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Artist Tom Keller poses with home and garden decor items that he makes with old weathered barn boards and recycled metal objects or antiques at his gift shop, The Unique Gift Shop in Kiel. For more about Keller and the shop, see pages 6-7 Sue Pischke/HTR Media

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It’s the telephone call no woman wants to receive — you need to come back for additional tests after you’ve had your annual mammogram. It happens more often than you would think — one in 10 women will be asked to come back because the doctor spotted a potential area of concern. Before you panic, you should know that usually the area of concern does not turn out to be cancer. Here are some facts to help you get through the experience of a callback.

The American Cancer Society recommends that women at average risk for breast cancer have an annual mammogram beginning at the age of 40.

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During a screening mammogram a standard set of X-rays is taken of the breasts. A radiologist then reviews the images and compares them to X-rays that were taken previously to see if any changes have occurred or if anything looks worrisome. The radiologist will be looking for areas that have the appearance of a mass, a tissue distortion or calcifications. Breast calcifications are small calcium deposits that develop in a woman’s breast tissue. If the radiologist sees an area that looks suspicious, you will be asked to come back for additional

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Dear Frank: Very few U.S. retirees have dental insurance today. Without coverage from traditional Medicare, and with private dental insurance typically costing too much to be feasible, most seniors are stuck paying full outof-pocket prices every time they visit a dentist. While there’s no one simple solution to affordable dental care there are a variety of options that can help cut your costs. Here’s what you should know.

Dental Discounts One way you may be able to trim your dental care cost is by simply asking your dentist for a senior discount, especially if you’re paying up front. Out-of-pocket payers save the dentist office the cost and hassle of filing an insurance claim, so asking for a small 10 percent discount is not unreasonable. Another cost-effective way to reduce your dental expenses is to join a dental discount network. How this works is you pay an annual membership fee – roughly $80 to $200 a year – in exchange for 15 to 50 percent discounts on service and treatments from participating

dentists. To find a network, go to dentalplans.com (or call 888-6325353) where you can search for plans and participating dentists by zip code, as well as get a breakdown of the discounts offered. Brighter (866-893-1694), which launched in May in all states except Florida, Montana and Vermont, is another discounted dental service to check out. It gives subscribers access to a network of 25,000 dentists offering 20 to 60 percent discounts on cleanings, crowns, implants, root canals and other procedures. You can sign up for a free one-month plan or opt for the premium plan, which costs $79 per year for individuals and families.

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Another way to get dental care at a lower price is at a dental school clinic. Almost every dental school in the U.S. offers affordable care provided by dental students who are overseen by experienced, qualified teachers. You can expect to pay as little as a third of what a traditional dentist would charge and still receive excellent, well-supervised care.

Health centers: Federally-funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), there are thousands of health centers around the U.S., many of which provide discounted or free dental care to people based on financial need. To find a center near you visit findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov or call 877-4644772.

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How to Find Affordable Dental Care continued from page 3 local programs or clinics that offer discounted dental care to those with limited means. To find out what may be available in your area, check with your state dental director (see astdd. org for contact information), or your state or local dental society (see ada. org/statelocalorg.aspx). Dental Life Network: Offers several programs that provide free dental care for elderly and disabled people who can’t afford to pay. To learn more or to apply for care in your state, visit nfdh. org or call 888-471-6334. Savvy Tip: The best way to keep your dental costs down is through prevention and good oral hygiene. So remember to brush your teeth at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste, floss daily and get routine checkups every six months or at least once a year. Send your questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.

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SeniorCare is a state prescription drug program funded by federal Medicaid dollars that can serve as an option or partner to the government’s Medicare Part D program. It is, however, based on income and members with a higher income may not always get assistance in paying for prescriptions drugs, or may have a large deductible that has to be met before getting any assistance.

The ADRC will be holding a seminar on Feb. 8, starting at 1 p.m. until about 2 p.m., to assist individuals in learning how to do their own Homestead Credit. Those wanting to attend should bring along their 2012 EZ Homestead Credit form, proof of 2012 income, the real estate tax bill or signed rent certificate from 2012, and proof of any health insurance premiums paid for the year. Please call the ADRC to reserve a seat at the seminar at 1-877-416-7083.

It is considered creditable drug coverage by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and prevents someone from having a penalty if they should ever need a Medicare Part D plan. The other benefit with this program is that a person can enroll at any time during the year. This plan works well for someone who isn’t on any drugs or is on very lowcost drugs, as the cost is just $30 a year, versus the monthly premium of a Part

Staff and volunteers will be available at many of the low-income housings throughout February to assist individuals with filling out the EZ form. Individuals who need assistance with the long form or with filling state or federal income tax may contact either the Manitowoc or Two Rivers Senior Center to make an appointment with an AARP volunteer, or Lakeshore Technical College to make an appointment with

The ADRC relies on volunteers for many of its programs and is always looking for new volunteers. Volunteering should be a rewarding and stress-free opportunity and allow individuals the chance to meet and make new friends, learn new skills, and develop networks that could lead to career enhancements. Volunteering helps people stay connected, feel useful and stay healthy, as interacting with others can lessen the chance of becoming depressed.

By JUDY RANK The start of 2013 brought with it the news that the federal government has approved the waiver that will allow SeniorCare to be available to Wisconsin residents age 65 and older through Dec. 31, 2015.

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By Tara Meissner | 50 Plus Correspondent KIEL — When Tom Keller hears the words “free for the hauling” his wheels get turning — literally and figuratively. “I see all the stuff people throw out and I think, I could make something out of that,” Keller said. Keller has recycled, upcyled, repurposed, or whatever you want to call it, well before it became trendy to be “green.” He turns what he finds into garden and home décor that is sold at his rural gift shop: “The Unique Gift Shop.” He owns 30 sawhorses and hasn’t bought any of them. He is a regular at the Kiel dump, where he rummages through the tossed hidden treasures. Keller prides himself on his knack for finding a use for things. Some neighbors even swing

by Keller’s house on their way to the dump to see if there is anything he can use. “It’s fun,” he said. “I can see something and my wheels start turning about what I can make out of that.” In his workshop, he uses an antique desk for a workbench, because an antique dealer said the piece of furniture could not be restored. Inside its drawers are hardware and tools he uses to create unusual pieces out of barn wood and other found objects. “Nothing goes to waste; I use everything,” Keller said. And by everything he means everything, from nails pulled from barn board and silverware shaped as bird perches on the houses, to rusted garden tools picked up at the dump, hardware, and old doors.

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Humble Beginning The Unique Gift Shop Home & Garden Décor started as a hobby about 10 years ago, and has really been growing the past three years. Keller bought his farmhouse and property about 12 years and it had an old barn on the property that needed to be torn down. A lady saw the demolition happening while driving past and randomly asked Keller if he would make her a bench using the barn wood. He made two and put one at the roadside for sale. “I sold it that day!” he said. “That is

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and heat, which he says allows him to stay there all day. Keller’s gift shop has his hand crafted bard board items including birdhouses, blue bird houses, bird feeders, garden benches, planters, wall hangings, mirrors, shelf units, frames, framed tin signs, old doors, coat racks, and chests. Additional services include custom framing, repair of wooden items, repurposing doors, firewood, and purchase of old wood (at the right price). “I try to have something, no one else does,” Keller said. According to Keller, barn wood is getting harder to come by. He said he has been fortunate in finding someone to give the wood away. He doesn’t usually buy any of the materials he uses to create something new. Keller uses any kind of wood he can get. “I get stuff when people clean out their garages,” he said.

Summer Business Keller does well in the summer, because of the tourism in Elkhart Lake from people staying at the Osthoff. He believes to have had customers stop in from every state in the nation. “I have to get a guest book for people to sign,” he mused. Keller prides himself on low prices – for example $5 for a small bird house and $10 for a large one. He recognizes that people would pay more in Door County for the same goods. “But this is Kiel; I gotta keep it at Kiel prices,” he said.

Other Artisans In addition to his own work, he carries other local artisans including Sue “Ike” Eisenhardt, a painter who uses found items as canvas; she paints local landscapes and other nature scenes on bottles, plates, saw blades, windows, ice skates, boxes, and ornaments. Another featured local craft vender is So Angel Rose Crafts & Gifts, which sells wreaths, decorative hats, wall art, plate ware, and garden art at the rustic outbuilding at Keller’s home. He also carries organic honey and maple syrup from local sources.

city years ago. Keller’s future plans are to expand the cramped gift shop by adding a lean-to for the larger barn board pieces. “I get a lot of stuff packed into this little room and I need a bigger area,” he said. “If I had a big building, I’d have that thing full.” The Unique Gift Shop: Home & Garden Décor is located a short distance from the corner of highways 57 and 67 at 50 East Water St. in the city of Kiel. All the items are hand crafted and most are one of a kind with a lot of the items made from 100-year-old weathered barn board. Keller also sells a small selection of antiques. His favorite is framing – he frames old screens to use as earring trees or photo boards, mirrors found at dumps and then cut to salvage the pieces not cracked, and original art. This year, he added garden art made from old wooden ladders. “I always try to come up with something new every year,” he said.

Word Of Mouth Keller has been slow to advertise, having relied and done well with word of mouth referrals. He does promote the gift shop in the summertime city-wide rummage sale. Customers sort of have to stumble across the little gem of a store. Once, a lady from Chicago happened by the shop while taking a country drive while staying at the Osthoff.

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PANIC OR PATIENCE? continued from page 2 images — a diagnostic mammogram. Usually — as much as 80 percent of the time — these additional images will show that the area of concern is either benign or not real — a false alarm. When you have a diagnostic mammogram, your breast may be positioned differently, or a close-up or magnified image of the area of concern may be taken. Many times, perceived masses or tissue distortions will no longer be evident on the follow-up X-ray images and the worrisome area on the screening mammogram will turn out to be nothing. If the area continues to look suspicious after a diagnostic mammogram, the radiologist will need to do additional tests. An ultrasound may be recommended for an area

thought to be a mass or distortion. The ultrasound can help determine whether the area is a cyst, which is a benign, fluid filled sac, or whether it is a solid mass. If the ultrasound shows that the area is a simple cyst, no further testing is needed and you can go back to your annual screening program. In some cases a biopsy may be needed to determine whether calcifications or a solid mass are early breast cancers. Although the thought of or a biopsy is alarming, it’s important to understand that most breast biopsies result in negative findings. In approximately 80 percent of cases the suspicious area turns out to be benign, but only a breast biopsy can give the doctor a definitive answer.

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5 Hearing Aids Things You May Not Know About

Just like a personal headset, today’s hearing aids can wirelessly stream audio via Bluetooth technology directly into both ears - with no delay.

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Hearing aids - those two words alone may conjure up images of unattractive, beige devices that your father or grandmother once wore before finally throwing them in a drawer, never to be seen again. And who could blame them? In the past, hearing aids were big, bulky and fragile - incapable of getting wet or dirty. But hearing aids have come a very long way. Here are five things you may not know about today’s digital hearing aids:

1. Hearing aids can adjust automatically based on your listening situation. Digital hearing aids of the past required you to manually switch programs depending on your environment (for example noisy vs. quiet). The latest hearing aids are smart enough to recognize up to six distinct listening environments: quiet, speech in quiet, noise, speech in noise, car or music. The hearing aids continuously detect which of the six situations you’re in and automatically switch settings for the best hearing in that environment. No manual adjustments are needed.

2. Hearing aids can act like your own personal headset. Most people who have hearing loss have

it in both ears and need two hearing aids. Wireless hearing aids “talk” with each other so touching the volume control or program switch for one hearing aid automatically adjusts both. Today’s hearing aids are personal electronics that work with your high-tech gadgets. You can wirelessly stream music into your hearing aids from an iPod, hear a call that just came in on your smartphone, and listen to the television with no delay at your preferred volume - without disturbing others.

3. You can swim, sweat and ski while wearing hearing aids In 2011, Aquaris, made by Siemens, was the first digital waterproof, dustproof and shock-resistant hearing aid. For high-school swimmer Kristle Cowan of Phoenix, a waterproof hearing aid is life-changing. “Before my waterproof hearing aids, I felt like quitting the swim team,” says 17-year-old Cowan. “My old hearing aids couldn’t get wet so I couldn’t wear them in the pool. I would be at a competition and get disqualified because I couldn’t hear the buzzer. Now I can hear everything.” Waterproof hearing aids aren’t just for swimmers either. Because they are


so robust and stay securely in place behind the ear, many people can benefit, including those who perspire heavily, are active in sports, or who garden or work in dusty environments.

morning you’ll have freshly-charged hearing aids.

4. Hearing aids are rechargeable.

Like contact lens wearers, most people still want to be discreet about their hearing aids. The stigma associated with wearing hearing aids still ranks among the top reasons why consumers choose not to purchase them. But with invisible hearing aids, only you know you’re wearing the device.

If the idea of having to change tiny batteries once a week (or more) makes you cringe, you’re not alone. With rechargeable hearing aids, there’s no more constant fumbling with batteries. According to Dr. Gabrielle Filips of Siemens Hearing Instruments, people with arthritis, Parkinson’s disease or other conditions that create dexterity problems can really struggle with opening battery packages, accessing a battery compartment and guiding a battery into place. Rechargeable hearing aids are also friendlier to the environment - and our wallets. Over a three-year time span, two rechargeable hearing aids and a charging station cost less than three year’s worth of weekly disposable batteries. They’re easy to use, too. At night, you place the hearing aids into a charger and every

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5. Hearing aids can be invisible.

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Invisible and nearly-invisible hearing aids like Siemens Eclipse are very comfortable, too. According to Filips, because they sit closer to the ear drum, they provide a more natural sound quality without a muffled or overamplified effect. And, in case you were wondering, a tiny, transparent removal cord lets the wearer safely remove the hearing aids anytime - without having to see a professional.

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With all these advances, it’s no wonder hearing aid wearers are happier and more satisfied than ever. In fact, the technology may give some wearers an advantage over those without hearing loss. So make that appointment to get your hearing checked that you’ve been putting off.

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