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Marion Ross Writes of Happy Days and More in New Memoir

From 1974–84, TV audiences Raised in Minnesota (Watertown, knew Marion Ross as the sitcom Albert Lea, and Minneapolis), Ross mom dispensing was determined to patience and act from an early wisdom during age. the 11-season run “I was a middle of the ABC hit child and my series Happy Days. brother was But Ross’s days very sickly, so were not entirely I didn’t get all happy. the attention. I In her March secretly decided memoir, My I’d better become Days: Happy rich and famous!” and Otherwise, she laughed. her “otherwise” “I read all the ABC publicity photo reminiscences arts and theater Marion Ross and the cast of include a bad magazines and Happy Days. first marriage and saw acting as a the challenges way to achieve confronting an that. At the library, actress and single I’d look up famous working mother. actors in books like Even her early Who’s Who? I wanted years on Happy to learn how they Days weren’t always became successful.” cheery, thanks to She recalls reading TV hubby Tom Present Indicative, Bosley. the first volume “Tom didn’t of Noël Coward’s particularly want autobiography. me to play his wife, “He began on the so he was tough stage as a child, so on me for a while,” by 13 I was planning recalled Ross to be successful from her home in too,” said Ross, Woodland Hills, whose family moved Photo courtesy of Ross’s publicist. three years later to California. Cover of Marion Ross’s book, California, where she She says the My Days: Happy and Otherwise, graduated college and rough treatment published March 27. lasted the first few began to realize her seasons. dream in theater. “Eventually, I won Tom over and But it soon evolved into film and learned to love and admire him, even television. though he had picked on me. That “At 25, I landed a role in the TV wasn’t really who he was, and I came version of Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit to realize he was a fine man.” and actually got to work with Noël The entire cast soon developed a Coward!” she recalled about the 1956 bond that lasts to this day. production. “The first reading of the “We really were like a family script was at Humphrey Bogart’s house growing together. I saw the kids grow because Lauren Bacall (his wife) was up, get married, and have their own in the production. Can you imagine babies. We’ve all remained close.” being a young actress doing that on a

Sunday? I just loved it!” Those early days in Hollywood were Ross’s film career began with just so thrilling, almost more than I Paramount three years earlier with could bear.” Ginger Rogers in Forever Female. She Though she has no future acting would later work with other movie plans, she says working on the book legends, including brought back Clark Gable in many memories. Teacher’s Pet. “I had to “Some actors be talked into just have an aura, writing the and Gable did. book by my It was Easter, so family, but now I colored some I’m having fun eggs and on one discussing it,” wrote, ‘M.R. loves says Ross, who C.G.’ I gave it to turns 90 in his assistant, a October and is suave fellow who planning some protected Gable book signings in from everyone. the Los Angeles Gable eventually and New York just said, ‘Thank areas. you very much’ to “I’ve certainly me.” had more happy Photo courtesy of Ross’s publicist. It was, says days than Recent photo of Ross. Ross, a great time ‘otherwise.’” to be an actor. Nick Thomas teaches at Auburn “All the stars ate in the studio’s University at Montgomery, Ala., and dining room. Marlene Dietrich would come swooping into the room has written features, columns, and interviews for over 650 newspapers and and a hush would fall over the place. magazines.

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to finally achieve his dream of flying. He credits the military Even as a young man, with instilling in him a work Bob Beggs admits his head ethic and maturity that put was usually in the clouds. him ahead of his classmates “Most of my classmates at Carnegie Mellon in school had Farrah University, where he enrolled Fawcett posters hanging after his service ended.  in their lockers. I had a Beggs demonstrates his piloting In college, Beggs studied poster of the Scorpion skills on the museum’s Cobra attack industrial design, with hopes home-built helicopter kit,” helicopter simulator. of working in the aeronautics he laughs. industry, specifically in Beggs’s interest in cockpit design. aeronautics led him He graduated near the to a 31-year career at top of his class in 1983 the Boeing Company, and immediately took a where he worked on position with Boeing near pioneering advancements Philadelphia as an engineer in technology that would working on cuttingrevolutionize the industry. edge cockpit technology Along the way, he coadvancements and the founded an aeronautics The U.S. Marines operates the V-22 introduction of onboard museum and now serves Osprey tiltrotor for amphibious assault; computer guidance systems.  as the executive director the Navy, for combat search and rescue; and the Air Force, for long-range special “I was lucky to enter of Good Works Inc., a operations missions. the industry at an exciting nonprofit organization time when control systems that renovates homes for were transitioning from low-income families. mechanical to digital. I had Beggs grew up in the opportunity to work on western Pennsylvania first-generation experimental before embarking on aircraft involving synthetic a career that would displays and hybrid controls eventually lead him that reallocated certain east to the burgeoning pilot roles from pilots to aeronautics industry near computers to maximize Philadelphia.  Museum visitors are welcome to climb safety and effectiveness.” “I wanted to fly into the cockpits of these Rotorway Beggs contributed to the helicopters ever since I was Scorpion sport helicopters, home-built design of the V22 Osprey a kid and figured I might aircraft produced and sold from 1972-84. tiltrotor, the RAH-66 be able to do that in the Comanche, and the CH-47 Coast Guard,” he says. Chinook helicopters, among He enlisted shortly after others. Some of the vehicle high school and spent the prototypes would never go first year of his enlistment into production, but the manning a cutter in the systems and designs Beggs Gulf of Mexico, rescuing worked on would go on stranded and lost boaters to help revolutionize both and responding to crises in military and commercial the Gulf.  The museum includes a variety of aeronautics technology.  “Looking back, it was helicopters from different time periods In ensuing years at the one of the best times of as well as hands-on exhibits. Rotorcraft Division at my life,” he says. Boeing, Beggs would work Beggs spent three more in research and design as a senior program manager, years in the Coast Guard working as an electronics developing systems to support aircraft maintenance technician repairing navigation systems and and vehicle health management. communications equipment. During this time, he “I was at Boeing for nearly a third of the also acquired his private pilot’s license, allowing him

company’s history and worked on exciting, cutting-edge stuff each day,” he says. “It was a wonderful career by any stretch of the imagination.” In 1993, while employed at Boeing, Beggs, along with other prominent members of the aviation industry, co-founded the American Helicopter Museum & Education Center in West Chester. “At the time, I was serving as the president of the Philly chapter of the AHS (American Helicopter Society),” he recalls. “The society was celebrating its 50th anniversary, and I wanted to do something of note, something big to celebrate aviation history in this part of the country.” Beggs and other AHS members discussed possible tributes, including a memorial, a walk of fame, and holding special events, before deciding on a museum and education center that would document accomplishments from the past while providing inspiration for aviators of the future. With the support of Peter Wright Sr. and many other pioneers of the helicopter industry, as well as vehicle donations from the National Air and

Space Museum, the museum opened in 1996. Visitors to the museum can see a wide variety of helicopters up close, absorb helicopter innovation history, learn about rotary wing aviation mechanics, and attend special events, including helicopter rides. Beggs has served as a member of the board for eight years as its president. Now, as a member emeritus, he stops by the museum regularly to lead guided tours and volunteer workdays, work special projects, and talk shop with other enthusiasts.  “There is nothing cooler than having a positive impact on someone else,” he says. “My favorite thing about the museum is seeing kids’ eyes light up and knowing that they’re inspired by what they’ve learned here.” In 2014, after 31 years at Boeing, Beggs decided it was time to embark on a new mission in life. He retired from Boeing to become the executive director of Good Works, Inc., a home repair ministry.  “I learned about Good Works at a missions fair at our church back in 1991 and began spending one

Saturday a month renovating homes and helping out people who were in need.” When the organization’s founding director stepped down, Beggs stepped up and accepted the position, leaving behind a long, successful career at one of the largest aircraft manufacturers in the world. “I began thinking about what defines you. Is it your career or is it the impact you make on those around you? I felt like the Lord had called upon me to change direction and find the purpose he had planned for my life,” he remembers. Good Works, Inc. improves living conditions for families living in substandard housing at no cost to homeowners through its volunteer renovation teams. Since taking leadership of the nonprofit three years ago, Beggs’s engineering background has enabled him to streamline process implementation, introduce information technology into the operation, and measure performance using financial, operational, and faith metrics. The organization uses more than

1,600 volunteers based out of four warehouses. “I still get my hands dirty doing renovation work on Saturdays,” he laughs, “but my focus is on staying mission-true to our ministry and renovation work as we pursue replicating the Good Works model nationwide.” Beggs’s busy schedule doesn’t leave him much free time, but he likes it that way.  “I never had a desire to retire. I like being busy; it keeps me out of trouble. Plus, I never liked golf,” he says. “God has a plan for everyone, and it’s our job to figure out that purpose and that’s the key — that’s where you’re going to be most fulfilled.” For more information on the American Helicopter Museum, visit or call (610) 436-9600. To find out more about Good Works, Inc., visit www.goodworksinc. org or call (610) 383-6311. Cover photo: Bob Beggs, co-founder and trustee at the American Helicopter Museum & Education Center, standing in front of a vintage Sikorsky S-51 helicopter. Commercial S-51s began flying in 1946.  

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Fifties Flashback

It’s My Party Randal C. Hill

In 1946 a Massachusetts DuPont chemist-inventor named Earl Tupper introduced “Poly-T Wonder Bowls.” They were polyethelene food-storage containers that varied in size and came in unusual pastel hues. His products — called Tupperware — offered a unique new feature: an airtight cover that Tupper had based on the design of a paint-can lid. But Tupperware retail sales proved middling at best, as shoppers often failed to understand or appreciate the lid design. Enter savvy Brownie Wise, a Georgia-based single mother who reigned as the top salesperson for Stanley House Products. Her success derived from the home parties she had created and hosted to sell Stanley’s products.

Wise envisioned greater earnings for herself — and perhaps an executive position — with Tupperware. In 1950 she hired on with Earl Tupper, moved to his Orlando home base, and developed a home-party approach that would


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bring the company a fortune. Wise convinced Tupper to abandon the retail market and focus exclusively on home parties. A Brownie bash meant women inviting others over for an evening of fun and games — and lots of purchases.

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At her parties, Wise, who kept the mood light but always focused on the products, would sometimes toss a juice-filled Tupperware bowl across a room to demonstrate the security of the vacuum-sealed lid. In 1951, after witnessing Wise’s record-setting sales, Tupper promoted Wise to vice president of Tupperware Home Parties. She eventually trained thousands of women to become party hosts themselves. Under her guidance, they could each earn up to $100 a week, much more than a mid-1950s secretary, nurse, or teacher could make. Wise kept sales-force motivation high by offering exciting (and often unusual) incentives. Each year she hosted a homecoming jubilee at the company’s Florida headquarters. Festivities included treasure hunts with prizes such as furs — and reportedly even cars — hidden on the company grounds. Top sales ladies were awarded such high-end items as speedboats, appliances, and vacations. Lavish parties, extravagant shows, and adrenaline-fueled pep talks were always part of the four days of fun. Wise’s success led her to become a household name. She showed up frequently on TV and in magazine and newspaper articles. In 1954 she appeared on the cover of Business Week, the first woman ever to do so.

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That same year Tupperware enjoyed record sales of $25 million — about $250 million in today’s money. But storm clouds were gathering at company headquarters. To Earl Tupper’s way of thinking, Wise’s widespread fame had shifted attention away from his Tupperware products themselves. In 1958 Tupper solved his “problem” by firing Wise — the very person responsible for Tupperware’s runaway success. Since she owned no stock, Wise was left with only a severance package of one year’s salary: $30,000. Tupper then proceeded to

expunge her name from every bit of Tupperware company literature. Wise later began an ill-fated party-plan cosmetics company called Cinderella and eventually faded into obscurity. But her influence lives on to this day; Tupperware remains a billion-dollar industry, with a funfilled Brownie-style party starting somewhere worldwide every 1.4 seconds. Although Randal C. Hill’s heart lives in the past, the rest of him resides in Bandon, Ore. He can be reached at

The Beauty in Nature

Coniferous Beauties in May Clyde McMillan-Gamber

May is a of conifers. time of flowers, Those infant singing birds, needles are a long evenings, lighter shade of and other beauties green than needles of spring in from last year, southeastern offering a lovely Pennsylvania. contrast of colors And it’s the in May. And time of tender, young needles on new growth on blue spruces have coniferous trees, a light-blue hue, birds nesting in compared to the many conifers, and green of older other attractive, needles. interesting aspects White pines of those local have thin, erect evergreen trees. “candles” on the Little groves end of each of Photo by Bruce Martin of wild eastern their twigs in Eastern hemlock. hemlocks inhabit May, offering cool, shaded more springtime ravines in this area, and many red splendor and intrigue. Those palejunipers grow along roadsides and green candles are new twigs and hedgerows here. needles growing rapidly, the twigs But most coniferous trees in this becoming part of branches that grow area, especially pines, spruces, firs, and longer each year. cedars, have been planted on lawns for Female flowers on Norway spruces their striking, pyramidal shapes and are upright and bright-red in May, evergreen-needled beauties. adding much beauty to each tree. But the soft, new needles Those blossoms become the attractive, developing on the tips of needled please see CONIFERS page 15 twigs in May is another pretty feature


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Owning a Slice of Fame Can Be Expensive when he met Paul McCartney for the first time. • An original copy of John Lennon’s “A Day in the Life,” written in the late ex-Beatle’s own hand, went for $1.2 million in June 2010. An American collector paid nearly double the amount expected by the auction house Sotheby’s. In 2005, a copy of the lyrics to “All You Need Is Love” sold at a British auction house for $1.25 million.

• A handwritten note by Michael Jackson sold for more than $3,000 on eBay in 2010. The note contains fragments such as, “Talk to digital people, Universal, Warner … make huge $,” and, “Who’s doing sculpture for Halloween special.” A glove worn by Jackson during his 1980s Bad tour sold for $330,000 at an auction in 2010, along with the King of Pop’s fedora, which went for $72,000.

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Bill to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Passes Senate In late March, U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging Ranking Member Bob Casey (D-PA) and Chairman Susan Collins (R-ME) celebrated the U.S. Senate’s unanimous passage of the bipartisan Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act (S. 1091), which would create a federal task force to support grandparents raising grandchildren as the opioid epidemic increases their numbers. The U.S. House of Representatives must pass the legislation before it becomes law. In Pennsylvania, more than 100,000 children are being raised by grandparents or other relatives, and experts say this number is rising as the opioid epidemic devastates communities. Casey authored the bill last year after an Aging Committee hearing during which witnesses testified about why grandparents need easy access to information about resources available to assist them. “The number of older Americans who are delaying their retirement in order to care for grandchildren is

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Finding a Letter from Mom Saralee Perel

My mother had lost friends because she was hard to On Feb. 22, 1985, my mother wrote me a letter. I have get along with. Her family had stopped talking to her. not read it until today. On that cold February night, Mom came into my How sad to still “see” that giant room with only a few people in the first row. room. She patiently waited until I was off the telephone, After her pathetic funeral, where the rabbi went on and then handed the neatly folded letter to me. and on about how great her life was, we all gathered Knowing how emotional I’d be, she said, “I know you won’t talk about my death, so I wrote this.” Little did in my parents’ home. I’ll never understand why people were laughing and seemingly having a good time, all the she know I would be too frightened to open her letter for more than 30 years. while eating fancy, catered hors d’oeuvres and drinking whiskey out of sparkling crystal glasses. We started to hug, but stopped ourselves. We weren’t At the “party,” everyone had a small piece of torn black getting along. We never did. cloth pinned to their clothing. This symbolized that our Mom quietly left me alone in my room. We never hearts were torn. It seemed unfitting, given the festive referred to her death again. I was on a cleaning kick this winter. While going mood. Saralee and her mother in 1961. My mother wrote, “Request Ner Israel Rabbinical through my bottom bureau drawer, I came across the letter. Remembering so vividly what it was about, I College to say perpetual Kaddish for me.” She wanted to Mothers’ Day: Sunday, May 13 be remembered with this yearly candle and a prayer. So nearly threw it out. But I didn’t. little to ask for. It’s such a damned shame I hadn’t read “Dear Saralee,” she wrote. “Regarding the inevitable, I her letter. would like a proper funeral at Levinson’s Funeral Home.” At the end, she wrote, “I love you dearly.” And signed it, “Mom.” Thank God I had arranged that. The funeral room had enough seats for hundreds. Yet, there were only a dozen or so people there. please see MOM page 15

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Chipotle-Mayonnaise Sauce: • 1/4 cup mayonnaise • 1/4 tablespoon adobo sauce • 1 teaspoon lime juice • salt, to taste • fresh ground pepper, to taste • 2 slices bread, toasted • 1-2 leaves lettuce • 4 slices tomato • 1/2 avocado, thickly sliced • 4 slices maple bacon, fried In small bowl, mix mayonnaise, adobo sauce, and lime juice. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Add layer of sauce to slice of bread and top with lettuce, tomato, avocado, bacon, and second slice of bread. Baked Pita Crisps Recipe courtesy of the Grain Foods Foundation Prep time: 30 minutes Yields: 24 crisps

Southwest Bean Dip: • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 1/2 large red bell pepper, finely chopped • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper • 2 cans (15 ounces each) pinto beans, rinsed and drained • 2-3 tablespoons fresh lime juice • 1/4 cup packed fresh coriander sprigs, washed and spun dry • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 2 tablespoons water, plus additional (optional) To make crisps: Heat oven to 400 F. In small bowl, mix olive oil with cumin and paprika. Split each pita bread horizontally into two rounds and brush rough sides with equal amounts of oil mixture. Cut rounds into small triangles and arrange in flat layer on large baking sheet. Bake until golden and crisp, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with salt just out of oven. To make Southwest Bean Dip: In large skillet over high heat, heat vegetable oil until hot. Add garlic, bell pepper, and onion; turn heat to low and cook until vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes. Add cumin and cayenne; cook, stirring, 1 minute. In food processor, blend beans, lime juice, coriander, salt and water until smooth, adding more water, if necessary, to achieve desired consistency. Add vegetable mixture and pulse until just combined. Serve with Baked Pita Crisps. Family Features

CONIFERS from page 9 beige cones that have a fertile seed eggs in storms that blow their cradles under each protective scale of every out of the trees. cone. Some adaptable pairs of American Several kinds crows, Cooper’s of adaptable, hawks, and redcommon birds tailed hawks raise young in rear chicks in nests in conifers stick nests, on lawns. Needles high in older and twigs protect evergreens in young birds from many suburbs, weather, hawks, often without crows, raccoons, homeowners squirrels, and suspecting their other predators. presence. Some smaller Crows eat birds that raise invertebrates young in conifers and small include mourning birds’ eggs doves, American and Cooper’s robins, house consume birds, finches, chipping while red-tails sparrows, blue ingest mice, Photo by Famartin jays, and small squirrels, and Red juniper. colonies of purple other rodents, grackles. hence reducing One summer a pair of jays raised competition for food among these young in a 10-foot-tall juniper tree predatory birds. in our yard. And a group of grackles Study conifers on lawns more is currently setting up a rookery in closely in May to see their many spruces in our neighborhood. beauties. They provide another Doves have more nesting success inspirational lift. by laying their two eggs per brood in Clyde McMillan-Gamber is a retired the nurseries of other birds. Doves are poor nursery-makers, often losing Lancaster County Parks naturalist.

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MOM from page 12 She had never said those words to me, nor I to her. I created such heartache for my mother. There were times when I had the gall to stop talking to her. Yet, underneath my mother’s and my relationship of anguish, I believe there was gracious, enduring love. I held her letter to my heart before I looked up the words of Kaddish and silently said them to myself. “May there be abundant peace from heaven and life upon us and upon all Israel.” I lit a small candle. At least on this day, someone will have remembered my mother. Then I carefully put the letter back in my bureau drawer, where it will remain for the rest of my life. Amen.

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listening situations. It’s also important to know these products are best suited for people with mild to moderate hearing impairment, and they usually aren’t covered by insurance or Medicare.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the different devices that can help. Personal amplifiers: For better hearing, especially in noisy environments, there are personal sound amplification products that can be worn in the ear like a hearing aid and are designed to amplify sound while reducing background noise. Two top-rated products to consider that were recently recommended by Consumer Reports are the SoundWorld Solutions CS50+ and the Etymotic Bean.

Depression is a Risk Factor for Dementia — and Both Are Associated with Hearing Loss Until recently, scientists could not pinpoint the relationship between depression and dementia — both of which are related to hearing loss — but that mystery appears to have been solved. A new study published in the journal Neurology details the association, reporting that people with symptoms of depression tend to suffer a more rapid decline in thinking and memory ability, potentially leading to dementia. The study did not prove a cause-andeffect relationship, but depression was considered to be a serious risk factor for dementia. Hearing care providers are already aware of the relationship between hearing loss and depression, as well as the relationship between hearing loss and dementia. Communicating becomes difficult and exhausting for individuals with untreated hearing loss, so those with an impairment tend to withdraw from social contact — and social isolation is a common risk factor

for depression. In a 2011 Johns Hopkins University study, participants showed an increased risk for dementia based on the severity of their hearing loss. However, a better understanding of how depression and dementia are related may help providers find more effective treatment solutions in the future. We may never know all there is to know about the human body, but evidence-based research indicates that hearing aids can be an effective communication treatment — and that better communication can help prevent or delay the onset of depression and dementia by stimulating areas of the brain that otherwise wouldn’t receive stimulation. Call today to make an appointment for a hearing evaluation.

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Better Hearing & Speech The CS50+, which costs $350, looks like a Bluetooth cellphone headset and has customizable settings that can be programmed with a smartphone. The Etymotic Bean, which costs $399 a pair or $214 for one, is ready to use right out of the box and is best suited for those with high-frequency hearing loss. If these are too pricy, there are also a number of small, handheld or body-worn amplifiers — like the Williams Sound Pocketalker ($139) and Bellman & Symfon Mino Personal Amplifier ($188) — that have a microphone and headphones or earbuds that are very effective, too. TV amplifiers: To hear the television better, there are TV listening devices that will let your husband increase the volume and adjust the tone to meet his needs — without blasting you out of the room. Some of the best options include wireless infrared, radio frequency, or Bluetooth devices that come with standard or stethoscope headphones. Sennheiser makes a variety of quality products with prices running between $130 and $450. Or, for a more affordable solution, consider the Serene Innovations TV Sound Box for $120. This is a wireless amplified TV speaker that would sit near your husband and provide clear stereo sound from the TV without the need for headsets. Amplified telephones: To have clearer phone conversations, there are

a wide variety of amplified telephones that offer enhanced volume and tone adjustments, and they usually come with extra-loud ringers and flashing ring indicators to alert him when a call is coming in. Some top makers of these products are Clarity, ClearSounds, and Serene Innovations, and a top seller today is the Clarity XLC2+ Amplified Phone ($144), which is a cordless phone that provides three tone settings and 50 decibels of amplification. Alerting devices: A variety of alerting devices can help people who have trouble hearing the doorbell, phone, alarm clock, smoke detector, or even weather radio. These products use flashing lights, multi-tone ringers, or vibrating devices as a means to alert you. Some popular products in this category include: the Bellman & Symfon Care Home Alerting Solution, which provides door and phone notification with a flashing alert ($198); the Silent Call Weather Alert Radio, with strobe and bed shaker ($165); and the all-in-one Serene Innovations CentralAlert CA-360 Clock/Receiver Notification System, which provides alarm clock, doorbell, phone, motion, and storm-warning alerts ($180). Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior book.

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Better Hearing & Speech Untreated Hearing Loss Can Lead to Cognitive Decline Research has demonstrated that the relationship between hearing and brain health is profound. The ears and the brain work together to understand and interpret sounds. Hearing occurs when the auditory nerve transmits signals from hair cells in the inner ear to the brain. When these hair cells are damaged, hearing loss results. Untreated hearing loss increases one’s risk for cognitive decline and mental illness. A healthy auditory system, in which the brain can process sound, increases cognition, improves memory, and enhances interpersonal relationships. Hearing loss is associated with cognitive decline and dementia in older adults, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine and several studies conducted at Johns Hopkins University. Researchers concluded reduced social engagement and untreated hearing loss can lead to poor cognitive function and faster mental decline. Fortunately, treatment — including surgeries and hearing aids — can improve hearing. Mental illnesses, including depression and schizophrenia, are linked to untreated hearing loss. According to a study in JAMA Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, 11.4 percent of adults with self-reported hearing loss have moderate to severe depression, which is nearly double the rate of those with typical hearing. Individuals with hearing loss have reported feeling uncomfortable in

group settings, entering conversations at inappropriate times, talking off-topic, or dominating conversations because talking is easier than listening. In addition to depression, hearing loss is linked to schizophrenia. Several studies suggest social exclusion and loneliness can predispose people to schizophrenia by increasing sensitization of the dopamine system. Compromised hearing is an invisible disability, often unnoticed or ignored even by those affected. However, hearing loss is widespread and can have serious cerebral consequences. “Hearing loss caused by excess noise exposure is preventable — we all must take simple measures, like turning down the volume and using hearing protection in loud situations,” Nadine Dehgan, Hearing Health Foundation CEO, said. Regular hearing screenings can help detect and treat hearing issues early on. Talk to your audiologist about the best ways to treat or manage your hearing loss. Hearing Health Foundation is the largest nonprofit funder of hearing and balance research in the U.S. Learn more by visiting or by contacting them at info@ or (212) 257-6140/(888) 435-6104 (TTY).

4 Critical Facts about Hearing Loss and Protection How many of these facts from the Hearing Health Foundation do you know? Fact No. 1: Noise-induced hearing loss is acquired from excessive noise. • About 30 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous noise levels on the job. • Nearly 1 in 5 American teenagers is expected to acquire hearing loss largely due to overexposure to loud sounds. • 25 percent of Americans age 65-74 and nearly 50 percent of those 75+ have disabling hearing loss. • Approximately two-thirds of service members and veterans have NIHL or tinnitus, or both. • Many veterans also have processing disorders as a result of blast or high-noise exposure. Fact No. 2: NIHL is preventable. The measures needed to prevent NIHL are simple: walk, block, and turn. “Walk away from the sound source, block your ears using earplugs, and turn


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down the volume,” advises Nadine Dehgan, HHF’s CEO. Fact No. 3: Musicians are 57 percent more likely to experience tinnitus and are almost four times more likely to develop NIHL than the general public. Sound onstage can reach up to 110 decibels, the equivalent of a jackhammer. Prolonged exposure to loud noise causes hair cells of the inner ear to be damaged, leading to permanent hearing loss. Fact No. 4: A portable listening device at maximum volume (105 dB) is louder than heavy city traffic, drills, and a noisy subway platform and equal to a table saw. Blasting the volume in earbuds hurts hearing. It is estimated that 20 percent of teenagers, an age group that frequently uses portable listening devices, will suffer from hearing loss from overexposure to noise. Hearing Health Foundation is the largest nonprofit funder of hearing and balance research in the U.S. Learn more by visiting or by contacting them at info@ or (212) 257-6140/(888) 435-6104 (TTY).

Better Hearing & Speech Retirement Community Embraces Hearing Loop Technology By Megan Joyce Guests with hearing loss attending Messiah Lifeways’ new Hostetter Enrichment Center won’t need to navigate the sonic haze of ambient noise. Frequently a source of frustration for those with hearing aids and cochlear implants, the problem of unclear audio in reception halls, theaters, churches, auditoriums, or other public spaces is eliminated by the facility’s installation of a hearing loop. “Research (and experience) Photo credit: Nathan Shields shows that people with hearing From left, Dr. Paul Wengert and Eva loss may find it difficult to Martin, both project donors, and Greg hear the spoken word in places Witters, senior director of strategic projects, look at plans used for Messiah with ambient noise or poor Lifeways’ recently completed Hostetter room acoustics,” Karin Bisbee, Enrichment Center, which includes an communications director for installed hearing loop system to ensure Messiah Lifeways, said. audio clarity for hearing-impaired A hearing loop, also called an visitors. induction loop or audio frequency loop, consists of a copper wire installed under the flooring that encircles the entire perimeter of the room. The wire generates a magnetic field that then transfers the audio directly to a wearer’s hearing aids or cochlear implants, according to Healthy Hearing ( All that’s required of the user is to activate the telecoil function on their hearing aid or implant, and the audio is broadcast directly to their device. Induction loops also work with PA systems, TVs, radios, smartphones, or tablets. “The loop takes an audio feed from all the active sources in the room and sends them out,” Bisbee explained.

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Although hearing-loop technology has been inexistence since the 1940s, its use in the United States has lagged behind Europe’s and has only begun gaining traction within the last several years. During the construction of Messiah Village’s recently opened Village Square community, a resident approached the development team after seeing this technology in use at another community, Bisbee said. The John N. Hostetter Enrichment Center, which is part of Village Square, is home to the Pathways Institute for Lifelong Look for signs like this one, which Learning and hosts many special will be displayed at the Hostetter events, “so high-quality sound and Enrichment Center, to see if a venue has audiovisual systems are a must,” hearing-loop technology installed. Bisbee said. “After much research and conversation, we settled on installing an induction loop system under the carpet in Hostetter Enrichment Center.” Dr. Paul Wengert, the resident who suggested the loop technology, also donated a charitable gift toward its installation, as did resident Eva Martin. Their contributions made the venue’s audio upgrade possible. Use of a hearing loop also alleviates the self-consciousness many hearingdevice users feel when forced to use headphones or a similar apparatus in public spaces. “We are glad that our guests and residents will be able to experience a high quality of sound while maintaining their discretion,” Bisbee said. “The t-coil in most hearing aids will automatically pick up the enhanced sound, so there’s no need to wear a bulky device or use assistive equipment that draws attention to one’s hearing loss. “It’s as simple as flipping a switch.”

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

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1901 North Fifth Street • Harrisburg, PA 17102-1598 (717) 221-7902 • Number of Beds: 95 Rehabilitation Unit: No Alzheimer’s Unit: Yes Skilled Licensed Nursing: Yes Therapy: Speech, Occupational, Physical Long-Term Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes 24-Hour Medical Care: Yes Recreational Activities: Yes Scheduled Entertainment: Yes

Private Rooms Available: Yes Semi-Private Rooms Available: Yes Pet Visitation Allowed: Yes Beauty/Barber Shop: Yes Medicare: Yes Medicaid: Yes Accreditations/Affiliations: AAHSA, LeadingAge PA (PANPHA), NHPCO, PHN, HPNA Comments: A beautiful, full-service continuing care retirement community with a 150-year history of exemplary care.

The Middletown Home

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

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

StoneRidge Towne Centre

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

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

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

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

Mennonite Home Communities

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

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

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

Scheduled Entertainment: Yes Private Rooms Available: No Semi-Private Rooms Available: Yes Pet Visitation Allowed: Yes Beauty/Barber Shop: Yes Medicare: Yes Medicaid: Yes Comments: Elm Spring Residence Independent Living on campus.

Thornwald Home

442 Walnut Bottom Road • Carlisle, PA 17013 (717) 249-4118 • Number of Beds: 83 Rehabilitation Unit: No Alzheimer’s Unit: No Skilled Licensed Nursing: Yes Therapy: Speech, Occupational, Physical Long-Term Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes 24-Hour Medical Care: Yes Recreational Activities: Yes Scheduled Entertainment: Yes

UCC Homes

Private Rooms Available: Yes Semi-Private Rooms Available: Yes Pet Visitation Allowed: Yes Beauty/Barber Shop: Yes Medicare: Yes Medicaid: Yes Comments: A place to be yourself and celebrate your life.

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Nursing & Rehabilitation Centers Transitions Healthcare – Gettysburg

595 Biglerville Road • Gettysburg, PA 17325 (717) 334-6249 • Number of Beds: 135 Rehabilitation Unit: Yes Alzheimer’s Unit: Yes Skilled Licensed Nursing: Yes Therapy: Speech, Occupational, Respiratory, Physical Long-Term Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes 24-Hour Medical Care: Yes Recreational Activities: Yes

Scheduled Entertainment: Yes Private Rooms Available: Yes Semi-Private Rooms Available: Yes Pet Visitation Allowed: Yes Beauty/Barber Shop: Yes Medicare: Yes Medicaid: Yes Accreditations/Affiliations: PHCA, PACA Comments: Fully staffed Transitions Healthcare employees in skilled nursing and sub-acute rehab. Tours are encouraged!

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Personal Self-Defense Tips for Seniors By Steve Kardian Seniors may be statistically less likely to be victims of a violent crime than younger age groups, but the fallout of a violent crime against a senior can be much more devastating. Reaction times are reduced as we age, and seniors may not have optimal health, so a physical attack can take longer to recover from, cause more injuries, and be more life-threatening. Conditions such as diminished vision and hearing or dementia can also make seniors more vulnerable to crime. A few ways seniors and their friends, families, and caregivers can enhance personal safety include: Fortify Residences – Seniors who are still living independently in a single-family home should make sure that bushes and trees are trimmed back from the home. This will help eliminate hiding places for criminals. Bright landscape lighting can also help to deter burglars, and motion-sensing lighting should be installed in dark corners of the yard or near access points. Never allow anyone into your home, even if they have a work uniform. Check ID, and if unsure, call the company, especially if you didn’t schedule any service. Enhance Security – Security systems and personal emergency-response devices can help seniors reach help if a break-in occurs or if there is a medical emergency. Some devices have features that will also notify family or caregivers if something is wrong, so if for some reason the alarm company does not respond to a call, loved ones or caregivers can follow up to ensure everything is OK. Enroll in a Class – Self-defense classes don’t have to be all about throwing a punch or mastering a kick.

Seniors can benefit from self-defense classes that help to educate about scams or how to use body language and confident verbal communication to scare off a potential attacker. Classes can also help teach about mitigating risk factors and how to be more aware of surroundings. Better Safe than Sorry – If you return home and things don’t look right, don’t just chalk it up to forgetfulness that you left items out or out of place. Go to a neighbor’s house, or get back in your car and call a family member or the police to come check the house with you. There is no reason to stumble upon a burglar alone. And, if there have been break-ins in your area, take extra precautions. Purchase something simple, such as a whistle or an air horn, which you can sound if someone breaks in while you are home and you need help. Invest in Easy-to-Use Protection – Finally, don’t be afraid to protect yourself if threatened. There are many self-defense devices available at a range of costs. An example is the Defense Alert Device (D.A.D. 2), which can be worn on the hand when walking, running errands, or checking who is at the front door. The device combines a flashlight, emergency-alert system, and a non-lethal, military-grade defense spray. A press of a button will send an alert to friends, family, Good Samarians within 1 mile of your location, and police who have the app. Steve Kardian is the founder of Jane Jitsu and an expert on women’s safety and crime prevention. Before devoting his work full-time to Jane Jitsu, Kardian served as a detective and then a sergeant with the Mount Pleasant Police Department in New York. Kardian’s first book, The New Superpower for Women, is available on Amazon. 

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Dear Pharmacist

Suzy Cohen

The Connection between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Thyroid

There are many reasons that you might be tired and suffering with chronic fatigue syndrome. To be clear, CFS is not the kind of fatigue that goes away after you’ve rested; this is a persistent type of weakness that is inexplicable, unrelenting, and disabling. CFS has been pinned on Epstein-Barr and human herpes virus 6, parasites, mycotoxins, mold, adrenal dysfunction, nutrient deficiencies, and much more. But new research published in March 2018 in Frontiers of Endocrinology has uncovered a rather obvious link, one that has the potential to change your life dramatically, and in a good way! Chronic fatigue impacts about 2.5 million people in the United States, who deal with it but live in an awful state of exhaustion, brain fog, dizziness, and muscle pain or weakness. Attempts to treat it with antibiotics, stimulants, sleeping pills, and antidepressants have left millions of people adversely affected by the drugs and still feeling pretty dreadful or perhaps only marginally better, but certainly not cured. I’m confident, especially now, that thyroid medication holds the key to getting better if you have CFS. Scientists in the Netherlands and in Spain got together and inferred that CFS could be a result of low thyroid (T3) hormone levels, independent of the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). To test the theory, they looked at 197 people, of whom 98 had been diagnosed with CFS and 99 were not.  After comparing thyroid function and biomarkers of inflammation, the researchers found that the people with

CFS had dramatically lower levels of important thyroid hormones, including triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4), but surprisingly they had normal TSH levels. This means that your TSH could appear normal on a lab test, but your T3 could be lower due to poor activation (which means that the T4 isn’t converting to T3 fast enough). And this means you would have all the symptoms of low thyroid, but it will not be detected if the doctor just looks at your TSH levels and nothing more — and this is what often happens. There are many reasons for poor T3 activation, and I wrote a book on this topic, Thyroid Healthy. I also have an e-book I can share for free if you sign up for my newsletter at my website. The folks with CFS happened to produce higher amounts of reverse T3 (rT3), which, sadly, is like your hibernation hormone. It slows you down; it basically puts you to sleep. It’s not biologically active like T3. To read more about this, go to my website and use the search box to find the article called, “Measure Reverse T3 and Get Thyroid Healthy.” This critical research means that people with CFS are likely suffering from an underlying thyroid problem and could benefit dramatically from simple, affordable medications like compounded T3, Cytomel, or other forms of T3 medication. The T4 drugs, such as levothyroxine, will not be of benefit and might exacerbate the problem due to more rT3 formation. This information is not intended to diagnose, prevent, or treat your disease. For more information about the author, visit

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

May 15, 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

May 2, 7-8:15 p.m. Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group Willow Lakes Outpatient Center 212 Willow Valley Lakes Drive Willow Street (717) 464-9365

May 16, 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

May 14, 11 a.m. Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group Garden Spot Village Concord Room 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland (717) 355-6076

May 17, 10-11:30 a.m. Bereavement Support Group Masonic Village Sycamore North Recreation Room 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown (717) 367-1121, ext. 33576

Senior Center Activities May 17, noon Brain Tumor Support Group Lancaster General Health Campus Wellness Center 2100 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster (717) 626-2894

Columbia Senior Center – (717) 684-4850 May 10, 10 a.m. – Magic Show May 15, 9:30 a.m. – Ukulele Program May 22, 9:30 a.m. – Program: The Bridges of Columbia

May 21, 2 p.m. Lancaster County Parkinson’s Support Group Landis Homes 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz (717) 509-5494

Elizabethtown Area Senior Center – (717) 367-7984 May 17, 22, 24, 31, 9 a.m. – Technology Classes May 18, 11 a.m. – Music with Dave Micelli May 24, all day – Barnstormers Trip

May 23, 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 May 4, 5-9 p.m. Opening Reception: Kevin Bedgood Mulberry Art Studios 19-21 N. Mulberry St., Lancaster (717) 295-1949 May 6, 7 p.m. Singspiration – 16th Annual Community Hymn Sings Series Historic Old Leacock Presbyterian Church 3181 Lincoln Highway East, Paradise (717) 687-6619 May 7, 6 p.m. Red Rose Singles Meeting Centerville Diner 100 S. Centerville Road, Lancaster (717) 406-6098 May 8, 6:45-8 p.m. “Jukebox Saturday Night” by Servant Stage Pleasant View Retirement Community Hoffer Auditorium 544 N. Penryn Road, Manheim (717) 665-2445

May 9, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lancaster County 50plus EXPO (Spring) Shady Maple Conference Center 129 Toddy Drive, East Earl (717) 285-1350 May 9, 2 p.m. Korean War Veterans Association Meeting Woodcrest Villa Bluebird Commons Room 2001 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster (717) 299-1990 May 10, 10-11 a.m. Unwrap the Truth: Sodium by Dishes 2 Nourish Lancaster Cancer Center 1858 Charter Lane, Greenfield Corporate Center, Lancaster (717) 291-1313, ext. 102 May 14, 4 p.m. Genealogy Pleasant View Retirement Community Overlook Lounge 544 N. Penryn Road Manheim (717) 665-2445

May 15, 2-3:30 p.m. Willow Valley Genealogy Club Willow Valley Communities Orr Auditorium 211 Willow Valley Square Lancaster (717) 397-0439 May 17, 4:30 p.m. Women on Their Own in Revolutionary Pennsylvania 230 N. President Ave., Lancaster (717) 392-4633 May 21, 4 p.m. Spring Bike Tune-up Pleasant View Retirement Community – Overlook Lounge 544 N. Penryn Road, Manheim (717) 665-2445 May 29, 7 p.m. World War II Oral History Meeting St. Anne’s Retirement Community 3952 Columbia Ave., Columbia (717) 319-3430

Library Programs Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, Lititz, (717) 626-2255 May 2, 6:30 p.m. – Astronomy Enthusiasts of Lancaster County May 9, 6:30 p.m. – Tea and Scones for Mother’s Day: Baking Class May 10, 6:30 p.m. – Lancaster Civil War Roundtable: The Williamstown Boys in the Civil War

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 May 7, all day – Senior Games at Spooky Nook May 17, 9 a.m. – Canvas Painting May 24, all day – Barnstormers Trip Lancaster Rec. Senior Center – (717) 392-2115, ext. 147 May 2, 10:45 a.m. – “Lighten Up, Lanc” Program by LGH Wellness Center May 9, 10:45 a.m. – Make it, Take it Craft May 17, 10:45 a.m. – What does the Jewish Family Service of Lancaster Offer Seniors? Lititz Senior Center – (717) 626-2800 Wednesdays, 9:15 a.m. – Healthy Steps in Motion May 3, 10:15 a.m. – Music and Dancing May 14, 10 a.m. – Eating Healthy: Giant Food Stores Presentation Luis Munoz Marin Senior Center – (717) 295-7989 May 4, 9 a.m. – Diabetic Care with Madelin May 7, all day – Senior Games at Spooky Nook May 11, 10:45 a.m. – Fresh Fruit Express Millersville Senior Center – (717) 871-9600 Fridays, 10 a.m. – Yoga Classes May 4, 10:30 a.m. – Music with Rick Kilby May 25, 10:30 a.m. – Penn State Nutrition with Donna Next Gen Senior Center – (717) 786-4770 May 2, 3, 10, 14, 9 a.m. – Let’s Click Technology May 11, 10:30 a.m. – Music with Glen May 15, 9:30 a.m. – Exercise with Sonya Rodney Park Happy Hearts Club Senior Center (717) 393-7786 Tuesdays, noon – Pinochle Wednesdays, 1 p.m. – Varied Activities Thursdays, noon – Bingo Submit senior center events to

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From the Office of Aging

Free Classes, Baseball Game Honor Older Americans Month By Lon Wible The Lancaster County Office of Aging invites Lancaster County’s older adults to join us in commemorating Older Americans Month. This year’s theme for the month of May is “Engage at Every Age,” and we have some exciting ways for seniors to be engaged! Join us as we celebrate our 30th Annual Senior Games during the week of May 7-11. This year’s Senior Games has more than 45 different events held at Spooky Nook Sports and several other locations. This fun event draws more than 800 participants and 200 volunteers. We are also offering free technology classes to Lancaster County residents aged 55 and older at several locations

in the county. These interactive classes are two hours long, and each class focuses on a different topic. Whether you consider yourself a beginner or an advanced “techie,” we’re sure you’ll enjoy the class. Participants can attend one class or all of them. Locations include:

• May 14, Home Entertainment and Technology

Lancaster Rec Senior Center 525 Fairview Ave., Lancaster All classes 9:3011:30 a.m.

Our celebration for the month will conclude when we join the Barnstormers for Older Americans Month as they play the York Revolution Thursday, May 24, at Clipper Magazine Stadium, 650 N. Prince St., Lancaster. Lancaster County residents aged 60 and older can pick up a free ticket for the game and a voucher for a hotdog and soda at any of our local senior centers. Other activities to enjoy will include a health/senior fair, bingo during the game, and other attractions geared toward older adults. Bring your photo identification to your local senior center Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., to receive your free ticket. Tickets are

• May 15, Beginners/Basics • May 18, Cloud 101 • May 21, Online Financial Safety • May 25, Facebook and Social Media Next Gen Senior Center 184 S. Lime St., Quarryville All classes 9-11 a.m.

Elizabethtown Senior Center 70 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown All classes 9-11 a.m. • May 17, Purchases and Upgrades 101 • May 22, Facebook and Social Media • May 29, Online Financial Safety

• May 31, Photography

• May 2, Digital Music • May 3, Photography • May 10, Health Features

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.

For more job listings, call the Lancaster County Office of Aging at

(717) 299-7979 or visit

Lancaster County Office of Aging 150 N. Queen Street, Suite 415 Lancaster, PA 24

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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

available on a first-come, first-served basis at the following locations:

• S ACA Senior Center, 545 Pershing Ave., Lancaster – (717) 295-7989

• Columbia Senior Center, 510 Walnut St., Columbia – (717) 684-4850

• Lanc. Neighborhood Senior Center, 33 E. Farnum St., Lancaster – (717) 299-3943

• Elizabethtown Senior Center, 70 S. Poplar St. – (717) 367-7984 • Lancaster Rec Senior Center, 525 Fairview Ave., Lancaster – (717) 399-7671 • Next Gen Senior Center, 184 S. Lime St., Quarryville – (717) 786-4770

Grow a Bountiful Garden and Share with the Hungry By Melinda Myers

vegetables to share; join forces with a neighbor who may have the space, but only limited time to garden; or gather Do you always squeeze in an extra tomato plant, another row of beans, or a few friends and rent a community garden plot. Together you can grow one more hill of zucchini? fresh produce and memories to share. It seems like a good idea at the Get the children in your life time, until they start to produce all at involved once. Your in growing family, and giving. friends, and Gardening co-workers increases start to hide focus, as you try to decreases pawn off yet stress, and another bag elevates of zucchini children’s or tomatoes. moods. Here is a Giving solution that Photo credit: Rob Cardillo helps satisfies your Produce about to be transported to a food children gardening pantry in West Philadelphia. grow into obsession caring, and feeds the well-rounded adults. Plus, if they grow hungry in your community. Designate the vegetables, they are more likely to some growing space to a Giving eat them! Garden, and donate the harvest to Be sure to capture a few your local food pantry. photographs of your donation to Feeding America reports that 41 inspire others to follow your lead. million Americans struggle with Starting in August, you can enter hunger. And many are children and Gardener’s Supply’s online “Show seniors. Gardener’s Supply Company What You Share” photo contest for a is inviting gardeners to lend a hand and take the “Garden to Give” pledge chance to win a prize for you and your to grow food to give to those in need.  local food pantry. Once you’ve experienced the They surveyed food pantries to find benefits of sharing fresh produce with out what types of fruits and veggies the hungry in your community, you people most enjoy eating and those are likely to find yourself making that store well. You’ll find a simple Giving Garden plan for beets, carrots, regular donations of garden-fresh fruits and veggies to those in need … cabbage, Swiss chard, kale, and and feeling great about it, too.  winter squash on their website (www. Melinda Myers has written more than 20 Best of all, these late-maturing gardening books, including Small Space vegetables will be ready for harvest all Gardening. She hosts The Great Courses’ How to Grow Anything: Food Gardening at about the same time, so you can For Everyone DVD set and the nationally make your donation in just one trip. syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment TV Don’t let a lack of space stop you and radio segments. www.melindamyers. from participating. Plant a row or com container of one or more of these

• Millersville Senior Center, 222 N. George St., Millersville (open Monday, Wednesday, Friday) – (717) 871-9600 • Lititz Senior Center, 201 E. Market St., Lititz (open Monday, Wednesday, Friday) – (717) 626-2800 For information on any of the events or to register for the Senior Games or technology classes, call Lancaster County Office of Aging at (717) 299-7979 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Lon R. Wible is the executive director of the Lancaster County Office of Aging.

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The Bookworm Sez

The Grumpy Gardener Terri Schlichenmeyer

Normally, you’d never allow it. Holes in your yard? No way! Trenches near your garage? Nuh-uh, except in the spring, when you start thinking about hostas in those holes, tomatoes in the trenches, daisies in the divots. Oh, how you love a garden, and with The Grumpy Gardener by Steve Bender, you’ll get a shovelful of ideas. Larry, Mary, Geri, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? If you’re frowning now, remember that even the most dedicated, experienced gardener has a dud now and then, but there are ways to minimize that. Steve Bender has ideas. The first thing you’ll want to know is your zone, which is not at all new-agey. Growing zones are delineated areas that indicate average-low winter temperatures; you’ll need to know your zone to know where a plant might thrive or die. On that last note, you’ll find the grumpy in Grumpy Gardener. There are many garden and landscape plants that Bender wishes would just die. Here, find a list of the Five Most Awful Plants; reasons why you don’t want a river birch, cottonwood, or weeping willow in your yard; and why you should never move next door to someone who adores bamboo.

If you hate critters in your garden, learn what bulbs they won’t eat, what they like, and how to get rid of pests altogether. Read how to use a chainsaw the Grumpy way, and how to get your plants ready for winter. Find a way to love dandelions and know what not to plant if you have pets. Teach your teens to grow kale, and then send them to college with plants that thrive on neglect. Scratch the surface on poison ivy mythology; see why sycamore trees are good if you’re a kid; and learn why kudzu could become more than just a weed someday. Get useful lawn ideas, tips on fertilizer use, mulches to avoid, and organic methods to embrace. And finally, relax: says Bender, a dying plant is God’s way of telling you to try again … Will silver bells or cockleshells grace your yard this year — or do you struggle to keep the lawn green? Either way, you can’t help but laugh about it when you put The Grumpy The Grumpy Gardener Gardener between those greenish-brown thumbs. By Steve Bender And yet — don’t be thinking this is all fun and c. 2017, Oxmoor House geraniums. There’s humor inside this book, but author 256 pages Steve Bender is serious about gardening, planting, and caring for greenery. The advice you’ll get is sound and useful, including sidebars in a Q-and-A format and chapters on things that may seem only barely garden-related until you need to know them. Also helpful is when Bender recommends alternatives — what to grow, for instance, if your Minnesota rhubarb hates Texas climate — and better ideas to make your garden glow. Though much of this book is set in Zone 8 (the South), there’s still plenty of advice and a few challenges for Northern, Central, and Western gardeners. If that’s you and you’re itching to plant, get The Grumpy Gardener. You’ll really dig it.


Rock out to the songs You’re the One That I Want, Summer Nights and Greased Lightnin’.

Photo credit: Chanhassen Dinner Theatre

The Bookworm is Terri Schlichenmeyer. Terri has been reading since she was 3 years old and she never goes anywhere without a book. She lives on a hill in Wisconsin with two dogs and 14,000 books.


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Pet of the Month

Bishop Meet Bishop! This handsome, 4-yearold neutered male Labrador retriever/ poodle mix was brought to the shelter when his previous owner could no longer afford his vet care. Bishop has a suspected cranial cruciate ligament tear, which may require surgery. Don’t let that fool you, though! This boy has a ton of life and energy to give to his new family! Bishop has lived with children and dogs, which he got along with. He enjoys playing, going for car rides, and getting plenty of love. Be sure to stop into the Humane League of Lancaster to meet Bishop today! Bishop’s ID number is 217384. For more information, please contact the Humane League of Lancaster County at (717) 393-6551.

We Want YOU! •K  orean war veterans (of all service branches) who served anywhere in the world 1950–1955 • Veterans (of all service branches) who served in Korea 1945–present

The mission of the KWVA/USA is to defend our nation. Care for our veterans. Perpetuate our legacy. remember our missing and fallen. Maintain our memorial. Support a free Korea.

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.

For more information call: Bill Kelley, VP (717) 560-9424.

May 30, 2018 Aug. 28, 2018 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

1741 Papermill Road Wyomissing

1150 Camp Hill Bypass Camp Hill

Crowne Plaza Reading Hotel Radisson Hotel Harrisburg

Please, join us! This combined event is FREE for veterans of all ages, active military, and their families.

At the Expo

Veterans Benefits Community Services Products and Services Available Support/Assistance Programs Education/Training Services

At the Job Fair

Employers Job Counseling Workshops/Seminars Resume Writing Assistance Principal Sponsors:


Sponsored by:

BCTV • Cigna Health Improvement Tour • Disabled American Veterans • DMP Solutions Pennsylvania State Headquarters VFW • Tower Health • Vibra Health Plan WFYL • WHTM ABC27 • Worley & Obetz, Inc.

Sponsor & Exhibitor Opportunities Available (717) 285-1350

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50plus LIFE Lancaster County May 2018  

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

50plus LIFE Lancaster County May 2018  

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