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The Market for Frank Lloyd Wright Objects

the famous Frank Frederick C. Lloyd Wright’s Robie House on buildings are the campus of unmistakable. the University He designed of Chicago. private He residences, thoughtfully buildings of designed worship, office stained-glass buildings, windows to schools and Photo credit: Sailko fit within an ateliers, A Wright-designed dining table and overall design urban civic six chairs from Robie House on the aesthetic. architecture, University of Chicago’s campus. His colorful and even a windows for major art the children’s museum. playhouse Frank of the Avery Lloyd Wright Coonley House (1867-1959) in Riverside, united the Illinois, focused indoors with on the family’s the outdoors in active lifestyle his buildings with young highlighting children. landscape Wright’s vistas, gardens, buildings made and waterfalls. Photo credit: Sailko the hearth the His PrairieInterior and front door of the Frederick C. Robie House. center of the style structures home. The focused on the nucleus of his landscape, and residential his emphasis structures, the on what he fireplace served called organic as a meeting architecture place in made his Wright’s home buildings designs with stand out in ample seating the realm of and room for 20th-century Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin D. modernism. a large roaring Martin House in Buffalo, N.Y., Wright’s fire, as is the during reconstruction in 2006. designs case in Wright’s reference architectural history’s finest structures, from design of the massive hearth in the Renaissance buildings, such as the Darwin D. Martin House in Buffalo, Sistine Chapel, to ancient Japanese New York. pagodas. While Wright’s buildings were He was interested in devising a plan fascinating examples of modern that would encourage visitors to make American architecture in the early a pilgrimage to discover the front 20th century, he also charted a path for door of the private homes, as with young architects to follow.

Wright was a highly respected designer of an entire building, from the foundation to the furnishings, and this became a mainstay in the history of architecture. Wright designed windows in stained and leaded glass, chairs, tables, serving pieces, built-in seating and storage items, textiles, carpets, light fixtures, planters, sculptures, etc. These objects have become of great interest to collectors. Here are 10 Wright objects that have sold on the market in the last year, showing the interest in Frank Lloyd Wright as a designer of objects:

• Stained-glass window, Lake Geneva Hotel in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, 1911 – $10,000

• Hanging lamp, John Storer House in Hollywood, California, 1923 – $36,000

• Wastebasket, Larkin Building in Buffalo, New York, circa 1906 – $2,100

• Lounge chair, Clarence Sondern House in Kansas City, Missouri, 1939 – $15,000

• Bound carpet remnant, Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, Arizona, 1929 – $300

• Stained-glass window, Avery Coonley House in Riverside, Illinois, 1908 – $8,500 • Leather chair, Francis W. Little House in Wayzata, Minnesota, circa 1902-03 – $4,750 • Standing oak desk, Frank L. Smith Bank in Dwight, Illinois, 1905 – $4,500 • Upholstered bench, Unitarian Meeting House in Madison, Wisconsin, 1951 – $3,500

• Buffalo Pottery china plate with Larkin Company logo by Wright, circa 1905 – $150 As Wright enthusiasts consider taking on the project of buying and updating a Wright home or building, many lovers of the Prairie style of modern architecture are quite satisfied with a planter, wastebasket, or carpet remnant designed by the great architect. Today, these architectural elements are becoming much easier to find and afford. Dr. Lori Verderame is an antiques appraiser, internationally syndicated columnist and author, and award-winning TV personality on History’s The Curse of Oak Island and Discovery’s Auction Kings. Dr. Lori presents antique appraisal events worldwide. Visit www. or call (888) 431-1010.

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happen easily. Your quilt is a good coping strategy for them when they’re longing for their Grieving is a beautifully home.’” selfish act. Despite what we Serendipitously, the day were already so fortunate to Delp decided to leave her job share with our departed loved in the hospice field to start a one, like children we succumb nonprofit grief center for kids to the insistent, thunderous was also the day Sipe was laid pulse in our hearts that off from her job at a garden screams indignantly for more, center. They finally decided to more, more — but instead of go into business together. toys or candy, we crave more At the time, The Oprah time, more chances, more Winfrey Show was running a memories. contest offering startup money Although she can’t bring for female entrepreneurs. For you more, Jenni Sipe has four months in 2001, Delp found a way to help you and Sipe worked diligently on preserve what was. writing their grant proposal. A self-taught quilter, Sipe “We wrote the grant and has handcrafted more than mailed it, and on Sept. 10 it 50 healing quilts for families arrived at World Trade Center who have experienced loss. No. 1,” Delp recalled. “On These memory quilts are Sept. 11, it was in the air. All hand stitched from pieces of the confetti that was flying clothing, fabric, and mementos Two of Sipe’s quilts brighten in the street [on 9/11] — that from a loved one’s life. a children’s playroom inside included our grant.” “I try to capture the essence Olivia’s House. Though their plans of a of their loved one,” Sipe said. joint business dissolved, Delp “I tell them not to wash went on to found Olivia’s House, a grief and loss the clothing so their scent will still be on them. center for children, and Sipe went on to establish The Sometimes I use a photo in the quilt that makes it Work of My Heart Quilts, creating personalized, even more special.” handmade quilts for grieving families with the hope Growing up, Sipe had always been “crafty,” with they “might find comfort from something to ‘wrap design inspiration coming from her life on family up in,’” Sipe said. farms. Delp now refers families to Sipe when she thinks “My love of fabric goes back to my childhood a grieving child would benefit from having a quilt or when I made doll clothes out of fabric feed sacks on pillow made from their loved one’s personal items. my grandma’s treadle sewing machine,” Sipe said. Sipe first meets with the family to talk about the She discovered quilting in 1975, helping to make memories they’d like to have preserved and to decide a quilt for the U.S.’s bicentennial and making which pieces of clothing or fabric to include. patchwork potholders, pillows, and other quilted “They brought these items to me in bags and items to sell at craft fairs. boxes, and in a quiet, light-filled space, we sat Customers would sometimes send her photos of former homes or farms they wished to remember, and together, shared tears and laughter, and reminisced,” Sipe said. “I truly feel honored each time I am Sipe began recreating those images in wall quilts. invited to create a special story quilt that will become It wasn’t until decades later that Sipe and someone’s keepsake for generations.” friend Leslie Delp, a bereavement specialist, began “When they tell their life story to Jenni — picking discussing a way their two passions could collide, to out clothing, sharing the memories — it’s very beautiful and beneficial effect. cathartic, very healing,” Delp said. “It’s a process; Delp saw the healing potential in the creation of there are many steps along the way, and every one of personalized quilts for grieving families. “One time as she was showing [her quilts] to me, I those steps leads to healing.” Sipe said it usually takes two to three months said, ‘You know, that’s a grief and loss issue — when for her to complete a project, depending on its size, someone takes a picture of their house that they’re which can range from an 11- by 13-inch pillow to a moving out of or a family farm that’s being sold 50- by 60-inch quilt. out of the family,’” Delp said. “‘That means that Sipe must cut the cloth items into squares and a person has to process that loss, and that doesn’t

then machine piece and hand stitch the quilt, sometimes even recreating the loved one’s likeness in fabric. For years, Sipe crammed all her creativity and hard work into a small section of her living room, both meeting with families and constructing the quilts there. In 2004 she built a studio in the back of her home. “My heart would break each time I heard a new family story,” Sipe said. “Yet I was also uplifted by their courage to give voice and expression to their experiences.” Presenting the finished quilt to the family is a humbling and emotional experience for Sipe. “Everyone loves the quilts I make for them, and sometimes they cry when they see it for the first time,” Sipe said. “First of all, they’re very surprised that Jenni can capture the beauty of their loved ones,” Delp said. “They have no idea how much the quilt will still smell like the person; there’s the therapeutic value of the aroma in the clothes that really takes that child back. When you wrap yourself up in the quilt, it’s almost like you’re wrapping up in a hug from that person.” In 2005, Olivia’s House presented an exhibition called “Healing Hearts through Arts” at the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center. In addition to work from more than 50 local artists, the exhibit included 11 quilts Sipe had made for area families. And in January 2016, Sipe began collecting stories and photos from 17 families to compose a book, The Work of My Heart, which relates each story of loss and how Sipe’s quilt aided the healing process.

The book was printed in fall 2017. The quilt Sipe made in memory of her grandmother is featured on the cover. Inside, each recipient of Sipe’s quilts recounts the life of their loved one who has passed and the variety of fabrics used to commemorate them: t-shirts, neckties, sweaters, pants, bathrobes, knapsacks, dresses, handkerchiefs, pillowcases, and more, representing hobbies, sports teams, places traveled, universities, and often-worn items of clothing. Delp penned the book’s foreword and includes the story of her stillborn son, for whom Sipe created a memory quilt out of his unused baby clothes. “When you can look at or hug a quilt, it’s just a constant reminder of how important that person was, and it takes you into [the family’s] healing by virtue of that spiritual healing you’re creating for them,” Delp said. “They get to pick out the clothes, the design, and tell their story. They truly enjoy the process, and it is a gift.” For more information on The Work of My Heart Quilts, visit www.theworkofmyheartquilts. com, call (717) 993-6648, or email For more information on Olivia’s House, visit or call (717) 699-1133. On the cover, Jenni Sipe is seated beside one of three quilts she created for Olivia’s House, a grief and loss center for children. This quilt welcomes visitors into the organization’s waiting area.

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Such is Life

The Cat that Hates Me Saralee Perel

Jordy lurks all night. At any time, I’ll think I’m We have five cats (which is rather embarrassing to hearing: “Geronimo!” He’ll vault onto my belly. (Bandadmit). They band together, approaching us en masse, like a gang from West Side Story. Aids with Neosporin are great for infections.) When Jordy bites, he won’t let go. If I pull away, he They plot. They plan. They open drawers with their bites down harder. So all day long, I call out, “Bob? paws. We have hook-and-eye locks on 41 drawers. Please detach Jordy from my [fill in the body part].” One cat is Jordy. He loves Bob, but he hates me. He wraps around my ankles and tears at my skin like a It is not a smart idea for me to take off my bra anywhere near Jordy. manic hamster in a wheel. (I like CVS flexible fabric bandages.) In spite of all this, I love Jordy. He has just three legs. He’s always been small, frail, and fragile. He gets I’m disabled, so I walk with a cane. I know Jordy sick a lot and needs medicine every day. puts the dog’s stuffed toys in front of me so I’ll trip. Experts say cayenne pepper deters biting, but I’d This cat is determined to kill me. If I asked, “How never use that. He’d think, “What did I do that made can I win you over?” I imagine he’d answer, “Die.” If I dare to pet him, he bites, causing bleeding and you give this to me?” And I’d say, “You bite me, Jordy.” blue/green bruises on my arms. Doctors question the cuts. “I’m just playing,” he’d say. “That’s all it’s ever been.” Jordy’s adorable on Bob’s shoulders until I show Hearing that would break my heart. I only wish he up, at which point he leaps onto my face. (Nexcare Jordy and Bob. didn’t have nine lives. I wish he had a hundred. waterproof bandages stay on when bleeding won’t stop.) Nationally syndicated, award-winning columnist Saralee Perel can be reached at He ambushes me by bursting out of closets and attaching himself to my or via her website: scalp. I scream while running around the house with a cat on my head.

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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— 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

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6 Natural Remedies for Varicose Veins

Sometimes it seems like varicose veins come out of nowhere when you’re least expecting it. Most people over the age of 60 have them to some degree, and usually they’re not a big deal. But they could be; it depends on the general health of your pipes. When I say “pipes” I mean your veins — they are the pipes that push blood throughout your body. It is estimated that more than 40 million Americans have varicose veins. They mostly impact the legs and feet. They differ from spider veins, which are not nearly as noticeable. Varicose veins can become serious and cause pain, throbbing, swelling, and increased risk of blood clots. If these angry, swollen veins occur in the region of your anus, it’s called a hemorrhoid. Unfortunately, your risk of developing problematic veins increases as you age. If your mom or dad had them, chances are, you’ll get them too. I’m going to quickly share six ways to help with varicose veins right now. But if you have a serious condition, I urge you to read my longer article (3,400 words), which offers more treatment options. You can get that by signing up for my free newsletter at, and I’ll email it to you. 1. Weight You can take some pressure off your legs by losing weight. The less pressure, the less puffy, twisted, and distended your veins are. You see, your veins are weak, and the burden of having 50-100 extra pounds adds pressure to your veins, making the blood pool. 2. Weird Shower You will love me, and then hate me. When you are taking a shower,

alternate between comfortably hot water and colder water. Check with your doctor about this first. You can do this to your legs only, if you want to, versus your whole body, and try each temperature for 10 or 20 seconds each. It helps your veins “practice” the process of constriction and dilation. 3. Collagen Consider a collagen supplement. Collagen makes you elastic, so think of collagen as allowing for healthy, firm skin and a tight neck. Without enough collagen, your blood vessels and skin begin sagging. 4. Water Make sure you are hydrated throughout the day. Did you know that coffee dehydrates you? It makes you more prone to leg cramps because coffee is a “drug mugger” of magnesium and other minerals. Energy drinks rob you of the same vein-loving minerals. 5. Diosmin Bioflavonoids are found in the outer peel of citrus fruits. Diosmin is a well-studied citrus bioflavonoid that has been consumed for years, and it’s well known within medical circles to support healthy veins and circulation in the body. 6. Hesperidin Hesperidin is a citrus bioflavonoid. It comes from oranges and lemons and assists your body in the quest to fight varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and micro leaks of blood (which cause easy bruising). Hesperidin can help strengthen capillaries. This information is not intended to diagnose, prevent, or treat your disease. For more information about the author, visit

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APPRISE Volunteers Needed You are invited to join the Lancaster County Office of Aging team of volunteer APPRISE counselors who assist Medicare-eligible beneficiaries navigate the often-confusing Medicare system. APPRISE counselors receive intensive training in Medicare Parts A, B and D, Supplemental Insurances, Medicare Advantage Plans, Medicaid, PACE Plus, and other health insurance-related topics. This training allows volunteers to provide unbiased assistance to consumers so they can make an informed decision and choose the plan that best meets their specific needs. APPRISE counselors assist older and disabled individuals with: • Understanding Medicare A, B, and D • Making informed choices about Medicare Advantage Plans • Deciding what Medicare D Plan (prescription coverage) is best • Selecting a Medigap Policy • Applying for PACE Plus • Determining what financial assistance an individual may be eligible to receive APPRISE counselors must be available during weekdays for the shadowing, training, and counseling parts of this volunteer opportunity. For more information, please contact Bev Via at 717-299-7979 or 1-800-801-3070, or by e-mail at

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With people across the country observing Lent, a religious tradition observed during the 40 days before Easter, it’s time to rethink the standard family meal menu.

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Five children. Nine grandchildren. One great grandson. Myrna is happy to have a strong support network to help her battle cancer. But she also has a second family. One that is always there for here when her loved ones can’t be. Lancaster Cancer center’s team of doctors, nurses and staff offer compassionate treatment in a friendly environment that feels like home. To schedule a consultation or second opinion, call (717) 291-1313.

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This nearly eight-week period typically calls for a special diet. Specifically, red meat is cut out on Fridays for some and for the entirety of Lent for others. According to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, research shows eating seafood two to three times per week reduces the risk of death from any health-related cause. Seafood also provides unique health benefits as a lean protein and is a quality source for omega-3 fatty acids, which are healthy fats essential to human health and development. This simple recipe for Blackened Catfish with Quinoa and Citrus Vinaigrette can help you on your way to a more nutritious meal plan that includes consuming seafood twice per week. If you can’t find catfish or prefer to substitute, any white fish—such as cod, mahi-mahi, or flounder—will work. For more seafood recipes and Lenten meal inspiration, visit www. Blackened Catfish with Quinoa and Citrus Vinaigrette Recipe courtesy of Chef Tim Hughes on behalf of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership. Servings: 4

Blackening Seasoning • 1 tablespoon salt • 1 tablespoon pepper • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper • 1 tablespoon garlic powder • 1 tablespoon thyme Combine salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and thyme. Quinoa Salad • 1 tablespoon peanut oil • 1 cup corn, canned and drained or frozen and thawed to room temperature • salt and pepper to taste • 1/2 cup edamame, shelled and thawed to room temperature • 3 cups quinoa, cooked

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Blackened Catfish • 1 tablespoon peanut oil • 1 pound catfish, cut into four fillets • 5 tablespoons blackening seasoning Heat cast-iron skillet to medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon peanut oil added. Coat both sides of catfish fillets with blackening seasoning. Add catfish to skillet and cook 5-6 minutes per side, or until well done.

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Citrus Vinaigrette • 2 tablespoons lemon juice • 1 teaspoon lemon zest • 1 tablespoon honey • 1/2 teaspoon thyme • 2 tablespoons olive oil Whisk together lemon juice, lemon zest, honey, and thyme. Slowly add olive oil, whisking until dressing is formed. Serve blackened catfish on top of quinoa salad and drizzle with citrus vinaigrette. Family Features

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MONDAY, May 7 DROP-IN EVENTS 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. ‰ Bench Press ‰ Bicup Curl ‰ Dead Lift ‰ 3-Point Shooting ‰ Darts ‰ Foul Shooting ‰ Wii 9:30 a.m. ‰ Badminton Age 55-69 ‰ Bocce Age 75-79 ‰ Easy-Does-It Exercise 10:15 a.m. ‰ Educational Session ‰ Bocce Age 70-74 ‰ Tai Chi 11:30 a.m. ‰ Badminton Age 75+ ‰ Bocce Age 80+ ‰ Technology for Fitness 12:30 p.m. ‰ Pinochle Tournament ‰ Geri Fit ‰ Chair Yoga 1 p.m. ‰ Educational Session ‰ Tai Chi 1:30 p.m. Swimming ‰ 25-yd Free ‰ 25-yd Breast ‰ 50-yd Free ‰ 50-yd Back ‰ 100-yd Free ‰ 100-yd Free Relay 1:45 p.m. ‰ Badminton Age 70-74 ‰ Bocce Age 55-69


TUESDAY, May 8 DROP-IN EVENTS 9 a.m.–2 p.m. ‰ Frisbee Throw ‰ Football Throw ‰ Hotshot Basketball ‰ Ladder Golf ‰ Softball Throw 7:30 a.m. ‰ Walking-Men 8 a.m. ‰ Walking-Women 9 a.m. ‰ Table Tennis Age 55–69 ‰ Horseshoes Age 70–74 ‰ Chair Yoga 10:15 a.m. ‰ Horseshoes Age 75+ ‰ Technology for Fitness Noon ‰ Table Tennis Age 70+ 12:30 p.m. ‰ Horseshoes Age 55–69 ‰ Bridge Tournament ‰ Zumba 2 p.m. ‰ Shuffleboard Age 55-69


WEDNESDAY, May 9 DROP-IN EVENTS 9 a.m.–2 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) ‰ Javelin Throw (8–11 a.m.) ‰ Shotput ‰ Frisbee Golf ‰ Home Run Derby ‰ Soccer Penalty Kick 8 a.m. Running ‰ 100m ‰ 200m 1 p.m. ‰ Pickleball Age 55–64 ‰ 400m ‰ 1600m ‰ 3000m 3:30 p.m. ‰ $5.50 Pitch ‘n Putt 18-hole* 9 a.m. ‰ Shuffleboard Age 80+ SHOTGUN START 9:30 a.m. ‰ Pickleball Age 70+ Evergreen Golf Course. GOLF FEES 10 a.m. ‰ Cornhole Age 80+ ‰ Cornhole Age 55-64 MUST BE *Attach names if wishing WITH 11:30 a.m. ‰ Pickleball Age 65-69 ‰ Shuffleboard Age 70-79 PAID to golf with others. REGISTRATION 12:30 p.m. ‰ Cornhole Age 65-79

THURSDAY, May 10 at Leisure Lanes 7–9:30 a.m. ‰ Golf Longest Drive 8:30 a.m. ‰ Putting Contest 9 a.m. ‰ Billiards Age 70+ 10:45 a.m. ‰ Putting Contest 11 a.m. ‰ Billiards Age 55-69 1 p.m. ‰ Singles Bowling Tournament ‰ Modified Bowling 9 a.m. Pay with registration ‰ $5.00 Tennis Doubles Racket Club West FRIDAY, May 11 7:30 a.m. GOLF FEES MUST


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Reverse Mortgage: Reliability, Accessibility, Expandability, Flexibility, Insurability In a recent blind “taste test,” a large sampling of seniors was told the pros and cons of obtaining two financial products, without revealing the names of those products. The overwhelming majority chose the product that offered: • Reliability – It could not be canceled, reduced, or frozen • Accessibility – Qualifying was easy on a fixed income • Expandability – It had a built-in cost-ofliving adjustment • Flexibility – No requirement to make payments, but payments accepted if desired • Insurability – A non-recourse loan by which neither the heir, nor the estate, would ever be burdened The seniors were surprised to learn the financial product that would eliminate their mortgage payment and provide tax-free funds for any purpose was the home equity conversion mortgage, often called a reverse mortgage. Of course, they would remain responsible for property taxes and insurance, but that is the case with both products described. Without the name, which unreasonably prejudiced some seniors, the reverse mortgage was much more appealing than a HELOC

(home equity line of credit), which can be frozen, reduced, or canceled; is more difficult to obtain; does not increase over time to help with the cost of living; and requires a Rob Miller, President monthly payment. Seniors on a fixed income who want to accomplish some goal — such as paying off debt, having better cash flow without a mortgage payment, or just obtaining a financial safety net with access to cash in case of an emergency — were overwhelmingly impressed with the facts surrounding a reverse mortgage. By tapping into some of the equity stored in the house and allowing it to pay them in retirement, greater security and independence was afforded. You owe it to yourself to talk with your local reverse mortgage expert. Don’t waste time with the folks who do only a few of these loans a year. Give me a call so we can discuss the advantages a reverse mortgage will bring you. Call Rob Miller, NMLS No. 142151, president of Glendale Mortgage, NMLS No. 127720, and Reverse Mortgage Specialist, to learn more. (610) 853-6500, (888) 456-0988,,

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Maintaining a Fulfilled and Happy Life When You’re 50+ or Retired

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By Anna Yusim, M.D. As a psychiatrist in Manhattan, it is not uncommon for me to see somebody who, after years of living a productive life, is dissatisfied upon entering late middle age and retirement. But far more often, I see the exact opposite: energetic older individuals entering the “third act” of life with an enviable and beautiful joie de vivre. So what differentiates those who are fulfilled in their “third act” of life from those who are not? Psychologist and psychoanalyst Eric Erikson described the years after age 60 as time to reflect and reconcile the lives we have lived and the key choices that have defined us. This stage entails recognition of our own mortality and the understanding that we live on and gain proverbial immortality through our extended family, our community, and the various contributions we have made over the course of our lives. Erikson describes this developmental stage as a time when human beings seek to reconcile the conflict between “integrity vs. despair.”

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The most important part of this developmental stage of life is coming to terms with the choices and events that have made our lives unique and accepting our lives for what they are. When one is able to do this, one develops a sense of integrity. Older adults that reach integrity become self-affirming and selfaccepting, and they judge that their lives have been, for the most part, worthwhile and good. They feel a sense of fulfillment about life and accept death as an unavoidable reality. In contrast, if a person looks back on their life with predominant feelings of dissatisfaction, shame, guilt, and regret, they develop despair. They may feel bitterness because of what they were not able to do in their lives, longing to turn back the hands of time for second chances. They focus more on their failures and, as such, may experience fear of death, as they are still not done with searching for their life’s meaning and still wondering, “What was the point of life?” The most powerful way to deal with death anxiety is to engage in the adage of living each day as if it were your last, without fear or regret. Although death itself will lead to the end of our physical life, as we know it, the recognition that life is finite may be the very thing that opens us up to our aliveness. Ways of reaching Erickson’s state of integrity, as opposed to despair, and reconciling the very human feeling of death anxiety include:

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• Recognizing the legacy you have created through your relationships and the work you’ve done in this world • Embracing your freedom by taking full responsibility for your life At the same time, it entails seizing the third act of life with openness, joy, and presence: trying new things, learning new skills, engaging in creative activities, telling your story to others, living with purpose, fostering meaningful connections, and, most importantly, living mindfully and in the present moment. None of these things will make you immortal, but they will enable you to live the life you have on earth most fully. By living in a constant state of presence, we begin to appreciate the miraculous in the mundane. As Albert Einstein once said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Dr. Anna Yusim is an award-winning psychiatrist and author of Fulfilled: How the Science of Spirituality Can Help You Live a Happier More Meaningful Life (Hachette, June 2017).

5 Steps to Help Ensure You Will Have Enough for Retirement By Ray LeVitre, CFP

1. A male turning 65 years old today can be expected to live another 19 years, versus 11 years in 1970; for women, they can expect to live another 23 years. 2. The chances of retirees or an elder family member requiring some form of long-term care is 7-in-10. 3. Many of today’s retirees are carrying some form of debt into retirement, including mortgages, consumer debt, and student loans. 4. Although inflation has moderated somewhat since the 1970s, lifestyle costs — such as housing, food, and transportation — consume a larger portion of a retiree’s budget today. 5. Although healthcare cost increases have slowed, the rate of cost increases continues to be well above the general rate of inflation. For many retirees, the 70 percent income replacement rule might be an acceptable baseline for planning; however, with the risk of inflation, compounded by the longevity risk now confronting retirees, income planning should be based on the realities of aging today. It’s not inconceivable that, for some retirees, their incomereplacement need could be as high as 100 percent. Essential Steps to Enhancing Lifetime Income Sufficiency Track your expenses now. You should begin to track your living expenses and gradually adjust your budget to smooth out your consumption between your living requirements now and your requirements in retirement.

Increase your savings. Any combination of the first two steps should generate steady increases in excess cash flow, which should be saved for retirement. Pre-retirees within 15 years of retirement should target contributing a minimum of 15 percent of their earnings toward their retirement. Start exploring your Social Security options. Retirees who are able to postpone their Social Security benefits until age 70 can significantly boost their lifetime income; additional Social Security planning for spousal benefits could increase it further. Don’t invest too conservatively. Although the natural inclination is to reduce your exposure to risk-based investments, such as equities, the closer you are to retirement, reducing your exposure by too much, too soon could stunt the growth of your capital. To ensure lifetime income sufficiency, today’s retirees should always have some exposure to equities. A broadly diversified, well-balanced portfolio of equities, bonds, and cash offers the best opportunity to maintain the necessary growth of capital needed while minimizing volatility over the long term. Regardless of your planning method or process, it would be a mistake to succumb to standard formulas or a generalized approach to retirement planning. Right now, your retirement vision, formed by your specific needs, wants, attitudes, and beliefs, rests in your mind, and it will undoubtedly change as your outlook and priorities change, but you should always base your income needs on realistic assumptions. Personal finance pro Ray LeVitre, CFP, is the author of 20 Retirement Decisions You Need to Make Right Now and founder/managing partner at Net Worth Advisory Group. LeVitre helps individuals make key financial decisions during that critical yet oft-underestimated period of transitioning from the workforce into retirement.

Americans Assess Their Prospects for Retirement You may dream of retirement, but many Americans are less than fully confident that they’ll be able to. According to the Retirement Conference Survey, 60 percent of U.S. workers say they feel confident in their ability to retire comfortably, but only 18 percent feel “very confident.” Overall confidence levels have decreased since 2016, down from 64

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For many years, financial planners have espoused general formulas for determining the amount of income retirees will need. The most popular is the “70 percent rule,” which suggests retirees will need to replace just 70 percent of their pre-retirement income to provide for their living needs in retirement. That may have been an effective guideline a few decades ago when the rule was established; however, for many retirees, relying upon it today may be fraught with financial peril. It’s a very different world today, and old guidelines based on conditions that existed 30 years ago don’t necessarily reflect real costs of aging today, which include:

Start living like a retiree now. Going a step further, you could take the approach of changing your lifestyle now to reflect how you expect to live in retirement. That might mean downsizing your home now, reducing your leisure travel, driving more efficient cars, and generally adopting a more frugal mindset.

percent to 60 percent. Among current retirees, 79 percent say they feel either somewhat or very confident that they’ll continue to have enough money to live comfortably (up from 75 percent in 2016). Thirty-two percent describe themselves as “very confident,” although 8 percent aren’t confident at all. 50plus LIFE •

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Colorful Caladiums Brighten Shade Gardens All Season By Melinda Myers

white leaves that are decorated with splashes of green Tuck them into the and red. All of these garden, pop some in miniature varieties a container, or dress combine nicely with up a window box. larger caladiums and Then water as needed, elephant ears. add a bit of fertilizer, Step up the color and wait for the color impact with caladium explosion. Red Flash. This fullThe showy heartsize caladium grows shaped leaves of about 20 inches tall caladiums come in and has brilliant red combinations of centers, decorated pink, red, white, and with pink dots that green. These heatpop against the large, loving plants provide Photo credit: Photo credit: Photo credit: deep-green leaves. beautiful color all Caladiums planted in container The Red Flash caladium grows Florida Sweetheart’s bright, Use these anywhere season long. Best of gardens dress up patios and decks. about 20 inches tall and has rose-pink leaves have ruffled you want a big splash all, no deadheading is brilliant red centers. green edges. of color in a garden needed. bed or container. Caladiums can Combine be used to create a Choose varieties that will provide grow about 12 inches tall and are caladiums with shade-loving annuals stunning garden almost anywhere the color, size, and look you want perfect for lining a pathway, edging a around your home. These tropical to achieve and that match the light flowerbed, or dressing up a container. like begonias, coleus, and mildewresistant impatiens or other summer beauties grow well in full to partial conditions in your yard. Florida Sweetheart’s bright, bulbs like cannas and elephant ears. shade, and some varieties grow Compact caladiums, such as rose-pink leaves have ruffled green When planting caladiums directly equally well in full sun. lime and dark-pink Miss Muffet, edges, and Gingerland has creamy


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into the garden, wait until at least two weeks after all danger of frost has passed. Nights should be warm, and the soil temperature should be at least 65 degrees F. Prepare the soil before planting. Add compost or other organic matter to improve drainage in clay soil and the moisture-holding ability in fastdraining soils. Plant tubers about 6 inches apart and 2 inches below the soil surface. Water thoroughly and often enough to keep the soil moist but not soggy. Those gardening in cooler climates may want to start the tubers indoors for an earlier show outdoors. Plant indoors four to six weeks before moving them into the garden. Set the tubers near the surface of a shallow container filled with a welldrained potting mix. Grow them in a warm, sunny spot indoors, keeping the soil barely moist. Move outdoors once the danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed. As the summer temperature rises, watch your caladiums shine while many other flowers fade in the summer heat and humidity. Continue to water as

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summer to encourage new growth. Those gardening in zones nine through 11 can leave their caladiums in place year-round. Others can either treat these colorful beauties as annuals or dig up the tubers and overwinter them indoors. Dig tubers in early fall when soil temperatures drop to 55 degrees. Spread them out in a warm, dry location for at least a week. Label each variety, remove the foliage, and place tubers in a mesh bag or pack loosely in dry peat moss. Store in a cool, dark location at around 60 degrees. Make this the year you add caladiums for beautiful splashes of color throughout your landscape all season long. Melinda Myers has written more than 20 gardening books, including Small Space Gardening. She hosts The Great Courses’ How to Grow Anything: Food Gardening For Everyone DVD set and the nationally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment TV and radio segments. Myers is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine and was commissioned by Longfield Gardens for her expertise to write this article.

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40 Years On, Debby Boone Still Lighting Up Our Lives

Debby Boone’s recording of “You Light Up My Life” not only became a monster hit of 1977, but also went on to become one of the most popular songs of the decade. “I have a hard time believing it’s been 40 years,” said Boone. The album of the same title released that year became certified platinum (1 million in sales in the U.S.), yet it was never released on CD when the new music format became popular in the ’80s. “To celebrate its 40th anniversary, we have just released the original album on CD for the first time, along with additional tracks,” explained Boone. Distributed by Real Gone Music in December (, the disc features more than a dozen bonus songs, including several vintage recordings of ’60s pop classics such as “He’s a Rebel” and “Popsicles and Icicles.” “It’s been such a long time since these were recorded — some with my sisters — I didn’t even realize some had never been released before.” Boone grew up in a musical family with three sisters, two parents, and a grandfather (Red Foley) who were all singers. And while she may have been destined for a career in entertainment, it wasn’t her original goal. “I’ve been an animal lover since I was a little girl and thought I

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Cover of Debby Boone's re-released album, You Light Up My Life, available for the first time on CD.

for the first time. might become a “I came home veterinarian.” to my parents’ That all house, and my changed when mother said Mike she was 14 and Curb (executive accompanied her at Curb Records) father, Pat Boone, had brought a on a working cassette of this trip to Japan so song they wanted the family could me to record. remain together. “At that “He made a mistake and put point, I had only performed with me in his show!” Debby Boone performing at a recent the family, so she said, laughing. concert. I was shocked “I got a taste of because we hadn’t the work and loved it, so that’s when I knew for the talked about me doing anything on my own,” Boone said. “But I was first time I had the ability to be an entertainer.” pleased when I heard this lovely song, Boone still recalls hearing the song and my parents were supportive when

I flew to New York to record it.” Just 21 when “You Light Up My Life” became a hit, Boone had to adapt to fame quickly (see www. Since then, Boone, now 61, says she’s probably performed the song thousands of times, with her renditions evolving over the years. “When I was younger I had a more powerful voice, but now I have a lot more maturity in my voice, which I love. I think I command the lyrics better today than I did in my early 20s.” With a new year ahead, Boone says there are plans to release more albums as well as plenty of live performances in 2018. And looking back, she says she’s forever grateful for the success of her big hit four decades ago. “Some people still consider me to be a one-hit wonder with ‘You Light Up My Life,’ even though I’ve had No. 1 country records and won three Grammys,” she said. “But I’ve had a strong public persona over the years and am still performing and recording after 40 years. People remember that song, but they also remember who sang it!” Nick Thomas teaches at Auburn University at Montgomery, Ala., and has written features, columns, and interviews for over 650 newspapers and magazines. Photos provided by Boone’s management.

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Preventing Colon Cancer – Don’t Be the 1 in 20 By Neal M. Shindel MD One in 20 people will get colon cancer in their lifetime. In fact, colon cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. But colon cancer can be prevented by regular colonoscopy exams, a visual examination of the colon and rectum performed by a physician. There are many tests that can detect colon cancer, but only a colonoscopy enables physicians to identify precancerous growths (polyps) and remove them before they develop into cancer. Colon Cancer, Polyps, and Colonoscopies: Basic Concepts • Approximately 50 percent of adults over the age of 50 have polyps growing silently in their large intestine (this includes the colon and the rectum). • Polyps are benign (noncancerous)

growths that develop on the inner lining of the colon wall. They start small and grow slowly but have the potential to turn into cancer.

earliest stages.

Most importantly: Removing polyps helps remove the risk of colon cancer developing. In fact, studies have shown that colonoscopies can reduce colon cancer deaths by as March is National much as 90 percent. Colorectal Cancer • It is estimated Many people Awareness Month to take between have concerns five and 15 about preparing years from when a polyp begins for for the procedure as well as fears it to grow into cancer. about the procedure itself. However, when asked, patients who have had a • A colonoscopy is a procedure that colonoscopy say that the preparation allows a specialized physician (a was not too uncomfortable and the gastroenterologist) to examine the entire large intestine with a flexible, procedure itself was easy because they were sedated. lighted videoscope. During the colonoscopy, almost all of the polyps that are found can be removed.

• W hen colon cancer is found, it can be cured 95 percent of the time provided that it is found in its

Screening Options There are many types of screening exams, such as FIT testing, Cologuard, ColoVantage, CT colonography, and flexible sigmoidoscopy, but a colonoscopy is

the only test that can prevent colon cancer as well as detect it in its early stages, when cure rates are about 95 percent. Who Should Be Screened? Every adult over 50 years of age should have colon cancer screening performed. It is now recommended that African-American individuals should start screening at age 45. Although colonoscopy is the preferred screening method in the United States, any screening is better than no screening. Individuals are considered average risk if they are over 50 years of age (45 years for African-Americans) with no personal or family history of colon polyps or colon cancer, no history of familial polyposis syndromes, and no history of ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease. High-risk individuals are those with a personal or family history of colon cancer or precancerous colon polyps, a history of a familial please see COLON CANCER page 22

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Income Tax Filing Requirements for Retirees Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior, What are the IRS income tax filing requirements for seniors this year? I didn’t file a tax return the past two years because my income was below the filing requirements, but I got a part-time job late last year, so I’m wondering if I’m required to file this year. – Part-time Retiree Dear Part-time, Whether or not you are required to file a federal income tax return this year will depend on how much you earned last year (in 2017) and the source of that income, as well as your age and filing status. Here’s a rundown of this tax season’s (2017) IRS tax filing requirement thresholds. For most people, this is pretty straightforward. If your 2017 gross income — which includes all taxable income, not counting your Social Security benefits, unless you are married and filing separately — was below the threshold for your filing status and age, you probably won’t have to file. But if it’s over, you will.

• Single: $10,400 ($11,950 if you’re 65 or older by Jan. 1, 2018) • Married filing jointly: $20,800 ($22,050 if you or your spouse is 65 or older or $23,300 if you’re both over 65)

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Come and enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow veterans at a monthly meeting of the local chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA). We meet on the second Wednesday of each month at Wood Crest Villa — Bluebird Commons, 2001 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601, starting with lunch at noon. This invitation includes spouses/companions and drivers. There is no charge for attendance. Dress code is casual. We currently have 90+ registered members. Come join us. Hopefully, you will find it habit forming.

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• Married filing separately: $4,050 at any age • Head of household: $13,400 ($14,950 if age 65 or older) • Qualifying widow(er) with dependent child: $16,750 ($18,000 if age 65 or older) To get a detailed breakdown on federal filing requirements, along with information on taxable and nontaxable income, call the IRS at (800) 829-3676 and ask them to mail you a free copy of the Tax Guide for Seniors (publication 554), or see irs-pdf/p554.pdf. Check Here Too There are other financial situations that

can require you to file a tax return, even if your gross income falls below the IRS filing requirement. For example, if you had earnings from selfemployment in 2017 of $400 or more, or if you’re receiving Social Security benefits and half your benefits plus all other income, including tax-exempt interest, exceeds $25,000 (or $32,000 if you are married filing jointly), you’ll probably need to file. To figure this out, the IRS offers an interactive tax assistant tool on their website that asks a series of questions that will help you determine if you’re required to file or if you should file because you’re due a refund. It takes less than 15 minutes to complete. You can access this tool at; click on the “Do I Need to File?” button. Or, you can get assistance over the phone by calling the IRS helpline at (800) 829-1040. You can also get face-to-face help at a Taxpayer Assistance Center. See or call (800) 829-1040 to locate a center near you. Check Your State Even if you’re not required to file a federal tax return this year, don’t assume that you’re also excused from filing state income taxes. The rules for your state might be very different. Check with your state tax agency before concluding that you’re entirely in the clear. For links to state tax agencies, see state-tax-agencies. Tax Preparation Help If you find that you do need to file a tax return this year, you can get help through the Tax Counseling for the Elderly program. Sponsored by the IRS, TCE provides free tax preparation and counseling to middle- and lowincome taxpayers, age 60 and older. Call (800) 9069887 or visit to locate a service near you. Also check with AARP, a participant in the TCE program that provides free tax preparation at around 5,000 sites nationwide. You don’t have to be an AARP member to use this service. To locate an AARP Tax-Aide site, call (888) 2277669, visit, or check out the local listings included in this issue of 50plus LIFE. 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.

Vietnam War Veterans Day Returns March 29 For the second year, American flags should be displayed March 29 to mark National Vietnam War Veterans Day. The 2017 Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act was the first federal statute that specifically provides for the honoring of Vietnam War veterans. Last year, both chambers of Congress unanimously passed bipartisan legislation authored by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.). President Trump then signed National Vietnam War Veterans Day into law. The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act represents the first federal statute recognizing the bravery and sacrifice of veterans who served during the Vietnam War. Vietnam Veterans of America and Veterans of Foreign Wars supported the act, as did AMVETS Department of Pennsylvania. Sgt. Harold Redding, a Vietnam veteran from York, came up with the concept of the legislation. March 29, 1973, was the day the last combat troops were ordered out of Vietnam. While numerous troops remained behind before the fall of Saigon, March 29 holds great meaning for many Vietnam veterans.

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Alzheimer’s Helpline Expands Hours The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is expanding its national tollfree helpline to seven days a week to provide individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers with assistance, support, and resources. The helpline, which was previously open Monday through Saturday, now includes Sunday hours. The new helpline hours, all listed in Eastern Time, are:

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strategies, and provide referrals to local services in the caller’s area, no matter where in the United States they live. AFA’s social workers are also available via Skype, live chat, and email.  “Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t only affect people during normal business hours; oftentimes, nights and weekends are when families need help the most,” Charles J. Fuschillo Jr., AFA’s president and CEO, said. To reach AFA’s national toll-free helpline, call (866) 232-8484 or visit to connect with AFA’s socials workers through email, live chat, or Skype.

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Oh, You Beautiful Doll!

Barbara Handler Segal has recalled strangers saying to her, “So you’re the Barbie doll!” At first, she would turn and walk away; later, she learned to just stand and smile. “It is very strange to have a doll named after you,” Segal has admitted. “Much of me is very proud that my folks invented the doll; I just wish I wasn’t attached to it.” Californians Ruth and Elliot Handler manufactured dollhouse furniture, which they sold under their company name of Mattel. While successful, the Handlers were always casting about for one special item that would make Mattel an iconic name in the toy world. In the early 1950s the Handlers’ daughter, Barbara (b. 1941), had enjoyed playing with dolls. Not the run-of-the-mill, cherub-faced, infant variety, but shapely teenage paper dolls that came with fashionable cutout wardrobes. Ruth told Elliot that Mattel should offer a three-dimensional doll, designed as a young woman and with an appeal to older girls. Elliot opined that the idea would never fly. On a 1956 trip to Switzerland, however, the Handlers serendipitously found a doll much like the one Ruth had envisioned. “Lilli” was a German adult novelty toy that — unbeknownst to the Handlers — was based on a cartoon character who was, in reality, a prostitute. Back home the couple spent three years developing a clean-cut counterpart to naughty Lilli, a doll that would proudly bear their daughter’s name. On Barbie’s “official” birth date — March 9, 1959 — the doll debuted at a New York toy convention. On that day Barbie’s real-life namesake was a shy 17-year-old attending Los Angeles’s

Hamilton High School. First-version Barbie came dressed in a zebra-striped swimsuit and possessed a waterfall of blond or brown hair. She earned mixed reviews, with some critics grumbling that the voluptuous, long-limbed toy was too expensive ($3 at a time when the hourly minimum wage was $1) and, at 11 ½ inches — the original Lilli size — too small in comparison to traditional dolls. The main problem, though, was Barbie’s overt sexiness. Sears quickly declared her unfit for their store shelves. However, Barbie quickly flew off everyone else’s shelves and eventually became the bestselling doll in history, with worldwide sales of 1 billion units. Barbie offered an extensive optional wardrobe and, later, morphed through numerous occupations and ethnicities. Along the way, feminists often railed against her, labeling Barbie a vacuous bimbo and crying out that her proportional measurements (3618-33) were unrealistic and potentially unhealthy for impressionable young girls who wanted to emulate her. In 1961 Barbie’s boyfriend, Ken, arrived in stores. In doll form, he was California-beach cool, but the human Ken — named after Barbara’s real-life brother — once admitted, “I was a real nerd. I played the piano and went to movies with subtitles.” At age 18 Barbara Handler married Allen Segal. They had two children, including a daughter named Cheryl. There’s no doubt that Cheryl Segal was raised with the usual delights of any typically well-off Southern California girl. Except for one. Cheryl never owned a Barbie doll. Although Randal C. Hill’s heart lives in the past, the rest of him resides in Bandon, Ore. He can be reached at wryterhill@

Lancaster County

Calendar of Events

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 March 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 March 12, 10-11 a.m. Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group Garden Spot Village Concord Room 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland (717) 355-6076

Senior Center Activities

March 19, 2 p.m. Lancaster County Parkinson’s Support Group Landis Homes 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz (717) 509-5494 March 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 March 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

March 15, 10-11:30 a.m. Bereavement Support Group Masonic Village Sycamore North Recreation Room 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown (717) 367-1121, ext. 33576 March 15, noon Brain Tumor Support Group Lancaster General Health Campus Wellness Center 2100 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster (717) 626-2894

March 26, 2-3 p.m. Parkinson’s Support Group Garden Spot Village Theater 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland (717) 355-6259 March 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

Community Programs Free and open to the public March 5, 6 p.m. Red Rose Singles Meeting Centerville Diner 100 S. Centerville Road, Lancaster (717) 406-6098 March 12, 4-5 p.m. Put Your Best Food Forward: Easing Foot and Ankle Ailments Pleasant View Retirement Community – Overlook Lounge 544 N. Penryn Road, Manheim (717) 665-2445 March 14, 2 p.m. Korean War Veterans Association Meeting Woodcrest Villa Bluebird Commons Room 2001 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster (717) 299-1990

March 19, 4-5 p.m. Single Again: Economic Seminar for the Widowed and Divorced Pleasant View Retirement Community – Overlook Lounge 544 N. Penryn Road, Manheim (717) 665-2445 March 20, 2-3:30 p.m. Willow Valley Genealogy Club Willow Valley Communities Orr Auditorium 211 Willow Valley Square Lancaster (717) 397-0439

March 22, 2 p.m. Centerville AARP Chapter 4221 Meeting Centerville Middle School Cafeteria 865 Centerville Road, Lancaster (717) 786-4714 March 26, 4-5 p.m. Getting Your Home Ready to Sell Pleasant View Retirement Community – Overlook Lounge 544 N. Penryn Road, Manheim (717) 665-2445

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Library Programs Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, Lititz, (717) 626-2255 March 8, 6:30 p.m. – Lancaster Civil War Roundtable: “Mr. Lincoln Goes to Gettysburg” March 13, 6:30 p.m. – History Book Club: Churchill and Orwell by Thomas Ricks March 22, 7 p.m. – Concert: Fire in the Glen

Cocalico Senior Association – (717) 336-7489 Columbia Senior Center – (717) 684-4850 March 2, 10:30 a.m. – Presentation: Healthcare, POA, and Advance Directives March 15, 10 a.m. – Dan Martin: Irish and Gospel Music March 27, 10 a.m. – Chris Vera: History of Columbia Bridges Elizabethtown Area Senior Center – (717) 367-7984 Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – Elizabethtown College Students Lead Activities Fridays, 10 a.m. – Bible Study March 10, 2 p.m. – Gift Basket Bingo 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 Lancaster Neighborhood Senior Center – (717) 2993943 March 9, 9 a.m. – Music and Art Society: Flute and Piano March 13, 9:30 a.m. – R amiro Velasco: Acoustic Guitar and Singing March 20, 10 a.m. – Name that Tune Lancaster Rec. Senior Center – (717) 392-2115, ext. 147 March 1, 10:45 a.m. – Presentation: Making Waste a Resource March 15, 10:45 a.m. – Entertainment by Lancaster Ukulele Uprising March 28, 10:45 a.m. – Cholesterol: Keeping it Under Control Lititz Senior Center – (717) 626-2800 March 8, 10:15 a.m. – Music and Dancing March 12, 9 a.m. – Let’s Click: Technology Solutions March 19, 9:30 a.m. – Arts and Crafts Luis Munoz Marin Senior Center – (717) 295-7989 March 7, 9:30 a.m. – Family Workshop: End-of-Life Care March 9, 10:45 a.m. – Fresh Fruit Express March 22, 10 a.m. - Questions for Your Pharmacy Millersville Senior Center – (717) 871-9600 March 2, 10:30 a.m. – Glenn’s One-Man Band March 12, 10 a.m. – Bonworth Fashion Sale March 23, 10:30 a.m. – Penn State Nutrition Program Next Gen Senior Center – (717) 786-4770 Mondays and Fridays, 8 a.m. – AARP Tax Prep March 16, 10:30 a.m. – Music with Linda Bradley March 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.

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The Bookworm Sez

Aging Thoughtfully Terri Schlichenmeyer

Kicking and screaming. That’s how you’ll go into your twilight years: The calendar might say one thing, but you’re not going to pay it any mind. There’s still a lot of pep in your step, so, as in the new book Aging Thoughtfully by Martha C. Nussbaum and Saul Levmore, shouldn’t the way you spend your golden years be your decision? Once upon a time in the not-too-distant past, the average life expectancy was around 50 years, while the median retirement age was 74. Back then, retirement didn’t involve Social Security or other government programs; instead, people worked until they couldn’t. Today, there are “more choices, and this book is about these choices.” First of all, why retire at all? There are laws in the U.S. that say you don’t have to, says Levmore, but he’s in favor of changing them — especially if businesses institute “defined benefit plans,” which are often seen in government jobs but rarely in the private sector. These changes would benefit employers, who could better maintain productivity; younger workers needing jobs; and older workers, if Social Security was tweaked a bit. It would also help with “the people normally labeled as the elderly poor,” since defined benefit plans would give them more month-to-month income. But retirement … one can only golf so much. What next? Retirement allows for a “second career,” says Nussbaum, either one that pays or one of volunteerism. For those kinds of choices, she looks at Finland, where retirement is mandatory at a relatively young age. It works because the Finns have excellent healthcare, because they have ample time for better retirement preparation, and because they are treated equally.

Aging Thoughtfully: Conversations about Retirement, Romance, Wrinkles, & Regret By Martha C. Nussbaum and Saul Levmore c. 2017, Oxford University Press 264 pages

Photo credit: Lloyd Degrane

Aging Thoughtfully authors Nussbaum, left, and Levmore.

Statistically speaking, as we age, we rely less on plastic surgery and more on the idea that wrinkles are “glamorous” — a notion that can absolutely be pushed “too far.” We tend to live our lives “backward,” which is OK; doing so offers time to deal with negative emotions and unfulfilled regrets. Here, we learn the reasons for those pearlclutching May-December romances we see in the tabloids. And we get advice on giving while we can still say where our assets should go. I struggled a lot with this book, and I’m ultimately disinclined to recommend it. Here’s why: Though Aging Thoughtfully is a series of “conversations” about getting older, its basis is really old — as in, ancient philosophy and Shakespeare. While that doesn’t make it a bad book by any means, it does mean that its usefulness is limited. Readers looking for advice will have to look harder because that’s buried in Cicero and King Lear; those in search of solid research will find it scattered between philosopher John Rawls and Cato the Elder. Yes, there are conversations within these pages, and they’re thought-provoking, maybe even comforting, but they’re not really accessible for the average reader. Should you decide to tackle this book, do so with awareness of what you’re in for here. Aging Thoughtfully isn’t bad but, for most people, it’s going to make you scream. 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.

COLON CANCER from page 17 polyposis syndrome, a personal history of ulcerative colitis, or Crohn’s disease. High-risk individuals should start screening at age 40 or 10 years younger than the youngest affected family member. Patients with a personal history of ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease or a family history of a familial polyposis syndrome may need to start screening significantly earlier. This should be discussed with your physician. How is a Colonoscopy Done? Generally, the physician will ask you to stay


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on a clear-liquid diet for 24 hours prior to the colonoscopy. A laxative drink will be prescribed, usually to be taken the evening before and the morning of the scheduled procedure. Sedative medications are given, and most patients sleep through the entire procedure. The visual examination of the colon and rectum takes approximately 20-30 minutes. Patients generally awaken within a few minutes after the procedure and feel alert and ready to eat within 20-30 minutes. Even though patients may have concerns about

having a colonoscopy, it is the most valuable tool for preventing any form of colon cancer. When people understand how effective a colonoscopy is in preventing colon cancer and saving lives, they will usually put aside their concerns and reservations and undergo this potentially lifesaving procedure. Neal M. Shindel, MD, is chief of gastroenterology at PIH Health and director of the Colon Cancer Prevention Alliance in Whittier, Calif. In practice for 32 years, he has performed over 50,000 colonoscopies.

The Beauty in Nature

Easily Seen Predators Clyde McMillan-Gamber

“There’s no place like home.” We agree. –L. Frank Baum

American kestrels, red-tailed hawks, victim is spotted, each red-tail dives belted kingfishers, and great blue rapidly with claws extended to catch herons are common, easily spotted the critter. Red-tails and kestrels both predatory birds here in southeastern snare prey with their eight sharp, Pennsylvania, as elsewhere. curved talons. All these species are permanent Belted kingfishers perch on tree residents in this area, nesting and limbs that reach over ponds and wintering here. Kestrels and red-tails waterways to watch for frogs, crayfish, hunt rodents and other creatures in and small fish. And, like kestrels, fields and along kingfishers hover roadsides, and the on quickly beating kingfishers and wings facing into the herons stalk fish wind as they look and other aquatic for prey animals. creatures in local When a potential waterways and victim is spotted, human-made each kingfisher dives impoundments. beak-first into the Kestrels are water to grab the attractive, small victim with its long, hawks that are stout bill. American kestrel. often seen perched Stately great on roadside wires, blue herons stand watching for mice about 5 feet tall and along roadside wade cautiously shoulders through in waterways and each year, and impoundments to grasshoppers there catch fish, frogs, in summer and crayfish, water autumn. snakes, and other Interestingly, water creatures with kestrels are also their lengthy beaks. seen hovering Since these herons lightly, rapidly are much larger than beating wings into kingfishers, they are the wind, as they able to snare bigger look for rodents fish, thus reducing and grasshoppers competition for food Great blue heron. in fields and grassy with kingfishers. medial strips of Great blues also expressways and along the edges of catch goldfish and koi from backyard country roads, where field mice can be goldfish ponds, much to the dismay of plentiful. the pond owners. Red-tailed hawks perch high in lone These permanent-resident, trees in fields and along hedgerows predatory birds are easily seen in between fields, where they watch cropland and farmland waterways and for field mice and gray squirrels to impoundments, where they watch for consume. Those hawks are most prey animals to eat. They help make readily seen in winter when foliage is those local habitats interesting, as they off the trees. do through much of North America. And red-tails soar gracefully in circles high in the sky as they scan the Clyde McMillan-Gamber is a retired Lancaster County Parks naturalist. ground for prey. When a potential

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