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Margaret Thompson-Shumate


ach of the twelve months of our year claim a beautiful gemstone (birthstone) as its’ own. Some months claim more than one. According to the American Gem Society, the stones for this month of October are the Opal and the Tourmaline. Yes, I am especially well aware that we are presently welcoming the awesome month of October. Why? Because a very special person has a birthday this

month….ME! Happy birthday to me! Thank you Lord for 75 years of wonderful life! Now that is enough about October and me. I want to talk about the month of June. June gemstones are the Alexandrite, the Moonstone, and the interesting Pearl. For centuries, pearls have been a symbol of beauty and purity. Today, they are regarded as both classic and contemporary and come in many fashionable styles. Pearls are formed when a mollusk

(oyster, clam, etc.) produces layers of nacre (pronounced NAY-kur) around some type of irritant inside its’ shell. In natural pearls, the irritant may be another organism from the water. In cultured pearls, a piece of tissue is inserted (by man) into the mollusk to start the process. There are many types of pearls such as natural pearls, cultured pearls, saltwater pearls, freshwater pearls, and imitation pearls. Now, I am

fight to breast cancer. Most importantly it is a time to celebrate how far we have come and reflect on what still needs to be done to find a cure. The National Breast Cancer Foundation reports that:

• Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.




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proud to announce that I am going to add another type to this list. I have decided to try my luck and skill at producing some “personal pearls”. Continued on page 2

By Dileika Wilson


ctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time where pink ribbons, inspirational messages about hope, and many fundraising opportunities are in abundance. In October, people exhaust their pink attire at the many celebrations and events that are held. It is a time when many take the opportunity to celebrate those in their lives who have survived, or to honor those who may have lost the

• One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.

• Each year it is estimated that over 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,500 will die. • Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,470 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 460 will die each year.

• On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes. • Over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today. Those numbers are staggering. Cancer has no respect for persons. Continued on page 3


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Personal Pearls continued from page 1 The following are some everyday life annoyances that I feel I can use as irritants in the initial process:

My Irritants List 1. Advertisement flyers with one page/section a different size (Very awkward and annoying) 2. Companies and/or people who automatically assume that everyone owns a computer and has internet access (Limits many opportunities for those who don’t) 3. Stores that advertise special products “on sale” (Has very few of them in stock) 4. People having extremely loud cell phone conversations (In restaurants and businesses) 5. Employees sweeping floor in restaurants (While you and others are still eating) 6. Gum and tobacco spittle on sidewalks and walking areas (Watch your step) 7. Shoppers with more than required number of items for express lanes (Can you count to 12?) 8. Undisciplined children in public places (And parents who tolerate and accept this behavior) 9. Ineligible drivers parked in handicap spaces (Walk – you need the exercise) 10. Pressuring sales clerks who follow you around while shopping (I will let you know if I need assistance) 11. Mowing and doing yard work on Sundays (Even God rested on the 7th day) 12. Account numbers on monthly bills longer than six digits (Be sure to include this number on your check) 13. Convicted criminals’

sentences shortened by courts (Our law enforcement officers work hard to protect us by securing these offenders) 14. Drivers who don’t obey traffic signals and rules (No turn signals, no lights when raining, etc.) 15. Autos riding your rear bumper (Hey – I am driving the posted speed limit) I propose to take this list of personal irritants and apply a generous amount of patience, faith, understanding, love and prayer and hopefully mold them into some beautiful gems to string together for a “better life” necklace. I challenge everyone to please join me in this project. You many borrow from my list or create your own. “If life hands you a painful irritant, cover it in an iridescent mucus-like substance until it becomes a pearl”…….Sarah Rosenshine (Pearls of Wisdom)

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Sharing Brings Help and Hope to Others continued from page 1 There is room for everyone to participate; a walk, run, or fundraising luncheon may not appeal to you. There is an impactful way to make a difference. Share your story. Yes, this is a call to action. Sharing your testimony is something that can be done to help the cause. Share how you were diagnosed, things you wish others shared with you about their journey, things that helped you get through your treatments. Share what you watched a loved one go through during their journey. Share that cancer treatment is not a one size fits all. Share that every lump found may not be cancer but that knowing your body, doing selfexams, and communicating with your medical providers when there are things that concern you or seem different is so important. The journey shared can be from any viewpoint: loved one, caretaker, newly diagnosed,

currently undergoing treatment, survivor, multiple survivor, and overall warrior. It may not be breast cancer related, but could be any type of cancer, autoimmune disease, heart disease, chronic pain, aging, or just life related. This principle is applicable in so many ways. November 10, 2018 will make 9 years since my last breast cancer treatment. I was told my hair would start to fall out around the third week after my first round of chemotherapy, however, no one told me my scalp would hurt once that started. I was told my taste buds would be altered, however no one told me that eating with plastic utensils would be a great way to avoid the metallic taste I would experience when eating with regular utensils. I was told to prepare for losing my hair but was not told how to be

prepared for my first experience looking for a wig at a wig boutique. I was told my skin would go through changes while undergoing radiation, but was not prepared for the raw skin and burns that I experienced. Throughout my journey I often thought, I wish someone told me. So, I tell. I share tidbits with others as often as I have the opportunity to. I share my lessons learned and listen to their testimony. It is great to be able to add those priceless pearls to share with others as well. Too often we do not take the

opportunity to truly share. We hide behind smiles, laughter, walls, and other masks. I challenge you to step out from behind those and feed into the lives of others by sharing your story, your testimony, your blessing, and your victory. You may be surprised at how impactful this will be in the life of another and how it can in turn be so rewarding and healing for you. Happy Sharing! Dileika Wilson is the co-owner of Timeless Wigs and Marvelous Things in Downtown Salisbury. She can be reached at 704-633-0169 or

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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.

As the hurricane season wanes, and autumn paints the Piedmont, we reflect on a story that was published under a different title in the dog days of summer. Based on a true story, Change Happens was written by Vincent James Vezza, one of the original hikers who helped to create this Trail Tales column. Instruction on how to obtain a free electronic version of this story is posted on the blog hosted at Enjoy this installment.

Change Happens

© 2018 by Vincent James Vezza


limate change notwithstanding, it was a typically hot day in late July. Young ones and their parents gathered at the Concord Therapeutic Touch. The owner was kind enough to provide an inviting meeting space in a convenient location. Just across the street is a great place to temper the evening heat with flavored ice treats following the reading time and paint party. The children were there to learn about change and how it impacts life. The founder of Reflections, Loss 101, teamed up with the event coordinator and owner of Carter’s Place Art Crafts, to create a fun event that would appeal to children. She suggested a theme party. Participants would learn how to paint ceramic frogs. The metamorphosis of a frog could provide a perfect metaphor


about dealing with change. With that in mind, the event coordinator asked me to introduce the painting activity by reading from one of my short stories, The Cranny. She set the stage for the event and made sure that the aspiring artists had washed their hands prior to handling the bleach-white figurines. Any residual oil on their fingers could interfere with the paint application process. I gazed at the young faces. They were so eager to paint smiles and eyes on the lifeless forms. The Cranny might open their imagination to a world dominated by frogs. Did they know that frogs began as amphibian tadpoles? I made no assumptions. Before discussing the cover of the book, or reading selected passages, I produced a canning jar. Breathing holes punctured the lid. A dozen or so polliwogs darted about in the murky creek water that almost filled the container. They passed the jar around the first table, then the second.

Each child was fascinated by the idea that someday these little creatures would shed their tails, grow legs, and become the frogs that they were about to paint. Once we established the connection, talking about change was a little less scary. Some of the children confided that they were apprehensive about the change that affected their lives. One young girl admitted that she was concerned about moving to a new grade in August, about losing touch with her very best friend. Each child had a story to share. This activity would help them to paint their way through some of the turmoil. They tapped on the jar and watched as the tadpoles responded. I described my book and gave credit to the artist who painted the cover. She knew from first-hand experience that painting can provide a way to deal with loss. She was eager to help the budding artists at her table. Before they prepared their paint and brushes, I read from the first chapter of the book. “On the western bank of the Dutch Buffalo Creek, I gazed at a slow-swirling cranny. It was isolated from the rivulet that continued to flow a normal course on its way to the sea. There were so many similar ponds formed by the receding water, starved by a lack of replenishing rain.” Then I shared that the story goes on to reveal a world where the voices of tadpoles can be heard, where their thoughts can be discerned. I suggested that they bring their feelings to their artwork just as I tried to share mine through my words. Within a few hours their creations were ready for the kiln. I noticed one frog brandished a tear that seemed to form under her left eye. Inspiration from that teardrop will find a way into my next short story that deals with the metamorphosis of a caterpillar.

Summary Only the never-born escape change. Everyone else deals with change and most change engenders loss, and loss sometimes leads to grief. The change can stem from a positive or a negative event. A job promotion or advancement in grade can be just as traumatic as being fired or held back. The tadpoles symbolize a desire to resist change. The frogs acknowledge that change can be a positive force. Embrace the change that comes your way, and turn it into a force that moves forward, you and those around you.

About – Vincent James Vezza Vincent James Vezza writes about change that impacts life. The Cranny is a short story written for young adults. A soon to be released sequel is intended for middle-grade students. Under a pseudonym, he published an award-winning debut novel, The Hidden Treasure of Dutch Buffalo Creek, followed by a thought-provoking novella, Neverborn. You can learn more about the works at www. can reach Vincent at vincentvezza@ or by mail at P.O.Box 1857, Concord, NC 28026.

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5 Things you should know about Your Social Security

Louanne Stanton


know it is my niche to help you all understand grief a bit more, but with Open Enrollment upon us, I thought I may be helpful to hear some things about your social security benefits, which are different from your Medicare benefits, but equally important. We will look at the Medicare options next month. 1. You are responsible for your social security earnings. If you worked 10 years (40 quarters) you are entitled to a social security benefit once you reach 62 years of age, you can let your benefit grow if you wait until full retirement age. The Social Security Administration takes your best 35 years and averages them out for your monthly benefit. The exception to this is to collect disability benefits, you need to have paid into the social security taxes for five of the last 10 years.

2. There is no limit as to how much a couple can collect. If you both worked and had awesome jobs, you will have a great income in retirement. For example, if the husband is drawing $1400 a month and the wife gets $1200 you will receive the full $2600 a month for life. I like that fact. If you both did not work, then the spouse who was the stay at home can collect half of the working spouses benefit without reducing the working spouses benefits. 3. If you both worked and are due two benefits, you only get the higher payout. Our society still has a lot of wives that did not work outside the home. But then the women’s lib came through and women started making their own money. So, most women today are entitled to two benefits. Their own benefit plus the wife’s benefit on her husband’s record. Please note, the government will not allow you to get both benefits. You only get the higher paying benefit. Depending on the situation a wife is due 1/3 to ½ of her husband’s benefit. If the wife was the bread winner and her payout id higher, the husband may decide to take 1/3 to ½ of the wife’s benefit. 4. If you’re divorced and were married at least 10 years, your

eligible for some of your ex’s benefit. If you divorced someone after 10 years and you are still unmarried, when you reach retirement age, you can collect from your ex’s social security benefit. Please note, this does NOT reduce the amount your ex gets for their personal benefit, so it will not be revenging to go this route. But… it may be helpful, if you stayed with this person through Med school and then they went a different path without you, you may still be able to reap the financial benefits of that marriage. Some people sign a paper relinquishing their right to get this benefit. If you signed something like this, relax… it is not valid, and you can still collect. Keep in mind, most divorced women collect their own social security benefit but if that ex dies, they apply for the higher rate of payout as a widow. More on that next. 5. When your spouse (or EX) dies, your probably due a widow benefit. Widow benefits are typically 71-100 percent of the spouses benefit. Please note, you do not continue to draw your own benefit in addition to this, your income will be cut (so make steps to prepare for this). If you are drawing your own (rather than a spouse) then you will continue to receive your benefit, but you will get the extra money in addition to yours. You can

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also apply for a one-time death benefit of $255. The history of his payment goes back to 1935 as a payout for survivors when someone died, because survivors did not begin receiving benefits until 1939. The calculations were made to ensure the Lump Sum Death Benefit would help with burial expenses, and in 1954 the amount of $255 was passed by congress as the number everyone would receive, and it has not changed since. The only thing that has changed is back in the 1950’s a funeral home could claim the benefit if they were taking care of the final expenses. This has not been revisited by congress since 1981. I believe this number is not helpful at all when someone dies, but we all collect it… I hope this has been an educational journey for you. I find it fascinating how my grief work and my insurance work tie together educating people on their benefits. Please let me know if you have more questions or go straight to the source www. for more answers about your Social Security benefits.



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Nothing but the TRUTH! Things that always tell the truth: Small Children... Drunks... Yoga Pants!

English Verses Western “My wife and I went to a “Dude Ranch” while in Texas. The cowboy preparing the horses asked if she wanted a Western or English saddle, and she asked what the difference was. He told her one had a horn and one didn’t.

Playing the Harmonica A newly married sailor was informed by the navy that he was going to be stationed a long way from home on a remote island in the Pacific for a year. A few weeks after he got there he began to miss his new wife, so he wrote her a letter. “My love,” he wrote “we are going to be apart for a very long time. Already I’m starting to miss you and there’s really not much to do here in the evenings. Besides that we’re constantly surrounded by young attractive native girls. Do you think if I had a hobby of some kind I would not tempted?” So his wife sent him back a harmonica saying, “Why don’t you learn to play this?” Eventually his tour of duty came to an end and he rushed back to his wife. “Darling” he said, “I can’t wait to get you into bed so that we make passionate love!”

“Well,” she replied, “the one without the horn is fine. I don’t expect we’ll run into too much traffic.”

“First let’s see you play that harmonica!”

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An older couple was asking for a room with a king, queen or double bed. The clerk apologized and said that the only rooms available had twin beds. Disappointed, the man remarked, “I don’t know. We’ve been sharing the same bed for 44 years.”

While trying to explain to our six-year-old daughter how much technology had changed, my husband pointed to our brandnew desktop computer and told her that when he was in college, a computer with the same amount of power would have been the size of a house.

“Could you possibly put them close together?” the wife asked.

Wide-eyed, our daughter asked, “How big was the mouse?”

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A man is bragging about his new hearing aid. “It’s the best I’ve ever had,” he says. “It cost $3,000.” His friend asks, “What kind is it?” He says, “Half past four!”

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I Don’t Trust Apps I don’t trust those internet and TV ads about apps. They say they are free, but how do I know I’m not getting charged hidden fees after I download them? Do they really do what they say they’re going to do? And all those gigabytes they use up! I just feel very uneasy when it comes to this kind of cell phone technology. I guess that makes me… app-rehensive?

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Where’s Bubba When You Need Him?

Jan McCanless


love animals, all animals, but, I am especially fond of cats, dogs, fish, turtles, frogs, giraffes. . . well, you get the picture. I grew up with pets, the children had pets, I just love animals. As a kid in Florida, I had a stray mutt dog, he came with the house we were renting, and his name was Tippy. A sweet natured, loveable hunk of fur, and then, I added a white cat, Fluffy. Fluffy came to us by way of a packing case. Standing on the corner one day, a group of us kids were talking when a car pulled up to the curb and tossed out a big box --- full of kittens. I guess they figured with all us kids there, we’d be sympathetic, and each of us take one. Well, it worked, we all did, and I got the white one. Tippy didn’t care, he was happy for the company and tolerated our cat pouncing on him and playing with his tail. Big brother Gregg, was always plotting some weird activity though, and decided he would make a parachute from one of mamas good pillowcases, attach it to the cat somehow, and throw the cat off the garage roof, simply to see if it was true that cats always landed on their feet. Well, they do, and while Fluffy was unhurt (we had a low slung garage, just enough to clear the top of the car), he was fairly upset, to say the least. I had to cuddle him and get him purring again, but, ever after, that cat ignored my brother. Can’t say as I blame him. Don’t think Mama was too happy about her nice pillowcase either. My children were all allergic to fur bearing animals when young, so, we had turtles, a toad named Henry Kissenger, and fish. Daughter Carol decided one day she wanted a bird, and talked her dad into letting her have one. Well, she came home with a bird all right, it was a chicken, she named Angel, who, trust me, was not. Tenderhearted daddy felt sorry for a lone chicken, so, he told her to get a couple more for company. Soon our one chicken pet, grew to a flock of 8, all within the city limits, and all, according to our mayor, illegal. We got around that by naming them all, and telling the mayor and anyone else who inquired that they were pets. We had Speedy McNugget, Super McNugget, a large hen, Tweety Bird, Ugly McNugget, Dumb and Dumber. Quite a motley assortment of ‘pets’. I don’t think anyone really minded, they were for the most

part quiet, until one of them laid an egg, then they would swauck their head off. Even when they wandered the neighborhood laying eggs in other yards, the neighbors were good natured about it, and I would often answer the doorbell to find a friendly neighbor standing there with a hand full of eggs, and a silly grin on their face. The chicken phase lasted only so long. The last pair we had were two large black chickens, with beautiful plumes on their heads. We were assured they were chickens, but, we found out at 4 the next morning that they were roosters, so, the chickens had to go before they got us all thrown off the block. My mother always favored German Shepherds, which I think are terrific dogs. The last one she had was named Bubba, and while fierce looking. he was just a big, lap loving pussy cat. Loved fresh flowers he did, and I would often walk him through the cemetery for us to get some exercise. Well nothing would do but that Bubba had to stop and smell the flowers on the graves. We would often times stand in silence during a funeral, paying our respects to a stranger, just so Bubba could get a whiff of the pretty flowers when it was all over. People must have thought we were nuts! Bubba was a wonderful companion, and so lovable. I imagine that if the circumstances had presented themselves, he would have been a wonderful watch dog, but, thankfully the ‘bad guys’ never knew how gentle he was. I think about Bubba often, and hope that if there is a heaven for animals, he is there, waiting for me. The strangest animal encounter happened to the family, yep, it was my dad again (remember the outhouse caper?), and it was up at our summer cabin. My dad, brother and I were taking a walk thru the woods when I smelled something funky --- or so I thought. Nobody else seemed to smell it, but, I did, and voiced my fear, loud and clear. I thought maybe a bear was stalking us. No, we continued on, and when my dad turned around at one time, he saw it --- a SKUNK!! Walking along with us,

a little behind, but every time we stopped, the skunk would stop. We’d start up again, and so would the skunk. I thought the little fellow to be adorable, my dad was terrified, and said not to try and outrun it, just to ignore it. His advice? Don’t make eye contact with the animal. Fortunately, the striped devil got tired of following us and

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sauntered off into the woods, saving us all from a tomato juice bath! Well, these are just a few of my animal encounters over the years, now, I enjoy them through the lives of my grandchildren, animal lovers all. After all, animals are a part of God’s world too! Now, go and hug a giraffe!!


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here is a poem entitled‚ “DON’T QUIT. It reads like this:

When things go wrong as they sometlmes will, Linda S. Beck

When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill, When the funds are low and the debts are high. And you want to smile, but you have to sigh, When care is pressing you down a bit, Rest if you must, but don’t you quit! Success is failure turned inside out, The silver tint of the clouds of doubt. And you never can tell how close you are, It may be near when it seems so far, So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit, It’s when things go wrong, that you mustn’t quit!

Most people want to be successful in everything they do. But at times success can seem as elusive as a butterfly. It might seem as if it has landed quietly on your shoulder, but ‘’like the butterfly it flies away to the next flower.” The “road to the top” may be as tiring as when one attempts to ride a manual wheelchair up a steep hill. And the costs of the medical needs tend to pile up and the money just isn’t available, one might want to cry, but it is easier to iust sigh! It’s natural that these things will get you down a bit, but the best answer is not to let this cause you to lose heart and give up. Start by asking God to lead you and guide you on a “fact-finding mission.” Sometimes an answer is right at our fingertips if we ask the right person that question for which we need an answer. At any rate, don’t iust give up... DON’T QUIT. It’s not how many hours you put in, but how much you put into the hours.” Update: Linda is at Trinity Oaks, 828 Klumac Rd, Salisbury, NC 28144 New Phone Number: 980-565-6468 No emails now, please.

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Pecan Pumpkin Pie Ingredients: 1 (9 inch) pie shell 1/2 cup white sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1 cup solid pack pumpkin puree 1 cup milk 2 eggs 1 egg yolk 1 egg white 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). 2. In a medium bowl, mix sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger. Add pumpkin, then blend in milk. 3. In a separate bowl, beat the 2 whole eggs and separated egg yolk until light. Stir into pumpkin mixture. Beat the remaining egg white until soft peaks form, then fold into pumpkin mixture. 4. Sprinkle 1/2 of the pecans onto the unbaked pie shell. Pour pumpkin mixture over these, then sprinkle remaining pecans on top. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Bake 20 more minutes, or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. The filling will be slightly puffed, but will fall evenly upon cooling.

Raisin’ the Dead Snack Mix Ingredients: 1 pound yogurt covered raisins 1 pound salted cashews 1 (14 ounce) package chocolate covered peanuts 1 pound white chocolate covered pretzels, broken into pieces 1 pound candy corn 1 pound semisweet chocolate chips 2 pounds candy-coated chocolate pieces

Directions: 1. In a large bowl, combine the yogurt covered raisins, cashews, chocolate covered peanuts, pretzels, candy corn, chocolate chips and chocolate candies. Mix to distribute evenly and store in an airtight container.

Lit’l Smokies ®Mummy Dogs Ingredients:

32 Hillshire Farm Lit’l Smokies® 1 (8 ounce) can refrigerated crescent dough rolls Mustard or ketchup, if desired

Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 2. Unroll dough, separate at perforations, creating 4 rectangles. Press perforations to seal. 3. With a knife or pizza cutter cut each rectangle lengthwise into 8 strips making a total of 32 strips. Wrap one strip of dough around each Lit’l Smokies(R) stretching dough slightly to look like bandages, leaving tip exposed to create face. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. 4. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown. Draw features on tip of Lit’l Smokies(R) to create face. Serve with mustard or ketchup.

Pumpkin Pie Milkshake Ingredients: 1/4 pumpkin pie 6 scoops vanilla ice cream 2 tablespoons bourbon (optional) 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, divided 1 cup whole milk 2 tablespoons whipped cream

Directions: 1. Place pumpkin pie in a blender. Add ice cream, bourbon, 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, and whole milk. Blend milkshakes until smooth. 2. Pour milkshakes into 2 glasses; top with whipped cream and remaining pumpkin pie spice.

Hot and Tangy Apple Cider Ingredients: 8 whole cloves, or to taste 1 gallon apple cider 1/2 gallon orange juice 1 quart grapefruit juice 6 cinnamon sticks

Directions: 1. Place the cloves into a tea ball, and place into a slow cooker. Pour the apple cider, orange juice, and grapefruit juice into the slow cooker, and drop in the cinnamon sticks. Stir once or twice. Set the cooker to High, cover, and cook until the mixture is hot; then keep warm on Low setting. Serve in mugs.


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ABCs of Antibiotics by Katrena Allison Wells, Faith Community Nurse for Woodleaf United Methodist Church


ntibiotics have been around since 1928 with Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penicillin; however, the Egyptians were applying poultices of moldy bread to wounds many years before that time. Antibiotics play a critical role in controlling many bacterial infections, but they are often taken incorrectly, which can lead to additional health issues for yourself and others. October 14-20 is International Infection Prevention Week. This is a great time to review safe practices regarding antibiotic use. Remember the ABCs of antibiotics: Ask


"Are these antibiotics necessary?" "What can I do to feel better?" "Can I get better without this antibiotic?" "What side effects or drug interactions can I expect or should I report to you?" Antibiotics do not kill viruses, fungi, or protozoa but only kill bacteria.

Complete Take ALL of your antibiotics EXACTLY as prescribed (even if you the Course are feeling better). Only take antibiotics prescribed for you. Do not save antibiotics for a future illness or share antibiotics with others.

Although it may be tempting to pressure a healthcare provider to prescribe antibiotics, avoid doing so. Using an antibiotic for an infection to which it is not effective can lead to superbugs or resistant organisms. At least 2 million people in the United States develop infections due to bacteria that are resistant to one or more antibiotics designed to treat those infections; approximately 23,000 people die yearly due to those infections. In view of this, healthcare providers are now more cautious when prescribing antibiotics.

Examples of infections that are not typically due to bacteria include: • Colds or flu • Most coughs and bronchitis • Sore throats not caused by strep • Runny noses • Most ear aches Learn more about antibiotic resistance at infectionpreventionandyou or Source:

Infection Prevention and You ABC’s of Antibiotics for Patients and Families If your faith community is interested in a health program, please contact Pam Hurley at Pamela.Hurley@atriumhealth. org.



Lorin S. Oden

Au.D., FAAA Doctor of Audiology


e hear a lot about the smells and sights of autumn, from pumpkin spice to the brightly colored leaves. But what about the sounds? Whether it’s leaves crunching, a crackling fire or the honking of geese overhead, as they fly south for the winter; your hearing is also an integral part of your ability to enjoy the changing of the seasons. So, how’s your hearing? October is National Audiology Awareness Month. The


American Academy of Audiology is encouraging you to remember how important your hearing is to your daily life, along with encouraging hearing screenings and hearing protection. The statistics on hearing loss are shocking. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, 36 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss. Unfortunately, the average amount of time a person with hearing loss waits to seek treatment, after noticing a problem, is between seven to 10 years. In that time, hearing can not only worsen significantly but can cause a variety of health and psychological problems, such as cognitive impairment and depression. In addition to highlighting the importance of hearing health and bringing attention to audiology, Audiology Awareness Month also brings attention to the potential

ramifications of leaving hearing loss untreated. Hearing loss is the third most common health condition faced by older adults after heart disease and diabetes. Yet, unlike those conditions, only 20 percent of those with hearing loss actually seek treatment. In multiple studies, untreated hearing loss has been linked to higher rates of depression, as well as anger, frustration and social isolation. Other studies have shown that those with untreated hearing loss have higher risk of dementia and cognitive decline. Social media is, of course, a large part of the campaign’s reach. A simple search on Facebook yields more than 1000 posts mentioning Audiology Awareness Month. The American Academy of Audiology is also encouraging everyone to have a hearing exam and then post about it on Twitter using the hashtag #audiologyawarenessmonth, to

spread the word and encourage others to do the same. Bottom line? October is a great month to get your hearing checked, or to encourage a loved one to do so. Give Beth or Jamie a call at 704633-0023 to make an appointment with us, and be part of the conversation once again. We 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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We Need to Talk – Family Conversations With Older Adults About Driver Safety Seminar


n AARP We Need to Talk – Family Conversations With Older Adults about driver safety seminar will be held at the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, at 1120 South Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Salisbury on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Class size is limited, so reservations can be made by calling 704-216-7714. The AARP sponsored 90 minute seminar guides families in determining when it’s time for their loved ones to change driving habits or to stop driving. The seminar is free and offers practical tips and advice on three main topics: • The Meaning of Driving when

having to change driving habits or give it up. • Observing Driving Skills – Learn to observe your loved one’s driving skills objectively and talk about alternatives to driving. • Planning Conversations – Discover how to have “the talk” while encouraging independence. It’s a difficult conversation to initiate, but with the right tools, you can really make a difference in the life of an older driver. AARP, in conjunction with The Hartford and MIT AgeLab, developed the We Need to Talk Seminar based on their ongoing research on older drivers. Old age alone is not a reason to quit driving, but you can learn to identify signs of driving problems that the older driver may not recognize. On average, men tend to outlive their safe driving abilities by six years and women ten years. Thus, we need to consider transportation “Plan B” for when driving stops.

A new four-hour AARP driver safety refresher class offered for senior citizens An AARP Driver Safety Program refresher class will be held at the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, at 1120 South Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Salisbury on Thursday, October 18, 2018. The class has been revised to a four-hour session that includes the latest research based safety strategies. Registration is at 12:30 and instruction from 12:30 to 5:00. Class size is limited, so reservations can be made by calling 704-216-7714. The fee is $15.00 for AARP members. The member must bring the membership card to the class. If the card is lost, a new card can be obtained by calling the AARP national office at 1-888-227-7669 (1-888AARP NOW). The membership number is also on the AARP magazine. The fee is $20.00 for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the workbook and materials. Participants must also bring their driver’s license. The Salisbury Rufty-Holmes Senior Center has sponsored an AARP Driver Safety Class in Salisbury every year since 1991. The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation’s first and largest classroom driver refresher course specially designed for motorists age 50 and older. AARP volunteers have been teaching the Driver Safety course since 1979. The class is open for all age groups. The course will provide a review of driving skills and techniques, as well as strategies and tips to help seniors adjust

to normal age related physical changes that affect driving ability. The workbook contains 40 pages of safety tips and much more. The objectives of the AARP Driver Safety Program are to help participants understand the effects of aging on driving by getting them to know themselves, learn driving strategies that take into account the changes people experience as they age; identify the most common crash situations we face; reduce the chances of having a crash by reviewing basic driving rules, traffic hazards and accident prevention measures; update our knowledge and understanding of today’s roads, vehicles and other road users; plan and think about how we drive; the effects of medication on driving; identify when driving may no longer be safe. Upon completing the course, graduates of the AARP Driver Safety Program may be eligible to receive a discount on their auto insurance premiums. The local AARP chapter meets the first Thursday of each month at the RuftyHolmes Senior Center starting at 1:00. The local chapter offers members a variety of community service, education, advocacy and leadership, and fellowship opportunities. Senior citizens over the age of 50 are encouraged to attend the informative meetings and join the local chapter.

A major challenge for families and for communities is to ensure that people who limit or stop driving have access to mobility options that enable them to remain active participants in the life of their communities. The seminar purpose is to help persons have sensitive and successful conversations with family members and friends when they are concerned about that person’s driving safety. The We Need to Talk materials and seminar provides tips, guidance, and resources to help with this important talk. The program recognizes that older drivers are safe drivers. However, the risk of accident and fatality increases with age, especially age related changes in physical or mental capabilities, other medical conditions, and medications taken. Some family concerns about the ability of an older driver to remain safe on the roads can be addressed by the person taking the AARP Driver Safety Refresher Course. Health professionals, such as driver rehabilitation specialists, are able to help in other situations, such as strokes, diabetes, arthritis, Parkinson’s, Dementia, or other medical conditions. Older drivers and their close relatives prefer that conversations about driving safety be handled within the family, unless a doctor

needs to be involved with a medical condition. Conversations about the need to limit or stop driving can be difficult for older drivers, their families, and friends. Driving is linked to freedom and independence in their minds. Considering to “hang up the keys” or even limiting driving can create a profound sense of loss and isolation for many people. Seminar participants will learn how to: · Acknowledge the meaning of driving and its influence on decisions about driving. · Create opportunities to talk about driving safety and transportation needs. · Make objective observations of driving skills. · Develop a plan for more successful and sensitive conversations about limiting or stopping driving. · Address transportation needs if driving is curtailed. The local AARP chapter meets the first Thursday of each month at the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center starting at 1:00. The local chapter offers members a variety of community service, education, advocacy and leadership, and fellowship opportunities. Senior citizens over the age of 50 are encouraged to attend the informative meetings and join the local chapter.

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Duke CTSI to host 5K and wellness festival Duke Dash 5K & Healthfest on Oct. 13 offers free entertainment, activities By Emily Ford


ans of fitness, family fun and healthy living will find something for everyone at the Duke Dash 5K & Healthfest on Saturday, Oct. 13. The public is invited. To register for the 5K, go to www. This event at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis will be hosted by the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and the MURDOCK Study from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 13. The Healthfest will feature free yoga, Zumba, line dancing, health education, Walk With A Doc and more. Bring expired or unused medication to the drop-off. Other activities will include entertainment, a photo booth and vendors, plus door prizes given away throughout the morning. Duke CTSI puts on the Duke Dash 5K & Healthfest — part of the Run Kannapolis Series — as a gift to the community and the more than 12,400 participants who have joined the MURDOCK Study. Duke CTSI manages the MURDOCK Study and other clinical research projects based in Kannapolis. “It’s the fifth year of the Duke Dash 5K and Healthfest, and we are more excited than ever,”

said Perla Nunes, community engagement leader. “Our research to better understand health and disease depends upon our participants and the community, and this event is our gift to them.” Walk-up registration for the Duke Dash 5K starts at 8:15 a.m. in front of the Core Laboratory Building at 150 Research Campus Drive. The 5K and Walk With A Doc will begin at 9 a.m. Walk With A Doc is a 1-mile stroll with local physicians and features a discussion about heart health. The MURDOCK Study, which stands for the Measurement to Understand the Reclassification of Disease of Cabarrus/ Kannapolis, is a longitudinal health project and precision medicine initiative aiming to better understand health and

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disease. Longitudinal means that researchers follow participants for years to better understand how their health changes over time. The MURDOCK Study has paved the way in Kannapolis for new initiatives like the Project Baseline study. With the MURDOCK Study as the foundation, Duke’s work in Kannapolis — called Translational Population Health Research, or TransPop

About Duke CTSI The Duke Clinical and Translational Institute (CTSI) catalyzes and accelerates the innovation and translation of scientific discoveries into health benefits for patients and communities through collaborative research. Our NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award funding enables us to offer programs, project management and navigator services, and data sharing and informatics resources that provide essential support to move ideas from the laboratory through early-phase clinical trials, and facilitate education for current and future translational medicine researchers. To learn more, visit

— continues to expand. To learn more about the MURDOCK Study and TransPop, visit

About the MURDOCK Study and TransPop The MURDOCK Study is part of the Duke CTSI Translational Population Health Research (TransPop) group in Kannapolis. The MURDOCK Study has more than 12,400 participants, and the TransPop group manages a wide variety of research projects focusing on the exploration and discovery of biomarkers that will inform a deeper understanding of health and disease. MURDOCK stands for the Measurement to Understand Reclassification of Disease Of Cabarrus and Kannapolis. To learn more, visit

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Celebrating Life After 55

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Celebrating Life After 55