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• Pace@Home


• Jenkins Funeral Home &


• What's Cooking?!


• Choosing A Pet


• Feeling Like Spring



• Matters Of The Heart

Celebrating Five Years Helping Seniors Live At Home

Cremation Service We Are Everything, Except Overpriced

Entertaining With Fresh Food


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Matters of the


By Cheryl Grant

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February is the month that focuses on matters of the heart. The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women’s movement works to educate women on heart disease, and, to raise awareness–February 6 is National Wear Red Day, February 14-20 is Cardiovascular Professionals Week and National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week, and of course, Tuesday, February 14 is Valentine’s Day. February is not the only connection these dates have in common. A stressful relationship or marriage can cause you more than just emotional heartache. Conflict, negativity, poor or adverse relationships in marriage or with friends can increase your risk of heart disease, according to a new study. “Those in a negative relationship were 34% more likely to have a coronary event in the 12 years of follow-up,” says Roberto De Vogli, PhD, MPH, a researcher for the study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.* Studies have also shown that people in a committed, loving relationship have less stress and live longer. So, it makes sense to nurture your relationship, handle conflict quickly, 88


agree to disagree when necessary, and respect each other’s feelings. Making your relationship and your significant other a priority could save you both a lot of heartache. There is no time like Valentine’s Day to show your significant other that you adore them, and work through some of the issues that cause tension in a relationship. Flowers, candy, and cards are wonderful, but maybe a weekend with your partner is in order to reconnect, really listen to each other, and possibly resolve some of those issues. Plus, spending time away from life’s responsibilities is just plain relaxing and gives you a chance to talk without additional life stresses. If you are looking for a romantic weekend getaway for Valentine’s Day, try or www. Many times, you can rent a condo or home for the price of a hotel room and enjoy much more space, privacy, and seclusion. The websites are filled with vacation homes that owners rent out when they aren’t using them. You can browse for rentals in your designated area and read reviews of others who have stayed there. A secluded loca-

tion with no one to disturb you, a glass of wine on a beautiful deck, and long talks may be just what your relationship needs. If a weekend is out of the question, at least take a whole day where you only focus on each other. Make it a day when you both do something you mutually enjoy that also allows you space to talk about your plans, future, and relationship. Be honest with each other without being critical. Focus on the good qualities of your partner. Keep a sense of humor about both of your shortcomings. We all have them. Admit to your own insecurities and failures. Try to avoid being defensive, and really listen to how your partner feels and responds to your actions. Vow to work toward a better relationship. Both men and women want to feel respected and emotionally safe and secure in their relationship. In many ways, when it comes to matters of the heart, you hold the key to unlock your significant other’s heart.

This Valentine’s Day could change everything! * news/20071008/bad-marriage-bad-heart#1 © | DavidMSchrader







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Celebrating Five Years Helping Seniors Live at Home By Kristie Darling | Photos by Shane Greene Photography

“The vision for our amazing PACE program, and the search for this perfect space to house it, just laid out in front of us,” Michelle Roseman recalls. Michelle is the former chairman of the board of directors of PACE@Home, and the pride she feels about this program is evident in her story. “The more I heard about PACE, the more excited I became knowing what it could mean in our community.” Michelle first learned about the program at a National PACE Association 12


conference while she was working for Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Catawba County (now Catawba Regional Hospice). As she and Hospice CEO David Clarke understood more, they realized that a PACE program here would be a tremendous gift to seniors whose wish was to remain living at home. Michelle called on Ted Goins, CEO at Lutheran Services Carolinas, and Jane Rollins, executive director of Adult Life

Programs. The excitement grew. Together these community health advocates for quality geriatric care and support for family caregivers developed a plan and proposal. Jane eventually became PACE’s first full-time program director, and Michelle served as chairman of the board. Their PACE proposal was shared with leaders at Catawba Valley Medical Center, Anthony Rose, CEO and David Boone, CFO. They, too, liked what they saw. Through this impressive communi-

ty partnership, North Carolina’s fifth PACE program was established here five years ago—the doors opened to their first participant in January 2012. “Finding this building, Dale Jarrett’s former team headquarters, was an ah-ha moment for us,” Michelle continued. “We were all walking this path together, knowing we’d succeed unless there were obstacles we couldn’t overcome, and the building was our biggest challenge. When Dale understood what our plan was, this building never went on the market. We got a tour and found ourselves a home.”

WHAT IS PACE@Home? “It is a safe haven for my loved one. As an 88-year-old caregiver myself, I shudder to think what would have happened to me, my husband, and our family had we not found PACE when we did. Thank you!” “It encourages my dad to stay active, which is so important…with the medical staff nearby, I feel like I have someone to help me in his care.” Heart-felt comments like these are shared by PACE’s participants and families alike. To meet this need, our community has generously established one of North Carolina’s 11 non-profit PACE programs. Its mission is to serve as “the champion for seniors wishing to remain in their community.” The Catawba County PACE@Home center makes a positive change in the lives of many seniors every day. Seniors benefit from the interdisciplinary team approach to elder care. I had an opportunity to visit the PACE@Home center in Newton, and I will tell you, I was truly impressed. IN SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY “Our seniors are all different,” Emily Jones explained. “We meet them where they are, in terms of their health, their needs, and capabilities, and our treatment plan for each person is based on professional, ongoing assessments of those requirements


On the cover–Left to right–Emily Jones, program director; Dr. Daniel Andrews, medical director; and Samantha McCoy, center manager Opposite page–Pace@Home’s Team Pictured above, top to bottom–Clinic Staff–Left to right–Pam Williams, Tim Duncan, Dr. Daniel Andrews, Lisa Wells, and Kristen Peeler. (Not pictured Kim Nance) Therapy Staff–Left to right–Summer Blackburn, Jason White, Carolyn McDonald, Laurellee Adimey, Dione Jarrett, Mary Bonnett, and Karen Stutesman. (Not pictured Sarah Allen)



and goals. Our team makes certain that our participants receive the necessary medical care so they are able to remain safely at home.” Emily is the program director at PACE@ Home. She oversees an extraordinary staff of medical, social services, and ancillary caregivers who work in PACE’s health care facility, its day health center, and in the homes of over 100 senior participants. “Every day I get to see all that we do,” Emily continued. “It’s rewarding to know we are helping people improve their lives. I see family members smile with a sense of relief when they learn that we are available for their loved one.”

“The security of knowing my parent is in a safe environment while away from home. That there are doctors and nurses, if needed. That you let me know immediately if she needs extra care. That she loves being there and interacts with people. PACE @ Home is a true blessing to me” The Catawba County PACE@Home program now serves all of Catawba County and parts of Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, and Lincoln Counties. Since its founding five years ago, PACE has served about 250 participants. The founding agencies continue to be critical partners in helping seniors receive the health services they need. The board of directors oversees and provides governance of PACE@Home’s mission and programming. Nationally, PACE started in San Francisco in the early 1970s and currently has programs in 32 states. Board members share a passion for seniors and their ability to enjoy life at home. Michelle Roseman sums it up best. “The people we serve often have a hard time finding the medical services they need, but they can get compassionate, life-changing care here at PACE@Home. That our seniors are able to remain living at home is a gift,” she shared. “Our board of directors is one of the strongest, most professional I’ve worked with, and I am so proud of that. I love what we do here. It’s truly important work.”

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• Social Work Staff–Carla Chapman, Betsy Ellington, and Ashley Clark • Day Center and Activities Staff–Left to right–Misty Harvey, Mildred Maddox, Lisa Chapman, September Murphy, Rashonda Powell, Ashley Martz, Harley Dyer, Wanda White, Olivia Baldwin, Michelle Clark, Terri Miller. (Not pictured Brenda Saucedo, Elizabeth Lackey and Sherrie Groves) • Food and Nutrition Services Staff–Lynn Winkler, Pam Robinson, and Elisha Shuford 14


A FULL SPECTRUM OF CARE Visitors enter the PACE@Home facility on Fairgrove Church Road through the sunny and spacious adult day health center where seniors participate in activities such as crafts, bingo, health and wellness programs, and so much more. PACE@Home delivers all necessary medical and supportive services that enable seniors with chronic care needs to maintain their independence in their own homes. PACE@Home is truly all-inclusive and is responsible for meeting medical needs 24/7, 365 days a year. The Program

of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is an initiative supported by both Medicare and Medicaid programs. It’s designed to deliver innovative, individualized treatment while providing health care and social services to qualified participants aged 55 and older.

A FULL SPECTRUM OF CARE • Adult day health services • Medical care and medical specialties • Meal planning and nutrition services • Skilled Nursing: home health care and personal care, including assistance with bathing and dressing • Prescribed medications • Social services • Respite care • Physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy • Recreational and social activities • Transportation to health-related appointments and the PACE@Home center • Hospital care, emergency services and nursing facility care PACE participants may be fully or partially liable for the costs of unauthorized or out-of-PACE program agreement services. (Excludes emergency services)

WANT TO KNOW MORE? There are many options to consider when selecting care for yourself or your family. The team at PACE@Home is wellversed in providing guidance and support to help answer your questions and ease your concerns. I suggest giving them a call to learn more. Their professional staff will schedule a home visit to assess your family’s needs and further explain their program. It could be the perfect start to solving a life-changing challenge for you and your family.

Photos, above, top to bottom: 1915 Fairgrove Church Road Newton, NC 28658 Phone: 828.468.3980 Fax: 828.464.2845 TTY users dial 7-1-1 or 800-735-2962

• Transportation Staff–Krista Osborne, Cory Johnson, Archie Ferguson, Kellie Killian, Mark Winkler, Eric Phillips, and Steven Peile. (Not pictured Thad Mull) • Home Care Staff–Debbie Ball and Regina Peeler • Intake and Marketing Staff–AJ Kerley, Hank Hardman, and Amanda Justus







Photos: Left–Owners Carl and Lori Jenkins,

and Ben Jenkins (seated), in the foyer of Jenkins Funeral Home. Opposite Page–Left to right–Kim Pugh, Jim Stockner, Mike Groce, Rocky Hager, Ben Jenkins, George Biscos, Pete Hager, Linda Cooper and Jo Ann Stanley (Not pictured–Jeannine Glaze and Clinton Kiziah). Photo taken in Jenkins Traditional Chapel. The Jenkins Celebration Center, an event center for receptions, memorial services, visitations,

birthday parties, reunions or any kind of gatherings. Catering services are available. When a family experiences the death of a loved one, there are many emotions and many to-dos. The Jenkins family has a compassionate and calming presence, bringing their expertise to assist families during their time of loss. Owners Carl and Lori Jenkins and their son, Ben Jenkins, opened the funeral home in 2004. “All my adult life, I’ve been in the funeral profession,” Carl said. He started at Catawba Funeral Home in Hickory in 1988. It later became a corporate entity. “I did the corporate thing for a number of years, and it was quite an education,” Carl said. “I wanted to offer a more personalized funeral service for families in the local community. I’m very passionate about that; it’s what makes me tick.”



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Jenkins Funeral Home served around 300 families with funeral needs and 250 more with preplanning in 2016. Their services come at different points of need. First is the preplanning service. Many people choose to make their own funeral arrangements to lessen the burden on loved ones. Whether you’d like to transfer your existing plan or develop a new plan, Jenkins Funeral Home can help. And, unlike many other funeral homes, they can promise there will be a Jenkins to assist you in the coming years. “During a prearrangement conference, it’s a similar conversation when there is an immediate death, but people are more level-headed and can make better decisions,” Carl said. Prearrangement plans are insured and inflation proof. Monthly payment plans are also available. The next level of care is immediate. This is during the time of death. Jenkins Funeral Home believes

a funeral should reflect and celebrate the person who lived. They encourage the use of pictures and video tributes. “We want to get to know the family and learn how we can best celebrate the life,” Carl said. “We keep all this in mind when putting together the ceremony to make it personal, even to the point of bringing in golf clubs or a golf cart for a man who was an avid golfer. We could even bring in a motorcycle and have motorcycle friends involved in a procession.” It’s the attention to detail many families appreciate about Jenkins.

and expertise; their pricing; being family owned; and their facility. “We strive to be the lowest cost provider of funeral and cremation services in the whole region,” Carl said. “Families should not have to spend their life savings to bury a loved one.” The funeral home facility was formerly a church. There are two chapels on site with a cemetery behind the church. The 20,000 square foot facility accommodates all client needs.

“We turn our clients into friends,” Carl said. “Many times, when people come in for an arrangement Jenkins doesn’t stop there. Someone conference, they are cautious and from Jenkins will follow up with experiencing all kinds of emotions. families and provide a personalBy the time they leave, we are good ized keepsake after the funeral. friends.” They also have a special Christmas remembrance service for families. Jenkins Funeral Home & Cremation Service In each aspect, Carl says that what 4081 Startown Road, Newton sets them apart are the qualities of 828-464-1555 their service; friendliness, courtesy,









What's Cooking?! Entertaining with Fresh Food

Festive Papas Tapas Serves 6

2-4 medium Wisconsin russet or gold potatoes 2 tablespoons olive oil ¼ teaspoon pepper ½ teaspoon sea salt


Heat grill or oven to 400° F. Thinly slice potatoes lengthwise to ¼-inch thick, discarding ends. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper.

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Place on grill or prepared baking sheet in single layer. Cook 10 minutes on each side. Add toppings.

Topping Ideas

Bruschetta: In a bowl, mix together 2 medium tomatoes diced, ¼ cup chopped fresh basil leaves, 2 cloves minced garlic and 1 tablespoon olive oil; spoon on top of potatoes. Baked Potato: In a bowl, mix together ½ cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt, ¼ cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese, 2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped; spoon on top of potatoes. Garnish with 1 tablespoon chives. Mediterranean: In a bowl, mix together 1 container (6 ounces) feta cheese, 1 can (2 ¼ ounces) sliced olives, drained, 1 medium tomato diced, salt and pepper, to taste; spoon on top of potatoes. Creamy Greek Yogurt with Lemon and Herbs: In a bowl, mix together ½ cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, juice from ½ lemon, salt and pepper, to taste; spoon on top of potatoes. Garnish with dill sprigs.

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Mixed Berry Shortcakes Recipe courtesy of Nestlé

2 pounds fresh strawberries, sliced 12 ounces of fresh blueberries 7 tablespoons sugar, divided Nonstick cooking spray 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt ¼ cup cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces ²/³ cup lowfat milk ¼ cup lowfat Greek yogurt or sour cream Sparkling sugar (optional) 3 cups light Vanilla Dreyer’s or Edy’s Slow Churned Light Ice Cream


In a large bowl, combine strawberries, blueberries and 3 tablespoons

granulated sugar; stir gently. Let stand, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes. Heat oven to 425° F. Spray baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, whisk flour, remaining granulated sugar, baking powder and salt; cut in butter with pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add milk and yogurt; stir just until moist dough forms. Turn dough onto floured work surface. With floured hands, knead 6-8 times until dough is smooth. With rolling pin, roll dough into 9-by-6-inch rectangle, or about ½-inch thick. Cut into six 2 ½-inch circles. Transfer to prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with sparkling sugar. Bake 10–12 minutes, or just until golden. Transfer biscuits to individual plates; split open. Top each with about 1 cup berry mixture and ½ cup vanilla ice cream. Source: Family Features HICKORY LIVING • FEBRUARY 2017






Choosing a Pet By Jennifer Krawiec

Your kids are begging for a dog. Your neighbor is giving away kittens. You’re at a surf shop and see a hermit crab with a groovy, hand-painted peace sign on his shell. No matter which type of critter you choose, it is a big decision to add any pet to your household.

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What Kind of Pet? Will the pet be a way to teach your kids responsibility? A rodent or reptile require less time and attention than other pets, but are certainly not maintenancefree. For their health and well-being, daily feedings and frequent bedding changes cannot be overlooked. The lifespan of a small rodent is typically shorter than that of a reptile, so if you think your child’s interest in the pet is short-lived, or if the death of a pet would be traumatizing, you will want to choose accordingly. A small bird can be easy to manage, but also requires daily care and cleaning. Fish are a solid choice if you have a busy schedule. An aquarium with colorful tropical fish can be a striking design element to a room, as well. If you are looking for a companion, then a cat or a dog may suit you. They are interactive, trainable, and more snuggly than reptiles, birds, or rodents, but they also need more room to roam 26


than their caged counterparts. If you live in tight quarters, a larger animal may not be practical.

Questions to Ask Yourself Your pet will need to fit into your lifestyle, not the other way around. Is your home empty most of the day? What will you do with your pet when you travel? Don’t forget to add boarding or pet-sitting to your vacation budget. You may hesitate to leave your beta fish with a friend who has a mischievous kitty, but is it practical to ask a neighbor to come over for daily feedings?

Considering Costs The emotional aspect of getting a pet can cloud your judgement, so it is wise to research start-up and maintenance costs. Knowing the financial commitment ahead of time can go a long way in preventing buyer’s remorse. The initial cost for a hamster and basic supplies is around $125. Food, toys, and bedding can total about $30 per

month. If fish are more your speed, you can opt to economize or you can break the bank, depending on your level of interest. A bowl, rocks, food, and a beta fish total less than $40. Alternately, you can spend hundreds on a tank, filter, and several exotic fish. The adoption fee varies for dogs or cats from the Humane Society or a rescue service. Purchasing a pet from a breeder will likely be even higher than those adoption fees. When you bring pets home, you should have a collar, leash, bed and/or crate, food, and toys. Ongoing costs include heartworm and flea/tick medicines, required vaccines, veterinarian check-ups, and regular grooming. Whether it has fur, feathers, or scales, the pet you choose should suit your environment, schedule, and budget. By researching online, talking to pet owners, and making yourself aware of all costs, you can find a pet to bring joy to you and your family.





Feeling Like


By Kathy Wheeler


ho is ready for spring? I’m all for being cozy in the winter, but by the time February rolls around, I am tired of hibernating and so ready for some sunshine and fresh air! Even though it is too early to start thinking about outdoor gardening, why not do a little indoor gardening? It has been proven that indoor plants help filter pollutants, remove some of the indoor toxins, and increase oxygen levels and humidity in our homes. Perfect for offsetting the effects of spending too much time inside with dry heat! Peace lily, dragon tree, and gerbera daisies are just a few plants that can improve indoor air quality. Succulent container gardens are good for bedrooms, since they produce their oxygen at night. Some house plants are better than others, but, as a general rule, if you can grow it indoors, go for it! The vegetation will not only help clean the air, it will also brighten your space and outlook. Even artificial plants can help your mood.

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Speaking of brightening your space, open the blinds and curtains. Invite the sunshine in! Typically, we are more prone to keeping our window treatments closed during the cold months to help with heating costs, but letting in some sunshine just makes you feel better! It increases endorphins and serotonin in your brain. It is also a natural disinfectant, so let some light in. Replace dark colored accessories with light colored linens to add an airy feel to your space and brighten your mood. Bowls and vases filled with lemons or oranges make a beautiful, edible centerpiece and add a pop of bright color. Don’t hesitate to eat the fruit. Oranges are full of vitamins, and the citrus smell when peeled is believed to energize you and lift your spirit. Citrus fruits just smell like summer! What is one of the best summer beverages? You got it… lemonade!

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Before we know it, spring will be here. In the meantime, we can start moving toward the season. By changing our surroundings, we can experience the feeling of spring before it actually arrives. HICKORY LIVING • FEBRUARY 2017


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