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Aging and Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC)

Help Starts Here Do you need help but don’t know where to find it? Most people are unaware of the options and resources available to them for their aging and long-term care needs. The Alabama Tombigbee Regional Commission Area Agency on Aging is the Aging & Disability Resource Center for Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Dallas, Marengo, Monroe, Perry, Sumter, Washington and Wilcox Counties. The ADRC provides information, referrals, resources and benefits counseling to individuals who need guidance and assistance. Our friendly ADRC specialists will help you understand and evaluate available resources. Our goal is to help you live well and age well at home.

Contact the Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-AgeLine or 334-682-5206 to be screened for programs and resources. Visit us on the web at atrcaging.com or find us on Facebook

Home & Community Based Services: Services in the home and coordination of care to assist seniors and individuals with disabilities to remain healthy in their home and community as long as possible. Caregiver Support: Assistance, Counseling, Education, Respite and Supplemental Services for Caregivers. Nutrition: Nutritious meals in the Senior Center or delivered to the home (for homebound clients) Prescription Assistance: Assistance with accessing prescription medication for little to no cost through pharmaceutical companies and discount programs. Insurance Counseling: Counseling and advocacy with Medicare and Medicaid, prescription drug coverage, long term care coverage, and Medicare fraud Legal Services: assistance with legal documents, access to government benefits, healthcare and housing. Long term care Ombudsman: Information and advocacy for residents in long term care facilities and their families. Advocacy for quality care, fair treatment and protection of the residents’ rights. Senior Employment: Provides paid training to older individuals (ages 55 and over) to help to strengthen and improve their skill set furthering their chance at gainful employment. Transportation: Provides transportation to locations essential to maintaining Client’s health and well-being. Classes and Community Programs: Educational presentations, Evidence based wellness programs and community events are available to public, civic and professional groups at no charge.


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Welcome to Team Healthy Horizons! Our Selma 2020 edition is filled with information about premier medical care providers and wellness resources in your community along with articles to help you enjoy a healthier lifestyle. In this issue, Rural Medical Health Program CEO Keshee Dozier-Smith updates readers on the advances the organization has made in the last year, as well as what residents can expect for more growth in the upcoming year. Looking for another way to get healthy? How about enjoying the outdoors? Healthy Horizons looks at the health benefits and places to visit around or near Dallas County for you and your loved ones to visit. For almost 20 years, our goal at Healthy Horizons has been to provide a vital resource for your wellness and healthcare needs, and we recognize our duty to consciously maintain relevant content to better serve you. With our passion

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Rural Health Medical Program CEO Keshee Dozier-Smith updates residents on advances in healthcare in the Blackbelt as well as giving insight on what’s to come. From behavioral health to oral health to vaccinations and everything in between, a healthier life for all is on the horizon! From the cover, Dozier-Smith, center, receiving the Alpha Kappa Alpha Women’s Health Award recently. 4

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Gone fishin’

The best cure? Nature

Plan ahead Children’s Dentistry: Putting kids’ health first Know your numbers

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One of the reasons Vaughan Regional Medical Center is a cut above the rest is their willingness to give back to the community. Every year, the staff looks for different ways to help. In 2019, they worked together to collect as much as they could for a canned food and coat drive.

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behavioral health services across many As we look back on the past year, of our locations. There we are proud of the service that we have been several comhave been able to provide throughout munity partnership iniAlabama’s Black Belt Region. We are tiatives with local governequally grateful for our wonderful ments, schools, colleges, staff, patients, and partners. The work hospitals, jails, detention that we do would not be possible centers, and various without you! companies where we are Over the course of 2019, our able to further expand our expansion reached exciting new reach to offer more speheights. We now have 8 locations cialized services. We were open in the Black Belt Region. We awarded several grants, such are in the communities of Selma, as the Integrated Behavioral Marion, Uniontown, Demopolis, Health Services and Oral Thomaston, Pine Apple, Yellow Health Infrastructure grants, Bluff-Camden, and our newest totaling more than $450,000. site Monroeville - each with its We are also excited to have own unique spirit and culture. added over 10+ new members We have been able to reinitiate to our teams who are fresh and dental services in the Dallas innovative. Without the hard County community, as well as work and sheer tenacity of our offering vision, mental, and entire team, there is no way our company could accomplish all

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that we do. 2019 has been an incredible journey, but it is only the beginning. In 2020, dental services will be expanding to Demopolis and vision, mental, and behavioral health services will be expanding to all locations with the addition of our new mobile unit. At Rural Health Medical Program, our mission is to help our communities gain knowledge and stay healthy. We have made significant strides in connecting more people to the quality healthcare services and the community resources they deserve and need to live their best lives. RHMPI is excited to offer a conversational series to R. B. Hudson STEAM Academy daughters and mothers. We are taking an active role in supporting our girls through conversations to educate and create open honest dialogue


around women’s health with their mothers, teachers, and medical providers. We have been on a tour of the Black Belt meeting employees of Police Departments, County Commissioners Offices, City of Uniontown, International Paper Company, and Sterling Packaging Company. Our chat and chew sessions have been instrumental in explaining the benefits that are afforded to employees as a result of our corporate partnership agreements. Being able to provide wrap around services makes it easier to access primary and preventative care, which means employees are more likely to stay healthy and experience fewer sick days. Looking ahead to 2020, our determination to be your Provider of Choice is stronger than ever.

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Whether you’re an avid fisherman or a beginner, Donavan Lakes in Marian County is a great place to fish and enjoy the outdoors - anytime of the year! The Donavan Lakes area is located on a beautiful old plantation property, and owned and operated by Roy and Inez Barnett. Not only can you spend the day on the water fishing, the original plantation home is

Fishing Club. The club has seven lakes with structures, 17 fishing piers with two fish feeders, 1,000 acreas of prairie, swamp, hardwoods, and wetlands that offer outstanding birding and trips into the wilds of nature. The lakes are stocked with Florida bass, Tiger bass (a cross between northern and Florida subspecies of

on the property and has been updated to allow for overnight guests. Originally called Sturdivant Farm House, it was built about 1880 on the King Plantation. The Sturdivants were the last members of the King family to occupy the house. This old farm house is located on the Donavan Lakes Fishing Club property has been converted into a lodge and retreat named Donavan Inn. Guests at Donavan Inn have exclusive use of the inn and full fishing privileges of the Donavan Lakes

largemouth bass), Florida coppernose bream, shellcracker bream, blueguill bream, and catfish. Each lake has an ample supply of forage fish such as threadfin shad, golden shiners, gizzard shad (Bar-D lakes) and native minnows. Fishing at the club is outstanding, with several bass over 14 pounds caught in the past few years, including a 14 lb. 4 oz. bass from Lake Ely. Donavan Inn is a great place for families, sportsmen, birders, a gathering of friends, a honeymoon, or just a couple of people longing for the beauty and

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quiet of the country. Fishing club manager Thomas Wilson set the record for largest fish recorded from any of the club lakes in January of 2019. “The fish ran under the boat... I stood up and put the rod deep into the water... the fight was on. I soon realized it was not a bass. I thought it must be a huge bowfin. ‘It’s a grass carp!’ shouted Rod Banberg from a distant boat,” Wilson said of the experience. “After a long battle, Phillip Peek netted the monster and a beautiful but useless White Amur, Asian Carp, better known as a grass carp, was in the boat. I had snagged the fish in the dorsal fin which allowed the big fish to put up a maximum fight. “The weight was an official estimate of 40 pounds and I immediately took it to my friend Tina at the

American Sport Fish Hatchery. Bar-D lakes are stocked with the “Marion” strain of the Largemouth Bass - a cross between the Northern and Florida subspecies (created by Jack Snow at the Marion Hatchery in 1960). All club lakes are stocked with Threadfin Shad, Golden Shiners, and fat head minnows. Lakes Roy and Gayle also have Gizzard Shad. For more information on Donavan Lakes Fishing Club, find them online at donavanlakes.org. If you’re interested in staying for longer than a day, visit donavaninn.com for rates and photos of the inn. The Barnetts also found another use for the inn and the beautiful surrounding property. For those wanting an outdoor or country-style wedding or event, the property is set up to accommodate these

Lotus Garden Restaurant. Tina and family were very excited to get this famous Asian delicacy,” Wilson said. Donavan Lakes Fishing Club has a nice casting bank spot on the dam between lakes Roy and Ely that was constructed in 2016. This allows bank fishing above the pipe opening that drains Lake Roy into Lake Ely. The water can really churn at this spot during a period of rain. A large tree was dropped into the water near this casting spot as well. All Donavan lakes are stocked with Tiger Bass from

types of events. The inn and other outbuildings also make a beautiful backdrop no matter what time of year the event is scheduled for. Visit their website at donavaninnweddings.com for rates, accommodations, and numerous event and wedding photos for ideas and samples of what this venue can add to your event. Whatever plans you have in mind for the months ahead, there is something for everyone at Donavan lakes and Donavan Inn!

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That dreaded command from your mom - “Get OUTSIDE!” What we didn’t know when we were young, just wanting to sit in front of the TV watching our favorite after school cartoons, is that for the millionth time, our moms were right. Not only is the physical exercise good for us, but being outdoors helps our mental well-being too. “There’s just something about being in nature that is calming and we can get away from our distractors,”

difference I see is at the end of the trip their stress levels drop dramatically,” Middleton said. The Harvard article listed several other benefits to getting outdoors including a rise in Vitamin D levels, an increase in physical activity just by being outside, improved concentration and faster healing times. Middleton is aware that everyone may not be physically able to manage a weeklong hiking trip and said that starting somewhere is important. “Take easy, simple, small steps,” he said. “Do something you enjoy, maybe just walking around the neighborhood. Progression is the key. After you’re comfortable walking the

Montgomery native and model Kathi Odom spent much of her younger years working out at every opportunity to stay in shape for the camera. Now, Kathi maintains her weight through moderation. Her exercise consists mostly of walking, with hiking being her favorite. “Hiking is also my meditation, it helps clean me out, plus I have at least one of my dogs with me when I go,” she said. “My exercise has leveled out, it’s now consistent.” Kathi tries to walk five days a week. “If I’m traveling, I’ll walk around the block,” she said. “Just something to get my body moving.”

Stephen Middleton, Coordinator of Outdoor Recreation at University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, said. In an online article from www. health.harvard.edu, there are several benefits to spending time outside. The article also said that those who practice “green exercise,” which is exercising outdoors, for even five minutes a day will see an improvement in self esteem and mood. “I take students out for weeklong backpacking trips and people bring all different kinds of health and mental issues with them. The biggest

neighborhood, you could venture into parks, then nature trails.” For various reasons, there may be some people who would have a hard time even walking in their neighborhoods. He said depending on local services, good organizations will have different programs to accommodate those who may not be able to get out and hike or canoe. “The pool is always good. Even if it’s indoors, water is a form of nature,” he said. “Swimming is easy on the joints and it’s a great lowresistance form of exercise.”

Kathi does most of her hiking at Russell Forest Trails, located on Hwy. 63 between Eclectic and Alexander City in Elmore and Tallapoosa counties, respectively. This area that Russell Lands owns and manages also has horse stables and other family-friendly outdoor activities. Tuscaloosa and the surrounding counties have a wide variety of outdoor options for you to choose from. Many parks, trails and wilderness areas also have no entrance fee. If you’re not familiar with any of these places, head on out www.readhealthyhorizons.com

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and discover something new! Old Cahawba Park Old Cahawba Park, Orrville, is a great day trip for both history and enjoying the outdoors. There’s plenty to see and do. They hold several events throughout the year as well. When you look at it today, it’s hard to believe that Cahawba once was Alabama’s state capital. This former thriving river community became a ghost town following the American Civil War.

Today, it stands as an important archaeological site for visitors to discover. The park’s grounds are filled with historic buildings, wooden cabins and a beautiful ancient Episcopal church. You can take a self-guided walking tour through haunted relics, along paths and nature trails, plus the local Visitor’s Centre will help you along with a ton of information so you can interpret what you see. Although many of the buildings are covered in Spanish moss and greenery, the park is a must-see for anyone interested in local history. Historic Riverfront Park Set on the banks of Alabama 12

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River, Historic Riverfront Park in Selma is the perfect place to relax, take a walk, or stop for a picnic. The 12-acre park, complete with timber bridge, overlooks Edmund Pettus Bridge and is close to several city museums. With incredible vistas, shady trees and great views of the cityscape, bring your camera, take a walk and capture some photographic memories of Selma. The park is a perfect family gathering spot, and will keep

If your group would like to boat for the day, there are several camping spots along the route. Look online for a place to put in, as well as places to camp, picnic and play. Alternatively, should you wish to remain on dry land, there are plenty of riverside walks, hiking and mountain biking trails.

young ones occupied and away from their devices!

lake surrounded by hardwood and southern pine woodlands, is located just 17 miles north of Selma in Dallas County. Visitors can enjoy swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, camping, and more.

Alabama Scenic River Trail Visitors who fancy a day splashing about on the water can join the Alabama Scenic River Trail near Selma. The trail in the area covers a portion of the Alabama River. If you seek fun, adrenaline packed water sports, or simply want to see historic towns and cities from a different perspective, this could be for you. With paddling and white-water rafting experiences, tubing, fishing and overnight camping, you can bring the entire family on this adventure.

Paul M. Grist State Park A tranquil 1,080-acre park that includes a beautiful 100-acre

Most of the parks mentioned above do charge an admission fee. Be sure to check out the websites so you can be prepared. The sites will also have listings of events so you can plan ahead. If you’re looking for something free for you and your family to do outdoors, search for volunteer opportunities, such as river cleanups to get some fresh air and contribute to a clean Alabama!


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Since 1946, Miller Funeral Services has been a top choice in the Selma area for handling loved ones’ funeral arrangements. One way you can help alleviate the pain of losing a family member is to plan ahead. Peace of Mind Many who have undergone the emotional strain of arranging a

funeral within hours of losing a loved one have made the choice to pre-plan their own funeral. Doing so lifts the burden from their loved ones by relieving decision-making pressure at a time of grief and emotional stress. Personal Choice Funeral arrangements are a deeply personal choice. Pre-planning provides you with the time needed to make practical, detailed decisions that reflect your standards, lifestyle, taste and budget. And we 16

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assure you and your family that the choices you make will be carried out as planned.

Understanding the benefits of pre-planning has prompted many to take the step to plan their own arrangements.

Lower Costs When you finalize your plan, we can advise you of the total cost. You do not have to set aside funds for your plan, but doing so protects you against escalating funeral costs.

In Person Please call us at (334) 874-9081 to set up an appointment to discuss pre-planning with a caring professional.

By locking in today’s funeral costs and ensuring that the necessary funds are set aside, you help relieve yourself of unnecessary future worry and your survivors of an unexpected expense.

Online Planner Our Online Planner is designed specifically to provide you with an alternative way of considering funeral arrangements at your time of need.

Life Choices Most of us plan ahead in life. We plan for our wedding, our children’s education, family vacations, and other significant expected life events. We also plan for the unexpected events of life by purchasing home, auto and medical insurance.

We understand that making the many decisions which come at a time of loss can be difficult. We offer our support by providing you with two options as you consider making immediate arrangements. Call us or visit us online today to plan through this difficult process.


For over 42 years Children’s Dentistry has proudly served central and south Alabama by providing dental treatment and education to children while showing the utmost care and compassion. We treat children as if they were our own. As a child’s dentist we don’t consider an anxious or frightened child to be an inconvenience. We care for children each day and instead, we do our best to work with you and your child to make the visit an easy and enjoyable one. All We Know is Kids! We are a specialized office treating children and adolescences from ages 1-20. Our dentists have received additional years of training in pediatric dental care, making them the most qualified to handle the care of your child’s mouth. Set up with state of the art equipment, Children’s Dentistry has on staff six hygienists, eight assistants and both a pediatric dentist and general dentist. On your first visit you will have a one-on-one meet and greet with a hygienist and doctor. We want you to feel informed on what will be going on and comfortable with our staff. We also encourage you to ask questions and be educated on the dental experience. Come on Back We’ll escort your child to have any necessary x-rays taken and to have their cleaning completed.

At our office parents or guardians are free to accompany the patient throughout the entire visit, helping to calm the nerves of both patients and parents! Each exam room at Children’s Dentistry is set up with a colorful and fun decor! Every room is equipped with a television to allow for a focal point during the exam. Same Day Treatment – Saving You a Second Trip The office is designed to allow extremely fast processing of patients. This efficient method of treatment allows for our patients that drive from hours away to maximize their appointment time. Anxiety Reducing Options We understand that some children are anxious about a visit to the dentist. Be it a strong gag reflex, special needs, developmental or health issues, a traumatic dental experience in the past, or needing major treatment done, some patients might benefit from medication in order to reduce anxiety during their visit. For those that request it, we offer mild sedation through nitrous oxide or anxiolytic sedation. If you feel your child could benefit from anxiety reduction medication at his or her visit please speak with one of our dentists. They can inform you of the benefits and risks, as each patient will react differently to the administration of medication.

Meet Our Dentists A native of Selma, Alabama, Dr. Rayne Osborn graduated from Morgan Academy before receiving her undergraduate degree from Auburn University. Dr. Osborn went to the University of Alabama School of Dentistry for her general dentistry degree. In 2011, she and her husband came back to join the family pediatric practice started by in 1975 by her father, Dr. Russell. Dr. Osborn enjoys, cooking, reading, and traveling. A graduate of the University of Alabama School of Dentistry, Dr. James Osborn also completed specialty training there in Pediatric Dentistry, making him skilled in the treatment and diagnosis of pediatric dental needs. Dr. James is from Moulton, Alabama and received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University. He and his wife Rayne balance running a busy dental practice with raising three young sons, Lane, Holden and Luke. Dr. James enjoys fishing, watching Auburn football and traveling. Our commitment is to provide quality care as we work to develop trust and confidence with you and your child. When patients enjoy their visits it leads to establishing good oral care at home and longlasting dental habits. Give us a call today to schedule your child’s first or next dental checkup - 334.875.1330. They will be glad you did! www.readhealthyhorizons.com

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Automobile crashes are the number one killer of teenagers and the number one cause of disabling injuries for teens. Sadly, many of these accidents are preventable. Leslie Brown is the coordinator of Alabama Safe Kids at Children’s of Alabama. She said parents play an important role in encouraging their children to be safe as a driver and a passenger. “Parents can start by talking to their child when in elementary school about

being a safe passenger,” Brown said. “Things like modeling safe behavior, wearing a seatbelt every time and putting the cell phone down. They’re going to do what we do.” In Alabama, the Graduated Driver License Law is a mandatory restriction in place for inexperienced drivers. One of the requirements is that a new driver may not have more than one non-family passenger in the vehicle with them other than the parent, guardian or a

supervising licensed driver at least 21 years of age. Brown has teenagers of her own, so talking about safe driving isn’t just part of her job description, it’s personal. “I always say to my teenagers, ‘Are you a great friend or a good friend?’” she said. “I tell them, ‘Encourage your friends to wear their seatbelts. Ask, ‘Can I send that text for you?’ instead of allowing them to text and drive.” Getting a new driver’s license is an exciting time for a teenager. By helping them to know the law and apply safe driving practices, parents can play an important role in keeping their teens alive. Brown said parents should become familiar with the Graduated Driver License Law and download a Teen Driving Agreement for their new driver to sign. This helps to establish important ground rules to keep the new driver safe. And Brown says, if the teen violates any of these rules there should be consequences. “Take away keys when they don’t follow rules,” she said. “You can also offer rewards when they do make good choices.” Brown said it’s important teens and adults do these three things: • Obey the law • Wear a seatbelt • Put down the cell phone Children’s of Alabama offers links to the Graduated Driver License Law, the Teen Driving Agreement and more resources for parents and teens. Go to www.childrensal. org/Safe-Teen-Driving-Toolkit to access.

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How May We How May We How May We Serve You? Serve You? You? Serve In May 2019 the Area Agency on Aging received Insurance Program (SHIP) changed her to a free a call from an elderly lady whoonhad recently lost Medicare Part D plan after completing an analysis May 2019 the Area Agency Aging received Insurance Program (SHIP) changed her a free In InMay 2019 the Area Agency on Aging received Insurance Program (SHIP) changed her toto a free her husband. He had been her caregiver, and of plans based on her prescription drugs. The a call fromanan elderly lady who had recently lost Medicare Part D plan after completing analysis a call from elderly lady who had recently lost Medicare Part D plan after completing anan analysis now that sheHe found herself living alone, she was ADRC referred her toher theprescription In Home Assistance Proher husband. had been her caregiver, and of plans based on drugs. The her husband. He had been her caregiver, and of plans based on her prescription drugs. The struggling. She called the AAA office seeking help gram to help her temporarily with her housenowthat that she found herself living alone, she was ADRC referred her the Home Assistance Pronow she found herself living alone, she was ADRC referred her toto the In In Home Assistance Prowith meals. Once connected with the Aging and keeping. For long-term assistance with her housestruggling. She called the AAA office seeking help gram to help her temporarily with her housestruggling. She called the AAA office seeking help gram to help her temporarily with her houseDisabilities Resource Center (ADRC), the ADRC keeping and personal care a referral was sent to with meals. Once connected with the Aging and keeping. long-term assistance with her housewithspecialist meals. Once connected with the Aging and keeping. ForFor long-term assistance with her housewalked her through a series of screenthe Elderly and Disabled Waiver Program. Once Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), the ADRC keeping and personal care a referral was sent to Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), ADRC keeping and care ashe referral was ing questions and noticed she was the qualified for approved forpersonal this program was able tosent haveto specialist walked her through a series of screenthe Elderly and Disabled Waiver Program. Once specialist walked herjust through series of screenthebath, Elderly and Disabled Waiver Once much more than meals.aThe screening process, which only help taking her keeping her home clean Program. and safe, and is questions and noticed she was qualified for approved for this program she was able to have inging questions and noticed she was qualified for approved for this program she was able to have took about 15-20 minutes revealed she was qualified for the receiving nutritious frozen meals delivered to her home weekly. much more than just meals. The screening process, which only help help taking her bath, keeping her home clean and safe, and is much more than just meals. The screening process, which only taking her bath, her home clean and safe, and SNAP program (Senior Nutrition Assistance Program), and was Before contacting thekeeping Area Agency on Aging, she thought sheis took about 15-20 minutes revealed she was qualified for the receiving nutritious frozen meals delivered to her home weekly. tookinabout 15-20 qualified theshe receiving nutritious frozen mealshome delivered to her weekly. need of helpminutes cleaningrevealed her homeshe andwas taking a bath.for Also would have to go into a nursing because shehome “just didn’t SNAP program (Senior Nutrition Assistance Program), and was Before Before contacting the Area Agency Aging, she thought she SNAP (Senior Nutrition Assistance Program), and was contacting the Area Agency onon Aging, she thought wasprogram still paying her Medicare premiums even though she had know how (she) could continue on her own” but now says she that need help cleaning her home and taking a bath. Also she would would have to into a nursing home because she “just didn’t in in need ofof help cleaning her home and taking a bath. Also she have gogo into a nursing home because “just didn’t become eligible for a Medicare Savings Program (MSP) when she “will beto able to remain in her own home forshe years to come”.

was still paying her Medicare premiums even though she had know know how (she) could continue her own” but now says that was still paying her Medicare premiums though she had how (she) could continue onon her own” but now says that the household income decreased aftereven her husband passed For additional information about these and other programs become eligible ashe Medicare Savings Program (MSP) when she “will able remain her own home for years come”. become forfor a Medicare Savings (MSP) when “will bebe able toto remain in in her own home toto come”. away.eligible Additionally, was not on theProgram best Medicare drug plan she offered by the ATRC AAA please call our officefor at years 1-888-617the household income decreased after her husband passed the to household meet her income needs. decreased after her husband passed 0500 or 334-682-5206. To about learn more visit www.atrcaging.com For additional information about these and other programs For additional information these and other programs away. Additionally, she was not the bestMedicare Medicare drug plan offered by the ATRC AAA please call our office at 1-888-617away. Additionally, she was not onon the best drug plan The ADRC completed the necessary applications for her to apply offered by the ATRC AAA please call our office at 1-888-617The ATRC AAA offers services in themore following counties: Chocmeet her needs. 0500 334-682-5206. learn visit www.atrcaging.com toto meet her needs. oror 334-682-5206. ToTo learn more visit www.atrcaging.com for both the Medicare Savings Program, and the SNAP program. 0500 taw, Clarke, Conecuh, Dallas, Marengo, Monroe, Perry, SumThe ADRC completed the necessary applications her apply ter, Washington, and Wilcox. Once approved, shethe received an EBT card to help her purchase The ADRC completed necessary applications forfor her toto apply The ATRC AAA offers services the following counties: ChocThe ATRC AAA offers services in in the following counties: Chocfor both the Medicare Savings Program, and the SNAP program. groceries, and her Medicare premium and was the no longer being taktaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Dallas, Marengo, Monroe, Perry, Sumfor both the Medicare Savings Program, SNAP program. taw, Clarke, Conecuh, Dallas, Marengo, Monroe, Perry, SumOnce approved, she received an EBT card to help her purchase en out of her check, saving her $135.00 per month. Her preter, Washington, and Wilcox. Once approved, she received an EBT card to help her purchase ter, Washington, and Wilcox. groceries, and her Medicare premium was no longer takscription expenses decreased because she inbeing thetakright groceries, and her Medicare premium was noenrolled longer being drug plan, and that plan was now free too! The State Health en out of her check, saving her $135.00 per month. Her preen out of her check, saving her $135.00 per month. Her prescription expenses decreased because she enrolled the right scription expenses decreased because she enrolled in in the right drug plan, and that plan was now free too!The The State Health drug plan, and that plan was now free too! State Health

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Most people don’t realize how much food they throw away every day — from uneaten leftovers to spoiled produce. About 94 percent of the food we throw away ends up in landfills or combustion facilities. In 2015, we disposed 37.6 million tons of food waste. By managing food sustainably and reducing waste, we can help businesses and consumers save money, provide a bridge in our communities for those who do not have enough to eat, and conserve resources for future generations. Planning, prepping, and storing food can help your household waste less food. Here are some tips to help you do just that:

Planning By simply making a list with weekly meals in mind, you can save money and time and eat healthier food. If you buy no more than what you expect to use, you will be more likely to keep it fresh and use it all. Keep a running list of meals and their ingredients that your household already enjoys. That way, you can easily choose, shop for and prepare meals. Make your shopping list based on how many meals you’ll eat at home. Plan your meals for the week before you go shopping and buy only the things needed for those meals. Look in your refrigerator and cupboards first to avoid buying food you already have, make a list each week of what needs to be used up and plan upcoming meals around it.

Storage Find out how to store fruits and vegetables so they stay fresh longer inside or outside your refrigerator. Freeze, preserve, or can surplus fruits and vegetables especially abundant seasonal produce. Many fruits give off natural gases as they ripen, making other nearby produce spoil faster. Store bananas, apples, and tomatoes by themselves. Wait to wash berries until you want to eat them to prevent mold.

Prepping Prepare perishable foods soon after shopping. It will be easier to whip up meals or snacks later in the week, saving time, effort, and money. When you get home from the store, take the time to wash, dry, chop, dice, slice, and place your fresh food items in clear storage containers for snacks and easy cooking. Befriend your freezer and visit it often. Freeze food such as bread, sliced fruit, or meat that you know you won’t be able to eat in time. Prepare and cook perishable items, then freeze them for use throughout the month.

Thriftiness Tips Be mindful of old ingredients and leftovers you need to use up. You’ll waste less and may even find a new favorite dish. Shop in your refrigerator first! Cook or eat what you already have at home before buying more. Have produce that’s past its prime? It may still be fine for cooking. Think soups, casseroles, stir fries, sauces, baked goods, pancakes or smoothies. If safe and healthy, use the edible parts of food that you normally do not eat. For example, stale bread can be used to make croutons, beet tops can be sautéed for a delicious side dish, and

vegetable scraps can be made into stock. Learn the difference between “sell-by,” “use-by,” “best-by,” and expiration dates. Are you likely to have leftovers from any of your meals? Plan an “eat the leftovers” night each week. Casseroles, stir-fries, frittatas, soups, and smoothies are great ways to use leftovers too. Search for websites that provide suggestions for using leftover ingredients. Eating out At restaurants, order only what you can finish by asking about portion sizes and be aware of side dishes included with entrees. Take home the leftovers and keep them for or to make your next meal. At all-you-can-eat buffets, take only what you can eat. www.readhealthyhorizons.com

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february

Black History Celebration Facebook @cityofselmamayor

march

Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee 334-526-2626 Historic Selma Pilgrimage Vaughan-Smitherman Museum 334-412-8550 Road to Freedom Wagon Tour 9518 Cahaba Road, Orrville 334-872-8058

april

Battle of Selma Reenactment 5 Marina Drive battleofselma.com

june

Jazz on the Grazz Phoenix Park Facebook @cityofselmamayor

august

River Rally and Community Funday Selma Riverfront Amphitheater 334-874-2101

october

Kenan’s Mill Festival 188 County Road 236 334-412-0722 26

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Old Cahawba Haunted History 9518 Cahaba Rd, Orrville 334-872-8058 Alabama Tale Tellin’ Festival 3 Church Street 334-878-2787 St. Paul’s Lobsterfest St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 334-874-8421 AWF Selma Wild Game Cook-Off Historic St James Hotel Downtown Selma www.alabamawildlife.com Fall Farm to Feast Spencer Farm, Marion Junction blackbeltfound.org

december

Holiday Festival 1000 Selma Avenue 334-412-8550

ongoing

Themed Walking Tours Old Cahawba Historial Site, Orrville 334-872-8058 Pot Luck Gathering By the River Center for Humanity 334-505-6158 1st Morning ArtWalk Downtown Selma 334-375-3838


HOSPITALS Vaughan Regional Medical Center www.vaughanregional.com

PRIMARY CARE Dallas County Health Center www.rhmpi.com

MENTAL HEALTH Cahaba Center-Mental Health Center cahabamentalhealth.com

Marion Clinic www.vaughanregional.com

AUDIOLOGY Central Alabama Easter Seals eastersealscentralalabama.org

NURSING HOMES Park Place diversicareparkplace.com

Central Alabama Audiology caaudiology.com

OB/GYN Brent B. Whiddon, MD montgomerywomenshealth.com

CANCER CARE CENTER Montgomery Cancer Center of Selma montgomerycancercenter.com

Marion Health Center www.rhmpi.com Pine Apple Health Center www.rhmpi.com Selma Medical Associates www.selmamed.com

ONCOLOGY Central Alabama Radiation Oncology www.carollc.com

Thomaston Health Center www.rhmpi.com

OPTOMETRISTS Eyemax Vision Center www.eyemaxvision.com

UAB Selma Family Medicine www.uabmedicine.org

Primary Eye Care Center primaryeyecareslo.com

Uniontown Health Services www.rhmpi.com

Tucker Family Dentistry, P.C. tuckerfamilydentistryofselma.com

Selma Eye Associates www.selmaeye.com

Vaughan Medical Associates vaughanmedicalassociates.com

FUNERAL HOME Miller Funeral Service www.randallmillerfuneralservice.com

Song Eye Center www.songeyecenter.com

YB-Camden Health Center www.rhmpi.com

PEDIATRICS Selma Pediatrics selmapediatricsonline.com

SENIOR SERVICES Area Agency on Aging www.agingcare.com

Pediatric Adolescent Medicine, Inc. pediatricadolescentmedicine.com

URGENT CARE Main Street Family Urgent Care www.mainstreetfamilycare.com

CARDIOLOGY Steven Allyn, MD FACC www.vaughanspecialtygroup.com DENTISTS Central Alabama Children’s Dentistry www.childrensdentistryofcentralalabama.com

HOME HEALTH & REHAB Amedisys Home Health Care www.amedisys.com AseraCare www.aseracare.com Gentiva Home Healthcare www.gentiva.com

PHARMACIES Brown Drug Company www.browndrugcompany.com

Warren Manor & Rehabilitation Center warrenmanor.com

Dallas Avenue Pharmacy stores.healthmart.com

HOSPICE Homestead Hospice of Cahaba www.homesteadhospice.net

Pilcher-McBryde Drug Company www.pmdrug.com

Selma Urgent Care www.selmaurgentcare.com UROLOGY Physicians Choice Dialysis www.phychoice.com

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