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Margaret Thompson-Shumate


ave you discovered yours yet? If you are over fifty, you probably have. Do you have more than one? Are you using it or them? Of course I’m referring to talents – God given talents. We all have at least one. Your very special ability (ies) may be related to artistry, music, public speaking, teaching, medical care, or many, many other fields of opportunities just waiting for you and your gift. My maternal grandmother Abby had many talents, some of which connected her sharp mind to beautiful handicraft creations. She only had a few years of education

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know you may find this hard to believe, but, I drove my mother nuts. Yeah, I did. I was always asking her questions, like, why isn’t cough spelled coff, or why do lemons grow on trees? Made her crazy. Then, there was my brother Gregg. He had more plots coming out of his brain than Steven Spielberg, and for some reason, they


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but graciously endured and progressed as an amazing woman for ninety-eight years. She and her pedal sewing machine moved in with my family in 1944, soon after the early and untimely death of her husband. Prior to that, she and my grandfather rented a small upstairs space in a downtown building in Clarksville, Georgia. She offered seamstress services on one end of the room and he occupied the other end with a watch/jewelry repair business. Clothing their seven children as well as friends and neighbors helped her master her skill to perfection. I can still see her sitting in her rocking chair by the open fire in our living room late in

the evening. She has already donned her gown and robe and has a shawl draped over her shoulders. Her constant companion (snuff spit can) is on the floor beside her as she hums an old hymn and slowly and precisely trims the outer edges of a dress pattern. She is preparing for a garment she will be creating for a neighborhood customer who has engaged her service. I can’t begin to imagine the number of garments Granny expertly sewed during the twenty-plus years she spent with us. At some point, during that time, she graduated to an electric sewing machine which was a welcome blessing to her. Public sewing was

her only income of which she graciously offered to my parents for her “room and board”. Most of the beautiful finished garments were stitched lovingly for meager charges of anywhere from two to ten dollars. Other “hand” talents of hers included knitting, crocheting, tatting, quilting, cooking and wringing chicken’s necks. Wow! What a woman! Continued on page 3

always involved me. Like the time my parents went out for the evening, on April 1st, and HE decided that the two of us would play the perverbial April Fools prank on them. Naturally, he had to say it was my idea, but, we swapped closets with my mom and dad, switching them around so her things were in his closet, and vice versa. Then, Gregg reasoned, why not fix it so a scatter rug would fall on their heads when they

opened their bedroom door that night? Done. Next came the tooth brush mangling, when we put garlic powder, pepper and onion salt on what we thought was my dads toothbrush. Uh uh, guess who’s it was? All this and more, and she still didn’t put us up for adoption. Honestly, we were good kids, and while we vexed our mother considerably, we also did a lot for her, and Mother’s

Day was always specai for her, we made it so. I had some favorite aunts with whom I spent a great deal of time, and I looked on them as my secondary moms. On my moms side, there was my Aunt Florence, who really mothered me, and spoiled me rotten, but, then, certainly I deserved it! On my dad’s side, there was . . . um, well, they were all my favorites; a sweeter group Continued on page 3


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s the regions leader in honoring and celebrating veterans, Trellis Supportive Care is hosting a remembrance and recognition luncheon on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 – 11:00 am - 2:30 pm at Richard Childress Racing Special Event Center in Welcome, NC. Organizers at Trellis Supportive Care will commemor-ate this 75th international anniversary by celebrating the lives of the men and women who served during WWII and who participated in D-Day - the event that shaped the history of the 20th Century. All WWII Veterans

On June 6, 1944, Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy. “Operation Overlord” was the code name for the Battle of Normandy, the Allied operation that launched the successful invasion of German-occupied Western Europe during World War II. The operation was launched on June 6, 1944 with the Normandy landings (Operation Neptune, commonly known as D-Day). It was a brutal battle, but marked the beginning of the end for Adolph Hitler and the Third Reich.

in attendance, both combat and noncombat veterans, will be introduced and all veteran guests will be recognized. “Thanks to our sponsors, especially the Gary Sinise Foundation, this event is free for all veterans and one guest each,” shared Todd Clark, VP of Clinical Support Services and the Veterans Program. “We hope the community will help encourage all veterans to attend, and make a special effort to share this news with our WWII Veterans so that we can recognize them at the luncheon,” added Clark. Admission for non-veterans is $10. Cameron Kent, a WWII historian and retired WXII 12 news anchor will emcee the event. Along with the introduction of the WWII Veterans and the recognition of

all veterans, the program will include entertainment, a display of vintage military memorabilia and vehicles, a special raffle, and time for visiting sponsors. Guests will have free admission to the Richard Childress Racing Museum following the luncheon. Interested participants who have questions, or would like to register, are encouraged to contact Trellis Supportive Care at 336-768-6157 ext. 1622

A Mother’s Gift

by Janette Fisher From the very first time, you hold your child Their first gift is your heart forever, The love you give and they return Is the bond that will hold you together Throughout their life, your love will be A light that guides their way The beacon aglow in the darkness Should they ever go astray Your love will give them courage When the way ahead is unclear And will give them strength, when needed To help overcome their fears Your love will accept them for who they are Whatever they say or do, Your love will forgive unreservedly Because they are a part of you It’s a love that will know no barriers Have no bounds, no expectations Your love will be unconditional, Pure, with no complications A love that remains as constant As the stars in the heaven above A gift no money on earth can buy, The gift of a mother’s love.


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And SEW It Goes… continued from page 1 When I entered high school, I learned I would be enrolled in a Home Economics class. I wasn’t really thrilled but it was a required credit so I vowed to do the best I could – with some possible help and encouragement from my mom and granny. My teacher’s name was Ms. Gregory. She was a good teacher but had the personality of a dead fish. At first my all girl class was taught cooking skills. I did pretty well with that and was proud of my special coffee cake creation. I loved the text book part of the course but not so much the hands-on projects. Then, one day it happened! We were going to learn how to SEW! Oh, boy. I selected a blouse pattern with roll-up sleeves which was a popular style at that time. I chose black cotton fabric (I really don’t know why). I read and asked

Granny everything I could about: fabric, thread, seam rippers, scissors, tape measures, needles, bobbins, pressure foots, tailor’s chalk, thimbles, patterns, pattern weights, pinking shears, rotary cutters, pin cushions, buttons, zippers, hooks and eyes, snaps and more. My brain struggled to grasp all the tools’ purposes and any other things that I needed to know. Step by step and day by day, I slowly reached the final acts of cutting open the stitched button holes that I had worked extremely hard on, and then sewing on the lovely buttons I had purchased. Ms. Gregory stood watching over me as I began the process. After the first two snips, my nervous hand slipped and I made a huge slit across the blouse front. I was so upset! Ms. Gregory comforted me and assured me of a good

grade despite the tragic ending of my best efforts. I don’t think I mentioned that my talented mother, Grace, inherited all the wonderful handicraft skills from my granny. I guess it stopped with me even though both my sisters learned and enjoyed sewing. Mother used to tell me, “Margaret, if you can read and follow instructions, you can sew.” Right? Wrong! I say you have to have an interest and desire, some God given talent, and most of all, plenty of patience. I had none of these. And SEW it goes….and went! Later on in school, I developed a love for reading, writing, public speaking, and interacting with various situations and peoples. At seventy-five, I still have a great passion for these things – especially writing. Even though

my writing is not perfect, I still enjoy and thank God for the ability to continue pursuing my dreams and goals. There is a special book that provides us with all the instructions we need to pattern our everyday lives (trimming is optional). It is called the Holy Bible. When you read and study its’ contents, pay close attention to the words in red ink. These are the words of Jesus, who will never leave or forsake us if we only believe in Him. Even if we occasionally make an unintentional slip and have to restart, He will “grade” us according to our overall faith, efforts and accomplishments. Please use and share your wonderful talent (s). Don’t let it (them) slip foolishly and sadly away.

To All the Mothers in My Life continued from page 1 of women never existed. Pop had 4 sisters, and they were all my very favorites. His older sister, my Aunt Alda, was a spinster school teacher, who lived with and supported my grandmother, and she was absolutely the best storyteller in the world. WIth each niece and nephew, she’d sit us on her knee, and make up a story, starring us, and simply mesmerize us with the details. With 9 of us first cousins, there always seemed to be a little one around she could cuddle. My dad’s other sisters, all younger, were very special as well. My Aunt Melva, a former beauty queen was extremely kind, sweet, and loving; 5 minutes in her prescence, and

you were devoted to her for the rest of your life. My Aunt Leah was gracious, sweet, and hospitable, and boy, could she cook! Then, there was my grandmother, Nonna to us. She loved us all, and we took turns spending the weekend with her; she said she couldn’t handle but one of us at a time. Sometimes, I was with my cousin Shari, but, I was always trying to do something nefarious to my little cousin, so, eventually, it was just me or her alone. Loved it, because on Saturday morning, Aunt Alda would fix pancakes for breakfast, and Sunday mornings, it was waffles, my favorite, so, spending our weekends playing Chinese

checkers with Nonna, was a treat. Except she cheated, but I won’t tell if you won’t. Mama’s sisters, 4 of them, were all great cooks as well, and dinners at any one of their homes was a delicious experience. My Aunt Florence bore the brunt of our pranks though, and brother and I were forever calling her on the phone with some scheme or other. Like the time we phoned and asked if her refrigerator was running. she said yes, so, we giggled and told her she’d better go catch it. Silly stuff, which, at the time, we thought terrific fun. How we ever got through childhood pulling some of the stuff we did, is amazing to me. No, it’s downright miraculous!

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Through the years, I tried to remember all these great women on Mother’s Day. I was close to my Aunt Gladys, my dad’s baby sister, and spent as much time with her as I did my own mother. She was very artistic, and creative. To this day, I have many of her paintings hanging in my home, and I think of her every time I look at them. Always there for me, supportive and loving, all my “mothers” deserve the tributes given on Mother’s Day. They supplied me with cousins, and helped me keep the growing up years, lively. I loved them all, miss them all, and give them honor on Mother’s Day. Wish you were here, ladies.


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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.

Benny Moose is a long-time hiking buddy, enjoys the outdoors, and is a new contributor to Trail Tales. A Sunday School Picnic Fifty Years Ago recalls a story originally penned by Archie Evans Moose. It describes a special trip as seen through the eyes of a seven-year-old boy. The second part of the story will appear in the June issue of Senior Savvy. Instruction on how to obtain a free electronic version of this story is posted on the blog hosted at Enjoy this installment.

A Sunday School Picnic Fifty Years Ago (Part 1)


© 2019 by Benny Moose

have a hundred stories to share about the students who learned how to drive a car under my watch. One young man wanted to know how I came around to teaching driver education. When I returned home later that day, I retrieved a story that was penned by Archie Evans Moose. It wasn’t dated; however, I believe that Archie typed the article in 1973, recanting a story from 1923, the year Archie turned 7 years old. Maybe it was a love of the open road and a throwback to days when the automobile was more than just a means of transportation. Driving was an adventure. I began to read Archie’s story.


“Fifty years ago, in July, when someone in the church had the audacity to suggest that the Sunday School picnic be held at Morrow Mountain in August, many eyebrows in the sanctuary, raised noticeably, and fans stopped at half-swish. Whispering could be heard from behind cupped hands and some spoke out forthrightly against such a daring and dangerous trip. But to the hardy and adventuresome types, this seemed like a challenge indeed, and they voted to go to the mountain come (expletive deleted) or high water. So, on the appointed day, T-Model Fords and other open touring cars commenced to line up in front of the church early to await departure time. Arthur Penninger, Ms. Nellie’s brother-in-law, arrived with a flat tire. He didn’t know it then, but that was the first of eight that was to be his destiny for the day.

Back then, Morrow Mountain was considered a faraway place. A drive to the top of it was comparable to climbing Pike’s Peak today. The road up the mountain was new, steep and narrow, and all dirt. And then there was this treacherous hair-spin curve that few cars could negotiate without being pushed by human hands. Some declared that the road was so rugged and perilous that a part of the crowd might never get back alive. It was talked around repeatedly that a car could go over the side of the mountain road in summer and not be found until the leaves were off the trees in winter. All sorts of tales were rampant in those days about Morrow Mountain. It seems that at a corn shucking over in Montgomery County, one old codger said he heard tell that there was an extinct volcano on Morrow Mountain. Whereupon another old time spoke up to say, ‘I don’t believe a word of it. I’ve hunted all over that mountain and I have as gooda dogs as anybody and if there’d abin a volcano up there, my dogs would a-treed it.’ Departure time from the church delayed until Arthur’s tire was fixed, and this gave folks time to visit between cars and swap riders back and forth. Six girls ended up in the back of Uncle Malcom’s Buick- two of them being Catherine Hartman

and Bessie Allman. Nearly everybody wore dusters in those days and many of the drivers used goggles to guard against the dust.” I placed the manuscript back on the end table and planned to read the rest of it the following day. In the meantime, I had enough information to tickle the imagination of my driving student. (Part 2 - SS June 2019)

About Benny Moose – Benny Moose grew up in northeastern part of Cabarrus County on a farm in Mt. Pleasant. Great, Great, Great Grandfather Jacob Moose settled in the Bear Creek farming area of Mt. Pleasant around 1775. His uncle, Author Archie Evans Moose served in the US Army during World War II and the Korean War. A prolific writer, Archie enjoyed writing, and delivered sermons and talks at Bethel Bear Creek Reformed Church. Archie’s favorite saying: “History not recorded is history lost.” Benny is married to his high school sweetheart, Bonnie Wensil. They have 2 children and 5 grandchildren. Benny taught Physical Education and Health classes for 31 years in NewtonConover City School System and Cabarrus County School System. He taught Driver Education for 45 years in both school systems as well as Albemarle City Schools. You can reach Benny by mail at P.O.Box 1857, Concord, NC 28026

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Groundbreaking Ceremony for Prosperity Ridge Independent Senior Living Construction begins for new housing for seniors 55 and older By Kasia Faryna Thompson Communications & Outreach


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wo area nonprofits were joined by local officials on Wednesday, April 10, to celebrate the start of construction on 60 one- and two-bedroom units, to be located at 1430 El Paso Street in Kannapolis, that will provide affordable housing for persons 55 years of age and older. Prosperity Ridge Independent Senior Living Apartments is a joint venture between Wesley Community Development and Prosperity Unlimited, Inc. Both organizations have a mission of providing housing for families and seniors with lower household incomes. Rents for onebedroom units will range from

approximately $353 to $650 per month, while two-bedroom apartments will rent from between $418 and $770 making them affordable to households earning between 30% and 60% of the area median income. “Prosperity Ridge is the successful outcome of several partnerships between the public and private sectors,” said Louise Mack, President/CEO of Prosperity Unlimited. “The City of Kannapolis, Cabarrus County and the Cabarrus-Iredell-Rowan HOME Consortium, administered by the City of Concord have committed to bringing this needed housing to our community, closing the funding gap that

allows us to provide affordable rents.” Funding for the new apartments comes from the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency, with construction financing provided by Banking Branch & Trust and per-manent financing from Entrant Community Capital. CAHEC purchased the housing tax credits awarded for the project. City of Kannapolis and Cabarrus County are providing local HOME funding from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. Prosperity Unlimited is also lending HOME funds contributed through the Cabarrus – Iredell – Rowan HOME Consortium.

“Providing quality, attractive, energy efficient housing requires a commitment from the local community,” said Joel Gilland, president of Wesley Community Development. “We are able to provide the new homes at Prosperity Ridge because of the many partners who came to the table to address a critical need in the community.” The new homes will be available during the first quarter of 2020. Partnership Property Management will manage the new units. Interested residents can leave a voicemail at 704-9728006. They will be contacted with additional information.

Elder Law Month or Estate Planning vs. Elder Law By Marjorie J. Brown, JD


ay is Older Americans Month, and in support of this designation, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) has designated May as Elder Law Month, as a way to acknowledge the profession which supports the senior community (defined as people over 65 years) with all of their planning needs. So, let’s answer the basic question people have – what is difference between an elder law and an estate planning attorney? The short answer: both share similar concerns. The longer answer? The differences make all the difference.

The Concerns are Similar

No matter what age we’re in, life can deliver some hard knocks. We hope for the best, but plan for the worst. Accidents happen, especially when we’re young and under the impression that we’ll live forever. Whom would we like to be there for us if we can’t speak for ourselves? If we can’t pay the bills? Decide about our health care? Both estate planning and elder law attorneys help you choose people you trust to stand in your shoes when you can’t speak or make decisions for yourself. As adults, we start families and assemble worldly goods. We start thinking about making sure that

our families are taken care of and who gets our property if the worst happens to us. Both estate planning and elder law attorneys help you with those questions. Both kinds of attorneys also know how to protect your estate from tax burdens and to avoid the expense and delay of court proceedings.

The Differences Make All the Difference

Elder law attorneys help seniors make sure their estate plans do not affect loved ones who may have a disability. A lot of times, a grandparent, parent or sibling wants to leave something to a grandchild, child, or sibling to help them later in life. An elder law attorney makes sure that, if that beneficiary has a disability and has federal benefits, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Medicaid, that what is left does not strip them of receiving their benefits. Elder law attorneys help seniors and their loved ones plan for the possibility of needing long term care. Alzheimer’s dementia is one of the most expensive diseases in the country and currently has no known cure. The 2018 Costs, Accountabilities, Realities and Expectations (C.A.R.E.) Study reported that the lifetime cost of care for someone with dementia is $341,810. The diagnosis can

wreak financial and emotional havoc on a family. Elder law attorneys discuss options for taking the financial stress off the family to pay for appropriate care without losing life savings or the family home. The family caregivers need a legal plan in place as well, in case their health should fail, in order to make sure they do not inadvertently cause more financial or emotional havoc by assets going to someone without a plan in place. Elder law attorneys work closely with seniors to understand what could and should happen if they can no longer make financial or health care decisions. If you develop dementia or some other sudden catastrophic life event (e.g. stroke), who do you want to access your bank account to pay your bills? Who do you want to make health care decisions? What type of care do you want? Do you want to live at home as long as possible? If you go to a health care or assisted living facility, do you want to share a room or have a private room? The basic rule is: If it’s not in writing it will not be honored. If these plans are not in writing, elder law attorneys also assist families in going to court to have a guardian appointed to help make the financial and health care decisions for their loved one.

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Elder law attorneys can help families find and pay for long term care when a loved one can no longer reside at home. Sometimes it is necessary to look at Medicaid or Veteran’s Benefits to help offset the cost of care. Elder law attorneys help people explore the different options, protect assets, and, at times, prepare and file the applications needed for these options. Elder law attorneys help protect the senior from financial exploitation. Exploitation or abuse takes many forms, including telemarketing scams, family members taking advantage of a joint bank account or misusing a power of attorney, in-home caregivers over billing or stealing from the senior. Unfortunately, the list can go on and on, but elder law attorneys protect against potential abuse or exploitation. After a discussion with a senior about different scenarios and wishes, properly crafted estate planning documents can play a large part in preventing financial abuse from a family member, professional or stranger. Elder law attorneys also discuss and help plan for end-of-life wishes. A 2016 case made national headlines when a husband in Oregon took a nursing home to Continued on page 7



A Little Dose of Humor

When Your Brother Names Your Kids

A woman was rushed into the hospital in an ambulance as she was just about to give birth to twins. She wasn’t able to reach her husband, so she left message with her brother, who was going to meet her at the hospital. At the hospital the lady was in such pain that she had to be sedated. A couple of hours after the babies had been delivered, she woke up and asked to see her children. “Doctor, could you bring my babies to me so I can name them?” The doctor replied, “You don’t need to worry about names, your brother has already named them. “Why did you let him name them, he has no sense! What did he name the little girl then?” “De-nise!” replied the doctor.

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Three men were at a bar discussing coincidences. The first man said, “My wife was reading a ‘Tale of Two Cities’ and she gave birth to twins!” “That’s funny,” the second man remarked, “my wife was reading ‘The Three Musketeers’ and she gave birth to triplets!” The third man shouted, “Good God, I have to rush home!” When asked what the problem was, he exclaimed, “When I left the house, my wife was reading Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves!!!”

Singing Happy Birthday After much convincing from her husband, Tammy finally agreed to call an old family friend to sing her happy birthday. It was only after she finished singing, that the voice at the other end of the line informed her that it was the wrong number. “Oh, I’m so sorry,” she said, embarrassed.

“Oh that’s not too bad, I thought u were going to tell me he’d named her something awful. So what did he name the boy?” “De-nephew, of course.”

“It’s okay,” the voice said, “you need all the practice you can get!”

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Who is the coolest doctor in the hospital?

One And Two Goldfish

A little girl won two goldfish at a fair. When the family arrived home, her mother asked her what she was going to call them. “I think I’ll call them One and Two,” said the little girl. “They’re unusual names for goldfish. Why have you chosen them?” ”Because if One dies, I’ll still have Two!”

Day Off Two factory workers are talking. The woman says, “I can make the boss give me the day off.”

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Doggie Driver As I drove into a parking lot, I noticed that a pickup truck with a dog sitting behind the wheel was rolling toward a female pedestrian. She seemed oblivious, so I hit my horn to get her attention. She looked up just in time to jump out of the way of the truck’s path, and the vehicle bumped harmlessly into the curb and stopped. I rushed to the woman’s side to see if she was all right.

The man replies, “And how would you do that?”

“I’m fine,” she assured me,”but I hate to think what could have happened to me if that dog hadn’t honked.”

The woman says, “Just wait and see.” She then hangs upside down from the ceiling.


The boss comes in and says, “What are you doing?” The woman replies, “I’m a light bulb.”

A man goes to a doctor and says, “Doctor, I have a very serious problem. I only hear half of everything.”

The boss then says, “You’ve been working so much that you’ve gone crazy. I think you need to take the day off.”

“That can’t be,” answers the doctor. “Either you can hear everything or you hear nothing. Tell you what, Let us see. Repeat after me... Ninety Six.”

The man starts to follow her and the boss says, “Where are you going?”

The man quickly replies, “Forty eight!”

The man says, “I’m going home, too. I can’t work in the dark.”

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34. Hides 1. Performed 36. Louse-to-be 6. Possessed 37. Ailments 11. Antlered animal 41. Falafel bread 12. Swagger 42. Northern 15. Reddish brown freshwater fish 16. Break up into 43. 3 in a yard splinters 44. Fermented 17. Latin for “Peace” grape juice 18. Rapacity 45. Labyrinth 20. Little bit 46. A sharply 21. Footnote note directional antenna 23. Desire 47. Autonomic 24. Evergreen trees nervous system 25. If not 48. Deem 26. Not false 51. Bounce 27. Typeface 52. Behavior 28. Collections 54. Narrate 29. “Dig in!” 56. Featured 30. Borough (archaic) 57. Duplicate 31. Leader of the 58. Poverty-stricken United States 59. Plods



1. Affable 2. Exist together 3. 2,000 pounds 4. Feudal worker 5. Deceased 6. Accommodate 7. Produce a literary work 8. Fleet 9. Biblical first woman 10. Dashing 13. Lack 14. Probabilities 15. Secret agents 16. A careful examiner 19. Vibes 22. Notwithstanding 24. Strengthen 26. T T T T 27. Merriment

I opened my electric bill at the same time I opened my water bill. Needless to say, I was shocked.

30. Mend (archaic) 32. Ribonucleic acid 33. Sea barriers 34. Small piano 35. One of the family 38. Guiding 39. Emissaries 40. Anagram of “Spite” 42. Satirical mimicry 44. Bankrolls 45. Anagram of “Amend” 48. Have the nerve 49. Circle fragments 50. Scream 53. Before, poetically 55. Loving murmur

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Sleep Disorders By Katrena Allison Wells,

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bout half of older adults report sleep problems. According to one large study of older adults, lack of adequate sleep was associated with poor health while adequate sleep was associated with better overall health. A variety of daytime symptoms may result due to a chronic lack of restful sleep, such as decreased attention and concentration, unintentional daytime napping, irritability, problems with recall and thought processes, and difficulty with manual dexterity. Circadian rhythms may become weaker in later years. Exposure to bright light affects this rhythm; many older adults get as little as zero to 60 minutes of exposure to bright light each day. Studies suggest positive benefits to the circadian rhythm by spending time outdoors or exposing oneself to bright artificial light early in the evenings. Breathing disorders while sleeping are common as we age and are associated with several health conditions, including heart disease, hypertension, and stroke. Nighttime breathing disorders can range from mild

snoring to severe sleep apnea, periods of time in which the person stops breathing while sleeping. Modifiable risk factors for sleep-disordered breathing include obesity, use of sedating medications, alcohol consumption, and smoking. Many people diagnosed with sleep-disordered breathing find improvement with the use of a CPAP machine at night. Unintentional limb movements, especially in the legs, at night can also disrupt sleep and prevent a person from going into or staying in deep sleep cycles. Descriptions of feelings in the legs might include terms such as creepy crawly, electrical currents, ants crawling, worms moving, or pain. Movement provides temporary relief to the feelings in the legs but can disrupt sleep cycles as often as every 20-40 seconds throughout the night. One study found a decrease in leg movements when subjects exercised regularly in the daytime. Some medications may be helpful in treating restless leg syndrome and periodic leg movement disorder. Insomnia, difficulty falling or staying asleep, is often associated with other

conditions such as chronic pain, arthritis, cancer, COPD, etc. Depression, anxiety, and insomnia often go hand in hand. Medications may contribute to insomnia; working with one’s doctor to eliminate any unnecessary medications can be helpful. If medically necessary, medications that tend to disrupt sleep, such as certain stimulants, blood pressure medications, fluid pills, decongestants, hormones, breathing medications, and antidepressants should be taken early in the day while sedating medications should be taken before bedtime. Collaborate with one’s healthcare provider to determine the cause of the sleep disturbances and best individualized approaches for effective treatment. A sleep partner often suspects a sleep disorder when he or she notices unusual breathing patterns, leg movements, etc. and may be helpful by providing specific information useful for initial assessment and diagnosis.

A few general tips for helping to improve sleep include: • Maintain a consistent sleep/wake time (older adults typically average about 7 hours of sleep/night). • Get out of bed if unable to fall asleep. • Restrict naps to 30 minutes in late morning or early afternoon. • Exercise regularly. • Spend time outside, especially in early evening and increase overall light exposure. • Eat a light snack before bed. • Avoid caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol after lunch. • Limit liquids in the evenings. • Turn off electronic devices before bedtime. • Keep paper and pen at the bedside and write down worrisome thoughts. Sources: National Institute on Aging Age Page brochure “A Good Night’s Sleep” National Institute on Health online article “Sleep Disorders in the Older Adult - A Mini-Review” If your faith community is interested in a health program, please contact Pam Hurley at Pamela.Hurley@

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Elder Law Month continued from page 5 court in order stop the nursing home from spoon feeding his wife. Her health care directive stated that she did not want artificial food or hydration, but the court said the nursing home had an obligation to provide her basic essential needs, and spoon-feeding soft foods was not artificial food. Elder law attorneys routinely discuss issues like this with their clients and make sure their wishes are properly documented. It’s all about the senior and their wishes Elder law attorneys focus on needs and issues that are particular to the senior. While what has been discussed here are only a few of the issues elder

law attorneys help with, there are numerous others that they help with every day – planning for a special needs child, review of facility admission agreements, mediating family disputes, estate administration upon a loved one’s death, guardianships and serving as guardians, and many more. You can always find an elder law attorney by searching on the NAELA website, www. Happy Older Americans Month, Happy Elder Law Month, and Happy Mother’s Day! Resources:, ElderCounsel. com, (2018 Care Study)


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By Lisa Wallace

very year, on Memorial Day, the nation honors service members who


have given their lives for our freedom. Social Security acknowledges the sacrifice of our military’s service

members, and we honor these heroes and their families who may need help through the benefits we provide.

Widows, widowers, and their dependent children may be eligible for Social Security survivors benefits. You can learn more about those benefits at www. It’s also important to recognize those service members who have been wounded. Social Security offers benefits to protect veterans when an injury prevents them from returning to active duty or performing other work. Wounded military service members can also receive expedited processing of their Social Security disability claims. For example, Social Security will expedite disability claims filed by veterans who have a 100 percent Permanent & Total compensation rating from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Both the VA and Social Security have disability programs. You may find that you qualify for disability benefits through one program but not the other, or that you qualify for both. Depending on the situation, some family members of military personnel, including dependent children, and, in some cases, spouses, may be eligible to receive Social Security benefits. You can get answers to commonly asked questions and find useful information about the application process at woundedwarriors. Service members can also receive Social Security in addition to military retirement benefits. The good news is that your military retirement benefit generally does not reduce your Social Security retirement benefit. Learn more about Social Security retirement benefits at www.socialsecurity. gov/retirement. You may also want to visit the Military Service page of our Retirement Planner, available at www. retire/veterans.html. Please share this information with a military family who may not know about these benefits. In acknowledgment of those heroes who died for our country, those who served, and those who serve today, we at Social Security honor and thank you.

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Crustless Spinach Quiche Ingredients:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 onion, chopped 1 (10 oz) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained 5 eggs, beaten 3 cups shredded Muenster cheese 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper


Mother’s Day Pie Ingredients: 1 cup white sugar 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 6 tablespoons butter, melted 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 eggs 1 (12 fld oz) can evaporated milk 1 cup shredded coconut


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9 inch pie pan.

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Generously grease and flour a 9-inch pie plate.

2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft. Stir in spinach and continue cooking until excess moisture has evaporated.

2. In a medium bowl, mix together sugar, flour, and salt. Stir in melted butter and vanilla extract. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in evaporated milk followed by coconut. Pour mixture into pie plate.

3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, cheese, salt and pepper. Add spinach mixture and stir to blend. Scoop into prepared pie pan.

3. Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until custard is nearly set and a knife inserted near the center of the pie comes out clean. Let cool, then refrigerate before serving.

4. Bake in preheated oven until eggs have set, about 30 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Sticky Monkey Brains Ingredients: 3 (7.5 oz) packages refrigerated biscuit dough 1/3 cup white sugar 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/2 cup chopped pecans 1/2 cup butter, melted 1/2 cup brown sugar


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 6 miniature Bundt pans. 2. In a small bowl, stir together the white sugar and cinnamon. Set aside. Use scissors or a knife to cut each of the biscuits into various sizes. Each one can be cut into anywhere from 2 to 5 pieces. 3.Sprinkle about half of the pecans amongst the 6 prepared pans. Roll pieces of biscuit in the cinnamon-sugar, and place them into the pans, distributing evenly. Sprinkle any remaining cinnamonsugar over the dough balls. 4. Mix together the brown sugar and melted butter. Stir in the remaining pecans. Distribute evenly over the pans of dough balls. For ease of getting in and out of the oven, place all of the pans on a cookie sheet. 5. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the biscuits are toasted and cooked through. Remove from the oven, and invert individual pans onto serving plates while still hot.

Strawberry Pie Ingredients: 1 (9 inch) pie crust, baked 1 quart fresh strawberries 1 cup white sugar 3 tablespoons cornstarch 3/4 cup water 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions: 1. Arrange half of strawberries in baked pastry shell. Mash remaining berries and combine with sugar in a medium saucepan. Place saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring frequently. 2. In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water. Gradually stir cornstarch mixture into boiling strawberry mixture. Reduce heat and simmer mixture until thickened, about 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour mixture over berries in pastry shell. Chill for several hours before serving. In a small bowl, whip cream until soft peaks form. Serve each slice of pie with a dollop of whipped cream.


Do you have a favorite recipe that you’d like to share with our readers? If so, we’d love to have recipes that are easy, healthy and are smaller in proportion – just right for someone cooking for one or two. Please send your recipes to OR drop them off at the front desk of Rufty Holmes Senior Center to Cindy Nimmer. Thanks and we look forward to seeing what you’ve got cooking!

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The Startling Link Between Sugar and Alzheimer’s


By Olga Khazan /

n recent years, Alzheimer’s disease has occasionally been referred to as “type 3” diabetes, though that moniker doesn’t make much sense. After all, though they share a problem with insulin, type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, and type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease caused by diet. Instead of another type of diabetes, it’s increasingly looking like Alzheimer’s is another potential side effect of a sugary, Western-style diet. In some cases, the path from sugar to Alzheimer’s leads through type 2 diabetes, but as a new study and others show, that’s not always the case. A longitudinal study, published Thursday in the journal Diabetologia, followed 5,189 people over 10 years and found that people with high blood sugar had a faster rate of cognitive decline than those with normal blood sugar—whether or not their blood-sugar level technically made them diabetic. In other words, the higher the blood sugar, the faster the cognitive decline. “Dementia is one of the most prevalent psychiatric conditions strongly associated with poor quality of later life,” said the lead author, Wuxiang Xie at Imperial College London, via email. “Currently, dementia is not curable, which makes it very

important to study risk factors.” Melissa Schilling, a professor at New York University, performed her own review of studies connecting diabetes to Alzheimer’s in 2016. She sought to reconcile two confusing trends. People who have type 2 diabetes are about twice as likely to get Alzheimer’s, and people who have diabetes and are treated with insulin are also more likely to get Alzheimer’s, suggesting elevated insulin plays a role in Alzheimer’s. In fact, many studies have found that elevated insulin, or “hyperinsulinemia,” significantly increases your risk of Alzheimer’s. On the other hand, people with type 1 diabetes, who don’t make insulin at all, are also thought to have a higher risk of Alzheimer’s. How could these both be true? Schilling posits this happens because of the insulin-degrading enzyme, a product of insulin that breaks down both insulin and amyloid proteins in the brain—the same proteins that clump up and lead to Alzheimer’s disease. People who don’t have enough insulin, like those whose bodies’ ability to produce insulin has been tapped out by diabetes, aren’t going to make enough of this enzyme to break up those brain clumps. Meanwhile, in people who use insulin to treat their diabetes and end up with a surplus of insulin, most of this enzyme gets used

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up breaking that insulin down, leaving not enough enzyme to address those amyloid brain clumps. According to Schilling, this can happen even in people who don’t have diabetes yet— who are in a state known as “prediabetes.” It simply means your blood sugar is higher than normal, and it’s something that affects roughly 86 million Americans. Schilling is not primarily a medical researcher; she’s just interested in the topic. But Rosebud Roberts, a professor of epidemiology and neurology at the Mayo Clinic, agreed with her interpretation. In a 2012 study, Roberts broke nearly 1,000 people down into four groups based on how much of their diet came from carbohydrates. The group that ate the most carbs had an 80 percent higher chance of developing mild cognitive impairment—a pit stop on the way to dementia—than those who ate the smallest amount of carbs. People with mild cognitive impairment, or MCI, can dress and feed themselves, but they have trouble with more complex tasks. Intervening in MCI can help prevent dementia. Rebecca Gottesman, a professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins, cautions that the findings on carbs aren’t as wellestablished as those on diabetes. “It’s hard to be sure at this stage, what an ‘ideal’ diet would look like,” she said. “There’s a suggestion that a Mediterranean diet, for example, may be good for brain health.” But she says there are several theories out there to explain the connection between high blood sugar and dementia. Diabetes can also weaken the blood vessels, which increases the likelihood that you’ll have ministrokes in the brain, causing various forms of dementia. A

high intake of simple sugars can make cells, including those in the brain, insulin resistant, which could cause the brain cells to die. Meanwhile, eating too much in general can cause obesity. The extra fat in obese people releases cytokines, or inflammatory proteins that can also contribute to cognitive deterioration, Roberts said. In one study by Gottesman, obesity doubled a person’s risk of having elevated amyloid proteins in their brains later in life. Roberts said that people with type 1 diabetes are mainly only at risk if their insulin is so poorly controlled that they have hypoglycemic episodes. But even people who don’t have any kind of diabetes should watch their sugar intake, she said. “Just because you don’t have type 2 diabetes doesn’t mean you can eat whatever carbs you want,” she said. “Especially if you’re not active.” What we eat, she added, is “a big factor in maintaining control of our destiny.” Roberts said this new study by Xie is interesting because it also shows an association between prediabetes and cognitive decline. That’s an important point that often gets forgotten in discussions of Alzheimer’s. It’s such a horrible disease that it can be tempting to dismiss it as inevitable. And, of course, there are genetic and other, non-nutritional factors that contribute to its progression. But, as these and other researchers point out, decisions we make about food are one risk factor we can control. And it’s starting to look like decisions we make while we’re still relatively young can affect our future cognitive health. “Alzheimer’s is like a slowburning fire that you don’t see when it starts,” Schilling said. It takes time for clumps to form and for cognition to begin to deteriorate. “By the time you see the signs, it’s way too late to put out the fire.”

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Lorin S. Oden

Au.D., FAAA Doctor of Audiology


ast week my mother called excited to tell me that her recent April issue of AARP magazine had a featured article about hearing loss and hearing aids. She wanted to be sure that I saw it. If not, she would mail it to me. Since May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, I encourage you to read that article if you have not already. We always get excited when there is talk about hearing issues. According to AARP, 25 percent of Americans ages 55 to 64 and 33 percent of those 60 to 74 are faced with hearing challenges. That percentage increases for those over 75. We need to talk hearing difficulties, as it affects so many of us. AARP did a nice job with the information they presented. Did you know, according to the Hearing Loss Association of America, only 20% of individuals with hearing difficulty use hearing technology? AARP speculates the investment in hearing technology is an obstacle for many. The FDA has passed a

bill that, in the near future, that will allow hearing aids to be purchased over-thecounter. I question if that is truly the solution to why so many do not taking advantage of the benefits hearing technology can provide. Did you know that the over-the-counter bill, as currently written, does not require a medical evaluation prior to the purchase of hearing aids? As a medical provider, I am concerned that an underlying medical cause for a hearing problem will go undetected if someone goes straight to their pharmacy to purchase a hearing aid. We need a diagnostic hearing evaluation first. If hearing loss can be corrected with medication or surgery, a referral to an Ear, Nose and Throat physician would be made. This is worrisome. Did you know that in the United Kingdom hearing aids are provided at no charge through the National Health Service, when referred by their medical doctor to an audiologist or ear, nose and throat physician? However, if hearing aids are “Free”, you would expect the number of people using them to be significantly higher than here in America. However, that is not the case. So again, is over-the counter the answer? I don’t think so. James came in the office last week for his first sixmonth clean and check

appointment, after being fit with hearing technology last October. He proudly sat down and shared with me how much his new hearing aids have changed his life; enabling him to better communicate with his wife and family. He stated his hearing aids are worth every penny spent and the best investment he has ever made. James had also read the AARP article and does not think someone will be successful with hearing aids without the professional assistance of an audiologist to guide them through the process. I am thrilled he values the service we provide and understands his success is not only the result of hearing technology. Did you know our clinic works with the Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, a state funded problem that provides hearing aids? A patient may qualify for that program based on their financial situation and severity of their hearing loss. Many choose not to pursue

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that program, while others do not wear the hearing aid they received (at no cost). Why? After 30 years of providing audiology services, I still cannot answer that question. So my take-home message is this. Before you purchase hearing aids on-line, through a magazine or at the pharmacy, give us a call. Complete a diagnostic medical evaluation first to be sure hearing aids are what you need. We have included in our product line many types of hearing aids and at varying price points to meet your hearing needs as well as the funds you have available to hear better. Give Beth or Jamie a call to schedule an appointment today. We can truly help you find your Hearing Solution. 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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