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animals likely came from her father, a wildlife officer for the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife in Astoria. “From the time I was a baby, I was in a backpack going with him,” Wagler says. “He had a huge, huge garage and saved couIKE MANY WHO SURVIVE A LIFE-THREATENing illness, Loretta Wagler came back stronger gars, bobcats, fur seals on the coast, and porcupines. He would fill that garage with animals needing care and then release and more determined than ever to serve the them into the wild.” less fortunate. At age 40, she was diagnosed with late-stage cervical cancer. As an adult, Wagler volunteered for her local humane society Not only did she beat the disease, but she has made it her mis- assisting with animal rescue and, at one point, was director of sion to “live for somebody other than myself.” the Oregon Humane Society in Astoria. Now, 30 years later, this retired accountant volunteers through She later spent three years working with My Father’s House, ARK Oregon Animal Services to shelter pets when their owners distributing supplies to the homeless. — most who are living on the streets, disabled or impoverished — “It prepared me for what I’m doing now,” she says. “It took must be hospitalized. She cares for the pets, anywhere from one away my fear of being hurt by them. The only ones I steer away to to five weeks on her property in Happy Valley. from are meth addicts because they can be very dangerous. “Ninety percent of these people have no family members Their brains have been damaged and they have no conscience. living locally or no children,” Wagler says. “I care for the pets as They are not good to animals and children.” long as it takes people to get well.” Her work with the homeless who have been hospitalized While most are cats and dogs, she’s also began with a call from two Multnomah County judges who cared for a variety of other animals — “asked me to help with people living on the streets who had rabbits, mice, birds, hamsters, and animals and needed to get medical attention,” Wagler says. even snakes. “The judges were hoping to get donations to rent a facility in She prefers to let the some of which animals could be cared for by volunteers. The need is the animals, such as dogs and cats, so great with the homeless. So many need roam on the property, if they are medical care.” socialized. She provides behavioral They had heard about her 40 years training and pays for their medical of animal rescue work, her efforts as a care when necessary. trained hospice worker and caring for her 86-year-old mother-in-law, who Raised to rescue suffering the effects of a stroke. A desire to save “They were trying to
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figure out what to do with this problem,” she says. Instead of just finding volunteers, Wagler took on the responsibility herself and began sheltering the animals. She is joined by her second husband Don. “We live in simplicity,” she says of their home with few “super nice, decorator things. We’re both country people and both have lived the simple life.” At the time she received the call from Multnomah County, Wagler met with nurses at Milwaukie Providence Hospital, where they discussed animal rescue. She learned that many homeless people refuse to be hospitalized because they have no one to care for their pets. Through this process, she has been
able to meet and speak with many of them. She finds they have lost jobs due to injuries or, in many cases, drug and alcohol addictions. She will care for their pets while these individuals participate in rehab programs at the Cooper Detox or Salvation Army, and feels she has became an extended family member to many so they don’t feel so alone.
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sell each year. In my search, I discovered a new-to-me seed company called Adaptive Seeds, located near Sweet Home. They offer a very nice selection of T’S APRIL AND THAT MEANS vegetable and flower seeds that do well it’s time to start the vegetable here in the Pacific Northwest. garden, if you haven’t already. My mouth was watering while reading I’m kind of jealous of those of you about Sweet Freckles melon. On the who have a large, flat piece of ground inside it looks similar to a cantaloupe, that you can rototill and mound up in but the outside has a unique pear shape perfect rows for onions and green beans with a green freckled husk. Sweet and corn. The vegetable garden has its Freckles is a vigorous, early Crenshaw own kind of allure and beauty that I type melon with delicious, juicy meat. If really miss. Still, not wanting to miss only I had the space to grow this. out on the delight and gratification that Adaptive Seeds also carries an impressive 14 different kale varieties. One comes from growing your own, I use that intrigued me is Bear Necessities. large containers in a sunny section on the south, side yard for a few things, such Looking similar to fennel and endive, it is a finely serrated, frilly purple or green as tomatoes, strawberries. leaved kale with a tender texture makLast spring while at a plant sale, my ing it suitable for salad mix at all stages daughter found a zucchini seedling of growth; a cold tolerant variety that called Astia. The tag said it was compact and good for container culture, is mild, very sweet and adds volume to so I bought it. It proved to be the best a salad. The seed can be sown in spring zucchini we’ve ever grown. A small for summer harvest or in September for thing, about 30 inches tall and wide, it winter harvest since it winters over successfully here in the Pacific Northwest. produced just enough dark and glossy, For peppers, Baker Creek Seeds is 5-inch zucchini squashes for our family. offering Death Spiral hot pepper. And because the leaves don’t get so big, there were no hidden zucchini monsters Ranking among the world’s hottest peppers, this fruit has a unique, wrinkled, to discover. We’ll be growing it again this year, only from seed this time. Both bumpy skin. It can be harvested while green or allowed to mature to bright red. Territorial Seeds and Renee’s Garden Even if you’re not a fan of spicy peppers, have seeds for sale now. you must admit this looks really cool. I always enjoy seeing what novelty Baker Creek Seeds lists an intriguing vegetable varieties the seed companies
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edible hibiscus called Red Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa ‘Red Roselle’). Apparently, this fast growing plant has been cultivated and used in the tropics for centuries but little is known about it up here. While the leaves are edible like spinach and used in cooking, it is the bright red calyxes (or sepals that surround the flower) that are most coveted. They are used to make drinks and added in fruit jams. The calyxes can also be dried. Red Roselle grows easily from seed started indoors with heat, similar to tomatoes. Planted in the garden or in a large container with full, hot sun, the plant will grow quickly and can top out at seven feet! When the calyxes are red, they’re ready to harvest. Baker Creek also sells a Chinese bok choy called Purple Lady. With glossy, dark purple foliage and a bright green midrib, the plants top out at seven inches, making it a pretty plant for mixed containers. Loaded with high levels of antioxidants and anti-aging properties, it has a rich flavor, perfect for the wok, the grill or in salads. ☸
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HOUGH IT’S A BIT DIFFIcult to average, many studies point to around one pound of weight gain per year for Americans, and even higher for those over the age of 50. The Mayo Clinic notes that, especially for women, middle age hormonal changes often lead to mid-section weight gain. Additionally, increased weight at age 50 and beyond is linked to higher rates of disease, including Type 2 diabetes and heart problems. However, a rise in weight and decline in health isn’t an inevitable part of aging. The research indicates there are several forces that impact weight gain and — most importantly — many people can turn the tides with an active lifestyle. A plan that includes resistance training, balanced nutrition, and guidance from a professional can help you make the chapter of life beyond age 50 the best one yet.
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You don’t have to lift every day to see benefits. One study found that older individuals saw improved metabolic health markers when they started strength training, regardless of frequency. Weightlifting can improve your health down to the cellular level, promoting longevity. Particularly for beginners, professional guidance here will be key as will properly fueling your body the right way to support that new muscle.
Nutrition is about addition, not subtraction
You shouldn’t eat carbs. You shouldn’t eat fat. You shouldn’t eat red meat. You shouldn’t, you shouldn’t, you shouldn’t. Focusing on the “shouldn’t” is a discouraging way to live life, leading to imbalance and frustration. So, quit it. Do some research, check with your doctor, experiment carefully, do what works for you, and do what feels right. Finding the right nutritional balance typically requires a change in habits, but that doesn’t have to equal “elimination.” Stick with tried and true nutritional advice to get you started. Try adding healthy foods to your diet rather than taking things away. Here’s a few easy “additions” you can make now: ▶ Add a glass of water first thing in the morning (you’ll be amazed at what this does to kickstart your metabolism). If you already do that, add another one mid-day, or at dinner. ▶ Add a salad to your daily diet (morning or the afternoon, greens are good anytime and will add loads of vitamins, minerals and fiber). ▶ Add some color to your meals. Mix it up, throw in some red and yellow in there; maybe even something green. ▶ Add in a supplement. A pill won’t fix everything, but a multivitamin can be a great start.
rest, and exercise; and I’m a personal trainer myself. Even with my own knowledge base and experience, I still greatly benefit from the support, motivation and insight my trainer gives me. Finding a good fit for your needs will involve some research, so here’s some things to consider: ▶ Education — Some fitness centers don’t require a certain level of education for their trainers. At your first session (which should be free), ask for details about trainer’s education and experience. ▶ Personalized approach to fitness — Ask about their overall fitness theory. Phrases like “what I do” or “what works for me” are red flags. Personal training is exactly that — personal. A program for you should be as unique as your fingerprints and consider your abilities, goals, experiences and needs. Don’t let anyone tell you that any one specific program is the best out there or works for everyone. You deserve a plan that works best for you, and your trainer should get to know you accordingly. ▶ Accountability and personality — Can you work out daily or multiple times a week with this person? You need to mesh. Your PT doesn’t (and shouldn’t) need to be your best friend, but you don’t need to despise them either. A good PT will get to know you and your lifestyle, then bond or relate to you just enough so that they can motivate, educate and hold you accountable. ☸
Yes, there are factors that slow your body down as you age. Are they insurmountable? No. Can you counteract much of what life throws at you through good diet and exercise? “Yes, you can.” Those words are straight from the mouth of my personal trainer and coach and have been key words in keeping me motivated over the past 20 years. My trainer has shown me the benefits of a proper diet, Sherron and Mike Aiello (right) are both members of the Beaverton BFit location. METRO | APRIL 2020 NORTHWEST 50 PLUS 13
YOUR HEALTH | NUTRITION
a plant -based
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HERE ARE SEVERAL REASONS TO CONSIDER MAKING THIS HEART-HEALTHY CHANGE
F YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT OUR FOOD SYStem and its impact on animals, soil, water and air, you might consider eating a plant-based diet. We often hear others say they are thinking about it, but that’s as far as they get. Maybe it’s time to think again. The move to a plant-based diet is becoming increasingly mainstream. Many restaurants specialize in serving only plant-based foods, and offer vegan or vegetarian items on their menus. What leads a person to adjust their diet to eliminate animal products? Some do so because of their sensitivity toward animals, in general. Others want to reduce the carbon footprint of processing and transporting food, while others believe getting nutrients from plant-based foods promotes better health. Katherin Duemling (above) manages a subscriptionbased website to help you eat a plant-based diet. 14 NORTHWEST 50 PLUS METRO | APRIL 2020
Katherine Deumling lives in Portland and is a strong proponent of plant-based foods. She is doing her part to influence us toward a vegan lifestyle. She promotes a holistic approach to food and cooking by teaching classes, writing a blog and managing a subscription-based website, cookwithwhatyouhave.com. The website features more than 900 recipes, tips, inexpensive cookbooks and information on how to cook with what you have, to save both time and money. To access most of the information, Deumling charges $5.99 per month. But most of her blog articles can be accessed at no charge. Some of her recent blog titles include, “When olive oil and salt aren’t the answer,” “Fudgy and quick chocolate cookies,” “Noodles, broccoli and peanut sauce for busy nights,” and “When you start thinking about lunch at 10 a.m. …” She takes a simplistic approach to plant-based cooking. In her manifesto, Deumling suggests not to stress if you don’t have one specific item, or you have to eat white rice one night.
“We know vegetables are good for us and they are so varied and beautiful and delicious,” she says. “Whether you eat mostly plants or have butter on your toast every morning or bacon in your greens, enjoy your food and let taste guide you. Cook when you can and don’t beat yourself up when you can’t.”
Learning to appreciate food
Deumling has been cooking since she was about 9 years old because her mother suffered from debilitating migraines and would be too ill to prepare some meals. But her mother also had a sprawling vegetable garden and believed in the approach of cooking with what you have. They lived in West Germany for about 10 years, in a rural area with little access to convenience stores. Later, a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship took Deumling to rural Italy and Mexico, where she deepened her understanding of how and why people cook the way they do. She became involved in the “slow food” movement both locally and internationally, which led her to learn about food systems, regenerative agriculture and the combination of pleasure and politics. Food makes life richer and connects us, she says. While everyone is seeking a panacea, from paleo to keto, “everyone agrees on vegetables,” Deumling says. Three staples in her kitchen are cilantro, parsley and scallions. For salads, she grates carrots, and adds radishes, seeds, toasted nuts, herbs and tasty dressings.
She also believes in simplicity — even if it’s not exciting — but enjoys adding spices and sauces to make a difference. If you’re eating winter squash, for example, she suggests adding rosemary or ginger for seasoning. Her lentil soup is a template with many variations. Cilantro, radishes and scallions are served at her home every week, and “make everything better,” she says. Even more, her family sits together at the table for dinner without distractions from electronics. Deumling believes the rise in food sensitivities is a response to the pollutants in processed foods as well as chemicals in the air, fish, plastics and other items. “There is a rise in toxins in everything and we are absorbing them through our tissue and blood when we eat processed and sugary foods,” she says. “Our gut is compromised from deadly bacteria and it affects digestion.” When eating out, Deumling recommends searching out restaurants that offer plant-based menu options. She recommends Bijou Café in Portland as “top of the list,” as well as Harlow Restaurant on SE Hawthorne Boulevard, because it serves gluten-free, organic vegetarian fare. She favors shopping at farmers markets, and supports community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm distributors such as Organics to You and Milk Run. In fact, she has 40 CSA farmers who subscribe to her website and use her recipes daily. With so much evidence regarding the benefits of plant-based diets, Deumling sees the medical profession wholeheartedly promoting the concept. Kaiser Permanente is on the forefront of teaching its primary-care physicians about whole plant foods, and has brought in Deumling to teach and even give cooking demonstrations. Kaiser has partnered with the North American Center for Continuing Medical Education to offer a certification in culinary medicine. This designation identifies specialists in the healthcare industry who have been educated to discuss healthy eating and nutrition with their patients. ☸ (Turn the page to try her recipes.)
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the cauliflower is just tender when pierced with a fork. Add a little more oil if the pan is dry and then stir in the spices and let cook for a few seconds. Add the chickpeas and stir well and cook until just heated through. Make sure not to burn the spices so turn the heat down if need be. Season generously with salt and serve topped with cilantro and yogurt.
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Juice of 1/2 lime, more to taste Basil (optional) This is the simplest of curries. Just a few Rice, for serving (optional) ingredients and the broccoli and garlic Everyone’s taste varies so experiment shine. I love to make this dish in the spring when green and then fresh (uncured) garlic with the amount of curry paste. 2 teaspoons gives the dish a mild to medium kick and 3 is in the CSA share or at the market. The is about medium. immature garlic is sweet and fragrant and Add the curry paste and teaspoon of salt, you can use a lot of it without it imparting a if you’re not using fish sauce, to a large sharp flavor. Serves 4 pot along with about 1 cup of the thickest About 3-4 cups broccoli florets and part of the coconut milk and the garlic. chopped stems (see variations) Coconut milk is often partially solidified at room temperature and you want to use the 1 head green/fresh garlic or 2 stalks younger green garlic, finely chopped or 2 thickest (or solid) part for this early stage though if it’s all uniform, which it sometimes cloves regular, mature garlic, minced is, just use 1/4 cup and call it good. 1 can coconut milk (full fat) Over medium heat cook the curry paste 2 – 4 teaspoons green curry paste (spice and garlic in that small amount of coconut milk for about 3 minutes, stirring frequently. level varies quite a bit by brand) (Add vegetables that need a bit longer to 1 cup water (1 can’s worth of water–I cook now such as green beans, eggplant, just use the empty coconut milk can to measure the water) or less if you’d like a potatoes, carrots, peppers.) Then add the remainder of the coconut milk and one can’s thicker curry worth of water and bring the curry to a 2 teaspoons fish sauce (or salt to taste) simmer. Add the broccoli and the fish sauce,
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1 — RIVER WEST VILLAGE WOMEN’S COFFEE, 10 a.m. to noon, Shalom Building, St. Luke Lutheran Church, 4549 SW California St., Portland.
SENIOR WELLNESS WALKS, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Stenzel Healing Garden, Good Samaritan Hospital, Portland. Garden Volunteer Informational Meeting, 11:30 a.m. 504-413-7012.
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17 — 2020 VISIONS, artists reception, 5 to 8 p.m., Currents Gallery, 532 NE Third St., McMinnville. Free.
PRIME TIMERS DINING CLUB, 6 p.m., M&M Restaurant and Lounge, 137 N. Main Ave., Gresham. 503-936-5861.
2 — UKRAINIAN EGG DECORATING
3 — DELGANI STRING QUARTET AND DANCEABILITY INTERNATIONAL, “Body of Sound,” Kaul Auditorium, Reed College. $5. Delgani.org.
4 — FARM FEST AND PLOWING
NEWBERG CAMELLIA FESTIVAL 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E. Sheridan St., Newberg. Free.
8 — MOUNT HOOD REPUBLICAN
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WOMEN, with speaker Jeff Helfrch, 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., home of Wendy Young, 10731 SE Marilyn Court, Happy Valley. firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEATH CAFÉ, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Cedar Mill Library, 12505 NW Central Dr., Suite 13, Portland. Deathcafe.com.
5 — STREET ROOTS POETRY VENDOR READING, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Collins Gallery, Multnomah County Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave., Portland. Free.
6 — CENSUS 2020 INFORMATION SESSION, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Bethany Library Annex, 4888 NW Bethany Blvd, Suite K-2, Portland. Free. ANDROID BASICS, 1 to 3 p.m., Multnomah County Library, 801 SW 10th Ave., Portland. 503-988-5123.
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JASPER STRING QUARTET AND FRIENDS, 7:30 p.m., The Old Church Concert Hall, 1422 SW 11th Ave., Portland. $10+. Tickets@cmnw.org.
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MADHUBANI ART CLASS, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, through April 22, Bethany Library Annex, 15325 NW Central Drive, Suite J-8, Portland. Bit.ly/ madhubaniart.
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The village movement By M I C H E L L E T E
THREE NEW GROUPS START IN THE PORTLAND AREA INCE VILLAGES NW STARTED NINE YEARS ago, more than 600 seniors in the Portland area have signed on as members — neighbors helping and needing one another.
This year, three new “villages” have or will open to provide services. These connected communities use trained volunteers to assist their neighbors who want to age in place but find they could use some extra help. About 50 percent of the requests are for rides, says Diane Peterson, outreach team leader for Village at the Falls, launching May 1 and servicing Oregon City, Redlands and Beavercreek. “We will provide rides to the doctor, or church, things like that,” she says. “You have to be able to get in and out of the car by yourself. But we are working on building a big enough driver base to meet those needs.” Other needs may include home services, like changing a light bulb, very light housekeeping and gardening, and some repairs. This village has been in the organizational stage for the past two years. As a “hub and spoke” of Villages NW, it received assistance with its nonprofit paperwork, something that could’ve delayed the launch date by another year. A core of team leaders has been meeting twice a month to establish the geographic boundaries, membership fees, background checks and software that will match volunteers to member needs. “We have about 40 trained volunteers who have gone through the background checks,” Peterson says. “We started recruiting members in mid-March and had our first ‘members tea.’” More members are being recruited through online communities like Next Door, local farmers markets, religious communities and neighborhood associations. “The need is great,” Peterson says. “I think this is a really, really good thing. We want to prevent people from being isolated, especially when they lose their ability to drive.” Full membership is $45 per month and includes up to 12 services. Flex memberships at $25 offer four services per month but can be adjusted if there is a greater need, such as when a person is recovering from surgery. “I think that might be handy for some members,” she says. “We are also conscious that not everybody can afford it, so we 20 NORTHWEST 50 PLUS METRO | APRIL 2020
Members of Village at the Falls gather to discuss plans.
have a fund for member assistance on a case by case basis. We don’t want anybody to not take advantage of a service just because of cost.” Peterson says that about 25 percent of this Clackamas County area is ages 65 and older, but not everybody in this age group will need village services. “We’re aiming for those who are in the middle (income), who can afford a small amount of money every month and are still relatively active,” she says. “That’s our target market.” Also opening in the past six months is “WLLO,” a village for West Linn and Lake Oswego; and Rivers East, a village for seniors in the Milwaukie and Gladstone areas. WLLO will have its annual members meeting from 10 a.m. to noon April 18, at Oswego Point Village, Riverside Room, 5065 Foothills Dr., Lake Oswego. Other gatherings include mah jongg, lunch bunch, happy hour, and more. Rivers East started planning two years when it saw a need for helping seniors age in their homes more comfortably. The village launched in March and trained volunteers are helping members with transportation, tech support, assistance in the home and yard, social events, educational opportunities, and more, says Pat Carter, a member of the Rivers East Village. For more information, contact Carter at 971-808-2340 or visit riverseastvillage.org. ☸
Village at the Falls Gala, for future volunteers and members, 4 to 7 p.m. April 16, Tumwater Ballroom, Museum of The Oregon Territory, 211 Tumwater Dr., Oregon City. Help celebrate the village’s opening and thank those who helped get it organized.
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