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FOCUS 50 A Guide for Mature Adults

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-June 2014-

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Interesting Articles You Won’t Want To Miss • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Five Brain Fitness Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Is Possible To Prevent Cataracts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Heart Health - What You Should Know . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Save Time With Fast Meals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Top 10 Reasons To Live & Retire In Bowling Green . . 12 Photos For FREE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Top 5’s In Kentucky - Road Trip! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Five Retirement Gifts Ideas For Women . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Nolin Lake - Nifty At 50 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Trends...Oh, Baby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 How To Address Varicose Veins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Entertain Yourself For FREE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Keeping Marriage Strong . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

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by Susan Grotenhuis (NAPSI)

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Here’s an idea to think about: To stay mentally sharp, sustained effort is key. It takes work to keep a complicated organ such as your brain in optimum condition. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be complicated. You can follow these five simple steps to keep your mind bright:

1. Change. By the time you reach retirement age, your brain has mastered many

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tasks. You have to think of creative ways to surprise it. So change is vital to brain health. Change your routines, change your environment, make new friends, have different conversations, listen to different music, try new foods. List the most familiar things in your life and then change them. Think. Don’t let your brain get bored. Stimulate it with lots of new, refreshing information. Read articles, visit museums, study a new topic or take up a new hobby. That awkward feeling you may remember from your first day on the job is what you want to replicate. Try learning a foreign language or a musical instrument. Move. Experts agree that aerobic exercise has the greatest benefit in terms of helping your brain stay young. Encourage important blood flow to the brain by doing at least 21⁄2 hours of moderate aerobic activity (brisk walking) each week. Start where you can and gradually build up from there. Setting small, monthly goals keeps your efforts focused and on track. Eat smart. Keep those arteries—in your heart and your brain—from getting clogged with fat by eating plenty of fruits, veggies and whole grains. Stick with healthy fats such as those in nuts, avocados and olive oil. Include plenty of lean protein and fiber to round things out. Try to fill half your plate at each meal with fruits and vegetables. They’re full of anti-oxidants and supply important nutrients. Avoid white flour, generally found in breads and pastries. Losing any extra pounds can help, too. Maintaining a healthy weight means a better chance at a healthy brain. Be happy. Human beings are social creatures. The brain is designed to interact with others and derives great benefit from close relationships. When you’re happy, your brain is happy. When you’re stressed or depressed, your brain releases a chemical called cortisol. Cortisol in small doses is useful for alertness and concentration. When it lingers, however, it attacks the cells in the hippocampus, where memories are formed. Getting plenty of sleep is also important for relaxing and renewing the mind.

Ms. Grotenhuis is a certified Brain Fitness Facilitator with Asbury Communities, an aging services organization. For more information on Brain Fitness, visit http://www.asbury.org/Perspective 4


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Is it Possible to Prevent Cataracts? Millions of people are affected by cataracts, which Prevent Blindness America says is the most common cause of vision loss for individuals over the age of 40. In the United States, there are more cases of cataracts than glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration combined. The prevalence of cataracts makes some wonder if they can be prevented. According to The Mayo Clinic, studies have yet to determine a way to prevent cataracts or even slow their progression. However, eye doctors and other experts say that certain strategies can help keep the eyes and the body healthy, which may keep cataracts at bay. REGULAR EYE EXAMINATIONS Visiting the eye doctor on an annual basis, or as recommended by an optician or ophthalmologist, can help detect cataracts and eye problems early on. This helps prevent vision loss and enables patients to take proactive steps to treat their cataracts. QUIT SMOKING Smoking affects eyesight and eye health. Research suggests that smoking increases a person’s chances of developing cataracts. The lenses of the eyes are mostly made up of arranged proteins, and sometimes these proteins stick together, breaking their careful formation and affecting the transparency of the lens. PROTECT THE EYES Always wear sunglasses with UV protection, particularly glasses that block UVB rays, when spending time outdoors. MANAGE DIABETES Although the reasons why are still not fully understood, individuals with diabetes mellitus face a greater risk of developing cataracts. That risk may be elevated by as much as 60 percent. When increased blood sugar enters the lenses of the eyes, sorbitol forms, and both this and fructose can build up in the lenses. Increased sugar causes water to be absorbed inside the lens, resulting in swelling and increased cloudiness. IMPROVE THE DIET A healthy diet should be a priority for everyone, including people at a greater risk for cataracts. Eating foods high in antioxidants like beta-carotene, selenium and vitamins C and E may help prevent cataracts. That’s because antioxidants help the body to fight free radicals, which can contribute to cataracts later in life. 6


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Heart Health What you should know In the United States, more men and women die from heart disease than any other medical condition. What is heart disease? A condition that affects the heart muscle or blood vessels. High blood pressure and high cholesterol are 2 kinds of heart disease. Heart disease can lead to a heart attack or stroke.

Know the early warning signs of stroke.

Know the early warning signs of a heart attack. For many people, the first sign of heart disease may be a heart attack. Symptoms include:

These usually happen suddenly. Symptoms include: • Weakness or numbness in your face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of your body. • Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.

• Chest pain or pressure. (Women often do not have chest pain during a heart attack, so you should look for other signs in this list.)

• Trouble seeing in one or both eyes.

• Pain that spreads to your neck, arms, or jaw.

• Trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance.

• Shortness of breath.

• Severe headache with no known cause. If you or someone with you has any of these signs, get medical help right away!

• Stomach pain or vomiting. • Breaking out in a sweat. • Weakness or dizziness that is sudden or unusual.

Everyday life changes can greatly improve your heart health There are many things you can do to have a healthier heart. This is true even if you already have heart disease or you have had a heart attack or stroke. • Watching your weight Keep your heart • Not smoking • Eating a healthy diet • Taking all medicines healthy by: • Exercising 8


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Warm weather provides a great opportunity to slow down and savor time spent having fun in the great outdoors. But time spent away from home often leads to meals made on the fly or last-minute jaunts to a nearby fast-food restaurant. Though last-minute meals or trips to the local burger joint might be convenient, they are not always healthy. Fortunately, there are other ways to eat well even when you’re pressed for time. • CHOOSE FAST-COOKING FOODS. Stock the pantry with items that will cook quickly. Fresh produce can be steamed or grilled in only a few minutes and served alone as a vegetarian meal or mixed with other foods for a quick entree. Seafood tends to cook quite fast, and many seafood dishes make for a low-fat source of healthy protein and essential fatty acids. Seafood also is lighter on the stomach, which fits well with the smaller meals people tend to enjoy during warm weather. • HAVE PREPARED ITEMS ON STANDBY. Keep the refrigerator stocked with already-washed vegetables and lettuce. Par-boiled potatoes or pasta can be mixed in with a number of different ingredients to create a filling meal. When free time allows, develop a plan so meals take less time to prepare. If frozen items must be defrosted, make sure to put them in the refrigerator the day before they will be cooked to begin the thawing period. • DON’T FRET A NO-FUSS NIGHT. Not every meal has to be a three-course delight. A fast dinner could equate to a sandwich or salad. Breakfast foods for dinner are also quite popular and can cook up quickly. Surprise everyone with French toast or pancakes made savory with bits of bacon and spinach in the batter. When all else fails, a bowl of cereal can be adequate and fast. • WHEN DINING OUT, GO HEALTHY. Sometimes takeout or a meal out with friends or family is the perfect ending to a great day. Restaurant food tends to pack more fat and calories into larger-than-normal portion sizes, so choose steamed or broiled foods whenever possible. Divide larger portions among other diners. Clear soups are better for you than cream-based soups. Try to fill up on vegetables rather than bread served before the meal. 10


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Top 5 ’s in Road Trip!! K entucky by Cory Ramsey

Since 2005, I’ve been fortunate to travel extensively to hiking trails throughout Kentucky. So I thought I’d compile a list of great places you can see for yourself. Take a suggestion, get online, and plan out your trip in a way that would make Daniel Boone proud. If you’re a Kentuckian, you’re an explorer at heart. Good luck, and I want to see pictures! TOP FIVE LAKES: 5. Lake Malone 4. Dewey Lake 3. LBL Lakes, Barkley and Kentucky 2. Lake Cumberland 1. Dale Hollow Lake

TOP FIVE OVERLOOKS: 5. Green River Bluff, Mammoth Cave NP 4. Columbus State Park 3. Cumberland Gap National Park 2. Red River Gorge 1. Breaks Interstate Park

TOP FIVE RIVERS: 5. Kentucky River 4. Rockcastle River 3. Red River 2. Green River 1. Cumberland River

TOP FIVE MOUNTAINS: 5. Hal Rogers Parkway Drive 4. Buckhorn Lake State Park 3. Pine Mountain State Park 2. Cumberland Gap National Park 1. Kingdom Come State Park

TOP FIVE WATERFALLS: 5. Shanty Hollow Lake 4. Nolin Lake State Park 3. Tioga Falls 2. Cumberland Falls 1. Eagle Falls

TOP FIVE CAVES: 5. KY Down Under, Kentucky Caverns 4. Hidden River Cave Wild Tour 3. Mammoth Cave National Park 2. Cub Run Cave 1. Diamond Caverns

TOP FIVE ARCHES: 5. Mantle Rock 4. Yahoo Arch 3. Natural Arch 2. Natural Bridge 1. Rock Bridge, RR Gorge

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5. Dawkins Rail Trail, Johnson, Breathitt, and Magoffin Counties 4. Legacy Trail, Lexington 3. Brighton East Rail Trail, Lexington 2. Greenbelt, Owensboro 1. Louisville Riverwalk, Louisville

TOP FIVE WOODS: 5. KY Nature Preserves 4. Land Between the Lakes 3. Bernheim Forest 2. Big South Fork 1. Daniel Boone National Forest

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5 RETIREMENT GIFT IDEAS FOR WOMEN When a lady retires from today’s business world, her entire lifestyle will change. She’ll now have more time to do the things she wants to do and to enjoy some much needed down time. Or maybe she’ll shortly be starting a new career or business venture or just watching the grandchildren grow up. What can you give her that she’ll really appreciate and love? There are many options.

1. A Spa Day. Give her a luxury spa day at a premium hotel or well-known day spa. Include an overnight stay for her as well. It doesn’t have to be at a ritzy location. Even a hometown spa that she’s never had the time to enjoy will be special. Get her the full treatment package for the day where she is pampered from head to toe. Include a manicure and pedicure, hot stone massage, facial, and haircut. Go with her for a truly memorable day. 2. Jewelry. You cannot go wrong with jewelry. Every woman loves diamonds. So chip in together to get her a lovely piece of high-end diamond jewelry — perhaps a special diamond right hand ring or a diamond pendant with her initial. A diamond tennis bracelet will forever commemorate her retirement and she’ll love to show it off all the time. You don’t have to break the bank to afford diamonds. 3. An Experience or Trip. Send her on the trip of a lifetime. Is she a shopper? Send her on a shopping vacation to some of the world’s best cities. Let her browse the streets of Paris with her credit card or the antique markets in London. Wherever you send her, be sure it fits her personality, likes, and desires. A cruise to an exotic port may be just the thing to congratulate her on a career well spent. Think off the beaten path for experiences like working on a ranch for a week or traipsing the Rain Forest. Just about every destination you can think of has a trip with a guide ready to lead your recipient and/or a group on an excursion. You can also keep her close to home by giving her passes to museums she’s never had the time to visit or shows she has always wanted to see. 4. An Affordable Hobby-Related Gift. Like the experience gift, you’ll want to consider her favorite activities, personal tastes, and hobbies. Sometimes experience gifts can be too expensive for an individual to buy on their own, but you certainly could afford to buy or make a reasonably priced gift basket that is full of all her favorite things. 5. The Gift Card. When in doubt, give a gift card. You can find gift cards for absolutely everything imaginable. If you can’t settle on just one place (like her favorite store), choose a Visa or MasterCard gift card. She can use it anywhere she likes and it doesn’t expire. A retirement gift doesn’t have to be a dust collecting statue or accessory she’ll never use. Think big and then chip in with the whole office or a group of siblings so you can get an even better gift than several separate ones. Use your creativity and surprise her with the best day of her life!

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N olin La ke: N ifty a t5 by Cory Ramsey

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Plop out any Kentucky map and you’ll notice several lakes adorn the otherwise river-chopped landscape. We have mountain lakes in the east, recreational lakes in the south, and land between some lakes in the west. That’s a bunch of lakes! Plop out another map of Kentucky at the turn of the century, however, and you’ll not see hardly any. In fact, just three. Rivers have always been a staple of Kentucky, and the state’s history was written into every bend and set of falls the 90,000 miles of streams gave us. Cities sprung, cities faltered, cities flooded. It was the latter that led to a bunch of lakes. Depression, 1937. Clouds moved into the Ohio River valley that grey January and started a downpour that lasted a month. Before all was dry and done, Louisville and Paducah along with several other cities sat underwater. Levees failed. Sandbags did little. The progress of the 20s was ruined and cleanup took epic proportions. Enter FDR. In 1938, he signed into law the Flood Control Act. It authorized the building of dams along rivers to help prevent further flooding. Dams weren’t a new phenomenon, but this took the prevention to a new level. It was through this measure that many lakes were orchestrated in Kentucky; perhaps a better word: Engineered. Between the Army Corps of Engineers and the TVA, the Kentucky map is now full of blue expanse that came with playground for the rest of us. State Parks and recreation areas began to dot the surrounding landscape, and countless pontoon boats found a resting place in new coves. One such lake was created along the Nolin River north of Mammoth Cave in 1963. In March of that year, the project begun by the Corps in 1959 came to completion. I wasn’t around at its birth, but I helped celebrate its 50th. On August 3, 2013, the official birthday party took place for Nolin Lake. As a patron of its recreation and beauty the past several years, I can say that the ruggedness is unique to any other lake statewide. There is just something special about Nolin, and I was glad to see it get a party last year. Good to see you on the map, Nolin Lake. Friend of Nolin Lake can be found on Facebook via facebook.com/friendsofnolinlake. Cory Ramsey has been a fixture of Radio and TV in Kentucky for the past 15 years. Winner, William Randolph Hearst National Journalism Award, 2002. For the past five years he’s been a travel contributor to WBKO-TV’s Midday Live, and also contributes to The Big Dawg and The Wave radio in central Kentucky. He has been to every single county in Kentucky multiple times, and over 250 hiking trips. He is the Road Tripper behind Map Dot, Kentucky, found online at www.facebook.com/mapdotkentucky. 18


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TRENDS

Oh, Baby! Some grandmas-to-be get showers of their own — Christina Ianzito, AARP Writer

Rattles, bibs and booster seats aren’t just for moms-to-be anymore. These days, first-time grandmas are scoring such goodies at parties thrown for them by friends and loved ones. “Grandbaby Showers,” common in the Midwest, are catching on elsewhere, says manners maven Peggy Post, director of the Emily Post Institute, who calls it “a sweet idea.” Lyree White, 52, an adminstrative assistant at a public health agency in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, received baby gifts at a shower thrown by colleagues before the birth of her first grandchild, now a toddler. “I didn’t want to be in the limelight,” White recalls. “But they wanted to do something special to celebrate that time with me.”

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How To Address Varicose Veins Men and women alike suffer from varicose veins, which can be a cosmetic nuisance or a symptom of a serious medical condition. New varicose vein treatments are enabling individuals to live happier lives. Varicose veins are enlarged, gnarled veins that can resemble the twisted roots of a tree. They develop when the one-way valves in veins that carry blood to the heart are faulty. Blood backs up in the veins as a result, and stretches the vein. According to experts from Meridian Health, varicose veins are very common and affect half of all Americans ages 50 and older. But they’re not just a concern for seniors. Anyone can develop varicose veins, but women are at a greater risk than men. Varicose veins typically do not have any symptoms, except for the visual presence of deep blue or purple, bulging veins that largely occur on the legs and feet. However, aches in the legs, heavy feeling, itching around veins, or throbbing may also occur. Similar to varicose veins are spider veins, which are smaller and closer to the skin surface. Pregnancy, age and stretching of the veins are contributors to varicose veins. Being overweight or standing for long durations of time are other contributors, as is wearing restrictive clothing. There are a number of treatments that have been developed for varicose veins. During sclerotherapy, a solution is injected into a small or medium-sized vein to scar it and close it up. Eventually the vein will shrivel and fade. A similar procedure is done with lasers to shrink the vein without the need for needles or surgery. Catheter procedures use a heated tube inserted into the vein to collapse the vein and seal it shut. Vein stripping involves removing large veins through several small incisions. It is usually an outpatient procedure but will require a surgery. In most cases, blood will naturally reroute to other veins in the legs after one of these procedures. Varicose veins typically If vein valves stop functioning the way they Much of the blood appear on the legs and feet, are supposed to, blood begins to flow but can be present on backwards and pool in the veins, raising flow in the legs is other parts of your body. blood pressure in the veins themselves. carried out by deeper veins. Individuals who undergo these procedures can usually walk directly after the surgery and full recovery is only a matter of a couple of weeks or more. Feeling good about oneself involves being happy about what is on the inside and outside. Hiding legs and feet due to varicose veins can be embarrassing and uncomfortable, especially as the weather warms. Talk to a doctor about a recommendation to a vascular surgeon who can offer treatments for varicose veins.

A Closer Look At Varicose Veins

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Entertain Yourself for Free! Looking for activities to do and ways to meet new people? Free community activities, such as museums and art galleries, are a great way to entertain yourself and meet new people. Most people do not realize how many free activities are sponsored by their local community. Baby Boomers on a fixed income can take advantage of these to enrich their lives. Such activities might include: • Art gallery openings and art shows, ( usually accompanied by free wine and hors d’oeuvres) . • Free concerts • Free nights at museums, observatories and other civic functions. • Local libraries freely provide books, movies, readings and lectures. • Local colleges provide many free activities and events. • Many local clubs are free to join and participate. • Street fairs, craft shows and seasonal bazaars.

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Keeping Marriage Going Strong Into Your Golden Years The trend of long-married couples calling it quits has been growing. However, there are some steps couples can take to keep their relationships going strong. According to the AARP, divorces among people over the age of 50 have doubled since 1990. Sometimes all that is needed to rekindle a There are a number of reasons relationship is a selfless act that shows how why divorce rates have much you care for your partner. skyrocketed among the over-50 set. Understanding just why these divorces are taking place and taking proactive steps to alleviate some of the divorce triggers can be a recipe for a happy marriage that continues throughout a couple’s golden years. people may have different views on the permanence of vows, putting personal happiness ahead of the happiness of the couple. Take stock of what you promised one another on your wedding day and stick to those words. • Become A Comedian. Laughter has a way of dissolving a tenuous situation. Focus energy on laughing at mistakes instead of pointing blame. Couples can make fun of themselves and resolve to not take things too seriously. • Act Like You’re Dating. Couples often become complacent after many years of marriage. They may forget about the little details that made the relationship fun in the early years. The personal notes and cards and other surprises may fall by the wayside after being together for some time Make an effort to go on dates, write love notes and think of what was appreciated by your partners when you were in the dating stage. • Practice Selflessness. Sometimes all that is needed to rekindle a relationship is a selfless act that shows how much you care for your partner. Couples who are on the fence with regard to divorce can make an effort to improve the relationship rather than simply see divorce as the best option.

• Get Things Out In The Open. A major reason for a failed marriage is years of avoiding significant issues rather than addressing problems. Couples should make time to talk to each other about anything that might be bothering them rather than letting too many things slide. If these conversations turn into shouting matches, there is always the option of bringing in a third party to serve as a mediator. • Spend Time Apart. After retirement, couples may find themselves spending hours upon hours in each other’s company. While togetherness can be beneficial, too much time spent together may lead to feelings of suffocation and the perception that each member of the relationship is no longer his or her own person. Individuals can remedy this by doing more things on their own, whether spending time apart with friends or engaging in hobby time without your spouse. After all, absence makes the heart grow fonder. Brief periods of separation can make the time married couples do spend together feel more meaningful. • Recommit To Your Vows. After 30 or more years, the vows you shared on your wedding may be a distant memory. Some 22


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