Lancaster County Edition | February 2018 â€˘ Vol. 24 No. 2
February is american heart month High Blood Pressure Has Been Redefined
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February is American Heart Month Cover Story
High Blood Pressure Redefined High blood pressure should be treated earlier with lifestyle changes and in some patients with medication — at 130/80 mm Hg rather than 140/90 — according to the first new, comprehensive high blood pressure guidelines in more than a decade. The guidelines are being published by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology for detection, prevention, management, and treatment of high blood pressure. Rather than 1 in 3 U.S. adults having high blood pressure (32 percent) with the previous definition, the new guidelines will result in nearly half of the U.S. adult population (46 percent) having high blood pressure, or hypertension. However, there will only be a small increase in the number of U.S. adults who will require antihypertensive medication, authors said. These guidelines, the first update to offer comprehensive guidance to doctors on managing adults with high blood pressure since 2003, are designed to help people address the potentially deadly condition much earlier. The new guidelines stress the importance of using proper technique to measure blood pressure. Blood pressure levels should be based on an average of two to three readings on at least two different occasions, the authors said. High blood pressure accounts for the second largest number of preventable heart disease and stroke deaths, second only to smoking. It’s known as the “silent killer” because often there are no symptoms, despite its role in significantly increasing the risk for heart disease and stroke. Paul K. Whelton, M.B., M.D., M.Sc., lead author of the guidelines published in the American Heart Association journal, Hypertension, and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, noted the dangers of blood pressure levels between 130-139/80-89 mm Hg. “You’ve already doubled your risk of cardiovascular complications compared to those with a normal level of blood pressure,” he said. “We want to be straight with people — if you already have a doubling of risk, you need to know about it. It doesn’t mean you need medication, but it’s a yellow light that you need to be lowering your blood pressure, mainly with non-drug approaches.” Blood pressure categories in the new guideline are:
• Normal: Less than 120/80 mm Hg • Elevated: Top number (systolic) between 120129 and bottom number (diastolic) less than 80 • Stage 1: Systolic between 130-139 or diastolic between 80-89 • Stage 2: Systolic at least 140 or diastolic at least 90 mm Hg • Hypertensive crisis: Top number over 180 and/or bottom number over 120, with patients needing prompt changes in medication if there are no other indications of problems, or immediate hospitalization if there are signs of organ damage The new guidelines eliminate the category of prehypertension, which was used for blood pressures with a top number (systolic) between 120-139 mm Hg or a bottom number (diastolic) between 80-89 mm Hg. People with those readings now will be categorized as having either elevated (120-129 and less than 80) or stage 1 hypertension (130-139 or 8089). Previous guidelines classified 140/90 mm Hg as stage 1 hypertension. This level is classified as stage 2 hypertension under the new guidelines. The impact of the new guidelines is expected to be greatest among younger people. The prevalence of high blood pressure is expected to triple among men under age 45 and double among women under 45, according to the report. The guidelines stress the importance of home blood pressure monitoring using validated devices and appropriate training of healthcare providers to reveal “white-coat hypertension,” which occurs when pressure is elevated in a medical setting but not in everyday life. Home readings can also identify “masked hypertension,” when pressure is normal in a medical setting but elevated at home, thus necessitating treatment with lifestyle and possibly medications. “People with white-coat hypertension do not seem to have the same elevation in risk as someone with true sustained high blood pressure,” Whelton said. “Masked hypertension is more sinister and very important to recognize because these people seem to have a similar risk as those with sustained high blood pressure.” www.50plusLifePA.com
February is American Heart Month Other changes in the new guideline include: â€˘ Only prescribing medication for stage 1 hypertension if a patient has already had a cardiovascular event, such as a heart attack or stroke, or is at high risk of heart attack or stroke based on age, the presence of diabetes mellitus, chronic kidney disease, or calculation of atherosclerotic risk (using the same risk calculator used in evaluating high cholesterol) â€˘ Recognizing that many people will need two or more types of medications to control their blood pressure and that people may take
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The American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, and nine other health-professional organizations developed the new guidelines, which were written by a panel of 21 scientists and health experts who reviewed more than 900 published studies.
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5 Natural Remedies for High Blood Pressure that Really Work
While waiting for a prescription, a friend of mine decided to check his blood pressure. He was dealing with a bout of walking pneumonia and his blood pressure spiked to 140/100! Has this ever happened to you where you checked your BP at the pharmacy and it was suddenly high? You can blame stress, the modern diet, lack of exercise, or a bad infection like my buddy had. You can blame other lifestyle factors, like smoking, too. Or it could simply be your genes, as high blood pressure, termed hypertension, tends to run in families. If left untreated, hypertension can cause or lead to blindness, stroke, kidney failure, atherosclerosis, and heart failure. Now, the good news. Here are five natural remedies that are proven to really work! 1. Hibiscus Tea Hibiscus tea is a wonderful remedy for high blood pressure. It’s been used to lower blood pressure in other countries for decades, and it really works. In one study, researchers found that drinking hibiscus tea for just 12 days reduced systolic pressure by an average 11.7 percent and diastolic pressure by 10.7 percent. You can buy commercially prepared teabags, or you can easily make your own fresh hibiscus tea each morning. It’s fabulous for memory. In fact, if you email my customer service team (customerservice@suzycohen. com), I’ll send you the recipe card by email for “Memory Mint Hibiscus Tea.”
2. Magnesium Threonate Some forms of vitamins are better for certain conditions. With hypertension, look for the mineral magnesium threonate because this form of magnesium leaves your gut. This type of magnesium can get into the bloodstream and get across your blood brain barrier, is easily absorbed by the cells, and has been proven to lower blood pressure and be stroke preventative as well. Magnesium threonate is also great for helping promote good, healthy sleep and relaxation. 3. Garlic Garlic cloves and garlic supplements have been proven to lower blood pressure. Garlic is an allium vegetable that is rich in antioxidants, good-for-you phytochemical and polyphenols, and sulfur-containing compounds called allicin (which are wonderful for collagen promotion too!). Garlic is especially effective at lowering systolic blood pressure. 4. Omega-3 Fatty Acids Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fatty fish and some plant foods, such as nuts, seeds, and cruciferous vegetables. Fish oil is wonderful for lowering high blood pressure because it contains the compounds EPA and
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Vitamin C, Vitamin E Help Reduce Stroke Risk The good news is that people are living longer, and the chance that you will live past age 65 is excellent (just 100 years ago, only 50 percent of Americans made it past 65). The bad news? Women over 65 face double the stroke risk. But research shows that two supplements are excellent in helping reduce the stroke risk for older people. In the survey, the participants with the highest amount of vitamin C intake — at least 133 milligrams per day — reduced their risk of stroke by 30 percent. Smokers also benefited greatly from the highest vitamin C intake www.50plusLifePA.com
and cut their stroke risk by 70 percent. And don’t forget your vitamin E, either, for added benefits. The study found that people whose intake was at least 15.5 milligrams per day reduced their risk for stroke by 20 percent. To get an idea of how to get these nutrients in your diet, here are a few nutritional facts: a quarter cup of red bell peppers renders 71 milligrams of vitamin C, a half cup of strawberries renders 42 milligrams of vitamin C, and about 22 almonds renders 7.4 milligrams of vitamin E. – Adapted from Prevention magazine
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Can Beet Juice Keep Your Brain Young? Beet juice may keep your brain young and fit, according to an article on the Runner’s World website. The article cites a study reported in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences that found that a shot of beet juice an hour before exercise can have positive benefits to brains as they get older. In the study, 26 sedentary men with an average age of 65 participated in six weeks of exercise. Some took daily shots of beet juice; others received a placebo. The participants walked on a treadmill three times a week for six weeks,
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building up to 50 minutes per session at increased effort. Comparing MRIs from before and after the trial, researchers found that the group that drank beet juice had significantly higher levels of “community consistency” within their brains. The nitrate in beet juice, which converts to nitrite and then nitric oxide in the blood, has a strong positive effect on responsiveness in blood vessels, which, in turn, can increase the amount of oxygen reaching the brain and boost aspects of cognitive function. www.50plusLifePA.com
It Was 50 Years Ago Today
‘(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay’ Randal Hill
Sittin’ in the morning sun/I’ll be sittin’ when the evening comes Otis Redding was at peace — sort of — when he began his best-known creation on a friend’s houseboat in Sausalito, California. On one lazy, sunny afternoon in 1967, Redding strummed his acoustic guitar and softly sang whatever lyrics drifted into his head. He was going somewhere with a tune; he just didn’t know where. Looks like nothing’s gonna change/ Everything still remains the same Were those lines meant to be ironic? At that point Otis Redding was really all about change. He had wowed the (overwhelmingly white) crowd at the recent Monterey Pop Festival. Aretha Franklin had taken his “Respect” to No. 1 on Billboard’s pop chart. He had been listening to Bob Dylan and the Beatles. He talked of starting his own record label. •••
Born in 1941, Redding had grown up in Macon, Georgia, the home of Little Richard and James Brown, both early major influences. Redding left school at age 15 and went on the road to sing with the Upsetters, Little Richard’s former backup group.
Later on, Redding market,” Cropper hooked up — as would say later. But only Redding lead singer — with another Macon and Cropper outfit, Johnny believed in the future Jenkins and the classic. The power Pinetoppers. They people behind Volt had scored a regional Records (Redding’s hit called “Love label) hated what Twist,” and Atlantic was offered and Records was showing condemned the interest. song as being too In October 1962 “pop” for Redding’s Atlantic invited hardcore fans. Jenkins to do Where was that “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” signature Otis some recording in Otis Redding Memphis. Jenkins Redding soul? And February 1968 didn’t drive, so what was with that Redding chauffeured adlibbed whistling of his friend in a borrowed station Redding’s that showed up at the end? wagon. Three days after finishing recording The Memphis house band that “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay,” day included a future Redding collaborator, guitarist Steve Cropper. The Jenkins session never came together, but in the studio that afternoon Redding cut an original soul ballad called “These Arms of Mine.” It became the first of 21 hit singles he would record in his brief lifetime.
Redding died at age 26 when his small private plane slammed into a Wisconsin lake. He and his five-piece band, the Bar-Kays, had been heading to Madison for a club date. One band member survived the crash. Steve Cropper ended up tinkering with Redding’s work by adding sound effects of gently lapping waves. The result was a fine point on what rock historian Dave Marsh once declared was “as whole, as fully realized and mature, as any record ever made.” Music fans obviously agreed; by the end of the century, “Dock” had earned a phenomenal 6 million spins on the radio. Randal C. Hill is a rock ’n’ roll historian who lives at the Oregon coast. He may be reached at email@example.com.
On Oct. 4, 1967, Redding met with Cropper in a Memphis recording studio to polish Redding’s “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay.” “We knew we finally had the song that would cross him over to the pop
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On Life and Love after 50
5 Lessons I’ve Learned in 3 Years of Retirement
When I was pondering retirement from the deli I had founded and worked in for 25 years, the main thing I looked forward to was having “free time.” With it, I could do nothing — if I wanted — which sounded great after all those years of serving sandwiches. Three years ago, I sold the deli. I’m glad I worked until age 75. Working until then helped me build a small financial nest egg and kept my body moving and my mind active. However, I realized quickly that I didn’t want a lot of “free time.” It wasn’t good for me. I’m not built to sit around; I found I must have projects to work on. Every morning, I make a to-do list for the day. If I haven’t crossed each item off by day’s end, so be it. But, the
list keeps me focused. Soon, that “free time” became “busy time.” And from three years of busy time came five lessons learned in retirement. 1. The most important retirement lesson learned is the need to have social interaction with people. To be too
isolated is not good for one’s health. A good way to interact with people is by joining groups. Meetup. com lists thousands of groups and activities and should provide plenty of ideas for people not sure what to do to meet others. Another
important note about social interaction after retirement: Mix interactions with younger people into your life — kids, grandkids, greatgrandkids, or friends younger than yourself — to keep you thinking young. 2. The second retirement lesson I’ve learned is the importance of keeping my body moving. It’s a daily priority for me. My goal is 10,000 steps a day as measured by my wrist Fitbit device. I don’t always reach that goal, but I’m there four to five days a week. And I admit that there are nights, when I haven’t quite reached the 10,000 goal, where I walk around the kitchen and living room enough times to get the goal. It’s a little weird, but it
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keeps me moving. Weather permitting, I do stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) four to five times a week with a buddy. We meet all kinds of friendly men and women who are walking or paddling. So, there is social interaction in addition to the exercise. 3. The third retirement lesson I’ve learned is the need to have a purpose in life — something with meaning. It doesn’t have to be a huge project. Volunteering and helping others is a great way to fulfill this human need. Some people use the words “giving back.” There are lots of people around who are way less fortunate than I am. They can use a little help. How I help them doesn’t matter — giving of my time, or what little money I can afford — makes me feel good. For people still working, I think it’s important to start planning for retirement before the big day arrives. Find an interest, a purpose, or a passion so that you’ll be up to speed when the time comes. 4. The fourth retirement lesson I’ve learned is the importance of keeping one’s mind and brain stimulated. For some, it’s the love of reading that fulfills this need.
For me, it’s my writing. I’ve been a newspaper columnist for 23 years. I love it; every week I generate a column and/or a newsletter article. I am grateful for the opportunity. 5. The fifth retirement lesson I’ve learned is to be willing to step out of one’s comfort zone. If you’re single, and you’ve made a list of the qualities you seek in a mate, don’t be shackled by the list. For example, let’s say one of the qualities is to meet a widower of the same faith. But you meet a divorced man instead. And he’s not of the same faith or the same nationality. But you like him because he’s a gentleman. Step out of your comfort zone and take a chance on him. Let yourself be enlightened. You’d be surprised at the number of seniors unwilling to do that. Don’t be an old fuddy-duddy.
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Those are the five biggest takeaways I’ve learned in three years of retirement. In 2018, I’ll probably learn a few more retirement lessons. But, if I can master these five, I will be ahead of the game. For dating information, previous articles, or to sign up for Tom’s complimentary, weekly e-newsletter, go to www. FindingLoveAfter50.com.
Free Health and Wellness Classes Now Offered The Lancaster County Office of Aging is offering two free health and wellness classes for the new year.
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Geri-Fit Exercise Program The Lititz Senior Center, 201 E. Market St., Lititz, is hosting a free ongoing strength-training program for individuals aged 60 and older. Geri-Fit is a 45-minute class that meets 10-10:45 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays and has proven to develop balance, flexibility, and strength. Participants will perform exercises using dumbbell weights and resistance bands. Instruction is provided in the group setting by a certified instructor, and each person is encouraged to work at his/her own pace. For more information or to enroll in either of these classes, call Lancaster County Office of Aging at (717) 299-7979.
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Support Groups Free and open to the public Mondays, 10 a.m.; Thursdays, 2 p.m. Our Journey Together Cancer Support Group Lancaster Cancer Center Greenfield Corporate Center 1858 Charter Lane, Suite 202, Lancaster (717) 291-1313, ext. 143
Feb. 20, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Dementia Caregiver Support and Education Group Masonic Village Health Care Center Courtyard Conference Room 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown (717) 367-1121, ext. 33764
Feb. 7, 7-8:15 p.m. Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group Willow Lakes Outpatient Center 212 Willow Valley Lakes Drive, Willow Street (717) 464-9365
Feb. 21, 7 p.m. Memory Loss Support Group Pleasant View Retirement Community Stiegel Dining Room – Town Square North 544 N. Penryn Road, Manheim (717) 664-6696 email@example.com
Feb. 12, 10-11 a.m. Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group Garden Spot Village Concord Room 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland (717) 355-6076 firstname.lastname@example.org Feb. 15, 10-11:30 a.m. Bereavement Support Group Masonic Village Sycamore North Recreation Room 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown (717) 367-1121, ext. 33576 Feb. 15, noon Brain Tumor Support Group Lancaster General Health Campus Wellness Center 2100 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster (717) 626-2894
Feb. 14, 2 p.m. Korean War Veterans Association Meeting Woodcrest Villa – Bluebird Commons Room 2001 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster (717) 299-1990 email@example.com
Lancaster Neighborhood Senior Center – (717) 299-3943 Feb. 1, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Park City Trip Feb. 9, 9 a.m. – Music Art Society Feb. 14, 9 a.m. – Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre Trip
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Feb. 20, 2-3:30 p.m. LancasterHistory.org Live-Stream Broadcast Willow Valley Genealogy Club Willow Valley Communities – Orr Auditorium 211 Willow Valley Square, Lancaster www.genealogyclubwv.com (717) 397-0439 Feb. 22, 2 p.m. Centerville AARP Chapter 4221 Meeting Pheasant Ridge Community Center 209 Longwood Court West, Lancaster (717) 786-4714
Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, Lititz, (717) 626-2255 Feb. 5, 7 p.m. – Elegant Desserts Class Feb. 15, 7 p.m. – Concert: Harrisburg Mandolin Ensemble Feb. 21, 6 p.m. – The Lost Art of Letter Writing
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Elizabethtown Area Senior Center – (717) 367-7984 Feb. 12, 10:30 a.m. – Team Trivia with Bob Feb. 19, 10:30 a.m. – Family Feud Feb. 23, 5 p.m. – Dinner and Bingo
Feb. 28, 6-8 p.m. Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania Support Group Community Meeting Room – Kohl’s Wing 142 Park City Center, Lancaster (800) 887-7165, ext. 104
Columbia Senior Center – (717) 684-4850 Feb. 5, 9:30 a.m. – Surgeon Presentation on Knee and Hip Replacement Feb. 13, 9:15 a.m. – Stress Reduction and Positive Thinking Feb. 21, 9:30 a.m. – Attorney Presentation on Estate Planning
Lancaster House North Happy Hearts Club Senior Center – (717) 299-1278 Mondays, 9:30 a.m. – Senior Exercise Class Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. – Bingo and Pinochle Fridays, 12:30 p.m. – Party Bridge
Feb. 16, 6-9 p.m. Music Fridays Downtown Lancaster (717) 341-0028
Feb. 11, 4 p.m. Readers Theater – The CASA Project: Stand Up for a Child Creative Works of Lancaster Congregation Shaarai Shomayim 75 E. James St., Lancaster www.creativelancaster.org
Cocalico Senior Association – (717) 336-7489
Feb. 26, 2-3 p.m. Parkinson’s Support Group Garden Spot Village Theater 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland (717) 355-6259 email@example.com
Community Programs Free and open to the public Feb. 5, 6 p.m. Red Rose Singles Meeting Centerville Diner 100 S. Centerville Road, Lancaster (717) 406-6098
Senior Center Activities
Lancaster Rec. Senior Center – (717) 392-2115, ext. 147 Feb. 7, 10:30 a.m. – Make It, Take It Craft Feb. 8, 10:45 a.m. – “History of the Amish” by Amish Farm & House Feb. 14, 10:45 a.m. – “Ephrata: A Village Like No Other” by Ephrata Cloister Associates Lititz Senior Center – (717) 626-2800 Mondays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. – Geri Fit Feb. 5, 10 a.m. – Penn State Nutrition Feb. 14, 10 a.m. – All About Chinese New Year Luis Munoz Marin Senior Center – (717) 295-7989 Feb. 7, time TBA – Managing Grief Feb. 9, all day – Fresh Fruit Express Feb. 14, all day – Valentine’s Day Celebration Millersville Senior Center – (717) 871-9600 Feb. 2, 10:30 a.m. – Music with Rick Kilby Feb. 16, 10:30 a.m. – Magic Show with Mr. Magic Feb. 23, 10:30 a.m. – Nutrition with Penn State Next Gen Senior Center – (717) 786-4770 Mondays and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. – Yoga Feb. 5, 9:30 a.m. – Bingo Feb. 28, 10:30 a.m. – Trivia with Bob Reigh Rodney Park Happy Hearts Club Senior Center (717) 393-7786 Tuesdays, noon – Pinochle Wednesdays, 1 p.m. – Varied Activities Thursdays, noon – Bingo Just a snippet of what you may be missing … please call or visit their website for more information.
The Beauty in Nature
Wintering Feathered Commuters Clyde McMillan-Gamber
“There’s no place like home.” We agree. –L. Frank Baum
Several kinds of adaptable, ducks shovel up corn. wintering birds — including horned Rock pigeons and mourning doves larks, Canada geese, mallard ducks, eat weed and grass seeds and corn rock pigeons, mourning doves, kernels in farmland. Interestingly, American crows, red-tailed hawks, flocks of pigeons resemble gray-andAmerican kestrels, and white confetti tossed screech owls — feed across the fields in fields harvested when they land to to the ground consume seeds and in southeastern grain. Pennsylvania, but they Pigeons roost rest and digest their on top of silos and food elsewhere. in barns between Fields are banquet feeding forays, but tables but not doves generally bedrooms between perch on roadside feeding forays for wires and in Mallard duck those common birds, sheltering spruce except one species: trees on lawns. horned larks. Gangs of Sparrow-sized wintering American horned larks eat weed crows ingest bits and grass seeds and of corn and other bits of corn kernels edible tidbits in lying in harvested cropland but roost fields. These little overnight in stands brown birds, with of coniferous trees, attractive black-anddeciduous trees in yellow face patterns, cities, or in larger are the only ones that trees near shopping winter exclusively in malls, such as Mourning dove those barren fields. Lancaster County’s They blend into Park City Center. bare ground, or nearly so, making By mid-afternoon, lines of crows them impossible to see until they fly. from every direction head for Park Canada geese and mallard ducks City trees to spend the night, amid rest on slow waterways and humanmuch boisterous, raucous cawing from made impoundments but do much thousands of throats. of their feeding in rye fields and Red-tailed hawks hunt mice, harvested cornfields. Both species are squirrels, and other critters in exciting to watch leaving their watery farmland but spend nights in spruce roosts at sunset to fly to feeding fields. trees in suburban areas. Flock after flock of them, for a few American kestrels and screech owls minutes, sweep swiftly up from the hunt mice in cropland — kestrels by water and power silhouetted across day and owls at night. But both these the brilliant sunset. One can hear species roost in tree cavities, many of the excited honking of the geese and them in suburban lawns. whistling of duck wings as those birds Fields are dining tables for these pass overhead. birds. But each species rests and Sometimes those geese and ducks digests elsewhere. land in croplands seething with pinktinted, drifting snow. The geese mostly Clyde McMillan-Gamber is a retired consume green blades of rye while the Lancaster County Parks naturalist. www.50plusLifePA.com
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Tours and Trips Traveltizers
By Andrea Gross
In Their Shoes: Special Museums with a Personal Touch
It’s one thing to envision yourself as a fictional person who represents a group of anonymous folks, like a soldier or farmer. It’s another to imagine the thoughts of a real man or woman whose story has been well documented. But here, in three extraordinary museums, each visitor actually takes on the identity of a particular individual whose future is still unknown. Upon entering the museum, the participant is randomly assigned to follow a specific person who took part in a historic event. Through a combination of digital technology, threedimensional displays, and a host of diaries, documents, and artifacts, he is able to see his alter ego’s actions and become privy to his thoughts. According to the old proverb, you can’t truly know someone until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes. These are walks you’ll long remember.
Dioramas depict typical Civil War military camps at the National Museum of the Civil War.
Costumed interpreters fire canons at the National Museum of the Civil War.
The Grand Staircase has become symbolic of the opulence that defined the Titanic. It was 60 feet high and 16 feet wide.
A replica of a 1940s Pullman train, like that used by soldiers leaving for war, takes visitors to the first stop on their interactive journey through World War II.
A Civil War Soldier I’m communing with 13-year-old Delavan Miller, a drummer boy in the Union Army of the Potomac, circa 1862. As I stop in front of a diorama depicting a typical military camp, Delavan confides that he had considered “falling out of line.” Across the room, my
husband is listening to 21-yearold Eli Pinson Landers, who fought for the South. Delavan and Eli were real people, and my husband and I are using personal digital players to listen to their actual words, as recorded in letters and journals and spoken by actors. The two boy-men fought for different causes, yet their thoughts were remarkably similar. And this — the similarities of those on both sides of the war — is the overriding lesson of the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier at Pamplin Historical Park (www. pamplinpark.org) in Petersburg, Virginia. As I don my headphones and listen to Delavan describe his experiences, I suddenly hear a gasp from another visitor. Her “comrade” was describing a battle when a loud shot interrupted his words. “He was killed,” she says quietly.
A Titanic Passenger The stars are out tonight. The weather is chilly; I pull my wrap around me more tightly … Oh my! What’s that? The ship shudders. I reach for a chair to keep my balance. My name, according to the “boarding pass” I received when I entered the Titanic Museum in Branson, Missouri, is Eleanor Widener, and my cabin
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Tours and Trips number aboard the ill-fated ship is C-80-82. The Titanic left Southampton, England, on April 10, 1912, and was due to arrive in New York seven days later. Five days into the journey and about 1,300 miles northeast of its destination, it struck an iceberg. Most of the passengers drowned. Unlike other museums Visitors stop at the “Wall of Stories” to that match visitors with a see if the Titanic passenger whom they real person and depict history represent lived or died. through the diaries and photographs of that person, Branson’s Titanic Museum (www.titanicbranson.com) recreates the past in its three-dimensional glory through a half-size replica of the actual ship as well as more than 4,000 artifacts. Thus, in my role as the real Eleanor, I spend what may be my few remaining hours in this world climbing the grand staircase, shivering in the cold night air, and finally sitting in a lifeboat and praying that I’ll make it to safety. Finally the real me goes to the ship’s Memorial Hall to find out what happened to my counterpart. Eleanor survived. Her husband and son did not. In their honor, she donated more than $3.5 million to establish a Harry Elkins Widener Library at Harvard University, at the same time insisting that all Harvard students pass a swimming test before graduation. After all, Harry might have saved himself had he been able to swim. A World War II Aviator I’m so busy munching a beignet that I almost miss my train.
I sink into my seat on the recreated Pullman car and stare at my digital dog tag. It contains the individual story of “my” veteran, the person I will follow as I go on a multimedia journey through World War II. Suddenly the train stops, and I’m in the Campaigns of Courage Pavilion, a 32,000-square-foot exhibition hall at New Orleans’ National World War II Museum The National World War II Museum (www.nationalww2museum.org). has thousands of artifacts, It contains two permanent from small helmets to huge jeeps. exhibits: “The Road to Berlin,” where people become immersed in the sights and sounds of war-torn Europe, and “The Road to Tokyo,” which leads visitors on a digital and experiential journey through the jungles of Southeast Asia and onto the beaches of the Pacific. I begin in Europe, where, at various stops, I use my dog tag to unlock the story of John Morgan. He was quite a man — a Medal of Honor winner, a POW, and a member of the unit that inspired the award-winning film Twelve O’Clock High. I feel honored to have known Lt. Col. Morgan, if only for a few hours. I also feel incredibly lucky. I’ve accompanied three people on my museum visits, and they all survived. My husband wasn’t as fortunate. His alter egos left him thrice dead. For more information on these museums and the surrounding areas, go to www. traveltizers.com. Photos © Irv Green unless otherwise noted; story by Andrea Gross (www.andreagross.com).
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Watch Your Manners When You Travel Traveling abroad is stressful enough without accidentally offending the people you’re visiting. Check out these warnings from the BuzzFeed website to steer clear of a faux pas in a foreign nation: China – Don’t give any kind of gift with the number four in it. The Chinese word for “four” sounds close to the word for “death.” Denmark – You’ll show bad manners if you take the last item of food off a plate. If you want a little more, take only part of it and leave the rest.
India – Use your right hand when eating or passing food, never your left. The left hand is considered unclean in India, as well as other places like Africa and the Middle East. Japan – Don’t stick your chopsticks straight up in a bowl of rice. Rice is presented this way during funerals. Doing it at a meal will be seen as bad luck. Mexico – Your server won’t bring your check to the table before you ask for it, so don’t assume he or she isn’t paying attention to you. www.50plusLifePA.com
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Why 50+ Is the Dental Tipping Point By Michael Tischler, DDS Baby boomers ages 50-75 should be assessing their dental health with their dentist as they head toward their later years in life. As people age, so do their dental restorations. Crowns, bridges, and fillings have a finite lifespan, and baby boomers should have a dental professional examine their teeth regularly to determine the best course forward. This assessment at this point in life is called the “dental turning point for baby boomers.” As people age, they are often on medications that help keep them healthy. What most people don’t realize is that a side effect of many medications is dry mouth. Saliva has a protective effect on teeth, so when a person has a dry mouth, there can be an increase in tooth decay and around dental restorations. This is an important consideration for a patient who is
looking at redoing older dental work. Dental implants can replace a person’s missing tooth or teeth. Because of the high success rate of dental implants, it sometimes makes sense to replace teeth likely to decay with dental implants, which will not decay from dry mouth. Having a healthy mouth and teeth is important for every age, not only baby boomers. Teeth, of course, help a person chew food and obtain nutrition, so when teeth are missing, the ability to chew food is diminished — this can affect a person’s digestive system and overall health.
Teeth also affect a person’s self-esteem. When someone feels good about their smile, they feel more confident. This confidence positively translates to many social and business situations. Cosmetic dental procedures can dramatically improve a person’s life by creating brighter and more attractive smiles. Crowns, bridges, implants, and veneers are just some of the cosmetic dental procedures that can be performed. Many baby boomers are on a fixed income, so the financial cost of dental treatment needs to be considered. Medicare has limited dental coverage,
Job Opportunities LANCASTER COUNTY EMPLOYERS NEED YOU!! Age 55 or over? Unemployed? The 55+ Job Bank is one of three services offered by Employment Unit at the Office of Aging. Jobs are matched with those looking for work. Based on an evaluation of your skills and abilities, we can match you with a position needed by a local employer. Some employers are specifically looking for older workers because of the reliability and experience they bring to the workplace. There is a mix of full-time and part-time jobs covering all shifts, requiring varying levels of skill and experience, and offering a wide range of salaries. The other services available through the Office of Aging are the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) and the regularly scheduled Job Search Workshops.
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and dental insurance only covers partial payment on most dental procedures. This is unfortunate, as dental health is intricately related to a person’s overall health. Besides the issues of nutrition and self-esteem, infection and periodontal disease have been directly related to heart health and other systemic conditions. A dental professional should make an assessment of a baby boomer’s gum health as part of an overall dentalhealth examination. Baby boomers are at an important time in life with respect to their dental health. As baby boomers head into their later years, a dental professional’s examination should be done to help make oral-care decisions for the patient’s future. As an internationally recognized leader in the dental implant field, Dr. Michael Tischler developed the Teeth Tomorrow franchise network to bring a new technology to dental patients throughout the U.S. http://teethtomorrow.com
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— Volunteer Opportunities — One of the available specialized volunteer opportunities at Lancaster County Office of Aging is that of APPRISE counselor. Counselors work with a diverse group of consumers with one commonality: There is some type of connection to Medicare. You may work with a consumer who is receiving Medicare and having problems with secondary coverage, or you may be helping the child of a Medicare consumer who’s trying to help a parent who doesn’t have drug coverage. APPRISE counselors meet with consumers who are new to Medicare, and they screen consumers to determine if they’re eligible for any benefits that help pay for the costs of Medicare. The orientation process includes shadowing experienced APPRISE counselors, working through online training modules, and attending new counselor training provided by the state Department of Aging. This process occurs during weekdays, mostly at the Office of Aging in Lancaster. For more information about this volunteer opportunity, contact Bev Via, volunteer coordinator, at (717) 299-7979 or email@example.com.
Increasing your portfolio longevity and spending horizons over a lengthy retirement is possible with a reverse mortgage. Oftentimes there are only a couple of ways to access what, for many people, is their largest asset: the equity in their home. One is to sell the house; the other is through a reverse mortgage. More and more seniors are using a reverse mortgage to eliminate their mortgage payment, putting that money back in their budgets. Those who have no mortgage are using a reverse mortgage to access some of the equity in their home to have a more comfortable financial life. A reverse mortgage is a way to prolong and protect your assets. Here are three advantages of a reverse mortgage that are causing financial planners to increasingly recommend a reverse mortgage to their clients: 1. The unused funds in the line of credit grow over time. 2. The funds are tax free with no pre-
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Fascinating Facts about the ‘Feel-Good Food’
Chocolate has been making Americans smile for at least 4,000 years now — South Americans, that is. Scientists believe the first cocoa trees grew wild in the Amazon valleys of South America. Archaeologists note that cocoa was cultivated by the ancient Mayans, who took it with them when they migrated to the Yucatan. The Aztecs were also familiar with the cocoa bean, and they too carried it with them as they journeyed through Central America. Spanish explorers reported that the Aztec emperor, Montezuma, drank up to 50 cups of chocolate daily. Today, four millennia later, chocolate has won over the world. Here are some fascinating chocolate facts. Chocolate has been transformed. Today’s chocolate is quite different from what the ancient Mayans and Aztecs consumed. They allowed beans to ferment in the pod, and then roasted them and ground them
into a fine powder, which was mixed with water. The drink was cold, somewhat bitter, and called chocolatl. Some of the bitterness could be tempered with the addition of vanilla beans. Columbus brings chocolate to Europe. Among the treasures Columbus brought back from the New World was a beverage
he called cocoa. His mixture was more pleasing to European tastes because of the generous addition of sugar and milk. It became such a sensation in the Spanish court of King Ferdinand that he demanded a vow of silence; no one was permitted to reveal the new, secret drink. The penalty for doing so was death.
His demand, combined with the threat of capital punishment, was effective. The Spanish had chocolate to themselves for nearly a full century before word of it leaked out. It was believed to be a medicine. Early Spanish explorers declared chocolate a “divine drink” and believed it heightened resistance to disease and guarded against fatigue. Like the Aztecs, they also used it as a medicine for dysentery. As the popularity of this mystical bean first spread to Europe, it was promoted as a chocolate medicinal drink that could cure various ills. Many Europeans, including Italian adventurer and author Giacomo Casanova, claimed it was an inducement to romance. Called an “inflamer of passions,” chocolate was said to tempt monks to break their vows. Its romantic powers are likely the reason chocolate is connected to Valentine’s Day.
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Quick Chocolate Stats • Cocoa is the third-largest cash crop, behind coffee and sugar. The United States and Europe consume twothirds of all the chocolate produced. • A single chocolate chip provides sufficient food energy for an adult to walk 150 feet. It would take about 875,000 chocolate chips for an around-the-world hike. • Cocoa only grows within 20 degrees of the equator. In 1996, Hawaii became the first U.S. state to produce cocoa. • Chocolate makes use of 40 percent of the world’s almonds, 20 percent of the peanuts, and 8 percent of the sugar. • W hile sales of most food products in the United States grow at an average rate of 1 percent a year, chocolate sales grow at 3 percent. • A mericans consume more than 2 billion pounds of chocolate in one year or 11 pounds per person per year. On Valentine’s Day alone, Americans will spend half a billion dollars for chocolate.
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Chocolate spreads across Europe. The first country beyond Spain to enjoy chocolate was Italy in 1606. An Italian visiting Spain — Antonio Carletti — encountered chocolate and brought samples back to Italy. Soon Italians were in search of their own source of chocolate. France received chocolate as part of the dowry for the marriage of the Spanish princess Maria Theresa to King Louis XIV in 1660. French royals, like their Spanish counterparts, were enthralled with chocolate. In fact, King Louis established a new court position: royal chocolate maker to the king. It was a French citizen who brought chocolate to England when he opened a London shop in 1657, where he sold blocks of chocolate to turn into a drink. Soon cocoa pubs were appearing all over England, developing such a following that ale makers tried to restrict the sale of their new competitor. The Swiss produce a new chocolate texture. Rodolphe Lindt, a Swiss citizen, experimented with producing a smoother, creamier chocolate, one that would melt on the tongue. To do this he invented the “conching” machine. To “conche” meant to heat and roll chocolate in order to further refine it. He conched chocolate for 72 hours, adding more cocoa butter until it became smooth and creamy. It’s called the ‘Food of the Gods.’ In 1753 the Swedish
botanist, Carolus Linnaeus, gave the cocoa plant its scientific name: Theobroma cacao, literally “the food of the gods.” The tree is cacao, the bean is cocoa, and the food is chocolate. This plant bears no relation to coconuts or coca, the source of cocaine. North Americans experience chocolate. The first North American chocolate was manufactured in 1765 in the corner of a Boston factory by John Hannon, an Irish immigrant. America’s most famous chocolatier was a Pennsylvanian named Milton Hershey. In 1894 Hershey presented Americans with the first Hershey bar. He made it out of simple, basic ingredients: sugar, cocoa, chocolate, and milk. The Hershey bar, which sold for a few pennies, was affordable to most Americans and was an astounding success. Chocolate is heavenly and healthy. If you’re concerned that this delicious treat may not be all that good for you, take heart — some research indicates that chocolate may be the olive oil of desserts. Three separate studies indicate that even when chocolate is consumed on a daily basis over a long period of time, it does not raise blood cholesterol levels in healthy individuals, while other forms of saturated fat do. Those studies confirm what most of us already know — namely, that chocolate tastes good and may even be good for us!
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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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Near Chu Lai, Army Nurse Treated Civilians, Soldiers — and Vietcong
In the December 2017 issue of 50plus LIFE I told the story of Ann Thompson, who served as an Army nurse during the early period of direct American involvement in the Vietnam War. Now I turn to her friend and fellow nurse, Linda Goodhart, who served in Vietnam four years after Thompson, from October 1969 to October 1970. Although she now resides in Central Pennsylvania, Goodhart was born in Philadelphia in 1947 and graduated from nearby West Chester High School. She went directly into a three-year nursing program at Philadelphia General Hospital, where she received her diploma. The Army helped pay for her training in return for two years of service and four years of active reserve — although she was never specifically
Goodhart at the 91st Evacuation Bunker near Chu Lai Air Base, 1970.
told about the additional four years. “The Army was my way of saving
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Linda Goodhart today, right, with Ann Thompson, a fellow Vietnam nurse, in Goodhart’s backyard.
money for college,” says Goodhart. Like Thompson, Goodhart attended officer’s training school at Fort Sam Houston in Texas. She learned basic navigation skills and how to shoot 45-calibre pistols. She also performed tracheotomies on goats to learn basic combat surgery. But she agrees with Thompson that her Army training was woefully inadequate for the grim realities of wartime medicine. “I wasn’t expecting to go to Vietnam, so I didn’t think about it,” she recalls. But her Philly hospital would often treat very sick patients or victims of gunshot wounds or domestic abuse. “You really got to see terrible things, so I felt, ‘I can do this, no problem,’” Goodhart says. “I thought it couldn’t get much worse than this — then I found out it could.” Goodhart took a flight across the Pacific to Saigon. When she arrived, the heat and humidity hit her hard. Making matters worse, nobody at the airport had her name, so she had no idea where to go. But she eventually figured things out by asking questions. A few days later she was flown by helicopter to the 91st Evacuation
Hospital in the area of Chu Lai Air Base, about 100 miles south of the demilitarized zone. The pilot flew over the South China Sea to avoid enemy fire. She spent her first three months in the South Vietnamese ward, treating primarily civilians and children. She was overwhelmed by the sight of so many patients. “It was difficult at times dealing with that population because you couldn’t speak their language, but eventually we could figure out what they wanted,” says Goodhart. Goodhart recalls one tragic incident where she and her colleagues were treating a comatose boy about 2 or 3 years old. His brain was swollen from malaria. As was common in Vietnam hospitals, family members came to stay with the patients. The boy’s mother spoke very good English, so a nurse took her to the intensive care unit to translate for an enemy patient. Shortly thereafter, the boy went into cardiac arrest. The doctors and nurses tried everything they could to save him, but he didn’t make it. “When the mother came back, I had to tell her that her son had died and that we did everything we could,” recalls Goodhart. The mother spent the night holding her baby. The next day the mother thanked Goodhart for trying to save her child, and Goodhart broke out in tears. But that was the last time she cried in Vietnam. Goodhart’s evacuation hospital was relatively small, with about 70 beds and 20-25 nurses. But her Army base also had a surgical hospital. Goodhart’s hospital was located on a gorgeous beach, but with 12-hour shifts six days a week, she had little time to appreciate it. Conditions were often primitive. The hospital’s only air conditioning was in the ICU. All personnel were given daily doses of antibiotics to fend off infections. And they had to www.50plusLifePA.com
contend with pouring rain without adequate clothing and footwear. Goodhart asked her parents to send her a heating blanket, which she used to prevent items on her bed from collecting mildew. Officers had to pay for their meals. The Army food wasn’t great, but it was edible. To spice things up, Goodhart wrote home and asked her parents to send bottles of A.1. “Pretty soon people started sitting with me so they could use my steak sauce,” she says. Her parents also sent her copies of The Philadelphia Inquirer, which would generally arrive about a week late. “I would read these stories and think, ‘This isn’t what’s going on here.’ The secret war in Cambodia was secret to the news people and to the people in the United States, but it wasn’t so secret to us because we’d get those folks [at the hospital].” The hospital had a triage system that prioritized military personnel over civilians. Abdominal wounds usually came first, and brain injuries often came last. Patients with less severe injuries were kept either in “the rear” or at another hospital. “Our philosophy was that if they live 12 hours, they’ll live for the rest of the time. But if they get too well too quickly, they get to go back to the fight. That’s what Army medical is for — to preserve the fighting strength.” Goodhart frequently cared for enemy prisoners. There was always a military police officer present — two if prisoners were numerous — so Goodhart felt safe. North Vietnamese POWs sometimes showed genuine appreciation for the care they received. Goodhart befriended two North Vietnamese captives who were later shot in cold blood by South Vietnamese soldiers while being driven to a POW camp. In stark contrast, Goodhart describes Vietcong prisoners as “very scary people” who would sometimes threaten to slit the throats of the doctors and nurses. These guerillas
were often from the local area, so from their perspective, they were defending their homeland against foreign invaders. The movie M*A*S*H came out in 1970, when Goodhart was on leave in Hong Kong. She says many of the characters were similar to doctors and nurses in Vietnam. The movie was set in the Korean War, but it was really about Vietnam. One thing the movie (and television series) depicted accurately was what happened when wounded soldiers were coming in fast and furious. The doctors would have to practice “meatball surgery,” meaning they’d have to sew up patients and move them on. “One of the biggest problems is that when we had new doctors coming in, they wanted to practice their specialties; they wanted to practice stateside medicine,” says Goodhart. “We would say, ‘No, you can’t do that.’” Goodhart came home in October 1970 and attended college in Connecticut. She later went on to earn two master’s degrees in healthcare from Yale University. She moved back to Pennsylvania in 1980 to work in a nursing administration job at the Lebanon VA Medical Center. After meeting at a Vietnam nurses group more than 25 years ago, in 1997 Goodhart and Thompson traveled with other nurses to Vietnam. The trip was pleasant and cathartic, and most of the locals were very friendly. She even got to reacquaint herself with one of her Vietnamese patients. Besides their friendship born of common hardship and experiences, Goodhart and Thompson got together with three other Vietnam War nurses to coauthor the book Another Kind of War Story, which is available through Amazon. Robert Naeye is a freelance journalist living in Derry Township. He is the former editor-in-chief of Sky & Telescope magazine.
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The 6 Books I Want to Be Buried With Sy Rosen
My father was a big believer in reincarnation. I think it was his way of denying death. He asked to be buried with the novel Replay. It was about this man who kept coming back, reliving his life. I actually put the novel in my dad’s coffin, gently laying it on his chest while kissing his forehead. It was a library book, so when my dad does come back, he’ll probably owe a lot of money. OK, maybe I don’t believe in reincarnation (everybody knows cryogenics is the way to go). However, this experience got me thinking about the six books I would like to be buried with. Yes, it’s a little morbid, but we’ve all heard the expression “laughing in the face of death.” How about if we
“read in the face of death”? I gave a lot of thought to the type of books I would choose to read and reread through eternity. I decided that they don’t have to be great literary classics. For example, I didn’t include Moby Dick because I’ve never been able to get through that novel. The only reason I would have it in my coffin would be to impress guests, and I don’t think I’ll be having a lot of visitors. I also didn’t choose books that were real downers. I’ll already be dead; that’s depressing enough. And I didn’t include mysteries because I’ll be
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reading these books over and over again, spoiling any surprise ending. Therefore, as much as I loved The Girl on the Train, it’s not included. Anyway, here are the books on my list. They are mostly uplifting and engrossing and transport me into different lives and experiences. I’m sure you may disagree with some of my choices, but hey, it’s my eternity.
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The Storied Life of AJ Fikry – This novel by Gabrielle Zevin is a funny, tender, insightful love letter to books and to life. We watch AJ, a depressed and cranky widower, grow emotionally as he finds new love and a new family. The characters are rich and unforgettable and would be wonderful people to spend eternity with. Note to self — make sure I’m buried with a reading lamp, preferably battery operated.
The Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird – OK, I’m going to lump together two great books by JD Salinger and Harper Lee, respectively. Holden and Atticus would make terrific roommates (or is it casketmates?). Also, because I read both these books in high school, I feel like I’m a teenager again whenever I open these novels.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? – A wild adventure that portrays familial dysfunction in all its gory details. Author Maria Semple’s characters are real and multidimensional. And most important, this novel makes me laugh out loud. I hope my laughter won’t disturb the other
A Visit from the Goon Squad – This is a joyous, sad, complex book with interconnected stories that shift through time. Written by Jennifer Egan, it’s ostensibly about the music industry but it’s so much more, bursting with ideas and amazing characters. I find something new each time I read it, which is a terrific quality for a book I’ll be reading for eternity. And the novel takes place in several different countries, which will be great to read about since I probably won’t be doing much traveling.
One Plus One – An exhilarating book by Jojo Moyes about underdogs, redemption, and second chances. I was rooting for Jess and Ed to end up together and for Tanzie to get a math scholarship. Since I was never good in math, I could live vicariously through Tanzie (although “live” might be the wrong word to use when you’re in a casket).
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5 Things Everyone Should Do to Stay Safe Online, Particularly Older Adults By Davis Park As we increasingly depend on an interconnected world, we also have a responsibility to practice safe internet behaviors every day of the year. Unfortunately, as the number of adults 65 and older using connected devices continues to rise, so does the population of individuals most at risk for cyber crime. Sixty percent of Americans aged 65 and above have reported using the internet. Yet for every incident of violent crime, three incidents of internet crime are committed against seniors. Older adults are estimated to lose $2.9 billion annually to financial abuse. Although internet “hygiene” may seem overwhelming to people unfamiliar with new technologies, including the older adult population, anyone can feel confident and empowered by following a few easy steps. This is exactly why the not-for-profit Front Porch Center of Innovation and Wellbeing offers five tips for internet safety for older adults, families, and caregivers everywhere. 1. Choose a Password. Passwords are important “keys” to give us access to specific resources on the internet (such as email or bank accounts) and inform the websites we’re doing business with who we are. While it can be a challenge keeping track of passwords, it’s important we avoid reusing them and protect this information. Instead of changing your password: • Use a strong password rather than changing passwords regularly.
to help us stay connected while we’re traveling and wherever we go — but be wary. Hackers also love free or less secure Wi-Fi networks because they can use tools to intercept your internet communications. Not all free Wi-Fi connections are created equal. Confirm that the business Wi-Fi connection you want to join belongs to the business you know and trust. If you aren’t sure, ask.
• Using different passwords on each of your online accounts prevents hackers from accessing additional accounts. • Add another layer of protection, if available, such as fingerprints or security questions. Don’t panic. These guidelines can go a long way to keep you safe. Most websites, applications, and software limit the number of password guesses, which prevents someone from “nonstop guessing” your password. 2. Keep that Antivirus Software Up to Date! Your antivirus company is doing its part to be a step ahead of hackers. To get the best use of the software, stay current on your updates! Antivirus software can: • Help prevent people from hacking your computer, laptop, smartphone, and even, in some cases, your smart home device (like Amazon Alexa or Google Home) • A lert you to websites and downloads that could be an entry point for suspicious software • Reduce the likelihood that malicious software is installed on your computer
• Strategically place special characters or symbols to avoid patterns rather than grouping them at the end.
3. Use Only Trusted Wi-Fi Resources. Who doesn’t like free Wi-Fi? Many mobile devices come with wireless internet capabilities
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• Create passwords of 12–15 characters; focus on length over complexity.
• Avoid conducting personal business on community devices, such as public computers. Software may have been installed to track what you type and where you go on the internet to steal your information. • W hen in doubt, try to use your personal WiFi, hotspot, or the network connection on your smartphone. 4. Google it! Yahoo it! Bing it! Regardless of what search engine you favor, use it to research an unfamiliar website before giving up your information. Oftentimes, hackers create a link that may appear, at first glance, to be a legitimate website to trick you into giving up your personal data. 5. Safeguard your personal information. Personal information, such as date of birth, Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, and passwords, are like gold to nefarious hackers, so treat and protect them as such. Be wary of unsolicited phone calls and emails. Did you know that most banks are not allowed to ask you for passwords or personal identification numbers (PINs)? Asking for password/PIN information is a breach of “terms of service.” • A sk which websites will have the personal information you have provided. • A sk who else can access your information. • Be careful where you put your current or past information. Dispose of everything as safely as possible (whether online or on paper). The internet is a lively, expansive world of information, resources, and experiences. As many more older adults increasingly go online to take advantage of these conveniences and powerful tools, it’s important to use responsible and safe internet practices! Davis Park is the director of the Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing in Glendale, Calif. FPCIW has an ongoing mission of using technology to enhance well-being among older adults. For more information and resources, visit http://fpciw.org.
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Burns: Treat at Home or Head to ER? Burns can be painful, but you don’t necessarily have to go to a hospital to treat them. From the NBC News website, use this checklist to determine whether you (and how) you can treat a burn at home. When to treat at home: • You feel pain from the burn. • The skin turns white when you press it, and then turns red again when you stop. • The burn isn’t on your hands, joints, or face. How to treat at home: • Remove any hot or burning
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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...