Cumberland County Edition
Vol. 14 No. 6
Made to Move Diver, Bicyclist, and Hiker Finds Health on Land and Sea By Megan Joyce Our bodies—no matter their age—are designed to move. Health professionals are continually extolling this wisdom to their patients for improved physical and mental well-being. In surprisingly varied ways, Bill Hager has built a lifestyle with this maxim at its center. Hager, a successful businessman with a local family history that’s generations deep, likes to keep most of his time anything but spare. Hager is an avid bicyclist, hiker, and scuba diver—not to mention magician and photographer. “I have found that, for myself, if I’m moving, I’m feeling better, and if I’m moving, I’m less convinced that I can’t do it anymore,” Hager laughed. Hager’s affinity for the sea and its depths began as a boy, born into a family that always loved the seashore. “There were a couple of shows on TV that really motivated me and turned on my imagination, and one of those shows was Flipper,” he said. “I had this dream that someday I would live in Florida and have my own dolphin, of course.” Fast forward a few decades, and Hager has dozens of scuba dives under his water-logged belt. In the 18 years since he got hooked on diving—after trying out a resort course on scuba diving while vacationing in Nassau— Hager has dived in locales such as Grand Cayman Island and the Turks and Caicos Islands, both in the Caribbean. He has also taken scuba courses both locally and on subsequent vacations, which culminated in his earning his advanced open water certification. please see MOVE page 11 Bill Hager astride his bicycle in front of Erb’s Covered Bridge near Rothsville, which is included in his bicycle club’s Covered Bridge Metric Century ride.
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Art and Antiques by Dr. Lori
Appraising Thomas Jefferson’s Desk Dr. Lori uring a recent episode of Discovery channel’s TV show Auction Kings, I appraised a Federal-period writing desk that was once owned by President Thomas Jefferson. I described the desk as Hepplewhite in style. Like Jefferson, many of us own examples of Hepplewhite furniture today, both originals and reproductions. In its day, Hepplewhite was often referred to as “city furniture.” George Hepplewhite (died 1786) was a London designer and cabinetmaker. His famous guidebook, The Cabinet Maker and Upholsterers Guide, was published in 1788 after his death. The guidebook sparked a period of popularity for the furniture designs known as Hepplewhite style from 1780 to 1810. Hepplewhite furniture was especially popular in American states from New England to the Carolinas
during the Federal styled and period. straightforward. One of the They may be a most popular rectangular spade pieces in the foot (like the Hepplewhite style garden tool) or in is the dining-room the shape of an sideboard or arrow (as if the buffet. In the early arrow is shot 1800s, a sideboard directly down into was a new the ground) at the Photo courtesy staff of www.DrLoriV.com furniture form. bottom of the leg Dr. Lori on the set of Discovery’s Auction Hepplewhite of a chair or sofa. Kings with President Thomas Jefferson’s Hepplewhite slant-top writing desk. sideboards are On heavier often bow-shaped, pieces of furniture Bombay-shaped, or serpentine (curved). like a desk, chest, or tall case, bracketed In the late Victorian period, circa 1870s feet are common. and ’80s, Hepplewhite reproductions Also, an H stretcher is common on came to the market. Hepplewhite chairs and sofas. It is a One of the distinguishing traits of reinforcing piece of wood that connects true Hepplewhite furniture is a the legs of a chair or sofa to form the consistency of formal design. shape of the letter H. The Hepplewhite-style feet are simply One of the most characteristic traits of
Hepplewhite furniture is the use of intricate inlays of contrasting woods and burl veneers. Hepplewhite pieces may be made of sycamore veneers, birch, rosewood, satinwood, maple, and mahogany. Decorative motifs include urns, feathers, geometric shapes, shields, ribbons, swags, and leaves. Today, Hepplewhite furniture commands high values at auction. A reproduction Hepplewhite sideboard can command a few thousand dollars on the open market whereas a good, original example of Hepplewhite furniture can bring $50,000 to $75,000 at auction. Ph.D. antiques appraiser, author, awardwinning TV personality, and TV talk show host, Dr. Lori presents antiques appraisal events nationwide. Dr. Lori is the expert appraiser on Discovery channel’s hit TV show Auction Kings. Visit www.DrLoriV.com, www.Facebook.com/DoctorLori, or call (888) 431-1010.
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Resource Directory Emergency Numbers American Red Cross (717) 845-2751 Central PA 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 Financial Michael Gallagher, DBA Thrivent Financial for Lutherans 320 S. Hanover St., Carlisle (717) 254-6433 Funeral Directors Cocklin Funeral Home, Inc. 30 N. Chestnut St., Dillsburg (717) 432-5312 Furniture Sofas Unlimited 4713 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg (717) 761-7632 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 Health Network Labs (717) 243-2634 The National Kidney Foundation (800) 697-7007 PACE (800) 225-7223 Social Security Administration (Medicare) (800) 302-1274 Healthcare Information Pa. HealthCare Cost Containment Council (717) 232-6787
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Hearing Services Duncan Nulph Hearing Associates 5020 Ritter Road, Suite 10G, Mechanicsburg (717) 766-1500
Services Cumberland County Aging & Community Services (717) 240-6110
Liberty Program (866) 542-3788
Gable Associates 3600 Trindle Road, Suite 102, Camp Hill (717) 737-4800
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National Council on Aging (800) 424-9046
West Shore Hearing Center 3512 Trindle Road, Camp Hill (717) 761-6777 Home Care Services Home Care Assistance 2304 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg (717) 540-4663 Safe Haven Quality Care Serving Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry counties (717) 582-9977 Visiting Angels Serving East and West Shores (717) 652-8899 or (717) 737-8899
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His Ship Took Part in the Major Pacific Battles of World War II, Part 1
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oseph Switaj is one of the conference at Casablanca. millions of U.S. Navy veterans Switaj was a member of an eightwho were unsung heroes of man gun crew, one of five on the World War II, enduring countless ship. His job was “trainer,” in which crises and living to tell about them. he was responsible for directing the Switaj (pronounced Swee-tie), 88, horizontal movement of the guns in of Camp Hill, served as a gunner on his mount. Another gunner, the the destroyer USS Marshall during “pointer,” was in charge of raising its entire campaigns in the South and lowering the 5-inch/38 guns. Pacific from 1943 to 1945, escaping Japanese bombs, torpedoes, gunfire from planes and ships, kamikaze pilots, and terrible typhoons and thunderstorms. With the destruction of the U.S. Naval fleet at Pearl Harbor in December 1941, it took time to build new ships and planes, attack the Japanese armed forces, and regain islands and territory captured by the enemy. The Joseph Switaj, seaman 1st class gunner. Marshall was instrumental in accomplishing this formidable task and turning the tide in our favor. A native of the Shamokin area, Switaj enlisted in the Navy after graduating from Coal Township High School. He completed basic training at the new Naval Training Center in Bainbridge, Md. Placed in an Outgoing Unit, he was required to The USS Marshall, World War II destroyer. report for roll call daily until being called up to serve on the USS On Jan. 6, 1944, the Marshall Marshall, DD 676, built by the departed New York to report for Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock duty in the Pacific. After passing Co., Kearney, N.J., and launched through the Panama Canal, she Aug. 19, 1943. stopped briefly at San Diego and While the ship was sent to the arrived at Pearl Harbor Jan. 28 for New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn to additional training. This training have its armament installed, Switaj was interrupted: once to escort the was sent to Naval Gunnery School Indiana, damaged in a collision, at Norfolk, Va. He then returned to back to Pearl Harbor and once to the destroyer, which was accompany the Aircraft Carrier commissioned Oct. 16, 1943. Intrepid, which had been damaged It got under way for sea duty by an aerial torpedo off Truk. Nov. 9 and proceeded to Bermuda On March 15, 1944, the for six weeks of intensive shakedown destroyer left Pearl Harbor as part of training, during which orders were the now-famous Task Force 58, with received to rendezvous with the USS which she operated continuously Iowa in the Atlantic and escort until her return to the U.S. in June President Franklin D. Roosevelt 1945. This Force sent sorties from back from the “Big Three” Majuro, Marshall Islands, and made
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airstrikes against the Palau Islands during the latter part of March. On the night of March 30, the Marshall recovered her first pilot and air crewman from the sea and participated in her first antiaircraft action against three groups of enemy planes. “For every pilot we rescued from the sea, the aircraft carrier gave us 10 gallons of ice cream. That was a real treat; we didn’t have any ice cream on our ship. We ate good for our first 30 days. After that, we started running out of food and our meals became less varied,” Switaj said, adding, “We ate a lot of rice.” The next action was in support of the occupation of Hollandia, New Guinea (April 21 to May 1, 1944). Airstrikes were also conducted against Wake and Truk Islands. “On the night of April 29, an enemy torpedo plane made a low-level attack on our ship. Fortunately, the torpedo narrowly missed us astern,” Switaj said. After Hollandia was secured, the Marshall took part in an anti-shipping sweep off Marcus and Wake Islands. This sweep was carried out by a small, special search group from May 18 to 21. It proceeded northward from Marcus to within 900 miles of Tokyo. “Our destroyer then participated in the Marianas campaign with air strikes against Saipan, Guam, Tinian, and Rota starting on June 11. These attacks were broken off on June 17 with the first Battle of the Philippine Sea, when our Task Force proceeded to intercept a large Japanese task force approaching the Marianas from the Philippines.” To be continued next month … If you are a mature veteran and have interesting or unusual experiences in your military or civilian life, phone Al Goodman at (717) 541-9889 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Such is Life
No More Patiently Waiting Saralee Perel ost veterinary practices have TVs in the waiting rooms. Just like in an elevator where nobody acknowledges the other, everyone stares at that TV. Our dog, Becky, is terrified at the vet’s. When I cuddled her the last time we were there, I could feel her shaking. I saw other dogs crying and trembling while their owners were trying to comfort them. But did I offer a treat from my pocket or even pet them? Nope. There aren’t many places where we’re more connected to each other than in waiting rooms. Yet when I’m in one, I keep to myself, hiding behind a magazine while pretending I can’t hear the voices of people sitting right next to me. But the thing is—basically we’re in these rooms for the same reasons. In my neurologist’s waiting room, we’re all sitting there with various forms of paralysis. And we don’t speak to each
other? Sheesh! On one visit, when I was wearing my awful, rock-solid, Darth-Vader-style neck brace, I actually turned away from anybody who was wearing the same brace, intentionally avoiding eye contact. Double sheesh! It’s not like we don’t notice these huge, dreadful appliances around our necks. Yet we handle this strong group connection by isolating ourselves from one another. Last week, I was in a dentist’s waiting room while my husband, Bob, was having a tooth extracted. This time I brought a book to use as a barricade.
Within a few feet of me, a young boy was crying. “I’m scared,” he said to his father. So what did I do? I kept reading. And then I had that moment. That once-in-a-lifetime moment. I made a change—one from which I will never return. I put my book down and whispered to them, “I’m the same way at dentist appointments. A friend taught me to massage the skin between my left thumb and forefinger whenever I’m anxious.” I showed them what I meant. Then I watched as the father cradled his son’s
hand and helped him to relax. “It’s working,” the boy’s dad said to me, as his son slowly stopped his rapid breathing and began yawning. The next time I’m in a waiting room, I will not miss the opportunity to connect with another who’s scared. Many are just as frightened as I am, just as lonely, just as needful for a human, or dog, connection. From now on, I’m going to try to break through the isolation and hopefully make it a tiny bit better—for patients, their families, their caregivers, their friends, for me, for Bob … and especially for Becky. Saralee Perel is an award-winning, nationally syndicated columnist. Her new book is Cracked Nuts & Sentimental Journeys: Stories From a Life Out of Balance. To find out more, visit www.saraleeperel.com or email email@example.com.
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How Health Insurance Marketplaces Will Help Early Retirees Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about the new Obamacare health insurance exchanges that begin next year? I am interested in retiring early at age 61, but I need to find some affordable health insurance until my Medicare benefits begin in a few years. – Ready to Retire Dear Ready, The new health insurance exchanges—also known as Health Insurance Marketplaces—that begin in 2014 will be a welcome benefit to millions of Americans who need health insurance, especially uninsured baby boomers and pre-Medicare retirees who often have a difficult time finding affordable coverage. How It Will Work As part of the Affordable Care Act,
starting Oct. 1 you will be able to shop and compare health insurance policies in your area and enroll in one directly through your state’s Health Insurance Marketplace website. The policies will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014. You’ll also be happy to know that federal law dictates that Marketplace insurers cannot deny you coverage or charge you higher rates based on preexisting health conditions, and they can’t charge women more than men. But, they can charge older customers more than younger ones—up to three times more.
ONE GIANT STEP FOR MANKIND! This may not be the same story you’re thinking of. This one’s about a young, itinerant engineer with job assignments in two states: Decorah, Iowa, and Lancaster, PA.
The step he is considering is marriage! Bob Hansen is smitten by two young women in Iowa, and one in Lancaster, PA. But he has to find a full-time job and decide which of the three young women to pursue.
Every state will have a Marketplace, but each state can choose how it will operate. Seventeen states and the District of Columbia will run their own state-based Marketplace, seven states will partner with the federal government, and 26 states will offer federal Marketplaces. Pennsylvania is among the latter. The differences between federal and state programs will be subtle. You will be able to access each state’s Health Insurance Marketplace at www.healthcare.gov. The policies available through these Marketplaces will be sold by insurance companies and will provide a package of 10 essential benefits, including emergency services, hospital care, lab services, prescription drugs, doctor visits, preventive care, and rehab services. To make shopping and comparing a little easier, the health plans will be divided into four different levels— bronze, silver, gold, and platinum—each offering similar benefits but with a different cost structure. The bronze plan will have the lowest monthly premiums but have highest out-of-pocket costs, while the platinum plans will have the highest premiums but the lowest deductibles and co-payments. The Marketplaces will also offer a tollfree hotline to help you choose a plan
that meets your needs and budget. These helpers aren’t associated with any particular plan, and they aren’t on any type of commission, so the help they give you will be completely unbiased. Costs and Tax Credits Prices will vary depending on where you live, your age, and the health plan you choose. Exact cost structures for most Marketplaces will be released within the next few months. To help make coverage affordable, sliding-scale tax credits will be available if you earn less than 400 percent of the poverty level—that’s $45,960 for a single person and $62,040 for couples. These tax-credit subsidies will provide immediate savings off your monthly premiums. To find out if you qualify, or to see how much a tax credit will reduce your monthly costs, you’ll need to submit a Marketplace application in October or when you decide enroll. In the meantime, you can calculate your potential tax-credit premium savings by using the Kaiser Family Foundation calculator at http://healthreform.kff.org. Click on “Interactive Features” and then scroll down to “Subsidy Calculator.” For more information on the Health Insurance Marketplaces, including a checklist of things you can do now to help you choose a plan, visit www.healthcare.gov/marketplace. Jim Miller is a regular contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior Book. www.savvysenior.org
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Farmers Market Vouchers Now Available Farmers market nutrition vouchers will be distributed to eligible seniors 60 years of age and older at the following locations starting June 1. The nutrition vouchers, with a $20 value, can be exchanged for Pennsylvania-grown fruits and vegetables from June 1 through Nov. 30 at participating farmers markets and roadside stands. To be eligible, county residents age 60 and older must have an annual income less than $21,257 for one person, $28,694 for two people, and $36,131 for three people. Proxy forms are available at each site and must be completed and returned with signatures and a photo ID of the eligible senior at the time of distribution. Please keep in mind these vouchers are available on a first-come, first-served basis, as funding is limited. Vouchers may only be obtained once per year. For eligible income guidelines or more information, contact Cumberland County Aging and Community Services at (717) 240-6110. Distribution sites are as follows:
Big Spring Senior Center, 91 Doubling Gap Road, Newville, (717) 776-4478 Wednesdays, 9 to 11 a.m. Cumberland County Aging & Community Services, 1100 Claremont Road, Carlisle, (717) 240-6110 Tuesdays, 2:30 to 4 p.m., except July 9. Mechanicsburg Place, 97 W. Portland St., Mechanicsburg, (717) 697-5947 Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon Salvation Army Senior Action Center, 20 E. Pomfret St., Carlisle, (717) 2495007 – Wednesdays, 9 to 11 a.m. Schaner Senior Center, 98 S. Enola Drive, Enola, (717) 732-3915 Fridays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Southampton Place, 56 Cleversburg Road, Shippensburg, (717) 530-8217 Fridays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. West Shore Senior Center, 122 Geary Ave., New Cumberland, (717) 774-0409 Mondays and Thursdays, 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3 p.m.
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Rebirth I know it’s spring for I have felt fresh warmth on my cheek And seen struggling buds in the fields And emancipated waters from the creek Slash through the last thin layer of winter’s white host. Tall majestic trees, Arow on opposite sides of the street Newly clothed, Reach across at each other, Touch fingertips And drop speckled sunshine to the pavement I awake to Nature’s choir And to the welcome intruder that fills my room. Stubborn earth succumbs, Drinks of the sun And smoothes her ruts.
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Follow the Gold By Andrea Gross I enter my hotel room, open the drape, and there it is—Colorado’s Pikes Peak, one of the world’s most famous mountains, outlined against the setting sun. This is the very same view that greeted Katharine Lee Bates when, after a day atop the 14,000-foot granite mound, she penned the words to “America the Beautiful.” As I look out the window of our hotel, the Hilton Antler (called the Antler Hotel in Bates’ day), I’m similarly inspired but less talented. Fortunately, my husband captures the scene with his camera. Long before Bates wrote about the “spacious skies,” the mountain had energized other Americans. As the easternmost big peak of the Rocky Mountains, visible for 100 miles, it was a beacon for gold prospectors as they set forth on the last, and longest-lasting, American gold rush.
Katharine Lee Bates wrote the words to “America the Beautiful” while looking at this view of Pikes Peak.
Dahlonega Square is rich with historic buildings that house restaurants and boutiques.
A tour of Consolidated Gold Mines takes folks back to the first major gold rush in American history.
Locals try to strike it rich at the Crisson Gold Mine in Dahlonega.
Where it All Began – Georgia, 1826 We begin our Gold Route Tour 1,500 miles from Pikes Peak in the small towns west and north of Atlanta. Both the Cherokee and the Spanish found nuggets of Georgia gold as early as the 16th century, but the real rush didn’t begin until the mid-1820s. We learn this while watching a film at Villa Rica’s Pine Mountain Gold Museum, which is built on the site of an old gold mine. Afterward we walk a 3-mile trail that’s dotted with old mining equipment. Interpretative signs tell us that the equipment was abandoned when a man who was out hunting deer 100 miles to the northeast quite literally tripped over a golden rock. Within a year, 15,000 men left Villa Rica to go to the new site, Dahlonega, which gets its name from the Cherokee word for “yellow.” The town has a charming main square, a museum located in a historic courthouse, two gold mines, and, best of
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all, a place where we can—or so we fantasize—strike it rich. After touring the underground Consolidated Gold Mines, we head to Crisson Gold Mine, where we find several locals panning for gold. “I come every weekend,” one confesses. “It’s fun, but I’d be better off playing the stock market.” We leave without investing in a gold-panning experience. For more information, visit www.villaricatourism.com and www.dahlonega.org. The Rush in the West – California, 1849 The Dahlonega rush paled in comparison to the one that took place in California in the late 1840s. On Jan. 24, 1848, a man named James Marshall was building a mill for Captain John Sutter when he spotted a gold rock. News traveled fast, and soon an estimated 300,000 people headed west to try their luck and test their skill. The old mill is long gone, but there’s a replica in Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park near Coloma, along with other reminders of gold rush days: a store mill, a 19th-century school, and two stores that are reminders of the Chinese who helped settle the area. Later we drive south on Highway 49, which links old mining towns filled with
A narrow-gauge train through Colorado’s mining country is an excellent way to learn the history of the area.
Mining is still big business near Cripple Creek, Colo.
Pine Mountain Gold Museum in Villa Rica’s Stockmar Park features an old water wheel.
quaint bed-and-breakfasts and awardwinning wineries housed in restored gold-era buildings. After about two hours we reach Columbia State Park, where costumed actors show us how folks lived during the golden days. We visit period-specific stores, see blacksmiths at work, and take a ride in a stagecoach. For more information, visit www.coloma.com and www.visitcolumbiacalifornia.com.
Pikes Peak or Bust – Colorado, 1859 Not long after disheartened prospectors abandoned California, gold was found in a Colorado creek. More than 50,000 ever-hopeful men, urged on by the slogan “Pikes Peak or Bust,” raced to find their fortune in the Rockies. The nearby towns of Cripple Creek and Victor became go-to, get-rich places. We begin our tour at the Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine, where we’re
crammed into an elevator for a twominute ride that takes us 1,000 feet underground. A guide lets us experience what it was like for the miners by turning off the lights and turning on the drills. The darkness is oppressive, the noise deafening. Although I believe him when he says that conditions are better now, I still cross “miner” off my list of possible second careers. To learn more about the history of the area, we board a narrow-gauge steamengine railroad for a 45-minute ride through rocky hills covered with spindly pines and abandoned mine structures, some of which sit atop mines that are as deep as the Empire State Building is tall. Many folks estimate that these hills still hold more than $6 billion of gold. In the meantime, as trucks and drill rigs race around the stepped walls of the vast caldera where the mineral is hidden, Cripple Creek is almost as well known for its casinos as for its mining. It seems that the search for gold takes many forms. For more information, visit www.visitcripplecreek.com and www.pikes-peak.com. Photos © Irv Green unless otherwise noted; story by Andrea Gross (www.andreagross.com).
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Why We Need More Grandkids Theodore Rickard hat’s all this talk about Social Security running short of money? It seems to have something to do with “the fiduciary.” “The fiduciary” sounds very important to me, but it also sounds like something to do with Wall Street, and that makes me pretty skittish about it in view of what’s happened over the past few years. I have learned the gist of Social Security’s problems via a seriously bald pundit on TV. Seriously bald men, I believe, should be taken seriously. Jokesters and other trivial people always seem to have full heads of hair. Anyway, the concern is that there are too many people drawing Social Security and not enough people paying it. That situation, I can see, could have dire consequences. I have broached this subject with the treasurer of our fiscal family unit, she of the lifetime spousal appointment as family comptroller.
“I’m sure they’ll straighten it out, dear,” was her response. And the more I thought about it, she was probably right. Again. For example: The year that two of the grandkids were old enough to spend the summer working as lifeguards, they got great suntans—which will delight the local dermatologists a few years from now—and read a lot of trashy novels. Nobody drowned. The paychecks were deposited at the local bank to provide funding for the next year’s freshman college expenses.
These turned out to include spring break, which pretty well wiped out the funding. I remember their father’s remarking about this with considerable emphasis at the time. Then as the future rushed upon them, at the end of the year, and before spring break, each of the lifeguards got an official form that summarized their year’s income and withheld taxes. One could call this the “wage-earner’s great awakening.” Their father—who hadn’t yet discovered the educational necessity of
spring break and was still speaking to both of them—explained what FICA actually meant. Just what the initials do stand for escapes me for the moment. I’ll bet it did him, too, but he also let drop that the FICA tax was what paid Social Security checks to Grandmother and Gramps every month. This proved too much information, in my opinion. I won’t say it really changed the children’s attitudes, but they’ve been looking at us kind of funny ever since and, sometimes, rather askance or even snootily, I think. Since then, I have been doing some head counting. Each of our adult children has a job. Most of their spouses have jobs also. Since none is behind bars, we can assume each is paying up the tax. Also, the older of their offspring have jobs. And, likewise, they are at large. Even aside from the suntanned and please see GRANDKIDS page 12
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“I didn’t have to become a master diver to feel safe, but I did feel more secure in the water if I had the advanced open water certificate,” he explained. “You know more about the sport and things like how to navigate under water.” Of his many dives, there are a few that rank as his favorites. One occurred in the water off Providencialis Island. Hager was scuba diving with a group at night, taking underwater photographs, when he finally had his own long-awaited Flipper experience. A lone dolphin was spotted swimming around their boat, a rare sight that excited the divers. At night, dolphins feed and are not usually visible; moreover, they normally travel in pods, not alone. “Suddenly, everybody’s flashlights were pointed toward me … It turns out the dolphin had come in on this night dive and was resting itself vertically against my tank, nuzzle down,” Hager said. In the water again two days later, Hager heard a dolphin’s telltale clicking sound—and saw the same dolphin swimming alongside him for a few seconds before bolting ahead. “Then it came back! It does a 180 and swims right back to me and puts his muzzle right up against my mask,” Hager recalled. “And it was absolutely fantastic. So I got to have my Flipper fantasy realized.” Hager stays active on dry land as well. He is a past co-president and current board member of a local chapter of the Road Runners Club of America, a national organization that includes runners, hikers, and walkers of all abilities and ages. Hager only began hiking and running a decade ago when his physical therapist recommended the sport as a way to ward off his recurring back problems. “There are runners at all different levels. You don’t have to be a marathon runner or a winner of a 5K race to join,” said Hager. “There are a number of people who just walk, but they belong to the club and participate. “Plus, I found that running, hiking, and bicycling on a regular basis—it actually reduced the aches and pains that we sometimes develop when we get to be this age,” he added. “I had more energy, less pain, and felt much better.” Hager’s legs are also kept in motion through his membership in a local bicycle club. He hits the open road during the warmer months, often traveling 15 to 30 miles per ride, and when the weather turns cold, he heads indoors for spinning classes at a gym. Hager enjoys the solitary freedom of bicycling, where he can grab his helmet www.50plusSeniorNewsPA.com
and take off on his own. He sometimes performs what is called a “utility ride” that accomplishes a chore by biking instead of driving, like returning a rented movie. But Hager also benefits from biking with a companion, which pushes him athletically and enhances his social life. “I learn a lot from talking with people,” Hager said. “For those of us who are entering their senior years, I’ve always found that when I ride bicycle with someone who’s better than I am, I have a better ride.” Hager participates in three or four formal bicycling events per year, either riding in the event or volunteering his time to help with setup and other support activities. “I don’t consider myself an expert or an athlete, but my claim to fame on the bicycle is that the summer before last I rode the Dream Ride. I rode to raise money for UDS [United Disabilities Services] service dogs,” said Hager. “And I broke my record to do that. [My record] had been a 40-mile bike ride, and I rode 100 miles that day. Of course, I trained for it—you don’t go from 40 miles to 100 overnight.” A healthy brain is as important as a healthy body, and Hager keeps his mind’s eye sharp through his keen interest in photography. And he maintains his mental and social health by realizing yet another childhood dream. “My father was an amateur magician; he belonged to a local magician’s club,” Hager said. “After he died, I found his old, dusty magic bag upstairs—boy, I had fun with that.” For the last 25 years, Hager has moonlighted as a professional magician. He performs his comedic magic show to local, national, and international audiences. Although he is not yet retired, Hager views the coming years through the wise lens of an old neighborhood friend, a man in his 80s who advised him not to retire from his life when he retires from his job. He took those words to heart, and now, decades later, Hager has used them to form the basis of his life philosophy. “It’s one of the best pieces of advice I ever got from anybody,” he said. “And that’s why I’m involved with people. I sit on two boards of directors, I’m an avid photographer, I belong to a couple of clubs—[socializing] with people is what keeps the energy going for me. “You can only experience your own life, but you can enjoy numerous life experiences by mixing it up with other people, and that’s what’s tremendously valuable for me.”
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Colonial Lodge Community
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Total AL and/or PC Beds: 100 Assisted Living Residence: Yes Private: 100 Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: No Short-term Lease: Yes Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: No Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes Health Fee-for-Service Available: Yes
Total AL and/or PC Beds: 70 Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Semi-private: Yes Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: No Short-term Lease: No Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: No Part/Totally Refundable: No Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes
Alzheimer’s Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: Yes Comments: 1-bedroom suites; secured memory support neighborhood; skilled nursing – The Oaks.
Health Fee-for-Service Available: No Alzheimer’s Care: No Respite Care: Yes Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: No Comments: Beautiful environment, rural setting yet within walking distance of area shopping and community services.
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Total AL and/or PC Beds: 70 Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Semi-private: Yes Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: No Short-term Lease: No Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: Yes Part/Totally Refundable: No Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes
Total AL and/or PC Beds: 86 Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Semi-private: Yes Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: No Short-term Lease: Yes Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: Yes Part/Totally Refundable: No Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes
On-call Medical Service: No Health Fee-for-Service Available: No Alzheimer’s Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: Yes Comments: At Brandywine Senior Living – life is beautiful!
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Total AL and/or PC Beds: 50 Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Semi-private: No Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: No Short-term Lease: Yes Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: Yes Part/Totally Refundable: Yes Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes
Health Fee-for-Service Available: Yes Alzheimer’s Care: No Respite Care: No Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: No Pets Permitted: No
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dermatologically at-risk lifeguards, several of the other older grandkids have at least part-time or summer employment. The way I figure it is this: If Social Security taxes total 13 percent, divided between employer and wage earner, as we have been told, it takes only eight workers to pay us just as much as they are earning, doesn’t it? (Eight times 13 percent equals 104 percent if you remember to carry the two.) Since there are a lot more than eight
in our family—not counting the idly frolicking grandparents—what’s the problem? We recipients are no longer straightening teeth, feeding teenage weightlifters, and funding a lot of expensive etcetera, so the numbers should work out pretty well. In fact, we should be living pretty high on this deal. But knowledgeable financial people continue to insist that Social Security is in dire straits, fiscally speaking. Clearly, then, not everybody has eight or more
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workers out there, funding their fair share. Besides which, there are our grandkids’ other grandparents out there, someplace. We both send and receive Christmas cards with/from them. We aren’t close enough to ask if they are receiving Social Security checks on a regular basis, but it’s just about a sure thing that they are. So it’s obvious that we, the more mature portion of the population, must
think seriously about the future. We must be fiscally responsible. However, as politicians battle heatedly over all sorts of proposals, nobody even mentions the obvious. More grandkids. Just don’t tell the fathers. They get kind of testy about money sometimes. A collection of Ted Rickard’s family-fun essays is titled Anything Worth Knowing I Learned from the Grandkids. It is now available in paperback on Amazon.com.
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425 Westminster Avenue • Hanover, PA 17331 717-637-4166 • www.homewood.com
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Total AL and/or PC Beds: 98 Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Semi-private: No Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: No Short-term Lease: Yes Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: No Part/Totally Refundable: No Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes
Total AL and/or PC Beds: 165 Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Semi-private: Yes Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: Yes Short-term Lease: No Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: Yes Part/Totally Refundable: No Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes
Health Fee-for-Service Available: Yes Alzheimer’s Care: No Respite Care: Yes Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: No Comments: Excellent care in a lovely environment. Call to schedule a visit.
Health Fee-for-Service Available: Yes Alzheimer’s Care: Yes Respite Care: No Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: No Comments: Supportive, encouraging environment. Various room types and suites available. Secure memory care offered.
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Total AL and/or PC Beds: 100 Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Semi-private: Yes Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: No Short-term Lease: No Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: Yes Part/Totally Refundable: No Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes
Total AL and/or PC Beds: 55 Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Semi-private: Yes Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: No Short-term Lease: No Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: No Part/Totally Refundable: No Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes
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Will You Pay FICA Taxes if You Return to Work? By John Johnston Question: I am receiving Social Security retirement benefits and I recently went back to work. Do I have to pay Social Security (FICA) taxes on my income? Answer: Yes. By law, your employer must withhold FICA taxes from your paycheck. Although you are retired, you do receive credit for those new earnings. Each year, Social Security automatically credits the new earnings and, if your new earnings are higher than in any earlier year used to calculate your current benefit, your monthly benefit could increase. Question: I know that Social Security’s full retirement age is gradually rising to 67. But does this mean the “early” retirement age will also be going up by two years, from age 62 to 64? www.50plusSeniorNewsPA.com
Answer: No. While it is true that, under current law, the full retirement age is gradually rising from 65 to 67, the “early” retirement age remains at 62. Keep in mind, however, that taking early retirement reduces your benefit amount. Question: Do I automatically get Medicare benefits if I’m eligible for disability benefits? Answer: After you have received disability benefits for 24 months, we will automatically enroll you in Medicare. We start counting the 24 months from the month you were entitled to receive disability, not the month when you received your first benefit payment. Sometimes you can get State Medicaid in the meantime. There are exceptions to this rule. People with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and chronic renal
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Question: Next month I’ll turn 65 and, because of my financial situation, I thought I’d be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). But my neighbor told me I’d probably be turned down because I have a friend who said he might help support me. Is this true? Answer: If your friend helps support you, it could have an effect on whether you get SSI and on the amount you receive. Whether you can get SSI depends on your income and resources (the things you own). If you have low income and few resources, you may be able to get SSI. However, if you are receiving support from your friend or from anyone else, that income will be considered when making a decision on your SSI eligibility and amount. Support includes any food or
Question: If I retire and start getting Social Security retirement benefits at age 62, will my Medicare coverage begin then too? Answer: No. Medicare benefits based on retirement do not begin until a person is age 65. If you retire at age 62, you may be able to continue to have medical insurance coverage through your employer or purchase it from an insurance company until you reach age 65 and become eligible for Medicare. For more information, visit www.socialsecurity.gov or call (800) 7721213 (TTY (800) 325-0778). John Johnston is a Social Security public affairs specialist.
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June 1, 7:30 to 9 p.m. – History Program: Life in the Civilian Conservation Corps, Pine Grove Furnace State Park June 2, 2 to 3 p.m. – The Appalachian Trail Museum Presents: Traditional Folk Music, Pine Grove Furnace State Park June 4, 10 to 11:30 a.m. – Golden Trails: More Talk, Less Walk, Kings Gap Environmental Education Center
Big Spring Senior Center – (717) 776-4478 91 Doubling Gap Road, Suite 1, Newville June 4, 12:30 p.m. – Lawyer Discussion: HIPPA Laws June 7, 10 a.m. – PennDOT’s Yellow Dot Program June 24, 1 p.m. – Wedding Dress Display and Mock Wedding Reception
Programs and Support Groups Mondays and Wednesdays, noon to 12:45 p.m. Silver Sneakers Class: Muscular Strength and Range of Movement Living Well Fitness Center 207 House Ave., Suite 107 Camp Hill (717) 439-4070 June 4, 7 p.m. CanSurmount Cancer Support Group HealthSouth Acute Rehab Hospital 175 Lancaster Blvd. Mechanicsburg (717) 691-6786 June 5 Amputee Support Team Meeting Golf Clinic Leisure Bowling and Golfing Center 2400 Willow Street Pike Lancaster (610) 867-9295 firstname.lastname@example.org www.astamputees.com
June 6, 6:30 p.m. Too Sweet: Diabetes Support Group Chapel Hill United Church of Christ 701 Poplar Church Road Camp Hill (717) 557-9041 June 12, 11:30 a.m. NARFE West Shore Chapter 1465 VFW Post 6704 4907 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg (717) 737-1486 www.narfe1465.org Visitors welcome; meeting is free but fee for food. June 12, 1:30 p.m. Parkinson’s Support Group HealthSouth Rehab Hospital 175 Lancaster Blvd. Mechanicsburg (717) 877-0624
Free and open to the public. June 16, 6 p.m. New Cumberland Town Band Performance Borough Park New Cumberland www.nctownband.org June 18, 1 p.m. Caregiver Support Group Mechanicsburg Church of the Brethren 501 Gale St., Mechanicsburg (717) 766-8880 June 30, 7 p.m. New Cumberland Town Band Performance Adams Ricci Park East Penn Township www.nctownband.org
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 Southampton Place – (717) 530-8217 www.seniors.southamptontwp.com 56 Cleversburg Road, Shippensburg West Shore Senior Citizens Center – (717) 774-0409 122 Geary St., New Cumberland Please call or visit the centers’ websites for additional activities.
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50plus Senior News, published monthly, is offered to provide individuals 50 and over in the Susquehanna and Delaware Valley areas with timel...