Vol. 26, No. 5 | Fall 2018
Weeding through the Medical Marijuana Issue PAGE 10
How Do We Fight Ageism? Older workers can combat age discrimination and return to the workforce. Working with older employees is like “herding hippos.” The “old lady who can’t walk” was the description of one worker while another was called the “Grim Reaper.” These are some of the allegations of how some workers over the age of 50 were described by their bosses in Ohio State University’s English as a Second Language Program. The allegations were part of a 2015 age discrimination claim filed against the university, which this year agreed to settle the case for $440,000 in back pay to the two women who filed the lawsuit, as well as $325,000 in legal fees. In addition, the university said it would review its policies aimed at preventing age discrimination. See AGEISM page 6.
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01 How Do We Fight Ageism? Aging
03 Making a Difference on Two Continents
04 Anxiety While Aging
Health & Wellness
05 Preventing Fall-Related Injuries with Yoga
Health & Wellness
08 7 Great Fitness Apps for People 55+
10 Weeding through the Medical Marijuana Issue Feature
12 Emergency Response Systems
14 The Not-So-Lost Art
Health & Wellness
16 From the Source
News, Program Updates & Special Events
18 A Center for Your Parentsâ€”and You
19 The Hidden Male Caregiver Caregiving
20 From Farm to Friendship
22 The Charm of the "Library" Review
23 How Well Do You Know Ohio?
Fun & Games
24 Are Your Vaccines Covered? Medicare
26 The Benefits of Breaking Bread
28 Fall Fun and Fitness
Things To Do
29 What's the Fuss About Essential Oils?
30 High Blood Pressure? There's an App for That
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SourcePoint is the primary resource and starting point for professional expertise, services, and programs for Delaware County adults who want to thrive after 55. SourcePoint is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Services and programs are supported in part by the local senior services levy, corporate and private donations, sponsorships, grants, and by the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging. SourcePoint is a United Way agency. 2018 Board of Directors President: Anne Farley, LSW, MS, Powell Vice President: Roger Lossing, CPA, JD, CFP, Lewis Center Secretary: Frank Pinciotti, Lewis Center Treasurer: Richard Roell, ChFC, FFSI, RIA, MBA, Galena David Black, Westerville Bill Brown, CQE, Delaware Denise Cambier, MD, Delaware Carlos Crawford, MS, JD, Delaware Karen Crosman, Powell Jack Fette, Lewis Center John McDavid, Centerburg Jane Nance, RN, Westerville Trudy Poole, Lewis Center Gretchen Roberts, MSN, Powell Carolyn Slone, Delaware Roger Van Sickle, Delaware The board typically meets the last Wednesday of each month at noon. Remaining 2018 meetings include Oct. 31, Nov. 28, and Dec. 19. Members of the public wishing to attend may call the executive director at 740-363-6677. My Communicator is published quarterly and is made possible through the generosity of advertisers, donors, and volunteers. Nearly 50,000 copies of each edition are printed and distributed throughout Delaware County. My Communicator is available at SourcePoint and more than 60 locations, such as libraries, senior living communities, health care facilities, and nonprofit organizations. To find a nearby pickup site, contact SourcePoint at 740-363-6677. Read My Communicator online at MySourcePoint.org. To advertise or submit content, contact Alison Yeager, director of communications and development, at alison@MySourcePoint.org. The appearance of advertising does not represent an endorsement by SourcePoint. We reserve the right to refuse any advertising.
31 Bunraku vs. Bullying Community
Making a Difference on Two Continents The efforts of SourcePoint volunteer Chun Qin helped save an island on the other side of the world. If you want to see some of Chun Qin's handiwork, you can visit the gift shop at SourcePoint or pick up a copy of the Ohio Writers' Conference publication, "Beginnings." To see more of it, you'll need to get to Shan Xisha Island in South China. Chun is a native of China who grew up about two hours from Shan Xisha Island. She came to America after marrying her husband, Jerry Vlasak. She's been a SourcePoint volunteer since 2009, spending much of her time volunteering in the community cafe and crocheting items for the gift shop. "I enjoy that," said Chun, who is strengthening her English-speaking skills through ESOL classes at the Delaware Area Career Center, and also volunteers for Preservation Parks. "And working here helps me to learn English. It's a very social community." Through her husband and Preservation Parks, her love of nature—and particularly bird watching—has grown. "Protecting nature is important for all the world," she said. "I know many friends who like to protect things, too." Last year, during a visit to China to see her mother and siblings (her father, who passed away earlier this year, lived to be 100), she learned from some of her bird-watching friends about Shan Xisha Island. The island serves as a migratory stop for birds between Australia and Asia. More than 30 species visit every year, including some
endangered species. "My friends invited me to the island to bird watch," Chun said. "This island is very beautiful for the migration." When she learned of plans to develop the island, she and her friends decided to take action. "The area does not have many industries, so local government wanted this area to be developed to create industry, but this was not a good thing for the beach," Chun said. "I wrote a letter to send to the government and said you cannot develop this island. It should be for the birds, not the people." Chun said she and her friends contacted science experts to help put a plan together to send to the local government. The plan led to the development of a protection plan for the island. According to a report that aired on Xinhua News in China and featured Chun, trees are being planted on the island and remaining trees are being tagged with electronic devices to keep them from being cut. The report said without protection, the island would vanish in a couple of years. "All the people who helped with the plan are really happy that they are now protecting this island," said Chun.
Chun plans to return to China this fall, when she'll help to count the birds on the island before they migrate south. "If there are many, it means it's still good news," she said. Upon returning to Ohio, she'll resume her volunteer duties at SourcePoint, where she serves every week, and get back to her other love—writing. Chun has already had one of her stories published in "Beginnings," the official adult student writing publication of the Ohio Writers' Conference, and she is hoping for more. She writes often in Chinese, but said she's learning to write better in English. "It is hard," she said. Luckily for Chun, her work with Shan Xisha Island has given her plenty to write about.
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Anxiety While Aging Have you ever suffered from excessive nervousness, fear, or worrying? Do you sometimes experience chest pains, headaches, or extreme sweating?
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You may be experiencing symptoms of anxiety. Anxiety is a common, debilitating issue that affects many adults ages 55 and older. Because it can affect people in different ways, anxiety can easily be confused for another issue. Anxiety can be mild and infrequent, or it can be severe, constant, and cause intense symptoms or panic attacks. The cause of anxiety symptoms may be apparent or unclear. Anxiety can greatly impair a person’s quality of life, social functioning, health, and relationships. Older adults often experience anxiety in the midst of other conditions or issues. Often a lack of feeling like you're in control can increase anxiety symptoms. Pain, balance issues, the inability to drive or do other tasks on your own, trauma, or chronic conditions, such as depression, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hyperthyroidism, dementia, fibromyalgia, or heart issues, can cause anxiety symptoms. Many people with anxiety avoid doing things they once enjoyed out of fear of their symptoms worsening. For instance, many older adults with anxiety leave the house minimally, as they're afraid of falling, driving, or having obvious symptoms in front of others. While many fears are legitimate and it's important to practice caution, there is a point in which excessive worry can affect one’s well-being. Many symptoms of anxiety can be mistaken for other medical conditions. A person with chest discomfort and shortness of breath may fear they're having a heart attack. This person might, in fact, be having a heart attack. However, they also might be experiencing a panic attack as a result of anxiety. It's important to seek medical attention when such serious symptoms occur. Some common symptoms seen in a person with anxiety or during a panic attack may include: • Shakiness. • Sweating. • Heart palpitations. • Excessive worrying. • Racing or intrusive thoughts. • Irritability.
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Restlessness. Feeling on edge. Nausea. Poor appetite. Diarrhea. Fear of losing control. Fatigue. Numbness or tingling. Shortness of breath. Difficulty concentrating. Sleep issues, such as difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, or poor sleep quality.
Anxiety can be treated in a number of ways and treatment depends on the individual. The type, severity, and duration of the anxiety all play a role in developing the best treatment plan. In addition, age, gender, physical functioning, pain level, response to prior treatments, openness to certain treatments, compliance, and cognitive functioning also impact an older adult’s treatment plan and goals. Mental health therapy can be a very effective treatment for some older adults with anxiety. In working with a mental health provider, older adults can develop and implement various coping skills, relaxation strategies, and discuss past experiences or current stressors that might play a role in the person’s anxiety symptoms. Increasing social supports, improving relationships, and maintaining a sense of purpose are all important in the prevention and treatment of anxiety, as well. For some, being involved in a religious group, social activity, or having meaningful relationships can be very helpful in the treatment of anxiety. SourcePoint offers many great programs for older adults to build social networks, develop an interest in an activity, and become involved in the community. Contact your family doctor or mental health provider if you feel you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety. Kristen Suarez, LISW, is a counselor with Syntero, Inc., with expertise in geriatric behavioral health services.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Preventing Fall-Related Injuries with Yoga In the U.S., falls are the leading cause of injury to seniors. Fall-related injuries often come with enormous personal and economic costs. Many older individuals limit their activities due to a fear of falling, which can inadvertently reduce their quality of life. Less activity can lead to depression, isolation, and a decline in overall health. Yoga can help prevent falls by improving balance, strength, range of motion, and flexibility. You can start a daily practice at any age regardless of your experience level.
Another style worth looking into is Hatha. Hatha yoga utilizes different poses and breathing techniques to help improve strength and flexibility while also reducing stress. Poses are held for several breaths with focus on form. Whether you're considering Hatha, chair, or any other form of yoga, it's important to talk to your healthcare professional first. If you're new to yoga, it's a good idea to join the right class. Call a yoga studio or community center, such as SourcePoint, and let them know you want to try a beginners class. You also can talk to them about any mobility or health concerns you may have so they can get
you started with the best class for your skill level. If going to a class is out of the question, there are still ways you can start a yoga practice. These days you can stream yoga from your computer or smart TV. You also can try yoga DVDs for older adults. YouTube is another resource to get in a yoga session. They have many free videos available. Keep in mind that doing yoga at home means you need to listen to your body and act accordingly. Pushing yourself too far too fast is dangerous, so ease into it.
For individuals with little or no Don't let your age stop you from experience and people at risk of falling, enjoying life and being active. If you it's a good idea to start out sitting in want better balance and more strength, a chair. Chair yoga is you have to work on it popular with adults who like everyone else. So SourcePoint offers many yoga classes, including chair and Hatha. are still developing their go out and find a yoga Learn more at MySourcePoint.org/EC. New classes include: balance and range of class. Grab your best Aqua Yoga—Fridays, 1–2 p.m. Relax, stretch, and strengthen with motion. Most poses are friend or go as a group, all the benefits of land yoga and the soothing effect of water! modifiable for people and have fun with it! Vinyasa Flow Yoga—Tuesdays or Thursdays, 4:45–5:45 p.m. Move just starting out. mindfully while building both strength and balance.
Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), which prohibits age discrimination in the workplace and promotes the employment of older workers.
While a recent AARP poll shows many older workers say age discrimination is widespread (see sidebar), it’s not common for a case to make it into court, said Sharona Hoffman, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
If employees feel they are being discriminated against based on age, they should first try talking to the company’s human resources department, if the company has one, Hoffman said.
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“Age discrimination is very common, but it’s hard to prove,” said Hoffman, who worked six years as an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission attorney in Houston, Texas. “Employees can always say a person didn’t fit in the workplace, an interview didn’t go well, or that there wasn’t chemistry. Those things are hard to prove.” Carol Ventresca, executive director of Employment for Seniors, Inc., agreed, saying age discrimination can be difficult to prove and sometimes employees simply assume they are discriminated against. For example, at a recent job fair, a man stated he didn’t get a job because he was older. When Ventresca asked who got the job instead and how old that person was, the man didn’t know. “What proof did he have of age discrimination?” Ventresca asked. “He didn’t have an answer. It could have been true, but how do you prove that?” Hoffman shared examples of possible age discrimination: • Having a company say it was cutting jobs to save money but only laying off older employees instead of younger ones who earned more. • Stating a 50-year-old wouldn’t work well with a 32-yearold supervisor and basing it solely on age. • Having an older employee turned down for a promotion multiple times while a younger and not as qualified one is promoted. Hoffman noted, however, that proving this is very difficult. Offering financial buyouts or incentives for employees to retire early is legal, Hoffman said. She pointed out that the federal Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA) prevents employers from discriminating in benefits based on age and that there are several requirements for early retirement plans. OWBPA is an amendment of the Age
“That’s a lot lower key than running to the federal government. HR is supposed to resolve complaints in a way that is private,” she said. However, if that’s not an option or doesn’t work, file an age discrimination claim for free through the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (crc.ohio.gov) or the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (eeoc.gov). Ventresca offered some tips for older people who lost their job or need to return to the workforce after several years of not working: • Hire a resume writer or research what today’s resume should look like. Focus on how your skills would be a good fit for a company and note any recent training or classes you have taken to demonstrate your willingness to learn. Highlight whenever you’ve used your professional skills recently, such as at volunteer events. • Network with those in your industry or community. Ventresca noted that about half of today’s jobs are never posted. • Emphasize what makes you a special employee and how you can bring value to a company, such as never missing work or never having an accident while driving. “You need to show you’re the best candidate and know how to deal with issues,” Ventresca said. “Employers in today’s market have to be at the top of the game. There’s not time to train or watch over people. Employers want people who are there to make their company better, regardless of age.” Amy Beth Graves is a freelance writer whose passions include reading, hiking, photography, dogs, and volunteering.
Have You Witnessed Age Discrimination? AARP recently conducted a national survey of adults ages 45 and over on age discrimination. The study found: • 61 percent of respondents said they have either seen or experienced age discrimination in the workplace and 38 percent of those believe the practice is “very common.” • More than half of older workers who have seen or experienced age discrimination indicate they believe it starts when workers are in their 50s. • About one-fourth of those surveyed heard negative remarks related to their older age from a colleague or supervisor; 16 percent cited not getting hired for a job they applied for because of their age; 12 percent said they were passed up for a promotion or another chance to get ahead. • Only 3 percent have ever made an official complaint about age discrimination.
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7 Great Fitness Apps for People 55+ Are you looking to lead a healthier lifestyle as you age? These apps can help. Kathy, 58, knew she needed to get in shape. It wasn’t her doctor who told her; it was her jeans.
your sleep; Android phones have similar built-in fitness features, like Samsung Health and Google Fit.
“It was getting tough to pull them up over my hips,” Kathy recalled, “and it was almost impossible to button them.” Now, 20 pounds lighter, those jeans glide right on.
“Start out with one simple app and get comfortable playing with it,” advises Vickey. “Use it to be more self aware and build healthy habits. And when you’ve conquered that app, move on to the next level. Decide what your fitness goals are and find a new app to try.”
What was the secret to her success? “Lots of things,” Kathy admitted, including a wellness program at work. “But a big part of it was the fitness apps on my phone. It was like having a coach sitting on my desk all day, telling me to take a quick walk, do some stretches, or drink more water. And when I’d go out with friends after work, a quick glance at my phone helped me decide what to order and what to stay away from. Apps like MyFitnessPal were great tools to help me reach my goal. Plus, they made it fun,” she said. Putting Your Phone to Work Kathy is part of a growing trend. In a recent AARP survey, 77 percent of participants ages 50 and above reported that fitness apps were useful. And smartphone fitness is definitely not just for 20-somethings—after all, 74 percent of people between 50 and 64 own a smartphone. Maybe you do, too. If so, like Kathy, you can put it to work to help you get stronger, slimmer, and more energetic. “The beauty of using smartphones for fitness is that they’re already embedded in our lives—you don’t have to go out and buy another device,” says Ted Vickey, senior adviser on fitness technology for the American Council on Exercise. “As long as your phone is with you, it can track everything from your daily steps to your pulse rate—and even the quality of your sleep. Plus, it can provide a powerful sense of social support when you share your accomplishments and challenges with family and friends.” Huge Variety of Offerings No matter your fitness level right now, there’s an app for you. Just getting off the couch? Try the built-in fitness app that’s already on your phone. An iPhone has the Apple Health app, which counts your daily steps, tracks the number of flights you climb, and analyzes
That’s easy—there are untold numbers of apps from which to choose. Based on recommendations from experts, here’s a list of seven of the best. Most are free, though there may be charges for premium versions: 1. MyFitnessPal. Free for iOS and Android. Want to drop a few pounds or just eat healthier? MyFitnessPal is a one-stop shop for setting weightloss goals, recording what you eat, and tracking all your activities. With a food database of more than 5 million items and a barcode scanner, you can make the best choices at home, in the supermarket, and in restaurants. There’s even a recipe importer to help you cook healthfully—and creatively. 2. Map My Walk. Free for iOS and Android. Walking is one of the best ways to get in shape. Just lace up your sneakers and download this free app. It uses the GPS in your phone to map out walking routes and records details of your workout, including duration, distance, pace, speed, and even elevation. It’ll calculate the number of calories you’ve burned and even generate a history of your walks, so you can track your progress over time. (If you’re a runner or a cyclist, try Map My Run or Map My Ride.) 3. Pocket Yoga. Free for iOS and Android. Yoga can help you lower blood pressure, ease stress, reduce back pain, and even lose weight. (See page 5.) But if you’re intimidated by yoga pants and pretzel-shaped poses, here’s a simple, gentle way to get started at home. From a database of illustrations and videos that show you how to do more than 200 poses, you can begin your personalized yoga practice—or move on to a more
advanced level. 4. Johnson & Johnson Official 7-Minute Workout. Free for iOS and Android. Short on time? Who isn’t? With this app, that’s no excuse not to exercise. Move through an easy seven-minute workout for beginners; if you’re more advanced, try the accelerated versions. Find short instructional videos and a timer that keeps you on task for those seven precious minutes. And, because the app includes a rest interval between each portion of the workout, this is a great way to do interval training, which can help improve heart health and control glucose levels. 5. Instant Heart Rate. Free for iOS and Android. Everyone knows that exercise can make your heart healthier. But how much exercise is too much— and how can you determine the sweet spot? Doctors say the best way is to monitor your heart rate, and the easiest way to do that is with this app. Just put the tip of your index finger on the camera lens of your phone and voila—an accurate reading in seconds, plus reports and charts. 6. Tai Chi for Seniors. iOS $3.99. This ancient Chinese practice has been called “meditation in motion.” It’s great for both your mind and your body. Studies show tai chi improves flexibility, increases muscle strength, and helps with balance and aerobic conditioning. With this app, find 64 demonstration videos with step-bystep instruction from a tai chi master, and audio guides, too. 7. iRideInside. iOS $3.99. Has your stationary bike morphed into a coat rack or gathered dust in the basement? Turn it back into a great fitness tool with this app. Customize your workout according to your fitness level, choose music to listen to as you pedal, enjoy coaching videos while you ride, and get reports to track your progress. Nancy Fitzgerald is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in Next Avenue, Better Homes & Gardens, and The Christian Science Monitor.
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Weeding through Medical Marijuana Is it a health breakthrough or more trouble than it's worth? Thanks to House Bill 523, which took effect in September 2016, medical marijuana is legal in Ohio. The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program will allow Ohioans with certain medical conditions to purchase and use medical marijuana upon receiving a recommendation from an Ohio-licensed physician. For many older adults, this could be welcome news. According to U.S. News and World Report, medical marijuana can be used to provide relief from various medical conditions and treatments, including chemotherapy and fibromyalgia. Cannabis researchers at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City cite pain treatment as the most promising use for medical marijuana thus far. But making medical marijuana legal in Ohio doesn't mean it's easily accessible for those who could benefit from it. Those who think it would be helpful to themselves or a loved one should do their homework to learn more about obtaining it and using it. Janet Breneman has seen the benefits of medical marijuana firsthand. Breneman, a registered nurse with the Ohio Cannabis Nurses Association whose husband lost his battle with cancer in 2011, has been an advocate for medical marijuana since seeing her husband go through his treatment and comparing him to those who had access to the drug. "I worked for the state of Michigan in public health when medical marijuana became legal there in 2006," said Breneman, who went with her husband to the University of Michigan Medical Center to seek treatment after his cancer
diagnosis. "He was very ill and not doing well compared to other patients we would see on a weekly basis. In speaking with them, they told us they were using medical marijuana to control the symptoms." Breneman said because they were Ohio residents, her husband did not have access to medical marijuana in Michigan, but she decided then that there had to be more to medical marijuana as an effective way to control pain. "As a medical professional I had never considered it for treatment, but when I started to learn the science behind it, I thought 'There's something to this,'" she said. Through her own research, Breneman learned medical marijuana can benefit cancer patients by providing relief from such chemotherapy side effects as nausea, loss of appetite, and vomiting. She said it can help symptoms of Parkinson's disease and lower blood pressure, though she said those particular uses should come with caution. "People who have been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease have trouble with their gait, so taking medical marijuana could increase their risk for falls," Breneman said. "It can also interact with other medications, including blood pressure medication, so it should be monitored. There is a misconception that medical marijuana is a cure all. It is more of an adjunct therapy that can help with symptoms." But Ohioans who are hoping to use medical marijuana for help with their symptoms have to be able to get it—and afford it—first. Ohio's program is regulated by the Ohio
In the report The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research, an expert, ad hoc committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine presents nearly 100 conclusions related to the health effects of cannabis and cannabinoid use. The full report can be found at nationalacademies.org/CannabisHealthEffects.
CONCLUSIONS FOR THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS There is conclusive or substantial evidence that cannabis is effective:
• For the treatment of chronic pain in adults. • Antiemetics in the treatment of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. • For improving patient-reported multiple sclerosis spasticity symptoms.
There is moderate evidence that cannabis is effective for: • Improving short-term sleep outcomes in individuals with sleep disturbance associated with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, and multiple sclerosis.
Fall 2018 Department of Commerce, State Medical Board, and Board of Pharmacy, with a 14-member Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee to make recommendations. The Department of Commerce oversees licensing of marijuana cultivators, processors, and testing labs, while the Pharmacy Board provides licenses to dispensaries and the Medical Board issues certificates to physicians seeking to recommend treatment with marijuana. Breneman said it's important to note the role of physicians in the process.
11 The Argument Against: Marijuana Does Not Yet Meet Standards of Other Prescription Drugs Scott Gavura, MBA, registered pharmacist and Director of Provincial Drug Reimbursement Programs at Cancer Care Ontario, stated the following in his 2018 article titled "Medical Marijuana: Where is the Evidence?," published at sciencebasedmedicine.org: "The use of psychoactive drugs like marijuana is a health issue, particularly when used for medical purposes. Regrettably, there is a lack of highquality data that shows marijuana for most medical purposes is both safe and effective. What little evidence exists is of poor quality and may not even be representative of the purposes for which medical marijuana is sought. There are significant gaps in information necessary to treat marijuana like other forms of medicine: Dosage standardization and overall quality control may not be in place.
for patients," she said. For patients who stand to receive relief from painful conditions, cost may not be a concern. But at this time, Breneman said she is not aware of any insurance companies that are paying for medical marijuana. And patients looking to use marijuana to treat a medical condition can expect to pay for the physician's recommendation, as well as the drug itself. Breneman said it can cost anywhere from $200 to $350 to get a physician's recommendation to take the drug. "And the way Ohio wrote the bill, they would have to have a new or renewed recommendation every 90 days. That will be really expensive for patients," she said. "I know of one clinic that was charging $250 for an initial visit, but would also provide two
"The physicians are only certifying If marijuana is to be treated as medicine, then it needs that patients have a qualifying to meet the same standards of quality, effectiveness, medical condition," she said. and safety we would expect of any other prescription "They really can't advise patients drug. That standard has not yet been met." on what strain of the drug to use or what amount. They are just certifying for the state that renewals at that cost." a patient meets the conditions to use the drug medically. Those running dispensaries will be the ones advising the When Breneman was doing research on medical marijuana in patients, and although there is a lot of information out Michigan, patients were paying between $400 and $600 per there about proper use and dosing, it takes effort to find the ounce for the drug. correct information." "With those first places out of the gate that are going to House Bill 523 gave the state two yearsâ€”until September have it, I'm positive it will be expensive," she said. "I hope 2018â€”to have the program up and running and have medical somebody would step up and open a clinic for someone with marijuana available. But a delay in awarding licenses has limited resources so they could have access to this medicine." pushed back the timetable. For patients in Ohio who think medical marijuana might be "A couple of cultivators have been awarded their full helpful, Breneman recommends doing your homework. operational license and there are plants in the ground. But "Do some research online; there are some great resources not all are operational, so it will be a supply-and-demand out here. A site called pubmed.com has some good research thing," Breneman said. "Patients have recommendations studies," Breneman said. "It takes time to determine what from physicians in Ohio, and some are going to other states information out there is good and helpful. And especially, to get access to the products. But patients need to be aware remember that this is grown for medical purposes. It's not that when a state has reciprocity and will acknowledge a your grandpa's 'wacky tobacky.'" medical marijuana patient from another state, it is just while they are visiting that state." Breneman said she and the Ohio Cannabis Nurses Association Breneman said November or December may be a more realistic timetable for Ohio's medical marijuana program. And while there likely would be amounts of medical marijuana available by that time, Breneman said she doesn't think there will be enough to supply the 56 dispensaries that have been awarded licenses this year. "But the good news is that it's coming and will be available
are available to provide additional information about medical marijuana and its introduction in Ohio. The association is "just starting to take off," Breneman said, and features a small group of nurse practitioners that shares resources and information about medical marijuana and the science behind the plant. The Ohio Cannabis Nurses Association can be found at cannabisnurses.org and on Facebook @OCNA15. Jeff Robinson is a feature writer for My Communicator.
Emergency Response Systems Would a personal emergency response system be useful in your home? For anyone who is concerned about falling or needing emergency assistance, an emergency response system may be a good solution. This is a wearable call button you can push to get help. Since the button is worn as a pendant or bracelet, it's always available to you, unlike a phone. Emergency response systems have 24/7 emergency monitoring and two-way connections with call monitoring centers. Upon set up, you can designate who the call center should contact first in the case of an emergency, whether it be 911 or a family member. There are many options to consider when selecting an emergency response system company and type of unit. Think about your needs, and where you spend most of your time. Emergency response systems are offered in a variety of models, including standard landline, cellular, and GPS-based units. Non-landline units operate over cellular networks, such as AT&T or Verizon. How well these types of units work depend upon the quality and reliability of cellular coverage in your area. That's an important factor to look into before deciding on a type of system and company.
start-up fees associated with service that differ between companies. Companies also may ask clients to sign a contract for service for a specified period of time. Lastly, it's important to consider that, as with any technology, emergency response systems can experience failures in functionality for various reasons. Emergency response systems should be tested regularly and you should have a backup plan in place, for if a system should fail. SourcePoint contracts with five emergency response system companies, including ConnectAmerica, Critical Signal Technologies, Guardian Medical Monitoring, HealthCom, and VRI. The fee structure is negotiated to exclude start-up costs and eliminate the contract requirement. If you're interested in learning more about obtaining an emergency response system through SourcePoint, please contact SourcePoint’s information and referral department at 740-363-6677. Nancy Gernstetter is the provider relations specialist at SourcePoint.
How you intend to use the system is another important consideration when selecting a model. Landline and cellularbased units will only work in and just around the exterior of your residence. GPS-based units are designed to work both in and away from the home. Emergency response systems are water-resistant and operate using batteries. Battery life and type of battery depend on the type of unit you choose. GPS-unit batteries require recharging on a regular basis. If remembering to recharge the unit will be a concern, this model would not be appropriate. Emergency response system companies offer various addons to enhance service. These can include fall detection, a nurse or health line, and medication reminders. Fall detection is helpful if you are at risk of falling and may be unable to press your button.
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the DACC construction project
If you’ve driven past the Delaware Area Career Center on SR 23, you’ve probably noticed a few changes to our building. Here are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.
Both campuses will still be in use during the 2018/2019 school year. The facility will be officially open for the 2019/2020 school year. We hope you will join us for a grand opening celebration when the time comes!
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The north campus has been purchased by the City of Delaware & they will take posession after staff & students have moved out
Size Once completed, the DACC facility will be over 25,000 square feet.
The new facility will hold approximately 26 high school programs for a yearly projected average of 1,000 students. During evenings & weekends, hundreds of adult students will be able to utilize the facilities for continuing education.
Cost Effeciency The consolidated campus is the most efficient use of our taxpayer dollars by decreasing costs in the areas of bussing, duplicated services, energy usage, building maintenance and more. ™
HEALTH & WELLNESS
The Not-So-Lost Art How art therapy helps those suffering from memory loss. “Oh, it’s beautiful!” The words easily slipped through the woman’s lips, surprising and thrilling Nancy Foust, activities assistant at Ohio Living Westminster-Living, a senior living community in Columbus. The woman, who mostly spoke in unintelligible sentences, was reacting to seeing a painting she’d done in an art therapy class taught by Foust. While the woman couldn’t remember creating the painting because of her memory loss, she’d spoken an entire sentence, instead of the occasional “OK” and “sure.” The experience was rewarding for Foust, whose goal with the art classes was to create meaningful interactions with residents to improve or enhance their psychological and physical well-being. That could be by stirring up a positive memory for those suffering from dementia or working on physical skills like holding a paintbrush. “We’re always looking for ways to enhance the living experience for residents and that includes through art and music. There’s quite a movement across the country to help communities enhance the lives of those suffering from memory loss,” said Joel Wrobbel, director of development for Ohio Living Westminster-Living. In May, Foust underwent training in the Opening Minds through Art program developed by Elizabeth Lokon of Miami University’s Scripps Gerontology Center. (See sidebar.) In the innovative structured art program, caregivers, family members, and university students are trained to
help those suffering from dementia express themselves through art by using imagination instead of memory. The focus is on the skills that still remain instead of those that are lost. Because the art is abstract, there is no “right way” to do it, and participants are able to decide how to create their work of art. For those suffering from dementia, this is one of the few times when they are solely in charge of making their own decisions. “It’s failure-free art,” Foust said. “There are multiple layers to the artwork and you tailor each project to the skill level of the participant. For example, you could have them do a watercolor painting and then add tissue paper on top or stamps or glitter. If it’s too hard for someone to paint, maybe they can add the tissue paper and pick out their colors. Having all the layers provides a fancy visual outcome for someone who has less and less control over their environment, and the outcome can be big and meaningful to them.”
stir up those memories and give them some control and sense of well-being. It’s a really progressive, kinder, and gentler way to do long-term care and very rewarding for caregivers, too. I’ve often said that if I won the lottery, I’d want to volunteer for my boss because it’s so rewarding.” Amy Beth Graves is a freelance writer whose passions include reading, hiking, photography, dogs, and volunteering.
Foust starts and ends each session with a song and still marvels about how one of the participants who can barely speak remembered all the words to the songs and happily sang along. “There’s another gal who doesn’t talk at all but will follow my finger with the words to the song. It’s deep in there,” Foust said. “The ultimate goal is to
Art Therapy Resources Opening Minds through Art is offered at more than 100 facilities in the U.S. and Canada. The Ohio Department of Medicaid provided funding two years ago for the program to be replicated in nursing homes throughout Ohio. The program offers both online and in-person training formats. Learn more at scrippsoma.org. Memories in the Making is a national art program of the Alzheimerâ€™s Association and is offered monthly at the central Ohio chapter. The local chapter also has partnered with the Columbus Museum of Art for its Sparking Imaginations program, which gives tours to those living with dementia and their caregivers. Groups of six to 10 may book a tour any weekday except the last Tuesday of the month. Call 614-629-0342 to set up a tour.
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FROM THE SOURCE News, program updates, and upcoming special events at SourcePoint.
Caregiver Support Groups SourcePoint provides free monthly support groups for family caregivers. If you’re caring for a family member, come meet other caregivers, discover new resources, and ask any question you may have. Support groups take place at SourcePoint on the second Tuesday of each month, from 9 to 10 a.m. or 6 to 7 p.m. Upcoming dates include Oct. 9, Nov. 13, and Dec. 11. Groups also are available in Sunbury and Powell: • Third Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Community Library, 44 Burrer Drive, Sunbury. Upcoming dates include Oct. 18, Nov. 15, and Dec. 20. • Fourth Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon at the Ganzhorn Suites, 10272 Sawmill Parkway, Powell. Upcoming dates include Oct. 25, Nov. 15, and Dec. 20.
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To register, go to MySourcePoint.org/caregiver or call Jessica Adams, program coordinator, at 740-203-2399.
Veterans Day Event SourcePoint is proud to host the 2018 Honor Our Veterans event Friday, Nov. 9 at its headquarters at 800 Cheshire Road, Delaware. The morning's celebration begins with a breakfast buffet at 8:30 a.m., followed by the program at 9:30 a.m. The program is presented by the Delaware County Veterans Association.
The Matter of Balance class aims to help prevent fall-related injuries and benefits older adults, caregivers and family members.
All veterans and active military personnel are invited to be our guests. Seating is limited and reservations are required. The reservation line at 740-203-2388 opens Monday, Oct. 1. Additional information is available at MySourcePoint.org. The Honor Our Veterans event is presented by OhioHealth and Kroger, and sponsored by AlerStallings, Fidelity Federal Savings & Loan, ClearCaptions, The Inn at Olentangy Trail, Ohio Living Sarah Moore, and Parkside Village Senior Living.
Around Our Community COMING TO POLARIS: A Matter of Balance Mondays, Oct. 1‒Nov. 19, 1–3 p.m. at SourcePoint's South Office, 1070 Polaris Parkway, Suite 200, Columbus. (Turn on Capella Drive, near Bed Bath & Beyond.) Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. A Matter of Balance is an awardwinning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. Learn to view falls as comfortable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home, and exercise to increase strength and balance. COMING TO SUNBURY: Healthy U: Diabetes Self-Management Thursdays, Oct. 11‒Nov. 15, 1:30–4 p.m. at the Sunbury Community Library, 44 Burrer Drive, Sunbury. This six-week workshop provides tools to set goals and make plans to improve your health, regaining control of the things that matter to you! Healthy U is for you if you have diabetes or pre-diabetes and are seeking help to better manage your care. COMING TO SECOND WARD: A Matter of Balance Thursdays*, Oct. 18‒Dec. 13, 5–7 p.m. at Second Ward Community Initiative, 50A Ross St., Delaware. Learn to view falls as comfortable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home, and exercise to increase strength and balance. *There is no class on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 22.
Supper Clubs Oktoberfest, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 5–7 p.m. Enjoy a wunderbare German buffet, with pub-style seating. Presented by ClearCaptions and The Inn at Olentangy Trail. $16.50. Register by Oct. 15. Family and Friends Feast, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 5–7 p.m. Celebrate what matters to you with good food, good company, and no stress over cooking and cleaning. Presented by ClearCaptions and the Delaware Speech & Hearing Center. $16.50. Register by Nov. 26. Go to MySourcePoint.org/EC to register.
Making sense of Medicare. SourcePoint’s free classes take the mystery out of Medicare and empower you to make sound insurance decisions. Classes are held at SourcePoint and other locations throughout Delaware County.
New to Medicare? Learn the basics of Medicare in this popular class. Whether you’re becoming eligible for Medicare for the first time or assisting a loved one with insurance needs, this is the place to start.
Find Your Plan. Did you know Medicare beneficiaries should do a plan comparison each year? Learn how to use the Plan Finder Tool on Medicare.gov so you can run your own plan comparison.
Fill the Gap. If you’re looking for a Medicare Supplement Plan to help cover costs, this workshop gives you a better understanding of supplements, including terms and how to obtain rates. To learn more, go to MySourcePoint.org/insurance for a schedule of upcoming insurance education classes. Registration is required for all classes. Register online or call 740-363-6677.
A Center for Your Parents—and You Senior centers used to cater exclusively to the bingo and blood pressure screening set. That’s still offered—the bingo crowd has a raucous, good time—but there also is yoga, live music, acupuncture, financial planning classes, technology workshops, water volleyball, and more.
The evolution of a traditional senior center into a one-stop health, social, recreational, and life-long learning center meets the needs of more adults in our community. Have you found your center?
The point of having such a wide range of activities, said Steve Gorman, administrator of SourcePoint’s enrichment center, is to appeal to all ages of older adults. When baby boomers bring their parents to the center, they may be pleasantly surprised to discover offerings for themselves. Kareen brings her 93-year-old mother, Gertrude, to the center for pool walking in the warm-water exercise pool. Kareen, who is 60, takes regular trips with other SourcePoint members, visiting The Wilds, Kelleys Island, and downtown Columbus for BalletMet performances.
Find Your Center.
Community Center. Fitness Center. Social Center. Learning Center. If you’re looking for something, chances are you’ll find it at SourcePoint. Come meet people. Take an art class. Try yoga. Go hiking. Learn to play guitar. Volunteer. Travel. We have more than 200 activities each quarter, just waiting for you to join. SourcePoint’s fitness center is well equipped with treadmills, exercise bikes, strength training machines, and more. The warm-water exercise pool offers a variety of aquatics classes and opportunities to fine-tune your workout with a personal trainer or occupational therapist. There is a dance room, billiards room, art room, library with computers, and a variety of space for socializing and other group activities. The enrichment center is home to one of SourcePoint’s community cafes, Cafe 55. Open for lunch Monday through Friday, the cafe is a popular gathering spot for members and friends.
Outside, there’s a courtyard, ponds, walking path, and easy access to the bike path on Glenn Parkway. SourcePoint membership costs a fraction of what most gyms or recreation centers charge—just $25 per year for Delaware County residents ages 55 and better. Membership includes access to a number of free programs, such as educational activities, guest speakers, health screenings, concerts, and games. Other classes, trips, and activities are available for additional fees. The center is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon. The evening and Saturday mornings hours are convenient for those who work, have young grandchildren to babysit, or volunteer by day. To learn more, go to MySourcePoint.org/55 or, better yet, stop by on your way home!
The Hidden Male Caregiver Many don't realize 40 percent of caregivers are men—and they need support, too. When we think of family caregivers, we tend to think of women. In fact, the typical caregiver is a middle-aged woman caring for a relative, often her mother. But the face of American caregiving is rapidly changing, according to "Breaking Stereotypes: Spotlight on Male Family Caregivers," a 2017 report from AARP. Eight years ago, less than 34 percent of caregivers surveyed were men. Today, 40 percent of the 40 million Americans caring for a loved one are male. In many respects, male caregivers
resemble their female counterparts. Both say they had little choice about taking on caregiving responsibilities, whether they're caring for a parent, a spouse or partner, or other relative. Both are more prone to health problems and depression than noncaregivers. Both often not only manage finances and medical care, but also provide personal care, including helping their loved one with eating, bathing, dressing, and toileting. But the AARP report—based on focus groups convened around the country— suggested there might be some differences between male and female caregivers, too.
Are you 55+ and looking for an opportunity to learn how to stay healthy and meet new people? Join us, and bring a friend! The educational program offers six lessons that cover a wide range of topics. Join us for this fun program, where you’ll meet new people and: • Learn about the aging process and making healthy choices. • Celebrate this exciting stage of life and all the benefits. • Discuss risk factors and behaviors to avoid to stay healthy. • Examine how alcohol and meds affect seniors differently. • Learn to use simple tools to help you feel more empowered about your health and the healthcare you receive. Free refreshments and giveaways for participating!
Men, for instance, may be more uncomfortable with handson personal care, although such intimate interactions can be difficult for caregivers of any gender, said report author Jean Accius, vice president
at AARP's Public Policy Institute. He maintains personal care might be particularly hard on those men who haven't spent time in the child-care trenches doing things like changing diapers and giving baths. Another difference men saw between themselves and female caregivers: They say they're less likely to open up to others when they feel stressed or overwhelmed by caregiving responsibilities. Part of the roadblock to seeking help may stem from the idea that many men in this role do not selfidentify as caregivers. “What we’re seeing is that men are more and more taking on this role, but often they’re not identifying themselves as caregivers,"Accius said. "They think they’re doing this for their family or loved ones, but we’re finding that they’re seeking support less because they’re not identifying themselves as a caregiver." Almost everyone either is a caregiver, has gotten help from a caregiver, or knows a caregiver. If you're a caregiver, know there is help out there and that it’s important you get this help.
FREE Classes offered at the following locations: Powell Senior Living, 10351 Sawmill Parkway, Powell Wednesdays, 1–2:30 p.m., Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10 SourcePoint, 800 Cheshire Road, Delaware Tuesdays, 9–10:30 a.m., Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6 YMCA Powell, 798 Liberty Road, Powell Tuesdays, 12:30–1:30 p.m., Oct. 2, 9 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6 To register, call or email Tiffany Kocher at 740-369-6811 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Services funded in part by SourcePoint.
Go to MySourcePoint.org/caregiver to find the resources available to you.
Fall 2018 PROFILE
Farm and Friends Driving along Interstate 71, between Mount Gilead and Fredericktown, there’s a glimpse of the 165-acre farm that was home to Stan and Luan Uncapher for more than 55 years. The couple grew organic crops, raised crossbred Angus cattle, kept chickens, and had a garden that covered nearly an acre. Luan helped Stan by planting crops, helping to fix machinery, raking and baling hay—always on the hottest day. Stan would hitch a baler to the tractor while Luan drove. Inevitably, the baler would get plugged with hay and Stan would yell, “Luan! Put the clutch in!” (His language was a bit more colorful, she said.) On one occasion, Luan sewed 77 acres of wheat by herself. Stan doted on his chickens and taught Luan how to can her abundant garden produce. They put up applesauce, carrots, pumpkins, tomato juice, and, said Luan, “I don’t know how many
Pictured from left to right: Luan Uncapher, Helen Crosbie, Sara Carselle, Kathy Wilhelm, and Chun Qin.
quarts of green beans.” They froze corn and peppers and made pickles. The Uncaphers built their house completely out of their own native timbers. When their grown son built his house, Stan cut red oak out of their woods for all the trim work. Between the joys of barefoot children, church, and friendships, there were also tough times. Stan and Luan’s teenage son was killed in a tractor accident 38 years ago. Twelve years ago, Luan battled cancer. In retirement, Stan’s days had a pattern. He’d take care of the chickens, read, nap, and eat lunch. In the afternoon, he would take care of the chickens, read, nap, and eat supper. His death, at age
79, left Luan with a lonely heart and a big property to manage. The large house was heated with the wood Stan had chopped. Luan’s children urged her to move. Luan sold her house and four acres, left her garden club, and bought a small home in a development. After her new house was cleaned spotless, her garden of green beans, four tomato plants, and two peppers was weeded, and her dahlias and lilies mulched, Luan ran out of things to do. “When I had the farmhouse, I always had something to do. I couldn’t clean it in a day. Here, I’m hunting for things to do. And I’m lonesome. My husband and I did everything together.”
"They take away the loneliness." MySourcePoint.org
Her daughter urged her to visit SourcePoint, but Luan was fearful of the drive down U.S. Route 23. Her sonin-law mapped out an alternate route and Luan became a member. Having never created art in her life, she was surprised at how much she enjoyed the liquid stained glass class. She is now on her seventh project and plans to try stone carving. Luan's next step was volunteering in SourcePoint’s Cafe 55. Among the group of ladies on her shift, she discovered an old friend from back home. Between volunteer duties, art, and fitness classes, Luan has made other friends. “They take away the loneliness,” she said. A study published in the Journals of Gerontology cited research that recent widows are especially vulnerable to intense loneliness. But study participants who began volunteering at least two hours a week reported becoming less isolated. According to Dr. Guohua Li of Columbia University’s Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention, “Volunteering may also increase older persons’ self-esteem and give them a sense of community, decreasing their feelings of loneliness after the loss of a spouse.” When asked if she’s glad she downsized, Luan is pensive. Although SourcePoint “has been a lifesaver to me, my new house is just a place to live.” She said. “I still grieve for my farm. But whether I like it or not, it’s what’s best for me.” Jill Smith is the recruiter for volunteer services at SourcePoint.
Share your time and talent with SourcePoint and make a difference in our community! We welcome adults, families, and community groups to apply for rewarding volunteer opportunities, such as: Meals on Wheels Drivers and Chef’s Assistants—Help prepare or deliver healthy meals to homebound seniors. Caregiver Relief Companions—Visit with seniors in the home while family caregivers get a much needed break. Medical Transportation—Drive seniors to and from important medical appointments. Skilled Home Chore Helpers—Complete chores for local seniors, such as installing electronics, repairing plumbing, installing light fixtures, deck repair, or painting. Fitness or Pool Attendants—Monitor the fitness center or warmwater exercise pool and sign in members. Art Assistants—Help SourcePoint’s creative experiences manager with organization and basic craft classes. Medicare Class Leaders—Take a free online certification course to lead sessions introducing seniors to Medicare. Office Assistants—Use data entry and basic spreadsheet skills to assist chefs with inventory tracking and food orders.
Build a better community through service. Apply today! Go to MySourcePoint.org/volunteer or contact Recruiter Jill Smith at 740-203-2368 or jill.smith@MySourcePoint.org. You also are invited to attend a New Volunteer Orientation Tuesday, Oct. 9, Nov. 13, or Dec. 11 to learn more about current opportunities at SourcePoint. Walk-ins welcome!
The Charm of the "Library" Susan Orlean has a successful history writing books about things we didn’t realize we needed to know, but that end up engaging us all the same. "The Orchid Thief" and "Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend" are two such books. With the release of "The Library Book," she surprises and charms once again. This time, Orlean explores the story of the devastating 1986 fire in the Los Angeles Central Library. The fire, however, is just one of the tales the book has to tell. There are actually four different stories running through the narrative. On one level, it’s a heartbreaking look at the fire that destroyed a good part of the library’s holdings, the restoration of damaged materials, and the library’s phoenix-like rise from the destruction. Much of it is seen through the eyes of library staff present the day of the fire. Their attachment to their mission and the library itself rings true and sincere.
system is a microcosm of the entire history of American libraries. She speaks with knowledge and passion of libraries’ missions, while acknowledging the challenges they face. While some may doubt the relevancy of libraries in the present day, she sings their praises and illustrates their worth. She shows how libraries are forever striving to stay on a path that allows them to best serve all who pass through their physical doors, or utilize their online resources. This book is her ode to libraries past, present, and future. Even if you already are one of the millions who concur with Orleans about the value of libraries to both individuals and society, it is uplifting to read the case so elegantly stated. Pam Taylor is the circulation manager at the Delaware County District Library.
Just as engaging is the story of the history of the LA library itself, told primarily through profiles of the varied and colorful librarians who have led it through a turbulent history spanning three centuries. The actual building, designed by architect Bertram Goodhue in the 1920s, is brought to life as one of the book's most interesting characters. It is depicted as a beautiful creature that did not age well, and was in need of serious updating by the time of the fire. Then there is the story of Harry Peak, the young man who claimed he set the fire, recanted, confessed, and recanted time and time again. The depiction of Peak comes across as more shadow than man. Even the people who cared for him had no real idea of who he was, or if even he was aware of when he was telling the truth and when he wasn’t. All that can really be said of him is that he found the 15 minutes of fame he sought by confessing to a crime he likely did not commit. He comes across as a nearly diaphanous, but still tragic, figure. While the story of this particular library is fascinating and entertaining, the real story here is Orlean’s personal love affair with the institution of libraries as a whole. She obviously enjoys every moment she spends investigating their workings and getting to know the people that make them run. She shows us that the history of the LA library
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Are Your Vaccines Covered?
All Medicare Part D drug plans, or Medicare Advantage plans that include prescription coverage, typically cover the shingles vaccine. However, there is usually an out-of-pocket cost—a copayment or coinsurance.
Fall is in full swing, meaning colorful foliage, delicious pumpkin treats, and—perhaps best of all—cooler weather! While you may be celebrating the end of an unbearable summer, it’s important to remember cooler weather also can mean greater risk of getting sick. Scientists have proven that cooler temperatures weaken our immune system, making us more susceptible to illness and infection. Additionally, cooler weather toughens the outer shell of viruses, making it easier for them to travel from person to person. The immune system naturally weakens with age, which means winter can be even more dangerous. Here are four vaccines Medicare helps pay for and that you should talk with your doctor about to help protect yourself from illness this winter and beyond: Influenza Vaccine. Influenza—or the flu—is a contagious respiratory illness that can be severe and life threatening. Older adults are at higher risk due to age-related weakening of our immune systems. For the 86 percent of seniors managing a chronic condition, such as diabetes or heart disease, the flu can be even more dangerous. Flu combined with pneumonia is one of the top 10 causes of death for those ages 65 and over in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an annual flu vaccination early in the season is the best way to prevent the flu. Flu season in the U.S. typically peaks between November and March, meaning it’s vital to get your shot before the holidays. The flu vaccine is a once-a-year, cost-free Medicare Part B benefit. For Original Medicare, you must use a physician or provider who accepts Medicare, and for Medicare Advantage, you may have to use an in-network doctor or pharmacy. Shingles Vaccine. Shingles is a painful skin rash caused by the same virus responsible for chickenpox. Shingles is less contagious than chickenpox, and can only be passed to another person up until the point when the infected person’s blisters begin to scab. Even after shingles passes, long-term pain can linger. One in three adults contracts shingles at some point in their life—the majority of whom are 60 or older—and the older you are when you get shingles, the more likely you are to have severe side effects, such as fever, exhaustion, and loss of appetite. The shingles vaccine is a one-time vaccination all adults over
Pneumococcal Vaccine. Pneumococcal disease causes severe infections throughout the bloodstream and/or key organs. While you may not have heard of pneumococcal disease, you likely know the conditions that result from this disease, including pneumonia, meningitis, and bacteremia. Pneumococcal disease can result in deafness, brain damage, loss of limbs, and even death—it kills 18,000 seniors each year. The pneumococcal vaccine—you may hear people call it the pneumonia vaccine—is two shots given about a year apart. The pneumococcal vaccine is a cost-free benefit covered by Medicare Part B. For Original Medicare, you must use a physician or healthcare provider who accepts Medicare, and for Medicare Advantage, you may have to use an in-network doctor or pharmacy.
Hepatitis B Vaccine. Hepatitis B is a contagious virus that infects the liver. Acute hep B, which usually lasts a few weeks, often mimics symptoms similar to the flu. Chronic hep B is long-term, often has no symptoms, and can cause liver damage or death. The liver and its function change as you age, making hep B more prevalent among older adults. Your risk of contracting hep B increases if you have hemophilia, end-stage renal disease, diabetes, or other conditions that lower resistance to infection. The hepatitis B vaccine is a series of three or four injections received over six months. Most Americans are vaccinated against hepatitis B as infants. Medicare Part B insurance covers the full cost of the hep B vaccine if a doctor determines that you are at risk of contracting the hep B virus, and the physician or healthcare provider administering the vaccine accepts Medicare. Make a plan to get vaccinated today! Getting these vaccines is an important part of healthy aging. Call your doctor today to see if these vaccines are right for your health, then check with your Medicare provider about where you can get them.
What would you do to support healthy aging? Generous giving makes an impact in our community, improving the lives of those ages 55 and older in Delaware County. Gifts to SourcePoint reach far and wide across the organization, supporting vital in-home care services, such as Meals on Wheels and medical transportation, as well as community programs that promote healthy aging.
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Fall 2018 NUTRITION
The Benefits of Breaking Bread Do you know the meaning of the phrase “breaking bread?” Urban Dictionary states, “To break bread is to affirm trust, confidence, and comfort with an individual or group of people. Breaking bread has a notation of friendliness and informality.” You can break bread with friends and neighbors at one of SourcePoint’s five community cafes. (See page 27.) Lunch is available for Delaware County adults ages 55 and older, and there are many benefits for those who attend. Proper nutrition is critical as we age to help prevent or control chronic diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. However, many older adults suffer from malnutrition because of unhealthy, unbalanced meals. SourcePoint’s cafes offer hot, delicious meals that meet nutritional guidelines. There also is the benefit of socializing with your peers. (In other words, having fun with friends!) Regular
socialization can result in feeling part of a community and having a stronger sense of purpose. Research has shown that individuals who feel part of a group feel happier and more fulfilled. Building relationships as an adult can help reduce stress and loneliness. There is a direct link between increased stress and illnesses, such as high blood pressure or heart disease. Stress levels can decrease for individuals who have positive, supportive relationships. In addition to providing strong emotional support and affecting physical health, socialization increases mental functioning. Just like muscles in the body, if you don’t regularly use your brain, you’ll begin to lose cognitive ability. Socialization itself can increase the brain’s health and decrease the odds of developing dementia. SourcePoint's cafes offer socialization, as well as activities, games, and educational programs that offer mental stimulation.
A recent study by the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Program (NANASP) surveyed more than 3,000 individuals who participated in social dining programs across 15 states. Results showed individuals who were encouraged to socialize while dining were four times as likely to feel knowledgeable about healthy eating habits and had experienced improved physical health since coming to the site. Individuals who stated they had more friends since attending the sites were also twice as likely to say their physical health had improved. Meals at community cafes are available to Delaware County older adults, regardless of ability to pay, and are funded through the senior services levy and Title III Older Americans Act funds. Donations are accepted to offset meal costs, with a suggested amount of $3.50. Karen Pillion is the nutrition program administrator at SourcePoint.
SourcePoint's Community Cafes SourcePoint operates cafes in Ashley, Delaware, and Sunbury, which serve delicious, nutritious lunches on a donation basis. Our community cafes are a place for people ages 55 and older to eat lunch and have fun. Reservations are requested for all sites except Cafe 55, and can be made by calling 740-203-2432.
Enjoy a hot, nutritious meal with friends and neighbors! Georgetown Village Square 100 Georgetown Dr., Delaware Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
St. Michael’s Community 35 Lexington Blvd., Delaware Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Rainbow Place Apartments 150 N. Walnut St., Sunbury Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
White Lily Chapel 20 S. Main St., Ashley Thursday and Friday 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
SourcePoint Cafe 55 800 Cheshire Road, Delaware Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. SourcePoint’s nutrition programs are funded in part by the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging.
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Fall Fun and Fitness! SourcePoint’s enrichment center provides opportunities for social connection, intellectual stimulation, physical wellbeing, and adjustment through the transitions of aging for Delaware County residents ages 55 and better. What better time than now to join? Fall session activities run Oct. 1 through Dec. 29, including:
Fitness & Wellness Golf Conditioning—Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 2– Nov. 15, 10–11 a.m. This clinic will drive scores down, improve flexibility, increase endurance, and unleash your sense of humor. This total golf fitness program is perfect for golfers at every level. Massage Therapy—Wednesdays, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Thursdays, 5:30–8 p.m., and Saturdays, 8 a.m.–noon, by appointment. Provides physical and emotional benefits. Carrie Lechuga, Licensed Massage Therapist, is trained in Swedish, deep tissue, and sports massage techniques. Water Walking with Christy—Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30‒7:15 p.m. Walk along with Christy, an occupational therapist, and get tips on how to maximize the benefits of your warm-water routine.
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SourcePoint Stories “When my family discovered SourcePoint, we were not looking for senior services, per se; we were looking for a bridge game for my mother. We found her game, and more. At SourcePoint’s enrichment center, we found new friends, unique activities, fulfilling volunteer opportunities, and a true feeling of camaraderie.”
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Women and Weights—Fridays, 11–11:45 a.m. or noon– 12:45 p.m. This class assists women in improving posture, increasing strength, and losing body mass. You will see a positive transformation to your body and get stronger!
Arts Open Art Room—Mondays, 5‒7:45 p.m. Enjoy the company of other members as you work on your own creations. Paint, sew, carve, or draw. Paint Pouring—Thursday, Oct. 18, 9‒11 a.m.; Saturday, Nov. 10, 9:30‒11:30 a.m.; Saturday, Dec. 1, 9:30‒ 11:30 a.m.; or Thursday, Dec. 6, 9‒11 a.m. Try trendy paint pouring on a small canvas. Dress for mess! Find a membership application, session information, and more at MySourcePoint.org/EC.
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What's the Fuss About Essential Oils? You've seen it, heard it, and even smelled it— the essential oil fever is on the loose and everyone seems to be crazy about it. However, you may have some doubts about its effectiveness. Does it really work? Is it just some fad that will soon be replaced with a new health and wellness product? Here is something interesting you should know about essential oils: They are called essential for a reason, as these oils are derived from the protective parts of a plant. People use essential oils in three main ways: aromatically, topically, or by ingestion. As you harness this powerful substance, you get the benefits of the plant's capabilities to fight external germs, bacteria, and viruses. Here are five of the best benefits of essential oils and how you can use them for your overall wellness:
oil is that it doesn't have strong, harmful chemicals, which is perfect for people with sensitive skin or skin allergies. 3. Aid in sleep quality. Are you an insomniac? Maybe you have symptoms of anxiety, which make it difficult for you to sleep. There are great essential oil options to help improve sleep quality. A few drops of lavender essential oil may help you get more relaxing sleep. This is somewhat related to the principle behind aromatherapy— when the body inhales a pleasing aroma, the mind is encouraged to release substances that help in calmness and relaxation. 4. Increase alertness and focus. Aside from relaxation, essential oils also can improve alertness and focus. Lemon essential oil is a great example. Lemon is a citrus, known for its mind-stimulating properties. Just add a few drops of lemon essential oil as you start your day, and you will feel a boost of energy.
1. Speed up recovery from flu, colds, and coughs. One of the most popular uses of essential oils is to boost the immune system. Essential oils have been said to speed up recovery from common diseases, such as colds, coughs, and even flu. Although oils aren't used to treat the ailments, they can be used to relieve symptoms and promote rest and relaxation, especially when used in a diffuser. Two Call Today to Get Your Toenails great essential oils for these Ready for Next Summer common sicknesses are oregano • Most innovative method for dealing with and eucalyptus. 2. Help heal blemishes. Do you suffer from acne scars or other skin imperfections? Perhaps you might benefit from a topical application of essential oils. Tea tree oil is a great alternative to calm redness and reduce inflammation of pimples. What's great about this essential
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5. Help heal bug bites and cuts. The outdoors are fun, but sometimes can be annoying if you experience bug bites or cuts. After regular antiseptic and treatment, you also can speed up the healing process by adding frankincense essential oils. Frankincense has been used for centuries and is recognized as a great remedy for decreasing the appearance of wounds and inflammation. Now that you're essential oileducated, you may want to consider having your own arsenal of oils in your home. These are just some of the benefits of essential oils, and you're sure to have a better wellness experience—in addition to enjoying a satisfyingly pleasing aroma.
High Blood Pressure? There's an App for That Do you live with high blood pressure? Are you worried you're not doing enough to lower your readings? If you're eating heart-healthy foods, walking on a regular basis, and drinking plenty of water, you're on the right track to lowering the impact of high blood pressure on your heart. An excellent way to continue your momentum is to track your efforts with a mobile app. There are numerous apps available that let you track your blood pressure readings: Hello Heart by Hello Doctor lets you track blood pressure readings, hypertension medications, and even blood sugar rates. You can import readings from your medical lab and review ongoing readings with your physician. Blood Pressure Companion by Maxwell Software helps those with hypertension monitor the impact of their food intake on blood pressure readings. From salty foods to greasy meals, each unhealthy food choice can have an impact on blood pressure readings. Users can track everything from their average daily systolic/diastolic readings to their weight. HeartStar BP Monitor by Pattern Health is an excellent option for those with a Bluetooth-enabled blood pressure monitor. This powerful health app lets users monitor blood
pressure, set goals, visualize data patterns from readings, and add manual blood pressure readings in addition to machineenabled readings. Smart Blood Pressure by Dzmitry Permiakou lets users track blood pressure readings over time and view their progress. In addition to monitoring blood pressure, users also can use this helpful health app to monitor weight, sodium intake, and prescription drugs. If you're looking for a good overall health app, Smart Blood Pressure might be just what you seek. Blood Pressure Monitor by Taconic System LLC is a fabulous find for those who enjoy health data. This top-rated health app features data export, medication tracking, blood pressure reading tracking, glucose monitoring, weight tracking, and plenty of data visualizations, too. Having high blood pressure doesn't have to feel like you have a dark, ominous cloud hanging over your head. Thanks to the growing number of blood pressure apps, you can now see the impact of your actions on a daily basis. If you're eating a healthy diet and exercising on a regular basis, one of these apps might be just what you need to show your physician just how hard you're working to lower your readings.
Bunraku vs. Bullying Schools are in session, which means parents will hear about incidents of bullying and peer pressure or—even worse— they won’t hear about it. Bullying and peer pressure are two problems that never seem to disappear, but they have changed in recent years in large part due to social media. Even in elementary school, children often have cell phones and apps for connecting to one another. There is pressure for kids to be on the chain of communication with their peers. If they find they're being left off the chain or get dropped from the chain, they feel like there's something wrong with them. They're too young to realize the unimportance of this chain. As a parent or grandparent, it's good to be aware of the types of bullying so you can talk to your kids or grandkids if they bring up a situation. The same lesson applies whether it's traditional bullying or cyberbullying: The child needs to know they're loved, have value, and that people who bully others often have issues of their own. The Kids on the Block of Central Ohio, located at Andrews House in Delaware, is a puppet program designed to reach kids on their level in first to fourth grades. They perform a Japanese type of puppetry called Bunraku. The puppeteers are dressed in black with netted head covers, allowing them to disappear into the black background. All the children see is the 3-foot-6-inch puppets on stage. The performances focus on bullying, peer pressure, vandalism, stranger danger, internet danger, physical and sexual abuse, healthy habits, and disabilities. The cast of characters is diverse, including Nam Nguyen, who is Vietnamese, Jose Gomez from South America, and several handicapped puppets. The performance troupe is made up of volunteers from Delaware and the surrounding area. Many are former school teachers and counselors who first saw the program while they worked in schools. The Kids on the Block welcomes all to volunteer, including high school and college students, retirees, and anyone interested in drama. If you're interested in volunteering, contact Janet Lehr at JanetLehr27@gmail.com. Janet Lehr is the program director of Kids on the Block of Central Ohio. Learn more at kidsontheblockofcentralohio.org.
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If you’re looking for something, chances are you’ll find it at SourcePoint. Come meet people. Take an art class. Try yoga. Go hiking. Learn to play guitar. Volunteer. Travel. We have more than 200 activities each quarter, just waiting for you to join. Check out current programs at MySourcePoint.org/55 or tell us what you’re looking for.
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