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LIVINGWELL COLORADO SPRINGS

Your Health & Lifestyle Magazine

Fall 2019

Exploring the last days of summer in:

ASPEN, VAIL BRECKENRIDGE & TELLURIDE Starting on page 40


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Chasing the last days of summer. This September my wife and I celebrated twenty years of marriage. As high-school sweethearts and native Texans, her first Colorado trip was with me when she was eighteen years old. It came as no surprise that she was instantly hooked and little did we know that ten years later, we would be proud to call Colorado our home, after a very spontaneous move. This town and state has embraced us over the years. It’s where we’ve raised two girls, had many laughs, shared countless memories and escaped the all too often hardships that come with life.

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Dr. Ron W. Pelton, Pinnacle Dentistry, Colorado Springs Airport, Rich Schell, Dawn King, Elizabeth Colvin, DO, Dr. Allison Nicklin, Deb Kinnan, LPC, Dr. Ted Archdale, Johannes Hunter Jewelers, UCCS, Encompass Health, Hayley Reaver, Andrea Sinclair, Dr. Reagan Anderson, Dr. Maneesh Gupta and Dr. Katharine Leppard ART & DESIGN www.TenPeaksMedia.com

SUBSCRIPTIONS subscribe@COLivingWell.com Historically, we have an artist, celebrity or notable person on our cover, www.COLivingWell.com/subscribe but this issue is different. Thanks to the support of Aspen, Breckenridge, Telluride and Vail, we wanted to share some of our favorite places LETTERS TO THE EDITOR with you and capture those last few days of another magical Colorado editor@COLivingWell.com summer. Our theme for this story is “If you like , then you’re different, Slavic going to love ” (cover story starting on page 40).If you’re interested in something completely ADVERTISING SALES Soul Party! arrives Nov. 23 for a unique musical Joshua experience. D. Cates (830) 388-8110 With fiery Balkan brass, irresistible beats, Roma (Gypsy) Starting the day off right with a Denver omelet in Breck, discovering the Josh@TenPeaksMedia.com secret to catching that illusive trout in Telluride, catching aaccordion last Sunday wizardry and jaw-dropping jazz chops, the morning stroll through the Farmers’ Market in Vail, finding dynamic the right brass/percussion shoes ensemble offers a huge helping of for a long hike in Aspen, and ending the days with fine dining were a fun. These nine musicians celebrate the sounds spontaneous few of the memorable moments of this anniversary celebration. From a Balkan brass filter, reimagining tradition of life through cruising down nine miles of the Rio Grande bike trail in Aspen to a little new music out of immigration, integration and while making known lunch spot in Woody Creek to enjoying a cold one on a rooftop ingenuity. DESIGNED AND PUBLISHED BY overlooking Bridal Veil Falls, we came back refreshed and renewed. We December brings the Spanish Harlem Orchestra and jazz guitar experienced long-time establishments that never disappoint to the best masters Bill with Frisell and Julian Lage before ending on a festive new places to stay in the heart of the action. We are excited to share our readers these wonderful places that are guaranteed tonote impress with AonCeltic Family Christmas on the 18th. Join awardyour next trek in the majestic Colorado Rockies. winning fiddlers Natalie MacMaster, Donnell Leahy and their

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LIVINGWELL COLORADO SPRINGS

Your Health & Lifestyle Magazine

Fall 2019

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Exploring the last days of summer in:

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HIGH COUNTRY HIDEOUTS Five towns, seven days, four hotels, one rental car and lots of miles on some of the most scenic mountain roads in Colorado.

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SUN DAMAGED SKIN

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GREAT NEWS FOR TRAVELERS

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HOW ARE WE FAIRING AS AMERICANS

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REUNIONS BY DESIGN

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PILATES: THE ULTIMATE REHABILITATION

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ARE YOUR KIDS HEALTHY

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STUCK IN THE MIDDLE

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DEALING WITH UNEXPECTED LOSS

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UCCS ARTIST SERIES

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THE DIABETES EPIDEMIC

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ST ANTHONY’S PARAMEDIC ACADEMY

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CULTURE AND THE BUILD

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ACID REFLUX

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THIGH NUMBNESS AND PAIN

A WEEKEND OF SPARKLE WHY REHAB IS IMPORTANT 13 TIPS ON HOW TO SAVE

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Fly COS to your seat by the sea. Planning your fall travel has never been easier. With 13 direct flights and more than 300 one-stop destinations to choose from, options are limitless. Flying COS offers travelers easy parking and short lines. With COS so close to home, you can let the stress of travel fall away without the hassle of I-25 traffic. Look before you book at FlyCOS.com Atlanta | Denver | Salt Lake City | Phoenix | Minneapolis | San Antonio | Dallas | Houston | Washington D.C. | Chicago | Los Angeles | Las Vegas | Orlando

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GOLD HILL MESA PRESENTS

Welcome Fall at Gold Hill Mesa’s Harvest Festival, including live music by Thunder & Rain and food trucks! The festival is free and a $10 wristband can be purchased for access to even more fun activities such as bounce houses, a petting zoo, one small pumpkin per child, & more!

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major reason that many of us live in Colorado is access to the Rocky Mountains and all the outdoor activities our state has to offer, and one of the best times to be in Colorado is the summer! However, most of us do not adequately protect ourselves from harmful UV sun rays. The longterm effects of sun-damaged skin include premature aging with wrinkles, age spots, loose skin, spider veins, a blotchy or ruddy complexion and worst of all . . . skin cancer. Although all of us are susceptible to sun damage, the fairer your skin, the greater your risks.

Remember the Number 80! In an article entitled, “Ultraviolet Radiation, Aging and the Skin,” the researchers note that “UV exposure may account for up to 80% of visible signs of aging in the skin . . .” [1]. They go on to point out that “some estimates indicate that up to 80% of lifetime UV exposure occurs before the age of 20.” This also correlates with skin cancer risk including melanoma. Tanning beds offer no protection and the use of tanning salons before the age of 35 years is associated with an almost 80% increased lifetime melanoma risk.

What Can You Do? Prevention is the best way to deal with sun damage. Though you may be able to treat the visible damage, cancer risks cannot be undone. Sun protection can also help stop or slow down signs of sun damage. However, to be effective, you must use sun protection every day — even on cloudy days.

To summarize: Minimize your exposure. If the UV index is 5 or greater, decrease the time you spend outside. The UV index is found in most weather apps. Cover up. When in the sun, wear a hat, sunglasses and UV-protective clothing. Wear sunscreen daily. Use a product with at least an SPF 30. Re-apply during the day. One and done is not good enough. Skip the tanning beds. Use spray tans instead which will deliver the color without the increased risk of skin cancer and sun-damaged skin.

Amaro-Ortiz, et.al. Ultraviolet Radiation, Aging and the Skin: Prevention of Damage by Topical cAMP Manipulation. Molecules. 2014 May; 19(5): 6202–6219.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Ron W. Pelton M.D., Ph.D. is a native of Benton, AR. He has lived in Colorado Springs, CO and has been in solo practice in oculo-facial plastic surgery since 2000. Dr. Pelton graduated from Vanderbilt University Medical School in Nashville, TN and subsequently completed his residency in Ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Dr. Pelton then completed a two-year fellowship in oculo-facial plastic surgery at the University of Utah prior to opening his practice in Colorado Springs. Dr. Pelton is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. 2770 N Union Blvd // Colorado Springs, CO 80909 // (719) 329-0040 // www.drpelton.com

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Great News for Travelers

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he Colorado Springs Airport continues to expand its air service offerings with increased seasonal service. That’s great news for residents looking for hassle-free fall travel.

and Hawaii, eliminating the need to drive to Denver for those connections,” explains Greg Phillips, Director of Aviation for the Colorado Springs Airport.

At the Colorado Springs Airport (COS), ease and convenience are key advantages for travelers – simple parking, shorter lines and close to home, so you can spend your vacation on vacation, rather than dealing with long drives and long lines. COS has up to 35 daily departing flights serving 13 nonstop destinations, including seven major hubs connecting travelers to more than 300 destinations on four airlines: American, Delta, Frontier and United. More than 90% of these connections have a less than ninety-minute layover, eliminating the need to drive to Denver.

With the latest increase in air service and with Frontier’s seasonal routes continuing into midNovember, fall travel has never been easier from COS.

Air service continues to grow, with the newest route expansion recently announced from American Airlines to Phoenix starting this December. “With the new routes, travelers will have greater access to the warm Phoenix weather during the winter, as well as the opportunity to connect to 53 additional destinations, including Mexico

On October 27, United will add a third daily flight to Los Angeles. Starting November 14, Frontier’s Orlando route will switch from a redeye to a three times weekly daytime flight and in early December, Delta will increase capacity to Atlanta by 20%. There is more exciting growth on the horizon for COS. Of the 7200 acres COS resides on, 900 acres are dedicated to business development in Peak Innovation Park; attracting businesses, building jobs, and continuing to not only increase air travel related services but provide economic vitality and positive benefit to the

surrounding communities. This vision has already taken flight with a distribution center set to be completed by 2020, while negotiations for a hotel on-site are nearing completion, as well as increased interest from a variety of national companies. Since the April 2018 terminal fire, the airport’s second and third floor renovations are complete, giving COS a fresh new look. First floor renovations are in the works and a solar-covered parking project in the valet parking area is slated to be completed by the end of 2019, bringing a new green era to development at COS. With all these great things happening at COS, we hope to see you soon!

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How Are We Fairing as Healthy Americans? Healthy citizens are the greatest asset a country can have.

We at Pinnacle Dentistry have witnessed amazing effort and achievement on the part of our patients to maximize their general health

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notable leader once said, “Healthy citizens are the greatest asset a country can have.” This claim is even more meaningful considering that it was stated by Prime Minister Winston Churchill, whose wartime nation of Great Britain was at the time under significant pressure to measure its assets.

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If this is true one might ask, “How are we in the United States fairing in terms of its citizens’ health? As individuals, families, and communities, how are we doing? As a nation and by PM Churchill’s observation, is a healthy citizenry an asset we possess?” Unfortunately, most would recognize not so much. As appreciative as we are for the benefits of our healthcare system, most would admit that it is good at keeping us alive, but not necessarily good at keeping us healthy. Multiple identifiable trends prove that out.

political initiatives and the misunderstanding of basic economic/societal principles aside, did you know that an estimated 75% of our healthcare costs are due to chronic preventable disease? In that light, statistics indicate that, in spite of a system that is as broken as it is, for many of us the difference between good or bad health is luckily something that is to a significant extent under our own control. With exceptions, metabolic syndrome, diabetes (with which some are now including Alzheimer’s Disease), cardiovascular disease, and substance abuse/addiction are affected primarily by one’s own personal lifestyle choices. In reality, for most of us and for most of our lives, we are as healthy as we decide to be. (Another quotation by a great American leader comes to mind, “We, each of us, are as happy as we decide to be.” But that is another topic for another day.)

Much of course has been written, debated, and undertaken concerning the effectiveness, expense, and access to healthcare in our country. Ill-advised

We at Pinnacle Dentistry have witnessed amazing effort and achievement on the part of our patients to maximize their general health. With them, we

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recognize the ever-increasingly documented links between oral and overall systemic health and well-being and feel privileged to partner with them in that way. “How is this done”, one might ask? The answer is by routinely monitoring with them basic systemic health indicators, engage in an ongoing conversation about their wellness, develop a plan of action - including referral to a physician when appropriate, and providing feedback and encouragement over time. Periodontal disease alone has been identified in the literature as being a contributing factor for osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and stroke, kidney disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s, and complications with pregnancy. All indicators mentioned are documented as bellwethers of overall health and factors that are often improved significantly with lifestyle choice and proper care when indicated. Dental providers are the health care providers most frequently seen on a regular basis and spend more time per visit with patients than any other. The oral cavity and head/neck truly is the gateway to the body, and as Michael Roizen M.D., the Chief Wellness Officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, has stated, “I believe dentists should be on the front lines

fighting the health crisis that is destroying our nation.” At Pinnacle Dentistry we take that charge very seriously.

Wherever you may choose to seek dental care, we encourage you to pursue the very best for you and your loved ones. A healthier you is often within your grasp, and we urge you to seek regular dental care and allow the providers you choose to be the resource they are trained to be for your benefit. Together, we can achieve great things as individuals, as communities, and as a country. If you believe we at Pinnacle Dentistry can help your effort to achieve the healthiest you, we would consider it a privilege and look forward to hearing from you soon.

Stay Healthy! Pinnacle Dentistry offers a variety of services to keep your teeth healthy for years to come! • Crowns • Bridges

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Reunions by Design Good for the Soul By: Rich Schell

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ypically, I write about design or anything that pertains to it. But, as I reflect on my summer and the amazing time I’ve spent reconnecting with family as well as long-time old friends, I chose to write about a different topic. I’ll call this article Reunions By Design. The power of time spent with both family and friends is an unbelievable lift for your spirit and general well-being. As we continue to age, the gatherings that result from those connections, in particular, should be treated in an almost sacred way, in which each time we’re together could possibly be our last . . . Carpe Diem! July was filled with exactly those types of connections. My partner and I traveled to Sheridan, Wyoming for his 40th high school class reunion 14

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and also Mom’s 80th birthday celebration! Being back in Wyoming, we were reminded of the majestic beauty of the wide-open spaces, along with that panoramic view of the Big Horn Mountain Range, which includes the valleys, plains, and ranchland that sit beneath them. The wetness of the season has left the grassland lush and picturesque. Traveling to Wyoming, the place where we both grew up, I found myself reflecting on this question. “Would we ever return and live out our retirement in this place that somehow fills our hearts and calls us home?” But then I think, “Maybe Palm Springs, Tucson, Wyoming . . . hmmm? Cold winters or scorching summers - possibly both?” Anyway, I digress . . . back to the high school reunion. Sometimes it’s

ok to realize that we’ve been quite happy with our decision to have left our old stomping grounds and “got out,” so to speak. We noticed that the cowboy-easy lifestyle of those who never left, compared to those who had gone on to experience the world and then returned, were naturally, completely different from each other. There’s certainly nothing wrong with keeping things simple! We realized that possibly the ones that chose to stay were, indeed, the lucky ones. Nevertheless, reconnecting with familiar faces and old memories is an amazing thing! There was a time in 1976 when my partner Greg hosted a disco party at his family home in Sheridan, Wyoming, complete with a disco ball that replaced the dining room chandelier and a ceiling covered in


aluminum foil. Attended by about 20 of his nearest and dearest, they enjoyed a night they would not soon forget. With some efficient work to repair minor damage to their home, Greg’s parents never knew! This summer, during the same weekend in Wyoming, we were lucky to celebrate Greg’s mother’s birthday. She turned 80, and all the children came home to joyfully honor their family.

Next, we were off to Tucson to attend my 40th reunion of having traveled and performed in the international group Up With People, in which we sang, danced, and traveled the globe. Our cast has become an extended family of our life together and gives us the opportunity to reconnect with friends from everywhere. One friend was happy, as well as relieved to be there, considering the conditions in his home country of Venezuela. Another from Tel Aviv, Israel, told of a much different land than we see on television. Another, from Canada, came to her first reunion since 1979. Yet each of us picked up where we last left off, sharing memories and similar stories of our time together, and once again, we nurtured these relationships that have been woven into our lives.

allow us to become more authentic as we learn from each other. To sum up my thoughts - reunions by design can be just two people, a few families or many, several friends, or a long-lost classmate. I know I’ve been made richer because of the people that have graced my life in the past and continue to be a part of it. These relationships, dear friendships, have influenced my retail and interior design businesses in immeasurably positive ways. And now, social media has allowed us a much easier opportunity to see each other more often - the ‘likes’ on Instagram or Facebook and the birthday wishes that may come from a neighbor you rarely see. Let’s face it, as Barbra Streisand sang, “People, people who need people, are the luckiest people in the world.”

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Even if you did not have a chance to travel, performing as I did with 125 outstanding individuals, all of us have been a part of something that connects us closely with a group of people. The family at the end of your cul-desac in your home town, friends from your grade school or high school, or the choir in your church - it is critically important to reestablish relationships with others from our past, as it works to strengthen our future! We understand that the years we’ve known one another will

I’m heading to Asheville, North Carolina, for a design industry reunion to meet up with an inaugural group of other fellow interior designers from across the country for another designer experience where we’ll share ideas, listen to experts speak, tour factories, and enjoy a guided tour of the great home and gardens of the Vanderbilt Family, The Biltmore. With all that packed into our agenda, I’m most excited to be with industry friends and share our camaraderie and thoughts as we navigate an everchanging business climate. Have an incredible fall everyone! As we approach the holidays, begin to plan your get-togethers and reunions, large or small. It’s good for your heart and your soul . . . create your own “Reunions by Design!” Fall 2019

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Pilates

The Ultimate Rehabilitation By: Dawn King

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unctional movement has long been the goal of rehabilitative care. Following an injury, illness, or surgery, physical therapy is often prescribed as a means of bringing the body back to its prior condition. But is mere functional movement enough? Is the work of healing done once the basic range of motion markers have been met? The answer to that is a personal one. For the patient determined to come back even stronger than before, it is at this point that the body has been granted a wonderful opportunity. Pilates was created by the late Joseph Pilates while he was detained in an internment camp during World War I. At that time, he called it Contrology and used it as a means to rehabilitate other detainees who were bedridden and in need of some form of movement. Today, Pilates has transformed into an exercise system utilized by

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many to create strong, flexible, and aligned physiques - but its roots are in rehabilitation. As such, it is a wonderful post physical therapy system that has the potential to take patients from recovery to the pinnacle of performance.

Pilates was created by the late Joseph Pilates while he was detained in an internment camp during World War I. Sun Pilates Studio is a professional movement studio that accepts both MedPay and Worker’s Compensation insurance for patients recovering from auto accidents and on the job injuries. Our experienced and knowledgable staff are passionate about helping clients to achieve the highest level of health and movement possible. Contact us today for more information.

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Heading Back to School: Are Your Kids Healthy and Ready to Go? Keep Children Safe This School Year with Proper Vaccinations and Immunizations from Your Primary Care Provider

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By: Elizabeth Colvin, DO Pediatrician

he school season is quickly approaching Colorado children and parents as the summer draws to a close. But there should be more on a parent’s mind than just purchasing school supplies and packing lunches. It is important this time of year for children and students to receive their vaccines. This will help them remain healthy and safe during the school year.

certificate of immunization to enroll your child. These will fight against the chickenpox; flu; polio; diphtheria; tetanus and pertussis (Tdap); and measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). Elementary school vaccinations are easy. Be sure your child gets their flu shot by the end of October and they will be all set unless of course, they missed vaccines in the past. Now would be a great time to get them.

Immunization is an important part of growing up healthy and strong for kids of all ages, and the Center of Disease Control (CDC) promotes vaccination as a highly effective and easy way to help keep your family’s well-being in check. Providing vaccinations on time throughout childhood helps provide immunity before children are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases. Vaccines are continuously tested to provide comfort to parents and ensure they are safe for children to receive at the recommended ages.*

Preteen years involve a lot, your children’s bodies are growing fast. The protection provided from the childhood vaccines have worn off and adolescents need protection from additional infections before their risk of exposure increases. The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine will help protect your preteen against infections that can cause certain cancers and even genital warts. The meningococcal vaccine will help prevent an infection that lines the brain and spinal cord. The Tdap vaccine will help protect against whooping cough. Additionally, be sure your preteen gets the yearly flu shot again as well.

There are different immunizations that go along with each age range. As suggested by the CDC, these age brackets are: Starting School (4-6 years old) Elementary School (7-10 years old) Preteen (11-12 years old) Teen (13-18 years old)

Take a look at which vaccines are recommended during each stage and why they are a cornerstone to a healthy life for your children. For the starting school age group, vaccines and flu shots are incredibly important as some schools require a

As your children become teens, they should continue with a yearly checkin with their primary care provider and receive a flu shot, while receiving the meningococcal conjugate vaccine at 16. Not only will the yearly doctor checkups with your children’s pediatrician help keep your growing children healthy and strong, but also instill proper habits and good judgment on your their part. Be sure that they have a yearly physical and continue to receive the flu shot while in college! DaVita Medical Group Pediatrics, Southwest 2610 Tenderfoot Hill Street Colorado Springs, CO 80906 *For more information on vaccinations, visit https:// www.cdc.gov/vaccines/growing/.

Don’t wait, Vaccinate! It’s back to school time. Make sure your family’s vaccinations are up-todate. Check with your school for any required vaccines, including: • Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (DTaP) • Polio (IVP) • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) • Varicella • Hepatitis A & B • Meningococcal/ Meningitis Evening and weekend appointments available.

Ask our conveniently located pediatric providers which vaccines your child might need today! Briargate 2405 Research Pkwy. Colorado Springs, CO 80920 East Office 6340 Barnes Road Colorado Springs, CO 80922 Southwest 2610 Tenderfoot Hill St. Colorado Springs, CO 80906 For an appointment call

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Stuck in the Middle Get to the “CORE “ of the matter:

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s we move into the final quarter of the year, many look forward to the cooler temperatures, crisp air, and an end to construction season! A change in climate often brings forth new activities and sporting adventures both inside and out, and for many it is the most wonderful time of the year - Ski and Board season! Be it a leisure hike, tackling the mountainous terrain or shoveling snow, it might be a good time to focus on improving your core, but what does that really mean? Core exercises are part of a well rounded fitness program but aside from sit ups and push-ups many core exercises are neglected. The abdominal area has been marginalized to include just one muscle, the most superficial...rectus abdominis, the coveted “Sixpack”, but the anatomy and function go much deeper.

Function: The majority of our recreational and daily activities depend on the stability of the core muscles, be it reaching overhead to grasp an object, swinging a golf club, pushing open a door, or simply getting out of bed. The core is capable of a multitude of actions, but the primary function is in maintaining good posture and spinal alignment. Functions also include stabilizing the rib cage when you cough or sneeze, increasing pressure in the chest cavity such as when you hold your breath, stabilizing the pelvic floor for urinary and bowel function and to assist in labor/delivery. Essentially your core is the “foundation“ of your house. Weak core muscles can leave you susceptible to poor posture, spine and muscle injuries, and can lead to long standing neck and back dysfunction. Research has shown a correlation between injury and altered core strength in professional athletes, and a higher incidence of back pain in those patients who typically had a sedentary job and lifestyle.

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Be it a leisure hike, tackling the mountainous terrain or shoveling snow, it might be a good time to focus on improving your core, but what does that really mean?


The core muscles can be divided into two groups: The first group are the deep core and “local ” stabilizers of the spine, due to their proximity and closeness to the spinal column. These include the transversus abdominis and lumbar multifidus and generally coactivate to provide spinal segmental stabilization and maintain the spine in a neutral position. In addition these muscles provide fine-tuning motor control and proprioception to provide finite spinal stability. The second more shallow group of muscles provide “global” stabilization to the spine, pelvis, and thorax. These muscles include the rectus abdominis, internal and external obliques, erector spinae, quadratus lumborum, and hip musculature including the glutes and the hip flexors. These muscles produce high forces to counterbalance any resistance or action imposed on the spine, and are more of a secondary stabilizer.

Core Strength vs Core Training?

Go with your Gut Building core strength and control promotes a sturdy central link in the chain connecting your upper and lower body. Weak, tight, or unbalanced core muscles and surrounding tissue can undermine your ability to have a fun and productive life. Engaging in a program that includes core stabilization, flexibility, and cardiovascular training will build up your balance and stability, bring more power to your athletic and daily pursuits, and aid in injury prevention. While it’s important to build a strong core, keep in mind that overtraining abdominal muscles and ignoring muscles of the back, hip and pelvis can set you up for injury. If chiseled washboard abs are your Holy Grail, it is still wise to engage in a functional training program and trim body fat through diet and aerobic exercise. Avoid getting stuck in the middle rut. Visit one of our locations at Revolution Rehabilitation for a complimentary consultation to assess your training and injury needs, and get back your groove! Visit our website for helpful tips and links for your core training regimen!

The terms core strength and core training have been something of a buzz, so is it core training or just a fancy way of saying tone and defining your abs? In essence, core-strength training is directed at training the deep trunk muscles, however independent or isolated training in this area remains challenging. Training is best focused on multiplanar, multijoint and combined movements that emulate and activate the muscles in a more natural, functional manner, and are more effective and attainable. Research has shown that resistance training, which generally isolates individual muscle groups, can be more challenging for those who have a history of back pain because those muscles tend to shut down in the presence of disuse or discomfort. Functional training helps you develop better posture by supporting your spine in helping with things like balance, coordination, functional movement patterns and when working in multiple directions, various speeds, and against different levels of resistance. Movement patterns that work your core are going to work more than one muscle group and you benefit from the results much faster and can aid in injury recovery and reduction.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Dr. Allison Nicklin is the Founder and CEO of Revolution Rehabilitation , independent Physical Therapy Orthopedic and Sports Medicine practices est. in 2007 . Visit revrehab.com or call 719-635-8622 for more detail! OFFICE LOCATIONS South: 155 Printers Parkway Suite 125 Colorado Springs, CO 80910 North : 595 Chapel Hills Drive Suite 245 Colorado Springs, Colorado 80920 Fall 2019

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Dealing with Unexpected Loss, Today and Tomorrow Experiencing the loss of a loved one is always challenging, but a sudden loss can be shocking and even unimaginable.

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t is important for us to recognize that none of us who witness a tragedy, either as a first-person witness, friend, work colleague, family member, or community member, aren’t touched by it. It’s important to remember that stress and grief that come from these losses are normal reactions to sudden tragedy.

In the back of our minds, we understand that no one lives forever. When someone we love has a terminal illness or has reached the end-stages of life, we have time to make preparations and say our goodbyes. But an untimely death can leave us feeling out-of-control and overwhelmed with the pain of grief.

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Those who experience unexpected loss may feel angered by the sudden death, cheated of the last goodbye, or sad that they didn’t perform some final act of kindness before their loved one died. Missing out on saying goodbye can leave us feeling distressed, adrift, and angry which only adds to our grief, pain, and sadness during an already difficult time. Although it may be hard to imagine during the months and even years after the sudden death of a loved one, it’s important to remember that recovery is possible. While everyone grieves differently, we ultimately work through the pain to begin the healing process. As we


Crying doesn’t mean we are weak or that we’re being selfish, it means that we are human. Ultimately, it’s important to keep your loved one close to your heart and honor them by living a fulfilling and rewarding life.

go through a grief journey, it’s critical to focus on our health and emotions. After a loss, we may find ourselves eating or sleeping less, but both are key to recovery. We should be honest with ourselves and deal with our emotions – repressing feelings only delays the grieving process. Crying doesn’t mean we are weak or that we’re being selfish, it means that we are human. Ultimately, it’s important to keep your loved one close to your heart and honor them by living a fulfilling and rewarding life. During the difficult times following an unexpected loss, we can find comfort by trusting that the person we loved would want us to live our lives to the fullest. Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care’s Center for Grief & Loss is available to anyone in the community experiencing the loss of a loved one, regardless if we provided end of life care to the person who died.

ABOUT PIKES PEAK HOSPICE & PALLIATIVE CARE Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care is the largest and only notfor-profit hospice and palliative care provider serving El Paso and Teller Counties. It provides outpatient hospice services in patients’ homes and extended care facilities and also delivers care at the 16-bed Pikes Peak Hospice Unit at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs. Services also include a robust palliative care and consultation program and comprehensive grief support for adults and children. The organization also participates in We Honor Veterans, a national program jointly developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Deb Kinnan, LPC, is the Director of Grief Support and Volunteer Services at Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care. She has been a practicing Licensed Professional Counselor since 2001. In the only hospice counseling center specializing in grief and loss, Deb and her staff provide grief education and support to individuals and families facing terminal illness, end of life, and traumatic loss.

Call 719.884.6530 for next steps. Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care 2550 Tenderfoot Hill Street Colorado Springs, CO 80906 PikesPeakHospice.org Fall 2019

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UCCS ARTIST SERIES BRINGS THE WORLD TO COLORADO SPRINGS A latina ballerina, a Slavic brass band and a family of world class fiddlers walk into the Ent Center for the Arts, but don’t hold your breath waiting for the punchline. This colorful collection of characters isn’t the set up for a particularly contrived joke, but rather a tiny cross-section of the exciting performances available to the Colorado Springs community as part of the Artist Series’ upcoming season. With 20 performances on tap for the ‘19–’20 season, the Artists Series brings compelling, world-class dance, music and live performance to Colorado Springs. From dance enthusiasts to jazz aficionados, classical music lovers to cabaret buffs, long time patrons to performing arts neophytes, this dynamic lineup has something for everybody, all presented in the stateof-the-art Ent Center for the Arts. When the $70 million facility opened on the University of Colorado Colorado Springs campus in January 2018, it was uniquely equipped to enrich the artistic landscape of the Pikes Peak region. Brand new venues like the majestic ShockleyZalabak Theater are flexible enough to showcase a wide variety of artists, while the Chapman Foundations Recital Hall features some of the best acoustics in the state. With these transformational venues and a growing demand for worldclass artistry in the Springs, the Artist Series was born.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to continue a successful performing arts series in our gorgeous, state-of-the-art facility.”

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Now in its second season, the series brings a carefully curated selection of acclaimed and emerging artists from all over the world for one night engagements. It offers the community access to variety of elite performers, all in the comfort of their own city. Last season’s collection included Grammy-winning musician Yefim Bronfman, the internationally renowned Ailey II dance company, and even acclaimed scientists and explorers with National Geographic Live, among many others. The upcoming season promises to be just as exciting, with an eclectic group of masterful artists waiting to thrill audiences in the coming months. Following Grammy winner Gaby Moreno in August, September will bring RUBBERBAND Dance Group to the ShockleyZalabak stage. On Sept. 26, founder Victor Quijada revisits his company’s 15-year history in Vic’s Mix. With a unique blend of break dancing, ballet, and modern that draws from Quijada’s broad and impressive dance career, Vic’s Mix brings street dance to the concert hall with his singular choreographic vision. More of a jazz fan? On Oct. 11, just in time for Arts Month, the Artist Series will head down south with Take Me to the River: New Orleans Live! This performance gathers some of the most influential figures of modern New Orleans funk, R&B, soul and jazz together for a night of unforgettable music. The evening features the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ivan Neville, Ian Neville, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Mardi Gras Indians, and more. For a special Día de los Muertos treat, Ballet Hispánico explodes onto the stage Nov. 1. The company celebrates traditional Latin dance styles, blending them with classical and contemporary choreography to create movement propelled by theatricality and passion. America’s leading Latino dance organization brings their fervor to a program by all-Latina choreographers that showcases the company’s athleticism and power.


If you’re interested in something completely different, Slavic Soul Party! arrives Nov. 23 for a unique musical experience. With fiery Balkan brass, irresistible beats, Roma (Gypsy) accordion wizardry and jaw-dropping jazz chops, the dynamic brass/percussion ensemble offers a huge helping of spontaneous fun. These nine musicians celebrate the sounds of life through a Balkan brass filter, reimagining tradition while making new music out of immigration, integration and ingenuity. December brings the Spanish Harlem Orchestra and jazz guitar masters Bill Frisell and Julian Lage before ending on a festive note with A Celtic Family Christmas on the 18th. Join awardwinning fiddlers Natalie MacMaster, Donnell Leahy and their children for a Christmas concert you will never forget. The delightful, family-friendly show features a captivating lineup of familiar Christmas songs intermingled with classic Celtic melodies that will help you end the year on a high note.

Ballet Hispánico • Friday, November 1

From there, the Artist Series continues into the new year, with ten more first-rate performances designed to entertain, enthrall, and excite. Check out the full line up at UCCSpresents.org and be sure to take advantage of this unique program bringing the world to Colorado Springs.

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CALL: 719-255-3232 ONLINE: UCCSpresents.org IN PERSON: Ent Center for the Arts • 5225 N Nevada Ave GROUPS (10+): Contact the box office for rates

Slavic Soul Party! • Saturday, November 23

Natalie MacMaster & Donell Leahy, A Celtic Family Christmas • Wednesday, December 18 GUANGDONG MODERN DANCE WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2020

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The Diabetes Epidemic and Your Eyes Excessive Thirst, Frequent Urination, and Eating Binges Can Be Symptoms of Diabetes By: Dr Ted Archdale

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n epidemic is defined as a condition that affects a disproportionately large number of people of a certain group. Within the U.S., diabetes fits that definition. In combination with genetics, factors of what we eat and reduced physical activity have fueled this epidemic. The human body has approximately 37.2 trillion cells that need oxygen and sugar to survive. When the body takes in food, the stomach and intestines break food down to absorb it into the bloodstream as sugar. Every human also has an organ called the pancreas which produces a substance called insulin that helps regulate sugar getting into our cells and tissues. When the body needs sugar but is unable to get it into the cells they start to starve. When sugar is unable to get into the cells, it accumulates in the blood and this condition is called diabetes. The US Center for Disease Control estimates that there are 30.4 million people in the United States with diabetes, which equates to 9.4% of our population; of this group an estimated 7.2 million are undiagnosed. The consequences of diabetes affect many tissues, especially those with small blood vessels like the ones in the eye. Annual physical exams will help catch undiagnosed diabetes. Watching for symptoms that include excessive thirst, frequent urination, and eating binges indicate the need for a diabetes check. Diabetes Mellitus comes in two forms, insulindependent (IDDM) and non-insulin dependent (NIDDM) and each type relates to why the sugar is unable to get into the cells as needed. IDDM is when a person does not produce insulin properly for a variety of reasons 24

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and is then dependent on having insulin injected into the body to help get the sugar into the cells from the bloodstream. NIDDM people have insulin but have developed a resistance that limits sugar from being absorbed properly. Regardless of why a person might have diabetes, the consequences can be devastating if not treated and controlled. Diabetics must realize that when the sugar in the blood is too high, it causes damage to the vessels carrying the blood. The damage may occur over a period of years and may not be realized until later. At that time it is too late to make changes. Retinal, kidney, and neuropathy issues are the more severe changes that cannot be reversed once they occur. Uncontrolled diabetes can damage the retinas and is the leading cause of vision impairment and blindness in working-age adults. Therefore, medical eye exams and a thorough look at the retinas are imperative for diabetics annually. A healthy diet and exercise along with a regular physical exam, including blood work will help detect and reduce the likelihood you will ever have the complications from the diabetes epidemic that is occurring. If you have diabetes and have not had a recent retinal exam, please call our office for a comprehensive eye exam appointment and we will perform an Optomap, a digital retinal image, at no charge. Please mention this article when setting up your appointment.


“In regard to eye health, eye doctors play a critical role in diabetes management. The retinas in the back of the eyes have many small vessels; diabetic changes are often seen there first because it is the only place in the body where blood vessels are seen with no muscle or skin covering them.�

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Dr Ted Archdale, Archdale Eyecare South Office 1541 S 8 th Street Colorado Springs CO, 80905 719-577-4400 North Office 7095 Lexington Dr Colorado Springs, CO 80918 719-638-4010 Fall 2019

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A Weekend of Sparkle A Weekend Annual engagement ring event of Sparkle

featuring exclusive designer collections and diamonds of all shapes and sizes.

Annual engagement ring event featuring exclusive designer collections and diamonds of all shapes and sizes.

Johannes Hunter Jewelers is conveniently located in University Village Colorado.

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oin Johannes Hunter Jewelers for the upcoming Weekend of Sparkle on Friday, September 27th and Saturday, September 28th. This spectacular engagement ring and diamond show will feature exclusive designer collections, including designers A.Jaffe, Sholdt, and Colorado’s own, John Atencio. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and bubbly while surrounding yourself in all things sparkly!

We are here to answer every question you have when choosing an engagement ring, to help prepare you to make the right choice. We truly love guiding you to find that symbol of your love, that will bring satisfaction for years to come.

In addition to a breath-taking collection of engagement and wedding rings from some of the most distinctive designers, a wide variety of loose diamonds of all shapes and sizes will be showcased. Heart, oval, princess, and even emerald-cut diamonds will be available, large or small.

September 28th, from 10 am-5 pm.

If you are searching for something a little different, alternative wedding rings with gemstones like pastel sapphires, morganite, and more will be on display, as well as the ever-popular looks like rose gold and stackable rings. You can take this opportunity to customize or| modify any of JHJ Annual Show Flyer revised.indd 1 these fine designs to make your engagement ring uniquely yours. This is the perfect time for you to select the perfect ring that will symbolize the love you share with your special someone. We invite you to bring family and friends, or even shop together for an unforgettable experience. Are you thinking about a holiday proposal? This event is the perfect time to finalize your engagement ring shopping journey. Find the perfect ring, or even customize something completely unique, and have it just in time for the holiday season.

This event would be a wonderful time for couples to upgrade their original engagement ring or wedding set for a special anniversary or “ just because.” Increase the size of your diamond or update your setting from our great selection of diamonds and rings. If you would like to consult with us on reusing diamonds, gemstones, and precious metals from your original wedding set, call or email us to make an appointment. 26

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University Village Colorado We hope you5182 will join us our Weekend of Sparkle.Suite 100 N.forNevada Avenue, Our Weekend of Sparkle will last only two days, Friday, Colorado Springs, September 27th, from 10 am- 6 pm; and Saturday, CO 80918 Johannes Hunter Jewelers is proud to be part of the Colorado Springs community since 1988. We cherish the relationships we have developed with our clients over these many years and have delighted in sharing the beauty of some of the most rare and fascinating diamonds and gemstones the earth has to offer. As a member of the American Gem Society, we have dedicated ourselves to consumer protection and highest ethical business practices. Our staff participates in ongoing education to be able to provide the latest knowledge of the jewelry industry to guide our clients in this ever changing environment.

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Why Rehabilitation Is Important Dose, Function, and Motivation

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ou never expected to get sick or injured - it was the furthest thing from your mind. Just the day before you were jogging around the block and playing catch with your son, but now you find yourself in the hospital after experiencing a stroke. Your right side is weak and your speech is a bit slurred. How will you ever get home and get your life back on track? We never think we will need rehabilitation. We worry about a heart attack or cancer, but most of us don’t see ourselves in a wheelchair or living with a severe disability. Yet, there are more than 50 million people with disabilities in the United States. Rehabilitation is the key to getting back to functioning at a level where you can live at home, enjoy your family, and hopefully work.

Just Like School Going for therapy and rehabilitation is just like going back to school, because you may have to learn new information. If you were going back to school later in life, you would have to relearn information that you had previously acquired. In therapy, there are tasks that may require physical activities like learning to walk again or learning to transfer yourself from your bed to a chair. You may need to learn to read again, speak clearly, or improve your memory. Rarely is it easy, and I always tell patients and families that it will be the hardest thing they will ever do. Like school or learning a new skill, there are certain principles that make a difference.

Dose Matters When we take a medication for a medical problem, we carefully adjust the dose. Too little or too much antibiotic and the infection worsens or never goes away. The same is true of rehabilitation. The intensity

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and amount of therapy you receive matters. Much like it takes hours of practice to learn and improve playing a musical instrument, it takes hours of therapy to retrain the brain, nervous system, and muscles. Typically, an inpatient rehabilitation hospital will provide at least three hours of therapy a day. Skilled nursing facilities do not.

Function Matters If you want to learn to play the piano, you need to practice on a piano and not just read about it. The same is true for rehabilitation. If you have had a stroke and have lost the use of your right arm, you will need to do tasks and therapy that require the use of your right arm. Performing these tasks will help rewire your brain. The more “functional” tasks you perform the more you will improve and more positive changes will take place in your nervous system.

Motivation Matters The person who is motivated and tries harder has a better chance of getting better. It is not always the brightest student who is the most successful. Hard work can make a huge difference. People undergoing rehabilitation are motivated by their caregivers, therapists, but also by their surroundings. Think of working in a brightly lit office with a great view versus one in the basement with a drab cubicle. Rehabilitation can be the same. Are you at a place that specializes in rehabilitation or is it just part of a skilled nursing facility that does other things? They are not the same. So, don’t forget: dose, function, and motivation matter.

Know the Guidelines According to the adult stroke rehabilitation guidelines released by the American Heart Association, whenever possible, stroke patients should be treated at an in-patient rehabilitation hospital such as Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Colorado Springs rather than a skilled nursing facility. The team at Encompass Health of Colorado Springs knows that each patient’s journey to rehabilitation is as unique as the symptoms they experience after a stroke. By using an interdisciplinary team approach, which includes physical therapists, occupational therapists, speechlanguage pathologists, physicians, case managers, pharmacists, and dietitians, clinicians at Encompass Health of Colorado Springs work together to create a customized care plan designed with each patient’s unique goals at the center.

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13 Tips on How to Save (and Earn) During Retirement Yes, you read that right. You can earn money and still be retired, because life without work doesn’t mean you have to drain your savings. Here are a few smart, and fun, ways you can save some cash — and even earn some — during your golden years. By: Hayley Reaver, Brookdale Senior Living

Prioritize, Rinse, Repeat

We’ll get the least fun tip over with first: track every dollar you spend for one month. Then decide which expenses you don’t really need. Yes, it’s common sense, but it’s time-consuming, which is why most people don’t sit down and do it. But once you do, you’ll be glad you did. Cutting back on the little things can save you big time.

Stash Extra Cash

Make a habit of setting aside surprise funds, like tax refunds, gifts and bonuses. It can really pay off. Instead of using unexpected income, put it in a savings account, or use it to invest.

Multiply Your Money

It’s never too late to invest. Sensible Money has some great advice for saving during your retirement years, but don’t be afraid to ask a professional for help in determining the best way to invest.

Get Clipping

There’s something satisfying about clipping coupons. Not only is it a great way to save some cash, it’s also a nice way to sit back and relax. You can even make it a fun excuse to get together with friends!

Axe Your Taxes

Tax laws regarding your 401(k) and Social Security income can be complicated, and if you haven’t already gotten help from a professional, there’s a good chance you could be saving more. It may cost you in the short-term to hire a tax advisor or accountant, but the savings you’ll gain over time could be worth it. 30

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Ask about Discounts Always ask about senior discounts. You’ve earned it! Many events, activities and even restaurants offer lower prices for seniors, but if you don’t ask, you might not know.

Think Small

Downsizing isn’t just good for trimming costs! Less space usually means a lower cost, and it also means less time spent on housework. Not to mention, it’s a great opportunity to sell items you no longer use as well as valuable vintage goods. Host a garage sale, or sell old belongings online through websites like eBay, Craigslist or Amazon.

Find Your Inner Artist

Whether your passion is painting, sculpting, writing or crafting, retirement can be an opportunity to turn your form of expression into a form of income. If you’re a writer, look for online publications where you can publish blogs or columns. If you make art, you may be able to sell items at a local arts store or craft festivals. You can even sell your arts and crafts online through websites like Etsy and eBay.

Use Your Expertise

As a retiree you have a lifetime of experience. If you want to stay involved in your field without being fulltime, becoming a consultant is a great way to do it. Not only can you make some extra cash on the side, you can set your own hours, choose your clients as you please and help younger professionals achieve their dreams.


Make Four-Legged Friends

Pet-sitting and dog-walking can be a great way to stay active (and spend time with adorable animals). You can even sign up for pet-sitting apps like Rover or Wag! that will connect you with nearby owners. Just make sure the pets you watch meet your level of ability; smaller or older pets will be easier to manage.

Use Your Green Thumb

Private clients, botanic gardens and businesses can often use a green thumb for jobs that keep you active and in touch with nature.

Make a Baker’s Dozen

If you’re famous for your crowd-pleasing cookies, cakes or breads, you just might have some business on your hands. Your local farmers market is a great way to spread joy with baked goods and make new friends.

Pass Down Your Skills

Tutoring and instructing can be a fun way to stay involved with your passions and use them to bring joy to others. Tutoring in reading, music, languages and more can keep you active while bringing in some extra income. These 13 money-savers are just the beginning. There are tons of ways to save during retirement. And that will just make things that much easier when it comes to your options for affording senior living. But even that isn’t as daunting as you might think. Learn more about the benefits of a senior living community by visiting brookdale.com.


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Shaping Our Region’s Emergency Response Penrose-St. Francis EMS Institute and St. Anthony’s Paramedic Academy at Penrose Hospital By: Andrea Sinclair

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hen a person suffers a life-threatening emergency like a heart attack or stroke, paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) have an undeniable impact on life-or-death outcomes. EMTs and paramedics are healthcare heroes who save lives, they are the first to respond to medical emergencies and accidents, putting themselves in harm’s way to selflessly help others. The Pikes Peak region’s future generations of first responders are trained and empowered at Penrose-St. Francis EMS Institute and St. Anthony’s Parademic Academy at Penrose Hospita, where a connected community of caregivers provides medical direction, monthly continuing education, and continuous quality improvement to 40 EMS and fire agencies in El Paso and Teller counties. At Centura Health, we are on a mission to change the world around us. Our collective focus to care for the whole person – mind, body, and spirit – is building healthier individuals, healthier families, and healthier neighborhoods. Being in pursuit of more than just health means we are always looking for ways to further nourish our local communities. The EMS Institute offers every resident from every community in the Pikes Peak 34

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region an opportunity to become emergency medical services providers and make a powerful difference. Sue Richardson, manager of the EMS Institute in Penrose Hospital, said the program has been developed progressively over time to give students the best quality in training and to meet our community’s need for EMS providers. All classes and training are open to the public, a first paramedic cohort has recently graduated and a new one will begin classes later in the fall. “The St. Anthony’s Paramedic Academy at Penrose Hospital helps address a critical shortage of EMS personnel in our region,” Richardson explained. “In my experience, there have been mandatory hire backs over the past 5-6 years in the Pikes Peak region. Our communities need to rely on 9-1-1 when they face life-threatening emergencies and we are doing our best to help address the paramedic shortage.” The St. Anthony’s Paramedic Academy at Penrose Hospital’s curriculum requires classroom training, clinical work, and field internship – and is nationally accredited. Through an arrangement with Pikes Peak Community College, students who complete the paramedic academy program can apply for

college credits toward advanced studies. The EMS Institute provides monthly educational opportunities to meet state and national requirements for Emergency Medical Responders, Emergency Medical Technicians, and Paramedic Recertification to fire and EMS agency providers in El Paso and Teller counties. Continuous quality improvement through monthly chart audits, patient follow-up, EMS provider monthly skills assessment, and annual medical director testing for all EMS providers are also among services offered.


Students have the advantage of being in a hospital-based program, getting handson experience every day in an educational environment that is most conducive and aligned with real-life situations. EMS students get to have a direct connection with hospital providers to understand the continuum of patient care through their clinical experience. “Our EMT and paramedic students are getting exposed to what it’s really like in emergency departments in hospitals and in communitybased, non-emergency facilities,” Richardson said. “There are critical care opportunities, flight opportunities, and education opportunities.” Through partnerships with 40 EMS and fire agencies representing 1,500 providers and five EMS medical directors in El Paso and Teller counties, the PSF EMS Institute and Paramedic Academy creates bonds that elevate patient care and provide seamless transitions from prehospital to hospital providers.

Through an arrangement with Pikes Peak Community College, students who complete the paramedic academy program can apply for college credits toward advanced studies.

The EMS Institute and Paramedic Academy at Penrose Hospital: Provides an average of 25 high-quality, evidence-based EMS education classes each month. Offers professional development plans that structure the continuing education offered for recertification to each EMS provider (EMS, EMT, Advanced Emergency Medical Responder, and Paramedic). Participates at multiple EMS and community events annually. Provides leadership and strategic direction for pre-hospital services and support EMS partners and EMS Medical Directors in providing care to communities throughout the Pikes Peak region.

For more information and to register, please visit http://bit.ly/2zkO1VK or call 719.776.3673.

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Culture and the Build The Core Values that Define Our Business Culture We invite you to visit our new South Clinic and see for yourself what is possible when core values drive the design and operation of a clinic that exists for patientcentered care, while also showcasing that aesthetics, concern for the environment, and the business side of medicine can coexist.

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hen is a building more than just a building? When it is designed and purpose-built to mirror the core principles that define a business’s culture and values. As is the case with our North clinic on Scarborough Drive, Colorado Dermatology Institute’s (CDI) new South clinic on Lake Plaza Drive off of Lake Avenue is just such a building. It is as unique in how it was built as is its design which is unlike any other building in Colorado Springs. For CDI, the core principles or values that drove the new clinic’s design and systems were: Do the Right Thing, Do the Best You Can, and Show Others You Care.


To keep our patients comfortable while caring about the environment, we installed a modern geothermal heating and air conditioning system that draws warm and cool temperatures from the earth instead of from fossil fuel power generating plants.

Do the Right Thing: For CDI, doing the right thing means doing all we can for our patients’ care, for our community, and acting as responsible stewards of our environment. This extends to the design and operation of our clinics to provide the best of traditional dermatologic care along with proven advancements in the treatment of issues affecting the skin, hair, and nails; and to provide that care in a welcoming, warm, and efficient setting. In addition, one of our goals in the design of our new clinic was to show others that a socially responsible building can be both aesthetically pleasing and cost-efficient. Once you visit 1220 Lake Plaza Drive, we believe you will agree that we “Did the Right Thing.”

Do the Best You Can: Achieving our design goals for the new clinic meant: (a) researching and thinking through the design of the building to showcase a distinctive architectural approach; (b) introducing “green” building materials that had not been used in Colorado Springs; and (c) holding true to our commitment to be good stewards of our environment. That meant a “green” building that conserved energy, minimized environmental pollution, was designed with respect for patient’s comfort, was laid out for efficient operations to respect patient’s time, and would also be cost-efficient. Out of our extensive research and consultation with experts in design, environmental responsibility, and energy efficiency our new clinic took shape. We “Did the Best We Could” to bring a clinic to life that held true to our values and that our

patients and our community would appreciate and be proud of. We invite you to visit our South clinic to see for yourself how we did.

Show Others You Care: A core driver in everything CDI does is to show that we care about and treat our patients as we would want our loved ones cared for and treated. This extends beyond our clinics and into the community. Caring for our patients and the community includes placement of our new clinic in southern Colorado Springs for the convenience of patients in that area, in Pueblo, and in other parts of Southern Colorado. Caring for our patients also means reducing wait times to see a provider and having an additional clinic gives us more exam rooms to accommodate more patients. Taking full advantage of more room requires more staff and we are pleased that Dr. Adrian Tinajero has joined us and that he and an additional physician assistant will be working out of the South Clinic for the convenience of our patients and for reduced wait times. Our commitment to “Showing Others You Care” is further evidenced by the new clinic’s energy and environmental systems. To keep our patients comfortable while caring about the environment, we installed a modern geothermal heating and air conditioning system that draws warm and cool temperatures from the earth instead of from fossil fuel power generating plants. To help clean the air inside the building and also to provide a beautiful entranceway into the clinic, we installed a floor to ceiling living plant wall. To provide electrical

energy, we use the newest bi-facial solar panel technology that draws power from the sun’s direct rays and also from sunlight reflected off of the roof. Working together, these systems benefit our patients, our environment, our community, and the clinic’s bottom line. We invite you to visit our new South Clinic and see for yourself what is possible when core values drive the design and operation of a clinic that exists for patient-centered care, while also showcasing that aesthetics, concern for the environment, and the business side of medicine can coexist.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Dr. Reagan Anderson Colorado Dermatology Institute NORTH LOCATION 8580 Scarborough Dr #225 Colorado Springs, CO 80920 SOUTH LOCATION 1220 Lake Plaza Dr Colorado Springs, CO 80906 (719) 531-5400 coloradodermatologyinstitute.com Fall 2019

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Living with Acid Reflux Discover Why Chronic Heartburn Should Not Be Left Untreated What is GERD? Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic medical condition that is characterized by abnormal reflux of acid into the esophagus (food pipe) which causes discomfort and can lead to complications. Patients with GERD typically have symptoms of acid reflux that occur two or more times a week. GERD is caused by dysfunction of the valve that separates the esophagus from the stomach, the lower esophageal sphincter (LES).

Symptoms Symptoms of GERD vary between patients. The most common GERD symptom is heartburn, often described as a burning in the chest and upper abdomen that occurs after eating. Some patients may experience pain or difficulty with swallowing, and an acidic taste in the mouth. Chronic acid reflux can also cause symptoms of nausea, vomiting, accelerated tooth decay, hoarseness, sore throat, and chronic cough.

and the decision regarding the type of medication to use. The duration of treatment should be guided by a gastroenterologist and individualized for each patient. Speak to your doctor if you suffer from heartburn or other GERD symptoms frequently.

Prevention Lifestyle changes and diet modification can often reduce GERD symptoms. Patients should avoid overeating, avoid eating late at night, avoid or quit smoking, and lose weight if overweight. Certain foods can worsen GERD symptoms. Greasy or fatty foods, caffeine, alcohol, carbonated beverages, chocolate, and peppermints should be avoided in patients with frequent heartburn.

Complications Chronic untreated GERD can lead to complications, including inflammation or ulceration of the esophagus (esophagitis), esophageal narrowing (strictures), precancerous changes (Barrett’s esophagus), and esophageal cancer.

Diagnosis Patients with suspected GERD should be evaluated by a gastroenterologist. Testing for GERD often includes an upper endoscopy which allows the physician to ensure that there are no pre-cancerous or cancerous changes in the esophagus. Further testing may be indicated based on symptoms and response to treatment. Further testing may include testing acid levels in the esophagus (pH testing), and testing of the coordination and strength of the muscles lining the esophagus (esophageal manometry).

Treatment Medical treatment of GERD includes the use of antacids, H2 receptor blockers, and proton pump inhibitors (PPI’s). There are certain risks with long-term PPI use

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AUTHOR MANEESH GUPTA, MD Maneesh Gupta, MD is a board-certified gastroenterologist who is based in Castle Rock, Colorado. He completed his medical training in New Orleans, Louisiana. He joined Peak Gastroenterology Associates in 2017 and specializes in the treatment of acid reflux. Dr. Gupta uses a combination of diet and lifestyle modification, pharmacotherapy, and endoscopic treatment in order to provide the best possible patient care and experience. Peak Gastroenterology Associates 2920 North Cascade Avenue, Suite 300 Colorado Springs, CO 80907 719-636-1201 peakgastro.com


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elebrating twenty years of marriage, my wife Liz and I experienced five towns, four hotels, one rental car and lots of miles in seven days on some of the most scenic mountain roads in Colorado. This story, with the support of the amazing towns listed above, fits a lot of punch into one jam-packed article on where to find the best High Country hideouts. Our theme for this story is, “If you like (fill in the blank), then you’re going to love ! As we attempt to simply scratch the surface of all there is to do in these towns, we wanted to touch on a little bit of something for everyone. With the last few fleeting days of summer, we packed the car and headed west on I-70 to capture photos, memories and document a trip that would forever live in our hearts, and hopefully, inspire you to try a few new local favorites!


day 1: We knew that nothing would get us on the right track for our trip like breakfast at Breckenridge’s Blue Moose Restaurant (540 S Main Street // 970-453-4859). A local favorite, Blue Moose is famous for their friendly service and outstanding breakfast menu. Having frequented this fun breakfast/brunch hotspot together for nearly 25 years, we deliberated the many favorites for quite some time and finally decided to go halvsies on the classic Denver omelet with an extra side of sausage. If you love good food and a wide variety of delicious breakfast eats, then you’ll love Blue Moose in Breckenridge! Be sure to bring cash, though. Credit cards are not accepted. That’s part of the charm.

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Blessed with an early morning rain shower, we decided to dodge the downpour by doing a little shopping. We were on the hunt for new hiking shoes and found our new favorite kicks at the Columbia (www.columbia. com) store. Seriously, these hikers are worth the investment! Parting ways upon entering the store, we wound up selecting the same type of shoe, the Montrail. It is a lightweight, waterproof shoe that remained comfortable, supportive and provided excellent traction on the trails.

day 2: A Sunday morning in Vail is not complete without a mosey through Vail’s Farmers’ Market. The Farmers’ Market is filled with a wide array of vendors and specialty foods that are sure to satisfy any pallet. If you like a plethora of parks, fun Farmers’ Markets and the ability to walk almost anywhere in the village, then you’ll love Vail, CO! Vail offers an incredible variety of fun, creative parks that the whole family can enjoy. Our favorite parks are Betty Ford Gardens, the Pirate Ship Park and what my family and I have long referred to as the “Swiss Family Robinson Park,” but the locals know it as Donovan Park. You can walk or ride a bike on a trail through town or catch a bus (free of charge) to any of these parks. After reminiscing about the days when our girls were little, we left the parks and checked into Tivoli Lodge (tivolilodge.com). There are many wonderful places to stay in Vail, but the “family feel” at Tivoli drew us back. Only a five minute walk from Vail Village and located near the brand new 10-passenger gondola with heated seats and wifi, Tivoli boasts spacious, beautifully furnished rooms, all with mountain views and appointed with fine linens, a mini-fridge, and large soaking tub.

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day 3/4: Driving a convertible through the High Country is a must! The unique scenery between Vail and Telluride is as beautiful as it is diverse. The views from our convertible (Hertz DIA Ford Mustang Convertible $375 for the week unlimited miles) enabled us to fully take in all the views and be simply wowed by Telluride’s massive peaks and dramatic views, particularly that of Bridal Veil Falls as we drove into town. It seemed like no matter which direction we faced in Telluride, a waterfall was somewhere in view. Another ride that will take your breath away is the gondola at Telluride. Free of charge, we enjoyed the intimidating climb between the mountain village and the quaint town of Telluride. Planning ahead to be spontaneous (our favorite travel mantra), we stopped at Allred’s Restaurant, a luxurious, resort-stye restaurant which is off the first gondola stop, to enjoy one of the best creme brulees we’ve ever had. This tantalizing dessert was second only to the rugged views unique to Telluride’s box canyon landscape. The Hotel Telluride (thehoteltelluride.com) lived up to the town’s reputation for highclass service with small town, old west charm. We felt right at home from the beginning. All the rooms are decorated in perfect high mountain decor. The staff was gracious, helpful and genuinely enthusiastic about all that Telluride has to offer. In addition to serving us a delicious breakfast each morning, they also directed us to Butcher and Baker (butcherandbakercafe.com), a hip little restaurant serving creative twists on traditional meals, as well as everything from breakfast sandwiches and mochas to dinner and handcrafted drinks. The Smuggler Union Restaurant and Brewery (smugglersbrewpub. com) is another honorable mention, serving up tasty salads and gourmet burgers. We also learned that an evening in Telluride is best enjoyed on the rooftop of The Last Dollar Salloon (lastdollarsaloon.com) and the best real italian in town can be found at Rusico (rusticoristorante.com) - Ask for Stefano! Meandering through town along the River Trail, we found ourselves hiking up to Bear Creek Falls before we knew it. We highly recommend this moderately easy out-and-back 5 mile hike that boasts some of the best views of the town! We rose early the next day to enjoy a guided fly fishing trip with Telluride Outside (tellurideoutside.com). Our guide, Bobby, was knowledgeable, friendly and adventurous. We hiked and fished along the Dolores River. Liz started us off strong with a gorgeous catch! There’s a variety of reasons why Telluride is consistently voted the #1 ski town in North America. If you love rugged mountain views mixed with small town charm and big mountain adventures, then you’ll love Telluride!

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day 5/6: If you love Breckenridge, Vail and Telluride, then you’re sure to love Aspen and Snowmass. My wife believes it is the “best the High Country has to offer - all in one place.” The Maroon Bells knocked our socks off and the fine dining in Aspen is like none other. The Limelight Hotel (limelighthotels.com) took mountain luxury and friendly customer service up a few notches and made our stay absolutely wonderful! Their variety of room levels suits every budget and proximity directly across from the main park, ski resort and restaurants make their fairly new hotel location a clear winner for Aspen lodging.

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While Aspen is full of all kinds of restaurants from delightful breakfast eateries to classy dinner options, with an energetic nightlife (check out Cache Cache), Jimmy’s (jimmysaspen.com) was our standout favorite. A quick visit to their website to see all the awards they’ve amassed is no surprise once that first bite hits your taste buds. An Aspen institution, Jimmy’s treated us to crab cakes, steak and trout. Their ice cubes (homemade in Aspen by Jimmy himself) made a beautiful presentation in their globally-inspired cocktails. Our sentiments were shared by many, as we didn’t see an empty seat the entire evening. Offering bar seating, fine indoor dining and two outdoor patios (weather permitting), we opted for the outdoor patio to enjoy the buzz of people coming and going. Jimmy’s sits at the top of their building, offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and town, but we had a hard time taking our eyes off the delicious meal!


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Behind the scenes with General Manager/Partner and Chef at Jimmy’s in Aspen. In all of my travels, I can easily say this feast is in our top 3 favs of all time! Fall 2019

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day 7: We enjoyed Aspen and Snowmass so much that we altered our original itinerary and stayed an extra night. The hiking trails off the Elk Camp Gondola introduced us to aspens so large we couldn’t wrap our arms around them. Aspen lived up to its elegant reputation, but surprised us with its friendly, welcoming atmosphere and oodles of mountain adventure. At the risk of repeating myself, if you love anything High Country Colorado, then you will love Aspen and Snowmass.

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Departing Aspen for home, we declared our route over Independece Pass the most scenic drive in Colorado. Independece Pass, the highest paved roadway in North America, is worth any effort it may take for you to experience it! Seriously, the pictures simply don’t do this drive justice. Liz and I also took advantage of the many scenic pulloffs, hikes and historical sites along the way. Our favorite short excursion was at the ghost town of Independence. A boom that was over as quick as it began will leave you speechless, thinking about the hardships and weather endured to live at that elevation. It’s definitely worth the stop to read the history, explore what’s left of the settlement and take in the scenery.

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All good things must come to an end!

Wrapping up our trip with a stop at Coors Field (mlb.com/rockies/ballpark), we enjoyed a Rockie’s win and beautiful skies. Our favorite games are always late in the day where the planes approaching DIA, surprise thunderstorms and sunsets hold your attention as much as the game. Exploring the ghost town of Independence, outside of Aspen. 46

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Meralgia Paresthetica Thigh Numbness and Pain By: Dr. Katharine Leppard

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here is numbness and tingling along the outside of the thigh – typically in a footballshaped pattern, that may or may not be painful. The numbness does not extend below the knee, you have no low back pain. What is happening?

This is the pinching of a small skin nerve with a long name. This nerve is the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve that is pinched as it passes by the front of the pelvis. This condition is called meralgia paresthetica. It is also nicknamed “skinny pants syndrome� as tight pants can compress this nerve. Diagnosis of this nerve is based on symptoms and the pattern of numbness. This small nerve cannot be seen on an MRI scan. This small nerve cannot be tested by an EMG study. The value of an EMG study is to rule out another explanation for the numbness. A lumbar MRI can be completed to make certain that there is not a pinched nerve in the low back. The most common cause is being overweight with a belly that overlies the top of the pelvis. Wearing a belt that lays over the top of the pelvis can trigger irritation of this nerve as well. Tight garments, skinny pants, tool belts, and pregnancy can also trigger irritation of this nerve. Compression of this nerve can be very painful. I see many nerve injuries in my office, and this one is typically one of the most frustrating and painful nerve issues. I have had patients tell me it feels as if a blowtorch is burning the side of their thigh. This is a very annoying nerve injury. The good news is that it is not dangerous. This nerve supplies skin only, and injury will not cause weakness. The bad news is that we have limited treatment options. 48

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Nerve pain prescription medications can be used for severe pain. These include Neurontin (gabapentin), Lyrica (pregabalin), or Cymbalta (duloxetine). All these medications have the risk of grogginess. Lyrica, in particular, has a risk of swelling and weight gain. Surgery is mentioned on the Internet. I am not aware of any surgeons in Colorado who operate on this nerve. The surgeons that I have spoken to about meralgia paresthetica say that the surgery has been largely abandoned. This nerve can be embedded in the skin and can be difficult to find, it can also have more than one branch, making finding and decompressing this nerve very difficult. I have performed nerve blocks with a combination of a local anesthetic and steroids for this nerve over the years, and have discontinued these injections. I have not found injections to be of benefit.

Treatment falls under several categories. The most important treatment is weight-loss. Being overweight is a high-risk factor for this nerve being compressed. Avoid constricting garments. In men, the most common culprit is a belt which lays low over the front of the hip. Switching to suspenders sometimes alleviates the numbness and pain. Avoid belts, avoid wearing a tool belt, avoid tight pants, avoid wearing girdles, or compression garments. Ice, heat, and anti-inflammatories such as Aleve, Motrin, or Tylenol help some patients.

Most commonly this condition will resolve with the passage of time. This nerve injury can also be a permanent injury. I had one gentleman who wore a tight cummerbund one night only to a function, and had permanent pain and numbness This is truly one of the most frustrating nerve issues, both for patients due to the level of irritation and frequent pain, and for doctors, given the limited treatment options available. KATHARINE LEPPARD, MD Medical Rehabilitation Specialists 3470 Centennial Blvd., Suite 110 Colorado Springs, CO 80907 (719) 575-1800 www.medical-rehab.com

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