Lifestyles over 50 FREE - Volume 6 Issue 2 - May 2011
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FROM THE EDITOR To me May is the beginning of nice weather and the chance to spend a lot more time outdoors. I know I will be getting out on the motorcycle as often as possible. Make sure that you also get out and enjoy the beautiful weather that should be coming our way. There is a lot going on in the Valley now so check out our page 5 for stuff to do with grandkids. Dorney park will open soon so get ready to ride the rollercoasters - I know Iâ€™ll be there a couple of times this summer. Mayfair will give us yet another reason to get out and stroll. We do a lot more walking this time of the year so we have a couple of articles on feet and shoes. Since many of us Boomers are looking at retiring in the not too distant future we have another article on the changing face of retirement with suggestions on how to plan for our future. Many of us are also in a position where we need to aid our parents with their living arrangements and their health care. To help you we offer an article on how to choose a health care agency. There is solid advice there so please take some time to read it.
Our second installment on hospice care is about the affect on the family when a patient decides to receive hospice care. The family of Fran Jones agreed to tell their story to our readers. Sadly, Fran Jones died a few days before we went to press. She was a courageous woman who had the support of a wonderful and loving family. I will miss her even though I knew her but briefly. We will be at Senior Fest on May 5 at Ag Hall. Please come by and say hello. It would be great to meet and talk with our readers. Till next month. See you later.
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Smile, It’s Your Best Feature by Art Villafane, Lifestyles over 50 Men Jokes Q: How are husbands like lawn mowers? A: They’re hard to get started, they emit noxious odors, and half the time they don’t work.
Why Women Are So Bright We don’t look like a frog in a blender when dancing.
Q: How do men exercise on the beach? A: By sucking in their stomachs every time they see a bikini.
If we forget to shave, no one has to know.
Q: How do you get a man to stop biting his nails? A: Make him wear shoes. Q: How do you keep your husband from reading your e-mail? A: Rename the mail folder “Instruction Manuals.” Q: How does a man show he’s planning for the future? A: He buys 2 cases of beer instead 1.
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• Dads and kids: plant a tree in Mom’s honor for Mother’s Day. • The Lockridge Theatre Group offers Renaissance music, May Pole dancing, and the “Crowning of the May Queen” noon to 5:00 pm. FREE. 525 Franklin Street, Alburtis. May 1 610-435-4664 • Celebrating American Music. Free concert with Cedar Crest Singers, All College Chorus, Instrumental Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, Handbell Choir and others. May 1 at 2pm – FREE! Samuels Theatre, Tompkins College Center. • “Kachinas: Spirit Dolls of the Hopi”, an exhibit featuring over 70 hand-carved and hand-painted wooden figures based on Hopi kachinas. Carved by George Melloy, a retired Bethlehem Steel Metallurgical Engineer. Full round of ceremonies, including Bean Dance and Winter Solstice ceremony. Museum of Indian Culture, 2825 Fish Hatchery Road, Allentown. $5 for adults, $4 for children 12-17 and seniors over 60, and free for children under 12. 12:00 – 4:00 pm through March 2012. • Easton Farmers’ Market. Starting 259th season in style
with first ever National Herb Day Festival. For kids: hands on activities including Herbal Nature Printing and Sensory Herb Experience. Music at the Market 10 am – 1 pm. • Lehigh Valley Zoo. May 7-8, Annual Plant Sale; May 14, International Migratory Bird Day; May 20, Endangered Species Day. 10 am – 3 pm, 7 days per week weather permitting. 5150 Game Preserve Road, Schnecksville (610) 799-4171. • 23rd Annual Farm Animal Frolic. Quiet Valley comes alive with new baby farm animals. Opportunity for children (and grown-ups) to see and touch baby farm animals. 570-992-6161. Sunday 12-4PM, 1000 Turkey Hill Rd. call for information. • Mayfair Festival of the Arts, 2925 Hamilton St, Allentown. Every day from May 26, 2011 – May 30, 2011 (12:00 pm – 11:00 pm). You are invited to the third in a Series of Free Public Education Seminars
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Family Is Everything
by Art Villafane, Lifestyles over 50
I recently met with a most remarkable family. Frances Jones is in hospice care with a terminal illness. She and her family agreed to this interview so that others may learn from their experiences. This is Part 2 in our series of articles on hospice centered around Fran Jones and her family, Editor.
Stephanie Although it was difficult, she agreed with her mother to stop unwanted therapies. Stephanie has had to deal with her own health issues so, more than anyone else, she knew what it was like to deal with constant issues and medical therapies. Stephanie is in charge of medications so it is her job to ensure that her mother takes the medicine she needs. She stays with her mother 24/7 so that Fran never lacks for what she needs or wants. Since Stephanie’s children live with her, it is her task to help the children understand as much as they can what is going on with their grandmother. Stephanie has two dogs (Duke and Champ) that keep Fran company. Often you will see the Great Dane, Duke, curled up next
Life should be lived fully and with great dignity from beginning to end.
Synopsis of Part 1 of this series: Fran Jones discovered she had incurable cancer last year. She made the courageous decision to not undergo the difficult and painful treatments that are often given to people with her illness. Instead she opted for a hospice program that allowed her to live with her daughter in Bucks County and to be surrounded by all her family. This part in the series focuses on her immediate family and the impact on their lives. Although Fran’s family was understandably upset about Fran’s decision to forego treatment, they saw that it was what she wanted so they agreed. Fran said she wanted to be as lucid as possible so she “could enjoy her kids and grandkids”. With the help of daughter, Bonnie, Fran moved from Florida to Bucks County where she moved in with her daughter, Stephanie. Fran delegated duties for her care among the members of her family. This proved to make the situation easier for everyone as each had responsibilities and therefore did not interfere with each other. For instance, Eric, her son in law, was in charge of humor. He always was the one to make everyone laugh so naturally he got that job.
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These Shoes Were Made for Walking (or Running) by Jennifer Gross-Edwards, DPM
As spring time arrives and we become more active outside, it is a good time to evaluate your shoes. Just like milk in your refrigerator and cans in your pantry, your athletic shoes have a specific shelf life. Unfortunately, shoes have no expiration date noted on the bottom. Nevertheless, there are a number of factors that you should consider before sending your shoes “out to pasture.”
Environment: A humid climate can contribute to a shoe’s rapid breakdown because running in a wet shoe will overstretch the upper part of the shoe while overcompressing the lower part.
Body type: Your body weight is a big factor in determining which shoe is best for you. In general, the more you weigh, the more cushioning your feet will need to withstand the impact.
How long your athletic shoes will last • depends on several factors, including how often you wear them, where you run or walk, how your foot functions, and your workout conditions and mileage. Contrary to popular opinion, however, you cannot always tell whether a shoe is worn out by visual inspection. With the technologies available today, the outer sole can hold up and not show deterioration even after the shock absorption and stability capacities of the shoe are gone. Wearing old athletic shoes, specifically for running, or wearing the wrong type of shoes for your foot or for a specific sport can lead to injuries. For example, running in a shoe that no longer provides traction, support, and cushioning can lead to a number of musculoskeletal complaints, among them heel pain, shin splints, and stress fractures. A basic rule of thumb for runners is to replace shoes every 300-500 miles. Other factors to consider are: • Type of shoe/type of foot: Ask your podiatrist about specific shoes that are best for your foot type. Some shoes are designed to accommodate pronation or supination, and your doctor can give you good reasons to choose one brand over another.
a point of reference will also help you identify the feel of shoes that have run their course. Your feet can last a lifetime, but your shoes are not designed to do the same. Replace worn athletic shoes as often as needed and work with your podiatrist to keep your feet healthy and injury-free.
Usage: The amount you wear your shoe and how many miles you log can also affect the life of your shoe. Runners and walkers can easily track their mileage. Shoes used outside will break down more rapidly than those in the gym. About half-way through the life of your shoes, buy a second pair to rotate in during workouts. Having a newer pair as
This article is adopted from the newsletter Footprints, Spring 2011, a publication by the American Podiatric Medical Association.
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10 Lifestyles over 50 â€˘ May 2011 Family Caregiver Support Program Gets a Boost by Pat Nemetch, Caring Solutions for Seniors and Families As I write this, the warm spring sunshine is flowing through the windows and May flowers are beginning to bloom, bringing a sense of hope and renewal to the bleary days of winter and soggy spring we are leaving behind for another year. My optimistic viewpoint is a sure sign of spring, but stands in stark contrast to the confrontational attitudes of many state and national leaders. These days, folks in Washington and Harrisburg canâ€™t agree on much at all -- except agreeing to disagree. In the meantime, older adults continue to get squeezed by difficult economic conditions. For many families, caring for an older adult relative at home can be daunting. Often, the spousal caregiver is also a frail elder with health needs that are deferred or simply not addressed â€“ sometimes to the point of jeopardizing their own health and accelerating the need to turn their loved one over to the state Medicaid system.
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Fortunately, proposals in Harrisburg were recently introduced to provide additional help to the millions of families caring for older adults at home. In fact, legislation was recently passed by the House Aging and Adult Services Committee and the Senate Aging and Youth Committee would provide for the first-ever increase in reimbursements for Pennsylvaniaâ€™s Family Caregiver Support Program. House Bill 210 and Senate Bill 639 amend the Family Caregiver Support law to raise monthly reimbursement rates and the lifetime home modification allowance for enrollees. They also expanded the definition of â€œprimary caregiverâ€? to include non-traditional caregiver arrangements, better reflecting todayâ€™s reality of extended family & long-distance care giving. The Family Caregiver Program isnâ€™t an entitlement programâ€”it simply reimburses families for legitimate out of pocket expenses. The program is designed to help low-income family members providing unpaid care at home to relatives age 60 and older. The program also takes a true cost-sharing approach; with income-eligible families currently receiving up to $200 per month to help with out-of-pocket expenses ranging from respite care to adult undergarments.
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alk about retirement, and most people’s thoughts turn to money, particularly in an uncertain economy.
strength of their social network and that includes family and friends. Check out groups that have members who share your interests.
While it’s true that money is an important part of retirement, just as it’s an important part of your life before retirement, it is only one small part of living well in retirement.
6. Talk with your partner. Retirement living is a shared experience. It’s important to make time for you and your partner to both share your dreams and be on the same page. You might be surprised that your partner doesn’t share your dream of living in an RV and traveling the country.
Financial issues aside, there’s a lot you can do to make retirement living a great time of life. While you’re thinking about how much money you’ll need in retirement, think about what you 7. Keep a positive attitude. The life want your life to look like, and how you want to changes that come with retirement feel. Or, what would you like to do with the rest can be challenging, but your attitude of your life? plays a big part in whether you’ll find happiness in retirement living. Check 1. Increase your financial stability. If you in with yourself to assess your mood. can’t afford to retire yet, what about partial retirement? This can include working 8. Remain healthy. With increasing part-time in your current job or finding a life spans, retirement can be a long ReCareer that’s new and interesting that will time, so get yourself in shape. That also help you earn money. means eating well, staying active and watching your weight. 2. Make a plan. When making your retirement living plan, look for things you can do that bring you joy and add structure to your life. This can include hobbies, travel or even training for a new career.
When you feel good, it’s easier to stay positive and open to new experiences.
Why look back on the good old days when you can look forward to new ones.
3. Use it or lose it. If you feel the need to replace the intellectual stimulation you found at work, try lifelong learning classes offered by colleges and community centers. 4. Volunteer. Getting involved in your community is a great way to give back, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to interact with people and make new friends. 5. Develop new friendships. A measurement of whether people are successful at retirement living is the
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or Boomers who grew up on TV in the 50’s, George Reeves was “the man”. To this day we can all recite the famous “look, up in the sky...” introduction to the show. Reeves started his movie career in the late ‘30’s and had a bit role in Gone With The Wind. He had a few small roles in B movies throughout the 1940’s. He married Ellanora Needles in 1940. His good looks landed him the role of Superman. Although he became a superstar he tired of the role and complained of not being able to get other acting roles. Squabbles became common over salary and creative input but the show played on TV for 8 years. Reeves worked tirelessly to raise money to fight myasthenia gravis. He served as national chairman for the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation in 1955. The nation was shocked in 1959 when it was announced that George Reeves had committed suicide. It was an abrupt and brutal end to a TV legend.
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ew country and western singers elicit such strong emotion and nostaglia as Patsy Cline, particularly because in terms of years she had a very short career. Born in 1932 she grew up dirt poor. Forced to drop out of school to help support her family, she worked myriad jobs in her native Virgina including singing at local nightclubs wearing Western stage outfis that she designed and her mother made. Determined to become a star she went on all the local talent shows and eventually obtained a recording contract. Her best known songs include “Walkin’ After Midnight”, “I Fall to Pieces”, “She’s Got You”, “Crazy”, and “Sweet Dreams”. Tragically, she died in a provate airplane accident at the age of 30. In 2002 she was voted number one on CMT’s list of the 40 greatest women of country music.
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14 Lifestyles over 50 • May 2011 Celebrate Older Americans Month by Senior Corps RSVP
This year for Older Americans Month - Join with us to recognize what older citizens bring to our communities. Since 1963, people across the country have set aside the month of May to celebrate and recognize the enormous contributions of older Americans. The theme of this year’s celebration—Older Americans: Connecting the Community—pays homage to the many ways older adults bring inspiration and continuity to our communities. Their shared histories, diverse experiences, and wealth of knowledge have made our culture and local character what they are today. This theme also highlights the many ways technology is helping older Americans live longer, healthier and more engaged lives. In fact, older Americans are more active in community life than ever before. Advances in health care, education and technology over the last decades have greatly increased their vitality and standard of living. Older adults are out and about giving back and making a difference in their community. Our seniors are tutoring and mentoring the leaders of tomorrow, taking to heart the need for intergenerational exchange to guide and inspire young minds. They can offer a take on times gone by that’s not discussed in any history class. Often their unique perspective sheds new light on contemporary issues. Retirement offers time to pursue their passions and interests in ways that may not have been possible when earning a living was their primary focus. As a result, teams of senior volunteers are engaged in endeavors that will have lasting impacts on protecting our environment. Older Americans are the backbone of countless volunteer
departments in agencies that are working to solve some of our communities’ most serious issues – including hunger, illiteracy, and homelessness. Older Americans step up to help one another as well. In our own communities seniors connect with and provide assistance to other seniors. They do this by delivering meals, helping with grocery shopping, home repair, and yard work, providing transportation to appointments, and offering companionship, counseling, and care. As they look to their own future, they are eager to learn all they can to better understand what lies ahead. Once they become informed consumers, they find ways to share this knowledge and help other seniors navigate through paperwork, select drug plans, protect themselves from fraud, and enroll in benefit programs. Their efforts remind us that when older adults are active and engaged in their communities, everyone benefits. Join with us to celebrate Older Americans Month! • Make it a point to say “Thank You” to a senior volunteer. • If you know of a senior who is struggling, encourage them to schedule a BenefitsCheckUp by calling toll-free 1-888-369-1478. • Make some time to find out how you can play a vital role in weaving a unique and lasting community fabric. • Contact Senior Corps RSVP: 610-391-8257, RSVP@ diakon.org, www.seniorcorpsofpa.org. We assist anyone age fifty-five and older determine how and where they can apply their skills, talents, and life experience to strengthen their communities. You will discover when you help seniors and people of all ages thrive in your community, you gain far more than you give!
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he thoughts about this story are from when I was 8-10 years old, those carefree days of fun and enjoying ourselves.
My dad was a very caring man and showed us many ways to find joy and laughter at little cost. In summer when days were long he would take us fishing along some nearby stream and we put our gear in the car and were on our way. The joy of being together in the car was fun already. Soon we were sitting and watching our poles and then it started to get dark. Soon we heard the spring peepers chirping in chorus and occasionally a whippoorwill sang his night song and we listened intently. We had a lantern to see the bait can and the glow from it made the night more cheerful. Soon the moon made its appearance and we talked softly and enjoyed the pleasantry of the tranquil evening. The thoughts of those days stir pleasant memories that I can almost feel as I write.
days springs were plentiful and all I had to do was lay down and drink my fill. Springs have mostly faded away as those quiet fields are now filled with houses or other buildings or roads. And as I write down those golden moments of time they are truly times of blessing that God allows me to blow off the dust and again relive those days of pure happiness of my youth. Jumping ahead again to the time I met Evelyn. She was just a plain country girl gifted with knowledge of a simple life and the joys and beauties of everyday life. She saw beauty in everything. In thoughts about her, I think of a poem I learned in school. It says, “Where the hawthorn grows the sweetest, up the river and over the lea, that’s the way for Billy and me.” Evelyn knew those places and we found them together. Her eyes saw things I didn’t see till she pointed them out for me. What times we shared picking wild strawberries or wild raspberries or blueberries and took home and she made blueberry pancakes for breakfast, or jelly made from strawberries on her homemade bread. She was a true homemaker.
As a kid, darkness always caused some feelings of fear, but not with Dad there. He taught us not to fear the dark. Times were lean and money scarce so Dad took his pocket knife and It makes me feel so happy just to bring to memory those cut straight sticks and rigged them up for us with a line bobber joyful days that made up a treasured part of my life. and hook and we caught fish. Fresh fish on the plate made us joyful as we ate them.
Then we hunted flat stones to skip on the top of the water. That was fun too, and there were plenty of shale stones so we enjoyed that for a long while. Now I jump ahead a few years to when I bought my first bicycle and a new lease on life. I was like a bird freed from a cage. Being a city boy I always headed for rural lanes where few cars traveled. I will never forget the joy of roaming around the countryside and the vistas of cornfields or potatoes in bloom or cows in a field with a stream flowing lazily in curved lines and the cattle drinking the cool spring waters flowing by. Those
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Thinking about water, streams or ponds bring to mind a place called Henningers mine hole. We kids loved when Dad took us there and when we stopped fishing it was fun time so we picked up pebbles and threw them in the water and counted the rings of ripples as they went towards the shore.
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Desert Storm by Alan Allegra
I once made a dumb mistake (So who’s counting?): In Israel, we were planning a day in an arid area. Our guide reminded us to fill our canteens with cold water. In a lapse of common sense, I filled mine with my favorite beverage: Orange juice. Cheap canteens quickly succumb to the desert heat. If you’ve never drunk hot orange juice, don’t! It is bitter and caustic.
suffering, the writer’s greatest yearning was not for water but for God. As the body needs water, the soul needs the Lord. No worldly substitutes will do–they turn bitter and caustic in the end.
invitation: “And the Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:17).
When trials and tribulations come, we ask, “Why me?”, as if there is someone else you’d wish this upon. Sometimes, we ask, “Why do I deserve Are you in a desert place? Do you slog this?” as if we only deserve the best. through life with a joyless job or dreaded Questions are fine as long as they are Time in the desert makes you disease? Are the days dry due to false friends the right questions. Psalm 42 has the thirsty. The craving for water is one or corrupt colleagues? You get weaker as best question suggestions (and answers!): of our strongest desires. I watched a the weeks go by, futile and fruitless. Like “Why are you cast down, O my soul? war movie where the soldiers were the Israelites wandering in the desert, you And why are you disquieted within me?” trapped in a burning hot wasteland. may be on the Mosaic travel plan, taking The heroes, searching for water while forever to get to your Promised Land, if you (vv. 5, 11). being pursued by the enemy, took know where that is. The psalmist was You may feel like Job: “You lift me refuge in a deserted fort as their foes even downcast and disturbed (v. 5). The sound up on wind; you make me ride on approached. Knowing that both sides of his despair almost drowned out the voice it, andthe you toss me about in the roar of had gone without water for days, the of God’s love (vv. 7, 8). When his memories the storm” (30:22). However, you can heroes pretended to bathe themselves broke through his distress, he realized there have faith like Hosea: “Let us press on to in the open and splash around like were “streams in the desert” (Isaiah 35:6). know the LORD; his going out is sure ducks in a pond. The enemy soldiers There is a savior who quenches the soul’s as the dawn; he will come to us as the were so parched and desperate, they thirst: “Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who showers, as the spring rains that water surrendered just to get something to drinks of this water will be thirsty again, the earth” (Hosea 6:3). satisfy their thirst. but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again’” (John When you’re in the desert storm, look The writer of Psalm 42, familiar 4:13, 14). God’s last words to man are an for the dear Savior—he will satisfy! with desert life, made a striking analogy: “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, Priced affordably to meet your needs. for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?” Homemaking z Meal Preparation (vv. 1, 2). He compares the panting of the deer Light Housekeeping for liquid to the pining Transportation of the devoted for the Laundry Lord. He was in a desert place—a place of tears Bathing z Dressing and trauma, prayer and past pleasantries, depression and deep 1611 West Hamilton St., Allentown z 610.435.5800 despair. In this arid land, not of sand and sun but of sorrow and
Tough Questions About Caregiving By Darla Heivly, MS, CMC
How do I care for any spouse with (dementia, mobility issues, chronic illness, etc.)? How do I pay for (home care, assisted living, nursing home, etc.)? Which (independent living, retirement community, assisted living, etc.) is right for me? My family (canâ€™t agree with one another; lives far away; is overwhelmed with other issues). Who can help? Seniors and families struggle with the answers to these questions, often at great expense of time and energy. Working without a plan, by trial and error often results in mistakes that are taxing and costly. Did you know there is a profession dedicated to helping seniors and families find better and more efficient care for a loved one? Geriatric Care Managers are professional advisors who act as a guide through the maze of long term care services and providers. Hiring a care manager is similar to getting help with tax matters from your accountant or hiring an attorney to help with legal issues. The care managerâ€™s role is not as well known but just as crucial. And just like your financial and legal professionals who charge for their expertise, care managers offer an invaluable service. This service can often save money in the long run. The cost is often small compared to the savings it can produce.
In addition, a qualified care manager can help reduce family stress and family disagreements. You can find a care manager in the phone book under senior services, nursing home planning, etc. Check on-line under geriatric care managers (name of your community). Or check one of the professional accrediting organizations such as the National Association of Professional Care Managers at www.caremanager.org. Your physician, counselor or attorney may be able to refer you as well. Help is just a click or a phone call away! Darla Heivly, M.S., CMC, is a certified geriatric care manager and president of Senior Solutions, Inc., 1611 W. Hamilton St., Allentown. 610-435-6677 www.seniorsolutions.com.
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Mulch. Remove spent flowers from camellias, roses, azaleas, fuchsias, geraniums, rhododendrons, impatiens, and all annuals. Prune rhododendrons immediately after flowering. Never let your grass grow so tall that you have to cut off more than one third of the grass blade. To keep garden plants growing at a steady rate, fertilize them with manure tea or diluted fish emulsion every six weeks. Lightly feed perennials, including spring bulbs, with a 5-10-10 or 10-10-10 fertilizer, being careful to avoid the center or crown of the plant. Pinch back annuals when 4 to 6 inches high to promote bushy growth. Some that require pinching are zinnias, petunias and salvia. and watch for aphids and earwigs. Presented By
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How To Choose a Health Care Agency by Janine Reppert, Aaron Healthcare
here are options for those seeking care for a loved one with personal care needs at a level that suits the individuals. Skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities and home care agencies are definite options for many. An initial assessment through your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is a good place to start to determine a loved one’s eligibility to participate in programs offered through the agency. If eligible, the AAA representative will provide your loved one with the services available (subsidized by the AAA). If skilled nursing is needed, they can assist in providing information and placement. If home care is an option, the AAA representative will provide a list of vendor agencies qualified by the AAA from which to choose. If your loved one does not qualify for subsidized care through your local AAA, there are still options for privately paid service or payment through long term care insurance if that coverage exists. Whether care is subsidized by AAA or insurance or private funds, here are few tips to assist in the process of securing care. •
Make sure the agency is licensed. Effective April 2010, state wide licensing of all home care agencies went into effect. Finding out how long a company has been in business is also a good indicator of their practices.
Make sure the agency personnel are available to you twenty-four hours a day, every day.
Employees vs. Sub-Contractors. Home care agencies can employ either and must disclose that information. Determine which are used by agencies you are considering. Employees are generally qualified and interviewed by the agency prior to placement. Workers
are covered by the agencies insurances and the loved one is relieved of most all liability. •
A Registered Nurse should be making the initial visit to determine your loved one’s needs and create a care plan for employees or contractors to follow. There should be no charge for this visit or subsequent visits to review an employee performance or a change in the person’s needs. The supervisory visits by an RN are required on a 60 day basis. Visits made in addition to these to perform other nursing tasks may be billable.
While caring for a loved one can be overwhelming at times, there are options to help alliviate some of the stress. Taking advantage of available options can give family members some time to themselves as well as allow them more “quality time” with their loved one. For more information on services available when caring for a loved one, contact Janine Reppert, RN, SPHR from Aaron Healthcare at 610-6911000 ext. 116.
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Remember mom always said to wear good shoes? It’s no secret that she was right. So why then is Foot Solutions such a “best-kept secret”? But one of the best kept secrets in the world of foot health and wellness is Foot Solutions of Easton. This boutiquelike store is more than just a quality men’s and women’s shoe store with helpful associates. They make it a very personalized experience. According to owners John and Stephanie Garrity, first time visitors are usually amazed at how much attention they receive. “We still measure their feet like the old days,” said Stephanie. “We do a thorough foot analysis, too, that involves taking a short foot health history and exam, watching the way a customer walks and measuring the
pressure points on the feet.” There is no charge for this analysis and it takes about 10 minutes on average. Based on this analysis, Foot Solutions associates are able to guide customers to the best footwear and the best fit. One of the many things that make this store unusual -- besides the high level of friendly, personalized service -- is the level of expertise and training. John and Stephanie are trained pedorthists, which means they have been educated in the anatomy and pathologies of the feet. The professional training is impressive and not found so readily accessible anywhere else in the Lehigh Valley. Appointments are accepted but not needed. So is this just a “problem foot” store? Hardly. The selection includes a full range of products from sneakers and sandals to dress and casual shoes and boots, work shoes and even pedorthically correct flip flops and
slippers. Brands like New Balance, Brooks, Finn Comfort and Naot are a few of the recognizable names. The right shoes are not the only method of solving foot problems. Foot Solutions can also make a custom arch support, recommend the right off-theshelf orthotic or make a custom shoe. With the proper training, the staff has learned how to solve most common foot comfort problems. And if a customer is diabetic, on Medicare, an associate will take a doctor’s script for footwear and inserts and bill Medicare and the insurance company for him or her. According to John, “We are still a small, family run business so we want to be sure we do right by our customers every time they come in. We appreciate their business and all the friends and family they refer to us, so it’s not in anyone’s best interest to grow too quickly. Steph and I love what we are doing and we want to do it well.”
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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.
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Over 50 and just reaching your peak? Fast growth American company looking for mature individuals who can recruit, train and support others. Call 1-866384-2512 ext 123 toll free for recorded information. Phoebe Home: volunteers to help care for exotic birds in home. Training. In-house transporters needed for physical therapy dept. AM, PM and weekend hours. Shopping trips Tues PM - escorts needed. Need for someone to visit residents.Joan Wickel 610-7945362 email@example.com. Meals on Wheels Northampton Cty and Calvary United Methodist partner to provide meals to seniors in Easton area. Volunteers needed. Emily Vadasz (610) 691-1030 firstname.lastname@example.org. Lutheran Home - Topton invites volunteers to share musical talent, voice or instrument with residents. Flex hours, days, eves, weekends. Carol Miller: 610-682-1420,
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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 email@example.com Project Lifesaver Volunteer - need someone with good organizational and good computer skills (Word, Outlook) Would work with sheriff’s dept., families and organizations, Commitment of 1 year. firstname.lastname@example.org
Social & Support Groups Tues May 3 12PM Lower Macungie Seniors. Lower Macungie Ctr 610-395-0782. Tues, May 3, 6 pm. Whitehall Senior Grp. Dinner, entertain, Whitehall HS Cafeteria $3. 610264-3721. May 3 & 17 Lower Macungie Township Seniors, Lower Macungie Twsp. Comm. Ctr. Brookside Rd. Wed, May 4 LV Vegetarians. Quaker Meeting House Rt. 512 half mile N. of Rt. 22 Twnshp. Pot luck dinner. 6pm. $3.50 Len 610-709-8984 Wed, May 4 1 pm. Macungie Seniors, Macungie Fire Company. Ruth, 610-965-9584. Thurs, May 5 Alzheimer’s Support Group, Thurs 1-3 PM St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. 1900 Pennsylvania Ave, Allentown.
Thurs, May 5 Allentown AARP Chapter #5415 St. Timothy’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 140 So. Ott St, Allentown. MORA club of Bethlehem will perform.Biz meeting follows. Please bring nonperishable food for Allentown Food Bank. 610-437-4265. No meetings July / August. Thurs, May 5 AARP Chapter 4150 at Lower Macungie Twsp. Comm. Ctr. Brookside Rd. Thurs, May 5 7PM Lower Milford Twnshp Fire Co. 1601 Limeport Pike, spaghetti dinner adults $7 children $4 salad bar, dessert. Sat, May 7 10:30AM Enjoy gardening, interested in peace issues? Jordan United Church of Christ, Rt 309 and Walbert Ave, Allentown, dedicated peace garden, custom peace sculpture, peace pole, worship areas, biblical plant & children’s bed, gazebo, swing, trails. Sat, May 7 Bethlehem Garden Club, share garden tips with local pros and hobbyists 610-838-1482. Tues, May 10 & 24 Lower Lehigh Lions Club. Macungie Fire Co. Walnut St. Tues, May 10, Alzheimer’s Support Group, SarahCare Adult Day Service, 610-391-1576 Tues, May 10 1pm, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 5th & Chestnut Sts, Emmaus. Emmaus Garden Club, Sandi 610.965.2062. Tues, May 10 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, May 10 8:30 AM Lehigh Co. TRIAD free continental breakfast. Green Meadows of Allentown. 610967-5454. Wed, May 11 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, May 18 LV Military Affairs Council – Saucon Manor in Hellertown. 12-1:30pm, 484-7880196, email@example.com, or www. lvmac.org for info. Thur, May 12 5:30 Alz’s Support
Group, Country Meadows of Allentown, Bldg 3. Light dinner 610-395-7160. Thur, May 12 4:30-6 pm. Alz Support Grp, support for those providing care and deal with Alz disease. Adult Day Service Bldg, Westminster Village. 610-7828390. Thur, May 12 Alzheimer’s Support Group for Caregivers 4-5 PM Phoebe Richland Health Care Center. 267-371-4569 Thur, May 12 7pm. LV Brain Injury Support Group - Good Shepherd Health & Tech Center, 850 S. Fifth Street, Allentown. Thur, May 12 12PM Caregivers & Professionals Network Group. Country Meadows of Allentown, Bldg 3, 610-395-7160 Fri, May 13 10 am. People Meeting People Club, Senior Social Group. Fellowship Hall, Asbury United Methodist Church. Mon, May 9 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, May 9 7:30 Macungie V.F.W. Lehigh St. Macungie Tue, May 24 Alzheimer’s Support Group 10AM. Old Orchard Health Care Center. Palmer Twp. Jim Baer 610-438-1608. Pet Grief Support groups. Meetings held twice a month, 6:30-8:00PM. For West Allentown group call Maureen 610-437-6660, for Bethlehem group call Joanne 610865-0110. St. John’s Friendly Fifties, Mon May 9, 1PM in gym, 1343 Newport Avenue, Northampton. Our Lady of Hungary Choir will provide entertainment. Trips: Turning Stone Casino, Oneida, NY, June1-2. Lodging at casino. Day 1 includes dinner buffet and $40 in casino or bingo play. Day 2 includes breakfast and $25 in casino or bingo play. 40 or more $190 pp, 30 or more $208 pp 610-767-4881. Tue, May 24 LV Parkinson’s Support Group, Gerry Haines. Banko Bldg. 10-12PM. Wed May 26 Men of Retirement Age Club 12;30pm, Advent Moravian Church,
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3730 Jacksonville Rd, Hanover. LV Chapter 1371 National Active and Retired Federal Employees meet Thurs, May 26 at St. Peters Lutheren Church community room, 1933 Hanover Ave., Allentown, 12PM lunch. Info presentation. 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, May 21. If just attending program arrive at 12:45 pm. Info: 610-231-0237
am, Fri 2 pm, YogaStretch Wed 1:30 pm. Dates of adult aquatic classes available. 610-434-9333
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.
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 610-606-4670.
Tuesdays 1:30-4:30. Palmer Senior Group, meet seniors, play cards, share good times. Charles Chrin Community Ctr Palmer Township 610-252-2098 palmercommunitycenter.org Wednesdays noon. Fogelsville Senior Group at Fire Company. Amelia, 610-395-2224.
Wed Dances Lehigh County Senior Ctr: 1-4 pm. 1st & 3rd Wed of month. $7.00 pp includes refreshments. 610437-3700 www.lehighseniors.org. Sat. Eve Dance Lehigh County Senior Ctr: 8-11 pm. $7.00 pp. 610-437-3700.
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
YMCA - Easton, P’burg & Vicinity. Silver Sneakers Cardio Mon1pm Tues 11am, Wed. & Fri. 12pm Silver Sneakers 1 Tues. & Thurs. 12:30pm. Silver Sneakers Yoga Wed. 12:50pm. Low Impact Aerobics Tues. & Thurs. 8am. Aqua Aerobics M-F 9:15am, Tues. & Thurs. 7:00pm. Arthritis Aquatics M-W-F 10:30am, Tues. & Thurs. 1:00pm www.familyymca.org
Tai Chi and Qigong classes in LV, experienced instructor, reasonable rates. Hilary Smith, RN 610-751-6090 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wed 7:30. N. Penn Elks Club, Colmar, Pa West Coast Swing. Third Fridays Peppermint Dance Club. Church on the Mall, Plymouth Meeting. peppermintdanceclub.com Third Friday – Easton Dance Party at Third St. Alliance, N. 3rd St., Easton. 610-330-9950. Ballroom Dance Sundays at Fearless Fire Company in Allentown, Carol 610-398-8312 schedule and info. Ballroom on High, Swing, www. swingkat.com Charles Chrin Comm Center 4100 Green Pond Rd. Palmer. Sat. Night Dance Apr 30 8-11pm,$10, King Henry & The Showmen. 610-2522098 Allentown Area Swing Dance. Fearless Fire Co. 1221 S Front St. 610-3907550. $9 includes lesson 7pm - 8:30, no partner needed. May 3 & 10 Hustle, 17 & 24 Country Waltz, May 31 www.allentownswingdance.org Check for semi private lessons.
Bingo Mon & Thurs 7 PM. Memorial Hall, Liberty Fire Co. Stockertown. 610759-6811
Wed 5PM game at 6:45PM Saucon Creek Road Center Valley. Volunteer Fire Co Fogelsville Ladies Wellness Coach Fair May 5 9AMAuxiliary Cash Prizes 610-395-5479 11 AM Rooney senior Center 4 E. 4th St. Bethlehem. Wed 6PM game and 7PM Lehigh 11th Annual Unsung Hero County Senior Ctr. Free coffee and Recognition May 18 1PM, 610snacks. $15 includes 4 double cards 782-3445 & 1 pack of specials.610-437-3700 Phoebe Richland Health Care Classes and Lectures Center - Antiques and Artisans fundraising, Steve Tobin Gallery, 530 California Rd, Quakertown Seniors Who Wish to Re-Enter Wed May 25 5:30 p.m. Silent Workforce. Lehigh County Senior auction, entertainment, fine Ctr 1633 Elm St. Allentown, wines, Dr. Lori, antiques and art computer classes limited to 8. Basic expert, TV personality answers, Computer I & II, Digital Camera, “What’s it worth?” on items Digital Photos, Intro to Internet. brought by attendees. Benefits Classes at center and Whitehall Springhouse Neighborhood Park Library. 8- 1.5 hr. classes $40 $35 pre-registration required. members $80 nonmembers. Registration at www.phoebe.org/ Membership $20. 610-437-3700 or events. Sponsorships available. email@example.com. 267-371-4508.
Alz. Caregiver Support Groups: Live, Love, Learn (special grp. for memory impaired and loved ones), 2nd Tues of month Sacred Heart Hosp, 4:30PM-2nd floor. Family Caregiver Support - 2nd Wed of month Arden Courts. Memory Care 5:30PM. Family Caregiver Support - 4th Mon of month Traditions of Hanover 6:30PM. Men’s HOPE group – last Wed of month 1PM Arden Courts. CAP-Caring for the Alzheimer’s Professional – For healthcare professionals who care for the memory impaired. 4th Tues of month Arden Courts 2PM First Presbyterian Church Bethlehem presentations: May 2 10 AM May 9 10AM: “Allentown Art Museum”, 11:15: “100th Anniv. - Wilbur trust Bldg.”, May 16: “Embrace Your Dreams” 11:15 AM”Coffee - Get the Most for Your Money” May 23: “Education Creative Minds thru the Arts”
Upper Bucks Forum on Aging Fri, May 6, 10-1:30 p.m. Benner Hall, 1260 Cherry Street. Free public educational sessions celebrate Older Americans month. Local officials speak on developments in healthcare for seniors, complimentary lunch, open to public. 50 and older are encouraged to attend. RSVP 610794-5135. Phoebe’s Alzheimer’s Association Support Group 3 to 4:30 PM 3rd Wed of month, Phoebe Terrace, 1940 Turner St, Allentown. Group provides a time for people who have loved ones with Alzheimer’s Disease or other related dementias to come together and support one another. Further info 610-794-5273.
Phoebe’s Connecting Hearts Geriatric Care Management is premiering a new service featuring at-home personalized coaching to make dementia-related caregiving more manageable. Topics include: Dementia Overview Bangor Area High School Class Eating Difficulties of 1986 established Gary Moffett Activities of Daily Living Memorial Scholarship in memory Home Safety of deceased classmates. $500 award Mobility given to senior who exemplifies Medication Management leadership, service, character and Instrumental Activities of Daily scholastic achievement. Lisa 215Living 997-2141, firstname.lastname@example.org. Physical Behaviors Expressive Behaviors Free assistance for active and former Psychological Behaviors members of military, veterans and Legal military family members. Get help Activities in getting health care and long term Call our Geriatric Care Manager care,employment, and education at 610-794-5344 or toll free at benefits. www.dmva.state.pa.us, 1-800-931-7061 to discuss your www.va.gov, 800-547-2838, 717personalized needs. 861-8910. Wellness Fair May 7 11AM-3PM Sacred Heart Senior Living 4851
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Information on: Prevention, detection and treatment of medical conditions…. Meet Dr. Brent M. Nickischer and staff. Also information on Health Insurance, Rehabilitation, Legal issues, Smoking Cessation, Acupuncture, Nursing Care, Counseling, Lifeline, Emergency Services and more….
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