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Polishing those golden years EDITOR’S NOTE: Friendly Neighbors is a group of active volunteers best known for providing twice-weekly meals at the 1912 Center, 412 E. Third St., Moscow, for those over 60. Friendly Neighbors Senior Citizens Inc., a nonprofit service group, also operates the Moscow Senior Center at the 1912 Center. Friendly Neighbors is contributing a series of articles for this publication to help raise awareness of its work and volunteers. This is its third article for 2010. By Kay Keskinen Special to the Daily News

Those in their “golden” or senior years often wonder what they can do to maintain as healthy and happy a life as is possible for them. Beyond going back in time and getting new parents with different genes, what

are some tips for aging well? Research has shown, says the American Geriatrics Society’s Foundation for Health in Aging, that no matter how old a person is, there still is time to make changes to live a healthier and longer life. The Foundation lists several tips for aging well. This article will focus on two of them — keeping your mind sharp and maintaining good nutrition — and how your local senior center can help. Keeping mentally active is frequently mentioned as an important ingredient for a healthy senior. Learning something new, whether a new complex game, computer skills or language, can help keep your brain sharp. Having a social network, meeting new people, and engaging in lively discus-

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Jan Jansen (right) manages the Wednesday afternoon Scrabble activity at the Moscow Senior Center while Helen Sasse (left) and Ellen Roskovich (middle) play. sions or conversations are also key. Nutrition is important at any age, but because seniors need fewer calories, it becomes even more important to choose a rainbow of nutritious foods. The

greater the variety in one’s diet, the greater the range of important nutrients. Fresh fruits and vegetables are critical, but often expensive. However, with farmers markets, food harvest programs, and senior

meal sites, seniors can find many affordable options. Where can local seniors find help in “polishing” their golden years by keeping mentally active and eating well? Many communities on the Palouse have senior centers where one can get help with these recommendations. Moscow has a senior meal site program and a senior center operated by the nonprofit organization Friendly Neighbors Senior Citizens Inc. The Moscow senior meal site is a Tuesday and Thursday lunch program where seniors can enjoy a hot, nutritious meal. Lunch begins with soup and salad bar at 11:30 a.m., followed by the main meal at noon. From ham to roast beef to chicken to salmon to lasagna, the meals provide an See YEARS, Page 11


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Knee replacements donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t slow her down Moscow woman stays mobile with plenty of exercise after surgeries one.â&#x20AC;? Bentz took regular treatments at both Gritmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Daily News staff writer Therapy and Wellness cenNot long after arriving in ters and after arriving home Moscow three years ago from and with the help of her famArcadia, Calif., Marian Bentzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ily, spent several weeks in a Constant Movement Motion right knee â&#x20AC;&#x153;gave out.â&#x20AC;? Still, the 75-year-old Machine. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was in it for about eight declares the move the â&#x20AC;&#x153;best thing that could have hap- hours a day,â&#x20AC;? she remembered. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I slept with it on under my pened to her.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had started limping badly knee because it just felt good. when I was in California,â&#x20AC;? she Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a wonderful machine and recalled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A doctor I saw diag- while healing, the knee doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t nosed it as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;just arthritisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and stiffen and just keeps getting stronger.â&#x20AC;? sent me on my way.â&#x20AC;? It was then back to a vigorâ&#x20AC;&#x153;My husband (Ernest Bentz) had passed away, and my son ous exercise program includkept reminding me that I ing water therapy at the pool had no one to take care of me to help deal with her arthritis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My famdown there, ily was good so I decided about helpto move here,â&#x20AC;? ing me with she said. my exercisB e n t z es,â&#x20AC;? she said. pulled up â&#x20AC;&#x153;Constant stakes and exercising is moved to what it is all Moscow, buyabout.â&#x20AC;? ing a two-story Besides her house in the son, Clifford Rolling Hills Todd, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Addition. in the forestAfter the Marian Bentz ry business, first incident Moscow resident her family with her knee in Moscow, Bentz wasted little here includes daughter-in-law time in securing the services Carolyn and two grandchilof Dr. Charles A. Jacobson, a dren. Bentz has high praise for Moscow physician who specialthe excellent health care she izes in orthopedic surgery. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He (Jacobson) is a won- has received in Moscow, givderful doctor,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Both ing an A+ to her doctor, nursknees were quite bad and to get es, therapists and Gritman me walking again he gave the Medical Center. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Although it has taken a right knee an arthroplasty and when that healed he started whole year to do it, my knees are bending pretty good,â&#x20AC;? she me on an exercise program.â&#x20AC;? An arthroplasty is the medi- happily reported. Bentz is doing her own garcal term for joint replacement dening and weeding; does her or reconstruction surgery. To that end, Bentz started own cooking; walks up and walking the Latah Trail wear- down hill to her mail box; and ing ankle weights to build up does her own shopping. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I also take walks around the muscles around her knee. Then in February, it was the neighborhood and to back to Gritman Medical Farmers Market,â&#x20AC;? she added. Center to prepare for the left â&#x20AC;&#x153;I used a walker at the beginning, then a cane and now a knee replacement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I went to Gritman Wellness walking stick on occasion. I Center to prepare for that sur- really recommend the stick as gery,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It took two to three months to heal after that See KNEE, Page 9 By Vera White


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WORLEY â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sun Meadow Family Nudist Resort appears to hold a special attraction for older folks, many of whom live there year around. One reason might be a statement in one of the resortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brochures: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We respect each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s individuality and our own selfesteem is enhanced by our ability to accept ourselves as we really are.â&#x20AC;?

Tom and Katie Wells That simple philosophy seems

to have worked for Katie Wells, a 65-year-old retired registered nurse and biofeedback therapist from Spokane who moved to the adjacent Sun Meadow subdivision permanently a year ago with her husband, Tom, a retired engineer. The couple have two adult children and three grandchildren. The Wells became nudists about 15 years ago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tom saw an ad about Sun Meadow, so we came for an orientation,â&#x20AC;? she recalled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a beautiful day, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d only been here a short time when Tom turned around and I was buck naked. Then he stripped.â&#x20AC;?

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;At first, it always seems to be the women who are most reluctant to become nudists, and then they are the ones who end up finding it the most comfortable,â&#x20AC;? she observed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The rolls of fat and surgical scars all fade in together. We are as we should be at our

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ages.â&#x20AC;? Wells said she â&#x20AC;&#x153;immediately felt comfortableâ&#x20AC;? at the facility where they have been involved for 10 years. They built a home on their property there and have settled in to enjoy retirement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We look for nudist colonies when we are on trips and have never felt unsafe in one, which is not the case at a lot of campgrounds,â&#x20AC;? she said. Wells laughingly recalled their kids thought they had lost their minds when told their parents

had become nudists. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But they have come to realize we have more of a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; here than weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d ever had before,â&#x20AC;? she said.

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Au naturel: Activities abound at Worley family nudist resort The Capshaws have two adult children including a daughter who will be enterWORLEY â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sun Meadow ing the University of Idaho Family Nudist Resort bills this semester as a freshman. itself as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the best kept secret They have a home in the nudin your neighborhood.â&#x20AC;? It ist subdivision just outside the gate. apparently lives A native up to the motto of Boise, the because not many 48-year-old people in the twoCapshaw has state area know been a nudist there is a nudsince he was 21. ist colony a short In fact, he and distance out of his wife, who the town most were married in famous for the 1988, met at a nearby casino. nudist resort. Another surCapshaw had prising fact at a simple explaSun Meadow nation for the are the number lifestyle in which of older people he reared his who make up the family. community, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you were oldest right now on a beautibeing 90. ful beach with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seniors like shoes on and you it here,â&#x20AC;? manager found out being Mike Capshaw without them said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They would be a betquickly find out ter experience, people accept you youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d take them for what you are Mike Capshaw off,â&#x20AC;? he said. and are not preSun Meadow Family Nudist â&#x20AC;&#x153;Likewise, being tentious.â&#x20AC;? without clothes Surrounded Resort manager is a better expeby a white fence, Sun Meadow Family rience.â&#x20AC;? Capshaw estimated there Nudist Resort could pass for an upscale horse farm were recently 40 people on in the Bluegrass Country of the grounds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That number drops furKentucky. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We first opened in 2001 ther when school starts,â&#x20AC;? and have 75 acres at the he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It also varies from resort,â&#x20AC;? said Capshaw, part seniors to babies, working owner of the facility along folks to those retired.â&#x20AC;? Religion plays a major role with his wife, Terri, and two in the lives of residents. other partners. By Vera White

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all go to different churches in the area,â&#x20AC;? he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but we occasionally offer services here for special occasions like Christmas and Easter.â&#x20AC;? The Sun Meadow concert series is growing in popularity. The next one features Portlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cascadia Folk Quartet on Jan. 8. Another is a special Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dinner and concert with Nevada jazz duo Colin Ross and Mig Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hara on Feb. 12. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We allow first time visits at concerts, but we ask that they come an hour early to

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Senior customers of Regence BlueShield of Idaho, who were not yet on Medicare, were shocked to be notified a few weeks ago that their premiums would be going up as much as 40 percent effective immediately. Asked for an explanation of the timing and the amount of the increase, Paul Lowry, a Regence individual sales executive, explained by e-mail that the timing was tied to rates being filed with the Department of Insurance on a quarterly

basis. increase, â&#x20AC;&#x153;New rates take effect Lowry wrote, upon renewal on Jan. 1, April â&#x20AC;&#x153;Premium 1, July 1, and Oct. 1 of each increases are year,â&#x20AC;? he wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For 2010, primarily driven however, the Oct. 1 effective by the underlydate was pushed back to Nov. ing costs of pro1, because of the new health viding medical care reform law that goes care.â&#x20AC;? into effect Sept. 23. Because Lowry He wrote, we were waiting for guidance â&#x20AC;&#x153;This includes from Health and Human increases in Services regarding the new both the price of medical serlaw, we were given clearance vices and utilization. Rate to push the fourth quarter increases for individuals who renewal date to Nov. 1 for buy coverage on their own, this year only.â&#x20AC;? compared to those who get As for the amount of the their coverage through their

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really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like. AP: Looking back, did you know when you read the pilot that â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Golden Girlsâ&#x20AC;? was going to be something special? White: We all kind of did. You get a lot of scripts mailed to you and not too many of them are good, but when this one came along it just hit the spot and they sent it to each of us. They sent it to me with the idea of me doing Blanche. Jay Sandrich, who was our director for most of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mary Tyler Mooreâ&#x20AC;? shows, said if Betty plays another nymphomaniac

they are going to think it is Sue Ann Nivens all over again. He said, why donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t we switch them? AP: Rue auditioned for Rose, right? White: Rue on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Familyâ&#x20AC;? had done the mousey sister so it was a good switch. I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure who Rose was at first and again it was Jay Sandrich, he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;She is a total innocent.â&#x20AC;? There is never a sarcastic word. She takes every word for its obvious meaning. There is no subtlety about her. If someone says, I

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children, he is a retired chemical engineer. Peters has been a nudist for 15 years and for him, the reason was simple. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not having to wear clothes is what turned me on to it,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was always dropping stuff on my shirt. Now all I have to do when I drop something is take a shower.â&#x20AC;? Peters lives in a trailer on the premises year round. He does his own cooking and likes to garden. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right now about all I have is weeds,â&#x20AC;? he said in an interview last month. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new ground and takes a lot of work.â&#x20AC;? He complained about his tomatoes which still hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ripened but was making the best of it, cooking up one of his favorite dishes, fried green tomatoes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What I really like here are the people,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have a

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The Sun Meadows Resort, near Worley, Idaho, is gaining popularity as a retirement destination. lot of friends and there is always something to do.â&#x20AC;?

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island of Oahu to Worley in 2005. Moving from Hawaii to Worley is a bit of a stretch, but 67-yearold Roger said â&#x20AC;&#x153;theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d had their fillâ&#x20AC;? of the tropical paradise. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Things are so expensive there, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re glad we made the move,â&#x20AC;? said the retired information technologist. In 2003, the Angells were in Seattle and, finding themselves with three weeks to kill, decided to drive to Glacier Park in Montana. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We stopped off for an overnight at Sun Meadow and bought a lot in the subdivision the next day,â&#x20AC;? Margaret said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We of course now live here year round.â&#x20AC;? The Angells found other nudist facilities in places such as California to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;cliquish.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It always seemed to be the subdivision folks vs. the RVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ers,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And in Hawaii, nudist clubs are just tolerated on Maui.â&#x20AC;? Roger has been a nudist for more than 40 years, but the 55year-old Margaret said she â&#x20AC;&#x153;married into the lifestyleâ&#x20AC;? 35 years ago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My father always walked around in the nude so it was fairly natural to me,â&#x20AC;? said Margaret, who grew up in the Madison area of Wisconsin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I was going with Roger, he invited me to a nudist event, and my father went with us so he could chaperone. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t become a nudist right away. It was not until I moved to Hawaii, but I felt comfortable even on the first day. It was not a difficult transition.â&#x20AC;? The Angells have two children and are expecting their first grandchild in October.

Randy Crockett Randy Crockett is a 65-yearold single man who has lived in the subdivision 10 years and has been a nudist for 15 years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always run to keep in shape, and in the mid-1990s, I entered the Kaniksu Ranch Bare Buns Fun Run,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I enjoyed the experience so much I decided to pursue it full time.â&#x20AC;? Crockett finds Sun Meadow the perfect place to live. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is quiet and peaceful,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The people here are all good and honest, and we keep an eye on each other. There is no place to hide anything around here.â&#x20AC;?



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outside Worley. Heading north on U.S. Highway 95, turn right on Conkling Road and go east for 3.7 miles. Sun Meadow is to the left and surrounded by a white fence. At the gate, announce your arrival using the telephone entry system. QFACILITIES: 11 Lodge hotel rooms and rental cabins, 43 full hookup RV sites ($240-$350 per month with power), tent sites. Indoor and outdoor heated pools, hiking trails, fitness center, shuffleboard and bocce courts, horseshoes, and sunning lawns. CafĂŠ open seven days a week: â&#x20AC;&#x153;gourmet meals at down home prices.â&#x20AC;? Playhouse and outdoor play area for kids. Wireless Internet. QWILDLIFE: Deer, elk, wild turkeys, as well as hawks, eagles and geese. QCOST: Membership costs available at (208) 686-8686 and; discounts through American Association for Nude Recreation

Since moving to the Sun Meadow subdivision in 2004, 69year-old Val Simkins has distinguished herself with her hobby of making jewelry, lovely pieces, which several residents were wearing, and she also sells at special events on site. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I also make all the desserts for the Saturday night dinners,â&#x20AC;? she boasted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pies, cakes and everything.â&#x20AC;?

Jay and Lee Jacko Jay and Lee Jacko are spending their sixth summer at Sun Meadow. They have two adult children and four grandchildren. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re full-time RVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ers,â&#x20AC;? 58-year-old Jay explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re here from June through September and winter in south Texas, California or Arizona. There might be more luxurious facilities than this one, but it is better than most and certainly the friendliest.â&#x20AC;? Jay described Lee and him as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;garbage peopleâ&#x20AC;? in the RV Park, making sure the trash is always under control. Lee, 57, also turns out beautiful handmade jewelry. She worked at Qwest for 30 years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are lots of working people here and it has a good family atmosphere,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is also a lot less pretentious than most.â&#x20AC;? Vera White can be reached at (208) 882-5561, ext. 251, or by e-mail to

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Knee replacement frequently asked questions Each year, more than 500,000 total knee replacements are performed in the U.S., according to a June study by a Minnesota Medicare group. A knee replacement is a kind of arthroplasty or joint replacement surgery. By 2030, it projected, this procedure will increase to more than 3.48 million annually because of aging baby boomers, increased obesity and more younger patients. The first knee replacement was performed in 1968. Here are some frequently asked questions about knee replacements, based on information from Kelly Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill, Gritman Medical Center director of community relations.

to function. Often times arthritis is a result of degeneration of the cartilage in the knee. It happens slowly, over time and the pain associated with it develops just as gradually. Normally, the knee joint will become swollen, sore and stiff and over time can lose its full range of motion.

How does arthritis affect your knee? Arthritis is one of the most prevalent factors in hindering the way the knee is supposed

How long will I be in the hospital after surgery? The average hospital stay after knee replacement is three to five days.

Who is a candidate for total knee replacement? If pain is preventing you from walking or performing daily activities and conservative measures have failed to give you adequate relief, it may be time to discuss total joint replacement surgery with your orthopedic surgeon.

Who will do the surgery? Gritman Medical Center uses a team approach for joint replacement surgery. Orthopedic surgeons, nursing, physical therapists, registered dietitians, lab, radiology, pharmacy and social services experts work together to help you regain your mobility. What will I have to do to get ready for surgery? Occupational therapists can survey your home and recommend ways to prepare it for your safety, comfort and convenience following surgery. Dietitians can suggest meal plans before and after surgery. How can I learn more? To learn more about knee replacement and other joint surgeries, talk to your doctor or call Gritman Medical Center at (208) 882-4511 or visit www.

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it helps me keep my balance and walking upright rather than bending over.â&#x20AC;? Without doubt, knee replacements have improved Bentzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; quality of life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can now walk like a normal person and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even have to grab onto the railing when going up and down stairs,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very comfortable now as I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the constant pain.â&#x20AC;? Bentz didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hesitate when asked if sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d recommend knee replacements to other seniors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would definitely, but you have to do the exercises faithfully afterwards,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to bend those muscles so you can get that range of motion in your knees.â&#x20AC;? A native of Iowa, she had lived in California for more than 50 years. She spent half that time doing clerical work for the Santa Fe Railway Company. Bentz said she had â&#x20AC;&#x153;settled in nicelyâ&#x20AC;? and made a lot of friends since moving to Moscow. She joined the United Methodist Church and Roadrunners where she recently made a bus trip with the group to the Oregon Coast and the Redwoods in northern California. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I used to visit my family here, I never liked going back home to the smog,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to deal with that anymore.â&#x20AC;? Vera White can be reached at (208) 882-5561, ext. 251, or by e-mail to

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SENIOR BRIEF PULLMAN Gritman unit helps with Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s walk Raising money for Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease and dementia research is the goal of the upcoming Palouse Memory Walk. Gritman Adult Day Health, which has been active in the community for many years in other areas, is helping the national Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association bring its memory walks to

the Palouse this year. The three-mile team walk along the Chipman Trail starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, beginning and ending at James Toyota, 8683 State Highway 270, Pullman. In a prepared release, Barbara Mahoney, director of the Gritman unit, wrote that dementia affects many people. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are excited to have a Memory Walk on the Palouse in an effort to raise awareness,â&#x20AC;? she added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The money raised will help our

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allow us to give an orientation and tour,â&#x20AC;? Capshaw said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to make sure people are not surprised and have the right mind set to come here.â&#x20AC;? Sun Meadow draws people from all over the world, Capshaw said, and they visit

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often, â&#x20AC;&#x153;probably because we have a little something for everybody.â&#x20AC;? In addition to 11 Lodge hotel rooms, there are 43 full hook-up RV sites, a large dining hall, the Lovinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Spoonful CafĂŠ, both outdoor and indoor heated pools, hiking trails, a library and other amenities. Seniors would probably find the 20-person hot tub and massage therapy center of interest as well as available


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us. She came from New York after her hit. We all sat down for the first table read and somebody read a line and then somebody else read a line. You better be ready when you hit it over the net because you are going to get it right back over the net. It was the most exciting ... We all began to look at each other because there wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t any first reading feeling about it. It was like we had been working together forever. I still get goose bumps thinking about it. AP: Looking back, what are you

licensed therapists. Socials such as the Sunday night potlucks usually result in a big turnout. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People can bring food to have in the dining room or they can also order from the kitchen,â&#x20AC;? Capshaw said. People come to Sun Meadow for extended periods of time to enjoy the rustic setting, but not many are on site year around, except people living in the subdivision, which is not considered part of the resort. The subdivision consists of 16 lots consisting of about an acre and a half. There are currently 13 homes with three lots still vacant. The only other nudist

most proud of about the show? White: I send up a prayer of thanks for the writing. We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it without the writing. It has to be on the paper. No matter how much credit they try to take, actors canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it unless it is on that page and boy was it on that page. To get that kind of writing is such a privilege. AP: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Golden Girlsâ&#x20AC;? really showed older women in a sexual light. Do you think current day older women are still allowed to be sexy in popular culture? White: I think we were just trying to tell it like it is. I think older women still have a full life. Maybe the writers donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t address it these days, but it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t change the fact.

resort in the region is Kaniksu Ranch in the Deer Park area out of Spokane. It has been there for 75 years and most famous of late for sponsoring the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bare Buns Fun Run.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We send people over for their fun run in July,â&#x20AC;? Capshaw said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Their customers are our customers. They are allies, not competitors.â&#x20AC;? Sun Meadow is a member of the American Association for Nude Recreation, an organization that originated in 1931. The facility hosted the national convention in August, an event that drew 530 people from across the country. Memberships to AARN are

available at Sun Meadow. The most popular is the â&#x20AC;&#x153;basic/ associateâ&#x20AC;? which costs $57 for an individual and $91.50 for â&#x20AC;&#x153;dual.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a lot of people traveling through who come by to check us out and see if they like it,â&#x20AC;? Capshaw said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;An AANR membership isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessary to come for the day, but you do get a discount â&#x20AC;&#x201D; $18.75. As the brochure says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nudism is something you have to experience to appreciate completely.â&#x20AC;? Vera White can be reached at (208) 882-5561, ext. 251, or by e-mail to

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Two classes that could trim a few dollars from your car insurance The Latah County AARP Chapter is sponsoring another round of safe driving classes for people age 50 and older. This program is designed to help drivers remain safe on today’s roads. The course helps you tune your driving skills and update your knowledge of the rules of the road, say organizers. They say you will learn about normal agerelated physical changes and

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Service Department and we will discuss with that member why the rate is set where it is and review that member’s options with Regence.” Regence customers in Washington also seem to be paying far less than those in Idaho. Lowry replied in an e-mail that a plan for an individual under 65 in Idaho was administered by Regence, while a similar plan in Asotin or Whitman counties was administered by their affiliate, Asuris Northwest Health based out of Spokane. Each state has different guidelines to follow through their respective state departments of insurance, so there is the possibility that while benefits may appear to be similar, the pre-

how to adjust your driving to avoid problems and injury. Many auto insurance companies offer a small reduction to insurance premiums once you have completed the course. You must attend both sessions — a total of eight hours. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. Show your AARP card for the discount. Classes meet in Moscow miums could vary across state lines. Lowry was asked what seniors could expect in increased health care coverage. “The benefits added under the new health care reform law ... include no lifetime maximum, and preventive care and immunizations not subject to deductible or cost sharing for category one and two providers,” he wrote. Lowry wrote that Medicare supplements are “completely different products than individual policies,” those policies held by members who do not get their coverage through their employers. “As such, they are handled in a different way,” Lowry wrote. “They are kept in a separate product pool. Only that pool’s utilization has any effect on the products within that pool. So, you could have an 8 percent quarterly increase in an individ-

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at the Gritman Conference Center. Two classes are scheduled: I 5:30-9:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 20-21. I 8:30 am.-12:30 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 15-16 For additional information or to sign up, contact Gritman Education at (208) 883-2232; or e-mail

ual under 65 pool while having only a 2 percent annual increase in the Medigap pool. Also keep in mind that with a Medigap plan, Medicare is the primary payer and in many cases can pay a majority of the medical plan.” Vera White can be reached at (208) 882-5561, ext. 251, or by e-mail to

excellent source of nutrition to complement the rest of the day’s food. Those aged 60 and older are asked to donate $4 for a meal, but if a senior cannot afford that amount, there is some flexibility. All meals are served in the Great Room of the 1912 Center, 412 E. Third St. Seniors unable to attend the meal site can arrange for home delivery by calling Jenny Zorens at the Area Agency on Aging in Lewiston at (800) 8773206. The Moscow Senior Center, also in the 1912 Center, offers many scheduled events that help seniors keep mentally active: pinochle, bridge, bingo, jigsaw puzzles, word games such as Scrabble, a weekly support group for the blind and diabetic, and a computer corner with assistance. In addition to the scheduled activities, the center is a place to meet others, use a computer, bring a laptop and use the public Wi-Fi, watch TV, read a book or magazine from the center’s library, or just

to drop-in for a cup of coffee or tea. The center is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. For more information about Friendly Neighbors, call the Senior Center at (208) 8821562. A web site with lunch menus, the latest Friendly Neighbors newsletters, a schedule of activities, and senior nutrition newsletters can be found online at com/srcenter. Other “tips” for aging well offered by the geriatrics Foundation include walking (to strengthen bones, which helps prevent falls), understanding sleep in later life (most seniors still need 7-8 hours), getting a medications check (review prescriptions and over-the-counter medications and supplements with your health care provider), speaking up if you’re feeling down (research shows 1 in 5 older adults suffer from anxiety or depression), keeping shots/vaccines current, and finding the right health care professional to make the most of your visits. Kay Keskinen is treasurer for Friendly Neighbors.

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