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If you’ve never been to The Hidenwood Retirement Community and you or someone you love is looking for one of the finest retirements communities in the area, make it a point to come out for a visit to see why we say The Hidenwood is “Where friendships last a lifetime.” If it’s been awhile since you’ve paid us a visit, come back in and take a look at our newly renovated apartments and our beautifully landscaped grounds that include gardens, a gazebo and a water fountain. We also installed LifeTrail Advanced Wellness Equipment to help keep our residents strong, balanced and healthy. The Hidenwood Retirement Community first opened in March of 1986 and has been home to some of the most notable people in Hampton Roads because of our family oriented environment. If you live in or around Newport News, chances are good that you know someone who lives at The Hidenwood—the parents of a high school friend, a former neighbor or teacher, or maybe even a member of your own family. People here play together, spend time together and look out for each other, making the entire community one big extended family with an incredible sense of well-being and hospitality. We offer both independent and assisted living with a host of safety features that include emergency call systems, state-ofthe-art fire and safety systems, and 24-hour front desk monitoring. There’s even an emergency backup generator to keep everyone safe and cozy in the event of a power outage.

beauty/barber shop, convenience store, walking trail, laundry facility, library, chapel, activities room, theatre, sunroom, computer room, a warmly decorated community room and individual raised gardening area. Plus there is locally scheduled transportation for those who would like to take in local cultural activities or shopping needs. In other words, you can start enjoying life without the mundane tasks of cutting the lawn or maintaining your home. The best part about being a resident at The Hidenwood is that our living arrangements are truly uncomplicated. We do not require long-term contracts or exorbitant entry fees. Residents pay a small, refundable security deposit and a monthly rent that covers basic phone and cable, housekeeping, linen service, security, landscaping and grounds maintenance, apartment maintenance and dining. Assisted living includes help from our nursing staff for daily tasks such as bathing, dressing, walking or taking medication. You only pay for the services you need. We do not separate our residents based on their individual needs, so couples can stay together, and singles do not have to move again. Words on a page just can’t justify the incredible sense of camaraderie and community our residents enjoy here. You really owe it to yourself to come out and take a no obligation tour so you can soak it all in. Schedule your tour today!

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Common Estate Planning Myths

Estate planning is a powerful tool that among other things enables you to direct exactly how your assets will be handled upon your death or disability. A well-crafted estate plan will ensure you and your family avoid the hassles of guardianship, conservatorship, probate or unpleasant estate tax surprises. Unfortunately, many individuals have fallen victim to several persistent myths and misconceptions about estate planning and what happens if you die or become incapacitated. Some of these misconceptions about living trusts and wills cause people to postpone their estate planning — often until it is too late. Which myths have you heard? Which ones have you believed?

Myth: I’m not rich so I don’t need estate planning. Fact: Estate planning is not

just for the wealthy, and provides many benefits regardless of your income or assets. For example, a good estate plan includes

provisions for caring for a minor or disabled child, caring for a surviving spouse, caring for pets, transferring ownership of property or business interests according to your wishes, tax savings, and probate avoidance.

Myth: I’m too young to create an estate plan. Fact: Accidents happen. None of us knows exactly when we will die or become incapacitated. Even if you have no assets and no family to support, you should have a power of attorney and health care directive in place, in case you ever become disabled or incapacitated. Myth: Owning property in joint tenancy is an easier, more affordable way to avoid probate than placing it in a revocable living trust. Fact: It is true that property held

in joint tenancy will pass to the other owner(s) outside of the probate process. However, it is a usual-

ly a very bad idea. Placing property in joint tenancy constitutes a gift to the joint tenant, and may result in a sizable gift tax being owed. Furthermore, once the deed is executed, the property is legally owned by all joint tenants and may be subject to the claims of any joint tenant’s creditors. Transferring a property into joint tenancy is irrevocable, unless all parties consent to a future transfer; whereas property owned in a living trust remains under your control and the transfer is fully revocable until your death.

Myth: Keeping property out of probate saves money on federal estate taxes. Fact: Probate, and probate avoidance, are governed by state law and address how property passes upon your death; they have nothing to do with federal estate taxes, which are set forth in the Internal Revenue Code. Estate planning can reduce estate taxes, but that has nothing to do with a discussion regarding probate avoidance.

Myth: I don’t need a living trust if I have a will. Fact: A properly drafted trust contains provisions addressing what happens to your property if you become incapacitated. On the other hand, a will only becomes effective upon your death and specifies who will inherit the property. If you own real property, or have more than $100,000 in assets, both a will and a living trust are generally recommended Myth: With a living trust, a surviving spouse need not take any action after the other spouse’s death. Fact: Failure to adhere to the proper legal formalities following a death could result in significant administrative and tax implications. While a properly drafted and funded living trust will avoid probate, there are still many tasks that have to be performed such as filing documents, sending notices and transferring assets

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to Host the 2014 Virginia Senior Games May 14–17 celebrating the wisdom and experience of age. My personal opinion after supporting and watching the 2013 Virginia Senior Games is that I have added being active to air, water, food and shelter to the basic necessities of life,” said Kevin Myers, Co-Chair of the 2014 Virginia Games

The 5K and 10K Road Race will be held in Newport News Park.

Sports are fun — if you are nine years old or ninety (or more) years old! No one needs to say “my competitive days are over.” Athletes over the age of fifty can continue to enjoy the fun and fitness benefits from competitive sports by participating in the Virginia Senior Games in Newport News from May 14–17, 2014. Over 1,000 senior athletes from throughout Virginia will compete in twenty-one sports. The sports are Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Billiards, Bowling, Canasta, Cycling, Disc Golf, Golf, Horseshoes, Mini Golf, Pickleball, Racquetball, Road Race, Shuffleboard, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Track & Field, and Volleyball. “You will be amazed as participants challenge ageism while

Last year was the first time that Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism hosted the Virginia Senior Games. Newport News Mayor McKinley Price (Tennis) and Councilwoman Sharon Scott (Bowling, Softball) competed in the games and they are encouraging everyone to join in the fun this year. Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism works with local business, community sport organizations, volunteer groups, and the Virginia Recreation and Parks Society to coordinate all the details for the games. “If you want to be truly inspired, come out and see the athletes compete in the Virginia Senior Games. Each has their own story and they approach the games with enthusiasm and class,” says Jim Stutts of the Virginia Recreation and Parks Society. Samuel “Doc” Morton, 76, of Newport News was named the National Senior Games Humana Heroes March 2014 Athlete of the Month and was featured in the March 2014 newsletter for the National Senior Games. Morton will compete in the Bowling event at 2014 Virginia Senior Games in Newport News in May to qualify for the 2015 National Senior Games presented by Humana. 2014 is a qualifying year

Golf Golf competition competition will will take take place place May May 15 15 at at Newport Newport News News Golf Golf Club Club at at Deer Deer Run. Run.

Bowlers Bowlers will will compete compete in in Singles, Singles, Mixed Mixed Doubles, Doubles, and and Doubles Doubles at at Sparetimes. Sparetimes.

The Virginia Senior Games is an open competition with no qualifying scores/times required for entry. Athletes can compete in multiple sports (athlete should note competition times/dates to avoid scheduling conflicts). Out-ofstate athletes can participate (there is an additional out of state fee athlete fee). On-line registration and event information is available on the Virginia Recreation and Park Society website at You can also register by mail — Registration Books are available at Newport News recreation centers and libraries. The registration deadline is April 18, 2014.

The pickleball craze is sweeping the country and the Huntington Park Tennis Center will be filled with enthusiastic players May 15–16.

Event rules are posted at Medals are awarded in each age category and out-ofstate athletes cannot displace an in-state athlete (if an out-of-state athlete wins gold, the highest in-state athlete will also win gold). All athletes will check-in at the Brittingham-Midtown Community Center before their events. At the check-in, each athlete will receive a t-shirt and a “goodie bag.” Everyone is invited to the 2014 Virginia Senior Games Athletes’ Party/Bon Secours Wellness Fair at City Center at Oyster Point on Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 5 p.m.– 8 p.m. The theme of this year’s party is “All-Around Virginia” with a Virginia trivia game, a Virginia theme miniature golf course, a performance by the TRADOC band, and exhibits on everything that makes Virginia special. The Bon Secours Wellness Fair will showcase services and resources for healthy lifestyles. “I am excited to be a part of the Virginia Senior Games again this year! Last year, we had a blast at the Athlete’s Party meeting champions from all over the state and celebrating their accomplishments. As a qualifying year, I’m sure we will have lots more athletes and lots more fun!” said Karen Washington, Co-Chair of the 2014 Virginia Senior Games.

Swimmers can forward start from the starting blocks, from the pool deck, or a push from the wall. Swimming events will be held at the Brittingham-Midtown Community Center.

For registration/sport information, call (804) 730-9455. For information about becoming a volunteer or having a sponsor booth at the Athletes’ Party/Bon Secours Wellness Fair, please call (757) 926-1400.

The The Bon Bon Secours Secours Wellness Wellness Fair Fair is is part part of of the the Athletes’ Athletes’ Party Party on on May May 15 15 at at City City Center Center at at Oyster Oyster Point Point from from 55 p.m. p.m. –– 8: 8: p.m. p.m. Everyone Everyone is is invited invited for for an an evening evening of of fun fun activities activities in in celebration celebration of of our our Virginia Virginia Senior Senior Games Games athletes. athletes.

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where medalists (except for Canasta, Disc Golf, Mini Golf, and Softball which are “Virginia Heritage Sports”) qualify for the National Senior Games in 2015.

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The center of activity Story and photos by Ann M. Efimetz


hen Pete Morelli moved to Williamsburg about ten years ago, he was relatively unfamiliar with the area and didn’t have a large circle of friends.

Some time later, he joined the Historic Triangle Senior Center and became involved in many activities. Now Morelli is a regular volunteer at the front desk and regularly helps lead various activities. “I didn’t know anyone when I moved here and had no friends,” Morelli said. “My neighbor told me to come here, and that is why I came and I have made a lot of friends. I enjoy the center.” Stories like Morelli’s abound at the center, located in the James City Recreational Center on Longhill Road. There is a growing membership roster of nearly 160 seniors. However, executive director Magdalene Staples estimates that the number of people taking part in center programs is much higher. “We usually have about 500 people each month who come in,” she said. “They may attend an activity, use a computer or take part in a group. It’s pretty busy.” Those who visit the center, members or not, can participate in activities running the gamut from Wii sports to Bingo, which is one of the center’s most popular activities. It meets Wednesdays at 2 p.m. “It is a really fun group,” said Patsy Magus, another center volunteer. “For someone new to the area or who may feels they are too old to do a lot of things, that is a perfect group. I think that is

one of the closest knit groups I have seen is the Bingo group.” The center hosts several trips throughout the year, coordinated by June Kasparek, a former travel agent who has savvy about how to plan excursions for large groups. One of the most popular activities hosted by the center is the annual Senior Health Fair. It is very popular with center members and seniors from greater Williamsburg. Vendors provide positive feedback and most return each year. It is usually scheduled in the fall. Staples said there are plans for volunteers to bring some of the center’s services to those living at Parkerview Senior Apartments and the Blayton Building. Those services may include computer classes and other activities for the residents. The center is a hub of activity on any given day. That is one of the reasons Magus enjoys her time volunteering so much. “You meet some very interesting and some very fun people. There are a few people who come in who always have a joke, it is a nice place for people to come and socialize a little bit. I have made a lot of friends being part of the center.” More? The Historic Triangle Senior Center is located in the James City County Recreational Center on Longhill Road. Call 259-4187 or visit for more information.

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Survey looks at park usage by area seniors

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oes your ideal Sunday afternoon include a stroll through Waller Mill or York River State Park? Does your workout routine take you to the James City Recreational Center or biking on the Green Springs Interpretive Trail? The College of William and Mary and the Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health are sponsoring an online survey to get a better idea of the role that area parks play in older adult’s lives. If you are 50 or older, you can answer questions on how to make

the parks in greater Williamsburg more senior-friendly. The results will be compiled through the end of the month, disseminated at William and Mary and made available to the public this summer. Dorothy Ibes, of Environmental Science & Policy department at the College of William & Mary is active in the study. She recently began working at the college and usage at our area parks was an issue she wanted to explore. “I study parks, so when I came

here I was naturally inclined to finding a parks study I could work on,” she said in a recent interview. “There is a large retiree population in Williamsburg and the goal is to investigate the satisfaction of the parks by older adults in our area.” According to statistics from the U.S. Administration on Aging, by 2030, there will be twice the number of people age 65 and older as there were in 2000. Because our area is a retirement Mecca, we are already seeing an increase in the population of older adults. That’s why studies


Venous Disease What are venous disease, venous reflux, and symptomatic varicose veins? Venous reflux disease, also known as venous insufficiency, is a medical condition affecting normal outflow circulation of blood in the lower extremities. Valves contained within veins normally facilitate blood emptying from the legs towards the heart. In the case of venous reflux, these valves no longer function properly, allowing blood to pool in the legs. This produces back pressure and congestion, otherwise known as venous hypertension. Venous reflux and venous hypertension can cause swelling, aching, heavy legs to serious recurring ulcers that can be limb threatening. Varicose veins are often the first recognition of venous disease, but when absent, can frequently result in delayed diagnosis. Varicose veins are enlarged surface veins that become engorged over time as a result of valve failure.

What are the causes? The underlying problem, common to most of these patients, is venous valvular incompetence. Valves are present in the heart and veins to facilitate unidirectional flow that maintains efficient circulation. Incompetent valves in the heart are responsible for regurgitant flow, which can lead to dilated heart chambers that can ultimately impair heart muscle contraction. Veins, responsible for returning blood that has been distributed to the body, dilate in response to incompetent valves. This impairs venous function, delaying return of blood to the heart and overloading the tissues in the leg which causes congestion. Heredity, female gender, pregnancy, weight, and professions requiring prolonged standing and sitting are contributing factors.

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interpreted as another problem. The face of venous disease can be a 30-year old woman, thin and healthy appearing, with a history of multiple pregnancies. It can also be a 30-year old man with four years of recurrent ankle ulcers and severe skin changes. And, then again, it can be a 61-year old woman with a 10 year history of leg pain misdiagnosed as neuropathy and fibromyalgia. In some cases, varicose veins are dismissed as a cosmetic problem.

describe pain per say, the discomfort can be fairly disturbing and interfere with desired activities, including exercise, work responsibilities, and keeping up at family events. People in their fifties and older occasionally dismiss the symptoms to aging and ‘slowing down.’ Other features of venous reflux disease include burning and itching skin of the lower extremities, leg swelling (edema), skin changes including darkening and thickening, and ulcers usually at the ankle level.

Venous insufficiency can significantly impact lifestyle. Occupations that require long periods of standing or sitting, thought to contribute to the development of venous reflux, provoke intolerable symptoms of aching fatigue, throbbing, swelling, skin changes, and ultimately painful ulcers. Salesmen, teachers, hairdressers, nurses, and shipyard workers are among those affected. Market research indicates that over 2 million workdays are lost annually in the US and $1.4 billion is spent each year on this common medical condition.

What are the answers? Recommendations are generated based on individual case histories, physical exam, and usually duplex ultrasound evaluation. ❖

Of the 25 million Americans with venous insufficiency, approximately 7 million exhibit serious symptoms such as swelling, skin changes, and venous ulcers. It is estimated that 72% of women and 42% of men will experience varicose veins by the time they are 60.

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Venous disease occurs twice as often as coronary artery disease and five times more often than peripheral artery disease in the United States. Venous disease is quickly recognized in patients with large protruding varicose veins, but in their absence, venous disease can be overlooked and

Varicose veins often herald the presence of venous reflux. Legs can ache and fatigue due to reflux without the obvious bulging veins. Discomfort usually worsens toward the end of the day. Sometimes, restless and aching legs at night are the predominant complaint. Although few patients

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like this are important. “It is increasingly important consideration,” Ibes said. “The world and the United State’s population is aging quickly. It has ramifications beyond our area, but especially in our area.” “Here at the center, we are always asking the larger questions,” said Rick Jackson, the executive director of the Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging & Lifelong Health. “Is our community senior friendly? Do we have medical and recreational opportunities people need? We want to make older adults feel comfortable and provide them with the resources they need to have an active, independent life here. We want to know their opinions. It is a constant, ongoing concern for us.” Ibes said that regular recreation can help seniors feel better in body and spirit. The parks can contribute to overall health by providing, safe, serene places where exercise is easily accomplished. “City parks have been shown to benefit communities with quality of life,” Ibes said. “They can enhance the physical and psychological well being of seniors.” According to the National Institutes of Health, regular exercise has proven benefits for older people. It can help stave off illness,

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The survey is set up to take a short amount of time. It asks questions regarding usage and opinion. “When we are finished with the survey we will determine what kind of patterns are showing up,” Ibes said. “We will try to find out what is emerging from the information we gather. The more people who take the survey, the better. What we really want to do is to make sure we get a representational sample from people in all walks of life so we have a real impression of the community. It would be great to get as many people as possible so that it was representational of the whole community.” Jackson said his observation and conversation about the use of the parks is anecdotal, but real data is needed. “Conversation and observation are not effective in determining the real answers to the questions,” he said. “That’s why we want people to tell us, something we can study empirically and make a statement about it.”

don’t engage, it is a clear symptom of clinical depression. If someone is in the house and isolating instead of participating, that is not good. And if we want an age-friendly community we have to be ready to make improvements to the community if necessary.”

The survey results will be shared with the public and with area government leaders and those working in parks and recreation departments. “We want to know if the parks are being used by seniors,” Jackson said simply.” Are they using them for hiking? How are they using them and what can they say to us how they can be improved for older adults?” Want to help? Visit

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hen you live in a big home that has its own “store” in the basement, you know downsizing isn’t going to be a simple task. That’s the situation Marie Mitchell found herself in when she decided to give up her home. “I love to go out and look at antiques, many times to flea markets,” says Mitchell, a self-described “antiquer.” “I had so much stuff piled in my basement. Truth be told, I had a room I called my present room. When it was someone’s birthday I’d go down there to pick out a treasure to give them. All the things were just beautiful.” After losing her husband and suffering a stroke, Mitchell knew the big house and many of her treasures had to go. Once she decided to move she was referred to a relocation specialist for seniors. They got everything rolling and went through all the drawers and got everything ready for sale from top to bottom of the house. They had a three-day estate sale for her and she didn’t have to be there. Down, up, down Judie and Bob Knott started their lives in a smaller home, then upsized to a 4,000-square-foot home before they decided to downsize to their current 1,155 square-foot-apartment in the retirement community. Judie was motivated to move by personal experience and concern. “We took care of our elderly parents for 15 years,” she says. “We wanted to give our kids the freedom of living their own lives. We made the decision to move here and the end result is that we’re happy.” Judie says, for her, downsizing was difficult emotionally and physically. “I had to touch everything and pack everything myself. But on the other hand, it was very freeing. It had a cleansing feeling to get rid of all of the s-t-u-f-f. You collect and collect and collect but then in the end you get down to what are your emotional ties to your family and friends, and that’s what you keep. You don’t need to keep the other stuff.”

“Many of the people moving into retirement communities have lived in their homes for a long time,” she says. ”They’re looking at all of the things they’ve accumulated for many years and it’s overwhelming. Often we find that the anticipation of downsizing can be worse than the actual process.” Attachment to possessions varies depending on whether a person has downsized when they moved before, say from a three- or fourbedroom house to a one- or two-bedroom condo. It may be less of a challenge for those who have already downsized once before. Those who have the most difficulty letting go of possessions are those who have long-time memories attached to items accumulated over many years living in one place. A practical matter First consider the space you are moving to and the condition of your items when deciding what to take and what to let go. People who are downsizing rarely buy new items if they already have items that serve their purpose. It’s good to think in terms of whether items are damaged or worn looking. Size requirements and scale pose another consideration. Ask yourself, what haven’t you used in the past year or the past several years? Letting go Having an estate sale is a good way to get rid of household items. You can start by giving heirlooms as gifts to those you know want them, or having a get together with family members to see what they might like to have.

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If the items are of historical significance, consider donating them to local historical associations, professional associations, museums and libraries. Vintage clothing can be donated to local theater guilds or film groups at area schools. You can also take photos of special items before selling or consigning them to antique dealers or estate sales managers, or even selling them online or in the newspaper.

Nanette Falcone, a move-in coordinator, says one of the biggest impediments to downsizing is feeling overwhelmed by possessions.

Shedding the possessions and the old way of living goes a long way toward making life easier. It can add years to a person’s life.

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Coming full circle Group counts butterflies, cares for nature Story and photos by Ann M. Efimetz


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“When you take the class (to become a Master Naturalist) you may go in saying that you really like birds,” she said in a recent interview. “But your eyes open up to all the different kinds of volunteering you can do and the citizen science you can participate in. We went on a butterfly count. Then we went on two. Then we went on three.” And it is the butterfly counts which have captured her attention. She has become instrumental in organizing local “Butterfly Circles” which, according to the North American Butterfly Association, are designed to gather data to monitor butterfly populations. They are held across the country and Mexico. Once a circle is designated, a count takes place at least once a year and the results submitted to the national count. Butterfly Circle in greater Williamsburg is designed to increase awareness of the plants and various areas that attract butterflies. The circles encompass a 15-mile radius. Recently, 11 Master Naturalists participated in the area’s first butterfly count. “We had three cars out last weekend,” she said One group covered the gardens of Colonial Williamsburg, College Landing and other nearby areas. Another group traveled near York River State Park and the last to Little Creek Reservoir and surrounding areas. This weekend, another is scheduled for New Quarter Park. Those who participate sometimes travel for miles to take part. “You meet interesting people, and some of the people come from miles away,” she said. “Some come from Richmond, some from Virginia Beach. We did it last Saturday, and we are going it this Sunday. One person coming from Virginia Beach. There are some people who are very interested about it.” Last weekend some 39 species of butterflies were found greater Williamsburg. The group met at Freedom Park at the Williamsburg Botanical Garden for an overview, orientation and to divide into groups. This weekend, the program will follow a similar format. The most diverse representation of butterflies were found along the field edges and road sides lighting on various flowering plants.

The next most abundant species was the Carolina satyr, which was located along a number of forest roads. Other species were monarchs, viceroys and little yellows. Frank said that her role as a Master Naturalist makes her more aware of habitats and where butterflies may naturally congregate. She hopes that members of the group can meet with representatives from area parks to encourage more planting of native plants that attract the insects. Frank said that once you take part in the butterfly counts, it is hard to stop.

Not surprisingly, the most abundant species was Tiger Swallowtail.

“We were saying the other day, that it is addictive,” she said with a laugh. “You don’t want to stop, you spend the whole day. By the end of the day you want to stay, but you know you need to go home.”

“It has been the most incredible year for swallowtails,” she said. “They have been everywhere this summer.”

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Setting records Sam Cohen has about 2,000 in his collection Story and photo by Ann M. Efimetz


hen Sam Cohen was a youngster, his cousin gave him a phonograph

and 11 records from the Big Band era. That was enough to ignite what has become a lifelong passion. As a youngster, Cohen, 84 began listening to the music and learning about the band leaders and musicians. Before long, his collection had grown from about a dozen to hundreds. He and his wife, Dorothy share a home in Heritage Commons, but it is not without compromise. She has plenty of room to work on her colorful artwork, and he has converted two closets to store the collection.

Cohen jumped at the chance to get the records, but admitted he already had many of the titles.

“It’s always been, love Sam, love his music,” Dorothy Cohen said in a recent interview. “He had quite a collection when I first met him.”

Most of the music he has is from 1935 through the end of World War II. That’s when the music industry began changing and many of the groups disbanded, giving rise to the popularity of the solo singer.

And that hasn’t changed. The collection has grown over the years to a point where Cohen said he likely couldn’t find a record from the “swing era” that he didn’t already own.

Not only is Cohen an avid listener and collector, he prides himself as a historian of sorts.

About four years ago he acquired a record collection from a man who was converting his LPs to DVDs.

That includes Internet sites, which he said are not the most reputable.

“I know about the bands and the musicians,” he said. “I have read almost everything available on them.”



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Small buildings put the ‘home’ back in nursing homes If you needed nursing or long-term care, would you rather live in a homelike environment or a place more like a hospital?


In truth, most people would probably prefer to stay in their own homes. But if that weren’t possible, a place with a comfortable living area, big open kitchen and other cozy features would probably be a good second choice. That thinking spurred what’s referred to as the Green House or small house movement. Instead of moving the elderly who need extra care into a nursing home, seniors live in a house with only a handful of others. A small staff knows the residents and takes care of all their needs. Green House roots The small house or Green House movement took shape in the early 1990s. The idea originated with Dr. Bill Thomas who thought frail seniors should live in a homelike atmosphere. Today, about 150 official Green Houses exist nationwide. Another 120 projects are in development.

community arrangement is ideal for someone like my mother,” says Joyce Wagner, Meinhold’s daughter, who visits her mother about four times a week. “My mother came from a quiet home.” The small group living arrangements has helped Wagner’s mother to flourish. “The socialization and interaction has stimulated my mother,” says Wagner, who notes that her mother now initiates conversations whereas previously she could only manage one or two-word answers to questions. Wagner recently spent an afternoon putting together scrapbooks with her mother and other residents. “These residents consider each other friends,” she says. The building design also encourages family members to get to know other residents. Wagner has developed relationships with the residents and even refers to them as her “aunts.” She says, “It’s nice to sit and hold a hand and talk. I’m part of the group environment.”

Other care providers have adopted the model of small scale settings, though not necessarily the official Green House name. Rooms are divided into neighborhoods or clusters that share common areas such as dining and living rooms. Staffers are assigned to certain neighborhoods so they get to know the residents.

There is no central building, but each building has its own staff. Walking paths connect the buildings and residents can use the paths to visit the other cottages. The layout of each cottage is similar with the resident’s rooms circling the common areas. “There are no long hallways,” says Iacobucci. Also, residents can choose a private or shared suite.

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Each cottage has its own living room, dining room and kitchen. Meals are prepared on site. Residents enjoy the smell of food cooking, says Iacobucci. “It’s like walking into a real home.”

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Seniors preparing for Virginia Senior Games pickleball competition in Newport News


ocal residents, 50 and older, have been sharpening their pickleball game skills in preparation for state competition.

The Newport News Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism’s Active Lifestyles program took on the sport in preparation for the city hosting the 2014 Virginia Senior Games May 14-17. The department has promoted the sport for the past year and hosted pickleball clinics throughout the week at the city’s community centers. Pickleball in the Senior Games will be played on outdoor courts behind Huntington Park. “This is a fun game,” said Warren Turner, a 78-year-old Smithfield resident. “I’ve never played a game that I liked any more than this.” Pickleball is a combination of tennis, badminton and table tennis. It’s played on a surface much smaller than a tennis court with a lower net, using whiffle balls and paddles larger than those in table tennis. It can be played in singles or doubles, indoors or outdoors, and goes up to a score of 11 and must be won by two points. The sport has been around since the 1960s and its curious name has no definitive origin, but there are several stories. Pickleball is growing nationally, especially in retirement areas, according to Jackie Shapiro, pickleball organizer and recreation specialist with the Newport News Active Lifestyles program. The sport was added to the National Senior Games in 2013. Turner and his doubles partner, an 80-year-old Chesapeake woman, took silver in last year’s Virginia Senior Games. That silver is one of the more than 40 medals Turner has won at past Senior Games in softball hit and throw, and table tennis.

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“We want to win,” he said of this year’s doubles pickleball competition. Turner, who has been retired for 15 years, has lost 41 pounds in the two years he has been playing pickleball. He plays six times over three days each week for a total of 19 hours. “It’s just a lot of fun,” Turner said. Newport News residents James Lowe, 62, and Ron Hagerman, 64, had only been playing for a few months when they decided to enter the pickleball doubles in the Virginia Senior Games. The two are walking partners in the morning, and Hagerman saw information about the city offering pickleball, started playing and quickly recruited Lowe to join him. “I’m so involved with it now, I went out and bought my own paddle,” Lowe said. “I’m really into it.” Players say the appeal is the ease of the game. You can learn it quickly and it’s not as physically demanding as other racquet sports. “If you’ve played either tennis or ping pong ever in your life, it’s kind of a hybrid game,” Hagerman said. “Or even racquetball. It’s pretty easy to pick up. People who play it — there’s all levels of skills, and the more you play the better you get.” Mary Catherine Kilpatrick, a 72-year-old Newport News resident, still plays tennis but had played pickleball in the past and took it up again about a year ago. She said most people show up solo at the community center and meet people while learning the game and having fun. “It’s just easy to learn to play,” Kilpatrick said. “It’s completely faster and easier than tennis. Points are shorter and there’s not as much running. You get hot, but it’s easier to learn than tennis. “You can play a couple times and have fun. Whereas some of the other racquet sports, you play a couple times and you’re going: ‘What is this in my hand?’ ” Williams can be reached by phone at 757-247-4644.

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