Pittsburgh 55+ Magazine • Fall 2022

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Celebrating 40 Years of Excellence in Senior Living

Sherwood Oaks, part of UPMC Senior Communities, is mark ing its 40th year as a premier continuing care retirement com munity here in western Pennsylvania. Spread across 84 acres in a convenient Cranberry Township location, the campus is known for its beautiful landscape, which features walking trails, abundant gardens, green space and a lake to greet you as you enter.

Another feature that distin guishes the Sherwood campus is the dynamic resident life. From its foundation 40 years ago to the present day, resi dents continue to organize and direct a wide array of activi ties themselves. The current list of activities numbers more than fifty groups. Interests as varied as gardening, wood working, drama, bell choir, fitness and civic affairs are among the offerings. Some residents are eager to try their hand at something new; oth ers may be revisiting a lost enthusiasm. But as Gary Brandenberger, president, Sherwood Oaks Residents’ Association (SORA) explains, opportunities are unlimited and ever-evolving.

“The real beauty of Sherwood Oaks is bringing together all these people with so many talents and skills. Each of us has a role. If someone brings forward an idea for an activity, it’s understood that it will include a plan to execute it,” says Gary. “There is great satis faction in watching it all unfold.”

That collegial spirit translates to an inviting and welcoming atmosphere. As SORA vice president Jean Henderson describes it, “It is better than home. It’s a real community of friends and neighbors.”

You can get a taste of Sherwood hospitality at the anniversary open house scheduled for Thursday, September 22, at 100 Norman Drive from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. To register for this free event, call 1-800-642-2217, Monday through Friday. n

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Retirement is the biggest financial goal for most people – and often the source of many questions. Whether you’re already retired, or still planning, a Premier Wealth Partners financial advisor can help answer your questions about retirement, so you can feel more confident about your future. Luckily, Premier Wealth Partners, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial, is here to help you navigate the complexities of wealth management through comprehensive financial planning. You’ve worked hard to save for retirement –and deserve to enjoy it with peace of mind. As you plan for these years, a great place to start is by having a trusted team of advisors in your corner.

Premier Wealth Partners, we look to provide comprehensive financial care to help clients with their wealth management strat egies. We believe our approach starts with your dreams and goals, not just numbers. Our team has experience helping clients with the com plexities of wealth management and customized financial planning. We work to achieve this by utilizing consistent, disciplined processes and strategies.


One day you’re celebrating the first day at a new job. The next thing you know, toasts are being raised at your retirement party. Acting before these important milestones can help you fine-tune your investments, buffer against market volatility and help ensure that life post-work is more relaxing than taxing.

10 years before retirement:

Around 10 years prior to retirement it is prudent to revisit the topic of tax diversification. During this stage of planning, begin ramping up your savings efforts. It’s also a good time to ask your advisor how you could allocate your savings across three tax-related categories to help manage your tax burden in retirement: Tax-free, Taxable and tax deferred. Take control of your financial picture with tax diversification. Diversifying your assets among three tax categories may help your money last longer in retirement. Tax-deferred vehicles like 401(k) plans are important, and by taking advantage of strategies that help spread out tax obligations—such as a Roth IRA or Roth 401(k) — you may be able to diversify your investment portfolio and gain real benefits to income in retirement.

Benefits of tax diversification:

• Keep more of your savings: When you carefully choose the assets you will use to generate retirement income, you could pay less in taxes and as a result, keep more of your savings. This may help your savings last longer.

• Maintain control of your withdrawals: Tax-deferred invest ments, as well as the Roth 401(k), enable you to choose how much you withdraw to fund your lifestyle–before you begin to take required minimum distributions beginning at age 72 (Roth IRAs are not subject to the required minimum distribution rule, however).

• Adapt for unexpected needs: You may be able to adapt to unex pected life events. For example, to pay for unexpected medical costs you could adjust the timing or number of withdrawals from taxable investments.

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2-5 years out: Plan for Social Security

Social Security is a source of income you can’t outlive, so deciding when to file for it is a critical step in retirement planning. Although you can start collecting benefits at age 62, waiting to collect can pay off. With each year you delay, your overall benefit increases until reaching the maximum amount at age 70. After choosing a start date to collect benefits, you’ll need to apply online or in-person at a local Social Security office. Get more information about when you should collect Social Security. Your advisor can help you evaluate the Social Security benefit options that support your financial goals and factor in your personal situation. In recommending an age to collect benefits, they will consider: Varying tax rates on Social Security income. Capital gains and IRA withdrawals. Health issues and life expectancy in your family history.

Additional steps to consider at this milestone include:

• Maximizing contributions to your retirement plans to meet federal limits.

• Paying down unsecured debt, such as credit cards.

1 year out: Monitor your expenses

In the 12-month countdown to retirement, it’s important to get an understanding of your monthly expenses. Consider keeping two running lists — either conceptually or literally using separate credit cards and checking accounts — to quantify two types of expenses:

• Essential needs that continue in retirement, such as housing, groceries, utilities and health care

• Lifestyle spending, such as travel, hobbies and dining out

After a year you should have a good idea of how much income you’ll need for necessities, with extra money reserved for leisure and other lifestyle expenses.

Antonio C. Aiello, CFP®, CRPC®, is a Private Wealth Advisor, and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ prac titioner who specializes in retirement planning and wealth management. Tony chose Ameriprise Financial based on the ability to become a business owner. “As a franchise, our team at Premier Wealth Partners can provide clients the best of both worlds—access to a Fortune 500 company and the freedom to customize our work,” said Tony, who has been in the business for 20 years and his team has over 175 years in combined experience.

What makes Premier Wealth Partners unique is our team approach and the relationship that Tony maintains with his clients. Having a team who possesses diverse skill sets enables us to help our clients achieve their financial goals and objectives. In addition to the depth of professional knowledge, the team strives to live according to a common set of values – Integrity, Independence, Success, Gratitude and Health.

Tony has chosen to keep his client base limited to under stand and appreciate the uniqueness of each individual cli ent, allowing him to provide a higher level of personalization than most other financial advisors. “I really consider my clients as an extension of my friends and family. I truly care about each one of them, beyond just their finances.”

“I believe most people wait too long to hire a personal financial advisor,” said Tony. Most people in their lifetimes will intermittingly work with a broker, an insurance agent or the retirement plan representative from their company. However, many people wait too long to hire a personal finan cial advisor to put it all together. “Most people will come to us when they plan to retire, whereas if they would have come to us 5-10 years earlier, we could have implemented strategies years in advance to improve their situation or make it an easier process.”

Lisa Brooks, CFP®, CRCP®, is a Financial Advisor and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner, and has been in the industry for 21 years. Lisa focuses on Retirement Planning Strategies for clients and specializes on Retirement Income Strategies and Women’s Financial Strategies. “What many people may not realize is that I operate as a franchise of Ameriprise Financial,” said Lisa. “As such I can offer cli ents the personalized service at a smaller locally owned busi ness but also can provide access to a Fortune 500 company. It really gives clients the best of both worlds and their team has over 175 years of combined experience you have a world of knowledge and full firm said when center and that has proven to be very valuable.”

In working with clients, she strives to help them achieve their financial goals and objectives. But she has also built lasting friendships. “Some of my clients have literally been with me since my first month in the business, and I think that sort of long-term relationship is something that can not be underestimated,” said Lisa. “To know and help people navigate through many years of financial decisions is very rewarding. It goes beyond the financial planning and invest ments. My clients have become my extended family,” she said.

When asked who really inspired her to become a business owner, Lisa explained that her father was the person who inspired her to be an entrepreneur as he owned several of his own businesses and showed her that hard work pays off.

Planning for retirement can seem like you are about to scale a mountain. Our team at Premier Wealth Partners is here to guide you every step of the way. Get in touch with us today to learn more about preparing for retirement and how our team can help you and your unique financial needs. n

This information is being provided only as a general source of infor mation and is not intended to be the primary basis for investment decisions. It should not be construed as advice designed to meet the particular needs of an individual investor. Please seek the advice of a financial advisor regarding your particular financial concern. Investment products are not insured by the FDIC, NCUA or any federal agency, are not deposits or obligations of, or guaranteed by any finan cial institution, and involve investment risks including possible loss of principal and fluctuation in value.

Ameriprise Financial, Inc. and its affiliates do not offer tax or legal advice. Consumers should consult with their tax advisor or attorney regarding their specific situation. Diversification does not assure a profit or protect against loss. Ameriprise Financial cannot guarantee future financial results. Investment advisory products and services are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC, a registered investment adviser.

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Creating a Better Life for Seniors

Presented by UPMC Senior Services and UPMC Western Behavioral Health

Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 27, 2022, and join us for the 14th Annual Celebrating Senior Champions Dinner and Auction.

UPMC Senior Services and UPMC Western Behavioral Health are proud to co-host this signature fall event in honor of distinguished individuals and organizations who are creating a better life for older adults in our region.

Following a great experience in 2021, the 2022 celebra tion returns to the Westin Pittsburgh and features a recep tion, a robust silent auction, a month-long raffle of lavishly themed gift baskets, and dinner. The highlight of the evening is the awards presentation which recognizes the extraordinary contributions of our Champions to the wellbeing of older adults in our region.

The Grand Champion Award is the highest honor pre sented and is bestowed annually to an individual who has provided unparalleled leadership in improving the lives of seniors. Susan L. Greenspan, MD has been selected to receive this distinction. Dr. Greenspan has devoted her career to caring for older patients, especially those with osteoporosis and fractures, as the frequency of both condi tions increases exponentially with age.

Dr. Greenspan is a professor of Medicine and Clinical and Translational Science in the Division of Geriatrics at the University of Pittsburgh. Additionally, she is the direc tor of the UPMC Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment Center and the director of Bone Health at UPMC MageeWomens Hospital. With training in both endocrinology and geriatrics, she has translated her research findings into improved understanding and practice as it pertains to bone density, bone loss, and fractures in elderly patients.

In addition to her own federally funded research grants, Dr. Greenspan has trained more than 50 other investiga tors. She currently serves as principal investigator for the NIH-funded Pittsburgh Claude Pepper Older American Independence Center as well as the T32 Integrated Clinical and Geroscience Research Training Program, both of which also support training of the next corps of investiga tors in geriatric research.

Through her leadership in role in the National Bone

Health and Osteoporosis Foundation, she has endeavored to improve understanding of osteoporosis among both primary care physicians and the public. For more than a decade, she has served as a board member of the National Osteoporosis Foundation, and she recently served as its president. Additionally, she has been included in Best Doctors in America since 1998.

The Community Champion Award, given annually to recognize exceptional organizational leadership which improves the lives of seniors, goes to UPMC Western Behavioral Health at Mon Yough, formerly Mon Yough Community Services. Founded in 1969, Mon Yough has grown to become a pivotal pillar of hope, renewal, healing, and wellness for those who face the challenges of mental health, substance abuse disorders, and developmental dis abilities.

While Mon Yough strives to reach all levels of the com munity, it provides a gold standard of care to older adults who seek out their services. The Mobile Behavioral Health Team (MBHT) provides services to aging adults who need assistance with pursuing their goals in light of their men tal illness as well as assistance with navigating the unique complexities that come with aging, both in one’s mental and physical health. This is a well-rounded service includ ing medication management, service coordination, nursing care, and continued support to remain as independent as possible in the community.

This continued service excellence occurs in both the intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD) and mental health (MH) residential facilities. As one ages, men tal health issues stabilize, and a person’s physical health begins to take center stage. Residential staff at Mon Yough are uniquely trained to deal with this transition. Whether it be increased transportation accompaniment, support and advocacy at medical appointments, medication manage ment, care personalized to one’s cognitive abilities, endof-life issues and hospice, or social integration, the staff works with the residents, their families, and the treatment

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Professor of Medicine and Clinical and Translational Sci ence, Division of Geriatrics, University of Pittsburgh Director, UPMC Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment Center Director, Bone Health UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital


UPMC Western Behavioral Health at Mon Yough

Formerly Mon Yough Community Services

teams to ensure the highest quality, most comprehensive care is provided. These residential facilities have a regis tered nurse on site as well as 24/7 supervisory support.

Mon Yough’s IDD vocational and employment services offer older adults a full array of opportunities in all levels of day programming and paid employment opportuni ties. Adult training facilities and prevocational programs strive to facilitate the highest possible level of integration into community life through staff-supported vocational opportunities which include both volunteer and paid work. Fostering lasting friendships with non-challenged members of the community, these older adults embrace valued roles in their community. These opportunities support individu als living with intellectual and/or developmental disabili ties in their journey toward self-fulfillment and indepen dence as a contributing member of society.

This year, the Caregiver Champion Award recognizes an extraordinary organization whose innovations in the realm of caregiving significantly enhance the well-being of older adults. Hope Grows, under the leadership of founder and executive director, Lisa Story, is the 2022 awardee.

Now in its tenth year, Hope Grows provides emotional and mental health services to family caregivers, more than 80% of whom are older adults, by way of cultivating care giver wellness. To ease the stress and loss experienced by family caregivers, Hope Grows fashions an environment in which caregivers are encouraged and empowered to tell their story, engage in short breaks, and receive counseling and support as needed. The care model focuses on meeting the caregiver where they are, even amidst the increasing demands of providing care. Through on-site programming, check ins, support/educational programs, and Therapeutic Respite™ activities, Hope Grows attends to the identity of the caregiver.

Under the direction of Lisa, who has devoted her career to the life and loss of caregivers and seniors, Hope Grows developed its unique care model to inspire hope around the healing benefits of nature. The Hope Grows mission

Hope Grows, Cultivating Caregiver Wellness

emerged as Lisa worked through her own grief from the loss of her father, when she often retreated to nature as a means of therapy. Recognizing the larger community need in this regard, Lisa embarked on a mission to transform her property and her home into a caregiver retreat.

Over the course of years, the location of Hope Grows has been transformed into a nature-centric delight which includes nine healing gardens, a peaceful trail through the woods, bee houses, water features, and, of course, the squirrels, birds, and other creatures that enjoy the welcom ing environment.

As renovations to the property continue, Hope Grows will soon open its doors to family caregivers for overnight respite, the latest in a series of innovations to create a space for caregiver replenishment and relief of body, mind, and spirit. Like nature itself, this ever-evolving model will continue to innovate and lead in support of caregivers.

Proceeds from Celebrating Senior Champions will be shared between the UPMC Senior Communities Benevolent Care program, in support of senior residents who have outlived their financial resources, and the Making Minds Matter Fund at UPMC Western Behavioral Health, which provides for enhanced patient and family experiences for those navigating mental health challenges. Since 2009, the event has presented nearly $1.9 million in net proceeds to further charitable care. n

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How to Choose a Senior Living Community

Growing older can be both a joy and a challenge. Celebrating the birth of grandchildren, more time for golf and visiting family and friends are just a few of the many pleasures that occur with more free time as work responsibilities lessen. But for many seniors, challenges of money, maintaining good health and avoiding potential disabilities can make the reality of growing old more of a burden.

In a recent survey in 2022, 50% of seniors reported that their biggest financial fear was not having enough money saved for retirement. Despite ever increasing health care costs, housing remains the single greatest expense for most people as they age. The choices we make on how we spend money, especially as we age, becomes critical when it comes to where to spend our “golden years.”

Senior living communities have become an extremely popular choice for many seniors who want to improve health care options and at the same time remain independent as long as possible. Senior living communities can also provide financial stability with regards to long-term housing costs.

Unfortunately, deciding to move into a senior living community is too often done for the wrong reasons. Without adequate research, as to whether the community will fit with your needs, can lead to regret and significant financial loss. Most senior living communities provide a spectrum of care and independent living options. It is important to determine your care needs, if any, and how they match with the services offered.

Examples of Senior Living Choices:

Independent Living – Typically, an apartment or private home located within a Senior Care Community. Typically rented and utilities are paid for by the senior. The Community maintains the exterior of the home and often provides additional services, such as transportation, restaurantlike dining, community services and activities. For many this means improved socialization and also the security that if extra assistance is needed it’s available. Examples of extra care may include help with personal hygiene, home-bound meals, emergency care support, home care nursing, aides, wound care and physical therapists.

Assisted Living - Seniors in assisted living require greater amounts of medical and assistive support for daily activities. Assistive care often still allows access to enriching activities and social events. Seniors in assisted living may also need specialized support, like memory care or skilled care.

There are a number of governmental agencies that rate senior care communities that can be a big help when deciding on which senior care community is best for you. Medicare is one of the largest and most thorough at both certifying and rating senior care facilities. At their website (https:// www.medicare.gov/ ), Medicare allows you to find senior care communities in your area and provides both tools to investigate the quality and care of the facility and also has a rating system of zero to 5 stars.

Recently, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, St. Barnabas Health System received a “5” Star rating from Medicare. This overall rating is based on performance in health inspections, staffing and numerous quality measures. It also includes scores on fire safety inspections, emergency preparedness, inspection for building design and operational features and any prior Medicare penalties or failures to correct health or safety issues. With “5” being the best, St. Barnabas remains one of the best Senior Care Communities if you or your family are considering next steps in living well. n

Joseph C. Maroon, MD is a Board-Certified Neurosurgeon, Nutritional and Sports Medicine Expert. Dr. Maroon has written and lectured exten sively on brain health and healthy life choices. As a competitive Ironman triath lete, Dr. Maroon practices what he preaches and is committed to the promot ing healthy choices to his patients and readers.

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David McCullough

It’s the rare historian who is a household name, but David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and native Pittsburgher, was just that. McCullough died on August 7 at 89 in his Hingham, Massachusetts, home after a long, distinguished career which arguably made him the country’s most well-known historian.

McCullough was born on July 7, 1933, at Allegheny General Hospital to Ruth and Christian McCullough and grew up in Point Breeze on Glen Arden Avenue and attended Shady Side Academy. In a 1995 interview with the Academy of Achievement, McCullough said this of his childhood in Pittsburgh:

We went to the public schools, and we had lots of friends, and we played on base ball teams and football teams, and ran on the track team, and all of that. I was in the dramatics at school, I worked on the newspaper. I thought I was going to be a painter. I drew the cartoons for the paper. I painted portraits. I sang in the glee club. I

did all of that, and I loved all of it. I loved school, every day. It wasn’t cool to say you liked school, of course, but I did. And it was the same in college, and it’s been the same since.

A gifted student, he left Pittsburgh in 1951 to attend Yale University where he studied English under such literary giants as Robert Penn Warren and Thornton Wilder. In a 2001, Post-Gazette interview, McCullough said this about his choice of schools: My father wanted me to go to either Carnegie Tech or Pitt. The old man was a real Pittsburgh guy. We could only use Gulf gas in the car. Mother said it was part of going to college to leave home, so I went off to Yale.

He graduated with honors in English literature in 1954 and married Rosalee Ingram Barnes, whom he’d met in Pittsburgh when he was 17.

He began his writing career with a new publication called Sports Illustrated. After working for 12 years as a writer and editor for various publications such as American Heritage, McCullough had the niggling idea to write a book.

Drawing on his Western Pennsylvanian roots, he wrote his first historical, The Johnstown Flood, in 1968, which was highly acclaimed and allowed him to become a full-time author. For his next subject, he focused on the con struction of the Brooklyn Bridge, with the publication of The Great Bridge in 1972. He next wrote about the construc tion of the Panama Canal with the book The Path Between the Seas in 1977. The book won the Francis Parkman Prize, The National Book Award in History, the Cornelius Ryan award, and the Samuel Eliot Morison Award and established McCullough as one of the nation’s pre miere historians. In 1981, he released Mornings on Horseback, which recounted the life of President Theodore Roosevelt. The book earned McCullough his second National Book Award. In 1991, he pub lished Brave Companions: Portraits in History, which was a collection of previ ously published essays.

In 1992, he wrote the Pulitzer Prize

winning Truman about the nation’s 33rd president. The book was adapted by HBO in 1995 as a television movie, Truman, starring Gary Sinise. His biography about our second president, John Adams, was released in 2001 and became one of the fastest-selling non-fiction books of all time and earned McCullough a second Pulitzer Prize. HBO adapted the book for a seven-part miniseries in 2008, starring Paul Giamatti in the eponymous role. The mini-series won 13 Emmy awards and four Golden Globes—more than any other miniseries in history.

He then examined Adams’s contem poraries with the book 1776, and in 2011, his next historical, The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris was released and detailed the 19th-century Americans who congregated in Paris, among them Mark Twain, Mary Cassatt and Samuel Morse.

In addition to his distinguished writ ing career, McCullough hosted PBS’s American Experience and narrated numer ous documentaries including Ken Burns’s The Civil War and the film Seabiscuit, which was nominated for seven Academy Awards. He was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

For his 80th birthday the City of Pittsburgh noted McCullough’s remarkable life and career by renaming the 16th Street Bridge the David McCullough Bridge.

The father of five died less than two months after the death of his beloved wife Rosalie, with whom he’d been married 68 years. Among the many things David McCullough will be remembered for is being a native Pittsburgh and for having an inordinate talent for tell us the “way it was.”

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Check In with Yourself Before You Check In with Your Doctor

Do you feel nervous before a medical appointment? Do you dwell on it in the days or weeks leading up, even for a routine appointment? That is not out of the ordinary for most of us. You may want to consider how you can prepare for your next appointment to help alleviate some of those worries.

One of the best ways to prepare is to write down your questions ahead of time. This includes any concerns you have about your health, such as:

• Have you had trouble sleeping?

• Are you wondering if there is a generic option of a current medication available?

• Have you heard about a new supplement and wondered if it is right for you?

Continually write down those questions and concerns ahead of time so you are ready to share during your appoint ment. If you have a notes app or can text on your phone, you could keep an ongoing list, as you will be able to refer to that device during your appointment. If you feel embarrassed about the potential question(s), remember that hearing and know ing your questions is an important aspect to your doctor being able to succeed as a member of your healthcare team.

Since your last appointment, have there been any medi cation changes that another doctor has made or prescribed? Make sure to either write down all the medications that you are taking or bring your medications with you so you can review with your doctor. It is especially important to include any supplements and over the counter medications in this review in case there are any potential risky or unsafe interac tions. There are even some phone apps that are designed to keep track of medications and supplements.

There may be some subjects that you still feel uncomfort able discussing. Consider if there is someone in your life who could go to your appointment with you and help ask those questions. Give this person a heads up about your concerns and questions so they can help be a part of this discussion.

If getting to the appointment is what feels overwhelming, you may want to contact the office ahead of time to see if they could write down your questions and share those with the doc tor ahead of your appointment. Are you concerned about keep ing track of the key discussion points that occur during the appointment? Ask if your doctor can write those down for you so you can look them over after the appointment.

Sometimes, there is a limited amount of time that you can meet with your doctor. This makes it important to prepare for your appointment ahead of time and see what options are available to share your questions and concerns with the doc tor. More than ever before, there are opportunities to connect with your doctor before and after the appointment, such as over the phone and web. We hope these tips will help you make

the most of the time you spend with your doctor and allow you to be your best advocate.

If you have questions about community resources, please reach out to Education and Consultative Services of UPMC Senior Services. Our phone number is 866-430-8742, our e-mail is UPMCSeniorServices@UPMC.edu, and our website is SeniorServices.UPMC.com. Join us on Facebook at facebook. com/groups/UPMCSeniorServices. Please note that we are not a crisis or emergency line. n

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George Pann

Honoring a Pearl Harbor survivor

President Franklin D. Roosevelt

described December 7, 1941, “as a date which will live in infamy.”

For on this day, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by the naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. The strike hap

pened in Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii.

A local man, George Pann, 100, of Magnolia Place in Saxonburg, is a Pearl Harbor survivor. At the time of the bombing, Pann was 19 years old and was a PFC in the United States Army. He was assigned to the 55th Coast Artillery in Oahu. Pann was in the coastal artillery and was a gunman. He feels like to have survived the attack. It was 8 a.m. and Pann was eating break fast when suddenly mayhem ensued.

“The events of that day were indescrib able. I was scared at first, but then I realized that I had a job to do, and I did what I was told to do,” Pann said.

Sadly, Pann one soldier was killed and three were wounded in Pann’s platoon on that tragic day. When the war ended, Pann joined a Pearl Harbor survivors group. “Every two years, we would hold a reunion. We met in dif ferent states, but we would return to Oahu every five years. I have been back to Hawaii ten times. As much as you don’t want to, you never forget that day,” Pann noted.

Pann enlisted in the service when he 18 years old and he was not drafted. He had a cousin who was in the military so he decided to follow in his footsteps. Pann served for three years, when his military career ended, he worked for PPG for 38 years. Pann never married, and he has enjoyed a single life.

“George is a humble man, and we love having him as a resident,” said Amie Feeney, director of quality assur ance at Magnolia Place.

Deb Walton, SRES®

Pann has resided at Magnolia Place for the past three years. He celebrated a major milestone this past year, and he turned 100 years old on April 21. “We declared that ‘George Pann’ day. We had a nice celebration for George. In the morning, we had a petting zoo. Later that day, the Boy Scouts held a flag retirement and raising ceremony. George’s centennial party also included a parade sponsored by the American Legion Riders and Cabot Cruisers. In addition, State Rep. Marci Mustello presented George with a declaration from the House of Representatives. It was a special day for a special guy,” said Feeney.

Fifty-Five Plus magazine salutes George Pann for his bravery and service to our country, and we also congratulate him on his centennial milestone! n

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55+ & Fabulous

Unless you are like me and had a baby at the age of 42,

the time you are 55+,

So, 55+ & FABULOUS, what a better time than now to travel. Explore the world, dance away, become a foodie. Fall travel means smaller crowds (unless you are off to Disney), fewer screaming kids on the plane and cheaper fares. Personally, I have always wanted to see glaciers, so I did it. I recently took a cruise to Alaska and witnessed the most pic turesque glaciers. The next destina tion on my bucket list, as a lover of Europe, is a Viking River Cruise— a magical European adventure with an abundance of sightseeing excursions and delectable cuisine. Ooh la la! C’est magnifique! How did I make that

dream come true, you ask? I visited my friend Andrea, owner of Ready, Set, Get Away, who can help you plan your next adventure.

To be able to go on adventures, you need to keep moving. Grab a partner, put on your dancing or walking shoes on and off you go to a dance lesson or better yet, dance away in the privacy of your home. You can be your own deejay and get that circulation pumping. Or if that is not your style, take a hike, explore the foliage, and breathe in that fresh, finally not humid, air. Namaste!

My other innocent addiction is food. How would you like to “travel” countryto-country, discovering the world through cooking? Intrigued? Check out Izabella’s Gourmet Chow. (Yep, I’m the owner.) Start following my mantra, La Dolce Vita! (the sweet life). Raise a glass with the one and only aperitif Old Fashioned or indulge in a decadent wine pairing or become aficionado of charcuterie board with a twist. Ooh la la—gourmet it is.

Wine pairing, you say? Two words come to mind, fashion and feeling beautiful. I love fashion. Sadly, there is a lot of misleading notion that fashion means pricey; beautiful stands for thin and only youngsters can wear bright colors. I say go with Coco Chanel, who said, “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous and the best color in the whole world is the one that looks good on you.”

To me, an attractive body shape is in the eye of a beholder, and being a fashionista, I know fashion repre sents how you feel inside and out and how you present yourself to others. My favorite two tips for my readers. Ladies - red lipstick and a big smile; and gents - button-down collar shirt and a great sense of humor. Is it too much? I say “Nay!”

SO, 55+ & FABULOUS Say yes to fall perks, making memories, and while you are at, sparkle! “La Dolce Vita!” n


(All Multi-day are priced per person, double occupancy)

Christmas at the Biltmore Nov 7-10 $1,156

Newport Mansions at Christmas Nov 29-Dec 3 $1,178

Cape May Sugar Plum Memories Nov 30-Dec 2 $689

New York City 3 Day Dec 2-4 $765

Williamsburg at Christmas Dec 2-5 $851

Tara – A Country Inn Christmas Dec 4-5 $242

A Country Christmas at the Opryland Hotel Dec 7-10 $1,564

Daytona Beach 15 Day Feb 19-Mar 5 Starting at $1,919


Seneca Niagara One Day Oct 3 $114

Caesars Atlantic City Nov 13-16 $359


Capture the Fall Oct 18 $162

Progressive Wine Tour Oct 20 $166

Castle Noel Christmas Nov 5 $186

Canton Christmas Celebration Nov 12 $167

Oglebay Dinner Show Nov 15; Dec 7 $154

Christmas Treats in Amish Country Nov 17 $166

Deck the Halls Dec 2 $143

Amish Christmas Dec 10 $153

NYC Saturday Express Dec 10 $229

Ohio Start Theater- Our Christmas Dinner Dec 13 $152


12 Night S. Caribbean Cruise*

Mar 11-23** Starting at $1,712

9 Night Bermuda & Bahamas Cruise*

Jun 8-17 Starting at $1,439

*Includes port charges, taxes, fees, & shipboard gratuities!

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you are most likely: A. An empty-nester B. Looking into retirement or C. Both.

Come Live Near Your Grandkids!

Explore The Lifestyle Communities of Weaver Homes

Today, more baby boomers than ever are relocating to be closer to family — because you shouldn’t have to miss another moment of watching your grandchildren grow up!

At Weaver Homes, we believe that a great place to live — near family and friends — improves your happiness, which is why we’ve built beautiful com munities in the lively Pittsburgh suburbs. We have three low-mainte nance Lifestyle Communities wait ing to welcome active adults home: Heritage Crossings in Sarver, The Villas at Forest Oaks in Butler, and Hidden Falls in Fox Chapel.

In these attractive neighbor hoods, you’ll find that life has never been so exciting… or so relaxing. In one day, you can explore the many attractions of Pittsburgh, and then come home to a community with resort-style amenities and all of the peace and privacy you crave. And of course, with family close by, you have the option to do the things you love with your grandchildren!

In your carefree home, you can enjoy brunch in your cozy kitchen or private courtyard before tak ing the little ones to the com munity pool to splash around or the clubhouse for fun and games. Additionally, a whole world of fam ily-friendly fun is waiting right in town. (You don’t have to go too far to take them to the zoo or a base ball or a hockey game!)

Staying close to your grandkids offers other benefits besides taking them around the city. You can enjoy the simple pleasures of watching them grow up. Be there to support them at their sports games, school plays, and any other monumental

events throughout their childhood. Being able to live near your grand kids will keep your mind sharp and your body active. Though you have your own, private space at home, it’s even better to share and expand your happiness with those you love – especially your grandkids!

Heritage Crossings, located in Sarver, is minutes from everything in Butler County. This thought fully designed community is adja cent to South Pike Square Plaza, so residents walk to dinner, the hairdresser, and the movies. There are sidewalks, a clubhouse, a fit ness center and a heated outdoor pool. (Perfect for family gatherings, hanging out with neighbors, or just relaxing.) Homes are priced from $410,000. Design-ready homes are available, too!

The Villas at Forest Oaks is located in Butler. It is set on one of the area’s most sought-after 18-hole golf courses, Aubrey’s Dubbs Dred. With breathtaking views of rolling hills and manicured greens, this is a great chance to live the good life on a golf course! There is also a heated pool, a clubhouse, and a gym. Priced from $369,500, the one-story villas complement the easy, carefree lifestyle.

Hidden Falls in historic Fox Chapel is Weaver Homes’ newest active lifestyle community. From peaceful moments on private out door patios to daily walks along the trails, residents will enjoy the bene fits of a healthy, outdoorsy lifestyle,

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complemented by the warm feeling of living in a close knit community.

Weaver Homes specializes in homes designed for the active adult buyer. The unique floorplans are designed to be low-maintenance and support a healthier lifestyle. With more than three decades of design and building experience, Weaver Homes is Greater Pittsburgh’s pre mier personalized home builder.

If you’re thinking about rightsizing your life and making your most exciting move yet, imagine how incredible it would be to have your grandkids just a short car ride away, as opposed to a plane. You’ll never miss another birthday, recital, soccer game, or special moment. For more information on Weaver’s lowmaintenance homes and communi ties in the Greater Pittsburgh area, visit WeaverHomes.com today. n

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Business Spotlight: The Turn Club

The motto of The Turn Club, the new indoor golf, dining and entertainment experience in Cranberry Twp. is: Eat, Drink, Golf. Located at 1298 Freedom Road, The Turn Club opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 29.

“The turn” is a term golfers use to note the end of the front nine holes and their making “the turn” to the back nine. Traditionally, it’s at “the turn” where golfers meet, have a drink or a bite to eat, before carrying on with their round,” said Joseph “Jay” Sebes, managing partner of The Turn Club. “That’s the atmosphere we offer—one of camaraderie, fun, food and drink and golf!”

The new 12,000-square-foot complex has a full-service bar and restaurant, including a large patio for outdoor din ing, six golf simulation bays, six-hole putting green and onsite instruction for beginners as well as for those wanting to elevate their play. Coming soon are a TaylorMade store and a TravisMathew golf apparel store.

The restaurant features freshly prepared, farm-to-table ingredients and organic proteins. “Our menu is very trendy and fresh, and we also offer a Drive-Thru window for Take Out as well as using Door Dash and Grub Hub for delivery. For Take Out, you can either call or order online,” said Sebes.

In a few weeks, The Turn will begin to offer a Sunday Brunch and Bloody Mary bar from 10 a.m-2:30 p.m. “It will be a great place to take in the Steelers game,” said Sebes. The restaurant is open Monday 4 p.m.-9 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday and Sundays from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Golf is the name of the game at The Turn Club. “Our golf simulators are state-of-the art and enable golfers to play any course in the country and from around the world. You can even control the weather with the turn of a dial and play in inclement weather if you like,” said Sebes. The simulator bays are available Monday 4 p.m.-9 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays 9 a.m.10 p.m. and can be reserved in advance.

“We are at about 85% in operation now and will be adding onsite games of chance, and live entertainment as well as golf clinics,” said Sebes, who is already booking The Turn Club for corporate events, private parties and holiday parties.

The Turn Club is not a chain but is a locally owned, family business, and will also offer memberships and gift cards.

“It’s all positive,” said Sebes, “and will just keep getting better.” For more information on The Turn Club, visit: www.theturnclubs.com. n

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Beware of Medicare Scammers This Annual Election Period

Each fall, older adults face a daunting number of choices as they make important financial commitments and medical predictions for the coming year when selecting their Medicare.

Most Medicare plans change prices, benefits, prescription drug formularies and doctor networks annually. A plan that fits well this year may not next year.

Check for changes in prescription drug coverage. Beginning in 2023, copays for a 30-day supply of any insulin that a Medicare drug plan covers will be capped at $35.

During the Annual Election Period, you can make the following changes to your Medicare coverage:

• Switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan

• Switch from a Medicare Advantage Plan back to the Original Medicare

• Join a Part D prescription drug plan

• Drop your Part D prescription drug plan

• Switch Part D prescription drug plans

• Join a Medigap policy

• Drop your Medigap policy

• Switch Medigap policies

With the Open enrollment season upon us, remember scammers are ready as well, starting with mislead ing ads on TV. Each year they are after the same thing: Personal data like Medicare numbers and bank account information., however, just like Medicare Advantage benefits change, so do the tactics the fraud sters use.

Television advertisements may look official, and they may even appear to prompt viewers to call what appears to be a government agency However, many of the commercials are for lead agencies that try to get viewers to call them first and then pass their information to agents and brokers who are often in other states.

Keep material like Social Security numbers, credit card numbers and banking information private. Beneficiaries also received a personal

11-digit Medicare number within the last few years that should stay private. Scammers may even iden tify themselves as representatives of Medicare or Social Security. But unless a beneficiary has already initi ated a claim, they shouldn’t be call ing. The minute you hear that, you shouldn’t even enter a conversation. Just don’t talk to them!

This Annual Election Period, decide which Medicare Plan is best for you.

Look for changes in monthly pre miums, added value benefits, such as a gym membership, dental, vision, and hearing coverage, and many over-the-counter benefits. Also check out-of-pocket maximums, Medicare Advantage Out of Pocket Maximums Medicare is allowing Medicare Advantage insurance companies to place MOOPs at a maximum of $8,300, an increase of 10.3% over last year’s max of $7,550.

Medicare Advantage plans are based on a provider network, which is generally limited to a certain region or state. However, no matter where you are in the United States, all Medicare Advantage plans provide coverage for emergency and urgent care, as well as a hospital stay if you need to be hospitalized.

A person can make changes to their Medicare plan for many reasons, such as saving money, expanding coverage, or due to changing circum stances. Understanding the enroll ment windows can help people avoid penalties and keep the cost of their plans low. Contact licensed Medicare Advisor Crystal Manning 412-7164942 or crystalmanning33@gmail. com for any questions or advice. n

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Men’s Hairstyles

In our last issue, we looked back at women’s hairstyles. To give equal time, I’d thought we’d look back at the styles of men. Men are more hirsute; therefore, we need to also consider facial hair styles.

Like women’s hairstyles, trends come and go, but unlike women’s styles, men’s often had their styles dictated to them because of military service. In most ancient cultures, beards were a sign of wisdom and masculinity. It is believed that Alexander the Great, was the first to order his troops to be clean-shaven. It is believed that the ancient Roman men shaved their beards because they admired Alexander and because they wanted to distinguish themselves from non-Romans known as “barbarians,” those who let their beards grow.

Even after the Civil War in the U.S., most men had facial hair, but it was in the early part of the 20th Century that men began to shave again. Some historians credit clean-shaven faces to the advent of World War I when soldiers were forced to shave to wear gas masks.

After the war in the 1920s, the handlebar mustache became quite popular, and men customarily wore hats. Hairstyles were “Gatsybyish”—slicked back and short.

Once again, a World War would influence styles. World War II service required short hair and clean-shaven faces. Although matinee idols like Clark Gable and Errol Flynn looked dashing with pencil-thin mustaches, those clean-cut styles prevailed until the 1950s.

Elvis is the greatest example of the change in hairstyles during that era. The pompadour, longer styled hair, became popular, but no

one was wearing facial hair.

The trend to more hair on men exploded with the onset of the 1960s and 70s. The Beatles introduced the Mop Top before letting their hair grow long and grew bears. Mutton-chop sideburns ala Engelbert Humperdink became fashionable. Even the term “sideburns” harkens back to a hairy time. They are named for Civil War General Ambrose Burnside, who had elaborately long sideburns that con nected to his mustache.

America in the 70s was the hairiest men had been in decades. I grew up in those times and can remember, the comments of my grandparents, things like, “He has hair like a girl!” Black men grew out their hair into Afros.

With the 1980s and the glitzy disco era, men cleaned up a bit and parted their hair down the middle with feathered sides. This morphed into 1990s mullet, short in the front and long in the back, or as they say, “business in the front party in the back.”

In the 2000s, men started buzzing their hair. Growing up in the 1970s, the only men who had buzz cuts and tattoos back then, were old World War II vets. But things change and once again big beards are back in style. For many bald ing men, they opted to ditch the comb-over and shave their heads. Who knew Yul Brenner and Mr. Clean would be trendsetters?

Sometimes when I’m at the gym, I look around at all the young guys with enormously bushy beards and if I didn’t know what day it was, I’d assumed I was back in Civil War days. However, I’ve already noticed some younger guys sporting 70s style mustaches. Is that the next trend? Who know, but two things are certain. When it comes to hair, it will keep on growing, and the styles will keep on changing. n

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Step Back Into...2012

Superstorm Sandy Rolls Ashore and Wreaks Havoc

In the summer of 2012, London hosts the Summer Olympics. The United States snags the most gold medals (46) and earns the most overall medals (104). Hurricane Sandy, a massive storm, brings significant wind and flooding damage to Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, The Bahamas, and the U.S. Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states in late October.


The average income was $39,423. Minimum wage was $7.25 per hour. Cost of a new home $263,200. The average cost of a new car is $26,500. Gasoline was $3.91 per gallon. A loaf of bread cost $1.88. A dozen eggs were $1.54. A gallon of milk was $3.49. A movie ticket was $7.96. The price of a first-class stamp was .45 cents.


Google released a headset that looked like glasses but came with a small computer camera that allowed people to access the internet.

Windows releases the Windows 8 operating system meant for tablets and touch screens.

Goodyear introduced the self-inflating tire. Lytro’s launched the light-field camera.

PuzzleCast invented the modular cast.

Body armor for women was unveiled.

U.S. events

The Space Shuttle Endeavour launches its final flight in September.

A rash of mass shooting plague the country.

On Sept. 11, the U.S. diplomatic complex in Benghazi is assaulted. Among those killed is U.S. Amb. to Libya, Christopher Stevens.

World News

Queen Elizabeth celebrates her Diamond Jubilee.

Hugo Chavez is re-elected as the president of Venezuela; however, his failing health prevents him from leading as he undergoes several surgeries, and he dies in early 2013.

The end of the Mayan calendar, or the end of the world as some believed, is observed with little to no consequence.


The film Marvel’s The Avengers is released and becomes one of the highest-grossing films. Other popular films

- The Dark Knight Rises, The Hunger Games, Skyfall, Lincoln, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Amazing Spider-Man, Brave, Ted, Madagascar 3.


Alcatraz, American Idol, Ben and Kate, Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, Breaking Bad, Chicago Fire, The

Firm, Community, Elementary, Game of Thrones, Girls, Glee, Homeland, How I Met Your Mother, Louie, Nashville, The New Normal, The Office, Parenthood, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, Veep, The Voice and The Walking Dead.


21, Babel, Believe, Blown Away, Diamonds, Everybody Talks, Glad You Came, Ho Hey, Night Train, One More Night, Red, Some Nights, Take Me Home, Tailgates & Tanlines, Tuskegee, Up All Night, and We Are Young.


The Hunger Games, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Steve Jobs Biography, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption, Water for Elephants, Heaven is For Real, Protector, and Boo.


NFL - the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots. MLB - the San Francisco Giants defeat the Detroit Tigers. NBA - the Miami Heat are victorious over

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the Oklahoma City Thunder. Stanley Cup, the Los Angeles Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils to win their first title.

Summer Olympic on July 31, U.S. swimmer, Michael Phelps wins his 19th Olympic medal, becoming the winningest Olympic athlete of all time.

Politics President: Barack Obama Vice President: Joe Biden.

On November 6, Barack Obama is re-elected for his second term after defeating Republican opponent Mitt Romney.


“I am the president of the United State of America, clothed in immense power. You will procure me these votes.”

‘I think 2012 is the year when consumers all around the world start saying no to features phones and start saying yes to smartphones.”

Sources: www.thepeoplehistory.com/2012. html, www.infoplease.com/year/2012, www. usatoday.com/story/news/2012/12/20/ year-top-news/1783303/, stacker.com/ stories/1227/cost-goods-year-you-were-born www.britannica.com/event/SuperstormSandy, ethicsunwrapped.utexas.edu/video/ penn-state-scandal, imdb.com, www.inven tions-handbook.com/new-products-inven tions.html, www.mtv.com/news/qj0mio/bestmovie-quotes-of-2012

– Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln
“May the odds be ever in your favor.”
– Effie Trinket (Elisabeth Banks) in The Hunger Games
– Marc Andreesen
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Covering Former Book Stores in the ‘Burgh

Local students recently went back to school and are hitting the books. Reading is always a phenomenal educational tool, whether it is a textbook, romance novel, or a good mystery. Unfortunately, some of these facilities that sold classic novels are sadly closed. It is time to remember and uncover former bookstores in Pittsburgh.

The truth be told, you couldn’t go into a shopping mall with out encountering Waldenbooks. The retail giant was incorporated in 1933 when it opened its doors as a rental library inside a Bridgeport, Connecticut, department store under Walden Book Company. Founder Lawrence Hoyt opened the first Walden bookstore in Pittsburgh in 1962. Within 15 years, the company had grown to over 250 locations; it leased locations within various department stores.

In 1984, Waldenbooks was acquired by Kmart; at that time, Waldenbooks was the largest retail bookstore chain. The retailer contin ued to flourish; by 1994, Waldenbooks had 1,126 stores in the United States. At that time, it merged Borders under the Kmart brand. Unfortunately, by 2011, the chain met its demise, liqui dating all of the Waldenbooks were closed permanently.

Borders bookstores trace their roots to 1971. They were founded in Ann Arbor, Michigan, by brothers Tom and Louis Borders. In 1992, Borders was acquired by Kmart in the same manner as Waldenbooks. Kmart merged the two companies in hopes that the experienced Borders senior management could bail out struggling Waldenbooks. In 1995, Kmart spun off Borders and formed Borders-Walden Group, and by the end of that year, it was renamed Borders Group.

Borders books could be found over the country by the early 2000s. The growing retailer sold a plethora of books, CDs, and movies. They were the second largest book retailer behind Barnes & Noble. Sadly, by 2012, Borders books came to its final chapter, liquidating and closing all of its retail store locations.

Another bookstore that came and went was B. Dalton. In 1966,

Dayton’s, a department store in Minneapolis, Minnesota, began the B. Dalton chain. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, B. Dalton flourished. By 1986, the retailer peaked at 798 and was located in 43 states. Soon after the book chain began to dwindle, they were sold to Barnes & Noble. By 1997, the retailer had shrunk to 528 locations. Barnes & Noble started to close numerous B. Dalton locations. In February 2013, the final B. Dalton store in Union Station, Washington, D.C., permanently shut its doors.

Aardvark Book closed its doors in 2019 after being in business for 40 years. Bradley’s Book Outlet folded as well. Media Play sold numerous books; the once successful retailer permanently closed in 2006. Another chain that sold books was the Family Christian store; they went out of busi ness in 2017.

Nowadays, the easy way to buy books is via the web. You can pur chase books or download them on a Kindle, Nook, or Fire tablet, whatever you choose – keep reading; it’s good for the mind! n

Sources: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Waldenbooks,www.fundinguniverse.com/ company-histories/borders-group-inchistory, www.thebalancecareers.com/ borders-group-history-the-creation-ofa-bookstore-chain-2800146, www.npr. org/2011/07/19/138514209/why-bordersfailed-while-barnes-and-noble-survived, https://ghosts-of-retailers-past.fandom.com/ wiki/B._Dalton

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Peripheral Neuropathy occurs when nerves are damaged or destroyed and can’t send messages to the muscles, skin and other parts of the body. Peripheral nerves go from the brain and spinal cord to the arms, hands, legs and feet. When damage to the nerves takes place, numbness and pain in these areas may occur. A specialized treatment protocol utilizing brand new technologies is available at the TRI-STATE NEUROPATHY CENTERS. It includes the combination of very specific, noninvasive, FDA approved and painless treatments that are designed to get rid of symptoms of peripheral neuropathy.

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