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Simple Seafood Solutions for Lent With people across the country observing Lent, a religious tradition observed during the 40 days before Easter, it’s time to rethink the standard family meal menu. This nearly eight-week period typically calls for a special diet. Specifically, red meat is cut out on Fridays for some and for the entirety of Lent for others. According to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, research shows eating seafood two to three times per week reduces the risk of death from any health-related cause. Seafood also provides unique health benefits as a lean protein and is a quality source for omega-3 fatty acids, which are healthy fats essential to human health and development. This simple recipe for Blackened Catfish with Quinoa and Citrus Vinaigrette can help you on your way to a more nutritious meal plan that includes consuming seafood twice per week. If you can’t find catfish or prefer to substitute, any white fish—such as cod, mahi-mahi, or flounder—will work. For more seafood recipes and Lenten meal inspiration, visit www. seafoodnutrition.org.
Blackened Catfish with Quinoa and Citrus Vinaigrette Recipe courtesy of Chef Tim Hughes on behalf of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership. Servings: 4 Blackening Seasoning • 1 tablespoon salt • 1 tablespoon pepper • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper • 1 tablespoon garlic powder • 1 tablespoon thyme Photo courtesy of Getty Images
Combine salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and thyme.
Quinoa Salad • 1 tablespoon peanut oil • 1 cup corn, canned and drained or frozen and thawed to room temperature • salt, to taste • pepper, to taste • 1/2 cup edamame, shelled and thawed to room temperature • 3 cups quinoa, cooked
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Heat and oil skillet. Add corn; salt and pepper, to taste, and sauté until golden brown. Add edamame and sautéed corn to quinoa and set aside. Blackened Catfish • 1 tablespoon peanut oil • 1 pound catfish, cut into four fillets • 5 tablespoons blackening seasoning Heat cast-iron skillet to medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon peanut oil added. Coat both sides of catfish fillets with blackening seasoning. Add catfish to skillet and cook 5-6 minutes per side, or until well done.
Citrus Vinaigrette • 2 tablespoons lemon juice • 1 teaspoon lemon zest • 1 tablespoon honey • 1/2 teaspoon thyme • 2 tablespoons olive oil Whisk together lemon juice, lemon zest, honey, and thyme. Slowly add olive oil, whisking until dressing is formed. Serve blackened catfish on top of quinoa salad and drizzle with citrus vinaigrette. Family Features
At Your Fingertips Helpful numbers, hotlines, and local businesses and organizations eager to serve you—all just a phone call away. Emergency Numbers American Red Cross (717) 845-2751 Central Pennsylvania Poison Center (800) 521-6110 Cumberland County Assistance (800) 269-0173 Energy Assistance Cumberland County Board of Assistance (800) 269-0173 Eye care services Kilmore Eye Associates 890 Century Drive, Mechanicsburg (717) 697-1414 Funeral & Cremation Services Cremation Society of Pennsylvania Serving Cumberland County (800) 720-8221 Funeral Directors Cocklin Funeral Home, Inc. 30 N. Chestnut St., Dillsburg (717) 432-5312 Health & Medical Services Alzheimer’s Association (717) 651-5020 American Diabetes Association (800) 342-2383 Arthritis Foundation (717) 763-0900 CONTACT Helpline (717) 652-4400 The National Kidney Foundation (800) 697-7007 PACE (800) 225-7223 Social Security Administration (Medicare) (800) 302-1274 Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania (717) 238-2531 www.50plusLifePA.com
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happen easily. Your quilt is a good coping strategy for them when they’re longing for their Grieving is a beautifully home.’” selfish act. Despite what we Serendipitously, the day were already so fortunate to Delp decided to leave her job share with our departed loved in the hospice field to start a one, like children we succumb nonprofit grief center for kids to the insistent, thunderous was also the day Sipe was laid pulse in our hearts that off from her job at a garden screams indignantly for more, center. They finally decided to more, more — but instead of go into business together. toys or candy, we crave more At the time, The Oprah time, more chances, more Winfrey Show was running a memories. contest offering startup money Although she can’t bring for female entrepreneurs. For you more, Jenni Sipe has four months in 2001, Delp found a way to help you and Sipe worked diligently on preserve what was. writing their grant proposal. A self-taught quilter, Sipe “We wrote the grant and has handcrafted more than mailed it, and on Sept. 10 it 50 healing quilts for families arrived at World Trade Center who have experienced loss. No. 1,” Delp recalled. “On These memory quilts are Sept. 11, it was in the air. All hand stitched from pieces of the confetti that was flying clothing, fabric, and mementos Two of Sipe’s quilts brighten in the street [on 9/11] — that from a loved one’s life. a children’s playroom inside included our grant.” “I try to capture the essence Olivia’s House. Though their plans of a of their loved one,” Sipe said. joint business dissolved, Delp “I tell them not to wash went on to found Olivia’s House, a grief and loss the clothing so their scent will still be on them. center for children, and Sipe went on to establish The Sometimes I use a photo in the quilt that makes it Work of My Heart Quilts, creating personalized, even more special.” handmade quilts for grieving families with the hope Growing up, Sipe had always been “crafty,” with they “might find comfort from something to ‘wrap design inspiration coming from her life on family up in,’” Sipe said. farms. Delp now refers families to Sipe when she thinks “My love of fabric goes back to my childhood a grieving child would benefit from having a quilt or when I made doll clothes out of fabric feed sacks on pillow made from their loved one’s personal items. my grandma’s treadle sewing machine,” Sipe said. Sipe first meets with the family to talk about the She discovered quilting in 1975, helping to make memories they’d like to have preserved and to decide a quilt for the U.S.’s bicentennial and making which pieces of clothing or fabric to include. patchwork potholders, pillows, and other quilted “They brought these items to me in bags and items to sell at craft fairs. boxes, and in a quiet, light-filled space, we sat Customers would sometimes send her photos of former homes or farms they wished to remember, and together, shared tears and laughter, and reminisced,” Sipe said. “I truly feel honored each time I am Sipe began recreating those images in wall quilts. invited to create a special story quilt that will become It wasn’t until decades later that Sipe and someone’s keepsake for generations.” friend Leslie Delp, a bereavement specialist, began “When they tell their life story to Jenni — picking discussing a way their two passions could collide, to out clothing, sharing the memories — it’s very beautiful and beneficial effect. cathartic, very healing,” Delp said. “It’s a process; Delp saw the healing potential in the creation of there are many steps along the way, and every one of personalized quilts for grieving families. “One time as she was showing [her quilts] to me, I those steps leads to healing.” Sipe said it usually takes two to three months said, ‘You know, that’s a grief and loss issue — when for her to complete a project, depending on its size, someone takes a picture of their house that they’re which can range from an 11- by 13-inch pillow to a moving out of or a family farm that’s being sold 50- by 60-inch quilt. out of the family,’” Delp said. “‘That means that Sipe must cut the cloth items into squares and a person has to process that loss, and that doesn’t www.50plusLifePA.com
then machine piece and hand stitch the quilt, sometimes even recreating the loved one’s likeness in fabric. For years, Sipe crammed all her creativity and hard work into a small section of her living room, both meeting with families and constructing the quilts there. In 2004 she built a studio in the back of her home. “My heart would break each time I heard a new family story,” Sipe said. “Yet I was also uplifted by their courage to give voice and expression to their experiences.” Presenting the finished quilt to the family is a humbling and emotional experience for Sipe. “Everyone loves the quilts I make for them, and sometimes they cry when they see it for the first time,” Sipe said. “First of all, they’re very surprised that Jenni can capture the beauty of their loved ones,” Delp said. “They have no idea how much the quilt will still smell like the person; there’s the therapeutic value of the aroma in the clothes that really takes that child back. When you wrap yourself up in the quilt, it’s almost like you’re wrapping up in a hug from that person.” In 2005, Olivia’s House presented an exhibition called “Healing Hearts through Arts” at the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center. In addition to work from more than 50 local artists, the exhibit included 11 quilts Sipe had made for area families. And in January 2016, Sipe began collecting stories and photos from 17 families to compose a book, The Work
of My Heart, which relates each story of loss and how Sipe’s quilt aided the healing process. The book was printed in fall 2017. The quilt Sipe made in memory of her grandmother is featured on the cover. Inside, each recipient of Sipe’s quilts recounts the life of their loved one who has passed and the variety of fabrics used to commemorate them: t-shirts, neckties, sweaters, pants, bathrobes, knapsacks, dresses, handkerchiefs, pillowcases, and more, representing hobbies, sports teams, places traveled, universities, and often-worn items of clothing. Delp penned the book’s foreword and includes the story of her stillborn son, for whom Sipe created a memory quilt out of his unused baby clothes. “When you can look at or hug a quilt, it’s just a constant reminder of how important that person was, and it takes you into [the family’s] healing by virtue of that spiritual healing you’re creating for them,” Delp said. “They get to pick out the clothes, the design, and tell their story. They truly enjoy the process, and it is a gift.” For more information on The Work of My Heart Quilts, visit www.theworkofmyheartquilts. com, call (717) 993-6648, or email email@example.com. For more information on Olivia’s House, visit www.oliviashouse.org or call (717) 699-1133. On the cover, Jenni Sipe is seated beside one of three quilts she created for Olivia’s House, a grief and loss center for children. This quilt welcomes visitors into the organization’s waiting area.
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Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori
The Market for Frank Lloyd Wright Objects Lori Verderame
While Wright’s buildings were fascinating Frank Lloyd Wright’s buildings are examples of modern American architecture in the unmistakable. He designed private residences, early 20th century, he also charted a path for young buildings of worship, office buildings, schools and architects to follow. ateliers, urban civic architecture, and even a major Wright was a highly respected designer of art museum. Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) united an entire building, from the foundation to the the indoors with the outdoors in his buildings furnishings, and this became a mainstay in the history of architecture. highlighting landscape vistas, gardens, and waterfalls. Wright designed windows in stained and leaded His Prairie-style structures focused on the glass, chairs, tables, serving pieces, built-in seating and storage items, textiles, carpets, light fixtures, landscape, and his emphasis on what he called organic architecture made his buildings stand out planters, sculptures, etc. These objects have become Photo credit: Sailko of great interest to collectors. in the realm of 20th-century modernism. A Wright-designed dining table and six chairs from Wright’s designs reference history’s finest Here are 10 Wright objects that have sold on Robie House on the University of Chicago’s campus. structures, from Renaissance buildings, such as the market in the last year, showing the interest in Frank Lloyd Wright as a designer of objects: the Sistine Chapel, to ancient Japanese pagodas. He was interested in devising • Hanging lamp, John Storer House a plan that would encourage visitors to make a pilgrimage to in Hollywood, California, 1923 – $36,000 discover the front door of the private homes, as with the famous • Lounge chair, Clarence Sondern Frederick C. Robie House on House in Kansas City, Missouri, the campus of the University of 1939 – $15,000 Chicago. • Stained-glass window, Lake He thoughtfully designed Geneva Hotel in Lake Geneva, stained-glass windows to fit within Wisconsin, 1911 – $10,000 an overall design aesthetic. His colorful windows for the children’s • Stained-glass window, Avery playhouse of the Avery Coonley Coonley House in Riverside, Photo credit: Sailko Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin D. House in Riverside, Illinois, Interior and front door of the Illinois, 1908 – $8,500 Martin House in Buffalo, N.Y., focused on the family’s active Frederick C. Robie House. during reconstruction in 2006. • Leather chair, Francis W. Little lifestyle with young children. House in Wayzata, Minnesota, Wright’s buildings made the circa 1902-03 – $4,750 hearth the center of the home. The nucleus of his residential structures, the fireplace served as a meeting place in Wright’s home designs with ample seating • S tanding oak desk, Frank L. Smith Bank in Dwight, Illinois, 1905 – $4,500 and room for a large roaring fire, as is the case in Wright’s architectural design •U pholstered bench, Unitarian Meeting House in Madison, Wisconsin, 1951 of the massive hearth in the Darwin D. Martin House in Buffalo, New York. – $3,500
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•W astebasket, Larkin Building in Buffalo, New York, circa 1906 – $2,100 •B ound carpet remnant, Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, Arizona, 1929 – $300 •B uffalo Pottery china plate with Larkin Company logo by Wright, circa 1905 – $150
As Wright enthusiasts consider taking on the project of buying and updating a Wright home or building, many lovers of the Prairie style of modern architecture are quite satisfied with a planter, wastebasket, or carpet remnant designed by the great architect. Today, these architectural elements are becoming much easier to find and afford.
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Sundays, 7:15 p.m. Outreach Al-Anon Family Group Meeting Chapel Hill United Church of Christ 701 Poplar Church Road, Camp Hill Other meeting times/locations at www.pa-al-anon.org
March 7, 7 p.m. Caregivers Support Group Claremont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center 1000 Claremont Road, Carlisle (717) 386-0047
Big Spring Senior Center – (717) 776-4478 91 Doubling Gap Road, Suite 1, Newville
Mondays, 7 p.m. Hope on Simpson Al-Anon Family Group Meeting First United Methodist Church 135 W. Simpson St., Mechanicsburg Other meeting times/locations at www.pa-al-anon.org
March 12, 1:30-3 p.m. Caregivers Support Group St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church 310 Hertzler Road, Upper Allen Township (717) 766-8806
Tuesdays, noon Anchor Al-Anon Family Group Meeting The Harbor 55 W. King St., Shippensburg Other meeting times/locations at www.pa-al-anon.org
March 13, 6:30-8 p.m. Carlisle Area Men’s Cancer Support Group The Live Well Center 3 Alexandria Court, Carlisle (717) 877-7561 firstname.lastname@example.org
March 1, 6:30 p.m. Too Sweet: Diabetes Support Group Chapel Hill United Church of Christ 701 Poplar Church Road, Camp Hill (717) 557-9041 March 5, 4-5 p.m. Caregivers Support Group Messiah Lifeways Meetinghouse 1155 Walnut Bottom Road, Carlisle (717) 243-0447 March 6, 6 p.m. CanSurmount Cancer Support Group HealthSouth Acute Rehab Hospital 175 Lancaster Blvd., Mechanicsburg (717) 691-6786 March 6, 6-7 p.m. Alzheimer’s Support Group Senior Helpers 3806 Market St., Suite 3, Camp Hill (717) 920-0707 March 7, 1:30 p.m. The Bridges Support Group for the Alzheimer’s Association The Bridges at Bent Creek 2100 Bent Creek Blvd., Mechanicsburg (717) 795-1100
March 14, 1:30 p.m. Parkinson’s Support Group Bethany Village West – Springfield Room 325 Asbury Drive, Mechanicsburg (717) 877-0624 March 14, 6:30 p.m. Amputee Support Team Meeting HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital 175 Lancaster Blvd., Mechanicsburg (717) 834-5705 www.astamputees.com March 15, 1 p.m. Caregiver Support Group Mechanicsburg Church of the Brethren 501 Gale St., Mechanicsburg (717) 766-8880 March 27, 6 p.m. Multiple Sclerosis Support Group HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital 175 Lancaster Blvd., Mechanicsburg (717) 486-3596 email@example.com If you have an event you would like to include, please email information to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
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Library Programs Bosler Memorial Library, 158 W. High St., Carlisle, (717) 243-4642 March 2, 7 p.m. – Music @ Bosler March 14, 1-2 p.m. – Wicked Wednesday Book Discussion Group March 6, 13, 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m. – U pstairs Stitchers Embroidery Group Cleve J. Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, (717) 761-3900 March 19, 7 p.m. – W hat You Should Know When Buying or Selling Real Estate March 26,7 p.m. – One Book, One Community Discussion: Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder New Cumberland Public Library, 1 Benjamin Plaza, New Cumberland, (717) 774-7820
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March 27, 12:30 p.m. –High School Spring Luncheon
March 18, 1:30 p.m. – A Celtic Concert with Seasons
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March 14, noon – Nutrition Program: Old-World Grains and Seeds
March 14, 11:30 a.m. NARFE West Shore Chapter 1465 VFW Post 7530 4545 Westport Drive, Mechanicsburg (717) 774-4031 www.narfe1465.org Visitors welcome; meeting is free but fee for food.
March 8, 6:30 p.m.; March 11, 3-4 p.m. – Introduction to Penny Rugs: Crafting for Adults March 1 3, 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Our Yellow Breeches: Celebrating and Protecting a Natural Treasure March 28, 6-9 p.m. – Children’s Book Writers Critique Group
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Maintaining a Fulfilled and Happy Life When You’re 50+ or Retired
Living Your Best Retirement
By Anna Yusim, M.D. As a psychiatrist in Manhattan, it is not uncommon for me to see somebody who, after years of living a productive life, is dissatisfied upon entering late middle age and retirement. But far more often, I see the exact opposite: energetic older individuals entering the “third act” of life with an enviable and beautiful joie de vivre. So what differentiates those who are fulfilled in their “third act” of life from those who are not? Psychologist and psychoanalyst Eric Erikson described the years after age 60 as time to reflect and reconcile the lives we have lived and the key choices that have defined us. This stage entails recognition of our own mortality and the understanding that we live on and gain proverbial immortality through our extended family, our community, and the various contributions we have made over the course of our lives. Erikson describes this developmental stage as a time when human beings seek to reconcile the conflict between “integrity vs. despair.”
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The most important part of this developmental stage of life is coming to terms with the choices and events that have made our lives unique and accepting our lives for what they are. When one is able to do this, one develops a sense of integrity. Older adults that reach integrity become self-affirming and selfaccepting, and they judge that their lives have been, for the most part, worthwhile and good. They feel a sense of fulfillment about life and accept death as an unavoidable reality. In contrast, if a person looks back on their life with predominant feelings of dissatisfaction, shame, guilt, and regret, they develop despair. They may feel bitterness because of what they were not able to do in their lives, longing to turn back the hands of time for second chances. They focus more on their failures and, as such, may experience fear of death, as they are still not done with searching for their life’s meaning and still wondering, “What was the point of life?” The most powerful way to deal with death anxiety is to engage in the adage of living each day as if it were your last, without fear or regret. Although death itself will lead to the end of our physical life, as we know it, the recognition that life is finite may be the very thing that opens us up to our aliveness. Ways of reaching Erickson’s state of integrity, as opposed to despair, and reconciling the very human feeling of death anxiety include:
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• Recognizing the legacy you have created through your relationships and the work you’ve done in this world • Embracing your freedom by taking full responsibility for your life At the same time, it entails seizing the third act of life with openness, joy, and presence: trying new things, learning new skills, engaging in creative activities, telling your story to others, living with purpose, fostering meaningful connections, and, most importantly, living mindfully and in the present moment. None of these things will make you immortal, but they will enable you to live the life you have on earth most fully. By living in a constant state of presence, we begin to appreciate the miraculous in the mundane. As Albert Einstein once said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Dr. Anna Yusim is an award-winning psychiatrist and author of Fulfilled: How the Science of Spirituality Can Help You Live a Happier More Meaningful Life (Hachette, June 2017).
After retirement, we know you want to live life on your own terms.
At Homeland Center, a licensed, not-for-profit continuing care retirement community, you can pursue your favorite hobbies. Dine with friends and family and choose from a varied menu. Have a small party catered by our staff in one of our lounges. Read in the quiet of our library or stroll through one of our landscaped courtyards. Occupying a full city block in uptown Harrisburg, Homeland Center has served thousands of individuals and families since opening in 1867, and today, 145 residents call it home. Homeland accommodates all levels of care, and our residents stay with us as their needs change. A five-star rated CMS Skilled Nursing Care Facility, Homeland provides a range of services to our residents and community: Personal Care – Personal care at Homeland Center provides our residents with the support they need to live an active and healthy life with as much independence as possible. Skilled Nursing – Offering 24-hour expert nursing for either short- or long-term assistance, Homeland Center’s skilled care services are designed with residents’ comfort and well-being in mind. Specialized Dementia Unit – Homeland’s medical staff works with residents and their families to develop a comprehensive, customized plan of care. Short-term Rehabilitation – Many residents come for physician-ordered rehabilitation to regain an independent lifestyle and return home. Individualized treatment plans can include physical, occupational, and speech therapies along with wellness services. Homeland’s Community Outreach offers the following personalized, compassionate at-home services: Homeland HomeCare – Our Certified Nurse Assistants provide an array of individualized care plans to meet the needs of independent living while ensuring safety in the home. Homeland HomeHealth – Designed to help you or a loved one recover at home, our team of medical professionals closely monitors and implements a physician-ordered plan of care. Homeland Hospice – Our expert team of nurses, social workers, therapists, and more is dedicated to providing compassionate care so patients and families can make the most of every precious moment together.
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5 Steps to Help Ensure You Will Have Enough for Retirement
Living Your Best Retirement
By Ray LeVitre, CFP For many years, financial planners have espoused general formulas for determining the amount of income retirees will need. The most popular is the “70 percent rule,” which suggests retirees will need to replace just 70 percent of their pre-retirement income to provide for their living needs in retirement. That may have been an effective guideline a few decades ago when the rule was established; however, for many retirees, relying upon it today may be fraught with financial peril. It’s a very different world today, and old guidelines based on conditions that existed 30 years ago don’t necessarily reflect real costs of aging today, which include: 1. A male turning 65 years old today can be expected to live another 19 years, versus 11 years in 1970; for women, they can expect to live another 23 years. 2. The chances of retirees or an elder family member requiring some form of long-term care is 7-in-10. 3. Many of today’s retirees are carrying some form of debt into retirement, including mortgages, consumer debt, and student loans. 4. Although inflation has moderated somewhat since the 1970s, lifestyle costs — such as housing, food, and transportation — consume a larger portion of a retiree’s budget today. 5. Although healthcare cost increases have slowed, the rate of cost increases continues to be well above the general rate of inflation. For many retirees, the 70 percent income replacement rule might be an acceptable baseline for planning; however, with the risk of inflation, compounded by the longevity risk now confronting retirees, income planning should be based on the realities of aging today. It’s not inconceivable that, for some retirees, their incomereplacement need could be as high as 100 percent. Essential Steps to Enhancing Lifetime Income Sufficiency Track your expenses now. You should begin to track your living expenses and gradually adjust your budget to smooth out your consumption between your living requirements now and your requirements in retirement.
Increase your savings. Any combination of the first two steps should generate steady increases in excess cash flow, which should be saved for retirement. Pre-retirees within 15 years of retirement should target contributing a minimum of 15 percent of their earnings toward their retirement. Start exploring your Social Security options. Retirees who are able to postpone their Social Security benefits until age 70 can significantly boost their lifetime income; additional Social Security planning for spousal benefits could increase it further. Don’t invest too conservatively. Although the natural inclination is to reduce your exposure to risk-based investments, such as equities, the closer you are to retirement, reducing your exposure by too much, too soon could stunt the growth of your capital. To ensure lifetime income sufficiency, today’s retirees should always have some exposure to equities. A broadly diversified, well-balanced portfolio of equities, bonds, and cash offers the best opportunity to maintain the necessary growth of capital needed while minimizing volatility over the long term. Regardless of your planning method or process, it would be a mistake to succumb to standard formulas or a generalized approach to retirement planning. Right now, your retirement vision, formed by your specific needs, wants, attitudes, and beliefs, rests in your mind, and it will undoubtedly change as your outlook and priorities change, but you should always base your income needs on realistic assumptions. Personal finance pro Ray LeVitre, CFP, is the author of 20 Retirement Decisions You Need to Make Right Now and founder/managing partner at Net Worth Advisory Group. LeVitre helps individuals make key financial decisions during that critical yet oft-underestimated period of transitioning from the workforce into retirement. www.networthadvice.com
Americans Assess Their Prospects for Retirement You may dream of retirement, but many Americans are less than fully confident that they’ll be able to. According to the Retirement Conference Survey, 60 percent of U.S. workers say they feel confident in their ability to retire comfortably, but only 18 percent feel “very confident.” Overall confidence levels have decreased since 2016, down from 64
Start living like a retiree now. Going a step further, you could take the approach of changing your lifestyle now to reflect how you expect to live in retirement. That might mean downsizing your home now, reducing your leisure travel, driving more efficient cars, and generally adopting a more frugal mindset.
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percent to 60 percent. Among current retirees, 79 percent say they feel either somewhat or very confident that they’ll continue to have enough money to live comfortably (up from 75 percent in 2016). Thirty-two percent describe themselves as “very confident,” although 8 percent aren’t confident at all. www.50plusLifePA.com
The Beauty in Nature
Easily Seen Predators Clyde McMillan-Gamber
American kestrels, red-tailed hawks, ground for prey. When a potential belted kingfishers, and great blue victim is spotted, each red-tail dives herons are common, easily spotted rapidly with claws extended to catch predatory birds here in southeastern the critter. Red-tails and kestrels both Pennsylvania, as elsewhere. snare prey with their eight sharp, All these species are permanent curved talons. residents in this area, nesting and Belted kingfishers perch on tree wintering here. Kestrels and red-tails limbs that reach over ponds and hunt rodents and other creatures in waterways to watch for frogs, crayfish, fields and along and small fish. roadsides, and the And, like kestrels, kingfishers and kingfishers hover herons stalk fish on quickly beating and other aquatic wings facing into creatures in local the wind as they waterways and look for prey human-made animals. When a impoundments. potential victim Kestrels are is spotted, each attractive, small kingfisher dives hawks that are beak-first into the often seen perched water to grab the American kestrel. on roadside wires, victim with its watching for mice long, stout bill. along roadside Stately great shoulders through blue herons stand each year, and about 5 feet tall and grasshoppers there wade cautiously in summer and in waterways and autumn. impoundments to Interestingly, catch fish, frogs, kestrels are also crayfish, water seen hovering snakes, and other lightly, rapidly water creatures with beating wings into their lengthy beaks. the wind, as they Since these look for rodents herons are much and grasshoppers larger than in fields and grassy kingfishers, they are medial strips of able to snare bigger Great blue heron. expressways and fish, thus reducing along the edges of competition for country roads, where field mice can be food with kingfishers. Great blues also plentiful. catch goldfish and koi from backyard Red-tailed hawks perch high in lone goldfish ponds, much to the dismay of trees in fields and along hedgerows the pond owners. between fields, where they watch These permanent-resident, for field mice and gray squirrels to predatory birds are easily seen in consume. Those hawks are most cropland and farmland waterways and readily seen in winter when foliage is impoundments, where they watch for off the trees. prey animals to eat. They help make And red-tails soar gracefully in those local habitats interesting, as they circles high in the sky as they scan the do through much of North America. www.50plusLifePA.com
Volunteer Spotlight Volunteers Help Schools Receive Thousands of Books Eanie Bard and Jill Burhman are the RSVP Cumberland County co-volunteers of the month. They have been faithful volunteers for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program in Camp Hill for more than five years. RSVP of the Capital Region, Inc. is a volunteer-based organization serving the Central Pennsylvania region for more than 45 years. They recruit, train, and place volunteers in not-for-profit agencies, schools, government offices, hospitals, and senior residences. Bard and Burhman are both integral parts of the organization. Most recently, they greatly supported the 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Day book-distribution event. RSVP, with the support of Mette, Evans & Woodside law firm,
collected and distributed more than 8,000 children’s books. Schools and organizations in Cumberland and Dauphin counties were invited to stop by on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to shop for free books. Attendees received hundreds to thousands of books for their school or organization. Bard was very involved with labeling and organizing all of the children’s books. She also helped to set up the event. Burhman and Bard attended the event, helping people to select books for their school. For further information about RSVP volunteer opportunities in Cumberland County, please contact Becky Gibbons, Cumberland/ Perry development coordinator, at (800) 870-2616 or perrycumb@ rsvpcapreg.org.
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Income Tax Filing Requirements for Retirees Jim Miller
Dear Savvy Senior, What are the IRS income tax filing requirements for seniors this year? I didn’t file a tax return the past two years because my income was below the filing requirements, but I got a part-time job late last year, so I’m wondering if I’m required to file this year. – Part-time Retiree Dear Part-time, Whether or not you are required to file a federal income tax return this year will depend on how much you earned last year (in 2017) and the source of that income, as well as your age and filing status. Here’s a rundown of this tax season’s (2017) IRS tax filing requirement thresholds. For most people, this is pretty straightforward. If your 2017 gross income — which includes all taxable income, not counting your Social Security benefits, unless you are married and filing separately — was below the threshold for your filing status and age, you probably won’t have to file. But if it’s over, you will.
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• Married filing separately: $4,050 at any age • Head of household: $13,400 ($14,950 if age 65 or older) • Qualifying widow(er) with dependent child: $16,750 ($18,000 if age 65 or older) To get a detailed breakdown on federal filing requirements, along with information on taxable and nontaxable income, call the IRS at (800) 829-3676 and ask them to mail you a free copy of the Tax Guide for Seniors (publication 554), or see www.irs.gov/pub/ irs-pdf/p554.pdf. Check Here Too There are other financial situations that
can require you to file a tax return, even if your gross income falls below the IRS filing requirement. For example, if you had earnings from selfemployment in 2017 of $400 or more, or if you’re receiving Social Security benefits and half your benefits plus all other income, including tax-exempt interest, exceeds $25,000 (or $32,000 if you are married filing jointly), you’ll probably need to file. To figure this out, the IRS offers an interactive tax assistant tool on their website that asks a series of questions that will help you determine if you’re required to file or if you should file because you’re due a refund. It takes less than 15 minutes to complete. You can access this tool at www.irs.gov/filing; click on the “Do I Need to File?” button. Or, you can get assistance over the phone by calling the IRS helpline at (800) 829-1040. You can also get face-to-face help at a Taxpayer Assistance Center. See www.irs.gov/localcontacts or call (800) 829-1040 to locate a center near you. Check Your State Even if you’re not required to file a federal tax return this year, don’t assume that you’re also excused from filing state income taxes. The rules for your state might be very different. Check with your state tax agency before concluding that you’re entirely in the clear. For links to state tax agencies, see www.taxadmin.org/ state-tax-agencies. Tax Preparation Help If you find that you do need to file a tax return this year, you can get help through the Tax Counseling for the Elderly program. Sponsored by the IRS, TCE provides free tax preparation and counseling to middle- and lowincome taxpayers, age 60 and older. Call (800) 9069887 or visit www.irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep to locate a service near you. Also check with AARP, a participant in the TCE program that provides free tax preparation at around 5,000 sites nationwide. You don’t have to be an AARP member to use this service. To locate an AARP Tax-Aide site, call (888) 2277669, visit www.AARP.org/findtaxhelp, or check out the local listings included in this issue of 50plus LIFE. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit www.savvysenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior book.
Vietnam War Veterans Day Returns March 29 For the second year, American flags should be displayed March 29 to mark National Vietnam War Veterans Day. The 2017 Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act was the first federal statute that specifically provides for the honoring of Vietnam War veterans. Last year, both chambers of Congress unanimously passed bipartisan legislation authored by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.). President Trump then signed National Vietnam War Veterans Day into law. The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act represents the first federal statute recognizing the bravery and sacrifice of veterans who served during the Vietnam War. Vietnam Veterans of America and Veterans of Foreign Wars supported the act, as did AMVETS Department of Pennsylvania. Sgt. Harold Redding, a Vietnam veteran from York, came up with the concept of the legislation. March 29, 1973, was the day the last combat troops were ordered out of Vietnam. While numerous troops remained behind before the fall of Saigon, March 29 holds great meaning for many Vietnam veterans.
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Please, join us! This combined event is FREE for veterans of all ages, active military, and their families. • The official Vietnam era lasted from Aug. 5, 1964, to May 7, 1975. • Total U.S. casualties: 58,220 • Total Pennsylvania casualties: 3,147 • Year of greatest casualties: 1968 (16,899) • 2,709,918 Americans served in uniform in Vietnam. • Average age of the men killed: 23.1 years • 97 percent of Vietnam veterans were honorably discharged. Sources: U.S. Wings, National Archives
Alzheimer’s Helpline Expands Hours The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is expanding its national tollfree helpline to seven days a week to provide individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers with assistance, support, and resources. The helpline, which was previously open Monday through Saturday, now includes Sunday hours. The new helpline hours, all listed in Eastern Time, are:
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strategies, and provide referrals to local services in the caller’s area, no matter where in the United States they live. AFA’s social workers are also available via Skype, live chat, and email. “Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t only affect people during normal business hours; oftentimes, nights and weekends are when families need help the most,” Charles J. Fuschillo Jr., AFA’s president and CEO, said. To reach AFA’s national toll-free helpline, call (866) 232-8484 or visit www.alzfdn.org to connect with AFA’s socials workers through email, live chat, or Skype.
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Preventing Colon Cancer – Don’t Be the 1 in 20 By Neal M. Shindel MD One in 20 people will get colon cancer in their lifetime. In fact, colon cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. But colon cancer can be prevented by regular colonoscopy exams, a visual examination of the colon and rectum performed by a physician. There are many tests that can detect colon cancer, but only a colonoscopy enables physicians to identify precancerous growths (polyps) and remove them before they develop into cancer. Colon Cancer, Polyps, and Colonoscopies: Basic Concepts • Approximately 50 percent of adults over the age of 50 have polyps growing silently in their large intestine (this includes the colon and the rectum). • Polyps are benign (noncancerous) growths that develop on the inner lining of the colon wall. They start small and grow slowly but have the potential to turn into cancer. • It is estimated to take between five and 15 years from when a polyp begins for it to grow into cancer. • A colonoscopy is a procedure that allows a specialized physician (a gastroenterologist) to examine the entire large intestine with a flexible, lighted videoscope. During the colonoscopy, almost all of the polyps that are found can be removed. • W hen colon cancer is found, it can be cured 95 percent of the time provided that it is found in its earliest stages. Most importantly: Removing polyps helps remove the risk of colon cancer developing. In fact, studies have shown that colonoscopies can reduce colon cancer deaths by as much as 90 percent.
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Many people have concerns about preparing for the procedure as well as fears about the procedure itself. However, when asked, patients who have had a colonoscopy say that the preparation was not too uncomfortable and the procedure itself was easy because they were sedated. Screening Options There are many types of screening exams, such as FIT testing, Cologuard, ColoVantage, CT colonography, and flexible sigmoidoscopy, but a colonoscopy is the only test that can prevent colon cancer as well as detect it in its early stages, when cure rates are about 95 percent. Who Should Be Screened? Every adult over 50 years of age should have colon cancer screening performed. It is now recommended that African-American individuals should start screening at age 45. Although colonoscopy is the preferred screening method in the United States, any screening is better than no screening. Individuals are considered average risk if they are over 50 years of age (45 years for AfricanAmericans) with no personal or family history of colon polyps or colon cancer, no history of familial
polyposis syndromes, and no history of ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease. High-risk individuals are those with a personal or family history of colon cancer or precancerous colon polyps, a history of a familial polyposis syndrome, a personal history of ulcerative colitis, or Crohn’s disease. High-risk individuals should start screening at age 40 or 10 years younger than the youngest affected family member. Patients with a personal history of ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease or a family history of a familial polyposis syndrome may need to start screening significantly earlier. This should be discussed with your physician. How is a Colonoscopy Done? Generally, the physician will ask you to stay on a clear-liquid diet for 24 hours prior to the colonoscopy. A laxative drink will be prescribed, usually to be taken the evening before and the morning of the scheduled procedure. Sedative medications are given, and most patients sleep through the entire procedure. The visual examination of the colon and rectum takes approximately 20-30 minutes. Patients generally awaken within a few minutes after the procedure and feel alert and ready to eat within 20-30 minutes. Even though patients may have concerns about having a colonoscopy, it is the most valuable tool for preventing any form of colon cancer. When people understand how effective a colonoscopy is in preventing colon cancer and saving lives, they will usually put aside their concerns and reservations and undergo this potentially lifesaving procedure. Neal M. Shindel, MD, is chief of gastroenterology at PIH Health and director of the Colon Cancer Prevention Alliance in Whittier, Calif. In practice for 32 years, he has performed over 50,000 colonoscopies.
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Aging Thoughtfully Terri Schlichenmeyer
Kicking and screaming. That’s how you’ll go into your twilight years: The calendar might say one thing, but you’re not going to pay it any mind. There’s still a lot of pep in your step, so, as in the new book Aging Thoughtfully by Martha C. Nussbaum and Saul Levmore, shouldn’t the way you spend your golden years be your decision? Once upon a time in the not-too-distant past, the average life expectancy was around 50 years, while the median retirement age was 74. Back then, retirement didn’t involve Social Security or other government programs; instead, people worked until they couldn’t. Today, there are “more choices, and this book is about these choices.” First of all, why retire at all? There are laws in the U.S. that say you don’t have to, says Levmore, but he’s in favor of changing them — especially if businesses institute “defined benefit plans,” which are often seen in government jobs but rarely in the private sector. These changes would benefit employers, who could better maintain productivity; younger workers needing jobs; and older workers, if Social Security was tweaked a bit. It would also help with “the people normally labeled as the elderly poor,” since defined benefit plans would give them more month-to-month income. But retirement … one can only golf so much. What next? Retirement allows for a “second career,” says Nussbaum, either one that pays or one of volunteerism. For those kinds of choices, she looks at Finland, where retirement is mandatory at a relatively young age. It works because the Finns have excellent healthcare, because they have ample time for better retirement preparation, and because they are treated equally.
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Aging Thoughtfully authors Nussbaum, left, and Levmore.
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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Aging Thoughtfully: Conversations about Retirement, Romance, Wrinkles, & Regret By Martha C. Nussbaum and Saul Levmore c. 2017, Oxford University Press 264 pages
Statistically speaking, as we age, we rely less on plastic surgery and more on the idea that wrinkles are “glamorous” — a notion that can absolutely be pushed “too far.” We tend to live our lives “backward,” which is OK; doing so offers time to deal with negative emotions and unfulfilled regrets. Here, we learn the reasons for those pearlclutching May-December romances we see in the tabloids. And we get advice on giving while we can still say where our assets should go. I struggled a lot with this book, and I’m ultimately disinclined to recommend it. Here’s why: Though Aging Thoughtfully is a series of “conversations” about getting older, its basis is really old — as in, ancient philosophy and Shakespeare. While that doesn’t make it a bad book by any means, it does mean that its usefulness is limited. Readers looking for advice will have to look harder because that’s buried in Cicero and King Lear; those in search of solid research will find it scattered between philosopher John Rawls and Cato the Elder. Yes, there are conversations within these pages, and they’re thought-provoking, maybe even comforting, but they’re not really accessible for the average reader. Should you decide to tackle this book, do so with awareness of what you’re in for here. Aging Thoughtfully isn’t bad but, for most people, it’s going to make you scream.
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Oh, You Beautiful Doll! Randal C. Hill
Barbara Handler Segal has recalled strangers saying to her, “So you’re the Barbie doll!” At first, she would turn and walk away; later, she learned to just stand and smile. “It is very strange to have a doll named after you,” Segal has admitted. “Much of me is very proud that my folks invented the doll; I just wish I wasn’t attached to it.” Californians Ruth and Elliot Handler manufactured dollhouse furniture, which they sold under their company name of Mattel. While successful, the Handlers were always casting about for one special item that would make Mattel an iconic name in the toy world. In the early 1950s the Handlers’ daughter, Barbara (b. 1941), had enjoyed playing with dolls. Not the run-ofthe-mill, cherubfaced, infant variety, but shapely teenage paper dolls that came with fashionable cutout wardrobes. Ruth told Elliot that Mattel should offer a three-dimensional doll, designed as a young woman and with an appeal to older girls. Elliot opined that the idea would never fly. On a 1956 trip to Switzerland, however, the Handlers serendipitously found a doll much like the one Ruth had envisioned. “Lilli” was a German adult novelty toy that — unbeknownst to the Handlers — was based on a cartoon character who was, in reality, a prostitute. Back home the couple spent three years developing a clean-cut counterpart to naughty Lilli, a doll that would proudly bear their daughter’s name. On Barbie’s “official” birth date — www.50plusLifePA.com
March 9, 1959 — the doll debuted at a New York toy convention. On that day Barbie’s real-life namesake was a shy 17-year-old attending Los Angeles’s Hamilton High School. First-version Barbie came dressed in a zebra-striped swimsuit and possessed a waterfall of blond or brown hair. She earned mixed reviews, with some critics grumbling that the voluptuous, long-limbed toy was too expensive ($3 at a time when the hourly minimum wage was $1) and, at 11 ½ inches — the original Lilli size — too small in comparison to traditional dolls. The main problem, though, was Barbie’s overt sexiness. Sears quickly declared her unfit for their store shelves. However, Barbie quickly flew off everyone else’s shelves and eventually became the bestselling doll in history, with worldwide sales of 1 billion units. Barbie offered an extensive optional wardrobe and, later, morphed through numerous occupations and ethnicities. Along the way, feminists often railed against her, labeling Barbie a vacuous bimbo and crying out that her proportional measurements (3618-33) were unrealistic and potentially unhealthy for impressionable young girls who wanted to emulate her. In 1961 Barbie’s boyfriend, Ken, arrived in stores. In doll form, he was California-beach cool, but the human Ken — named after Barbara’s real-life brother — once admitted, “I was a real nerd. I played the piano and went to movies with subtitles.” At age 18 Barbara Handler married Allen Segal. They had two children, including a daughter named Cheryl. There’s no doubt that Cheryl Segal
was raised with the usual delights of any typically well-off Southern California girl. Except for one. Cheryl never owned a Barbie doll.
Although Randal C. Hill’s heart lives in the past, the rest of him resides in Bandon, Ore. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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Published on Mar 1, 2018
Published on Mar 1, 2018
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