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6 Sea Fishing 8 The Grand Life Geothermal On the Shore
Photography Kyle Hughes, Nextwave Studios Contributing Writers Valery Cordrey Polly Elliott Therese. H. Ganster, LCSW, MPM Christopher D. Hoen, CRPC Marie Nottingham Shernita Boyd, LPN Richard Simons D.O., F.A.C.C.
Women of WWII
10 Fashionable Spring Plants 14 Finanical Strength Here Come the “Golden Boomers”
12 My Life
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24 Well Being Supplemental Atrial Fibrilation in Women
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Some of the many boats available for deep sea charter at Sunset Marina in Ocean City, MD.
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PHOTOS COURTSEY OF MOORE BILLS SPORTFISHING, OCEAN CITY
DEEP SEA FISHING W
hile it is a known fact that many people like to fish and enjoy fishing as a hobby, deep sea fishing is a little different from tossing a line with a worm in a pond. It provides a whole new experience for most. Completely surrounded by water, no land in sight, and the possibility of reeling in the fish of a lifetime, sets an exciting scene. Deep sea fishing is an adventure. One trip can change a Saturday morning fisherman into an avid angler. Ocean City offers some of the best sport fishing on the Eastern seaboard, just 30 miles off the coast. White Marlin, Blue Marlin, Bluefin, Yellowfin, Tuna, Wahoo, Dolphin, and a wide variety of big sharks, including Mako, Tiger and Threasher, await the deep sea angler here on the shore. Sunset Marina in West Ocean City reports that “2010 offered some of the best White Marlin fishing yet.” The fishing season begins early in May and runs through early November, so there is no excuse that you’re too busy. It’s a great day with your friends, a memorable family outing or a welldeserved corporate incentive. It’s an opportunity to explore our natural resources with Captains and Mates dedicated to their sport and the conservation of sea life. Captain Larry Weekely of Canyon Blues Fishing Charters tells Grand Living his charters
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occasionally see schools of whales, porpoise or giant sea turtles. Larry’s conservation oriented staff go out of their way to share these exciting spectacles with you, offering not only a fishing adventure, but a conservation experience, which provides the perfect combination for a very memorable trip. You can even take this adventure one step further and book an overnight trip. There are 24-hour and 30-hour trips at our local marina’s, aboard vessels that offer comfortable overnight accommodations. Some trips even include food, beverage, bait and tackle. You will also enjoy the benefit of a seasoned crew skilled at finding and assisting you in landing the big fish. Often, if the fish is intended for dinner, mates will clean the fish onboard, and store it in your cooler, while you relax. If you are truly out for the sport and not dinner, Captains prefer, and strongly encourage, the tag and release of all billfish and other species not intended to grace the table. Don’t have a group of six people to book a charter trip? You can still deep sea fish! Simply call the fishing center for a “make-up” charter. They will ask for the dates you are available, then sit back, relax and wait, while they find the rest of your fishing party. Now, your adventure also turns into a great
way to meet new people! You will rendezvous with your new fishing buddies at the dock, the morning of the trip. Deep sea game fishing has reached unparalleled proportions in sport and scope because of the demand for large fish in the kitchen and in restaurants. Today, a variety of fish have become first-class aids to healthy living, and many people are giving up red meat for this low-fat, substitute. Fish is a good source of protein and Omega-3 fatty acids, a vital component of today’s diet to assist in keeping cardiovascular disease at bay. Research has shown that Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeats), which can lead to sudden cardiac death. Omega-3 fatty acids also decrease triglyceride levels, slow the growth rate of atherosclerotic plaque and slightly lower blood pressure. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish, particularly fatty fish like tuna, at least twice a week. What about the Mercury you hear about in deep sea fish? The American Heart Association again states, that “for middle-aged and older men and postmenopausal women, the benefits of fish consumption far outweigh the potential risks, when the amount of fish that is eaten, are within the recommendations established by the, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).” According to Maryland.gov, only bluefish are indicated as a deep sea fish to be avoided by women of childbearing years or young children. The EPA also tell us that potential exposure to some contaminants can be reduced by removing the skin before cooking. Even shark and swordfish are “okay” if eaten “on occasion.”
Make this your year to deep sea fish! It’s an amazing experience, and one you will never forget. It can be a mental health day, and the bounty is good for your physical health, too. To book your charter, contact the Ocean City Fishing Center at 410-213-1121 or Sunset Marina at 410-213-9600. To reach Captain Larry at Canyon Blues Sportfishing Charters, call him direct at 443-871-1238. Moore Bills Captain, Rob Skillman, who supplied these great photos, can be reached at 410-251-4203. GLM www.grandlivingmag.com
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hydraulics. This affects the ability of the recharge well to accept water. Mineral content and pH, in the case of raw water, can have an adverse effect on the performance of the unit as well as more maintenance issues.” Eric also tells us that because drilling on the shore is relatively inexpensive, the other option for us is the vertical closed loop system. Vertical loops can be placed on a small footprint, and because the fluid is recirculating, the assumed risk associated with an open loop system does not occur. Maintenance requirements for a closed loop system is the most minimal of all systems. On the shore, vertical loops are typically installed for $6 per foot with a depth of 200 feet per ton. The cost to connect, including manifold and antifreeze, brings a closed loop system to approximately $1,500 per ton of load. Variations are normal and will vary with the overall design of the system. To explore a geothermal system for your existing or new home, your first call should be to a HVAC installer. They will visit the site and perform a “Manual J” calculation. This calculation is the tool used to determine what the actual heating and cooling load is for your specific house. This calculation takes into account the specifics of your home’s “envelope.” The envelope is the outer shell or the part of the home that is responsible for keeping the home warm or cool. It is a measurement of your home’s insulation values and the heat loss or gain. If mistakes are made during this calculation, they will amplify into poor performance of your system once installed. New homes are a bit more resilient, but when retro-fitting an older home, mistakes can be catastrophic. Remember, no two homes are exactly alike; don’t expect the same numbers as your neighbor. After you receive your report, note that the best investment you can make is in the improvement of the envelope, before you begin any improvements in your HVAC system. While there are numerous “do-it-yourself” home projects, the installation of a geothermal system should only be done by a certified installer. The international governing agency for geothermal instillation is the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association. They offer licensing, credentials and certification for contractors. Ask to see these credentials before hiring an installer; both the HVAC and driller should be certified. You will find much greater confidence in the overall design of the system and that it’s tailored to your specific home with well-trained personnel. Request references and learn about the business partners that will be assisting in the completion of your new system. Get quotes from at least three installers, and compare each design theory. The best option is the one that offers choices to you, the homeowner. GLM
Geothermal On the Shore
eothermal on the shore is of an indirect source or “passive geothermal.” It’s an indirect use of the Earth’s constant temperature. “The indirect use of the Earth’s energy through geothermal happens when we exchange one heat for another, by either accepting or rejecting heat from the ground, using an “exchanger,” says Eric Sackett of Weber Well Drilling. A geothermal system is a heat pump that moves heat from one place to another. It operates in the same way as a traditional heat pump. The beneficial difference of a geothermal heat pump, over a traditional heat pump, is the medium used for exchange. A geothermal heat pump uses the constant temperature of the earth, below the surface, which is approximately 55 degrees, to exchange the air. It’s a much more efficient and cost-effective method of heating and cooling. There are two main types of exchange systems and a wide variety of variations of those two. The “open loop” system is a system in which the exchange is made by direct exchange with water. Here water is pumped through the HVAC unit and BTU’s are either extracted or rejected. Then, the remaining water is discarded back into the aquifer. This exchange system can also be utilized by raw surface water taken from a pond with a great enough surface area to accept or reject the BTU’s directly. The minimum size is basically considered to be one acre in surface area and at least eight feet deep. The “closed loop” system is an exchanger that is basically operating as a giant radiator. Once the loops are assembled, the fluid inside the loop is continuously circulated. These systems can be constructed either vertically or horizontally in the ground, depending on the ground area available. Closed loop systems can also be constructed in ponds and some storm management systems, if the surface area is large enough. “Every region of the country has an acceptable method of accomplishing a geothermal exchange. How each region arrives at the preferred method is based purely on economics and efficiency of installation. Here on Delmarva, the water table is high and plentiful; also lot sizes are typically small. A plentiful water supply, which is easily obtained by drilling, can make open loop systems a prime consideration,” says Sackett. Because the exchange is done with water, and only takes three gallons per minute per ton to complete an exchange, they can be less expensive to install initially. The greatest controlling factor with an open loop system, is the quality of water used and the aquifer
by Sandy Phillips
n early August of 1942, women returned to service in the Navy as "Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service”, or WAVES. In the decades since the last of the Yeomen of WWI left active duty, only a relatively small corps of Navy Nurses represented their gender in the Naval service, and they had never had formal officer status. Now, the Navy was preparing to accept not just a large number of enlisted women, as it had done during World War I, but female Commissioned Officers to supervise them. It was a development of lasting significance, notwithstanding the WAVES' name, which indicated that they would only be around during the wartime, "Emergency." Lillian “Amy” Blight enlisted in the Navy in February of 1943 without her parent’s blessing. “They were “Quaker’s,” said Lillian, “and I didn’t think they would approve, yet I felt it was something I had to do for my country.” But her parents came around in time. “They loved the long letters I would send home about what I was doing. As they learned more, they became more accepting. In April of ’43, I went to Store Keeper School, and was the second woman to attend Hunter, an officer training facility. After completing my training, I was a Naval Air Station Dispersing Officer; SKD 3rd Class.” “I was in Hawaii in ’45 when the war ended, and marched in the Honolulu Peace Parade. It was just magical. It was a long parade and ended at, the then “new,” Pan Am Air Field,” says Lillian. “When I left the service, in ’46, I went to Goldy Beacon College, where I met my husband, Sam. We had a wonderful life, resulting in four children, and two grandchildren. Both are close by us here at the beach.”
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When Grand Living Magazine asked Lillian what she remembered most about her service as a WAVE, she told us that “sneaking out on the PT boats was so exciting and a wonderful way to see the coastline!” While Lillian served in the U.S. Navy, her now neighbor at Brandywine Assisted Living, Joan Dickerson, was serving in the Royal Air Force. Joan enlisted before she was drafted, so that she would have more options for her future. In college, she had taken shorthand and typing, so she was placed as a secretary to an Earl who was an intelligence officer during the war. In the Royal Air Force, women were brought in to take over secretarial duties traditionally filled by men during the war. Lillan’s first assignment, after signing on in Manchester, was in North Umberland near the German border. “It was a bit scary being that close to the German’s,” says Joan, “and I didn’t really like being assigned to night duty, but the accommodations were nice, as were the people in that area. I think that’s one thing I liked most about being in the service, the travel and the loads of nice people I met while I was away. There were often American’s stationed near us. They had wonderful accommodations, vehicles, YMCA’s etc. They were all so nice to us Brit’s and shared things with us. One nice American woman gave me my first pair of nylons. The Americans had been issued nylons with their gear at that time, but we had not. They were simply wonderful!” While stationed near London, Joan met her husband and moved to the states, just after she was discharged. The one-way cost of a Pan Am ticket from London to New York in 1946 was $450, a great deal of money back then. “The trip was such an adventure. I was here with my new husband and we began a new life together. We now have two daughters; one I see often, that is close by, and one in Alaska. Our family also includes three grandchildren, that I enjoy so.” Both Lillian and Joan will celebrate their 90th birthday in 2011. Here’s to the ladies of WWII who stepped up when their countries’ needed them. GLM
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very year new plants are introduced. Research and development continues year round and produces new and better plant varieties. Some are more cold tolerant, more disease resistant, or have a longer bloom time. Some plants are brand new, or they are just new varieties of existing plants. Some of the new varities to try this year are the Redhead Coleus, Voltage Yellow Osteospermum, Breathless Blush and Diamond Frost Euphorbias, Blue Orchidsunpatiens, black petunia, and Early Bird crape myrtles. I first saw the Redhead Coleus in a trial garden. From a distance, I thought it was a bed of new red flowers; the color is so brilliant. When I got closer, I realized it was red foliage. The coleus is an annual and hardy to 32 degrees. It grows in a mounded upright habit, from 18 to 24 inches high, 16 to 28 inches wide, and takes full to partial sun. It is the truest red color coleus I have seen. Beautiful in mass, by itself, or mixed in a bed partial with other foliage colors. While I am on the topic of foliage colors, it is a good time to realize that color does not always need to come from flowers. Many great landscapes benefit from the colors and textures provided by evergreens and foliage plants. Silver is a great addition to a landscape. Artenesia, dusty miller, and silver falls are excellent examples of silver foliage plants, each readily available at your local garden center. Of the flowering plants, nothing brightens the day like the Voltage Yellow osteospermum (also known as African Daisy or Cape Daisy), an early flowering, bright yellow flower, with a spreading habit. Osteospermums look like little daisies but are 10
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early bloomers. This Voltage Yellow is the first to bloom and last to go out of bloom in the osteospormum category. It likes full sun and grows 10 to 16 inches high, 24 to 28 inches wide, and is a perfect choice for a hanging basket of sunshine. Two interesting flowering plants that are relatively new are the Breathless Blush euphorbia and Diamond Frost euphorbia. I mention these because they have so many uses. Euphoriba are pretty on their own, but I like to use them as a filler plant, too. They are heat tolerant, have fine leaves and a showy mass of self-cleaning pink or white flowers all season long. Theyâ€™re also pretty mixed with impatiens or sun-loving annuals, and also can be great mix with poinsettias at Christmas time. These new euphorbia are light and airy, and resemble babyâ€™s breath. Another flower that is typically a conversation piece is the Blue Orchid. This is the first blue phalaenopsis orchid. Orchids have been gaining in popularity recently, as people realize that they are long bloomers (for several months) and relatively easy to care for. This orchid likes low to medium light and makes a great house or office plant. Sunpatiens are a practical, great new plant. They are easy to grow and easy to care for. Sunpatiens love the heat and will grow and flower right away from late spring to first frost. Theyâ€™re great for landscapes, hanging baskets and containers, and come in many colors: coral, lavender, magenta, orange, red, white, and pink. Sunpatients are available in several series; the vigorous series for the landscape, the compact series for small areas and containers, and the spreading series for hanging baskets, edges, and containers. I have always loved impatiens,
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and now this new plant will offer beauty to full-sun areas. The black petunia is also an interesting new plant. There are two varieties; the Black Velvet, and the Phantom and Pinstripe are yellow and black. I would use these plants in containers because they don’t seem as hardy as other petunias. But then again you can always use your imagination. They will certainly be a conversation piece! The latest introduction in the crape myrtle family is the new Early Bird series. These early blooming crape myrtles begin blooming in May, which is much earlier than the June/July varieties we are used to. There are three color choices; lavender, purple, and white. They will bloom for 100 to 120 days, are moderate to fast growing, and are approximately 5 to 8 feet high, by 5 to 8 feet wide. They like full sun and are hardy to zero degrees Fahrenheit. Crape myrtles have always added beauty to our landscapes here on Delmarva. They have commonly been referred to as the 90-day plant because of their long bloom time. There are ground cover crape myrtles, and 30-foot tall crape myrtles, and all sizes in between. Always choose a crape myrtle that is the correct size for the area where you are planting. Don’t forget to allow space for its growth. Plants, like fashions, have hits and misses. You can be the “first on the block” to try the new varieties, or sit back and wait to see which plants stand the test of time. Either way, happy planting! Now is the time to get outside and enjoy all the colors, fragrances, and beauty that summer has to offer. GLM
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he weather is finally warm. I just love spring and getting outside. Living here at Brandywine Assisted Living at Fenwick Island gives me the best of both worlds. I get to enjoy my new friends and activities, as well as time with my family. My daughters, Karen and Anita live close by so I get to see them often. They come by a lot, and we go out, sometimes with no particular place in mind. Sometimes we go shopping or out to eat. Yesterday we went to Bethany Beach and I walked in the sand. I loved it! It felt so good. The beach was crowded with people and with dogs! It was energizing to see so much activity. We sat on the boardwalk and watched the people pass by, which is always fun. I also love looking around in all the shops on the boardwalk. I’ve always liked Bethany Beach. Years ago, my husband, Harold, and I would camp, in a travel trailer, there. I’ve been coming here for so many years. Now that I live here at Brandywine, it’s feeling almost like home to me. Living so close to the beach is wonderful! I do miss seeing my son, Steven. He still lives in Aberdeen, Maryland, and is busy with his family; he has 3 still living at home. He will be visiting this summer. I’m looking forward to it. It’s nice when we all get together; I just love it. Every summer we go out to eat crabs. Years ago, we always went to Delmar to the Old Mill Crab House. We are going to try the new location in Ocean City this year. Of course we all go out for pizza too. The grandkids love the beach and pizza. Having my family here and enjoying all that the beach has to offer is relaxing for me. At the moment, Steven is in Italy visiting my granddaughter. Her husband is in the Air Force and is stationed there. They have a daughter of their own, Hannah, and Hannah goes with them everywhere in a baby carrier. I think she’s walking now though. The kids are all on Facebook. It’s today’s way to communicate and stay up on what they are doing, where they have been and things like that. They all post pictures. You might be surprised to learn that I have a Facebook account, where I try to keep up with all of my family. I can’t get to Italy myself, but I see all the pictures with Hannah. Even though we are all busy with our lives
and we don’t get to see each other everyday, we can stay connected through technology. I also have an email account through MSN. My friends and family email me occasionally. A lot of times it’s just jokes and junk mail, but it’s fun seeing something new in my inbox. Brandywine has a computer in the game room. I get on there sometimes and check my email account or my Facebook. It is fun to look at the new pictures and the status updates. That keeps me up to date on what everyone has been up to. I always try to think of something cute to say to keep up with them, they are all so clever. I read their comments and I try to always comment back. I have a great-granddaughter in her second year of college, in New Mexico. She was so proud that she bragged “My Mom-Mom has a Facebook account.” She was impressed that I was so “with it.” That made me proud and made me think “I’m glad I created that facebook page.” I guess you’re never too old! My oldest granddaughter set my Facebook account up and showed me how to use it, sometime ago. I’m not proficient at it, but I use it. I have my username and password written down so I don’t forget it. The Activities Department here at Brandywine offers computer classes. Maybe I will learn how to do more on Facebook and get better at it. It’s just great to stay connected with everyone, all over the world. I’m still busy here with my friends. There is a trip scheduled to Harrington, I will definitely be on the bus for that. We love Harrington for the casino but, they have a nice restaurant there and I love the food. I finally got my swimsuit and I’ve been in the pool twice. I need to get in there more, to improve my balance. I do like to use the bike and treadmill too. Some days I’m lazy and I don’t want to do anything, but there is always something to do. Of course there are always lunch outings. Sunset Grill in West Ocean City is really good and not expensive at all. They make the best Bloody Mary’s. They are more than my actual lunch costs, but it was really good! The Blue Scoop has real ice cream, and they are right across the street from Brandywine, I can’t wait to get over there and try that. Slainte’s Irish Pub is so close, and is a nice place to go. I’ve been there with my family and the group here at Brandywine goes there too. I want to remember to tell my girls I want to try Dicken’s Parlour Theatre. That sounds like a fabulous place to go. I’m going to ask Anita about it as she is always up on the latest things to do in the area. I rode over to Bayside Golf Course on our Brandywine bus the other day, and thought that I should try the driving range. Still have my golf clubs in my son’s garage. It’s been years since I’ve played. I know I can’t play an entire round of golf now, and I’m not even sure I could play 9 holes, but it would be fun to try. I’d like to find a par 3 course. I think I will call Steven and tell him to bring my driver, but not all of
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finding private insurance coverage. Even after you reach age 65, it is important to realize that only Medicare Part A is free. Medicare Part B and Part D (prescription drug coverage) both come with a monthly cost. Beyond that, many retirees purchase supplemental insurance to cover expenses that Medicare does not. You should also prepare for long-term care expenses which can become a factor as you grow older. This includes costs such as nursing home stays or home health care. Many Grand Citizens nearing retirement invest in a long-term care policy to help protect against excessive expenses for these services.
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Here Come the “Golden Boomers!” T
he leading edge of the Baby Boom generation is reaching the age at when that old Beatles song “When I’m 64” will actually refer to a time in their past. On January 1, 2011, the first “Boomers” (defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as “being born between 1946 and 1964”) will turn 65. Even though age 65 no longer represents the landmark age it once did, it still is a symbolic milestone. Baby Boomers are now transforming into so-called Golden Boomers. Some are already there, having retired at an earlier age. Others are closing in on retirement, though the youngest of the Baby Boom generation (those born in the early 1960’s) may still be years away from it. With retirement at hand or approaching, financial matters begin to transform. It’s a time when most people begin to focus less on accumulating wealth, or buying insurance to protect their family against lost income, and more on finding a way to replace the regular paycheck in retirement, then in turn protecting against the risk of running out of money. If you are a pending Golden Boomer, there are a number of issues you should address as you enter this next phase of life. Meeting Health Care Needs: Medicare first becomes available at age 65. If you aren’t already receiving your Social Security checks, contact Medicare three months prior to your 65th birthday to enroll. If you retire prior to age 65, you will need to find your own medical coverage before you become eligible for Medicare, either by carrying over insurance from a former employer (taking advantage of COBRA provisions in the law), by 14
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Timing Social Security: Today, individuals don’t qualify for full Social Security benefits until age 66 -- with the threshold gradually rising to 67 in the future. You can still receive benefits as early as age 62, but the sooner you take the money, the lower your monthly benefits will be. What’s more, if you continue working up to your full retirement age, while collecting Social Security, you will forfeit $1 in benefits for every $2 of earnings above $14,160 (in 2010). The longer you can delay Social Security, the higher your monthly benefit will be. That may be an important factor to consider, particularly if you anticipate spending many years in retirement (based on family history of longevity and personal health factors). Covering Essential Expenses: One issue for retirees is making sure they have enough money on hand to pay for essential expenses (housing costs, utilities, food costs, automobile expenses, insurance, etc.). Reliable income streams such as Social Security and, if you receive one, a pension, can contribute toward these defined expenses. In addition, a strategy many use is to annuitize a portion of their retirement savings, to ensure that a guaranteed stream of income is available which is sufficient to pay the rest of their essential expenses. This is an example of the different kind of investment thinking that comes into play, as you become dependent on your own savings to create a paycheck in retirement. Preparing for Inflated Living Costs in the Future: Given that many of us can expect to spend two to three decades or more in retirement, investing usually cannot be limited to putting all of your money into fixed-income investments. You also need to protect future purchasing power. Living expenses will double in about 24 years, if the annual inflation rate is just 3%. If your retirement lifestyle costs you $5,000 per month when you reach age 65, it is reasonable to expect it to cost $10,000 per month if you live to age 90. In order to ensure you have enough money to keep up with the rising cost of living through retirement, you may need to put a portion of your savings in investments, that have the potential to generate returns which can outpace inflation, such as equities. At the same time, as many retirees have learned the hard way during the market downturn of 2007-2009, you don’t want to expose yourself to too much risk by putting all of your money into the stock market. If you’re a Baby Boomer with your sites on retirement, work with a financial advisor to find a balance that works effectively for your circumstances. GLM Christopher D. Hoen is a financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial in Berlin, MD. He can be reached at (410) 629-0947. Advisor is licensed/registered to do business with U.S. residents only in the states of MD, DE, VA, CA, SC, FL, NJ, CO, TX, KY and NJ. Brokerage, investment and financial advisory services are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC. Some products and services may not be available in all jurisdictions or to all clients. All guarantees are based on the continuing claims paying ability of the issuing company, and do not apply to the performance of the variable subaccounts, which will vary with market conditions. Withdrawals that do not qualify for a waiver may be subject to a withdrawal charge. Withdrawals are subject to income taxes, and withdrawals before age 50 ½, may incur an IRS 10% early-withdrawal penalty. © 2010 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. All rights reserved.
continued from page 14 my clubs. It will be fabulous to get over there to hit some balls. It’s practically in my backyard. You would think I would like mini golf but I don’t. I hit the ball, then it goes in the water, the kids are running around and they can play better than I can. I’ll stick to the driving range for now. I think some of the other residents here, might go with me. We can try the putting green too. Between friends here at Brandywine, my family visits, Facebook and email, the warm weather and local business opening, there is a lot to do to keep me busy. I love the spring and summer time with the warm weather. Living close to the beach is great because there’s nothing like sinking your bare feet into the warm sand! GLM This story was compiled by Kathy Jacobs, Director of Community Relations, Brandywine Assisted Living at Fenwick Island, as dictated by Betty. GLM has been following Betty since her move into Assisted Living and will continue to share her first year. For past stories Betty has shared, visit www.grandlivingmag.com.
Take Six Minutes to Lighten Your Load (Part II in a series.) by Lou Ann Hill If you have six minutes, pick a task below. These quick chores will give you a feeling of accomplishment, while making the most of sudden, “extra” time. The clock is ticking… 1) Write a thank-you note that you’ve been putting off 2) Water your indoor plants and wipe dust off the leaves with a Pledge dusting mitt or damp paper towel 3) Wash your pet’s bowl 4) Clean your computer screen and keyboard 5) Sew on a button or darn a sock 6) Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors 7) Frame a picture 8) Return a Netflix movie 9) Clean your reading and sun glasses 10) Empty bedroom and bathroom trash baskets
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• F = Face: Ask the person to smile – Do both sides of the face move equally? (Normal) Or does one side of the face not move at all? (Abnormal) • A = Arm: Ask the person to raise both arms – Do both arms move equally? (Normal) Or does one arm drift downward compared to the other? (Abnormal) • S = Speech: Ask the person to speak a simple sentence – Does the person use correct words with no slurring? (Normal) Or do they slur their speech, use Shernita Boyd, LPN, Peninsula Regional Medical Center, discusses stroke support group opportunities with a family member. inappropriate words, or is unable to speak at all? (Abnormal) • T = Time: To call 911 – If you observe any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately. Every minute matters! troke is a leading cause of death in the United States Many strokes are preventable by reducing your risk factors. behind heart disease and all forms of cancer combined. ApproxiYou can reduce your risk of stroke by controlling hypertension mately 795,000 Americans have a new or recurrent stroke each (high blood pressure) and diabetes. If you smoke, stop smoking year and stroke kills approximately 134, 000 Americans each and reduce alcohol consumption. You can also reduce your risk year. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term adult disabilof stroke by eating a healthy diet and reducing your salt intake. ity. Over the course of a lifetime, four out of every five American A daily exercise routine, to help maintain a healthy weight, will families will be touched by stroke. Stroke kills more than twice also help reduce your risk of stroke. Knowing your cholesterol as many American women than men, and African Americans are levels, and keeping it at normal levels, will help reduce your more likely to suffer a stroke and experience extensive physirisk of stroke. The power is in your hands by taking charge of cal disabilities. Even though these statistics are alarming, up to your health. You are the best defense against stroke. eighty percent of all strokes are preventable. Every stroke is unique, but all strokes have one thing in A stroke takes place when a blood clot blocks a blood vessel or common... it affects the victim, family, caregivers, and friends. artery, or when a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to Recovery from a stroke can be a long process that comes with an area of the brain. When a stroke occurs, it kills brain cells in physical, emotional, and mental challenges, and no one should the area surrounding where the clot or breakage occurs. There are have to face it alone. Peninsula Regional Medical Center oftwo types of strokes: Ischemic and Hemorrhagic. The Ischemia fers a stroke support group that provides assistance to stroke stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or blood vessel, survivors, their family, caregivers, and friends. The goal of the and a Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel ruptures or program is to enhance the quality of life for the participants by breaks. Both types of strokes can be very serious if not treated in focusing on each individual emotional, educational and social a timely manner. need. For more information about the stroke support group, A stroke does not occur without some signs and symptoms. contact 410-912-7961. Please remember that time is brain and One warning sign that you may be having a stroke is called TIA if you are experiencing any of the warning signs that were (Transient Ischemic Attack or Mini Stroke). A TIA is a serious discussed in this article, call 911 and get help right away. GLM sign of an impending stroke. TIA symptoms are the same as a stroke; they are brief and resolve within minutes or hours. There Shernita Boyd, LPN, is the Stroke Ambassador for American Heart Association are other common warning signs of stroke; sudden numbness at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. or weakness of face, arm, or leg, sudden confusion and trouble speaking, trouble seeing one or both eyes, sudden dizziness or trouble walking, or a sudden and severe headache. If you experience any of these symptoms, do not stay home but call 911. One way to help remember the symptoms of stroke and what to do is to learn the Face, Arms, Speech Test, otherwise known as F.A.S.T.:
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Daniel McCullough, MD, (left) and Michael Sofronski, MD, (right) perform bariatric lap band surgery.
aparoscopic (or minimally invasive) surgery consists of making small incisions, and placing instruments through those incisions, to perform procedures which would otherwise be done though an â€œopenâ€? or larger incision. Advantages of laparoscopic surgery include less pain, better cosmetic results, a shorter hospital stay, and a faster return to work and daily activities. Robotic surgery uses computer technology to expand surgical capabilities. The first laparoscopic procedure, which became widely accepted, was the laparoscopic cholecystectomy (removing the gall bladder). Since then, surgeons have adopted and mastered the techniques of laparoscopically, performing most abdominal procedures which were historically performed open. Due to the magnification provided by laparoscopic cameras, many procedures are able to be performed with greater precision and better longterm outcomes. Peninsula Institute for Laparoscopic & Robotic Surgery (PILARS) surgeons at Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) perform many laparoscopic and robotic surgeries. A small sampling of general surgical procedures performed include inguinal (groin), umbilical (belly button) and ventral hernias (bulges elsewhere on the abdomen), gallbladder removal, acid reflux surgery and colon resections. Hernia repairs done laparoscopically can provide quicker return to normal activity, safer approaches for recurrent hernias and decreased recurrence rates. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy patients can often return home the same day, and resume normal daily activties in 1-2 weeks, which is impor-
tant, considering nearly 500,000 people develop a gallstonerelated complication in the United States each year. Gallstones develop in 50% of women and 15% of men over 60, making these surgeries some of the most commonly completed. Other, more advanced, general surgical procedures are also performed. Laparoscopic (Nissen) fundoplication remains the gold standard for treating acid reflux disease (GERD). Proton pump inhibitors such as Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium have revolutionized the treatment of GERD. However, those patients requiring daily dosing, and those failing medical treatment, may be candidates for the procedure. After surgery, patients no longer require acid-blocking medication and gradually resume a diet with fewer restrictions. Colon resections for polyps, diverticulitis and even colon cancer are performed laparoscopically. These operations have become much more common due to the laparoscopic benefits of less pain, smaller scars, shorter hospitalization and equivalent effectiveness, compared to the time-tested open operations. PILARS also offers bariatric surgery services for patients interested in losing weight. The program offers comprehensive patient care, from nutritional counseling, exercise training and emotional support groups, to address the multitude of issues that face patients who are trying to lose weight. Medical weight loss sometimes isnâ€™t enough to address all the issues facing the obese population, and to assist with long-term weight loss, portion control and eliminating hunger, bariatric surgeons offer two surgical options for their patients.
The laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (Realize Band or Lap Band) provides portion control with very little risk of malnutrition or vitamin deficiencies. This procedure is done laparoscopically, and for the majority of patients, as an outpatient. The degree of restriction can be adjusted in the office setting, so that portions stay small indefinitely. In addition, PILARS offers the laparoscopic roux-en-y gastric bypass as an alternative way to assist patients in losing weight. With this operation, a small stomach pouch is created to keep portion sizes small. In addition, the upper 7 to 8 feet of small intestine are bypassed, which results in malabsorption of simple sugars and fats in our diet, and an acceleration in weight loss. This operation requires a short stay in the hospital of 1-2 days, with patients returning to work typically within one week of the operation. Robotic surgery represents a major advance in laparoscopic surgery. Several PILARS surgeons (urologists, cardiac surgeons, gynecologists) are currently using the DaVinci High-Definition Surgical System Robot to perform various surgeries. Additional specialists (ear, nose and throat surgeons and general surgeons) are currently in the process of developing robotic programs. The DaVinci Robotics System places computer software between the surgeonâ€™s hands and the tips of the surgical instruments, which allows hand motions to be filtered and scaled to achieve a higher level of surgical precision and accuracy. The surgical field is viewed in 3D, magnified, and in high-definition (HD), providing the surgeon with visual capabilities impossible with the naked eye or even with standard laparoscopic cameras. The patient benefits of robotic surgery are the same as those mentioned above for laparoscopic surgery. Laparoscopic and robotic surgery is truly changing the future of surgery. As it becomes incorporated in more and more complex operations, the benefits to patients keep broadening. However, not all situations are amenable to this kind of approach. Patients are encouraged to ask their surgeon if one of these techniques is appropriate for them. GLM Each of these physicians are members of the PILARS surgeons at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, MD.
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rthritis... The first thing most people think of is pain, yet diet and exercise have been proven to alleviate many of the symptom. While both of my grandparents had arthritis, at a relatively young age, their examples and lessons learned, at an early age, may also help me live comfortably through my most senior years. Grandma lived to be 99, and Grandpa, 87. “You are what you eat.” How many of us grew up with this as one of our parents (or grandparents) mantra? Perhaps because they were young adults during the Depression, we had our own version of a Victory Garden in our backyard, and during the summer season, all fresh foods were supplemented from the farmers’ market. Gram was a wonderful cook, and I can’t remember having a meal that wasn’t nutritious and delicious! While my grandparents did not know what antioxidants, low fat, low sodium Omega-3 rich diets, or high cholesterol and triglycerides were, until their later years, modification to their diet was minimal. All of the above, which may now be known as a “Mediterranean-type diet,” does decrease symptoms in those with rheumatoid arthritis. On your mark, get set, go!! I was also blessed with a childhood of living actively. When not in school and weather permitting, we were expected to “go outside and play.” Hopscotch, Red Rover and Hide and Go Seek were favorites. Weekends were spent with long bike rides to the local park
for a picnic, tree climbing, picking blueberries or lavender, at the lake at Great-Grandma’s after swimming, and then having extended family of all ages play volley ball or baseball. On rainy days, Grandma would have my sister and I bring in the kitchen chairs and we’d workout with Jack LaLane. She continued to exercise daily, well into her 80’s. As proven now, continuing to be active, within limits, has also been known to relieve symptoms. Some of the best forms of exercise for rheumatoid arthritis are swimming, yoga, and Tai chi. Many of these classes are offered in our local communities. As I am a grandmother now, I follow in my grandparents’ footsteps. Hopefully, it will abate arthritis for me, either through heredity or from wear on tear on this older body of mine. As in my grandparents’ footsteps, I’ll be hoping that my granddaughter will enjoy all the games and activities shared, and, in turn, she will then share them with her grandchildren. Come to think of it, I may be doing Wii Fit with her instead of Jack LaLane. Swimming season is here... “Last one in is a rotten egg!” GLM Therese H. Ganster, LCSW, MPM, is the Branch Director of Peninsula Home Care, Salisbury, Maryland.
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Break Out Vineyard Grilled Veggie Sandwich Ingredients: 1/4 cup mayonnaise 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/8 cup olive oil 1 cup sliced red bell peppers 1 small zucchini, sliced 1 red onion, sliced 1 small yellow squash, sliced 2 (4-x6-inch) focaccia bread pieces, 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
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trial fibrillation is a cardiovascular disorder affecting about 2.2 million people in the United States. The number of cases of atrial fibrillation has increased significantly over the past decade and continues to rise. Although men have a slightly higher frequency of this disorder, women with atrial fibrillation are at significantly higher risk of stroke and death, making it very important for women to be properly diagnosed and treated. Atrial fibrillation occurs when the upper, smaller two chambers of the heart (atria) fibrillate (rapid, disorganized, ineffectual contraction). Because these chambers then do not pump blood effectively, the blood in the atria may pool and clot. If a clot dislodges, it could travel to the brain and cause a stroke, or travel to another part of the body and cause damage (thromboembolism). It is estimated that 1520% of strokes are caused by atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation also causes reduced filling and irregular contraction of the lower, larger chambers of the heart (ventricles). This causes reduced function of the heart that may lead to chronic fatigue and heart failure. Risk factors for atrial fibrillation include advancing age, male gender, hypertension, coronary artery disease, smoking, obesity, sleep apnea, alcohol abuse, thyroid disorders, and congenital heart disease. Family history may also play a role. Symptoms of atrial fibrillation may include palpitations (irregular thumping, pounding, or racing), chest discomfort, shortness of breath, fatigue, lightheadedness, or fainting. Often atrial fibrillation goes unrecognized and may first appear as a stroke. There are various cardiac tests that may be useful in diagnosing atrial fibrillation including electrocardiogram (ECG), Holter Monitor (24 hour ECG recording), event recorder (portable device worn continuously for up to a month), implantable loop recorder (monitor device inserted under the skin for up to 3 years), echocardiogram (ultrasound cardiac imaging), and stress testing. The major goals in treating atrial fibrillation are preventing blood clots to reduce the risk of stroke and controlling the heart rate to preserve heart function and reduce symptoms. In patients with abnormally slow heart rates, pacemaker therapy is useful. For highly symptomatic patients, a â€œrhythm controlâ€? approach may be beneficial. This may involve medications and/or shock therapy to restore and maintain a more normal heart
rhythm. It may also involve catheter-based treatments applying radiofrequency or cryotherapy (freezing) to modify cardiac tissue to TM help rhythm management. Successful treatment of atrial fibrillation can be difficult, and the risk of reoccurrence is fairly high. It is important to realize that many reoccurrences are unrecognized, and anticoagulation therapy should not be discontinued unless advised by the treating physician. Women are at higher risk of atrial fibrillation related stroke. Atrial fibrillation related strokes are typically larger stokes and have significant stroke-related disability and lower quality of life. Historically, women have had a lower rate of diagnosis and treatment (anticoagulation) than men, which may have led to a higher stroke rate. Recently, newer medications have been developed and approved for anticoagulation for patients with atrial fibrillation which have very consistent, predictable effects and do not require blood tests for monitoring. Because atrial fibrillation can cause such devastating complications such as heart failure and stroke, it is extremely important to have this disorder properly diagnosed and treated. If you or anyone you know has atrial fibrillation, or symptoms suggesting atrial fibrillation, please consult your physician. GLM Dr. Richard Simons is an experienced, board certified cardiology physician with Nanticoke Cardiology Associates and an active staff physician with Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, Delaware. Nanticoke Health Services features a full-service community hospital. Nanticoke’s experienced staff provides high-quality clinical care in a warm and caring setting. The hospital holds a Level III trauma status for emergency services, a comprehensive cancer center, a Nationally Accredited and awardwinning Stroke Center, a Nationally Accredited Sleep Center, the only Delaware health care facility to have an Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation program, certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation, along with a growing physician network which includes physicians in over 37 different specialties. For further information, please call 302-629-6611,or visit www.nanticoke.org.
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We all have a list of things to do in our lifetime. The list often begins in our childhood. Things like college, marriage, children, and home building, take center stage. There are many other things that make your “list of a lifetime.” Consider adding some of the suggestions below, because you’re only as old as you think you are! Send your “Heart’s Desire” for an upcoming issue, to email@example.com or call us at 410-726-7334.
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Go Ahead Be Selfish: Your mother won't mind! A commanding presence with your Pekinese doesn't mean bullying your Basenji. It simply means knowing that YOU are the leader and boss of this domestic wolf pack, and that respect for YOU is required not requested. The same pack structure happens every day in the wild; the Alpha Wolf reassures his role with strong body posture, unwavering eye contact, and its commanding presence over the subordinates. It is imperative that this image is in your head as you retrain your dog, and communicating it daily at every moment is simple… just ignore all the lessons your mother taught you about sharing and Be Selfish. As the rightful Big DOG in the house "YOU go First." YOU Eat First, YOU walk first, and YOU offer your coveted praise first. With a commanding presence, you command your dog.
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Taking the first step: Given a choice, most dogs would prefer to follow a strong Alpha leader over a weak subordinate. Dog’s with pulling problems are challenging you for that position. They will only relinquish that role when you demonstrate and enforce your Alpha position consistently. With a proper mind-set, strong body position and the correct products to give you a physical advantage, your dog will instantaneously respond to his new role as follower. If you missed part one of “Hold Me Back,” visit us online at www.grandlivingmag.com and click on Delmarva Unleashed. Stephen Frolich is the owner of “Tails n’ Tubs” in Salisbury, MD. He will be happy to help you select the correct type of restraint for your dog.
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Hold Me Back! by Stephen Frolich
Helpful Harnesses: Previously mentioned harnesses which connect to the leash on the back, create Sled dogs, but this does not preclude specialized harnesses from helping to stop the pulling. The revolutionary Easy Walk Harness (Premier Pet Products) rotates the connection point from the back to the front of the chest of your dog. This simple relocation has a magical effect because it uses your dog's own body biometrics for the training. This is accomplished, because as the dog pulls past you, it actually causes its own body to torque. This torquing movement creates an unnatural and uncomfortable walking position, so the dog WANTS to stay behind you or by your side. Quickly your dog will learn they cannot pass the centerline of your leg and must stay by your side. Second, the new location on the chest removes the ability for the dog to lower its haunches and pull against you. Third, if your dog does lunge after a squirrel hard enough, the momentum alone has the ability to literally spin it's body around and away from the provoking stimulus, and the next thing he knows, he's facing you…and you're not happy! There are additional, helpful products, which use a similar methods of redirecting your pet, such as the Halti (Coastal Pet Products) and the Gentle Leader (Premier Pet Products). These two innovative products act like a bridal on a horse. They redirect the dog's muzzle, and where the nose goes the body follows! It's Physics! On your mark… Get set…Fall ! If you have ever been in a three legged race you can understand how walking with a partner is a completely different than walking down the street on your own. Each person tries to take a step, you get all tangled and you both fall. You keep falling over and over in hysterics until you realize how to work together, sensing the timing for each step and supporting your partner. Walking your dog is similar, only this time you are in a six legged race, and your partner speaks a whole different language. How you hold your leash can start this process off on the right foot. Most people loop the end of their leash over their right wrist 12
and correct their dog with their left hand. In this typical arrangement, all the excess "leash material" drapes in front of your legs/ body. To gain a physical advantage against pulling, try this simple modification to holding the lead for extra strength and leverage, the next time you go for a walk: 1. Loop the end of the leash on your right hand, but instead, pass the excess leash material behind your hips to the left hand. Technically, your hands are in the exact same position as before. 2. Lock your right hand on your right hip or just put it in your pocket. 3. When /if your dog does quickly lunge or pull, all you have to do is bend your knees, sink down slightly and hold your ground. 4. The difference now is that you do not have to rely on just your arm strength to hold your dog back. In this configuration, your whole body, and solid center of gravity, acts as an anchor. Your dog will instantly feel your increased resistance and strength letting them know that YOU are NOT going anywhere. Returning to basics: Train your dog to walk on a leash… "Again." 5. Start with a static lead and collar that won't slip off. 6. Have your dog sit quietly on your left side. Key word is "quietly." That's how you know your dog is ready. If your dog is spazzing out and twisting and turning like wild cat…correct and wait until he IS ready. 7. Take a deep breath. Focus your mind on walking the "perfect dog." 8. Say "Let's go," "Come on" "Giddy-Up," whatever command you will use to signal to start walking. 9. Walk normally, looking ahead (don't worry your dog can see you, there is no need to look down.) 10. Praise your dog once or twice when he/she is walking nicely and not pulling. Too much praise is like Halloween candy, too much and it's not a good thing. 11. Walk 10-15 feet then Stop…Good dog! Good owner!... sit…praise...breath…go…walk...praise. 12. Work with your dog for about 5-10 minutes. You've done it before, so this is just a fun refresher. Beyond Basic Basics: Basic training is great, the first few days, but quickly gets boring and burdensome for you and your pet. Here are a few exercise variations which will amplify the basic walking training technique, and drive the lessons home. 1. Be aware of the tension on your leash. If it goes taught your dog is pulling…STOP and only proceed when slack returns. "Good Dog!" 2. As you are walking, and your dog starts to pull ahead of you, quickly reverse directions. The dog will then be forced to come. Be sure to praise as soon as he/she takes that first step to follow you. This will encourage them to "want" to follow you even more!
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Dog Days of Summer
Let your dog take a bite out of cancer! Canines of all types will come together, in pack, at Bark For Life, to support their human’s efforts to fight cancer. Your dog can have his own webpage, hold his own fundraiser, ask for donations, and come out with you and your friends to take a walk and play doggie games…all to benefit the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving programs.
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Doggie Walk: Tails N’ Tubs to the new Salisbury Dog Park & back (2.5 easy miles) Doggie Carnival: Tails N’ Tubs parking lot Beaglin Park Dr., Salisbury MD For more info, visit us:
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Canine Caregivers are canine companions, guide dogs, service dogs, rescue dogs, therapy dogs, police dogs, cancer survivor dogs and diagnostic dogs who, with their owners, are joining the American Cancer Society to celebrate cancer survivorship, and honor those lost to cancer. They also walk to fundraise in support of cancer research, education, awareness, patient services, advocacy, and to help eliminate the suffering that cancer causes worldwide. Canine companions represent unconditional love, joy, security, compassion and all with no judgments of human abilities or appearances. The American Cancer Society Bark For Life is an irresistible way to take a bite out of cancer, have fun, and make new friends — canine and human. How it’s done... Teams consist of 8-14 canine walkers, and at least one human member designated as the team captain. Teams can come from corporations, hospitals, neighborhoods, churches, schools, families and other organizations. Following a 2.5 mile walk, team members, both human and canine, can experience a festive atmosphere as they enjoy music and food. They can also, participate in fund raising activities, contests, while learning about cancer prevention and healthy living. The American Cancer Society is proud to partner with Tails n’ Tubs for its 2nd annual BARK For Life of Wicomico County, Dog Days of Summer. We invite you and your canine, to recruit your packs, and join us for a wonderful weekend of “Yappy Hours” and walking for a cause. The events will take place on Saturday evening, July 30th, for our “Yappy Hour” and Sunday, July 31st, for our walk and carnival. The day will begin with an opening ceremony, at Tails n’ Tubs, followed by a walk to the newly opened Salisbury Dog Park and back to Tails n’ Tubs for a lively afternoon of fun. What it is... The American Cancer Society’s Bark For Life (BFL) is an ACS Relay For Life (RFL) fundraising event that honors the care giving qualities and life long contributions of our canine “Best Friends.” It presents an opportunity for people to be empowered through their canine companion partnerships and to contribute to cancer cures through the mission of the American Cancer Society. 8
Why we do it... Cancer touches everyone in some way. Bark For Life is an opportunity for the entire community to make a difference in the fight against cancer! Who we are... The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community based volunteer health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem, by preventing cancer, saving lives from cancer, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and patient services. We are here all day, every day, finding a cure in your community! Tails n’ Tubs is the Eastern Shore’s premier, self service dog wash and award winning, full service grooming facility. Whether you need the services of the groomer or just need to give your dog a quick bath, they specialize in making it easy, economical, fast and fun to wash your furry friend.
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Hurricane Season Will Soon Be Here Do You Have A Preparedness Kit?
1. Get a Kit of pet emergency supplies. Just as you do with your family’s emergency supply kit, think first about the basics for survival, particularly food and water. • Food: Keep at least three days of food in an airtight, waterproof container. • Water: Store at least three days of water specifically for your pets, in addition to water you need for yourself and your family. • Medicines and medical records: Keep an extra supply of medicines your pet takes on a regular basis in a waterproof container. • First aid kit: Talk to your veterinarian about what is most appropriate for your pet’s emergency medical needs. Most kits should include cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors; antibiotic ointment; flea and tick prevention; latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol and saline solution. Include a pet first aid reference book. • Collar with ID tag, harness or leash: Your pet should wear a collar with its rabies tag and identification at all times. Include a backup leash, collar and ID tag in your pet’s emergency supply kit. • Important documents: Place copies of your pet’s registration information, adoption papers, vaccination documents and medical records in a clean plastic bag or waterproof container and also add them to your kit. • Crate or other pet carrier: If you need to evacuate in an emergency situation take your pets and animals with you, provided that it is practical to do so. • Sanitation: Include pet litter and litter box if appropriate, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach to provide for your pet’s sanitation needs. You can use bleach as a disinfectant (dilute nine parts water to one part bleach), or in an emergency you can also use it to purify water. Use 8 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water, stir well and let it stand for 30 minutes before use. Do not use scented or color safe bleaches or those with added cleaners. • A picture of you and your pet together: If you become separated from your pet during an emergency, a picture of you and your pet together will help you document ownership and allow others to assist you in identifying your pet. Include detailed information about species, breed, age, sex, color and distinguishing characteristics. • Familiar items can help reduce stress for your pet. Put favorite toys, treats or bedding in your kit.
Consider two kits. In one, put everything your pets will need to stay where you are and make it on your own. The other should be a lightweight, smaller version you can take with you if you and your pets have to get away.
2. Make a Plan for what you will do in an emergency. Plan in advance what you will do in an emergency. Be prepared to assess the situation. Use common sense and whatever you have on hand to take care of yourself and ensure your pet’s safety during an emergency. Evacuate. Plan how you will assemble your pets and anticipate where you will go. If you must evacuate, take your pets with you, if practical. If you go to a public shelter, keep in mind your pets may not be allowed inside. Secure appropriate lodging in advance depending on the number and type of animals in your care. Consider family or friends outside your immediate area who would be willing to take in you and your pets in an emergency. Other options may include: a hotel or motel that takes pets or some sort of boarding facility, such as a kennel or veterinary hospital that is near an evacuation facility or your family’s meeting place. Find out before an emergency happens if any of these facilities in your area might be viable options for you and your pets. Develop a buddy system. Plan with neighbors, friends or relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Talk with your pet care buddy about your evacuation plans and show them where you keep your pet’s emergency supply kit. Also designate specific locations, one in your immediate neighborhood and other farther away, where you will meet in an emergency. Talk to your pet’s veterinarian about emergency planning. Discuss the types of things you should include in your pet’s emergency first aid kit. Get the names of vets or veterinary hospitals in other cities where you might need to seek temporary shelter. Also talk with your veterinarian about microchipping. If you and your pet are separated, this permanent implant for your pet and corresponding enrollment in a recovery database can help a veterinarian or shelter identify your animal. If your pet is microchipped, keeping your emergency contact information up to date and listed with a reliable recovery database is essential to you and your pet being reunited. Discussion provided by the U.S. Office of Homeland Securtiy.
Unintended Consequences, Part II by Sandy Phillips
ust moved to the shore? All settled in that cute bungalow in “The Pines?” One of the things that most likely attracted you to our beautiful shore is our wildlife. Oodles of deer, geese, wild turkey, and those mischievous raccoons, we certainly have an abundance of the “wild” and “furry.” If you’re reading Delmarva Unleashed, you most likely have your own domestic “furry friend,” or at least a genuine interest in owning one. Have you ever thought about the relationship between the wild and the domestic? The two can peacefully coexist, but there is a line you should never cross, so the two don’t meet and result in unintended consequences. Much like the great baseball story, where the stadium was built and people came from all around to see and play, wildlife will come right up to you and in your door, if you feed them. It sounds like a wonderful way to explore nature. But, would you play that game if you lived on the Serengeti with lions, tigers, and wildebeest? Inviting those animals up to your door? Of course, this is Delmarva, where we don’t have lions, tigers and wildebeest. We just have those cute little raccoons, fox, and groundhogs, so there should be little concern, right? Wrong! Each of those animals has the potential to carry and transmit rabies, a disease that affects the central nervous system and one for which there is no known cure, it is nearly always fatal. Rabies in humans is very rare in the United States, but rabies in certain animals, especially wildlife, is common in many parts of the country. In 2010, 354 cases of rabies were confirmed in the state of Maryland; 217 of those cases were identified in raccoons, and 83 on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Rabies has reached epidemic proportions in Worcester County, and is on the rise in each of the
surrounding counties. The greatest danger occurs when you inadvertently expose yourself or your family to seemingly healthy wildlife that visit your backyard. If that cute little raccoon or feral cat, that is visiting you every day, has come in contact with an infected animal, they too are now caring the disease (although not yet symptomatic), and will now expose you, your family and your own pets. Even if they don’t have rabies, they may carry round worms, Leptospirosis, Parvo, Canine Distemper and other undesirable illnesses. But why worry? Your pets are current on their vaccines, right? In Maryland, when a pet is exposed, even if current on vaccines, they are required to have a booster shot. It’s in the best interest of your pet to seek veterinary help, if you believe your pet has been exposed and do so, in a timely matter. The greater amount of time that has passed since the actual vaccine was administered, the greater the risk of the exposure to the infection. Immunity is at its peak shortly after vaccination and wanes over time. Keeping up with a booster shot is of utmost importance. Boosters given, directly after exposure, will help to ward off infection. Be diligent if you have already begun feeding area wildlife. You and your pets may be at risk. Nocturnal wildlife that is out during the day is suspicious. If the masked bandit that comes around every evening to clean up the dinner scraps, suddenly comes around and plays with your dog at 2:00 in the afternoon, very loud alarms should go off if your head. Nocturnal animals, those that are typically active during the night, are not healthy if active during the day. If your pet is not current on their shots, the consequences can be dire. From six months in strict confinement to euthanasia, the best decision you can make is to NOT FEED the wildlife and vaccinate your pets. www.grandlivingmag.com
Daisey Honess, CBBD
(Certified Bed Bud Detector) by Sandy Phillips
rom local run-away to certified sniffer-dog, Daisey Honess, a local Beagle, has embarked on a very successful career on Delmarva. After completing 600 hours of “professional scent detection training,” at the American Canine Scent Detection Center in Welcome, MD and certification by Third Party Testing in LaPlata, MD, Daisey has taken the position of “Bed Bug Detector” at Ladybug Pest Management in Delmar, DE. Daisey’s work day often begins with a daily review of her scent detection skills, making her bi-annual recertification a walk in the park. On many days, she is engaged in field work, where she locates the offending pest with a resounding 97% accuracy. Her inspection is quick and efficient and is completed with little disturbance to the home or residents. With the rise of “green pest management,” bed bug detection dogs are gaining popularity. They are a safer alternative to excessive pesticide use and a scientifically-proven pest management strategy. Small agile dogs are perfect for locating pest in crevices, wall voids, and furniture gaps, where humans are not able to investigate. Their superior sense of smell allows them to pin-point the exact area where bed bugs are, and to determine if they are active or dead. This allows for minimal use of chemicals to eradicate the problem. According to the National We Offer Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association, dogs smell in parts per trillion, Grooming! something a human cannot do, and thus can detect bed bugs through all of its life-cycle stages; from eggs to nymphs to adults. There are an estimated 200 certified bedThe One Stop for All Your Pet Supply Needs bug dogs in the country, and the numbers are growing. With the increase in global Open 7 Days a Week travel and shared living accommodations, bed bugs are on the rise in the U.S., and the Mon.-Fri. - 9:00a.m. to 7:00p.m. services of these skilled canines are very Sat. & Sun. - 9:00a.m. to much in demand. 6:00p.m. When Daisey is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and the other Everything you need pets at home. She even gets an occasional nap on a family members bed, and treats for Love Them Like Family. for your dogs, cats, a job well done! Feed Them Like Family. ™ ﬁsh, birds, and “Bed Bug Detection,” is just another way reptiles. our canine friends enrich the quality of our Millville Pet Stop proudly carries lives. Congratulations to Daisey and her Blue Buffalo Pet Food. owners/handlers, Frank and Sandy Honess Stop in for special offers on BLUE ™ . of Ladybug Pest Management, for bringing these needed detection skills to the shore. 35167 Atantic Ave/Rt 26, Millville, DE
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he boating season will soon be upon us. As you gather your boating supplies for the season and prepare your boat for launch, here is a simple check list you should complete to protect your furry first mate: 1) A life jacket for dogs. 2) Shade for your dog. 3) Water and a bowl to drink from. 4) Paper towels, if they have an accident in the boat. 5) A dog first aid kit. Swimming, for a lot of dogs, is second nature. They get in and start doing the “doggy paddle.” Keep in mind, it’s not a stroke that will allow them to swim long distances or for an extended time period. Many dogs will be in or around the water for hours but are not continuously swimming. They find a place to rest and then they’ll go back in. Remember; there is no resting place in the middle of the bay or off shore in the ocean, without a place to rest, your pet needs a life jacket before entering the water. The buoyancy the jacket provides will allow them to take breaks when they tire, without the risk of sinking. Life jackets are readily available in all sizes and make it easy for dogs to stay afloat. You may think you don’t need a life jacket because your dog will not jump in. However, they could be standing on a slippery edge of the boat, and fall off. There is always the risk the boat may capsize or sink, and every life onboard needs protection, even the furry ones. When your dog is in the water, even with a life jacket, watch to see if their tail starts to drag and stops acting like a rudder. This is a sign of fatigue, and your dog needs to be out of the water quickly. Several times, I have seen clients bring their dog into my practice, the day after heavy swimming, with a dog that will not lift its tail, and that whines when we touch that area. Some think the tail is broken. But, there is no break, but in actuality the muscles are just sore. We refer to this condition as “Lab Tail.” Another danger, lurking aboard your boat for your dog, is heat stroke. Boats are made from fiberglass or metal. In the sun, these materials reflect and radiate heat. Standing or laying on this hot surface can be dangerous. Despite emergency medical care in dogs, heat stroke has a 50% mortality rate. If the dog does survive, there still may be permanent brain or organ damage, and
they become more prone to suffer from heat stroke in the future. Simply providing shade and clean drinking water can prevent this dire situation. Without a fresh water option, dogs will drink the bay or ocean water. They don’t understand that salt water dehydrates them, and they will drink the salt water repeatedly, trying to quench their thirst. I see many dogs each summer with diarrhea, secondary to drinking salt water. It’s always nice to have something to clean up with, if your dog has an accident on the boat. Sometimes nerves will lead to this. If your dog has not been out on a boat before, you should try to introduce them to the boat gradually. Put them on the boat while it is on the trailer, or docked and not moving. Allow them to walk around and sniff. After a few minutes, turn on the engine so that they become accustomed to the sound of the motor. Observe their behavior, so you will know what to expect before taking them out. Some dogs may get sea sick and vomit on the boat. If you suspect sea sickness led to an accident, you can keep Meclizine 25mg(Bonine, Antivert 25, Dramamine Less-Drowsy formula), in the dog first aid kit. Check with your vet ahead of time for the specific dosage for your dog. A first aid kit for your dog is always a good idea to have on hand in case of an unforeseen problem. A toe nail could tear off, your dog could get stuck on a fish hook, a paw lacerated on a rock or sea shell, or there could be an upset stomach from eating something. First aid kits should have tweezers, bandage materials, tape, Quick Stop (to help stop a bleeding nail) antibiotic ointment, sterile wipes, dog sunscreen, fly/mosquito repellent, an antiseptic cleanser, Benadryl for an allergic reactions, and the meclizine for seasickness. Again, ask your veterinarian for the dose. First aid kits can be purchased on line or at your local pet store, or you can compile your own. With a completed check list, your time on the water with your furry first mate can be a fun outing for everyone! Dr. John Maniatty is a board-certified veterinarian in practice at the Ocean City Animal Hospital, Ocean City, MD, and now at the Ocean View Animal Hospital, Ocean View, DE. www.grandlivingmag.com
Delmarva Unleashed A Supplement of Grand Living Magazine
Vol. 3 Issue 3- May/June 2011
Boating With My Buddy
Daisey Honess, CBBD
Publisher Sandy Phillips Associate Publisher Farin Phillips Editor Lou Ann Hill Creative Sandy Phillips Farin Phillips
Consequences; Part II 6
Bark for Life
Contributing Writers Stephen Frolich John Maniatty, V.M.D. Grand Living Main Office Advertising Info: (410)726-7334
10 The Wag List 12 Hold Me Back; Part II 14 Delmarva Pets
Cover Marvin, the lovable companion of Jeanette Walker of Millsboro, DE., enjoying his favorite past time.
In celebration of Delmarva Unleashed’s first year anniversary, we present our “canine staff.” They provide lots of input and inspiration.
Max Mr. Darcy Marla was recently adopted from the Wicomico Humane Society. What a wonderful experience. 2
Vol. 3 Issue 3 - May/June 2011
Unintended Consequences, Part II Boating With My Buddy Hold Me Back, Part II Daisey Honess, CBBD Delmarva Pets The Wag List
Emergency Preparedness For Your Pet
Published on May 4, 2011
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