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Margaret Thompson-Shumate


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

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

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

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

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




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

By Dileika Wilson


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

seem different is so important. The journey shared can be from any viewpoint: loved one, caretaker, newly diagnosed, currently undergoing treatment, survivor, multiple survivor, and overall warrior. It may not be breast cancer related, but could be any type of cancer, autoimmune disease, heart disease, chronic pain, aging, or just life related. This principle is applicable in so many ways. November 10, 2018 will make 9 years since my last breast cancer treatment. I was told my hair would start to fall out around the third week after my first round of chemotherapy, however, no one told me my scalp would hurt once that started. I was told my taste buds would be

altered, however no one told me that eating with plastic utensils would be a great way to avoid the metallic taste I would experience when eating with regular utensils. I was told to prepare for losing my hair but was not told how to be prepared for my first experience looking for a wig at a wig boutique. I was told my skin would go through changes while undergoing radiation, but was not prepared for the raw skin and burns that I experienced. Throughout my journey I often thought, I wish someone told me. So, I tell. I share tidbits with others as often as I have the opportunity to. I share my lessons learned and listen to their testimony. It is great to be able to add those priceless

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pearls to share with others as well. Too often we do not take the opportunity to truly share. We hide behind smiles, laughter, walls, and other masks. I challenge you to step out from behind those and feed into the lives of others by sharing your story, your testimony, your blessing, and your victory. You may be surprised at how impactful this will be in the life of another and how it can in turn be so rewarding and healing for you. Happy Sharing! Dileika Wilson is the co-owner of Timeless Wigs and Marvelous Things in Downtown Salisbury. She can be reached at 704-633-0169 or



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An old-time pastor was riding furiously down the road, hurrying to get to church on time. Suddenly, his horse stumbled and threw him to the ground. Lying in the dirt, his body wracked with pain, the pastor called out, “All you angels in heaven, help me get up on my horse!” With extraordinary strength, he leaped onto the horse’s back—and fell off the other side. From the ground again, he called out, “All right, just half of you angels this time!”

50 Years Together A neighbor asked his friend, who was celebrating 50 years of marriage, what the secret was to a long and happy marriage? His friend replied, “When we were first married, we vowed to go out twice a week no matter how little money we had and we have done so for 50 years.” “Twice a week, you say?” “Yeah. She goes out on Tuesday and I go out on Friday.”

Pointless Knock! Knock! Who’s there? A broken pencil. A broken pencil who? Never mind, this joke is pointless.

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Where’s Bubba When You Need Him?

Jan McCanless


love animals, all animals, but, I am especially fond of cats, dogs, fish, turtles, frogs, giraffes. . . well, you get the picture. I grew up with pets, the children had pets, I just love animals. As a kid in Florida, I had a stray mutt dog, he came with the house we were renting, and his name was Tippy. A sweet natured, loveable hunk of fur, and then, I added a white cat, Fluffy. Fluffy came to us by way of a packing case. Standing on the corner one day, a group of us kids were talking when a car pulled up to the curb and tossed out a big box --- full of kittens. I guess they figured with all us kids there, we’d be sympathetic, and each of us take one. Well, it worked, we all did, and I got the white one. Tippy didn’t care, he was happy for the company and tolerated our cat pouncing on him and playing with his tail. Big brother Gregg, was always plotting some weird activity though, and decided he would make a parachute from one of mamas good pillowcases, attach it to the cat somehow, and throw the cat off the garage roof, simply to see if it was true that cats always landed on their feet. Well, they do, and while Fluffy was unhurt (we had a low slung garage, just enough to clear the top of the car), he was fairly upset, to say the least. I had to cuddle him and get him purring again, but, ever after, that cat ignored my brother. Can’t say as I blame him. Don’t think Mama was too happy about her nice pillowcase either. My children were all allergic to fur bearing animals when young, so, we had turtles, a toad named Henry Kissenger, and fish. Daughter Carol decided one day she wanted

a bird, and talked her dad into letting her have one. Well, she came home with a bird all right, it was a chicken, she named Angel, who, trust me, was not. Tenderhearted daddy felt sorry for a lone chicken, so, he told her to get a couple more for company. Soon our one chicken pet, grew to a flock of 8, all within the city limits, and all, according to our mayor, illegal. We got around that by naming them all, and telling the mayor and anyone else who inquired that they were pets. We had Speedy McNugget, Super McNugget, a large hen, Tweety Bird, Ugly McNugget, Dumb and Dumber. Quite a motley assortment of ‘pets’. I don’t think anyone really minded, they were for the most part quiet, until one of them laid an egg, then they would swauck their head off. Even when they wandered the neighborhood laying eggs in other yards, the neighbors were good natured about it, and I would often answer the doorbell to find a friendly neighbor standing there with a hand full of eggs, and a silly grin on their face. The chicken phase lasted only so long. The last pair we had were two large black chickens, with beautiful plumes on their heads. We were assured they were chickens, but, we found out at 4 the next morning that they were roosters, so, the chickens had to go before they got us all thrown off the block. My mother always favored German Shepherds, which I think are terrific dogs. The last one she had was named Bubba, and while fierce looking. he was just a big, lap loving pussy cat. Loved fresh flowers he did, and I would often walk him through the cemetery for us to get some exercise. Well nothing would do

but that Bubba had to stop and smell the flowers on the graves. We would often times stand in silence during a funeral, paying our respects to a stranger, just so Bubba could get a whiff of the pretty flowers when it was all over. People must have thought we were nuts! Bubba was a wonderful companion, and so lovable. I imagine that if the circumstances had presented themselves, he would have been a wonderful watch dog, but, thankfully the ‘bad guys’ never knew how gentle he was. I think about Bubba often, and hope that if there is a heaven for animals, he is there, waiting for me. The strangest animal encounter happened to the family, yep, it was my dad again (remember the outhouse caper?), and it was up at our summer cabin. My dad, brother and I were taking a walk thru the woods when I smelled something funky --- or so I thought. Nobody else seemed to smell it, but, I did, and

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voiced my fear, loud and clear. I thought maybe a bear was stalking us. No, we continued on, and when my dad turned around at one time, he saw it --a SKUNK!! Walking along with us, a little behind, but every time we stopped, the skunk would stop. We’d start up again, and so would the skunk. I thought the little fellow to be adorable, my dad was terrified, and said not to try and outrun it, just to ignore it. His advice? Don’t make eye contact with the animal. Fortunately, the striped devil got tired of following us and sauntered off into the woods, saving us all from a tomato juice bath! Well, these are just a few of my animal encounters over the years, now, I enjoy them through the lives of my grandchildren, animal lovers all. After all, animals are a part of God’s world too! Now, go and hug a giraffe!!


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

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

Change Happens

© 2018 by Vincent James Vezza


limate change notwithstanding, it was a typically hot day in late July. Young ones and their parents gathered at the Concord Therapeutic Touch. The owner was kind enough to provide an inviting meeting space in a convenient location. Just across the street is a great place to temper the evening heat with flavored ice treats following the reading time and paint party. The children were there to learn about change and how it impacts

life. The founder of Reflections, Loss 101, teamed up with the event coordinator and owner of Carter’s Place Art Crafts, to create a fun event that would appeal to children. She suggested a theme party. Participants would learn how to paint ceramic frogs. The metamorphosis of a frog could provide a perfect metaphor about dealing with change. With that in mind, the event coordinator asked me to introduce the painting activity by reading from one of my short stories, The Cranny. She set the stage for the event and made sure that the aspiring artists had washed their hands prior to handling the bleach-white figurines. Any residual oil on their fingers could interfere with the paint application process. I gazed at the young faces.

They were so eager to paint smiles and eyes on the lifeless forms. The Cranny might open their imagination to a world dominated by frogs. Did they know that frogs began as amphibian tadpoles? I made no assumptions. Before discussing the cover of the book, or reading selected passages, I produced a canning jar. Breathing holes punctured the lid. A dozen or so polliwogs darted about in the murky creek water that almost filled the container. They passed the jar around the first table, then the second. Each child was fascinated by the idea that someday these little creatures would shed their tails, grow legs, and become the frogs that they were about to paint. Once we established the connection, talking about change

was a little less scary. Some of the children confided that they were apprehensive about the change that affected their lives. One young girl admitted that she was concerned about moving to a new grade in August, about losing touch with her very best friend. Each child had a story to share. This activity would help them to paint their way through some of the turmoil. They tapped on the jar and watched as the tadpoles responded. I described my book and gave credit to the artist who painted the cover. She knew from firsthand experience that painting can provide a way to deal with loss. She was eager to help the budding artists at her table. Before they prepared their paint and brushes, I read from the first chapter of the book. “On the western bank of the Dutch Buffalo Creek, I gazed at a slowswirling cranny. It was isolated from the rivulet that continued to flow a normal course on its way to the sea. There were so many similar ponds formed by the receding water, starved by a lack of replenishing rain.” Then I shared that the story goes on to reveal a world where the voices of tadpoles can be heard, where their thoughts can be discerned. I suggested that they bring their feelings to their artwork just as I tried to share mine through my words. Within a few hours their creations were ready for the kiln. I noticed one frog brandished a tear that seemed to form under her left eye. Inspiration from that teardrop will find a way into my next short story that deals with the metamorphosis of a caterpillar. Continued on page 15


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Community Events VOLUNTEERS WANTED AARP Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest volunteer-run, free, tax assistance and preparation service, is seeking volunteers for the AARP Tax-Aide program. Each year, from February through mid-April, AARP Tax-Aide volunteers prepare federal and state tax returns for low and middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to those aged 60 and older. Volunteers are needed to assist taxpayers with preparing their tax returns; volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. You do not have to be an AARP member or be retired to volunteer. The AARP Tax-Aide program in Rowan County is hosted by the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. Volunteers are trained each Tuesday during January and then work as counselors helping taxpayers starting on Tuesday February 5th and continuing every Tuesday through April 9th at the Senior Center. If you want to help others with their tax returns, this is the program for you. We are looking for individuals who have a desire to help others in our community, have some computer skills and some knowledge of income tax return preparation. You do not need to be an expert or have prior tax preparation experience because we will train you. During the tax preparation season earlier in 2018, the Tax-Aide site at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center served 889 families in our community with preparing their tax returns and provided other assistance to an additional 75 families. Nationwide, about 35,000 Tax-Aide volunteers helped over 2.7 million people prepare their tax returns. For more information about the program and how you can become a local AARP Tax-Aide volunteer, please call Bill Behrendt at 704-642-0499 or leave your name and phone number with the Senior Center, 704-216-7714.

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We Need to Talk – Family Conversations With Older Adults About Driver Safety Seminar


n AARP We Need to Talk – Family Conversations With Older Adults about driver safety seminar will be held at the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, at 1120 South Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Salisbury on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Class size is limited, so reservations can be made by calling 704-216-7714. The AARP sponsored 90 minute seminar guides families in determining when it’s time for their loved ones to change driving habits or to stop driving. The seminar is free and offers practical tips and advice on three main topics: • The Meaning of Driving when having to change driving habits or give it up. • Observing Driving Skills – Learn to observe your loved one’s driving skills objectively and talk about alternatives to driving. • Planning Conversations – Discover how to have “the talk” while encouraging independence. It’s a difficult conversation to initiate, but with the right tools, you can really make a difference in the life of an older driver. AARP, in conjunction with The Hartford and MIT AgeLab, developed the We Need to Talk Seminar based on their ongoing research on older drivers. Old age alone is not a reason to quit driving, but you can learn to identify signs of driving problems that the older driver may not recognize. On average, men tend to outlive their safe driving abilities by six years and women ten years. Thus, we need to consider transportation “Plan B” for when driving stops. A major challenge for families and for communities is to ensure that people who limit or stop driving

have access to mobility options that enable them to remain active participants in the life of their communities. The seminar purpose is to help persons have sensitive and successful conversations with family members and friends when they are concerned about that person’s driving safety. The We Need to Talk materials and seminar provides tips, guidance, and resources to help with this important talk. The program recognizes that older drivers are safe drivers. However, the risk of accident and fatality increases with age, especially age related changes in physical or mental capabilities, other medical conditions, and medications taken. Some family concerns about the ability of an older driver to remain safe on the roads can be addressed by the person taking the AARP Driver Safety Refresher Course. Health professionals, such as driver rehabilitation specialists, are able to help in other situations, such as strokes, diabetes, arthritis, Parkinson’s, Dementia, or other medical conditions. Older drivers and their close relatives prefer that conversations about driving safety be handled within the family, unless a doctor needs to be involved with a medical condition. Conversations about the need to limit or stop driving can be difficult for older drivers, their families, and friends. Driving is linked to freedom and independence in their minds. Considering to “hang up the keys” or even limiting driving can create a profound sense of loss and isolation for many people. Seminar participants will learn how to: · Acknowledge the meaning of

driving and its influence on decisions about driving. · Create opportunities to talk about driving safety and transportation needs. · Make objective observations of driving skills. · Develop a plan for more successful and sensitive conversations about limiting or stopping driving. · Address transportation needs if driving is curtailed.

The local AARP chapter meets the first Thursday of each month at the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center starting at 1:00. The local chapter offers members a variety of community service, education, advocacy and leadership, and fellowship opportunities. Senior citizens over the age of 50 are encouraged to attend the informative meetings and join the local chapter.

A new four-hour AARP driver safety refresher class offered for senior citizens An AARP Driver Safety Program refresher class will be held at the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, at 1120 South Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Salisbury on Thursday, October 18, 2018. The class has been revised to a four-hour session that includes the latest research based safety strategies. Registration is at 12:30 and instruction from 12:30 to 5:00. Class size is limited, so reservations can be made by calling 704-216-7714. The fee is $15.00 for AARP members. The member must bring the membership card to the class. If the card is lost, a new card can be obtained by calling the AARP national office at 1-888227-7669 (1-888-AARP NOW). The membership number is also on the AARP magazine. The fee is $20.00 for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the workbook and materials. Participants must also bring their driver’s license. The Salisbury Rufty-Holmes Senior Center has sponsored an AARP Driver Safety Class in Salisbury every year since 1991. The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation’s first and largest classroom driver refresher course specially designed for motorists age 50 and older. AARP volunteers have been teaching the Driver Safety course since 1979. The class is open for all age groups. The course

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

By pre-planning, you spare your family difficult decisions at a difficult time. They will not have to search records, insurance policies, addresses and other important items. You will also eliminate their doubts. Wondering what you would have wanted is an added burden for family members who are already dealing with grief from their loss. Pre-planning can save money. So call or email and we can set up an appointment.


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Pecan Pumpkin Pie

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1 (9 inch) pie shell

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

1/2 cup white sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

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

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1 cup solid pack pumpkin puree 1 cup milk 2 eggs 1 egg yolk 1 egg white 1/2 cup chopped pecans

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

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

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

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MOVIE OF THE MONTH: Wed, Oct. 24 at 2 pm “Wonder Woman” is trained to be an unconquerable warrior of the Amazons. She fights alongside an American Pilot in a raging outside war then quickly discovers her AARP Driver Safety-Thursday, Oct. 18; full powers and true destiny. Sponsored by UNITED WAY RADIOTHON: Tuesday, 12:30-5 pm Tune up your driving skills Victory Wealth Management. Oct. 2; 9-3 pm: Call in song requests and knowledge of rules of the road with classroom instruction. After completing to Memories Radio 103.3 FM. SAVE THE DATE: Call to get on the this class, you may qualify for an auto Donations benefit partner United Way interest list. insurance discount. Consult your agent Agencies; 704-633-0621. Holiday Bazaar-Friday, Nov. 16; 10-2 pm for specifics. AARP Members-$15 NEW! Book Tasting –Friday, Oct. 5; Complete your shopping for the holidays with (must have AARP number); Non AARP 10 am Sample hot new titles in LARGE Members-$20 a lots of goodies such as home-made baked print and find books to suit your literary goods, specialty crafts, jewelry, hand bags, NEW! We Need to Talk About Your palate. Explore best-selling authors for and more. $10 tables available for rent your fall reading pleasure. This event is Driving-Tuesday, Oct. 23; 7-8:30 pm now! Learn communication strategies for at the Rowan Public Library. Space is TUNES & SPOONS: Details coming soon. limited! Refreshments provided! RSVP talking with older loved ones about their - Dine and Dash on your Lunch Hour at Ruftydriving privilege. Presentation by member for your seat by calling the Senior Center Holmes! of AARP. at 704-216-7714 or Rowan Public Library at 704-216-8268! HEALTH & WELLNESS IT’S BACK! Mobile MammogramMonday, Oct. 29; 9-4 pm Novant Health FLU SHOTS: Moose Pharmacy at the NEW! Book Club-Wednesdays, Oct. Breast Center mobile unit will be on-site Center Wed., October 3, 8:30-9:30am to 10 and 24; 12:30-2:30 pm administer flu shots. Call the front desk to to provide mammogram screenings. Calling all avid readers! If you desire Schedule your 15 minute appointment by sign up. Walk-ins Welcome. to share your thoughts and feelings on great reads while acquiring a sense for calling the Front Desk. NEW! W.O.W. – Workout of the Week – M/W/F, 11:30-12:15pm – Different circuit style workout each week. No cost to you. Contact 704-216-7714 for additional details or to register for programs. “We are Building Momentum” with program offerings!

NEW! Gentle Mat Yoga – Tuesdays/ Thursdays – 3-4 pm – Gentle yoga with both chair and mat options ending with deep relaxation and breathing exercises. Taught by Ann Edwards. $16/month. EXERCISE CLASSES: No cost for valid Silver Sneakers® or Silver & Fit® supplemental insurance members. Strength and aerobic fitness equipment available with trained staff for instruction. View classes and information on wellness clubs: and click on health tab. Aquatics Pool is closed for repairs. Call Front Desk for updates. DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 2 pm BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING: 1st Wednesdays; 9:3010:30am. Provided by healthcare professional/ student. BP kiosk is available in Fitness Annex, sponsored by Novant Health.

available to increase your independence. Nov 7-Accessing Your Automobile. Find easy and accessible features to help get in and out of your car. Nov 24-How to Get Around: Safe and Sound. Learn of various adaptive mobility devices and how to use them properly. Thursday, Oct 11 from 11-12:30 pm: POETRY WRITING Whether an expert or a beginner, this class will identify best poem writing practices and give you a chance to create your own take home poem. Instructor led by former English Professor. COFFEE CONVERSATIONS: Tune in live Mondays at 10 am on Facebook for casual conversation with Rowan County and Human Services Professionals. Be prepared to send questions for the presenter. Monday, October 8 at 10 am-“Something Old, Something New, Figure Out What Suits You?” Christina Peoples, Gerontologist, discusses benefits of learning new skills as we continue to age. GUITAR CLASSES- Mondays, 1 pm-4 pm. Instructor Bob Wingate. Bring your own guitar. NEW BEGINNER’S LINE DANCE: Thursdays, 12 pm – 1pm. Registration required. $4 per class. Senior Technology Programs: Classes $10 unless otherwise indicated. Instructor led. Social Media and You Friday, October 12 12:00noon-4:00pm Learn to sign up and navigate social media sites like Facebook and Instagram and learn about hashtags. Shopping Online Thursday, October 25 12:00noon-4:00pm Discover how to shop safely and find appropriate sites for your shopping. Attendees should have a credit card with them. You can buy just about anything online! CLUBS: Computer and Technology Club – 1st and 3rd Thurs at 10 am


LEISURE TRAVEL – affordable local excursions, day adventures and overnight WELLNESS CLUBS: Taking destinations. Call the Center for details, Pounds Off Sensibly (TOPS) drop-in to receive a trip brochure, or check Chapter - Mondays at 9:30am; Better Breathing Club – 2nd Wednesdays at 1:00 pm October 26: International Civil Rights CHAIR VOLLEYBALL Mon, Museum; $35/person Experience the permanent exhibition Wed, & Fri at 1:00 pm in with guided tours offered each day. Fitness Annex. Drop-in fun Explore the history of the American civil event. rights movement with a guided tour of the International Civil Rights Center & CLASSES/SEMINARS Museum’s permanent exhibition, The ADULTS VIVACIOUSLY IN DISCOVERY SERIES-(AVID) Battlegrounds. This engaging encounter, introduced with a captivating audio/video Explore and expand your knowledge of science, history, narrative, includes a journey through time life and more. Contact Amber via pictorials, artifacts, video reenactments, at 704-216-7705 to facilitate a and interactive components. Enjoy soul food lunch at Stephanie’s Restaurant. future discussion. “Adapting to a Better November 2: Southern Supreme Lifestyle” Wednesdays, Oct Fruitcake Factory and Holiday Market 24 – Nov 14 from 10-11 am Trip; $40/person Tour the Fruitcake Factory and then peruse their bakery Oct 24-Getting Dressed and retail store for fruitcake, nuts, candy, Shouldn’t Leave You preserves, gift baskets and more. Lunch is Stressed. Find out what self- at Jesse’s Diner. Enjoy a nice drive to one care adaptive equipment helps of the largest holiday season markets to make getting ready easier. experience specialty stores, fashion jewelry, clothing, gourmet foods, food and wine Oct 31-Eat with Ease. Learn sampling, arts and crafts, and more. what feeding utilities are


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Ambassadors Club – 1st MonDAY at noon Garden Club - 2nd MonDAY at 2:00 pm National Active & Retired Federal Employees – 3rd MonDAY at 1:00 pm Seniors Without Partners – 2nd ThursDAY at 9:00 am OUTDOOR ADVENTURE DAY TRIP: Fri, Oct 26. Location: Deep River Trail, Jamestown, NC. Meet at Rufty-Holmes at 8:30 AM. Short and long hikes planned. Please pre-register. Moderate Walking. WALK-ABOUTS: Thurs, Oct 11; 11 am. Location: Hurley Park. Dutch lunch at DJ’s.


Utilize resources for older adults including home repair, daily phone checks, transportation, legal appts, hearing aids assistance and more. Call our Aging Transitions Manager at 704-216-7704.

4th Wed. - Votive Leaf Lanterns Light your home with homemade décor by creating paper leaf lanterns.

EVENING CARD GAMES: SPADES or BID WHIST, Mon, Tues, Thurs 5-9 pm in Café.

CLUBS: Creative Needles - Wed at 9:30 am; Woodcarvers - Thurs at 1:30 pm; Starry Night Quilters- 2nd Thurs at 6:30 pm; Sunny Days Quilters – 3rd Thurs at 1 pm; Carolina Artists – 3rd Thurs at 6:30 pm

BROADCAST BINGO Memories 103.3 Radio: Win prizes! Listen Monday thru Friday, 6:25 am & 10:25 am. Call the center for a Bingo Card.


CLUBS: Evergreen Bridge Club – Wed & Fridays, 1 pm; Golf Association of Rowan Seniors (GARS) – 1ST Mon at 8:30 am

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West Rowan County Outreach Site, Second Tuesday from 2-4 pm at Cleveland Town Hall. Drop in to get information, referrals and assistance from Rufty-Holmes’ Aging Transitions Manager.

AARP MEETING: Thurs, Oct 4 at 1 pm. Toi Degree, from Cooperative Extension, Rowan Co. Program will discuss “Brain Health & Teasers”. Refreshments will follow. Please bring items for Food Bank. Cheer basket Medicare Open Enrollment is here! Oct. items will still be accepted this month, 15 – Dec. 7, review your Medicare Advantage too. or RX Drug Plan for next year. Last year we saved Rowan County beneficiaries SENIOR MORNING OUT: 1st Thursday over $572,000! SHIIP trained Volunteers at 10 am. Speaker is Rowan County look over plans at no cost to you and try to Commissioner James Green. save you money! Call 704-216-7704 for an appointment! FUN & GAMES SENIOR GAMES SHUFFLE-BOARD – Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP) 1st Fri from 8:30 am – 11:30 am. Are you helping a family member or BINGO Tues, 1-3 pm, sponsored by friend with his/her daily needs? Are you Beltone Hearing Aid Centers feeling stressed or burned out and need a break? FCSP offers temporary respite HAND AND FOOT, CANASTA, for caregivers, assists with supplemental Thurs, 12-4 pm. supplies and medical equipment, and offers support groups. Contact 704-216-7704 for qualifications. SENIOR NUTRITION NEWS: LUNCH CLUBS: Rufty-Holmes Center offers six Rowan County sites for those age 60 and older to gather for lunch, fellowship and programs Monday - Friday. Donations are encouraged and accepted, but not required; principally funded by federal, state and local aging grants. Call 704-216-7702. Flu Shot Clinics at all lunch clubs in October. See site coordinator for schedule and programs. Food pantry assistance available at lunch club sites; Rufty-Holmes partners with 2nd Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina! Donations needed: Paper products, toiletries, food. Drop off at the center. USDA Senior Boxes Program of 2nd Harvest of Metrolina is accepting applications at lunch club sites. Annual requirements are income of $15,678 for a household of 1 or $21,112 for a household of 2.


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5 Things you should know about Your Social Security

Louanne Stanton


know it is my niche to help you all understand grief a bit more, but with Open Enrollment upon us, I thought I may be helpful to hear some things about your social security benefits, which are different from your Medicare benefits, but equally important. We will look at the Medicare options next month.

1. You are responsible for your social security earnings. If you worked 10 years (40 quarters) you are entitled to a social security benefit once you reach 62 years of age, you can let your benefit grow if you wait until full retirement age. The Social Security Administration takes your best 35 years and averages them out for your monthly benefit. The exception to this is to collect disability benefits, you need to have paid into the social security taxes for five of the last 10 years. 2. There is no limit as to how much a couple can collect. If you both worked and had awesome jobs, you will have a great income in retirement. For example, if the husband is drawing $1400 a month and the wife gets $1200 you will

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receive the full $2600 a month for life. I like that fact. If you both did not work, then the spouse who was the stay at home can collect half of the working spouses benefit without reducing the working spouses benefits. 3. If you both worked and are due two benefits, you only get the higher payout. Our society still has a lot of wives that did not work outside the home. But then the women’s lib came through and women started making their own money. So, most women today are entitled to two benefits. Their own benefit plus the wife’s benefit on her husband’s record. Please note, the government will not allow you to get both benefits. You only get the higher paying benefit. Depending

on the situation a wife is due 1/3 to ½ of her husband’s benefit. If the wife was the bread winner and her payout id higher, the husband may decide to take 1/3 to ½ of the wife’s benefit. 4. If you’re divorced and were married at least 10 years, your eligible for some of your ex’s benefit. If you divorced someone after 10 years and you are still unmarried, when you reach retirement age, you can collect from your ex’s social security benefit. Please note, this does NOT reduce the amount your ex gets for their personal benefit, so it will not be revenging to go this route. But… it may be helpful, if you stayed with this person through Med school and then they went a different path without you, you may still be able to reap the financial benefits of that marriage. Some people sign a paper relinquishing their right to get this benefit. If you signed something like this, relax… it is not valid, and you can still collect. Keep in mind, most divorced women collect their own social security benefit but if that ex dies, they apply for the higher rate of payout as a widow. More on that next. 5. When your spouse (or EX) dies, your probably due a widow benefit. Widow benefits are typically 71-100 percent of the spouses benefit. Please note, you do not continue to draw your own benefit in addition to this, your income will be cut (so make steps to prepare for this). If you are Continued on page 15

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Au.D., FAAA Doctor of Audiology


e hear a lot about the smells and sights of autumn, from pumpkin spice to the brightly colored leaves. But what about the sounds? Whether it’s leaves crunching, a crackling fire or the honking of geese overhead, as they fly south for the winter; your hearing is also an integral part of your ability to enjoy the changing of the seasons. So, how’s your hearing? October is National Audiology Awareness Month. The American Academy of Audiology is encouraging you to remember how important your hearing is to your daily life, along with encouraging hearing screenings and hearing protection. The statistics on hearing loss are shocking. According to the National Institute on Deafness

and Other Communication Disorders, 36 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss. Unfortunately, the average amount of time a person with hearing loss waits to seek treatment, after noticing a problem, is between seven to 10 years. In that time, hearing can not only worsen significantly but can cause a variety of health and psychological problems, such as cognitive impairment and depression. In addition to highlighting the importance of hearing health and bringing attention to audiology, Audiology Awareness Month also brings attention to the potential ramifications of leaving hearing loss untreated. Hearing loss is the third most common health condition faced by older adults after heart disease and diabetes. Yet, unlike those conditions, only 20 percent of those with hearing loss actually seek treatment. In multiple studies, untreated hearing loss has been linked to higher rates of depression, as well as anger, frustration and social

isolation. Other studies have shown that those with untreated hearing loss have higher risk of dementia and cognitive decline. Social media is, of course, a large part of the campaign’s reach. A simple search on Facebook yields more than 1000 posts mentioning Audiology Awareness Month. The American Academy of Audiology is also encouraging everyone to have a hearing exam and then post about it on Twitter using the hashtag #audiologyawarenessmonth, to spread the word and encourage others to do the same. Bottom line? October is a great month to get your hearing checked, or to encourage a loved one to do so.

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


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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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Social Security continued from page 12 drawing your own (rather than a spouse) then you will continue to receive your benefit, but you will get the extra money in addition to yours. You can also apply for a one-time death benefit of $255. The history of his payment goes back to 1935 as a payout for survivors when someone died, because survivors did not begin receiving benefits until 1939. The calculations were made to ensure the Lump Sum Death Benefit would help with burial expenses, and in 1954 the amount of $255 was passed by congress as the number everyone would receive, and it has not changed since. The only thing


that has changed is back in the 1950’s a funeral home could claim the benefit if they were taking care of the final expenses. This has not been revisited by congress since 1981. I believe this number is not helpful at all when someone dies, but we all collect it… I hope this has been an educational journey for you. I find it fascinating how my grief work and my insurance work tie together educating people on their benefits. Please let me know if you have more questions or go straight to the source for more answers about your Social Security benefits.

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Celebrating Life After 55

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Celebrating Life After 55