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Preserving Middle-Class Life in Early America page 4

How to Achieve Hormone Balance at Any Age page 8

What to Know about the New Medicare Cards page 9

Launching Your Summer Fitness Program: 7 Simple Steps By Stephen Chee and Dianne Sullivan Summer’s here at last, and it’s a prime time to shape up and enjoy the many benefits of exercising. If you’re an older adult looking to start a summer exercise routine, consider the weekly target of 150 minutes of moderate-endurance activity. This may sound like a tall task, but if you break it down into 15-minute segments twice a day, it’s a goal within reach. Get into the summertime swing with these seven fitness tips: 1. Gauge your readiness. Before you start your summer fitness program, visit a healthcare professional to assess your current physical condition. Evaluate how much exercise you can do safely each week and the activities that will deliver the greatest returns. Go over your medications to understand their potential for causing problems on a hot day. Several prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs can accelerate dehydration or nausea in the heat. 2. Start slowly and progress gradually. Begin with an activity you enjoy, go at a comfortable pace, and push yourself gently. A good beginning point is to incorporate more activity into your day-to-day life. For example, gardening or washing the car are simple ways to get moving. Even small steps can add up over the course of a day, especially when you weave in brief segments of scheduled exercise.

3. Mix it up. Combine aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities. Aerobic exercises, which help circulate more oxygen in your blood, are key to improving cardiovascular health and retaining brain and memory function. Activities can range from walking to biking or swimming — anything that gets your heart pumping faster. Combine your aerobic workout with musclestrengthening exercises, such as resistance training using elastic bands and free weights, which support muscle development and help to prevent bone-density loss. 4. Keep your cool. If you’re planning on exercising outdoors in the summer, it’s preferable to avoid physical activity during the hottest part of the day, usually between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Try to stay out of constant, direct sunlight. Wear lightcolored, loose-fitting fabrics, along with a well-ventilated hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses. 5. Drink and drink. Summer heat also calls for a greater water intake than during other times of the year, and proper hydration is a foundation for good health. Remember to drink water before, during, and after exercising. The Mayo Clinic recommends about 15 cups of water per day for men and 11 cups per day for women. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, both of which can worsen the effects of dehydration. If you experience any signs of heatstroke, such as hot skin, dizziness, or confusion, get inside immediately and seek medical attention. 6. Focus on your abilities. You don’t need to have full mobility to experience the health benefits of exercise. If illness, injury, or disability has limited your movement, you still have plenty of options for staying fit — indoors and outdoors. Chair aerobics, a series of seated repetitive movements, will raise your heart rate and help you burn calories. You can also perform a range of strengthtraining exercises when sitting down. Chair yoga offers gentle, stretching movements and deep-breathing techniques that can lower stress and lift your spirits. Or try playing an “exergame,” a video activity that simulates bowling or tennis, for instance. These games can be played seated in a chair or wheelchair and are engaging ways to elevate your heart rate.

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7. Make exercise a happy habit. It’s easier to stay motivated if you like what you’re doing, so try to make exercise fun. Work out while tuning in music, watching a movie, or listening to an audio book. Exercise for a good cause, such as your community’s walk to end hunger. Consider games where you can team up and build friendships — bowling, badminton, or volleyball, for example. Research has found people who work out with friends enjoy it more than those who do it alone. Exercise is the catalyst not only for physical fitness, but also for mental wellbeing. Along with reducing the risk of chronic illness, it can relieve stress and anxiety, raise your self-esteem, and brighten your outlook on life. Turn the “dog days” of summer into new ways to boost your health and help your physical — and emotional — heart. Stephen Chee is the employee wellness director for Lifetime Wellness, a pioneer in delivering wellness and recreation services to skilled nursing, assisted living, rehabilitation, and memory care facilities. Dianne Sullivan-Slazyk is the chief clinical officer for StoneGate Senior Living, a leading provider of senior living services in Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado.

The Beauty in Nature

Enchanted Summer Evenings Clyde McMillan-Gamber

Sunny summer evenings in southeastern Pennsylvania are enchanting and become more so as summer progresses. Starting late in May, I often sit on our deck or lawn during summer evenings and enjoy seeing the green grass, trees, and shrubbery drenched in golden sunlight. I like to watch the daily activities of one or two cottontail rabbits and the several kinds of birds summering in our neighborhood. I enjoy experiencing the passing of puffy, white-and-gray cumulus clouds overhead as if in review before the blue sky. With imagination, I see innumerable, ever-changing shapes in those clouds. And I deeply inhale the

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Adult firefly (or lightning bug).

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sweet fragrance of honeysuckle flowers on a neighbor’s fence. Each evening, several chimney swifts careen swiftly across the sky in hot pursuit of flying insects to eat, catching those insects in their wide

mouths. Those swifts provide exciting entertainment to anyone who watches for them. Soon after sunset each evening from mid-June to the middle of July, hundreds of male fireflies emerge

from the grass roots where they spent the day and walk up grass stems and take flight like tiny helicopters, all the while flashing their cold abdominal lights. Each firefly flies and hovers upright, blinking its signal to female fireflies still in the grass. They, in turn, glow, beckoning the males to them for mating. The fascinating beauty and our enjoyment of those many male fireflies constantly flashing their beacons is beyond measure. They, alone, make summer evenings enchanting. At first overlapping the activities of swifts and fireflies, a half dozen little please see SUMMER page 15

At Your Fingertips Helpful numbers, hotlines, and local businesses and organizations eager to serve you—all just a phone call away. Emergency Central Pennsylvania Poison Center (800) 521-6110 Dauphin County Area Agency on Aging (717) 780-6130 Funeral & Cremation Services Cremation Society of Pennsylvania Serving Dauphin County (800) 720-8221 Health & Medical Services Alzheimer’s Association (717) 651-5020 American Diabetes Association (800) 342-2383 Arthritis Foundation Central Pennsylvania Chapter (717) 763-0900 CONTACT Helpline (717) 652-4400 The National Kidney Foundation (717) 757-0604 (800) 697-7007 PACE (800) 225-7223

Social Security Information (800) 772-1213

Property Tax/Rent Rebate (888) 728-2937

Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania (717) 238-2531

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Healthcare Information Pennsylvania Healthcare Cost Containment Council (717) 232-6787 Hearing Services Pennsylvania Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (800) 233-3008 V/TTY Hospice Services Homeland Hospice 2300 Vartan Way, Suite 115, Harrisburg (717) 221-7890 Housing/Apartments B’Nai B’rith Apartments 130 S. Third St., Harrisburg (717) 232-7516 Housing Assistance Dauphin County Housing Authority (717) 939-9301

The Salvation Army Edgemont Temple Corps (717) 238-8678 Toll-Free Numbers American Lung Association (800) LUNG-USA

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By Lori Van Ingen Like many retirees, when Margaret Sidlick left the workforce in fall 2015, she decided she wanted to volunteer. A friend recommended she look for a small, local organization, as they would be grateful for whatever assistance she could give to fulfill their needs. The following spring, Sidlick saw an advertisement asking for volunteer help at Historic Sugartown, a historic 19th-century village in the Malvern area. Sidlick had already taken a couple of bookbinding workshops there, so she went to the prospective-volunteer open house. She took a tour of village and eagerly signed up as a volunteer educator for grade-school tours. According to its website, Sugartown “offers a window into American life in an early 19th-century rural crossroads village.” First known as Shugart’s Town, after tavern keeper Eli Shugart, it became a “vital stop” for the local farming communities as people hauled their goods to markets in Philadelphia and other areas in the region. The Historic Sugartown campus covers 9 acres with several restored buildings. An 1805 fieldstone Quaker farmhouse was up for demolition, Sidlick

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Front row, from left, Historic Sugartown’s circa1805 saddle shop and home; the general store; the 1889 addition; and the 1860 Sharpless & Abigail Worrall House. Behind, the circa-1883 barn ruin and the carriage museum.

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The circa-1805 William Garrett House, a fieldstone Quaker farmhouse.

Inside Historic Sugartown’s general store, constructed around 1805 and first used as a store in 1822.

Brass fillets, used to apply gold decoration to the cover or spine of a book, in Sugartown’s book bindery.

said, so it was purchased by Historic Sugartown and restored. It is now referred to as the William Garrett House, for its first owner. Other buildings at Historic Sugartown include a Pennsylvania bank barn, a circa1880s general store, a book bindery, and a schoolroom exhibit. Historic Sugartown also repurposed a local fire company’s auxiliary station on its grounds to become the carriage museum, a partnership with the county’s historical society. Seventeen of the historical society’s carriages, sleighs, and other vehicles are now on display in the building. Sugartown’s volunteer educators are given a page on each of the buildings to memorize, and then they improvise their tours with what they have learned, Sidlick said. Unlike some historic villages, however, the educator does not dress up in period clothing. As part of her tours, Sidlick demonstrates some of the hearth fireplace’s cooking tools, and the children participate in various activities, such as butter churning, while learning “what it was like living in the 19th century,” Sidlick said. “They like butter making. We talk about milking cows, separating milk and cream, the difference between making whipped cream and butter … They are also fascinated by watching the clock jack,

a clock mechanism that turns a rotisserie in and grateful that she decided to bring her many the walk-in hearth in the Garrett House.” talents to Historic Sugartown.” Sidlick also volunteers at other special Sidlick has visited other historic villages, such occasions at Historic Sugartown. In as in Charleston, South Carolina, to see and addition to helping with setup for events compare their environmental monitoring systems. such as Shugart Sunday BBQ & Blues and “It’s fun to get out and do new things and get Sugartown at Sundown Lantern Tours, different perspectives,” Sidlick said. Sidlick has carved pumpkins and assisted Besides her work at Historic Sugartown, with Christmas decorating and crafts during Sidlick now has added volunteer hours for other A Sugartown Christmas and Cabin Fever local organizations to her schedule. Saturday. Sidlick recently volunteered for the first time Although she enjoys serving as a tour at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s guide and assisting at the special events, Philadelphia Flower Show as a recorder for the Sidlick found she could put her more than show’s contests. 31 years in the technology field to work And to help small organizations near her by aiding the village in monitoring its second home in southern Delaware, Sidlick environmental system, which helps keep volunteers for Freeman Stage, an open-air the historic buildings operating at peak performing arts venue near Fenwick Island, Sidlick checks the readings on one of the historic site’s efficiency. Delaware. 12 monitoring devices, which track temperature and The temperature and relative humidity of She also offers her time for a few event days humidity. each building must be kept at specific levels at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library in for the safety of the historic collections, Winterthur, Delaware, the former home of Henry Sidlick said. There are monitoring devices in 12 areas of the village, including Francis du Pont, a renowned antiques collector and horticulturist. the schoolroom, book bindery, and carriage museum. “I get to meet new people, learn new things, and hopefully make a The monitoring system is manual and is not capable of wireless monitoring, contribution while doing this. Also, when I travel now, I can compare and so Sidlick comes into the village to check the monitors. She reads the contrast [our] style and history with other areas.” monitoring devices and then transfers the data to a computer program, which For more information on Historic Sugartown, visit or makes any adjustments necessary to the environmental system. call (610) 640-2667. “You look for spikes or drops in temperature,” Sidlick said. “You also look up On the cover: Volunteer Margaret Sidlick inside Historic Sugartown’s book the weather for that day — whether it was cold or hot.” bindery, the site for the village’s bookbinding workshops. This is essential for seasonally sensitive items. For instance, if a heater breaks down during the winter, the monitoring system can determine approximately when it happened and get it fixed prior to the destruction of items that need to FREE be kept at a certain temperature. PARKING ! Sidlick started monitoring early on in her volunteer work at Sugartown. Originally, the village collected so much data so often that the devices would stop working; Sidlick corrected the problem. Now, Sidlick goes on site consistently once or twice a month to be sure 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. the batteries have not died and the monitoring system is up and running. Spooky Nook Sports Consistent data is key to keeping the collection safe from harm, she said. 2913 Spooky Nook Road Manheim “Margaret has been a great help to us here at Historic Sugartown since LANCASTER COUNTY she started,” Faith McCarrick, director of programs and outreach at Historic Sugartown, said. “Whether she is teaching students, manning an activity station at an 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. event, helping clean our circa-1835 barn, or working on our environmental York Expo Center monitoring system, Margaret is an essential part of our team. We are thrilled

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Fifties Flashback

The Rockin’ National Anthem Randal C. Hill

H-bomb explosion. The second track scheduled was an upbeat 12-bar blues dance tune called “Rock Around the Clock.” Haley wasn’t the first to record it; “Clock” had originally been done by a rock aggregate called Sonny Dae and the Knights. Dae’s disc failed to catch fire, but Haley liked the song and had utilized it on the road for two years as a hot dance number. “Thirteen Women” took longer than expected, and the studio clock showed only 30 minutes of the three-hour session available for the “B” side. Haley’s two quickly recorded attempts proved less than perfect. But when time ran out, Gabler, in a deft display of recording-studio wizardry, grafted Bill Haley and His Comets in 1956. the two tracks onto one now-usable master From left, Rudy Pompilli, Billy Williamson, tape. Al Rex, Bill Haley, Johnny Grande, Decca promoted “Thirteen Woman,” but Ralph Jones, and Franny Beecher. deejays soon preferred the backside of the single (which was absurdly labeled a fox trot, a smooth ballroom dance). Haley’s disc squeaked onto the Billboard Top 30 for one week in 1954, and then faded into oblivion. Temporarily. Stories of ordinary men and women Young Peter Ford, the only child of Glenn Ford and Eleanor Powell, was called to perform extraordinary military service. playing some of his favorite records — at full volume — when director Richard Brooks dropped by the Ford/Powell home in Beverly Hills one evening in early From 1999–2016, writer and World War II 1955. veteran Col. Robert D. Wilcox preserved the Brooks had come to chat with Glenn Ford about a movie they were working firsthand wartime experiences of more than on called Blackboard Jungle, a gritty tale of inner-city juvenile delinquents 200 veterans through Salute to a Veteran, his based on Evan Hunter’s hit novel of the same name. monthly column featured in 50plus LIFE. Brooks had been looking for a teen-oriented tune to use over the film’s credits. As rock ’n’ roll was just gathering momentum, the pickings for just the Now, for the first time, 50 of those stories— right song were slim back then. selected by Wilcox himself—are available to But when Brooks heard “Rock Around the Clock” blasting from Peter’s own in this soft-cover book. room, he knew he had found the perfect musical insertion for Blackboard Simply complete and mail this form with your payment Jungle. Brooks borrowed the lad’s 78 RPM platter, promising to return it later to the address below to order Salute to Our Veterans. (but he apparently never did). On his website (, the now-retired actor/singer/ On-Line Publishers • 3912 Abel Drive, Columbia, PA 17512 businessman states, “I played a small but pivotal role in launching a musical Name_ _______________________________________________________ revolution. Thanks to a unique set of circumstances, the musical passion of a fifth-grader helped ‘Rock Around the Clock’ become, as Dick Clark called it, Address_ ______________________________________________________ ‘The National Anthem of Rock ’n’ Roll.’”

Bill Haley and His Comets recorded the first rock ’n’ roll hit: “Crazy, Man, Crazy,” a now-forgotten piece of swing-based fluff that employed teen-oriented catchphrases of the day (“solid,” “crazy,” “gone”). Issued on Essex Records, the ditty reached No. 12 on Billboard’s 1953 singles chart. The success of “Crazy, Man, Crazy” caught the interest of industry giant Decca Records, who quickly wooed Haley away from tiny Essex and onto their powerhouse label. On April 12, 1954, Haley and his band nervously entered Manhattan’s cavernous Pythian Temple studios to tape two songs for Decca that would become the Comets’ debut offering. Top-notch veteran Decca producer Milt Gabler focused his energy on the “A” side, a novelty called “Thirteen Women (and Only One Man in Town),” a droll tale of 13 women and one (lucky) man who somehow survive an

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How to Achieve Hormone Balance at Any Age By Dawn Cutillo Balancing your hormones is important at any age. As chemical messengers that tell our cells what to do, hormones are critical to women’s physical, mental, and emotional health. From PMS to postpartum depression to menopause, hormone imbalances can disrupt your mood, sleep, energy, weight, and even disease processes at any stage of life — but especially in later years. After menopause, many women often fall into the trap of thinking they no longer need to worry about hormonal issues. They may think the hot flashes, night sweats, and that extra stomach roll are finally distant memories, but they fail to realize that hormonal imbalances can continue to plague them in later years in relation to thinning hair, weight gain, thinning bones, insomnia, low libido, insulin resistance/diabetes, high blood

pressure, continued hot flashes, and more. These hormone imbalances typically result from high amounts of stress and sugar — both of which lead to elevated levels of a stress hormone called cortisol, which, in turn, lowers a woman’s progesterone hormone count. Because progesterone is produced when a woman ovulates, progesterone levels fall even farther during menopause. When a woman has less progesterone than estrogen, estrogen tends to overact and cause weight gain, fluid retention, insomnia, irritability, and issues with certain diseases, such as ER+ breast cancer.

This flux of hormones is only exacerbated as estrogen and progesterone both decline at a faster rate post-menopause, enhancing symptoms like vaginal dryness, fatigue, digestive issues, and more. With all this in mind, your hormones are a key to your long-term health — but how you manage them is also an important factor. Finding ways to naturally increase your hormones allows you to reap the health benefits without creating new symptoms attached to clinical methods. Through healthy behavioral and dietary changes and safe supplementation, you can naturally increase your progesterone levels — enabling your body to produce estrogen and balance hormones across the board on its own. Here are a few habits you can start today to achieve balance in your own life and body: 1. Decrease your stress daily for 20 minutes. We tend to live habitually in a stressful “fight or flight” mode, stimulating our sympathetic nervous system, raising cortisol levels, and decreasing liver and digestive function. Practicing a relaxed state of mind each day for 20 minutes helps encourage a stress-free lifestyle. From deep breathing to yoga to “soundwave” therapy, these exercises gently and naturally relax brainwave patterns to leave you feeling refreshed. 2. Change your diet. Simple sugars cause rapid spikes and crashes in blood sugar and insulin, leaving you feeling tired, irritable, and hungry. By limiting white-flour foods (candy, pretzels, crackers, bread, etc.), sodas, caffeine, and alcohol to special occasions or just once a day, you can more easily and naturally manage your energy and mood.


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If you consume these foods, pair them with a meal that includes protein and fat to stabilize blood sugar and insulin. 3. Use natural supplements. By using a transdermal progesterone cream from a healthcare professional, you can also naturally supplement progesterone to then increase depleted estrogen. Because progesterone converts to cortisol when under stress, most — if not all — women need a progesterone supplement. But why exactly is progesterone so important? • A s a fat-burning agent and diuretic, progesterone supports weight management while decreasing cravings, hunger, and blood pressure. • Stabilizing blood sugar, progesterone increases insulin resistance, diabetes prevention, and other disease management. • Increasing osteoblasts in bone, progesterone supports bone growth and bone density. • Balancing testosterone — a hormone frequently attributed to thinning hair in women — progesterone improves hair growth across ages. • Triggering natural increases in estrogen, progesterone improves libido and vaginal dryness. Regardless of whether you are pre- or post-menopause, hormones are extensively interlinked with your health. From your hair to heart, hormones play a significant role in daily and long-term wellness — making their management a top priority. By making simple adjustments in your diet, stress levels, and supplements, you can look, feel, and be your best at any age … because a balanced life is key to a thriving life. Dawn Cutillo, author of The Hormone Shift, has been in the health field for over 30 years and is the founder of BeBalanced Hormone Weight Loss Centers in York. She is degreed and certified in health and nutrition.

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Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about the new Medicare cards? I’ve heard there are a lot of scams associated with these new cards, and I want to make sure I protect myself. – Leery Senior Dear Leery, The government has begun sending out brand new Medicare cards to 59 million Medicare beneficiaries. Here’s what you should know about your new card, along with some tips to help you guard against potential scams. New Medicare Cards In April, Medicare began removing Social Security numbers from their new Medicare cards and mailing them out to everyone who gets Medicare benefits. This change helps protect your identity and reduces medical and financial fraud. The new cards will have a randomly generated 11-character Medicare number. This will happen automatically. You don’t need to do anything or pay anyone to get your new card. Medicare will mail your card, at no cost, to the address you have on file with the Social Security Administration. If you need to update your official mailing address, visit your online Social Security account at or call (800) 772-1213. When you get your new card, your Medicare coverage and benefits will stay the same. The cards will be mailed in waves, to various parts of the country over a 12month period ending April 2019. Medicare beneficiaries in Alaska, California, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia were the first to receive the mailings, between April and June. The last wave of states will be Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, and Tennessee, along with Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. When you get your new Medicare card, don’t throw your old one in the trash. Instead, put it through a shredder or cut it up with a pair of scissors and make sure the part showing your Social Security number is destroyed. If you have a separate Medicare Advantage card, keep it because you’ll still need it for treatment. Watch Out for Scams As the new Medicare cards are being mailed, be on the lookout for Medicare scams. Here are some tips: • Don’t pay for your new card. It’s yours for free. If anyone calls and says you need to pay for it, that’s a scam. • Don’t give personal information to get your card. If someone calls claiming to be from Medicare, asking for your Social Security number or bank information, that’s a scam. Hang up. Medicare will never ask you to give personal information to get your new number and card. • Guard your card. When you get your new card, safeguard it like you would

any other health insurance or credit card. While removing the Social Security number cuts down on many types of identity theft, you’ll still want to protect your new card because identity thieves could use it to get medical services. For more information about changes to your Medicare card, call (800) MEDICARE or visit And if you suspect fraud, report it to the FTC (www.; AARP’s fraud helpline, (877) 908-3360; or Pennsylvania’s Senior Medicare Patrol program at (800) 356-3606 or Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior book.

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Bipartisan Bill Seeks to Expand Opioid Treatment for Seniors During a recent hearing, “Preventing and Treating Opioid Misuse among Older Americans,” U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) highlighted the often-overlooked experiences of older adults with opioid-use disorders and ways to support their recovery. Casey, ranking member of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, also discussed his recent bipartisan legislation, the Medicare Beneficiary Opioid Addiction Treatment Act (S. 2704), which would enhance Medicare coverage for methadone, a proven opioid treatment for individuals in recovery. Opioid use disorders are on the rise among older adults. In Americans ages 50 and older, opioid misuse doubled from 2002 to 2014, as reported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, 14.4 million people with Medicare received an opioid prescription in 2016. And, more than 1,400 older adults lost their lives to opioids in 2016 — despite the availability of a lifesaving

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medication that reverses overdose. “The opioid crisis is ravaging our communities and harming every generation—from newborn babies to aging grandparents,” said Casey. “Older Americans are among the unseen victims of this epidemic. We must expand access and affordability to evidence-based treatment and support for all, and we must ensure that those services are affordable.” William Stauffer, from Allentown, Pennsylvania, testified before the committee at Casey’s invitation. Stauffer is the executive director of Pennsylvania Recovery Organizations Alliance, located in Harrisburg, and has been in longterm recovery for more than 30 years. PRO-A supports a statewide network of more than 40 community-based recovery programs serving more than 3,800 Pennsylvanians affected by substance misuse. “Supporting access to all medications, treatment, and recovery-support services that can assist an older adult into the recovery process is a critically important first step in assisting adults over 65 accessing care for an opioid-use disorder,” Stauffer said.

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The Young and the Restless star Eric Braeden has been playing character Victor Newman for 38 years and says it’s been an amazing run. But he doesn’t believe daytimedrama actors always receive the recognition of their nighttime TV counterparts. “We shoot 100-120 pages a day,” said Braeden, from Los Angeles. Credit: CBS publicity photo. “Imagine what that means in terms Braeden, front left, and the cast of of memorization. Actors in a weekly The Young and the Restless. nighttime series would crap their pants if they had to do that! “The most I ever learned was 62 pages of dialogue in a single day. But the simple fact is you do it, or you’re out.” Born in Germany four years before the end of World War II, Braeden says fate handed him some luck. “I grew up near Kiel, which was 96 percent destroyed by over 500,000 bombs that hit the city. Part of our house was blown away, so I could have very easily not survived.”

He moved to the U.S. as a teenager on an athletic scholarship to the University of Montana, having won the German Youth Championship in javelin, discus, and shot put. “Had I stayed in Germany, it’s possible I could have been an Olympian,” he said. A career as an actor, however, never really lingered long in his mind. Credit: 20th Century Fox “At school, I was always asked to Braeden, left, as John Jacob Astor in read out loud in class — poetry and the Titanic. classics — and I was good at it.” After filming a documentary at college about traveling the Salmon River in Idaho, the acting bug finally bit, and Braeden found work in film and television throughout the ’60s and ’70s, often cast as a villainous German, most notably in the TV series Combat! and The Rat Patrol. In 1969’s 100 Rifles, Braeden was still playing the Nazi villain, this time in a Western with Burt Reynolds, Raquel Welch, Fernando Lamas, and former NFL footballer Jim Brown.

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Pair Pecans with Seasonal Produce American Pecans are the original supernut: a naturally sweet superfood that’s nutritious, versatile, and local, as it’s the only major tree nut native to America. Pecans are also among the highest in “good” monounsaturated fats and contain plant protein, fiber, flavonoids, and essential minerals, including copper, manganese, and zinc. For a quick, messfree brunch, try Sheet Pan Eggs with Pecan Breakfast “Sausage.” Substitute flavored ground pecans for your sausage, and add fresh greens for a quick, good-for-you option with

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plant-based protein. For a simple yet sweet take on dessert, try Mini Pecan Lemon Berry Tarts with a three-ingredient, pecanbased crumb as the base, topped with a light filling and fresh berries.

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To find additional seasonal recipes, nutrition information and cooking tips, and to learn more about America’s native nut, visit www. Mini Pecan Lemon Berry Tarts Mini Pecan Crusts: • 2 cups pecan pieces or halves • 1/4 cup butter, melted • 2 tablespoons sugar • 24 Mini Pecan Crusts • 1/2 cup lemon curd • 1/2 cup blueberries or raspberries •p  owdered sugar, for dusting (optional) Heat oven to 350 F. Line mini muffin tin with paper liners. In food processor, blend pecans, butter, and sugar until mixture forms coarse dough. Scoop about 2 teaspoons pecan mixture into each muffin tin. Use back of wooden spoon or fingers to press mixture evenly along bottom and up sides of each muffin cup. Bake 12 minutes, or until crusts are golden brown. Allow crusts to cool completely before removing from pan. Spoon 1 teaspoon lemon curd into each Mini Pecan Crust. Top each with one raspberry or three small blueberries. Dust with powdered sugar, if desired.

Pecan Breakfast Sausage: • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil • 1/2 medium onion, diced (about 1/2 cup) • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos • 1 teaspoon sage • 1 teaspoon thyme • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper • 1 cup raw pecan halves Sheet Pan Eggs: • 12 eggs, beaten • 3/4 cup fat-free or low-fat milk • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt • 1/2 teaspoon pepper • 1 cup fresh spinach, chopped • nonstick cooking spray Heat oven to 325 F. To make Pecan Breakfast “Sausage”: In pan over medium heat, add olive oil, onion, coconut aminos, sage, thyme, nutmeg, garlic powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Cook about 4 minutes until onion is translucent. In food processor, pulse onion mixture and pecans until consistency of ground beef is reached, about 8-10 pulses. To make Sheet Pan Eggs: In large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, salt, and pepper until combined. Add pecan “sausage” and spinach to eggs and stir. Lightly spray nonstick 12-by-17-inch sheet pan with cooking spray. Pour egg mixture onto prepared pan. Bake 18-20 minutes, or until eggs are fully cooked. Family Features

Armistice Agreement Ended Korean War 65 Years Ago This Month

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UN delegate Lt. Gen. William K. Harrison Jr. (seated, left) and Korean People’s Army and Chinese People’s Volunteers delegate Gen. Nam Il (seated, right) signing the Korean War armistice agreement at Panmunjom, Korea, July 27, 1953.

The Korean War, which began on June 25, 1950, when the North Koreans invaded South Korea, officially ended on July 27, 1953. At 10 a.m., in Panmunjom, scarcely acknowledging each other, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. William K. Harrison Jr., senior delegate, United Nations Command Delegation, and North Korean Gen. Nam Il, senior delegate, Delegation of the Korean People’s Army and the Chinese People’s Volunteers, signed 18 official copies of the tri-language Korean Armistice Agreement. It was the end of the longest negotiated armistice in history: 158 meetings spread over two years and 17 days. That evening at 10 p.m. the truce went into effect. The Korean Armistice Agreement is somewhat exceptional in that it is purely a military document — no nation is a signatory to the agreement. Specifically, the Armistice Agreement: 1. Suspended open hostilities 2. Withdrew all military forces and equipment from a 4,000-meter-wide zone, establishing the Demilitarized Zone as a buffer between the forces 3. Prevented both sides from entering the air, ground, or sea areas under control of the other 4. Arranged release and repatriation of prisoners of war and displaced persons 5. Established the Military Armistice Commission and other agencies to discuss any violations and

to ensure adherence to the truce terms The armistice, while it stopped hostilities, was not a permanent peace treaty between nations. President Eisenhower, who was keenly aware of the 1.8 million American men and women who had served in Korea and the 36,576 Americans who had died there, played a key role in bringing about a ceasefire. In announcing the agreement to the American people in a television address shortly after the signing, he said, in part, Soldiers, sailors, and airmen of 16 different countries have stood as partners beside us throughout these long and bitter months. In this struggle we have seen the United Nations meet the challenge of aggression — not with pathetic words of protest, but with deeds of decisive purpose. And so at long last the carnage of war is to cease and the negotiation of the conference table is to begin …. [We hope that] all nations may come to see the wisdom of composing differences in this fashion before, rather than after, there is resort to brutal and futile battle. Now as we strive to bring about that wisdom, there is, in this moment of sober satisfaction, one thought that must discipline our emotions and steady our resolution. It is this: We have won an armistice on a single battleground — not peace in the world. We may not now relax our guard nor cease our quest. Source:

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About eyes. Contrary to popular belief, some people can keep their eyes open when they sneeze! Also, green is the rarest eye color to have. About that trick knee. Some of you have a trick knee (or shoulder) that can predict weather. Basically, you can tell when bad weather or a storm is coming with one of your bum joints. As the barometric or atmospheric pressure drops (before a storm), tissues in joints expand a little bit, and your knee or shoulder may feel it and alert you by experiencing pain. About spinach. Some nutritionists still recommend spinach for people who have iron-deficiency anemia due to the iron content. Even Popeye made it famous for building up muscles. But the fact is that the iron content isn’t as high as you were told. It was mistakenly reported as 35 grams instead of 3.5 grams per serving, due to a printing error where the decimal point got moved. The chemist made a mistake in 1870, and it’s still being perpetuated.  About No. 2. Pushing out waste in the wee hours of the morning doesn’t happen because we have sophisticated neurons in our gut that follow our 24hour circadian rhythm. The bladder, however, is only so big, and you might not be able to hold urine for six hours while you’re sleeping. About burping. Also termed eructation, this is just your body expelling gas through your mouth. Most people burp between eight and 20 times a day. It’s not objectionable to burp out loud after eating a meal in certain parts of

About amnesia. People can lose their immediate memories. It’s clinically termed “transient global amnesia,” and it can occur after strenuous activity, such as vigorously exercising, jumping into hot water, or a brain injury. About hair. The color gray is a neutral tone between black and white, and it really just appears

due to the absence of color in the hair shaft. While it’s not a hard-and-fast rule, blondes have more hair on their heads than redheads; however, each hair shaft is thinner in diameter. Redheads, on the other hand, tend to have thicker hair shafts and less hair. Hair grows faster when you sleep.

About your tongue. Like that unique fingerprint, you also have your own tongue print. The average tongue has thousands of taste buds. About your ticker. A human heart will beat about 2.5 billion times in an average lifetime. By the way, a football weighs just slightly more than your heart. About kissing. It lowers cortisol, which is a stress hormone known to inflame the body. So kissing is a natural anti-inflammatory. And, while I wouldn’t call it romantic, it’s still interesting … the longest kiss on record goes to a Thai couple, who locked lips for 58 hours and 35 minutes! Eeew.  This information is not intended to diagnose, prevent, or treat your disease. For more information about the author, visit

Bill to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Passes House In mid-June the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act (S. 1091), which would create a onestop-shop of resources to support grandparents raising grandchildren. The House-passed bill includes minor changes that must be cleared by a quick, procedural vote by the Senate before being signed into law by the president. In Pennsylvania, more than 100,000 children are being raised by grandparents or other relatives, and experts say this number is rising as the opioid epidemic devastates communities. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) co-authored the bill last year, with Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), after an Aging


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Committee hearing during which witnesses testified about why grandparents need easy access to information about resources available to assist them. “Grandparents are increasingly stepping in to raise their grandchildren due to the opioid crisis. These grandparents are faced with challenges such as delaying retirement, navigating school systems, bridging the generational gap, working through the court system to secure custody, and finding mental health resources,” Casey said. The Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act has received support from 40 older adult and child advocacy groups, including AARP, American Academy of Pediatrics, and Generations United.

Roundtable Focuses on Combating Senior Hunger Pennsylvania Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne recently participated in the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s Senior Hunger Roundtable in Harrisburg. Stakeholders, legislators, healthcare professionals, and seniors discussed the resources available to combat hunger in older adults and ways to increase access to healthful, nutritious foods. The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger reports seniors who are food insecure have diets that are less nutritious, endure worse health outcomes, and experience a higher risk for depression. Research has shown that when seniors participate in programs that address food insecurity, they become more independent

SUMMER from page 3 brown bats leave their daytime roosts as dusk deepens and flutter swiftly across the sky after flying insects. Those bats, too, are entertaining to watch swooping and diving after their prey and are beautifully silhouetted against the orange or pink — but darkening — sky. Each dusk, from late July through August, in our neighborhood, as elsewhere, a variety of small, green tree crickets fill the trees and shrubbery with their loud trilling or chirping, according to the kind. The common snowy tree crickets, for example, produce measured chirps that are more rapid in higher temperatures. All that fiddling, which brings the genders of each species together for mating, is caused by the insects either rubbing their wings together

because of improved nutrition status and overall health. In September 2016, “Setting the Table: Blueprint for a Hunger-Free PA” was developed to address hunger in Pennsylvania and respond to Gov. Tom Wolf’s executive order establishing the Governor’s Food Security Partnership. The partnership includes the departments of Aging, Agriculture, Community and Economic Development, Education, Health, and Human Services. The blueprint was developed in collaboration with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and other public, charitable, and private leaders in food Stakeholders, legislators, healthcare professionals, and seniors recently met to discuss ways to combat hunger in older adults. security. “Hunger harms everyone that it touches, but it is particularly hard on older Pennsylvanians, who often face their struggles quietly and out of view,” said Joe Arthur, executive director of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. or both wings and legs together, “We just want our older neighbors to know that we care about them and we depending on the kind. The friction are here to help, and so are our friends in the Governor’s Partnership.” of that scraping causes the music For more information on the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, visit www. we enjoy hearing on our lawns each or call (717) 564-1700. evening in midsummer. Their lovely colors softened by humidity, rosy or orange sunsets slowly fade while bats, fireflies, advertisement and tree crickets dominate our neighborhood. Trees are silhouetted black against the still-glowing sunset in the western, northwestern, and northern parts of the sky. If you want a funeral with an expensive casket Venus appears bright in the sky and embalming, go to a funeral home! but slowly sinks to the western If you are interested in affordable cremation services, horizon as Earth turns on its axis. we are the name to remember! Bats zip through the fading sunsets We specialize in cremation only, statewide, no removal fees. and stars become visible. Sunny summer evenings in No Embalming No Caskets southeastern Pennsylvania are truly enchanting. They are peaceful and soothing to human souls.

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Support Groups Free and open to the public July 9, 8:30 a.m. to noon Free Blood Pressure Checks Colonial Park Mall Food Court Area 4600 Jonestown Road, Harrisburg (717) 972-4289

Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. Grief Support Group Mohler Senior Center 25 Hope Drive, Hershey (717) 732-1000 Tuesdays, noon Al-Anon Family Group at Work Meeting Penn State Hershey Medical Center Seventh Floor, Room C7521 500 University Drive, Hershey (717) 448-7881 Other meeting times/locations at

July 10, 6-7 p.m. Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group Greenfield Senior Living at Graysonview 150 Kempton Ave., Harrisburg (717) 561-8010 July 11, 6-7 p.m. Alzheimer’s Support Group Brookdale Harrisburg 3560 N. Progress Ave., Harrisburg (717) 671-4700

Wednesdays, 6 p.m. Swatara Serenity Al-Anon Family Group Meeting Unitarian Church of Harrisburg 1280 Clover Lane, Harrisburg (717) 448-7881 Other meeting times/locations at

July 16, 6:30 p.m. Support Group for Families of Those with Memory-Related Illnesses Frey Village 1020 N. Union St., Middletown (717) 930-1218

Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. Adult Children of Alcoholics Support Group St. Mark’s Lutheran Church 2200 Londonderry Road, Harrisburg (717) 526-9252

July 18, 2-4 p.m. Parkinson’s Support Group The Residence of the Jewish Home – Second Floor Library 4004 Linglestown Road Harrisburg (717) 697-2513

July 5, 7-8 p.m. Fibromyalgia Support Group LeVan Chiropractic 1000 Briarsdale Road, Suite C Harrisburg (717) 558-3500

Senior Center Activities July 18, 7-8:30 p.m. ANAD Eating Disorders Support Group PinnacleHealth Polyclinic Landis Building, Sixth Floor Classroom 1 2501 N. Third St., Harrisburg (717) 712-9535 July 19, 6 p.m. Alzheimer’s Support Group Country Meadows of Hershey Second Floor Training Room 451 Sand Hill Road, Hershey (717) 533-6996 July 19, 6-8 p.m. Harrisburg Area Parkinson’s Disease Caregiver Support Group Giant Food Stores – Second Floor 2300 Linglestown Road Harrisburg (717) 580-7772 July 25, 7-8 p.m. Connections Support Group: Families of Memory Impaired Ecumenical Retirement Community Building 3, Second Floor 3525 Canby St., Harrisburg (717) 561-2590

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Library Programs East Shore Area Library, 4501 Ethel St., Harrisburg, (717) 652-9380 July 8, 1-2 p.m. – Bagpiper Gus Person July 30, 11 a.m. to noon – The Healing Power of Drumming

July 16, 6 p.m. – Cookbook Book Club

Elizabethville Area Library, 80 N. Market St., Elizabethville, (717) 362-9825 July 19, 6 p.m. – Thursday Theater July 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Guitar Pick Art

Northern Dauphin Library, 683 Main St., Lykens, (717) 453-9315 July 14, 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Preserving Pickles

Johnson Memorial Library, 799 E. Center St., Millersburg, (717) 692-2658 July 28, 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Sugar and Your Health Kline Library, 530 S. 29th St., Harrisburg, (717) 234-3934 July 12, 6-7 p.m. – Guitar Pick Art July 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m. – It Was a Book First Madeline L. Olewine Memorial Library, 2410 N. Third St., Harrisburg, (717) 232-7286 July 10, 2-4 p.m. – Bank on Your Success: Family Budgeting


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McCormick Riverfront Library, 101 Walnut St., Harrisburg, (717) 234-4976 Wednesdays in July, 11:30 a.m. – Midday Getaway

William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library, 200 W. Second St., Hummelstown, (717) 566-0949 July 9, 1-2 p.m. – Gladius: Classical/Flamenco-Style Guitarist July 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m. – It Was a Book First

Friendship Senior Center – (717) 657-1547 Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 8-9 a.m.– Light Aerobics Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m. – Mah Jong Mohler Senior Center – (717) 533-2002 July 20, 11:30 a.m. – Christmas in July: Celebration July 24, 9:30-11 a.m. – Christmas in July: Frozen Hot Chocolate July 26, 9 a.m. – Medicare 101 Rutherford House – (717) 564-5682 Weekdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Billiards (Open to Members) Mondays, 10 a.m. – Line Dancing Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon – Computer Assistance Submit senior center events to

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July 5, 7 p.m. Central Pennsylvania World War II Roundtable Meeting Grace United Methodist Church 433 E. Main St., Hummelstown (717) 503-2862 July 12, 7:30 p.m. Central Pennsylvania Vietnam Roundtable Meeting Vietnam Veterans of America, Michael Novosel MOH Chapter 542 8000 Derry St., Harrisburg (717) 545-2336 July 21, 5 p.m. Saturday Night Jazz Worship Derry Presbyterian Church 248 E. Derry Road, Hershey (717) 533-9667 July 25, 7 p.m. Piecemakers Quilt Guild of Middletown St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Spring and Union streets, Middletown (717) 915-5555 July 31, 6 p.m. Susquehanna Rovers Volksmarch Walking Club Bass Pro Shop – Hunt Room Harrisburg Mall 3501 Paxton St., Harrisburg (717) 805-9540

PARKS & RECREATION July 8, 10:30 a.m. to noon – Flower Walk: Still More Blooms July 14, 10-11:30 a.m. – Stress Relief Walk, Wildwood Park July 21, 10-11 a.m. – Detweiler Park Hike, Detweiler Park

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The Language of Kindness Terri Schlichenmeyer

despite their suffering. Watson met death in psychiatric rooms, pediatric wards, bedsides, and incubators. She watched it at the bedside of her own father … Time and time again, there are surprises inside The Language of Kindness. The first arrives in a refreshingly blunt account of how author Christie Watson came to be a nurse, the Photo credit: Lottie Davies difficulties of learning, and the Christie Watson general health of the industry today. Now retired, she writes The Language of Kindness unabashedly about how healthcare By Christie Watson systems fail patients, comparisons c. 2018, Tim Duggan Books in care between countries, addiction 336 pages problems among her colleagues, and an ongoing shortage of compassionate healthcare workers. Another surprise arrives in the anecdotes Watson shares. The stories will absolutely be of the familiar sort to those who work in the industry, but oftengruesome details may turn the stomachs of lay readers. Details are in here. Beware. The biggest, perhaps most appealing, surprise is that this memoir sometimes veers off into subjects that seem intensely personal, which may have nothing and everything to do with nursing. Watson’s stories are observant and honest. They’re laced with Britticisms, action, compassion, and thought. With their attention to detail, they could bring you to your knees. And if that sounds just a little better than perfect, then The Language of Kindness is the book to try. 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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There was a time in your life when you tried everything. Full-time, part-time, gig worker, entrepreneurship — you changed jobs like most people change clothes. It’s exhausting and disheartening, and author Christie Watson had the same experience: café worker, milk deliverer, video shop clerk … she tried them all, but in the new book The Language of Kindness, she tells how she settled upon her best job of all. Christie Watson was just 16 — a newly single, homeless, unemployed high school dropout looking for a job that provided accommodations — when she landed work at a UK community center. She was hoping for a paycheck, but in helping severely disabled adults with their daily lives, she found friends. When nurses encouraged her curiosity for their profession, she found a calling. First, though, Watson had a lot of learning to do. She fainted at the sight of blood on her first day, but she figured she’d get used to that. Later, she trailed a comfortingly self-assured hospital mentor, afraid that she’d never reach that level of competence. Assisting at her first birth, teary and awed, she was also a little frightened at the sounds, sights, and smells. She learned that she loved caring for the disabled and for psychiatric patients, a legacy she got from her mom; preemie babies and profoundly sick children taught her enough to make her want to adopt a baby of her own. Eldercare schooled her about the importance of dignity and the need to not be patronizing to older patients. Working on the cancer ward taught her the importance of every second of life. She learned the facts of death from her patients, too: from babies who struggled against fetal alcohol syndrome, premature birth, and disease. Elderly and disabled patients taught her about death before they made her laugh,


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Fun Factoids for a Festive Fourth Do you know your U.S. history? Here are some Fourth of July facts to ponder and share: • Three presidents died on July 4: Thomas Jefferson and John Adams in 1826 and James Monroe in 1831. Calvin Coolidge was the only president born on July 4, in 1872. • The Massachusetts General Court was the first state legislature to recognize July 4 as a state celebration, in 1781. • The first recorded use of the name “Independence Day” occurred in 1791.

• The U.S. Congress established Independence Day as an unpaid holiday for federal employees in 1870. They changed it to a federal paid holiday in 1931. • The Declaration of Independence was approved in a closed session of the Second Continental Congress on July 2, 1776, but most of the delegates didn’t sign it until Aug. 2. Although John Adams expected Americans would celebrate July 2, the date on the publicized copies of the document was July 4, which became the day Americans have commonly observed.

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

50plus LIFE Dauphin County July 2018  

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