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m e e t Self Es Low self-esteem is dangerous for your mental and physical health. When feelings of low self-esteem are accompanied by negative emotions such as anxiety, depression and stress, this fatal combination increases the risk of heart diseases. But high levels of self-esteem strengthens both mental and physical health. The negative emotions that come with low self-esteem weaken the immune system and increase the levels of inflammation. These factors have been associated with heart disease. A low self-esteem increases stress and leads to unhealthy behaviors such as smoking and alcohol abuse, and this unhealthy combination of low self-esteem and stress also affects social behavior. People with low self-esteem find little incentive to care for themselves. Instead of exercising and trying to improve their health and increase their self esteem levels, they tend to remain inactive and passive. In the last decade several studies were made about the relationship between good health and self-esteem. Results of recent research shows that those who experienced more joy and optimism on a daily basis had a positive picture about their selves (high self-esteem), and overall better biological function. They had the lowest level of cortisol, a hormone related to stress, hypertension and Type II diabetes, and they had better heart rate and blood pressure,

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putting them at low risk for a cardiac infarction. The results of the survey were supported by the experience of specialists who stated that people who are spiritually and mentally active with high self esteem are happier. People who have a predisposition for diseases such as diabetes and heart disease may never express their disease if they have good mentality, and disease treatment is faster for people who manage to have a proper mental balance and believe in their abilities. So it is very important to care for your selfesteem. If it is low, you may feel that you have no confidence, find it hard to trust your instinct, and your internal voice constantly tells you how incapable you are. In short, you do not care about yourself. Self-esteem is a picture of how you feel about yourself. It determines what you think you deserve, how you rate yourself and whether you approve and accept your character and your own existence. A healthy self-esteem is characterized by the fact that you like yourself, believe that you deserve love and happiness and that you have confidence that you can do and accomplish things in your life. Healthy self-esteem is necessary for you to enjoy positive emotional situations such as joy, pleasure, relaxation and gratitude. These positive feelings offer protection from stress and other difficulties of life while contributing to mental and physical health. A healthy self-esteem is important in generating positive psychological situations. Laughter and humor makes for a stronger immune system. In patients

with heart disease, positive emotional situations reduce the number of visits to the hospital. Being optimistic and having a positive expectation for the future and the ability to quickly recover after bad events reduces the risk of heart attacks and has been associated with better recovery after heart surgery. The positive emotional situations eliminate the negative effects of stress in the body and even provides better sleep, allowing more effective and creative thinking. You can easily improve your low self esteem. Record and keep a list of all those things you have achieved, from your biggest achievements to the smallest. Assume responsibility for new challenges but with caution. Start with small things you can do easily and gradually try to do bigger and more difficult tasks. Consider that you are your own best friend. Replace self-criticism with encouraging comments and praise yourself when you do something good. Take care of yourself by switching to healthy habits. Replace unhealthy snacks with fruits and try to engage in physical activity. Exercise is good for your emotional and physical health. A small walk every day is a great way to start, and then work your way up to exercising with moderate intensity for 30 minutes five or more days a week. Associate with people who make you feel good. Reduce the time you spend with people who constantly criticize you and impose a bad psychological pressure on you. If low self-esteem and negative emotions remain strong despite any self-help measures adopted, it may be best to seek out the advice of medical specialist with experience in this field.

“A Doctor’s Confession to Geauga County” By Dr. Tad Roediger

And Why I Still Do What I Do ...

Let me start with our family photo ... You know, when I meet people in town they usually say, “I know you. You’re Dr. Roediger. I’ve seen your ad with that picture of you and your family.” Well, perhaps I should tell you a little more about the photo. Let’s start with me, the guy at the bottom of the photo. I know what it’s like to live with constant pain. As a sophomore on the University of New Hampshire football team, I developed sciatica; an excruciating condition that caused sharp pain in my leg and lower back. I was unable to play football anymore and the pain was so bad that at times it was difficult for me to even walk or concentrate. I was told surgery was the only option to alleviate the condition, but even after undergoing surgery, the pain persisted. On the advice of a friend, I decided to see a chiropractor. After the initial examination, the chiropractor was able to determine that I had several bones out of alignment in my spine, and that they were putting pressure on the nerves in my back. The situation was serious, but after a few

treatments I noticed the pain had decreased and I felt better overall. Over time the chiropractic treatments allowed my body to heal itself naturally! My confession is … I’ve never healed anyone of anything! I found the body does all of the healing. What I do is perform a gentle spinal treatment to alleviate nerve pressure without any ‘twisting’ or ‘popping’, and the body responds by healing itself. It’s as simple as that! I have helped thousands of people with a variety of health problems. It’s strange how life is. Now people come to see me with their low back and sciatic problems. They also come to me with their headaches, migraines, chronic pain, neck pain, shoulder /arm pain, numbness in limbs, whiplash from car accidents, backaches, ear infections, asthma, allergies, sports injuries, just to name a few. My wife, Sharon, suffered for years with migraine headaches. She took ibuprofen everyday. We found her migraines were from misaligned vertebrae in her neck, we adjusted them, now she

rarely has migraines. Courtney is our teenager and runs long distance races. She gets treated due to the stress of training. Ty, our youngest, gets checked weekly to make sure his growing spine and body are working at its best. WhaT seTs Me apaRT ... in the chiropractic field is my use of the activator Methods chiropractic Technique (aMcT); a treatment system that utilizes a small hand-held instrument that applies a quick, low-force, gentle chiropractic treatment directly to the source of your pain to alleviate nerve pressure to allow the body to heal itself. here’s what some of my patients had to say: “A pinched nerve in my back sent me to see Dr. Roediger. With each adjustment the pain decreased and I was feeling myself again. I am always able to get in and out so my driver is not waiting long.”– Lucinda s., Middlefield “I had been suffering from Morton’s Neuroma for 2 years. After treatments, I am now able to walk on the treadmill and take long walks outdoors without the shooting pain in my toe and foot.” – sue a., Burton

“Caring for my 14 month old child was becoming more difficult because of back pain. After treatment from Dr. Roediger the pain is not limiting time caring for and playing with my child.” Melinda G., orwell sTop LivinG WiTh physicaL pain! Chiropractic treatment is very affordable and highly effective. Take advantage of a LiMiTeD TiMe offeR! Call 440-285-0756 before Feb. 15, 2013 to receive the complete initial exam for only $37 (this includes consultation, exam, paraspinal scan and two x-rays of the problem area if needed). I am here to help you reach your health care goals as quickly as possible. Treatment in my office is affordable whether you have insurance or not. You don’t have to miss a half day’s work to receive treatment. Now is the time to take care of that ache or pain, improve your quality of life, and take care of your most valuable asset … yoU! Call RoeDiGeR chiRopRacTic today at 440-285-0756. Natalie or Paula will be glad to schedule your appointment. We are located at 401 South St., Bldg. 2A, Chardon, or visit us at www.roedigerchiropractic.com.


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I am a stroke survivor of four years and Jan. 5, 2013 at 5:15 p.m. was my anniversary time and date. The reason I emphasize that moment is that it will forever be etched in my mind. The other reason is that knowing what time it is when you have a stroke can be a life or death situation. I don’t know how to emphasize the fact that time becomes the most critical factor in a stroke onset. You have at most, three to four hours after a stroke to be treated or all bets are off. I knew instantly that I was having a stroke, and though I could not talk, I made enough noise and gestures; with my good arm, that my wife decided to call 911. She was not sure if they would transport me to a hospital or an institution for the insane, but I got the message across. I also wrote down: “5:15”, with the good arm and showed it to the paramedic who was first on the scene. This information was transferred to life flight paramedics who then informed the ER doctors. Never drive yourself or a loved one to a hospital if paramedics are available since they know what facility in your area can best handle a stroke victim. Why is this important? If you go to a facility that does not have a CT scan or MRI available when you arrive, they cannot determine if your stroke is ischemic or hemorrhagic and the doctor will be at a loss as to administer a t-PA or not. A t-PA is the clot busting drug that is given to ischemic stroke patients with the hope of opening the restriction allowing

By Ellie Behman

I have heard so many times that laughter is good for the soul. The physical benefits are also numerous, from lowering blood pressure, reducing stress and improving the memory, just to name a few. If we take the time to listen, look and observe those around us, we’d be surprised at how funny life and people can be. Ron and I have experienced many situations where having a sense of humor made our day so much more pleasant and the following is an account of just such a day. Somehow speaking into the

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blood flow to enter that part of your brain not yet damaged by the stroke. New procedures are being developed constantly however there is no better scenario than taking care of your health and never having a stroke. Here are the signs: Face Droop. Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Arm Weakness. Is one arm numb or weak? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? Speech Difficulty. Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “the sun is bright.” Is the sentence repeated correctly? Immediately call 911 if the person shows any of these symptoms; even if the symptoms go away, call 911 and get them to the hospital immediately. Note: The above should not be construed as medical advice and it is not intended or written as a substitute for seeking a doctor’s advice.

microphone at a drive-thru becomes extremely intimidating for Ron and we never know what the outcome will be. I try to rehearse with him before we drive up to the speaker, but it just doesn’t work. As soon as he opens the car window he breaks out in a sweat, trying to state our order correctly. “Two sxdairls with mcwoxsls,” he muttered as I laughed uncontrollably. He started again, “Two cheese, snawsage, mclufflins.” I laughed harder. He looked at me for help, but I just sat there wiping my tears and trying to get control of myself. Somehow, he can’t pronounce the words correctly and for some reason, I wouldn’t have it any other way. The girl behind the window grins broadly as she hands us the food saying, “Did you have peanut butter this morning?” To which a red-faced Ron replies, “I just got my tongue stuck in my teeth and couldn’t get that order out.” What could be funnier or more honest than a guy who acknowledges the fact that he gets a little nervous when placing an order at a drive-thru and the words just don’t come out the way he wants them to? Take the words linoleum or millennium for instance. Just getting him to repeat them can supply us with many laughs, which beats watching the grass grow or paint dry. As for ordering something at a drivethru, well we can surely get around that. I can always make a recording of Ron giving the correct order or I can shout it out from the passenger seat. Actually he shouldn’t be embarrassed at all. Does anyone ever understand what they are actually saying when they take your order? Now if laughter can help a person speak into a microphone more clearly, that will definitely be a medical break through. If not, someday someone will actually drive away with two sxdairls with mcwoxsls.


{ health } Improve the Odds of Health Care By Dr. David Fakedej A recent study sought to identify early predictors of lumbar spine surgery within 3 years after occupational back injury. The study concluded a very strong association between surgery and the first kind of health care provider seen for the injury, even after adjustment for other important variables. The study showed that 42.7 percent of workers who saw a surgeon before any other health care provider had surgery. On the other hand 1.5 percent of workers who saw a chiropractor before any other healthcare provider had surgery. Statistically, the odds of having surgery depend upon the health care provider you visit first. Another study evaluated placebo drugs. The conclusion found that people who believe in drugs respond better to placebos than people that don’t believe in drugs. Knowing the statistical odds of responding to sugar pills improves if you believe in drugs. Long ago I heard that patients optimistic about surgery respond better and faster in recovery than a pessimistic patient. Statistically, knowing that odds favor a good surgical outcome if you believe in surgery – or favor a worse outcome if you don’t believe in surgery. What you believe and what you don’t believe impacts health care intervention. I personally believe in the efficacy of drugs and surgery and chiropractic and nutrition – provided the health care provider maintains integrity. As a result, the odds favor me if I need any of these interventions. I don’t believe in health care providers that make recommendations without evidence to back it up. If I perceive a doctor makes recommendations without evidence, he

won’t help me; I won’t allow it. Drugs, surgery, chiropractic and nutrition - each work based upon research. My belief of the facts improves the odds of my health care in any intervention I choose. I know this, this is my knowledge and my belief – not yours. Consider a person that does not believe in chiropractic. That person limits an option for health care. If a person does not like doctors of any kind; they increase the odds that no doctor will help. If a person does not believe in drugs and surgery – their odds of successful health care reduce if they sustain a bullet wound. Other research shows that patients who participate in health care decisions have better odds than patients who ignore the process and leave it up to the doctor. Statistically, allowing someone else to make health care decisions results in a poor outcome. Don’t believe what anyone tells you. Don’t believe me. Look into it for yourself. Your odds in your health depend upon your participation in understanding the health ailment and the interventions you believe. Keep an open mind that anything can help, weigh each intervention with affordability, and consider the time required to achieve a result. What you choose to believe impacts your odds for or against your health.

 

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A Sleepover for a Cause: ACS Seeking Teams for Relay For Life of Middlefield The American Cancer Society is seeking teams for the Relay For Life of Middlefield. An informational meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 31 in the Cardinal High School library to share with community members the importance of Relay For Life and its impact on the fight against cancer. Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s national signature, overnight fundraising activity. Teams of eight to 15 members gather with tents and sleeping bags to participate in the largest fundraising walk in the nation. Relay For Life unites friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools and churches … people from all walks of life. Teams seek sponsorship prior to the Relay, all with the goal of supporting a cure for cancer. Teams are encouraged to sign up early for the annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Middlefield to take place May 4 at Cardinal High School. Relay For Life is a fun-filled, overnight event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones and empower others to fight back against a disease that takes too much. “The event raises awareness about the progress against cancer while also raising funds to fight the disease,” said Samanthaa Davison, ACS representative. “Individuals who are willing to give their time and energy to this exciting community event, as a volunteer or as a participant, have made

a commitment to fight back against cancer. The more teams we can register, the more money raised to save lives.” To get involved, contact Samantha Davison at 888-227-6446 extension 1216 or Samantha.Davison@cancer.org.

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I was talking with a group of seniors, the majority of them in their 80th decade. We were talking about winter events and sports that we’ve enjoyed in the past. The day was unseasonably warm for January. Our discussion about cross-country skiing and tobogganing seemed incongruous when we looked out the window and saw a motorcycle on the road. The conversation soon turned to our New Year’s resolutions. I shared that, as every year, I vow to adopt a healthier diet and drink more water. Well, I’ve blown that already but tomorrow’s another day. This year, my husband and I also vow to organize our financial affairs and update our wills. This is a gift that we want to give to our children; I don’t want them to struggle sorting out our mess should we become unable to handle everything on our own. You never know what the future holds and I truly believe you are never too young to put your affairs in order. I promise to procrastinate no longer. I asked my friends about their resolutions. Some of them said they had stopped making resolutions long ago because they could never stick to them. I assume most people make resolutions to lose weight, stop smoking, exercise, save money, etc. By talking with this group of friends, I discovered perhaps we become more realistic in our goals as we get older. I listened closely to what they had to say. I know not many of us see ourselves as old as we really are. I also believe that most of us have faith in a bright future and in our ability to improve ourselves. That belief warms my heart. Marge told me, “I don’t think I eat

 

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New Year’s Resolutions enough fruit. I vow to eat at least one piece of fruit every day.” Now, I think that’s an attainable goal. Instead of saying as I did, that she’d eat a more healthy diet, she was explicit in her plan. Miss Carla told me that she wanted to keep closer contact with her friends. She planned on calling a friend on the phone or inviting them to lunch at least once a week. “It’s too easy to let time go by or not put forth the effort to keep in touch. I would surely rather spend an evening talking on the phone to a friend than watching TV in my room.” I think that if she does call her friends more often, they will reciprocate and she won’t have any trouble keeping this resolution. Gerald shared with us that his resolution is to try something new whenever he gets the chance, to never turn down an opportunity or invitation. Gerald has had ill health for the past few months and felt that it seemed easier to stay in his robe and slippers all day and hibernate. He says he is “done with that!” and wants to focus on the fun and positive things happening around him every day, not his aches and pains. He says his life will be what he makes it and he refuses to have his life defined by his health. I applaud his great attitude and renewed determination. I wish you all good health, good luck, lots of fun and happy times in the New Year! Vicki Wilson is the director of admissions/ marketing at Briar Hill Health Care Residence, 15950 Pierce St., P.O. Box 277, Middlefield. Call her at 440-632-5241.

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In keeping with WomenSafe’s mission to provide emergency shelter and support services for victims of domestic violence throughout northeast Ohio, they will start a free 8-week support group for female and male youth, ages 7 through14, who have experienced or witnessed the trauma of domestic violence in their home. The next session is scheduled to begin in February 2013 with the times to be determined by the needs of the group. Participants may have witnessed emotional, physical, verbal, sexual and/or financial abuse and it is not necessary to have used other WomenSafe services to participate. Some victims of domestic violence attend support groups almost immediately and some wait for years. Phyllis Henschel, facilitator and counselor, explains, “It is natural for a young adult to feel uneasy about going to a support group. But after a few sessions, teens find that the group allows them to reach out to other survivors and they realize they are not alone.” As experts in the field of trauma, WomenSafe knows that the sooner children are engaged in services and open discussion, the greater the likelihood that the cycle of violence will cease. For information, or to register for the teen trauma support group, call Phyllis at 440286-7154 extension 229. If you are in crisis and in need of immediate support call COPEline 24-hours a day at 888-285-5665.

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Watching those we love go through the natural process of aging is not easy. Observing a mom, dad or grandparent who was once our caregiver, nurturer and best friend who can no longer care for their own needs, is a part of life we tend to be least prepared for. It seems to come all too quickly along with many questions. Should they be alone all day and all night? Should they still be driving? Are they safe going up and down stairs? Will they remember to take their medicine? Allowing an aging family member to stay in their own home for as long as possible is certainly desirable but not always easily accomplished. This is where FirstLight HomeCare in Chardon can be most helpful. Annette Smith, owner of FirstLight, felt strongly about keeping our elderly community safe while they age or are bound to their homes. “People choose FirstLight HomeCare of Chardon because they are looking for a quality solution for their home care needs from a company that seeks out an exceptional caregiver team,” she said. “I wanted to employ people who choose a career offering rewards beyond that of a paycheck, providing both client and employee a sense of purpose in their day and fulfillment in their life.” Founded in 2009, FirstLight HomeCare was designed by senior-care industry professionals to be a completely new approach to high-quality, in-home care. The company offers customized caregiving services for seniors, people with disabilities or anyone who needs some added assistance. FirstLight HomeCare is raising the bar, creating a new standard for non-medical, in-home care services. Call today for a free assessment, 440-286-1342.


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Middlefield Senior Center Events

Feb. 1: Out to Lunch 11:30 a.m. Tai Pan Chinese Restaurant in Middlefield, call for more information. Feb. 4: Monthly Birthday Party at noon. Free lunch for February birthdays. RSVP. Feb. 6: Middlefield Library trivia games and Bingo at 1 p.m. Feb.12: Diabetes Support Group 12:30 p.m. Monthly informational group meeting with speakers and presentations. Feb. 13: Geauga Parks 11 a.m. Co-existing with Coyotes program. Feb. 13: Health Talk with Ron at noon. Ron from Quest for Health will speak. Feb. 22: Quilt Show 2013 at 10 a.m. Bus to Lake Farmparks annual Quilt Show. View quilts and have lunch at J & J Café. $5 plus cost of lunch. RSVP by Feb. 12. Feb. 25: Monthly Breakfast 9 a.m. Strawberries and cream French toast, scrambled eggs and more. $3 per person, paid that day. RSVP by Feb. 18. Feb. 26: Spa Day 10 a.m. Manicures, pedicures and toenail clippings at a reduced senior price. Call for appointment and current price list. Feb. 27: Ceramics 9 a.m. Call for this month’s project and cost. No experience necessary and all supplies provided. Feb. 27: UH Geauga Medical Center’s Community Outreach will present Heart Health and Stroke Risk Assessments. 11 a.m. Call for 15-minute individual assessments.

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Weekly Programming: Pinochle: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8 to 11:30 a.m. Open to anyone who wants to play. Chair Volleyball: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 1 p.m. Tuesday and Friday at 10:30 a.m. Chair Exercises: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:30 a.m. Arthritis-based exercises open to anyone. Bingo: Wednesday, 1 p.m. Guest callers and special prizes throughout the month. Beginner Classes: Chair Volleyball: Tuesday, 1 p.m. Pinochle: everyday 10 a.m. Note: Middlefield Senior Center will be closed Feb. 18 for Presidents’ Day. Middlefield Senior Center is located at 15820 Ridgewood Drive, (44062).

UHGMC Rehabilitation at Geauga YMCA Outpatient rehabilitation services provided by University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center have moved to a new home at the Geauga County YMCA. Patients undergoing physical, occupational, speech and aquatic therapy on an outpatient basis now receive these services at UH Geauga Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Services and Aquatic Center located within the YMCA facility, 12360 Bass Lake Road in Chardon. UH Geauga Medical Center physical therapists, occupational therapists and physical therapist assistants work with referring physicians to provide comprehensive patient evaluations, treatment and patient education using research-based technology. Treatment plans are developed to maximize each patient’s physical abilities and function, using manual therapy and state-of-the-art equipment. Services include rehabilitation for spine or musculoskeletal disorders, work-related or motor vehicle accidents and injuries, post-operative care and exercise and conditioning. Specialized programs include hand therapy following traumatic injury

or surgery, home assessments for seniors, wound care and detection of lymphedema by certified lymphedema therapists. Speech therapists work with patients experiencing speech, language, cognitive or swallowing impediments caused by stroke, head injury, neurological or other conditions. The Aquatics Center at the Geauga YMCA features a warm-water therapy pool with zero-grade entry for barrier-free access, variable speed underwater treadmill and underwater monitors for measuring progress. Water therapy has been shown to help reduce joint stress and effects of gravity as rehabilitation patients improve their functional ability and motion. UH Geauga Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Services and Aquatic Center, located at the Geauga County YMCA, is open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information call 440-285-6358 or 440-285-3030.

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Edible Art Sponsored by United Way Services of Geauga County, Kent State Geauga and the Geauga Hunger Task Force, The Incredible Edible Art Show is a way to collect food and raise awareness about hunger in Geauga County. Participants must supply and use approximately 300 items of nonperishable food items, paper products, personal hygiene and cleaning supplies in the creation of their sculpture. Any group or individual may participate in this event at Kent State Geauga Campus. The Grand Opening will be held on Feb. 12. Groups may set up their displays on Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Feb. 14 at noon, the sculptures will be judged. Register now with Joann Randall, United Way Services of Geauga County, jrandall@uws.org, 440-2852261 extention 335.

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Jan. 23, 2013

By Nancy Huth

Warm Hearts, Warm Meals

Marianne Deatsch has been the coordinator of the Home Delivered Meals program at the Department of Aging in Geauga County ever since its inception 16 years ago. Money to fund the program comes from the Geauga Senior Services levy and donations. Presently 190 meals are delivered each and every weekday. The menu and the food comes from a contracted food service company. The staff at each senior center heats and portions the meals according to the numbers on each route. No client is required to pay for meals. Since every client is a taxpayer, they are already paying for the meal by paying for the levy. Volunteers are very important. There are approximately 200 men and women who take the meals around on the 17 routes in Geauga County 5 days a week. The volunteers come from the following church groups and service organizations: the Middlefield United Methodist Church, Chardon Rotary, Chesterland Rotary, Chagrin Valley Rotary, Burton – Middlefield Rotary, Christ Child Society, Job and Family Services, Chardon Minesterial Association, Faith Baptist Church in Newbury, Pilgrim Christian Church in Chardon, and the West Geauga Kiwanis. Each group adopts a route and takes responsibility for delivering one day a week. Clients depend on the generosity of the volunteers to make the meal deliveries each weekday. Since many volunteers are seniors themselves, ongoing recruitment is necessary. Volunteer manager Bill Phillips and coordinator Marianne Deatsch go out

into the field and speak to organizations. They also place articles in local papers and in church bulletins. More volunteers are ALWAYS needed. Substitutes are welcome, especially in the winter months when snow birders are off to warmer climes. Referrals to the meals program come from a wide range of individuals, such as family members, pastors, nurses, social workers, neighbors, and church members. As you can imagine, communication between clients, volunteers and the Department of Aging is vital and is an ongoing process. Mariann van Pelt, director of the Middlefield Senior Center, says it’s satisfying knowing seniors are safe, fed and well. If a client doesn’t answer the door when a meal is being delivered, the Department of Aging doesn’t give up until some contact has been made. Coordinator Marianne Deatsch says it’s most rewarding knowing that for a brief moment in the course of a day someone special (a volunteer) has made a client’s life a bit easier. She said, “It’s not just food we are delivering, we are delivering a helping hand.” If you would like someone to speak to your group about the Home Delivered Meals program, if you would like to refer someone, or you would like to volunteer or make a donation, call Marianne Deatsch at 440-834-1856, extension 2130 or direct dial 440-279-2130. There is no waiting list. If a client qualifies, meal delivery can begin at once. In January a therapeutic meal program will begin providing meals for diabetics and for those on low salt (renal) diets.

Precision Eyewear for Special Children The company’s Web site banner reads, “Superior Precision Eyewear for Children who are Special.” The product: eyeglass frames specially fitted for children and adults with Down syndrome. Specs4Us on Burton Square is changing the life of those with special needs around the globe. Erin’s World is the name of the frame line specially designed to fit infants, children and adults with Down syndrome. Unlike other eyeglass frames, the bridge is adjusted to fit their lower bridge placement, the frame eye wire is extended, and the temple placement is lowered to help prevent glasses from constantly slipping or losing shape. Specs4Us uses only quality material, such as titanium and memory flex, common in many of today’s highend traditional frames. Erin’s World frames are available in a variety of sizes and styles to fit all ages. The store’s catalog also offers sun clips and 3-D clips. Visit www.specs4us.com to download the catalog. “Our mission is to improve the sight and quality of life for children and adults with Down syndrome,” loving mother and company owner Maria Dellapina explains. “With Erin’s World glasses, these individuals are no longer constrained, but able to explore their world freely and clearly without wearing glasses that are too big or always slipping down their noses.” Specs4Us, 13801 W. Center St., Suite 4, Burton (44021). Call 1-800-586-1885, e-mail info@ specs4us.com or visit Specs4Us, Facebook and YouTube.


{ health } By Sandie Simmers

Touching Little Lives

Last fall, I became involved with a group of ladies from Pepperl&Fuchs who were making items for Touching Little Lives. We met on our lunch hour and crocheted and knitted items to be donated. It was such a wonderful experience that I inquired if Geauga County had a local Chapter. I was told that they didn’t and they asked if I would be interested in starting one. I am in the process of trying to do that now. TLL is a non-profit organization with the mission to “touch the little lives” of needy premature and newborn infants in Ohio and to do all that we can to give them, free of charge, the necessities that every newborn needs. Volunteers handmake quilts, blankets, caps, booties, gowns, undershirts, afghans, bibs, sleepers and other articles. And if, for reasons known only to God, a tiny angel is called to join its Heavenly Father, volunteers respond by providing burial layettes to these families for their child; a tear is sewn into every stitch. Each item provided is completely free of charge and no one in the organization receives any salary or compensation for their work. Every penny donated is spent on providing for these little lives. This is truly a charity of the heart, the reward being the personal satisfaction of helping those too young and fragile to help themselves. In 2012, TLL was able to provide nearly 40,000 items to the babies of Ohio. There are many opportunities available for those who can sew, knit, crochet, quilt, cut out items for sewing/quilting or make embroidered hearts (requires an embroidery machine). Patterns are provided. This can be an out-reach program for a church, organization or for anyone that feels the calling to help those in need. Young people can earn community service credits for school and scouting requirements by adopting Touching Little Lives as their project. If you do not sew, knit, or crochet, please consider having a fundraiser or hosting a baby shower or yarn drive. The reality is that everyone is welcome – all you need to have is the desire to touch little lives. More information is available at www.touchinglittlelives.org. To learn how you can help, contact Sandie Simmers at sandiesimmers2010@yahoo.com. As we gather volunteers, a meeting place and time will be determined.

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Precision Orthopaedic Specialties, Inc. “Precision” is excited to begin a new year in our Middlefield office at 15389 W. High Street. Our highly respected physicians take the orthopaedic/sports medicine patient from evaluation to conservative treatment or, if indicated into surgery. An important part of the whole process is rehabilitation. Our goal is to return patients to their activities of daily living. After thorough orthopedic evaluation we can provide our patients with orthopedic ultrasound, EMG, joint injections, fracture care and digital x-ray, when indicated. We are pleased to provide our patients the convenience of state-of-the-art physical therapy on site. A short distance from our Middlefield office, in Chardon, we have an open MRI to assist in diagnosis. In addition, physical therapy located in our practice headquarters in Chardon has state-of-the-art BioDex and AlterG equipment to assist in rehabilitation. Our Chardon office also has on-site custom splinting and in-office spinal pain injections available. Another progressive conservative treatment, DRX-spinal decompression is nearby in our Auburn location. It can help relieve back-related pain. All locations offer durable medical equipment for the convenience of our patients. Consider “Precision” when you need expert care for muscle, bone and joint conditions or injuries. We have been treating area patients for over 20 years. Visit www.precisionorthopaedic. com or call 440-632-0279.

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Volunteers Tax Helpers Needed The Geauga County Financial Stability Partnership is seeking volunteers to assist with no-cost tax preparation for low-income individuals in Geauga County. Prior tax experience is helpful. New volunteers will need to attend one half-day training session on Tuesday, Jan. 29. Tax preparation sites will be open around Geauga County from February through early April. Volunteers can work Saturdays, weekdays or evenings. The Geauga County Financial Stability Partnership is a collaboration between the Geauga County Commissioners and United Way Services of Geauga County. This program is working to ensure that individuals can achieve their educational and financial goals while also meeting their basic needs. Last year, tax volunteers saved 77 residents from paying to have their taxes done, stimulating the local economy with $112,906 in tax refunds. For information contact Joann Randall at jrandall@uws.org or 440-285-2261extension 225.

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Welcome to Total Spine Care in the acute problems such as low back and leg heart of Middlefield, a warm and inviting pain, neck pain, numbing and tingling and full facility to treat back, neck and joint headaches. Children and adults alike can problems. benefit from keeping their spines aligned. Learning he was to become the Dr. Frank is a kind, compassionate grandfather of twins, Dr. Frank Andosca chiropractor with an innate ability to and his wife Karyl decided to move back to heal. He is a good listener who treats his Cleveland. Dr. Frank then fell in love with patients as individuals, not as numbers. He the quaint is continually and serene d o i n g Middlefield educational area. Originally seminars and is from New York, in the process he knew at of studying the young age acupuncture of 9 that he to be certified wanted to be within a few a chiropractor. months. He is In 1983 that very excited dream became to be adding a reality when acupuncture he graduated a s   a n from Cleveland additional Chiropractic in mode of Kansas City. He treatment to is traditional yet his practice. diversified in Please his care, using come in and numerous visit this techniques beautiful in treating facility. Why everyone’s case put  more Dr. Frank Andosca i n d i v i d u a l l y. stress on your Some of the therapies he incorporates are body and more expense traveling to other moist heat, electric muscle stimulation, locations when the best may be right here ultrasound, activator, laser, applied in Middlefield? Call 440-321-6639 or stop kinesiology and nutritional advice. He in for an appointment. Walk-ins are always is also specialized and certified in spinal welcome. Hours are Monday through decompression, a must for those with Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., evenings by unrelenting back pain caused by herniated appointment, Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 or bulging discs when typical chiropractic p.m. and by appointment. The doctor will treatments are ineffective. This has proven make himself available to accommodate successful for many who want to avoid the your needs. scars and expense of back surgery as it can Total Spine Care is located at 14982 S. help to restore the disc integrity. State Ave. just south of the light on Sperry Dr. Frank hopes to educate families on Road and Route 608. the importance of adjustments to prevent

By David Hammack Have you ever wondered what an HSA (Health Savings Account) plan was or how it worked? These plans make health insurance more affordable and will still be available after the Health Care Affordability Act (“Obamacare”) is fully implemented in 2014. Here is an outline of the benefits: high deductible major medical health insurance that typically costs less than more “traditional” co-pay plans; provides quality health insurance; one calendaryear deductible per family; provides for a Health Savings Account that can be used to meet your deductible and premiums are tax deductible as a business or personal expense. HSA contributions are deductible from gross income. Interest earnings in the HSA grow taxdeferred. It is never taxed when used for qualified medical expenses. HSA money rolls over year after year -- no “use it or lose it”. It’s portable and goes with you from job to job. HSA Savings can also be used for: health insurance premiums when you’re between jobs, qualified long-term care premiums, Medicare premiums and out-of-pocket expenses, and living expenses after age 65. We have found many people are happy with how HSA plans work but understand that they’re not for everyone. Call Kleve and Associates at 440-834-4432 and we’ll be glad to explain an HSA plan in detail.


{ health } Massage Therapy: Is it Right for You? By Becky Peterson Have you ever wondered why you should consider massage therapy for yourself? The physical structure of our bodies, or our skeletal system and muscles, works on the premise of balance. A tent works on the same premise. There needs to be an even pull on all sides of the tent in order for it to stand upright. If one side of the tent has more tension, it is lopsided. It’s possible that it could still be used in this way, but it is not functioning optimally. The cords that anchor the tent will have additional wear and tear. The tent will not work as well, or last as long, as one that has balance on all sides. Our bodies work in a very similar manner. When all muscles are working optimally, the body works like a fine machine. However, when muscles are overworked or injured, tension sets up in the body. It is not working optimally. The balance has been disrupted. Other muscles work harder to compensate which creates more tension in other muscle groups. With muscles working inefficiently, it takes more energy to do normal tasks and the body develops aches and pains. The aches and pains are the body’s way of communicating that balance needs to be restored. Massage therapy relieves muscle tension and helps restore that balance.

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Depression: Beyond the Blues By Jamie Sitko Everybody gets the blues sometimes, but depression is very different from the blues. About 18.8 million Americans experience depressive disorders that affect how they sleep, eat, feel about themselves and live their lives. Depression has physical and emotional symptoms and cannot be wished away. People with depression can’t just “pull themselves together.” There are different types of depressive disorders, each with its own symptoms and treatment options. There’s a variety of treatment and support options. Depression can be treated, and people can recover. If you know someone with this condition, take it seriously. Offer your support and try to bolster the person’s self-esteem; though these actions won’t cure major depressive disorder, they can help. How do I know if I am depressed? If you have some of these signs for more than 2 weeks, you may be depressed: sadness, things that used to make you happy don’t make you happy anymore, no interest in eating or eating too much, sleeping too little or all the time, fatigue, feeling nervous or cranky, crying a lot, feeling guilty, feeling hopeless, trouble paying attention or thinking of death or trying to kill yourself.

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Burton Jazzercise Month of February Free Celebrating 15 years in Burton, the Burton-Middlefield Jazzercise Center will be offering free classes during the month of February for new students or students not attending classes in the last 6 months.  Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m. at the Burton American Legion Hall. (See coupon on page 3 of this issue.) “This event allows the center to thank all the students who have made Jazzercise a success in Geauga County. “It’s a way to give the public an opportunity to see what Jazzercise is all about.”  It has been around for over 45 years and it HAS changed with the times. The 60-minute Jazzercise class includes a warm-up, high-energy aerobic routines, muscle toning and a cool-down stretch segment. Jazzercise combines elements of dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, kickboxing and more. This creates programs for people of every age and fitness level. For worldwide class information, go to www.jazzercise.com or call 1-800-348-4748 (1-800-FIT-IS-IT).

I Love the People Who Come to My Office By Tad Roediger The other day a patient, Mr. Miller, asked me, “Did I hear you correctly; you haven’t taken any cold or flu medication in 20 years? Don’t you get sick?” “What a great question. Of course there are times I don’t feel my best,” I said. Then as other patients and visitors gathered around, I told my story. Holding a model of the spine, “See”, I said, “The spine is made up of 24 bones called vertebrae, which protect the spinal cord, the tail of the brain. Nerves branch out between each vertebra and go to all parts, organs and systems of the body.” I added, “If there is any interference with the working of the nerves either from the brain or from the body to the brain, wherever those nerves go may not work at 100 percent.” I let the group know I get regular adjustments, not because my back or neck hurts, but to make sure my muscles, joints and systems, including immune system, work at their best. I encourage patients to get their spine checked when they have a cold or flu, so we can remove any interference and allow the nervous system and their body to return to working at its best. Contact Dr. Roediger for help with staying or getting healthier, at 440-285-0756. His office is located at 401 South St., Building 2A, Chardon. Walk-ins and visitors are always welcome.

What is 211? Every hour of every day, someone in the Geauga County community needs essential program services, from locating senior information, to employment services, to securing care for an aging parent. Faced with a dramatic increase in these needs, people often don’t know where to turn. In many cases, people end up going without necessary services because they do not know where to start. 2-1-1 helps people find what they need. What is 2-1-1? 2-1-1 is the national abbreviated dialing code for free access to health and human services information and referrals to agencies that can help. 2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember and universally recognizable number that makes a critical connection, via referrals, between people in need and appropriate community-based organizations and government agencies. Free access to 2-11 is available through personal telephone assistance and online via a searchable database of services. During 2012, nearly 500 Middlefield residents reached out to 2-1-1 for assistance with food, housing and utilities, transportation and much more. Just dial 2-1-1, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to speak to a live operator or visit us online at 211Geauga.org to do your own search. For more information on 2-11 or other services offered by United Way Services of Geauga County, please visit our website at www.uwsgc.org or follow us on facebook.

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Healthy Living . . . Free of Unforgiveness By Roger Kruse

As a young, healthy person it is easy to feel somewhat invincible, as if serious sickness or accidental injury represents little or no threat. As we get older, however, we learn that good health is a blessing that should not be taken for granted. We live in a world where the unexpected not only can happen but often does. So what are we supposed to do? Despite our inability to guarantee our personal welfare, there is real wisdom in taking steps to protect what is precious. I like to think of good health as putting regular deposits into a savings account. Little by little, we begin to see the dividends accrue. Of course there are certain factors that we know affect our health. Things like good food choices, regular exercise and no smoking can dramatically influence our physical well-being. Some would argue that less worry, living generously and even vitamin supplementation can also lead to better health. I want to challenge you to think about something less obvious. It is the forgiveness factor. No doubt, you have experienced the disappointment and pain of being treated unfairly. Perhaps someone said or did something that left you frustrated and angry. Your immediate reaction was probably to want to retaliate, to get even. You want them to feel the same hurt that they have inflicted on you. Often we take it a step further. We nurture a grudge or maintain an attitude that won’t let the offense go. Instead, we hold on to an “unforgiving spirit.” The results can be disastrous. Relationships are shattered; friends and families are divided. In some cases the feeling of offense becomes a bitterness planted deep in the mind and heart of the offended person. Like a poison, it slowly but surely infiltrates and sabotages our well-being. Our personal health begins to give way to a spiritual cancer. Maybe you are there right now. No wonder Jesus told us to forgive others. In fact, He said we ought to forgive in the same way that God has forgiven us. That really helps me. As I remember my own repeated failures and dependence on God for grace, it encourages me to let go of any unforgiving spirit that lingers in my life. I have learned not to drink the unnecessary poison of an unforgiving spirit. Instead I choose to forgive, living free and healthy in the undeserved grace of our Savior. How about you? Roger Kruse serves with One Mission Society as an International shepherd/trainer to southeast Asia. He, his wife Glenda and family love the rural lifestyle of the Middlefield area.

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Volunteer Tutors Needed Geauga County Job and Family Services is looking for caring, motivated adults to volunteer a few hours a week tutoring local elementary students in basic reading and math. Volunteers will be required to attend training at the agency and complete a criminal background check. Contact Sara Shininger, 440-285-9141 extension 1263 for information or to register.

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By Jacquie Foote At this time of year in Geauga, it’s the cold and flu season. At this time of year in Geauga in the 1700s and 1800s, it was cold season. Flu, not so much, although the flu, whose name is traced to the Italian word meaning “influence” was described by Hippocrates some 2,400 years ago and the European colonization of the Americas is blamed for bringing the flu virus to America. There are no indications that there was a flu epidemic in Geauga before the 1900s. Then we suffered, along with Europe, from the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic. Of course, it is not that unlikely there was the odd outbreak of flu back than. Remember, the flu has been known by various names. So, if your ancestors kept diaries, as many - if not most did, look for “epidemic catarrh”, “grippe” (from the French), “sweating sickness”, and during the second decade of the 1900s “Spanish Fever”. If any of these names are mentioned, it is the flu that was being discussed. We all know what the flu is like. There is coughing, weakness, fatigue and general discomfort. In Old Geauga, as now, these symptoms can easily be confused with those of the common cold. However, these diseases are not the same. Flu is a more severe disease and is caused by a different type of virus. Flu may produce nausea and vomiting, particularly in children. Flu can more easily lead to pneumonia. These days, a flu shot is considered the best prevention for flu. Did you get yours yet? Back in Old Geauga there was no such thing as a flu shot. You had to wait for the 1940s for one of those. So, how did the early Geaugans keep healthy during the cold and flu season?

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Dr. Mom back then followed folk wisdom in her “preventive” medicine. And the old wisdom said to stay healthy in winter you needed to stay warm, eat hearty foods and drink enough. Early Geaugans depended mostly on wood for heat. Rooms in homes were small and a well-planned home had a fireplace or stove in most common rooms, and as the 1800s progressed, in most bedrooms, too. Then there was clothing. Happily, hats and headscarves were already decreed by fashion. At bedtime, knitted nightcaps and thick bed socks were worn. As the 1800s proceeded, long underwear became a must, even for the ladies as it could be chilly even under all those skirts. Gloves and mittens were an important part of everyone’s wardrobe, and were favorite gifts. Stockings of knitted wool were worn when inside the house and provided the insulation in boots and high-top shoes worn when outdoors. Thick quilts and down comforters appeared on beds. Knitted throws graced chairs. Soups and stews appeared frequently, providing both the “hearty food” and the “drink.” Even back in the 1800s, Dr. Mom knew of the value of chicken soup. For those Dr. Moms who wanted to do more to prevent colds, there were the big three: lemons, garlic and onion. Hot fresh lemon juice was taken every day. For an even stronger anti-cold remedy, add garlic juice to it. Some preferred a syrup made of onions boiled into a concentrated solution with sugar added to taste. It was said to stop an oncoming cold in its tracks. If someone came down with a cold or flu, the symptoms were treated. Dr. Mom knew that loafsugar and brandy relieved a sore throat; that when the throat is very bad for adults, it is good to inhale the steam of scalding hot vinegar through the tube of a funnel. For a queasy stomach, Dr. Mom might take dried huckleberries and make them into a tea to be drunk sweetened with molasses. Peppermint was also used for this problem. Elderberry blossom tea was thought to be the best treatment for fever. Not all remedies were by mouth. Turpentine and lard were mixed and rubbed on the chest for colds. Coal oil or kerosene could be used in place of the turpentine. And, above all, bed rest.

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