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New Centenarian Featured on Area Billboard Strong bonds with family and friends are a common theme in Sara Slothower’s life. Loving and supportive parents shaped her childhood and brought her to Harrisburg, where she met her husband and raised her family. Friendships formed through her volunteer work ultimately brought her to Homeland Center, a continuing care retirement community in Harrisburg, where she has lived for the past three years. In October, Slothower celebrated her 100th birthday. Slothower grew up in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, a small town close to Pittsburgh. She was the eldest of four children and fondly remembers attending a small country school and playing baseball in her youth. “I had wonderful parents,” Slothower recalls. “We loved swimming and having picnics in the summer.”

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Her fondest memories are her family’s annual visits to Kennywood Park, a popular amusement park in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania. “I rode the merry-goround and ate ice cream all day,” Slothower remembers. “It was the highlight of my summer.” At 17, Slothower moved to Harrisburg after her father took on a new job. Clockwise, from top left, She completed her senior Sara Slothower taking a look year at John Harris High at the billboard featuring School, now known as Slothower and Homeland Harrisburg High School. Center CEO Barry Ramper; Slothower remembers the Slothower, far right, with challenges of adapting to an daughter Janet, left, and urban school after growing son Tom; and Sara and up in the country. Wilber Slothower. “My father often reminded me of the opportunities available at a larger school,” Slothower adds. “I struggled to adjust until I met my husband, Wilbur.” After marrying, the Slothowers moved to Paxton Street in Harrisburg, where they raised their children, Janet, Tom, and Richard. Like her childhood, Slothower loved summers with her husband and children. The family owned a cottage in Stoney Creek, Pennsylvania, where her husband would spend weekends at the cottage and return to work while Slothower and her children enjoyed the outdoors. When her children were in school, Slothower went to work at Sears Service Center and then Feller’s Store in Harrisburg. Slothower’s love of people led her to volunteering at Dauphin Manor. For 10 years, she volunteered at the gift shop and helped plan birthday parties for the residents. She enjoyed selecting the perfect cakes and making gifts to ensure residents felt special on their birthday. While volunteering, Slothower met Barry Ramper II, now Homeland Center president and CEO. At the time, Ramper was administrator of Dauphin Manor. Slothower and Ramper became friends and stayed in touch over the years. In 1997, Slothower’s husband, Wilbur, died. She lived independently for years, but at 95, she decided to stop driving and at 97 chose to move to Homeland Center. There, Slothower enjoys playing bingo, pokeno, and the occasional game of pinochle. Her most cherished time is spent with her daughter, Janet, and son, Tom. Her son Richard lives in Georgia but makes regular calls to stay in touch. In addition to her children, Slothower has four grandchildren and nine greatgrandchildren. This spring, Slothower and Ramper were featured on billboards for Homeland Center. For Mother’s Day, Slothower’s son, Tom, drove his mother around Harrisburg to see the billboards. Slothower proudly displays the photo used on the billboards in her room.

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Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori

3 Tips for Collecting Wine Lori Verderame

One of the most active sectors of the antiques and collectibles market is wine. Recently, wine has become extremely popular with collectors. After the 2008 wine market slump, in the wake of the financial crisis and the revealing counterfeit operation of a major wine collector, today’s wine market is active and exciting. Antique and vintage wine sales are booming, and records are regularly set by enthusiastic collectors, including millennials, who love wine tastings, wine touring, and wine pairings. Here is some proof that is in the vineyard rather than the pudding, so to speak. In 2017, the worldwide wine market reached $80 million in auction sales, and that doesn’t count

wine dealer sales. Many agree with Bacchus’ view on wines … it is the nectar of the gods. And it isn’t a bad investment when it comes to collectibles, either. You must get your wines authenticated, just as you would any other valuable asset. Authentication is key, just as it is with any work of art or antique piece. There are established wine

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In 2017, the worldwide wine market reached $80 million in auction sales.

dealers, and there are also some folks who are trying to tell you something is good when it is bad. There have been reports of sellers switching wine bottle labels, forging or faking blends, etc. So, when it comes to antique and vintage wines for the new wine collector, how do you tell the good from the bad?

1. Establish the provenance. As with any valuable collectible, provenance, or the history or lineage of an object or collectible, is very important to establishing value and background. So, look for wine auctions that offer original sales receipts for the wines they are selling. Documentary images or period photographs that can help you identify and document the lineage, background, or provenance of a particular bottle of wine are very helpful in identifying a wine’s history and background. This is most important. 2. Select single-owner bottles. Unlike the art market, where a

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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

Insurance Apprise Insurance Counseling (800) 783-7067

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

Capital Blue (888) 989-9015 (TTY: 711)

Bureau of Consumer Protection (800) 441-2555

Medicare (800) 633-4227

Meals on Wheels (800) 621-6325

Nursing/Rehab Homeland Center 1901 N. Fifth St., Harrisburg (717) 221-7902

National Council on Aging (800) 424-9046

Personal Care Homes Homeland Center 1901 N. Fifth St., Harrisburg (717) 221-7902 Pharmacies CVS/pharmacy Services Dauphin County Area Agency on Aging (717) 780-6130

Social Security Office (800) 772-1213 Veterans Affairs (717) 626-1171 or (800) 827-1000 Transportation CAT Share-A-Ride (717) 232-6100 Veterans Services Lebanon VA Medical Center 1700 S. Lincoln Ave., Lebanon (717) 228-6000 or (800) 409-8771

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Earlier Conversations about Alzheimer’s Warning Signs Needed November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, and the Alzheimer’s Association, together with advocates in the early stages of the disease, are encouraging families to talk about memory and cognition concerns sooner. These advocates know firsthand that an early diagnosis offers many benefits, including access to more effective medical and lifestyle interventions and the ability to take an active role in planning with family members for the future. “Denial and rationalization are common responses to the early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s — it was a part of my experience,” said Darrell Foss, a member of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Early-Stage Advisory Group, which is composed of people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. “Too often, people experiencing symptoms, or family members seeing them, wait to speak up, even when they know something is wrong. It can be scary, but that is why I’m sharing my personal experience — to illustrate why talking about Alzheimer’s concerns early is so important,” Foss said. “Unfortunately, people often avoid conversations due to denial, fear, anxiety, lack of awareness, and difficulty having hard conversations about health issues, particularly with Alzheimer’s or other dementias due to stigma and perceptions associated with the disease,” said Ruth Drew, director of Family and Information Services for the Alzheimer’s Association. New findings from an Alzheimer’s Association survey found a majority of Americans would be concerned about offending a family member (76 percent), or ruining their relationship (69 percent), if they were to approach that person about observed signs of Alzheimer’s.

More alarming, 38 percent said they would wait until a family member’s Alzheimer’s symptoms worsened before approaching them with concerns. Additionally, nearly 1 in 3 Americans (29 percent) would not say anything to a family member despite their concerns. To help families overcome common communication obstacles, the Alzheimer’s Association is offering Six Tips for Approaching Alzheimer’s, a list of best practices for talking about the disease with someone who may be experiencing symptoms. These include: • Have the conversation as early as possible • Think about who’s best suited to have the conversation • Practice conversation starters • Offer support and companionship • A nticipate gaps in self-awareness • Recognize the conversation may not go as planned “We know that initiating conversations can be difficult; these tips are aimed at making a discussion about Alzheimer’s less daunting and more productive,” said Drew. “We also know from talking to families that, while individuals may wish they didn’t have Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, they never regret being able to prepare for the future, play an active role in their own financial and care planning, and make their wishes known to their family members.” The Value of Early Diagnosis There are many medical, financial, emotional, and social benefits to receiving an early Alzheimer’s

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month diagnosis — both for those living with the disease and their families. These include: • Accurate diagnosis – Can help determine if someone’s cognitive changes are truly due to Alzheimer’s or some other, perhaps even treatable, condition • Medical benefits – Allows individuals to explore medications for memory loss, sleep changes, and behavior changes resulting from the disease, as well as to adopt lifestyle changes that may help preserve their existing cognitive function for as long as possible, such as controlling one’s blood pressure, smoking cessation, and exercise • Participation in clinical trials – Enables individuals to enroll in clinical trials that advance research and may provide medical benefits • Planning for the future – Allows individuals more time to plan for the future while they are cognitively able to make legal, financial, and end-of-life decisions •E  motional and social benefits – Provides individuals with the best opportunity to spend time doing meaningful activities and interacting with the most important people in their lives; it can also open doors to many educational and support programs Mary Tarbell, 66, an Alzheimer’s Association early-stage adviser who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016, said getting her diagnosis has helped refocus her priorities. “Learning I had Alzheimer’s was painful,” said Tarbell. “But getting an early

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Music Activates Regions of the Brain Spared by Alzheimer’s Disease Ever get chills listening to a particularly moving piece of music? You can thank the salience network of the brain for that emotional jolt. Surprisingly, this region also remains an island of remembrance that is spared from the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at the University of Utah Health (healthcare. are looking to this region of the brain to develop music-based treatments to help alleviate anxiety in patients with dementia. “People with dementia are confronted by a world that is unfamiliar to them, which causes disorientation and anxiety,” said Jeff Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor in Radiology at U of U Health and contributing author on the study. “We believe music will tap into the salience network of the brain that is still relatively functioning.” Previous work demonstrated the effect of a personalized music program on mood for dementia patients. This study set out to examine a mechanism that activates the attentional network in the salience region of the brain. The results offer a new way to approach anxiety, depression, and agitation in patients with dementia. Activation of neighboring

regions of the brain may also offer opportunities to delay the continued decline caused by the disease. For three weeks, the researchers helped participants select meaningful songs and trained the patient and caregiver on how to use a portable media player loaded with the selfselected collection of music. “When you put headphones on dementia patients and play familiar music, they come alive,” said Jace King, a graduate student in the Brain Network Lab and first author on the paper. “Music is like an anchor, grounding the patient back in reality.” Using a functional MRI, the researchers scanned the patients to image the regions of the brain that lit up when they listened to 20-second clips of music versus silence. The researchers played eight clips of music from the patient’s music collection, eight clips of the same music played in reverse, and eight blocks of silence. The researchers compared the images from each scan and found that music activates the brain, causing whole regions to communicate. By listening to the personal soundtrack, the visual network, the salience network, the executive network, and the cerebellar and corticocerebellar network pairs all

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month showed significantly higher functional connectivity. “This is objective evidence from brain imaging that shows personally meaningful music is an alternative route for communicating with patients who have Alzheimer’s disease,” said Norman Foster, M.D., director of the Center for Alzheimer’s Care at U of U Health and senior author on the paper. “Language and visual memory pathways are damaged early as the disease progresses, but personalized music programs can activate the brain, especially for patients who are losing contact with their environment.” However, these results are by no means conclusive. The researchers note the small sample size (17 participants) for this study.

In addition, the study only included a single imaging session for each patient. It is remains unclear whether the effects identified in this study persist beyond a brief period of stimulation or whether other areas of memory or mood are enhanced by changes in neural activation and connectivity for the long term. “In our society, the diagnoses of dementia are snowballing and are taxing resources to the max,” Anderson said. “No one says playing music will be a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but it might make the symptoms more manageable, decrease the cost of care, and improve a patient’s quality of life.”

Landmark Alzheimer’s Study Urgently Seeks Volunteers Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death overall in the United States and affects more than 5 million Americans. According to experts, this number could triple to nearly 16 million people by 2050. A scientific study focused on early detection of Alzheimer’s disease, and tracking it over time, seeks healthy volunteers without memory problems, as well as people who have mild memory problems and those who have been diagnosed with mild dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative — or ADNI — is funded by the National Institutes of Health and is one of the largest and longest-running Alzheimer’s disease trials in history. Now in the third phase of trials, researchers are studying how quickly things like reasoning and the ability to perform certain functions change in the aging brain. “We need to know how Alzheimer’s disease progresses in order to discover new treatments that could significantly improve the way we treat it in the future,” Michael Weiner, M.D., principal investigator of the study, said. The study uses state-of-the-art imaging to monitor brain levels of two proteins called tau and amyloid, both of which are significant indicators of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers track cognitive function through computer tests at home and in a doctor’s office, which includes measuring changes in one’s ability to handle

money, a common warning sign of the disease. “One of the biggest challenges researchers face is finding people to volunteer to take part in studies,” Weiner said. “We can beat Alzheimer’s, but we can’t do it without volunteers.” The ADNI study needs 800 people ages 55-90 to enroll in sites across the United States and in Canada. No medication is involved. Potential study volunteers can learn more by visiting or by calling (888) 2-ADNI-95 (888) 223-6495).

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November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month Spotting 10 Early Alzheimer’s Symptoms The Alzheimer’s Association provides the following list of 10 early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these signs, schedule an appointment with your doctor. 1. Memory Loss that Disrupts Daily Life. One of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s disease, especially in the early stage, is forgetting recently learned information. Others include forgetting important dates or events, asking for the same information over and over, and increasingly needing to rely on aids (e.g., reminder notes or electronic devices) or family members for things they used to handle on their own. 2. Challenges in Planning or Solving Problems. Some people may experience changes in their ability to develop and follow a plan or work with numbers. They may have trouble following a familiar recipe or keeping track of monthly bills. They may have difficulty concentrating and take much longer to do things than they did before. 3. Difficulty Completing Familiar Tasks at Home, at Work, or at Leisure. People with Alzheimer’s disease often find it hard to complete daily tasks. Sometimes they may have trouble driving to a familiar location, managing a budget at work, or remembering the rules of a favorite game. 4. Confusion with Time or Place. People with Alzheimer’s can lose track of dates, seasons, and the passage of time. They may have trouble understanding something if it is not happening immediately. Sometimes they may forget where they are or how they got there. 5. Trouble Understanding Visual Images and Spatial Relationships. For some people, having vision problems is a sign of Alzheimer’s. They may have difficulty reading, judging distance, and determining color or contrast, which

may cause problems with driving. 6. New Problems with Words in Speaking or Writing. People with Alzheimer’s disease may have trouble following or joining a conversation. They may stop in the middle of a conversation and have no idea how to continue, or they may repeat themselves. They may struggle with vocabulary, have problems finding the right word, or call things by the wrong name. 7. Misplacing Items and Losing the Ability to Retrace Steps. A person with Alzheimer’s may put things in unusual places. They may lose things and be unable to go back over their steps to find them again. Sometimes, they may accuse others of stealing. This may occur more frequently over time. 8. Decreased or Poor Judgment. People with Alzheimer’s may experience changes in judgment or decision making. For example, they may use poor judgment when dealing with money, giving large amounts to telemarketers. They may pay less attention to grooming or keeping themselves clean. 9. Withdrawal from Work or Social Activities. A person with Alzheimer’s disease may start to remove themselves from hobbies, social activities, work projects, or sports. They may have trouble keeping up with a favorite sports team or remembering how to complete a favorite hobby. They may also avoid being social because of the changes they have experienced. 10. Changes in Mood and Personality. The mood and personalities of people with Alzheimer’s can change. They can become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful, or anxious. They may be easily upset at home, at work, with friends, or in places where they are out of their comfort zone. Source: Alzheimer’s Association

Reduce Your Utility Bills during the Holidays Holiday time usually means higher utility bills for most households, especially if you are preparing large meals. But you can help reduce those extra costs with the following practices: Don’t preheat your oven. Roasting a turkey or ham is a long, slow process, so preheating is usually unnecessary.

temperature by 25 degrees. Match the pan to the burner on electric stoves. If you use a 6-inch pan on an 8-inch burner, you can waste up to 40 percent of the energy used.

Keep the oven closed. When you open your oven door, a significant amount of heat can escape, and your oven temperature can drop by 25 degrees. Use the oven light to peek inside instead.

Keep your refrigerator closed. Your refrigerator can account for up to 15 percent of your home’s total energy use. Keep the door closed as much as possible. It is more efficient to keep the door open a little longer and retrieve several items at once than it is to open the door several times for shorter periods.

Bake more than one item at a time. Just make sure you leave enough room around each dish for air to circulate in your oven. If you use glass or ceramic pans in your oven instead of metal ones, you can reduce your baking

Use your dishwasher efficiently. When you use your dishwasher, run it only when you have a full load, and use cold water to rinse the dishes before you put them in the dishwasher.


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Calendar of Events

Support Groups Free and open to the public 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 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 Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. Adult Children of Alcoholics Support Group St. Mark’s Lutheran Church 2200 Londonderry Road Harrisburg (717) 526-9252 Nov. 1, 7-8 p.m. Fibromyalgia Support Group LeVan Chiropractic 1000 Briarsdale Road, Suite C Harrisburg (717) 558-3500

Nov. 7 and 21, 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 Nov. 13, 6-7 p.m. Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group Greenfield Senior Living at Graysonview 150 Kempton Ave., Harrisburg (717) 561-8010 Nov. 14, 6-7 p.m. Alzheimer’s Support Group Brookdale Harrisburg 3560 N. Progress Ave., Harrisburg (717) 671-4700 Nov. 15, 6 p.m. Alzheimer’s Support Group Country Meadows of Hershey Second Floor Training Room 451 Sand Hill Road, Hershey (717) 533-6996 Nov. 15, 6-8 p.m. Harrisburg Area Parkinson’s Disease Caregiver Support Group Giant Food Stores – Second Floor 2300 Linglestown Road

Senior Center Activities Harrisburg (717) 580-7772 Nov. 19, 6:30 p.m. Support Group for Families of Those with Memory-Related Illnesses Frey Village 1020 N. Union St., Middletown (717) 930-1218 Nov. 21, 2-4 p.m. Parkinson’s Support Group The Residence of the Jewish Home – Second Floor Library 4004 Linglestown Road Harrisburg (717) 697-2513 Nov. 25, 6-8 p.m. DivorceCare Workshop: Surviving the Holidays Derry Presbyterian Church 248 E. Derry Road, Hershey (717) 533-9667 Nov. 28, 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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Nov. 7, 7 p.m. World Culture Club of Central Pennsylvania Meeting Penn State Hershey Medical Center Fifth Floor, Lecture Room B 500 University Drive, Hershey Nov. 8, 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 www.centralpavietnamroundtable. org Nov. 18, 4 p.m. Arts Alive Cultural Series: Swan Songs Derry Presbyterian Church 248 E. Derry Road, Hershey (717) 533-9667

Mohler Senior Center – (717) 533-2002 Nov. 2, 8:30 a.m. – Fall Fitness Fundraiser Nov. 8, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Medicare Annual Enrollment Help by Appointment Nov. 29, noon to 4 p.m. – Medicare Annual Enrollment Help by Appointment Rutherford House – (717) 564-5682 Weekdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Billiards (Open to Members) Mondays and Fridays, 11 a.m. – Chair Yoga Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon – Computer Assistance Submit senior center events to

Library Programs East Shore Area Library, 4501 Ethel St., Harrisburg, (717) 652-9380 Nov. 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Literary Trivia Night Nov. 30, 11 a.m. to noon – Getting Started with eBay Elizabethville Area Library, 80 N. Market St., Elizabethville, (717) 362-9825 Nov. 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m. – Date Night at Villa Schiano Nov. 8, 6-7 p.m. – Homemade Holiday Craft Project Johnson Memorial Library, 799 E. Center St., Millersburg, (717) 692-2658 Nov. 13, 6-7 p.m. – Gratitude Stones

Community Programs

Nov. 1, 7 p.m. Central Pennsylvania World War II Roundtable Meeting Grace United Methodist Church 433 E. Main St., Hummelstown (717) 503-2862

Friendship Senior Center – (717) 657-1547 Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 8-9 a.m– Light Aerobics Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m. – Mah Jong

Nov. 27, 6 p.m. Susquehanna Rovers Volksmarch Walking Club Bass Pro Shop – Hunt Room Harrisburg Mall 3501 Paxton St., Harrisburg (717) 805-9540 If you have an event you would like to include, please email information to for consideration.

PARKS & RECREATION Nov. 10, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Volunteer Work Day, Wildwood Park Nov. 14, 8-10 a.m. – Waterfowl Walk, Wildwood Park Nov. 24–Dec. 16 (weekends), 12:30-4:30 p.m. – Festival of Trees, Fort Hunter Tavern House

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The Bookworm Sez

Talking about Death Won’t Kill You Terri Schlichenmeyer

home, but we spend very little time learning to Your mother can speak on just about any die — and that’s unfortunate. subject. Family issues, money, old music, new Dying, she believes, is actually an important part of living, which is why you should have That technology, cooking, fashion … she’ll teach you Conversation. all day. Ask her about one certain topic, though, “Dying matters,” Kortes-Miller says, and until and her lips are sealed tight. But with Talking About Death Won’t Kill You by a few decades ago, that was a given; people were much more comfortable with death and the Dr. Kathy Kortes-Miller, you can school Mom on a thing or two. things attached to it. Death was a social event, as it is today, but it seems now as though we’re afraid One year prior to her second go-around for a to have a discussion about it, lest we invite it. Ph.D. program, Kathy Kortes-Miller received a The important thing is, everybody dies diagnosis of cancer, which altered her life and her sometime, so we may as well get comfortable with career path. Naturally, she was fearful. She said aloud that. Photo credit: Jessica L. Wyatt photography When having That Conversation, gently tease that she didn’t want to die, and her statement Talking About Death Won’t Kill You was brushed aside. Nobody would even discuss out whatever fears remain, and face them by By Kathy Kortes-Miller becoming “death literate.” death, she says, and though she obviously lived, c. 2018, ECW Press Talk about “advance care planning” and the she wishes today that someone had taken time to 209 pages legacy you want. talk to her about her fears and the outcome she Know that family relations are complicated and might’ve had. “Death education,” as she calls it, should never be ignored. We spend years that a proxy may absolutely be necessary. Write down everything you want healthcare providers to know. getting an academic education, we spend months researching a car or a new Don’t be afraid to involve children, and don’t use euphemisms. And finally, new technology gives a twist to something as old as life itself. Know how to use it right. You don’t have to be elderly to get a lot out of Talking About Death Won’t Kill You. You don’t even have to be dying to read this book. Even if you’re hale and in the bloom of life, Dr. Kathy Kortes-Miller has plenty to teach you, including questions you can ask to dig deep into your own feelings on end-of-life matters, and a matter-of-fact passage on what happens when we pass. But this book isn’t only for consumers: physicians and healthcare workers are given attention here, too, because Kortes-Miller indicates a not-always-fulfilled need for That Conversation in hospitals and hospice situations. There are chapters here for parents and for caregivers, for adult children, for CEOs, and for work buddies. On the latter, Kortes-Miller helps employers to create a better, more compassionate workplace. This book probably isn’t anybody’s idea of a beach read, so grab it and grab opportunities for That Conversation. Talking About Death Won’t Kill You and, of course, neither will reading about it. The Bookworm is Terri Schlichenmeyer. Terri has been reading since she was 3 years old, and she never goes anywhere without a book. She lives on a hill in Wisconsin with two dogs and 14,000 books.

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By John Johnston

2.8 Percent COLA Increase Announced for 2019

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits for more than 67 million Americans will increase 2.8 percent in 2019, the Social Security Administration announced recently. The 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 62 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2019. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on Dec. 31, 2018. The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some other adjustments that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average


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WINE from page 3 painting that has been part of more than one high-profile or prestigious collection is a very good thing, that isn’t the case when it comes to wines. In fact, when it comes to wines, collectors prefer a bottle of wine or a collection of wines from a single owner. That’s right: Just one owner is seen as better. Why? These wine bottles were probably housed, or dare I say rested, in a single wine cellar instead of being traded here and there, which would upset the delicate balance of the wine within the bottle. Of course, such movement can greatly affect a wine’s condition, taste, and value. So, one owner is desirable. 3. Don’t drink at the auction. You’d think this would be common sense, but this has become quite a problem at the trendy wine auctions held in places like New York and Bordeaux. You heard me: Don’t drink the wine just yet. At least, don’t drink it during the wine auction. I know, it sounds crazy, but you don’t want to drink

yourself into a bidding war. The results from Sotheby’s, Zachys, Acker’s, and other well-known wine auctions continue to be sky high for various wines from all over the world. The main reason for this is that more often than not, auction bidders are enjoying the wine in each auction lot so much that they bid up the lots to the point where they are paying as much as double the high estimate for a good bottle of wine. Like anything else you are collecting, investigate the wines you are interested in collecting and research the integrity of the sellers. Do your research to get the best deal. This new and active collecting category of wine promises to make collectors feel warm inside. Dr. Lori Verderame is the author, Ph.D. antiques appraiser, and award-winning TV personality on History channel’s The Curse of Oak Island. Dr. Lori provides expert appraisals and consulting services for art/antiques. Visit or call (888) 431-1010.

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Dear Pharmacist

Suzy Cohen

You Will Never Look at Pumpkin Pie the Same

The other day I was eating a banana and decided to dip it in some fresh pumpkin butter that I had bought. At no other time of year would this “pumpkin” thought-seed ever float through my head. With the holiday season upon us, and pumpkin pie everywhere, allow me to share what I know about these medicinal and delicious spices. You’ll never look at pumpkin pie the same way again after reading this. Here’s how they heal you: Cinnamon Cinnamon is thought to aid in regulating blood sugar in people with hyperglycemia, pre-diabetes, and diabetes. It works by blocking digestive enzymes, such as alphaglucosidase, sucrose, and pancreatic amylase, which blunt the amount of sugar released into your bloodstream. Cinnamon also contains MHCP (methylhydroxychalcone polymer), which acts similar to your own insulin by shuttling sugar out of your bloodstream and into your cells. Clove We call it “clove” because none of us want to call it by its botanical name: syzygium aromaticum! If you love chai tea or masala chai, you obviously like the taste of clove because it is an integral part of chai recipes. If you have dental pain, you can put a drop of clove essential oil in water and have sips. You can also put the oil onto a cotton swab and dab your achy tooth. Aside from toothaches and gum problems, clove can help with many respiratory diseases, candida infections, headaches, and throat infections. Some men report that it improves their libido, which makes sense because clove is known to enhance testosterone, at least in animal studies. 

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Melinda’s Garden

Melinda Myers

Holiday Gifts that Keep on Giving

Make giftorchids and are giving easy quite striking with unique with maroongreen gifts striped green that provide petals. The weeks and, narrow, in some chartreuse, cases, months lily-like and years blossoms of of beauty. Evergreen Plus, gifting eventually easy-care turn apple blooming green, making plants is an it stand out experiential among the red Photo credit Gardener’s Supply Company gift that’s amaryllises Grand Amaryllis Trio GrandDiva ideal for and poinsettias everyone, of the season. especially that person on your list who Dress up your amaryllis gift has everything. by planting the bulb in a pretty Gardeners as well as practical container, setting it on stones in a family members and friends will enjoy glass hurricane, or combining it with the dual purpose the Christmas rose spring-flowering bulbs, such as tulips, (Hellebore) provides. This widespread grape hyacinths, and crocuses. European holiday plant is gaining Provide some aromatherapy, flavor, popularity in holiday celebrations here and beauty with fragrant flowers and in the U.S. herbs. Lily-of-the-valley may be a Recipients will enjoy up to two bully in the garden, but it’s a fragrant months of blossoms indoors when beauty sure to brighten a winter day grown in a cool, bright location. Once when planted in a container and the danger of frost has passed, it can enjoyed indoors. be moved outdoors into a full or The calming fragrance of Spanish partially shaded spot in the garden for lavender can be enjoyed fresh or the years of added beauty. stems and flowers snipped, dried, and Even non-gardeners will be added to bouquets and sachets.  fascinated by the amaryllis as its Rosemary’s flavor makes it a perfect beauty erupts from the bulb. Everyone gift for the foodies on your list. And will eagerly watch for the bulb to everyone, including non-cooks, will sprout, for flower stems to quickly enjoy its fragrance. Grow it indoors in grow, and for it to eventually produce a cool location with morning sun or several large, trumpet-shaped blooms. under artificial lights. Make it easy and fun for all with Make this the year you give the a waxed amaryllis bulb. Dipped perfect gift: one that’s unique and in colorful wax, these freestanding is sure to provide instant smiles and bulbs need no soil or water. Just set weeks or months of fragrance and the waxed bulb in a space where beauty. they can be enjoyed, and watch the magic happen as the amaryllis breaks Melinda Myers is the author of more through the wax coating and grows than 20 gardening books and host of The Great Courses’ How to Grow into a colorful specimen. Impress avid gardeners with unique Anything DVD series. Her website, www., offers gardening tips varieties, such as Papillio Butterfly and videos. amaryllis. The flowers resemble

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Tinseltown Talks

Beverly Washburn’s Favorite Co-stars Nick Thomas

Beginning her career “She actually called me as a talented child actress, herself at home to ask me on Beverly Washburn worked the show, and I was thrilled alongside Hollywood’s most because she was such a sweet popular actors, and her list woman,” recalled Washburn. of favorites is long (see www. “It was one of those shows where we all felt like family. While she appeared We’d go out on weekends in several Wagon Train together, have parties, or go episodes, her favorite was to the beach. Loretta would “The Tobias Jones Story,” have us all over to her house where Lou Costello plays a for dinner.” drunk accused of murder — Washburn was in her early Beverly Washburn, then and now. Lou Costello in a 1958 Wagon Train episode 20s when she appeared in a rare dramatic role for the with Beverly Washburn (NBC publicity photo). Spider Baby, a Lon Chaney Jr. comedian and one of his final acting appearances. dark horror comedy blending “I was a big Abbott & Costello fan, so it was a thrill murder, madness, and mayhem into the now cult to work with Lou,” said Washburn from Las Vegas, classic. where she has lived for over 20 years. “It was a very bizarre movie made on a budget of “I just loved him; he was such a sweet man. But he just $65,000,” explained Washburn. “But I was excited was so used to ad-libbing in the comedy routines that to work with Lon Chaney, and he turned out to be so he actually found it hard to stick to the script. When he dear. I remember one scene where he is crying on the forgot a line, he would look into the camera and say, ‘So porch, and those were his real tears because he was so how are ya?’ which always made me giggle.” invested in the role.” Washburn appeared in the 1956 film version of The Washburn, too, possessed that talent. Lone Ranger. “I could cry on cue, which was usually required for “Oh, I loved this one — I’m kidnapped by Indians playing the poor little orphan girl-type roles I often and the Lone Ranger comes to my rescue!” she said, had. I would try to feel what the character was feeling, Clayton Moore, Beverly Washburn, and laughing. “Clayton Moore was just wonderful, and one and it would invariably make me cry. Bonita Granville in the 1956 film version of my funniest memories was while we were all relaxing “I suppose I’ve always been an emotional person, of The Lone Ranger (Warner Bros.). by the pool one weekend. In his contract, he wasn’t too. My brother would tease me and say I cried at allowed to be photographed without his mask on. supermarket openings!” “Well, a lady recognized him at the pool and asked for a photo, so he More than just a young actress who could cry on demand, her co-stars jumped up and grabbed his mask. Seeing the Lone Ranger in just swimming were quick to praise young Washburn’s mature acting skills. After they worked trunks and a mask was hilarious!” together, Lou Costello publicly acknowledged her for helping bring out his In The New Loretta Young Show’s 1962-63 season, Young played a widow credible dramatic performance. with seven children. Washburn was a series regular as one of the kids. In her book, Reel Tears: The Beverly Washburn Story, Take Two rereleased in 2013 by BearManor Media, Washburn shares many more stories Are you 62+ from her career. or Older? “It hasn’t all been roses, as I talk Welcome to about in my book,” she adds, “but Medicare Confusion Ends Today! your new home! I have a lot of fond memories for MediPlanConnect offers one-on-one sure.” advising at no cost to you. Call

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Nick Thomas teaches at Auburn University at Montgomery, Ala., and has written features, columns, and interviews for over 700 newspapers and magazines.

Fifties Flashback

You’re Traveling through Another Dimension … Randal C. Hill

In 1964, weary of railing against censorship and other ongoing battles, creator Rod Serling chose not to oppose the third cancellation of his series The Twilight Zone. Running for five seasons, the show had garnered critical acclaim and numerous awards, but the ratings were never more than middling, and the program had twice been axed and then revived. Serling was born into a Jewish family on Christmas Day 1924 and grew up in Binghamton, New York. In high school he earned a place on the debate team, wrote for and edited the school newspaper (establishing himself as a social activist), and spoke at his graduation. Army enlistment followed in 1943. In the military, Serling was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star, although his combat experiences left him with flashbacks and nightmares for the rest of his life. “I was bitter about everything,” he once admitted. “I think I turned to writing to get it off my chest.” At Antioch College in Ohio, he became involved in the school’s radio station, where he wrote, directed, and acted in several radio programs on campus. But Serling could see that such stories were on the decline and being replaced by television dramas. After earning a B.A. in literature at Antioch, he began writing for

WKRC-TV in twist or a macabre ending. In October 1959 Cincinnati. Serling always wanted to use the groundbreaking Serling soon The Twilight Zone as a vehicle for anthology series became a freelance important social commentaries. premiered on CBSwriter and began TV. Each half-hour In reality, though, he still had to churning out scripts frequently fight for creative control, episode included for major network TV as his scripts incorporated his views studies in fantasy, anthology shows. In on current events and social concerns, science fiction, 1955 Kraft Television such as war, racism, mass hysteria, suspense, and horror. Theater broadcast The dramas dealt politics, and gender issues. his play Patterns. And even though his messages with paranormal, Critics hailed it as futuristic, or otherwise were cleverly veiled within the fantasy “a creative triumph,” unusual or disturbing and science fiction parameters of the and Serling found show’s programs, they still managed events, with the himself inundated to make some viewers squirm. characters involved with requests for more As uncomfortable truths often will. having crossed over Publicity photo portrait of original stories. into the surreal Rod Serling for the premiere “Twilight Zone.” The Although Randal C. Hill’s heart lives Requiem for a of the television program Heavyweight for always-gripping stories in the past, the rest of him resides in The Twilight Zone. Bandon, Ore. He can be reached at Playhouse 90 added usually featured a to his growing and moral and either a highly regarded oeuvre. Encouraged by his success, he moved to California advertisement and became a full-time writer for television in 1957. In the early years, TV sponsors and networks often became editors and censors; Serling was repeatedly forced to make changes whenever If you want a funeral with an expensive casket power people felt his content was too and embalming, go to a funeral home! controversial. If you are interested in affordable cremation services, Many of his references to social we are the name to remember! issues were watered down or eliminated altogether, and he became No Embalming No Caskets frustrated by seeing his scripts shorn of meaningful elements. Eventually Serling decided to create his own show — The Twilight Zone.

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Harrisburg Hosts Inaugural Statewide LGBTQ Aging Summit regarding LGBTQ cultural competency and inclusion. The Wolf administration, in partnership with LGBTQ aging advocates and After Adams’ remarks, the summit hosted a provider panel comprising Dr. stakeholders, hosted Pennsylvania’s inaugural LGBTQ Aging Summit Oct. 9-10 at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel, Harrisburg. Imani Woody, founding director and CEO, Mary’s House for Older Adults; Rabbi Erica Steelman, director of LGBT+ initiatives and staff chaplain, Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne kicked off the summit and introduced Abramson Center for Jewish Life; Doreen day one’s keynote speaker, the Hon. Kathy Hespell, director, Montgomery County Area Greenlee, vice president of aging and health Agency on Aging; Linda Marucci, social policy, Center for Practical Bioethics, and former assistant secretary of aging, U.S. worker, Southwest Senior Center; and Arthur Breese, director of diversity and inclusion, Department of Human Health & Services. Geisinger. Greenlee traveled from Kansas to attend the The panel discussed best practices for inaugural summit and shared experiences and serving LGBTQ older adults and the obstacles regarding her sexuality from high importance of being culturally competent school to present day; presented on the urgency within provider networks. for provider networks to be LGBTQ-friendly; and discussed the barriers that many LGBTQ At the conclusion of the provider panel, the A provider panel discusses best practices for serving summit organized a regional planning session elders face. LGBTQ older adults and the importance of being culturally with a focus on tangible community action “With over 300 participants from across competent within provider networks during the for the varying regions of summit attendees, the state convening in Harrisburg for the LGBTQ Aging Summit in Harrisburg. specifically regarding how Pennsylvania can sole purpose of connecting communities and inspiring change, we are confident that our build better connections between the older LGBTQ community and providers. efforts to better serve, support, enable, and empower LGBTQ seniors will continue to move forward due the foundation that was laid,” Osborne said. After lunch, which featured speaker Dr. Nii-Quartelai Quartey, national LGBT liaison for AARP, the regional planning groups reported their Day one of the summit also featured a community panel discussion with LGBTQ older adults, moderated by Carol Harris of Dering Consulting Group, recommendations and findings from the earlier planning session. The summit concluded with a state panel, featuring Osborne, Levine, and which allowed the panelists to share their lived experiences and highlight the Todd Snovel, executive director, Pennsylvania’s Commission on LGBTQ various difficulties many experience as older LGBTQ individuals. Affairs. Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine opened day two and introduced the Panelists shared insight on the Wolf administration’s efforts to improve keynote speaker, Michael Adams, CEO of SAGE, who spoke to the audience

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Levine said. “This first summit is essential to providing information to people in these communities and allowing them to share their stories. We are committed to ensuring that the health community understands and provides for the health needs of this population.”

Bill Would Train Retailers, Financial Institutions to Spot Fraudulent Transactions Recently, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), ranking member of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, and Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, introduced the Senior Scams Prevention Act (S. 3522). “Far too many older Americans have been targeted by scam artists. These criminals threaten legal action against seniors or loved ones if ‘payment’ is not made immediately through a wire transfer or gift card,” said Casey. “The Senior Scams Prevention Act would help stop a payment before it is ever made so that seniors don’t lose one more penny to a fraud or scam.” The bipartisan Senior Scams Prevention Act would create a federal advisory council to develop educational materials for retailers, financial institutions, and wire

transfer companies to use to train employees on how to spot a scam. Often times, unbeknownst to employees of retail stores, fraudsters ask senior victims to send “payment” or “gifts” through gift cards, which are purchased at various retail locations. Scammers may also request money to be sent to them via wire transfer or require the victim to pay by credit card or through other means. This legislation is endorsed by Consumers Union, Best Buy, Consumer Federation of America, Green Dot Corp., MoneyGram, National Consumers League, National Retail Federation, Retail Industry Leaders Association, Target, Walmart, and Western Union. If you or a loved one receives a suspicious call, hang up the phone immediately and contact the Aging Committee’s toll-free Fraud Hotline at (855) 303-9470.

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Financial Aid for Family Caregivers Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior, Do you know of any resources that help family caregivers monetarily? I have to miss a lot of work to take care of my elderly mother and it’s financially stressing me. – Stretched Thin Dear Stretched, Caring for an elder parent can be challenging in many ways, but it can be especially difficult financially if you have to miss work or quit your job to provide care. Fortunately, there are a number of government programs, tax breaks, and other tips that may be able to help you monetarily while you care for your mother. Here are some options to explore.

disability, you can claim her as a dependent on your taxes and get a $500 tax credit. For more information, go to the Interactive Tax Assistant page on the IRS’s website ( help/ita) and click on “Whom May I Claim as a Dependent?” If you can’t claim her as a dependent, you may still be able to get a tax break if you’re paying more than half her living expenses including medical and longterm care costs, and they exceed 7.5 percent of your adjusted gross income. You can include your own medical expenses in calculating the total. See IRS publication 502, Medical and Dental Expenses ( for details. Long-term care insurance: If your mother has long-term care insurance, check whether it covers inhome care. Some policies permit family members to be paid, although they may exclude people who live in the same household.

State assistance: Most states have programs that help low-income seniors pay for in-home care services, including paying family members for care. These programs — which go by various names, such as “cash and counseling” or “consumerNovember is National directed”— vary greatly depending on where you Paid caregiver leave and financial support: A Family Caregivers Month live and, in some states, on whether your mom is on small but growing number of companies offer paid Medicaid. caregiving leave as a way to recruit and retain their To find out what’s available in your state, contact your local Medicaid office. workforce. Check with your employer to see what, if any, benefits are available to you. Veterans benefits: Veterans who need assistance with daily living activities Additionally, the Pennsylvania Caregiver Support Program aims to reduce can enroll in the Veteran-Directed Care program. stress on primary, informal, unpaid caregivers through a variety of potential This program, available through VA Medical Centers in 40 states, as well as benefits, such as financial assistance for services, supplies, and assistive devices. in Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, provides as much as $2,000 a month, To find out if you qualify, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s which can be used to pay family members for home care. website ( or call your county’s Area Agency on Aging. Visit the “Home and Community-Based Services” section at geriatrics for information. Family funds: If your mother has some savings or other assets, discuss the Also available to wartime veterans and their surviving spouses is a benefit possibility of her paying you for the care you provide. called Aid and Attendance, which helps pay for in-home care as well as assisted If she agrees, consult with an elder law attorney about drafting a shortliving and nursing home care. This benefit can also be used to pay family written contract that details the terms of the work and payment arrangements, caregivers. so everyone involved knows what to expect. To be eligible, your mother must need assistance with daily living activities, such as bathing, dressing, or going to the bathroom. You should also check BenefitsCheckUp (, a free, Changes to income and asset limits — including a new 36-month lookconfidential web tool that can help you search for financial assistance programs back period on asset transfers — went into effect Oct. 18. To learn more about that your mom or you may be eligible for. eligibility requirements, go to Tax breaks: If you pay at least half of your mom’s yearly expenses, and her gross income is below $4,050 (in 2017) not counting her Social Security or


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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.

Aid & Attendance Veterans’ Benefit Can I Get Aid and Attendance or Housebound Benefits? If you need help with your daily activities, or you’re housebound, you may qualify for Aid and Attendance or Housebound allowances in addition to your pension benefits. Veterans and surviving spouses may qualify for Aid and Attendance if you get a VA pension and you meet at least one of the requirements listed below. • You need another person to help you perform daily activities, like bathing, feeding, and dressing • You have to stay in bed — or spend a large portion of the day in bed — because of illness • You are a patient in a nursing home due to the loss of mental or physical abilities related to a disability • Your eyesight is limited (even with glasses or contact lenses, you have only 5/200 or less in both eyes or concentric contraction of the visual field to 5 degrees or less) You may qualify for Housebound benefits if you get a VA pension and you spend most of your time in your home because of a permanent disability (a disability that doesn’t go away). Note: You can’t get Aid and Attendance benefits and Housebound benefits at the same time. To apply for these benefits, veterans and surviving spouses need an application (downloadable at as well as the following information:

No Pie at Original Thanksgiving The first Thanksgiving didn’t feature pies or cakes, because the Plymouth pilgrims had no ovens and a limited supply of sugar. But it may have included cranberries, which Native Americans used in a variety of foods (including pemmican, made from berries, dried venison, and melted fat) as well as for medicinal purposes. So what was the “original” Thanksgiving really like? In November 1621, William Bradford, the governor of the plantation, organized a feast

for colonists and their neighbors, the Wampanoag tribe, to celebrate a successful harvest. The harvest had thrived thanks in part to Squanto, a native of the Patuxet tribe who had learned English as a slave before returning to his native land. Squanto taught the pilgrims how to grow corn, catch eels and fish, and avoid poisonous plants in the surrounding forest, as well as helping them to forge a relationship with the Wampanoag and its chief, Massasoit.

• Evidence, like a doctor’s report, that shows you need Aid and Attendance or Housebound care, or VA Form 21-2680 (Examination for Housebound Status or Permanent Need for Regular Aid and Attendance), which your doctor can fill out • Details about what you normally do during the day and how you get places • Details that help show what kind of illness, injury, or mental or physical disability affects your ability to perform activities, like bathing, on your own In Pennsylvania, the application and relevant information can be mailed to the Department of Veterans Affairs, Claims Intake Center, Attention: Philadelphia Pension Center, P.O. Box 5206, Janesville, WI 53547-5206. Or, you may apply in person by bringing your information to a regional benefit office near you. Source:

Stories of ordinary men and women called to perform extraordinary military service. From 1999–2016, writer and World War II veteran Col. Robert D. Wilcox preserved the firsthand wartime experiences of more than 200 veterans through Salute to a Veteran, his monthly column featured in 50plus LIFE. Now, for the first time, 50 of those stories— selected by Wilcox himself—are available to own in this soft-cover book.

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Fall for a Flavorful Cheese Board Some of the most beloved flavors are inspired during the fall, and there are few better ways to enjoy the season’s best than with a group of friends and family. Get ready to wow guests with seasonal treats that invite everyone to indulge in fall flavors. Even adults can enjoy getting hands-on with their food when it comes to stacking up mouth-watering ingredients, and a fall party is a great opportunity to explore new ways to appreciate the flavor of savory pumpkin. This recipe combines rich, creamy cheese with prosciutto and pumpkin for a medley of flavors and textures your guests will have a hard time believing are gluten-free. Non-GMO Crunchmaster Pumpkin Harvest Crackers combine real pumpkin and autumn spices with whole grains and flax seeds. Serve these little delights on a cheese board and let guests mix and

on platter before serving, and place vinegar nearby. Apple Pepita Stackers • 4 ounces apple butter • 1 bag Crunchmaster Pumpkin Harvest Crackers • 3 ounces toasted pepitas match the flavors as they wish. Then expand your offering with a dairyfree, vegan alternative and introduce another fall favorite like apple butter. Explore more tips and recipes to help celebrate fall at www. Pumpkin Prosciutto Stackers • 2 ounces prosciutto • 1 ounce aged balsamic vinegar (syrupy consistency) • 4 ounces gorgonzola

• 4 ounces aged parmesan, shaved • 1 bag Crunchmaster Pumpkin Harvest Crackers Cut prosciutto into cracker-size pieces, about 1.5 inches in diameter. Pour vinegar into small carafe or dish with serving spoon. Layer gorgonzola, one to two pieces prosciutto, and one to two pieces shaved parmesan on one cracker. Drizzle lightly with vinegar. Plate remaining prosciutto, gorgonzola, parmesan, and crackers

• 12 slivers fresh sage Spread apple butter over one cracker and sprinkle with pinch of pepitas. Top with sage sliver. For serving, scoop apple butter into small crock or serving vessel. Place pepitas and sage in serving dishes. Place assembled stacker on platter with crackers. Add serving dishes, if space allows, or position around platter. Family Features

Got Diabetes? Get off the Couch and Work Your Core Return to the starting position from step three for another count of two.

By Sheri R. Colberg, Ph.D., FACSM

If you suffer from diabetes, you already know that staying fit greatly benefits your health. Yet, many of the complications caused by diabetes can make it difficult to get the exercise you need; in fact, they can make a normal exercise routine difficult or even dangerous. These complications don’t have to prevent you from doing safe and healthy exercise. You can still get a beneficial workout — minus the risks — by exercising your core. Here are six of the 10 core exercises I recommend for people with diabetes from my new book with the American Diabetes Association, Diabetes & Keeping Fit for Dummies.

Work up to doing 100 repetitions per workout session.

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Abdominal Squeezes 1. Put one of your hands against your upper stomach and the other facing the other direction below your belly button. 2. Inhale to expand your stomach. 3. Exhale and try to pull your abdominal muscles halfway toward your spine. This is your starting position. 4. Contract your abdominal muscles more deeply in toward your spine while counting to two.


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Plank or Modified Plank 1. Start on the floor on your stomach and bend your elbows 90 degrees, resting your weight on your forearms. 2. Place your elbows directly beneath your shoulders and form a straight line from your head to your feet. 3. Hold this position as long as you can. Repeat this exercise as many times as possible during each workout.

Side Planks 1. Start out on the floor on your side with your feet together and one forearm directly below your shoulder. 2. Contract your core muscles and raise your hips until your body is in a straight line from head to feet. 3. Hold this position without letting your hips drop for as long as you can. 4. Repeat steps one through three on the other side. Switch back and forth between sides as many times as you can. Bridging Remember to breathe throughout this exercise. please see CORE page 24




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Time to Give Up the Keys? For many older adults, driving is the key to maintaining independence, self-sufficiency, and, for some, even their identity. But what happens when age, illness, or injury makes it difficult or unsafe to drive? When do you know it’s time to give up the keys — and how do you deal with that loss of freedom? “Don’t wait for an accident to happen before having a conversation with a family member or friend,” advises Richard Nead, CDRS, manager of driver rehabilitation at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation ( in West Orange, New Jersey. “Be aware of the warning signs — such as slowed reaction time, memory issues, vision difficulties, or physical challenges, as well an increase in traffic violations or dents and scratches to the car.” Although it can be a difficult decision, it is a necessary one. The risk of being injured or killed in a motor vehicle accident — or causing harm to others — increases with age. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports, for example, that in 2015 drivers aged 65 and older accounted for 18 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities. According to neuropsychologist Kelly A. Kearns, Psy.D., Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, having to give up the keys affects more than just an individual’s sense of independence. It can lead to isolation and depression and place a strain on family members who not only must have this discussion with their loved one, but now may also find themselves in the position of providing rides to the market, doctor appointments, and other activities. A range of issues may contribute to a person’s inability to drive, including skills that may decline with age or conditions that develop over time, including: • Cognition – Memory, reasoning, judgment, problem-solving, decisionmaking • Vision – Acuity, peripheral vision, and attention, as well as cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma • Physical skills – Strength, reflexes, neuromuscular control • Medical conditions – Arthritis, pain, dementia, and heart disease, as well as medications

“Watching for the ‘stop’ signs is the first step,” says Nead. “It’s also important to be ready to discuss this potentially difficult issue and to have a plan in place to address how to best meet transportation needs going forward.” Kessler Institute offers the following tips: • R ide along with your family member and observe his or her ability to control the vehicle, stay within the lane, drive at posted speeds, maintain a safe distance from other cars, obey traffic signals, make appropriate decisions when turning or at intersections, and park the car. • Look for any confusion, poor judgment, or indications that he or she is not focused, including getting lost, braking/accelerating for no apparent reason, or forgetting where the car is parked. • Consult with a physician who can help identify any medical issues and support the decision to continue driving or not. • If driving remains an option, consider having the individual enroll in a course to brush up on road rules and defensive-driving techniques, or consult with a driving rehabilitation specialist, who can perform complete evaluations both on and off the road to help maintain safe driving practices. • If it’s no longer safe to drive, be prepared for a frank but often emotional discussion. “Anger and sadness are often associated with the loss of driving, so let the individual express his or her thoughts, acknowledge their feelings, and respond with compassion,” suggests Kearns. • Explore transportation options. From community transport and senior resources to Uber, Lyft, and other car services, there are many alternatives available. • Create an “advanced directive for driving,” which designates a trusted individual to assist if the older driver is no longer able to drive safely. “Although it may take some time,” notes Kearns, “helping a family member understand the need to be safe and supporting them with alternative transportation options can help them adjust to life without driving.”

CORE from page 22 1. Keeping your shoulders on the floor, slowly raise your buttocks from the floor with your stomach tight and your lower back straight. 2. Gently lower your back to the ground. 3. Repeat steps one and two. Pelvic Tilt 1. Lie on your back on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. 2. Place your hands either by your sides or supporting your head. 3. Tighten your bottom, forcing your lower back flat against the floor, and then relax. 4. Repeat steps two and three as many times as you can. Superhero Pose 1. Lie on your stomach with your arms straight out in front of your head on the floor.


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2. Rest your chin on the floor between your arms. 3. Keeping your arms and legs straight, simultaneously lift your feet and your hands as high off the floor as you can. Aim for at least 3 inches. 4. Hold that position (sort of a superhero flying position) for 10 seconds if possible, and then relax your arms and legs back onto the floor. Whether you’re still active or sedentary, working your core is a safe and smart way to improve your balance, keep you as fit as possible, and elevate your overall quality of life. Sheri R. Colberg, Ph.D., FACSM, is the author of Diabetes & Keeping Fit For Dummies® and 11 other books, 25 book chapters, and more than 300 articles. Professor emerita of exercise science from Old Dominion University, she was honored with the 2016 American Diabetes Association Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award.,

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Across 1. French cleric 5. Inquire 8. Bathroom item 13. Cellphone items 14. Remote button 15. Red fluorescent dye 16. Actor Stoltz 17. Pressing need? 18. Wept 19. Tibetan monk 20. Shopping place 21. Horse color 22. Plain writing 24. Gymnast’s goal

25. Some movie roles 28. Bullfighter 32. Family card game 33. Venomous Aussie snake 36. Opportune 37. Bungle 39. Tank 40. Sour sort 41. Brainstorm 42. Morning starter 44. African antelope 45. After root and wine 47. Movie preview

49. Mormons, initially 50. Western resort lake 52. Expressed 54. Busy place 55. Country bumpkin 59. Yule melody 60. Panache 61. Persia, today 62. Wide open 63. Large butte 64. Exchange premium 65. Court wear 66. LAX setting 67. Permits

Down 1. Biblical shepherd 2. Vamp Theda 3. Fedora feature 4. Slip away 5. Mystiques 6. Squirrel away 7. County in SE England 8. Password, usually 9. Heart attack 10. Atlas section 11. Property claim 12. Dissolve 14. Silver wattle 23. Zuckerman Unbound novelist

24. Crayola color 25. Brick-shaped 26. Battery terminal 27. Traveler’s stop 28. Chess ending 29. Fender mishaps 30. Offer one’s 2 cents 31. Happen again 34. Currier’s partner 35. Norm 38. Muse of poetry 40. Disney goldfish 42. Accounting entries (abbr.) 43. Goddess of wisdom

46. Confuses 48. Forward pass 50. Scrabble pieces 51. “Cease!” to a salt 52. Palm starch 53. Oman man 54. Cord fiber 56. Exhort 57. Can of worms? 58. Hazzard County lawman 59. Beetle, e.g.

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Such is Life

Reminders, Notes, and Calendars Saralee Perel

I have an attitude when I’m told that nothing can be done. It just makes me all the more determined to find answers. What else was I going to do? Give up? Why would I? We went to three more neurologists until we finally found one who actually asked to hear from me. He said, “How can I know what’s going on when the patient can’t remember?” He specializes in Bob’s diagnosis. Along with cognitive memory impairment, he has primary progressive aphasia, which essentially involves word loss. The doctor recommended medication that has helped tremendously. He was the one who referred us to Lee. Yet, this doctor’s greatest gift to us? Hope. You know how you often can’t remember what you did last week? Or even just yesterday? There’s a cure for that. With Lee’s advice, Bob keeps a calendar in which, daily, he writes down what he’s done. He reviews it again and again. There aren’t many people I know who can remember things they did last month. But my sweet husband can. Bob used to avoid socializing for fear that he’d lose common words. When inevitably that would happen, he’d so sadly and desperately look to me for help. He felt humiliation and shame and embarrassment. Now, he still looks to me for help, but you know what? He could not care less. We’ve learned that if anyone thinks less of him for not knowing a word, then they’re probably not tolerant of others as well and certainly not the kind of person we’d want as a valuable, trusted friend. We’ve learned that acceptance doesn’t mean hopelessness. We’ve learned that inevitable doesn’t have a definite date. Inevitable doesn’t mean giving up. You know what it means? It means it’s fight-back time! Bob never did come up with the word “camel” that day. But that doesn’t matter. As long as he can say, “I love you,” then he’s remembered everything that’s important. Award-winning columnist Saralee Perel can be reached at or via her website:

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“What’s the word for the thing we use every day that has a monitor and a keyboard?” I asked my husband, Bob. That question was not a test. It was part of a wordfinding teaching program that Lee, Bob’s speech therapist, has taught us to practice. “A computer,” Bob said. Elated that he got it right, we gave each other a high five. “Want to keep going?” I asked. My husband is so very brave. “Sure,” he said. It stuns me that we’re at this stage. “OK,” I said, showing him a picture of a camel. “What is this called?” He thought for a moment. His shoulders drooped when he said, “I don’t know.” Lee taught us about clues. She said, “The words are still there. It’s like a well, and the word is at the bottom. You just need a line to pull it up.” So I said to Bob, “It starts with a C.” I waited until he asked me for another clue. “It lives in the desert.” Still nothing registered. Ten years ago Bob began having memory problems, the most obvious of which was word-finding. Our first neurologist was a smug know-it-all. Bob passed the neuropsych paper and pencil testing just fine. As I began to speak of the varied problems I’ve noticed at home, the doctor wouldn’t hear a word of it. And so, nothing was done. The second neurologist sped through the appointment. He also wouldn’t/ couldn’t allow any time for me to speak. He ordered an MRI. The results were seemingly normal, though we were told differently, eventually, by a doctor who had the time to examine the films more closely. And so, nothing was done. One day it made me cry (silently) when I heard Bob on the phone, stuck on a word I could tell would be “blizzard.” I quickly wrote it on paper, and then rushed the note to him. There just had to be a better way than this. In the middle of the night, a vicious beast I call “the future” hovers directly over me.


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The Beauty in Nature

Courtship Timing Clyde McMillan-Gamber

Every November, over the years, I mother deer have plenty of food to have enjoyed the courting of whiteproduce ample milk for their single or tailed deer and great horned owls twin fawns. among the woods, fields, and thickets And, being born late in May of southeastern Pennsylvania. ensures warmth and the whole Being adaptable, the beautiful, summer and autumn to grow strong graceful deer and and fat to be able the handsome, to cope with the stately owls coming winter. are abundant Deer born any in this area, other time might allowing us many not have as good a opportunities to chance at survival experience them to maturity. through the year, Pairs of local especially during horned owls court November. by hooting to each At that time, other at dusk and White-tailed deer deer are less dawn in November cautious and, into December. therefore, more In January, each obvious. The pair of owls usurps owls frequently a stick cradle hoot “hoo, hoo, made by hawks, hoo — hoooooo, herons, or crows hoooooo,” which high in a tall tree gives away their in a woodland or presence. older suburb. Each The rutting female owl lays one season of whiteto three eggs in tails in this area her nursery late in starts around the January. Great horned owl middle of October The owlets hatch and continues into toward the end of early December, with a peak of rutting February and are brooded and fed by in November. During that time, adult both parents. The young leave their bucks use their bony antlers to push nursery toward late April and are on against the antlers of other bucks to their own by May’s end. At that time, determine who is stronger. juvenile rodents and rabbits abound, Fortunately, those dramatic providing ample food for young owls contests among bucks usually don’t inexperienced at hunting. cause serious injury and are seldom The courtship timing of whitefatal. The mightiest bucks in those tailed deer and great horned owls battles earn the right to mate with the is correct. Young of both species majority of does in their home areas, are born and develop when food helping ensure strong, healthy fawns and warmth are most abundant, next year. giving each species a good chance of White-tails’ mating around surviving. November determines that the Other kinds of wildlife have resulting fawns are born about seven correct mating times as well, such months later, toward the end of May. as American robins hatching young At that time, there is plenty of lush, when earthworms are most available green vegetation that ensures that to feed to their offspring.

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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...

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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...