Complimentary | Cumberland County Edition
May 2018 â€˘ Vol. 19 No. 5
Eyes on the Sky, Hands on the Ground page 4
Grandparenting special section: bill Passes better hearing & senate speech page 9
KEIy eLAM O R E ssociates Medical • Diagnostic testing • Disease evaluation • Routine eye care • Emergency care and treatment
Surgical • Cataract removal and intraocular lens implants • Retinal injections (macular degeneration) • Glaucoma surgery
Optical • Complete optical department • Contact lens dispensing and instructions • Authorized Sports Eye Injury Prevention Center
Eye Care for Life! V. Eugene Kilmore, Jr., M.D. • John W. Pratt, M.D. • Foster E. Kreiser, O.D. Ryan J. Hershberger, O.D. • Michelle A. Thomas, O.D.
890 Century Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 (717) 697-1414 • www.kilmoreeye.com
Senior Games Returning in July If you are age 50 or over and a resident of Cumberland County or a participant at one of its six senior centers, you are invited to participate in the 2018 Senior Games on Thursday, July 19. The Senior Games will be held rain or shine beginning at Mechanicsburg High School with a few events at the Mechanicsburg Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Park and Mechanicsburg Place Senior Center. Sponsored by Cumberland County Aging & Community Services, the Borough of Mechanicsburg, Messiah Lifeways, and Mechanicsburg Area
Parks & Recreation, the games combine sport, recreation, friendly competition, and fellowship. The registration fee of $14, due by June 28, enables competitors to participate in multiple events, which will include everything from swimming and shuffleboard to bocce and billiards. Check-in, held in the high school lobby, will be open at 8:30 a.m., followed by opening remarks from 8:30-8:45 a.m. Scheduled athletic events are as follows. Times may vary:
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Hosted By: Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School For more information, please contact Heather DeWire: (717) 240-6110
Running Events held at Mechanicsburg High School track. • 9-9:30 a.m. – 100-Meter Run • 9:30-9:45 a.m. – 400-Meter Run • 9:45-10:15 a.m. – 1600-Meter Run/Walk Throws Events held at Mechanicsburg High School track. • 9:15-10:15 a.m. – Softball Throw • 9:15-10:15 a.m. – Football Throw • 9:30-10:30 a.m. – Basketball Shoot
Bracket Events Only one bracket event per competitor. • 1 0:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Bocce, singleelimination bracket • 1 0:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Ladderball, singleelimination bracket • 1 0:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Cornhole, singleelimination bracket Other Sports • 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Shuffleboard at Mechanicsburg High School cafeteria • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Wii Bowling at Mechanicsburg Place Senior Center
• 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. – Billiards at Mechanicsburg Place Senior Center • 1-1:30 p.m. – 25-Meter Freestyle Swim at Memorial Park Bagged lunches will be available for pickup between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Cumberland County Commissioner Jim Hertzler will present the day’s medals during the ice cream and awards hour from 3-4 p.m. To request registration forms or for more information, contact Heather DeWire, Cumberland County Aging & Community Services, at (717) 240-6110 or email@example.com.
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 www.50plusLifePA.com
Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania (717) 238-2531 Healthcare Information Pa. HealthCare Cost Containment Council (717) 232-6787 Hearing Services Duncan Nulph Hearing Associates 5020 Ritter Road, Suite 10G Mechanicsburg (717) 766-1500 Pennsylvania Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (800) 233-3008 V/TTY Home Care Services Asbury Home Services (717) 591-8332 Hospice Services Homeland Hospice 2300 Vartan Way, Suite 115, Harrisburg (717) 221-7890 Housing Assistance Cumberland County Housing Authority 114 N. Hanover St., Carlisle (717) 249-1315 Property Tax/Rent Rebate (888) 728-2937 Salvation Army (717) 249-1411 Insurance Apprise Insurance Counseling (800) 783-7067 KeyNet BusinessNetwork (877) 753-9638 Nursing/Rehab Homeland Center 1901 N. Fifth St., Harrisburg (717) 221-7902
Nutrition Meals on Wheels Carlisle (717) 245-0707 Mechanicsburg (717) 697-5011 Newville (717) 776-5251 Shippensburg (717) 532-4904 West Shore (717) 737-3942 Orthopedics OSS Health 856 Century Drive, Mechanicsburg (717) 747-8315 Personal Care Homes Homeland Center 1901 N. Fifth St., Harrisburg (717) 221-7902 Pharmacies CVS/pharmacy www.cvs.com Services Cumberland County Aging & Community Services (717) 240-6110 Toll-Free Numbers Bureau of Consumer Protection (800) 441-2555
Flu or Influenza (888) 232-3228 Health and Human Services Discrimination (800) 368-1019 Internal Revenue Service (800) 829-1040 Liberty Program (866) 542-3788 Medicare Hotline (800) 638-6833 National Council on Aging (800) 424-9046 Organ Donor Hotline (800) 243-6667 Passport Information (888) 362-8668 Smoking Information (800) 232-1331 Social Security Fraud (800) 269-0217 Social Security Office (800) 772-1213 Veterans Services American Legion (717) 730-9100 Governor’s Veterans Outreach (717) 234-1681
Cancer Information Service (800) 422-6237
Lebanon VA Medical Center 1700 S. Lincoln Ave., Lebanon (717) 228-6000 or (800) 409-8771
Consumer Information (888) 878-3256
Veterans Affairs (717) 240-6178 or (717) 697-0371
Disease and Health Risk (888) 232-3228
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By Jason J. Tabor
to finally achieve his dream of flying. He credits the military Even as a young man, with instilling in him a work Bob Beggs admits his head ethic and maturity that put was usually in the clouds. him ahead of his classmates “Most of my classmates at Carnegie Mellon in school had Farrah University, where he enrolled Fawcett posters hanging after his service ended. in their lockers. I had a Beggs demonstrates his piloting In college, Beggs studied poster of the Scorpion skills on the museum’s Cobra attack industrial design, with hopes home-built helicopter kit,” helicopter simulator. of working in the aeronautics he laughs. industry, specifically in Beggs’s interest in cockpit design. aeronautics led him He graduated near the to a 31-year career at top of his class in 1983 the Boeing Company, and immediately took a where he worked on position with Boeing near pioneering advancements Philadelphia as an engineer in technology that would working on cuttingrevolutionize the industry. edge cockpit technology Along the way, he coadvancements and the founded an aeronautics The U.S. Marines operates the V-22 introduction of onboard museum and now serves Osprey tiltrotor for amphibious assault; computer guidance systems. as the executive director the Navy, for combat search and rescue; and the Air Force, for long-range special “I was lucky to enter of Good Works Inc., a operations missions. the industry at an exciting nonprofit organization time when control systems that renovates homes for were transitioning from low-income families. mechanical to digital. I had Beggs grew up in the opportunity to work on western Pennsylvania first-generation experimental before embarking on aircraft involving synthetic a career that would displays and hybrid controls eventually lead him that reallocated certain east to the burgeoning pilot roles from pilots to aeronautics industry near computers to maximize Philadelphia. Museum visitors are welcome to climb safety and effectiveness.” “I wanted to fly into the cockpits of these Rotorway Beggs contributed to the helicopters ever since I was Scorpion sport helicopters, home-built design of the V22 Osprey a kid and figured I might aircraft produced and sold from 1972-84. tiltrotor, the RAH-66 be able to do that in the Comanche, and the CH-47 Coast Guard,” he says. Chinook helicopters, among He enlisted shortly after others. Some of the vehicle high school and spent the prototypes would never go first year of his enlistment into production, but the manning a cutter in the systems and designs Beggs Gulf of Mexico, rescuing worked on would go on stranded and lost boaters to help revolutionize both and responding to crises in military and commercial the Gulf. The museum includes a variety of aeronautics technology. “Looking back, it was helicopters from different time periods In ensuing years at the one of the best times of as well as hands-on exhibits. Rotorcraft Division at my life,” he says. Boeing, Beggs would work Beggs spent three more in research and design as a senior program manager, years in the Coast Guard working as an electronics developing systems to support aircraft maintenance technician repairing navigation systems and and vehicle health management. communications equipment. During this time, he “I was at Boeing for nearly a third of the also acquired his private pilot’s license, allowing him www.50plusLifePA.com
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. “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. “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.” For more information on the American Helicopter Museum, visit www.americanhelicopter.museum 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, standing in front of a vintage Sikorsky S-51 helicopter. Commercial S-51s began flying in 1946.
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Finding a Letter from Mom Saralee Perel
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 www.50plusLifePA.com
Saralee and her mother in 1961.
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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 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. please see MOM page 16
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Nursing & Rehabilitation Centers The listings with a shaded background have additional information about their center in a display advertisement in this edition.
Bethany Village – The Oaks
325 Wesley Drive • Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 (717) 766-0279 • www.bethanyvillage.org Number of Beds: 69 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: CARF; Eagle, LeadingAge PA Comments: Maplewood Assisted Living also available.
1901 North Fifth Street • Harrisburg, PA 17102-1598 (717) 221-7902 • www.homelandcenter.org Number of Beds: 95 Rehabilitation Unit: No 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: AAHSA, LeadingAge PA (PANPHA), NHPCO, PHN, HPNA Comments: A beautiful, full-service continuing care retirement community with a 150-year history of exemplary care.
The Middletown Home
999 West Harrisburg Pike • Middletown, PA 17057 (717) 944-3351 • www.middletownhome.org 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 • www.stoneridgeretirement.com 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 • www.ccpa.net/cnrc 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 • www.mennonitehome.org 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 • www.yorkcountypa.gov 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.
442 Walnut Bottom Road • Carlisle, PA 17013 (717) 249-4118 • www.ucc-homes.org 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
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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Transitions Healthcare – Gettysburg
595 Biglerville Road • Gettysburg, PA 17325 (717) 334-6249 • www.transitionshealthcarellc.com 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. www.50plusLifePA.com
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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Calendar of Events
Support Groups Free and open to the public Sundays, 7:15 p.m. Outreach Al-Anon Family Group Meeting Chapel Hill United Church of Christ 701 Poplar Church Road, Camp Hill (717) 448-7881 Other meeting times/locations at www.pa-al-anon.org Mondays, 7 p.m. Hope on Simpson Al-Anon Family Group Meeting First United Methodist Church 135 W. Simpson St. Mechanicsburg (717) 448-7881 Other meeting times/locations at www.pa-al-anon.org
May 2, 7 p.m. Caregivers Support Group Cumberland County Office of Aging 1100 Claremont Road, Carlisle (717) 240-6110
May 14, 1:30-3 p.m. Caregivers Support Group St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church 310 Hertzler Road Upper Allen Township (717) 766-8806
Big Spring Senior Center – (717) 776-4478 91 Doubling Gap Road, Suite 1, Newville
May 3, 6:30 p.m. Too Sweet: Diabetes Support Group Chapel Hill United Church of Christ 701 Poplar Church Road, Camp Hill (717) 557-9041
May 14, 6 p.m. “A Touch of Sugar” Diabetes Support Group Wegmans 6416 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg (717) 763-2466 https://events.geisinger.org
May 16, 9:30 a.m. – M indMatters: Supermarket Marketing: Don’t Be Fooled
May 7, 4-5 p.m. Caregivers Support Group Messiah Lifeways Meetinghouse 1155 Walnut Bottom Road Carlisle (717) 243-0447
Tuesdays, noon Anchor Al-Anon Family Group Meeting The Harbor 55 W. King St., Shippensburg (717) 448-7881 Other meeting times/locations at www.pa-al-anon.org
May 7, 5 p.m. Weight Loss Support Group Geisinger Holy Spirit 503 N. 21st St., Camp Hill (717) 761-7244, ext. 5 https://events.geisinger.org May 8, 6:30-8 p.m. Carlisle Area Men’s Cancer Support Group The Live Well Center 3 Alexandria Court, Carlisle (717) 877-7561 email@example.com
May 1, 6 p.m. CanSurmount Cancer Support Group HealthSouth Acute Rehab Hospital 175 Lancaster Blvd. Mechanicsburg (717) 691-6786
May 9, 1:30 p.m. Parkinson’s Support Group Bethany Village West Springfield Room 325 Asbury Drive, Mechanicsburg (717) 877-0624
May 1, 6-7 p.m. Alzheimer’s Support Group Senior Helpers 3806 Market St., Suite 3 Camp Hill (717) 920-0707
May 9, 6:30 p.m. Amputee Support Team Meeting HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital 175 Lancaster Blvd. Mechanicsburg (717) 834-5705 www.astamputees.com
May 2, 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
Senior Center Activities
May 15, 6:30 p.m. Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregivers Support Group Cumberland Crossings 1 Longsdorf Way, Carlisle (717) 243-0113 May 17, 1 p.m. Caregiver Support Group Mechanicsburg Church of the Brethren 501 Gale St., Mechanicsburg (717) 766-8880 May 22, 6 p.m. Multiple Sclerosis Support Group HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital 175 Lancaster Blvd. Mechanicsburg (717) 486-3596 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Library Programs Bosler Memorial Library, 158 W. High St., Carlisle, (717) 2434642 May 1, 8, 22, 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m. – Upstairs Stitchers Embroidery Group May 4, 7 p.m. – Music @ Bosler Concert Series May 9, 1-2 p.m. – Wicked Wednesday Book Discussion Group
Cleve J. Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, (717) 761-3900 Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. – Master Gardener Drop-in Plant Clinics May 11, 4-7:30 p.m. – Blood Drive with Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank May 20, 1:30 p.m. – Music with Harrisburg Mandolin Ensemble
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New Cumberland Public Library, 1 Benjamin Plaza, New Cumberland, (717) 774-7820 May 8, 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Book Review: It Happened in PA by Fran Capo and Scott Bruce May 9 and 23, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Wednesday Great Books Discussion Group May 17, 6:30 p.m. – Crafting for Adults: Mini Paper Purse Gift Bag Craft
May 11, 2 p.m. – M other’s Day Tea and Penn State Master Gardeners May 12, 6 p.m. – M other’s Day Potluck with Entrusted 365
Branch Creek Place – (717) 300-3563 115 N. Fayette St., Shippensburg Carlisle Senior Action Center – (717) 249-5007 20 E. Pomfret St., Carlisle Mary Schaner Senior Citizens Center (717) 732-3915 98 S. Enola Drive, Enola Mechanicsburg Place – (717) 697-5947 97 W. Portland St., Mechanicsburg West Shore Senior Citizens Center (717) 774-0409 122 Geary St., New Cumberland
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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. Casey authored the bill last year 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
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Better Hearing & Speech Duncan-Nulph Hearing Associates After more than a decade serving patients with hearing loss in the Mechanicsburg area, DuncanNulph Hearing Associates has added Dr. Michelle Tewell to its team of audiologists. With its patient base primarily coming from satisfied patients referring their friends and family members, as well as local physicians referring their patients for hearing healthcare services, Duncan-Nulph Hearing Associates has become known for diagnosing hearing problems and helping patients find the best hearing devices to meet their needs. Because Duncan-Nulph is privately owned, it has access to all of the major hearing aid manufacturers. This provides the audiologists with the ability to find the best and most affordable solution for each patient’s unique needs.
“The hearing aids that people remember their dad or grandfather wearing are a thing of the past,” said Dr. Kristen Duncan, Au.D., co-owner and audiologist. “Today’s devices are smaller, more advanced, and offer more natural hearing. There have been continuous improvements in the ability to hear in many types of situations — like in crowded rooms with lots of background noise, quieter one-onone situations, and even in windy conditions,” said Dr. Danette Nulph, Au.D., co-owner and audiologist. “Certain hearing aids can now be directly connected to your cell phone. This can allow patients to hear phone conversations through their hearing aids,” Dr. Michelle Tewell, Au.D., said. Drs. Duncan, Nulph, and Tewell are proud that many patients come from word-of-mouth referrals from
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physicians, friends, and family members. “Our patients appreciate the value of the service we provide,” they say. “Our complete hearing healthcare program includes batteries at no charge for the life of the hearing instruments, plus all of the necessary follow-up services to ensure our patients are successful with their devices. Our goal is to help people hear better — and we do that by establishing a long-term relationship, not by just selling hearing aids.” In addition, Duncan-Nulph Hearing Associates offers custommade ear molds and specialty products (e.g., musician’s plugs and swim plugs), Bluetooth headsets, and assistive listening devices for televisions, telephones, and doorbells. Dr. Kristen Duncan, Au.D., is a graduate of the doctoral program in audiology at the Pennsylvania College
of Optometry. Her special interests include patient counseling and hearing aid fittings using the latest digital technology. Dr. Danette Nulph earned her doctoral degree in audiology from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. She has worked with pediatric through geriatric patients and has also obtained certification in tinnitus retraining therapy. Dr. Michelle Tewell, Au.D., received her doctorial degree in audiology from Bloomsburg University. She has worked with a wide range of audiological services and patient populations, from pediatric to geriatric, in various settings. Conveniently located in Mechanicsburg in the Rossmoyne Business Park, they can be reached at (717) 766-1500 or at www.dnhearing. com.
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Dear Savvy Senior, What types of products can you recommend to help people with hearing problems? My 65-year-old 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 FDAapproved 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 please see GADGETS page 12
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Better Hearing & Speech GADGETS from page 11 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 body-worn 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. 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. 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
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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 the Clarity XLC2+ Amplified Phone ($144), which is a cordless phone that provides three tone settings and 50 decibels of amplification. 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 www.savvysenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior book.
4 Critical Facts about Hearing Loss and Protection How many of these facts from the Hearing Health Foundation do you know? Fact No. 1: Noise-induced hearing loss is acquired from excessive noise. •A bout 30 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous noise levels on the job. •N early 1 in 5 American teenagers is expected to acquire hearing loss largely due to overexposure to loud sounds. • 2 5 percent of Americans age 65-74 and nearly 50 percent of those 75+ have disabling hearing loss. •A pproximately two-thirds of service members and veterans have NIHL or tinnitus, or both. •M any veterans also have processing disorders as a result of blast or highnoise exposure. 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. 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 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. 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 hhf.org or by contacting them at info@ hhf.org or (212) 257-6140/(888) 435-6104 (TTY).
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 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 offtopic, 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 hhf.org or by contacting them at info@ hhf.org or (212) 257-6140/(888) 435-6104 (TTY).
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 find it difficult to hear the spoken word in places with ambient noise or poor room acoustics,” Karin Bisbee, communications director for Messiah Lifeways, said. A hearing loop, also called an induction loop or audio frequency loop, consists of a copper wire installed under the flooring that encircles the entire perimeter of the room. The www.50plusLifePA.com
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wire generates a magnetic field that then transfers the audio directly to a wearer’s hearing aids or cochlear implants, according to Healthy Hearing (www.healthyhearing.com). 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 please see TECHNOLOGY page 19
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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
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
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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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
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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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.
• 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)
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TECHNOLOGY from page 13 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 highquality 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 hearingdevice 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 no need to wear a bulky device or use assistive equipment that draws attention to one’s hearing loss. “It’s as simple as flipping a switch.”
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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...
Published on May 2, 2018
50plus LIFE — formerly 50plus Senior News — is a monthly publication for and about Central Pennsylvania’s baby boomers and seniors, offering...