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By Margaret Thompson-Shumate

“Don’t be cruel to a heart that’s true Please let’s forget the past The future looks bright ahead – don’t be cruel”


t’s hard to believe that Elvis “left the building” and us 40 years ago. The song, “Don’t Be Cruel”, was written by Elvis Presley and Otis Blackwell and recorded by Elvis in 1956. It is currently ranked as the 173rd greatest song of all time, as well as 6th best song of 1956. Now I wasn’t a crazed fan of Elvis but I did enjoy most of his recordings – especially his gospel music. Of course, “Don’t Be Cruel” was surely written with

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t’s hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that it is already October, I mean, where did the rest of the year go? As I write this, we are anticipating some affects from a hurricane, and it’s raining catfish and hushpuppies outside. Mother nature has surely sent us some quixotic weather this summer, but I know, in my aged wisdom, that things will level off - eventually. If it’s too dry, sooner or later, it will rain, too wet, and eventually, it will dry out. The world works that way. With all we have to worry about in

a young lady in mind, but I want to borrow these three words and apply them to some present everyday life situations and hopefully lessons to be learned for people of all ages. Several months ago, I was in a medical facility waiting room and overheard a long-time friend of mine tell her caregiver that she knew me and that I had always been “fat” and that I still was. She was unaware that I heard her. And no – it didn’t make me angry, but it did highly disappoint me. My friend with me suggested that I just ignore the remark as the woman is more than twenty years my senior. I say this is no excuse and that there is no excuse for spoken rudeness regardless of your age. Some time ago, I would occasionally run into one of my former high school classmates

(who is now deceased). He would laughingly address me with, “Hey Thompson. I see you haven’t lost any weight lately.” My reply to him would always be, “And I see that you are as rude as ever. I can lose weight. Can you fix ugly?” I have a mirror at home and I can plainly see that I am somewhat overweight; therefore I really don’t need anyone to point out this fact. Currently, diversity is a hot topic and I am a firm believer. God made us in different sizes, shapes, skin colors, and with varied abilities for a reason. Thank you God – I am most grateful for that! Wouldn’t it be a boring world if we were all the same? He did, however, also give each of us a heart and a brain with the freedom of choice in our life’s journey. As a born-again Christian,

this world, on this day, one thing is for certain, my favorite time of year approaches. Autumn, more specifically, October and November are my favorite times of the year. I was born in the fall, married in the fall, had 2 children born in October, one of them married in the fall, and 4 of my nine grands were born in autumn. No wonder I love it so! Seems like my clothes fit better in autumn as well, but, that’s inconsequential. Halloween has always been such a happy time for me, I enjoy seeing all the little ghosts and goblins as they make their way around the neighborhood, and the fall festivals and bazaars

the churches put on each year are so nice. When my own younguns were doing the trick or treating, I couldn’t think of an appropriate costume for the boys, until, I found some little devil suits in the store. Had to have them, and fittingly so, I thought. My daughter always wanted to be a princess, but, if you ask me, I should have gotten her a devil suit as well! She used to enjoy answering the door when the others came around, but, then, I overheard her one night telling the little goblin at the door, that she’d ‘share’ his candy with him, so, she gave him one of the wrapped ones from our house,




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my heart is constantly reminding my brain to always abide by the Golden Rule and treat others as I would like to be treated. It’s a struggle at times, but most always triumphs prevail with blessings given as added bonuses. From 1987-1995, Jodie Sweetin portrayed the character, Stephanie Tanner in a wonderful sitcom called “Full House”. Stephanie was the middle sister of three. She often stated that it was never easy being “in the middle”. She became very well known for the catchphrase, “How Rude!” that she used on the show constantly. Jodie was 13 years

old when the show was canceled, but many dedicated past viewers of the sitcom still relate the “How Rude!” catchphrase to her even though she is now a fine young adult with a family of her own. Most times cruel words and actions toward others can be avoided if we use our brains and listen to our hearts. Each of us can possibly make a small difference in someone’s life if we really want to and make an honest effort. This month of October would be a good time to start. On Halloween, fill your pumpkin bag with cookies, candy, other treats and small gifts,

smiles, hugs and of course, Senior Savvy magazines and distribute them to your friends, neighbors, and/or shut-ins. Dressing in a Halloween costume is optional of course, but I think your visits and unselfish kind deeds will classify you somewhere in an “angel” category. What? A Halloween angel? It can happen! Just always remember – when you are thanking God and praising Him for a diverse world and people that you put a big emphasis on NOT being CRUEL and NOT being RUDE! I’m pretty sure Jodie, as well as Elvis’s spirit, will say “Thank you. Thank you very much!”

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and took one of his out of his bag. That told me right then that she would end up as some kind of con artist or one woman entrepreneur some day. One year, as this same childs grade mother, her Halloween party at school consisted of us mothers making the cackle of a witch, so see which witch was the best. I won, oh, I was really good. Scared her so bad, she wouldn’t ride home with me in the car, another mom

had to bring her. Always great fun for me as a kid, Halloween was something to look forward to all year, and my cousin Shari and I frequently went out together, filled our sacks, came home and dumped them out, and then went out again. Always alone we were, and never in fear of any danger. My, how times have changed. Too bad, because childhood used to be such a fun, unstressful time. Unfortunately,

my grandchildren will never know the freedom and joy of our alone, ‘kid times’ we used to have. Times change I know, and we must with it, but, we have our memories, and I leave all the rest to the next generation. Doesn’t keep me from smiling though as I remember what once was. Don’t let the things that go bump in the night scare ya!!

In That Old Black and White By Don Neal

Ozzie and Harriet, David and Rick For teenagers this show was just right; Parents would glean from the wisdom they shared, When dispensed in that old black and white. Timmy and Lassie, adventuresome two, Came to visit us each Sunday night; Saving their friends and their family, too They were rescued in old black and white. Dennis the Menace, a mischievous sort, How he kept Mr. Wilson uptight! Dennis would pester his favorite foil Did it best in that old black andon white. Continued page 5 Andy and Opie, all Mayberry too From the time when the world seemed so right; Barney and Gomer and Goober were there Kept us laughing in old black and white. Make Room for Daddy, The Donna Reed Show, And some others that gave us delight Leave it to Beaver and Father Knows Best, Life was best in that old black and white. Gone are the days of the family fun, Living color was soon to benight; Gone are the days of the “family fare” Swept away with that old black and white.


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She was just a dog… go get a new one Louanne Stanton


am confident that one or more of you had a pet when you were little. Something tragic happened to that pet and you cried. After the tears stopped, or maybe even during the tears, an older person (probably a parent or loved one) said to you “Don’t cry, we will get you another one…” And the myth is perpetuated. We all have experienced the loss of something in life that is followed by “It’s ok, let’s get you a new…whatever” I would like to put an end to that myth. Replacing the loss sometimes is necessary. Replacing the loss sometimes is beneficial. But what do we do with the feelings left behind after that loss? How do we recover so we can enjoy our replacement as much as our loss? Ruby Tuesday is more than a song by the Rolling Stones. She was my Rottweiler. My husband gave her to me as a Christmas gift in 2009. She was a little fluff ball and I did not want her. We already had 4 dogs and having a fifth did not seem like a good idea. “But”, my husband pointed out,” Pepper is getting older and I want her to teach the pup how to be a great mama dog.” I learned to love Ruby. She was intelligent and I did not have to take much time at all to train her. She watched and followed the older dogs and learned by example. She loved to run and play

and take toys from the other dogs when they were not looking. And she was fast about that, so fast we started calling her “Gator”. It was a nightly occurrence to hear someone say to the other dogs “Watch out, here comes the gator!” It was a great source of entertainment. I fell in love with the growing pup. One winter when she was young we came in from playing out in the snow, through the kitchen door onto the tile floor. Ruby was still wet from outside and she fell down flat! There was a cry from her that made me tear up and she could not move. My husband came and lifted her up and she limped to her crate. We took her to the vet the next day, but he said her tendons were torn and she would need rest to heal. So… we tried to keep her still and not run and play, but it was a difficult task. That limp became part of who she was. When we would playfully chase our grandchildren Ruby would come and stand in between us and the kids, as if to protect them from our tickling. If a stranger or the UPS man would come to the house, she was the first one at the window- her menacing bark letting them know to stay away. She was a mama dog to the younger dogs and even took care of the outside cats by allowing them passage without getting harassed by the other

dogs. Each winter, Ruby experienced more pain because of her fall when she was younger. She was on a regular dose of pain medicine to help her cope with the pain. I hated it. But she continued to eat well, play even better and did not stop being the fabulous guard dog that she was. Last week, she quit eating. After 2 days, I took her to the vet and he initially said she may have gotten into something that was causing a lingering stomach bug. I was encouraged. But when he listened to her heart and her labored breathing, he became concerned. He asked if he could do a CT scan and blood work. “Of course,” I said, “please see if we can find what is going on.” She was a big baby when it came to getting on the scales (come on ladies, we all know we hate it too) and she was a bigger baby when it came to being examined. I heard her crying as I waited nervously in the small room. I said a prayer for my big dog, that all would be well with her. When the doctor came back he was somber. He had discovered her spleen was enlarged and covered with a lacey substance that he said normally indicated Lymphoma. He wanted to do x-rays to make sure she did not have a lump in her chest, which

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was causing labored breathing. Again, listening to her cry while they x-rayed her chest, I cried. My dog… my big Ruby Tuesday, having cancer? That did not seem possible. I waited until they brought her back and then just held her. The doctor said they would call me the following day with the blood work. Maybe they were mistaken and she could recover from this. I looked into her eyes and knew she was tired of this fight. I took her home and told my family what had transpired. I gave Ruby her pain medicine that night and she spit it out. She got up and went into the dark laundry room and laid with her head facing the wall. When we got up the next morning, I thought she had died in her sleep, but she was just lethargic. That day, I kept trying to get her to eat something… she ate a bite of sausage, a bite of bread but nothing else. When I would turn the light on in the room she Continued on page 15


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Can a Mediterranean-style Diet Protect One’s Eyesight? by Katrena Allison Wells Faith Community Nurse for Woodleaf United Methodist Church


ge-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in the United States. AMD destroys the macula of the eye, leading to a loss of central vision. In 2010, AMD cases in those over the age of 80 reached approximately 14%. By the year 2050, predictions indicate that rates of AMD will rise from the current 2.07 million cases to 5.44 million cases. The Coimbra Eye Study looked at age-related macular degeneration rates in nearly 3,000 people over the age of 55 in two towns in Portugal: Lousã and Mira. The study found lower rates of AMD in the study group who lived near the coast than the group located more inland. The coastal group also had lower AMD rates when compared with several

• Healthier dietary fats such as olive oil, canola oil, and some nuts instead of butter • Poultry or fish such as mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna, and salmon rather than red meat • Low-fat dairy products such as skim milk, fat-free yogurt, or lowfat cheese • Red wine (up to 5 oz. for men over age 65 or women, up to 10 oz. for men under age 65) or purple grape juice Several studies, including the Coimbra Eye Study, also found that regularly exercising can reduce one’s risk for developing AMD. Study results indicated lower rates of AMD among those who drank caffeinated beverages such as coffee or tea, perhaps in part because those beverages contain antioxidants. Can eating a Mediterranean-style diet help one to avoid developing AMD or from developing worsening AMD?

other AMD studies, so researchers began to examine lifestyle choices of those living near the coast to see if behaviors such as dietary choices might play a protective role in helping people to avoid developing AMD or to have less severe cases of AMD. Study participants who ate more fruit and who consumed more soluble and insoluble fiber were significantly less likely to have age-related macular degeneration. Additional significant results found that those with lower rates of AMD had a diet higher in betacarotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E. A Mediterranean-style diet draws from cultural norms of those who live in Mediterranean areas and has the following traditional characteristics: • Natural, unprocessed foods including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes

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Perhaps, but studies such as this indicate correlations rather than a cause-and-effect relationship. If you are concerned about your vision, check with your healthcare provider for individualized tips for lifestyle habits that may help to preserve your eyesight. Sources: • Mayo Clinic online article “Nutrition and Healthy Eating” • National Eye Institute online article “Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)” • National Institutes of Health online article “Prevalence of AMD in Portugal: The Coimbra Eye Study – Report 1” • Opthalmology Times online article “Mediterranean diet may protect against macular degeneration” If your faith community is interested in a health program, please contact Pam Hurley at Pamela.Hurley@

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41. Instinctive 43. Language of ancient Rome 44. Mats of grass 46. Roman emperor 47. Go up and down 49. Former North African ruler 50. Give and ____ 51. Materialize 54. Mining finds 56. Don 57. Illogical 63. Diva’s solo 64. A swinging barrier 65. Ostentatious 66. A man’s skirt 67. Astringent 68. Passageway 69. If not 70. Not more 71. Loamy deposit


1. Anagram of “Crab” 2. Food thickener 3. Tibetan monk 4. 53 in Roman numerals 5. Concerning (archaic) 6. Coronates 7. Xylophone 8. False god 9. Tastelessly showy 10. Equivalent 11. Meddle 12. A small anchor 13. Affirm 21. Part of the large intestine 25. Where the sun rises 26. A dog wags one 27. Forearm bone

28. Flat float 29. Careful 34. Armpits 36. Urine component 37. Frolic 38. Blackthorn 40. Dwarf buffalo 42. Heretofore (2 words) 45. Smelly 48. Pertaining to a bride 51. Conscious 52. Risk 53. Buckets 55. Rope fiber 58. Part in a play 59. Buckeye State 60. Schnozzola 61. Hole-making tools 62. Caustics

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PROMISES... PROMISES By Evelyn Allison Looney


y Daddy taught me from an early age that lying ranks right up there with the unpardonable sin. He could tolerate a lot of things better than a bald-faced lie. I guess most of us fudge a little, but most of the time nobody calls our hand on it. Back in my spring-chicken days, I led the Cleveland Bombers 4-H Club. I always loved for my 4-Hers they deserved. I had a bunch of good, hard-working kids in that club. One year I encouraged a little fellar named Tommy to enter his cow in the competition at the Fair. I was doing some heavy-duty coaxing when he finally decided to enter. . . After I told him if his cow won a blue ribbon I would come to the fair and wash his cow in a bikini. He got a mischievous grin on his innocent face. Of course, I never dreamed he’d actually win on his first competition. I dismissed the promise from my mind and never gave it another thought. Boy, was I ever sweating when I got an unexpected phone call. I could hear the laugh in his voice when Tommy said, “Guess what, Mrs. Allison? My cow won a blue ribbon. At first I was just stuprised and thrilled for him . . . Then he added, “Come on down.” AND I KNEW EXACTLY WHAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT!

FACING A DILEMMA Talk about my mind going a hundred miles an hour. What could I possibly do??? I didn’t want to commit the unpardonable sin by letting that kid find out I’d told a lie, and I sure enough couldn’t show up at the fair parading around the cow barn in a bikini. I paced the floor for a few minutes wringing my hands. One thing I knew for certain, I needed to somehow make good on my promise. Up the stairs I ran to get the beach bag, and my modeststyle bikini. Into a plastic bag it went, along with a wet wash cloth. I jumped in my car and headed to Salisbury. My little 4-H boy was grinning like a ‘possum eatin’ briars when he saw me coming. I gave him a big hug, congratulated him, and pulled the bikini out of the bag. S-L-O-WL-Y I tied the bikini around the cow’s neck, washed its face with the wash cloth, and best of all. . . I went

home an honest woman. Recently I had breakfast with my grown up little Tommy who towers over me several inches. Sure am proud of that young’n. He’s a Colonel in the Anny and has made 100 parachute jumps. When I hugged him goodbye that day, I couldn’t resist telling him, “If you ever need your cow washed again, just give me a call.”

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A Little Dose of Humor Three Vampires Walk Into A Bar

Mike’s First Day As A Bartender

The first vampire says, “Blood. Give me blood.”

“What the hell is that?” the customer asks.

The second vampire says, “I too wish for blood!”

“It’s your Manhattan. And there’s Central Park.” he replied .

Three vampires walk into a bar. The bartender looks at them suspiciously, but decides to serve them anyway. “What’ll be, boys?”

The third vampire says, “Give me plasma.” The Bartender smiles and says, “Got it. Two bloods and one blood-light.”

Cash, Check, or What Is That?

“Cash, check or charge?” the cashier asked after folding items the woman wished to purchase. As the woman fumbled for her wallet, the cashier noticed a remote control for a television set in her purse.

Its Mike’s first day on the job as a bartender. As he serves a customer a Manhattan, a piece of parsley falls into the drink.

Playing Your Age

A lady is having a bad day at the roulette tables in Vegas. She’s down to her last $50. Exasperated, she exclaims to the whole table, “What rotten luck I’ve had today! What in the world should I do now?” A man standing next to her suggests, “I don’t know, why don’t you play your age?”

“No,” she replied. “But my husband refused to come shopping with me, so I figured this was the most evil thing I could do to him.”

He walks away, but moments later, his attention is grabbed by a great commotion at the roulette table. Maybe she won! He rushes back to the table and pushes his way through the crowd. The lady is lying limp on the floor, with the table operator kneeling over her. The man is stunned. He asks, “What happened? Is she all right?”

What Did He Do To You?

The operator replies, “I don’t know. She put all her money on 36, and when 47 came up she just fainted!”

“Do you always carry your TV remote?” the cashier asked.

A bent-over old lady hobbled into a doctor’s office. Within minutes, she came out again but miraculously, she was standing up as straight as could be. A man in the waiting room, who had been watching her, said in amazement, “My goodness, what did the doctor do to you?” The old lady replied, “He gave me a longer cane.”

Boat Number 99

At a boat rental concession, the manager went to the lake’s edge and yelled through his megaphone, “Number 99, come in, please. Your time is up.” Several minutes passed, but the boat didn’t return. “Boat number 99,” he again hollered, “return to the dock immediately or I’ll have to charge you overtime.” “Something is wrong here, boss,” his assistant said. “We only have 75 boats. There is no number 99.” The manager thought for a moment and then raised his mega-phone. “Boat number 66!” he yelled. “Are you having trouble out there?”

Partly Cloudy

While watching the weather update early one evening in the middle of January, the forecast was for partly cloudy the rest of the day and through the night. Upon getting up and looking out the window the next morning, the man calls the station. He then asks if they can send someone out to plow the 18 inches of “partly cloudy” out of his driveway.

Really, Really, Slowly

Two guys were riding in a car, arguing about how to say the name of the city that they were in. One said “Louie-ville” and the other “Louise-ville.” They went on arguing and arguing, until they came upon a fast-food restaurant. The one guy goes inside and says to the waitress, “Please tell me the name of the place where I am right now, really, really, really slowly.” The waitress goes, “Bur-ger-King.”

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A man was going bald and told his friends he was going to get a rabbit tattooed on his head as it was a lot cheaper than an implant or a toupée. His friends asked how getting a rabbit tattooed on his head would help? The man replied, “Well, at least from a distance it will look like hare.”

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1120 South Martin Luther King Blvd. Salisbury, North Carolina 28144-5658 704.216.7714 (voice) 704.633.8517 (fax) (email) For Questions and to Register for Programs, please call the main desk at 704-216-7714. DISCOVER AMERICA LUNCHEON: Thursday, October 12 at noon. In observance of Columbus Day and in celebration of our geographic diversity, Rufty-Holmes Senior Center will host a luncheon for participants who moved here from out-of-state. This year’s theme is “Wines Around the World”. Stephanie Potter, from Salisbury Wine Shop, will explain various wine selections (no wine tasting involved). Included is a pasta luncheon sponsored by Brookdale Senior Living Solutions. Offered at no cost to “transplants” who pre-register by Friday, October 6. AARP DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM: Wednesday, October 18 beginning at 12:30pm. Sponsored by AARP for older drivers interested in a four-hour refresher training class that reviews driving skills, strategies to adjust to age-related physical changes that affect driving ability, common crash situations, accident prevention measures, effects of medications on driving and identify when driving may no longer be safe. This class will help refine existing driving skills and develop defensive driving techniques. Some Insurance carriers offer discounts for completing the course. Cost $15 for AARP members ($20 for non-members) payable at class. Space is limited, preregistration required. CAKE WITH CANDIDATES: Thursday, October 19, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm.

Sponsored by Rowan County Council on Aging and AARP Chapter #4314. Candidates seeking Salisbury City Council seats will talk individually or in small groups with older adult registered voters. Enjoy refreshments and learn before you vote! Movie of the Month: Wednesday, October 25 at 2:00pm. Celebrate Oktoberfest by sampling German foods and all-you-can-drink root beer and coke floats. This month’s featured movie is horror flick, “The Haunting.” A professor invites three insomniacs to take part in a sleep disorder study at an eerie, isolated mansion. The unfortunate guests soon discover their host is far more interested in the sinister mansion itself. Rated PG-13. Yummy treats and scary movie sponsored by Victory Wealth Management and Oak Park Retirement.. Limited seating! (Motion picture license #12137390). SENIOR SHOWCASE: Monday, October 30, 4:00 pm. Rufty Holmes Senior Center is hosting a Senior Showcase at the Picnic Shelter. Show off your talent as a senior living within Rowan County. We encourage you to sing, dance, read your favorite poem, tell stories or jokes, act out your favorite movie scene, or whatever you like. We will fire up the grill to roast hot dogs and hamburgers with a warm autumn beverage. Seniors entering the showcase, please RSVP by October 23 by calling the front desk. Pre-registrations required for all spectators! Call to register.


NEW! FLU SHOTS: Monday, October 2 from 9:00am11:00am. Administered by Moose Pharmacy. Participants must bring insurance information with them. Most insurance companies, including Medicare Part B, Tricare, United Healthcare, Aetna, Cigna, and Blue Cross Blue Shield do cover the flu shot with a zero copay. However, some insurance programs may require a co-pay. Please contact your insurance provider regarding specific insurance questions related to flu shot coverage. Pre-registration is not required. NEW TIME! SAME FUN! REFIT: Mondays and Wednesdays beginning October 2 from 2:10 pm – 2:50 pm. Join Frances for a cardio dance infused with muscle toning group fitness experience that rocks your body, heart and soul with powerful moves and positive music. See a Trainer to sign up! NEW! DEMENTIA CAREGIVING: Tuesday, October 3 from 10:00am11:00am. A medical student from UNCC School of Medicine will discuss dementia and caring for someone with dementia. Topics include types of dementia, treatment, behavioral changes and management, potentially harmful medications, respite and caregiver support, and additional resources for caregivers. This presentation is open to families, friends, and caregivers desiring more information on dementia and caregiving. Pre-registration is required. NEW! WALKING FOR CARDIO: Mondays and Wednesdays, begins October 2 at 9:30am. Enjoy planned walking workouts in the great outdoors with Donnie, a licensed instructor. Group will meet at the front desk for check in. Fee: $11/monthly fee. BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS: Wednesday, October 4 from 9:3010:30am. Free blood pressure readings and consultation for interested older adults. Provided by retired Geriatric & Adult Nurse Practitioner Gail Kimball. A blood pressure kiosk is also available for use in the Fitness Annex during normal operating hours, sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. HEALTH AND FITNESS CLUB: Tuesday, October 10 at 10:30 am. Topic “Healthy Back”. Lynda Teter, Fitness Trainer, discusses ways to help maintain a healthy back. This Club is open to all adults 55 and older interested in learning to improve their health. WALK-ABOUTS CLUB: Meet Thursday, October 12, 9:00 am at Rockwell Park followed by dutch-treat lunch at Johnny’s. All are welcome. NEW! MATTER OF BALANCE: Mondays and Wednesdays, October 16 through November 8 from 3-5 pm. Four week class discussion and light exercise beginning the third day. Led by the center’s Fitness Trainers. Class is geared towards anyone who has fallen recently or may have fears


of falling. Caregivers welcome to attend. Space is limited. Please call to register. No charge for this class, however, voluntary donations are appreciated. NEW! MAMMOGRAM SCREENING: Wednesday, October 18 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Novant Health Breast Center mobile unit will be on-site in the Senior Center parking lot to provide mammogram screenings. Make an appointment by calling the front desk by Wednesday, October 11. Mammograms are covered as a preventive screening under most insurance plans. For your convenience, insurance will be filed. For more information, visit www. OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CLUB TRIP TO PILOT MOUNTAIN: Friday, October 27. Meet at the Center at 8:30 am to carpool to Pilot Mountain. Bring water, a snack, shoes with good support and good tread, insect repellant, a walking stick and $3 to help drivers with gas. Plan to spend the whole day. Dress appropriately for the weather. Participation is at your own risk. New participants need to complete an information form at the Front Desk. In case of inclement weather call the Center, as the outing may be postponed. Please register. WELLNESS CLUBS: Taking Pounds Off Sensibly (TOPS) Chapter Mondays at 9:30am; Better Breathing Club – Wednesday, October 11 at 1:00 pm; Rufty-Holmes Garden Club Monday, October 9 at 2:00 pm ON-GOING EXERCISE CLASSES: Join one of 27 different land or aquatics exercise classes offered weekly at the Center. Participants must be registered with the Center and receive a fitness consultation prior to joining a class. No charge for participants who hold valid Silver Sneakers® or Silver Fit® supplemental insurance benefit. Strength and aerobic fitness equipment is available for use, with trained staff accessible to provide an orientation and instruction. Inquire at the Front Desk for more information. Chair Volleyball Monday, Wednesday & Friday afternoons at 1:00 pm in the Fitness Annex. Preregistration is not required.


HANDMADE CARD WORKSHOP: Tuesday, October 3 at 2:00 pm. Complete six handmade all occasion cards with a fall theme in one twohour workshop. All supplies provided. Cost $13, payable at class. Instructor is Daphne Houghton. Advance registration is required by calling the Center. BUSY BEES CRAFT CLUB: Thursday, October 5 at 9:30 am. Meets first Thursday of each month. October’s project is felt pumpkins. Registration not required.

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WATERCOLOR JAM: Wednesday, October 26 from 1:00-4:00 pm. Open session for all watercolor painters to work on own projects; no instructor present. Each artist is responsible for own supplies, and cleaning up afterwards. No registration necessary.


Senior Games Shuffleboard - Friday, October 6 from 8:30 am – 11:30 am. BRAIN GAMES: Wednesday, October 18 at 2:00 pm. October topic is the benefits of playing cards and positive effects it has on cognitive and critical thinking skills. No cost to participate. Please register at the Front Desk. BINGO every Tuesday from 1-3 pm for $1.50, sponsored by Beltone Hearing Aid Centers. CARD & GAME DAY for Members, Thursdays from 1-4 pm. Free with refreshments. BROADCAST BINGO: Available through the Center’s Outreach Program for Rowan County older adults age 60 and older. Win prizes from sponsors by listening daily to Memories 1280 Radio. Call the center to learn how to play and enroll. Free. CLUBS: Evergreen Bridge Club Each Friday at 1:00 pm; Golf Association of Rowan Seniors Monday, October 2 at 8:30 am


For all Trips: Pre-payment reserves your space. You must be registered as a Center member to travel on trips. Payment is by credit card, cash or check. Dates to sign up are noted under each trip. BUS TRIP TO BLOWING ROCK, NC: Tuesday, October 3. Motor coach transportation leaves the Center at 7:00 am. Learn why the forces of gravity and popular physics are a little off at Mystery Hill. Experience these oddities in the Hall of Mystery. Reminisce over authentic antiques from sewing machines and household furnishings, to books, ledgers and personal belonging reflecting Appalachian lifestyle in the Appalachian Heritage Museum. Peruse the collection of Native American artifacts from 23 different states such as arrowheads, pottery, pipes, and knives in the Native American Artifacts Museum. Dine Dutch-treat in town before enjoying Mountain and Celtic music by Doug Orr and the Southern Highlanders. Cost $55 per person, including tour and transportation. Lunch is Dutch-Treat. TICKETS ON SALE NOW! BUS TRIP TO CHARLOTTE, NC: Tuesday, November 14. Motor coach transportation leaves the Center at 9:00 am. Explore NASCAR Hall of Fame which honors drivers, all-time great crew chiefs and owners, and other major contributors to the competition. Enjoy amazing artifacts, interactive exhibits, simulator rides and special events at the High Octane Theater. Dine Dutchtreat at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Café or Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant.

Afterwards, we visit The Levine Museum of the New South, a history museum whose exhibits focus on life in the North Carolina Piedmont after the American Civil War. Cost is $55 per person. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, October 4, at 3:00 pm.

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Holmes Senior Center unless noted) AARP MEETING: Thursday, October 6 at 1:00 pm. The Salisbury-Rowan AARP Chapter #4314 will meet for a Game Show, “What’s My Line?” (Yes, come on down and see how many lines you remember), led by AARP member Flora White. Bring non-perishable items for Rowan Helping Ministries. Refreshments follow the meeting. All seniors 50+ are invited, free.

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CLUB MEETINGS THIS MONTH: Ambassadors Club - Monday, October 2 at noon Seniors Morning Out Thursday, October 5 at 10:00 am Seniors Without Partners Thursday, October 12 at 9:00 am National Active & Retired Federal Employees Monday, October 16 at 1:00 pm

ATTENTION! MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT: From October 15 to December 7, Medicare beneficiaries can review and make changes to their Medicare coverage. During this period it is important for beneficiaries to review their insurance to ensure adequate coverage and not spending too much. Seniors’ Health Insurance ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP Information Program (SHIIP) IN ROWAN COUNTY: Thursday, counselors are available to provide October 26 at 5:30 pm. Meet those information and help compare plans. with similar challenges and enjoy a light A free service provided by the NC meal, featured speakers, and time to Insurance Commissioner’s Office and share thoughts and tips on caring for Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. Call our ourselves and our loved ones. Affiliated local SHIIP office at 704-216-7704 to with the Western NC Chapter of the schedule an appointment! Alzheimer’s Association, the support group is facilitated by Trinity at Home. Listen to “SENIOR MOMENTS” For additional information, contact Daily Monday-Friday at 6:25 am & Teresa at 704-603-2778 or Deborah at 10:25 am on Memories 1280 WSAT 704-603-2779. Radio. YOUNG AT HEART: Thursday, October 25 at 11:30 am. Robert Crum presents on his sixth great grandfather, Daniel Boone, while adorned in clothing from the 1700’s. Get to know the real Daniel Boone! Bring your own bag lunch.

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“ARE YOU OK?” SERVICE: Sign up for free daily automated telephone safety checks through the Center by calling 704-216-7704.

COMPUTER CLASSES: Pre-registration required by contacting the Front Desk. You must be a registered participant of the Center, PURCHASE A DISCOUNT COUPON and pay the class fee at the Front Desk FOR A CLASS OR ACTIVITY AT prior to the class. Classes are taught by RUFTY-HOLMES. They make a great Debbie Lesley. gift for any occasion for that senior who has all they need. Purchase at SOCIAL MEDIA….FACEBOOK, the Front Desk. TWITTER, INSTAGRAM: Friday, October 13, 2017 from 1 pm-4 Senior Nutrition News: Rufty Holmes pm. Following a brief overview of Senior Center is now a partner Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, agency with 2nd Harvest Food Bank participants will be able to set up of the Metrolina! We are seeking accounts and begin using social media eligible clients to participate in this to keep in touch with the outside world. program. To learn eligibility criteria, Cost: $10 please call our nutrition program at 704-216-7702 for details. Wanted: HOLIDAY SHOPPING ON-LINE: donations of reusable bags to assist Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 5 with this program. pm-8 pm. It is almost time to do your holiday shopping. This year, make it LUNCH CLUBS: Rufty-Holmes Senior easier and have your gifts delivered Center offers six locations throughout to your doorstep. Check out popular Rowan County for adults age 60 and sites, and find out how to safely do your older to gather for lunch, fellowship shopping. Cost: $10 and educational programs Monday thru Friday. Principally funded by CLUBS: R-H Computer Club - Each federal, state and local aging grants, Thursday at 10:00 am there is no charge to participate, but donations are encouraged and Rufty Holmes Senior Center News accepted. For more information, call Staff is available to assist individuals 704-216-7702. and families with general information and assistance in utilizing community LOCAL INFORMATION (City of services available to older adults. Call Salisbury & Rowan County) the Center’s Information & Assistance NEED A RIDE TO THE SENIOR Program at 704-216-7700 to learn more. CENTER? The City Bus serves the

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Senior Center hourly Monday-Friday on route # 1. For information call 704638-5252. COUNTY RESIDENTS AGE 60 AND OLDER CAN QUALIFY FOR TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE TO THE CENTER AT 704-216-8888. ASSISTANCE WITH HEARING NEEDS: For those who are hard of hearing and need assistance with hearing devices or telephone communication. Sponsored by NC Division of Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. Schedule an appointment at Rufty-Holmes by calling 1-800-835-5302. GOLD CARDS: Rowan County residents age 62 and older can obtain passes to attend home RowanSalisbury Schools’ athletic, musical and drama events free of charge. Available at Rufty-Holmes’ Front Desk with a photo ID. LEGAL ASSISTANCE APPOINTMENTS: An attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. is available to meet with persons at the Center by appointment, to provide assistance in non-criminal matters (family law, public assistance, housing, consumer protection, etc). Service is free to low-income adults age 60 or older, provided with regional funds from the Area Agency on Aging. For information, and to schedule an appointment, call the NC Legal Aid office at 1-877-579-7562 and identify yourself as an older adult residing in Rowan County. APPOINTMENTS FOR OMBUDSMAN ASSISTANCE: Patricia Garner Cowan, CIRS-A, Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman from Centralina Area Agency on Aging, is available to answer individual questions related to long term care. Call the Senior Center to set up an appointment.



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Stuffed Jack-O-Lantern Bell Peppers Ingredients: 6 bell peppers, any color 1 pound ground beef 1 egg 4 slices whole wheat bread, cubed 1 small onion, chopped 1 small tomato, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 cup chili sauce 1/4 cup prepared yellow mustard 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8x8 inch baking dish. 2. Lightly mix together the ground beef, egg, bread cubes, onion, tomato, garlic, chili sauce, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper in a bowl. 3. Wash the peppers, and cut jack-o’-lantern faces into the peppers with a sharp paring knife, making triangle eyes and noses, and pointy-teeth smiles. Slice off the tops of the peppers, and scoop out the seeds and cores. Stuff the peppers lightly with the beef stuffing, and place them into the prepared baking dish so they lean against each other. 4. Bake in the preheated oven until the peppers are tender and the stuffing is cooked through and juicy, about 1 hour.

Pumpkin Brownies Ingredients: 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup butter, melted 1 1/2 cups white sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 3 eggs 1/4 cup cocoa powder 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 1/2 cup pumpkin puree 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8x8 inch baking pan. Stir the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl. 2. In another bowl, stir together the melted butter, sugar, and vanilla extract; beat in the eggs one at a time with a spoon. Gradually add the flour mixture, and stir the batter until it’s evenly moistened. Divide the batter in half in two separate bowls. 3. Into one bowl of batter, blend the cocoa powder and chocolate chips. In the second bowl of batter, stir in the pumpkin puree, walnuts, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. 4. Spread 1/2 of the chocolate batter into the bottom of the prepared baking pan, and follow with 1/2 of the pumpkin batter. Repeat the layers, ending with a pumpkin layer, and drag a kitchen knife or small spatula gently through the layers in a swirling motion, to create a marbled appearance. 5. Bake in the preheated oven until the brownies begin to pull away from the sides of the pan, and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool in the pan, cut into squares, and serve.


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f you are arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict

me, about comforting others and this became another of my favorite scriptures: “Praise be to the God you?” and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, My friend, Evelyn, always knows the Father of compassion and the just the right thing to say when I need God of all comfort who comforts to hear it. We were talking about us in all our troubles, so that we someone who told me not to bother can comfort those in any trouble praying for her because there is no with the comfort we ourselves Linda S. Beck God. Ouch! In my nearly 70 years, have received from God.” I’ve only had a couple occasions when The lady, who said there is no people questioned the existence of God, has visited now and asked God in my presence. me how I remain “so upbeat.” I evidence list to convict me. Most of these remarks were made told her she might not like my So what else would convict by people who have severe health answer, but she wanted to hear me? Let’s see, do I go to church? conditions that have gotten worse Well, I used to try to go every time what I had to say. I explained to instead of better. People who are her that I am a Christian and that the doors were open, but now my suffering severe pain are often angry in studying God’s word, I have disability causes some problems with God, their doctors, and even their there. However, I’ve learned that been able to turn my troubles over families and friends. to Him and continue to enjoy the going to church is not what made If others don’t say what the sick blessings that exist outside of the me a Christian. person wants to hear, or do what sorrows. In Matthew l8:20 Jesus said, is needed, feelings get hurt. (I’m Had I remained bitter and “For where two or three come sure I’ve hurt my families’ feelings angry with God through heartache, together in my name, there am I when I complain about my loss of several illnesses, and the loss of with them.” Sometimes my home independence.) my husband, I could not have has been a sanctuary for troubled I am a Christian and I will not deny friends, and I believe these folks become a comforter and friend to God. I will listen to the problems of others. would testify to my Christianity. others, share my feelings and beliefs, Several people have said that One of my friends said that I but I will not alter my belief to please I have comforted them and they have been like “a light that dispels someone else. wish they had the “peace” I have. the darkness” in times when she I explained to my new I like to remind them of Jesus’ has needed comfort. I’m sure acquaintance that her lack of belief promise in John l4:27: “Peace there are some times when I “step was even more reason for the prayers I leave with you; my peace I on toes,” but I try to use scripture of Christian friends. So one might give you.” That peace he gave to reach those who are in such wonder what any of this has to do me is stated so clearly in The pain. One day a very sweet lady with that opening quotation. Allow Serenity Prayer: “God grant me overwhelmed me as she looked me to share some thoughts about what directly in my face and said, “I can the serenity to accept the things I evidence is proof of being a Christian. see Jesus in your eyes.” cannot change; courage to change In Matthew 28:l8-20 Jesus the things I can; and wisdom to Space will not allow me to presented the “great commission” to know the difference.” I like to share all the spiritual blessings I his disciples “to go and make disciples continue to experience when I encourage others to think about of all nations…” Since that is one of this, memorize the prayer, and speak to others about God’s word his commands to his followers, how put it into action. Would these and will in my life. Without my could I dare not at least try to reach stories of illness, heartache, and the thoughts, beliefs, and actions be others in his name (even if they don’t new adventures that resulted in the evidence to my Christianity? want to be reached). Sometimes folks wonder last 24 years of my life, I could not I believe if I were arrested for being have become the speaker/writer what good it does to pray when a Christian, the fact that I try to tell that God had planned for me to be. the results are not what they others about Christ through speaking requested. But in Matthew 6:5-15, In Second Corinthians l: 3-4 or writing would certainly be on the Jesus teaches what we refer to as Paul wrote, and God has taught

“The Lord’s Prayer” and in verse 10 he says, “thy (God’s) will be done.” Some of us forget that we are His disciples and should pray for His will to be done rather than our own. Christians, who turn their backs on God because He didn’t answer their prayers in their own will and way, will lose out on the blessings He has for them in other ways. In Jeremiah 29:11-13 the Lord says, “For I know the plans I have for you; plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart.” When we are victims of illness, we might wonder “why” and “if” our illness was in God’s plan for us. I can’t answer that for others, but I try to share my beliefs about how God has used my illness that I might help other people cope with the negatives in their lives. When I nearly died in 1976, I just prayed that God would enable me to go home and raise my daughters. I lived through an extended illness, raised my daughters, and it appeared to be answer to my prayer; but in reality it was God’s will because He knew He had future plans for me. When I look back at some of the major prayers that I lifted up to God, I can see that, as it says in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” And that “strength” has gotten me through illnesses and helped me remain the Christian God desires me to be. As Christians we must trust and obey and have faith that God will hear our prayers. Trust, obedience, and faith may be more evidence used to convict us as Christians. I surely hope I’m found guilty.

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Lorin S. Oden

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ow many times have Jane, Beth and I heard folks say “I hear people talking but do not always understand what they are saying”. We know a person will wait an average of 7-10 years before doing anything to improve their hearing ability. During that time what happens to the brain’s ability to process what they hear? When you begin to lose your hearing, the pathways in your brain that were designated to understand speech, begin to reorganize and rewire themselves. As a result, you

may lose some of the mental tools that are necessary to process and comprehend speech. Hearing and listening is not the same thing. Hearing allows you to receive acoustic information (speech) while listening requires your brain to attend to and interpret speech. For example, once a speech signal enters your ears, your brain must rapidly process each word and hold that string of words in memory long enough to comprehend and make sense of its meaning. Not only must your brain distinguish each word from all other possible words, but it must invoke mental skills such as auditory memory, auditory attention and auditory processing of speech in order for you to engage successfully in conversation. When all those things work well, understanding conversation goes smoothly. Remember hearing technology makes sounds audible. Advanced technology does a wonderful job providing the brain with the acoustic cues necessary, but if

the brain is not doing a good job making sense out of those acoustic cues, understanding speech can be challenging. Throughout the past decade various auditory training programs have been developed to help relearn those listening skills necessary to understanding speech. Consider it an exercise program for your brain. The problem with previously developed programs was they were time consuming and not much fun. As a result patient compliance was not very high. Our patients would start the program but after a few sessions would stop. A new program has been developed after many years of research and development. Jane and I have been waiting for this program to be available on your home computer as well as your iPad. More importantly, the program is fun. While playing candy crush or bejeweled is fun, it does nothing to improve brain function. Why not play something

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that is fun as well as beneficial. clEar is here. Research performed at Washington University in St. Louis has shown that many patients better recognize words, discriminate speech better in the presence of background noise, and experience reduced listening challenges. So if you don’t need hearing aids but have difficulty understanding speech, just started using hearing technology or have worn hearing aids for years, this program may be for you. Everyone can benefit. If you are interested in learning more about clEar Auditory Brain Training, give Beth a call 704-6330023. Jane and I would love to hear from you and help you be the best listener you can be. 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



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.

Sharon is a new contributor to Trail Tales. This month she shares a story about a childhood memory that should resonate with many readers. Instruction on how to access an electronic version of “Home Sweet Home” is posted on the blog hosted at Enjoy this installment.

Home Sweet Home

© 2017 By: Sharon Upton


y husband, Dan, headed out the door and grabbed his walking stick on his way to his morning breakfast and nature trail adventure with the other hikers. They always have some new story to tell every Friday morning. Eventually, many of the stories end up in the Trail Tales column of the Senior Savvy newspaper.

In time for the Easter edition of the paper, the April 2017 column featured a story told by Dan. It described the painstaking effort he puts into crafting wooden plaques inscribed with three crosses with A Message Meant To Be Shared down through the ages. * His walking buddies published on a wide range of topics, everything from lessons learned from an old pickup truck, to military recollections, a horse that couldn’t be tamed, a Dad who passed away way too soon, a golf outing that never should have been, and a holiday recipe that featured way too much turkey. Craig Scott, Chuck and Heidi Thurston, James Polk, Alberto Perez, Tommy

Doonan, Julie Walter, Amy Bergeron and Vincent Vezza brought to life so many stories since the first story was featured one year ago in October 2016. As I watched his van pull out of the driveway, I thought about joining them on one of their hikes someday soon, especially with the weather being cooler, but not today. I poured myself another cup of coffee and sat down at my computer, ready to continue writing a portion of my novella that is still in early manuscript stage. It’s about my Mom and it features so many stories that she has shared with me, stories about her childhood, and mine. Well into her nineties, Mom

continues to check the storyline, making sure that I have the facts accurately recorded. It’s also important to her that I capture the feelings of those in her life that are no longer around to tell their story. Her generation lived through some incredible times. They came of age before the advent of television. News was filtered through print media or radio. There were no cell phones, no iPads, no Internet. Now, in 2017, I have an opportunity to capture her times with the aid of a computer and software that would have been the envy of the writers of Mom’s day. She was placed in an orphanage right before her fourth birthday. In the telling of her story, I am struck by her interpretation of family and home. It has given me a deeper appreciation for the many blessings that our Lord bestowed on me, my siblings, spouse, children, grandchildren, friends and neighbors. I had appointed a page for my brother’s drawing of our childhood home that he sketched from memory, titled Home Sweet Home. The writer in me saw the need for a brief, illustrated poem. When Dan returned from his Friday morning walk, I invited him to join me for what was my third cup of coffee and Continued on page 17


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Autumn Mountain Trip


By Cindy Nimmer, Trip Coordinator

he motor coach will leave the center at 7:00am to travel to Blowing Rock, NC, on October 3, where the forces of gravity and popular physics are a little off at Mystery Hill. Experience these oddities in the Hall of Mystery. Reminisce over the authentic antiques from sewing machines and household furnishings, to books, ledgers and

personal belongings that reflect the lifestyle of the Appalachian people in the Appalachian Heritage Museum. Peruse

the collection of over 50,000 Native American artifacts from 23 different states such as arrowheads, pottery, pipes and knives that are just a few of the remarkable pieces in the Native American Artifacts Museum. Dine with us Dutch-treat in town before listening to Mountain and Celtic music by Doug Orr and The Southern Highlanders. The cost is $55.00 per person. Interested older adults need to pre-pay at the Senior Center in order to reserve a seat on the bus. Reservations are first-come,

first-served, and you can pick your seat assignment at the time of purchase. You must be registered with the Center to purchase a ticket. If it is more convenient, you can also pay by credit card now as well as with cash or check. We will return around 5:30pm. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, September 6, at 3:00pm. A seated waiting line will be provided in the Addie Rhem Morris Room B beginning at around 1:00pm for those who arrive early.

She was just a dog… continued from page 3 was in, she would move to another dark room. I had to make the call… and the doctor agreed with me it was a kindness to put her down. With a heavy heart I took her back to the vet. She went in to the exam room and just laid down, sighed a heavy breath and did not get up again. I sat down and put her head in my lap and told her all the things I wanted to say while they mixed the concoction that would take her to the fields filled with dogs running with no pain. I cried as they explained each drug they were administering and when they asked if I was ready for the final dose, I heard myself say yes… Sitting on the floor, holding my Ruby Tuesday, she took her final

breath. Our vet did not charge me for that final act, he had taken care of her since she was that fluff ball and he loved her too. And they did have someone come and pick her up, to have her cremated. She needs to be on the hill with the rest of my pets that have gone on before. Being a Grief Counselor, does not make my pain any less. But it does help in the fact that I know the steps I need to take to recover from my loss. I will miss Ruby for a very long time, but I do not have the unresolved grief that makes my heart hurt forever. One of the myths that we have in society today is that you can replace a loss. I have already had

well-meaning friends ask me if I am going to get another dog… another Rottweiler to replace Ruby Tuesday. I cannot ever replace Ruby, but if I decide to get another dog in the future, I will be able to love it wholeheartedly because I completed my relationship with Ruby. As with any loss we incur in life, the relationship is unique and individual. You can never replace the loss, but you can complete the loss. We can move forward and have a great relationship

when we are ready. I held her and sang the song “Goodbye Ruby Tuesday… sure am gonna miss you.” Louanne is a certified Grief Recovery Specialist who does group grief classes as well as one on ones. You can contact her by calling 980521-4661 or going to her website

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Importance of Flu Vaccines for Older Adults By: Amber Phillips, Program Manager Rufty-Holmes Senior Center


uring increased levels of circulating seasonal flu viruses, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggests that the benefits of receiving a flu vaccination outweighs the risk of receiving the flu virus between 40% to 60% among the overall population. It is important for older adults to get vaccinated due to weaker immune systems compared to their younger counterparts. The vaccine aids against major effects that could potentially lead to


hospitalizations or possible fatalities. The CDC recommends that some protection against flu-like symptoms is better than none, and by protecting yourself through vaccinations you are reducing your chances of fighting the severity of the flu illness. Even though flu vaccines do not protect against all infections and illnesses caused by other strains of flu viruses, seasonal flu vaccines are designed to protect against three or four flu viruses. Many individuals can protect themselves against influenza by receiving the

vaccination, taking antiviral drugs-prescribed by a doctor, and practicing good health habits-such as covering your face when you cough and frequently washing your hands. Get your flu shot today! Rufty Holmes Senior Center located at 1120 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave (28144) is partnering with Moose Pharmacy to provide flu shots to seniors 55 years of age and older on Monday, October 2, 2017 between 9am-11am. This vaccine is covered by most major

insurance companies with a zero copay including Aetna, Cigna, Tricare, Medicare Part B, United Healthcare, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC. Walk-ins are welcome! Please bring your insurance card and a valid form of identification. Please contact Rufty Holmes Senior Center’s main desk at 704-216-7714 to learn more about the flu clinic. For more information regarding flu vaccinations, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website at https://www.

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Home Sweet Home continued from page 14 an opportunity to listen to what I had created in his absence, and added, “I hope you guys enjoyed the new trail.” Dan responded, “We did; got a chance to hike the Bear Creek park with Benny Moose. He shared background on the cross at the high point of the path.” “Well,” I said, “while you were enjoying nature, I worked on my Mom’s story and wrote a short piece about my childhood home to underscore my brother’s artwork. After you read it, let me know if you recognize any of the references. I titled it after the address on the front porch.” He began to read.

Three Fourteen East Bath Road Memories of days gone by, barefoot under the sun, We were half a dozen carefree kids simply having fun, Swimming in the family pool with sunshine or nighttime stars, Or biking to the drug store to get some candy bars, Coasting the wagon down the hill, swinging under the tree, Dirt bike riding in the field, or perhaps, stepping on a bee, Go-cart riding when Dad came home, jumping rope on the court, Or hitting the badminton birdie back and forth for sport. On days of rain or scorching heat, forcing us indoors, Mom played Hearts and Crazy Eights, we were never bored. We’ve all grown up and the house is long gone, But our sweet childhood memories still live on. Dan looked up, smiled and said, “Looks like your Mom gave you the kind of home that she yearned for in her childhood. Maybe we all get to remember what we choose to remember.” About Sharon Upton Sharon resides with her husband, Dan, in the rolling countryside just east of Mount Pleasant. They have two grown

children and seven grandchildren. Sharon has a special relationship with her ninety-seven year old mother, one that she hopes to capture in a book dedicated to her life. * You can request a free plaque from Dan by sending a postcard to Dan Upton, PO Box 1857 Concord, NC 28026.



October 7th

7 - 10:00 pm Second Time Around Band

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October 13th

9 - 4:00 pm Novant Mobile Mammogram OPEN TO THE PUBLIC MUST REGISTER October 14th

1:00 pm Bill Ragsdale-Magic Show OPEN TO THE PUBLIC this is for all ages Sign up please October 24

8:00 am Blowing Rock Trip

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Come travel to the mountains-Museum-Tour the town. Shop and then spend some time at Blowing Rock seeing the leaves- Come Join us.

October 20th

1:30 pm Movie Day - Les Miserable OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Please sign up October 21th

7-10:00 pm Delmonico Band

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Line Dancing - Bring a Covered Dish to Share

October 25th 12:00 noon Officer Chun-Salisbury Police Dept OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Safety Covered Dish Please call and Sign up 704-636-0111

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November 14th 8:00am Southern Christmas Show OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

November 15th 8:00am Christmas Craft Fair

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Barn Dinner Theater 11:45 am A Groovin Christmas OPEN TO THE PUBLIC High Energy Holiday Musical Watch our website for more things to come: check out active older adults or YMCA Wonders Facebook

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RELAY FOR LIFE FUNDS CANCER RESEARCH – SO, WHAT’S NEW? By Mary Knapp for Relay For Life of Rowan County


here are always new reasons to keep you updated on what the American Cancer Society is reporting, especially because members of Relay For Life of Rowan County are working diligently to raise funds for the society, and we hope to pique your interest in supporting our Relay efforts. Research is an important part of those efforts. Right now there are 60 researchers who are part of the society’s push to find effective treatments and cures for the many forms of cancer. Funding is also supplied to outside researchers through grants. Since 1946, 47 Nobel Prize winners were at some point in their work funded by such grants in many fields of cancer research. As of August 1, 1917, 33 research and health professional grants in the amount of $15,571,500 have been released for use in North Carolina. At the American Cancer Society website , you can view the types of cancer


research being done, along with more cancer research facts and figures. Our Relay volunteers are committed to helping support the society in its goals to provide education, research, advocacy and service for those affected by cancer. It has been difficult work in the past few years’ economy, and we haven’t met our financial goals. Our disappointment is not in the actual goal-meeting, but in thinking that the shortfall may prevent grants being available to scientists who have great ideas about treatments or cures. On that note, we invite all who are interested to an initial 2018 Relay meeting. The theme for 2017-2018 is a beach theme –Wave Goodbye to Cancer! If you have bright ideas or energy and leadership skills, we’d love you to join us on

Tuesday, October 3 at St. John’s Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall at 6pm. Checkered Flag BBQ provides BBQ sandwiches and ice tea for the evening, and we’ll provide information and opportunities for you to share your ideas with us. A committee meeting will follow. We welcome new committee prospective committee members to join us. We plan to join in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Saturday, October 21 at 9:30am, zMax Dragway, 6570 Bruton Smith Blvd., Concord, NC 28027. Registration begins at 8am. For more information contact Charles Rogers by email at or call 704-591-0125. On Saturday, October 28, join the Sweet Potato Queens at their Annual Fall Indoor Yard Sale from 7am until Noon at Ursinus Church, Main St., Rockwell. As always, there will be great buys of clothing for all ages, household items, and knickknacks, too.

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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 6th and continuing every Tuesday through April 10th 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 don’t need to be an expert or have prior tax preparation experience because we will train you. During the tax preparation season earlier this year, the Tax-Aide site at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center served over 700 families in our community with preparing their tax returns and provided other assistance to another 100 families. Nationwide, about 35,000 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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Senior Driving Safety Tips For School Buses By Jerry Shelby

drivers license suspended for 30 re you a safe driver? Maybe days for the first violation and 60 days for a second violation. you already know of some Children waiting for the bus or driving situations that leaving the bus might be excited make you uncomfortable. Try to and dart out into the street. Even avoid these situations or be extra when the school bus is not in cautious. sight, children at the bus stop It is that time of year again for sometimes are playing and will school to start. Be extra careful run into the street unexpectedly. when driving in neighborhoods Always be careful around school and close to the schools. The kids buses. Some neighborhoods may may be excited and not paying have a sign noting that a bus stop attention when they cross the roads. Be watchful of school buses. is in the neighborhood. Below is a picture of the North Remember, school buses only Carolina School Bus Stop Law that travel 45 miles per hour per the North Carolina Drivers Handbook. is provided by the NC Division of During the hours that school busses Motor Vehicles. We should constantly refresh are operating (generally 7-9a.m. our knowledge of safe driving and 2-4p.m.), drivers should be practices. One way to do that is extra careful. This includes around to take a driver safety refresher the school and in neighborhoods course. An AARP driver safety and rural roads when the buses refresher course will be offered are picking up or dropping off Wednesday, October 18 from children. When a school bus is 12:30 to 5:00 at the Rufty-Holmes stopping and the yellow flashing Senior Center in Salisbury. The warning lights turn to a flashing workbook contains 40 pages of red light, traffic must stop in both safety tips and much more. directions unless there is divider Watch future issues of the on the road or the road has four paper for more driver safety tips or more lanes with a fifth center and class announcements. turning lane. An example is Jake The local AARP chapter meets Alexander and Route 29 (South the first Thursday of each month Main Street). Passing a stopped at the Rufty-Holmes Senior school bus will cost you 5 points on your driving record and increase Center starting at 1:00. The local chapter offers members a variety your car insurance by 120%. of community service, education, A $300 premium will increase advocacy and leadership, and to$660. Please be careful. It is fellowship opportunities. Senior recommended you stop 100 feet behind or in front of the bus. This is citizens over the age of 50 are encouraged to attend the about five car lengths. Speeding and passing a stopped informative meetings and join the local chapter. school bus may also get your


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