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By Kathy Dean

Contributing Editor

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There seems to be no end of research that shows that people, older adults in particular, reap many benefits by bringing a dog or cat into their lives. While the documentation exists, there’s no better proof than the smiles on people’s faces as they cuddle a puppy or kitten. The Atlanta Humane Society (AHS), dedicated to the improvement of animal welfare in the Southeast by providing quality animal services, offers opportunities for volunteers to care for and interact with dogs and cats that are ready for adoption. Several older adults in Atlanta have been more than willing to answer the call. Retired teacher Doug Martin has been volunteering at AHS for nearly a year. After spending 30 years with children, he decided he’d enjoy devoting some time to animals. Continued on page 4

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HEALTH & fITNESS

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Just Who Are We?

Some of the most interesting discussions while putting together Atlanta Senior Life have been about the exact meaning of the word ‘senior.’ People aged 60 and up are generally accepted as seniors, according to the legal definition., though the Social Security Administration traditionally has used 65. Maybe we can go by the adage of “You’re only as old as you feel.” In that case, my age changes daily depending on how much stress I’ve endured—and that’s directly related to how much TV news I subject myself to lately. I’ve decided to be inclusive with my definition of ‘senior.’ Personally, I’ll be steamrolling into my 60th birthday next year. I don’t dread it, and I’m not even merely resigned to it. I’m ready to celebrate it, and determined to enjoy my senior years by staying

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vital and engaged. A few months ago, I was at a birthday breakfast for a friend, a social worker who spent much of her career counseling Kathy Dean AIDS Contributing Editor patients. When someone asked her, “Don’t you worry about getting older?” she was quick to reply. “I learned a long time ago that aging is a privilege that isn’t available to everyone.” That’s why I view my senior years as a gift, and that’s why I plan to enjoy them and spend them well.

Contact Kathy with story ideas: kathydean@atlantaseniorlife.com

Atlanta Senior Life focuses on the interests, accomplishments and lifestyles of the active senior population in metro Atlanta. It aims to inspire readers to embrace a more rewarding life by informing them of opportunities to expand their horizons, express their talents and engage in their community. Published By Springs Publishing LLC

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Nonprofits can use your help this holiday season

By Grace Huseth Thanksgiving and Christmas are for family gatherings, but can also be times to give back. There are plenty of organizations in the Atlanta area that can use your help during the holiday season. Here are some nonprofits where you can donate your time and money.

a senior” financial donations and donations of new generic items are welcomed. Suggested donation items include blankets, pajamas, hats, gloves and gift cards for food and/or prescriptions; items can be dropped off at Cobb County Multipurpose Facilities, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; CobbSeniors.org.

Atlanta Community Food Bank

City of Refuge

The Atlanta Community Food Bank has gathered nonperishable foods for decades, but is starting to get creative. From Nov. 7-18, teams of architects and engineers will design giant sculptures of donated canned goods and boxes that nearly reach the ceiling. Add to the Canstruction at 171 and 201 17th Street in Atlantic Station; acfb.org.

Thanksgiving dinner at this Christian ministry will be prepared in the City of Refuge 180° Kitchen, a culinary arts school that trains students for jobs in the hospitality industry; cityofrefugeatl.org.

Hosea Help

While Atlanta Mission prepares 1,000 meals nightly, Thanksgiving dinner will be a special time for fellowship at the homeless shelter. Atlanta Missions is asking for help to Build a Table, with donations of $2.67 for each meal; atlantamission.org.

For more than 45 years, Hosea Help, formerly Hosea Feed the Hungry, has hosted the largest sit down Thanksgiving dinner in the Southeast. The organization is looking for volunteers to help with clean-up, break-down, security and more during the event that will provide up to 7,000 dinners and 5,000 hand delivered meals; 4hosea.org.

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Cobb County Senior Services will hold its 11th annual Christmas365 on Dec. 7. The event allows homebound clients to enjoy an afternoon of food, gifts, cheer and fellowship. “Adopt

With a heart for seniors, Meals on Wheels Atlanta is hosting a canned food collection during the month of November; mealsonwheelsatlanta.org.

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Meals on Wheels

One out of every six seniors in Georgia is food insecure. The Meals on Wheels program needs volunteers to deliver nutritionally balanced meals to homebound seniors. Meals on Wheels operates throughout the Atlanta area. To volunteer in: Cherokee County, call 770-345-5320 or 770-345-5312. Cobb County, call 770-528-5381. DeKalb County, call Senior Connections at 770-455-7602. Gwinnett County, call 678-377-6716. North Fulton County, call 770-9931906.

Above: Volunteers work the food service line at a recent Hosea Feed the Hungry event in Atlanta; courtesy 4Hosea. Opposite page: City of Refuge volunteers preprare meals in the 180° Kitchen; courtesy City of Refuge.

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Animal instincts Continued from page 1

“I like being around the cats,” he said. “I come in once or twice a week to help clean up and care for them, getting them ready for adoption.” Martin usually gets in around nine in the morning and is gone by the time the facility opens at noon. He said the hours fit well with his schedule. Once he heads home, he’s got a couple of his own cat-children to care for. “Eight weeks ago, I took home Millie,” he explained. “She’s a good companion for me and my other cat, Junior.” Companionship tops the list of some of the ways that pets improve the health of their owners, or ‘pet parents’, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website. Cats are also credited with providing emotional support and improving a person’s mood and overall morale. Terry Knudsen got drawn into volunteering at AHS after she helped an acquaintance adopt a dog. “I knew someone who needed a pet in his life,” she reported. “We came here and got a puppy. It’s been the best thing for him.” Knudsen started volunteering at the facility this last summer, after going through the orientation process. Before retiring, she was the Administrative Assistant to the New York State Society of Pathologists. Today, she shares her Atlanta home with a cat, a dog and her husband Keith, also an AHS volunteer. “I love spending time with the dogs, and walking the gentle, older, well-trained dogs,” she said. “My husband walks the big dogs!” Some older adults may feel unequal to the task of housebreaking a puppy or training a kitten. A good solution to that problem is to adopt a senior pet. It seems to be a perfect match, since older animals are usually already house-trained and tend to be

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quieter and calmer. Stephanie Hart is part of a very special AHS program, the Visiting Pet Program. The program is set up so that a group of volunteers takes adoptable puppies to visit a nursing home, assisted living facility, mental health facility or hospice. Not only does the puppy bring joy to the patients, it also makes a good icebreaker. “The puppy spreads joy by loving and cuddling everyone, but it’s also a perfect starting point for a conversation,” Stephanie explained. “Even if I’m not the volunteer holding the puppy, I can talk to others about their pets, find out if they like dogs, and discuss their memories of pets.” Retired after 28 years of teaching, Stephanie has volunteered at AHS for more than 30 years. She’s part of two Visiting Pet Program groups, both of which schedule monthly visits to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Home in Atlanta, located next to Turner Field. Stephanie said, “My dad spent his last days at Our Lady, and I wanted to do something for them as a ’thank you’ for making his last days so peaceful. Combining my love for animals with Our Lady was perfect! “The volunteers in my groups have become friends doing something we love. We get to socialize and we all enjoy being together. When we take a puppy to a facility, everyone—the patients and facility staff— interacts with it and us. It’s a very rich experience,” she added. “I think I get more out of this than anybody else does!” Dogs and cats provide companionship, a routine and a sense of purpose. They also help relieve depression, reduce stress and lower blood pressure in people. One of the biggest

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Where to find your next best friend

There are Humane Societies and other pet friendly organizations throughout the north metro Atlanta area. Here are just a few that are worth checking into, whether you’re looking to adopt, donate or volunteer.

Atlanta Humane Society 981 Howell Mill Road NW, Atlanta, 30318 1565 Mansell Road, Alpharetta, 30009 404-875-5331, atlantahumane.org

It is the mission of the AHS to improve animal welfare in the Southeast by providing quality animal services including preventative initiatives, education, advocacy and adoption. The AHS is also focused on providing spay/neuter for pets to put an end to companion animal homelessness and pet overpopulation, performing more than 12,500 surgeries in 2015.

For the past 13 years, the Cherokee County Humane Society’s primary source of revenue has been their thrift store on Bells Ferry Road. In 2015, the group saved, altered, adopted and vaccinated over 2,000 animals.

Humane Society of Cobb County 148 Fairground Street SE, Marietta, 30060 770-428-LOST, humanecobb.com

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Cherokee County Humane Society 5900 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth, 30102 770-592-8072, cchumanesociety.org

The Humane Society of Cobb County’s (HSCC) mission is to promote humane welfare and responsible animal guardianship through educational community outreach, shelter, and spay/neuter programs. Their “Recipes to the Rescue” is a fund-raising project that makes a great gift.

Managed by LifeLine Animal Project, a nonprofit organization, the group promotes pet adoption and provides affordable spaying and neutering, among other services. Since taking management of DeKalb County Animal Services and Fulton County Animal Services in 2013, thousands of lives have been saved and adoptions have been increased by 300 percent.

Fulton County Animal Services 860 Marietta Boulevard NW, Atlanta, 30318 404-613-0358; adoptions: 404-613-0357, fultonanimalservices.com

5287 Covington Highway, Decatur, 30035 770-593-1155, www.pawsatlanta.org

845 Camp Road, Decatur, 30032 Animal Shelter: 404-294-2996; adoptions: 404-294-2165, dekalbanimalservices.com

LifeLine Animal Project takes a holistic approach to improving the standard of care for animals in Atlanta through the management of county shelters, adoption programs, spay and neuter clinics and community outreach efforts.

Among the nonprofit’s accomplishments is the Pat-A-Pet program. It provides pet therapy to residents of assisted living and nursing home facilities, improving the quality of life and promoting the joys of living with companion animals.

PAWS Atlanta

DeKalb Animal Services

Gwinnett Humane Society 3370 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, 30044; 770-798-7711, gwinnetthumane.com

Founded in 1966, PAWS Atlanta is a private, not-for-profit animal welfare organization that was originally known as the DeKalb Humane Society. It provides love, nutrition, medical care and basic training to enrich the lives of homeless animals until permanent, safe homes can be found.

Ready to lend a paw There are times when owners find themselves unable to adequately care for their pets for one reason or another. Thankfully, there are organizations that can step in and help. Several Meals on Wheels programs, including Cobb and North Fulton counties, offer support. Qualifying clients who have difficulty adequately feeding their cat or dog may be able to receive supplemental pet food at no charge. Information is available through each county’s Senior Services program. The nonprofit Happy Tails Pet Therapy is a group of pet owners who volunteer time to share the unconditional love and joy that their pets

can give to patients and residents at various facilities. The organization arranges visits of volunteers and their pets—dogs, cats and rabbits—to healthcare facilities, social agencies and special needs programs. Happy Tails Pet Therapy can be reached at P.O. Box 767961, Roswell, 30076 or by calling 770-740-8211. Visit happytailspets.org for details. Pets Are Loving Support (P.A.L.S.) is an Atlanta-based 501(c)3 organization that provides ongoing care and support to pets of Atlanta area persons living with critical illness, disabilities and the elderly. Continued on page 22

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Atlanta native Margaret Mitchell’s bestselling novel, “Gone With the Wind,” is 80 this year. Written mostly while she lived in a tiny apartment at the corner of Crescent Avenue and 10th Street (which is now the Margaret Mitchell House), the novel went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1937 and was turned into a Hollywood blockbuster film in 1939. Mitchell’s tale of the Old South’s final bow during the Civil War as seen

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Electric bikes let cyclists choose their level of exercise By Dyana Bagby It had been 18 years since Eric Hunger of Sandy Springs had gotten on a bike. Bad knees from playing tennis kept him from a once-loved form of leisure activity. Then he learned about electric bikes, which use a battery to provide pedal assistance for riders straining up a steep hill or needing an extra push after a long ride. His first ride on an ElectroBike, the brand of one kind of “e-bike,” as electric bikes are known, a couple years ago sold him on the product. “I rode 4.5 miles around town and had a blast,” he said. Hunger was so sold on e-bikes that this month he opened his own ElectroBike store in Brookhaven’s Brighten Park Shopping Center. ElectroBike is an e-bike brand founded in Mexico City, where there are 28 stores; there are also several stores in California. Hunger is banking on what he believes is an emerging form of transportation in the U.S. by bringing the concept to Georgia and Florida, and then, he hopes, the entire Southeast. “We have millennials coming in who want to commute to work. We’ve sold to college students who want to get around campus. And we have some people who are 75 to 85 years old and they say they don’t want to give up their quality of life,” Hunger said. Hunger said his business does attract more leisure riders rather than competitive, hard-core cyclists. The bikes sell for $1,000 or more. Rebecca Serna, executive director of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, said she loves her

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electric bike. She has a toddler who loves to be pulled in a trailer behind her. On the hilly roads of Atlanta, pulling a small child is no easy task, but with pedal assist, uphill climbs are eased. “We want biking to be an option to as many people as possible,” she said. And electric bikes are an option for people who want to ride a bike but are intimidated by, for example, the Georgia heat or the hills of their neighborhoods. “The e-bikes will fill an important role in this arena,” she said.

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motor turned off, the bike operates as a traditional bicycle. A flip of a switch turns on the bike’s battery to give a boost, or pedal assist, so a rider can easily pedal with the e-bike taking over the hard riding. Many e-bikes also have throttles which allow riders to not pedal as the bike essentially transforms into a scooter. “We have had some people come in and say they are ‘cheater bikes,’” Hunger said. “But it’s up to you to decide how much exercise you want.” E-bike batteries can be charged in conventional electric outlets. In Georgia they are also are allowed on designated bike paths, according to state law. Hunger said his decision to locate in Brookhaven was sealed Dyana Bagby as he learned E-bike for sale at Brookhaven’s ElectroBike store. more about the Peachtree Global research firm Navigant Creek Greenway project, a 12-mile Research predicts electric bike multi-use path and linear park sales around the world will jump that is designed to connect the from $15.7 billion in revenue in cities of Brookhaven, Chamblee 2016 to $24.4 billion by 2025. More and Doraville and, in the long than 35 million bikes are expected term, to the Atlanta BeltLine. In to be sold globally this year, the Perimeter Center, there is according to the firm. also an ongoing push to ease car Electric bikes are powered by congestion by encouraging bicycle lithium batteries and allow the use with bike paths being built rider determine how much help and striped in Dunwoody, Sandy is needed during a ride. With the Springs and Brookhaven.

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ROAD TRIPS

Short trips for serious shopping and saving By Kathy Dean During the year-end holidays, shopping becomes much more than a pastime or the simple laying in of necessities for home and family. For many people, this is the time to hunt for killer deals on everything from tools and clothing to diamond jewelry and luxury cars. The sales frenzy begins with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and it continues through New Year’s Day weekend. Atlanta area residents enjoy the benefits of some nearby retail outlets, where high-end labels are available at discounted prices throughout the year. The outlets make a perfect day trip. There are upscale shops for browsing—and saving on—name brand merchandise and a variety of restaurants for relaxing and recharging. Several outlets offer senior discounts on specific days at participating stores, as well as special deals for military families. Visit the websites to get details and to keep up on the latest information, such as special deals and extended holiday hours.

The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta 915 Ridgewalk Parkway, Woodstock, GA 30188 www.theoutletshoppesatatlanta. com Atlanta’s newest and closest outlet shopping center, the Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta, is a mere 30 miles north of the city on I-575. Bargains can be found at the 100 name brand designer shops, such as Bose, Banana Republic Factory Store, Chico’s Outlet, Eddie Bauer

Outlet, Famous Footwear Outlet, Jos. A. Bank Factory Store, Kay Jewelers Outlet, The Limited Outlet, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Talbots Outlet, VanHeusen and White House Black Market. Stop by the Ghirardelli Chocolate Outlet & Ice Cream or the Great American Cookie Factory to savor a sweet treat. Or settle in for a delicious meal at fullservice restaurants like Johnny Rockets and Taqueria Tsunami.

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North Georgia Premium Outlets 800 Highway 400 South Dawsonville, GA 30524 www.premiumoutlets.com/ outlet/north-georgia With 140 outlet stores, North Georgia Premium Outlets is the second largest collection of outlet mall shopping centers. It’s situated 50 miles north of Atlanta on US 19, just northwest of Lake Lanier. There are exceptional brands at extraordinary savings of 25 to 65 percent every day. The many retailers include Bass Factory Outlet, Disney Outlet, Eddie Bauer Outlet, J. Crew Factory, Nine West Outlet, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Williams Sonoma Outlet and Zales Outlet.

Calhoun Premium Outlets 455 Belwood Road, Calhoun, GA 30701 www.premiumoutlets.com/outlet/ calhoun Just 60 miles north of Atlanta, straight up I-75, Calhoun Premium Outlets is home to 50 stores, like Ann Taylor Factory Store, Coach, Direct Tools Factory Outlet, Loft Outlet, Nike Factory Store, Old Navy Outlet and Tommy Hilfiger. While it may not be very large, it’s definitely worth the trek.

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The Commerce Tanger Outlet is roughly 70 miles from Atlanta, north on I-85. Its directory lists Book Warehouse, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Coach, Gap Factory, Levi’s Outlet, Kirkland’s, OshKosh B’gosh, Timberland Factory Store, Toys R Us Express and Wilsons Leather among many others. There’s not much in the way of dining in Commerce, but experienced day-trippers schedule in a 30-minute drive to Athens. The college town is a dining paradise that features one-of-a-kind eateries that range from quirky Southern cafes and gastropubs to authentic ethnic restaurants. The Locust Grove Tanger Outlet is about 40 miles south of Atlanta on I-75. Shops there include College Collectibles, Corningware Corell & More, Jared Vault, Lane Bryant Outlet, Nike Factory Store, Olive in a Bottle, Papaya Clothing and Sanibel Sunglass Company. Hungry shoppers can fill up at Denny’s, HoneyBaked Ham & Café and Maui Wowie.

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Fall is finally here and it’s either time to get your tools back out for a fall garden or store them for the winter. If you are ready to hang up your tools after a long summer, don’t just store them and forget about them. Here are some helpful tips to get everything ready for the upcoming winter season:

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Winterize any machinery that won’t be used during the winter months. You can drain the gas and fluids or add a winterizing product for any fuel left in the machine.

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Successful Ben Hill UMC event raises money to help Atlanta seniors Leaders of Ben Hill United Methodist Church announced that the “Jazzing with Grace,” benefit concert raised more than $27,000 for programs to help Atlanta seniors. “Wesley Woods does wonderful work for older adults right here in our local community,” said the Rev. Dr. Byron E. Thomas, senior pastor of Ben Hill UMC. All funds raised at the event will support quality of life programs for residents of Wesley Woods’ Asbury Harris Epworth Towers and Branan Towers senior living communities through the Foundation of Wesley Woods. “We often talk about how people give of their time, talents and gifts to help Wesley Woods and I can think of no better example than the members of Ben Hill UMC,” added Tracy Crump, president & CEO of the Foundation of Wesley Woods. Donations are still being accepted at wesleywoods. thankyou4caring.org.

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Christmas with the Choral Guild of Atlanta Tuesday, Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m. The Christmas Cantata by Daniel Pinkham, a modern American composer, will be featured, along with seasonal classics and an audience sing-along. Tickets are $15; $12 for seniors. Northside Drive Baptist Church, 3100 Northside Dr., Atlanta, 30305. Tickets and more info at www.cgatl.org.

Education Navigating the Senior Years Wednesday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. A fun, informative session covers the decisions that need to be made and the legal documents required to protect you and your loved ones. A complimentary lunch will be provided. Free, registration required. East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, 30066. To find out more and register, visit cobbcounty.org.

Preserving, Enjoying & Sharing Your Personal History Friday, Dec. 9, Tuesday, Dec. 13 & Friday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Everyone has a unique life story filled with meaningful moments.

22nd Annual Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This annual walking tour features eight stunning homes in one of Atlanta’s most charming neighborhoods. In-home bites will be provided by local restaurants. Complimentary trolleys will be available to transport attendees along the route. Tickets can be purchased online for $25; prices bump up to $30 on the weekend of the tour. Visit www.facebook. com/vahitour?ref=hl for more information.

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much loved Burns mansion on Grant Street. The weekend also includes an Artists’ Market and a free Candlelight Christmas Concert. Tour tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the weekend of the tour. St. Paul United Methodist Church, 501 Grant Street, Atlanta, 30312. Tickets and more info at www. CandlelightTourofHomes.com.

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Saturday, Dec. 3, celebrations start at 5 p.m., tree lighting at 7 20th Annual Woodstock Christp.m. The Alpharetta Downtown Historic District kicks off the mas Jubilee Parade of Lights holiday season with the Annual Saturday, Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m. The Christmas Tree Lighting. There’ll parade starts at Woodstock be musical performances, MRM#: 60525210 Elementary School on Rope Mill Date: 10/04/16 snow, food trucks, roasting Project Name: 60525210-A-MT_KPSASalesRepPacket_GA-MMC_GA_2017_PrtAdv Rd. and travels down Main Street marshmallows, a Christmas Designer: Anne Davies to Sam Club’s at Hwy 92. After Farmers Market and more. Across the parade, Santa and the Mayor from Alpharetta City Hall, 2 Park light up the Christmas tree in the Plaza, Alpharetta, 30009. For Park at City Center. There’ll be

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Senior Arts & Crafts Extravaganza Friday, Nov. 11, 1-5 p.m. & Saturday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Shop for your holiday gifts, or for yourself, as you browse among the selection of handcrafted items skillfully made by local artists aged 55 and up. Senior Wellness Center, 1150 Powder Springs Street SW, Marietta, 30064. Call 770-528-5355 for details.

Swedish Christmas Market Saturday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Enjoy Swedish Christmas foods and beverages while shopping for unique Scandinavian crafts and gifts, as well as traditional baked goods and sweets. Entertainment provided by the Swedish Men’s Choir, Vasa Drängar. Adults, $2, under 18, free. Dorothy Benson Center, 6500 Vernon Woods Drive, Sandy Springs, 30328. Find out more at atlanta.swea.org/ julmarknaden/.

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LOOKING FOR A LOW COST, LEGAL ALTERNATIVE TO BANKRUPTCY? Are you a Senior, Veteran or Disabled Person Living on Social Security, Disability, Pensions or Veteran’s Benefits?

Federal law protects your income from creditor garnishment. Debt Counsel for Seniors, Veterans and the Disabled (DCSD) can protect you from creditor harassment. If you can’t pay your credit card or medical bills or your student loans or payday loans, you can stop paying them without filing for bankruptcy.

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Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Facility 6500 Vernon Woods Dr. NE, Sandy Springs, 30328; 404-613-4900, bensoncenter.org Harriett G. Darnell Multipurpose Facility 677 Fairburn Rd. NW, Atlanta, 30331; 404-613-8580, emmadarnell.com Helene S. Mills Multipurpose Facility 515 John Wesley Dodds Ave., Atlanta, 30312; 404-523-3353, helenemillscenter.org

Neighborhood Senior Centers Auburn Neighborhood Senior Center 300 Edgewood Ave. SE, Atlanta, 30312; 404-224-3140 Crabapple Neighborhood Senior Center 12624 Broadwell Rd., Alpharetta, 30004; 770-751-9397

Dogwood Neighborhood Senior Center 1953 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy, Atlanta, 30318; 404-792-4964 Milton Neighborhood Senior Center/Thomas Byrd Sr. House 15690 Hopewell Rd., Milton, 30004 770-475-7500 New Horizons Neighborhood Senior Center 745 Orr St., Atlanta, 303147 404-730-7100 Northside Shepherd Neighborhood Senior Center 1705 Commerce Dr., Atlanta, 30318 404-352-9303 Roswell Neighborhood Senior Center 1250 Warsaw Rd., Roswell, 30075 770-640-1583 Sandy Springs Neighborhood Senior Center (part of Dorothy C. Benson facility) 6500 Vernon Woods Dr. NE, Sandy Springs, 30328; 404-705-4904

Cherokee County www.cherokeega.com

Canton Senior Center 1001 Univeter Rd., Canton, 30115 770-345-6730

“I’ve been involved with the community since 1960 and I was on the very first board here at Saint Anne’s Terrace. It’s a beautiful part of town and the best part about living here is the wonderful family atmosphere in which everyone gets along.”

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DeKalb County

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West Cobb Senior Cemter 4915 Dallas Hwy., Powder Springs, 30127; 770-528-8200

Multipurpose Facility Lou Walker Senior Center/ Multipurpose Facility 2538 Panola Rd, Lithonia, 30058 770-322-2900, louwalkercenter. com

Neighborhood Senior Centers Central DeKalb Senior Center 1346 McConnell Dr., Decatur, 30033; 770-492-5461

Neighborhood Senior Center Austell Neighborhood Center 4915 Austell-Powder Springs Rd. (at Clarkdale Park), Austell, 30106 770-819-3200

Gwinnett County

www.gwinnettcounty.com Buford Senior Center (at Buford Human Services Center) 2755 Sawnee Ave., Buford, 30518; 678-225-5367 Centerville Senior Center at Centerville Community Center 3025 Bethany Church Rd., Snellville, 30039; 770-978-4532

Lawrenceville Senior Center at Rhodes Jordan Park 225 Benson St., Lawrenceville, 30046; 678-277-0970 Norcross Senior Center at Norcross Human Services Center 5030 Georgia Belle Ct., Norcross, 30093; 678-225-5430

DeKalb/Atlanta Senior Center 25 Warren St., Atlanta,30317 404-370-7297 Lithonia Senior Center 2484 Bruce St., Lithonia, 30058 770-482-0402 North DeKalb Senior Center 5238 Peachtree Rd., Chamblee, 30341; 770-455-7602 Scottdale Senior Center 3262 Chapel St., Scottdale, 30079 404-501-0704 South DeKalb Senior Center 1931 Candler Rd., Decatur, 30032 404-286-7937

Cobb County cobbseniors.org

Multipurpose Facilities East Cobb Neighborhood Center & Multipurpose Facility 3332 Sandy Plains Rd., Marietta, 30066; 770-509-4900

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Freeman Poole Neighborhood Center & Multipurpose Facility 4025 S. Hurt Rd., Smyrna, 30082; 770-801-3400 Marietta Neighborhood Center & Senior Wellness Center 1150 Powder Spring St., Ste. 100, Marietta, 30064; 770-528-2516 North Cobb Neighborhood Center & Multipurpose Facility 3900 S. Main St. (at Kennworth Park), Acworth, 30101; 770-9757740

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Medicare Annual Enrollment in progress By Bill White, Humana Georgia Medicare Vice President This fall, seniors and those eligible for Medicare must pay special attention to the decisions they face during an important election—the Medicare Annual Election Period (AEP). During this year’s Medicare AEP, from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, people with Medicare should understand that the choice they make can affect their health throughout 2017. Thoughtful research will go a long way toward making the best coverage choice based on your individual health needs. The first step is to review your current Medicare health plan and analyze how much you’ve spent on health care during the past year, including hospital, pharmacy and doctor bills. This will help to determine the health care expenses you can expect in 2017 and whether your current Medicare plan meets your needs. It is important to research all available choices, determine their impact on your life and be comfortable with your choice. Options include:

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Medicare Advantage (Part C), which covers everything Original Medicare covers and may include extra benefits, services and prescription drug coverage through a private insurer. Medicare Advantage is used instead of Original Medicare for those who sign up for these health plans.

Medicare Supplement Plans, which pay some costs not paid by Original Medicare, like deductibles and coinsurance.

Medicare Advantage plans are steadily gaining popularity. Compared to Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage plans often include lower copays, lower or no deductibles, and zero or low monthly plan premiums – although you must continue to pay your Part B premiums. Some of these plans offer additional features designed to meet members’ needs, such as dental, hearing and vision coverage, a nurse advice line and fitness programs. Once you choose the type of Medicare plan that best fits your needs, research the costs, benefits and network of doctors and hospitals associated with each plan. Make sure your hospital and doctors are included. Features such as wellness programs and personal care management services can be valuable in helping you achieve or maintain the level of health you want throughout 2017. One easy way to compare Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plans is by taking a close look at Medicare Star quality ratings, a one- to five-star scale, with five stars awarded to the highest quality plans. Resources, like www.Medicare.gov and www.humana-Medicare.com, can help you make the right choice as you identify the best plan for you before the Dec. 7 deadline. You can also call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or TTY: 1-877486-2048 24 hours a day, seven days a week for 2017 Medicare plan information.

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Tax prep tips The end of the year is coming up fast and soon holiday plans will be foremost on everyone’s mind. Before the holiday season takes all your attention, devote a few hours to looking ahead to income tax season and do some planning now.

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The first rule of income tax planning is to PLAN. Start by comparing your 2015 tax situation to where you are in 2016. Why? Primarily so you can cover all your bases and you won’t overlook anything that matters. Changes from one year to the next may show up in your capital gains, charity expenses, medical expenses, Social Security income, RMD (required minimum distribution) amounts, filing status, etc. Other changes may show up in your amount of income, nature of income or deductible fees.

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Use an electronic spreadsheet program (like Excel or Numbers) and set up three columns. Label Column 1 as last year (2015), label Column 2 as this year (2016), and label Column 3 as next year (2017). Then fill in all the appropriate information from last and this year. It’s a good idea to include next year in your planning since it may be wise to defer some income to 2017, if possible, or to accelerate deductions into 2016 (especially if you’re bunching itemized deductions).

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Once you’re done and the tax for each year (both federal and state) is calculated, you’ll be able to make your “What If” calculations. This will allow you to try some different scenarios and see which is most beneficial.

Keep in mind that tax planning is not brain surgery—it’s more difficult. If you have any concerns or issues about your accuracy or completeness, consult a tax professional who’s capable of tax planning. This information is general in nature and should not be considered to be tax advice. Discuss any and all matters contained herein with your tax professional for tax advice which fits your personal situation.

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benefits of being around animals is the socialization factor. Puppies and kittens seem to naturally draw people together and get them talking. For the last four years, Helen Finkelstein has been giving time and energy to AHS. She started out at the Mansell facility in Alpharetta, where she walked dogs, giving them much-needed attention and exercise. These days, she’s at the Howell Mill location working in Admissions; she mostly washes dishes and does laundry. It seems a natural fit for her after retiring from 20 years in the food service industry. “You’d be amazed just how much there is to do,” she said, “but I enjoy coming here. It’s a real pleasure to be with these people. AHS truly appreciates all its volunteers.” Finkelstein added that the

flexibility of the volunteering schedule makes it convenient, too. She works for two hour stretches at a time, and can put in her hours anywhere from 8 a.m. to 2 or 3 p.m. in the afternoon. Dogs provide protection and exercise. Since pooches need to be walked, their owners have a good reason to get outside and move around. A University of Missouri study determined that while all older adults benefited from the bonds with their pets, dog owners also benefited from the low-impact exercise they received while taking them out for walks. “I’ve always been a volunteer, and I’ve always loved animals,” said Cynthia Hilden, explaining what drew her to AHS. A retired college dean, she relocated to Atlanta five years ago from a town with a population of 700 set in the mountains of Oregon.

Moving here brought her closer to family members, but it’s been quite a culture shock living in a sprawling metropolis in the South. AHS is one of the places where she can feel a little more at home. Hilden has been volunteering at AHS for the past four years or so. She said that the facility is extraordinary—roomy and clean—and the staff is good to their volunteers. Generally, she devotes a few hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, happily doing whatever needs to be done. “I feel very strongly about responsible stewardship. The way we care for others who depend upon us is a clear indication of our evolution as a society,” Hilden said. “I give as much love and care to the animals as I can while I’m here, especially since some of them have had bad experiences.” She knows how love can turn a life around. One of her cats, a rescue named Quincy Jones, was in bad shape before she took him

home. According to Hilden, today he is big, strong and healthy. The most responsible and rewarding way to bring a pet into your life is to adopt it from a shelter. While there are no exact numbers, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA®), estimates that, in the U.S., approximately 2.7 million shelter animals are adopted each year. That’s 1.4 million dogs and 1.3 million cats. AHS adoption centers in Midtown and Alpharetta are open 7 days a week. Last year, more than 8,000 people found love at these facilities by adopting a new family member. The AHS has many volunteering opportunities for seniors. From helping with adoptable animals, assisting their admissions team or working events, it’s easy to find a position that suits everyone’s interests and schedule. Volunteers need to commit to volunteering for six months for at least six hours per month. Volunteers are fully trained by AHS staff and experienced volunteers. Go to atlantahumane.org/volunteer to submit a volunteer application.

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“We serve 450 animals every month, and we haven’t ever turned anyone away,” said Kevin Bryant, P.A.L.S. Executive Director. P.A.L.S. is located at 2055 Liddell Drive NE, Atlanta, 30324. Learn more at palsatlanta.org. Another non-profit organization, WellPet Humane, is a pet clinic devoted to the veterinary care of animals owned by people who are financially struggling and by seniors living on a fixed income. Donations to WellPet’s LifeSaver Fund pay for operations for pets in need. WellPet Humane is at 6225 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Atlanta, 30360. Find out more at wellpethumane.com.

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