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Puppy Love How to know what pooch is right for you when adopting By Mary Grace Keller News-Post Staff


atching John Walker interact with his 2-yearold Lab mix Gracie at their home outside Frederick, you wouldn’t know he’d only adopted her about a week ago. Gracie hopped up on a wooden bench beside her owner and licked his face. He gently lifted her front paws onto his lap and she licked his hand, too. Walker ruffled her fluffy, black fur and called her “good girl” in a voice much different from his normal low tone. Gracie bounded around the yard like she’d lived there forever. Sitting in the grass, soaking up the April sun, she nestled a yellow ball between her front paws. When Walker moved out of Gracie’s sight, she followed. “She won’t let me go nowhere,”Walker said with a chuckle. A yellow leash trailed from her collar. Walker said he leaves it on her so she feels like he’s close by. She’ll come when he calls, but the two are rarely more than a few steps apart. When Walker left her for a few hours on Easter, his dog sitter said she scratched at the door, seemingly looking for her best friend. Walker adopted Gracie from Frederick County Division of Animal Control’s shelter. He’s had many dogs in his life, and knew when his dog Sammy passed he’d want another eventually. Walker retired from carpentry in August, so Gracie gets lots of attention. 4


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John Walker, left, adopted 2-year-old Lab mix Gracie from Frederick County Division of Animal Control’s shelter. He recommended that before adopting, you consider how much space a dog will need, and that you have a comfortable environment for it.

Pet adoptions at the shelter were down nearly 50% in the last half of 2020 compared with the same period in 2019, animal control’s website shows. Throughout the pandemic, it has offered a virtual adoption process, according to director Linda Shea. |


Before deciding to adopt, Shea recommended potential pet owners consider how an animal will fit into their lifestyle. It takes time, energy and money to feed, shelter and groom a pet, and to provide veterinary care. “Any pet owner, regardless of age,

should give thought to what would happen in an emergency. If your pet gets sick at 2 a.m. on a Sunday morning, do you have the resources … to get them the veterinary care they need?” Shea wrote in an email. Walker said it’s important to think about what type of space you’re bringing a pet into, and what size and personality type you’re looking for. “You want to make sure you’re going to give it love and affection,” he said. “You want to be in an environment where the dog feels comfortable.” Shea recommended people consider whether their homes are pet safe, whether they have the ability to walk their dog or get it outside quickly when it needs

David and Celeste Levine adopted one of their two beagles, Winston, right, from Frederick County Division of Animal Control’s shelter. Hank, left, came from West Virginia.

to relieve itself, and to think about who might care for the animal if something happens to the owner. In Shea’s experience, personalities and temperaments tend to vary from pet to pet, though certain breeds are known for particular qualities. “The energy level of dogs is usually based on not only their breed, but their age,” Shea said. “It can also be subjective, based on the tolerance of the dog owner.” Generally speaking, Shea said Labrador-types, pit bull-types, herding breeds like border collie-types and German shepherds tend to be high energy. They typically need lots of exercise and mental stimulation to keep them entertained. When dogs are bored, Shea said, they can become destructive. Abyssinian-type cats are known for being dog-like and full of energy, she noted. Toy dog breeds can be lower energy, according to Shea, and make good lapdogs. Persian- or ragdoll-type cats are usually lower energy. Hound-types like beagles and basset hounds are what Shea would generally call medium energy.

MORE INFORMATION Animal control and shelter: frederickcountymd.gov/114/Adopt Animal Welfare League: awlfc.org/index.php Celeste and David Levine, of Mon-

rovia, know firsthand how beagles get hyped if they catch a whiff of something. “If they get a scent, you’ll know it,” David Levine said. They installed a new fence to make sure their beagles don’t run out trying to chase down a smell. Winston, about 2 ½ years old, came to them from the Frederick County shelter, while 5-yearold Hank hailed from West Virginia. Like Walker, the couple has had dogs most of their lives, and knew they liked beagles.Winston came to them in 2019, Celeste Levine said, and he was a bit skittish at first. They learned he’d been returned to the shelter twice before, so their guess was he didn’t have the best experiences previously.

David Levine said if they won the lottery, they’d fence in a bunch of acres and fill it with dogs. “So many animals out there need homes,” he said.

The Levines were patient with Winston. They spoke quietly around him at first, and tried not to make sudden movements that might scare him. The couple said he’s more confident with other dogs around, like Hank.Winston was fond of their golden retriever Ivan before he died. Nowadays,Winston is quite comfortable in his home. He likes to curl up on the couch next to his owners—which took over a year to achieve. “It’s all about dedication, David Levine said. “We’ll never give up on a dog.” Meeting a new person, Hank stayed in the backyard, watching through an open door. After a few minutes,Winston came inside and offered a few friendly sniffs before jumping on the couch next to Celeste. Then David went outside and Winston popped up from his seat to peer over the couch after him. The Levines are retired, so their dogs are rarely bored.They like to play in the backyard, lie on the couch and snuggle next to their owners in bed. “The dog has to be compatible with your lifestyle,” Celeste Levine said. THE FREDERICK NEWS-POST

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adoption process through Frederick County Animal Control was smooth and easy. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, at press time, the public couldn’t meet animals inside, but they could meet dogs outside. For cats, potential adopters are matched with a few felines staff think would be a good fit. The adopter can receive photos and videos of the cats before making a decision. The adoption process begins by filling out and emailing applications to the shelter, which can be reached at 301-6001546 or animalcontrol@frederickcountymd.gov. The Animal Welfare League of Frederick County also works with animal control and adopts out pets. It can be reached at 301-663-5855 or by emailing info@awlfc.org. |



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Simplifying Cybersecurity Three Main Things to Do to Stay Safer Online use it to get into your financials, hack your employer or go after your friends and family. The best way to avoid phishing attacks is to be aware. No legitimate company or government office is going to send you a threatening email. And if you get an offer in the email that seems too good to be true, it is. Always be suspicious of emailed links. If something doesn’t look right, pick up the phone and make a call to confirm.

By Chuck Sperati


hile I was attending a virtual roundtable for cybersecurity experts, one of the topics discussed was explaining cybersecurity to those who are not tech savvy. For me, this discussion hit close to home as I’ve talked about staying safe online with my 70-yearold mother many, many times. It might surprise you to hear that almost everyone in the roundtable raised serious concerns about that topic. Why? Human nature. It’s easy to believe that things you don’t understand don’t apply to you. And a great deal of that blame falls on us as cybersecurity experts. We make up terms like malware, phishing, VPN, botnet, rootkit, and DDoS, and then use them to describe security threats. Sure, it makes sense to us, but it’s just jargon that sounds scary for most people who don’t work in this field.

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freeway. The three most important things are accelerating, braking and turning. Once you know how to do these three big things, learning how to parallel park, change lanes and merge into traffic are all much more manageable. 1. Passwords

Focus on three Big Things

Passwords are the keys to your online security. Having a weak password is like using a plastic lock on your front door, inviting criminals to kick it in and steal your stuff. Yet, most people consider passwords a nuisance, especially when there are complex requirements. Numbers. Letters. Capital letters. Symbols. Little toe. First born. It seems crazy! But there’s hope. In early 2020, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the standard used by government and departmental oversight organizations, including HIPAA, released new password requirements. As

Anyone who tries to cram everything into a day, suitcase, or jar knows that something isn’t going to fit. But if you put the big things in first, the rest will fall into place around them. When it comes to explaining cybersecurity to anyone outside the field, especially older folks who may not be tech-savvy, we need to start simple with the three most significant security concerns. 1. Passwords 2. Phishing Attacks 3. Antivirus Think of it like this.: When you learn to drive a car, you don’t jump on the 6


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it turns out, all these complex requirements aren’t as good as a longer pass phrase that you can memorize. That means that memorizingURphrase is much better than all that c0mPlex!ty. Of course, there are still some best practices. Don’t use your own name or the name of the organization requiring the password, include some combinations of letters not found in a dictionary and don’t ever use the word “password” in a password. 2. Phishing Attacks

These are most commonly fake emails or text messages where scammers try to steal your credentials. The mistake many people make is believing they are not important enough to be targeted. Unfortunately, every piece of your personal information has value on the dark web. If scammers can steal your username and password, for example, they can sell it to someone who will then

At my company, we see this often: People think they have an antivirus program, but it has expired or has never been updated. Having antivirus programs on every computer helps keep them protected, so that even if you click on something you shouldn’t or unknowingly visit a hacked website, the scammers aren’t going to get you. Good antivirus softwares are updated often to protect against the newest threats. If you don’t know which antivirus program you have, then it’s likely that you don’t have one. There are many options for affordable antivirus protection. Start Simple

Cybersecurity doesn’t have to be complicated, even with all of the information and acronyms out there. Starting with these three things will make you more secure than most of your family, friends and neighbors. It’s just that simple. – Chuck Sperati is director of Compliance, Media, & Special Projects at Clark Computer Services in Frederick clarkcomputerservices.com | 301-456-6931

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Q&A: What’s Your Favorite Childhood Memory?

Norman Minich

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whole winter indoors and there was so much to do,” she said. “We had an outside skating rink and we had hills to ski down. I just liked doing that kind of thing.” Lott also said that in the summer, she could spend time on the water at a lake, and enjoyed fishing and boating. “It was a great place to grow up,” she said.

Tomaino grew up in Binghamton, a town in New York state, where she had a wonderful—and tasty— childhood. “My parents had an ice cream store,” she said. “They made fresh ice cream every day.” Tomaino said her favorite childhood memory is probably working in that store with her father. “All my friends thought I was living in heaven,” she recalled, adding that she also enjoyed bicycling.

of husband and wife or mother and father … but family was my greatest gift.” Minich said his favorite memory is when his father was living. “We always took a trip, which at that time was a large trip, of 90 miles from the farm to visit two of my mother’s sisters and families in Detroit,” he said. “My mother’s father, who was a retired Lutheran pastor, was living with the one sister and her husband and child and … [We] always joined together on his birthday, which was the 4th of February.” When they visited Detroit, they went to celebrate Minich’s grandfather, who lived to be 94, but it was also an opportunity to spend time with male cousins. “We so enjoyed the boys when we got together,” he said. “In the summertime we would play ball, and the fall and winter and spring we would do bowling, which was in the one house … the cousins always looked forward to these reunions and it was the greatest celebration we had all year.”

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Diana Lott, 95

Growing in Gibsonburg, Ohio, about 30 miles southeast of Toledo, Minich was raised on a farm as the youngest of five children. “My father died when I was 9,” he said. “And then my mother had a stroke two years later, a debilitating stroke, so we were raised without the full complement

Born in Canada, Lott grew up in northern Minnesota on the Canadian border. She recalled having “so many good memories,” but said she particularly enjoyed the winter sports skating, skiing and sledding. “You know, it was so cold up there, there was so much snow that if you didn’t go out for sports, you’d spend the

Nancy Tomaino By Hannah Himes News-Post Staff

As The Beatles famously sang in their song “In My Life,” “There are places I’ll remember all my life, though some have changed. Some forever, not for better. Some have gone and some remain.” All from different places and different backgrounds, five residents of Homewood at Frederick recently shared what they remember fondly from their childhoods. Nancy Tomaino, 85



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Sarah Drenning, 92

Drenning grew up on a farm east of Frederick. “I was an only child for six years and I lived just two fields away from my grandmother, and three of her grandchildren lived with her,” she said. “I grew up with them as my older sisters and we had so much fun together and, as matter of fact … two of them were schoolteachers, grew up to be school teachers like their two aunts. One of them introduced me to this young man at her school and I later married him.” Drenning said she loved growing up on the farm. They had milk cows, and Drenning’s father grew grains, corn and hay. “I used to go out in the clover field and find fourleaf clovers and five-leaf clovers and sometimes six-leaf clovers and I pressed them in a book that I still have,” she said. They lived near the Monocacy, and Drenning also fondly recalled a group of willow trees near a pond that was near the river.

“In the springtime, my dad would take a branch from the willow and make a whistle out of it and … of course, I’d never seen that done before. Actually, I’ve never seen it since that, but he could make a whistle that you could blow.” Marghee Beatty, 82

Beatty grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but spent her summers in Cape May, New Jersey, with her aunt and uncle who had a “beautiful Victorian home” that was a block from the beach. “We spent many hours at the beach,” she said. “But one of my favorite memories was when I was 5 years old, and Cape May, they had an amateur show at the convention center on the boardwalk every Friday night. And we were asked to participate.” Beatty got up and sang “The Bells of St. Mary’s.” She said she was very small, but had a booming voice. “And I won. That was one of my very favorite memories.”

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Plan to Age in Place? Start Early to Prep Your Home for Retirement


gencies. And you probably shouldn’t take money from retirement funds to pay off a mortgage. But once you’re on track with your savings goals, you could make extra principal payments to pay down the loan more rapidly. You also can avoid having a mortgage in retirement by opting for shorter loans when you refinance. If you’re 50, for example, you might choose a 15-year loan over one that lasts 30 years.

By Liz Weston

any people want to remain in their homes after they retire rather than move to a senior living facility or community. Unfortunately, most homes aren’t set up to help us age safely and affordably. If your goal is to age in place, some advance preparation could help make that possible—or point to better alternatives. “Somewhere in your 50s, hopefully, you’re starting to think seriously about are you going to be able to stay in the house you’re in? Or are you going to need to make changes?” said DeDe Jones, a certified financial planner in Denver.

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Start by thinking about how you would live in your home if you had less mobility, less energy and potentially less money. Unexpected expenses for major home repairs or upgrades were the most commonly reported financial shocks experienced by retirees, according to a 2015 study by the Society of Actuaries.Those big-ticket costs can be devastating on a fixed income.The society recommended a home inspection before retirement so you can identify and budget for those costs. But you also could schedule some of the expensive stuff—replacing a roof, for instance, or upgrading the heat and air-conditioning system—while you’re still working. Likewise, investments in energy efficiency could help you avoid big bills when you’re less able to afford them. Adding insulation, installing a smart thermostat and choosing energy-efficient appliances can help. In sunnier 10


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You can’t tap equity you don’t have. In 2016, 46% of homeowners age 65 to 79 still had mortgage debt, according to Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.

climates, solar panels can dramatically reduce your energy costs. Consider upkeep, as well.You might want to replace a labor-intensive grass yard and planting beds with lower-maintenance landscaping. You could swap out siding that needs to be painted every few years with a more durable option, such as vinyl, fiber cement or modified wood. Decluttering can make your place easier to navigate and to clean. Build Your Equity

You may still face big bills or have trouble making ends meet in retirement. In that case, your home’s equity could be helpful. You could access your home’s value by selling it, using |


a reverse mortgage or getting a home equity line of credit. But you can’t tap equity you don’t have. In 2016, 46% of homeowners age 65 to 79 still had mortgage debt, according to Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.The median balance owed was $77,000. A mortgage in retirement isn’t ideal for many people, according to financial planners. Few people get much, if any, tax benefit from their mortgages, and having to make the payments can cause them to deplete their retirement savings more rapidly. Planners said you shouldn’t prioritize paying off your mortgage over saving for retirement and for emer-

Consider incorporating accessibility features into any planned renovations. Grab bars in bathrooms, lever-style handles on doors and faucets and rocker-style light switches (preferably accessible from a wheelchair) are relatively low-cost upgrades, for example. Costlier changes include widening doorways and hallways, adding a curbless shower, installing non-slip flooring and creating a zero-step entry. Ideally, your home would have just one level, but a home with stairs can work if it has a bedroom and full bath on the entry level. If that’s your situation, you could focus your renovations on making those spaces accessible rather than trying to remake your whole house. Sometimes, there’s simply too much that needs to be done or your home has features you can’t affordably modify. Even if you think you can manage a bunch of stairs or a home that’s far from your neighbors, your living situation could worry your loved ones, Jones said. “Moving might give you the chance to live closer to your support system,” she said. “Makes it easier on them, makes it easier on you.” –The Associated Press via personal finance website NerdWallet. LizWeston is a columnist at NerdWallet, a certified financial planner and author of “Your Credit Score.”


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Exercising with Chronic Conditions


lmost anyone, at any age, can do some type of physical activity or exercise, even if they have a health condition like heart disease, arthritis, chronic pain, high blood pressure or diabetes. In fact, physical activity may help manage these conditions. For most older adults, exercises like brisk walking, riding a bike, swimming, weightlifting and gardening are safe, especially when they build up slowly. Before beginning any exercise program, be sure to talk to a doctor. Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Researchers are assessing the benefit of exercise to delay mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in older adults and to improve brain function in those who may be at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. Older adults with MCI may be able to safely do more vigorous forms of exercise, similar to older adults without MCI, provided there are no other underlying health concerns. Being active and getting exercise may help people with Alzheimer’s or another dementia feel better and can help them maintain a healthy weight and have regular toilet and sleep habits. Here are some ways caregivers can help someone with dementia stay active and make doing so easier and more fun: • Take a walk together each day. Exercise is good for caregivers, too. • Use exercise videos or check a local TV guide to see if there is a program to help older adults exercise. • Dance to music. • Be realistic about how much activity can be done at one time. Several short mini-workouts may be best. • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes 12


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Dancing can be a good and especially fun exercise for people with several types of diseases or chronic conditions, like osteoporosis, dementia and being overweight.

that fit well and are made for exercise. • Drink water or juice after exercise. Even if the person has trouble walking, they may be able to: • Do simple tasks around the home, such as sweeping and dusting. • Use a stationary bike. • Use soft rubber exercise balls or balloons for stretching or throwing. • Use stretching bands. • Lift weights or items like soup cans. |


Arthritis For people with arthritis, exercise can reduce joint pain and stiffness. It can also help with losing weight, which reduces stress on the joints. Flexibility exercises such as upperand lower-body stretching and tai chi can help keep joints moving, relieve stiffness, and provide more freedom of movement for everyday activities. Strengthening exercises, such as over-

head arm raises, will help maintain or add to muscle strength to support and protect joints. Endurance exercises make the heart and arteries healthier and may lessen swelling in some joints.Try activities that don’t require a lot of weight on joints, such as swimming and biking. Those who have arthritis may need to See EXERCISING, 18


Strategies for Self-Care By Bonnie Elliott


he COVID-19 pandemic we have collectively experienced for over a year now may have negatively impacted on our well-being. According to the National Institutes of Health and the Psychiatric Times online journal, the serious impact on mental health is projected to be with us long after COVID-19 is over. Added to the everyday stressors of life, the CDC guidelines on masking, social distancing, quarantining and other restrictions have exacerbated the pressure on many of us not just mentally, but also physically, emotionally and spiritually. Whether occasionally or consistently, many have experienced higher occurrences of emotional upset, sleeplessness, irritability, hopelessness and post-traumatic stress symptoms. Even after the pandemic is over, we may notice higher levels of anxiety, anger, depression, domestic violence, addiction, or other changes such as self-isolation, for anywhere from a few months to up to three years. How do we ensure we are taking care of ourselves so that the myriad impacts on body, mind and heart are minimized as much as possible? Breathing Begin with the most basic method of self-care—breathing. Breathing is something almost everyone does without thinking about it. But the simple act of becoming aware of our breathing pattern when we are overly anxious, and then consciously extending the length of our exhale for a minute or more, calms the nervous system’s fight-or-flight response. Close your

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eyes, or, if that’s not comfortable, soften your gaze and look downward. For the next couple of breaths, after you inhale normally, count the length of your exhale. Then, as you continue to breathe, begin to gently extend your exhale by two or three counts without forcing or straining. Notice how you feel then. Chiropractic Adjustments According to Dr. Eli Souders of McLaughlin Family Chiropractic in Walkersville, “The power that made the body heals the body.” It’s our job to allow the body to heal as it is

Exercise Exercising not only provides muscle strengthening and stretching, but is also a major contributor to improved mental health. Many studies have suggested that daily exercise increases brain activity, allowing us to learn more, while also keeping us in a more positive mood. “Did you know that our minds have over 60,000 thoughts a day? Even more amazing than that fact is that approximately 80% of those thoughts are negative,” said Carol

intended. “From a chiropractic perspective, we need our nervous system to flow freely, our joints to move as designed and our muscles to function correctly. To ensure that this can happen, there are a few requirements on our end, which is why self-care is so essential,” Souders said. Chiropractors espouse regular adjustments and exercise as foundational to wellness. Adjustments free nerve interference and allow the nervous system to function properly, while also giving motion to joints. A fully-functioning nervous system is the key to allowing the body to communicate within itself. THE FREDERICK NEWS-POST

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MAY CALENDAR Frederick County Senior Services Division

moves to energize & awaken the body. These will include standing & sitting asanas (postures). Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m. Zumba Gold — Active cardio low-impact dance moves and energizing music. Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m. Zumba Gold — Active cardio low-impact dance moves and energizing music. Wednesdays, 3 p.m. Meditation and Movement (M&M) — Tai chi inspired seated exercise class. The focus is on releasing tension in the body through slow movement and deep breathing. Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m. SPARK! — Strength training mixed with simple cardiovascular movement and stretching. Using body weight and light handheld weights. Class is primarily standing and a chair for some activity. Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Yoga Nidra (aka yogic sleep) — Helps induce a conscious meditative state between waking and sleeping. The practice reduces stress and improves sleep. You may lie on the floor, bed or recliner. Comfort is key.

Virtual 50+ Center live virtual fitness classes Preregister. $60 fitness pass for May-June classes. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.FrederickCountyMD. gov/Virtual50 or VirtualSenior Center@FrederickCountyMD.gov Mondays, 1:30 p.m. Line Dance — Improve your balance, get moving and have fun! Includes a review of basic steps. Mondays, 2:45 p.m. Floor Yoga — Focus on alignment of the muscular and skeletal structures, along with breathing techniques using both held and moving postures. Mondays, 5 p.m. Zumba Gold — Active cardio, low-impact dance moves and fun, energizing music. Tuesdays, 9 a.m. Strength & Stretch — Using light weights (or soup cans or water bottles). Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. Morning Flow Yoga — Incorporating traditional and non-traditional yoga 14


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Thursdays, 9 a.m. Joy of Movement — “Aging Backwards: Eccentrics for Seniors” is a dynamic, gentle, full-body movement that increases cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength and joint mobility. Done seated or standing, with modifications, so it is accessible for everyone. Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Gentle Yoga — Slower paced, less intense, minimalistic, accessible for most bodies and easily adapted to a chair. Consistent practice may help with sore muscles, joint stiffness, stress, muscle tension, flexibility, mobility and balance. A variety of poses will be performed on the floor, standing and/or in a chair. Thursdays, 1 p.m. Line Dance — Improve your balance, get moving, and have fun! Includes in-depth step instruction building on the previous weeks. Fridays, 9 a.m. Zumba Gold — Active cardio low-impact dance moves and fun music. Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. Yin Yang Yoga — Brings together the benefits of passively holding yoga poses with more active dynamic se-

quences and standing postures; works on the muscles and blood flow, building strength, stamina and flexibility.

May 1 Faces of the Wounded — Downtown Frederick Walking Tour National Museum of Civil War Medicine education coordinator John Lustrea will lead the tour highlighting individual stories from several of Frederick’s Civil War hospitals. Limited to 15 people, masks and preregistration required. Time: 11 a.m. Location: National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 E. Patrick St., Frederick Contact: 301-695-1864 or www. civilwarmd.org/event/faces-of-thewounded First Saturday: Mayfest Downtown businesses celebrate First Saturday with their own unique events. Time: 3 to 9 p.m. Location: Downtown Frederick Contact: 301-698-8118 or www.downtownfrederick.org

MAY CALENDAR Ghost Tours of Frederick Also at 8:15 p.m. May 8, 15, 22 and 28. Journey through Frederick’s gruesome and bloody past— nearly 300 years of war, executions and revenge. Featured documented stories of the paranormal with Maryland’s oldest operating ghost tour. Uncover political savvy and defiant citizens, patriots from the Revolutionary War, beckoning soldiers from the Civil War, and so much more. Reservations recommended. $14 person. Time: 8 p.m. Location: Brewer’s Alley, 124 N. Market St., Frederick Contact: www.marylandghosttours. com

May 2 Carillon Recitals in Baker Park Continues on Sundays through Aug. 15. Free. Time: 12:30 to 1 p.m. Location: Joseph Dill Baker Memorial Carillon, Baker Park, Frederick Contact: 301-788-2806

May 4 Drawing Class Each week there will be a drawing prompt with step-by-step instruction. This class is for all skill levels. Also meets May 11, 18 and 25. Preregister. Free. Time: 2:30 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov Fun and Games Join some lively fun and non-competitive games. Also meets May 18. Preregister. Free. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov

May 5 Hospice Program Join staff from hospice to learn about the supportive services they offer: managing symptoms, grief and loss support, complementary therapy, spiritual care, and various levels of care. Maryland Access Point (MAP) is a door that opens pathways to services in the community for anyone 55 or older or anyone 18 or older with a disability. Preregister. Free. Time: 10 a.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov Good News Only! This discussion centers on incorporating positivity into your daily life. Preregister. Free. Time: 12:30 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov

May 6 National Day of Prayer 70th anniversary of the National Day of Prayer. Gather in-person or virtually to pray for our country. Time: All day Location: Anywhere Contact: www.nationaldayofprayer.org

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Open Duckpin Bowling With the Senior Recreation Council. Every Thursday. Time: 1 to 3 p.m. Location: Walkersville Bowling Lanes, Walkersville Contact: Gerald, 240-651-1865

Field Fresh Farmers Market. Frederick Fairgrounds, Lot A, 797 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, through Nov. 24, except Fair Week, Sept. 18 - 25. www. fieldfreshfarmersmarket.com.

Coffee and Conversation Enjoy gathering with friends while sipping a cup of your favorite beverage. Preregister. Free. Time: 2:30 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov

Frederick City Market. Parking lot of the old Carmack-Jay’s building, 331 N. Market St., Frederick. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays May 9 through Nov. 21. www.frederickcitymarket. com. Frederick Farmers Market. 1215 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 20. www.frederickfarmersmarket.com. Jefferson Farmers Market, Jefferson Ruritan, 4603 Lander Road, Jefferson, 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, rain or shine. Opens in May. 301-4738330.

May 7 Kix Live with SO LOW Legendary hard rock band KIX performs live. Founded in Hagerstown in 1978, Kix continues to deliver its signature brand of raucous, roaring rock ‘n’ roll. $150 to $225 per vehicle up to four passengers; fifth wheel ticket is $45. Time: Gates open at 6 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Location: Frederick Fairgrounds, 797 E. Patrick St., Frederick Contact: https://tinyurl.com/ ht2wjc54

Middletown Farmers Market. Parking lot of Christ Reformed Church, 12 S. Church St., Middletown. Thursdays 4 to 7 p.m. May 6 through mid-October. www.middletownmdfarmersmarket.com, 301524-1035. $14, Seniors 55+ $12, $10 ages 2 to 12, under 2 free when riding on a lap. Time: 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Location: Walkersville Southern Railroad, 34 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Walkersville Contact: 301-898-0899

Catoctin Affair: The Reagan Years A benefit concert for the Mental Health Association of Frederick County. Ticket includes complimentary food and beverage. $85 to $110 for up to five people in a vehicle, each additional passenger ticket is $70. Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. Location: Frederick Fairgrounds, 797 E. Patrick St., Frederick Contact: www.showtimeat thedrivein.com

May 12 Nutrition with Giant: Mood Boosting Foods Did you know certain foods can boost those feel-good hormones? Let us help make a grocery list that will lighten your spirits and improve your long-term health and wellness. Preregister. Free. Time: 9 a.m.

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Myersville Farmers Outdoor Market. Municipal parking lot next to Myersville Town Hall/Volunteer Fire Company, 301 Main St., Myersville. 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays, through Oct. 30. 301-524-1035 or www.myersvillefarmersmarket.com. New Market Farmers Market. Downtown on the sidewalks of Main Street, New Market, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. select Saturdays May 22 Sept. 25. www.facebook.com/newmarketfarmersmarketmd. Thurmont Main Street Indoors Farmers Market. Thurmont Plaza, 224 N. Church St., Unit C2, Thurmont. 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays through May 1. On May 8, the market moves to the Municipal parking lot Saturdays through Sept. 25. www.thurmontmainstreet.com. YMCA of Frederick County Farmers Market. 1000 N. Market St., Frederick. 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 25 - Oct. 26. www.frederickymca.org. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov Craft and Conversation: Upcycle Vase Make a craft while socializing with friends. A supply list will be emailed to you once we have received your registration. Preregister. Free. Time: 1:30 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov

Coloring & Conversation Spend the afternoon coloring and enjoying conversation. Supply your own coloring book and pencils. Preregister. Free. Time: 3 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov

May 13 Ukulele Jam Session Each month be introduced to a new song. During the monthly class, instruction will be offered for soprano, concert and tenor ukuleles. Preregister. Free. Time: 3 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov

May 14 The Mark Twain House & Museum This virtual program, offered through the museum in Hartford, Connecticut, explores Twain’s experiences with and relationship to travel, including its effect on his social views. From mining towns in Nevada and California to dispatches sent from Hawaii and the Holy Land, Twain built a solid career as a journalist and travel writer before achieving success as a fiction writer. $10 person. Preregister. Time: 1 to 2 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov Showtime at the Drive-In: Dark Star Orchestra in Concert Also shows May 15 and 16. Performing to critical acclaim for over 20 years and more than 2,800

MAY CALENDAR shows, Dark Star Orchestra continues the Grateful Dead live concert experience. $190 to $260 for up to four people per vehicle; fifth wheel ticket is $45. Time: Doors open at 4:30 p.m., show at 6 p.m. Location: Frederick Fairgrounds, 797 E. Patrick St., Frederick Contact: www.showtimeatthedrivein.com

May 15 South Mountain Spring Festival Continues May 16 from noon to 4 p.m. Activities and tour stops at Caprikorn Farms, Willow Oaks Craft Cider, M4 Studios, Penguin Forge, Big Cork Vineyards, Van Gilder Pottery and Orchid Cellar Meadery and Winery. Details online. Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Various farms and studios Contact: www.southmountain springfestival.com

May 16 Beekeeping Basics & Hive Tour Learn about the biology and behavior of honey bees, how honey is made and the importance of bees and other pollinators in the production of food. $10, preregistration required. Time: 10 a.m. to noon Location: Fox Haven Farm and Retreat Center, 3630 Poffenberger Road, Jefferson Contact: 240-490-5484 Garden Tour & Tea Tasting With Ashley Hoffman. Learn about the plants that are ripe for medicine making. $10 per person; preregistration required. Time: 1 to 2 p.m. Location: Fox Haven Farm and Retreat Center, 3630 Poffenberger Road, Jefferson Contact: 240-490-5484

May 17 New to Medicare Workshop Are you new to Medicare or will be soon? Join this overview of Medi-

care as trained State Health Insurances Program (SHIP) staff help Medicare beneficiaries, family members and caregivers understand Medicare benefits, bills and Medicare rights. Time: 9 to 11 a.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov

May 19 Fit to a T Understand why bones break suddenly and apparently without warning, and how to prevent such events that can cause people to lose their independence. Preregister. Free. Time: 9 a.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov Mental Health and Caregiving Explore the impacts of caregiving and ways to turn this experience into one of personal growth. Frederick County Senior Services Division’s National Family Caregiver Support Program provides support programs to meet the needs of caregivers. You do not have to be a caregiver to attend this virtual program. Preregister. Free. Time: 1:30 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov

May 21 Troyce Gatewood & Partners Movie Nights Drive-in style, double feature. “Pitch Perfect” and “Dirty Dancing.” First movie begins at 7 p.m.

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$17 to $45 per car, number of occupants can’t exceed number of seat belts. Time: 5 to 11:30 p.m. Location: Frederick Fairgrounds, 797 E. Patrick St., Frederick Contact: 443-340-2317 or tgpmovienights.com

Kitchen Kapers Watch live from Senior Services Division staff member Cathy’s kitchen while she makes coleslaw crunch and banana bread. Preregister. Free. Time: 1:30 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov

May 22 Troyce Gatewood & Partners Movie Matinee/Movie Nights Drive-in style. “The Little Mermaid.” Movie begins at 2 p.m. $17 to $45 per car, number of occupants can’t exceed number of seat belts. Time: Gates open at 1 p.m. Double feature. “Onward” and “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.” First movie begins at 7 p.m. $17 to $45 per car, number of occupants can’t exceed number of seat belts. Time: 5 to 11:30 p.m. Location: Frederick Fairgrounds, 797 E. Patrick St., Frederick Contact: 443-340-2317 or tgpmovienights.com

May 27 Genealogy and Family History Class: Paleography Puzzles With Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL. Hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mount Airy congregation. Free. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Online Contact: thehopechest_rebecca@ msn.com

May 28 All Good Presents: Greensky Bluegrass Also May 29 and 30. After 18 years together, Greensky Bluegrass embodies more than just music for its members. $190 to $260 for up to four passengers per vehicle; fifth wheel ticket is $45. Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. Location: Frederick Fairgrounds, 797 E. Patrick St., Frederick Contact: www.showtimeatthedrivein.com

May 24 Garden Spaces Virtual garden planning presentation and on growing herbs, vegetables and flowers in small spaces. Free. Preregister. Time: 10 a.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov

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Summer Concert Series: Faithfully A tribute band playing the music of Journey and The Eagles. Gates: 6 p.m. $28 online advance, $33 at the gate. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Big Cork Vineyards, 4236 Main St., Rohrersville Contact: 301-432-3889 or www. mdtheatre.org

Science Hour: Tornadoes Simple experiments, trivia and discussion. Preregister. Free. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: www.frederickcountymd. gov/virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@frederickcountymd.gov THE FREDERICK NEWS-POST




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cise can help improve glucose levels in older people with diabetes. Those with diabetes should set a goal to be more active most days of the week, creating an exercise plan that fits into their lifestyle so they can maintain it. A health care team can help such a plan. A few easy steps to be more active include: • Stretching during TV commercials. • Walking around when talking on the phone. • Taking more steps by parking farther away from stores, movie theaters or the office.

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avoid some types of activity when joints are swollen or inflamed. If there’s pain in a specific joint area, for example, focus on another area for a day or two. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) Those who have COPD, should consult their healthcare provider or a pulmonary therapist to learn what he or she recommends. Exercises to help arms and legs get stronger and/or breathing exercises that strengthen the muscles needed for breathing may help Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program that helps people learn to exercise and manage COPD with physical activity and counseling. It can help people stay active and carry out day-to-day tasks.

Overweight Those who are overweight should not let that stop from doing physical activities. If they have difficulty bending or moving easily or feel self-conscious, they should try different activities like walking, water exercises, dancing or weightlifting, to see what works best for them. Anything that gets a person moving— even for only a few minutes a day in the beginning—is a healthy start.

Type 2 Diabetes For those with diabetes, exercise and physical activity can help them manage the disease and stay healthy longer. Walking and other forms of daily exer-

Doing these exercises is good for bone health for people with osteoporosis and those who want to prevent it.


Staying in motion by doing something as simple as walking while talking on the phone can help those with chronic conditions.

Osteoporosis Weight-bearing exercises—which force a person to work against gravity— such as walking, jogging, or dancing three to four times a week, are best for building muscle and strengthening bones. Try some strengthening and balance exercises, too, to help avoid falls, which could cause a broken bone.

Exercising with Chronic Pain Most people living with chronic pain can exercise safely, and it can assist with pain management. In fact, being inactive can sometimes lead to a cycle of more pain and loss of function. Talk to a doctor about what exercises/ activities might be best. Each type of exercise—endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility—has its own benefits, so a combination may be most effective. Exercise can help a person maintain a healthy body weight, which may relieve knee or hip pain. Extra weight can slow healing and make some pain worse. Those with chronic conditions should listen to their body when participating in physical activities. Avoid over-exercising on “good days.” If pain, swelling or inflammation in a specific joint area occur, focus on another area for a day or two. If something doesn’t feel right or hurts, seek medical advice right away. –Excerpted from National Institute on Aging

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deLaski, founder and CEO of Wholistic Coaching Coalition, who is a professional certified coach, speaker and author. “That means we need to be intentional about finding the other 20% to expand our positive thinking. Research into the area of positive psychology is confirming what many of us know to be true—our thoughts directly impact our emotions and behaviors. When we change our mind, we do, in fact, change our lives.” She often tells clients, “that what we focus on grows.” Therefore, a crucial self-care habit is to observe your thinking, both the positive and the negative. Practice being aware of your inner voice and replace any “stinking thinking” with constructive, nurturing thinking, she said. Purposefully cultivating mindful habits of gratitude, appreciation, forgiveness, love and caring will improve your inner landscape, creating more peace and calm, which will carry over into your daily activities. As you adopt many of these practices,


Exercising not only provides the benefit of strengthening muscles, but also contributes to better mental health.

notice how your energy and enthusiasm may increase over time. – Provided by the Elder Services Provider Council. Bonnie Elliott, MSW, CSA, CADDCT, CPRS, CarePatrol of Central MD & Loudoun VA presented this information, along with Souders and deLaski, during ESPC’s virtual monthly “A Compass for Caregivers” series. Register for the free May 13 virtual seminar “Navigating Advance Directives” at espcfrederick.com/caregiver-education.

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