with them before will become limited, so plan to spend quality time with your they need assistance about their wants and desires. Find out family and friends. Remember, it is quality, not quantity. Let about their assets. What kind of care do they want? Do they them know what is going on. They can be an enormous help

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Sandwich Generation to you. If you have siblings, divvy up the responsibilities. Have one person focus on financial needs and the other focus on medical needs. I have found that siblings can be very successful working together to share responsibilities. What happens if you live far away and are unable to be there for your parents? There are many community organizations that can provide services. The Internet is a wonderful place to find additional service providers. Some organizations have geriatric care managers that would be able to work very closely with you and your parents. You can

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find a local Geriatric Care Manager at www.caremanager. org. Another great resource is www.strengthforcaring.com, a wonderful website that allows you to interact with other caregivers. Your local Area Office of Aging will provide you with information you will need in helping your loved one. One last point: always take time out for you. Whether it is a 5 minute break or a day out on the town, you will feel refreshed and rejuvenated. Being a caregiver is a huge responsibility. If you do not take care of yourself first you will not be able to take care of your loved one.

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PUZZLES

Movie Review – The Neighbor

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by Art Villafane, Lifestyles over 50

I found another unknown but entertaining comedy recently - The Neighbor. It stars Matthew Modine as the talented, but overly principled, architect / artist, Jeff, and Michele Laroque and his hard-nosed businesswoman neighbor, Christine. He lives in a luxury loft apartment directly above hers. She is trying to get him to move out so that she can take his apartment and combine it with hers to create a dream living space. He won’t move and she desperately wants his place so that she and her fiance can begin their married life. Her fiance is a boorish, self-centered business tycoon who is used to just bullying or buying to get his way. The two neighbors hate each other and do all sorts of little things to annoy and anger the other. The game keeps getting nastier as the two battle for the apartment. In the midst of their fighting Jeff finds out that his ex-wife is remarrying and he plans to attend even though he is uninvited. Unable to find a date he desperately asks Christine if she will go with him and pose as his fiance. As outrageous as it seems these two enemies make an agreement so that both can get what they want. Having these two try to pose as an engaged couple leads to the usual laughs and confusion. The question is: can they both win in this anxiety-filled battle between two equally headstrong people. I won’t say more. Try this one out. I think you will like it.

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Send to PO Box 414 Macungie, PA 18062 or editor@lifestylesover50.com Volunteers Phoebe Home needs volunteers: Help care for birds in center. Training included. Sewing Group Leader – people interested in sewing of any kind. Help lead small group who need assistance with sewing projects. Shopping Trip Escort – 1st & 3rd Tues every month. Escort individual around store and help make their purchases. Joan Wickel 610-7945362 jwickel@phoebe.org Senior Corps RSVP: for persons over 55r who want rewarding volunteer opportunities. Lehigh and Northampton counties have opportunities available. Contact Jill (610) 691-7705 Northampton rothrockj@diakon.org and Karen 610 391-8219 Lehigh County or neilsonk@diakon.org. Care Alternatives hospice needs Reiki Practitioners, Certified Massage Therapists & Comfort Volunteers to help our patients. 866.821.1212 Lutheran Home at Topton invites volunteers to share musical talent, voice or instrument with residents. Flex hours – days, evenings and/or weekends. Carol Miller: 610-6821420, millerc@diakon.org. Volunteer Center has brochure listing agencies in need of volunteers. 610-807-0336, www. volunteerlv.org. Wed, Oct 7 LV Vegetarians. Quaker Meeting House Rt. 512 half mile N. of Rt. 22 Twnshp. Pot luck dinner. “Vegetarian Show & Tell”. 6pm. $3.50 Len Frenkel, 610-709-8984 Sat Oct 10 Jordan United Church of Christ, Rt 309 & Walbert Ave. Allentown. 51st Annual Autumn Glory Bazaar 9AM-3PM. Variety of unique, useful items, gifts. Crafts & vendors, attic treasures, Chinese auction, read it again books, raffle, Little Shopper’s Shop for ages 10 and under. Enjoy a lunch, candy, pies and more. 610-395-2218. Fri, Oct 23 5-9PM Jordan United Church Rt 309 & Walbert Ave. Allentown. All you can eat spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, dessert. 610-3952218. Adults $6, Kids 3-10 $3.

Social & Support Groups Thurs, Oct 1 Alzheimer’s Support Group, Thurs 1-3PM St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. 1900 Pennsylvania Ave, Allentown. Thurs, Oct 1, Allentown AARP Chapter #5415 St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church 140 S. Ott Street, Allentown. Social 12PM, biz meeting follows. Music by Gary Kratzer 610-437-4265. Thurs, Oct 1, 1PM. AARP Chapter #3115. Jordan UCC, Walbert Ave, Allentown. 610-432-9442. Tues Oct 6, Noon. Lower Macungie Seniors. Lower Macungie Comm. Center, Bob 610-395-0782. Tues, Oct 6, 6 pm. Whitehall Senior Group. Dinner and Entertainment, Whitehall HS Cafeteria $3. Irene 610-264-3721. Wed Oct 7, 1 pm. Macungie Seniors, Macungie Fire Company. Ruth, 610-965-9584. Thurs, Oct 8 7PM Lower Milford Twnshp Fire Co. 1601 Limeport Pike, spaghetti dinner adults $7 children $4 salad bar, dessert. Sat, Oct 10 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, Oct 10 Bethlehem Garden Club, share garden tips with local pros and hobbyists 610-838-1482. St. John’s Friendly 50’s Mon Oct 12 1PM in gym, 1343 Newport Ave Northampton. Rosary prayed in St. John’s Church at 11:30 A.M. Music provided by Mike Skweir and lunch. Mon, Oct 12, 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. Mon, Oct 12, 1PM. St. John’s Friendly 50’s. Contact Tom - 610-262-0822 Oct 8 Oktoberfest Leave 8:15 AM Oct 19-22 Vermont 1 night stay- Von Trapp Family Inn. $666. Includes transportation, lodging, meals, tours.

Tues, Oct 13 Alzheimer’s Support Group, SarahCare Adult Day Service, 610-391-1576 Tues, Oct 13 1pm, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 5th & Chestnut Sts., Emmaus. Emmaus Garden Club. Sandi 610.965.2062. Tue, Oct 13, 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, Oct 13 8:30 AM Lehigh Co. TRIAD free continental breakfast. Green Meadows of Allentown. Call 610-967-5454. Wed, Oct 14 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.

Shepherd Health & Tech Center, 850 S. Fifth Street, Allentown. Thurs, Oct 22 12PM Caregivers & Professionals Networking Group. Country Meadows of Allentown, Building 3, 610-395-7160 Thurs, Oct 23 Lehigh Valley Chapter 1371, Nat’l Active & Retired Fed. Employees St. Peters Lutheran Church 1933 Hanover Ave. Allentown, 12PM lunch. I nformative program before brief business meeting. Current and former federal workers invited. First timers and those wishing to have lunch call Ken Zeiner 610-8377246 before Sat. Sep 19. Lunch $7. Others arrive at 1:00 pm. Tue Oct 27 Alzheimer’s Support Group 10AM. Old Orchard Health Care Center. Palmer Twp. Jim Baer for more info 610-438-1608. Tues, Oct 27 LV Parkinson’s Support Group, Gerry Haines (Chair). Banko Bldg. 10-12PM.

Living with Loss Support Group Free, 6 week grief support group at Union Evan. Lutheran, Schnecksville, begins Wed, Oct 14, 6:30-8:00 pm. Register by Oct 7. Led by professional, group shares experiences, coping strategies. Info: Diakon Family Life Srvcs. 888-4992699 or visit www.diakon.org/loss.

Wed Oct 28 Men of Retirement Age Club 1-2;30pm, Advent Moravian Church, 3730 Jacksonville Road, Hanover Township.

Thu, Oct 15 5:30 Alz’s Support Group Country Meadows of Allentown, Bldg 3. Light dinner served. RSVP 610-395-7160.

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

Wed, Oct 15 Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council – Saucon Manor in Hellertown. 12pm 484-788-0196 or info@lvmac.org to get involved. Open to all. Thurs, Oct 15 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. Fri Oct 16, 10 am. People Meeting People Club, PEP. Senior Social Group. Fellowship Hall, Asbury United Methodist Church.

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

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. Use back entrance. Call Marge at 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

Thurs, Oct 22 - Alzheimer’s Support Group for Caregivers 4-5 PM Phoebe Richland Health Care Center. 267-371-4569

Wednesdays noon. Fogelsville Senior Group at Fire Company. Amelia, 610-395-2224.

Thurs, Oct 22 7pm. LV Brain Injury Support Group - Good

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. Suburban Family YMCA. Dates and times of adult Aquatics classes are available. Call 610-867-7588: SilverSneakers I - Mon, Tues, Thurs: 9:00 a.m. and also, Thurs: 10:00 a.m. SilverSneakers II - Mon: 10:00 a.m., Fri: 10:00 a.m. SilverSneakers YogaStretch- Wed: 10 a.m. 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 Mon 1pm, Tues 11:00am, Wed. & Fri. 12:00pm Silver Sneakers 1 Tues. & Thurs. 12:30pm. Silver Sneakers Yoga Wed. 12:50pm. Low Impact Aerobics Tues. & Thurs. 8:00am. Aqua Aerobics MF 9:15am, Tues. & Thurs. 7:00pm. Arthritis Aquatics M-W-F 10:30am, Tues. & Thurs. 1:00pm, Oct 16 Silver Sneakers Social - free classes, refreshments. Oct 16 Flu shot clinic free for member, else $30. 610 258-6158. FREE seminars 7-8PM RSVP 610 258-6158. Oct 26: Stress & Your Health. Nov 23: Natural Solution to Digestive Trouble. Dec 14: 5 Keys to Permanent Weight Loss. Y Arts Week Oct 5-11 Free arts programs include dance puppetry, music performance, theater, art show, art workshops. See www.familyymca.org Arthritis Aquatics Mon, Wed, and Fri 11:00-11:45 AM or 11:4512:30PM. 3rd St. Alliance for Women and Children. Monthly: $38.00 Drop-in: $6.00. Other programs, and memberships available. Call 610-258-6271

Aqua Pilates, Arthritis Aquatics, Aqua Aerobics. 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. 610-437-3700 www.lehighseniors.org. Saturday Evening Dances at Lehigh County Senior Ctr: 8-11 pm. King Henry entertainment. $7.00 pp. 610-437-3700. Allentown Area Swing Dance. Fearless Fire Co.1221 S Front St. Allentown, allentownswingdance.org. 610-390-7550. $7 includes lesson 7pm - 8:30, no partner needed. Oct 3 Dance Party Oct 6 East Coast Swing, Oct 13 East Coast Swing Oct 20 West Coast Swing Oct 27 West Coast Swing. Wednesdays 7:30. North 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’s 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, Kat. www.swingkat.com Fri. Nite Dance Party, first and third Fri Apr-Nov, 7:30-10:30PM $7. Wilson Comm. Ctr. 22nd & Northampton Sts. Easton, King Henry entertainment. 610-258-4461

Wednesdays 6 PM game starts 7 PM Lehigh County Senior Center Bingo. Free coffee and snacks. $15 includes 4 double cards and 1 pack of specials. Call 610-437-3700

Classes and Lectures Chelation therapy fully explained. Free lectures. Maulfair Medical Ctr, Topton. 610-682-2104. Free. www. drmaulfair.com. Chelation Therapy Sat, Oct 10, 12 PM The Truth about Cholesterol Sat, Oct 24 12 PM How Toxins Impact Your Health Tues, Oct 13 6:30PM. Seniors Who Wish to Re-Enter Workforce. Lehigh County Senior Center 1633 Elm Street Allentown offers practical computer classes. Basic Computers I and II, Digital Cameras, Digital Photos, Intro to Internet. Classes limited to 8. Classes at the Center on Elm Street 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 Wed Oct 14 Long Term Planning seminar. Slate Belt Nursing & Rehab Ctr. 701 Slate Belt Blvd Bangor. 610 588-6161. Refreshments. Free seminars: Sat, Oct 17 2-3:30 PM: Wills, Power of Attorney, Health Care Directive. Thu, Oct 29: Veteran Benefits, Aids & Attendant Pension. Sacred Heart by Saucon Creek. Reserve seat: 610-814-2700 First and Third Tues, 8 pm. Tickle Me Tuesday, Allentown Brew Works. Dec 2 Lehigh County Senior Center: ShopTill You Drop in Stroudsburg: American Ribbon Outlet,Country Kettle Gift Shop, American Candle Shop. 610-395-5105.

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Dementia Caregiver Workshop Arden Courts Alzheimer’s Assisted Living 5151 Hamilton Blvd. Allentown 5:30-6:30 Oct 22 Calming Dementia Behaviors. 610366-9010 for reservations.

Mon & Thurs 5 PM, game at 7 PM. Memorial Hall, Liberty Fire Co., Stockertown. Call 610-759-6811 Wednesdays 5 PM game starts 6:45 PM Fogelsville Volunteer Fire Co. Fogelsville Ladies Auxiliary. Cash Prizes. Call 610-395-5479

Sweet Adelines has free trial membership 7:00 PM Mon, Oct 5, meets weekly thru Mon, Nov 9. Attendees get free ticket to LVC’s annual show Catasauqua High School Sat Nov 14. The women will be invited onstage to perform with

the chorus. Open to women who love to sing. Reading music and singing experience are not required. Sun Oct 4. Antique/Classic Bicycle Show & Swap Meet 8am-2pm Goodwill Fire Co Trexlertown PA 100’s of bikes, 1000’s of parts from 1800’s to 1980’s. Paul Baskin 610784-8877, pba472@aol.com Lehigh County Senior Center Dec 6 Shop Till You Drop trip. Lunch and gratuities included. 610-3955105 Janet. Sen Pat Browne hosts Senior Information Fair Thurs Oct 8, 10 am-1pm. Country Meadows of Allentown 410 Krocks Road, Bldg 3 FREE - spotlights pgms and srvcs for seniors. Light refreshments, door prizes, health screenings. Limited free flu shots available. 610-821-8468 Instructor needed to teach 1hour per week math class to women in a Community Reentry Program. (6th grade level curriculum in place ). Info on this and interesting assignments - Karen Nielson, Senior Corps RSVP, 610-391-8219, nielsonk@diakon.org.

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


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SilverSneakers members enjoy customized low-impact classes, Senior AdvisorSM assistance at each location, health education seminars, fun, social activities, special events and more! SilverSneakers is available at the following locations to eligible members of participating health plans, at no additional cost! Call a location for more information, or visit www.silversneakers.com.

SilverSneakers Locations

All Lehigh Valley SilverSneakers Locations are having an Open House and Flu Shot Clinic the week of October 12th – 16th. Each individual location is holding a 1 day flu shot clinic from 10 am to 2 pm. See each site below for specific day and call to RSVP. LEHIGH COUNTY

Flu Shot Clinics

Allentown YMCA & YWCA 425 S. 15th St. Flu Shot Clinics may be Allentown 18102 available at no cost to you 610-434-9333 depending on your Flu Shot: 10/12 health plan. Please call the Participating Location closest to you for more information on whether you are eligible for both the no cost flu shot and / or a no cost membership!

Bethlehem YMCA 430 E. Broad St. Bethlehem 18018 610-867-7588 Flu Shot: 10/13 O2 OxyFit and Martial Arts Dojo 6480 Alburtis Rd. Macungie 18062 610-391-0040 Flu Shot: 10/14 Suburban North Family YMCA 880 Walnut St. Catasauqua 18032 610-264-5221 Flu Shot: 10/15

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY Fitness Line 5581 Roosevelt St. Whitehall 18052 610-262-9519 Flu Shot: 10/15

Nazareth YMCA 33 S. Main St. Nazareth 18064 610-759-3440 Flu Shot: 10/16

MONROE COUNTY

Family YMCA of Easton, Philipsburg & Vicinity 1225 W. Lafayette St. Easton 18042 610-258-6158 Flu Shot: 10/16

Pocono Family YMCA 809 Main St. Stroudsburg 18360 570-421-2525 Flu Shot: 10/16


Lifestyles over 50 October 2009 Issue