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eptember has always been a special month for my family. Both my brothers have birthdays this month as well as our maternal grandmother. Lavada Abigail Adams Tatum was born on September 22, 1882. She moved to Salisbury and in with my family from Clarkesville, Georgia not long after the death of her husband (my grandfather) T.P. Tatum on August 24, 1942. She lived with us more than twenty-five years and was a wonderful addition as a “second” mother to me and my four siblings until her death at age ninety-eight. She was short, sturdy, and at times could be quite feisty. With that said,

she always had a caring lovable spirit and loved us children dearly. She had raised seven children through some often difficult times and situations, so she was well equipped to help raise and discipline us five grandchildren. My mother, Grace, was one of her three daughters. Georgia lived in Atlanta, Ga. (later in Tennessee and Florida), and Dora in Texas. Two of her sons (Paul and Richard) lived in Florida, one (Odes) in South Carolina, and the other (Grady) in Charlotte, N.C. I don’t know exactly why Granny chose my family to live with but it was such a blessing for my mom to have her and her assistance with all of us children. I could probably write a

book about her life with us, but for now I just want to highlight a few things. We called her “nannie” when we were young, but as we grew older this changed to “granny”. The first thing Granny did in the morning was to drink a glass of water from the spigot. To this day, I still believe that this was one of her habits that kept her so amazingly healthy. An aspirin, here and there, was the only medication I knew her to take until after the age of ninety when she became a nursing home resident. When she entered the kitchen to help prepare breakfast, she was always sparkling clean and neatly dressed. This included a crisp cotton apron with a bib front and





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a large pocket on each side. Being an excellent seamstress, she made all of her and mom’s aprons as well as most of her clothes (which was a bare minimum). One of the apron pockets would hold a can of her favorite snuff and the other a handful of tissues, neatly folded. Granny sewed many garments for people in our neighborhood to help “pay her way” as she would say. There was no social security or any other income for her other than her sewing service. She also made clothes for me and my two sisters periodically. She sewed many items for people, charging anywhere from fifty cents for a blouse and up to three dollars for a dress or skirt. Continued on page 2

Submitted by Lori Eberly Comfort Keepers® t least one in nine seniors is at-risk of going hungry due to the inability to obtain sufficient food for their household or having to choose between food and medical care according to Feeding America. During September, National Hunger Action Month, Comfort Keepers® is asking the community to make food donations to the Feed Seniors NowTM food


drive to help local seniors and raise awareness for this growing epidemic that impacts millions of older Americans trying to remain healthy and independent. “National Hunger Action Month is in September, but seniors go hungry all year,” said Lori Eberly owner of the local Comfort Keepers franchise. “We cannot fight every factor affecting hunger, but we can start here in our community by creating awareness about the issue and helping family

members become more aware of the signs of hunger and malnutrition.” Hunger can lead to malnutrition and other serious health problems in seniors. The lack of an adequate diet can have an immediate impact on the body, mind, and the safety of senior citizens. If seniors fail to consume the appropriate amount of nutrients, their bodies may become weak or unstable and their minds may become fatigued. The combination of these two effects will significantly increase the risk

of a fall and other accidents. In addition, malnutrition can affect the body’s immune system and leave seniors more vulnerable to diseases or illnesses. As many as 85% of seniors in the care of others are at risk for malnutrition and its consequences. Signs of malnutrition may include sudden weight gain or loss, bruising, or dental difficulties, sudden changes in taste, or a general disinterest in eating. For seniors, Continued on page 2


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Wow! Such hard work for such little pay, but then again this was a “few” years ago. Of course, the main use of “the apron” was to protect the clothing underneath. But Granny’s apron was so much more. At times, it served as a potholder removing hot pans from the oven. It was just the thing for drying our tears when we got hurt or spanked. Often Granny would moisten (okay – spit on) her apron hem and wipe away the play-dirt smudges on our face or put a halt to a runny nose. The apron carried clothes pins out to the clothesline to hang laundry. At times, it held kindling wood that was brought into the kitchen for the wood stove. There was a huge pecan tree in our backyard

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heaven on December 1, 1980. We took her body back to Georgia to rest beside her husband Tom and one of her sons (Paul). Her three daughters lived to be eighty-five, ninety-two, and one hundred- two. An apron wearer is somewhat rare these days, but whenever I see someone with one on, I am so tempted to check the pockets for snuff and tissues. I will forever miss you and your apron, dear Granny! Have a happy birthday on the 22nd. I am hoping to celebrate with you in heaven one day.

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and this apron was often filled with yummy nuts to be used for cooking goodies. As Granny cracked and hulled the nuts, her apron lap collected all the shells. Many times in cold weather I can remember seeing her pull up her apron and wrap it around her arms. That “old time” apron had many, many purposes and my granny took advantage of them all and even invented some of her own. I wish all children could experience the memorable, magical aspects of a sweet, lovable Christian grandmother (including the feistiness) that I was so blessed to know in my young life. Granny outlived all four of her sons. Her sweet soul went to

malnutrition means the potential for increased hospital stays, increased health complications, early entry into assisted living facilities or even premature death. In response to a growing need for awareness about senior nutrition, the Comfort Keepers system has launched a nationwide campaign

called Nourish Senior Life® to create awareness for the importance of a healthy diet for those 65 and over. This senior nutrition campaign aims to help seniors preserve their independence by providing diet and nutrition information, encouragement and necessities. In the local market, Comfort Keepers has placed food collection bins at the following locations at their office at 512 Klumac Rd, Ste 9, Salisbury NC and the Salisbury YMCA on Jake Alexander Blvd. If your organization would like to participate in our food collection

efforts, please contact Jennifer Smith at 704 630 0370 or via email at In addition, if you know a senior that is in need of food, our pantry is accessible Mon-Fri 9am-5pm at our office at 512 Klumac Rd, Ste 9, Salisbury.

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Bad Weather And Lizards Scare Me

Jan McCanless


ots of severe weather in the headlines recently, makes you wonder what’s going on, doesn’t it. After experiencing Hugo back in 89’, I figured I could live through anything. Coming from Florida, as a child, I have seen many hurricanes, but, never saw a backyard shed float uphill as I did during Hugo. That was a first! I can recall one such storm while in Jacksonville. Can’t remember the name, but, I know my mom got all nervous about it. The wind picked up, the waters rose, we were just blocks form the ocean, and I had my first experience with really high tide, I mean, REALLY high tide. After all the huffing and puffing was over, I walked outside our little house, and saw the strangest sight I had ever beheld. We had a screened porch on the side of the house, and the entire screen was covered in lizards that had blown up there during the storm. Some were those little green chamilleons, some were brown,

but, all were lizards, and as far as I’m concerned, all lizards can go to some other continent to live, I hate them. One of them chases me around the yard here, but, that’s another story entirely. Eventually, the horrid things found their way off our screens, but, what a terrifying sight it was. Tornadoes are another thing I am leery of. My one experience with getting close up and personal with a tornado happened while we were on the road one time, My dad was driving, and Gregg and I were in the back seat, playing games, always trying to think up ways to get into mischief --- we were experts at that. At some point, I looked out the back window and saw this huge funnel shaped thing bearing down on us, right on the same road we were traveling. Now back then, a lot of cars didn’t have very generous rear windows, so, you often couldn’t see a whole lot, but, I knew a funnel cloud when I saw one. I hollered to my dad that we were going to be swallowed up by a tornado, and he just shook his head and said not to bother him while he was driving,. Then my brother chimed in,and said, the same thing. We kept driving, not many cars on the back country roads, where we were. Gregg tapped my mom on the shoulder and told her to turn around and look,

she did, and she screamed at my dad that there was a tornado bearing down on us. Finally, he took his eyes off the front of the road and looked. Suddenly, he turned left, and drove a right angle to the cloud, across a field, picking up weeds, mud, wildflowers, whatever else was in the way, the car mowed them down or threw them up onto the radiator. The car was a mess. Pops brand new De soto, and it looked awful. Pop had managed to drive a little ways into the woods, and now, we were stuck. The storm had missed us by several feet, and all we got was a huge wind, which blew more trash onto the car. All of us helped to clean up that car, and my dad and brother pushed it out of the wooded

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area, almost to the road. After several chugs and sputters, the engine turned over, and we continued on our way, stopping at the nearest gas station to get it cleaned up. Back in those days, a full service gas station meant just that, you could get most anything for your car there, and the proprietor let us borrow his hose to wash the De Soto off. It wasn’t good as new, but, prit’ner. Well, hurricane season is in full swing now, and I watch each weather report, hoping to see what’s next on the horizon for us. I find it all terribly fascinating, and after each weather disaster, I have to ask myself, ‘is someone trying to tell us something?”


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s autumn approaches and school resumes, some people begin to have a multitude of symptoms due to a cold or to allergies. Common cold symptoms typically last three days to two weeks and are caused by one of many viruses in the environment. Allergies, sometimes called hay fever, are the body’s immune response to various allergens in the environment. In the fall season, common allergens include ragweed, mold, certain foods, and classroom allergens such as dust or classroom pets. Determining whether symptoms are due to an allergy or a cold may be challenging. Both allergies and colds may include symptoms such as a cough, sneezing, a runny or stuffy nose, and fatigue or weakness. Cold

symptoms may include general aches and pains and a sore throat, while allergy symptoms tend to include itchy eyes. Common cold treatments include plenty of rest, over-thecounter pain relievers, and decongestants. Ensure that you are not exceeding the recommended safe maximum dosage for pain control. If you have other medical conditions, check with your healthcare provider or pharmacist to ensure that over-the-counter medications or herbal remedies will not make those conditions worse or interact with current medications you are taking. Those with allergies may find it helpful to monitor local pollen and mold counts on weather reports or via the Internet. If you are aware of particular plants that cause symptoms, check with your

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extension office for information about local growing seasons. Some allergists recommend that those with known allergies begin allergy treatment about two weeks before the season is expected to start. Avoiding allergens may provide the best results, but avoiding all allergens is often easier said than done. Additional tips for helping to control fall allergy symptoms include: • Keep windows and doors shut in your home and car. • Take a shower, wash your hair, and change clothes after being outside. • Wear a NIOSH-rated 95 filter mask when doing yard work – ragweed levels are highest in the mornings in the fall; tree/grass levels are highest in the evenings

in spring and summer. • Use exhaust fans, correct plumping issues, and clean damp areas to reduce mold at home. • Repair roof leaks, clean gutters, and remove leaves/ vegetation near your home’s foundation. If you develop a fever, thick yellow or green mucus, sinus pressure behind the eyes and cheeks, or a worsening headache, check with your healthcare provider as these symptoms may indicate a sinus infection. I wish each of you a great and healthy start to the autumn season! Sources: Mayo Clinic & National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases If your faith community is interested in a health program, please contact Pam Hurley at Pamela.Hurley@




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1120 South Martin Luther King Blvd. Salisbury, North Carolina 28144-5658 704.216.7714 (voice) 704.633.8517 (fax) (email) Rufty Holmes Senior Center is open to all adults age 55+ living in Rowan County. There is no fee to join. For more information, please call (704) 216-7714 or stop by the Center. UNITED WAY DAY OF CARING: RuftyHolmes members are needed to donate 300 desserts for the many volunteers participating in the Rowan County United Way Day of Caring. Items should be packaged in individual portions and without nuts or frosting. Please drop off desserts to the front desk by Wednesday, September 13th at noon. Thanks for your help! NEW CLASSES: Bridge Lessons: Weekly two hour contract bridge classes, Fridays at 10 am, in September. Classes are for existing players (both rubber and beginner duplicate) who want to modernize their game, improve accuracy in bidding, and learn more about basic conventions. After a 3-week review of basic bridge, we discuss a particular convention and then have practice hands on that convention. Related conventions are discussed and played over several weeks. When that group is completed, there are two “smorgasbords” where these related conventions are mixed together so you can’t exactly predict what is represented by the class hands. Lessons are standalone, but taking the entire block as related conventions work together to achieve accurate bidding. Contact Harold or Carol Winecoff 704-857-2770 or or RuftyHolmes Senior Center for more details . Registration is required for planning purposes. Paint, Piddle & Draw - Tuesdays, starting September 5, 9 am – 11 am for students of all levels. Instructor is Frances Driscoll. $10 registration fee payable first day of class. Call 704-216-7714 to register and obtain necessary supplies list. Handmade Cards Workshop: Tuesday, September 5 at 2 pm. Complete six handmade all occasion cards in one two-hour workshop session. All supplies provided. Cost is $13 per person payable upon arrival. Instructor is Daphne Houghton. Members should register in advance by calling the Center at 704-216-7714.


Getting in Touch with Facebook: Tuesday, Sept. 5 from 5:30-8:00 pm Facebook is a way to find long-lost acquaintances and connect with current friends and family. Learn to set up your Facebook page with privacy settings to allow you to safely enjoy your time socializing. Registration required. Taught by Debbie Lesley. Class fees are $10/ class.

materials. Register at the Front Desk, or call 704-216-7714. Space is limited.

Defense Bridge Lessons: Thursdays starting September 14 at 10 am. Sharpen your defensive skills with lessons offered at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. American Contract Bridge Leagueaccredited teacher and Life Master player, Dick Brisbin, will teach from the ACBL Bridge Series, Defense in the 21st Century. The book is $15, and is Natural Balance: Wednesdays, September 6 - 27 at 9:00 am. Join Fitness recommended but not required. One lesson on each of the nine chapters, at Trainer, Angela Hendrix, for a 4 week balance program. It is for those needing to a cost of $5 per lesson. If you wish to practice balance and improve coordination attend, please call Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 704-633-7862, or Dick Brisbin and stability. Class lasts 35-40 minutes. Wear comfortable clothing and supportive at 980-234-0373. You may also just drop in; pre-registration is not required. closed toe shoes. Call the front desk at 704-216-7714 or stop by to sign up. Cuddle Quilt Workshop: Thursday, Space is limited. No charge for this class; September 21 at 9:30 am. Provided free however, voluntary contributions accepted. by the Sunny Days Quilters. Contact our Front Desk at 704-216-7714 for Guitar Classes: New classes begin questions and to register. Monday, September 11. Two classes offered: Beginner Guitar at 1 pm and Intermediate Guitar at 2:30 pm. Learn or re-learn to play guitar with instructor Bob Wingate. Bring your own guitar. Cost for either six-week course is $30 payable to the instructor the first day of class. New members should bring a $10 material fee. For questions call Bob at 704-640-0279. To register call 704-216-7714.

Mind Aerobics Art Class – Monday afternoons 2-4pm beginning September 11. An introduction to mass drawing, pastels and sculpture is explained and demonstrated by professional artist Robert Toth. Explore the novelty that keeps the brain alive through the inspiration art can give you. $10 per session payable to the instructor. Help Me!! Having Fun on Your Computer!: Monday, September 11 from 5:30-8:30. Got a new computer? Many simply get on line and find games or shop. Let’s do it; learn to get online, find quality games to play, find places to shop, have fun and get comfortable on your computer. Registration is required. Classes taught by Debbie Lesley. Class fees are $10/class. Stained Glass Classes: New eight-week classes begin September 11 for beginning, intermediate or advanced students. Two sections: Mondays 2-5pm or Mondays 5:45pm - 8:45pm. Instructor is Mike Ziegler. $55 class fee payable to instructor plus

Watercolor Painting: Intermediate and advanced students. Mondays 9:30am 12:30pm September 11 - November 13. Instructor is Leslie Frontz. $36 fee to RCCC plus materials. Payment at time of registration, which ends September 8 or when full. Space is limited. JAM SESSIONS: Tuesdays, September 5 & 19 at 6:30 pm at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. Musical sessions for individuals to play & sing Country, Folk, Bluegrass, Irish, Scottish, or other songs the group can play together. Bring your instrument (guitars, banjos, fiddles bases, dobros or bodhra’n ) and singing voices, and join this casual get together. All levels welcome. 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at no cost and open to adults. BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS: Wednesday, September 6 from 9:30-10:30am. Free blood pressure readings and consultation available. 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. SENIOR CENTER MONTH ICE CREAM SOCIAL: Wednesday, September 6 at 3:00pm. Celebrate Senior Center Month and kick off our fall activity schedule. Sponsored by Carillon Assisted Living, seniors can enjoy an ice cream sundae buffet and take the opportunity to enroll in various programs and classes offered. Event is free and open to all interested older adults.

6th ANNUAL LOCAL HEROES LUNCHEON: Friday, September 8 the Senior Center will provide a complimentary lunch from 11:30am – 1:30pm for local fire-fighters, law enforcement personnel, and EMT’s in memory of 9-11 victims, and in honor of these community servants. Individuals are invited to: 1) sponsor one or more of these heroes with a $5 donation/ hero to help cover cost of the lunch provided by local caterer Debbie Suggs; 2) make and bring homemade desserts for the event; and/or 3) volunteer to serve, wait tables, and clean-up the day of the event. Monetary donations can be left at the Front Desk or mailed to the Center at 1120 S. MLK, Jr. Avenue, Salisbury, NC 28144. Desserts can be dropped off Thursday before the event at the Center. Volunteers agreeing to work are asked to register in advance at the Front Desk or call 704-216-7714. Any funds received in excess of expenses will be donated to the United Way Campaign in honor of these local heroes. HEALTH AND FITNESS CLUB: Wednesday, September 13 at 2:00pm. We’ll hear from Joan Denaux, Aquatics Director, “What Can Your Senior Center Do For You? Come and learn about programs and events offered at the center and off-site at other locations. Staying active is good for your health and well-being. The Health & Fitness Club is open to all older adults interested in improving their health and learning about health related issues. Call 704-216-7714 for details. WALK-ABOUTS OUTING: Thursday, September 14. Meet at Dan Nicholas Park’s parking lot at main entrance to walk trails at 9:00 am. After the walk, enjoy a Dutch treat breakfast at Breakfasttime in Salisbury. Call the Front Desk at 704-216-7714 to register. BUS TRIP TO MORGANTON, NC: Tuesday, September 19. Motor coach leaves the center at 7:30 am to visit Apple Hill Orchard. Tour includes a covered wagon ride in the orchard, lesson on bees and honey production, a visit to the apple processing center and a small bag of apples. Travelers can purchase apples, apple products and bakery goods. Lunch is Dutch-treat at Abeles Restaurant before traveling to The History Museum of Burke County. The Museum’ s artifacts span thousands of years from the time Native Americans lived and hunted to the 19th and 20th centuries witnessing a gold rush and the rise of timber, textile and furniture industries. Cost is $40 per person.

BUSY BEEDS CRAFT CLUB: Thursday, September 7 at 9:30 am. Meet the first Thursday of each month. The first project will be painted and decorated pins. Registration is not required. Call the front desk at 704-216-7714 for more information.

Interested older adults need to pre-pay at the Senior Center to reserve a seat on the bus. Reservations are first-come, first-served, and seat assignments chosen at time of purchase. You must be registered with the Center to purchase a ticket. Payment is by credit card, cash or check. Return is around 5:30pm. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 3:00pm. A seated waiting line is provided in the Addie Rhem Morris Room B beginning at 1:00pm.

AARP MEETING: Thursday, September 7 at 12:30pm. Meeting starts with a Salad Lunch, please bring something for the salad bar or a dessert. Kris Mueller, Director of Resource Development for Rowan Helping Ministries, is the speaker. All Seniors 50+ are welcome.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CLUB OUTING – LAKE NORMAN STATE PARK: Friday, September 22. Meet at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 8:30am to carpool. Bring water, a bag lunch, insect repellant, and $3 to help drivers with gas. Dress appropriately for the weather. Participation is at your own

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risk. New participants need to complete an information survey at the Front Desk. In case of inclement weather, call the Center, as the outing may be postponed. To register for this activity call 704-216-7714. YOUNG AT HEART GROUP: Wednesday, September 27. A retired American diplomat, Mr. Milton Iossi, is speaking on “Current Threats To U.S. National Security”. Bring a brown bag lunch. Mr. Iossi will begin his discussion around noon. “Young At Heart” is an independent club, meeting at Rufty-Holmes. Membership is encouraged with $10 dues per quarter. Dues support Rufty-Holmes as our host facility, and to cover incidental expenses. At each meeting, voluntary donations support the Family Crisis Council (Battered Women’s Shelter) and the North Carolina Veterans Home Recreation Fund. WATERCOLOR JAM: Wednesday, September 27 from 1:00-4:00pm. An open session for all watercolor painters to work on art creations. There is no instructor. Each artist is responsible for their own supplies and for cleaning up afterwards. No registration is necessary. MOVIE OF THE MONTH - GIFTED: Wednesday, September 27 at 2:00pm. Frank Adler is a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece, in a coastal town in Florida. Frank’s plans are foiled when the seven-year-old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank’s formidable mother whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate the two. Rated PG-13. Sponsored by Victory Wealth Management for interested older adults at no cost. Shown on our big screen, complete with popcorn and drinks. (Motion picture license #12137390). BUS TRIP TO BLOWING ROCK, NC: Tuesday, October 3. The motor coach leaves the center at 7:00am . Experience the forces of gravity and popular physics that are a little off at Mystery Hill. Reminisce over 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 Dutchtreat in town before listening to Mountain

and Celtic music by Doug Orr and The Southern Highlanders. Cost is $55 per person. Interested older adults need to pre-pay at the Senior Center to reserve a seat on the bus. Reservations are firstcome, first-served, and seat assignments chosen at the time of purchase. You must be registered with the Center to purchase a ticket. Payment is by credit card, cash or check. Return is around 5:30pm. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, September 6, at 3:00pm. A seated waiting line is provided in the Addie Rhem Morris Room B beginning at 1:00pm. 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. There is no charge for participants who hold valid SilverSeakers® or Silver&Fit® supplemental insurance benefit. Strength and aerobic fitness equipment is also available for use, with trained staff accessible to provide an orientation and instruction. Inquire at the Front Desk for more information or call 704-216-7714. BINGO every Tuesday from 1-3pm for $1.50, sponsored by Beltone Hearing Aid Centers. Members can enjoy CARD & GAME DAY Thursdays from 1-4pm. Free with refreshments. Senior Games shuffleboard is held on Fridays, September 1 from 8:30am – 11:30am. Chair Volleyball each Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 1:00pm in the Rufty Fitness Annex. LUNCH CLUBS: Rufty-Holmes Senior Center offers six locations in Rowan County for adults age 60 and older to gather for lunch, fellowship and educational programs Monday thru Friday. Principally funded by federal, state and local aging grants, there is no charge to participate, but donations are encouraged and accepted. For details, call 704-216-7702. 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 704-216-7723 to enroll and for more information. Free.

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Creative Needles Group - Each Wednesday at 9:30am R-H Computer Club - Each Thursday at 10:00am Woodcarvers Group - Each Thursday at 1:30pm Evergreen Bridge Club - Each Friday at 1:00pm Busy Bees Crafts Club – Thursday, September 7 at 9:30am Seniors Morning Out - Thursday, September 7 at 10:00am AARP Chapter - Thursday, September 7 at 12:30pm Rowan County Council on Aging - Thursday, September 7 at 1:00pm Military Officers Association Meeting - Monday, September 11 at noon Ambassador Club Meeting – Monday, September 11 at noon Rufty-Holmes Garden Club - Monday, September 11 at 2:00pm Better Breathing Club - Wednesday, September 13 at 1:00pm Seniors Without Partners - Thursday, September 14 at 9:00am Starry Night Quilters - Thursday, September 14 at 6:30pm Duke Energy Retirees - Friday, September 15 at 11:00am NARFE - Monday, September 18 at 1:00pm Rowan Doll Society - Tuesday, September 19 at noon Sunny Days Quilters Meeting - Thursday, September 21 at 1:00pm Carolina Artists – Thursday, September 21 at 6:30pm Salisbury-Rowan Retired School Personnel Wednesday, September 22 at 10:30am LISTEN TO “SENIOR MOMENTS” DAILY MONDAY-FRIDAY AT 6:25am & 10:25am ON MEMORIES 1280 WSAT RADIO. INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE: Many Services are available through the Senior Center. For details call the Information and Assistance Program Manager at 704-216-7704. Legal Assistance Ombudsman (advocate) Assistance Hearing Needs Assistance Insurance Information Program “Are You Ok” Automatic Calling service General Information and Assistance Transportation Assistance GOLD CARDS: Rowan County residents age 62 and older can obtain passes to attend home Rowan-Salisbury Schools athletic, musical and drama events free of charge. Available at the

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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.

Craig is a pastor and faithful contributor to Trail Tales. This month he shares a story about a different kind of trail. You’ll have an opportunity to meet Craig at a special event on Sunday, September 10 at the Liberty Station Cowboy Church. Bring along with you this Senior Savvy issue to receive a free copy of a leather bound New Testament. Instruction on how to access an electronic version of “A Higher Trail” is posted on the blog hosted at Enjoy this installment.

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© 2017 By Craig Scott

t was the winter of 1984. My wife, Terri and I were on our honeymoon in the mountains of North Carolina. The trail guide at the stables asked me if I had experience riding a horse. I answered not wanting to sound like a greenhorn in front of my new wife, “Sure I had a pony growing up and still ride.” Famous last words!!! Being led out to the corral I saw a beautiful mare about 14 hands high tied to the fence and as I began to crawl up onto the saddle the cowboy stopped me and said,


“This is your wife’s horse, yours is in the other corral.” I cast my eyes for the first time on Diablo, a 17 hands high Arabian/Tennessee Walker stallion and the biggest horse I had ever seen, black as a starless night with a wild, crazy look in his eyes. The trainer held Diablo as I saddled saying, “Ride him around the corral a time or two so you two can become acquainted.” When he let Diablo go, the ride turned into rodeo mode. First raring up and pawing the sky, next kicking with his back hooves, the horse showed some real attitude. Realizing I was about to quickly meet the ground in an unpleasant way, I looked down and decided otherwise. It looked like a mile to the ground and a whole lot of hurt. I held on for dear life amid many commands I could not understand from the trainer. This

kicking and bucking continued for several minutes, seeming like an eternity. I pulled back hard on the reins and screamed as loud as I could over the commotion of horse whinnying and pawing, “Whoaaa, Whoaaa, WHOAAA!!!” Diablo stopped. I now had complete control of Diablo; he would go forward, left and right on command. He would even back up. What a horse, all 1200 plus pounds of him. The trainer yelled, “That’s it you just gotta show him who is boss.” Feeling like I had just been through a rodeo and actually survived, I led Diablo out of the corral and toward the trail to join my wife and the other riders and their very calm horses. The trainer stopped me for some last minute instruction, warning actually, “About midway on the trail you will come to a clearing, everyone will be allowed to run their horses, but whatever you do, DO NOT RUN DIABLO!!! There is a lot of power under you that does not need to be unleashed.” I agreed, scared to death, and off we went. The trail ride went really well with no incidents at least until the clearing. The trail guide told everyone they could air out their horses. Then all the riders took off and there was Diablo and I just walking along. My horse was obedient but I could sense the power surging through his body like an electrical current about to explode. I could not stand it any longer. After all I had a wife to impress. “Giddddiii-uppp, Diablo!!!” and we were off, literally flying, his hooves barely touching the ground, me holding on and wondering what I had just unleashed. As Diablo and I passed every horse I realized I was no longer in control, but just along for the ride

knowing that falling now was certain death. But that was not my greatest fear. Up ahead was a cliff and we were approaching at breakneck speed. “Whoaaa, Whoaaa, WHOAAA!!!” Wide open, full gallop, Diablo ran, and ran, and ran. “WHOAA!!! WHOAA!! WHOOAAA!!!” Finally right at the lip of the cliff and sudden death, Diablo stopped, turned, and trotted back to join the other horses. Did I hear a horse laugh or was it my imagination as we trotted back? About Craig Scott Craig, an Eagle Scout, graduated from Appalachian State University, holds a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently working on a Doctorate of Ministry. He is pastor at the Liberty Station Cowboy Church that meets at the Cabarrus Saddle Club, 4370 Zion Church Road, Concord, NC 28025. Join Pastor Craig for a launch service on September 10, 2017. Bring your children or grandchildren to this very special gathering. Cowboy churches bring a new western atmosphere to church, using the cowboy culture to reach people for Jesus Christ. Instead of pews, carpet, and organs – saddles, horses, and guitars accommodate the cowboy and cowgirl in bringing glory to God. The preaching is theological and biblical, more laid back, down to earth, and practical to everyday needs of people. But you do not have to be a cowboy or cowgirl to attend; maybe you just enjoy the cowboy culture. And, says Craig, “the best part is that just like the trail ride above, I only thought I had control of my horse. We should give God control of our lives and quit trying to do everything our way.” Joshua 1:9 states, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Have you given God complete control of your life? Come join us and grow in your faith at Liberty Station Cowboy Church. To learn more, visit Craig’s FaceBook page, contact him at the following email address: or call at 980-622-7034.

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Watermelon Caprese Appetizer

25 cucumbers, thinly sliced 6 onions, thinly sliced 2 green bell peppers, diced 3 cloves garlic, chopped 1/2 cup salt 3 cups cider vinegar 5 cups white sugar 2 tablespoons mustard seed 1 1/2 teaspoons celery seed 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves 1 tablespoon ground turmeric

3 sprigs fresh basil, stems removed 1 small watermelon, fruit removed with a melon baller 1 (8 ounce) package fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into small pieces 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar salt and ground black pepper to taste


2. Thread watermelon and mozzarella cheese on toothpicks, sandwiching a basil leaf in between. Arrange on a serving plate.


1. In a large bowl, mix together cucumbers, onions, green bell peppers, garlic and salt. Allow to stand approximately 3 hours. 2. In a large saucepan, mix the cider vinegar, white sugar, mustard seed, celery seed, whole cloves and turmeric. Bring to a boil. 3. Drain liquid from the cucumber mixture. Stir the mixture into the boiling vinegar mixture. Remove from heat shortly before the combined mixtures return to boil. 4. Transfer to sterile containers. Seal and chill in the refrigerator until serving.

Dave’s Low Country Boil Makes 15 servings Ingredients:

1 tablespoon seafood seasoning (such as Old Bay®), or to taste 5 pounds new potatoes 3 (16 ounce) packages cooked kielbasa sausage, cut into 1 inch pieces 8 ears fresh corn, husks and silks removed 5 pounds whole crab, broken into pieces 4 pounds fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined

Directions: 1. Heat a large pot of water over an outdoor cooker, or mediumhigh heat indoors. Add Old Bay Seasoning to taste, and bring to a boil. Add potatoes, and sausage, and cook for about 10 minutes. Add the corn and crab; cook for another 5 minutes, then add the shrimp when everything else is almost done, and cook for another 3 or 4 minutes. 2. Drain off the water and pour the contents out onto a picnic table covered with newspaper. Grab a paper plate and a beer and enjoy!


Directions: 1. Trim basil leaves into small circles about 1 inch in diameter.

3. Pour olive oil and balsamic vinegar over toothpicks. Sprinkle salt and black pepper on top.

Zucchini Brownies Ingredients:

1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 1/2 cups white sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups shredded zucchini 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 1/4 cup margarine 2 cups confectioners’ sugar 1/4 cup milk 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch baking pan. 2. In a large bowl, mix together the oil, sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla until well blended. Combine the flour, 1/2 cup cocoa, baking soda and salt; stir into the sugar mixture. Fold in the zucchini and walnuts. Spread evenly into the prepared pan. 3.Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until brownies spring back when gently touched. To make the frosting, melt together the 6 tablespoons of cocoa and margarine; set aside to cool. In a medium bowl, blend together the confectioners’ sugar, milk and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Stir in the cocoa mixture. Spread over cooled brownies before cutting into squares.


Do you have a favorite recipe that you’d like to share with our readers? If so, we’d love to have recipes that are easy, healthy and are smaller in proportion – just right for someone cooking for one or two. Please send your recipes to OR drop them off at the front desk of Rufty Holmes Senior Center to Cindy Nimmer. Thanks and we look forward to seeing what you’ve got cooking!

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All Things Work Together


n the Book of Romans verse 8:28 reads: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purposes.” I’ve probably used this in previous stories; it is one of my favorite scriptures. It concerns me that some folks forget the last words, “those who love Him.” • Most folks know that I do love the Lord and in spite of the “negative events” in my life, I have come to terms with the “whys and why nots”. Some more events have happened recently that write this story. My brother, Michael, has helped me with the yard work the past few summers and because of our “event-filled lives,” I consider it a blessing that we are able to do what little bit we can in my beautiful yard. I have one very unusual perennial that has come back every year; several seasons ago I gave a cutting of it to a sweet lady who lives up the lane. I was amazed that she had been able to multiply it several times over. The original plant in my yard had become crowded and so often I had wished I could transfer it to a large open space out beside the driveway. But digging it up was too big a job for either of us. However, a few weeds had grown around it and Mike chopped off two pieces of the plant’s roots before he realized what it was. I told my neighbor what had happened and she assured me I could have one of her clippings when someone could load and plant it for me. Well, it is now in the island between the driveway and my neighbor’s yard. That

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neighbor, Lindsay Sells, has mowed my yard free of charge the past two summers. But he fell in love, got married, and has now moved away. I am very happy for him, but will miss him so much! There were many times when he came over and picked me up when I fell. His teenage son, Cade, was so willing to help me anytime I struggled in my yard work! I admire these fellows very much and wish them the best! In almost everyone’s life, it is hard to see or understand why some episodes happen and how they can possibly be “for the good of those who love the Lord.” During the past 24 years, I have written many stories about these “happenings” in my life and the “good” results. But the older I get, the harder it is to understand why God allows some things to happen that we can see as nothing good. (What can possibly be “good” about parking my wheelchair over an ant hill?¬) How can there be “good” results from extra expenses when income is less? For example, I can see no “good” in my missing lower dental plate being in either my septic tank, or the Rowan County landfill!

It is impossible to enjoy eating nuts with no lower back teeth; I thought nuts were supposed to be “good” for me to eat and now I can’t eat them! In another story, I had said my dental plate was a story in itself so I will share that negative event. Just as I started to eat breakfast one morning, I realized I did not have the dental plate in my mouth. I went to the bathroom, but they were not in the soaking cup. I started searching everywhere, but they are not in this house. Then I had some septic problems so I thought maybe during the night I could have accidentally dropped them in the toilet or one of the trash cans. I searched all the trash cans, but the trash had already been picked up outside. A short time later my toilet started stopping up. My neighbor came over and used the plunger. Things would work fine for a few flushes, but then it would do wrong again. I paid a plumber $125 to check for my dental plate, and I believe he pushed them into the septic tank instead. The dentist said it would take a month and $3800 to have another set made. Over the years I have had to have at least four sets made; now I have no choice but to say “no more” at that price. Right after this happened, I got too sick to start the procedure and what would I do if I lost them again after spending money I no longer have. I have become very good at losing things. Some of you may remember when I

lost my diamond engagement ring right after I moved in this house. When medication I was taking caused me to be so sleepy, I did some wrong things at the wrong time! Usually when I arrived home, I would remove my jewelry and put it in the jewelry box. That particular day I was so tired and sleepy that I transferred to my lift chair and fell asleep. Later when I realized my ring was missing, my whole family and several friends searched everywhere! One night I dreamed I had removed the ring in my sleep and may have dropped it in the trash can that was right beside the recliner. It probably ended up in the county land field since the trash was picked up before I missed the ring. My daughters were very upset with the loss of the ring that their daddy had given me and they could not understand how I accepted the fact that it would no longer be on my finger. What good could possibly have come from losing that special ring? I remembered some discussions about who would get that ring when I die and I realized I no longer have to make a decision about that “bone of contention.” So if, or when, negative things happen in your life, go back and read the remaining verses in Romans 8:29-39 and remember these verses apply to those of us who love the Lord and have been “called according to His purpose.”

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Lorin S. Oden

Au.D., FAAA Doctor of Audiology


n last month’s article, if you missed that issue, we created a visual picture of what audiology is. Using medical science to evaluate and treat hearing issues, are what we are all about. But let’s talk about what really makes Jane, Beth and I come to the office every day. When a patient is fit with hearing devices, we request they complete a daily log sheet. They write down their good experiences with amplification, as well as anything that needs improvement. I figure everyone is like me and needs to write things down, otherwise we forget. It is interesting how experiences change throughout the week as the brain is getting accustom to amplification. Deborah has been a patient of ours for many years. We have had the opportunity to fit her with several sets of hearing devices. Last month we replaced her 2011 behind the ear hearing devices. On her log sheet she reported for the first time in her life she heard humming birds. She was not aware they made noise. She could hear their little wings flap as well as their chirp. One of life’s simple pleasures. I was thrilled since I love to watch (and listen) to my hummingbirds. Oh…and yes

conversation at home with her husband and out with friends was also significantly improved. Anne had come to us for the first time several months ago. Her old hearing devices were not working properly. She had been reading my articles and decided to become part of our Hearing Solutions family. At her initial evaluation, we compiled a list of the top three situations where she would like to hear better. We do this with all of our folks…establish their objection for using hearing technology. Everybody’s wish list is different. What is important to one person may not be important to another. At most patient’s 2nd follow up appointment, which is approximately 4-5 weeks after wearing hearing technology, we review their objectives to see how we are doing. We like to confirm we are meeting their needs. As I began to read Anne her “wish list”, she just smiled at me and said “I don’t know how to answer all that, I am just so excited to be able to hear again”. Enough said…I think we met her objectives. Like Anne, Butch had worn hearing aids before. When they needed to be replaced, he and his wife made the decision to also become part of our family. His wife attended his 2nd follow

up appointment. When I began reviewing his original objectives with new hearing technology, his wife chimed in with the best news I think I have ever heard in over 30 years of providing audiology services. She said that for many years she was aware of her husband’s hearing challenges. With every conversation, family event or social situation she always made sure he understood what was being said. She frequently repeated for him what others were saying. She always got his attention and always spoke clearly so he understood. She said that after getting his new hearing devices from us, for the first time ever, they were able to talk, just talk. She had forgotten he had a hearing problem. I do not think I have ever been as excited as when she told me that. Okay, a few other reminders for September. Fall is quickly approaching. Leaves will be falling from the trees. Please, remember to wear your hearing protection when blowing leaves or cleaning up the yard. If you are not sure

what is best for your needs, give a Beth a call and we can set up a time to review your options. Hunting season also begins in the fall. A single gunshot can cause permanent hearing damage. You can purchase hearing protection for the sole purpose of hearing the rustle of your prey, but protect your ears when needed. We can help you determine what is best. Jane and I are available talk to your church group, circle group or any group that would listen about hearing and hearing technology. Call Beth to get us on your calendar for next year. We would love to come meet you and your group. Regulations are changing so before you make an investment in better hearing; give us a call to discuss your options. Beth, Jane and I look forward to seeing you soon. 704-633-0023. For more information or to schedule a hearing evaluation, contact Dr. Lorin S. Oden at Hearing Solutions of North Carolina, 464 Jake Alexander Blvd. W., Salisbury, NC 28147 704-633-0023

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Tuesday, September 19

Morganton in September


By Cindy Nimmer, Trip Coordinator

he motor coach will leave the center at 7:30 am, September 19, to travel to Morganton, NC, to visit Apple Hill Orchard. Our tour will include a covered wagon ride in the orchard, a lesson on bees and honey production, a visit to the apple processing center and a small bag of apples. We will also have the opportunity to purchase apples, apple products and bakery goods. Lunch will be Dutch-treat at Abeles Restaurant before traveling on to The History Museum of Burke County. The Museum’ s artifacts span thousands of years from the time Native Americans lived and hunted in this region to the 19th and 20th centuries witnessing

a gold rush and the rise of timber, textile and furniture industries. The cost is $40.00 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, firstserved, 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, Sept. 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.

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Autumn Mountain Trip The 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 prepay 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.

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Take Time To Do It Now

Louanne Stanton


just returned from a two-week trip visiting my daughter in South Korea. She has been there for five years teaching English as a second language in a secondary school. She has come home each time she changes contracts, and the last time she signed a contract she said “I am not coming home between contracts. next time if you want to see me then we need to meet in Europe.” I had always told myself that I could not go see her in Korea because it was just too far to travel. She is exactly 1/2 around the world on the same latitude and I knew that I could not travel that far. I don’t speak the language. The price of a ticket is too much. It is a 15hour plane ride from Atlanta. I had so many reasons I could not go… For five years I wondered why she loved that country and what the draw was for her to live in another country, away from us, but I refused to make the trip because in my head I told myself I can’t do it. But then, I woke up one morning and I said to myself I can travel that distance and

I want to see the country that my daughter fell in love with. I realized that this was something important and I needed to do it now. As you all know, we are not promised tomorrow. And everyone says I wish I had done… You fill in the blank. I think that it’s important for us to make a priority of things that are important to us and plan to do them now. There may be a goal in your life that you want to accomplish, and you may think you are too old, or you don’t have the resources to do your goal. Talk to someone around you and tell them what you want to do and see if it is possible. Make plans for a trip, choose a healthier lifestyle, create something that will be your legacy. It took me almost two years to save the funds for my trip, but it was well worth the time planning. Take the time to decide which relationships are important to you, continue to cultivate those relationships and tell those people how much they mean to you. I teach grief recovery classes and it’s amazing to me how many people have broken relationships in their life that they don’t know how

to fix, or they choose not to repair it. Everyone has experienced a loss in life. Each loss is cumulative and they take up space in our hearts and limit our life. We should all be living a life as free as a child lives their life without the cumulative grief in our life. I am honored to be able to help people complete unresolved relationships so they can live their life to the fullest. I will be speaking at Crescent Heights Retirement Center on the first Saturday of each month at 10:30 at their coffee and pastry social. They said I could invite the public, so please come and join us for that. I will also be beginning a class at Trinity Oaks at Home on September 18 from 10:30 until noon for a nine-week series. So, please call for the location of that class if you have a relationship you need help resolving. The same way I didn’t think I could travel to Korea, the first thing that had to change was my mindset.

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I did have doubts the entire planning stage, but I knew how important this was to me. Not only did I get to have two weeks with my daughter, but I got to experience an entirely different culture and appreciate the United States so much more. Life goes by really fast, so we better take the time to do the important things NOW. Louanne is a certified Grief Recovery Specialist who does group grief classes as well as one on ones. You can contact her by calling 980-521-4661 or going to her website


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medical history and who are the most involved in your care. From annual wellness visits to nonemergency illnesses and injuries – they care for you. Since they play such a huge role in your healthcare, there are some important things to look for when choosing a primary care physician. Dr. Ronnie Barrier of Novant Health Rowan Family Physicians in Salisbury, North Carolina, shared some key characteristics to keep in mind.

Types of primary care clinics Dr. Ronnie Barrier Novant Health Rowan Family Physicians


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Your primary care provider is the first in line when it comes to managing your health. These providers are the ones with whom you should be most familiar. They are whom you see most often, the providers who know your

There are three main types of primary care clinics: internal medicine (for people ages 18 and older), pediatrics (for newborns up to age 18) and family medicine (for patients of all ages). “A patient may want all family members to be seen by one provider, or a patient may choose to have the child seen by a pediatrician and select a different provider for his or her own care,” Barrier said. “Some people like

the idea of having one physician care for the whole family, and that’s something to consider.”

The importance of relationship “The most important thing to consider when choosing a provider is that you feel comfortable with him or her,” Barrier said. “Open lines of communication between the patient and the provider are what matters.” Barrier noted it’s important for patients to feel like they have quality time with their provider during each visit. Providers want their patients to feel at ease bringing up uncomfortable topics to ensure questions are answered and that their patient receives the best possible care, he said.

Going digital Because it’s still fairly new, patients may not consider whether their provider has access to an electronic health record. Barrier and his clinic use MyChart, which allows

patients to log in and view their health records, email the provider and schedule appointments online. “Electronic access lets patients be more involved with their care,” Barrier said. “You can schedule appointments online and even receive test results. It’s a lot more convenient than it used to be.” “Patients can message their physician or a nurse when they have a question that maybe they forgot to ask during an office visit,” he added. “It’s a lot easier than playing phone tag.” Barrier noted that email, e-visits and video visits offer new options to connect with your primary care provider conveniently.

Staying connected Another important piece Barrier said to consider is access. When you first meet with your provider, you may want to ask the following questions: • Who will I see if you are not available? Who are the other providers at this clinic? • How are after-hours appointments or phone calls handled? • Where should I go for care when the clinic is not open? • What services do you offer at the clinic? Will I have to go elsewhere for labs or X-rays? “As providers, we want to be efficient and effective,” Barrier said. “Connecting with a patient and making sure we’re accessible is important.”

On the network One last thing to ponder – and perhaps one of the most important points of consideration – is whether the provider you want to see is in your insurance network. Patients should check with their insurance company to make sure appointments with the provider they choose will be covered by their insurance. “I always tell patients it doesn’t hurt to call our clinic and ask to verify they’re covered,” Barrier said.


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Rowan County Parkinson’s Symposium Planned


he local Parkinson’s disease support group is at the core of a Parkinson’s symposium to be held Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 1-4 PM, at First Baptist Church, 223 N. Fulton Street in Salisbury. Doors open at 12:30 for check-in and visits with event sponsors. Sponsors include a variety of businesses with resources to address the needs of those with Parkinson’s. There is no charge to attend the Parkinson’s symposium, and everyone is welcome. Seating is limited, so please reserve your place by contacting: Jo Kearns, Jo.SmartChanges@, 704-640-6844 or Dawn McGuinn, mdor.mkt@, 980-332-4475. The keynote speaker at the symposium will be neurologist and movement disorder specialist Dr. James P. Battista of Novant Health Department of Neurosciences. Dr. Battista treats patients with Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia, ataxia and other movement disorders. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology as well as the Movement Disorder Society. Dr. Battista will speak on the lifestyle of living with Parkinson’s disease. Also presenting will be Jessica Rivera and Amanda Davis, discussing the benefits of a specialized physical therapy program. Richard Reinholz of the J.F. Hurley Family YMCA will discuss resources available to Parkinson’s patients. Finally, we will hear the personal testimony of one of the members of the Salisbury Parkinson’s disease support group as he shares about his personal journey with Parkinson’s disease. Attendees have the opportunity to submit questions for any of these speakers. Questions can be submitted at the

time of registration by phone or email. Please indicate the presenter you wish to have address your question(s). Some facts about Parkinson’s: • As many as 1 million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease -- more than the combined number of people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and Lou Gehrig’s disease. Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year, and this number does not reflect the thousands of cases that go undetected. • The main symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are tremors, slowness of movement and muscle stiffness or rigidity, fatigue, change in handwriting, anxiety and depression. • Parkinson’s is caused by the loss of brain cells called substantia nigra, which produce the chemical messenger dopamine. As the cells die, less dopamine is produced and transported to the striatum, the area of the brain that coordinates movement. Symptoms develop when about 80% of the dopamine has been lost. • The reason(s) that Parkinson’s disease develops is not known, and there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s. Medication and exercise can help control the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and maintain quality of life. The local Parkinson’s support group meets the first Tuesday of each month at 1PM at First Presbyterian Church, 308 West Fisher Street. For information, contact Renee Gray, TenderHearted Home Care, 704-612-4132.



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September 4

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September 8

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September 13 Rite Aid Flu Shots Open to the public Bring Insurance information September 16 Delmonico Band 7:00 – 10:00 pm Open to the public Bring a Covered Dish September 19 Perry Lowe Apples 8:00 am Motor Coach Trip Call today Moravian Falls Come Join the Fun September 20 Diabetes Education 3:00 pm Open to the public Free September 26 American Red Cross Blood Drive 11:00 – 3:30 pm Please Sign up September 27 “Simple Solutions Presents” 12:00 pm Lunch & Learn

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WHY RELAY FOR LIFE MATTERS TO ALL OF US By Mary Knapp for Relay For Life of Rowan County


hen you read this our Relay For Life 2017 year will be over, and though this is written several days before that deadline, unless a miracle occurred, we are unlikely to have met our financial goal. This is discouraging for those who work just about all year to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. We seem to be going through a patch of being unable to attract enough of our community to support our efforts through donations to the cause. Why does it matter? Many of the folks who work with the Relay are cancer survivors, have known those who suffered from cancer or have succumbed to one of the many forms of cancer. The funds we do raise will go to research, education, services

and advocacy—all important facets of what the American Cancer Society wants to provide. At this writing, we were short about $87, 900. That might support a year’s research on a valuable treatment idea! Research counts: According to the society’s website, “We’ve invested more than $4.6 billion in cancer research since 1946, all to find more – and better – treatments, uncover factors that may cause cancer, and improve cancer patients’ quality of life.” When you read about new cancer treatments, the dollars that supported the research or come from related research projects may have initially been thanks to your donations. When donations are down, requests for research dollars suffer, and great ideas may be thwarted or delayed.

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If you are paying attention to health news, new treatments for various forms of cancer are announced several times during a year. Those announcements make our Relay work worth it. Concerning education, services and advocacy, the society provides 24/7 information services by phone at 800-237-2345 and on their website So, someone who is concerned about cancer could call at 2 in the morning and if their question were not answered immediately, someone would call back soon. They might request information that ACS can provide in a pamphlet for a friend or relative who had a question. The society will also send a representative/ speaker in some cases to provide information to a club or a company. Services also include training of volunteers to provide information, moral support, and even driver services for those going to treatments or exams. If you think you might be interested in volunteering with Relay For Life of Rowan County because you think you may have some great fundraising ideas, or just want to help in whatever way that you can, contact a committee member or team

captain. If you want more information, you might check out our website www. In the meantime, if you are reading this early enough in September, we will wrap up the 2017 year with a get-together on Tuesday, September 5 at 6:00pm at the Rowan Rescue Squad on Julian Road in Salisbury. Our meal will be covered dishes, and if you are thinking of joining us, you may contact me at 980-234-4479, so we know how many will join us. We’ll also announce our 2018 theme and other information about our plans. We hope you will consider working with us in the coming year. Relay For Life is the main fundraising arm of your American Cancer Society 800-227-2345 or, 24 hours a day. 2018 Relay for Life of Rowan County is Friday, April 27, 2018. Community Development Manager is Charles Rogers, Charles. or 704-553-5350. On Facebook, Rowan County Relay For Life. Twitter: @RowanRelayNC. INSTAGRAM: #RowCoNCRelay.

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Rowan Senior Savvy September 2017  

Celebrating Life After 55

Rowan Senior Savvy September 2017  

Celebrating Life After 55