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A trip of a lifetime FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2013

A special supplement to the AUSTIN DAILY HERALD

Judy and Malcolm McDonald took a trip to Maine last October that had them spending time on a Maine windjammer, the “Angelique.” Eric Johnson/Austin Living.

Retired Austin couple recall travels to Maine, East Coast By Jason Schoonover

On the surface, Judy and Malcolm McDonald’s trip to Maine last year was a little slow and inconvenient. They drove more than 4,000 miles on back roads across the country, up and down the hills, valleys and crags of the U.S. heartland and parts of New England. They slept in bunk beds while sailing for a week. Yet Judy and Malcolm McDonald never minded the leisurely pace of their last big vacation. In fact, that’s the one word they use to describe their New England experience: leisurely. The Austin couple drove to Camden, Maine, in September 2012 as part of a long vacation, the highlight of which was to sail on the Windjammer Angelique — a ketch propelled by three heavy-duty canvas sails.

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A poster of the windjammer “Angelique.”

Trip: Despite driving, vacation was leisurely From Page 1-SL “It was a fun experience,” said Judy, a Maine native who has fond memories of the sea during her childhood. Her family commonly drove about 50 miles for Bar Harbor, where they would help pull in lobsters from the sea, buy lobsters, or dig a hole on the beach, fill a pot with sea water, cook and eat lobsters right on the beach. Judy still remembered many of those boating skills when she and Malcolm, a former Austin Public Schools administrator, stayed on the Angelique. “Oh, it never left,” she said. The ship didn’t boast as many conveniences as a cruise. Judy and Malcolm slept on bunk beds in their cabin, and shared a bathroom with about four other rooms, but it was pleasant — minus one brief bout with seasickness on rough waters. “It was all very comfortable, normal, no stress — just that one day when we were hanging over the edge of [the boat],” Judy said with a laugh.

Passengers were not strictly tourists on the Angelique. They could help in the kitchen and around the boat to feel what it’s like to run the ship. “The passengers could do whatever they wanted; they could help raise the sails or they even had some steering the boat,” Judy said. That was not on Malcolm’s to-do list, however. “I was strictly a man of leisure,” he said with a wry smile. The organizers planned activities every two to three hours, like talks, films and more — most about sailing, fishing or Maine’s tourism industries. “We were kept busy,” Malcolm said, who joked the guests would get into trouble if left too long to their own resources. Judy and the other passengers still had plenty of time to visit on the deck, read and take in the scenery. “It was leisurely,” Judy said. The crew members and 29 passengers shared family-style meals at four tables, but Malcolm assured the meals were “consistently fattening.”

Bathing was “an hour, hour and a half project,” according to Malcolm, as you’d have to wait for the shower to open up and then adjust to the limited stream of water on the boat. “You get a real taste of the sea, I think,” said Malcolm. The “Angelique” sailed through Penobscot Bay off the coast of Maine and stopped at many small towns and islands, though the highlight of the trip was the lobster, according to Judy. Passengers caught fresh lobsters from lobster pots and cooked them over fires, similar to her childhood. “It’s fantastic,” she said. The McDonalds planned the trip in September to see the famed fall colors of the east, but they were glad to follow them all the way home. “We traveled all the way to Maine to see the fall colors, and they were absolutely spectacular,” Malcolm said. “But, when we got to Iowa and started coming up along the west side of the Mississippi, the colors were just as spectacular.”

3 elderly sisters, sister-in-law reunited Associated Press

DULUTH — Three elderly sisters and their sister-in-law are sharing their common life experiences once again after being reunited at a Duluth care center. At 91 years young, Florence Strom, is the baby among the sisters. Dorothy Wotczak is 101

and sister Lillian Lund is 104. Their sister-inlaw, Theresa Anderson, is 93. The sisters are again living under one roof. They’re sharing stories and enjoying each other’s company at St. Eliguis Health Center in Duluth. Wotczak said that the sisters share memo-

ries of dance halls they would frequent on Friday, Saturday and sometimes Sunday. Strom says the women were very close growing up and had a lot of fun. Yes, Strom says they had their disagreements, but they always knew they shared a family bond and loved each other.

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Seniors find balance through tai chi classes By Kevin Coss

For Art Bauer, teaching tai chi to seniors is about being able to help them feel good and ease tension. “It’s great for preventative health care,” Bauer said.

Bauer, who has been involved in martial arts since he was 19 years old, learned tai chi because he was always interested in health and wellness. For the last 18 years, he has taught the healing practice at the Mower

County Senior Center in Austin. Tai chi focuses on opening up the body’s 12 energy channels by moving in smooth, continuous manner and Bauer saw the effects himself when he first

tried tai chi. “I didn’t get angry as easy,” he said. “I got very much more relaxed.” A student of Bauer’s, who now teaches alongside him at the Senior Center and at The Cedars of Austin, can second the

positive effects. While Shirley DeepPool has eased her back pain through tai chi, the emotional and mental benefits have been greater still. “All my life I was waiting for something to help

me find balance,” she said. Tai chi classes take place from 9:30 to 10:30 Wednesdays and Fridays at the Senior Center and from 9:30 to 10:15 Tuesdays at The Cedars of Austin.

96-year-old store owner refuses robber Associated Press

MARSHFIELD, Wis. — A masked robber apparently thought the 96-yearold owner of a neighborhood grocery store in Marshfield would be an easy target for his crime. But, he was so wrong. Margaretta Wolf has owned the store bearing her family name for 54 years. And she wasn’t about to turn over her cash to the armed intrud-

er after he ordered her to open the cash register. “I said: ‘I’m not opening up that cash register and that’s it, I’m not opening it. I said you can have all the Tootsie Rolls you want but I am not opening that cash register,’” said Wolf. The man in the silver mask and carrying a knife continued to give Wolf orders during the robbery attempt Monday. “He said, ‘Walk in the

“I said: ‘I’m not opening up that cash register and that’s it, I’m not opening it. I said you can have all the Tootsie Rolls you want but I am not opening that cash register.’” -Margaretta Wolf back of the store,’ I said, ‘I’m not walking no place, I’m standing right here,’”

Wolf recounted. The elderly store owner stood her ground

when the man flashed a pocketknife and placed it on the counter. “I said, ‘I’ll press a button and I’ll have somebody here in seconds,’” she said. Wolf said the would-be robber appeared frustrated, looked around, spotted a security camera in the corner, grabbed the knife and fled. Marshfield Police Lt. Darren Larsen said he’s just glad Wolf is OK.

“In this instance, certainly again while not recommended with what took place, we’re just very, very happy Marge was not injured,” Larsen said. Wolf said she has a few words for the suspect when police catch up with him. “What do I say to him? I say I think you got some punishments coming, and it will be a little bit more than scrubbing the floor,” she said.

How America’s change-leading generation has redesigned aging Brand Point Content

America’s baby boomers first came on the scene in 1946. They’ve been turning the world on its head ever since. Known as the country’s greatest generation for leading change, baby boomers make up roughly 26 percent of the United States’ total population — at about 78 million people. Over the years they’ve reinvented almost everything about the way America lives — from the music we listen to, to the cars we drive, to the technology we rely upon, to the way we age. The oldest baby boomers have already begun crossing the threshold into their golden years — and as expected, they’re redesigning what’s on the other side. Never known as an understated generation, baby boomers have already made it clear they won’t be fading quietly into retirement. On the contrary, they’re all about staying active and engaged. Chronologically they may be aging, but their spirits aren’t. So whether it’s finding a new career, rock-

climbing, volunteering, adventure travel or online dating, baby boomers are embracing life’s second act with gusto. More than any generation before them, baby boomers have adopted lifestyles that help them stay healthy and fit. And they’re embracing modern technologies that enable them to stay connected to the world around them and involved in it. An important way in which active baby boomers are keeping up their youthful pace is by taking care of their hearing. This generation understands that in order to fully enjoy the experiences of life, you need to stay connected to it. So rather than deny a hearing loss and suffer the negative social, cognitive and professional consequences that inevitably result from leaving it unaddressed, baby boomers are increasingly dealing with hearing loss head on. Boomers in their 40s, 50s and 60s are getting their hearing tested. And they’re benefitting from the technological revolution taking place in the hearing aid marketplace.

Simply put, the generation has caught onto the fact that today’s state-of-the-art hearing aids are highly effective, sleek and sophisticated wearable electronics that can help them stay actively connected to life — not to mention to all their other prized electronics. America’s baby boomers have been shaking the place up for decades. It’s no wonder, then, that they’re now redesigning the golden years. For more information on hearing loss, visit Better Hearing the Institute at Five trending facts about today’s hearing aids: 1. They’re virtually invisible. Many of today’s hearing aids sit discreetly and comfortably inside the ear canal, providing both natural sound quality, and discreet and easy use. 2. They automatically adjust to all kinds of soundscapes. Recent technological advances with directional microphones have made hearing aids far more versatile than ever before — and in a broad range of sound environments. 3. You can enjoy water

Franken to host discussion on retirement Associated Press

— MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota Sen. Al Franken and a fellow U.S. senator are holding a Minneapolis roundtable to discuss challenges to financially planning for retirement. Franken and Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio are hosting the event Friday at a

Minneapolis YMCA. Brown is chairman of a Senate subcommittee on Social Security and retirement, and Franken is a member of the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Franken and Brown will hear from Minnesotans in their 50s, 60s and 70s who will share their own chal-

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Memory decline may be earliest sign of dementia Associated Press

BOSTON — Memory problems that are often dismissed as a normal part of aging may not be so harmless after all. Noticing you have had a decline beyond the occasional misplaced car keys or forgotten name could be the very earliest sign of Alzheimer’s, several research teams are reporting. Doctors often regard people who complain that their memory is slipping as “the worried well,” but the new studies show they may well have reason to worry, said Maria Carrillo, a senior scientist at the Alzheimer’s Association. One study found that self-reported memory changes preceded broader mental decline by about six years. Another tied these changes to evidence on brain scans that dementia is setting in. “Maybe these people know something about themselves” that their doctors don’t, “and maybe we should pay attention to them,” said Dorene Rentz, a Massachusetts General Hospital psychologist. She helped run one of the studies, which were discussed Wednesday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Boston. About 35 million people worldwide have dementia, and

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type. It causes a slow decline in thinking and reasoning ability. Memory trouble that disrupts daily life is one symptom. Don’t panic, though: The researchers are not talking about “senior moments,” those small, temporary lapses most everyone has, said Creighton Phelps, a neuroscientist with the U.S. National Institute on Aging. They are talking about real memory loss, in which the information doesn’t come back to you later, not even when people remind you of what you forgot, he explained. A true decline is a change in your normal pattern. “You’re starting to forget things now that you normally didn’t — doctor appointments, luncheon engagements, the kids are coming over ... things that a year or two ago you wouldn’t,” said Dr. Ronald Petersen, director of the Mayo Clinic’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. Pati Hoffman, of Carol Stream, Ill., near Chicago, used to design menus and organize events for restaurants but began forgetting where she filed things in her computer. “I really just kind of started struggling. Something wasn’t right. I would have to bring my

THE ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION LISTS 10 WARNING SIGNS OF THE DISEASE: — Memory changes that disrupt daily life. — Challenges in planning or solving problems. — Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure. — Confusion with time or place. — Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships. — New problems with words in speaking or writing. — Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps. — Decreased or poor judgment. — Withdrawal from work or social activities. — Changes in mood and personality.

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Number of people worldwide with dementia work home, spread it all over the floor, sort it and then try to get it done so that nobody at work would know I was having this difficulty,” she said. Driving to familiar places, “I would think, ‘I know where I am, but I don’t know how to get out of here.’” Two neurologists said it was just stress and

anxiety, and one prescribed an antidepressant. A third finally diagnosed her with earlyonset Alzheimer’s disease four years ago. She was 56. The new studies were on “subjective cognitive decline” — when people first notice they are having trouble, even if they test normal on mental

ability tests: — Richard Kryscio at the University of Kentucky led a study of 531 people, average age 73. Those who reported a change in memory or thinking abilities since their last doctor visit were nearly twice as likely to be diagnosed with dementia or mild cognitive impairment about six to nine years later. — Researchers from the French government’s health agency and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston studied 3,861 nurses at least 70 years old who were asked about memory symptoms and periodically tested for them later. About 900 of them carried a gene that raises their risk for dementia. Among the gene carriers, worry about a single memory symptom predicted verbal memory decline on tests over the next six years. In the others without the gene, worry about three or more memory symptoms was linked to memory decline on tests. — Rebecca Amariglio other Harvard and researchers found that complaints about memory decline matched how much sticky plaque researchers saw on brain scans of 189 people 65 and older. This confirms an earlier study of 131 people that tied memory

complaints to these brain plaques, the hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. — Reports of memory impairment were closely tied to a decline later in the ability to recall events in a study of 2,230 people, average age 80, by researchers at the University of Bonn in Germany. — Petersen said that a study he and others soon will report shows that complaints about memory predicted who would later develop mild cognitive impairment — what used to be called “preAlzheimer’s” — in a random sample of 1,500 people in the community near the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “If you notice a change in your pattern of either yourself or a loved one, seek a health care professional’s evaluation,” said Heather Snyder, the Alzheimer’s Association’s director of medical and scientific operations. “It could be a lack of sleep or nutritional, but it may be something more than that.” But don’t worry about small, common memory slips, said Dr. Reisa Sperling, director of the Alzheimer’s center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “Every time you forget someone’s name, you don’t need to go running to the doctor,” she said.


Golden years shorter, sicker in southern states Associated Press

ATLANTA — If you’re 65 and living in Hawaii, here’s some good news: Odds are you’ll live another 21 years. And for all but five of those years, you’ll likely be in pretty good health. Hawaii tops the charts in the government’s first state-by-state look at how long Americans age 65 can expect to live, on average, and how many of those remaining years will be healthy ones. Retirement-age Mississippians fared worst, with only about 17 1/2 more years remaining and nearly seven of them in poorer health. U.S. life expectancy has been growing steadily for decades, and is now nearly 79 for newborns. The figures released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate life expectancy for people 65 years old, and what portion will be free of the illnesses and disabilities suffered late in life. “What ultimately matters is not just the length of life but the quality of life,” said Matt Stiefel, who oversees population health research for Kaiser Permanente. The World Health Organization keeps “healthy life expectancy” statistics on nearly 200 countries, and the numbers are used to determine the most sensible ages to set retirement and retirement benefits. But

the measure is still catching on in the United States; the CDC study is the first to make estimates for all 50 states. Overall, Americans who make it to 65 have about 19 years of life ahead of them, including nearly 14 in relatively good health, the CDC estimated. But the South and parts of the Midwest clearly had lower numbers. That’s not a surprise, experts said. Southern states tend to have higher rates of smoking, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and a range of other illnesses. They also have problems that affect health, like less education and more poverty. These are issues that build up over a lifetime, so it’s doubtful that moving to Hawaii after a lifetime in the South will suddenly give you more healthy years, they said.

After Mississippi, Kentucky, West Virginia and Alabama had the lowest numbers for both life expectancy and healthy life expectancy. States with the best numbers included Florida a magnet for healthy retirees as well as Connecticut and Minnesota. The estimates were made using 2007 through 2009 data from the census, death certificates and telephone surveys that asked people to describe their health. The CDC’s Paula Yoon cautioned not to make too much of the differences between states. Results could have been swayed, for example, by how people in different states interpreted and answered the survey questions.

Other findings: — Nationally, women at 65 can expect nearly 15 more years of healthy life. Men that age can

expect about 13 years. — Blacks fared much worse than whites. They could expect 11 years of healthy life, compared to more than 14 for whites. — The CDC report makes “painfully clear” the disparities in the health of whites and blacks in their final years, said Ellen Meara, a economist at health Dartmouth College.

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