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Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori

Collecting Antique Motorcycles Lori Verderame

To some, a motorcycle is just a vehicle. stylized bikes that could get the job done To motorcycle enthusiasts, collectors, and in grand style. historians, motorcycles are so much more. Inventors William Harley and brothers Arthur and Walter Davidson launched After pioneers moved westward in Conestoga wagons and encountered tribes their now world-famous motorcycle company in 1903. of Native Americans, motorcycles became vital to settling the Wild West. However, Harley-Davidson made one of the first production motorcycles, circa At a time when areas of the country were referred to simply as “Indian 1905. It was a single-cylinder motor mounted to a reinforced bicycle frame that Territory” (such as the state of Oklahoma is credited with winning the Old West. prior to 1906), the motorcycle offered a groundbreaking advancement in On this 1905 Harley, the rider would technology. have to pedal very fast to get the motor In the early 1900s, the two most running. Once the motor was engaged, the rider would have to be satisfied with a top popular American brands were HarleyDavidson and Indian. Of course, Harleyspeed of 25 mph. When you were relying st on the vehicle to take on dirt roads and Davidson continued into the 21 century Photo credit: and the Eiteljorg Museum rough terrain, a top speed of 25 mph was and documented a long and important Harley-Davidson motorcycle, circa 1905. history among the ranks of great American just fine. Harley only made 16 of these models in industries. 1905, adding to its rarity on today’s collectors market. The Indian brand, a firm that produced motorbikes and motorcycles Just like other collectibles, vintage motorcycles drive their market based (including the classic Indian Chief model) until 1954, was known for highly

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on visual appeal, background or provenance (who once owned the bike), race history, technological innovation, and originality. Some tips for newcomers to the world of motorcycle collecting: numbers on the frame and the engine should match; experts can tell when a serial number has been ground down and re-stamped; and too much shine and sparkle may mean too much restoration, and that could be a bad thing. Pay attention to the details, as they can cost you big bucks. You might be surprised to learn that sales for antique (pre-1912) or vintage motorcycles have nearly doubled in the last decade. That’s right: Not only are motorcycle enthusiasts serious about their bikes, but they are also spending serious money collecting motorcycles. For about $10,000, you can get a 1950s Triumph — the kind of motorcycle made famous by Marlon Brando in The Wild One film — and be the envy of your friends. American motorcycles from the pre-1920s era command high prices today. And many collectors also

want BMW motorcycles from the same era. A traditional 1920s BMW ride will sell for upward of $75,000, and the market is only getting more competitive. And it has been noted that Italian bikes have it all. If you are looking for an artful motorcycle, consider the Ducati 916. Looking back, a rare 1907 Harley strap tank with original paint stunned collectors when it brought $175,000 at an auction a few years ago. Its seller had the bike tucked away in a Nebraska barn for nearly a century. Custom brands with a cult following — like Indian, Cyclone, and Excelsior — attract tried-and-true collectors too. If you are true motorcycle aficionado, consider one that highlights the icon ride’s impact. Rev those engines. Dr. Lori Verderame is an antiques appraiser, internationally syndicated columnist and author, and awardwinning TV personality on History’s The Curse of Oak Island and Discovery’s Auction Kings. Dr. Lori presents antique appraisal events worldwide. Visit www. or call (888) 431-1010.

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license, allowing him to finally achieve his dream of flying. Even as a young man, He credits the military Bob Beggs admits his head with instilling in him a work was usually in the clouds. ethic and maturity that put “Most of my classmates him ahead of his classmates in school had Farrah at Carnegie Mellon Fawcett posters hanging University, where he enrolled in their lockers. I had a after his service ended.  poster of the Scorpion Beggs demonstrates his piloting In college, Beggs studied home-built helicopter kit,” skills on the museum’s Cobra attack industrial design, with hopes he laughs. helicopter simulator. of working in the aeronautics Beggs’s interest in industry, specifically in aeronautics led him cockpit design. to a 31-year career at He graduated near the the Boeing Company, top of his class in 1983 where he worked on and immediately took a pioneering advancements position with Boeing near in technology that would Philadelphia as an engineer revolutionize the industry. working on cuttingAlong the way, he coedge cockpit technology founded an aeronautics The U.S. Marines operates the V-22 advancements and the museum and now serves Osprey tiltrotor for amphibious assault; introduction of onboard as the executive director the Navy, for combat search and rescue; computer guidance systems.  of Good Works Inc., a and the Air Force, for long-range special “I was lucky to enter nonprofit organization operations missions. the industry at an exciting that renovates homes for time when control systems low-income families. were transitioning from Beggs grew up in mechanical to digital. I had western Pennsylvania the opportunity to work on before embarking on first-generation experimental a career that would aircraft involving synthetic eventually lead him displays and hybrid controls east to the burgeoning that reallocated certain aeronautics industry near pilot roles from pilots to Philadelphia.  computers to maximize “I wanted to fly Museum visitors are welcome to climb into the cockpits of these Rotorway safety and effectiveness.” helicopters ever since I was Scorpion sport helicopters, home-built Beggs contributed to the a kid and figured I might aircraft produced and sold from 1972-84. design of the V22 Osprey be able to do that in the tiltrotor, the RAH-66 Coast Guard,” he says. Comanche, and the CH-47 He enlisted shortly after Chinook helicopters, among high school and spent the others. Some of the vehicle first year of his enlistment prototypes would never go manning a cutter in the into production, but the Gulf of Mexico, rescuing systems and designs Beggs stranded and lost boaters worked on would go on and responding to crises in to help revolutionize both the Gulf.  military and commercial “Looking back, it was The museum includes a variety of aeronautics technology.  one of the best times of helicopters from different time periods In ensuing years at the my life,” he says. as well as hands-on exhibits. Rotorcraft Division at Beggs spent three Boeing, Beggs would work more years in the Coast Guard working as an electronics technician repairing in research and design as a senior program manager, developing systems to support aircraft maintenance navigation systems and communications equipment. and vehicle health management. During this time, he also acquired his private pilot’s

“I was at Boeing for nearly a third of the company’s history and worked on exciting, cutting-edge stuff each day,” he says. “It was a wonderful career by any stretch of the imagination.” In 1993, while employed at Boeing, Beggs, along with other prominent members of the aviation industry, co-founded the American Helicopter Museum & Education Center in West Chester. “At the time, I was serving as the president of the Philly chapter of the AHS (American Helicopter Society),” he recalls. “The society was celebrating its 50th anniversary, and I wanted to do something of note, something big to celebrate aviation history in this part of the country.” Beggs and other AHS members discussed possible tributes, including a memorial, a walk of fame, and holding special events, before deciding on a museum and education center that would document accomplishments from the past while providing inspiration for aviators of the future. With the support of Peter Wright Sr. and many other pioneers of the helicopter industry, as well as vehicle donations from the National Air and

Space Museum, the museum opened in 1996. Visitors to the museum can see a wide variety of helicopters up close, absorb helicopter innovation history, learn about rotary wing aviation mechanics, and attend special events, including helicopter rides. Beggs has served as a member of the board for eight years as its president. Now, as a member emeritus, he stops by the museum regularly to lead guided tours and volunteer workdays, work special projects, and talk shop with other enthusiasts.  “There is nothing cooler than having a positive impact on someone else,” he says. “My favorite thing about the museum is seeing kids’ eyes light up and knowing that they’re inspired by what they’ve learned here.” In 2014, after 31 years at Boeing, Beggs decided it was time to embark on a new mission in life. He retired from Boeing to become the executive director of Good Works, Inc., a home repair ministry based out of Coatesville.  “I learned about Good Works at a missions fair at our church back in 1991 and began spending one Saturday a month renovating homes and helping out people who were in

need.” When the organization’s founding director stepped down, Beggs stepped up and accepted the position, leaving behind a long, successful career at one of the largest aircraft manufacturers in the world. “I began thinking about what defines you. Is it your career or is it the impact you make on those around you? I felt like the Lord had called upon me to change direction and find the purpose he had planned for my life,” he remembers. Good Works, Inc. improves living conditions for families living in substandard housing at no cost to homeowners through its volunteer renovation teams. Since taking leadership of the nonprofit three years ago, Beggs’s engineering background has enabled him to streamline process implementation, introduce information technology into the operation, and measure performance using financial, operational, and faith metrics. The organization uses more than 1,600 volunteers based out of four warehouses in Chester County.  “I still get my hands dirty doing renovation work on Saturdays,” he

laughs, “but my focus is on staying mission-true to our ministry and renovation work as we pursue replicating the Good Works model nationwide.” Beggs’s busy schedule doesn’t leave him much free time, but he likes it that way. “I never had a desire to retire. I like being busy; it keeps me out of trouble. Plus, I never liked golf,” he says. “God has a plan for everyone, and it’s our job to figure out that purpose and that’s the key — that’s where you’re going to be most fulfilled.” Beggs lives in Marshallton, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Erin, a concert violinist. They have two sons. For more information on the American Helicopter Museum, visit or call (610) 436-9600. To find out more about Good Works, Inc., visit www.goodworksinc. org or call (610) 383-6311. Cover photo: Bob Beggs, co-founder and trustee at the American Helicopter Museum & Education Center in West Chester, standing in front of a vintage Sikorsky S-51 helicopter. Commercial S-51s began flying in 1946.  

Grow a Bountiful Garden and Share with the Hungry By Melinda Myers Do you always squeeze in an extra tomato plant, another row of beans, or one more hill of zucchini? It seems like a good idea at the time, until they start to produce all at once. Your family, friends, and co-workers start to hide as you try to pawn off yet another bag of zucchini or tomatoes. Here is a solution that satisfies your gardening obsession and feeds the hungry in your community. Designate some growing space to a Giving Garden, and donate the harvest to your local food pantry. Feeding America reports that 41 million Americans struggle with hunger. And many are children and seniors. Gardener’s Supply Company is inviting gardeners to lend a hand and take the “Garden to Give” pledge to grow food to give to those in need.  They surveyed food pantries to

vegetables find out to share; what types join forces of fruits and veggies with a neighbor people most who may enjoy eating have the and those space, but that store only limited well. You’ll time to find a simple garden; or Giving Garden plan Photo credit: Rob Cardillo gather a for beets, Produce about to be transported to a food few friends and rent a carrots, pantry in West Philadelphia. community cabbage, garden plot. Swiss chard, Together you can grow fresh produce kale, and winter squash on their and memories to share. website ( Get the children in your life Best of all, these late-maturing vegetables will be ready for harvest all involved in growing and giving. at about the same time, so you can Gardening increases focus, decreases stress, and elevates children’s moods. make your donation in just one trip. Don’t let a lack of space stop you Giving helps children grow into caring, well-rounded adults. Plus, if from participating. Plant a row or they grow the vegetables, they are container of one or more of these

more likely to eat them! Be sure to capture a few photographs of your donation to inspire others to follow your lead. Starting in August, you can enter Gardener’s Supply’s online “Show What You Share” photo contest for a chance to win a prize for you and your local food pantry. Once you’ve experienced the benefits of sharing fresh produce with the hungry in your community, you are likely to find yourself making regular donations of garden-fresh fruits and veggies to those in need … and feeling great about it, too. Melinda Myers has written more than 20 gardening books, including Small Space Gardening. She hosts The Great Courses’ How to Grow Anything: Food Gardening For Everyone DVD set and the nationally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment TV and radio segments. www.melindamyers. com

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Better Hearing & Speech Savvy Senior

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Dear Savvy Senior, What types of products can you recommend to help people with hearing problems? My 65-yearold husband has some hearing issues but doesn’t think he needs a hearing aid, so I’m looking for some alternative devices that can help. – Loud Talker Dear Loud, If your husband feels he’s not ready for a hearing aid but needs some hearing help, there are dozens of “assistive listening devices” on the market today that can make a big difference. Assistive listening devices are over-thecounter electronic products (they are not FDA-

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approved hearing aid devices) that can amplify and improve sound to help your husband in different listening situations. It’s also important to know these products are best suited for people with mild to moderate hearing impairment, and they usually aren’t covered by insurance or Medicare. Here’s a breakdown of some of the different devices that can help. Personal amplifiers: For better hearing, especially in noisy environments, there are personal sound amplification products that can be worn in the ear like a hearing aid and are designed to amplify sound while reducing background noise. Two top-rated products to consider that were recently recommended by Consumer Reports are the SoundWorld Solutions CS50+ and the Etymotic Bean. The CS50+, which costs $350, looks like a Bluetooth cellphone headset and has customizable settings that can be programmed with a smartphone. The Etymotic Bean, which costs $399 a pair or $214 for one, is ready to use right out of the box and is best suited for those with high-frequency hearing loss. If these are too pricy, there are also a number of small, handheld or bodyworn amplifiers — like the Williams Sound Pocketalker ($139) and Bellman & Symfon Mino Personal Amplifier ($188) — that have a microphone and headphones or earbuds that are very effective, too.

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TV amplifiers: To hear the television better, there are TV listening devices that will let your husband increase the volume and adjust the tone to meet his needs — without blasting you out of the room. Some of the best options include wireless infrared, radio frequency, or Bluetooth devices that come with standard or stethoscope headphones. Sennheiser makes a variety of quality products with prices running between $130 and $450. Or, for a more affordable solution, consider the Serene Innovations TV Sound Box for $120. This is a wireless

amplified TV speaker that would sit near your husband and provide clear stereo sound from the TV without the need for headsets.

the Clarity XLC2+ Amplified Phone ($144), which is a cordless phone that provides three tone settings and 50 decibels of amplification.

Amplified telephones: To have clearer phone conversations, there are a wide variety of amplified telephones that offer enhanced volume and tone adjustments, and they usually come with extra-loud ringers and flashing ring indicators to alert him when a call is coming in. Some top makers of these products are Clarity, ClearSounds, and Serene Innovations, and a top seller today is

Alerting devices: A variety of alerting devices can help people who have trouble hearing the doorbell, phone, alarm clock, smoke detector, or even weather radio. These products use flashing lights, multi-tone ringers, or vibrating devices as a means to alert you. Some popular products in this category include: the Bellman & Symfon Care Home Alerting

Solution, which provides door and phone notification with a flashing alert ($198); the Silent Call Weather Alert Radio, with strobe and bed shaker ($165); and the all-in-one Serene Innovations CentralAlert CA-360 Clock/Receiver Notification System, which provides alarm clock, doorbell, phone, motion, and stormwarning alerts ($180). Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior book.

At Your Fingertips Helpful numbers, hotlines, and local businesses and organizations eager to serve you—all just a phone call away. Disasters American Red Cross Greater Brandywine (610) 692-1200

Coatesville VA Medical Center (610) 383-7711

Chester County Emergency Services (610) 344-5000

National Osteoporosis Foundation (800) 223-9994

Salvation Army Coatesville (610) 384-2954

PACE (800) 225-7223

Salvation Army West Chester (610) 696-8746

Senior Healthlink (610) 431-1852

Emergency Numbers Central Pennsylvania Poison Center (800) 521-6110

Social Security Administration (800) 772-1213

Office of Aging (610) 344-6350/(800) 692-1100 Financial Services Internal Revenue Service (800) 829-3676 Funeral & Cremation Services Cremation Society of Pennsylvania Serving Chester County (800) 720-8221

Domestic Violence (800) 799-7233

Southeastern Pennsylvania Medical Institute (610) 446-0662 Hearing Services Pennsylvania Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (800) 233-3008 V/TTY home care services Shanahan Home Care & Hospice (610) 314-1667

Housing Assistance Community Impact Legal Services (610) 876-0804 Housing Authority of Chester County (610) 436-9200 Housing Authority of Phoenixville (610) 933-8801 JEWELERS American Gold & Estate Buyers, Inc. 363 E. Lincoln Highway, Exton (484) 872-8216 Legal Services Lawyer Referral Service (610) 429-1500

Physicians Gateway Medical Associates Locations in Coatesville, Downingtown, Lionville, and West Chester (610) 423-8181 retirement living Friends Home in Kennett 147 W. State St., Kennett Square (610) 444-2577 Harrison Senior Living Locations in Christiana and East Fallowfield (610) 384-6310 The Hickman 400 N. Walnut St., West Chester (484) 352-2307

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Senior Centers Coatesville (610) 383-6900 Downingtown (610) 269-3939

Pennsylvania Hunger Action Center (800) 366-3997

Great Valley (610) 889-2121

Health & Medical Services Alzheimer’s Association (800) 272-3900

home equity loans Glendale Mortgage (610) 853-6500; (888) 456-0988

Office of Aging Chester County Department of Aging Services (610) 344-6350

Kennett Square (610) 444-4819

American Cancer Society (800) 227-2345

home improvement Amramp 835 Sussex Blvd., Broomall (800) 649-5215; (610) 585-2308

Orthopedics Premier Orthopaedics Locations in Coatesville and Pottstown (610) 792-9292

Phoenixville (610) 935-1515

HOUSEHOLD services Butler-Ette Services (484) 770-8059

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American Heart Association (610) 940-9540 Arthritis Foundation (215) 665-9200 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (800) 232-4636

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Better Hearing & Speech Untreated Hearing Loss Can Lead to Cognitive Decline Research has demonstrated that the relationship between hearing and brain health is profound. The ears and the brain work together to understand and interpret sounds. Hearing occurs when the auditory nerve transmits signals from hair cells in the inner ear to the brain. When these hair cells are damaged, hearing loss results. Untreated hearing loss increases one’s risk for cognitive decline and mental illness. A healthy auditory system, in which the brain can process sound, increases cognition, improves memory, and enhances interpersonal relationships. Hearing loss is associated with cognitive decline and dementia in older adults, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine and several studies conducted at Johns Hopkins University. Researchers concluded reduced social engagement and untreated hearing loss can lead to poor cognitive function and faster mental decline. Fortunately, treatment — including surgeries and hearing aids — can improve hearing. Mental illnesses, including depression and schizophrenia, are linked to untreated hearing loss. According to a study in JAMA Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, 11.4 percent of adults with self-reported hearing loss have advertisement

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moderate to severe depression, which is nearly double the rate of those with typical hearing. Individuals with hearing loss have reported feeling uncomfortable in group settings, entering conversations at inappropriate times, talking off-topic, or dominating conversations because talking is easier than listening. In addition to depression, hearing loss is linked to schizophrenia. Several studies suggest social exclusion and loneliness can predispose people to schizophrenia by increasing sensitization of the dopamine system. Compromised hearing is an invisible disability, often unnoticed or ignored even by those affected. However, hearing loss is widespread and can have serious cerebral consequences. “Hearing loss caused by excess noise exposure is preventable — we all must take simple measures, like turning down the volume and using hearing protection in loud situations,” Nadine Dehgan, Hearing Health Foundation CEO, said. Regular hearing screenings can help detect and treat hearing issues early on. Talk to your audiologist about the best ways to treat or manage your hearing loss. Hearing Health Foundation is the largest nonprofit funder of hearing and balance research in the U.S. Learn more by visiting or by contacting them at info@ or (212) 257-6140/(888) 435-6104 (TTY).

4 Critical Facts about Hearing Loss and Protection How many of these facts from the Hearing Health Foundation do you know?

• Many veterans also have processing disorders as a result of blast or highnoise exposure.

Fact No. 1: Noise-induced hearing loss is acquired from excessive noise.

Fact No. 2: NIHL is preventable. The measures needed to prevent NIHL are simple: walk, block, and turn. “Walk away from the sound source, block your ears using earplugs, and turn down the volume,” advises Nadine Dehgan, HHF’s CEO.

• About 30 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous noise levels on the job. • Nearly 1 in 5 American teenagers is expected to acquire hearing loss largely due to overexposure to loud sounds. • 25 percent of Americans age 65-74 and nearly 50 percent of those 75+ have disabling hearing loss. • Approximately two-thirds of service members and veterans have NIHL or tinnitus, or both.

Fact No. 3: Musicians are 57 percent more likely to experience tinnitus and are almost four times more likely to develop NIHL than the general public. Sound onstage can reach up to please see HEARING LOSS page 12

Better Hearing & Speech Retirement Community Embraces Hearing Loop Technology By Megan Joyce Guests with hearing loss attending Messiah Lifeways’ new Hostetter Enrichment Center won’t need to navigate the sonic haze of ambient noise. Frequently a source of frustration for those with hearing aids and cochlear implants, the problem of unclear audio in reception halls, theaters, churches, auditoriums, or other public spaces is eliminated by the facility’s installation of a hearing loop. “Research (and experience) shows that people with hearing loss may Photo credit: Nathan Shields find it difficult to hear the spoken From left, Dr. Paul Wengert and word in places with ambient noise Eva Martin, both project donors, or poor room acoustics,” Karin and Greg Witters, senior director Bisbee, communications director for of strategic projects, look at plans used for Messiah Lifeways’ recently Messiah Lifeways, said. completed Hostetter Enrichment A hearing loop, also called an Center, which includes an installed induction loop or audio frequency hearing loop system to ensure audio loop, consists of a copper wire clarity for hearing-impaired visitors. installed under the flooring that encircles the entire perimeter of the room. The wire generates a magnetic field that then transfers the audio directly to a wearer’s hearing aids or cochlear implants, according to Healthy Hearing ( All that’s required of the user is to activate the telecoil function on their hearing aid or implant, and the audio is broadcast directly to their device. Induction loops also work with PA systems, TVs, radios, smartphones, or tablets. “The loop takes an audio feed from all the active sources in the room and sends them out,” Bisbee explained. Although hearing-loop technology has been inexistence since the 1940s, its use in the United States has lagged behind Europe’s and has only begun gaining traction within the last several years. During the construction of Messiah Village’s recently opened Village Square community, a resident approached the development team after seeing this technology in use at another community, Bisbee said. The John N. Hostetter Enrichment Center, which is part of Village Square, is home to the Pathways Institute for Lifelong Learning and hosts many special events, “so high-quality sound and audiovisual systems are a must,” Bisbee said. “After much research and conversation, we settled on installing an induction loop system under the carpet in Hostetter Enrichment Center.”

Dr. Paul Wengert, the resident who suggested the loop technology, also donated a charitable gift toward its installation, as did resident Eva Martin. Their contributions made the venue’s audio upgrade possible. Use of a hearing loop also alleviates the self-consciousness many hearing-device users feel when forced to use headphones or a similar apparatus in public spaces. “We are glad that our guests and residents will be able to experience a high quality of sound while maintaining their discretion,” Bisbee said. “The t-coil in most hearing aids will automatically pick up the enhanced sound, so there’s Look for signs like this one, which no need to wear a bulky device or will be displayed at the Hostetter use assistive equipment that draws Enrichment Center, to see if a venue has attention to one’s hearing loss. hearing-loop technology installed. “It’s as simple as flipping a switch.”

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The Middletown Home

999 West Harrisburg Pike • Middletown, PA 17057 (717) 944-3351 • Number of Beds: 102 Rehabilitation Unit: No Alzheimer’s Unit: No Skilled Licensed Nursing: Yes Therapy: Speech, Occupational, Respiratory, Physical Long-Term Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes 24-Hour Medical Care: Yes Recreational Activities: Yes

Scheduled Entertainment: Yes Private Rooms Available: Yes Semi-Private Rooms Available: Yes Pet Visitation Allowed: Yes Beauty/Barber Shop: Yes Medicare: Yes Medicaid: Yes Comments: Our campus offers skilled nursing and rehabilitation services, personal care, and independent living residences.

StoneRidge Towne Centre

7 West Park Avenue • Myerstown, PA 17067 (717) 866-6541 • Number of Beds: 135 Rehabilitation Unit: Yes Alzheimer’s Unit: Yes Skilled Licensed Nursing: Yes Therapy: Speech, Physical, Occupational Long-Term Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes 24-Hour Medical Care: Yes Recreational Activities: Yes Scheduled Entertainment: Yes

Private Rooms Available: Yes Semi-Private Rooms Available: Yes Pet Visitation Allowed: Yes Beauty/Barber Shop: Yes Medicare: Yes Medicaid: Yes Comments: A devoted team providing care and compassion in the heart of Myerstown. Personal care available.

Claremont Nursing & Rehabilitation Center 1000 Claremont Road • Carlisle, PA 17013 (717) 243-2031 • Number of Beds: 282 Rehabilitation Unit: Yes Alzheimer’s Unit: Yes Skilled Licensed Nursing: Yes Therapy: Speech, Occupational, Physical Long-Term Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes 24-Hour Medical Care: Yes Recreational Activities: Yes Scheduled Entertainment: Yes

Private Rooms Available: No Semi-Private Rooms Available: Yes Pet Visitation Allowed: Yes Beauty/Barber Shop: Yes Medicare: Yes Medicaid: Yes Comments: Featuring Transitions at Claremont, a dedicated, 39-bed, shortterm rehab unit. Claremont provides quality skilled nursing and secured dementia care.

Mennonite Home Communities

1520 Harrisburg Pike • Lancaster, PA 17601 (717) 393-1301 • Number of Beds: 188 Rehabilitation Unit: Yes Alzheimer’s Unit: Yes Skilled Licensed Nursing: Yes Therapy: Speech, Occupational, Physical Long-Term Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes 24-Hour Medical Care: Yes Recreational Activities: Yes Scheduled Entertainment: Yes

Private Rooms Available: Yes Semi-Private Rooms Available: Yes Pet Visitation Allowed: Yes Beauty/Barber Shop: Yes Medicare: Yes Medicaid: Yes Accreditations/Affiliations: Equal Housing, LeadingAge PA Comments: Person-centered care with reputation for compassion and excellence. Established in 1903. Respite care available w/minimum stay.

Pleasant Acres Nursing & Rehabilitation Center 118 Pleasant Acres Road • York, PA 17402 (717) 840-7100 • Number of Beds: 375 Rehabilitation Unit: No Alzheimer’s Unit: Yes Skilled Licensed Nursing: Yes Therapy: Speech, Physical, Occupational Respiratory Long-Term Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes 24-Hour Medical Care: Yes Recreational Activities: Yes

Scheduled Entertainment: Yes Private Rooms Available: No Semi-Private Rooms Available: Yes Pet Visitation Allowed: Yes Beauty/Barber Shop: Yes Medicare: Yes Medicaid: Yes Comments: Elm Spring Residence Independent Living on campus.

Thornwald Home

442 Walnut Bottom Road • Carlisle, PA 17013 (717) 249-4118 • Number of Beds: 83 Rehabilitation Unit: No Alzheimer’s Unit: No Skilled Licensed Nursing: Yes Therapy: Speech, Occupational, Physical Long-Term Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes 24-Hour Medical Care: Yes Recreational Activities: Yes Scheduled Entertainment: Yes

UCC Homes

Private Rooms Available: Yes Semi-Private Rooms Available: Yes Pet Visitation Allowed: Yes Beauty/Barber Shop: Yes Medicare: Yes Medicaid: Yes Comments: A place to be yourself and celebrate your life.

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Nursing & Rehabilitation Centers Transitions Healthcare – Gettysburg

595 Biglerville Road • Gettysburg, PA 17325 (717) 334-6249 • Number of Beds: 135 Rehabilitation Unit: Yes Alzheimer’s Unit: Yes Skilled Licensed Nursing: Yes Therapy: Speech, Occupational, Respiratory, Physical Long-Term Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes 24-Hour Medical Care: Yes Recreational Activities: Yes

Scheduled Entertainment: Yes Private Rooms Available: Yes Semi-Private Rooms Available: Yes Pet Visitation Allowed: Yes Beauty/Barber Shop: Yes Medicare: Yes Medicaid: Yes Accreditations/Affiliations: PHCA, PACA Comments: Fully staffed Transitions Healthcare employees in skilled nursing and sub-acute rehab. Tours are encouraged!

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Personal Self-Defense Tips for Seniors By Steve Kardian Seniors may be statistically less likely to be victims of a violent crime than younger age groups, but the fallout of a violent crime against a senior can be much more devastating. Reaction times are reduced as we age, and seniors may not have optimal health, so a physical attack can take longer to recover from, cause more injuries, and be more life-threatening. Conditions such as diminished vision and hearing or dementia can also make seniors more vulnerable to crime. A few ways seniors and their friends, families, and caregivers can enhance personal safety include: Fortify Residences – Seniors who are still living independently in a single-family home should make sure that bushes and trees are trimmed back from the home. This will help eliminate hiding places for criminals. Bright landscape lighting can also help to deter burglars, and motion-sensing lighting should be installed in dark corners of the yard or near access points. Never allow anyone into your home, even if they have a work uniform. Check ID, and if unsure, call the company, especially if you didn’t schedule any service. Enhance Security – Security systems and personal emergency-response devices can help seniors reach help if a break-in occurs or if there is a medical emergency. Some devices have features that will also notify family or caregivers if something is wrong, so if for some reason the alarm company does not respond to a call, loved ones or caregivers can follow up to ensure everything is OK. Enroll in a Class – Self-defense classes don’t have to be all about throwing a punch or mastering a kick.

Seniors can benefit from self-defense classes that help to educate about scams or how to use body language and confident verbal communication to scare off a potential attacker. Classes can also help teach about mitigating risk factors and how to be more aware of surroundings. Better Safe than Sorry – If you return home and things don’t look right, don’t just chalk it up to forgetfulness that you left items out or out of place. Go to a neighbor’s house, or get back in your car and call a family member or the police to come check the house with you. There is no reason to stumble upon a burglar alone. And, if there have been break-ins in your area, take extra precautions. Purchase something simple, such as a whistle or an air horn, which you can sound if someone breaks in while you are home and you need help. Invest in Easy-to-Use Protection – Finally, don’t be afraid to protect yourself if threatened. There are many self-defense devices available at a range of costs. An example is the Defense Alert Device (D.A.D. 2), which can be worn on the hand when walking, running errands, or checking who is at the front door. The device combines a flashlight, emergency-alert system, and a non-lethal, military-grade defense spray. A press of a button will send an alert to friends, family, Good Samarians within 1 mile of your location, and police who have the app. Steve Kardian is the founder of Jane Jitsu and an expert on women’s safety and crime prevention. Before devoting his work full-time to Jane Jitsu, Kardian served as a detective and then a sergeant with the Mount Pleasant Police Department in New York. Kardian’s first book, The New Superpower for Women, is available on Amazon. 

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HEARING LOSS from page 8 110 decibels, the equivalent of a jackhammer. Prolonged exposure to loud noise causes hair cells of the inner ear to be damaged, leading to permanent hearing loss.

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Fact No. 4: A portable listening device at maximum volume (105 dB) is louder than heavy city traffic, drills, and a noisy subway platform and equal to a table saw. Blasting the volume in earbuds

hurts hearing. It is estimated that 20 percent of teenagers, an age group that frequently uses portable listening devices, will suffer from hearing loss from overexposure to noise. Hearing Health Foundation is the largest nonprofit funder of hearing and balance research in the U.S. Learn more by visiting or by contacting them at or (212) 257-6140/ (888) 435-6104 (TTY).

Such is Life

Saralee Perel

Finding a Letter from Mom

On Feb. 22, 1985, my mother wrote me a letter. I have not read it until today. On that cold February night, Mom came into my room. She patiently waited until I was off the telephone, and then handed the neatly folded letter to me. Knowing how emotional I’d be, she said, “I know you won’t talk about my death, so I wrote this.” Little did she know I would be too frightened to open her letter for more than 30 years. We started to hug, but stopped ourselves. We weren’t getting along. We never did. Mom quietly left me alone in my room. We never referred to her death again. I was on a cleaning kick this winter. While going through my

bottom bureau drawer, I came across the letter. Remembering so vividly what it was about, I nearly threw it out. But I didn’t. “Dear Saralee,” she wrote. “Regarding the inevitable, I would like a proper funeral at Levinson’s Funeral Home.” Thank God I had arranged that. The funeral room had enough seats for hundreds. Yet, there were only a dozen or so people there. My mother had lost friends because she was hard to get along with. Her family had stopped talking to her. How sad to still “see” that giant room with only a few people in the first row. After her pathetic funeral, where the rabbi went on and on about how please see MOM page 22

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June 6, 2018 • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Church Farm School 1001 East Lincoln Highway, Exton

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Table of Contents Welcome.............................................................. 14 Registration Form............................................. 14 Park ‘n’ Ride Information................................ 14 Directions to the EXPO................................... 14 Entertainment & Demonstrations.............. 15 Health Screenings............................................ 16 Exhibitor Display Map..................................... 17 50plus LIFE.......................................................... 18 Door Prizes.......................................................... 18 Presenter............................................................. 19

Registration is a breeze!

Simply bring this completed form with you to the EXPO, drop it at the registration desk and you are ready to go!

Dear Friends,

We are looking forward to seeing you at the 15th annual Chester County 50plus EXPO. Each month, you enjoy the information that is included in 50plus LIFE, and the EXPO is a great complement to that. There are returning exhibitors as well as new ones. Your lives change from year to year, and what may not have been of interest to you last year may be of more importance to you this year. Or perhaps you have become a caregiver. Representatives from a wide array of businesses are looking forward to speaking with you about issues that are on your mind, whether that is about caregiving, health, home improvements, finances, leisure, travel, fitness, nutrition, or something else. Our 50plus EXPOs are effective forums for all those “hidden” community resources to gather in visible, easy-to-access locations! For your enjoyment, entertainment and demonstrations have been scheduled throughout the day. There truly is something for everybody: interactive exercise demonstrations, vocal performances, helpful information on avoiding scams, a presentation on essential oils, a nutritional seminar, and more. Call your friend or neighbor and make plans now to attend. Or talk to your activity director to make sure they have the 50plus EXPO on their calendar, and hop on board the bus! OLP Events is happy to be able to present this dynamic, one-day event to our visitors free of charge. This day is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors. Please stop by their booths, have your bingo card signed, and talk with them about how they can assist you. Sponsors for this year’s EXPO include:

Name:_ __________________________________

Principal Sponsor – 50plus LIFE

Address: __________________________________

Luncheon Sponsor – Isaac’s Restaurants


Supporting Sponsor – ClearCaptions

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Media Sponsors – WCHE, WFYL

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See you at the EXPO!

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Park ‘n’ Ride: Shuttle to the venue and back to your parking area will be provided by ROVER Community Transportation. Please, hop aboard. Additional parking is available at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1105 E. Lincoln Highway.


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Donna K. Anderson, EXPO 2018 Chairperson

Directions to Church Farm School 1001 East Lincoln Highway, Exton, PA 19341

From Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, and west: Make your way to the PA Turnpike and travel east to Downingtown exit 312 (old exit 23). Immediately after leaving the toll booth area, look for Route 100 South heading toward West Chester. Travel on 100 South about 3 miles, and just beyond the K-Mart on your left, prepare to make a left turn onto East Business 30. Travel approximately 2 miles to CFS. The admission office will be on the right side of the road. From the Lancaster area on the Route 30 bypass: Take the Route 30 bypass east past Coatesville and Downingtown. Follow signs for East 30/Frazer. Get in the left lane to exit. At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn left onto West Business 30, and follow 0.3 mile to CFS. The admissions office will be on the left side of the road. From Washington, DC; Baltimore; and points south: Take Interstate 95 North to Route 202 North (pick up Route 202 near Wilmington, Del). Continue on Route 202 North, and be sure to follow 202 as it bears to the right just below West Chester, Pa. Continuing on Route 202 North, ignore signs that read 100 North/30 West, Exton. Stay on 202 North and look for signs that read Route 30/Frazer. Follow

these signs and at the bottom of the exit ramp, turn left on West Business 30 for 0.3 mile to CFS. The admissions office will be on the left side of the road. From Philadelphia: Take Route 76 West (Schuylkill Expressway) to Route 202 South heading toward West Chester. Continue 9 miles on Route 202 South until you see signs for Route 30, Frazer/Downingtown. As you approach this exit, be sure to follow the sign that reads East 30/Business 30, Exton/Frazer. At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn right onto West Business 30, and follow 0.3 mile to CFS. The admissions office will be on the left side of the road. From Philadelphia International Airport: Take Route 95 South to Route 322 West/North to Route 1 South and turn left. Within a couple of miles, turn right on Route 202 North. Continue on Route 202 North, and be sure to follow 202 as it bears to the right just below West Chester. Continuing on Route 202 North, ignore signs that read 100 North/30 West, Exton. Stay on 202 North and look for signs that read Route 30/Frazer. Follow these signs and at the bottom of the exit ramp, turn left on West Business 30 for 0.3 mile to CFS. The admissions office will be on the left side of the road.

Don’t Miss the Great Lineup of Presentations and Entertainment at the EXPO! 9:30 a.m. – SilverSneakers® Presented by Stephanie Taylor, YMCA of Greater Brandywine YMCA of Greater Brandywine is proud to offer Silver Sneakers, a free fitness program for adults 65+ (with a qualifying health plan). Stephanie will be demonstrating some of the group exercise classes offered through the program and explaining the importance of healthy exercise at every age. She can answer questions about the memberships for all seven locations. 11 a.m. – pa state Senior Idol Winners Barry Surran, 2008 pa state Senior Idol Winner, and Peggy Keller, 2011 pa state Senior IdolWinner Barry Surran performed a three-hour concert at Delaware Water Gap Country Club and was a guest soloist with the Reading Pops Orchestra. Since winning pa state Senior Idol in 2008, Barry has been performing for senior groups, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, private functions, restaurants, and weddings. 2011 winner Peggy Kurtz Keller sung the national anthem for her high school and is still singing it at Clipper Magazine Stadium for the Lancaster Barnstormers. Peggy enjoys singing at the VA Hospital in Lebanon, for community and civic organizations, and in local theater. Barry and Peggy will be performing jointly at the EXPO, alternating between individual performances and duets.

10:15 a.m. – Essential Oils Presented by Renee Muth, owner of DōPurely Wellness Center in New Holland Renee will be educating attendees on the benefits of essential oils, their most popular uses, and what to look for when choosing them. She will also speak about proper usage of oils, as well as cooking and cleaning with them. Renee has over four years’ experience with essential oils, teaches classes, and is AromaTouch Massage Certified.

11:45 a.m. – Senior Scam Prevention Presented by Anthony W. Luker, Education & Outreach Specialist, Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General Senior Scam Prevention educates older Pennsylvanians and their families throughout the commonwealth on crime prevention. The program's goal is to make Pennsylvania’s older population aware of the threat of fraud, teach them how to avoid being victimized, and to make sure they know whom they should call when they are concerned about their safety and well-being.

12:30 p.m. – Stress and Food Presented by Jessica McCoppin, Penn State Cooperative Education Learn which foods tamp down stress and which ones may actually amplify its intensity. After this workshop, you will feel empowered with food, nutrition, and self-care knowledge that will help you move away from the cycle of choosing unhealthy foods to cope with stress to enjoying healthy, stress-relieving super-foods. You will also learn several non-food stress-busting practices.

Proudly Sponsored By: CHESTER COUNTY

Principal Sponsor: Brought to you by:

Luncheon Sponsor: Isaac’s Restaurants Supporting Sponsor: ClearCaptions

Media Sponsors:

The 50plus EXPO is FREE to the community due to the generosity of our sponsors.

Thank you, sponsors!


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Health Screenings Suzy Cohen

Health Network Laboratories — Booth #164 Glucose screening SarahCare of Malvern — Booth #186 Mini memory test ing orntsor p p Su o Sp

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The Connection between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Thyroid

There are many reasons that you might be tired and suffering with chronic fatigue syndrome. To be clear, CFS is not the kind of fatigue that goes away after you’ve rested; this is a persistent type of weakness that is inexplicable, unrelenting, and disabling. CFS has been pinned on Epstein-Barr and human herpes virus 6, parasites, mycotoxins, mold, adrenal dysfunction, nutrient deficiencies, and much more. But new research published in March 2018 in Frontiers of Endocrinology has uncovered a rather obvious link, one that has the potential to change your life dramatically, and in a good way! Chronic fatigue impacts about 2.5 million people in the United States, who deal with it but live in an awful state of exhaustion, brain fog, dizziness, and muscle pain or weakness. Attempts to treat it with antibiotics, stimulants, sleeping pills, and antidepressants have left millions of people adversely affected by the drugs and still feeling pretty dreadful or perhaps only marginally better, but certainly not cured. I’m confident, especially now, that thyroid medication holds the key to getting better if you have CFS. Scientists in the Netherlands and in Spain got together and inferred that CFS could be a result of low thyroid (T3) hormone levels, independent of the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). To test the theory, they looked at 197 people, of whom 98 had been diagnosed with CFS and 99 were not.  After comparing thyroid function and biomarkers of inflammation, the researchers found that the people with

CFS had dramatically lower levels of important thyroid hormones, including triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4), but surprisingly they had normal TSH levels. This means that your TSH could appear normal on a lab test, but your T3 could be lower due to poor activation (which means that the T4 isn’t converting to T3 fast enough). And this means you would have all the symptoms of low thyroid, but it will not be detected if the doctor just looks at your TSH levels and nothing more — and this is what often happens. There are many reasons for poor T3 activation, and I wrote a book on this topic, Thyroid Healthy. I also have an e-book I can share for free if you sign up for my newsletter at my website. The folks with CFS happened to produce higher amounts of reverse T3 (rT3), which, sadly, is like your hibernation hormone. It slows you down; it basically puts you to sleep. It’s not biologically active like T3. To read more about this, go to my website and use the search box to find the article called, “Measure Reverse T3 and Get Thyroid Healthy.” This critical research means that people with CFS are likely suffering from an underlying thyroid problem and could benefit dramatically from simple, affordable medications like compounded T3, Cytomel, or other forms of T3 medication. The T4 drugs, such as levothyroxine, will not be of benefit and might exacerbate the problem due to more rT3 formation. This information is not intended to diagnose, prevent, or treat your disease. For more information about the author, visit

Exhibitor Map & Exhibitor List Lobby

Presentation/ Entertainment Area

Access Services................................................................184

Hooplas Etc.......................................................................145

Rothman Institute...........................................................188

Acts Retirement-Life Communities..............................167


ROVER Community Transportation..............................170

Aetna Medicare...............................................................162

Isaac’s Restaurants..........................................................144


Appleby Systems Inc.......................................................101

Kitchen Magic..................................................................104

SarahCare of Malvern.....................................................186

Armstrong Relocation Company..................................146

Kitchen Saver...................................................................128

Shanahan Home Health & Hospice Agency................165

Bath Fitter.........................................................................127

LeafFilter Gutter Protection...........................................108

Castle Windows...............................................................122

Lifelong Learning Institute at Immaculata Universtiy (LLI at IU).......................................................................157

St. Martha Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare/ St. Martha Villa for Independent and Retirement Living.........................................................180

Chester Country Library.................................................190 ClearCaptions...................................................................106 Coldwell Banker Preferred.............................................161 Cremation Society of Pennsylvania Inc........................163 DōPurely, LLC....................................................................112 Garden Spot Village........................................................174

Main Line Health – Paoli Hospital.................................140 Marx Medical Equipment...............................................114 Meridian at Eagleview....................................................115 Moyer Indoor Outdoor...................................................189 Oasis..................................................................................139

Summit Health Pharmacy..............................................103 Sundance Vacations........................................................155 UPMC for Life...................................................................109 Uwchlan Ambulance.......................................................185 WCHE.................................................................................105 Weaver Memorials..........................................................154

Harrison House & Holisticare Hospice..........................148

PA Captioned Telephone Relay Service (CTRS) – Hamilton Relay . ...........................................................137

Health Network Laboratories........................................164

Paramount Living Aids...................................................133

YMCA of Greater Brandywine........................................142

Health Partners Plans.....................................................136


Zerbe Retirement Community......................................129


Pennsylvania Lottery......................................................175

HealthSouth Reading Rehabilitation Hospital...........156

Pennsylvania Prostate Cancer Coalition......................181

The Hickman Friends Senior Community....................113

Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission......................166

Hickory House Nursing Home / Heatherwood Retirement Community...............................................171

Pennsylvania Relay.........................................................124

The Highlands at Wyomissing.......................................125 Homespire Windows & Doors........................................135


Power Home Remodeling Group..................................152 Premier Orthopaedics....................................................151

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50plus LIFE It’s not an age. It’s an attitude. 50plus LIFE (formerly 50plus Senior News) reflects the lifestyles and attitudes of today’s boomerand-beyond generations. On-Line Publishers, Inc. (OLP) was founded 20 years ago with a mission in mind: to enhance the lives of individuals within the Central Pennsylvania community. Over the years, 50plus LIFE has grown to six unique editions in Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York counties. Central Pennsylvania’s adults over 50 are a dynamic and inspiring population who refuse to slow down and who stay deeply involved in their careers, communities, and family lives, and 50plus LIFE strives to reflect that in its editorial content. Pick up a free copy of 50plus LIFE for articles that will amuse you, inspire you, inform you, and update you on topics relevant to your life. Be sure to check out 50plus LIFE’s website (www.50plusLIFEpa. com), featuring editorial and photo content and offering you, its readers, a chance to offer your thoughts and commentary on the articles that reach you each month. And you can even find 50plus LIFE on Facebook (www.facebook. com/50plusLIFEpa)! The advertisers in 50plus LIFE offer goods or services to foster a happy, healthy life. They are interested in increasing your quality of life, so please call them when considering a purchase or when you are in need of a service. Let us know what you think of 50plus LIFE! Connect with us on our website, on Facebook, by emailing, or by calling (717) 285-1350.


Many Great Prizes to be Given Away During the 50plus EXPO

Your chance of taking home a great prize from the 50plus EXPO is HUGE! These are just a sampling of the many door prizes provided by our exhibitors.

The EXPO thanks the following companies for their generous contributions: Aetna Medicare Bag water bottle, exercise accessories ($15 value)

Hickory House Nursing Home / Heatherwood Retirement Community Fun basket ($25 value)

Coldwell Banker Preferred Wegman’s gift card ($25 value)

Lifelong Learning Institute at Immaculata University (LLI at IU) Semester membership to LifeLong Learning Institute (attendance up to 14 classes, $185 value)

Harrison House & Holisticare Hospice Goodie basket ($50 value) HealthSouth Reading Rehabilitation Hospital Gardening tools ($30 value)


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Power Home Remodeling Nike polo shirt ($50 value) SageLife (formerly Sage Senior Living) Amazon Echo Spot ($130 value)

SarahCare of Malvern Gift basket ($50 value) YMCA of Greater Brandywine One-month senior membership ($64 value) Zerbe Retirement Community Shady Maple gift card ($25 value)


50plus EXPO – Brought to You By: On-Line Publishers, Inc. celebrates more than 20 years serving the mind, heart, and spirit of the 50+ community of Central Pennsylvania through our Mature Living Division of publications and events. OLP Events, its events division, produces six 50plus EXPOs annually in Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster (two), and York counties. These events are an opportunity to bring both businesses and the community together for a better understanding of products and services available to enhance life. Entrance to the event, health screenings, and seminars held throughout the day are free to visitors. The Veterans’ Expo & Job Fair — held in York, Berks, and Lancaster counties and in the Capital Area — provides veterans and their families an opportunity to be introduced to exhibitors who are interested in their well-being. The Job Fair connects veterans and employers faceto-face to discuss available positions. 50plus LIFE (formerly 50plus Senior News) is

published monthly, touching on issues and events relevant to the 50+ community. The Resource DIRECTORY for the Caregiver, Aging, and Disabled is published annually in distinct county editions and contains information from local businesses and organizations offering products or services that meet the needs of these groups. 50plus Living is an annual publication and the premier resource for retirement living and healthcare options for mature adults in the Susquehanna and Delaware valleys. On-Line Publishers also works to inform and celebrate women in business through our Business Division. BusinessWoman includes professional profiles and articles that educate and encourage women in business. The women’s expo is a one-day event featuring exhibitors and interactive fun that encompass many aspects of a woman’s life. Events are held annually in Dauphin, Lebanon, Lancaster, and Cumberland counties.

Bill to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Passes Senate In late March, U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging Ranking Member Bob Casey (D-PA) and Chairman Susan Collins (R-ME) celebrated the U.S. Senate’s unanimous passage of the bipartisan Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act (S. 1091), which would create a federal task force to support grandparents raising grandchildren as the opioid epidemic increases their numbers. The U.S. House of Representatives must pass the legislation before it becomes law. In Pennsylvania, more than 100,000 children are being raised by grandparents or other relatives, and experts say this number is rising as the opioid epidemic devastates communities. on chnesor Casey authored the bill last year n u L Spo after an Aging Committee hearing during which witnesses testified about why grandparents need easy access to information about resources available to assist them. “The number of older Americans who are delaying their retirement in order to care for grandchildren is on the rise due to the opioid crisis,” Casey said. “I am pleased that the Senate passed the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act, which will help thousands of grandparents

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in Pennsylvania access the resources and support they need to raise their grandchildren. This is another tool we can use to combat the opioid crisis in our communities.” The Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act would create a federal task force charged with identifying and disseminating information designed to help grandparents raising grandchildren address the challenges they may face, which may include navigating the school system, planning for their families’ future, addressing mental health issues for themselves and their grandchildren, and building social and support networks.


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Fresh Fare

Simple, Healthy Snacks and Sandwiches Quick and easy meals can be hard to come by, especially ones that don’t sacrifice flavor. You don’t have to eat bland foods to sustain a healthy and hearty, nutrient-filled diet. Some creative and convenient options can serve as the starting point for an on-the-go snack or a full-blown meal. Sandwiches, like this recipe for a BALCMT Sandwich, can be one of the easiest ways to incorporate grains, which deliver shortfall nutrients like dietary fiber, iron, and folate into your diet. Research from the Grain Foods Foundation shows about 95 percent of Americans do not meet dietary fiber intake recommendations. Wholegrain foods, like bread, buns, rolls, pita, and tortillas, can help supply your dietary fiber needs and aid in maintaining a healthy weight and lower cholesterol. Some healthier ways to build a

snack include using leaner meats and lowersodium cheeses for a sandwich or adding more vegetables to your overall snacking habits. Another nutritious option, Baked Pita Crisps accompanied by Southwest Bean Dip, can help you curb hunger without blowing past your daily calorie count. Find more recipes and tips for quick and flavorful meals at www.

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ChipotleMayonnaise Sauce: • 1/4 cup mayonnaise • 1/4 tablespoon adobo sauce • 1 teaspoon lime Photo courtesy of Getty Images juice • salt, to taste • fresh ground pepper, to taste • 2 slices bread, toasted • 1-2 leaves lettuce • 4 slices tomato • 1/2 avocado, thickly sliced • 4 slices maple bacon, fried

BALCMT Sandwich Recipe courtesy of Franz Bakery on behalf of the Grain Foods Foundation

Premier Orthopaedics is delighted to welcome Dr. Scott Ritterman to our medical staff

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Nikos K. Pavlides, M.D.

Linda P. D’Andrea, M.D.

Dr. Ritterman specializes in joint replacement surgery and is trained in all aspects of fracture care, including OPERATIVE and NON-OPERATIVE TREATMENT as well as sports medicine. At Premier Orthopaedics we take great pride in delivering the highest quality of care in the community across a full range of services, including:

In small bowl, mix mayonnaise, adobo sauce, and lime juice. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Add layer of sauce to slice of bread and top with lettuce, tomato, avocado, bacon, and second slice of bread. Baked Pita Crisps Recipe courtesy of the Grain Foods Foundation Prep time: 30 minutes Yields: 24 crisps Crisps: • 1/4 cup olive oil • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika • 3 pita breads (6 inches each) with pockets • kosher salt, to taste Southwest Bean Dip: • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil • 2 cloves garlic, minced

• 1/2 large red bell pepper, finely chopped • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper • 2 cans (15 ounces each) pinto beans, rinsed and drained • 2-3 tablespoons fresh lime juice • 1/4 cup packed fresh coriander sprigs, washed and spun dry • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 2 tablespoons water, plus additional (optional) To make crisps: Heat oven to 400 F. In small bowl, mix olive oil with cumin and paprika. Split each pita bread horizontally into two rounds and brush rough sides with equal amounts of oil mixture. Cut rounds into small triangles and arrange in flat layer on large baking sheet. Bake until golden and crisp, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with salt just out of oven. To make Southwest Bean Dip: In large skillet over high heat, heat vegetable oil until hot. Add garlic, bell pepper, and onion; turn heat to low and cook until vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes. Add cumin and cayenne; cook, stirring, 1 minute. In food processor, blend beans, lime juice, coriander, salt and water until smooth, adding more water, if necessary, to achieve desired consistency. Add vegetable mixture and pulse until just combined. Serve with Baked Pita Crisps. Family Features

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May is a time of flowers, singing under each protective scale of every birds, long evenings, and other cone. beauties of spring in southeastern Several kinds of adaptable, Pennsylvania. And it’s the time of common birds raise young in nests tender, new growth on coniferous in conifers on lawns. Needles and trees, birds nesting in twigs protect young many conifers, and other birds from weather, attractive, interesting hawks, crows, raccoons, aspects of those local squirrels, and other evergreen trees. predators. Little groves of wild Some smaller birds eastern hemlocks inhabit that raise young cool, shaded ravines in conifers include in this area, and many mourning doves, red junipers grow along American robins, roadsides and hedgerows house finches, chipping here. sparrows, blue jays, and But most coniferous small colonies of purple trees in this area, grackles. Photo by Bruce Martin especially pines, spruces, One summer a pair Eastern hemlock. firs, and cedars, have of jays raised young in been planted on lawns a 10-foot-tall juniper for their striking, tree in our yard. And pyramidal shapes and a group of grackles is evergreen-needled currently setting up a beauties. rookery in spruces in But the soft, new our neighborhood. needles developing on Doves have more the tips of needled twigs nesting success by in May is another pretty laying their two eggs feature of conifers. per brood in the Those infant needles nurseries of other birds. are a lighter shade of Doves are poor nurserygreen than needles from makers, often losing Photo by Famartin last year, offering a lovely eggs in storms that Red juniper. contrast of colors in blow their cradles out May. And young needles of the trees. on blue spruces have a light-blue Some adaptable pairs of American hue, compared to the green of older crows, Cooper’s hawks, and red-tailed needles. hawks rear chicks in stick nests, high White pines have thin, erect in older evergreens in many suburbs, “candles” on the end of each of often without homeowners suspecting their twigs in May, offering more their presence. springtime splendor and intrigue. Crows eat invertebrates and small Those pale-green candles are new birds’ eggs and Cooper’s consume twigs and needles growing rapidly, the birds, while red-tails ingest mice, twigs becoming part of branches that squirrels, and other rodents, hence grow longer each year. reducing competition for food among Female flowers on Norway spruces these predatory birds. are upright and bright-red in May, Study conifers on lawns more adding much beauty to each tree. closely in May to see their many Those blossoms become the attractive, beauties. They provide another beige cones that have a fertile seed inspirational lift.

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Fifties Flashback

It’s My Party Randal C. Hill

In 1946 a Massachusetts DuPont chemist-inventor named Earl Tupper introduced “Poly-T Wonder Bowls.” They were polyethelene food-storage containers that varied in size and came in unusual pastel hues. His products — called Tupperware — offered a unique new feature: an airtight cover that Tupper had based on the design of a paint-can lid. But Tupperware retail sales proved middling at best, as shoppers often failed to understand or appreciate the lid design. Enter savvy Brownie Wise, a Georgia-based single mother who reigned as the top salesperson for Stanley House Products. Her success derived from the home parties she had created and hosted to sell Stanley’s products. Wise envisioned greater earnings for herself — and perhaps an executive position — with Tupperware. In 1950 she hired on with Earl Tupper, moved to his Orlando home base, and developed a home-party approach that would bring the company a fortune. Wise convinced Tupper to abandon the retail market and focus exclusively on home parties. A Brownie bash meant women inviting others over for an evening of fun and games — and lots of purchases. At her parties, Wise, who kept the mood light but always focused on the products, would sometimes toss a juice-filled Tupperware bowl across a room to demonstrate the security of the vacuum-sealed lid. In 1951, after witnessing Wise’s record-setting sales, Tupper promoted Wise to vice president of Tupperware Home Parties. She eventually trained thousands of women to become party hosts themselves. Under her guidance, they could each earn up to $100 a week, much more than a mid-1950s secretary, nurse, or teacher could make. Wise kept sales-force motivation high by offering exciting (and often

unusual) incentives. Each year she hosted a homecoming jubilee at the company’s Florida headquarters. Festivities included treasure hunts with prizes such as furs — and reportedly even cars — hidden on the company grounds. Top sales ladies were awarded such high-end items as speedboats, appliances, and vacations. Lavish parties, extravagant shows, and adrenaline-fueled pep talks were always part of the four days of fun. Wise’s success led her to become a household name. She showed up frequently on TV and in magazine and newspaper articles. In 1954 she appeared on the cover of Business Week, the first woman ever to do so. That same year Tupperware enjoyed record sales of $25 million — about $250 million in today’s money. But storm clouds were gathering at company headquarters. To Earl Tupper’s way of thinking, Wise’s widespread fame had shifted attention away from his Tupperware products themselves. In 1958 Tupper solved his “problem” by firing Wise — the very person responsible for Tupperware’s runaway success. Since she owned no stock, Wise was left with only a severance package of one year’s salary: $30,000. Tupper then proceeded to expunge her name from every bit of Tupperware company literature. Wise later began an ill-fated party-plan cosmetics company called Cinderella and eventually faded into obscurity. But her influence lives on to this day; Tupperware remains a billion-dollar industry, with a fun-filled Brownie-style party starting somewhere worldwide every 1.4 seconds. Although Randal C. Hill’s heart lives in the past, the rest of him resides in Bandon, Ore. He can be reached at

MOM from page 12 great her life was, we all gathered in my parents’ home. I’ll never understand why people were laughing and seemingly having a good time, all the while eating fancy, catered hors d’oeuvres and drinking whiskey out of sparkling crystal glasses. At the “party,” everyone had a small piece of torn black cloth pinned to their clothing. This symbolized that our hearts were torn. It seemed unfitting, given the festive mood. My mother wrote, “Request Ner Israel Rabbinical College to say perpetual Kaddish for me.” She wanted to be remembered with this yearly candle and a prayer. So little to ask for. It’s such a damned shame I hadn’t read her letter. At the end, she wrote, “I love you dearly.” And signed it, “Mom.” She had never said those words to me, nor I to her. I created such heartache for my mother. There were


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Saralee and her mother in 1961.

Mothers’ Day: Sunday, May 13

times when I had the gall to stop talking to her. Yet, underneath my mother’s and my relationship of anguish, I believe there was gracious, enduring love. I held her letter to my heart before I looked up the words of Kaddish and silently said them to myself. “May there be abundant peace from heaven and life upon us and upon all Israel.” I lit a small candle. At least on this day, someone will have remembered my mother. Then I carefully put the letter back in my bureau drawer, where it will remain for the rest of my life. Amen. Nationally syndicated award-winning columnist Saralee Perel can be reached at or via her website:

The Bookworm Sez

The Grumpy Gardener Terri Schlichenmeyer

Normally, you’d never allow it. Holes in your yard? No way! Trenches near your garage? Nuh-uh, except in the spring, when you start thinking about hostas in those holes, tomatoes in the trenches, daisies in the divots. Oh, how you love a garden, and with The Grumpy Gardener by Steve Bender, you’ll get a shovelful of ideas. Larry, Mary, Geri, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? If you’re frowning now, remember that even the most dedicated, experienced gardener has a dud now and then, but there are ways to minimize that. Steve Bender has ideas. The first thing you’ll want to know is your zone, which is not at all new-agey. Growing zones are delineated areas that indicate average-low winter temperatures; you’ll need to know your zone to know where a plant might thrive or die. On that last note, you’ll find the grumpy in Grumpy Gardener. There are many garden and landscape plants that Bender wishes would just die. Here, find a list of the The Grumpy Gardener Five Most Awful Plants; reasons why you don’t want a river By Steve Bender birch, cottonwood, or weeping willow in your yard; and c. 2017, Oxmoor House why you should never move next door to someone who 256 pages adores bamboo. If you hate critters in your garden, learn what bulbs they won’t eat, what they like, and how to get rid of pests altogether. Read how to use a chainsaw the Grumpy way, and how to get your plants ready for winter. Find a way to love dandelions and know what not to plant if you have pets. Teach your teens to grow kale, and then send them to college with plants that thrive on neglect. Scratch the surface on poison ivy mythology; see why sycamore trees are good if you’re a kid; and learn why kudzu could become more than just a weed someday. Get useful lawn ideas, tips on fertilizer use, mulches to avoid, and organic methods to embrace. And finally, relax: says Bender, a dying plant is God’s way of telling you to try again … Will silver bells or cockleshells grace your yard this year — or do you struggle to keep the lawn green? Either way, you can’t help but laugh about it when you put The Grumpy Gardener between those greenish-brown thumbs. The Family

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And yet — don’t be thinking this is all fun and geraniums. There’s humor inside this book, but author Steve Bender is serious about gardening, planting, and caring for greenery. The advice you’ll get is sound and useful, including sidebars in a Q-and-A format and chapters on things that may seem only barely garden-related until you need to know them. Also helpful is when Bender recommends alternatives — what to grow, for instance, if your Minnesota rhubarb hates Texas climate — and better ideas to make your garden glow. Though much of this book is set in Zone 8 (the South), there’s still plenty of advice and a few challenges for Northern, Central, and Western gardeners. If that’s you and you’re itching to plant, get The Grumpy Gardener. You’ll really dig it. The Bookworm is Terri Schlichenmeyer. Terri has been reading since she was 3 years old and she never goes anywhere without a book. She lives on a hill in Wisconsin with two dogs and 14,000 books.

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Chester County

Calendar of Events

Support Groups Free and open to the public

Senior Center Activities

Mondays (except holidays), 10-11:30 a.m. Sunshine Memory Café United Methodist Church of West Chester 129 S. High St., West Chester (610) 349-3401

Coatesville Area Senior Center (610) 383-6900 250 Harmony St., Coatesville Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10:30-11:15 a.m. – Going Fit Exercise Program May 3 and 17, 11 a.m. to noon – Veterans Coffee Club May 9 and 23, 1-2 p.m. – Bingo

May 1, 1:30 p.m. Grief Support Group Phoenixville Senior Center 153 Church St., Phoenixville (610) 327-7216 May 1, 15, and 29, 5-6:30 p.m. Bereavement Support Group Main Line Unitarian Church 816 S. Valley Forge Road, Devon (610) 585-6604 Nondenominational; all are welcome. May 1 and 15, 6:30-8 p.m. Bereavement Support Group Brandywine Hospital Conference Room 2N 201 Reeceville Road, Coatesville (610) 998-1700, ext. 226 May 2, 6 p.m. Memory Loss and Dementia Support Group Sunrise Assisted Living of Paoli 324 W. Lancaster Ave., Malvern (610) 251-9994

May 8 and 22, 6:30-8 p.m. Bereavement Support Group Jennersville Hospital, Conference Room B 1015 W. Baltimore Pike, West Grove (610) 998-1700, ext. 226 May 9, 1:30 p.m. Family Caregiver Support Group Sarah Care 425 Technology Drive, Suite 200, Malvern (610) 251-0801 May 9, 7-8:30 p.m. Hearing Loss Support Group Christ Community Church 1190 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester (610) 444-445 May 14 and 28, 10:30 a.m. to noon Caregiver Support Group Adult Care of Chester County 201 Sharp Lane, Exton (610) 363-8044 May 15, 6 p.m. Family Caregiver Support Group Sunrise of Westtown, 501 Skiles Blvd., West Chester (610) 399-4464 May 30, 6 p.m. Living with Cancer Support Group Paoli Hospital Cancer Center 255 W. Lancaster Ave., Paoli (484) 565-125

Community Programs Free and open to the public May 1, 11:30 a.m. West Chester University Retirees Luncheon For restaurant location, please email darsie@ May 3, 7:30 p.m. Compassionate Friends Valley Forge Chapter Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 132 E. Valley Forge Road, King of Prussia (484) 919-0820 May 5 and 19, 5-10 p.m. Bingo Night Marine Corps League Detachment 430 Chestnut St., Downingtown (610) 429-8174

May 15, noon AARP Valley Forge Chapter Meeting St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church 203 N. Valley Forge Road, Devon (610) 647-1823 May 17, 5-7 p.m. Community Networking Spectacular American Helicopter Museum 1220 American Blvd., West Chester (610) 436-9600, ext. 201 If you have an event you would like to include, please email information to for consideration.

parks and recreation May 2, 5-6 p.m. – Weeding Wednesdays, Springton Manor Farm Butterfly Garden May 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Special Needs Fishing Rodeo, Hibernia County Park May 17, 7-8 p.m. – Backpacking and Wilderness Survival, Phoenixville Public Library

Downingtown Senior Center – (610) 269-3939 983 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. – Walking Club (at Mall) Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to noon – “Boom” Move It Dance Class Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. – Tai Chi Great Valley Senior Center – (610) 889-2121 47 Church Road, Malvern Mondays, 10:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. – Bingo Tuesdays, 11 a.m. – Scrabble Thursdays, 10 a.m. – Cards Kennett Area Senior Center – (610) 444-4819 427 S. Walnut St., Kennett Square Oxford Senior Center – (610) 932-5244 12 E. Locust St., Oxford – Wednesdays, 8:30-11:30 a.m. – Paint Class Phoenixville Area Senior Center – (610) 935-1515 153 Church St., Phoenixville West Chester Area Senior Center – (610) 431-4242 530 E. Union St., West Chester Thursdays, 1 p.m. – WCASC Chorus Submit senior center events to mjoyce@onlinepub. com.

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Owning a Slice of Fame Can Be Expensive An autograph from your favorite star is one thing. A handwritten note or original song lyrics can fetch top dollar. Here’s what some scribblings have sold for: • Bob Dylan’s handwritten lyrics to the classic song “The Times They Are A-Changin’” sold for $422,500 in December 2010. They were purchased by a hedge fund manager who also owns the guitar John Lennon was playing

when he met Paul McCartney for the first time. • An original copy of John Lennon’s “A Day in the Life,” written in the late ex-Beatle’s own hand, went for $1.2 million in June 2010. An American collector paid nearly double the amount expected by the auction house Sotheby’s. In 2005, a copy of the lyrics to “All You Need Is Love” sold at a British auction house for $1.25 million.

• A handwritten note by Michael Jackson sold for more than $3,000 on eBay in 2010. The note contains fragments such as, “Talk to digital people, Universal, Warner … make huge $,” and, “Who’s doing sculpture for Halloween special.” A glove worn by Jackson during his 1980s Bad tour sold for $330,000 at an auction in 2010, along with the King of Pop’s fedora, which went for $72,000.

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5 Steps for Social Security Success By John Johnston

No matter how much you’ve planned, there’s no better time than now to think about your future. We’d like to encourage you to take five steps toward your financial security. Planning for the future may seem intimidating to many, but we’ve broken the task down into five easy steps: Step 1: Get to know your Social Security. You and Social Security are on a journey for life, but there is so much you may not know about the benefits and services we provide. Social Security delivers financial security to millions of children and adults before retirement, including the chronically ill, children of deceased parents, and wounded warriors. Learn

more at www. agency. Step 2: Verify your earnings. Your benefits are calculated using your employment records. You can use your personal “my Social Security” account to verify that your earnings are recorded accurately. Access your account at www. Step 3: Estimate your benefits. With our Retirement Estimator, you can estimate your future retirement or disability benefits based on your

actual earnings record. This can be invaluable as you plan for your future. View our calculators at www. socialsecurity. gov/planners/ benefitcalculators.html. Step 4: Apply for benefits. You can apply for retirement, Medicare, or disability benefits online through our easy-to-use, secure online application that is convenient to navigate. Read more about benefits and apply at

Step 5: Manage your benefits. Social Security puts you in control by offering convenient and secure services that fit your needs. Verify your payment information, change your address or phone number, get a benefit verification letter, and even start or change direct deposit of your benefits. See all the things you can do at Share this information with the people you love. Get to know your Social Security and the many ways we help secure today and tomorrow for you and your family at www. John Johnston is a Social Security public affairs specialist.

Dealing with Family Conflict Let’s face it: Conflict is a part of our lives, and dealing with it in an effective manner can be challenging. If you host large family gatherings, you’re well aware of this, as well as the possibility your opinionated Uncle Jerry is going to create strife within minutes of his arrival. To foster an atmosphere of harmony at your next family event, try these tactics:

Use strategic interruptions. If you spy contorted facial expressions and raised eyebrows coming from guests huddled in conversation in the corner, jump in and break it up.

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Establish rules. No one wants to hear a debate about politics or religion at Nana’s 98th birthday party. To ensure everyone is on their best

behavior, keep them focused on the purpose of the event and the importance of their presence for that purpose. Let everyone know what topics are offlimits, even if that means pulling Uncle Jerry aside for a one-on-one before he hangs up his coat.


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Tinseltown Talks

Nick Thomas

Marion Ross Writes of Happy Days and More in New Memoir

From 1974–84, TV audiences though he had picked on me. That knew Marion Ross as the sitcom mom wasn’t really who he was, and I came dispensing to realize he patience was a fine and wisdom man.” during the 11The entire season run of cast soon the ABC hit developed series Happy a bond that Days. lasts to this But Ross’s day. days were “We really not entirely were like happy. a family In her growing March together. I memoir, saw the kids My Days: grow up, get Happy and married, and ABC publicity photo Otherwise, her have their Marion Ross and the cast of “otherwise” own babies. Happy Days. reminiscences We’ve all include remained a bad first close.” marriage and Raised in the challenges Minnesota confronting (Watertown, an actress and Albert Lea, and single working Minneapolis), mother. Ross was Even her early determined to years on Happy act from an early Days weren’t age. always cheery, “I was a thanks to TV middle child and hubby Tom my brother was Bosley. very sickly, so “Tom didn’t I didn’t get all particularly the attention. I want me to play secretly decided his wife, so he I’d better was tough on become rich me for a while,” and famous!” recalled Ross she laughed. Photo courtesy of Ross’s publicist. from her home “I read all the Cover of Marion Ross’s book, in Woodland arts and theater My Days: Happy and Otherwise, Hills, magazines and published March 27. California. saw acting as a She says the way to achieve rough treatment lasted the first few that. At the library, I’d look up famous seasons. actors in books like Who’s Who? I “Eventually, I won Tom over and please see ROSS page 30 learned to love and admire him, even

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ROSS from page 29 wanted to learn how they became I colored some eggs and on one successful.” wrote, ‘M.R. loves C.G.’ I gave it She recalls reading Present to his assistant, a suave fellow who Indicative, the first volume of Noël protected Gable from everyone. Coward’s autobiography. Gable eventually just said, ‘Thank “He began you very much’ on the stage as a to me.” child, so by 13 I It was, says was planning to Ross, a great be successful too,” time to be an said Ross, whose actor. family moved “All the stars three years later to ate in the studio’s California, where dining room. she graduated Marlene Dietrich college and began would come to realize her swooping into dream in theater. the room and a But it soon hush would fall evolved into film over the place. and television. Those early days “At 25, I landed in Hollywood a role in the TV were just so version of Noël Photo courtesy of Ross’s publicist. thrilling, almost Coward’s Blithe more than I Recent photo of Ross. Spirit and actually could bear.” got to work Though she with Noël Coward!” she recalled has no future acting plans, she says about the 1956 production. “The working on the book brought back first reading of the script was at many memories. Humphrey Bogart’s house because “I had to be talked into writing Lauren Bacall (his wife) was in the the book by my family, but now I’m production. Can you imagine being having fun discussing it,” says Ross, a young actress doing that on a who turns 90 in October and is Sunday? I just loved it!” planning some book signings in the Ross’s film career began with Los Angeles and New York areas. Paramount three years earlier with “I’ve certainly had more happy Ginger Rogers in Forever Female. She days than ‘otherwise.’” would later work with other movie Nick Thomas teaches at Auburn legends, including Clark Gable in University at Montgomery, Ala., and Teacher’s Pet. has written features, columns, and “Some actors just have an aura, interviews for over 650 newspapers and and Gable did. It was Easter, so magazines.

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CONFLICT from page 28 Volunteer members of this group to assist with random tasks. If your party is well attended, there will always be something that needs to be tidied up, moved, or thrown out. Create a diversion. If you need to disrupt several small groups or take control back from a larger one, offer up some form of distraction. Announce the start of a game of charades, serve dessert, or pass out lyrics to familiar tunes for a family sing-along. The point is to have an activity planned that will engage your guests and elevate their moods.

Listen and moderate. Sometimes things held inside for too long have a way of revealing themselves. Don’t aggravate tensions with a debate. Defuse the situation with compassionate listening. Allow everyone the opportunity to be heard with the objective of gaining understanding. Remember: Your mission is maintaining the peace and ensuring that everyone has a good time. Let your actions be influenced by kindness and grace. Extend to others the courtesy and respect that you expect from them.

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50plus LIFE — formerly 50plus Senior News — is a monthly publication for and about Central Pennsylvania’s baby boomers and seniors, offering...

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50plus LIFE — formerly 50plus Senior News — is a monthly publication for and about Central Pennsylvania’s baby boomers and seniors, offering...