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Obesity Solutions Obesity is a disease that has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Studies by the National Institutes of Health tell us that approximately 60% of the US population is either overweight or obese. This represents around 100 million Americans, 50 million of whom are obese. The vast majority of the obese suffer from one or more of up to 30 medical conditions that are directly related to obesity. This pattern of failing health leads not only to poor quality of life, but also to a 50-100% increase risk of premature death. This represents between 5 and 20 years of life lost. Aggressive steps must be taken to combat this epidemic, but traditional therapies fail to help most patients. While medical treatment with diet and exercise regimens are always the first line of therapy, the NIH has determined that up to 95% of patients fail to loose significant long term weight with any combination of diet, exercise, behavioral modification or medications. For these patients, a cure to obesity exists in the form of safe and effective surgical options. Combining a basic commitment to a healthy and active lifestyle with one of several surgical weight loss treatments has been proven to yield dramatic, long term results. The most common and most effective options are the laparoscopic adjustable gastric band, the gastric bypass procedure and more recently the sleeve gastrectomy procedure. Any of these options can help a patient loose between 55 and 85% of excess weight for years beyond surgery, usually for life. This kind of long term weight loss has been proven to either cure or significantly improve most of the medical problems induced by obesity. Studies have also shown that achieving this kind of long term weight loss extends the lives of patients that once suffered from obesity. A specialty trained surgeon can often perform these procedures with minimally invasive techniques to help the patient recover quicker, with less discomfort, scaring or complications. While no surgical endeavor is without risks, experience and specialty training in the field of weight loss surgery, has dramatically improved the safety of these interventions. These surgical options available to the obese patient are the most powerful weapons available to combat this epidemic.
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Many of us blame our age on the reason we’re gaining weight. The older we get, the slower our metabolism becomes (the amount of calories our body burns to maintain itself) because we’re not moving around as much as we once were. Odds are that we’re also eating more than we should be. The five extra pounds that crept up without warning have suddenly turned into a stubborn 10 or 20 that just won’t seem to come off. What can we do? As we approach our mid-thirties, our metabolism slows by three to five percent per decade. At age 55, we require 150 fewer calories per day than in our thirties. Simply put, the more calories you take in than you burn, the more weight you’ll gain.
To find out exactly how many calories you require daily, calculate your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) – the amount of calories your body needs to function – by using the following equation: WOMEN: 65+ (4.3 x weight in lbs) + (4.7 x height in inches) - (4.7 x age in years) MEN: 66+ (6.3 x weight in lbs) + (12.9 x height in inches) - (6.8 x age in years) Your BMR is the largest factor in determining your overall metabolic rate and how many calories you need to maintain, lose, or gain weight. So what can you do to boost your metabolism as you age? Maintaining or increasing your metabolism is absolutely possible, but it does take motivation, consistency, and dedication. By following a few simple steps, including exercising and eating right, you can shed unwanted weight and live a healthier, longer life.
Redefine Your Diet The idea of changing your diet can be scary and disconcerting. Over the years you’ve developed personal tastes to foods and nobody likes the idea of suddenly having to give up the foods they love. With a few easy changes, however, you will see results. Increase your consumption of lean proteins (chicken and turkey breast, white fishes, lean meats, and egg whites) to 30% of your daily diet. Vegetables, fruits, and complex carbohydrates such as oatmeal, brown rice, and 12 | WInter ‘10 | generations
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bran should make up roughly 50% of your daily food intake. The remaining 20% can be reserved for healthy fats, such as olive oil, fish oil (liquid form is best), salmon, and avocado. These healthy fats are an essential ingredient in building lean muscle mass. The more lean muscle mass on your body, the higher your metabolism will be – ultimately resulting in weight loss. And, contrary to popular belief, do not skip meals! Starving yourself will only slow your metabolism further. It’s important to eat four to six low calorie meals each day to keep your metabolism going and those unwanted pounds off. The same goes for water – depriving your body of water can encourage it to ‘hoard’ rather than ‘burn,’ so try drinking eight to 10 glasses every day.
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20 Ways to Cut 500 Calories a Day If you indulged more than you should have over the holidays, don’t panic. You can drop a pound a week by trimming 500 calories each day. Get back on track with these great calorie cutting ideas.
1. Don’t eat in front of the TV. You’ll eat up to 288 calories more. Instead, eat at the table, and trade one hour of TV for a casual walk. Together, that’s 527 calories burned.
2. Simple tricks to fill up. For breakfast, eat two boiled or poached eggs. (You’ll feel fuller and eat about 416 fewer calories the rest of the day.) Before lunch and dinner, enjoy 1 cup low-cal soup. (You’ll eat about 134 calories less at each meal.) And save a total of 684 calories for the day.
3. Limit salad toppings. A big salad might seem healthy, but all those goodies on top make it a high calorie meal. Cheese, caramelized nuts, bacon, and dried fruit add lots of calories. Save 500 or more calories by having just one topping, adding flavorful lower-cal veggies (roasted bell peppers, grilled onions, or mushrooms) and using half the dressing.
4. Use smaller plates. Swap your 12-inch plate for a 10-inch one. You’ll eat 20 to 25 percent less—and save up to 500 calories.
Ditch that buttered movie popcorn. The large popcorn at the concession stand weighs in at a whopping 1,005 calories. Bring your own (microwavepopped, 94 percent fat-free) and save more than 700 calories.
6. Count your chips. No, you can’t eat your snacks from a large bag or box because it’s waaaay too easy to eat until the bag is empty. A 9-ounce bag is 1,260 calories. Stick to one serving of 15 chips, (140 calories) and save 1,120 calories.
500 calories. Can’t resist them? Eat pistachios: Two handfuls are just 159 calories.
8. Skip the whip. Dessert-like coffee can contain as many as 670 calories with options like whipped cream, whole milk and syrups. Craving whipped cream? Try it on a shot of espresso for a total of just 30 calories. You save 640 calories! 9. Drink sugar-free. A 20-ounce tea with added fruit juices can have 400-plus calories. A 12-ounce soft drink has about 160 calories. Choose sugar-free beverages or drink water.
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Stigma and Cosmetics Some people reject hearing aids because of a concern with the stigma of hearing loss or are in a state of denial. Many people lose confidence in themselves simply because they have hearing loss. They believe others will think they are getting older, less competent or even less attractive. Cosmetics are no longer a reason for not getting a hearing aid. Essentially invisible, CIC or completely in the canal hearing aids are now available to fit most every degree of hearing loss, even severe. In fact, research has shown that 90% of consumers perceive these CICs to be completely invisible.
Not realizing the Importance of Hearing Another reason hearing aids are rejected is that people have forgotten how important hearing is to their quality of life. People who cannot hear well can often experience anxiety, isolation and depression, gradually withdrawing from family and friends because without auditory contact, they lose the feeling of being connected. In essence, they can grow numb to the world around them.
Unrecognized Value of Hearing Aids Many people, as well as their doctors, may have little knowledge of the potential benefit of hearing aids and tend to believe they will not work for them The list of benefits is impressive including greater earning power, improved interpersonal relationships, reduced difficulty in communicating, reduced frustration, depression and anxiety, enhanced emotional stability and self esteem, reduced social phobias, improved health status, and the list goes on. Many doctors and health professionals do not realize the potential for hearing aids to alleviate the problem!
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Depression the facts about
Depression is a common, serious medical illness that involves the brain. It’s more than just a feeling of being “down in the dumps” or “blue” for a few days. If you are one of the more than 20 million people in the United States who have depression, the feelings do not go away. They persist and interfere with your everyday life.
Symptoms can include:
Q A persistent sad, anxious or “empty” mood Q Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy Q Reduced appetite and weight loss, or increased appetite and weight gain Q Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping Q Fatigue or loss of energy Q Feeling guilty, hopeless or worthless Q Thoughts of death or suicide
What causes depression? Following are factors that can contribute to the illness: Biological - People with depression may have too little or too much of certain brain chemicals. Cognitive - People with negative thinking and low self-esteem are more likely to develop depression.
Teen depression is a common problem Between 10 to 15 percent of teenagers have some symptoms of teen depression at any one time. 30 percent of teens with depression also develop a substance abuse problem. Teens with untreated depression are more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors. Teens with depression catch physical illnesses more often than other teens. Untreated depression is the number one cause of suicide, the third leading cause of death among teenagers. Less than 33 percent of teens with depression get help, yet 80 percent of teens with depression can be successfully treated. 16 | WInter ‘10 | generations
Gender - Women experience clinical depression nearly twice as often as men. The reasons may include hormonal changes women go through during menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth and menopause. Co-occurrence - Depression is more likely to occur with certain illnesses, such as heart disease, cancer, Parkinson’s, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and hormonal disorders. Medications - Side effects of some medications can bring about depression. Genetic- A family history of clinical depression increases the risk. Situational - Difficult life events, including divorce, financial problems or the death of a loved one can contribute to depression.
The good news is that the majority (80-90%) of people who receive treatment for depression experience significant improvement, and almost all individuals gain some relief.
Teenage Depression Warning Signs Although teens will normally go through some of these following signs, when they occur for extended periods of time and/or occur in conjunction with each other it’s important to look at what may be causing them. Sadness or hopelessness Low self-esteem Substance abuse Spending more time alone Decrease in desire to do things they used to like to do (sports, hobbies) Physical ailments (headaches, appetite problems, sleeping problems) Problems in school (falling grades, getting into trouble)
Talking about death or suicide (never to be taken lightly) Not caring about appearance Running away from home
Who’s At Risk for Teen Depression? Every teen is at risk in developing major teen depression, but there are certain groups of individuals that are more prone to this type of disorder. Females are 2x more likely to develop adolescent depression than males Abused/neglected individuals Children that have or have had long-term/chronic illnesses Teens that have a family history of depression Teens with family disruptions at home (divorce, death in family, etc)
the facts about depression
Foods that help beat depression Brain chemicals such as dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine are believed to promote calmness and ease depression. Foods themselves don’t contain these chemicals but what you eat may be able to increase their production in the brain, having an effect on how you feel and alleviating some of the symptoms associated with depression.
1) Complex Carbohydrates. Because they boost serotonin activity in the brain. Some good sources of complex carbs are: whole grain breads and cereals, brown rice, leafy green vegetables, pasta, potatoes and winter squash. 2) Folic Acid (vitamin B11) People who are depressed often exhibit a deficiency in Folic acid which is available in: asparagus, beets, spinach, avocados, brussel sprouts, bok choy, cabbage, beans, chick-peas, soybeans, lentils, oranges, peas, turkey, and broccoli. 3) Magnesium (acts as a natural muscle relaxant): black beans, artichokes, spinach, chocolate (oh yea!), pumpkin seeds, oysters, sunflower seeds, brazil nuts, avocados, almonds, barley. 4) Niacin. Positively affects nerve cell function and can provide some relief for depression as well as feelings of anxiety and panic. High-Niacin foods include: brown rice, chicken, pomegranates, tuna, lamb, wheat, turkey. 5) Omega-3 fatty acids. A well-known building block of human brain tissue, these are available in: salmon, trout, tuna flaxseed, flaxseed oil, soybean oil, pumpkin seeds and walnuts. 7) Vitamin B6. Plays a significant role in the tryptophan-serotonin pathway in the brain. It’s relatively easy to boost in your diet, either with a supplement or through foods such as: breakfast cereals, chicken, turkey, bananas, brown bread, and white fish.
Exercise as an Antidepressant The Release Of Endorphins Exercise helps to reduce the symptoms of depression because it causes the body to release a chemical called an endorphin. Endorphins are the body’s natural pain reliever and help create a sense of happiness and wellbeing By causing a release of these substances you are triggering bodily systems that are targeted towards feeling better. It may be difficult to get moving when you feel depressed and you may wonder, why bother? One reason is that you can get some immediate relief, even if you can only manage 10 or 15 minutes of exercise. Studies have shown that exercise can improve your mood for up to 12 hours. How can you overcome the inertia that often accompanies depression? Set simple goals. It doesn’t take much exercise to lift your mood. Set a goal to walk around the block. Promise yourself you’ll walk around the block at least 3 times that day. The next day, do more. Do what you usually enjoy. Think about what you normally like when you’re not depressed. If yoga feels good to you, spend a few minutes going through a few simple poses. If you like fresh air, go for a walk or a bike ride. You may not enjoy it at first, but even a small change in your mood can make a difference. Make it social. Find a friend to walk with. Talking to people can help raise your energy and remind you that you’re not alone. Get outside. Even a little sunshine can help boost your mood and remind you that there’s a world out there. Work with your doctor. Be sure to talk to your doctor about your treatment options and your plans to exercise. Whatever you do, remember that you’re not alone and that there is hope. Exercise is just one more tool to help with your moods and the sense of accomplishment can add a new dimension to your day something you can be proud of and feel good about.
How can you help someone with depression?
DO... You can help someone by: Q Spending time talking about their experiences Q Indicating that you’ve noticed a change in their behavior Q Letting them know you’re there to listen without being judgmental Q Encouraging them to become involved in social activities Q Encouraging them to exercise and eat well Q Providing a change of scenery occasionally Q Maintaining contact DON ’T... It’s unhelpful to: Q Pressure them to ‘snap out of it’, ‘get their
act together‘ or ‘cheer up‘ Q Stay away or avoid them Q Tell them they just need to stay busy or get out more Q Assume the problem will just go away. www.generationsmagazine.com | 17
Make a Resolution to
Laugh More in the New Year! So, how are all those New Year Resolutions going so far? Uh huh, that’s what I thought. Can I make a suggestion? Make one resolution you can definitely live with… laugh more in the New Year! Research has shown that laughter provides many health benefits including strengthening your immune system, helping to reduce your food cravings and even increasing your threshold for pain! Think about that the next time you slam your finger in the car door or bang your shin on the coffee table... try laughing about it! The medical world is also embracing laughter’s health benefits. An entirely new field of therapeutic research is emerging, also known as humor therapy. It’s designed to help individuals heal more quickly through the use of humor! Let’s try it out with this joke from Henny Youngman: “A doctor gave a man six months to live. The man couldn’t pay his bill, so he gave him another six months!” I’m feeling better already! How about you? Let’s face it, today we’re all experiencing higher levels of stress than ever before. Well guess what? Laughter is great with helping you manage your stress too! But don’t just take my word for it; let’s take a look at some of the actual science behind it all:
The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze. When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy in Paul Anthony is the official host of the addition to providing the many health annual Long Island benefits we’ve mentioned. Comedy Festival and The bottom line is laughter is a produces comedy powerful antidote to stress, pain, and showcases all across conflict. Nothing works faster or more Long Island. He enjoys making people laugh! dependably to bring your mind and For upcoming comedy body back into balance than a good shows check out his laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, official website: inspires hope, connects you to others, www.LIComedy.com. and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert. With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health. So get out there and stick to your New Year’s Resolution this year and laugh it up! Sources: About.com Helpguide.com
Boosts the immune system by decreasing stress hormones and increasing immune cells and infectionfighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Worried about the H1N1 flu? Laugh it off! Provides both a physical and emotional release. This is the great feeling you have after a good laugh, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes. Gives you an internal workout. A good laugh actually exercises the diaphragm, contracts the abs and works out the shoulders. Your muscles feel more relaxed afterward. Here’s what Gives us a better perspective when we are dealing with some famous stressful situations, making people have said them less threatening and more about laughter: positive. “A day without laughter Protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood is a day wasted.” vessels and increases blood - Charlie Chaplin flow, which can help protect you “Laughter is an instant against a heart attack and other vacation.” cardiovascular problems. - Milton Berle Connects us with others. Let’s face it, laughter is “When people are laughing contagious. So if you bring more they’re generally not killing laughter into your life, you’ll each other.” also be helping those around - Alan Alda you to laugh more, thus reducing stress levels all around! 18 | WInter ‘10 | generations
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Skiing Towards ?
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by Joanne Nelson
I am the weak link. And now that Iâ€™m hanging out with a bunch of energetic church ladies it is time to embrace my inner loser and move forward with as much grace as I can muster.
Enlightenment Take, for example, our last cold snap. A Saturday morning dawned frozen and sunny. The meteorologists told us to stay indoors; the wind chill temperatures would be in the -50 range. My husband hunkered down with the dog on his lap and told the kids he wasn’t taking them anywhere. I prepared for cross country skiing with the church ladies. Now, I didn’t go lightly into this. On email discussions of should we or shouldn’t we, I tried to be calmly moderating without sounding like a complete wuss. “You know it is awfully cold; is anyone free next weekend?” Everyone else thought it was a great idea and I didn’t have the guts to chicken out. My friends and neighbors also weighed in on the issue. “You must be nuts,” is a good summation of the assortment of observations I received. My friend, Peter, told me if I stopped feeling my nose it probably meant it would turn black and fall off, as had recently happened to some mountain climber. My husband remained quietly on the couch, knowing any reasonable comments would only cement my desire to go. These six women are an avid group of skiers. Unfortunately, my experiences in the last twenty years have been limited to outings with rentals on the flat lake trails of a lodge we visit yearly and I guess I’d forgotten what true trails were like. I had one saving grace. Carole. Carole is the youngest of the group, but even a weaker link than I. She’s kind of skinny and more bookish than athletic. I figured how bad could I look next to Carole? Too bad for me Carole dropped out, claiming some family obligation. She’s young, but wily. Eventually we met out in the southern unit of the Kettle Moraine Forest. I dressed to the hilt in a combination of old college ski things and church lady cast-offs. I was a tad shaky. Peter’s comment about the nose-less mountain climber and the parking lot discussion about glasses freezing to your face in these temperatures were eating at me. But, everyone else was darn jolly and positive. The glasses discussion was settled when an overachiever showed up with snowmobile goggles for all, and off we went.
We took the easy trail. The snow had a diamond gleam and we were able to move quickly between brilliant green pines. There was less wind between the trees and each breath seemed a solid thing in the crisp air. Our voices were clear and loud in the cold as we bantered about those at home and our joy at being outside. The bright beauty was astounding, and made all the more striking by my edgy emotions. I attempted some prayerful deep breathing and resolved not to whine or hold up the rest of the group. As we skied on and warmed, the laughter became more frequent and I relaxed. The sky was a stunningly deep, cloudless blue and I got to appreciate its majesty often once we reached hills. Who knew the Kettle Moraine had so many? It wasn’t just the downs that were the problem, although that’s where most of the pain happened as I fell on each and every one. The ups were equally difficult. I’d forgotten all the tricks for getting up slippery slopes. There are mainly two ways it seems. For short hills you just get a running start, but for the bigger hills, of which there were about 1000, you dig the sides of your skis in, brace yourself with the poles, and inch up. My friends made it look easy. I, on the other hand, counted every step to the top and recited the age old prayer, “I think I can, I think I can” without ceasing. Nobody else fell, not even once. Kindly, my friends noted several times that I wasn’t whining at all. I started to admit to internal whining, but was too out of breath to get the words out. Unfortunately they took my silence as a sign I was doing well, and added a detour to the scenic overlook as a special treat. Afterwards we blessed our endeavor with chocolate martinis and soaked in a hot tub as we watched the sun set. We wore hats and kept our heads close to the steaming water so our noses wouldn’t freeze and fall off. We chatted and laughed and planned further adventures. And soon it was all worth it - the fear, the falls, even the aches to come. I had embraced my inner loser on the scenic overlook and we were one. www.generationsmagazine.com | 21
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Don’t let hearing loss keep you from enjoying life The hardest situations to hear in are at movies, watching television and in noisy restaurants. This holds true for people with normal hearing as well as people with hearing loss. While some movie theaters offer assistive listening devices for the hearing impaired and most TVs have closed captioning, in restaurants, we have virtually no control over our listening environment. Since not going out to eat with family and friends is not an option, those with hearing loss need to rely on their hearing aids to get them through. And for many hearing aid users with “older” units, that is almost laughable (or “cryable”). We were seated in a booth at Maureen’s Kitchen in Smithtown the other day with a colleague who uses hearing aids, when he suddenly said, “Hey, I’m hearing every word you say!” Now, as one of the best restaurants on Long Island, Maureen’s is a busy place at lunchtime. Our colleague’s ability to understand in noise is testimony to the improvement in hearing technology in recent years. That technology is now available in a variety of styles and price ranges. Specifically, the technology that allowed our friend to hear so well is called “Speech Enhancement”. Previously, hearing instruments used simple “noise reduction” technology, which worked fairly well. Unfortunately, when the noise was reduced, so was the accompanying speech information. In speech enhancement, the computer chip looks for speech information in the midst of all the noise and gives it a boost, bringing it in above the level of the background noise. Either alone, or in combination with special microphone technology, speech enhancement has brought the ability to hear in noisy situations to never-heard before levels. Style wise, hearing technology is now available in cosmetically attractive packages. In-the-ear hearing devices can be very tiny, fitting all the way in the ear canal. Behind-the-ear technology has become practically invisible with the advent of “thin-tube” fittings. And remember, 99% of all hearing devices now sold are fully digital. For further information about the latest technologies and hearing instrument options, call Smithtown Hearing Services (631) 265-3727 or Sayville Hearing Services (631) 750-6377.
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Martha Graham Dance Company
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March 26 • 7:30 pm
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You find yourself under the dull hum of fluorescent lights, muzak playing unobtrusively in the background. You turn around in the mirror to admire your backside in your sixteenth pair of pants that you dragged into the dressing room with hope that maybe this pair will finally be the winner. Giving your butt a “that’ll do” glance in the mirror, you turn back around to see
The older I get, the more I realize that our bodies change with age. I dream of the times where a few sit ups and a step class gave me abs of steel and when, it seemed, I could drop a few sizes over the course a long weekend.
that is often brought on by having too much on your plate. Yet, you still stand here, feeling defeated, regretting the fact that you were so hard on your body 15 years ago when it was much easier to dress. The older I get, the more I realize that our bodies change with age. I dream of the times where a few sit ups and a step class gave me abs of steel and when, it seemed, I could drop a few sizes over the course a long weekend. Then, the day comes where easy weight loss just isn’t an option, and we just have to learn how to work with what we have the best way possible. To help you, I am offering some tips for two of the most common body issues that many of us deal with, the tummy and the thighs.
Tummy the rolls of your stomach gracefully draped over your pants. Chuckling a bit, you recall the time you mentioned that it would be worth the money you had saved for your child’s next semester of college just to find a pair of pants that fits well. Back to reality: You look at your reflection in the mirror, wondering when you passed the point that it got so hard and why it always feels like you’re on the defensive when trying to find clothes that look good, let alone just fit. What has happened to your body? You eat right, exercise and have considered all the anti-stress practices to combat that doughy midsection pudge 26 | WInter ‘10 | generations
The tummy is a very common area of concern. A faulty solution for our tummies is to hide under shapeless, layers of clothing. While this strategy seems like it would work beautifully, it fails miserably. Why? Well, baggy, shapeless clothing makes you look baggy and shapeless, period. Body parts that are flabby need be reigned in. I will give you an example that I share with clients all the time: If I was to put fat into a Ziploc bag, the fat would just jiggle all over the place because the bag doesn’t have enough structure to contain the fat. However, if you were to put fat in a storage container, the fat would
mold itself to the shape of the container. The same is true for clothing. While I am not suggesting that you buy skin tight clothes, I am encouraging you to leave the flimsy, diaphanous, pup-tents at the store. Sure, you can choose tunic tops or more relaxed tops, just make sure that fabric you choose is beefy and substantial enough to give you the shape you want, not the shape you’re trying to avoid having, and that the tops have a little structure so you don’t look completely shapeless. As you can see in this photo, the woman’s shirt on the left is a boxier, more relaxed top. You can see all her lumps and bumps that she was hoping to camouflage. This shirt is like a Ziploc bag and can’t contain what
fashions that flatter - bring out the best in your figure she is trying to hide. The shirt on the right is made of fabric that is more structured, in a shape that has some more fit. In addition, the wrap style of the top is flattering for tummy problems, as is the slight gathering or rushing that gently drapes her tummy.
Other tips for tummies: Diagonals are slimming lines. When choosing stripes or seams in your tops, try to find ones where the directions move in a diagonal manner. Optically angled lines make you look slimmer. Opt for a little ruching or gathering in the tummy area of your shirts. The slight gathering will make it hard to tell if it is you or your shirt that is causing the minimal rippling effect. Keep the tummy area clear of too much bulk. While slight gathering and ruching are quite acceptable ways to camouflage, avoid wearing pants with large pleats, overly gathered elastic waist bands, ruffled tops, or tops with way too much embellishment over the tummy. Any bulky treatments like these will just make you look bulky.
Thighs Thighs have been my issue since I was a teenager. While I have learned to accept them, as I get older, I’m sort of stunned by how our good friend gravity has made things go from bad to worse. The first step in taming the thighs is to use the whole Ziploc bag analogy that I used in the tummy solution. The last thing you want is for your thighs to roam free under airy, “free-range” fabrics. If you have large thighs, leave the “Hills are Alive” looking skirts at the store. Other solutions for large thighs include: Wearing boot cut pants and shirts with wider necklines. When
you widen your shoulders, your thighs will optically appear smaller in relation to your broader shoulder line. With a wider shoulder line, the eye is also directed upwards towards your shoulders, vs. downwards towards your thighs, making your thighs appear smaller. In addition, a boot cut pant that fits in at the knee and then flares slightly at the hem, has a counter balancing effect on your thighs and makes them look balanced. Show off your waist!! Most women with large thighs have defined waistlines. If you wear a boxier top when you have large thighs, your body looks as wide as your thighs because you have bypassed the slimmest part of your body with a boxy top. Your thighs will always look more balanced when you show off your waist. Instead of big A-line skirts, which seem to camouflage large thighs, choose a pencil skirt instead. While this seems very counterintuitive, think about it: An A-line skirt creates the exact same body shape that you were trying to avoid emphasizing, an A shape. However, a pencil skirt that tapers ever so slightly at the hem, gives you more of an hourglass shape, which looks more balanced. In the photo on the left, you can see that this woman’s shoulders look really narrow in her T-shirt. What happens is your eye goes right to her thigh area, the part of
In the end, the only real solution we have is to work with the body we have, right now, remembering that, in 15 more years, we’d happily choose to have the body we have before us. her body that she is trying to keep you from looking at. Now, when you look at her in the outfit on the right, the wider shoulder line of the top, along with the cinched waist and pant that hangs straight from her thigh, and therefore camouflages them, makes her look more balance and her thighs more pronounced. In the end, the only real solution we have is to work with the body we have, right now, remembering that, in 15 more years, we’d happily choose to have the body we have before us. Style Expert Bridgette Raes is the author of the book “Style Rx: Dressing the Body You Have to Create the Body You Want. “ She can be reached at email@example.com *All photos used in this article are from the book Style Rx: Dressing the Body You Have to Create the Body You Want www.generationsmagazine.com | 27
Looking your best Hair Color Is your color aging you? As we age, our hair color changes when we lack melanin, the pigment that gives our hair its color. Fortunately, we can improve this condition with the help of a professional colorist. To achieve great results, ask the following four key questions and remember to have your colorist use darker tones underneath, lighter ones on top and the brightest lights around your face to achieve your best look: Q What color would be most compatible with my skin tone and lifestyle? Q When is it time to use permanent, temporary color or a glaze for shine? Q What would add more body to my hair; a single process, highlights or both? Q What products can I use to maintain my color and retain body? Once you achieve your best color, here’s what you should do to maintain it:
Tips to Maintain Your Color: Q Use the products that your colorist recommends; many ingredients in certain hair products can dry your hair and fade your color so it’s important to use the product that has been prescribed for you. Q To preserve your color as long as possible, do not shampoo your hair every day unless you have extremely oily hair. You can wet your hair using warm water (not hot) and work your fingers through it as if you were using shampoo; add conditioner, if necessary. Q If you have quick regrowth, have your colorist apply a single process color to your hairline or part in between visits. This is cost effective and will provide you with color consistency. Looking your best takes work, but the end result is worth the investment.
Kathy Savage trained at the Vidal Sassoon Academy and is the owner of Christopher Street Salon located in Commack . In the next issue of Generations Magazine, look for Kathy’s tips for maintaining healthy nails. For immediate information, contact Christopher Street Salon at 631-499-1990. 28 | WInter ‘10 | generations
Fabulous Fashion Tips Q The right earrings can rreally brighten up your face and give you an extra sparkle. Go for earrings that gleam or twinkle in the light to make you look younger. Q Everyone looks good in a wrap dress. This is a must have for every woman's fashion closet no matter what age. The lines are very flattering, it is a stylish and flirty look that will not only make you look younger, but feel younger as well. Q Bold jewelry such as bangles, cocktail rings or statement necklaces make you look younger because it shows the fun and daring side of your personality. Q Scarves, scarves, scarves! Bright colors bring to mind youthful and carefree images, not only will they make you look younger, but they are fashionable as well. Q Comfortable shoes can still be incredibly chic. If you can't wear a heel, a cute and modern flat will make you feel light on your feet and oh-so fashionable. Forget about boring and blah sensible shoes! Q When it comes to tops, don't be afraid of colorful and slightly fitted pieces. Once again, a vivid shade will brighten up your face for a more youthful appearance. Q To update looks, simply throw a belt on it. if you have a loose sweater, blazer or cardigan on, it might make you look bigger than you are, older, out of shape. Throw a wide or thin belt over it, and it creates a younger, more shapely figure, even if you don't have an hourglass shape. Q Change your hosiery! There are so many great options out there right now, jewel-tones, knits, elegant patterns that all ages can wear. When you make your look more updated and modern, it creates a persona around you that makes you look younger as well.
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Soup is Good for the Soul Growing up, when the weather turned cold, Monday was always soup night. I continue this tradition for my family. The soup is always fresh, and always from scratch. It is one of the easiest meals to prepare, and one of my favorites. The basic chicken or beef soup can have many variations. Use your favorite vegetables to create something special; add your leftovers and create a new meal. When preparing a soup utilize all the vegetable parts. Add celery tops, leaves, parsley leaves and stems (stems hold more flavor) neck bones and any parts of the chicken except the chicken liver; when boiled the liver will alter the chicken broth, making it muddy and unclear. Cook potatoes separately just until tender and add to soup at the end. Do not overcook potatoes. Anything can be added to a basic soup. Use a variety of grains, pastas BASIC CHICKEN SOUP or green leafy vegetables (rice, barley 4-5 pounds of chicken or wheat, escarole, dandelion, kale, 1 pound of carrots, peeled and cut into or spinach). The pasta can be small bite size pieces to medium, depending. Ditalini, 2 stalks of celery cut into bite size pieces acini pepe, orzo, even broken spaghetti can be used for a delicate 2 cloves of garlic, peeled soup and small or medium shells, 2 medium onions peeled and quartered rotelli and tortellini for a heartier 2 plum tomatoes (canned or fresh) soup. I prefer a chunky soup, with pieces of carrot, celery and onion. You may prefer to camouflage your veggies. This can be easily done by pureeing them in a blender or food processor and adding them back to the broth. Soup is one of the best makeahead meals, and freezes well. Prepare your soup 2-3 days ahead; when ready, reheat. If adding pasta or rice, prepare according to the package directions, drain and add to your heated soup and serve.
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4-5 sprigs of fresh parsley or 2 tablespoons dried Salt and pepper to taste Use a stock pot large enough to hold all the ingredients. Cover with cold water to about 2 inches over contents. Bring to a boil removing any foam with a slotted spoon. Allow to simmer for 3 hours, until the chicken falls from the bone and water reduces by 1/4. Put soup through a large colander and cool down a bit. Remove all bones, fat and skin from the contents and discard. Add all vegetables and chicken meat back to broth, add pasta or grains and serve, or store in an airtight container and refrigerate for later use. VARIATION: BEEF FLAVOR Replace chicken with 4-5 pounds of beef for soup. Include 2 or 3 beef bones for added flavor. Follow basic recipe above.
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Smart Investment Moves for 2010 As an investor, you might wonder what the new year has in store for you. While economic and market forces are, as always, somewhat unpredictable, the overall outlook is generally favorable — and by making the right moves, you can further improve your chances of making 2010 a good year for your portfolio. And one of the best moves you can make is to stay invested. If you had jumped out of the market during the long downturn from late 2007 ...one of the best through March 2009, you moves you can would have missed quite a make is to stay rally. In fact, the Dow Jones Industrial Average staged a invested. considerable comeback from its March lows, climbing 18.8 percent in 2009. The S & P 500 rose 23.5 percent off of its low. Still, it’s unlikely that we’ll experience returns in this neighborhood for 2010. Although we may see reasonably strong growth in corporate earnings — a key driver of stock prices — stocks are no longer as undervalued as they were when the rally began. However, although we still face some significant issues, such as high unemployment and tight credit, most experts predict that the economic recovery will continue in 2010, though not at a sizzling pace. And a growing economy is usually good news for investors. Of course, despite the potentially favorable investment environment, there’s always the possibility of bumps in the road.
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Watch for changes in investment taxes. In the coming year, the tax rate may increase for long-term capital gains and stock dividends. If that happens, you may need to review your investment mix. However, even if the long-term capital gains rate rises, you’ll still likely be better off holding quality investments for many years, thereby giving them the time to potentially overcome short-term price volatility. And even if taxes rise on dividends, dividend-paying stocks, with their ability to provide both income and growth potential, can be a valuable part of your portfolio. (Keep in mind, though, that companies may reduce or eliminate dividends at any time.) No one can say for sure what 2010 will bring to the investment world. But by preparing your investment strategy for a range of possibilities, and by making changes as needed, you can make this a year of progress toward your important financial goals. This article was written by Edward Jones. For further information please contact Jonathn Bostwick, Edward Jones Financial Advisor, member SIPC. (631)928.2034 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Stick with “buy and hold.” Despite some claims that “buy-and-hold” is no longer a viable investment strategy given today’s volatile markets, it worked pretty well for those investors who were patient enough to ride out the bear market. Continue looking for quality investments and holding them until they no longer meet your needs or until the fundamentals of the investments themselves change.
Own some short-term investments. During the long bear market, short-term investments, particularly cash, held up better than most other assets. Yet many investors had too little cash in their portfolios. Don’t make that mistake. Keep an appropriate amount of cash for your age, income level, risk tolerance and long-term goals.
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Financing Your Child’s College Education 5 Common mistakes to avoid According to the nonprofit College Savings Foundation, almost three-quarters of American families will need some help paying for their children’s college education. So as your student is putting the finishing touches on his applications, you’re probably pondering the issue of financial aid. To help out, we’ve got some advice on how to avoid the most common pitfalls.
Mistake #1 You have unrealistic expectations. Colleges like to boast about how generous they are with financial aid. Maybe you’ve read in a brochure, for instance, that 75 percent of students at Big Bucks University get some kind of assistance. But if your student has applied to a financially out-ofreach school on the expectation of getting substantial aid, you may be disappointed. The weak economy has diminished endowments at many colleges- and increased the number of students seeking assistance. As a result, aid packages may not be as generous as they’ve been in the past. Even in the best of times, a lot of the so-called “assistance” comes in the form of loans rather than scholarships or grants.
Mistake #2 You don’t bother applying. At the other end of the spectrum are families whose expectations are so low that they don’t even give it a try. Maybe you’ve toyed around with a financial aid calculator (www. fasfaa4caster.com) and discover your “estimated family contribution” is too high to qualify you for help. But experts say that unless you can painlessly afford to 34 | WInter ‘10 | generations
write those hefty tuition checks, it’s a good idea to complete the paper work. For one thing, you must file the Free Application for Students Assistance (FAFSA) if you want to take advantage of the low-interest federal Stafford and Plus loans, which are not needs-based. Also, many colleges give merit aid as a way to lure students with good grades or talents. Though it’s not based on need, you have a better chance of getting a merit award if you’ve asked for financial aid.
Mistake #3 You procrastinate on the paperwork. No doubt about it, filling out financial forms is painful, so you may be tempted to put it off as long as possible. What’s more, it seems logical to wait until you’ve completed your income taxes since much of the information you’ll need is the same as what goes on your 1040. Not a good idea! The earlier you apply for aid, the better chances of getting it. Submit the forms as soon as possible. The federal FAFSA can be filled out any time after January 1. (You’re allowed to estimate your income if you don’t have final figures.) When the FAFSA is done, you can apply for the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) grant, which helps residents pay for New York colleges and universities. The College Scholarship Service PROFILE, which is used by private colleges, can be sent in as soon as your student completes his application. You should also call each school’s financial aid office to
inquire about other necessary forms.
Mistake #4 You have “errors” on your application. It’s critical to carefully check all forms for mistakes such as transposed numbers, misplaced decimal points, and fields that you’ve left blank. But financial aid officers say that every year, such simple errors delay the processing of countless applications. So double-check your work, and then have someone else proofread it. Another common “error” is underreporting income and assets. Read instructions carefully and fully divulge every bit on financial information that’s requested.
Mistake #5 You don’t try to push for more. Parents are often surprised to learn that financial aid awards vary significantly form one school to another. If the aid offered by your student’s first-choice college is significantly less than what’s been offered by others, ask the financial aid office if it would consider an “appeal.” Some schools won’t as a matter of policy, but others do, especially if your student is a highly desirable candidate.
Oral Cancer Ever since I started practicing dentistry I have 2. Pull your upper lip up and look for any sores or change included an oral cancer examination for my of color on your lips and gums. Pull down your lower lip and look for sores or change of color. patients. This includes examining the soft tissues, the tongue and the back of the mouth for suspicious lesions. Last year over 35,000 Americans were diagnosed with oral cancer and over 7,000 died from the disease, but survival rates are very high for cases that are detected early. We do an oral cancer examination and screening for our patients at every dental examination visit. If we notice something suspicious, we send out for a biopsy. Between dental visits, you can also perform an oral cancer self-examination in order to check for early signs of oral cancer. If you are concerned about any of your findings, call your dentist immediately for an evaluation.
Oral Cancer Self-Examination Steps: 1. Press along the sides and front of your neck and face and feel for any tenderness or lumps.
3. Pull out your cheek and look for any color changes such as red, white, or dark patches. Put your index finger on the inside and your thumb on the outside of each cheek to feel for any lumps. 4. Open your mouth wide, tilt your head back and look in a mirror to see if there are any lumps or color changes on your palate. 5. Hold onto your tongue with a piece of gauze and look at the top, back, and each side for any lumps or color changes. 6. Touch the roof of your mouth with your tongue and look at the underside of your tongue and the floor of your mouth. Check for any color changes or lumps. For more information about your dental health, visit www.drterryshapiro.com. Terry S. Shapiro, DMD | 20 Old Post Road | East Setauket, NY 11733 | 631.751.4433
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A Simple Household Budget First, let us start by defining what a budget is: A sum of money allocated for a particular purpose. Seems simple enough, and it is! However, most of us have never actually prepared one. In addition, no matter how much money we earn, I am sure that at the end of the month there are many stunned faces when we open our bills and marvel at how quickly it all goes. The actual process of preparing a budget is easy and takes only an hour or so. You do not need a computer or fancy software. All you need is pad of paper and a pencil and, for those of us who forgot how to add a column of numbers, a calculator. First, you need to gather some information on your sources of income and expenses. For most of us, a monthly paycheck is our sole source of income, but income may also include pension distributions, social security, dividends, and rental income. Remember to include only those income items that generate cash flow. Do not include gains or appreciation on investments unless they are sold and the proceeds are readily available. An easy way to obtain information on your expenses is to gather the mail from last month along with your checkbook and recent credit card statements. This should be more than enough to get you started. As you go through the monthly bills, separate expenses into two categories: Fixed and variable. Fixed expenses include mortgage, car insurance, and utilities, while variable expenses might include entertainment, dinning out, groceries and gifts. List out all sources of income and expenses on the worksheet provided below. To understand where you spend your money, be as specific as possible. This will be important later on when you need to adjust your budget. Now that you have everything listed, here comes the hard part. You need to add up that column of numbers. You should have subtotals for your sources of income, fixed and variable expenses. Income less fixed and variable expenses will produce either an excess of income or not enough income to cover monthly expenses. If you have excess income, you may want to consider increasing your contribution to savings or paying off existing debt. On the other hand, if expenses exceed your monthly income, you will need to reduce your variable expenses. You can do this by dining out less, bringing lunch to work, or buying less expensive gifts. Remember, it is the thought that counts! Increasing sources of income is much more difficult and usually requires changing jobs or taking on a second job. In either situation, you will need to monitor your spending each month and make adjustments accordingly. In closing, if you never prepared a budget, sit down and try it. Whatever the results, I am sure you will be surprised at how much you actually spend. Happy New Year - an Anonymous Contributor 36 | WInter ‘10 | generations
Sources of Income Monthly pay check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xx Social security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xx Dividend income . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xx Pension distributions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xx Rental income . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xx Subtotal Income
Sources of Expense Fixed Expenses: Monthly mortgage or rent . . . . . . . . . . . . .xx Real estate taxes – may be included in mortgage payment . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xx Home insurance – may be included in mortgage payment . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xx Life insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xx Car insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xx Car loan or lease payment . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xx Electric . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xx Home heating – gas/oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xx Telephone, cable, internet . . . . . . . . . . . . .xx Cell phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xx Landscaping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xx Home security/alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xx Cleaning services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xx Medical co-pay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xx Prescription drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xx Retirement/college savings . . . . . . . . . . . .xx Commuting – train/bus/subway . . . . . . . . . . .xx Subtotal Fixed Expenses
Variable Expenses: Groceries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xx Gifts – birthdays/holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xx Entertainment / vacation . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xx Gas for auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xx Dinning out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xx Credit card payments (1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xx Meals at work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xx Activities for kids – clubs, sports, hobbies . . . .xx Dry cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xx Personal grooming – haircuts, nails, spa . . . . .xx Gym memberships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xx Subtotal Variable Expenses Excess or (Shortfall)
xxx (C) xxx (A - B – C)
(1) Credit card payments are tricky when budgeting; i.e.: if you purchase groceries with your credit card, you are double counting the expenses. In the worksheet above let us assume that credit card payments are to payoff existing outstanding debt.
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