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SENIOR May/June 2019

IN THIS ISSUE:

Widow/Widower Benefits Could Cost You Tens Of Thousands Of Dollars If Taken Before Your Full Retirement Age

Serving S.E.N.M. and West Texas

Confidential Carroll & Bobbie Leavell

OPIOIDS Doctors Writing Fewer Prescriptions: Local Seniors Feeling The Pain

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Senior Citizens Can Help Police

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May/June Carrroll & Bobbie Leavell Cover Story The Leavell Legacy

What does FDA say about some of the drugs you are taking? What are they? How you can take control of your health by being informed.

Scams Against Lea County Seniors

Stories about you -- your friends and neighbors Email: hannajudy@icloud.com Mail: P.O. BOX 770, Hobbs, NM 88241

Contents

About Senior Confi dential Magazine Senior Confidential Magazine is a publication of Seniors Standing Strong, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The purpose of the nonprofit is to help senior citizens in Lea County by paying for some needs, especially emergency needs that can’t be afforded on a fixed income, and by helping seniors and their families with information and direction regarding many questions that arise. Over 500 senior citizens and their families have been helped through this program

Senior Confidential is a publication of Seniors Standing Strong, a non profit organization.

The Hanna List: Finding help that makes a diff erence for needs you may have COSTLY CHOICES

SOCIAL SECURITY SURVIVOR BENEFIT DON’T BE SHORT CHANGED

Honoring Seniors

Write us at: P.O. Box 770, Hobbs, NM 88241

Carroll & Bobbie Leavell

Publication dates are November, January, March, May, July, September

Opioids Local Seniors

Entertainment, Activities, News, Features, And The Hanna List

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Celebrating The Wisdom And Contributions Of Our Senior Citizens Hobbs Mayor, Sam Cobb

Habitat For Humanity Plans To Build Some Duplex Apartments In Hobbs And Local Seniors May Want To Check Into The Possibility Of Getting Into One

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he apartments will be built in the Glorietta/ Montgomery Street area, and you may qualify to purchase a brand new unit and have a low monthly payment. A qualifying senior would make “not more than” $48,000/year to qualify. The estimated cost of one of the approximatly 1,000 square foot apartments would run about $93,000.00 on a 20 year mortgage. The monthly payment would bs somewhere in the vicinity of $590.00 per month at 0% interest. The first duplex is expected to be completed in August or September of this year, and are two bedroom, one bath apartments. If you are interested, please call Sandra at Habitat for Humanity at (575) 3974398. The units may also include a Help Ramp. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing organization working locally and in nearly 1,400 communities across the United States and in approximately 70 countries around the world. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat works toward this vision by building and improving homes in partnership with individuals and families in need of a decent and affordable place to live.

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How does Habitat for Humanity’s homeownership program work? Families and individuals in need of decent, affordable housing apply for homeownership with their local Habitat for Humanity. . Phone: 575-397-4398 during regular business hours. Each local Habitat’s family selection committee selects homeowners based on three criteria: 1. The applicant’s level of need. 2. Their willingness to partner with Habitat. 3. Their ability to repay a mortgage through an affordable payment plan. As part of their willingness to partner, Habitat’s homebuyers invest hundreds of hours of their own labor, called sweat equity, working alongside volunteers and other Habitat homeowners.

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Opioids:________________ Area Seniors Concerned

Effective Pain Medications Harder To Get And Local Senior Citizens Say They “Are Feeling The Pain” With the crackdown on opioids, seniors say it’s harder to get what has worked for them for pain management. They note that items such as codeine cough syrup may not be needed but once a year, but it works, and what they say they are getting is not as effective and causing their coughs to hang on much longer. Other commonly used opioid medications help control the pain, but the prescriptions are not as available as they have been. Several seniors said,

“the medicines have helped us to be able to enjoy life, get out, and feel alive, but now, we are all in pain at a time in our lives when we don’t have much time left to get out and enjoy life.” According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality an additional report from AHRQ indicates that in the past few years nearly 4 million seniors, on average, filled four or more opioid prescriptions. Nearly 10 million filled at least one opioid prescription in those years.

“The majority of us do not abuse the use of these powerful medications, but because there are a few who do...... we all suffer.” - A local senior citizen What Are Opioid Drugs?

Codeine Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Hycodan) Morphine (MS Contin, Kadian) Oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percoset) Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) Fentanyl (Duragesic)

What Are Common Side Effects?

Common side effects of opioid administration include sedation, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, constipation, physical dependence, tolerance, and respiratory depression. Physical dependence and addiction are clinical concerns that may prevent proper prescribing and in turn inadequate pain management.

Concerns On A National Level:

Opioids Are Critical Tool To Keep Seniors Active, Independent Researchers say, “But opioids can also be a critical tool in treating debilitating pain that leaves seniors immobilized and homebound” As concern grows about a national opioid epidemic, however, some seniors now find it harder to

get medications they need from doctors and pharmacies. Some medical practices refuse to accept patients already taking an opioid for pain But opioids can also be a critical tool in treating debilitating pain

that leaves seniors immobilized and homebound. A geriatrician at the University of California San Francisco, says prescribing opioids to seniors is often about helping them maintain their independence.

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EDITORIAL

COMMENT

Local Concerns Seniors Standing Strong speaks with hundreds of seniors a month, and they share their experiences or their desire for other seniors to be aware of certain situations.

SENIORS Be Aware!! Taking Widows/Widower Benefits Early If You Have Not Reached Your Full Retirement Age Could Cost You Tens Of Thousands Of Dollars

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et’s say, a spouse passes away and both of you had not reached full retirement age which for many is the age of 66. Your friends encourage you to go to Social Security and apply for survivor’s benefits. You can apply for these benefits as early as age 60. What you need to know is that survivor’s benefits are figured on your spouses record which is more common to be the record of the male breadwinner in the family. So, let’s say you decide to go ahead and take these benefits before you have reached full retirement age and enjoy a reduced amount benefit. You may have just cost yourself tens of thousands of dollars for the rest of your life. First, since you decided to take your survivor’s benefits on your spouse’s record before you reached your full retirement age, and if he or she was the higher wage

earner in the family, you no longer have the choice of choosing his full retirement or your full retirement (whichever is higher) when you do reach your full retirement age. You can take yours which may be lower, or you can stay on your reduced survivor’s benefits for life. So if you expected to take your survivor’s benefits before your full retirement age, you are stuck with the reduced widow’s/widower’s benefits or your lower benefits for life. If you hadn’t taken the survivor benefits, but had waited until you were full retirement age, then you could have chosen to take your spouse’s full retirement or your full retirement which in many cases would have been hundreds of dollars more per month to you for life. A Hobbs widow took her survivor’s benefits at age 62 as friends urged her to do so. The widow thought that she would take widow’s benefits until she turned 66. her full retirement age, and then could choose her husband’s full Social Security, or hers, whichever was higher. When she reached full retirement age, she learned that this wasn’t at all the case. She had only two choices: to stay on reduced widow’s benefits at 80% or to choose her own full Social Security benefit which would be $250/month less than the reduced benefit. being received. Had she not taken the widow’s benefit at age 62, she would have been able to take her husband’s full benefit at 100% upon her full retirement age. Her check on her husband’s Social Security record would have been $400/ month more for life if she had known or understood whether her decision was a good one, or was going to affect all of her future Social Security payments at her full retirement age. Would you or your business like to advertise in Senior Confidential Magazine to let senior citizens and families know what services you have to offer?

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“SELLING OR BUYING? CALL ME!”

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Lovington Seniors Often Just Hang Out At The Senior Center And Engage In Their Own Hobbies

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Call me for a “Free Market Analysis” CINDY SHOOBRIDGE

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Eunice Senior Center Bingo Concentration Mode

Bingo is More Than Just A Game For Seniors _______________________

Reserchers indicate that Bingo has become the “goto” game for senior citizens, as the game requires a great deal of mental flexibility and alertness to grasp, identify, and remember specific information. Bingo may help improve your cognitive acuity and short-term memory. Research even shows that bingo players perform better than non-bingo players on tests measuring memory, mental speed, and information retention.

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Senior Sightings Around Lea County

Judy Swift Price visiting with Billy Weddle recently at a reunion. Both are HHS 1968 Graduates.

Henry and Barbara Aguilar were spotted at St. Helena enjoying fellowship and food. They have both been avid volunteers in the community, and always have a smile on their faces.

Longtime Hobbs residents Judy and Harold Sherrill enjoyed spending time recently with their friend, Chris Cutright.

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88 Year Young Attorney In Hobbs Still Working Everyday...

Glen Houston has 64 years of experience Local residents say they enjoy the activities at Hobbs Senior Center, but they especially look forward to the annual health fair and the meals.

serving an an attorney in Hobbs, and at 88 is still working everyday in his office meeting with clients, making phone calls and planning cases. He is an active member of Rotary in Hobbs, and is a familiar face at many cultural events around town.

Hobbs Fire Department 301 E White, Hobbs, NM 88240

Non Emergency Number: 575-397-9308 We’re here for you 24/7

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Cover Story

here’s just something special about some people who have a knack for leaving a lasting impression of thoughtfulness, involvement, and heart regardless of whether it’s in the grocery store in Jal or on the floor of the NM Senate. Bobbie and Carroll Leavel have been married for 62 years, were sweethearts when they were married, and the love story continues today. Fifty six of those years have been spent in Jal. Bobbie and Carroll love to travel. Bobbie plays golf, and enjoys bridge. There are many in Jal who have experienced her kindnesses, checking on people, offering help, and reaching out to enrich the lives of others. Carroll and Bobbie both love to travel, and their favorite place is their cabin in beautiful Colorado. Carroll used to play a lot of golf and still takes some memorable fishing and quail hunting trips with family. The favorite meal and gathering of this family is the cook-outs with grilled steaks laced with a lot of laughter, Carrol’s belly laugh, and fellowship. Carroll served as Senator in the New Mexico State Senate, 1997-2018, and was deeply involved through public service with the following; President/ General Manager, Leavell Insurance and Real Estate, Incorporated, 1964-2002, Trustee, College of the Southwest, 1990-present, Trustee, Woolworth

Community Library Fund, 1978-present, Member, Board of Directors, Jal Hospital District, present, Member/Trustee, First Methodist Church, present, Member/Trustee, Jal Public Library, present, Member, Society of Certified Insurance Commissioners, present, Former Member, Board of Directors, New Mexico Junior College Foundation, Former President, National Conference of Insurance Legislators. President, Independent Insurance Agents of New Mexico, 1993-1994. Back in the beginning, Carroll was an adjuster for Farmer’s Insurance Company in El Paso, Texas. Their daughters: Kimmy, is married to Gregg Fulfer, and Terri is married to Jerry Poe, Kimmy has many fond memories of their family trips. She said they have always done everything as a family, and loves the way her Dad lights up when he is talking with family about politics and insurance. Of course, the grands and great grands bring neverending joy to this family. as the family has been blessed with four Grandchildren and 13 Great Grandchildren.

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“We cordially invite you to stop by and see us next time you are in Broadmoor Mall!”

Th r e s h o l d Broadmoor Mall Suite 83 1401 N. Turner (575) 391-0454

Granny’s Old Fashioned Remedies Home Remedies That May Help Your Hacking Cough There is scientific evidence that honey can be effective in treating coughs and sore throats. You can take it straight, or mix honey with coconut oil and lemon juice for extra benefits. You can also try many a grandmother’s old standby before bedtime: a shot of bourbon mixed with honey. In Germany, thyme is an officially approved treatment for coughs, upper respiratory infections, bronchitis and whooping cough. The herb’s leaves pack a potent punch of coughcalming compounds that work to relax tracheal and ileal muscles, and reduce inflammation. You can make a thyme tea by steeping two teaspoons of crushed thyme leaves in a cup of boiling water for

10 minutes, then strain. Adding honey and lemon rounds out the flavor and adds extra soothing power as well. If you think licorice has a medicinal taste … two points for you! Licorice root, the flavor from which licorice candy originated, has long been used to treat coughs. Real licorice — or candy made from it — can help soothe inflamed and irritated throats and help to ease coughing. Slice one ounce of candy licorice (that contains real licorice) and steep it for 24 hours with a quart of boiling water; sip as needed. Ginger has a lot of secret powers and it has been used for its medicinal properties since antiquity. Practitioners of Eastern medicine commonly prescribe

ginger to treat symptoms of colds and flu because of its antihistamine and decongestant capabilities. You can make ginger tea by adding 12 slices of fresh ginger in a pot with three cups water. Allow it to simmer for 20 minutes and remove from heat. Strain, add 1 tablespoon of honey and a squeeze of lemon, and taste; if it’s too spicy, add more water.

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FDA WARNINGS: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Attention Diabetics (FDA) is warning that cases of a rare but serious infection of the genitals and area around the genitals have been reported with the class of type 2 diabetes medicines called sodiumglucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors. This serious rare infection, called necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum, is also referred to as Fournier’s gangrene. We are requiring a new warning about this risk to be added to the prescribing information of all SGLT2 inhibitors and to the patient Medication Guide. SGLT2 inhibitors are FDA-approved for use with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. SGLT2 inhibitors lower blood sugar by causing the kidneys to remove sugar from the body through the urine. First approved in 2013, medicines in the SGLT2 inhibitor class include canagliflozin, dapagliflozin, empagliflozin, and ertugliflozin (see FDA-Approved SGLT2 Inhibitors). In addition, empagliflozin is approved to lower the risk of death from heart attack and stroke in adults with type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Untreated, type 2 diabetes can lead to serious problems, including blindness, nerve and kidney damage, and heart disease. Patients should seek medical attention immediately if you experience any symptoms of tenderness, redness, or swelling of the genitals or the area from the genitals back to the rectum, and have a fever above 100.4 F or a general feeling of being

unwell. These symptoms can worsen quickly, so it is important to seek treatment right away. U.S. Food And Drug Administration (FDA) Review Found That Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics Can Increase The Occurrence Of Rare But Serious Events Of Ruptures Or Tears In The Main Artery Of The Body, Called The Aorta. FLUOROQUINOLONE ANTIBIOTICS ARE: ciprofloxacin (Cipro), levofloxacin (Levaquin/Quixin), gatifloxacin (Tequin), moxifloxacin (Avelox) ofloxacin (Ocuflox/Floxin/Floxacin),norfloxacin (Noroxin) These tears, called aortic dissections, or ruptures of an aortic aneurysm can lead to dangerous bleeding or even death. They can occur with fluoroquinolones for systemic use given by mouth or through an injection. Fluoroquinolones should not be used in patients at increased risk unless there are no other treatment options available. People at increased risk include those with a history of blockages or aneurysms (abnormal bulges) of the aorta or other blood vessels, high blood pressure, certain genetic disorders that involve blood vessel changes, and the elderly. We are requiring that a new warning about this risk be added to the prescribing information and patient Medication Guide for all fluoroquinolones. Fluoroquinolone antibiotics are approved to treat certain bacterial infections and have been used for more than 30 years. They work by killing or stopping the growth of bacteria that can cause illness. Without treatment, some infections can spread and lead to serious health problems (see List of Currently Available FDA-Approved Systemic Fluoroquinolones).

SENIOR SIGHTING Louise Hudson has given much of herself, her talents, and her time to groups within Lea County. She was spotted at a retirement reception for a police officer at Hobbs Police Department. Louise helps others and applauds their successes.

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DEL & ASSOCIATES NURSING SERVICE Delivering Excellence With Love Services offered: • Skilled Nursing IV Infusion Injections Wound Care • Home Health Aide • Physical Therapy • Occupational Therapy • Speech Therapy • Patient & Family Education • Long Term Nursing/NM Centennial Care State Licensed and Certified Fully Bonded and Insured Preemployment and random drug screening Caregivers Criminal History Screening Program CPR & First Aid Certified Member of New Mexico Associate of Home & Hospice Care

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Home health care is a wide range of health care services, to help you recover at home. Home health care helps you: • Recover from surgery • Treat an illness or injury • Regain independence • Maintain your current condition or level of function Home health care can help ease the transition from hospital to home. Patients recover faster when they recuperate in the comfort of home. The professionals at DEL & Associates Nursing Service are committed to providing quality care in your home. You and your physician can determine which of our home health services are appropriate for you. DEL & Associates Nursing Service would be honored to care for you in the comfort of your home. Serving the citizens of Lea County for over 27 years

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Home Health, Personal Care Services Hygiene, Bathing, Grooming Dressing Mobility Assistance Meal Preparation Light Housekeeping Grocery Shopping We work closely with most major payers, including: Medicare A and B New Mexico Medicaid/ Centennial Care Worker’s Compensation Veteran’s Administration Private and Group Health Insurance

418 N. Turner St. Hobbs, New Mexico 88240 Phone: 575-393-7355 Fax: 575-393-4317 Visit us at Facebook.com/delnursing


Salvation Army In Hobbs Helps Senior Citizens In Many Ways

BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Enchanted Lands, REALTORS®

DAWN STIXRUD

Associate Real Estate Broker Cell: 575-942-4519 1207 W. Joe Harvey Blvd., Hobbs, NM Bus: 575-392-5777 Fax: 575-392-3221 Dawn@EnchantedLandsHomes.com

The person you need to get to know at Hobbs Salvation Army is Major Lisa Smith. She is responsive to the needs of our seniors and works to find ways to help or find help for those in need.

Reporting Or Questions About Nursing Homes Need to talk to the NM Department of Health that licenses your nursing homes and care facilities? Call 1-800-752-8649

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SERVICE DIRECTORY

Have A Blessed 2019

IS SOMEONE IN A FACILITY MISTREATING YOU, DISRESPECTING YOU, NEGLECTING YOUR CARE, ABUSING YOU VERBALLY OR PHYSICALLY, CALL NM LONG-TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN (505) 570-7139

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SERVICE DIRECTORY

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Hobbs, NM 88240 . Divorce . Criminal Law . Personal Injury . Simple Wills

Former Prosecutor

Ross Richardson Bettis, Esq. Attorney At Law 575.393.ROSS 7677 See us at our new expanded location! 726 E. Michigan Plaza Suite 100 Hobbs, NM

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Shirley Curtis Named Senior Citizen Of The Year Eunice Chamber recieves a big thumbs up from Senior Confidential for including senior citizens as recipients at their awards banquets. Seniors across Lea County go above and beyond to make our communities better while sharing their wisdom, expertise, and volunteering in many capacities A highlight for one senior was being named Senior Citizen of the Year at the Eunice Chamber of Commerce banquet. David Gallegos, NM, State Representative was on hand for the event and had a hug and best wishes for Shirley after her award was presented.

HONORING ALL AREA SENIOR CITIZENS AND CELEBRATING THEIR WISDOM

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USDA RECIPES FOR SENIOR CITIZENS BAKED EGGROLLS

Ingredients

1 tablespoon vegetable oil 2 teaspoons sesame oil (optional) 2 teaspoons ginger, minced (or ½ teaspoon dried) 2 teaspoons garlic, minced (about 2 cloves) 4 cups cabbage (napa or Chinese), rinsed and shredded 2 cups carrots, peeled and sliced thinly on an angle (julienned) 2 cups grilled boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips (about 4 small breasts) 1 teaspoon lite soy sauce (low-sodium) 8 phyllo dough sheets nonstick cooking spray

Directions

Preheat oven to 400ºF. Heat vegetable and sesame oils in a large wok or sauté pan over medium heat. Add ginger and garlic. Stir fry quickly, about 30–45 seconds. Add cabbage and carrots. Continue stir frying until the cabbage is soft, about 2–3 minutes. Add chicken and soy sauce. Toss well and heat through. Remove mixture from the pan, and place in a large colander to drain. To assemble eggrolls, cover layers of phyllo with a damp cloth to stay moist. Place one sheet of phyllo dough on a cutting board. Spray it lightly with cooking spray. Top with another layer of phyllo dough, and spray again. Repeat for a total of four layers. Prepare a second stack with the remaining four layers. Cut layered dough into four squares. Divide filling evenly (about 1 cup portions) into the center of each stack of squares. Fold one corner of the square into the middle (on top of the filling). Fold in the two sides, and roll the eggroll over so the folded parts are on the bottom. Place the rolls on a nonstick baking sheet, and bake for 15–20 minutes, or until brown and crisp and chicken is reheated. Serve immediately.

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Desert Gardens Residents Exercise For Good Health Exercise enhances mobility, flexibility, and balance. Exercise improves your strength, flexibility and posture, which in turn will help with balance, coordination, and reducing the risk of falls. Strength training also helps alleviate the symptoms of chronic conditions such as arthritis.

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Skilled Nursing Physical Therapy Speech Therapy O c c u p a t i o n a l Therapy

Services Interim Healthcare Provides to all of Lea County:

• Home Health Aide • Homemakers • Registered Dietitian • Social Worker

Available 24 Hours - 7 Days a Week across the street or across the county, we are here for you! Medical Directors: Dr. Hopkins Dr. Nelson Dr. Wagner

We welcome most all insurance including Medicare, Medicaid, Private Insurance, Workman’s Comp. and Private Pay.

Visit us at: www.interimhealthcare.com 726 E. Michigan, Suite 130 - Hobbs, NM 88240 Tel: 575-391-0121 - Fax: 575-397-6060

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Seniors Need Seven To Eight Hours Of Sleep At Night Sleep Promotes Healing And Better Days

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he National Sleep Foundation recently updated its sleep recommendations per age group to include categories “may be appropriate” and “not recommended.” This includes a range of hours that may be adequate for certain adults. Adults between the ages of 26 and 65 are advised to get seven to nine hours of sleep per evening. However, six hours or 10 hours also may be acceptable. People over the age of 65 need roughly seven to eight hours of sleep each night, though between five and six hours also may be fine. Generally speaking, anything under five hours is not recommended based on data reviewed by sleep experts. Many older adults do not get enough sleep due to insomnia, states Jack Gardner, MD, a neurologist certified in sleep medicine. They’re concerned about health issues, may have sleep apnea, can experience pain or frequent urination, or may be taking medication that impedes sleep. Dr. Leila Kheirandish-Gozal, director of clinical sleep research at the University of Chicago, says

that, over time, insufficient sleep can impact metabolism, mood, memory, and heart function. Various strategies can help people get more sleep and enjoy better sleep quality. Create a luxury bed environment. Splurge on the largest mattress you can afford and one that is comfortable for both parties (if married/coupled). A roomy bed routinely invites sleep. If you have a restless partner, try two separate beds pushed against each other. Consider white noise. The sounds of the house or outdoors may be keeping you up. Many people find that the gentle hum of a fan or a white-noise machine with a calming sound effect makes it easier for them to dose off than complete quiet. It can also block out extraneous noises. Keep electronics out of the bedroom. It can be challenging to disconnect from electronics, but it is essential to falling asleep. Even a backlit text coming through in the wee hours can be enough illumination to disrupt sleep.

See your doctor. If medications or illnesses are keeping you up, a change in regimen may provide the relief you need. If you can’t sleep at night try some of these before bed snacks: Whole-Grain Crackers with Peanut Butter: It’s another magical combo (tryptophan + complex carbs) that will promote sound slumber. A Mug of Warm Milk: Grandma was right— drinking warm milk before bedtime can help you sleep better, thanks to the dairy drink’s tryptophan, calcium, and magnesium. Remember how sleepy Thanksgiving meal makes you feel? Some experts say that eating turkey before bedtime is an excellent sleep aid. There is also some evidence that drinking chamomile tea may boost your immune system, reduce anxiety and depression and improve skin health. In addition, chamomile tea has some unique properties that may improve sleep quality. Eating walnuts has been claimed to improve sleep quality, as they are one of the best food sources of the sleep-regulating hormone melatonin.

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Services FIA, Inc. Provides To The Community Healthcare Visits - FIA has partnered with Nor-Lea Hospital and Presbyterian Medical Cener to provide financial assistance for qualifying individuals for preliminary screenings services. Voucher program - assisting with immediate needs by working with Lea County pharmacies and clinics. National programs - assisting clients with the needed paperwork to apply for free and reduced cost medications through the various pharmaceutical company programs.

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Need to talk to the NM Department of Health that licenses your nursing homes and care facilities? Call 1-800-752-8649

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3228 N. Grimes St., Hobbs

3228 N. Grimes St., Hobbs

Tornado 1; Hobbs, 1020 Joe Harvey Blvd.; Tornado 2; Carlsbad; 1112 S. Canyon St.; Tornado 3; Odessa 3808 E. 52nd St; Tornado 4: Hobbs. 520 W. Bender

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3228 N. Grimes St., Hobbs

Hobbs; 3734 N. Grimes (Suite A)

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J&J Rentals, LLC 201 N. Grimes Hobbs, NM 88240 “We will proudly serve you with all your equipment rental needs in Southeastern New Mexico and West Texas”

Hobbs City Commissioner District 3

Patricia Taylor ptaylor@hobbsnm.org 390-2028 Term of Office: 2016-2020 “I Am Deeply Honored To Serve The Citizens Of Hobbs” Paid for by the committee to elect Pat Taylor, Elijah Taylor,

GRANO TAX SERVICE

treasurer

•Tax Preparation

Paco & Christine Hernandez Owner/Operator 575-602-5162 Trash Trailers-Portable Toilets Light Towers-Shower Trailers Cooldown Trailers Roll Off Dumpsters

Have a picture of a special senior? Do you have “Senior Sighting” photos?

Email them to hannajudy@icloud.com and we will use them here. •Electronic Filing •Accounting Payroll

“Service is more than just a word with us” MICHAEL GRANO 504 E. Marland, Hobbs, New Mexico 88240 575-393-5038

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When You Are 96 Like Gabriela Martinez The Greatest Gift Is A Big Family

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abriela Martinez is one of seven sisters. She is 96 yrs old, lives in Hobbs and is in the front. She is the last of seven siblings in her family and is loved by a huge family. One day recently, this beautiful family simply decided that everyone would go see Gabriela on the same day .... just because. With her are cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren who belong to her, and all of her siblings who are no longer here. Next row from the left is Linda Stewart, daughter of Vickie Cortez, Alice Galvan, daughter of Trine Nunez, Tina Martinez is the daughter of Martha Garcia. In the back row are Simon, Nat and Polo Rendon, sons of Petra Rendon from Hobbs, NM. Gabriela’s nephews, Pollo Rendon, Nat Rendon, and Simon Rendon live in Hobbs. Irene Rendon, Pollo’s wife, has touched thousands of lives with her work in Hobbs Schools over the years. She is now retired and missed by so many. Rosemary Cofer of Hobbs is Gabriela’s daughter, and she takes care of her Mom with great love and dedication. More than twenty seven family members gave Gabriela Martinez the greatest gift ever ... the gift of having her family together for a heartwarming visit and good food. This day was complete with homemade tortillas, chicken enchiladas red and green, tamales, rice, asado and beans sprinkled with a lot of love.

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Option, Inc. Located In Hobbs Provides Safe Haven And Support For Victims Of Domestic Violence Including Senior Citizens Did You Know That There Are Senior Citizens Who Are Physically And Emotionally Abused In Lea County? Did You Know That This Domestic Violence Is Often At The Hands Of A Family Member? Option Can Help Option, Inc. was founded in 1978 by Dinora CarrejoGuthrie. Option is a nonprofit organization that provides a safe haven and support for victims of domestic violence while working to reduce incidents through education and awareness. The agency provides services to both victims and offenders to help achieve the goal of reducing domestic violence. Services provided include temporary shelter for victims. Skill and knowledge facilitation services sessions are provided as well as order of protection paperwork, legal aid referrals, the domestic violence offender treatment and intervention program and community outreach and training. Victims of domestic violence come to the shelter seeking shelter from their abusive situations. They are provided with shelter, food, clothing, toiletries, and other necessities as well as sessions with a facilitator to get them on track to becoming more independent and empowered. Skill and knowledge facilitation sessions are personalized to what each client needs the most depending on their situation. Most recently, Option has expanded their Community Outreach and Training progam to reach out to youth in the community to educate them about abuse before they too become victims or offenders themselves. How Domestic Violence Applies To Senior Citizens Varied types of domestic violence on senior citizens do occur locally including physical abuse which means inflicting

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physical pain or injury upon an older adult, and emotional abuse means verbal assaults, threats of abuse, harassment, or intimidation. How many older Americans are abused? Approximately 1 in 10 Americans aged 60+ have experienced some form of domestic violence aimed at them. Some estimates range as high as 5 million elders who are abused each year. One study estimated that only 1 in 14 cases of abuse are reported to authorities. Who are the abusers of older adults? Abusers are both women and men. In almost 60% of elder abuse and neglect incidents, the perpetrator is a family member. Two thirds of perpetrators are adult children or spouses. There are times those bruises you see on your older neighbor aren’t just because they fell. The broken bones aren’t always just because the senior is off balance. There are grown kids who “take care” of their aging relatives who are resentful that they have to do it, and this can lead to anger toward a senior that becomes physical and emotional. In most cases, the senior does not want to report the incidents and get anyone in trouble, or escalate the violence further, so it only gets worse. In some cases, a drinking spouse may become more aggressive as he or she ages, it may be a spouse who has always been abusive at home, and the behavior continues into old age between the couple. One local senior was forefully bruised regularly by her 80 year old spouse, she even dawned black eyes once in a while. She needed to excape, and at that time, there was no place to go. Today, Option offers that safe haven an escape if a senior needs help to flee a domestic violence situation. Elders who have been abused have a 300% higher risk of death when compared to those who have not been mistreated.

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SENIORS STANDING STRONG NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION IN LEA COUNTY HELPING HUNDREDS OF SENIOR CITIZENS Seniors Standing Strong has provided the following help to our seniors in Lea County. Numerous seniors have been helped through the nonprofit paying for airconditioning repairs to their evaporative units, limbs and tree trimming removal was done, a new starter for a senior’s car was provided and installed, bathroom grab bars were purchased and installed, a concrete ramp was poured, wiring, electricity was restored, two flooded senior homes from leaks and rain were repaired, and professionally vacuumed and dried out, a serious leaking gas situation was repaired, new water heaters were purchased and installed at two addresses with water heater problems, seniors who needed eye exams and glasses were helped, an 80 year old senior sleeping on the floor who lost her home and belongings due to back taxes, now has a new bed. Other seniors received denture replacement due to lost or broken dentures, a tree interfering with plumbing was removed, faucets were repaired, new potty risers, a transport wheel chair, oxygen monitors, a lift chair, and assistive devices were provided, sheets for hospital beds in homes, adult diapers, and other needs were fulfilled. Window air-conditioning units were funded, Countless families also have been helped with answers to questions. The organization networked with other non profit organizations such as Cissy Food ministry, Faith In Action, United Way 211, and Isaiah’s Kitchen, and Nor-Lea for partnered assistance. Together, a huge difference is made for Lea County Seniors who otherwise would go without help in these areas of need. Every advertiser who advertises in the Senior Confidential Magazine and Senior Insider, sponsors and golfers at our annual charity golf tournament, donors and Maddox Foundation allows us to provide help through funding for needs of our seniors who can’t afford to do so. The net of what our advertisers and sponsors pay goes directly to the nonprofit organization to help seniors in need, so please support those businesses because they support our senior citizens!!! Donations may also be sent to Seniors Standing Strong, P.O. Box 770, Hobbs, NM 88241

Frequently used Lea County Phone Numbers Lea County Board of Commissioners 575-396-8602 District 1 - Dean Jackson District 2 - Rebecca Long District 3 - Ron Black District 4 - Jonathan Sena District 5 - Don Jones 100 N. Main Lovington NM Lea County Manager

Mike Gallagher

575-605-6567

Executive Coordinator

Sandrea Stout-Brito

575-396-8602

Assistant County Manager over Public Works (Airports/Engineer/ Road Construction)

Corey Needham

575-605-3497

Director of Emergency Communications (911)

Angela Martinez

575-942-8172

Director of Facilities

Erich Franke

575-602-8689

Director of Emergency Management overseeing Lea County Environmental Service Lea County Convenience Center Lea County Fire Department

Lorenzo Valasquez

575-605-6561

Lea County Planner

Bruce Reid

575-704-2725

Lea County Event Center General Manager

Monica Russell

575-391-2900

Lea County Fairgrounds General Manager

Jim Kemp

575-396-8686

Frequently Used Lea County Elected Officials’ Phone Numbers Lea County Clerk - Keith Manes - 575-396-8619 Lea County Sheriff - Corey Helton - 575-396-8201 Lea County Treasurer - Susan Marinovich - 575-396-8643 Lea County Probate Judge - Sandy Goad - 575-396-8648 Lea County Assessor - Sharla Kennedy - 575-396-8626

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