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My eyes are bleeding. I was at my yearly, routine eye exam when my doctor said, “There’s bleeding around your retina in your left eye.” I panicked and cried, “What causes that?” She didn’t know and referred me to a retina specialist. I had to have a complete physical, a ton of bloodwork, a heart ultrasound, an EKG, and an ultrasound of my carotid arteries. The first thing that was ruled out was hypertension. In constant worry, I thought, “What if it’s my heart? What if I need eye surgery?” Then I reached the bottom line: “What if I’m going to die?” At my next appointment, the bleeding had gotten worse in my left eye and had spread to my right eye as well. Times between visits took months. I spent a chunk of my life lost in darkness. I’ve spent so many chunks of my life uselessly ruminating that sometimes I think I’ve lived most of my life that way. I make up scenarios, even when nothing is wrong. I vividly envision my husband, Bob, in a car crash. I “see” him in the emergency room. I wonder who I’d call first. My friend is a “think positively” person. When I told her about my eye, she said, “Everything will be fine.” I said, “You don’t know that.” You see, that’s never a given. But blindness isn’t a given either. So, what is the answer when I don’t know what will happen? Hope. My bottom-line cure to

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By Sandra Gordon If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, keeping track of your blood sugar can feel like a full-time job. You might be more tired than usual too. Given all that’s going on, it’s easy to lose track of the fact that diabetes can be a catalyst for other major conditions, including heart disease, kidney failure, bone-weakening osteoporosis, arthritis, diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage), and vision problems. Being aware of the connection, though, is important because you can be an advocate for your own health and take charge of the situation. To reduce your risk of complications, these steps can help you derail the diabetes domino effect. Go on a fact-finding mission. Your HbA1C level is the best gauge of diabetes control because it’s an average of your blood sugar over the past two to three months. Generally, you’re shooting for a number below 7 percent. Anything above 7 signals your blood sugar isn’t as well controlled as it could be. “If your HbA1c is high, be your own detective and solve the mystery,” says Margaret Eckert-Norton, PhD, RN, a certified diabetes educator. In addition to daily fasting blood-sugar testing, “I ask my patients to do more random checking of their blood sugar instead of sticking with a set routine,” she says. Eckert-Norton suggests monitoring your blood sugar frequently during the day, such as an hour or two after breakfast and lunch and before bed, for a week or so. Then, show your data to your doctor to see if your medication needs adjusting. Blood sugar that’s not well managed can quickly damage the tiny capillary blood vessels in your eyes, kidneys, and in extremities, such as your feet, which can lead to diabetic retinopathy, joint damage, and limb amputation. These blood vessels are thinner than a hair. “There’s strong evidence that managing Type 2 diabetes reduces the risk of these complications considerably,” says endocrinologist Kevin Pantalone, DO. Chronic high blood sugar can also affect your risk of heart attack and stroke. Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of patients with Type 2 diabetes. That’s why you’ll also want to aggressively control your blood pressure and cholesterol by following your

diabetes eating plan and taking high blood pressure and/or cholesterol-lowering medication, such as a statin drug, if necessary. Don’t wait to lose weight. “When most patients are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, they’ve already lost 50 percent of their body’s ability to make insulin,” Pantalone says. Still, shedding pounds (if you need to) as close to diagnosis as possible, when you still have 50 percent capacity, can make blood sugar easier to control over the long run and can help prevent diabetes complications, including heart disease, stroke, and osteoarthritis. There’s a strong link between diabetes and osteoarthritis. Researchers suspect that high blood sugar may damage cartilage in joints. But losing weight is a fix for both conditions. Shedding as little as 15 pounds can cut knee pain in half and reduce blood sugar, enabling some people to taper off insulin and other medications. Overall, “overweight is the master condition that drives the development of other major conditions,” Pantalone says. But losing weight tends to make everything better. Quit it! Smoking increases the risk of death from heart attack in people with diabetes by 52 percent, according to a study in BMJ Open. Kicking the habit is not only good for your heart and blood sugar control, it’s also important for bone health. People with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of fractures. Researchers suspect it may be due to the interplay between insulin and osteocalcin, a hormone found in bone. Switch medication. Some medications to manage blood sugar can cause weight gain, but several newer ones are available that don’t have this side effect. If you start to put on pounds after you’ve been diagnosed, ask your doctor about changing your medication. Be sure to fill your prescriptions quickly and use injectable insulin exactly as it is prescribed. Don’t try to stretch insulin by skipping injections or taking smaller doses. If the cost of insulin is a problem, ask your doctor about different, less expensive types of insulin available.

See where you are. In addition to keeping your regular doctor’s appointments to monitor your blood sugar, see an ophthalmologist regularly. Diabetes can cause blood vessels in the eye to leak, which causes blurry vision and leads to vision loss. But in the early stages, you might not notice it. A yearly dilated eye exam can detect and treat the problem before it progresses. Exercise your options. “Physical activity acts like insulin. If you’re more physically active, the amount of injectable insulin you may need might go down,” says diabetes researcher William Herman, MD, MPH. Try to exercise 30 minutes per

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With Diabetes Looming, Area Grandmother Decides to ‘Make a Choice’ Q: What were your health status The Health Promotion Council and lifestyle like before you took recently announced the launch of steps to change them?, a new online Linda D’Ambrosia: I was carrying resource to help in the fight against a lot of extra weight, so I developed diabetes and obesity. high blood pressure. Part of a I couldn’t walk very collaboration with the Pennsylvania far without losing my breath, my joints Department hurt, and I was tired of Health, all of the time. is a I knew if I didn’t statewide initiative connecting make a change that a diabetes diagnosis Pennsylvanians was right around the to personal corner. success stories, diabetes education programs, and Q: How was Type 2 diabetes a free online affecting both you resource (www. Linda D’Ambrosia and your family? to LD: I have family help encourage and members with both Type 1 and inspire Pennsylvanians to prioritize their health and make a choice to live Type 2 diabetes. I saw firsthand how a healthier lifestyle. debilitating and cruel the disease can be. Seeing someone whose sugar is too Linda D’Ambrosia, of Harrisburg, low and not being able to wake them was recently named a healthy up is a frightening experience. champion for the Make A Choice Also, seeing them struggle with initiative. Read on to learn how high day-to-day issues that come with blood pressure and a frightening diabetes, like thinking clearly or fainting spell finally prompted keeping medications organized and D’Ambrosia to begin improving her health, energy, and longevity. please see DIABETES page 6

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an organization to help me with my weight loss and learned healthier eating habits. It’s interesting because I was very strict about what I served my family; they had to eat vegetables and fruits at every meal. (Once again, I always put myself last.) On Sunday nights, I loaded my lunchbox up with foods that I knew were safe to snack on without feeling guilty. I shopped and prepared meals and snacks in advance so there was no excuse to choose other options. Once I had the support of the weight-loss organization and my family, the weight started coming off. I was then able to go off the medication and started adding exercise into my life. I began with slow, short walks and then became a member of a gym so the weather couldn’t be an excuse to not exercise. Soon, I was able to add more mileage to my walks, I walked faster, and I felt so much better. The fatigue disappeared too.

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Q: How has your fitness routine evolved over time? LD: With working full time, I realized that if I went home before my walks or going to the gym, I would not do anything. I would vacuum, clean, watch TV, and tell myself that I would do it tomorrow. That did not work. I now have an extra pair of sneakers and socks under my desk and walk at lunchtime. I also walk after work before I go home, so there is no excuse. It’s done and I feel great when I know that I put in time for me! I looked more closely at my health insurance and discovered that I could attend more than one gym. I have (jogged) a few half marathons. I walk the dogs, and I take my granddaughter for walks and enjoy spending time running after her! I also have a gym bag packed with an extra pair of sneakers and workout gear so wherever I am, I have a choice. Q: What achievements or changes are you most proud of? LD: I’m really happy that I am a role model for my daughters and granddaughter. If they don’t make a choice to take care of themselves, they could one day develop diabetes and other health issues. They all eat very healthy, exercise, and run races with me, which is a great way to spend time with my family. Keeping my weight down and staying as healthy as I can is the best feeling. I want to see my grandchildren grow up and keep doing the things that I couldn’t do 15 years ago. I also found that I can eat things that I want to and I don’t deprive myself of anything. Finding a balance is key to keeping the weight off, staying off high blood pressure meds, and preventing diabetes.

Q: How did you become involved with the Make A Choice initiative and what do you like about it? LD: I volunteered for a weightloss program and met others who were struggling to lose weight. I was contacted by one of the group members who remembered who I was and remembered my journey. I am excited to be a part of the Make A Choice initiative as it is intended to inspire and help all Pennsylvanians to get on track to live a healthier lifestyle. By doing so, they can prevent the onset of diabetes and other serious health conditions. Q: What advice do you offer someone who is facing a diabetes diagnosis and feeling overwhelmed? LD: You can make a change to be fit and live the life that you want and deserve no matter what your age. There are support groups as well as specific diabetes-prevention and diabetes self-management programs that will give you the support and guidance you need to get started. A list of these programs can be found at Put yourself first, and the feeling of being overwhelmed will lessen as you see and feel the changes in your body. You will have more energy, have more choices in your life, and become a stronger person inside and out. Get your family and neighbors on board too. Now, my neighbors and I walk together at least twice a week. I get to spend time with them and we motivate each other. It’s a great feeling. To learn more about diabetes prevention and management programs in the Capital Region, visit www.makeachoice. org. To see more about Linda D’Ambrosia’s journey to health and wellness, go to healthy-champions.

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These Herbs May Ease Diabetes Symptoms Type 2 diabetes afflicts millions of people around the world. Medication such as insulin can help keep your blood sugar levels stable, but according to the Medical News Today website, these herbs can also have a beneficial effect: Aloe vera. Known for its skincare benefits, aloe may also help increase

the amount of insulin produced by the pancreas. It can be consumed as juiced pulp added to beverages or as extracts available as supplements. Cinnamon. This tasty spice offers many benefits for diabetes patients, including positive results in maintaining appropriate blood sugar and insulin levels as well as decreasing

blood pressure. Consult with your doctor before using it as a supplement, though. Bitter melon. Used for centuries as a traditional medicine in China and India, the seeds from this melon appear to lower blood sugar levels. It’s also effective when its pulp is mixed with water and when consumed as juice.

Milk thistle. An extract called silymarin from this herb has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which are beneficial for people with diabetes.     Always check with your physician before taking any herbs or supplements, of course.

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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 lift chairs Sofas Unlimited 4713 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg (717) 761-7632 Nursing/Rehab Homeland Center 1901 N. Fifth St., Harrisburg (717) 221-7902

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Bethany Village – The Oaks

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Private Rooms Available: Yes Semi-Private Rooms Available: Yes Pet Visitation Allowed: Yes Beauty/Barber Shop: Yes Medicare: Yes Medicaid: Yes Accreditations/Affiliations: CARF/CCAC; Eagle, LeadingAge PA Comments: Maplewood Assisted Living also available.

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1901 North Fifth Street • Harrisburg, PA 17102-1598 (717) 221-7902 • 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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The American Spirit Terri Schlichenmeyer

One nation, under God, indivisible. Those words deeply mean something to you. Maybe you’ve fought for them. Maybe you say them daily. You see the news and they leap to mind, whether you’re optimistic for the future or pessimistic about current events. And in the book The American Spirit by David McCullough, you’ll see how the former better describes our nation. For the past 50 years or so, author and historian McCullough has given many speeches. He’s been honored to talk to graduating classes, business organizations, and politicians throughout that time, and he says he often returns home knowing that “the American spirit [is] still at work.” Yes, we’ve always been divided— and united. We were united by people like John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Manasseh Cutler, men about whom much has been written. And yet, says McCullough, there were other “giants” in history that we never hear much about: Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., Speaker Joe Martin,

Margaret Chase We are a Smith, Frank country that Church … the list is values education. endless. We mostly “want “How can we to belong to know who we something larger are and where we than ourselves.” We are headed,” asks are a nation made McCullough, “if of people born we don’t know here and around where we have come the world. We are from?” stewards of and Knowing why our teachers for historic cities grew, and why sites. they were important, And “When explains us in better bad news is riding detail; take the “Pitt high …” says from Pittsburgh The American Spirit: Who We Are McCullough, “… and the loss would and some keep and What We Stand For By David McCullough be devastating,” crying that the c. 2017, Simon & Schuster McCullough says, as country is going to 176 pages an example. the dogs, remember We also should it’s always been study the “energy” of the documents going to the dogs in the eyes of some, created by the Founding Fathers— and that 90 percent, or more, of the and about those fathers, we must people are good people … remember that they were “living men” “We all know that. Let’s all pitch and fallible humans. They wrote with in. And never lose heart.” their reputations in mind, “staking The news makes you want to their lives on what they believed …” scream? Come over here and join the

club—but bring your copy of The American Spirit. There’s a lot we can learn together. We can do that, says author David McCullough, by reading history to get a bigger picture of the arms-wideopen optimism shared by America’s brightest citizens. Here, in this anthology of speeches, McCullough displays unparalleled storytelling skills with tales of those preachers, politicians, visionaries, men, and women whose work meant everything to a growing nation. It’s hard not to get caught up in McCullough’s eagerness to know those tales, and it’s hard not to be stirred by them. This book is small, but its message is huge. So, if you’re a student of current events, give it the introspection and time it demands. Do that, and The American Spirit could pledge for you a new outlook. 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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Aid & Attendance Veterans’ Benefit Wartime Vets, Surviving Spouses May Qualify for A&A Benefit For many aging or disabled veterans who need help with activities of daily living, finding the funds to pay for the care they need is a common concern. Many veterans aren’t aware of the Aid & Attendance pension they have earned for themselves and their surviving spouses through their service to their country. The Aid and Attendance pension provides benefits that reduce the cost of care for wartime veterans and surviving spouses who require assisted living/personal care. Veterans and surviving spouses who are eligible for a VA pension

and require the aid and attendance of another person, or are housebound, may be eligible for additional monetary payment. “Aid & Attendance is most often used [to pay] for a personal care home and/ or home care,” Daniel Tooth, director of the Lancaster County Department of Veterans Affairs, said.


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basic pension. Because Aid and Attendance and Housebound allowances increase the pension amount, people who are not eligible for a basic pension due to excessive income may be eligible for pension at these increased rates. A&A and Housebound benefits are non-service-connected benefits (disability need not be a result of service). A veteran or surviving spouse may not receive Aid and Attendance benefits and Housebound benefits at the same time, nor may they receive non-service and service-connected compensation at the same time.

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How to Apply In eastern Pennsylvania, you may apply for Aid and Attendance or Housebound benefits by writing to the Philadelphia VA Regional Office, P.O. Box 8079, Philadelphia, PA 19101. Call the office toll-free at (800) 827-1000 for more information. When considering a move to a personal care home or nursing facility, the community’s administration will often assist in making sure you have the necessary information collected and that it is complete prior to submission.

• You require the aid of another person in order to perform personal functions required in everyday living, such as bathing, feeding, dressing, toileting, adjusting prosthetic devices, or protecting yourself from the hazards of your daily environment (e.g., using a stove or other household appliances).

What You Need You must have military discharge or DD 214. You should include copies of the Aid & Attendance Form 10 or VA 21, signed by a doctor, M.D., or D.O., validating the need for Aid and Attendance or Housebound-type care. The VA does not accept physician assistant, nurse, or social worker signatures. Eligibility requirements include (canceled checks or statements are required for documentation of expenses):

• You are bedridden, in that your disability or disabilities require that you remain in bed apart from any prescribed course of convalescence or treatment.

1. Ninety continuous days of service in the U.S. military with at least one day during a wartime period as established by the U.S. Congress, e.g., World War II, Korea, Vietnam.

• You are a patient in an assisted living or personal care facility due to mental or physical incapacity. • Your eyesight is limited to a corrected 5/200 visual acuity or less in both eyes or concentric contraction of the visual field to 5 degrees or less. Housebound This increased monthly pension amount may be added to your monthly pension amount when you are substantially confined to your immediate premises because of permanent disability.

• Prescription drugs • Co-payments for doctors and prescriptions • Skilled nursing care or home care • A ssisted living (personal care in Pennsylvania) and nursing care expenses when required by medical conditions • Funeral expenses • Incontinence supplies Household income and medical expenses include both veteran and spouse. The household asset limit is $80,000, not including the home and/ or auto. The objective is to use medical expenses to reduce income. Income can be verified through SS 1099, tax returns, bank statements, etc. Although there is not currently a look-back period and penalty on asset transfers to reduce wealth, as is the case with Medicaid applications, Tooth warned changes are on the horizon for 2018.

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On Nov. 22, 1963, when a Milwaukee cabbie picked up his passenger, the driver recognized 27year-old Vaughn Meader of the wildly successful comedy album The First Family. “Did you hear about Kennedy in Dallas?” asked the driver. Meader, figuring it was a joke setup, answered, “No, how does it go?” Then he heard the world-changing news on the taxi’s radio. Born in Maine in 1936, Meader moved around often before settling in Brookline, Massachusetts. He finished Brookline High Scool in 1953 and joined the Army shortly afterward. While stationed in Germany, Meader found an interest in music and, with some fellow soldiers, formed a country-music band called the Rhine Rangers. Back in the States, he became a piano-playing nightclub performer in Greenwich Village. When John F. Kennedy became president—and a national presence—Meader discovered his facility for crowd-pleasing JFK impersonations when he tossed out a few Kennedyesque lines onstage one night. Meader, who bore a passing resemblance to the young president, quickly mastered Kennedy’s gestures and facial expressions and moved onto the standup circuit with an amusing Kennedy-based shtick. On Oct. 22, 1962 (the same night as JFK’s historic Cuban Missile Crisis speech), and before a live audience, Meader, three writer friends, and a small ensemble recorded The First Family. In the course of 17 skits, Meader offered spot-on send-ups of both John and Robert Kennedy while Naomi Brossart provided the voice of Jackie. The Cadence Records disc poked good-natured fun at JFK’s PT-109

history, Kennedy athletics, White House kids, and even Jackie’s breathy description of her White House redecoration. Released in November, in its first six weeks The First Family racked up sales of 6.5 million discs—the fastest-selling LP in history at that time—and won the Grammy Album of the Year award for 1963. Meader became an overnight celebrity. While Jackie Kennedy disliked her portrayal, JFK enjoyed much of the album and gave several copies as Christmas gifts that year. He even opened a Democratic National Convention dinner with the line, “Vaughn Meader was busy tonight, so I came myself.” After the assassination, Cadence Records destroyed all unsold copies of The First Family to avoid being accused of “cashing in” on the president’s death. Meader never did another JFK impression and would sometimes refer to the Dallas tragedy as “the day I died.” He drifted around the country, unsuccessfully trying new routines before descending into depression and embracing a hazy world of booze and drugs. He found God in the late 1960s and returned to Maine, where he managed a pub in the small town of Hallowell. To further distance himself from his once-famous past, he reclaimed his given first name of Abbott (Vaughn was his middle name). Near the end of his life, Meader, a lifelong smoker, sold the movie rights to his story to pay his medical expenses for ongoing COPD treatments, though the movie was never made. On Oct. 29, 2004, Vaughn Meader died in obscurity at age 68, a mere footnote in 1960s entertainment history. Randal C. Hill is a rock ’n’ roll historian who lives at the Oregon coast. He may be reached at

Giving From the Heart Donation Options for Nonprofit Giving Interested in making a donation to a nonprofit? The following are the four primary methods donors use to support causes they value while adding meaning and purpose to their own legacies. 1. The Outright Gift. If you write a check, give some clothing, or transfer some stock to a nonprofit, you are making an outright gift. This is by far the most popular way for donors to give to nonprofit organizations. Nonprofits love the outright gift because it provides resources they can put to use immediately, a critical need for most. In addition, this method typically has low overhead costs and few administrative complications, financial liabilities, or requirements for specialized staff training. Donors tend to choose the outright gift because it is easy to understand and appropriate for gifts of any size to nonprofits of any size. The outright gift also brings donors the satisfaction of knowing that their dollars are going directly to work for a cause they believe in. They can see tangible results of their giving during their lifetimes. Outright gifts also provide most donors with the full measure of tax deduction and tax avoidance for which they qualify. 2. The Bequest (and beneficiary designations). Donors can create a bequest by putting a paragraph of instructions in their will. They can accomplish much the same result by adding the name of their nonprofit to their IRA or life insurance policy beneficiary form. At the end of the donors’ lives, the designated nonprofits receive these gifts as specified. For many donors, the most important advantage of a bequest is that it allows them to retain their assets until the end of their lives—ensuring their funds’ availability should they need these assets to meet unexpected crises. Donors also like the bequest because it can be kept confidential. This is important for those who wish to remain anonymous and not become candidates for ongoing fundraising efforts. Many donors like the idea that they can easily change their bequests should their area of primary interest change. For the small percentage of donors whose estates may be subject to estate taxes, the bequest by will is an effective way to reduce such taxes. This option works for any amount of money. Because IRA funds that remain in a donor’s estate will likely be subject to a high income-tax rate, these funds also make tax-effective end-of-life gifts. Bequests tend to be quite large. This is logical since, with a bequest, donors are freed from the sense of constraint they might feel in making a large gift during their lifetime. Another advantage for both donors and nonprofits is that bequests typically entail no significant costs that might diminish the actual amount received by the nonprofit: If a donor bequests $25,000, the nonprofit will get $25,000. Although bequests are not tax deductible during the donor’s lifetime, for many donors, the advantages often override this tax-deduction disadvantage.

3. Life Income Gifts. The two most common options for life income gifts are the charitable gift annuity and the charitable remainder trust. Life income gifts are simple in concept. The donor gives money or another asset to the nonprofit today, and the nonprofit owns and manages this money until the donor’s death, while paying out an annual fixed payment (typically) to the donor or a designated beneficiary. With CGAs and CRTs, the nonprofit gets the funds that remain after the donor’s death. As logic would suggest, the more financial benefit the donor gets, the less benefit the nonprofit gets. Life income gifts are typically deferred gifts. With some exceptions, the nonprofit gets to spend the money only after the donor’s death. With very few exceptions, the donor cannot change the arrangement once it has been made. The CGA is relatively straightforward; it is more complicated than a bequest, but simpler than a gift trust. The arrangement is bound by a simple contract. The payout is guaranteed by the assets of the nonprofit. The donor gets a tax deduction at the time the gift is made, based on the true gift amount of the asset—but not on the portion that is slated to be returned to the donor as part of the lifetime payout. Many donors like the CGA. They are pleased that their cash flow will increase and that they will have guaranteed income for life. They will typically enjoy an immediate (although partial) tax deduction, and their nonprofit will get whatever money is left over when they die. Gift trusts (CRTs and their many variations) and other split-interest instruments are not simple. Because these trusts represent a world of technical complexity, with many variations and exceptions, a detailed exploration of them is best left to those who might feel these options are appropriate for their situations. The adviser community can provide a wealth of information on these arrangements and on the full range of split-interest gift techniques. please see GIVING page 17

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Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori

New Trends in Wine-Glass Collecting Lori Verderame

Wine lovers seek to understand and enjoy all things grape. And for antique and vintage wine and barware collectors, collecting the right glass for their favorite wine is equally important. I have found that many wine lovers are quickly becoming wine glass or goblet collectors. Crystal glasses and wine glasses had fallen out of favor with millennials and other spirited drinkers who didn’t want to be presented with the chore of hand washing delicate crystal or storing glassware with every use. But finding the perfect wine glass from bygone days is fast becoming a new and fun collecting trend. Wine aficionados say that enjoying wine is as much about smelling it as it is about tasting it. So, your wine glass should be of a shape that allows both

senses to work in unison. Here is some information about wine glass shape and its impact. A wine glass in the shape of a balloon will allow the drinker to experience more aspects of a wine than a glass of a different shape. A small, narrow wine glass will keep wine cooler in the glass and help the drinker concentrate on the wine’s specific traits. Because more people are regularly drinking easyto-enjoy wines, such as Sauvignon Blanc, and light A hand-blown, reds, such as Valpolicella, Murano-glass wine collectors are looking for glass circa the 1950s. smaller, crystal wine glasses

from the 1940s-’50s, as well as larger, blown wine glasses from the early 1900s and the 1970s. When it comes to bold red wines, just like flamboyant and fantastic Italian paintings, look for a wine glass with a large bowl. The large bowl allows the red wine to swirl around and make contact with the air, breaking down any bitter tannin taste. This tradition of enjoying a big, hefty glass of red wine has resulted in new trends in the antiques world. Not only are wine lovers looking for appropriate glasses,

but they are also seeking out antique and old-style furniture. Many wine lovers are buying freestanding wooden storage cabinetry for vintage wine glasses, barware, and collectible wine bottles. Wine lovers are looking for sturdy glass stemware that can host a nice, big glass of Bordeaux, Burgundy, or Malbec. So bigger is better when it comes to a complex wine, which means wine glasses of traditional shapes and styles are all the rage now. Antique collectors are looking to the shape of old glasses from the Renaissance and Baroque periods as models for the enjoyment of bold red wines. Also, they are amassing collections of dainty, tapered-stemmed wine glasses in cut crystal or glass that recalls the glassware of the 18th

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century or French Rococo period. These are more suited to delicate white wines. Why did we drink wine in a stemmed glass in the first place? A stem allows the heat from our hands to be transferred only to the stem and not to the area where the glass hosts the wine. So always hold your wine glass by the stem. Stemless wine glasses are growing in popularity, yet there are fewer antique and vintage options of stemless wine glasses for collectors to collect. It isn’t as easy to find an antique stemless wine glass, but many people are drinking wines,

dare I report, from non-traditional stemless wine glasses of various shapes, most of which date from the 1960s and 1970s. When it comes to collecting trends, overall, social practices rule, and enjoying wine is no exception. When you are taking of the grape, remember the all-important wine glass shape. Dr. Lori Verderame is a Ph.D. antiques appraiser, author, and award-winning TV personality who stars on History channel’s The Curse of Oak Island. Dr. Lori presents antique appraisal events to worldwide audiences and reviews objects online at or (888) 431-1010.

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Elder Mediation Can Help Families Resolve Caregiving Conflicts

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Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any services that you know of that help families resolve caregiving conflicts? My mother—who just turned 82—recently had a stroke, and to make matters worse, my two siblings and I have been perpetually arguing about how to handle her caregiving needs and finances. – Bickering Siblings Dear Bickering, It’s not unusual when adult children disagree with each other regarding the care of an elder parent. If your siblings are willing, a good possible solution is to hire an “elder care mediator” who can help you work through your disagreements peacefully. Here’s what you should know.

Elder Mediation While mediators have been used for years to help divorcing couples sort out legal and financial disagreements and avoid court battles, elder care mediation is a relatively new and specialized service designed to help families resolve disputes that are related to aging parents or other elderly relatives.

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Family disagreements over an ill or elderly parent’s caregiving needs, living arrangements, financial decisions, and medical care are some of the many issues that an elder care mediator can help with. But don’t confuse this with family or November is National group therapy. Family Caregivers Month Mediation is only about decisionmaking, not feelings and emotions. The job of an elder mediator is to step in as a neutral third party to help ease family tensions, listen to everyone’s concerns, hash out disagreements and misunderstandings, and help your family make decisions that are acceptable to everyone. Good mediators can also assist your family in identifying experts such as estate planners, geriatric care managers, or healthcare or financial professionals who can supply

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important information for family decision making. Your family also needs to know that the mediation process is completely confidential and voluntary, and it can take anywhere from a few hours to several meetings depending on the complexity of your issues. And if some family members live far away, a conference or video call can be used to bring everyone together. If you’re interested in hiring a private elder care mediator, you can expect to pay anywhere from $100 to more than $500 per hour depending on where you live and whom you choose. Or, you may be able to get help through a nonprofit community mediation service that charges little to nothing. Finding a Mediator To locate an elder mediator, start by contacting your area agency on aging—call (800) 677-1116 to get your local number—which may be able to refer you to local resources, or search online at Another good option is the National Association for Community Mediation website (, which can help you search for free or low-cost, community-based mediation programs in your area. Unfortunately, there is currently no formal licensing or national credentialing required for elder mediators, so make sure the person you choose has extensive experience with elder issues that are similar to what your family is dealing with. Also, be sure you ask for references and check them. Most elder mediators are attorneys, social workers, counselors, or other professionals who are trained in mediation and conflict resolution. Jim Miller is a regular contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior Book.

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GIVING from page 13 A gift trust may be the right method when a potential donor has a strong charitable intent, is without heirs who need an inheritance, and has significant assets tied up in an illiquid property that does not generate enough (or any) income. A gift trust might provide the donors with a significant increase in income while providing the charity of their choice with a greatly enhanced gift, given that capital gains and estate tax “savings” would go to the nonprofit in the form of a larger gift, rather than to the IRS as a tax payment. Gift trusts are often proposed at minimum levels of $100,000 or even lower. The minimums at many commercial-trust companies, however, are in the $250,000–$400,000 range. 4. The Family Foundation. A family foundation is a separate financial entity established to hold, manage, and distribute gifted assets. It is the most complex means of giving, somewhat akin to managing a small business. It lets the donor establish a legacy that will remain in perpetuity. People also set up foundations to provide a learning and relationship-building experience for family members. Some donors like that the family foundation lets them retain a high degree of administrative control, but others may not enjoy that level of involvement. The family foundation carries with it the responsibility to adhere to a large body of government regulations. With a family foundation, the donated assets remain intact and generally grow over time. Annual distributions are made over time, generally at a minimum level of 5 percent of trust assets per year.

Questions for Donors to Ask Themselves • W hat are my values and objectives? What causes do I feel strongly about? What do I want to accomplish with my giving? What giving methods can best help me achieve my charitable goals? • W hen do I want to give money— now or at the end of my life? • W hen do I want my nonprofit to be able to spend the money that I give—now or at the end of my life? • How engaged in the process do I want to be? Am I comfortable with more paperwork, more tax

forms, and more consultations with my lawyer, accountant, and financial advisor? Or would I prefer to just give money to a cause that I believe in (now or at my death) as simply and economically as I can? • Do I seek to gain financial advantage by giving money away? Do I look to my nonprofit for advantageous financial products? • W hat true net advantage is there to me (or to my nonprofit) in giving away money through one of the more complex methods as compared with the outright gift and the bequest?

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‘Wounded Warriors’ Site Supports Veterans By John Johnston

Social Security’s expedited process is available Supporting veterans and active-duty members to military service members who become disabled of the military is a key part of Social Security’s mission. Our disability program has helped while on active military service on or after Oct. 1, 2001, regardless of where the disability occurs. countless wounded warriors and their loved ones. Even active-duty military who continue to Every Veterans Day, the nation collectively receive pay while in a hospital or on medical leave honors the brave people who risk their lives to protect our country. should consider applying for disability benefits if they’re unable to work due to a disabling For those who return home with injuries, Social Security is a resource they can turn to for condition. Active-duty status and receipt of military pay doesn’t necessarily prevent payment of disability benefits. Social Security’s Wounded Social Security disability benefits. Warriors website is Although a person can’t receive Social Security woundedwarriors. disability benefits while engaging in substantial The Wounded Warriors website has answers to many commonly asked questions and provides work for pay or profit, receipt of military payments Veterans Day is Nov. 11 should never stop someone from applying for other useful information about disability benefits, including how veterans can receive expedited disability benefits from Social Security. You can learn more by visiting our veterans page processing of disability claims. at Benefits available through Social Security are different from those available from the Department of Veterans Affairs; they require a separate application. John Johnston is a Social Security public affairs specialist.

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By Megan Joyce The clock struck 9 a.m. not a minute too soon. The lobby of the Carlisle Expo Center was filled to bursting as the crowd accumulated, waiting for the doors to open for the start of the 18th annual Cumberland County 50plus Expo on Oct. 19. OLP Events, the events division of Central Pennsylvania-based OnLine Publishers, Inc., and Cumberland County Aging and Community Services presented the day of information and resources for the area’s 50+ community. “I wanted to see what’s out here and mingle with the people,” Harry D., a second-year visitor from Mechanicsburg, said. “There was a lot of information that I got [last year], so I came back to see what’s new this year.” More than 80 exhibitors displayed products and services for travel, housing, medical services, nutrition, home improvements, finances, and healthcare. At the Expo, guests were eligible for a variety of health screenings, all offered free. Screenings included blood pressure, hearing, bone density, glucose, foot health, and others. Sue Keller, of Boiling Springs, used her 50 plus Expo visit to check on her bone density with a heel scan. “You put your heel in [the device] … and it measures the density of your bone,” said Keller, no stranger to bone-density screenings. “I have rheumatoid arthritis, and that makes your bones weak, so I probably have to get [density screenings] more than others.” Kmart provided flu shots to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis, and students from Divine Crown Academy of Cosmetology offered free mini manicures and mini facials within the Expo’s Salon Spot. The day’s stage presentations began with Jan Reisinger, education and outreach coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association’s Greater Pennsylvania Chapter, covering the basics of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Reisinger differentiated between normal forgetfulness and problematic changes that could signal dementia, such as difficulty planning and problem solving, forgetting often-traveled driving routes, wearing seasonally inappropriate clothing, and dramatic personality changes. Michael A. Hasco, AIFD, from Stauffers of Kissel Hill in Mechanicsburg, showed how to create an autumn-inspired mixed container of annuals, perennials, and faux florals. Hasco highlighted cold-tolerant plants that can withstand the season’s

temperature fluctuations and incorporated pumpkins and grapevine into his designs to signal fall’s theme of abundance. Finally, Michael Gilbert, DPT, owner of Gilbert Physical Therapy in Mechanicsburg, conducted a workshop on sciatica and lower back pain to a full audience. Gilbert focused on nonsurgical, physical therapy-based techniques for lower back pain relief. “You don’t have to have one specific [incident] create your pain or problem, but what you do every day is going to affect your pain or problem,” Gilbert said. Gilbert said the decision to participate in the 50 plus Expo as its seminar sponsor was an easy one. “This enabled us to have a great captive audience for a back pain and sciatica workshop, and our primary [patient] that has back pain and sciatica is 50-plus,” Gilbert said. “And I must say I am quite surprised by the crowd … I think it’s been very encouraging to see so many people moving around, coming to the booth, getting information.” OLP Events’ 50 plus Expos will return in spring 2018 in Chester, Dauphin, and Lancaster counties. For more information and updates, visit Brought to you by: &

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The Beauty in Nature

Sweet Gums and Bradford Pears

Clyde McMillan-Gamber

Sweet gum and Bradford pear trees chickadees and a variety of sparrows are planted on lawns and along streets and finches, which add much more in southeastern Pennsylvania, as beauty and intrigue to the sweet elsewhere, for their attractive shapes, gums. summer shade, colored leaves, and Bradford pears are domestic trees multitudes of white flowers on the that are not native to North America. pear trees in April. But this ornamental species is But autumn foliage is the greatest becoming ever more feral in this area. beauty on these And by late October trees. and well into Sweet gum and November, their Bradford pear leaves shiny leaves turn to don’t start turning maroon and bright colors until late red and are quite in October but attractive clinging to continue well into their twigs. November. Their This type of pear brightly colored, also grows oliveglossy fall foliage brown, berrylike glows in the lowfruits that are Photo by Bruce Marlin slanting fall sunlight mature by autumn. Bradford pear after most other Squirrels and mice autumn leaves have eat many of those fallen from their small fruits. twig moorings. And a variety of And the berry-eating birds— strikingly colorful including American foliage of sweet robins, eastern gums and Bradford bluebirds, cedar pears is beautiful waxwings, blue jays, against the green of and starlings—feast coniferous needles heartily on them as and the gray of Photo by Famartin well. These animals Sweet gum deciduous limbs add to the appeal of and trunks. Bradford pears in Sweet gums autumn and winter. are Southern trees, sparingly And the birds that digest the pulp established in scattered little thickets of those fruits pass the seeds from and woodland edges in the wild in them in their droppings as they fly southeastern Pennsylvania. Most sweet here and there across the countryside. gums we see here were planted. Baby trees sprout from some of those But all trees of this species bear seeds in many scattered pastures, beautiful yellow, red, and maroon abandoned fields, and roadsides, even leaves, all colors on the same tree, creating pure stands of feral Bradford during the latter part of October and pear trees that are especially lovely in into November. November. And they produce brown, This November, watch for these pingpong-ball-sized, bristly seed balls two species of trees on lawns, that have several openings in each one meadows, and roadsides. Their that release many small, dark seeds attractive autumn leaves—and the that are eaten by seed-eating birds pretty, interesting critters on them to during fall and winter. consume their fruits—brighten many Those birds include two kinds of a gray November day.

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Calendar of Events

Support Groups Free and open to the public

Senior Center Activities

Nov. 1, 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

Big Spring Senior Center – (717) 776-4478 91 Doubling Gap Road, Suite 1, Newville Nov. 3, 8:30 a.m. – Ladies’ Breakfast Nov. 9, 6:30-8 p.m. – Caring for People with Dementia and Memory Impairment over the Holidays Nov. 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Healthy Steps for Older Adults: Don’t Let a Fall Slow You Down

Nov. 8, 1:30 p.m. Parkinson’s Support Group Bethany Village West – Springfield Room 325 Asbury Drive, Mechanicsburg (717) 877-0624

Nov. 1, 6 p.m. CanSurmount Cancer Support Group HealthSouth Acute Rehab Hospital 175 Lancaster Blvd., Mechanicsburg (717) 691-6786

Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m. Amputee Support Team Meeting Outback Steakhouse 25 Gateway Drive, Mechanicsburg (717) 834-5705

Nov. 1, 7 p.m. Caregivers Support Group Claremont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center 1000 Claremont Road, Carlisle (717) 386-0047

Nov. 13, 1:30-3 p.m. Caregivers Support Group St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church 310 Hertzler Road, Upper Allen Township (717) 766-8806

Nov. 2, 6:30 p.m. Too Sweet: Diabetes Support Group Chapel Hill United Church of Christ 701 Poplar Church Road, Camp Hill (717) 557-9041

Nov. 14, 6:30-8 p.m. Carlisle Area Men’s Cancer Support Group The Live Well Center 3 Alexandria Court, Carlisle (717) 877-7561

Nov. 6, 4-5 p.m. Caregivers Support Group Messiah Lifeways Meetinghouse 1155 Walnut Bottom Road, Carlisle (717) 243-0447 Nov. 7, 6-7 p.m. Alzheimer’s Support Group Senior Helpers 3806 Market St., Suite 3, Camp Hill (717) 920-0707

Nov. 21, 1 p.m. Caregiver Support Group Mechanicsburg Church of the Brethren 501 Gale St., Mechanicsburg (717) 766-8880 Nov. 28, 6 p.m. Multiple Sclerosis Support Group HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital 175 Lancaster Blvd., Mechanicsburg (717) 486-3596

Community Programs Free and open to the public Wednesdays, noon SilverSneakers Exercise Class Susquehanna View Apartments Community Room 208 Senate Ave., Camp Hill (717) 439-4070

Nov. 13, 7-8:30 p.m. Speaker Series: Partners in Caring Messiah College – Hostetter Chapel 1 College Ave., Mechanicsburg (717) 691-6036

Nov. 8, 11:30 a.m. NARFE West Shore Chapter 1465 VFW Post 7530 4545 Westport Drive, Mechanicsburg (717) 774-4031 Visitors welcome; meeting is free but fee for food.


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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 Please call or visit their website for more information.

Library Programs Bosler Memorial Library, 158 W. High St., Carlisle, (717) 243-4642 Nov. 3, 7 p.m. – Music at Bosler Nov. 8, 1-2 p.m. – Wicked Wednesday Book Discussion Group Nov. 7, 14, and 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m. – Upstairs Stitchers Embroidery Group Cleve J. Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, (717) 761-3900 Nov. 10, 4-7:30 p.m. – Blood Drive Nov. 14, 7 p.m. – Film and Discussion: Salam, Neighbor Nov. 28, 7 p.m. – Social Security Disability Program John Graham Public Library, 9 Parsonage St., Newville, (717) 776-5900 Joseph T. Simpson Public Library, 16 N. Walnut St., Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-0171 New Cumberland Public Library, 1 Benjamin Plaza, New Cumberland, (717) 774-7820 Nov. 8 and 15, 6:30 p.m. – Learn to Crochet Plus Nov. 9, 6:30 p.m. – Hospice and End-of-Life Wishes Nov. 14, 1  0:30-11:30 a.m. – Book Review: Secret Assault and Angel’s Revenge by Don Helin Shippensburg Public Library, 73 W. King St., Shippensburg, (717) 532-4508

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Nootropes Help You Think with Clarity Suzy Cohen

In recognition of Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, this month’s column will focus on natural remedies that support brain health and memory. Keep in mind that if there is anything you want to try, first ask your physician if it’s right for you. I am not a doctor, and besides, individual response varies. Now, for some intelligent, brain-loving options, all available at health food stores nationwide (and possibly in your garden!): Lion’s Mane This is a medicinal mushroom, not an animalderived furry ingredient. It is

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classified as a nootrope. Have you ever heard of that word before? Nootropics (“noah-tropeicks”) are defined as substances that can improve cognitive function. Nootropic substances, whether they are medications or supplements, simply contain supportive nutrients that will help you maintain optimal brain function. Lion’s mane is known botanically as Hericium erinaceus, and it possesses wellknown regenerative effects. There’s an active ingredient in lion’s mane mushroom that promotes the growth of nerve please see NOOTROPES page 27

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Is This Thing On?

Is This Thing On? 10 Great Apps Abby Stokes

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There are more than a million apps (programs for your smartphone and tablet) out there for fun, guidance, distraction, and information. Here are 10 apps handpicked just for you to enjoy:

Productive – Productive has a higher goal than other “to-do” apps. You don’t simply tick items off of a list; it encourages you to change routines and habits. Lists are simple to browse, and the calendar pages make tracking progress a breeze.

TED – TED is food for the brain (without the calories). The app offers access to truly brilliant, inspirational, and educational talks. Each talk is less than 20 minutes.

Pixify – Pixify transforms photos into tiny works of painted art. Simply select which artwork you’d like your photo to imitate, or use the custom tab to change brush size, style, and image resolution.

Find Friends – If you’re meeting up with someone and you want to know where they are, or if you want to check where your family member or friend is on the road without calling or texting, you can see their progress on a map. Everyone you track or who tracks you must optin, so you won’t be able to track your friends or be tracked without explicit consent. Skype – Skype allows you to video conference, text, or call for free or at a fraction of the price all over the globe. If you’re in a Wi-Fi area, you can


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Triposo – Triposo elevates itself above most travel guide apps with 50,000 destinations worldwide complete with information on bars, restaurants, hotels, tours, and attractions. It works offline, which is perfect for when you’re ambling about somewhere new without a data connection. Citymapper – If you live in or visit one of the cities listed (which include London, Paris, Berlin, and New York), Citymapper is a great tool to easily find your way around. It zeros in on your location and then provides travel options, routing, and, where possible, live times for transit. Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock – Sleep Cycle analyzes your sleep and provides detailed statistics when you wake. It constantly checks out what phase of sleep you’re in and tries to wake you at the best possible time, in a gentle way. It helps you feel refreshed and relaxed on waking up. Pocket – Save for later what you can’t read or watch now. you store articles, videos, or pretty much anything into Pocket. It works directly with your browser or with apps like Twitter and Flipboard.

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Tinseltown Talks

Nick Thomas

Turning 90, L.Q. Jones Reflects on Hollywood Journey

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For over 50 in the 1955 war years, L.Q. Jones drama like a was a familiar veteran. supporting After adopting character actor in his screen some 100 films character’s name, and hundreds the lad from Texas more television quickly settled shows. into Hollywood Lanky, tough, and soon became and athletic, he a favorite could tackle any supporting role, although he actor in Sam was often cast Peckinpah’s films, as the “heavy” Photo credit: Warner Bros such as The Wild L.Q. Jones over the years. Buchanan Rides Alone (Columbia, 1958), LQ Jones, right, clowning around in Bunch. in Westerns and Major Dundee (1965, Bresler Productions), The Patriot (1998, Interlight) his first film, Battle Cry. dramas, projecting “Sam was a the “bad guy” genius and I loved image with merely a sinister smirk or a menacing twinkle in the eye. him, but he was a basket case. He drove everybody nuts.” Over summer (Aug. 19) Jones turned 90, and two days later he hosted a That was evident during the production of Major Dundee with Charlton showing of The Wild Bunch at Grauman’s (now the TCL) Chinese Theatre. Heston. Born and raised in Texas as Justus McQueen, relatives took care of the “Heston was using a real saber for one scene. Sam made him so mad, Chuck young boy after his mother was killed in a car accident. came within an eyelash of cutting Sam in two—and it scared Chuck because “I was born in Beaumont, although they may try to disclaim me, but it’s he damn near did it. Sam found a way to get under your skin to get what he too late now!” said Jones from his home in LA. “We moved around quite a wanted out of you.” bit, to Houston to Dallas to Oklahoma City, back to Beaumont, and finally Jones calls The Wild Bunch a “hell of a movie,” but he believes Peckinpah’s Port Neches. I had a horse by the time I was 8 or 9 and grew up around tough “Ride the High Country was the best Sam ever made, just gorgeous to watch, rodeo people—my uncle was into roping—so Westerns were easy and fun.” although I cry like a baby at the ending.” He says it’s “one of the best SaturdayIn college, at the University of Texas at Austin, his roommate for over a afternoon Westerns you could ever sit and watch over a bowl of popcorn.” year was Fess Parker. While the future Daniel Boone actor moved west to And while he had a few lead roles in films, Jones was content as a supporting Hollywood, Jones headed south and took up ranching in Nicaragua. actor. When Parker sent his buddy a copy of Leon Uris’s war novel Battle Cry, “I suppose I could have worked my way up the acting food chain, but about to be filmed, Jones thought one character could be his ticket to fame and character work was very rewarding and great fun. I loved playing the heavies was encouraged by Parker to come out to Hollywood. because I could do what I wanted and got to work with the best in the “Within two days of arriving, I had the part of L.Q. Jones in Battle Cry and business, so I consider myself very lucky.” probably would never have been in the business had it not been for Fess.” Nick Thomas teaches at Auburn University at Montgomery, Ala., and has written Despite lacking Hollywood experience, Jones had worked some comedy acts during college to help pay the bills, so he played the comic-relief character features, columns, and interviews for over 650 newspapers and magazines.


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NOOTROPES from page 23 the neurotrophins. It helps maintain brain integrity and signals nerve cells to survive and differentiate. Gotu kola seems to help with mental fatigue.

cells in the brain. When you grow new nerve cells, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s helpful, right? Nootropes are the way of the world, and even kids know about them because on the street, they are termed â&#x20AC;&#x153;smart pills.â&#x20AC;? Some college kids like nootropic supplements to help them get through finals and exams. Bacopa Monnieri There is a gorgeous white flower that is a nootropic herb. It helps you maintain optimal brain function due to its strong, protective effect on one particular memory compound called acetylcholine. Bacopa blocks acetylcholinesterase (which breaks down acetylcholine), and acetylcholine is a highly desired neurotransmitter! Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) Gotu kola, commonly called pennywort, contains compounds that support neurotrophin secretion. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor, or BDNF, is the most well studied of

If your practitioner approves of these gentle remedies, you could certainly try them independently, or you can find multitasking formulas that contain these as well as other key nutrients and amino acids. Just be careful because some nootropic supplements are dangerous and, in fact, some are not supposed to be on the market anymore. Buy from trusted brands and companies. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s completely within your rights to ask for a companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;certificate of analysisâ&#x20AC;? for purity and heavy-metal testing. If they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t provide that document to you, run. This information is not intended to diagnose, prevent, or treat your disease. For more information about the author, visit

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