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s a student at Lakeside High School in DeKalb County, Eric Wendel Lee had dreams of becoming a professional athlete. He loved sports, but when he realized that becoming a star player would not be part of his future, his attention turned to TV. “Back then there was a show called L.A. Law and I wanted to be Blair Underwood—to be an attorney and make lots of money,” he now says with a laugh. Millions tuned in each week to watch the suave and handsome Underwood play attorney Jonathan Rollins on NBC’s hit TV show. While it is not millions--yet--thousands are tuning in and coming out each week to hear a message of salvation and redemption from a man who never did go into law, but rather became an advocate for the law giver. Rev. Eric Wendel Lee Sr. was just 19 and working on his degree in history at Atlanta’s Morehouse College when he answered God’s call into the ministry. Today, he is senior pastor of Springfield Baptist Church in Conyers, a church that had 162 members on the roll when he arrived 20 years ago to one that now reaches thousands with the gospel of Jesus Christ. “We’re going on north of 10,000 right now,” Lee said. “...I’m reluctant to talk about the number, but certainly it’s overwhelming. Churches have changed so much in the last 20 years because of streaming more than anything. Not everybody who is attending church is necessarily sitting in a pew. You’re not just preaching to


ONE OF THE THINGS WE BELIEVE IN AT SPRINGFIELD—AND NOT JUST OUR CHURCH, BUT THE CHURCH IN GENERAL—IS IT IS THE ONLY PLACE IN OUR COMMUNITIES WHERE MULTIPLE GENERATIONS MEET ON A WEEKLY BASIS. – PASTOR ERIC WENDEL LEE SR. the people in the pews, but people who may log in from any continent on the planet. That has been one of the things that leadership is trying to catch up to—the digital church. The digital world has presented both a challenge and an opportunity for the church to expand its capacity and ministry.” Its digital reach is significant, but so is its physical presence in the community where worshipers flock each Sunday to Springfield Baptist’s 43-acre campus on Iris Drive in Conyers. “Oftentimes, people look at the size of our building and all the cars and people and draw conclusions based on our size and they often don’t have a clue of where you came from,” Lee said. “They think you’ve always been this big. At Springfield, we know where we came from and we know how we got this big. I’m grateful we have not lost the same kind of familial spirit that allowed us to grow to this stage of ministry. We’re a large church before we’re a megachurch. I’m grateful that the spirit of who

we were when we were 100 members hasn’t died.” Lee is a third-generation pastor and the son of, Dr. Edward W. Lee and Betty Lee, who will celebrate 52 years of marriage this year, as well as observe Dr. Lee’s 45th year of pastoring Shiloh Baptist Church in McDonough. Pastor Lee graduated from Morehouse in 1993, with honors in history and went on to Vanderbilt University Divinity School in Nashville, where he was named its Kelly Smith Scholar. He concentrated in ethics, religion and society at Vanderbilt, receiving honors for his senior project. He also was a radio talk show host at Fisk University and worked with Nashville’s city government, in addition to serving as a professional child advocate in Indianapolis, Ind., and Atlanta. Lee was ordained in 1996, and received his master’s degree in divinity. Two years earlier, he had become part of what they call a “Spellhouse” couple—when a Morehouse graduate marries a Spellman College graduate. Lee married the former Meik L. John,

now a speech pathologist for Newton County Schools. The Lees are parents of five children. Pastor and Mrs. Lee are graduates of Leadership Georgia and several years ago, Lee was named by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of Atlanta’s 100 most-influential pastors. He became pastor of the 140-year-old Springfield Baptist Church in 1999, and this spring he will become Dr. Eric Wendel Lee Sr., after defending his doctoral thesis on “Redemptive Leadership in the African American Context” at Gordon-Conwell Theological School. “One of the things we believe in at Springfield—and not just our church, but the church in general— is it is the only place in our communities where multiple generations meet on a weekly basis,” Lee said. “We celebrate the fact that if there’s going to be any exchange, any engagement and exchange of values from generation to generation, the church is going to play a role in that. We value being a church where five generations worship together at the same time.”

The relationship between health and volunteering BY BETH SLAUGHTER SEXTON STAFF CORRESPONDENT


olunteering is often its own reward. Helping others can be just as beneficial to the people doing the helping as it is for the people being helped. Though it can sometimes be hard to find time to volunteer, a close look at some of the various health benefits of volunteering may compel adults and children alike to find the time they need to volunteer.

Volunteering and happiness Veteran volunteers may have long suspected they’re happier when they volunteer, and research suggests that’s true. A study from researchers at the London School of Economics that was published in the journal Social Science and Medicine found that the more people volunteered, the happier they were. The researchers compared people who never volunteered to people who did, find-


ing that the odds of being “very happy” rose by 7 percent among people who volunteered monthly. Those odds increased by 12 percent among people who volunteered every two to four weeks.

Volunteering and mental health Psychologists have long known that social interaction can improve mental health. Psychology Today notes that interacting with others decreases feelings of depression while increasing feelings of wellbeing. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, exposing volunteers to people with shared interests. That can be especially valuable to people who are new to a community, helping them to avoid feelings of loneliness after moving to an area where they have no preexisting social network.

Volunteering and long-term health Volunteering that requires social interaction can produce longterm health benefits that can have a profound impact on quality of life

as men and women age. A recent study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease focused on participants without dementia who were involved in a highly interactive discussion group. Researchers compared those participants to others who participated in Tai Chi or walking or were part of a control group that did not receive any interventions. The former group exhibited improved cognitive function, and MRIs indicated they increased their brain volumes after being involved in the discussion group. Larger brain volume has been linked to a lower risk of dementia. Many volunteering opportunities require routine interaction with others, potentially providing significant, long-term health benefits as a result. While volunteering is a selfless act, volunteers may be benefitting in ways that can improve their lives in both the short- and long-term.


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What to do after suffering a sunburn W

mild symptoms of sunburn more quickly than that. The SCF recommends that people get out of the sun at the first sign of sunburn, and then take the following steps to treat their skin.

It can take several hours to notice the full damage of a sunburn, though some people may notice

• Cool the skin down quickly. People sitting near cool water, whether it’s the ocean or a backyard pool, should take a quick dip to cool their skin. Make this dip quick so your skin is not further exposed to the sun. After taking a dip, cover up your skin and get out of the sun, continuing to cool the skin with a cold compress. Do not apply ice directly to sunburned skin. Some people may want

hile spending time in the great outdoors is a great way to take advantage of summer weather, it’s important that revelers take steps to prevent sunburn when spending days beneath the hot summer sun. Sunburns may seem temporary, but the Skin Cancer Foundation notes that sunburn can cause long-lasting skin damage. In addition, the SCF notes that a person’s risk for melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns.



to take a cool shower or bath after suffering a sunburn. While that’s alright, the SCF recommends keeping the bath or shower short, as long baths or showers can dry the skin, and avoiding harsh soap that can be irritating. • Moisturize skin while it’s still damp. Apply a gentle moisturizing lotion while the skin is still damp, and continue doing so to affected areas for a few days. Avoid petroleum- or oil-based ointments, as they can trap the heat and make burns worse. • Wear the right clothing. Tight clothing can rub up against sunburned skin and irritate it even further. Until sunburned skin returns to normal, wear loose, soft and breathable clothing to keep irritation to a minimum. • Make a conscious effort to stay hydrated. Sunburns draw fluid to the surface of skin, taking it away from the rest of the body. So it’s important that men and women who have suffered a sunburn make a conscious effort to drink more fluids until their skin heals so they can avoid becoming dehydrated. • Report severe sunburns to a physician. Symptoms of severe sunburn include blistering of the skin, fever, chills, wooziness, and/or feelings of confusion. Report such symptoms to a physician immediately, and avoid popping blisters, as doing so can lead to infection. Sunburns can always be avoided. Men, women and children planning to spend time in the sun should take every measure to avoid sunburn, which can produce long-lasting damage to the skin.

Memorial Day

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hether you’re hosting the holiday get-together or watching the game after work, switch up your typical spread and serve something new to leave your guests cheering for more.

When it comes to choosing an ingredient that can lend a winning assist to nearly any dish and score you some major points, look no further than California Ripe Olives.


The mild and unique taste of California Ripe Olives lends itself well to many different flavor pairings, such as these recipes for Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Peach-Olive Jam, Easy Olive Bread and Sun-Dried Tomato and Olive Tapenade. Whether your guests are fans of spicy, mild, sweet or savory, the only limit is your imagination when you pull a can of olives from the pantry.

You’ll need: • 1 teaspoon olive oil • 3 pounds pork shoulder roast • kosher salt, to taste • ground black pepper, to taste • 4 cloves garlic, quartered • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth • 8 ounces dried peaches

• 1 tablespoon chili powder

For more creative ways to use olives, including family recipes from growers across California, visit CalOlive.org.

• 1 cup California Black Ripe Olives, wedged • 2 teaspoons country mustard • 1 ounce arugula


• 8 onion rolls, split and toasted

You’ll need:

Recipe courtesy of The Wicked Noodle

• 8 ounces cream cheese, softened • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened • 1/2 cup mayonnaise • 1 clove garlic, minced • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1. Heat oven to 375 F. 2. In large, high-sided saute pan, heat oil over medium-high heat. 3. Season pork with salt and pepper, to taste, and cook in pan 3-4 minutes on each side until browned. 4. Stir in garlic and continue cooking 3-5 minutes. 5. Pour in chicken broth, peaches and chili powder; bring to boil. 6. Cover loosely with foil and bake in oven 2 hours. 7. With slotted spoon, carefully remove peaches and transfer to small mixing bowl. Mix olives and mustard with peaches; set aside.

• 10 ounces California Green Ripe Olives, chopped • 2 green onions, chopped • 1 loaf French bread, sliced in half lengthwise

1. Heat oven to 350 F. 2. In bowl, mix cream cheese, butter and mayonnaise until thoroughly combined. Add garlic; stir well to distribute. Add cheddar cheese, green olives and green onions; stir to combine.

8. Continue to cook pork in oven 30-60 minutes until fork tender. 9. Allow to cool slightly then shred by pulling apart with fork. 10. Assemble sandwiches by spooning pork onto toasted rolls.

3. Spread mixture on cut sides of bread. Bake 20-30 minutes, until cheese is hot, bubbly and starting to brown.

11. Top with arugula and peach-olive mixture.

SUN-DRIED TOMATO AND OLIVE TAPENADE You’ll need: • 1/2 cup shallots, chopped • 1/4 cup chopped smoked sun-dried tomatoes • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

• 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 1 can (6 ounces) California Green

Ripe Olives, drained • 1 can (6 ounces) California Black Ripe Olives, drained • 1/4 cup lightly

packed fresh basil • sea salt, to taste • freshly ground pepper, to taste • crackers or toasted baguette slices

1. In food processor, pulse shallots, sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil, vinegar and garlic until finely chopped. Add olives, basil, salt and pepper; pulse again until chopped. 2. Cover and chill 1 hour. 3. Serve with crackers or toasted baguette slices. 4. Note: Recipe can be prepared one day in advance.

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here are many benefits of massage therapy. Either as an integral part of the physical therapy treatment plan or by itself, massage therapy treatments can positively impact physical and emotional health as well as improve physical functioning. Massage works directly on many body systems including the muscular, nervous, circulatory and lymphatic (immune) systems. Massage therapy is also effective in the control of anxiety, pain, both chronic or acute pain, in stress reduction, and in creating a sense of relaxation and well-being. Our physical therapists and licensed massage therapists have decades of training to help relieve your symptoms. Another specialized type of massage done at Therapeutic Solutions, Inc. is referred to as Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage. It is one component of a more comprehensive treat-


ment for lymphedema (lymphatic system swelling) known as Complex Decongestive Therapy (CDT). Therapeutic Solutions, Inc. is the only physical therapy practice in Rockdale County that has Certified Lymphedema Therapists that provide this manual lymphatic massage for a variety of medical conditions. Some of these conditions include relief of lymphedema after surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Vascular surgeons refer their patients with acute or chronic leg swelling due to a variety of circulatory problems. Orthopedists refer for CDT to relieve swelling from trauma and athletic injuries. Plastic surgeons refer their patients who have undergone a number of cosmetic/ aesthetic- plastic surgeries to promote healing and improve cosmetic and aesthetic results. For more information, contact our front desk at Therapeutic Solutions, Inc. (770) 992-2420.

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any people choose their clothes based largely on their own unique fashion sense. But the clothes people wear can serve a greater purpose than broadcasting their sense of style to the world. The Skin Cancer Foundation notes that clothing is the first line of defense against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet, or UV, rays. The right clothing can absorb and block UV radiation and the SCF recommends wearing such attire as part of an effective sun protection regimen. When purchasing clothing, consumers are urged to determine each article’s ultraviolet protection factor, or UPF. The UPF factor indicates what fraction of the sun’s UVA and UVB radiation can penetrate the fabric and reach the skin. Clothing with a UPF of 50 will only allow 1/50th of the sun’s UV radiation to reach the skin. The UPF rating system is relatively new, so consumers in North America may not find UPF ratings listed on the labels of clothing they typically purchase from their favorite retailers. In addition, the sun

protective clothing industry in North America is self-regulated, which means some, but not all, manufacturers’ claims regarding the safety of their clothing may be dubious. However, consumers concerned about the safety of the clothing they wear when spending time in the sun can speak with dermatologists about finding clothing manufacturers with strong reputations of producing sun protective clothing that can protect them from the sun’s UV rays.

DID YOU KNOW? Overexposure to ultraviolet, or UV, radiation from the sun has been linked to a host of major health problems. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, unprotected exposure to UV radiation is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer, which the Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation notes is responsible for one in every three cancers diagnosed across the globe each year. Overexposure to UV radiation can also contribute to premature aging and other skin damage. When the skin is overexposed to UV radiation, actinic keratoses may develop on areas of the body that were exposed to the sun, including the face, hands and forearms. Actinic keratoses have a raised, reddish appearance and may be rough in texture.

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all military this May M emorial Day is celebrated each May to commemorate the people who died in service of the United States of America. Even though barbecues and visions of the upcoming summer weather may command much of the attention come Memorial Day weekend, the holiday really serves as a remembrance for those military members who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country, as well as the personnel who continue to protect and serve today.


Memorial Day was first known as Decoration Day and was borne out of the Civil War. on May 30, 1868, General John Logan, a national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, decreed General Order No. 11, which designated the day for the “purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.” May 30th was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle. It took several years for the first state to recognize the holiday, which New York adopted in 1873.

By 1890, all northern states recognized Decoration Day. When the holiday changed from commemorating those who died fighting the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war after World War I, the South began to recognize it as well.


Although Memorial Day pays homage to the brave people who perished fighting for their country, it also is an opportunity to recognize the military men and women and their families who continue to work to ensure the freedom of Americans. The United States Armed Forces is renowned for its size and strength. Various sources suggest the size of the United States military is somewhere between 1.4 and 1.6 million active service people. The military is comprised of the Army, Army National Guard, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. Each of these military branches also has its own reserves. There are many ways to honor active, reserve and former veterans, as well as those who died in service of their country. • Help Veterans of Foreign Wars distribute red poppies as a visual reminder of the military’s efforts.

• Volunteer at a veterans’ hospital or visit a wounded veteran at home. • Offer financial, legal or career expertise through the Corporation for National & Community Service (serve. gov). • Help to maintain the veteran area of a nearby cemetery. Place flags on all of the graves. • Befriend military families who frequently relocate, making a concerted effort to welcome them into your community. • Educate children about past wars and the services the military provides. • Visit a military museum or historic site. • Observe the National Moment of Remembrance at 3 pm local time for one minute. • Post a message to the troops at the USO website (uso.org).

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the SMART ear

The future is now with artificial intelligence and hearing aids BY BETH SLAUGHTER SEXTON STAFF CORRESPONDENT

First there was the smart TV and then came the smart phone, but how many have heard yet about the smart ear? Such advancement in technology has arrived and those needing help with hearing these days can get much more than amplification.

I’VE SEEN PEOPLE—THEIR EYES JUST LIGHT UP AND IT’S UNBELIEVABLE. – JOSEPH STOCK “It does all kinds of stuff,” he said. “If you fall, it contacts someone...If you’re exercising, it’ll give you a score for that.” Advancements in in-ear devices now allow users to connect to their phone, computer, TV or other device using Bluetooth wireless technology. The sound then streams right into the ear as if the listener were wearing ear buds. Some types of hearing devices automatically adjust the settings based on the environment.

“It’s incredible,” Joseph Stock, who serves on the Stock said. “One of the instrulicensing board for hearing ments from Starkey Labs— aid dealers and dispensers, Joseph Stock, has they’re the world’s first hearing seen many changes since BC - H.I.S. aid that does Thrive AI, artifihe went to work as a young cial intelligence. It translates man in his 20s, representing a right now into 27 different languages. line of hearing instruments. A native The translation comes back through of Canton, Ohio, he moved to Georgia in 1972, where today, he and his wife, your hearing aid from your phone. It Barbara own four locations. In addition has fall detection...It does brain scores to Advanced Hearing Aid Centers in to see what you’re doing during the Covington, they also have centers in day...It has a virtual assistant. If you ask Tucker, Fayetteville and Jackson. a question on the phone, you’ll get an answer through your hearing aid.” For the past 15 years, Stock himself has worn a hearing aid. Stock is an expert in hearing instruments, which is what hearing aids are called in the industry. He has worked in that field for 53 years. As owner of Advanced Hearing Aid Centers at 4159 Mill Street in Covington, he has seen many advancements and says this latest innovation is truly significant. 12 GENERATION S • MAY 201 9

“I found out that I had hearing loss the way everybody else does—my wife told me,” Stock says with a laugh. “I fought it for about six months, then I said, O.K.” Stock’s story is like that of many others. He said he would be in a group

setting, such as out to dinner with a few friends. He said he started having to lean across the table just to hear what was being said. Soon he found himself asking all the time, “What did you say?” At some point, his frustration with not hearing what others were saying and not wanting to ask them to repeat everything all the time led him to just sit back in his chair and not take part in the conversation. Most hearing aid prices range from $1,500-$8,000, and financing is available. Stock said he enjoys seeing the difference it makes in a person’s life when they are able to hear. “It means a lot to me,” he said. “That’s the idea of it. I’ve seen people—their eyes just light up and it’s unbelievable...It’s enjoyable.” Stock and his wife, whom he says has been in the hearing device industry almost as long as he has, said he has no plans to retire because he loves what he does. The parents of three grown children and grandparents to 11, the Stocks enjoy spending time with family and helping others improve their quality of life through better hearing. He encourages people with hearing concerns to come into Advanced Hearing Aid Centers for a screening or visit their ear, nose and throat doctor; audiologist or other hearing specialist. “Go,” Stock said. “It’ll change your life. We have a line we use and we say, ‘We listen so you can hear.’” For more information, contact Advanced Hearing Aid Centers at 470-223-3269.

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JACKSON — One could say Dan Rivers doesn’t mind taking his time. Inside a distillery that finished construction six years ago along Jackson’s main drag sits roughly 4,000 gallons of ready-for-market alcohol, but it’s taken years to get it to this point. There are another 6,000 gallons of alcohol in various stages of production. “We’ve been building stock and getting the product like we want it,” Rivers, the proprietor of the Rivers Distillery, said during a Butts County Chamber of Commerce event April 9. “If you look around, there are about 80 wood barrels in here, and they’re all full of liquor.” There are also rows of caged plastic tanks containing wine made from peaches and apples. The Rivers Distillery specializes in brandy, distilled from wine produced onsite from fruit sourced mostly from Fitzgerald Fruit Farms in Meriwether County. After the fruits are broken down at the distillery to produce juice and pulp, they are converted to wine. “We keep most of our fruit in the wine stage for about a year,” Rivers said. “From the time it’s


grown in the field to the time we put it in the still, it’s over a year.” From there, the alcohol is distilled off the wine and into charred oak barrels usually made for aging bourbon. “We put it in those to do the first aging, then we put it in a stainless steel container. The second aging is with pecan wood, and we char that here onsite,” Rivers said. “All of our brandies are at least four years old, so they taste much better and are much smoother.” But while production has been ongoing at the Rivers Distillery for a half-dozen years, it was only last November — with the aid of a change in Georgia law — that the distillery opened for public tours and direct sales to consumers. The distillery’s products, which are sold under the Georgia Spirits label and include peach brandy, apple brandy and now peach vodka, a grain-based vodka and a sweet cinnamon brandy, are also now getting on store shelves. Rivers said the distillery recently signed with a distributor known as Private Stock Distribution. “We’re in Spalding County, Henry County, Jasper County — all the surrounding counties, including Bibb,” Rivers said. The Rivers Distillery, at 540 W. Third St., is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. or later. Tony Thurston runs the distillery and Mike Allen runs the operations at The Rivers Distillery and are an asset to the business.

What makes a beer a craft beer? The craft beer business is booming. According to the Brewers Association, small and independent American craft brewers contributed $55.7 billion to the United States economy in 2014, providing more than 424,000 jobs across the country. While craft beer is growing in popularity, even the most ardent craft beer drinkers may not know just what qualifies a beer for craft beer status. Defining craft beer can be difficult, but the Brewers Association says there are certain criteria that American brewers should meet before they can be characterized as craft brewers. • Size: Craft brewers are small, with CraftBeer.com saying breweries cannot produce more than six million barrels of beer per year.

• Independent: Ownership also determines if a brewer can be characterized as a craft brewer. The Brewers Association says that, to be considered a craft brewer, no more than 25 percent of the brewery can be owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcohol industry member that is not itself a craft brewer. • Traditional: Craft brewers must have a majority of their total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavor derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation. Those requirements are more stringent, but there are some additional characteristics that help to define the craft brewing industry. For example, the Brewers Association notes that

many craft brewers are heavily involved in their communities. Such involvement may involve craft brewers sponsoring local events, but may also include philanthropy, product donations and volunteerism. Innovation is another hallmark of craft brewers. Craft brewers often offer their own interpretations of classic beer styles, giving these styles unique twists. That departure from the norm is what draws beer drinkers to craft beers. The craft beer business is booming and has revolutionized how people think about and consume beer. More information about craft beer is available at www.brewersassociation.org.

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The Village at Indian Springs invites visitors to enjoy BY BETH SLAUGHTER SEXTON STAFF CORRESPONDENT


nown as the healing waters for the Muscogee Creek Native Americans for centuries, Indian Springs made its mark on the map in 1823 as a stagecoach stop before becoming a glamorous resort town in the 1890s only to suffer the ravages of fires and time. The area’s buildings and legends were almost lost to history, but thanks to the efforts of a county full of volunteers and locals who lived in the area, The Village at Indian Springs is now perhaps one of Georgia’s best kept secrets—and certainly one of its oldest. With a history rich in expansion, growth, and lavish lifestyles, it is also filled with intrigue, bribery, murder, arson, and other sad periods, but now has been saved and restored. Visitors can still drink from the world-famous Indian Spring and relive the history of the ancient spiritual grounds and healing waters in Georgia’s oldest state park. Twenty five miles of mountain biking and hiking trails converge where Native Americans walked to drink from the mineral spring and the area became a crossroads, a stagecoach stop and economic hotspot as new settlers discovered the spring.


Located near Interstate 75 in middle Georgia, the 600-acre Indian Springs is one of the oldest state parks in the U.S. and a popular spot for outdoor recreation. And now as it did when it first began as a stagecoach shop, the community surrounding the park is again drawing people who are looking for fun and relaxation. It has become a popular weekend destination and has nine venues for weddings and parties.


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Key to the revitalization of The Village at Indian Springs has been the work done by the Butts County Historical Society, the Friends of Indian Springs State Park, a large dedicated staff and residents of the community, many of whom have lived in the area for generations. Frankie Willis, the owner of Indian Springs Historic Properties bought a home in the area 25 years ago and joined the historical


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society during the final phase of the restoration of the Indian Spring Hotel (circa 1823), which is now a museum. “It has been 30 years of Butts County Historical Society members, Friends of Indian Springs State Park, thousands of volunteers, and a hardworking staff, and support from the local community who have put this back together,” Willis said of The Village. History, arts, gardens, shopping, dining—Willis said The Village at Indian Springs has it all. “We want people to come here and have a good time,” she said. “There is something for everyone.” Concerts, art exhibits, tours and other special events are held in The Village at Indian Springs throughout the year. Check TheVillageatIndianSprings.com for the calendar of events or call 770-775-5350. The Swinging Medallions will perform in June. The new children’s playground and splash pad, Marvelous Maverick’s Adventureland, will open Father’s Day weekend and the Native American Festival is set for the first weekend in September, just to name a few of the upcoming activities.

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he men and women who come to Daily Haven say they feel as if they’re spending the day at a friend’s house. And they are. Suzann Maughon and her staff at the adult day care center located in Olde Town Conyers greet each guest with a smile and a hug as they arrive. Like good friends, they spend the rest of the day talking and enjoying activities together while helping them with whatever needs they may have. “We like it that way,” she said. “They start the day with a smile and a hug and we let them know they’re in a good place. They’re comfortable with us and we are them. We’re still small enough to offer one-on-one care. Having activities is the key to our success and therapeutic for them. Atmosphere is everything.” After 20 years of nursing home management, Maughon wanted to continue to service the elderly and disabled, but in a manner that would allow them to remain independent, social and active. She opened Daily Haven Adult Day Healthcare Center in 1993, with very few staff members, clients and little funding. As her dream grew into reality, the business expanded and today, Daily Haven is located at the crossroads of Irwin Bridge and Main Street in Olde Town Conyers. Its programs help both the physi-


cal and emotional stress felt by many family members who care for a loved one on a day-to-day basis, Maughon said. She added that the program allows the caregiver an opportunity to run errands, visit with family and friends or just rest. “We at Daily Haven offer care for our clients in a manner that puts emphasis on choice, dignity, independence and self-determination,” Maughon said. “It is our goal to provide the best care possible to our clients in order to stave off premature institutionalization. We focus on our clients’ daily well-being just as much as we do their caregivers. We work

as a team to encourage our clients to be as active as possible during the day, which helps them rest well at night. To us, each client is special and deserves every bit of the one-on-one care that we happen to specialize in giving.” Maughon says there are many men and women in the area who do not need or wish to live in an institution.

“As a result, we pioneered this medically-oriented day care program,” she added. “Our adult day healthcare program runs Monday-Friday from 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. We utilize a skilled nursing and rehabilitation day care approach, enabling participants to live at home.”




Seek legal help when making nursing home decisions BY BETH SLAUGHTER SEXTON STAFF CORRESPONDENT

ceive,” according to Lance D. Lourie, a partner with the Atlanta law firm Watkins, Lourie, Roll and Chance. hile determining that an “The most important thing to know aging or ill loved one can is that the resident or the resident’s no longer remain representative should not sign at home is a huge decia mandatory arbitration sion, it is only the first agreement... of many a family will “These agreements have to make at such take away the resident’s a time. That is why rights and provide that experts, as well as if the facility injures or many who have gone causes the death of the through this process recresident, the resident canommend families seek not file a lawsuit against Lance D. Lourie the nursing home. Inlegal help. Paperwork details, signing constead, the resident and tracts, benefits, rights the resident’s family agree of the patient—all are important to binding arbitration, which will be in front of one to three arbitrators. issues families must address. HavThese agreements are horribly uning legal help in making those decifair to residents and their families.” sions might avoid problems in the By signing such an agreement, future. the resident is giving up his or her “Typically, when a loved one rights to a trial by jury, “which is goes into a nursing home there will one of the most important fundabe an admission agreement and mental rights in the U.S. or any othvarious items of paperwork clarifyer democracy,” Lourie explained, ing what services the resident will re-


adding that these arbitrations are not fair to the resident and basically allow the facility to injure or cause the death of a resident with little repercussions. “Often the facility will not explain the document to the resident or resident’s representative, but instead will simply say, ‘All of these documents need to be signed,’” Lourie said. “If you want to preserve your rights, do not sign this document.” Lourie encourages families to stay involved when a loved one is in a nursing home. He cites studies that show that if a family is involved and visits often, the resident will receive better care. He recommends they visit frequently and vary the times of their visitation so the staff will not know when they are coming. He said it is also important to attend care plan meetings in which issues relating to the resident’s care are discussed. Topics often include the resident’s illnesses and

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hether getting a kick out of the antics of Porky, the pig or Little Bit, the pony, the residents of Dream Catcher Farm enjoy being outdoors with nature and each other at this retreatstyle retirement home out in the country. Situated on 18 acres of beautiful farmland and pastures just three miles northeast of Jackson, Dream Catcher Farm is a different kind of assisted living facility. Founded 21 years ago by L.W. “Willie” Williamson and Marge McNaught, Dream Catcher Farm states its mission is to “work to enrich the lives of those we care for with compassion, respect, excellence and integrity.” Through Dream Catcher Farm, the couple said they wanted to offer a place where people would feel at home and be able to live their lives “how they see fit.” With a staff designed to meet the needs of every resident in helping them live their lives and maintain their independence as much as possible, Dream Catcher Farm offers private rooms and companion suites. Trained staff is on site 24 hours a day and there are smoke, fire and emergency response systems in place. Amenities include a beauty salon, transportation for shopping and other outings, housekeeping, laundry, medication management, assistance with bathing and grooming, as well as

three meals and two snacks a day from a “kitchen that doesn’t close.” Residents are viewed as part of an extended family and indeed, caring for family is how Dream Catcher Farm came about. At the age of six, McNaught’s son, Chip was hit by a car and suffered a severe head injury. It was 1983, and while she and her two daughters were able to care for Chip at home, by 1994, the daughters were on their way to college and careers. It was then McNaught said she met someone who “changed the direction of my life.” She met a woman who owned two assisted living facilities in Dahlonega where Chip would live for several years. McNaught was inspired by her son’s experience there and began training and preparing for what would become her life’s work. Dream Catcher Farm was originally started for Chip and even after his death, the dream continued in his memory and the farm grew to include Dream Catcher in the Woods, a second facility that opened 10 years ago. Today, close to 50 residents call Dream Catcher Farm home. Located at 286 Four Points Road in Jackson, visit www.dreamcatcherseniorcare.com or call 770775-2794 for more information.

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oday’s plant lovers want more than the traditional flowers to enhance their home. Rather, people want to enjoy the experience of getting in touch with nature, while also looking for unique flowers and plants to add a more creative, personal touch of color and inspiration to their yards. This year, gardens will be more visually interesting, environmentally friendly and demonstrate the love and care provided by the families who tend them. Here are a few of the latest gardening ideas you and your loved ones can enjoy, from Ball Horticultural Company.

Gardening as an experience

Detoxing from our daily dependence on digital distractions and tech gadgets is becoming not just a desire, but a necessity. What better way for you and your loved ones to take a break from screens than to spend time with plants, creating beauty, serenity and even a nutritious lifestyle? Make the process a group effort: from going to your favorite garden center and choosing your veggies, to caring for them and watching them grow, then harvesting and eating, the full experience is something to enjoy. Plant and grow veggies like the Snackabelle Red Pepper, a mini bell pepper that starts out green, then ripens red, with a rich, sweet flavor - perfect to have at home for snacking as well as cooking. If you love natural fragrances, Lavender Blue Spear is a wonderful choice. They are easy to grow, and will achieve a height of nearly a foot. You can use the fresh lavender to make infused oil, soap, hand scrubs or bath salts.

choices for gift giving. New Tattoo Vinca looks like a work of art, with gorgeous petals showing modern colors, swirled with soft strokes of black that make each petal look inked. The Tattoo Vinca is not only low-maintenance and heat-tolerant, but will attract pollinators like bees and butterflies to your garden. The Double Zahara Bright Orange Zinnia is another great choice for head-turning color. Its double flowers bloom in vivid orange, and they are suitable for landscaping and container planting. This flower is also a breeze to care for and pollinator-friendly. Or you can choose a unique plant with warm tones, like the bright and colorful Ornamental Pepper, with such attractive multi-colored fruits that they are grown just for show. The Ornamental Pepper displays intense shades of yellows, oranges and reds in its fruit. Other flowers catch the eye with dynamic texture, such as the lovely Double PinkTastic Calibrachoa, a fully double flower with a dark

pink eye and lighter pink petals. Its burst of blooms will cover the plant and spill over their containers, window boxes or hanging baskets.

Easy options for beginning gardeners

New gardeners who want choices beyond traditional flower options have great alternatives this year. If you’re looking for plants that are durable and colorful, the Echinacea Sombrero Tres Amigos produces a deer-resistant perennial flower that is highly attractive to butterflies and songbirds. Tres Amigos shows three colors, opening as a peachy-orange color, then aging to rose and fading to burgundy.

A great way to fill large spaces quickly is the attention-getting Big Blue Salvia, with spires that continuously bloom from July into the fall, with little care needed. This flower grows from 24 to 36 inches tall, with beautiful deep blue blooms that are attractive to hummingbirds and bees. Beginner and experienced gardeners alike can enjoy the newest gardening trends by branching out into plants and flowers to attract pollinators, taking advantage of vivid new color options and involving the whole family in the process. To explore a whole new world of gardening options, visit your favorite local garden center this spring. Share your own style for 2019 by making your garden a personal experience. - (BPT)

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Grilled Okra with Spicy Chipotle Dipping Sauce In a blender, combine sour cream, mayonnaise, chipotle peppers, hot sauce, lime juice, and salt.

1 lb. finger-sized okra

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1 tbsp. olive oil

okra, slicing each one down its length, stopping just short of the top. This will help the okra cook

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2 chipotle peppers in Abobo Sauce

Cover and cook about 3 minutes. Remove the cover and flip the okra to grill the other side. Continue

1 tbsp. Abby J’s Smokin’ Hot Sauce

cooking, flipping as needed, until the okra are grilled evenly on all sides. Transfer the grilled okra to a

1 tbsp. lime juice

serving plate and serve with the chipotle sauce. Best if eaten piping hot from grill.

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id you know that the key to personal health may begin in the core of the body? Doctors and researchers are learning more and more about how the immune system and other functions of the body are tied to microscopic players housed in the stomach and intestines. Improving this digestive environment can benefit the body in various ways.

Understanding Probiotics Bodily bacteria outnumber body cells by 10 to one, according to the health and wellness resource Healthline. Most of the bacteria in the body are harmless, and many of them in the gut actually are linked to numerous health

land Clinic says that food and supplements containing probiotics assist the good • Apples bacteria already present in • Artichokes your gut. When a course of • Asparagus antibiotics wipes out both • Bananas good and bad bacteria, • Barley Oats for example, probiotic-rich • Onions foods and supplements can • Raw Honey more readily replace what’s • Wheat Cabbage lost. Dietary sources of probiPROBIOTIC otics include some yogurts, FOODS cheeses, kefir, sauerkraut, • Pickles miso, kimchi, pickles, and • Apple Cider Vinegar beverages like kombucha, • Yogurt a fermented tea. Getting • Sauerkraut probiotics from foods is the most natural way to supplement good gut bacteria, as the foods meld with the probiotics in ways that doctors may never understand to deliver the most benefits. The downside is it’s impossible to measure just how many probiotics can be acquired from foods. That is what makes supplementation so handy. Capsules and tablets are loaded with a variety of different active bacteria and yeast cultures to aid the digestive system in measurable ratios. Some tout anywhere from one to 30 billion active colony-forming units (CFUs) per serving.


benefits, such as weight loss, enhanced immune function, reduced risk of disease, and improved digestion. Unfortunately, bad bacteria also vie for space in the gut. If the good bacteria and yeasts, or probiotics, are not in abundance to push out the bad bacteria, like salmonella and E. coli, those bad bugs can proliferate, causing problems. It is essential to keep an abundance of probiotics available to stay healthy and maintain the “good vs. bad” balance in the gut.

Getting Probiotics While the body can be healthy without the addition of probiotics, having more can be beneficial. The Cleve-

Take Note Probiotics are generally healthy for people to consume in amounts found in foods, advises the Mayo Clinic. Most healthy adults can safely add foods or dietary supplements that contain probiotics to their diets. Introducing probiotics may cause temporary and mild flatulence, discomfort and bloating. Probiotics can be yet another tool to improve overall health at any age, but especially for adults looking to minimize illness risk.

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Part A, Part B— Medicare has lots of parts and pieces BY BETH SLAUGHTER SEXTON STAFF CORRESPONDENT


his is the year Gale Lawrence joins the ranks of clients she has advised for more than two decades. The McDonough native, who will soon celebrate her 65th birthday is getting ready to apply for Medicare—a topic she teaches about to other insurance agents and to people in the community who just want to know more about it. Medicare is a health insurance program for people 65 years of age or older, as well as some disabled people under 65, and those with end-stage renal disease with permanent kidney failure treated with dialysis or a transplant. Medicare is managed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) with the Social Security Administration (SSA) working with CMS by enrolling people in Medicare.


The SSA determines the entitlement to Medicare benefits. Medicare is the nation’s largest health insurance program and provides coverage to almost 40 million Americans. A person can apply for Medicare even if they are not ready to retire. Individuals can sign up for Medicare Part A, which is hospital insurance and Part B, medical insurance. A premium is paid for Part B coverage, so individuals can turn down that offer. However, if they decide to enroll in Part B at a later date, they may have to pay a late enrollment penalty for as long as they have Part B coverage. In addition, their monthly premium will usually go up 10 percent for each 26 GENERATION S • MAY 201 9

– GALE LAWRENCE 12-month period they were eligible for Part B, but didn’t sign up for it. The initial enrollment period begins three months before a person’s 65th birthday, including their birth month, and it ends three months after that birthday. There are many parts and pieces to this process and that is why Lawrence said she enjoys helping people navigate through it. “Working with seniors is my passion,” Lawrence said. “...We specialize in helping them find all the benefits they can.” Part of that help sometimes means going beyond doing research and filling out forms. Lawrence said in visiting with clients, she and the other agents who work with her at GELHealthAdvisors.com, have found such problems as people in need of a house repair or a porch that is falling in or someone who needs a wheelchair.

“Sometimes we go beyond and try to get that need done,” she said. “...If I don’t have the answer, we go find it...We say we are agents with the heart of a servant. That means that if you’re really going to be an agent, you have to have a servant’s heart. That means I’m not just doing this because this is how I make a living. We take care of the people. Our clients come first.” While GELHealthAdvisors. com specializes in helping people with Medicare, agents also assist clients with other insurance needs including, health, disability, life, critical illness, long-term care, dental, vision, hearing, accidental, cancer, hospital cash life, guaranteed life and other related services. “We specialize in helping people with their health insurance, but also do life and everything else, Medicare, the Affordable Care Act,” Lawrence said. “Those who don’t qualify for either one, we find plans that can assist them with their prescriptions and doctor appointments. If they go into the hospital, if they don’t have coverage, we find places that can assist them with

that. We are heavy into Medicare because a lot of our seniors have a lot of benefits they are just not aware of and we specialize in helping them find all the benefits they can get.” Lawrence, who has four children and 10 grandchildren previously worked for the State of Georgia Insurance Commissioner. She opened her company in 1999, in McDonough and for 10 years it has been located at 817 Pavilion Court. Through GEL School of Insurance, agents receive instruction to get their required licenses, as well as continuing education and certification to work with clients on Medicare. Her school is also open to people in the community who just want to know more about insurance and a place to find answers to their questions. In addition to running her own business, Lawrence is also the pastor of Little Benjamin Christian Center on Old Griffin Road in McDonough. It is the church started 52 years ago by her late parents. Pastors Albert and Agnes Edwards. For more information, leave Lawrence a voice or text message at 678956-1181.



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elling a home can be stressful. Despite this, 5.51 million existing U.S. homes were sold in 2017, according to data from the National Association of REALTORS®. In many cases, homeowners choose to work with real estate agents to facilitate the process of listing, showing and selling their homes. Real estate agents are valuable assets. Agents have neighborhood knowledge, are educated in pricing trends, can filter phone calls or emails from buyers who aren’t serious, and can organize all of the people necessary for a closing. Real estate agents provide many services that the average person may not have the time nor the experience to handle. When selecting an agent to sell a home, homeowners may not understand that the terms real estate agent and REALTOR® are


not interchangeable. Although both must be licensed to sell real estate, the main difference between a real estate agent and a REALTOR® is the latter is a member of the National Association of REALTORS®. NAR ensures that members subscribe to a certain code of ethics. There are many qualified agents, but an agent cannot do his or her job well without some help on the part of the homeowner. These tips can make the process of selling a home go smoothly.

• Price the home correctly. Homeowners should trust the agent’s ability to price a home for the market. Everyone wants to get the most money possible, but listing the home for more than it’s worth may cause it to sit unnecessarily for several weeks or months, which could raise red flags among potential buyers. • Market the home. A real estate agent will list the home via a multiple listing service (MLS) on a private website, in newspapers, and wherever else he or she feels is pertinent. Homeowners can share the listing via social media and word of mouth to help increase the chances of selling the home.

• Be available. Limiting the time an agent can show the house to potential buyers is in no one’s best interest. Sellers should be ready and willing to open their homes, which is the best way to make a sale. An agent may suggest a lock box so the home can be shown when homeowners are not on the property. • Make suggested renovations. Agents know which

features can make or break a sale. Homeowners should be amenable to certain suggestions, such as neutral paint colors, removing personal effects and clearing clutter.

• Give recommendations. Real estate is a commission-based industry. Agents often tirelessly put in hours and only reap rewards if the house is sold. A homeowner who was satisfied with an agent can then recommend that person to friends or family. By working with real estate professionals, homeowners can sell their homes quickly.


any adults lament that even if they were M solid sleepers in their younger years, by the age of 50, their quality of sleep has unrav-

eled. Some cling to the wisdom that people simply do not need as much sleep as they get older. Even though that is partly true, sufficient sleep is still a vital component of a healthy life. The National Sleep Foundation recently

updated its sleep recommendations per age group to include categories “may be appropriate” and “not recommended.” This includes a range of hours that may be adequate for certain adults. Adults between the ages of 26 and 65 are advised to get seven to nine hours of sleep per evening. However, six hours or 10 hours also may be acceptable. People over the age of 65 need roughly seven to eight hours of sleep each night, though between five and six hours also may be fine. Generally speaking, anything under five hours is not recommended based on data reviewed by sleep experts. Many older adults do not get enough sleep due to insomnia, states Jack Gardner, MD, a neurologist certified in sleep medicine. They’re concerned about health issues, may have sleep apnea, can experience pain

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It’s not uncommon for seniors to feel lonely or depressed when they retire, their children move away or they lose a spouse or close friend or friends. The American Humane Society states that studies show pets help seniors overcome loneliness and depression by providing affection, company and entertainment. Pets also provide much-needed mental stimulation, and many pet owners find their pets help them become more physically active as well.



Seniors who adopt pets may also feel a sense of purpose when helping animals who may not have anywhere to live. This is particularly true of older companion animals, which many young families are understandably hesitant to adopt. Mature pets might be an ideal fit for seniors. When seniors are looking to adopt a pet, there are various reasons why older pets or particular animals might be the perfect fit for them. • Adult pets may already be house trained, saving seniors the trouble and effort of training them. • Seniors may find cats fit their lifestyles more than dogs, as cats are less active and do not need to be walked or played with as much as dogs. Cats also are small and easily


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maneuverable, meaning even seniors who have arthritis or other physical limitations can easily care for cats. Many cats are also content to spend long periods of time sleeping on their owners’ laps. • Small dogs that can be active within the house might be a good idea as well, especially for seniors with mobility issues. They’re also easily transported to and from vet appointments. It’s important that seniors carefully weigh the benefits of adopting a pet against any limitations they may have. Having a backup plan for care is advantageous as well. Seniors should not adopt a pet if they anticipate frequent travel or medical care that requires they be away from home for long periods of time.

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Cancer clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new drug or treatment combination in addition to the standard therapies currently available. They offer the ability to be treated with a new drug that would otherwise not be accessible for years to come. To become an approved therapy, every cancer treatment must first be tested in a clinical trial. At University Cancer & Blood Center, our patients

have access to our extensive list of clinical trials for the newest, most advanced cancer treatments. In some cases these trials are available at UCBC even before large academic institutions. Our clinical trial program offers trials which are being performed across the US and even worldwide. The Conquer Cancer Foundation and American Society of Clinical Oncology awarded UCBC’s Clinical Research

Department with the 2013 Clinical Trials Participation Award. This award is designed to increase the awareness of and participation in clinical trials among physicians through the recognition of quality, community based clinical research sites. This is a high honor and UCBC is only the second practice in Georgia to receive this recognition.

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Combat veterans and the threat posed by

PTSD E very day men and women in the military put themselves in harm’s way to protect the lives and freedoms of their fellow countrymen. These brave men and women pay a steep price for their service, spending time away from their loved ones and putting themselves at risk of long-term physical and mental injuries.

Many men and women, even those who never served in the military, are aware of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event. Combat veterans are vulnerable to PTSD, and the percentage of veterans who deal with it each day is alarming. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, as many as 20 percent of veterans who served during Operations Iraqi Freedom or Enduring Freedom have PTSD. In addition, the USDVA notes that estimates now suggest as many as 30 percent of Vietnam veterans have had PTSD in their lifetime. Though it’s not exclusive to men and women who have served in the military, PTSD has long been linked to combat veterans. In fact, the American Psychiatric Association notes that PTSD has been referred to as “shell shock” and “combat fatigue” in the past. While the APA notes that a diagnosis of PTSD requires exposure to an upsetting traumatic event, that exposure can be indirect rather than firsthand. Because some people may assume that only firsthand exposure to trauma can lead to PTSD, many may be suffering in silence. That makes it all the more important that people learn to recognize the symptoms of PTSD. According to the APA, symptoms of PTSD, which can vary in severity, fall into four categories.

1. Intrusive thoughts: Flashbacks, distressing dreams and repeated, involuntary memories are examples of intrusive thoughts symptomatic of PTSD. The APA notes that some people with PTSD experience flashbacks so vivid that they feel they are reliving the traumatic experience or that it is unfolding before their eyes. 2. Avoiding reminders: Some people with PTSD may avoid people, places, activities, objects, or situations they feel will trigger distressing memories. Soldiers, for example, may avoid interacting with fellow combat veterans. Avoiding discussions about a traumatic event and how they feel about it is another symptom of PTSD. 3. Negative thoughts and feelings: The APA says that negative thoughts and feelings may include ongoing and distorted beliefs about oneself or others; ongoing fear, horror, anger, guilt, or shame; considerably diminished interest in activities previously enjoyed; and a sense of estrangement and detachment from others. 4. Arousal and reactive symptoms: These symptoms may include irritability and angry outbursts; reckless or self-destructive behavior; being easily startled; or have difficulty concentrating or sleeping. PTSD poses a significant threat to the men and women who serve in the military. Additional resources about PTSD is available at www.ptsd.va.gov and www.psychiatry.org. 34 GENERATION S • MAY 201 9




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