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Physical therapy a vital part of treatment and recovery Special to the Surveyor
Illnesses of the musculoskeletal system can result in temporary loss of mobility. But physical therapy can help to prevent those temporary problems from becoming permanent. The American Physical Therapy Association says physical therapists diagnose and treat individuals of all ages who have conditions that limit their abilities to perform functional activities. Limitations in mobility may result from injury or illness or be present at birth. Many physical therapists develop a plan to reduce pain and restore function through various treatment techniques with the ultimate goal of restoring a patient’s functional independence. Physical therapists are licensed health care professionals who must receive a degree from an accredited physical therapist program before taking national licensure exams that enable them to open a practice or work in a facility. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 30 percent growth in physical therapy careers through 2018, which is a rate better than all other occupations. Unemployment rates for physical therapists are very low, and they are in high demand. Physical therapists employ vari-
Did you know? Special to the Survyeor Recent surveys show there are fewer young people and more senior citizens behind the wheel in the United States. According to the National Household Travel Survey, members of Generation Y, who are between the ages of 16 to 34, are driving less. From 2001 to 2009, the average annual number of vehicle miles traveled by Gen-Y-ers dropped by 23 percent. Some find the process to be a hassle, others are frightened by the prospect of controlling a vehicle, and others are merely taking a green approach to transportation, choosing bicycles or public transportation. There is also the high cost of owning and fuelingup a vehicle today. On the flip side, researchers at the University of Michigan have found that people age 70 and older make up the largest group of drivers on the road — even higher than those in their 40s and 50s.
ous physical modalities to help with certain conditions. For example, a patient may be asked to perform various range-of-motion exercises to restore function to an injured part of the body. Physical therapists also may use heat, cold and electrical impulses to reduce pain and stimulate muscle function. Physical therapy sessions frequently include some form of massage as well. While athletes frequently rely on physical therapy as they recover from injuries, others can benefit from physical therapy as well. For example, physical therapy may work in conjunction with other treatments for cardiopulmonary disease. The cardiopulmonary system delivers oxygen to active tissues, which plays an important part in movement. When the cardiopulmonary system is compromised, muscles and other tissues may not function as they should, and certain exercises and mobility therapies may be needed. Physical therapists also aid in improving physical ailments related to neurological diseases, such as cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Physical therapists may also help treat poor vision, poor balance and paralysis. Children who have learning disabilities related to a neurological or physical condition may benefit from certain forms of physical therapy. For example, vision problems can compro-
mise academic performance, so physical therapy that aims to enhance visual tracking skills and strengthen the eyes in conjunction with corrective lenses may help youngsters, or even adult students, perform better in the classroom. Very often physical therapy will be recommended by a general doctor or an orthopedic surgeon as part of recovery from a surgery or a condition. The therapist may work in conjunction with another doctor to provide a program that helps foster a faster and safe recovery. Physical therapy tends to begin gradually and resistance is slowly built up as the body strengthens. The length of physical therapy will depend on the condition and the recommendation of the therapist and doctors overseeing the treatments.
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What goes around and around: Boy bands
he classic boy band consists of clean-shaven young men who harmonize like angels. Little girls love them, and so do their mothers, and the phenomenon isn’t new. The original “boy bands” were the barberSurveyor shop quartets Columnist of the early 1900s. Of course, the phrase, “boy band,” wasn’t developed until many years later, but there have been a numHeidi ber of famous Kerr-Schlaefer bands that qualify for the title, especially since the 1960s. After all, what was Jackson 5, if not an original boy band? How about The Beatles? Remember the Monkees? The Monkees epitomized today’s boy band; a handpicked group of men,
who didn’t come together organically to make music, but rather were manufactured by a producer looking for just the right combination of voices and looks. While the Monkees did eventually become a legitimate band (some would argue this), they were originally cast as a “fake” band for a television show about a rock group that wanted to be as successful as The Beatles. Every decade seems to produce its own boy band, although certain decades have more than their fair share. Take the 1990s. Multiple boy bands emerged during this ten year period, including some of the most well-known boy bands of all time — Boyz II Men, the Backstreet Boys, ‘N Sync and the Hanson brothers. The boy band never really goes entirely away, although the 1990s were certainly a heyday. For a few years in the late 2000s, the boy band seemed like it might be a thing of the past. Katy Perry and Lady Gaga took full control of the teen music market, but then five young British boys captivated
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young hearts worldwide. Perhaps not surprisingly, this new boy band sensation, One Direction, was born out of reality television. They were discovered after finishing third on The X Factor, a British television singing competition much like American Idol, and created by Simon Cowell. Simon Cowell’s record label later signed One Direction, but their success was due heavily to social media, something unavailable to Jackson 5 or The Monkees. One Direction, comprised of Irish and English boys, has 14,697,054 followers on Twitter and 19,632,941 fans on Facebook. They are currently starring in, “This is Us,” a movie in theaters now. They even have a fragrance for women and action figures made in their images. With all this marketing madness, one wonders if the music has
anything at all to do with a band like One Direction’s popularity, and a good argument can be made that it most definitely does. Here is a selection of One Direction song titles: “What Makes You Beautiful,” “Gotta Be You,” “Everything About You,” “Save You Tonight,” “Kiss You,” “Back for You.” Do you see the theme? Boy bands may come and go, but they’ll never be gone forever because as long as they keep making young girls feel special, beautiful and loved, those girls will continue to download songs to their iPods, plaster posters on their walls and break into hysterics at concerts.
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Art Johnson — a busy man
erthoud’s Art Johnson is a man on the go. I caught up with him on one of his regular stops at Da Bean, where he and fellow Retired Old Men Eating Out (ROMEOs) hold court at the large table every morning. Johnson did not have much time to linger over coffee since he Surveyor had a league Columnist tennis match in Loveland that morning. The almost 72-year-old says he started playing tennis in California in the 1970s. He noted that Santa Barbara, Bob where he lived, McDonnell is a “tennis community.” For about 20 years, he stopped playing tennis but took it up again in 1998. Johnson now plays on teams representing Highland Meadows in Windsor and Colorado State University. He has advanced in competitions to the state, regional and even
national levels in the past. This had allowed him to travel to Las Vegas and Palm Springs. In the United State Tennis Association (U.S.T.A.), players are ranked by their ability. Johnson started at a 2.5 level. According to the USTA this means, in part, that “you can sustain a short rally of slow pace with other players of the same ability.” After much practice and league play, he is now at a 3.5.level. This means that he “exhibits more aggressive net play, has improved court coverage, and is developing teamwork in doubles.” The day I visited Johnson and his teammate, they played — and won — a three-set match on a very warm day. Johnson admits that as much as he enjoys tennis he “also plays a lot of golf.” He says he spends more time on a golf course than a tennis court. Many in Berthoud have probably seen Johnson riding his bicycle around town, too. Sometimes his wife accompanies him and they ride to the Boyd Lake area. The Johnson family has deep roots in the Berthoud community. Johnson grew up on the farm near Berthoud where his father was born.
He describes it as being located below Ludlow Farms, and added that it “butts up” to Highway 287 on the west. Johnson graduated from the old Berthoud High in 1960. He remembers that, “Berthoud was a neat place to grow up.” He labeled Photo by Bob McDonnell the community Art Johnson covers his part of the court in a doubles back then as a tennis match. “place of innolast year he had corn growing. cence.” Johnson is unsure of the future of He added that during his time growing up, from about 1956 to 1960, the property. He says it is “getting tougher to get water to the farm.” In the United States was “not at war.” The main things on a boy’s mind back addition, “housing is coming around” with the development happening in then were “cars and girls,” he joked the area. with a broad smile. Johnson says his involvement in Since Johnson’s father passed, he and his siblings have divided the 160- tennis has been a “fun time.” It appears he has a fun time no matter acre farm into 40-acres plots for each what he I doing. of them. Johnson works at the farm. This year he is growing alfalfa, and
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Preparing for hospice care
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Sometimes patients succumb to a disease, in spite of the best treatments and support. When the time comes for a family to confront a loved one’s declining health, hospice care can be a dignified way to make that person’s final days as comforting as possible. Hospice is a type of care designed to make the final moments of a person’s life as pain-free and manageable as possible. It can take place in a medical facility, but very often hospice care occurs at home or wherever the ill person feels most comfortable. Hospice care is usually the last step when all other options have been exhausted. Making the decision to move a loved one to hospice care can be an emotionally wrenching time. Decisions such as these may be better made at a time in a person’s life when he or she is not sick. That is why living wills that spell out details for end-of-life care can be quite valuable. Decisions are made with a level head and not wrought with emotions. Such living wills also can take the pressure off of family members who may not feel comfortable making such decisions on their own or in concert with relatives.
Hospice is a type of care and a philosophy that focuses on the palliative care of terminally ill patients. Rather than providing medication to try to treat the illness, medicine is offered to make a person more comfortable and remove any pain. Psychological therapy may also be offered to help the person come to terms with the end of life. Although hospice is a concept that has gradually evolved since the 11th century, the principles of modern hospice care can trace their roots to the 1950s and Dame Cicely Saunders, a nurse and social worker who is known as the creator of the hospice movement. If hospice care is outlined in a dying person’s living will or expressed wishes, there are some guidelines that can be followed by the sick individual. • Visit various medical care centers to see if away-from-home options provide the care and environment you desire. Be sure to establish what type of hospice care you prefer. This may include care within a nursing home or hospital, or in the comfort of your own home. • Sign a medical durable power of attorney. This signed document gives authority to an adult age 18 or
older, who then has the right to make necessary medical and healthcare decisions for you in the event you become incapacitated. • Clearly Courtesy photo indicate Hospice care offers palliative, not curative, care, aiming to keep your wishes the terminally ill comfortable in their final days. regarding days. resuscitation. A signed document • Investigate financial options may alert emergency health care perfor hospice. Medicare and Medicaid sonnel or others of your wishes not to provide hospice coverage in 44 states. be resuscitated. This document must Many private insurance plans have a be signed by you and a doctor and hospice benefit as well. Understand witnessed by others. how payment is made to figure out if • Decide on the duration of care. private funding will be necessary. Hospice care generally lasts six Not all hospice programs are the months. This enables a long stretch same. Certain core models of care are of palliative care. Should you live followed by many hospice facilities, beyond the time period, hospice care but options vary. Hospice can provide can continue. Studies have shown comfort in a person’s final days and that patients who receive hospice help sufferers better enjoy life and care for at least 30 to 60 days gain time spent with loved ones in these greater benefit than those who are last days. placed in hospice only in their final
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See you in the funny papers ... The Yellow Kid and Hogan’s Alley
ccording to popular folklore the first truly American comic was born in 1894 when Richard F. Outcault (18631928) first introduced The Yellow Kid (aka Mickey Dugan) to the readers of “Truth” magaSurveyor zine. However, Columnist history is seldom that clean, and this story too is much more complicated. In the first place the initial cartoon renderings by Outcault were single Rudy panel cartoons. Hemmann The modern comic strip is defined as a series of panels carrying a narrative. By early 1895 Outcault had drawn four separate single panel comics for “Truth” magazine with The Yellow Kid character appearing in a purely supporting role. Another deviation from the traditional is “Truth” magazine was not a newspaper, but rather a weekly magazine — and later a monthly reader — published in the U.S. from 1881 to 1905. It was founded as a weekly society journal, transitioning to a monthly in 1898. A number of changes to the publication, including content and size, left readers confused. Circulation declined until its demise in 1905. Thirdly, political cartoons had been around since the early 1800s. The idea of using single panel cartoons to gain support for, or poke fun at, a particular person or cause was hardly a new one. However it took comics pioneers like Outcault, Thomas “Tad” Dorgan creator of “Johnny Wise” and Elsie Sagar creator of Popeye, to pull the disparate elements (talk balloons, the panel format, social commentary, edgy humor and great artwork of the early comics to name just a few) together into a single package which would make the public come back for more. By early 1895 Joseph Pulitzer’s “New York World” newspaper had reprinted some of Outcault’s work and by May of that same year printed the first full color “Hogan’s Alley” comic strip with The Yellow Kid as the main character. The strip proved to be popular, and over a few months the “Hogan’s Alley” strip became a full page single panel cartoon. “Hogan’s Alley” also appeared several times during the week on the black
and white comics pages. The character Mickey Dugan, or if you prefer, The Yellow Kid, was drawn with large ears and a bald head. Dugan was obviously a boy in spite of being shown attired in a large, yellow (hence the nick-name), dress-like nightshirt that nearly reached his shoeless feet. He hung around a shabby slum-like alley which was typical of the squalid alleys so common in some parts of New York City during the late 1800s. The alley was filled with many other odd characters, most of them children. Dugan sported a goofy grin and spoke with strange slang words and expressions. His dialogue was printed on his nightshirt. This was reportedly Outcault’s way of lampooning advertising sandwich boards and billboards. The nightshirt was a handme-down from an older sister. In the earliest color strips it was white. Outcault changed the color to pale blue before settling on the trademark yellow. The Kid’s bald head was emblematic of a child from that era who had recently undergone a procedure to be rid of lice. The shaved heads of children was a common enough sight in the tenements of New York City at the time. In a 1902 interview Outcault stated, “The Yellow Kid was not an individual but a type. When I used to go about the slums on newspaper assignments I would encounter him often, wandering out of doorways or sitting down on dirty doorsteps. I always loved the Kid. He had a sweet character and a sunny disposition, and was generous to a fault. Malice, envy or selfishness were not traits of his, and he never lost his temper.” Even though a cartoon, the humor and social commentary of Outcault’s work was aimed directly at the adult readership of the newspapers. One writer described “Hogan’s Alley” as, “A turn-of-the-century (late 1800s-early 1900s) theater of the city, in which class and racial tensions of the new urban, consumerist environment were acted out by a mischievous group of New York City kids from the wrong side of the tracks.” The Yellow Kid’s image was exploited mercilessly by the Pulitzer organization, making it one of the first examples of crass commercialization. The Yellow Kid’s likeness appeared on labels and advertising for cigarettes, cigars, cracker tins, ladies’ fans, matchbooks, postcards, chewing gum cards, toys, whiskey and dozens of other products. This fact was not lost on William Randolph Hearst who hired Outcault away from Pulitzer in 1896 at a huge
increase in salary. Outcault went to work at Hearst’s “New York Journal American” and continued producing “Hogan’s Alley” comics for his new employer. Pulitzer fought back by hiring illustrator George Luks to continue drawing the same strip for the “World.” The Yellow Kid had the distinction of appearing in the comics section of two competing newspapers for nearly a year until ownership rights could be decided by a judge. Pulitzer sued claiming full rights to The Yellow Kid and to the “Hogan’s Alley” name. After hearing both sides of the argument the judge issued a Solomon-esque ruling. He divided the “properties” as equally as possible by allowing Outcault to retain the rights to The Yellow Kid but giving the “Hogan’s Alley” name to Pulitzer. Outcault remained with Hearst until 1898 when he returned to work for Pulitzer. The battle over the rights to “Hogan’s Alley” and The Yellow Kid had taken its toll on both franchises from which neither was
able to fully recover. Outcault worked on several other projects for Pulitzer before creating the “Buster Brown” comic, which turned into a hit even larger than “Hogan’s Alley” and The Yellow Kid. But that’s another story. Here is an interesting sidelight. As reported in these articles in the past, American comics have given our form of English several colorful terms and slang expressions. It is generally acknowledged that the first of these came from a reference to The Yellow Kid. The papers that ran The Yellow Kid comics were referred to by New Yorkers as “Yellow Kid papers” or as “the yellow papers.” During the Spanish American War of 1898, as the rivalry between the Hearst owned and Pulitzer owned newspapers escalated, both sides engaged in exaggerations of news events, sensationalism and, at times, scandal-mongering in order to “sell papers.” That style of reporting came to be known as “yellow journalism.” I’ll see you in the funny papers.
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Berthoud Weekly Surveyor September 5, 2013 Page B7 income was at or above the poverty level. $45,526
National Grandparents Day Special to the Surveyor In 1970, Marian McQuade initiated a campaign to establish a day to honor grandparents. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a federal proclamation, declaring the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. This day has been celebrated every year since in honor of our nation’s grandparents. The forget-me-not was named the official flower of National Grandparents Day by the National Grandparents Day Council. “A Song for Grandma and Grandpa” was named the official song of National Grandparents Day in 2004 by the National Grandparents Day Council. The Census Bureau presents updates of statistics about their role and responsibilities in our society. Courtesy photo
Lloyd Mobley hit a hole-in-one on the 144 yard, par 3, hole no. 4 at Mariana Butte Golf Course on Aug. 25. Mobley’s ace came during play at the annual Loveland City Championship.
Meals on Wheels September Menu 5) Chicken Salad on Lettuce, Macaroni Salad , Tropical Fruit & Grapes, Bread, Milk, Copper Penny Salad 6) Meat Loaf, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, California Vegetables, Bread, Milk, Banana 9) Breaded Fish, Tartar Sauce, Confetti Couscous , Broccoli Bread, Milk. Fruit Cocktail 10) Cheeseburger Pie, Succotash & Edamame, Cinnamon Apples, Bread, Milk, Creamy Coleslaw 11) Basil Chicken Pasta, Zucchini & Tomatoes, Parsley Carrots, Bread, Milk, Orange Wedges 12) Turkey Salisbury Steak, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Scandinavian Vegetables, Bread, Milk, Pineapple & Mandarin Oranges 13) Beef Stew, Cornbread, Butter, California Vegetables, Milk, Apple Sparkle Gelatin, Pears 16) Carrot Frittata, Oven Browned Potatoes, Tropical Fruit Compote, Bread, Milk, Yogurt & Kashi 17) Tarragon Chicken Tenders, Sauce, Quinoa Pilaf, Broccoli, Bread, Milk, Banana 18) Meat Loaf, Gravy, Au Gratin Pota-
toes, Green Beans & Peppers, Bread, Milk, Tropical Fruit 19) Sweet & Sour Chicken over Rice, Buttered Cabbage, Hot Fruit Compote, Bread, Milk , Carrot Raisin Salad 20) Roast Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Dilled Peas, Bread, Milk, Fruit Cocktail & Mandarin Oranges 23) Sloppy Joe, Baked Beans, Parsley Carrots, Bun, Milk, Tropical Fruit 24) Baked Fish, Roasted Red Pepper Sauce, Rice Pilaf, Spinach, Bread, Milk, Orange Wedges 25) Hamburger Stroganoff over Noodles, Brussels Sprouts, Cinnamon Apples, Bread, Milk, Picked Beet Salad 26) Chicken Noodle Soup, California Vegetables, Peach Crisp, Crackers, Bread, Milk, Egg Salad 27) Roast Pork, Apple Chutney, Orange Sweet Potatoes, Squash Medley, Bread, Milk, Pineapple & Mand Oranges 30) Oven Browned Chicken Tenders, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Broccoli, Bread, Milk, Apricots
7 million The number of grandparents whose grandchildren under age 18 were living with them in 2011. 2.7 million The number of grandparents responsible for the basic needs of one or more grandchildren under age 18 living with them in 2011. Of these caregivers, 1.7 million were grandmothers and 1.0 million were grandfathers. 594,000 The number of grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 and whose income was below the poverty level in the past 12 months compared with the 2.1 million grandparent caregivers whose
Median income for families with grandparent householders responsible for grandchildren under age 18. Among these families, where a parent of the grandchildren was not present, the median income was $33,627. 1.9 million The number of married (including separated) grandparents responsible for caring for their grandchildren. 1.7 million The number of grandparents in the labor force responsible for own grandchildren under age 18. Among them, 338,000 were 60 years or older. 657,000 The number of grandparents who had a disability and were responsible for their grandchildren. 1.9 million The number of grandparents responsible for their grandchildren who were living in owner-occupied housing, compared with 844,000 that were living in renter-occupied housing. 5.5 million The number of children under 18 living with a grandparent householder in 2011. Nearly half, 48 percent or 2.6 million, were under age 6. 10% Percentage of children in the U.S. living with a grandparent in 2012, totaling 7.1 million. 2.7 million The number of children living with both grandmother and grandfather in 2012. Editor’s note: The preceding data were collected from a variety of sources and may be subject to sampling variability and other sources of error.
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