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SINGLE-INCISION SURGERY Less pain and faster recovery make this a popular choice for certain procedures SAFE IS THE WORD Planning for the best in life? Then start by preparing for the worst with these safety musthaves that could save your life. HOW DOES HIS GARDEN GROW? On the eve of his 80th birthday, local man Elvin Baker expands his vegetable garden A ROOM WITH A VIEW Interior accents and fabrics shape the new family room. Part living space, part luxury resort - all your backyard PERSIMMON GRANTED Make no apolgies - think bold, confident and bright when it comes to heating up the great outdoors HELP FOR THE HOME Local resources available for do-it-yourselfers TURN BACK TIME, NO KNIFE REQUIRED Not ready or willing to take the plastic-surgery plunge? These non-surgical treatments could take years off of your eyes, mouth, hands and feet

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Single-incision laparoscopic surgery now available at Texas Health Denton Less pain, faster recovery, nearly invisible scarring When Sharon Crow learned that her gallbladder had to come out, she immediately went online to research her options. She was pleased to learn of a minimally invasive technique which allows surgeons to make a single, half-inch incision near the navel. This was a huge improvement over what she knew of traditional laparoscopic surgery. “When you have a choice of four incisions or just one, one will win out every time,” Crow stated. “With only one incision site, I was up and around the same day—remarkable.” Thanks to the innovative medical professionals at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton, Crow was able to have the outpatient surgery near her home so that she and her family did not have to drive to Tarrant or Dallas County for her care. Gallbladder removal is one of the most common surgeries performed in the U.S. It has been estimated that approximately one adult in every 10 will be affected with gallstones during their lifetime. With so many patients seeking information about treatment options, it could be predicted that single-incision laparoscopic surgery will become the surgery of choice for gallbladder removal. “The benefits to the patient are clear,” said Victor Cobos, M.D., an independently practicing surgeon and chief of staff at Texas Health Denton who recently began performing the procedure for gallbladder and appendix removals. “Patients may expect less post-surgical pain, to return to normal activity levels faster than with traditional laparoscopic techniques and minimal scarring at the incision site.” During the procedure, Cobos uses a high definition camera that allows him to better visualize the patient’s internal anatomy, enabling him to perform the surgery with precision. Future applications for single-incision surgery may include anti-reflux intervention, spleen, kidney and colorectal surgeries. “We actively strive to bring quality care to our community,” said Stan Morton, president of Texas Health Denton. “We believe Denton Denton Record-Chronicle

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By Dana Carman CTW Features People are living a whole lot longer. This isn’t new information by any means, but its relevance persists. Because many will age into their 80s and beyond, it’s time, now, to start planning for life much, much later than 50. It may seem early. It may seem far into the future. Life, however, is predictable in its unpredictability: It sneaks up on all of us and before we know it candles are painstakingly placed on that birthday cake celebrating the big 8-0. Certainly financial planning, long-term care insurance, estate planning and so on are all essential preparations to be made, and the earlier the better (long-term care insurance, for example, can be extremely cost prohibitive the longer one waits). However, beyond the paperwork, there are items, both figuratively and literally, one can put in place to help ensure that those golden years stay golden. Because it’s not just that people are living well past the age of 80 that is notable. It’s that citizens over 80 are living well. More, they’re remaining independent and safe at home through products, services and a mindset that is geared toward aging without getting old. Susan Ayers Walker, founder and managing director of the SmartSilvers Alliance in Menlo Park, Calif., says that there are three big disability issues facing older adults: loss of mobility, loss of sight and loss of hearing. She suggests considering family history and current health status for clues as to what one might be facing. “The number of nursing home beds has not increased in 20 years despite more people living longer,” Kennedy says. “There is more evidence the older population is healthier and happier than ever before.” Staying healthy through exercise and good eating habits – and starting now – will keep it that way. © CTW Features Denton Record-Chronicle


Garden provides respite for local man By Lori Forgay For the Denton Record-Chronicle Yellow squash and hearty beets are plentiful in Elvin Baker’s garden. And even though Baker, who lives not far from Billy Ryan High School in Denton, is harvesting about half a bushel of squash each day and can pick beets about the size of his fist, the lifelong gardener who turns 80 this month, said, “This is the poorest crop I’ve had in a long time.” Standing in the middle of his garden at about high noon on a recent blistery hot day, Baker is surrounded by some plants that show signs of the brutal impact of the too much heat too early in the season. This is Mr. Baker’s second growing season at this address. For 45 years, he and his wife lived in Corinth, where he had a larger garden and orchards. Baker moved after his wife suffered a series of strokes. The couple now lives one house over from their daughter and her family. Mr. Baker’s garden measures 150 sq. ft. by 30 sq. ft. and he added an extra 30 feet this year. Using a tractor and tiller, he worked the ground deep at the beginning of the season, and now in addition to the squash and beets he has onions, okra, cabbage, tomatoes and much more, all in various stages of harvest. “I picked enough beans to put up three quarts,” he said pointing to a stray one he didn’t get. A neighbor also came over to pick some. This has not been a good season for Mr. Baker’s 45 Celebrity tomato plants. “The tomato vines are not full enough to shade the fruit,” he said. He’s gardened long enough to know that there isn’t much he can do about it. “You can put the seed in the ground but after that it’s up to the good Lord,” he said. Baker likes pickled beets but the work involved may beat out his desire for the taste unless he can find someone to assist in the canning. He said the recipe is one his wife always used, passed on to her from Denton Record Chronicle food columnist Martha Len Nelson, a family friend. Heat may be a deterrent for the plants but it’s not for Mr. Baker who spends most of his day outside working in the garden. “I’m just crazy about gardening . . . takes my mind off of things,” he said. “A lot of people spend money on fishing . . .” and other hobbies, Baker said. “I’d rather be right here.” Denton Record-Chronicle

Top photo: Mr. Baker’s garden measures 150 sq. ft. by 30 sq. ft. and he added an extra 30 feet this year. Middle photo: A few unpicked beans, Top Crop variety, remain. Bottom photo: Now that’s a beet! Photos by Lori Forgay

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Gina Wicker, creative and design director for Glen Raven, N.C.-based fabric design firm Glen Raven Inc., which makes Sunbrella outdoor and indoor fabrics. “It makes the perfect canvas for seasonal updates with pillows, throws and rugs.” This season, “Neutrals are transitioning to cooler hues like a gray-cast taupe rather than warmer tones, and charcoal gray rather than dark, chocolate brown,” Wicker adds. “We’re seeing these cooler neutrals partnering with anything from fun yellow, orange and pink to calmer wheat, brass or vellum hues.” Whatever the purpose of an inside-out exterior, the same interior design principles should guide the selection and placement of furnishings. “They might apply even more so,” Williamson says, “because there are more interferences by which you need to scale things and consider the colors.” Start by finding or

A ROOM WITH A VIEW BY DAWN KLINGENSMITH CTW Features or years, the trend in outdoor living has been to integrate the interior with the exterior to get the best of both worlds. This means bringing comfy furniture and high-performance appliances outside, and developing materials and technologies to help them withstand the weather. The recession may have dampened spending overall, but it drives the “inside-out” movement as people forgo vacations and nights on the town to make the most of their outdoor living space. Homeowners want to step into their backyards without leaving the comforts of home. That means bringing indoor practicalities like task lighting and coat racks into the great outdoors. And then there are those who want to feel as though they’re worlds away. “The style in outdoor living this year can be summed up in two words: luxury resort,” says Elaine Williamson, owner of her self-named Frisco, Texas-based design firm. Her clients want amenities like decked-out cabanas that give the impression that an umbrella drink is soon to come. “We’re truly turning yards into places you’d visit on vacation.”

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Both groups, the nesters and escapers, are fueling a “design revolution” in outdoor furniture and furnishings, says Rob Pressman, principal of TGP Inc. Landscape Architecture, Encino, Calif. “Exteriors used to be more raw in the sense we didn’t have all these sophisticated materials. Now, all the interior elements are available for the outdoors.” Manufacturers are offering outdoor furnishings that would look right at home in a living room or even a four-star hotel suite, including deep, comfy sofas with silky upholstery, accent pillows with elegant piping, and fringed throws. “Think tufted, rounded and luxurious, with not a bit of wrought iron,” Williamson says. “Think damask. Nautical stripes and big tropical florals on vinyl are a thing of the past.” Companies like Patio Heaven and Kannoa offer outdoor sectionals, sofas, loveseats and ottomans that seem like they would be out of their element outside, due to the richness of their materials and their detailed construction, but they’re designed to withstand full exposure to wind, rain and sun. “You can leave them unprotected. You can spray them off with a hose,” Williamson says. “Some manufacturers are so bold as to offer them in white.” White is “popping up everywhere,” agrees Home Style

creating a focal point, such as a cabana, fireplace or water feature, she suggests. This visual anchor, along with natural landscape features and the home’s architecture, will help determine the color palette, materials and lighting that will be used throughout the outdoor living space. Balance, repetition, contrast and variety are important design principles to take into consideration. Contrast and texture can be introduced underfoot, as flooring for the outdoors has come a long way. “It’s a lot richer – not just your brick patio,” Pressman says. “You have woods, tiles, stones. You can use just about anything you’d use indoors as long as it’s slipresistant.” Wood decking, fencing, structures and furnishings can enliven and add dimension to a space with deep, vibrant colors that go far beyond the basic browns, like Olympic Exterior Stains’ Harvest Gold, Avocado and a lipstick-like shade called Rosewood. When applying design principles to wideopen spaces, the areas where people tend to fall down are scale and proportion. Where intimacy is desired, a pergola “scales everything down to create the feeling of an outdoor room,” says Jeff Hutton, author of “Inside Out: The Art and Craft of Home Landscaping” (Breakaway Books, 2007). Denton Record-Chronicle


Fabric 411 These aren't your grandma’s outdoor fabrics. Today’s newest exterior fibers still have the strength to withstand extreme weather conditions, but with the added comfort and style worthy of a living room. “Today’s outdoor fabrics have the beautiful patterns and soft hand that would be expected of indoor fabrics,” says Patti Frye, fabric manager at Conover, N.C.-based Laneventure.

But beware of going too cool. “The key when working with

cooler colors, especially gray, is to accent it with warmer hues to keep the look from being too cold,” Wicker says. As for patterns, expect to see swirl designs and a finer line on stripes, says Randy Renyer, co-owner of Outdoor Rooms by Design, Kimberling City, Mo. Wicker says contemporary geometrics are also in. What's Not Across the board, all experts agree that traditional floral patterns are well past their prime. “Realistic floral and leaf patterns and traditional tropicals feel dated,” Wicker says. Keep realistic florals in

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matched patio furniture. Homeowners want a unified look. “Creating a cohesive look from the interior spaces through to the outdoor room is huge right now,” says Gina Wicker, creative and design director for Glen Raven, N.C.-based fabric design firm Glen Raven Inc., which makes Sunbrella outdoor and indoor fabrics. “Fabrics originally developed for outdoor use have evolved into highperformance fabrics for use inside or out.”

What's Hot Textured, solid-colored fabrics are a major trend for 2010. Solid-color accent pieces are relatively inexpensive and easy to change. “Buying new toss pillows can give the outdoor room an entirely new look without being overt,” Frye says. The hottest colors are earthy browns and greens, like palm and basil, and warm reds and oranges, like henna and ruby tones, she says. Both experts agree that grays are taking over as the neutral color of choice.

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the garden and opt for more stylized floral patterns on furniture, she says. Frye says to nix all fussy, ornate patterns and large scale stripes. And a solid without texture? No way, she says. “Fabrics that are visually uninteresting, not soft to the touch and that don’t express a homeowner’s personality are out.” Remember: With outdoor fabrics, quality and style are no longer mutually exclusive. As Frye says, “Design is no longer an afterthought – it’s a must.” –DANIELLE ROBINSON © CTW Features

Finishing touches also have an indoor sensibility. “I have seen more and more interest in outdoor sculpture and art used in the landscape,” Hutton says. Though perhaps not on the same level as Rembrandt, specially treated oil paintings resistant to sun, rain and snow are cropping up on fences and above outdoor sofas. CB2 offers versatile furnishings conveniently designed for outdoor and indoor use, including the Garcon Rolling Bar Cart that collapses for storage. “People want flexibility,” Pressman says. “Things used to be more defined, and spaces were zoned according to use, so you’d have your grill in one place like a little outdoor kitchen. But as families and kids grow, people like to be able to do different things and move things around.” Williamson also has noticed a preference for what she calls “free-range fires.” She especially likes the portable line of chic fire vessels by Planika Fires, which are safe for small or enclosed spaces because they burn smokeless, nontoxic bio-fuels. With all the furnishings available for outside, it’s important not to lose sight of two things: Plantings still make the best backyard decorations, and less is more, even outdoors. “Each defined space should have one idea or make one statement,” Pressman says. “It shouldn’t try to do too many things functionally or aesthetically.” © CTW Features Page 9


Persimmon Granted BY DANIELLE ROBINSON CTW Features right and warm, happy and inviting, the color orange is too big to be contained indoors. Associated with many of nature’s most stunning displays, from setting suns to blooming wildflowers, the cheerful hue can add life to any outdoor living space. With spring fashion lines by Nanette Lepore, Maria Pinto, Pamella Roland and David Rodriguez all naming shades of orange as their signature color for 2010, it’s clear the hue isn’t just fun and games. When used tastefully, it can add a high-fashion sophistication to an outdoor designs. “For spring 2010, we are seeing a range of orange that includes some of the brightest tones in the orange family,� says Laurie Pressman, vice president of fashion, home and interiors at international color authority Pantone, Inc., Carlstadt, N.J. “These hot and luminous shades are thought of as gregarious, fun-loving and

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high energy.� Interior designer Callie Jenschke, co-owner of Scout Designs NYC, says that because orange is already so pervasive in nature, it pairs well with the colors of the outdoors. “It can be found in sunsets, in changing fall leaves and in the skins of fruits and vegetables,� she says. “Orange is perfect for any outdoor space since it pairs nicely with grass green and sky blue.� The boldness of orange intimidates some. “Orange is not a shrinking violet. Its intensity scares people,� Jenschke says. “But its warmth makes it such a great complement to any space.� If you’re timid about the tint, Eiseman suggests starting small and subtle with a striped umbrella. Even the most color-shy homeowner can give their garden a lively pop with an orange-hued plant. Whether on your table or in your garden, orange will feel right at home in an outdoor living space. “Its happy associations make orange a great shade to use outdoors,� Pressman says. Š CTW Features

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Local resources available for do-it-yourselfers By Lori Forgay For the Denton Record-Chronicle Saving money and the satisfaction of completing a project without hiring a professional are two of the perks enjoyed by do-it-yourselfers. Resources for step-by-step “how to’s” on making, building, and/or remodeling just about anything and everything are abundant; a Google search for DIY lists more links than there is time to sift through on topics like designing a sailboat and erecting a dog fence. Although there may be the temptation to take on a big project- think Extreme Home Makeover -you may want to rethink that and heed the following advice. “Be well informed and start small,” said Cindy York, Operations manager at Lowe’s located on Loop 288 in Denton. For example, painting, she said, is a task many folks feel they can manage on their own. And, she said, “it’s an easy way to make a huge difference in any room.” Same goes for adding rugs and window treatments. Both, she said, “can completely change the look of the room.” Plus, doing the work yourself, “It’s a big confidence booster,” York said. “You get to say ‘I can really do this.’” When homeowners get into more advanced projects, however, like laying flooring or installing a ceiling fan, hiring a skilled professional may be the right route. “Then they have that piece of mind,” York said, especially when dealing with something that, for example, involves electricity. If you’re working with a tight budget, check out the Denton Habitat Restore on Shady Oaks Drive in Denton. It’s a discount home improvement center that sells quality new and previously owned goods at discounted prices. Most items are donated by local individuals and companies and the proceeds from the ReStore go to Habitat for Humanity of Denton County to build more affordable homes for families in Denton County. A truck is available to pick up resalable items. Call the warehouse to schedule a time. Tommy Smith, assistant warehouse manager at the Denton Habitat ReStore, said the store has experienced about a 30 percent increase in business in the last couple of years. Most people are looking to save money on cabinetry, appliances, and lighting. It becomes a win-win situation for everyone, especially when the person donating goods, in turn finds what they need for their project at the store. “I do have a lot of donors that do that,” Smith said. “They say – ‘I did not know y’all had that.’” Denton Record-Chronicle

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scription (Renova, Avage, Differin and the like), but Wechsler also recommends overthe-counter products from Topix Pharmaceuticals, such as Topix Replenix Retinol Smoothing Serum. Keep future damage at bay by slathering on the SPF and wearing sunglasses to reduce the squinting that contributes to crow’s feet. For more immediate results, your dermatologist may recommend Fraxel laser skinresurfacing (typically three treatments over a few weeks) or a quick Botox injection. “The effects of Botox last about four months,” Wechsler says. “However, lines never come back as deep.” While you’re at it, ask the doc about Latisse, a prescription treatment that can restore the thick, dark lashes of your youth. But don’t forget that vision problems like cataracts, presbyopia, glaucoma and macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness) are also a sure-fire way to show your age. To slow down or prevent these troublesome changes, Dr. Oz Garcia, a New York-based nutritionist and author of “Redesigning 50: The No-Plastic-Surgery Guide to 21stCentury Age Defiance” (Collins, 2008), recommends daily 2,000-milligram doses of Vitamin D, in addition to consuming adequate lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids found in foods like spinach, kale, pistachios and eggs. MOUTH “If you smoke – stop,” says Dr. Sandy Johnson, of Johnson Dermatology, Fort Smith, Ark. Not only does it break down collagen and deprive the skin of oxygen, the repetitive puckering contributes to vertical lines around the lips. Reduce these common creases, as well as nasolabial folds, marionette lines and lipstick lines, for up to a year with facial fillers like Restylane or Perlane. Try Botox or Dysport to help relax the muscles around the mouth. Denton Record-Chronicle


“But if you don’t like injections, I’ve had great success with skin tightening using the Gentle YAG laser,” Johnson says. Also keep in mind that near-constant exposure to the elements and the gradual loss of subcutaneous fat can wreak havoc on your lips. Prevent wrinkles, brown spots and skin cancer from developing on this sensitive tissue by religiously using a lip balm that contains sunscreen, Wechsler says. Avoid products that contain phenol (such as Blistex), which have a stripping effect. Don’t forget to moisturize your lips at night. Plain old Vaseline does the trick. As for lip fillers, Johnson prefers Juvederm XC, a hyaluronic acid gel which comes premixed with lidocaine. HAIR As we age, hair becomes thinner and produces less pigment (melanin). According to Garcia, you may be able to slow hair loss by using a shampoo like Plantur 39, which contains caffeine extracts that protect roots from fluctuating-hormone-induced damage. You can also strengthen your mane from the inside out by getting sufficient B vitamins, iron, zinc, protein and Omega-3s. Garcia recommends eating a serving of seafood five times a week, or 1,000 to 2,000 milligrams of fish or flax oil every day. Supplementing with colloidal Silica and L-Cysteine can improve hair thickness and texture. You might want the gray to go away, too, but to avoid further damage to brittle strands, don’t over-process your hair, Johnson says. “However, with that said, I would be sad if I didn’t color my hair every six weeks.” If you have the same sentiment, use shampoo and conditioner specifically made for color-treated hair, but be sure you thoroughly rinse the conditioner off your hair and body to prevent build-up or breakouts. HANDS Even though the hands are constantly subjected to washing and use, people frequently forget to apply beauty products to this extremely thin, fragile skin. The result? Early aging indicators such as a crepe-y texture, bulging veins and “liver spots.” To protect against these premature problems, Johnson recommends dousing your mitts with SPF in the a.m. and a retinoid at night. Consistent use of a moisturizer won’t Denton Record-Chronicle

reverse damage, but hands will look suppler and thus more youthful (look for hydrating shea butter, olive oil and Vitamin E). Garcia particularly likes Perricone MD, a line of cosmeceuticals that combat the signs of aging by reducing inflammation. You can also use a Fraxel laser on the hands, but one of Johnson’s favorite quick treatments (approximately 20 minutes) is Radiesse injections. This longer-lasting filler is smoothed out into the hollowed areas, providing plumper paws for up to two years. FEET Perhaps due in part to less visibility and prohibitive costs, people rarely use retinoids, lasers or fillers on the feet, Wechsler says. Instead, keep your toes looking tip-top with regular exfoliation to prevent calluses and cracks, and a good daily moisturizer. Massage it in slowly to boost circulation. Women should also take periodic breaks from nail polish, because the chemicals can have a drying/yellowing effect. If the skin on your feet is especially dry and thick, try using a product that contains urea, such as Carmol 20, advises Wechsler. “And

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When we think about trauma, scenes from the 5 o’clock news depicting automobile accidents and head injuries often come to mind. However, trauma can take on a different meaning after the age of 65. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), incidents of trauma attributed to falls are the leading cause of accidental death among people over the age of 65. Three out of ten people in this age group will fall this year, resulting in over 1.8 million emergency room visits. Once a person falls, they may develop a fear of falling that causes them to limit their activities, reduce their mobility and lower their physical fitness, which can actually increase their risk of falling again in the future. And while falls can have serious effects on an individual’s health, there are also many ways to prevent their occurrence. Follow these simple recommendations to lower your risk of falling: I Review all medications (prescription & over the counter) with a doctor or pharmacist, with special attention to the following: I Blood pressure medications can make older adults feel faint if they stand up too quickly, especially when the medication is new or the dosage has changed. I Pain relievers can make an older person feel like they can move more quickly than is safe and lose their balance. I Check with your doctor for potentially negative drug interactions. I Have your eyes checked once a year. I Reduce hazards in the home. For example, hide electrical cords that might pose a tripping hazard and smooth loose carpet/rugs. I Keep a current list of emergency contacts (names and phone numbers), as well as a list of all current medications and allergies in a place where they can be easily found. If a serious fall does occur, do not hesitate to contact 911. Receiving timely medical care in a qualified emergency care center with 24/7 physician coverage in trauma and orthopedic surgery, such as Denton Regional Medical Center, can make a significant difference in your quality of life after a fall. Jason West, M.D., is a Trauma Surgeon on staff at Denton Regional Medicaal Center. He is affiliated with Acute Surgical Care Specialists, LLP. Denton Record-Chronicle


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THERE’S A NEW LEADER IN HEART CARE. And it’s Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton, offering the most complete heart care around. To begin with, we’re opening Denton’s only comprehensive Electrophysiology Lab, led by a renowned specialist named a top cardiologist by the International Association of Cardiologists. It offers advanced treatment for people suffering from heart rhythm disturbances and severe heart failure. Through specialized mapping techniques, we can reprogram the heart’s rate or rhythm or program an implanted device for lifesaving support. We also offer additional heart care services such as an accredited chest pain center, diagnostics, angioplasty, coronary stenting, invasive heart surgeries and certified cardiac rehabilitation. What it all adds up to is you have a choice in heart care in Denton. 1-877-THR-Well | TexasHealth.org/DentonHeart

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