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ow many mirrors do you have in your home? I have a three-sided bedroom dresser mirror, a cabinet front mirror over the bathroom sink, and a small tabletop mirror that I use for cosmetic and grooming purposes. I’m not particularly fond of any mirrors, however, I did recently purchase a special magical type one that has two adjoining sections. It lights up and plays music as you gaze into it. There are three selection buttons you can choose from. Just press one to

By Jan McCanless janmccanless@aol.com

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ome of the best times in my childhood occurred during the Sunday drive. Remember those? Because it was Sunday, my brother Gregg and I had to stay in our church clothes and stay clean. Play activities were a no-no, so after dinner Pop would load us into the big DeSoto and we’d take a Sunday afternoon drive. We didn’t necessarily have to go far, we just went places that were pleasant to look at. Maybe

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hear the lyrics and music of Cher’s “If I Could Turn Back Time”, Barbra Streisand’s “The Way We Were”, or my most favorite, “The Old Gray Mare – She Ain’t What She Used To Be”. As I sit here staring into this amazing product, I begin reluctantly to admit to and then carefully analyze some personal, precise changes that have slowly occurred during the last almost seventy-eight years of my life. On the left side of the mirror, I have an abundance of shiny, healthy, brownish-blond hair. I move to view the right sided mirror

and see a slightly thinner mane with an addition of various colored strands mixed in – mostly gray and white. The left side shows sparkling, exciting blue eyes looking for adventure and enjoyment in life. The right side reveals some puffiness under the eyes. The sparkle, however, is still there. Oh! Wait a minute! This sparkle is the result of lens implants I received after cataract surgery. The left side shows a nose that resembles my father’s. The nose on the right side is about the same. It may be slightly larger but nowhere

near a Pinocchio! Wow! The skin on my face is so smooth and healthy looking on the left side. When I venture to the right, I see some little lines and wrinkles that have moved in (without permission, of course). No facial age spots are seen, but I do see some unwelcome blushing which has to be the Rosacea that has found a home on my cheeks and refuses to leave. I open my mouth

a park, perhaps we’d drop in on relatives, but we’d go and always enjoyed looking at the passing scenery. There were no malls back then, and what businesses and stores we had were closed. It was Sunday, everything closed. Well, spouse and I talk a lot about the ‘good old days’ and those Sunday drives. We decided recently to take one ourselves. Being cooped up for 14 months during corona, the winter weather etc, we

felt liberated, and wanted to go and drive thru some of the pretty housing developments Rowan county has, we wanted to check out the progress at the park, on their new concession stand, and we just plain wanted to drive thru our lovely farmland that graces our county. My father-in-law always used to say how nice Rowan County’s farms were. He was right. We started out at a slow

leisurely pace, and in no time at all there was a line of cars behind us. A lot of them honked, many gave us the ‘finger wave’ as they zoomed past us. Now, how can anyone enjoy looking at things if you are going 65-70 miles an hour, just hurrying from one place to another? And what kind of deranged individual would honk and blow off a couple of old people out for a leisurely drive anyway? Continued on page 2

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Whatever Happened to the Sunday Drive? continued from page 1 One thing writers enjoy doing is observing people, places, and things. I looked, and I enjoyed. This is a beautiful, terrific country, and I get sorta annoyed when I hear people trashing it. I don’t see anybody knocking on the doors trying to get into Russia, or North Korea, or China- - -do you ? I know our system of government can be flawed, and sometimes our elected officials

forget they are working for us, and not them, but show me something better- - - if you can. You want to celebrate the 4th, take a drive in the country; look at our lovely farms and homes, and notice the beautiful gardens. See all the children playing in the yard. You might notice too ,all the shoppers, they are filling the parking lots, and metal baskets with goods not easily available in other countries,

and they paid for it all with money they earned doing what they want. You won’t find that in Cuba! 4th of July is our holiday, ours alone .No other country can claim it, or boast of the multitude of goods, services ,and privileges we have in America. So go out there and enjoy, look, take it all in, have a picnic, shoot off some fireworks, and Thank God for America!

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Before I Was Me continued from page 1 to the left side and see a full set of sparkling white teeth which look ready to indulge in yummy, healthy food. I hesitate a moment, move to the right side and find a mouth with a few less teeth. The remaining ones show a little color age, but I am grateful that the teeth that are still holding on are natural ones, although they often limit my mouth to chewing certain foods. The neck is short on both sides. I don’t notice any “turkey” neck resemblance, but I have to admit to a little crepiness (not creepiness) which should improve after I slap on some more lotion and “miracle” face cream. After careful consideration, I have decided to pack up this new magical twin mirror contraption and return it to the manufacturer. I really have

no need for it because I am choosing to accept, be grateful and give thanks to God for the slightly altered appearance I currently have. I realize that these changes are all natural and that I am blessed to receive each of them with each aging day of my life. Julie Andrews (actress and singer) celebrated her 80th birthday this past October. She performed a musical number, “My Favorite Things”, in the legendary movie, “Sound of Music”. I am now sharing with you her take on aging and quoting the actual lyrics she uses at this time in her life:

Maalox and nose drops and needles for knitting. Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings. Bundles of magazines tied up in string. These are a few of my favorite things. Cadillacs and cataracts, and hearing aids and glasses, Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses. Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings. These are a few of my favorite things. When the pipes leak, when the bones creak, when the knees go bad, I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don’t feel so bad. Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions. No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions. Bathrobes and heating pads and hot meals they bring. These are a few of my favorite things. Back pains, confused brains, and no need for sinnin’, thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin’. And we won’t mention our short, shrunken frames, when we remember our favorite things. When the joints ache, when the hips break, when the eyes grow dim. Then I remember the great life I’ve had , and then I don’t feel so bad. POST GLOW: These lyrics are so relative and inspiring that it makes me want to burst out singing along with Louis Armstrong’s, “What a Wonderful World”. Won’t you please join me? To all Senior Savvy readers, writers and staff: I sincerely wish you all a great, blessed and safe summer!!

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Rescues Are My Favorite Breed By Michelle Witty Williams

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he poem below has real meaning to me and My Sweet Boy Cody. You see, eight years ago I had

been to my mammogram appointment. They had found some abnormal spots, and i had to schedule a second appointment to have a

Always Pass Me By

“They always seemed to pass me by, I never knew the reason why. All my friends had found a home, And only I remained alone. But finally somebody came, And spoke to me with gentle tone. I hardly dared believe it true, Into my human’s arms I flew.

Our first embrace - my heart beat fast, A family of my own at last! And when tonight I rest my head, In my new warm and cosy bed. A prayer I’ll send, high up above, May all the shelter pups find love.” Photo courtesy of Loren McCaghy, Heather Twisdale, and Tipton County Animal Shelter, Tennessee.

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sonogram done. As I left the imagining place, I told myself I’m going to the shelter to get me a dog! Because everyone knows when your mammogram shows up something, it scares the crap out of you, and of course I thought the worse. I may be dying, so I wanted to get a dog to love since I thought I was dying. I get to shelter and spoke to a guy there, and he showed me all the small precious babies up front. But I asked him if he would take me to the back where the big dogs are that some don’t get a second chance. Me and this guy walk to the back and outside, I walked up and down trying to make my decision. Every dog out there was jumping up and down and barking. Most were such beautiful dogs, but there was only one dog who just sat there at his gate and never looked up. I told the guy I would take that one, and he says are you sure? I said yes sir, he looks defeated. The nice guy gets a blue leash, and gets this dog out for me. I ask him what kind of dog he is? He says a coonhound. I was like awesome, not sure what that is, but I knew I wanted him in

my life. So I go inside to do my paperwork, and pay for the adoption. As I’m outside and ready to leave with my new boy, the guy inside comes out and asked me if he could take me and my new dogs picture. I was like sure can! The guy thanks me for adopting this sweet boy, and I say back to him... Well, Thank You for letting me adopt him and I just laughed. Then, the guy told me, you don’t understand... this dog was on the board to be euthanized today! Me and my boy get in my truck to head home, and as I started to cry, this big boy comes and lays down beside of me and lays his head on my lap. I could honestly feel his love he had for me. When I got home, a lot of people were sending messages and texts, saying me and my dog were on the shelter’s website page. So I pulled it up and there it was, me and my new dog! The easy part was naming him... I named him after my Son, whom I loved very much. This is my story of how when you feel defeated like this dog, someone will always be there to show you how much they care and will love you to the end. I still cry when I think about this and how defeated my sweet boy looked when I first saw him. I always tell my Cody boy how I saved his life, but in reality, he saved mine. In the past 8 years, he has gone completely blind in one eye, has lost his hearing, but one thing that has never changed is his loving soul and how much he still loves me! Rescues are my Favorite breeds.

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HONORING AND REMEMBERING CANCER SURVIVORS AND THEIR CAREGIVERS By Mary Knapp for Relay For Life of Rowan County

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lthough June recognized cancer survivors with a special day, we remember and honor our survivors, and their caregivers, year round. We know that it is probably impossible to find a day when new survivors are not diagnosed. As volunteers with Relay For Life, we hope to support the American Cancer Society in its efforts to continue research into finding cures and relief for cancer patients Several cancer organizations recognize certain cancers each month. The month of July has been designated to remember and honor those who are diagnosed with sarcoma and bladder cancer. We focus attention on these cancers to help our readers think about the symptoms of cancer and if they are suffering those or similar symptoms, have a physical examination to hopefully rule out cancer as the cause. If cancer is the cause, finding it early is very important. In July, that cancer known as sarcoma is highlighted. A sarcoma is a type of cancer that

starts in tissues like bone or muscle. There are numerous types of sarcomas, and those that start in bones are often found in children. Sarcomas are very often not easy to detect early, but if there is a history of sarcoma in one’s family, it is often recommended to have genetic testing done. Another cancer recognized by cancer groups during July is bladder cancer. The most common type of bladder cancer is sometimes known as transitional cell carcinoma (TTC). The cancer cells form in cells that line the inside of the bladder. Different layers of the bladder tissue may form other types of cancer, including a squamous type. Believe it or not, smoking is considered as a likely cause or contributor to the formation of bladder cancer. Other factors may be working with organic chemicals used in certain manufacturing industries. If one works in such a plant, be sure to follow safety guidelines to limit your exposure to those chemicals. Even chemicals found in certain hair dyes may contribute to bladder cancer,

so hairdressers and barbers need to be careful. Also those dealing with diesel fuels are prone to develop bladder cancer, so caution needs to be taken in industries that deal with diesel fuels. “Studies to date have not found that any vitamins or supplements help prevent bladder cancer. In fact, beta-carotene supplements have been found to slightly increase risk.” However, drinking liquids, especially lots of water, may lower the risk. And even the increased eating of fruits and vegetables may help in lowering the risk, although those studies have not been proven. For more information on sarcoma and bladder cancers, read about them on the American Cancer Society website www.cancer.org or if you may call the ACS number 1-800-227-2345 which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You will be speaking with a trained cancer information specialist. To help the American Cancer Society keep these services and others going, be sure to

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make donations when requested. For example, until July 11, Relay For Life of Rowan County is sponsoring LIGHT THE FIGHT. Light up your own porch or deck or ask your neighbors if they would like to participate. Perhaps your neighborhood or church would like to participate. Order luminary bags or colorful pinwheels to display the names of survivors or deceased cancer patients. Luminaries and pinwheels are $10 each or three for $25. For more information or for supplies, please contact Jenny7022@gmail.com. Or to simply make donations to the American Cancer Society, mail your donation to American Cancer Society, Attn: RFL of Rowan County #HBNKBC, 1901 Brunswick Ave, Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 08207. Please allow three weeks for processing.

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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. We often hike the path that meanders through restored oak-savanna and farmland along Adams Creek. Over time we have explored numerous other trails in the Carolina Piedmont. On every walk we share stories about our past and consider dreams for the future. In late September 2016 we constructed a Little Free Library to house print versions of those stories; we called them Trail Tales. We make those stories available to readers of Senior Savvy on a monthly basis, no hiking gear required.

Craig Scott is a longtime contributor to Trail Tales. In this issue, Craig shares the first of several tales that will appear in the coming months. If you’d like to share your story in this column, text or call 980 621 0398. Instruction on how to obtain a free electronic version of this story is posted on the blog hosted at www.hiddentreasurenovels.com.

Take The Road by The Kennel

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rails, footpaths, roadways, railways, and channels all connect one place to another, connect one culture to another, and connect one person to another. Reading stories, novels, and tall tales can also link entire groups of people together. No matter the race, creed, tribe, or nation - stories can relate different ways of life to all groups of people. The way this phenomenon takes

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place isn’t complicated; individuals imagine themselves as a character in the tale and can then experience a completely different culture. In the process, they learn from each other and in some enchanted way, experience a new culture previously unbeknown to them. Stories can make them happy in laughter, sad in tears, and transport them to new horizons. In the following months, I plan to share a few of the stories I have come across on my voyage through life. Some happened to me, some were told to me, some are true, some are tall tales; you decide. First story. My wife Terri and I were traveling the island of

Ocracoke once and found ourselves in need of directions. Now, mind you younger folk who might be reading a pass along copy of this story from your elders, this was before Global Positioning System (GPS) and yes, time did exist before GPS. Anyway, as I was filling the gas tank of our ’88 Toyota 4x4 I asked an older gentleman how to find our destination. He replied, “Follow the road by the kennel and it will take you there.” I jumped back in our vehicle and told my wife, “We need to find the kennel.” She responded, “The dog kennel?” and I said, “I reckon, that was what the man told me; to follow the

road by the kennel.” After an hour of trying to find a dog kennel we were about to give up when my wife exclaimed, “We need to find this kennel quickly because driving beside this water canal is giving me the creeps. Like, I am thinking an alligator is going to jump out of here at any time and eat us.” Then it dawned on me the older gentleman was not talking about a dog kennel. He was speaking of a water canal. [Note: Some of the older Ocracokers who lived on the island when it was not connected to the mainland by bridge or ferry still spoke a cultured version of the Continued on page 15

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THE FLAME OF LIFE By Jerry Genovese Joanandjerry@outlook.com

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et me ask you something. How many times in your lifetime, have you found yourself just staring, mesmerized, looking at a fire? You know you have, we all have at one time or another. Whether it be a fire at home in your own fireplace, or a campfire while out with friends, or a beach party at the shore. What is it that just hypnotizes us every time, to just get lost, staring into the fire? It’s amazing. Is it the dancing flames of which no two are ever alike, or the beautiful colors that emerge time and time again, or the rhythm of the movement that gently send thousands of tiny little stars upward and away into the darkness. Whatever it is, it does it to me every time, I can’t help it, I just love getting lost in a fire. I can sit and watch one for hours. I got to thinking about that one time, and for some reason,

the fire reminded me of a person’s lifetime. To make a fire, you start by putting your kindling together at the base, kind of like when you start talking about starting a family. Then you start stacking your logs in a manner that will allow the air to flow through for a better draft to get the fire going. This also is like preparing for a baby when you start thinking about a baby’s room, and all the furniture and supplies that you will need. Then the time comes to “light” the fire, to give birth to the flame, and you know what THAT is similar too. Now you’ve got it started, and the fire begins to grow, as does the pregnancy, and your fire is born, and you are alive! And life begins. The fire starts out small, as you do, and slowly starts to reach out to other twigs and logs that you have prepared for it, and eventually the fire is big and strong, the way you have

become. And the fire flourishes, as do you, and all is good and strong. After a while, things start to settle down, and the roar of the fire subsides a little to just a nice steady flame, that lasts for a good amount of time, kind of like your mid life period. As time passes, the strength of the fire starts to dwindle a little, since most of the good wood has been burned, and the flame starts to get smaller, and weaker, also the way we get as we age. Finally, the flames start to flicker, and start to disappear one by one, for there isn’t much left to feed the life of the fire, the same as when we get older, and no longer have the burn that we once had in our youth. Eventually, the flame goes out, and the beautiful fire comes to an end, the way everything eventually does, even us. All that’s left for a while, is the memory of the beautiful fire, in the gentle smoke that rises

from the ashes. A temporary reminder, of what once was, and before long, even the smoke is gone, forever, and just the memory is left in the minds of those that had watched it roar. I just wonder, if that, is the reason we all get hypnotized when we watch a fire. Are we subconsciously watching the beginning, middle, and end, of our own life, as it emerges, roars, and then slowly comes to an end? It’s an interesting concept, don’t you think? So the next time you have the opportunity to enjoy watching a fire, think about it. And maybe, just maybe, that is the reason why we are always wanting to “put another log on the fire”, because we don’t want to see the fire come to an end. To just keep it going, just a little longer. Here’s hoping you have plenty of logs stored up, for your fire of life. GOD BLESS!

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Cream Cheese Pickles

Easy Pulled Pork

Ingredients:

Ingredients:

8 kosher dill pickles, patted dry

1 onion, thinly sliced 4 ½ pounds bone-in pork loin end roast salt and ground black pepper to taste ¾ cup cider vinegar ¼ cup water ½ (18oz) bottle hickory brown sugar barbeque sauce 3 tablespoons brown sugar, or to taste

2 (8oz) packages cream cheese, softened 2 ½ ounces thin-sliced beef luncheon meat

Directions: 1.Spread or pat cream cheese around each pickle. Wrap 2 sheets of meat around each pickle. Refrigerate pickles overnight, and slice before serving.

Best Ever Cowboy Caviar Ingredients: ½ cup olive oil ½ cup vegetable oil ½ cup cider vinegar ½ cup white sugar 1 (14oz) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained 1 (14oz) can black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained 1 (11oz) can white shoepeg corn, drained 1 red onion, chopped 2 stalks celery, chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped ½ cup chopped cilantro

Directions: 1.Combine olive oil, vegetable oil, cider vinegar, and sugar in a saucepan; bring to a boil, remove from heat, and cool to room temperature. 2. Stir pinto beans, black-eyed peas, corn, onion, celery, red bell pepper, and cilantro together in a large bowl. Pour cooled oil mixture over bean mixture and toss to coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate, stirring occasionally, for 24 hours. Drain excess dressing before serving.

BBQ Meatballs Ingredients: 1 (16oz) package frozen meatballs 1 (18oz) bottle barbecue sauce ¼ cup ketchup

Directions: 1. Place prepared meatballs, barbeque sauce, and ketchup in a slow cooker. 2. Cook on a low heat for 4 hours, stirring occasionally.

Directions: 1. Arrange onion slices in the bottom of a slow cooker. Season pork with salt and pepper and place over onion. Add vinegar and water. 2. Cook pork on Low for 8 hours. Transfer pork to a platter and shred with two forks. Remove and discard about half the pork juices from slow cooker and stir in shredded pork, barbeque sauce, and brown sugar.

Red, White, and Blue Dump Cake Ingredients:

1 (21 oz) can strawberry pie filling 1 cup frozen blueberries 1 (18.25 oz) package white cake mix (such as Betty Crocker® Super Moist Vanilla) ½ cup butter, melted

Directions: 1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). 2. Dump the strawberry pie filling into a 9x12-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with blueberries. Pour cake mix on top of blueberries. Drizzle melted butter on top. 3. Bake in the preheated oven until the top is a light golden brown, about 45 minutes. Serve warm.

4th of July Fruit Kabobs Ingredients: 2 watermelons 1 (10.5oz) package fresh blueberries wooden skewers

Directions: 1. Slice watermelon in thick slices. Cut out stars using a cookie cutter. 2. Skewer about 15 blueberries on a wooden skewer and 1 watermelon star on top. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

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6 SUMMER WORKOUT TIPS TO KEEP YOU SAFE IN THE HEAT by Autumn Jones

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ith the summer sun begging you to venture outdoors and warm your skin, you may be inspired to take your exercise routine outside. An outdoor summer workout can offer a fun change of scenery from your local fitness club, but there are a few considerations to keep in mind, like protecting yourself from the elements and staying hydrated! Before you trade in the treadmill for a warm summertime run, prepare yourself to stay safe while working out in the seasonal conditions with these six simple – yet oh so important – tips. 1. WEAR YOUR SUNSCREEN There’s no bigger summer bummer than a nasty sunburn, so if you’re exercising outdoors, lather up with a hefty dose of SPF. It’s a good idea to choose a

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sunscreen with a sports formula that’s designed to withstand a workout (and won’t be washed away by sweat). 2. REMEMBER TO DRINK WATER Staying hydrated is a top priority when working out, but don’t wait until you’re exercising to start sipping. According to Men’s Fitness, a good rule of thumb is to “drink 8 oz. of water 30 minutes before you hit the gym to ensure your muscles are firing on all cylinders. Then drink 16 oz. within 30 minutes of finishing.” You should also consider the conditions in which you’ll be exercising. It’s a good idea to drink more than 8 oz. prior to a workout if you’re heading outdoors to exercise in the heat, planning a longer routine, or aren’t already fully hydrated. Continued on page 15

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HAVE YOU HEARD? multiple medications, sleep disorders, chronic anxiety and depression. It is probable many PCPs do not have the time needed to address cognitive concerns with their patients and may not recognize impairment until the moderate to severe stage. I Lorin S. Oden have discussed this issue with Au.D., FAAA a local physician, who is also Doctor of Audiology a patient of our clinic, and he agrees. He said we think we ognition is a relevant know our patients and only and emotional topic for most people. According screen those we think are having an issue, but in a clinic to the Global Alzheimer’s environment many patients Disease Awareness Survey, 62 percent of adults worry they may can fool us. Several theories may develop Alzheimer’s disease-a explain the correlation concern that is greater than between hearing loss and cancer, stroke, heart disease, diabetes and arthritis combined. cognitive decline. Lin and Subjective cognitive decline can Albert described common factors such as age, vascular be an early sign of dementia risk (smoking, diabetes), and but according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, social factors (education), as well as the effect of hearing many concerned patients never discuss their symptoms with their loss on increased cognitive load, changes in brain primary care physician. structure and function, and According to the Lancet reduced social engagement. Commission, hearing loss is The increase on cognitive load the leading modifiable risk results in poor performance for cognitive decline when on memory and executive addressed in midlife. However, function tasks. Typically a individuals with subjective diagnosis of dementia or cognitive decline and the cognitive decline is given by a general public may be unaware PCP or neurologist. Because of the effects of hearing loss hearing loss and dementia on cognitive function. Other have similar symptoms, it is contributing factors include recommended to have hearing but are not limited to vision assessments prior to formal loss, diabetes, hypertension,

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cognitive testing while wearing appropriate amplification /modifications. In an audiology clinic, we spend more time with our patients throughout multiple visits. A patient’s cognitive performance plays an important role in their overall audiological abilities and assessment. It impacts our patient’s ability to process speech, especially in background noise, influences their decisionmaking process and affects reaction time and memory. Cognitive performance helps guide audiological treatment by enabling us to better understand and anticipate the needs of our patients, supporting the selection and fitting of hearing technology and allowing for more targeted rehabilitative measures that may contribute to successful outcomes. For these reasons we have implemented cognitive screening in our clinic. When necessary, a referral to a PCP or neurologist can be provided. Most, if not all, of our professional organizations recognize cognitive screening (not diagnosis) within our scope of audiology practice. We are using Cognivue Thrive: a nonverbal cognitive screening procedure that is computerized, selfadministered program that eliminated the effects of

scorer bias and hearing ability. A study in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society reported hearing aids may have a mitigating effect on trajectories of cognitive decline later in life, stating that “providing hearing aids or other rehabilitative services for hearing impairment much earlier in the course of hearing impairment may stem the worldwide rise of dementia”. Although improvements in cognitive skills have been observed with hearing aid use “we do not have direct, objective, causal evidence which confirms hearing aid use prevents cognitive decline or improves function”. Many research studies are underway to provide more needed insight. We are excited to take our diagnostic evaluation and rehabilitation services to the next level. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, please call Jamie or Diane at 704-633-0023. Visit us at www. hearingsolutionsofnc.com. Jane, Cheryl and I look forward to seeing you soon. For more information or to schedule a hearing evaluation, contact Dr. Lorin S. Oden at Hearing Solutions of North Carolina, 464 Jake Alexander Blvd. W., Salisbury, NC 28147 704-633-0023 www.hearingsolutionsofnc.com

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Funny facts are unbelievable… But all 100% true!

1. The insignia of the Royal New Zealand Airforce is a kiwi. A flightless bird. 2. There is a technical name for the “fear of long words”. It’s called “hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia.” 3. The blob of toothpaste that sits on your toothbrush has a name. It’s called a “nurdle.” 4. Flowers like Viagra. It can make them stand up straight in a vase for up to a week longer. 5. In 2012, a man donned 9 pairs of jeans and 60 shirts on a 11 hour flight in China, to avoid paying extra baggage fees. 6. A Norwegian village is named Hell. And guess what happens in winter. Yep, Hell freezes over. 7. Dolly Parton once entered a look-alike contest and lost. 8. High heels were first invented for men. Women didn’t adopt the fashion until the 18th century. 9. Cows don’t like country music. They produce up to 3% more milk when listening to music, but not if it’s country and western. 10. 7% of Americans pray to God for a parking spot. 11. A single sneeze travels 100 miles per hour and shoots 100,000 germs into the air. Ahhh! 12. It’s impossible to hum while holding your nose. 13. Lobsters used to be so cheap that they were frequently used to feed prisoners. 14. Cheese is the most shoplifted food in the world. 15. Toilet seats are cleaner than your mobile phone. 16. Scotland’s national animal is a unicorn. 17. Coca-Cola owns all website URLs that can be read as ahh, all the way up to 62 h’s. 18. The biggest tyre manufacturer in the world is Lego. 19. It’s illegal to own just one guinea pig in Switzerland because they get lonely. 20. The voice of Mickey Mouse and the voice of Minnie Mouse got married. 21. Melbourne was once named Batmania. 22. In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere. 23. A snail can have up to 25,000 teeth. 24. The Bible is the world’s most shoplifted book.

25. France has a town with just one letter, Y. 26. The longest time between the first and second twin being born is 87 days. 27. A jockey once won a race despite being dead. Jockey Frank Hayes had a heart attack and died mid-race, but he stayed in the saddle and his horse won. 28. The Romans used to whiten their teeth with urine. 29. The largest snowflake ever measured was 38 centimeters across. 30. In Utah it’s illegal to swear in front of a dead person. 31. A donkey will sink in quicksand but a mule won’t. It’s because the mule remains calm. 32. Every cow has a best friend. 33. Turtles can breathe through their rear end. 34. A platypus doesn’t have a stomach. 35. During World War 2 the Oscar statuettes were made out of wood. 36. Donald Duck was banned in Finland because he doesn’t wear pants. 37. It was illegal to change a light bulb in your own home, if you lived in Victoria. 38. All the Fruit Loop colours taste the same. 39. President Banana of Zimbabwe brought in a law to make it a crime to make fun of his name. 40. The scientific name for the gorilla is Gorilla Gorilla Gorilla. 41. Grapes explode if you put them in the microwave. 42. The tiny pocket in jeans was made for pocket watches. 43. Norway knighted a penguin. He’s Sir Nils Olav. He’s the Norwegian Guard’s mascot. 44. Your nose and ears never stop growing.

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Our Community

Why I Do What I Do By Beth Bost

I watched a patient die this morning… I watched when he came in by EMS and how everyone who saw him knew it wasn’t good… I watched the medic produce his DNR and knew what that meant… I watched the monitor as we got his vitals. Heart rate was 122 and BP was 53/36 with agonal respirations… I watched the look on everyone’s faces when they saw the monitor too…

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I watched when we assessed him. Core was warm but extremities were starting to cool. Pupils were fixed and unresponsive… I watched as his two daughters came into the room and cried out for their Daddy… I watched the look on everyone’s faces as they cried, “Daddy please don’t leave us! We just lost our mom three weeks ago. Please…” I watched this man’s daughters comfort him, rub his head, talk to him, and hold his hands. They talked about what a wonderful person he was… I watched the monitor as his heart rate went to 40 and his BP went to 44/28… Then I watched him stop breathing and his heart rate went to zero… As we felt for a pulse and listened for a heart beat, I watched the other nurse in the room look at me and shake his head as I was shaking mine… I watched his daughters as they asked me if he was gone… I watched them sob as I confirmed what they already knew… Even in their sadness, I watched them thank all of us for our help taking care of their precious daddy… And even in their sadness, I watched them rejoice as their parents, who were married over 70 years, were reunited… I watched a patient die today…

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But I also watched a precious father hang on until his daughters got to him and got to say goodbye… I used to think that working in EMS had hardened my heart, and in some ways it has (because it has to)… but today, I watched as it softened… Today… was one of the many days that I was reminded of why I do what I do.

Across

1. Unit of land 5. Genuflected 10. Clout 14. Decoy 15. Female internal reproductive organ 16. Arab chieftain 17. Underestimate 19. Competent 20. Foot digit 21. Lubricated 22. A sloping mass of loose rocks 23. Preachings 25. Snow house 27. An uncle 28. Choke 31. Manages 34. They make wool 35. 59 in Roman numerals 36. Modify

37. Like a girl 38. Common hop 39. Downturn 40. Smelling spoiled 41. Moves briskly 42. Cover 44. 3 in Roman numerals 45. Pen made from a feather 46. Cherubic 50. Gush forth 52. Hindu social division 54. Card with one symbol 55. He writes in verse 56. Germs in the blood 58. A Freudian stage 59. Doorkeeper 60. Transgressions 61. Kid 62. Strict 63. Wise one

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1. Borders on 2. Small boat 3. Equestrian 4. French for “Summer” 5. Relating to cows 6. Ellipses 7. Welt 8. Knowledgeably 9. Coloring agent 10. Guiding light 11. Embroilment 12. Dossier 13. No charge 18. Suite 22. Smack 24. Encounter 26. Midway between white and black 28. Rip up 29. Fluff

30. Former spouses 31. Formally surrender 32. Norse god 33. Small fry 34. Broadcast in multiple media 37. Jail (British) 38. French cheese 40. Fortitude 41. Striped feline 43. Throw forcefully 44. Apprentice 46. Daisylike bloom 47. Female demon 48. Cake frosting 49. Stop 50. Petty quarrel 51. Small horse 53. Pang 56. Public transit vehicle 57. S

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Our Health

COVID 19: What We’ve Learned By: Kara Kindley Lemon, MSW, LCSW, CDP

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e hope we are coming out of this pandemic… So, what have we learned about mental health during this time….? Or better yet, what has the pandemic reminded us? I suggest it’s not what we have learned, but rather what the pandemic has forced us to recognize.

-We are emotional beings. This is the bottom line of our mental health. We cannot turn off our emotions. Ignoring or stuffing our feelings is the beginning of problems, leading us toward mental illness. Stress and grief are common reactions to uncommon situations, such as this pandemic. To maintain mental health, we need toacknowledge whatever feelings we are experiencing and learn to embrace them in order to manage them in a healthy way.

-We are relational beings. Connection is crucial for our

mental health. Not only has the pandemic highlighted this for us, but if you’ve watched the reality show, “Alone,” you’ve seen this with the participants who have stayed in the wilderness 2 weeks or longer. During this pandemic, we have all been in a “research project,” so to speak, especially those in long term care communities and hospitals. This research project has shown us what happens when people can’t touch, hug, or be close to their loved ones,as well as what happens to us as humans when we have to live with significant uncertainty for weeks and months on end. This has given us an opportunity for naturally occurring statistics on the impact felt by the lack of or decreased physical contact, along with the impact of significant amounts of uncertainty, just to name a couple. As we consider the results of this research project, this is

what we know thus far…

Substance Use

Pre-pandemic, the NIH reported 19% of adults experienced an anxiety disorder. 20% of adults 45-59 and 9% of those over 60 experienced an anxiety disorder. During the pandemic, 80%+ people who took an anxiety screen scored with moderate to severe symptoms. Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, unease or tension (or a combination of these) typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome (this pandemic has had an uncertain outcome for over a year now). It can also include self doubt about one’s capacity to cope with it.

13.3% of those surveyed, reported having started or increased substance use to cope with stress or emotions related to COVID-19. During the first 7 weeks of the pandemic starting in March 2019, liquor store sales increased by 21%, online alcohol sales increased by 234% over the year prior. It is unclear how much of this led to increased consumption and how much was stockpiling. Alcohol consumption among adults increased 14% from 2019 to 2020. Women showed a 41% increase in alcohol use over 2019. Monthly drug overdose deaths grew by about 50 percent between February - May, 2020 to more than 9,000; they were likely still around 8,000 in August. Prior to 2020, U.S. monthly overdose deaths had never risen above 6,300.

Trauma

Suicidal Thoughts

Anxiety

26% of adults surveyed in June 2020, reported symptoms of a trauma or stress related disorder, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and acute stress disorder. This pandemic has been traumatic for some and has been a trauma trigger for others with trauma in their past.

Isolation Among people who screened with moderate to severe symptoms of anxiety, 70% reported that one of the top 3 things contributing to their mental health concerns was loneliness or isolation.

When it comes to thoughts of suicide, in one survey, 37% of people reported having thoughts of suicide more than half or nearly every day in September 2020. In another, 10.7% of respondents who reported having seriously considered suicide in the 30 days before completing the survey. As you can see, the pandemic has been quite the emotional challenge for us! This in no way means we are weak; it just means we are emotional, relational beings. My hope is that as we move toward returning to “normal,” we also take care of ourselves and our mental health by embracing our feelings. If we are not sure how to do that or what to do with our feelings, then we should seek support to manage our feelings in a healthy way. Kara works with the NC Geriatric Adult Mental Health Specialty Team. They provide trainings in various settings. See our ad.

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From Our Readers

Take The Road by The Kennel

6 SUMMER WORKOUT TIPS TO KEEP YOU SAFE

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King’s English making it hard to understand some of the time.] Again, people of different cultures experience different events, speak different dialects. Their stories bridge and ferry our worlds together. In fact, the other day a lady at Terri’s school shared a story with me that I would never have experienced. It was exciting to view the story from her perspective and live it from her experience. I plan to share that tale with Trail Tales readers this Fall.

In the meantime, I encourage each of you to share the stories that you encounter on your life path. Dr. Craig Scott: Dr. Craig Watts Scott is a prolific writer. He also happens to be a pastor. Craig has been in ministry for 20 years. Craig holds a Doctor of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. To learn more, contact Craig. You can reach Craig at pastorcraigs@gmail.com or send a note to Craig at P.O. Box 1857, Concord, NC 28026

3. HYDRATE 2.0 The summer heat can zap your electrolytes fast, so be sure to replenish with foods rich in the minerals needed to keep your body balanced. Try a post-workout snack of bananas, olives, nut butter, or leafy green veggies to give your electrolyte levels a boost, as Prevention suggests. 4. CHOOSE YOUR TIME WISELY If you’re craving some fresh air, take a look at the daily weather forecast to check for the lowest temperature of the day, then plan your outdoor exercise regimen accordingly. This is an easy way to enjoy a summer workout while lowering the risks that come with performing physical activity during peak hours. There are a number of benefits to exercising in the early morning as well as the evening hours. Aside from enjoying the cooler temperatures, you may find that working out during “offpeak” times provides a great

opportunity to clear your head and mentally prepare for the tasks that await you! 5. GEAR UP Exercising outside means making a few wardrobe adjustments. Gear up in breathable, lightweight, moisture-wicking, or mesh materials to help keep your body cool. And remember to put on a hat and sunglasses to avoid getting a sunburn on your scalp and protect your eyes. 6. DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE GYM When exercising outside, it’s important to pay extra close attention to the signals your body is sending. Feeling dizzy, overheated, nauseous, or short of breath? It’s a sign to take a break, get hydrated, and cool off. Also, just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you should forget about the gym! Sometimes a temperature-controlled environment may be exactly what you need to escape the summer heat and still fit in your workout. As always, please consult with a physician prior to beginning any exercise program.

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Our Finances

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MEDICARE! WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU TURN 65 By Lisa Wallace

ocial Security Public Affairs Specialist in Charlotte, NC

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his July marks the 56th anniversary of Medicare. Did you know you can apply for Medicare online even if you are not ready to start your retirement benefits? Applying online can take less than 10 minutes. There are no forms to sign and we usually require no additional documentation. We’ll process your application and contact you if we need more information. Knowing when to apply for Medicare is very important. You have a limited initial enrollment period to apply. If you miss the initial enrollment period, you may have to pay a higher monthly premium. If you’re eligible for Medicare at age 65, your initial enrollment period begins three months before your 65th birthday and ends three months after that birthday. Visit www.ssa.gov/benefits/medicare to apply for Medicare and find other important information. Some Medicare beneficiaries may qualify for Extra Help with their Medicare prescription drug plan costs. To qualify for Extra Help, a person must be receiving Medicare, have limited resources and income, and reside in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia. Read our publication Understanding the Extra Help With Your Medicare

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Prescription Drug Plan for more information at www.ssa. gov/pubs/EN-05-10508.pdf. The official Medicare website at Medicare.gov offers many online services where you can find answers to these questions: • What does Medicare cover? www.medicare.gov/whatmedicare-covers • Where do I find forms for filing a Medicare appeal? www.medicare. gov/claims-appeals/ how-do-i-file-an-appeal • How can I let someone speak with Medicare on my behalf? www.medicare.gov/ claims-appeals/file-anappeal/can-someonefile-an-appeal-for-me • What do Medicare health and prescription drug plans in my area cost, and what services do they offer? www. medicare.gov/plancompare • Which doctors, health care providers, and suppliers participate in Medicare? www. medicare.gov/formshelp-resources/findcompare-doctorshospitals-other-providers • Where can I find out more about a Medicare prescription drug plan (Part D) and enroll?

www.medicare.gov/ drug-coverage-part-d/ how-to-get-prescriptiondrug-coverage •Where can I find a Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) policy in my area? www. medicare.gov/medigapsupplemental-insuranceplans

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