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always thought I would never get old, I was going to the one person in the history of mankind who didn’t age, never died, and would be gorgeous all my entire life! Hah! I must have been out of my mind to think that, right? Having a grandchild with us for most the summer, I can tell you this, old age ain’t for sissies! Between Dan Nicholas park, Lake Norman, movies,

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ecently it seems newspapers and television news programs are reporting more tragedies and sadness than ever before. Shootings, murders, suicides, thefts, bullying, child abuse, protests, angry mobs and numerous other occurrences, not to mention scores of natural disasters, are darkening the skies

playgrounds, Lazy Five Ranch, and the pizza restaurant, I figure, I have about another month to live! Man, all this interaction with the grands takes effort , and stamina. I’ve been popping vitamins by the bottle full, to get me through this. Even my aches and pains have aches and pains! However, it’s the most fun I’ve ever had being miserable. Couple weeks ago, I was taking my 8 year old granddaughter to see Pets 2, and she

of our beautiful God-given lands. Unfortunately, with the exception of lots of prayer, the efforts of a lone human toward potential improvement can seem like a grain of sand in the middle of a vast desert trying to escape the blazing rays of the sun. But, even with this reality, I’m always motivated to try a small something to possibly make a difference and let that



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declared that she was so happy I was an old person. Why, I asked her, ‘well, because you can park anywhere, and look, we’re right at the front door!” She thought that was extraordinarily terrific. I showed her the handicap license plate on my car, meaning I could park right at the front door. She wanted to know where she could get one. This child also couldn’t believe that grandma would eat a pizza, kids food, she called it. She found that amazing. Her

older brother once thought I was a hoot eating a bologna sandwich at a school outing of his. As I write this, her teenaged brother is with us, and, he thinks I am awesome. Awesomely awesome, he says. He’s a lot of fun too, however, at his teenager movie, I made him cover his face when a boy

grain know that someone cares and wants to help it escape a tragic ending. My effort right now is hopefully to put a smile on some faces, if even for a brief moment. I want to share a letter from a certain mother in a small mountain town to her son who has left the nest and enrolled in a big-city college to further his education. I don’t know the original writer

of this letter. I only know that I have had a copy of it for many years and every time I pull it out and read it, my thoughts are temporarily off sadness and despair and tuned into the simple, humorous side of stress release that matters much in otherwise wild, wacky and weird everyday situations. I hope you enjoy it and that it makes you smile!

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You’ve Got Mail continued from page 1 My Dear Son, Just a few lines to let you know I am well. I am writing slow as I know you can’t read fast. You won’t know the house when you come home. We have moved. Your father has a new job. He has 500 people under him. He cuts the grass in the town graveyard. Our neighbors have started to raise pigs and we got wind of it this morning. There is a washing machine in this new house, but it doesn’t work well. I put 4 shirts in it last week and pulled the chain. I haven’t seen the shirts since. All the boys at school have new suits, but we can’t afford one for your little brother, so we are going to buy him a new hat and let him look out the window. Your sister had a baby this morning. I haven’t heard if it is a boy or a girl, so I don’t know if you are an uncle or an aunt. Your Uncle Dick drowned in a vat of whiskey at the distillery last week. We cremated his body and it took 3 days to put the fire out. Your father didn’t drink too much at Christmas. I put a bottle of castor oil in his beer and it kept him going until New Year’s. I went to the doctor and he put a glass tube in my mouth and told me to not open my mouth for 10 minutes. Your father wanted to buy it from him right away. It only rained twice last week. Once for 4 days and then for 3 days. Monday was so windy one of our chickens layed the same egg 4 times. We had a letter from the undertaker. He said if we don’t pay the funeral bill for your grandma within 7 days, up she comes. I must close now as the plummer is here to fix the washing machine as it smells awful. Your loving mother P.S. I was going to send you $10, but I had already sealed the envelope.

In today’s world emails, tweets, facebook, texts and other forms of communication have unfortunately almost totally replaced the old-fashioned methods. Of course, I admit to welcoming some changes, but I also dearly love to receive hand written letters, cards and notes that I might save for a time and re-read when a pick-me-up is needed. It warms my innards to know that someone thinks enough of me to take a little time from their busy life to tell me (in writing) that I am special and that they really care about me. Yes, I know the price of stamps has increased, but we need to support our federal post office with a stamp purchase occasionally and help put a smile on Uncle Sam’s face. If you are thinking about sending me a hand written message anytime, please be sure you stuff the “dead president” inside before you lick the envelope. Thank you! It’s nice to know that I have such awesome friends! To all writers, readers and staff of Senior Savvy, I hope you have a wonderful and safe month of August!!

THE PICTURE By Jerry Genovese 386-299-5094

The click of a shutter, the flash of a bulb, a moment in time caught forever. Unforgiving expressions, unflattering pose, with no chance to correct the endeavor. Yet how precious for sure, this moment becomes, as the years continue to flow. To look back into time, at the laughter and rhyme, in the moment of long, long ago. “Just a picture”, they say, but to that I say, “Nay’, ‘Tis much more than a picture you see. It’s a piece of a life, showing joy, showing strife, now immortalized for you and me. And when life of the subject ended, and no more, is this world their domain. It’s the picture, we cherish so dearly, to fill hearts, with the fondest refrain.


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OLD AGE --- I’m Killin’ It! continued from page 1 and girl kissed, never let it be said I corrupted my grandchild. I’m not sure, but, I think he cheated and peeked. I know he cheated when we played sorry, nobody could be that lucky. Tomorrow is a cruise on Lake Norman, and if he doesn’t fall off the boat, I’ll consider myself a success at this grandparent business.

It’s been a fun summer, busy and exhausting, but, oh so rewarding. One thing about old age, it is what you make of it. I’m not one to sit home and complain about my arthritis, or moan and groan over another gray hair ( I have 2 now). It may kill me, but, I’m having the time of my life. Soon all the grands will be

gone, getting ready for back to school, moving into a new home, getting on with their lives, and, I’ll be sitting here slathering my withered body with liniment! Wonderful memories, however. Being a grandmother is the best thing I’ve ever done, and, if I had had any sense, I would have had them first.

Telling that granddaughter of mine that brought a quizzical look to her face, as she told me she didn’t think that was possible. I said it was, I am grandma, I can do anything I want! Yes sir, Old age, I’m killin’ it!!

87 year old World War II Veteran finally receives his Bronze Star By Howard Polley


Charlie Malarik was born in Danbury Connecticut on Edgewood St. in 1922. Charlie’s parents were Czechoslovakian immigrants who landed in New York City in the late 1800’s. They called Yonkers their home for several years before moving the family to Danbury Ct. around 1910. Charlie came from a Family of seven, three boys and four girls.

Charlie’s cousin Katherine Mayercik, the wife of Howard Polley, lived down the road on Westville Avenue. As a young man, Charlie had great memories of the Danbury Fair which was an easy walk from his house. He also remembers a time when he ran from school to see the Zeppelin Hindenburg fly over the Danbury Fairs’ west terrace. He said the huge blimp flew so low that he could see the passengers

Charlie Malarik with his 99 year old sister Sue Clark in Bethel, Ct.

smiling and waving. This took place just one year before the disaster on Thursday May 6th 1937, when the LZ 129 caught fire and was destroyed within one minute while attempting to dock with its mooring mast at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey. Charlie attended the Morris Street Elementary School, Main Street Middle School and four years at Danbury High School on White Street. After graduating from Danbury High School, he was a tree surgeon for the nationally recognized arborist, Albert Wadsworth Meserve in Danbury. At the start of World War II Charlie and his friends considered enlisting. Charlie’s two brothers and one of his sisters had already done so. His sister was the first woman from Danbury to enlist during WWII in the Nurse Corps. One year after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Charlie was drafted into the Army. Now all three Malarik boys were

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serving our country. But this story has a better ending than the movie ‘Private Ryan’. After making it through boot camp at Camp Maxey in Texas, and then training at Camp Swift Texas and Fort Devon’s Massachusetts, Charlie was shipped out of Fort Dix, New Jersey. After eleven days at sea, with a convoy of 50 ships, Charlie made port in England. He was then quickly deployed to Cherbourg, France where his first mission was with the “Red Ball Express,” which helped transport equipment and supplies to a depot near Paris. After that mission he ended up fighting near Berlin’s Elbe River in Germany for the 102nd Infantry Division in the 9th Army. This is where Corporal Charlie Malarik worked as an observer who helped locate enemy positions slated to be bombed with heavy artillery. This was an extremely important job especially for the American Continued on page 5


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The Carolina Thread Trail weaves a path through time and terrain. My friends and I discovered a natural surface trail segment in the Buffalo Creek Preserve. Once a week we hike the path that meanders through restored oak-savanna and farmland along Adams Creek. On every walk we share stories about our past and consider dreams for the future. In late September 2016 we constructed a wooden frame shelter to house print versions of those stories; we called them Trail Tales. The modest enclosure is located at the head of the preserve. We plan to make those stories available to readers of Senior Savvy on a monthly basis, no hiking gear required.

Debra Madaris Efird is a new contributor to this column, and a hiking enthusiast. Her story, My Own Green Cathedral reminds readers that some of the best trails can be enjoyed right in their own back yard. Instruction on how to obtain a free electronic version of this story is posted on the blog hosted Enjoy this installment.

My Own Green Cathedral

© 2019 by Debra Madaris Efird


rom early childhood I have always been drawn to the pleasures of walking in the woods. When I became an adult, I found a builder who shared my beliefs that trees should not be sacrificed to convenience construction and that natural woodland was as aesthetically pleasing as any straight rows of Bradford pears or crape myrtles. I valued the fact that leaving sizable natural areas was far less disturbing to the habitat of forest creatures. I settled on a lot with heavy tree presence all around and a thick

patch of woods in the back that extended far enough, except in the dead of winter, to block the view of a neighbor’s house one street over. For three decades, I’ve been privileged to face a lush, calm wooded vista every time I step into my backyard. In autumn I delight in the colorful palette of changing leaves – the explosion of golden yellows, crisp reds, and honeyed oranges. Winter brings notice to the smaller evergreens scattered throughout the forest, and a snowfall turns the scene into a diamond-studded fairyland. With anticipation I watch the greening of spring as it builds to the rich verdant summer – my favorite season – when the woodland seems to beckon me forward into its hushed shrine. I enter my outdoor retreat conscious that I am the interloper in this wildlife sanctuary of

rabbits, squirrels, birds, and yes,

had transformed into one of

occasionally, snakes. I follow

nature’s masterpieces – a roaring

an unmarked path, sometimes


running into cobwebs laced between trees, invisible until the

hiking to a waterfall, one usually

wispy tendrils cling unwelcome

hears the cascade of water well

to my face. In certain spots I

before seeing it. Gradually,

must step carefully to avoid

upon moving closer, the sound

rambunctious patches of poison

grows into a tumult. Anticipation

ivy. And occasionally I brush up

heightens as hikers peer through

against a sharp brier, reminding

thick stands of trees to seek the

me of its territorial rights. But in

source of the clamor. Eventually

spite of the hazards, I find peace

the waterfall shimmers into full

under the boughs of trees that

view – spectacular, magnificent.

link together above me, forming

Only, in the case of my

a celestial canopy to block out

friend’s homeplace, I did not

the hot sun. I smell the pungent

follow the sound. I dared not

odor of sticky pine resin mingled

move close enough to see its

with the enticing sweet scent of

ugly source.

honeysuckle. I listen to songbirds

My friend met me at her door.

calling and squirrels chattering

I shared my thoughts with her

about my invasion into their

and suggested she step out onto

natural chapel. I focus on the

the porch, close her eyes, and

simple beauty of my personal

open her imagination.

paradise, and I leave uplifted, inspired. The gentle splendor of my

After a moment’s meditation, she turned to me, a bit dazed but sporting a weak smile. We

small parcel of land is not lost on

linked arms in solidarity and


walked into the house.

A friend whose home was

I had reframed the intruding

once in a secluded spot now

highway as something

faces living within earshot

heartening. I wanted to believe it

of an interstate connector.

eased her loss, if only fleetingly.

We’ve shaken our heads

I returned to my own

and commiserated about

backyard with renewed awe.

such “progress” and the

Looking skyward, I whispered a

accompanying loss, a common

prayer of thanksgiving that my

calamity which makes “North

own green cathedral remained

Carolina, the Good Roads State”

undisturbed and ever inviting.

a less than satisfying moniker.

About Debra Madaris Efird –

Fortunately, the tree cover is

Debra is a member of the NC Writers’ Network and author of Groups in Practice: A School Counselor’s Collection (2012, Routledge). She has had numerous articles published in professional counseling magazines as well as in saturdayeveningpost. com,, Savannah Anthology, Wake Living magazine, UNCG magazine, and others. She has been a Finalist in numerous writing contests, including the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, Doris Betts Fiction Prize, Press 53 Open Awards, NCSU Prize for Short Fiction, and others. You can reach Debra at email , website: site/debramadarisefird/home or by mail at P.O. Box 1857, Concord, NC 28026

thick enough to prevent the busy roadway from being seen from her yard, but the booming sound of the vehicles in motion is omnipresent. My friend has been robbed of her peaceful haven, and I have not known how to comfort her. Upon arrival on a recent visit, I was especially conscious of the annoying din as I got out of my car. I stood still and closed my eyes for a few seconds, with a futile hope that it would help block the noise. Instead, to my surprise, the sound took on a new life and conveyed me deep into a mountain forest. Somehow the blast of the traffic


I was reminded of how, when

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Make Sure Your Wishes Are Carried Out Submitted ByJazmin G. Caldwell, Attorney at Law Elder Law & Estate Planning Solutions of the Piedmont


he importance of making end of life preparations cannot be stressed enough. Many put off making these plans thinking there is always time, or they believe they don’t have enough assets to make an estate plan. The reality is that none of us are guaranteed time and we all have assets, no matter how big or small. Many are bothered by the thought of death itself and allow this to paralyze them when it comes to making plans and getting their affairs in order for the end of life. However, most of these same people have wishes and thoughts about where and to whom their assets are distributed. Many of them also have ideas about what they do and do not wish to have happen when their life ends. Lack of

preparation and planning means that these wishes likely will not be honored. In addition, it causes additional strain and stress on the people who are left to sort out the affairs. An example of this is the story of Leslie. Leslie was a teacher who had been retired for several years. She was aging alone. She never married and had no family around. She did have a small circle of friends. After retirement, Leslie’s health progressively declined, and she had more and more difficulty caring for herself. After a few years, Leslie passed away in her home. Previously, she had conversations with a handful of her friends telling them her wishes for the possessions and assets she had. Because of these conversations, these friends each thought

she had made the proper preparations to ensure these wishes would be followed. Unfortunately, Leslie had none of the necessary end of life documents that would allow her wishes to be followed. Her friends were left to try to piece together a puzzle that only had many missing pieces. Her burial was prolonged and what she did have after paying expenses to settle the estate and bury her will not end up where Leslie wanted. This scenario can, however, be avoided. If you or your loved one have not made end of life preparations, make time to do so as quickly as possible. An elder law and estate planning attorney can help guide you in what you should be doing, and can make sure the proper documents are in place to carry out your wishes regarding your health, the care you want (or

don’t want) to receive, and who should receive your money and possessions. The first key document is a durable financial power of attorney. A durable financial power of attorney names an agent to handle your finances in the event you are no longer able to. An agent can open and close bank accounts, write checks, sell property if you choose to allow them the authority to do so, and handle long term care planning. Like the health care power of attorney, the durable financial power of attorney should be created with legal advice to make sure your wishes regarding your finances are properly documented. You also need to be sure you have is a will or a living trust. A will allows you to specify where your money and possessions should go Continued on page 8

World War II Veteran Receives Bronze Star continued from page 3 troops that were advancing. One night while out on a mission driving his jeep, Charlie remembers being caught in the middle of a fire fight and seeing the white tracers from the German guns and the pink tracers of the American guns. Suddenly, a German flare lit the night sky above him, revealing his location. He quickly drove his jeep into a nearby barn to seek cover. The Germans saw this and sprayed the barn with machine gun fire. As pieces of the barn rained down on top of Charlie, he thought the barn was going to collapse. But a few moments later, to the surprise of everyone, Charlie emerged from the barn uninjured. After 18 months of service he returned to Danbury. He stayed at his home for a few years before he decided to wander about. He traveled to Ohio and then Texas where he met his wife Elizabeth. They eventually traveled to

Maine where Charlie got a job working with L.L. Bean. Charlie and his wife have been living in Maine ever since with their daughter Michele and granddaughter. Charlie returns to Danbury almost every year for the holidays to visit family who still live in Connecticut, including his 99 year old sister, Sue Clark who lives in Bethel. Sue is thinking of writing a book about her experiences as a civilian in Danbury during WWII, which undoubtedly would be a great book because she always has amazing stories to tell. I took Charlie down to the War Memorial in Rogers Park, in Danbury. At the WWII monument Charlie recognized some of the names of his fallen comrades. I could tell that these memories were not easy for him to talk about. With over a thousand WWII veterans dieing every day, it

Charlie Malarik at the WWII Monument at Rogers Park in Danbury, Ct.

is truly a blessing to see my cousin Charlie alive and well. I tried to find out how many WWII veterans that were still alive who were born in Danbury, but after several phone conversations, no one could even guess, maybe a thousand or less then a hundred? You will find some of these war heroes at the local VFW on Byron St. in Danbury. The Bronze Star Medal that Charlie received,

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along with the Bronze Star Ribbon, is a United States Armed Forces individual military decoration that may be awarded for bravery, acts of merit, or meritorious service. When awarded for bravery, it is the fourth-highest combat award of the U.S. Armed Forces and the ninth highest military award, including both combat and non-combat awards.



A Little Dose of Humor

Babysitting Logic

One evening a grandmother was babysitting her two granddaughters Anne and Betty. Presently, 8:00 PM rolled around. “Okay, time for bed,” she informed the two children who were playing in the den. “Why?” Anne asked (aged 6). “It’s so early!” “Your father said your bedtime is 8:00,” the grandmother said. “You don’t have to listen to him,” the Betty (aged 4½) replied. “Why not?” the grandmother asked. Betty answered, “Because you’re his mother!”

Great Reward

A professor stood before his class of twenty senior organic biology students, about to hand out the final exam. “I want to say that it’s been a pleasure teaching you this semester. I know you’ve all worked extremely hard and many of you are off to medical school after summer. So that no one gets their GPA messed up because they might have been celebrating a bit too much this week, anyone who would like to opt out of the final exam today will receive a ‘B’ for the test.” There was much rejoicing in the class as students got up, walked to the front of the class, and took the professor up on his offer. As the last taker left the room, the professor looked out over the handful of remaining students and asked, “Anyone else? This is your last chance.”

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One final student rose up and opted out of the final.

Next day he received a hundred letters. They all said the same thing... “You can have mine!”

The professor closed the door and took attendance of those students remaining. “I’m glad to see you believe in yourselves,” he said. “You all get ‘A’s.”

Perfect Spouse

Senior Special

A man inserted an ‘ad’ in the classifieds: “Wife wanted.”

A young lady visited a computer dating service and requested, “I’m looking for a spouse. Can you please help me to find a suitable one?” The matchmaker said, “What exactly are you looking for?” “Well, let me see. Needs to be good looking, polite, humorous, sporty, knowledgeable, good at singing and dancing. Willing to accompany me the whole day at home during my leisure hour if I don’t go out. Be able to tell me interesting stories when I need a companion for conversation and be silent when I want to rest.”

IAn elderly couple went to breakfast at a restaurant where the Senior Special was two eggs, bacon, hash browns and toast for $1.99. “Sounds good,” my the woman said. “But I don’t want the eggs.” “Then I’ll have to charge you two dollars and forty-nine cents because you’re ordering a la carte,” the waitress warned her.

The matchmaker entered the information into the computer and, in a matter of moments, handed the results to the woman: “Buy a television.”

“You mean I’d have to pay more for NOT taking the eggs?” she asked incredulously.

An Electric Curtain Call

“I’ll take the special,” she replied.

Did you hear about the big power outage last week that hit New York City’s Theater District?

“How do you want your eggs?”

It was a real show stopper!

“Yep,” stated the waitress.

“Raw and in the shell,” she exclaimed. She took the two eggs home.

Twelve Bees I went into a pet shop and asked for twelve bees. The shopkeeper counted out thirteen and handed them over. “You’ve given me one too many.”

August Crossword

“That one is a freebie.”


1. Big band music 6. Group of eight 11. Product of bees 12. Growing in extreme abundance 15. The intersection of two streets 16. Emboldens 17. Arrive (abbrev.) 18. Perturb 20. One time around 21. Anagram of “Ties” 23. Anagram of “Silo” 24. Like a bog 25. Adolescent 26. Entomb 27. Carryall 28. Concludes 29. Donkey 30. Hard fats 31. Unbinds


34. Startles 36. A type of evergreen tree 37. It was (contraction) 41. Anagram of “Note” 42. Family group 43. Anger 44. Keg stopper 45. Small dam 46. Not under 47. Simian 48. Horrible 51. Santa’s helper 52. Stalwart 54. Large indefinite amount 56. A Christian recluse 57. Strips of potato 58. 10 cent coins 59. Canvas shelters-


1. Abridge 2. Apprehensive 3. Hotel 4. Require 5. Calyx 6. For all to see 7. Steep rugged rocks 8. Ripped 9. Abaft 10. Gunfighter 13. Traps 14. Catch a glimpse of 15. Hindu social division 16. Hairdresser 19. Awaken 22. Resulting 24. Musical master 26. Flying mammals

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I wanted to try online dating, so I clicked around until I saw someone I found attractive. We started chatting, and everything was going great, until she told me her career is “professional blood donor”. That’s when I knew she wasn’t my type.

27. Mongrel 30. Stitched 32. Born as 33. It pumps blood 34. Daze 35. Syrupy 38. Ripple 39. Eternal 40. Feudal workers 42. Stops 44. Cotton bundle 45. Not black 48. Lamp or candle 49. Garret 50. Bygone era 53. French for “Friend” 55. Cacophony

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BUSINESS/COMMUNITY NEWS Submit your ‘Fairly extraordinary’ work Cabarrus County Fair calls for contest entries If you are fairly extraordinary at a craft or hobby, put it on display at the Cabarrus County Fair, September 6 -14 at the Cabarrus County Arena and Events Center (4759 NC-49, Concord) and now is the time to submit contest entries. Choose from a variety of categories to discover your blue ribbon event. The competitive exhibit area includes vacation photos, scrapbooks, fruits and veggies, cakes, pies, quilts, model creations, kids’ summer craft projects, jewelry, paintings, flowers and much more. Best of Show is awarded to one adult and one youth among the competitive entries. Best of Show Winners will receive $100 (and bragging rights). Other events include the Cabarrus County Fair Pageant and the Senior Talent Show. Agriculture competitions include showings for poultry, rabbits, mini horse, youth and adult horse, mule and donkey, sheep, goat, dairy and beef. The 2019 Cabarrus County Fair Catalog is available online at Click on the Competitions tab to view contests, programs and other entry opportunities. All entry forms must be submitted to the Fair office by noon on Wednesday, August 21. For more information, visit www. or follow www.facebook. com/cabarruscountyfair.

NEW NON-EMERGENCY MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION OPTION Rowan and Cabarrus counties now have a new option for Non-Emergency Medical Transportation. CARE TRANSPORT GROUP is headed by Angie Misenheimer as owner and president, along with Laura Phillips, vice president, and Kendall Misenheimer as secretary. Angie has worked in the senior care industry for over 15 years. She is a graduate of East Rowan High School and New Tribe Bible Institute. Angie truly has a heart for seniors and their care, as reflected in their tagline “Compassion in Mobility”. Care Transport Group offers non-emergency medical transportation for patients who are ambulatory as well as in standard or bariatric wheelchairs, Geri chairs and electric scooters. Placing safety first, their drivers have all received defensive driver training, are uniformed and CPR trained. Each driver has undergone criminal, physical and driver background checks to ensure patient safety at all times. Their vehicles are maintained and serviced monthly. Featuring state-of-the-art software, clients can schedule transportation via an online portal that also offers visible GPS tracking and streamlined electronic billing. Care Transport Group offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Contact Angie and her team at 704-209-7884. Their office is located at 1620 South Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Suite #103 in Salisbury.

Laura Phillips, Angie Misenheimer and Kendall Misenheimer

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Make Sure Your Wishes Are Carried Out continued from page 5 upon your passing. It also allows you to choose an executor of the estate. The executor will take care of managing the estate, paying debts, and distributing property

as specified. A will only takes effect upon your death. A living trust does everything a will can do, but also allows for you to

choose someone to manage your assets if you become incapacitated because it is effective during your lifetime. A living trust also provides for

privacy, as it is not subject to court proceedings that become open to the public like a will is. There are numerous other advantages to a living trust that can be explored with the help of an attorney. A living will or advanced healthcare directive and health care power of attorney are two additional documents that take effect while you are alive. A living will allows you to specify your wishes for end-of-life medical care. For example, you can specify whether you want to be kept alive by artificial means if you are in a terminal state. A health care power of attorney allows you to nominate someone to make health care decisions for you, in case you aren’t able to make decisions yourself. Both of these documents outline your wishes about medical treatment and care when you can’t make them for yourself, so it’s important to seek legal guidance to make sure these documents are drafted properly. Having an estate plan is necessary for you to have a say in what happens if you become sick and cannot make decisions for yourself, and to determine what happens with your money and your belongings after death. An estate plan also helps those who are left to deal with the estate to do so in a more simple and straightforward manner.

Thoughts For The Day...

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what sunflowers do.” - Helen Keller

“True friends are like bright sunflowers that never fade away, even over distance and time.” - Marie Williams Johnstone


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Oven-Roasted Asparagus

Summer Lasagna



1 bunch thin asparagus s pears, trimmed 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 1/2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (optional) 1 clove garlic, minced (optional) 1 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 tablespoon lemon juice (optional)

1 pound ground beef

Directions: 1. Preheat an oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). 2. Place the asparagus into a mixing bowl, and drizzle with the olive oil. Toss to coat the spears, then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, and pepper. Arrange the asparagus onto a baking sheet in a single layer. 3. Bake in the preheated oven until just tender, 12 to 15 minutes depending on thickness. Sprinkle with lemon juice just before serving.

Perfect Summer Fruit Salad Ingredients: 2/3 cup fresh orange juice 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice 1/3 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups cubed fresh pineapple 2 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced 3 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced 3 bananas, sliced 2 oranges, peeled and sectioned 1 cup seedless grapes 2 cups blueberries

Directions: 1. Bring orange juice, lemon juice, brown sugar, orange zest, and lemon zest to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla extract. Set aside to cool. 2. Layer the fruit in a large, clear glass bowl in this order: pineapple, strawberries, kiwi fruit, bananas, oranges, grapes, and blueberries. Pour the cooled sauce over the fruit. Cover and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours before serving.

1/2 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper 1/4 cup finely chopped carrots 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon dried basil salt and pepper to taste 5 medium zucchini, sliced lengthwise into 1/4-inch thick strips 1 cup cottage cheese 1 egg, beaten 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a medium baking dish. 2. In a skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef until evenly brown. Drain juices. Mix the onion, green bell pepper, carrots, garlic, and tomato sauce into the skillet. Season with oregano, basil, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer 10 minutes, until vegetables are tender. 3. In the bottom of the prepared baking dish, layer 1/2 the zucchini strips. In a bowl, beat together the cottage cheese and egg, and spread over the zucchini. Scoop 1/2 the beef mixture over the cottage cheese and egg mixture, and sprinkle with 1/2 the mozzarella cheese. Layer with remaining zucchini, beef mixture, and mozzarella. Top with Parmesan cheese. 4. Bake 45 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow to sit 10 minutes before slicing to serve.


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7 Simple Ways to Put Fruits and Veggies Back Into a Senior’s Diet


e all know we should eat plenty of fruits and vegetables every day. But are we really getting the recommend five to seven daily servings? Preparing fresh fruit and vegetable dishes takes time, one of the things that caregivers often don’t have enough of. Also, our elderly loved ones can have a hard time chewing and digesting tough, fibrous foods. The good news is there are a ton of tips and recipes out there that can make incorporating fruits and vegetables into your daily diet routine much easier. 1. Talk it out: Have you ever asked your loved one why they aren’t too keen on eating fruits and veggies? Maybe they just don’t like lima beans. Or, perhaps they’ve grown tired of eating cauliflower prepared the same way every night. Try having a conversation with your senior about the kinds of foods that he or she likes and dislikes. Use this discussion as a way to plan meals and grocery lists. For instance, if bland flavoring is something they mention, don’t be afraid to use spice blends and seasonings as a way to jazz up vegetables. Simply adding rosemary, thyme, fennel, parsley, cilantro, or even Herb de Provence can take vegetables from boring to sumptuous. Communicating with your loved one about improving their diet is a great way to help boost their immunity, improve their disease symptoms and live a happier, healthier life.

2. Start the day with a green smoothie: Green smoothies are extremely popular in the food and nutrition world right now, with good reason. Although this trend started in 2013, it has continued to go strong into the New Year. Smoothies are a great way for seniors to get much needed vitamins, minerals and other antioxidants. Their creamy consistency makes them perfect for those who have problems with their teeth or chewing. The green smoothie movement might seem scary or intimidating at first, but you can try this simple formula for making green smoothies as an easy way to start your senior’s day.

3. Try steaming veggies: Raw vegetables might be too tough for seniors to digest, so it may be better to try steaming items such as broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, carrots, and other cruciferous vegetables in a little water before serving. Unlike boiling, which destroys the nutrient content of vegetables, steaming will simply soften them, while ensuring that they retain all of their crucial vitamins. Cutting the vegetables into bite-sized pieces for easier eating and digesting can also help.

4. Make homemade apple sauce in your slow cooker: Applesauce is a fantastic way to convince your loved one to eat more fruit. Store bought applesauce may have added elements that aren’t very healthy, but you can

make at-home applesauce with nothing but natural ingredients. Simply chop the apples, add a few teaspoons of cinnamon, then mix in a couple handfuls of raisins. Let the apples cook in your slow cooker or crock pot on low for six to eight hours. Stir occasionally to break up the chunks of apple and, before you know it, you’ll have a comforting apple puree that tastes delicious. Usually we flock to berries when we want a healthy dose of antioxidants, but apples’ antioxidant levels actually exceed that of certain berries, such as raspberries and blackberries. 5. Prepare a pureed soup: Pureed soups are another soft, easy-to-digest way to help your loved one get their daily dose of vegetables. The texture isn’t just warm and comforting—it’s also great for older adults experiencing tooth decay or dental problems. If your senior has difficulty chewing, a pureed soup can be a great alternative to raw vegetables. Try this delicious vegan roasted carrot and red pepper soup recipe. The carrots and peppers are a great source of Vitamin A. You can also add root vegetables, such as potatoes and golden beets, to thicken the soup. This is especially beneficial if your senior follows a higher-calorie diet and you’re trying to find way to increase his or her daily caloric intake. 6. Add vegetables to casseroles and sauces: Do you have a favorite rice casserole the whole family loves? Or, perhaps a killer pasta sauce? Use these foods as a way to sneak more vegetables into your senior’s meals. Adding mushrooms and peppers to a red tomato sauce will instantly improve the nutritional content of the dish and letting the vegetables slowly simmer will soften them, making them easier to chew and digest. The same goes for your favorite casseroles. Adding carrots and broccoli to a creamy rice casserole, for instance, is another flavorful way to incorporate extra vegetables and nutrients. 7. Blend up some banana ‘ice cream’: One of the best kept secrets in the vegan and vegetarian world is banana ‘ice cream.’ Somehow, when bananas are frozen, they become magical fruits that can be blended into all sorts of creamy desserts. Simply peel a few ripe bananas, cut them into pieces and freeze for a few hours. When you’re ready for dessert, blend the bananas in your blender. If your loved one has made a habit out of eating dessert after meals, offer this healthy alternative instead of cake, cookies and other processed sweets. Bananas are high in potassium, making them an excellent fruit choice if your loved one has a history of heart disease. Try this frozen banana ‘ice cream’ recipe for the official recipe and other variations. References:

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Lorin S. Oden

Au.D., FAAA Doctor of Audiology


here’s really no way around it. If you are active during the summer months or around water, moisture is one of the major reasons hearing aids are sent to the manufacturer for repair service. If you know you’ll be immersed in water, remove your hearing devices and store them in a safe, dry place. Consider keeping a variety of small, waterproof containers on hand for the season. Look for these containers, in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes, in the water sports department of sporting goods stores. They’re inexpensive so you can buy several to keep in the car, the boat, at the lake, or wherever you may find yourself in a wet situation. In a pinch, try using a zippered plastic baggie. They aren’t always completely water tight, but they may keep your hearing aids dry enough in an emergency situation. Many of us like to work outside or in our garden during the summer months. Excessive

perspiration can be a problem for hearing devices. Consider purchasing a set of EarGear. These are sleeves that fit over the behind the ear portion of your hearing devices. Kind of like a protective sock, they are made of water resistant spandex nylon. The sleeve protects the hearing device amplifier, case, controls and battery compartment from moisture and other environmental elements, while still allowing sound to enter the microphones. We have recommended EarGear for many of our patients and would be happy to order a set for you. However, at times it may be best to leave our new ears in the house, if you are going to get really hot, dirty and sweaty. If you’ll be playing around water – but not in it – consider purchasing a set of EarGear. Although these sleeves won’t protect your hearing devices if completely immersed in water, they will help minimize the damage from the misdirected stream from your grandson’s water gun or an unexpected splash at the pool. Even if you’re as careful as can be, there’s always the possibility that you’ll accidentally drop your hearing devices in the bathroom sink or jump into the pool without remembering to remove them first. If

this happens, don’t panic. Take them out of the water immediately and dry them off as quickly as possible. Remove the batteries and dry the battery compartment. Put them into a hearing aid dryer – also known as a dehumidifier – and let them dry overnight. We stock Dry & Store Dehumidifiers and Dry Caddys in our office, so feel free to stop in and see what may work best for you. If you would like to make an appointment to further

discuss your hearing healthcare needs, give Beth or Jamie a call at 704-633-0023 to schedule an appointment. Be sure to visit our website at www. Jane and I look forward to seeing you soon. For more information or to schedule a hearing evaluation, contact Dr. Lorin S. Oden at Hearing Solutions of North Carolina, 464 Jake Alexander Blvd. W., Salisbury, NC 28147 704-633-0023

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Much-Needed Funding Helps Keep Rowan County Seniors and Their Pets Together Submitted By Cindy B. Fink, Executive Director Meals on Wheels Rowan


eals on Wheels Rowan is proud to announce that it has received a $2,500 grant from Meals on Wheels America to support its pet support program. Funding will be used to provide food, supplies and care for the pets of area clients, which can often be a financial and physical challenge for clients to do on their own. Meals on Wheels Rowan Executive Director, Cindy Fink, said, “Pet companions are important for homebound seniors. We know that if finances are tight, some of our meal recipients will give a portion of their meal to their pet companions because they do not have enough money to purchase pet food. Also, many of our homebound seniors have mobility issues or illness that prevent them from grocery shopping or lifting larger bags or multiple cans of pet food.”

Sandy Combs, Program Director, added, “We want to encourage our homebound seniors to eat the nutritious meals that our volunteers deliver each Monday through Friday. By providing food for their pets, we hope to reduce their anxiety and alleviate the need for our participants to share their meals with their animals.” In total, Meals on Wheels America has granted over $100,000 to more than 40 local Meals on Wheels programs through the Meals on Wheels Loves Pets initiative this year. Funding is made possible in part through a donation from the former Banfield Charitable Trust. To date, the grant program has distributed more than $2.5 million in funding and pet food donations. “We know a pet’s companionship can significantly impact the physical health and mental well-being of homebound seniors for the better, but we also know that

all too often, income restrictions or mobility limitations make it challenging for seniors to care for their pets without a helping hand,” said Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander. “We’re thrilled that support from the Meals on Wheels Loves Pets program will enable Meals on Wheels Rowan to provide pet food and other necessary services to local seniors. We hope to make it easier for our homebound seniors to remain healthy and enjoy the companionship of their beloved pets.” Meals on Wheels Rowan currently serves 230 participants daily. This grant will help our participants who have pet companions.

About Meals on Wheels Rowan Meals on Wheels Rowan is a 501-C (3) Non-Profit that has been serving homebound seniors in Rowan County since 1976. Meals on Wheels Rowan provides nutritious meals delivered by volunteers who offer a friendly greeting and provide an informal safety check to 230 homebound seniors and disabled citizens each Monday – Friday. We are committed to a philosophy of serving quality food and growing purposefully in participation and service. Our services will be provided for as long as our participant is homebound, in need of nutritious meals and able to safely age in the place of their choosing. For more information, visit our website at

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