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By Margaret Thompson-Shumate maggedy43@gmail.com

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et’s play Jeopardy! However, let’s play the game backward. Question: What is white, fluffy, cold, messy, wet and wonderful? Answer: Of course, the answer must be SNOW – lots and lots of heavenly SNOW! As a youngster in the fifties, I can recall many occasions experiencing such beautiful wonders of God. And if it happened to fall on a weekday – NO school! Hooray! That was an additional bonus. My family consisted of five children, our parents and my

maternal grandmother who lived with us for almost thirty years. Our home, located on the corner of East Fisher and South Shaver streets, was old and drafty with only two fireplaces and a small wood burning kitchen stove for heat. There was one closet and – can you believe it? – only one bathroom for all eight of us. Thanks to a lot of quilts, firewood, coal, patience and the grace of God, we somehow all survived the long, cold winters. I can still envision my dear grandmother, Abby, in her headscarf removing clothes from our backyard clothesline that were so cold they were as stiff as cardboard. The older

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kids, including me, took turns chopping wood and hauling in coal from storage under the house. These were much dreaded chores. Sometimes I would procrastinate at my turn until I had to use a flashlight and consequently fight off spiders and any other creepy crawly things that might have been lurking in the coal bin. Enough about the winter hardships. Let me tell you about the fun stuff! The Shaver Street side of our house was a steep hill and a child’s delight when snow would fall several inches deep. We had very few dustings in those days like those we now experience. We had REAL snow – deep and delightful to

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all the neighborhood kids. Jean, Charlie and their lovely daughters, Tzena, Sheila, Lorna, Lisa and Sabrina, lived across the street on the Shaver side. Charlie, being the influential businessman and great father he was, negotiated Continued on page 2

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Let It Snow! continued from page 1 with the city traffic department to block off “our hill” for sledding and we were in snow heaven. I’m sure Bernhardt Hardware sold sleds back then, but most of us either couldn’t afford to buy one or preferred our homemade versions, which included trash can lids and large cardboard boxes. We slipped, slid, laughed and played until our clothes were soaked. Then, we would go inside for a snack and hot drink, change into dry clothes and start all over again. How wonderful it was for all the neighborhood children to happily interconnect at God’s blessing of lots of that cold and wet white stuff. It even made retrieving coal and firewood a little less painful, especially at the end of the play day when the thawing out process took place. As with most large families,

income had to be budgeted and spread out to meet as many needs as possible. My wonderful mother, Grace, had a great aptitude for this task that befell her, even though many times there just wasn’t enough for fun things. On Halloween one year, with no money for candy treats, she made popcorn balls to hand out. The kids loved them and begged for more each year afterward. Several years ago, on a grocery store trip, I had a chance meeting with a “forever young” Jean. She reminded me of how much her children still love my mom’s popcorn balls. She had given

them the recipe long ago and now they are making them for their families. Today, I think of their family fondly. Charlie now resides in heaven. But, if he were still here and it would happen to snow four or more inches, I’m sure he could still manage to get a street blocked off for children to play. He may, however, have to pass out popcorn balls as bribes!

“Oh, the weather outside is frightful But the fire is so delightful And since we’ve no place to goLet it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!”

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New Year, Same Old Face

Jan McCanless janmccanless@aol.com

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ere it is, a brand new year, and you know the old saw,” if I’d known I would live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself”. Well, it’s true. As a kid, there were two times during the year, I wanted to stay up late, one was Christmas eve, hoping to catch Santa at work, and the other was New years Eve. No matter how hard I tried, I never made it to midnight either time. No matter where I fell asleep, I always wound up in my bed the next morning. The only time I made it to midnight on New Years, was at the turn of the century. I sat up watching TV until the wee small hours of the morning, playing solitaire, the spouse had

conked out about 9. Even as an energetic teenager, I was always home by midnight, just couldn’t make it any later. Obviously I am not a party girl, rather dull, I’d say. New Years day always seems cathargic to me, a new year, a new start, time to wipe the slate clean, and start over, if need be. The naysayers are always harping every year about this being the end times, prepare for doom, etc. and I just laugh about it all. Even if it were the end times, and we are all going to be zapped up to paradise, somebody tell me what the downside of this is. New Years is our gift, our new day, available for us to use any way we can. It would be nice if all peoples everywhere, all nations in the globe, could and would get along. If all our blessings were shared and passed along to others, if every person we saw during the day, greeted us with a smile. Hugs, smiles, and a warm

greeting, are free, some of the few things in this world that are, we should spread them around more, I think. Tell someone we love how much they mean to us. What

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a wonderful, glorious New year it would be. I’m going to do my part, every day that I can, every way that I can, to everyone I can, how bout you?

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Safe Medication Storage by Katrena Allison Wells Faith Community Nurse for Woodleaf United Methodist Church

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ach day about 60,000 young children are taken to the Emergency Department after getting into medications that were left within reach. Approximately 25% of

grandparents report storing prescription medications in easy-access places, while 18% say they keep over-the-counter medicine in places that are easily accessed. No grandparent wants a child injured while on his/her watch. How safe is your home

environment for children who may come through the door?

safety and never refer to medicine or vitamins as candy.

Below are a few safety precautions for making a home safer and properly storing medications:

• Set a daily reminder to take your medicines and vitamins on your refrigerator or a location you check daily, since these medications will be safely stored up and away and out of sight. Regularly review medications and properly dispose of those that are expired, damaged, unused, or unwanted. Visit fda. org for specific medication disposal tips for prescription and over-the-counter medications. Rufty Holmes Senior Center now has a medication disposal dropoff. Save the Poison Help number 800-222-1222 on your phone and post the number on your refrigerator so you will have it if you need it or you may dial 911 for emergency services if someone accidentally ingests a medication in your home. Visit upandaway.org for additional tools and information about safe medication storage.

• Keep all medicines and vitamins up and away and out of sight in a high cabinet or other place where grandchildren cannot reach or see. • Keep purses, bags, or coats that have medicines or vitamins in them out of their reach and sight. • Never leave medicines or vitamins out on a table, countertop, or bedside table where your grandchildren could reach them. • Relock the safety cap and put medicine containers away every time you use them. • Ensure safety caps are locked on medication bottles, turning until you hear a click if the lid has a locking cap that turns. Note that children may still be able to open bottles even with the cap locked.

January Crossword

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39. Website address 40. A village outside a castle 41. Throws away 42. Nastiest 44. Mug 45. Hiding place 46. Maybe 50. Carnivals 52. Caramel-topped desserts 54. Bleat 55. Balm ingredient 56. Officer 58. Diminish 59. Delete 60. Feudal worker 61. Where a bird lives 62. Put off 63. T T T T

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• Teach children about medication

Sources: • Center for Disease Control and Prevention • Safe Kids Worldwide • C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health If your faith community is interested in a health program, please contact Pam Hurley at Pamela.Hurley@ carolinashealthcare.org.

29. Gait faster than a walk 30. Evergreens 31. Wail 32. River of Spain 33. Prestidigitations 34. Wildfire 37. Troubles 38. 11th Hebrew letter 40. Partiality 41. Expletive 43. Avenue 44. Middle 46. Interrupt temporarily 47. Humble 48. A fabric resembling velvet 49. Satisfies 50. A young deer 51. Wings 53. Foliage 56. Directed 57. Mesh

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Let’s Face It: It can be hard to talk about money

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t’s an awkward topic for even the tight­est-knit families. But as you age, it’s essential to talk with your family about the future. Talking to your family about your plans and what financial resources you have is key to mak­ing your goals a reality, says Al Kvitek, a Thrivent Financial representative in Neillsville, Wiscon­sin. The more family members know, the bet­ ter they can support plans for the future. “It’s never too early to have these conversations,” he says. Discussions about the rest of your life can be difficult, says Thrivent Financial Represen­tative Beth Tweed of Baltimore. “[They] re­quire an admission that you’re not going to be around forever,” she says. A little planning can make the talks easier.

Start the Discussion

Kvitek and Tweed agree that a good time to bring up the subject is when you or your spouse announce retirement. It’s usually a happy time, and it presents an opportunity to talk general­ly with your children about your retirement in­come and plans for the retirement years. It also allows you to lay the groundwork for more in-depth conversations. Those may in­clude where you plan to live and what kind of medical care you’d like to receive. It’s important to talk about your wishes should you become unable to make your own decisions. “I’ve experienced many cases where a parent loses a spouse to death or disability, and the surviving parent

realizes they’re not prepared,” Kvitek says. “If the surviving parent is no longer able to make decisions, it’s an even more difficult situation for the children.” Without preparation, children are left trying to guess what the parent would want, Kvitek says. If they don’t have the necessary legal documents, it can be impossible for them to act on the parent’s behalf. In order to do so, one or more of the children will have to petition for guardianship. And that can be an expensive and time-consuming process. Kvitek and Tweed each make a point of taking time during annual reviews with older clients to suggest talking with their children about finances. “For those who are well into their retirement years, a review of beneficiaries is part of the process,” Kvitek says. “From there, the conversation pivots to, ‘Do you have all your papers in order? Have you talked with your kids about what you want?’” Many people initially balk at the suggestion, he says. “If so, I volunteer to have the whole family in my office, so we can talk about all of these things together.” They review the parents’ financial documents, investments and inheritance. “My clients know that I’ll help explain any potential roadblocks, like tax issues for investments that the parents want to pass along to their children, and whether there is enough money for a nursing home.”

Get Documents in Order As you prepare for your future, you’ll need sev­eral legal

documents. These include a will, a durable power of attorney and advanced medical directives. (See “At a Glance: Essential Documents,” at right, for definitions.) “When parents have difficulty deciding who among their children should be the power of attorney, I recommend they simply choose who­ever is most qualified,” Kvitek says. If one of your kids works in health care, for example, it might make the most sense for that child to be your health care power of attorney. “It’s generally agood idea to have more than one person named on both your powers of at­torney and to specify that they can act inde­pendently of one another,” Tweed says. “That way, if one is away or incapacitated when de­cisions need to be made, there is a second person to take over.” Your kids should know where you keep these documents. Also tell them where you keep your marriage and birth certificates, insurance policies, deeds and titles to property, mortgage and other loan documents, and tax returns. Pull together a list of financial accounts. If you have a safe-deposit box, be sure your kids know where it is and where to find the keys. Finally, give your children the contact information for your financial representative and legal advisor.

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“This article was prepared by Thrivent Financial for use by Salisbury, NC representative Chris Fowler. He can be reached at 704-213-0063 or by e-mail: chris.fowler@thrivent.com”

AT A GLANCE:

ESSENTIAL DOCUMENTS These are the legal documents older adults should have up-todate: • Will: Your will states how you want your pro­bate property and assets distributed after you die. • Durable power of attorney: This document identi­fies the person(s) who will make financial, legal and tax decisions on your behalf, should you be­ come unable to make decisions on your own. • Advanced medi­cal directive: This document identi­fies the person(s) you’ve authorized to make medical decisions for you when you are incapable of doing so. Check with your attorney about advanced medical direc­ tives available in your state. Med­ical directives such as a living will and health care power of attorney may differ from state to state.

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Girl Scouts and Food Lion, Make Emergency Meals Possible By : Rose Jones for Meals on Wheels - Rowan County

the Meals on Wheels Executive Team determined to wait until after Thanksgiving to deliver the emergency meal totes. Meals on Wheels is grateful to Food Lion staff and vendors as well as Rowan County Girl Scouts and our volunteers for making emergency meals possible for more than 225 participants in our weekday meal program.

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eals on Wheels Board Member, Kevin Pruitt, coordinated the donation of shelf-stable foods and beverages from Food Lion vendors for the second year. Pruitt worked with Food Lion category managers to get shelfstable foods that would provide three meals for Meals on Wheels participants. Category Managers included Jessica Campbell, Gregg Sloan, and Scott Lepage. Participating vendors included Con Agra Foods, General Mills, Hormel, Kellogs, Nation Fruit, and Roehl. These donated foods are equivalent to three meals. If Meals on Wheels volunteers are unable to drive and deliver due to inclement winter weather, participants will have a backup meal in their pantry. Meals on Wheels Board President and Food Lion Employee, Connie Basinger and Board Vice-

President, Tom Robinson, transported the pallets of food and beverages to the Meals on Wheels office location in Spencer. The foods were unloaded from pick-up trucks and organized for a packing party to be held the following day. Girl Scouts from the Cadette, Senior and Ambassador program levels across Rowan County converged on the Meals on Wheels office to pack foods

in totes for each participant. The Rowan County older girl, Girl Scout group is coordinated by Jody McManus. Ten girls and four adult volunteers representing Girl Scout Troops 527 and 1093 packed shelfstable food and beverages equal to 675 meals. In past years, the girls and adults would spend the afternoon delivering the emergency meal totes. But due to unseasonably warm weather in late October,

Meals on Wheels of Rowan, Inc. is a non-profit agency. Meals are provided to clients at cost using a sliding scale based on ability to pay. Funding is provided by donations from individuals, businesses, foundations and the United Way. Volunteer and referral information is available through the Meals on Wheels website at www.mowrowan.org; by emailing info@mowrowan. org or by calling the Meals on Wheels office at 704-633-0352. Meals on Wheels of Rowan is a United Way member agency.

Author Jan McCanless has a new release this Christmas, Gold, Frankincense and Murrrder. The pastor of Mariners chapel, in Beryls Cove, is trying to put together the Christmas pageant, but, the whole town is in chaos. A private yacht sinks off the coast, and on it was a domestic terrorist, and the federal agent chasing him. Police Chief Nathan Sowinski is up to his neck in federal agents pursuing the terrorist, Hortense Wilkerson is at war with all the squirrels on the coast, and Steve and Suzanne run across hilbilly moonshiners on their Christmas outing, It’s all up to Sowinski to straighten out, or he loses his job. Another fun romp from the good folks in Berry’s Cove, NC, with an able assist from Dawg and Elvis. Don’t miss the ride of a life time, and catch Jan at one of her local book signings, order from amazon.com, or Jan herself. She’d love to hear from you at janmccanless@aol.com

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1120 South Martin Luther King Blvd. Salisbury, North Carolina 28144-5658 www.ruftyholmes.org 704.216.7714 (voice) 704.633.8517 (fax) office@ruftyholmes.org (email) For Questions and to Register for Programs, please call the main desk at 704-216-7714. CO-OP COOKING CLASSESHands-on cooking classes to teach the best way to equip your kitchen. Prepare your own food to enjoy at the class or to take home. Donated ingredients are appreciated, but not required for class participation. Partnering with the NC Cooperative Extension. Call the Front Desk for details. -Wed, January 3 from 9-11 am Quick Breads -Tues, January 23 from 6-8 am Grilled herb chicken w/potatoes Celebrate Rufty-Holmes’ 30th Birthday -Thursday, January 4, 9-5 pm. Rufty-Holmes is celebrating 30 years of providing programs and services to older residents of Rowan County. Drop by one of the birthday booths to enjoy refreshments throughout the day. Coffee and donuts served 9-11 am and coffee and cake served 12-5 pm. We encourage you to bring 2017 memorabilia, personal keepsakes, or reminders of what Rufty-Holmes means to you for the time capsule. We will collect items all of January before locking them away until year 2020. GENEALOGY 101 CLASSESThursdays, Jan. 4 and Jan. 18 from 2-3:30 pm. Basic beginner’s course teaching online resources available to assist in your family tree search.

25TH ANNUAL AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY BREAKFAST- Friday, February, 16, 8:30-10:00am. Cost: $7 per person. 2018 theme is Cultural Excellence. Anthony P. Johnson, 2016-2017 Rowan-Salisbury Schools District Teacher of the Year and distinguished educator, MOVIE OF THE MONTHis the keynote speaker. Breakfast Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 2 pm. Feature animated movie “The Boss reservations begin Tuesday, January 2-Friday, February 9, 2018. More Baby” is about a corporate plot details soon! threatening the balance of love in the world, and 7 year old Tim and HEALTH & WELLNESS his new white collar, suit-wearing NEW! AB-TASTIC baby brother, team up to foil the Wednesdays at 9:30 am start scheme. Sponsored by Victory January 24 thru February 14. Four Wealth Management week, 30 minute fitness class to get your abs in shape and teach EVENING GUITAR CLASSESnew exercises to do at home. Wear Postponed until spring. comfortable clothing and proper fitness shoes. No cost to you, but SAVE THE DATE: voluntary contributions accepted. SOUPER BOWL COOKOFF LUNCHEON FUNDRAISERDIABETES SUPPORT GROUP- 1st Fri., February 2, 1-3 pm. Front and 3rd Wednesdays at 2 pm. row seats to the “hottest” competition for the best soup and REFIT: Mondays and Wednesdays cornbread prepared by chefs of 2:10 pm-2:55 pm. Get fit to cardio area retirement communities. dance infused with muscle toning Sample a variety of soups and fitness cornbread and cast your vote. Several door prizes will be given WALKING FOR CARDIO: Mondays away. $7/per ticket on sale Jan 2and Wednesdays at 9:30am. Jan 26. Structured walking workouts LEISURE TRAVEL ADVENTURES outdoors. Group meets at front BASH- Wednesday, February 7 at desk. Fee: $11/monthly fee. Walk off 2 pm. You are invited to hear details those Holiday pounds! of local day excursions to overnight destinations, planned for your 2018 BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING: traveling enjoyment. Deposits for Wednesday, trips will be accepted at this time. Jan. 3, 9:30-10:30am. BP reading More details coming soon! and consultation. Provided by retired Geriatric Adult Nurse Practitioner. A blood pressure kiosk is also available in Fitness Annex, sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. BALLROOM DANCING- Mondays and Thursdays, Jan. 22-March 1 from 6-8 pm. $36 per person includes all 12 sessions. Singles and partners welcome! Class instruction by Steppin’ Out Dance Company.

WELLNESS CLUBS: Taking Pounds Off Sensibly (TOPS) Chapter - Mondays at 9:30am; Better Breathing Club – 2nd Wednesdays at 1:00 pm; Rufty-Holmes Garden Club – 2nd Mondays at 2:00 pm ON-GOING EXERCISE CLASSES: 27 different land and aquatics classes offered weekly. Must register and receive a fitness consultation prior to joining a class. No charge for valid Silver Sneakers® or Silver & Fit® supplemental insurance members. Strength and aerobic fitness equipment available with trained staff to provide orientation and instruction. Full schedule on www. ruftyholmes.org Chair Volleyball Monday, Wednesday & Fridays at 1:00 pm in the Fitness Annex. Pre-registration not required. ARTS & CRAFTS WORKSHOPS HANDMADE CARD WORKSHOP: No January class; call the Front Desk to put your name on the interest list.

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BUSY BEES CRAFT CLUB: First Thursdays at 9:30 am. January’s project is decorating and painting baskets. Registration not required. STAINED GLASS CLASSES: New eight-week classes begin January 22. For beginning, intermediate or advanced students. Two sections offered (Mondays 2-5 pm or Mondays 5:45 pm-8:45 pm) Instructor is Mike Ziegler. $55 class fee payable to instructor plus materials. Space is limited WATERCOLOR JAM: Wednesday, Jan. 24, 1:00-4:00 pm. Open session for painters to work on own projects; no instructor present MEMORIES TO MEMOIRS: 2nd Thursdays starting Jan. 11 to July 12, 9:30-11:30 am. Learn memoir writing. $20 for new students and $10 for returning students CLUBS: Creative Needles Group - Wednesdays at 9:30 am; Woodcarvers Group - Thursdays at 1:30 pm; Starry Night Quilters- 2nd Thursdays at 6:30 pm; Rowan Doll Society – 3rd Tuesdays at noon; Sunny Days Quilters – 3rd Thursdays at 1:00 pm; Carolina Artists – 3rd Thursdays at 6:30 pm FUN & GAMES Senior Games Shuffleboard - Friday, Jan. 5, 8:30 am – 11:30 am. BINGO Tuesdays, 1-3 pm, sponsored by Beltone Hearing Aid Centers CARD & GAME DAY, Thursdays, 1-4 pm. Free with refreshments BROADCAST BINGO on Memories 1280 Radio: Rowan County older adults age 60 and older can win prizes from sponsors by listening Monday thru Friday, 6:25 am & 10:25 am. Call the center to have a Bingo Card mailed to you. CLUBS: Evergreen Bridge Club Fridays at 1:00 pm; Golf Association of Rowan Seniors (GARS) – First Mondays at 8:30 am DAY TRIPS LEISURE TRAVEL ADVENTURES BASH- Wednesday, February 7 at 2 pm, to learn about 2018 trips OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CLUB DAY TRIP: Friday, January 26 at Dan Nicholas Park, Salisbury. Meet at the park at 8:30 AM. This is a good opportunity for new hikers or those who have not hiked recently. Choose to walk 2, 3, or 5 miles. Dress appropriately for the weather, bring water and a snack. Call the center to register. Participation is at

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your own risk. In case of inclement weather, call the Center, as the outing may be postponed. Active Walking involved. WALK-ABOUTS Group: January 11 at 1:00 pm – 2018 planning session, at the Center. CLUBS: Trip Advisory Committee2nd Mondays at 10 am SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS (meet at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center unless noted) AARP MEETING: Jan. 4 at 12:30 pm. Meet new Director, Nan Buehrer. Find out what’s happening at the center. Many new and fun on-going things to enjoy! The installation of the 2018 officers and a pizza party will follow. 2018 dues will be collected ($4 per year). All seniors 50+ are invited. YOUNG AT HEART: Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 11:30 am. Cindy Hart, founder and editor of Senior Saavy monthly publication, will discuss the inception, beginning challenges of getting the paper off the ground, and what it takes to deliver this publication throughout Rowan County. Bring your own brown bag lunch. Bring your quarterly dues. Voluntary donations for the North Carolina Veterans home recreation fund and for the Family Crisis Council (Battered Women’s Shelter) are appreciated. Senior Technology Programs COMPUTER CLASSES: You must be a registered Center participant, and pay class fee at Front Desk before class. Learning My New iPadJan. 11 from 1-4 pm Fee: $10 Got a new iPad over the holidays? Learn user friendly techniques and downloading apps for music, books, and more. You must know your general log-in information and iTunes password to participate in the class. New Computer? HELP!!Jan. 12, 12-4pm Fee: $10 This class offers basics including controlling speed of your mouse/ touch pad, making the pointer larger, internet fundamentals, safety guidelines, word processing and more. Android Tablet-Learn to use-Jan. 17, 1-4 pm Fee: $10 Learn to use your new tablet…how to get your apps, find music you like, how to get books for free….and more. Have fun exploring your new “toy.” CLUBS: Computer and Technology Club - Thursdays at 10:00 am

Rufty Holmes Senior Center News CLOSINGS: Monday, Jan. 1 in observance of New Year’s Day and Monday, January 15 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Staff ready to assist individuals and families with general information and assistance in utilizing community services available to older adults. Call the Center’s Information & Assistance Program at 704-216-7704. There are many services available to older adults in our county.

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CLUB MEETINGS THIS MONTH: Ambassadors Club – 1st Monday at noon National Active & Retired Federal Employees – 3rd Mondays at 1:00 pm Seniors Morning Out – 1st Thursday at 10:00 am

2017-2018 AARP TAX PREP: Seniors Without Partners – 2nd Thursday at AARP Foundation offers free income tax preparation. Clients 9:00 am can choose Tuesday morning or afternoon appointments. Find out of Hearing. Schedule an bills? NC Department of Health what to bring. Scheduling begins appointment at Rufty-Holmes by Monday, Jan. 29th for appointments and Human Services is accepting calling 1-800-835-5302. applications to provide a one-time February 6 until April 10. payment to utility companies for GOLD CARDS: Rowan County qualifying residents. To apply, call SENIOR HEALTH INSURANCE residents age 62 and older can Rowan County Department of INFORMATION PROGRAM: obtain passes to attend home Social Services at 704-216-8330. Seniors’ Health Insurance Rowan-Salisbury Schools’ Information Program (SHIIP) athletic, musical and drama counselors provide information and Winter Energy Saving Tips help compare plans. A free service 1. Utilize the sun. Open up curtains events free of charge. Available on south-facing windows to heat up at Rufty-Holmes Front Desk with provided by the NC Insurance a photo ID. rooms. Commissioner’s Office and Rufty2. Bundle Up! Instead of raising Holmes Senior Center. Call our LEGAL ASSISTANCE the thermostat, bundle up in cozy SHIIP office at 704-216-7704 to APPOINTMENTS: Attorneys sweaters, socks, and blankets schedule an appointment. with Legal Aid of North Carolina, 3. Only heat the rooms you use. Close vents and doors to unused Inc. are available to meet at “ARE YOU OK?” SERVICE: the Center by appointment, rooms to conserve heat. Receive a free daily automated 4. Add caulk or weather-stripping to provide assistance in nontelephone safety call. Get details to seal air leaks around doors and criminal matters (family law, and sign up at 704-216-7704. windows public assistance, housing, PURCHASE A Gift Card FOR A consumer protection, etc). CLASS OR ACTIVITY AT RUFTY- VOLUNTEER Service is no cost to low-income HOLMES. A great gift for that senior TRANSPORTATION SERVICES adults age 60 or older, provided who has all they need. Purchase at (VTS) TRAINING- Become a with regional funds from the Area volunteer driver today! Open to the Front Desk. adults 21 years and older who Agency on Aging. To schedule want to give back by helping an appointment, call NC Legal SENIOR NUTRITION NEWS: people in a prompt, courteous, Rufty Holmes is a partner agency Aid office at 1-877-579-7562 and and reliable manner. Volunteer with 2nd Harvest Food Bank of identify yourself as an older adult Drivers receive mileage Metrolina! Needed: Kleenex, residing in Rowan County. reimbursement and $1 million canned tuna, peanut butter and supplemental liability insurance canned soups. Applications APPOINTMENTS FOR accepted for the food bank program coverage. Instructional In-class OMBUDSMAN ASSISTANCE: on Jan. 12, 16, and 18 at 11:30 am training offered either Jan. 16 or Feb. 16 from 10-12 pm at RuftyRegional Long Term Care at various lunch club sites. To learn more, call our nutrition manager at Holmes Center. Call 844-887Ombudsman from Centralina 7433 or visit www.centralinavts. 704-216-7702 for details. Area Agency on Aging, is org for details and register for available to answer individual training. LUNCH CLUBS: Rufty-Holmes questions related to long term Senior Center offers six Rowan care living. Call the Senior Center NEED A RIDE TO THE SENIOR County locations for adults CENTER? The City Bus serves to set up an appointment. age 60 and older to gather for the Senior Center hourly Mondaylunch, fellowship and programs Friday on route # 1. For details Monday thru Friday. No charge call 704-638-5252. to participate, but donations are encouraged and accepted; COUNTY RESIDENTS AGE 60 principally funded by federal, state and local aging grants. For details, AND OLDER ALSO QUALIFY call 704-216-7702. January’s theme FOR TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE TO THE CENTER is Fall Prevention. Learn tips on & LUNCH SITES; CALL 704preventing falls. 216-8888. LOCAL INFORMATION (City of VIEW ADDITIONAL DETAILS ASSISTANCE WITH HEARING Salisbury & Rowan County) AT www.ruftyholmes.org. NEEDS: For hearing devices New Website coming in January! or telephone communication. NEW! LOW INCOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LIEAP) Sponsored by NC Division of Need assistance with your heating Services for the Deaf & Hard

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New Year’s Resolutions

Habitual Goals That Shape Healthy Lifestyles Amber Phillips, Program Manager Rufty-Holmes Senior Center

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s we age, making New Year’s Resolutions are still habitual goals that shape healthy lifestyles. The American Geriatric Society Health in Aging Foundation (2017) recommends these top 10 healthy New Year’s Resolutions for older adults to help achieve your goal of becoming and staying healthy. 1. Eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, low-fat dairy and healthy fats- Your diet should consist of at least five servings of

fruits and vegetables daily, fiberrich whole grains, heart healthy, low in fat meats, sources of calcium and Vitamin D, and the use of herbs and spices to add flavor when cooking. 2. Consider a multivitamin after consulting with your primary health care physician. 3. Be Active-Physical activity can be safe and healthy for older adults. Exercises such as water aerobics, walking, and stretching can help you control weight, build your muscles and bones, and improve balance, posture,

and mood. Check with your insurance plan to see if you are eligible for the Silver Sneakers or Silver&Fit programs. 4. See your provider regularly-Schedule your annual wellness visit to discuss health screenings and changes in your advance directives. Talk to your provider about all the medications you take, and whether or not you still need them. 5. Toast with a smaller glass-The recommended limit for older men is 14 drinks per week and for older women, 7 per week. 6. Guard against falls- Exercises such as walking or working out with an elastic band can increase your strength, balance, and flexibility and help you avoid falls. Eliminate items in your home that are easy to trip over, like throw rugs. Insert grab bars in your bathtub or shower, and install night lights so it’s easier to see at night. 7. Give your brain a workout-The more you use your mind, the better it will work. Read. Do crossword puzzles. Try Sudoku. Socializing also gives your brain a boost. 8. Quit Smoking- It is never too late to quit. You can still reduce your risk of many health problems, breathe easier, have more energy, and sleep better if you quit smoking. 9. Speak up when you feel down or anxiousSome possible signs of depression can be lingering sadness, tiredness, loss of appetite or not having pleasure in doing things you once enjoyed. If this occurs longer than two weeks, talk with your healthcare provider and reach out to friends and family. 10. Get enough sleep-Older adults need at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night. To learn more information visit www.healthinaging.org/resources. Rufty-Holmes Senior Center will be able to assist with your New Year’s Resolutions as various 2018 classes (Ballroom Dancing, Cooking Classes, Classic and Moving to Heal Nia Technique, etc.) will be provided that will get you on the right path to a healthier, happier you.

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Roasted Beets & Sauteed Greens Ingredients: 1 bunch beets with greens 1/4 cup olive oil, divided 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons chopped onion salt and pepper to taste 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar (optional)

Directions: 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (175 degrees C). Wash the beets thoroughly, leaving the skins on, and remove the greens. Rinse greens, removing any large stems, and set aside. Place the beets in a small baking dish or roasting pan, and toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. If you wish to peel the beets, it is easier to do so once they have been roasted. 2. Cover, and bake for 45 to 60 minutes, or until a knife can slide easily through the largest beet. 3. When the roasted beets are almost done, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and onion, and cook for a minute. Tear the beet greens into 2 to 3 inch pieces, and add them to the skillet. Cook and stir until greens are wilted and tender. Season with salt and pepper. Serve the greens as is, and the roasted beets sliced with either red-wine vinegar, or butter and salt and pepper.

Southern Fried Cabbage Ingredients: 3 slices bacon, cut into thirds 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 head cabbage, cored and sliced 1 white onion, chopped 1 pinch white sugar

Directions: 1. Place the bacon and vegetable oil into a large pot over medium heat. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until bacon is crisp. Add cabbage, onion, and sugar to the pot; cook and stir continuously for 5 minutes, until tender.

Wassail Ingredients:

New Year’s Black-Eye Pea Dip

8 lady apples 4 whole allspice berries 1 cinnamon stick 4 whole cloves 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 2 liters ginger ale 25 fluid ounces sherry 1 cup brandy 1 cup milk

Ingredients:

Directions:

1 tablespoon butter 1 large onion, chopped 3 (15 ounce) cans black-eyed peas (such as Bush’s®), drained 1/2 pound processed cheese (such as Velveeta®), cubed

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place whole apples on a baking sheet and bake until brown and tender, about 25 minutes. 2. Gently crush the allspice berries and break up the cinnamon stick. Place the allspice, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger in a cheesecloth bag. 3. In a large sauce pan place 2 cups of the ginger ale and the spice bag. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove spice bag and add the remaining ginger ale, the sherry and the brandy heat until hot. DO NOT BOIL! Whisk in milk and pour into a punch bowl garnish with the baked apples.

Directions: 1.Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir onion in hot butter until translucent, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir black-eyed peas into onion; add processed cheese. Stir until dip is hot and the cheese is melted and smooth, about 5 minutes.

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LITTLE THINGS MEAN A LOT

“You can’t control the cards you are dealt, but you can control how you play the hand.”

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ome little things in the lives of disabled folks can become “major blessings.” These things are sometimes so personal that one might think that I shouldn’t write about them, but the possibility exists that they might be important to only one reader. One thing I have mentioned in previous stories goes back to 2002 when I was in the Standback Rehab unit for five weeks. A man had donated wooden tools about twelve inches long that he had made for pushing oven racks in and out. This unit was meant to help handicapped people use the oven in a safer way. It has worked great for me until I had to get a stove top with no oven beneath it. The shelves in this convection oven slide so easy that I have not had to use this tool as often. I’ve always wondered if that man designed those himself and if he had sold any. Several people have used mine and it has been a great lesson about the “little things.” For the past year since I burned my back with the heating pad, I have

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been receiving home health care and finally all wounds are healed and no bandages are needed. I had been dismissed from home health care and no longer had the weekly visits from the nurses. All of these folks had large important things to do, but they were so good to help me by doing “little things” any way they could and I appreciate them in a “big” way. Every time I have needed home health care, they order the necessary supplies as they use a different supplier. They work in a timely manner and that is another one of those “little things.” The

catheters they supply are so much harder to open and I had to keep scissors handy on the sink to cut them open. I got so surprised when I was finally able to open those little plastic tubes by hand. Some of you can’t imagine how blessed I felt when I could actually perform that “little job.” One other “little thing” I use so frequently is one of many gifts from my friend, Donna; I had never seen those plastic implements before. It is shaped like the letter “J” and is perfect for opening cans with pop tops (especially all those Cheerwine cans provided by Donna and other family and friends.) This “little thing” opens items without breaking my fingernails and I would be lost without it. Being an outside person, I’ve had to accept the fact that there are so many “big jobs” I can’t take care of in my yard. If you don’t enjoy yard work, then you cannot imagine how I feel when I am able to do “little jobs” in my flower beds. This year I decided to sow zinnia seeds that I kept from a flower pot last year. As they sprouted up, I transferred them to large flower pots, I was like a little child as I watched their progress. I was reminded how big “little things” grow in a short time. When they started blooming, I went out and counted 75 flowers in those big pots. I learned that “little things” grow big by the grace of God! I had so many Black-eyed Susans that reproduced from the ground; some people had trouble believing all were the “off-spring” of one pot that I had purchased

two years ago. Unfortunately, weeds came up with some of them. One of the greatest things in “small packages” were the two young children from up the lane who volunteered to pull weeds and help transfer small buckets of mulch. They did not want money, but they love ice cream so I showed my appreciation with their favorite treats. I appreciate their mother sharing them with me as I enjoy little kids so much. She is doing a wonderful job raising her children! As in past years, one of the tiny things I enjoy so much are the humming birds. They are so small but humming bird vines grow huge and will take over everywhere if I am unable to keep them pulled up. (Fortunately, pulling the vines is a fairly easy task in places I don’t want them to take over.) There were so many flowers on those vines that the birds hardly ever went to the feeders. How can such a “little thing” give someone like me so much pleasure? As it says in the opening quotation, there are many “cards” that I can’t control, but if I am willing to try God will help me “play the game.” I just have to keep a positive attitude about the cards that have been dealt to me. Like in the song sung by Kenny Rogers, I have to know when to hold or fold them; when to turn away and know when to hide! Gambling is not my game but “trying” is one of my names…I am known by many as “Linda tries.” I do believe in that old adage: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”

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Our Health

HAVE YOU HEARD?

Lorin S. Oden

Au.D., FAAA Doctor of Audiology

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t is an interesting fact that the beginning of a new year brings about thoughts of change. Did you know that approximately 45% of Americans make New Year resolutions? We imagine ourselves in that new job or smaller pants size. A Journal of Clinical Psychology studies found that people who make resolutions, are 10 times more likely to change their behavior than those who don’t. The number one New Year’s resolution is to lose weight. Just visit the YMCA in January and you can see this first hand. The 5th most common resolution is staying fit and healthy, while #7 is to quit smoking. We are pleased to see such emphasis on improving one’s health. As the rate of obesity and diabetes continues to rise, we as a society need to make some changes. Did you know that people with diabetes are almost twice as likely to develop hearing loss? Diabetes is a metabolic disease in which the bodies inability to produce any or enough insulin causes elevated levels of glucose in the blood. The Better Hearing Institute has issued five habits for healthier hearing for people with diabetes. So as we strive to improve our overall health, let’s include healthy hearing to that list. Hearing depends on small blood vessels and nerves in the

inner ear. Researchers theorize that over time, high blood glucose levels can damage these blood vessels and nerves, diminishing the ability to hear. Therefore hearing health should be included in good diabetes management. Yet hearing tests are frequently overlooked in routine diabetes care. In fact, some experts believe that hearing loss may be an under-recognized complication of diabetes. Findings support routine hearing screenings for people with diabetes starting at an earlier age, than for people without the disease. This is very important from a preventive healthcare perspective. We strive to stop untreated hearing loss from leading to other health problems, like depression or dementia, which would make the diabetes burden even greater. A certain degree of hearing loss is common with aging but it is often accelerated in patients with diabetes, especially if blood-glucose levels are not being controlled. Additional studies point to the importance of patients controlling their diabetes and paying attention to their hearing health. Because hearing loss tends to come on gradually, people aren’t always fully aware of its significance. Untreated hearing loss can lead to withdrawal, isolation, and leave individuals subject to depression and other cognitive issues. 5 Habits for Healthier Hearing for People with Diabetes The Better Hearing Institute encourages people with diabetes to take care of their hearing by following these five healthy habits: 1. Get a thorough hearing exam every year and watch for signs of hearing loss. You do it for your eyes. Now do it for your ears. If you notice a change in your ability

to hear under certain conditions, like a restaurant, go sooner. Remember a diagnostic hearing evaluation, when completed by an audiologist, is covered by your insurance. And be sure to share this information with your primary care physician and endocrinologist. 2. Use hearing aids, if recommended. Hearing aid technology has advanced radically in recent years. While hearing loss is not reversible, today’s hearing aids can dramatically enhance your ability to hear and engage with others. I have been working with hearing aids for almost 30 years, and have seen first-hand how hearing aids can make a tremendous difference in your overall quality of life. 3. Keep your blood sugar under control. Just as your heart, eye, and nerve health are affected by your blood sugar levels, your hearing health may be as well. Work with your doctor to monitor your blood sugar and take appropriate medicines as prescribed. 4. Maintain healthy lifestyles. Even for people without diabetes, a healthy lifestyle benefits hearing health. Not smoking, exercising,

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and maintaining a healthy diet all support your ability to hear. In fact, studies show that smoking and obesity increase the risk of hearing loss, while regular physical activity helps protect against it. 5.Use ear protection. Everyone is at risk of noise-induced hearing loss. But using ear protection is one of the best—and simplest—things you can do to preserve your hearing. Use appropriate ear protection in loud work environments. Get in the habit of quickly plugging your ears with your fingers and walking away if a loud noise takes you by surprise. Most of all, limit your time in noisy environments. As we welcome in 2018, Jane, Beth, Jamie and I would like to wish you a very Happy New Year. So if you need a hearing evaluation, hearing protection or hearing aids, give us a call at 704-633-0023. And remember…have a healthy hearing year! 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 www.hearingsolutionsofnc.com

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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 winter kicks into high gear, we share a different kind of story this month. The Rabbit Box was written by Craig Scott, an inspired pastor and frequent contributor to the Trail Tales column. Craig often enlivens our weekly hike with words of spiritual encouragement. Instruction on how to obtain a free electronic version of this story is posted on the blog hosted at www.hiddentreasurenovels.com. Enjoy this installment.

The Rabbit Box

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© 2009 By Craig Scott

ong ago and far back on the path of life I remember a joyous time. As a youth, running through the winter woods was included among my pleasures. Getting hung up on barbwire or thorns were my worst worries. One time somewhere back there my grandfather introduced me to the rabbit trap. He said, “C’mon little partner and I will show you how to build something out of wood.” Well

I was excited because doing something with my grandpa meant I was a part of his life – the life of gardening and being a woodsman. He selected the appropriate pieces of wood and sawdust began to fly and the old shed echoed the sound of hammering. What became of our efforts that day resulted in a rectangular box with a sliding door on the front and enclosed on all other sides. The top was different though; it had a small stick, grooved on the top and attached in a drilled hole. There was another drilled hole slightly bigger, about three quarters of the way back, which was open. Then there was a short length of string attached to a nail on the top of the sliding door. This

string was attached to another stick which ended with another piece of string attached to a trigger. The trigger was a smaller stick with a notch cut in it about half way down. It went in the open hole, notch fitting against the side holding the other stick which extended over the top of the grooved stick, thus holding the door in an open position. Now the way this apparatus worked was that a person took an apple and mashed it all over the front of the box and around the door then threw the apple and other bait into the back of the box behind the trigger. The rabbit box was set way back in the woods in hope of a rabbit smelling the front of the box, deciding there was

something to eat inside and proceeding into the trap. As the rabbit moves down the tunnel continuing to smell the fruit at the end, he becomes excited and runs into the trigger, releasing it and causing the door to slam shut. At this point the rabbit is trapped and cannot get out until someone opens the door. Every morning I would get up early enough to venture into the woods to check the rabbit box before I had to meet the school bus. I remember one incident like it was yesterday. I reckon the image has been burned onto my brain for life. Anyway, I awoke that morning as like all the rest. Got dressed, ate my Captain Crunch, and ventured out into the woods as the winter sun caressed the treetops over the hill. Excitement grew as I came within view of the trap and noticed the door was shut. Hooraah! At last I had caught a rabbit. I ran to the box, picked up the front, opened the door and . . . and screamed that a monster, NO!, a dragon was caught in my trap. To this day I can still see the pointed teeth and long nose. I just knew the fire breathing was coming next. I ran to my grandpa’s screaming, “monster, Monster, MONSTER!” Grandpa came out of the house to see what all the commotion was about, comforted me, and took care of the monster in the rabbit box. Continued on page 16

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Seniors and the Positive Impact of Social Media Submitted by Lori Eberly, Comfort Keepers

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espite the myth that older people can’t manage technology because of cognitive deficits, seniors are flocking to social media at a rapid pace. In fact, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ (and Hangouts), Pinterest, and Instagram all note higher adoption rates among adults 65 and older- and see seniors as their fastest growing audience.

Seniors Benefit Socially, Mentally, and Physically Older adults who have had positive experiences on social media have reported elevated moods. An American Psychological Association (APA) study found that seniors who spend time on social media sites were more likely to participate in activities that can lead to greater health, such as cooking healthier recipes, and finding easier ways to clean and maintain their homes. The study also indicates that they have lower blood pressure and fewer instances of diabetes, and less negative health habits such as smoking, depression, or disease. This is attributed to the ability for self-education on any number of topics, and remaining in-theknow about the latest technology trends.

Social Media Keeps the Family Together Facebook is particularly useful for linking up with loved ones.

It makes for more frequent conversations and helps close the generation gap. Sharing current photos allows seniors to see their grandchildren change and grow, and creates a closeness and involvement that may not have existed, especially if the family isn’t living close by. Video chats also are a great way to communicate in “real time”. There is also the opportunity to relive fond memories or create new ones through postings of photos and home videos.

Family Peace of Mind When a family lives apart, there can be stress and anxiety on both ends. Social media allows seniors and their families an easy way to check in as often as they wish. This is especially important if the senior is living alone and may experience ill health, a fall, or may not be eating or sleeping well, taking medications, or getting any form of exercise. Family caregivers can use social media to ask critical questions that will let them know what’s occurring in their loved one’s life.

Community Engagement and a Sense of Belonging Feeling connected is very important to any senior’s wellbeing. Social media allows the senior to make plans with others to meet up outside of the home. It also allows seniors who are unable to leave home to socialize online to combat loneliness.

Shopping Online offers Convenience and Savings Even if a senior can’t venture out of the home – due to physical limitations, inability to drive, or inclement weather, for example – he or she can always shop online and enjoy the ease of home delivery. In addition, there are lots of money-saving coupons and online sales, which can be especially convenient and sensible for those who are penny-pinchers or on a fixed income.

Some Precautions Should Be Taken As a caregiver, you may want to monitor the senior’s activities. You may want to make sure that the loved one is not falling for phishing scams and the like. You may also want to make sure they are connecting with trustworthy people – especially if they are conversing in chat rooms and through blogs. Also watch their monetary spending – you don’t want your senior overspending on items they don’t need.

Comfort Keepers® caregivers also help families look after their loved ones. Our unique approach to in-home care,’ Interactive Caregiving™, can help by keeping senior clients engaged physically, mentally and emotionally while living independently at home. For more information, call us at 704 630 0370 or visit www. comfortkeepers.com References: SeniorCareCorner.com. “5 Benefits of Social Media for Seniors – Let’s Help Them Get Online.” by Barry Birkett. Web. 2015. NPR.org. “Why Are Seniors The Fastest-Growing Demographic On Social Media?” Web. 2013. AARP. Social Media Education Center. Web. 2015.

Learning How to Use Social Media A great source for seniors – and family members – is AARP’s Social Media Education Center. There, you can find out about how to use specific (and commonly used) social media websites, apps, and blogs. Visit http://www.aarp.org/homefamily/personal-technology/tek/ social-media-education-center/

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The Rabbit Box continued from page 14 In actuality, it turned out to be an opossum. I didn’t even miss the school bus that day, but I had a story to tell. Moral of the story: Sin, the wrong things we do, can capture us like an animal in a trap. As my mentor in ministry used to tell me, “Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.” How true; the opossum never intended to go far enough to get caught; never intended to stay in that box as long as it had to, or pay the cost involved. Sin takes us down a similar path, entrapping us beyond what we ever imagined; but there is a better way. That way is through Jesus Christ who has overcome death, the world, and all its adversaries, by dying on a cross and rising from the grave three days later. Today you can have assurance of eternal life through Jesus Christ. Just ask Him to come into your life and take control of it. “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world,” John 16:33. So if you have never accepted Jesus Christ, the Son of God, pray right now, wherever you are, according to the Scripture found in Romans 10:13, “For whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” Dear Father, I am a sinner, please forgive me of my sins and

accept me into your family. I believe in Your Son, Jesus, and I believe He came to earth to die for my sins, and rose on the third day, defeating Satan and death. Thank you, dear Lord for forgiving me and giving me eternal life. In Your name, Jesus, I pray. Amen. If you prayed this prayer, and meant it, congratulations, you are now among the family of God, and you have eternal life. You might still be tempted by the apples of this world, but you will never be trapped again; you are truly set free. About Craig Scott Craig, an Eagle Scout, graduated from Appalachian State University, holds a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently working on a Doctorate of Ministry. He is pastor at the Liberty Station Cowboy Church that meets at the Cabarrus Saddle Club, 4370 Zion Church Road, Concord, NC 28025. Service is held each Sunday at 6:00 PM. To learn more, visit Craig’s FaceBook page, contact him at the following email address: pastorcraig1@windstream.net or call at 980-622-7034. You can also reach Craig by mail at P.O.Box 1857, Concord, NC 28026.

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