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Learning the New Age of Aging

A visit to Rhode Island College’s Dr. Montvilo’s class

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hen I was a kid, we warned each other to never trust anyone over 30. We looked at somebody in their 50s as over-the-hill. When (and if ) they reached their 60s they were really old; 70s was ancient, and beyond that was the stuff they wrote news stories about.

I’m not sure, but I think that’s when someone coined the phrase “years young,” as in, “Doesn’t gramma look great; she’s 72 years young today!” The meaning was, “Sure, gramma looks like hell, but c’mon, she’s 72.” Everyone knew what “years young” really meant. Including gramma. You can often catch some grinning TV personality who persists in using that unfortunate phrase today; only now it’s more like, “Look at gramma! Doesn’t she look great; 102 years young today!” Still makes me cringe, though. “Back then no one would ever think of someone in their 80s skydiving, or long distance running at 90,” says Robin Montvilo. “Now it’s almost common to hear that older people are doing things we used to associate strictly with 20 and 30 somethings. “It’s not just a matter of people living longer now than 50 or 60 years ago, it’s how they’re spending these extra years – the quality of life that people we call seniors can and do enjoy.” Robin, or more properly Dr. Robin Montvilo, PhD. and pioneer on aging research, teaches a class labeled The Psychology of Aging, at Rhode Island College. But in actual practice the material she requires her students to cover jumps that boundary from day one. The syllabus for her class, Psych 339, breaks it down into psychological, sociological and biological theories on aging, as well as those particular changes that come with aging. She teaches in a deceptively loose, nearly Socratic style; conversational and engaging, personal and inclusive. Most of the students who take her class are very enthusiastic about the experience; she has a 3.8 overall rating (out of a possible 4), on the school’s Rate My Professor website, where students are invited to praise or maul their instructors, anonymously, after the semester is over. Her students take the class for a number of reasons: some because it’s required for their degree, some because it will be beneficial information for their chosen career path, others because it helps them to understand what’s happening to people they love. “I’m working on an advanced nursing degree,” says Allyson, a young Corpsman in the Naval Reserves. “I’m taking gerontology studies because I plan on a career at a Veteran’s Hospital, and a good part of that will include vets who are getting older. This class has helped me understand some of their issues.” Anita, another non-traditional student, says, “This class has turned my life around. I’m helping to care for my mother who’s on cancer medication. I’m learning how to deal with the situation so much better.”

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The class I sat in on a few weeks ago had 17 students in attendance. When polled, 13 said they planned on staying on in Rhode Island after graduation, and 6 of those 13 said they planned on working in aging related fields here. Robin has been teaching her classes at Rhode Island College since 1977, but you can still clearly hear a touch of Brooklyn, New York, in her voice. “Yes, I’m from Brooklyn,” she smiles. “My father immigrated there after WWII. He was born in Poland, in 1920, and survived a concentration camp. After he got here he tried a few things, but built a career in children’s clothing. “My mother moved to New York from Philadelphia. She went to school to become a teacher, but had to quit after two years to go to work as a bookkeeper to help support her family. She eventually opened a children’s clothing shop, but after she retired she went back to college. “They both loved learning, and it rubbed off on my brother and me--he has a PhD. in Math, from Harvard.” Robin received her PhD. from Fordham. She was a pre-med student at Brooklyn College and met her future husband when they were both at City Hospital in New York. She planned to get her graduate degree from Cornell, but when she interviewed with the dean it didn’t go too well. “He told me that women in medicine had only a few areas where they could work successfully,” she says. “That’s just they way people thought back then: if you were a woman you were limited. I simply didn’t want to fight that attitude. Fordham was my first choice anyway, and they offered me a fellowship. So the decision seemed right.” In 1977 she and her husband made the move to Rhode Island--temporarily, they thought. “We decided I should take a one-year teaching position here, so we both packed up and moved for the opportunity. One year,” Robin says. “Only I guess the year isn’t over yet.” Dr. Montvilo’s credentials are long and distinguished. Her first peer reviewed published work was in 1974, on the experimental use of L-Dopa for Parkinson’s patients. “That shows you how fast medicine has changed,” she says. Her list of published works covers a broad variety of research subjects, reflecting the areas she’s been involved with over the years; from children’s medicine and developmental issues, to drug and other addictions--she was Director of the Chemical Dependency/Addiction Program, a subject she continues to work in, and, of course, gerontology. “I worked with infants for some time. I’ve had a long connection with Women and Infants Hospital. “That’s where I became interested in gerontology, oddly enough,” she explains. “People were always looking at the babies and saying how cute and cuddly they were--which of course is true, even for the very sick infants I dealt with. But I began to think, ‘Cute and cuddly now, but add on six or seven decades and see what you think.’” When she began teaching courses on aging there was a dearth of material on the subject. “When I started there was an 80-page paperback textbook that was written at about a 3rd or 4th grade level. A couple of years later the field started to explode, and now the list of reference books seems almost endless, and you can count on it changing every year, at least,” she says. “One bit of reference material you might think is surprising is PrimeTime Magazine. Really. I have my students read it every month. I call it our “Weekly

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Studies have identified places on the planet where people simply seem to live longer and healthier lives. And that’s very exciting. They’re called Blue Zones, and we’ve been discussing them in class. – Dr. Montvilo

Reader.” Remember that from grade school? I don’t think they publish it anymore. “I have a driver deliver a couple of bundles of PrimeTime Magazine here at the college every month, and make it required reading for my students. Then we hold open discussions on the material. “At the start of each semester I also give a 50-question quiz on aging. It comes from the gerontology department at the University of Missouri, and it’s based on a “Facts on Aging Quiz” first developed in the 1970’s by a Dr. Palmore – it’s changed significantly since then,” she says. “Then as the class progresses I go back to the answers students had at the start, and we analyze how our ideas on aging have evolved. “Everyone has preconceived ideas on aging, and, actually there are several competing theories on what aging is biologically, psychologically, sociologically,” she explains. “To what extent is genetics involved? Diet? Where you live – which is very interesting, because studies have identified places on the planet where people simply seem to live longer and healthier lives. “And that’s very exciting,” she says. “They’re called Blue Zones, and we’ve been

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Dr. Montvilo’s classroom style is enthusiastic and engaging.

discussing them in class.” Robin seems totally engaged with this concept. She says, “There’s so much more work to do on this development, but right now a researcher named Dan Buettner appears to have identified five geographic areas where people reach 100 years of age at least 10 times the average rate. “Greece, Sardinia, Okinawa and Costa Rica I can understand. But what fascinates me is the fifth one: it’s in Loma Linda, California. That is very interesting.” One tends to think, watching Robin explain these new findings, that maybe here’s the reason her students regard her so highly--her sheer enthusiasm for a subject that could otherwise seem fairly bland. But is there anything that excites her in which she can’t get become involved? “Gardening. I love the garden. I love flowers; great big Sunflowers especially. We went to Connecticut to visit a farm that grows some of the most beautiful ones I’ve seen,” she smiles. “But I can’t grow them,” she says. “Some people, like my husband, have a natural green thumb. I have a black thumb. I don’t dare touch a plant or it’s dead.”

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Fall 2014 fashion trends Clothing styles change from season to season, year to year. The Fall/Winter 2014 season is no exception. Borrowing from the past but with a nod for the future, key elements emerged during the runway shows of leading designers in the fashion meccas of New York, Milan and Paris. In addition, Pantone, the standard in design colors, released their predictions of the seasons top color trends for fall and winter. Here’s a look ahead at what should be filling stores and closets in the next few months.

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Pantone’s color of the year is Radiant Orchid. Its rosy undertone create a healthy glow when worn by both men and women. “While the 2013 color of the year, Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

Expect to see plenty of shades of red this fall – Sangria and Aurora Red. Complementing them is Cypress, a powerful shade of green.

Bright Cobalt and Royal Blue. Look for Mauve Mist, an elegant shade of purple.

Fall will bring pops of color like

Misted Yellow and Cognac, a typical color, will pop up in prints, a popular trend for fall. The neutral for Fall 2014 is Aluminum, a futuristic stainless steel.

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This season, pull out your chunky sweaters, fleece-lined boots and Fair Isle prints. If you look like you can be an extra for a live-action version of the film “Frozen,” then you should fit in well with fall fashion trends. Comfortable, oversized pieces are on point and enable anyone to look like they’re right out of a ski resort catalog. Grab a mug of hot cocoa or a goblet of wine, and you’ll fit right in.

Old is New Again What goes around comes around, and the same can be said for influences from the decade of mod. Many designers have pulled inspiration from the fashions of the 1960s for this season’s looks. From miniskirts to knee-high boots to playful prints, it may be hard to tell whether you’re going out for a night on the town or auditioning for the “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”

Warm and Cozy While coats are supposed to keep you warm, they also are supposed to be cozy and fashionable. The newest trends in outerwear borrow inspiration from bathrobes. These trench, wraparound style coats with wide belts come in an array of colors and materials (but not terry cloth, save that for the spa.) The Cocoon Coat is a bit more structured than a cape. It is close fitting yet comfortable and narrows towards the hem.

Fashion-Forward Frames for Fall While there’s no magic way to transform your appearance overnight, you can freshen up your look through your eyewear. If you’ve worn the same glasses for years, a simple frame change can revitalize your face and style - and even take years off of you. For example, if you typically wear simple metal frames, try picking out a plastic frame with a pop of color or a unique temple design. It might seem out of your comfort zone at first, but frames that make a statement are stylish and can boost your confidence.

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• Tortoise shell and brown-toned glasses. These look great with all skin and hair colors, and they could be the perfect accessory for your autumn wardrobe. • Colorful retro cat-eye frames can be worn casually or dressed up for any occasion. This style and color combination is a great way to make a fashion statement. • Classic round frames with a hint of color inside the frame provide a light and comfortable fit. Though the inside coloring is subtle, those with complementary eye colors will notice that these frames make their eyes pop.

Seasonal trends aside, finding the right frame for your face will make your style shine. Oval: This is the easiest face to fit because it’s symmetrical. Nearly every frame shape looks good. Oblong: Round, square or rectangular frames add width, as do details on the temples. Round: Frames with angular lines add definition, and deep colors are slimming. Create length with rectangular frames. Square: Round, oval and slightly curved frames are ideal. Think narrow frames too. They soften the jawline while still taking advantage of your athletic look. Triangular: Frames with design details and color at the top help balance the face. Try cat-eye or semi-rimless frames. Heart-shaped: Choose smaller frame styles without detail on the temples to balance the upper and lower halves of your face. Rectangular, square and aviator frames are just right. Diamond-shaped: Top-heavy frames, like aviators, semirimless or cat-eye styles with details on the brow line, look great.

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chronically-absent, defined as missing 10 percent or more of school. Understanding that missing too much school has severe implications, not only on a student’s education, but also their future success, Family Service of Rhode Island’s Providence Children’s Initiative launched the innovative Walking School Bus in 2012 to address chronic absenteeism and tardiness among elementary school students. The goal of the Providence Children’s Initiative is to develop comprehensive, collaborative programs that improve educa-

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designated “Walk Stops” before accompanying them to school or home, depending on their shift. The program runs daily—regardless of weather—and is only cancelled when school is cancelled or delayed. “In our first year, the Walking School Bus improved attendance for 79 percent of the students who participated compared to their attendance from the previous year,” says Trenteseaux. “Even more than that, the effort itself is perceived to be a mentoring and before and after school program.” Along with proving effective in boosting attendance rates, the Walking School Bus is also instrumental in promoting health and wellness, and helping children develop their social and emotional skills through interacting with their peers and adults in a new way. Children also learn about safety. Trenteseaux is quick to acknowledge the support the program has received from the community. Elected officials, law enforcement and fire personnel, corporate volunteers, and community leaders have all stepped to the plate to help out. “Not only do children in the program absolutely love it, their families are especially appreciative,” adds Trente-

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(1) False. Only 10 percent of all peop le diagnosed with Al zheimer’s Disease. age 65 will be (2) False. Curren t research suggests that inte formance in healthy individuals holds up llectual perage. Intellectual de clines have been sh well into old Dr. Robin Montvilo, PhD., uses a 50-question test on aging at the beginning of each ow in 60 and 70 year old adults, but can n to be small semester to show her students at Rhode Island College how preconceived ideas about the become greater in people after age 80, although even elderly can be way off. in this age range there are substant ial individu The test was deemed a landmark in gerontology when originally produced in the 1970s (3) False. It is well establish al differences. ed that those by Erdman Palmore, and has been continuously updated as new information has become practice their learn ing skills maintain who regularly available. This most recent version comes from the Gerontology Program of the University learning efficiency over their entir of Missouri at Kansas City. (4) False. Personali e lifespan. ty rem Here are the first 15 questions. See how well you understand the process called aging. men and women th ains remarkably constant in both roughout life, altho ugh certain traits can become more pr onounced later in (5) Tr ue. As we ag life. e we all T F (1) The majority of old people mostly short-ter m experience modest memory loss, m may slow with age; emory. Retrieval of information (past 65 years) have Alzheimer’s disease. the reasons for this derstood but could is not fully unin T F (2) As people grow older their cal disease, effects clude stress, personal loss, physiof medication, and (6) Tr ue. Reaction depression. intelligence declines significantly. time is the interval between stimulus an completion of m d otor response, lik e stepping on the brake when we se T F (3) It’s very difficult for older adults e a red light. Older adults do show large increases in to learn new things. (7) False. Depress response time with age. ion does not occu r more adults than younge r groups, however often in older it is the most frequ en t mental health pr T F (4) Personality changes with age. oblem of older ad (8) Tr ue. Unpro ults. tected sex and bl ood transfusions older adults at the put same risk as the re T F (5) Memory loss is a normal part of aging. population. st of the adult (9) False. Evidence suggests that, while olde abstinent, both th T F (6) As adults grow older, reaction e frequency and qu r adults aren’t an consumption decr ease with age. Prob tity of alcohol time increases. lems with alcohol among older adul of a pattern of pr ts appears to be a continuation oblem drinking es T F (7) Clinical depression increases as (10) Tr ue. Curren tablished earlier. t research indicate s that, in addition sleep interference people get older. to due actions to medicatio to emotional problems and ren, and other factor s, REM (dream sleep) deep sleep in T F (8) Older adults are at risk for HIV/AIDS. older adults may be in younger person half what it is s. (11) Tr ue. It’s es timated that 17 to 25 percent of all T F (9) Alcoholism and alcohol abuse significantly ported suicides oc recur in adults 65 an d older. Of those, ol de r wh ite males make up increase in people over 65. the highest percen (12) Tr ue & False. tage. The Fifth Report of the Joint Natio T F (10) Older adults have more trouble sleeping Commission on D nal etection, Evaluatio n and Treatment of High Blood Pr than younger adults. essu same blood pressu re states young and old have the re with an establish of 140/90. But re T F (11) Older adults have the highest suicide search seems to in ed benchmark dicate more than 50 percent of pers rate of any age group. ons have BP over 140/ over 65 in industrialized society 90. (13) Tr ue. Older adults perspire les T F (12) High blood pressure increases with age. s, are less aware thirst and less able of to feel or adapt to extremes of temperature than youn ge r pe rs on s. (14) False. Women rarely develop oste T F (13) Older people perspire less, so they oporosis until age 70. There is a grad ual are more likely to suffer brittle bones that fra loss of body tissue, which causes ct women as they ag ure more easily in both men and from hyperthermia. e. The greatest lo ss in women, in general, occur afte r mineral density oc menopause. Deficiency in bone curs in 50 percen t of women over 50, 57 percent of T F (14) All women develop osteoporosis women 70 or over , but decreases to 45 pe rc en t af te r age 80. as they age. (15) Tr ue. Due to osteoporosis, oste oarthritis, and a lif time of wear and etear joint spaces and bu , upper vertebrae are weakened, T F (15) A person’s height tends to shrink ffering tissue wear and muscles are lost, and the padd ing between verte in old age. brae decreases, all causing a reductio n in overall height.

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Through most of my life, the physical feature in which I took the most pride was my hair. OK. Maybe that alternated with my eyes, which are so dark a brown they’re almost black. Like pools in a rock quarry. But I had no control over my eyes. My hair, on the other hand, I could cut short, grow long, style up or leave down. All of which I did over time. And did again. Colgate-Palmolive, where I worked for 17 years, had a Christmas doll pageant. The company purchased doll bodies which the employees dressed for children in poor communities. Handmade outfits competed for prizes in various categories and winners were photographed. It gave me a visual history of my changing styles, from updos and hair so long I could sit on it, to short, professional cuts that look almost androgynous. Shortly after I left Colgate, I was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer. Chemotherapy left me temporarily bald. Surprisingly, this did not distress me. Perhaps that was because I had the (apparently mistaken) notion that I looked cute bald. Or exotic or artsy or just interesting. This was around the time the duck-fuzzed Sinead O’Connor was in her heyday. In my book, Cancer: A Coping Guide, I recount the story of my mother’s reaction to seeing me bald. Once, when I visited my mother and had my head covered with a scarf, I could tell that she was curious to see what my bald head looked like underneath. I told her I’d show her, if she promised not to cry when she saw it. She said she wouldn’t. As soon as I took off the scarf, her mouth started to crinkle up. “Here come the waterworks,” I thought. But instead, she burst into a fit of uncontrollable laughter. When my hair grew back in, I kept it long for awhile. My mother nagged me to cut it short. She may have laughed at my bald head, but she never liked the way I looked with long tresses. I reminded her that I was forced to go without hair for over a year. I just wanted to be able to run my fingers through it and really brush it for a change. Eventually, I tired of long styles again and had it cut. My mother was right, of course. I do look better with it short. It’s been at least a dozen years since I’ve had locks down to my shoulders or longer. Let’s face it: older wom-

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en look better with shorter dos. Most of them dye their hair lighter, hoping the color will blend with their increasingly visible scalp. One reason my hair was special was that I had extremely thick tresses. I followed the daily toilette prescribed by my Madison Avenue stylist, George Michael. (He serviced one style and one style only: long and straight.) His directive: lean forward, head down, and brush from the nape to the ends 100 times every day, using a natural bristle brush. I kept doing this even with short dos until around the time I retired. Then I got lazy. Whether a consequence of my laziness, or an inevitable aspect of aging, I can’t say. But my hair has become finer and less populous. I worry that I’m going bald. The strays left in the shower drain when I wash my locks are forming

ever-larger clumps. There is no pouf left in my crown. Every morning, the mirror reveals a demoralizing reflection of “bed hair” or “pillow head” or whatever you choose to call that look that says: “I didn’t bother to brush it or comb it. What’s the point? It has a mind of its own.” In the winter, there’s also static electricity. Thin wisps rise up in drafts of heated air, leaving me looking like a psychotic Alfalfa from Our Gang. If I dampen them to kill the static, my hair flattens and I look even more like I’m balding. All year long, I find strands on my clothes. Occasionally, it’s a really long one that has somehow remained embedded in the loops of an old sweater, reminding me of what my crown jewel used to look like. Mostly, they just remind me that they’re falling out.

I cannot ignore it any longer. I am going bald. And at a rapidly increasing pace. Perhaps if I return to that daily ritual of brushing 100 times, I can slow the process. I wonder what my mother would think about this. She’d probably tell me to dye my hair light and get a perm. (She thought that curls hid her bald spot.) Somewhere up there, George Michael is having a coronary. I can almost hear him shouting: “97, 98, 99, 100!” Copyright 2014 Business Theatre Unlimited Elaine M. Decker’s books—Retirement Sparks Again, Retirement Sparks and CANCER: A Coping Guide—are available at the Brown Bookstore and SPECTRUM-INDIA, on the East Side of Providence, on Amazon.com, including Kindle editions, and by special order through your local bookstore. One of her essays appears in the recently published anthology: 70 Things To Do When You Turn 70. Contact her at: emdecker@ix.netcom.com

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Cranston Senior Games set to return for 19th year Promoting wellness and engagement stands at the heart of the Cranston Senior Enrichment Center’s mission. It is a focus shared by the Cranston Senior Games presented by CVS Pharmacy, which will return for the 19th year this month. “It takes a community to put this event on,” said Sue Stenhouse, executive director of the Cranston Department of Senior Services, praising CVS, Cranston city employees and the many volunteers who “pull resources together to make this event happen.” The Senior Games have grown significantly over the years, and the 2014 lineup will feature a golf tournament, archery and a range of other activities. Seniors from across Rhode Island are being invited to participate. “It’s just blossomed into this,” said Stenhouse. The opening ceremonies of the main event are scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 27 at Cranston High School West, located at 80 Metropolitan Ave. Registration begins that day at 8 a.m. in West’s dining room, with a buffet breakfast to be served. Hundreds are expected to turn out. Throughout the day, participants will test their skills in the 50-yard dash, javelin throw, long jump, horseshoes, basketball free throw contest and softball throw. There will also be “baggo” - a bean-bag toss game - along with an obstacle course and mind games. The Cranston West Band and Falconettes and students from the University of Rhode Island and New England Tech will assist during the gathering. Sten-

house said former professionals and experts in the various competitions will help run the events. “We also encourage the community to come out that day,” she said. The games will kick off Tuesday, Sept. 23 with the golf tournament, which runs for four days at the Cranston Country Club on Burlingame Road. There is a $60 registration fee, and space is limited to 144 golfers each day. Participants can visit the Cranston center at 1070 Cranston St. to register, or call 780-6000 for additional details and to have a registration form mailed. Activities are also being held at other locations in Cranston and Warwick as part of the games. A bocce tournament will be held Sept. 26-27 at Santa Maria diPrata at 29 Walnut Grove Ave. in Cranston, while cycling will take place Sept. 25 along the Cranston Bike Path with parking at Sherman Avenue. The Cranston YMCA at 1225 Park Ave. will host swimming and three-on-three basketball on Sept. 27, while Lang’s Bowlarama on Niantic Avenue in Cranston will hold 10-pin bowling the same day. Legion Bowl & Billiards at 661 Park Ave. will host billiards on Sept. 27 and duckpin bowling on Sept. 26-27. Archery, a new addition to this year’s lineup, will be held at Tangy’s Archery Lanes at 200 Bald Hill Road in Warwick on Sept. 27. A finale banquet for registered participants in the games is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 30 at the West Valley Inn on Blossom Street in West Warwick. Reg-

istration additionally includes lunch, a T-shirt, other goodies and access to various health clinics held during the event. Stenhouse praised CVS for its support of the games. “They gave us a huge grant to put this on,” she said. “They really believe in health and wellness.” The games afford the Cranston center an opportunity to continue its outreach to younger seniors. Stenhouse pointed to the facility’s large number of patrons in their 80s and 90s as a testament to the value of elders staying active and involved - “We see it every day,” she said - and noted that the center is working to expand its offerings to those seniors who continue to work or have childcare obligations for family during the day. “The world has changed so much in 20 years. Many younger seniors are working into their 70s,” Stenhouse said. “These are things that the younger seniors can engage with … So many people don’t know what goes on behind these walls.” A key part of that push has been the “Center After Six” program, which will begin with what Stenhouse called an “open house” session on July 24 featuring an “Arts Uncorked” program. The center is actively seeking feedback from younger seniors regarding what kind of programming they would like to see during evening hours. “We’ve got so many opportunities to do so many different things here,” she said.

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hat propels a dynamo? The dynamo that the Westerly Cleaners, she again did it all: pressed, won a building in a lottery, which he moved onto the is Janice Falcone rises early. She needs to. folded, ran the cash register, greeted customers, what- land. One descendant, Joseph Stanton, a RevolutionAs the innkeeper of the General Joseph ever needed to be done. She worked at the Westerly ary War General, then Senator, started the inn. (He is Stanton Inn in Charlestown, she tends to YMCA. Along the way, she married Sonny, a local buried on the grounds.) In the early 20th century the guests. On most summer weekends, the 15 rooms are plumber. They raised one son and two daughters. Inn was a mecca for gamblers. Today the Inn retains booked; and although the inn doesn’t serve meals, JanJanice and Sonny plunged into the hospitality the schoolroom once used to educate native children. ice acts as tour-guide, suggesting sites-to-see, places-to- business when they bought the Knotty Pine, renamed For thirty years the Falcones ran the inn as a fulleat, beaches-to-visit. The Charlestown Lounge. For the next ten years, they service offering – open most of the year, serving meals On weekends, over six months (ending Columbus ran the lounge, overseeing banquets and meals. At the (Janice cooked), and running the flea market. In 2003, Day), Janice oversees the 49 year-old flea market, one same time they bought land, and built houses and an they wanted to retire, to visit scattered family. Plus of New England’s oldest and largest, open 8 to 3 pm apartment building. Janice wanted to make pilgrimages to Medjugorje in on the Inn’s 7 acres. As many as 100 dealers – some In 1973 Janice and Sonny bought the General Yugoslavia, to see apparitions of the Blessed Mother. now friends – set out tables with antiques, collectibles, Stanton Inn on Old Post Road - the fifth owners. Leg- The Falcones found a buyer, and held the mortgage. odds and ends. Plus Janice invites nonprofit organiza- end traces the inn to Thomas Stanton, who operated a Several years later, Sonny – Janice’s life and businesstions from the region to set up tables, free. Riding on trading post in the mid-17 century. He had befriended partner for 50 years - died. her golf cart, Janice greets customers and dealers. “I the native Americans, spoke their languages, and was The new owners did not succeed (maybe they make it my business to see what everybody is selling.” a respected translator. When a tribe from Block Island lacked the 24/7 vim of Janice). Three years ago, Janice She may buy an intriguing item (a spinning wheel in kidnapped a Niantic princess, the Niantics came to foreclosed. She now owned the Inn, once again. At age her living room came from a dealer – a bargain, Jan- him. The tribe demanded too high a ransom. Stan- 80, Janice plunged back into inn-keeping. ice recounts). One dealer, Laine Dyer-May, remarks, ton canoed to Block Island to negotiate, and returned Today the Inn is back on the market. Its 15 rooms, “Janice rises like the Rhode Island Reds at the crack ‘o with the princess. The grateful Niantics gave Stanton five dining rooms, and tavern still can give tourists a dawn, to greet the vendors setting up their booths.” a track “4 miles long and two miles wide.” He then taste of colonial Rhode Island. Yet Janice would like Janice is 83. to visit an even larger family: it She has always worn several hats at now includes not just her three the same time, always been busy, always children (her son in Montana, found reservoirs of energy that astound a daughter in New Hampshire, her friends. another daughter in North CaroBorn in South Kingstown, Janice lina), but five grandchildren, 13 grew up between Richmond and Hopgreat-grandchildren, and 1 greatkinton. She left Westerly High School great-grandchild. Until then, after 11th grade. Afterward, she worked. though, like Rhode Island’s proAll the time she worked. She worked verbial chicken, Janice rises every first as a nurse’s aide at a nursing home morning at dawn. in Hope Valley. Later she was a waitress, The key to her dynamism? counterperson, and cook - “I did it all” She responds, “God has blessed – at Morgan’s Restaurant in Hope Valley. me with tons of energy.” At the Ladd School Hospital, she was a The General Stanton Inn is home to one of the largest flea markets in Licensed Practical Nurse. For 8 years at RI. It has been open for more than 49 years. September 2014

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Finding the Right Skin-Care What is the first thing you think when you hear the term “anti-aging”? It seems to bring out a variety of reactions from people—from laughter to puzzlement to annoyance. There are those who say the term makes no sense at all since it’s impossible not to age. There are others who understand that skin care companies label their products as “anti-aging” when what they really mean is reducing fine lines, age spots, and wrinkles. And when it comes to choosing the products themselves there is a wide variety of responses from those who are asked because, well, there are just so darn many products from which to choose. But dermatologists have some tips that can assist you in your skin care selection, agreeing that the best advice is to moisturize and stay hydrated since our skin needs moisture and water to stay healthy, produce new skin, and remain plump and firm. Add a broad spectrum daily sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, and you’re really doing a great job protecting your skin. If you still like the idea of using an “anti-aging” cream, selecting the right one can be tricky. That’s because we all have different skin types and no one product works for everyone. You need to choose a product formulated for your skin type-- oily, dry, normal or sensitive. And sometimes it takes a little experimentation to find just the right product. Some people feel an expensive skin cream will work better than cheaper brands. 55-year-old Kim Kesmetis finds a Galvanic Spa facial cream from Nu Skin quite pleasing. “I use this and it is awesome,” she said. “It was on the evening news where I live and it really does a great job of smoothing lines and lifting and toning your face. It is not as extreme as surgery but it does help a lot.” The Galvanic Spa facial products range between 40 and 50 dollars a jar. “I also use Lancome products,” Kesmetis added. “I get comments all the time on how amazingly young my skin is.” Sounds wonderful but it should be mentioned that Lancome’s Night Repair cream costs about $100 a jar. 56-year-old Dee Jones likes the Philosophy line of skin care

Of course we all need to select a product that’s within our price range. And more expensive isn’t necessarily more effective. If you are watching your budget, here are 10 anti-aging products you can purchase for less than $20: • Freeman Feeling Beautiful Pineapple Facial Enzyme Mask ($3.99) Comes in a tube. An exfoliating alpha hydroxy acid mask used once a week. • Oil of Olay Total Effects 7 in One Daily Moisturizer plus touch of sun ($17.99) The exfoliating beta hydroxy acid and vita niacin fight fine lines and wrinkles. • Ambi Skincare Fade Cream ($5.99) Used nightly the 2 percent hydroquinone can reduce brown spots in about a month. • Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream SPF 15 ($12.99) Contains retinol which boosts collagen production, evens skin tone and treats acne. • Garnier BB Cream Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector SPF15 ($12.99) Hides fine lines and evens skin tone.

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products sold in stores like J.C. Penney. She loves dabbing on some of their Miracle Worker overnight cream, an anti-aging moisturizer that runs about forty dollars a jar. “It works for me,” she said. “I think it’s good for people with sensitive skin. It has ingredients to help soften skin, fight dark spots and to help ward off new skin problems.” Other women are partial to popular skin care products that do the job without breaking the bank. “I use Oil of Olay with SPF,” said Jennifer Lancaster. “I’m only 38 but I’m often mistaken for a lot younger and told I have great skin.” 38-year-old Jenifer Payne agrees with this assessment saying, “I also use Oil of Olay. I really like their Regenerist line and right now I’m using their Luminous Sculpting cream.” It turns out Rose McCaughey uses the same skin care product as her male co-worker, Norman Ranone. She buys the small tube of St. Ives Apricot Face Scrub ($1.50) while he goes for the bigger one. ($6.00) “I think it prevents wrinkles,” said McCaughey. “I’m 51 and I don’t have a wrinkle on my face.” “I glow like a movie star,” says Ranone, explaining how his skin looks after using the apricot face scrub.

• Eucerin Sensitive Skin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle sensitive skin lotion SPF15 ($10.99) Repairs cell damage and blocks enzyme called elastase that breaks down elastin. • Garnier Ultra-lift Anti-wrinkle Eye Roller ($12.99) Reduces crow’s feet and depuffs eyes. • L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Advanced Skin Repair Serum ($19.99) Has bio peptides and ceramides to help repair skin’s barrier. • Avon Elements Youth Restoring Anti-wrinkle Night Cream ($11.99) Hypoallergenic but not suitable for sensitive skin. • Ponds Luminous Finish BB+ Cream with SPF15 ($10.99) Doubles as a daily sunscreen and dark spot fader. • A healthy diet, drinking enough water, limiting sun exposure, wearing a hat, exercising and not smoking are other ways to help ensure your skin will look its best. PrimeTime | 19


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Come September It is said that the nose knows: that what best evokes a season past is its perfume. For an East Sider who regularly spends the pleasant prelude to Labor Day at the shore, the salt air of the ocean breeze captures the essence of strolls along the beach, and the smell of a lawn being mowed down along with the late August weeds replaces the sugar of the honeysuckle and the bee-balm. And then there is the odor of library books. I turn to those yellow pages of the shared, hard-bound books with their nice clear print after my morning dive and before my twilight dips into the sea. I get ready for my classes by studying Montaigne’s influence on Shakespeare, a wonderful memoir of an English gypsy boy who ran not away with the gypsies but away from them! and also yet another attack on the vices of Wallis Simpson, the frivolous and dangerous Duchess of Windsor, and they all smell the same as they did when I took out my school vacation portion from the Rochambeau Branch long ago. But I have another source of nostalgia: rocks! In Charlestown the meadowland is strewn with half-buried boulders, from which my wee grand-daughters jumped for joy, giving their grampy something further to worry about to disrupt the midsummer mood of peace and calm, escape from labor. These large stones but miniature mountains must have come here long before we were even a colony, in an Ice Age, left as a colossal souvenir. Some such geological gems match the ones in the

Lots behind my East Side dwelling. I occasionally rescue and re-establish them in my gardens front and back and re-greet them before the start of my semesters. My cobblestone lane and driveway is yet another reminder of the noble past. Like my family, they probably reached our town via ship as ballast, but they suited the Great Depression when labor was a bargain and the taste of the era was also backward-looking and wistful. You can Selma is all set for pre-school, come September. Grampy Mike is also ready for school days. In the words of September Song . . .

“These precious days I’ll spend with you!” gather pretty pebbles from your own magical spell before September comes back, with its odor of mothballs and straw and put them in a jar on your windowsill, or you can spray yourself with a locally crafted elixir lotion to say goodbye to one turn of the sun and moon and then greet the next with courtesy and courage. Robert Frost said it best for all time, however. “Ah when was it ever less than a treason, to yield and accept with grace the end of a love....or a season?”

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