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Few things are more painful to bear than a diagnosis of breast cancer and all that goes with it. I have three close friends who are breast cancer thrivers today, although my mother-in-law died from it. The suspicious spot on her scan did not receive follow-up imaging, and by the following year, it was too late. She died in 1996. I miss her, but I get to love her son. We’ve learned so much since then. I will share the new research now. There is a more comprehensive version of my article with more tips at my website (www.suzycohen.com). 1. Bone loss treatment may need to be reevaluated. According to a paper published in Medical Hypothesis (2010), alterations in the serum-calcium-to-magnesium ratio
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The researchers used data from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study. Eating a diet rich in dietary folate may be associated with a lower risk of sex hormone receptor-negative breast cancer, at least in premenopausal women. 3. There are natural SERMs (selective estrogen receptor modulators). SERMs can block estrogen-mediated breast cancer growth and help to maintain bone density in postmenopausal women. You know the drugs as tamoxifen (Nolvadex) and raloxifene (Evista) and others. A paper in Phytomedicine 2016 found that rhodiola rosea acts a bit like a SERM by binding to estrogen receptors, counteracting TNF alpha and protecting bone cells (osteoblasts) from hydrogen peroxide. You should discuss the risks and benefits with your physician, but it seems that with SERM activity, natural rhodiola might help mitigate or delay menopause-related discomfort and support breast health. 4. Eating rosemary is powerful. This herb contains natural compounds, such as rosmarinic acid, that are protective of our reproductive organs. Another spice called spica prunellae (xia ku cao in Chinese medicine) contains this rosmarinic acid. There are studies on rosmarinic acid that are important to breast cancer survivors; for example, one found it can slow or inhibit bone metastasis from breast cancer. There are more tips at my site. For now, consider putting rosemary sprigs in everything you eat. It’s easy, simple, and provides many other health benefits. This information is not intended to diagnose, prevent, or treat your disease. For more information about the author, visit SuzyCohen.com
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the national anthem. After her two sons were grown, Keller reentered the It’s been six years since workforce and revived her Peggy Kurtz Keller stood musical pursuits, earning rooted on stage in overjoyed roles in community theater delight after hearing her name and performing for service announced as the winner of organizations, senior groups, On-Line Publishers’ 2011 pa and holiday parties. state Senior Idol competition, “At 60 I think I’m feeling her bright smile the only means more confident and beautiful of escape for the joy ricocheting Photo credit: Pavan Kumar (www.pavans.photography) inside and out—I feel like I through her body. Keller performed can do pretty much anything,” The Lancaster County native “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” Keller said. has been no stranger to a stage during the talent portion of the During the Ms. Pennsylvania in the meantime. 2017 Ms. Pennsylvania Senior Senior America event, which “I’ve been doing a lot America competition. was held at the Red Lion Hotel of entertaining: a lot more in Harrisburg, five judges senior groups, retirement evaluated Pennsylvania’s 12 communities, singing the contestants on four categories: national anthem at the inner beauty, evening gown, Harrisburg Senators and philosophy of life, and talent. Reading Phillies—a little bit “Peggy was what we call the higher up in the food chain,” ‘triple threat’ in competition,” Keller, of Ephrata, said. “So Denise Russo-Caiazzo, Ms. I’ve been quite busy with my Pennsylvania Senior America entertaining since Senior Idol.” state administrator, said. Keller, 60, can now happily “She had exceptional add another notable title to her confidence in her interview and entertainment resume: that was well spoken and intelligent. of reigning Ms. Pennsylvania She radiated her enthusiasm Senior America. for life with her millionOn July 30, Keller won the Photo credit: Pavan Kumar (www.pavans.photography) dollar smile,” Russo-Caiazzo 2017 statewide competition, From left, Keller’s niece, continued. “She was poised and an annual talent and “inner Grace Kurtz; mother, Evelyn Kurtz; regal in her evening gown and beauty” pageant that strives to Keller; husband, Mike Keller; and very articulate as she gave her “emphasize and give honor to sister-in-law, Marie Kurtz. heartwarming ‘philosophy of women who have reached the life.’” ‘age of elegance,’” according to “It was so much fun,” Keller its website (www.senioramerica. said of the competition. “It was org). a very similar kind of vibe as As a result of her Senior Idol Senior Idol because we all were win, Keller said a representative kind of in the same boat. We from Ms. Senior America had were all mature women … we checked in with her regularly, all just wanted the opportunity eager for Keller to turn 60 to show that women over to meet the minimum age 60 can still be entertaining, requirement for the pageant. productive, and beautiful.” “I just love to entertain so For the talent portion, much that I felt [the pageant] Keller won the 2011 pa state Senior Idol competition with her rendition Keller—who favors the would give me another of “Summertime.” “standards” and big-band opportunity to meet a whole music of the 1940s and ’50s— group of individuals that I intended to perform what she calls her “signature could expose [my music] to; it would open up some song”: George Gershwin’s “Summertime” from Porgy doors for me,” Keller said. & Bess. It is also the song that also clinched her pa Keller’s knack for performance dates back to her childhood in Leola, where in high school she won the state Senior Idol title in 2011. But another contestant had already chosen local Junior Miss Pageant and frequently performed www.50plusLifePA.com
â€œSummertime,â€? so Keller have a lot of life and a lot to went with â€œSomewhere give society.â€? Over the Rainbow,â€? She will also another of her represent favorites. In Pennsylvania Peggy Kellerâ€™s the end, the at this yearâ€™s â€œPhilosophy of Life,â€? secondnational as presented to choice song Ms. Senior Ms. Pennsylvania selection America Senior America judges: didnâ€™t pageant, As I live each day, I know that I will matter. to be be faced with daily challenges that will â€œI was held Oct. teach me and allow me to grow. As I so over15-19 in reflect on the dayâ€™s events, I ask myself, whelmed Atlantic â€œHave I given all of who I am today?â€? If in my heart of hearts, I know that to be [when] City, true, for what more can I ask? I got a New My all today may be different than standing Jersey. yesterday or even tomorrow; however, ovation,â€? Kellerâ€™s if I have given all that I can be, taken Keller, a husband the lessons learned, and entertained fulltime OBwill join new ideas and thoughts from GYN triage her for the others, I will become a more nurse, said. â€œI three-day complete woman. felt really good competition, about the day; I as will about 15 knew I did the best friends and family I could do, and I could offering their support. not have done anything Pennsylvania has never differently.â€? had a national title holder, RussoSinging wasnâ€™t the only talent on Caiazzo said. display that day, however. Kellerâ€™s â€œWe at Pennsylvania Senior America feel that Peggy can break that fellow contestants, who ranged in streak and become Pennsylvaniaâ€™s first age from 60-89, exhibited skills as national winner and carry home the wide ranging as pie baking, singing, crown as Ms. Senior America 2017,â€? dancing, and readings of original Russo-Caiazzo said. â€œShe certainly has poetry. all the qualities of a national winner!â€? Thirteen friends and family If Keller does take home the members came out to support Keller in national crown, her duties and the audience. opportunities will be similar to those â€œThey were screaming and yelling of the state winner but on a grander and carrying on,â€? she laughed. â€œIt scale, with country-wide recognition was really kind of one of those things and exposure. where the energy was really high and â€œShe will continue her crusade to contagious.â€? help educate seniors and show the Her supporters werenâ€™t the only ones in need of a good holler. After the world that seniors are the foundation of America, and they are still going judges announced their decision and strong,â€? Russo-Caiazzo said. â€œThe sky Keller received the crown, sash, and flowers, she paused before the outdoor is the limit for the national winner.â€? Keller said she plans to take the photo shoot and turned to RussoOctober competition in stride, but Caiazzo. that doesnâ€™t mean she isnâ€™t headed â€œAs soon as I got outside, I said to to Atlantic City with her eye on the Denise, â€˜Is it OK if I scream now? I prize. just feel like I have to scream!â€™â€? Keller â€œIâ€™m going there for the fun of the said. â€œSo I screamed. It felt really whole experience,â€? she said, â€œbut I good.â€? have that competitiveness about me, As the state winner, Keller â€œwill and Iâ€™m sure as shooting going to do represent women over 60 and help the best I can with the intention that educate the public about senior life, while dispelling the myths of ageism,â€? Iâ€™m going to come away a winner.â€? Russo-Caiazzo said. â€œShe will make Cover photo credit: Pavan Kumar (www. appearances throughout the state, pavans.photography) spreading the message that seniors still www.50plusLifePA.com
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Pa. Widower Would Enjoy Meeting a Widow Tom Blake
I had to smile when I received an email from Chuck, a widower, in Lancaster. “I just can’t see myself using those dating websites, so what can you do to help me meet another love of my life before I run out of money or air?” My reaction was: A widower with a sense of humor. A widower in his 70s who doesn’t want to use “those dating websites.” I bet we can help him. Chuck had obviously read my most recent 50plus LIFE article (August 2017) about Steve, also a widower, who lives nearby in New York state. I wrote back to Chuck, saying I needed more information about him. “Over a year ago, I lost the love of my life to multiple myeloma cancer,” Chuck said. “We were married 54 years. We have three children and six
grandchildren. year-around wish. “I would like to He added, “I’m in my 70s but look like meet a widow in her I’m in my 60s.” 60s or 70s who had a I said to him, happy marriage and who wants to share “We’ll let the women decide how young good wine, fine food, you look. Tell me great conversation, more about you.” educational travel, Chuck and and who likes to his wife lived in snuggle in the winter Charlotte, North or travel to south Florida.” Carolina, and south Florida for 37 years I needed to clarify before moving the comment “… Chuck S., of Lancaster, to a senior living who likes to snuggle wants to continue his community in in the winter.” extensive travels—and I wrote to Chuck: Lancaster. He tries “Snuggle only in the doesn’t want to do it alone. to work out every winter?” morning and reads He assured me that snuggling was a “anything” nonfiction.
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This gentleman has quite a resume. “I like to see new places. [I] have visited or lived in all 50 states and over 100 countries,” Chuck said. “[I] am a volunteer for Road Scholar, the largest nonprofit travel company, and SCORE, where I mentor smallbusiness owners. Also, I have been a Rotarian for over 50 years. “Who can I use for matchmaking now?” he asked. I smiled and said, “Well, networking through friends and acquaintances is the best way seniors can meet potential mates. Maybe our newspaper can increase your network.” I learned a bit more about Chuck. He has an undergraduate degree from Notre Dame and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. He was an officer in the Army. He was a president of three companies. Even though Chuck has traveled extensively, he says he’d like to see new places, and he doesn’t want to see those places traveling by himself. If Chuck sounds like a man you’d enjoy meeting for a cup of coffee, email him at chucksawicki@gmail. com. For dating information, previous articles, or to sign up for Tom’s complimentary, weekly e-newsletter, go to www. FindingLoveAfter50.com.
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Plant Easy-Care Daffodils Now for Added Spring Beauty By Melinda Myers Daffodils have a cheery presence in the spring garden and are a surefire way to chase away the winter blues. These fall-planted bulbs are also reliable perennials that require no maintenance and are not bothered by deer or other pests. The National Garden Bureau has declared 2017 the Year of the Daffodil, and with the fall planting season upon us, now is the time to choose your favorites. Yellow trumpet daffodils are classics, but there are many other flower styles and colors to choose from. Double-flowering types, such as white-and-yellow Lingerie and longlasting, lemon-yellow Sherborne, feature multiple rows of petals, and some varieties look more like peonies www.50plusLifePA.com
cut flowers. than daffodils. The cups on these Multidaffodils are flowering varieties, divided into segments such as that are Beautiful pressed back Eyes, display against the several flowers on petals. Narcissus each stem. This variety’s Cassata has Photo Credit: Longfield-Gardens.com a ruffled white-andUnique daffodil varieties like Lingerie offer yellow split orange double flowering. cup and blossoms white petals. Lemon Beauty’s shorter have a gardenia-like fragrance. Miniature daffodil Baby Boomer split cup is adorned with a yellow star. These are just a few of the many has five to 10 flowers per stem. After blooming, the grassy foliage quickly choices that are available for gardens, fades away, allowing nearby perennials containers, and spring bouquets. Most to take center stage. daffodils are hardy in growing zones 3-8. In warmer zones, look for heatSplit-corona daffodils have an tolerant varieties, such as Thalia and unexpected beauty and are lovely
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The Party No One Wants to Plan People rarely like to dwell on the fact that they or a loved one will die someday, even though it’s an inevitable part of life. From a practical standpoint, we would make preparations to ensure that survivors aren’t placed in financial jeopardy and that they know the deceased person’s final wishes. “But the reality is that people procrastinate because the topic is too painful to think about,” says Susan Alpert, author of Later is Too Late: Hard Conversations That Can’t Wait (www.susanalpertconsulting.com). Alpert, who lost her husband suddenly after 46 years of marriage, knows from experience about the confusion, chaos, and disastrous financial consequences that occur, and
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make decisions about funerals or memorial services while they are still grieving. Just 23 percent of people over age 50 have planned for their funeral or burial, according to the AARP. Meanwhile, funerals come with a hefty price tag that keeps rising, with the average cost in 2014 at $7,181, according to the National Funeral Directors Association.
“Making arrangements for your own funeral may feel surreal,” Alpert says. “But imagine the pain others will have dealing with that if you don’t step up and do it for them—and take care of the cost now if possible.” The good news, she says, is that despite the emotion involved, preparing for death can be handled over time and at your own pace, although it does require motivation and organization. Among the things to consider: Collect important documents and details in one place. Some of the personal information that should be gathered together include names of your doctors, your bank accounts, Social Security information,
Funeral Planning by the Numbers 19,322: The number of funeral homes in the U.S. in 2017, according to the National Directory of Morticians Redbook. 86: The approximate percentage of funeral homes in the United States privately owned by families or individuals. The remaining 14 percent are owned by publicly traded corporations. $7,181: The national median cost of a funeral with viewing and burial for 2014. If a vault is included, something that is typically required by a cemetery, the median cost is $8,508. The cost does not take into account cemetery, monument, or
marker costs or miscellaneous cashadvance charges, such as for flowers or an obituary. $6,078: The national median cost of a funeral with viewing and cremation in 2014. The cost does not take into account vault, cemetery monument/marker costs, or other miscellaneous cashadvance charges. 50.2: The percentage of Americans who chose cremation in 2016, up from 48.5 percent in 2015, while 43.5 percent opted for burial, down from 45.4 percent in 2015. Source: National Funeral Directors Association
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after death. Our vision might not be the same as our family members’, Alpert says, so it’s important to decide how and where your final resting place will be and whether there should be a funeral or a memorial service. Do you want a burial or cremation? Do you prefer an old-fashioned obituary or a simple social media announcement? Hire experts. “There is a business
for every need, and the arena of death is no exception,” Alpert says. Try contacting a team of professionals—attorneys, accountants, financial advisers—who can help sort through all the financial and legal details ahead of time so there are fewer challenges to face at the time of death. “The best way to honor a loved one’s legacy is to ensure that his or her wishes are carried out after death,”
Alpert says. “But that shouldn’t happen at the expense of a budget when you’re grieving and can’t make clear decisions.” Susan Covell Alpert, author of Later is Too Late: Hard Conversations that Can’t Wait (www.susanalpertconsulting.com), is a lecturer, consultant, entrepreneur, and frequent guest on national radio and television shows. Alpert is also the author of Driving Solo: Dealing with Grief and the Business of Financial Survival.
How ‘Trick or Treat!’ Took Over the World Wherever you live, chances are that on Oct. 31 you’ll be visited by pirates, ghosts, princesses, and monsters crying, “Trick or treat!” at your front door. Costumes and going door-to-door for treats can be traced back to pagan and Christian rituals from the Middle Ages. In Britain and Ireland, poor people would beg for food door-to-door in exchange for prayers for the dead on the day before All Souls’ Day (Nov. 2). This practice, called “souling,” evolved from a European pagan tradition. The wearing of costumes and masks originates in Celtic traditions of attempting to placate evil spirits by
copying them. Immigrants from Scotland and Ireland brought the tradition of “guising” to the New World, with children going through their neighborhoods requesting food and coins, usually in exchange for a dance or poem. The term “trick or treat” in print was seen in Alberta, Canada, in 1927, and in the Oregon Journal newspaper in 1934: “Other young goblins and ghosts, employing modern shakedown methods, successfully worked the ‘trick or treat’ system in all parts of the city.” Trick-or-treating had become
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In their shows, Sam Moore and Dave Prater became a freewheeling bundle of collective energy, joyfully bobbing, weaving, and gyrating, and all the while singing at full throttle. Popular among the many nicknames the duo earned was “The Sultans of Sweat,” as every highenergy performance left actual tiny lakes of perspiration onstage. In Rhythm and the Blues, Atlantic Records’ Jerry Wexler said, “Their live act was filled with animation, harmony, and seeming goodwill.” Oh? That “seeming” goodwill apparently wasn’t directed at each other, as the pair endured a tumultuous partnership for the two decades they performed together. Moore and Prater would often arrive at concert venues separately, each demanding his own dressing
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Falling in Love with Bergen: Norway’s Cultural Capital
I can’t say we weren’t warned. When we told our Norwegian friends we were going to Bergen, they looked at each other and smiled as if wondering whether they should let us in on Bergen’s secret. “A beautiful place,” he said finally. “A city of culture.” “A city of rain,” she interrupted. “Rainiest spot on the continent. Rains 250 days a year — summer, fall, winter, and spring.” In other words, it always rains. Is this a place my husband and I really want to visit? Well, yes. A city that’s been deemed a “European City of Culture” (an honor bestowed by the European Union upon select cities that have contributed mightily to the culture of the world) and has also been named a UNESCO World Heritage
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City because of its enduring cultural significance is most certainly a city that is worth a few drops of rain. On the first morning we look out our hotel room window and see sun—bright, happy sun shining down on buildings that shimmer with color. We’ve won the weather lottery. Peaked roofs covered with orange, gold, black, and sometimes red tiles sit atop walls that may be light gray or ivory but are more often vibrant gold or soft blue. Off in the distance a church topped with delicate pinnacles and spires stands guard over the haphazard streets. I later learn that this church — Johanneskirken in Norwegian, St. John’s in English — is the largest in Bergen and dates back to 1894.
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Three hours later, the clouds obscure the sun. Four hours later, we’re drenched. That’s when I remember that my friend told us a proverb she learned from her grandmother: There’s no such thing as bad weather in Bergen, just inappropriate clothes. My husband and I race back to the hotel and grab parkas for our bodies, dry shoes for our feet, and myriad plastic bags for his camera. Then, outfitted appropriately, we set out to imbibe some culture. We begin in the center of town, which 1,000 years ago was home to the medieval town of Bryggen. Many of the original buildings were destroyed by fire during the 1700s and subsequently rebuilt on the old foundations, meaning that the footprints and often the function remained the same. The reconstructed buildings are lined along the wharf, facing the water that made Bryggen an economic powerhouse — in medieval terms, of course. Today the terms have changed. Bergen is still an economic powerhouse, but it deals in tourists instead of fish.
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Bergen is home to fishing boats, sightseeing boats, and cruise ships of all sizes.
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We spend the better part of a day strolling along the cobblestone streets and planked walkways of old Bryggen and exploring repurposed buildings, now crooked with age. We see trolls in every size and shape in the souvenir shops, admire handmade knits with Nordic designs in the galleries, and eat ... Oh my, we eat. First we down a sandwich laden with shrimp, crab, and salmon. Then we warm up with a sjokoladerdrikk (hot chocolate) from a Starbucks that’s housed in a building that looks like a giant wedding cake,
complete with a frosting of white. Two hundred years ago this building was the town’s meat market. A few blocks away, an old bakery has been turned into a new McDonald’s. Thoroughly sated, we visit the Hanseatic Museum, where we take a guided tour that helps us better understand Bergen’s history. Then we wander over to the wharf to see some of the ships that take nearly a halfmillion passengers a year on trips to the spectacular Norwegian fjords. Some of these ships, which number more than 300 a year, are mega-ships,
each carrying thousands of passengers to the larger ports along the coast. Others, like those operated by Hurtigruten, are smaller vessels that combine cargo stops to small towns with passenger amenities for cruisers who want a more unusual voyage. The next day passes too quickly as we try to absorb the city’s art and music scene. It’s a large scene — one that encompasses both past and present. Music aficionados can visit the home of Norway’s most famous composer, Edvard Grieg, as well as the villa of violin virtuoso Ole Bull, while art enthusiasts can explore Bergen’s Art Street, an impressive row of galleries and museums that borders Lake Lungegårdsvann. As we walk back to our hotel, we feel the soft drops of an evening rain, but this time we hardly notice. We’ve fallen in love with Bergen. For more on Bergen and Norway in general, go to www.traveltizers.com. Photos © Irv Green unless otherwise noted; story by Andrea Gross (www. andreagross.com).
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For more and more Americans, reaching retirement age no longer means the end of an active working life. Many people are choosing to work past the age of 65, according to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you’re willing and able, maintaining gainful employment later in life could go a long way toward ensuring a secure future for you and your family. Besides providing you with additional income to pay your bills, extending your employment or working for yourself could boost your lifetime Social Security benefits. Waiting to claim your Social Security retirement benefits could grow them by up to 32 percent. Through delayed retirement credits, your monthly benefit amount increases by about 8 percent for each
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Stories of ordinary men and women called to perform extraordinary military service. From 1999–2016, writer and World War II veteran Col. Robert D. Wilcox preserved the firsthand wartime experiences of more than 200 veterans through Salute to a Veteran, his monthly column featured in 50plus LIFE. Now, for the first time, 50 of those stories— selected by Wilcox himself—are available to own in this soft-cover book.
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Support Groups Free and open to the public
Senior Center Activities
Oct. 4, 7-8:15 p.m. Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group Willow Lakes Outpatient Center 212 Willow Valley Lakes Drive Willow Street (717) 464-9365
Oct. 16, 2 p.m. Lancaster County Parkinson’s Support Group Landis Homes 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz (717) 509-5494
Oct. 19, 10-11:30 a.m. Bereavement Support Group Masonic Village Sycamore North Recreation Room 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown (717) 367-1121, ext. 33576
Oct. 5 and 19, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Women’s Divorce/Separation Support Group Mental Health America of Lancaster County Community Services Building Room B-103 630 Janet Ave., Lancaster (717) 397-7461 email@example.com
Oct. 17, 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
Oct. 19, noon Brain Tumor Support Group Lancaster General Health Campus Wellness Center 2100 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster (717) 626-2894
Oct. 18, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Oct. 9, 10-11 a.m. Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group Garden Spot Village Concord Room 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland (717) 355-6076 email@example.com
Oct. 23, 2-3 p.m. Parkinson’s Support Group Garden Spot Village Theater 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland (717) 355-6259 firstname.lastname@example.org Oct. 25, 6-8 p.m. Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania Support Group Lancaster General Hospital – Stager Room 5 555 N. Duke St., Lancaster (800) 887-7165, ext. 104
Community Programs Free and open to the public Oct. 2, 6 p.m. Red Rose Singles Meeting Centerville Diner 100 S. Centerville Road, Lancaster (717) 406-6098
Oct. 6, 5-9 p.m. First Friday Reception: Mark Kromer Mulberry Art Studios 19-21 N. Mulberry St., Lancaster (717) 295-1949 www.mulberryartstudios.com
Oct. 4, 2 p.m. Korean War Veterans Association Meeting Oak Leaf Manor North 2901 Harrisburg Pike, Landisville (717) 299-1990 email@example.com
Oct. 17, noon to 1 p.m. Tobaccoland: Landscape, Culture, and the Transformation of Central Pa., 1828-2017 LancasterHistory.org 230 N. President Ave., Lancaster (717) 392-4633
Oct. 5, 4:30 p.m. Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon Regional History Colloquium LancasterHistory.org 230 N. President Ave., Lancaster (717) 392-4633
Oct. 17, 2-3:30 p.m. Early 19th-Century Immigration to America Willow Valley Genealogy Club Willow Valley Communities – Orr Auditorium 211 Willow Valley Square Lancaster www.genealogyclubwv.com (717) 397-0439
Oct. 19, 4:30 p.m. Expansionism Denied: President Buchanan’s Failed Quest to Annex Cuba LancasterHistory.org 230 N. President Ave., Lancaster (717) 392-4633 Oct. 26, 2 p.m. Centerville AARP Chapter 4221 Meeting Pheasant Ridge Community Center 209 Longwood Court West Lancaster (717) 786-4714
Library Programs Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, Lititz, (717) 626-2255 Oct. 2, 6-7 p.m.; Oct. 18, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Medicare Information Sessions Oct. 11, 7-8 p.m. – California Wine-Tasting Class: Exploring California Oct. 18, 7 p.m. – Genealogy Club
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Cocalico Senior Association – (717) 336-7489 Oct. 10, 9 a.m. – Crockpot Applesauce and Pumpkin Decorating Oct. 20, 10:15 a.m. – Oktoberfest Root Beer and Pretzels Oct. 31, 10:30 a.m. – Fall Party and Luncheon Columbia Senior Center – (717) 684-4850 Oct. 13, 10 a.m. – National Clock and Watch Museum Tour Oct. 19, 9:30 a.m. – Family 1st Health Blood Pressure Checks and Insurance Questions Oct. 27, 10 a.m. – Dan Martin Country Music Elizabethtown Area Senior Center – (717) 367-7984 Oct. 4, 1:30 p.m. – Bingo 4 Bucks Oct. 28, 10 a.m. – Fall Festival Fun at Elizabethtown Fairgrounds Oct. 31, all day – Halloween Activities 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) 299-3943 Mondays and Wednesdays, 9-9:45 a.m. – Geri Fit Exercise Oct. 13, 9 a.m. – Hispanic Heritage Celebration and History Oct. 18, 10 a.m. – School of Cosmetology Lancaster Rec. Senior Center – (717) 392-2115, ext. 147 Oct. 4, 11:30 a.m. – Medicare Open Enrollment Info by OOA Oct. 6, 9:30 a.m. – Gratitude, Self-Esteem, and Coping Strategies Presentation Oct. 19, 10:30 a.m. – Money Smart for Older Adults Lititz Senior Center – (717) 626-2800 Wednesdays, 9:15 a.m. – Healthy Steps in Motion with Terry Oct. 12, 10:15 a.m. – Music and Dancing with Clyde Spangler Oct. 30, 10:30 a.m. – Stroke Presentation Luis Munoz Marin Senior Center – (717) 295-7989 Oct. 4, 10 a.m. – Financial Issues and Assistance Oct. 13, 11 a.m. – Fresh Express Produce Oct. 27, all day – Fall Fest Celebration Millersville Senior Center – (717) 871-9600 Oct. 16, 10:30 a.m. – Chair Yoga Oct. 25, 10 a.m. – Lancaster School of Cosmetology Haircuts and Manicures Oct. 27, 10:30 a.m. – Penn State Nutrition Program Next Gen Senior Center – (717) 786-4770 Oct. 11, 12:30 p.m. – Chair Dancing Oct. 25, 10:30 a.m. – Trivia with Bob Reigh Oct. 27, 10:30 a.m. – Music with Glenn’s One-Man Band Rodney Park Happy Hearts Club Senior Center – (717) 393-7786 Tuesdays, noon – Pinochle Wednesdays, 1 p.m. – Varied Activities Thursdays, noon – Bingo
The Beauty in Nature
Suburban Food Chains Clyde McMillan-Gamber
Common, everyday house as Japanese beetles and annual cicada sparrows are abundant in cities, grubs to feed their young. towns, and farmyards the year A variety of city and suburban around in southeastern Pennsylvania predators catch and eat house and across most of the United States sparrows, mainly housecats, blue and other countries around the jays, crows, Cooper’s hawks, sharpworld. shinned hawks, and merlins. They are small, plain, and I’ve seen blue jays kill weaver unknown, ignored or despised finches a couple of times. Jays don’t by most people because of their have sharp claws to quickly grab and omnipresent stab their abundance, victims, the “dirt” so they they create bludgeon with their their prey droppings to death and nest with their materials, heavy and their beaks. pushing I saw native a sharpbirds out shinned of nesting hawk sites to use catch a those spots house themselves. sparrow But the on our Adult house sparrow. adaptable, lawn assertive, during a and prolific house sparrows, which snowfall. The sharpy quickly killed are Old World weaver finches, are the sparrow with its talons and ate part of human-made habitats and its victim on top of the snow while food chains. snow fell around the hawk. After Adult house sparrows mostly the hawk had eaten and flew away, consume grain, weed, and grass seeds snowflakes quickly covered the in fields. This species has spread sparrow’s remains. around the world in great numbers Cooper’s hawks regularly prey on because of its adapting to agricultural house sparrows on our lawn through practices in the last 10,000 years. each year. Coops even dive into But this species also ingests what and scramble through shrubbery to is easily available, including cast-off catch their prey. Those hawks perch food in garbage cans, dumpsters, and on trees to consume their catches, parking lots. They also feed on seeds while the victims’ feathers float to the in birdfeeders and pick out chewed, ground. but undigested, bits of corn from House sparrows are small and manure strips in fields and horse disliked by most people, but they droppings on rural roads. are big in the impact they have Adult house sparrows feed on wildlife in cities, suburbs, and protein-packed invertebrates to barnyards. They are part of several their offspring in their nurseries, food chains of who eats whom. which causes those youngsters to Clyde McMillan-Gamber is a retired grow rapidly. I’ve seen adult house sparrows killing invertebrates as large Lancaster County Parks naturalist. www.50plusLifePA.com
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Year Est.: 2014 Counties Served: Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, York RNs: No LPNs: No CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: No
Other Certifications and Services: We provide trained caregivers for in-home care for personal, respite, hospice, 24-hour, live-in, and companionship-care services to seniors and individuals of all ages in the Central Pennsylvania region. Our company is fully insured and bonded. Call now for a free in-home consultation!
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Other Certifications and Services: We provide compassionate, in-home care that helps seniors live safe, happy, and independent lives in the comfort of their own homes. Companion care, light housekeeping, personal care, in-home safety solutions, incidental transportation, dementia/Alzheimer’s care, ongoing staff training. Member: Home Care Association of America
Year Est.: 2007 Counties Served: Lancaster RNs: Yes LPNs: Yes CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: No
Other Certifications and Services: A licensed home-care agency, offering a variety of services to persons in their homes within 15 miles of the Landis Homes campus. Services, provided by carefully screened and qualified caregivers with oversight from RNs, may be used for a short visit or up to 24 hours a day. Call for a free, in-home consultation. A home-care service of Landis Communities.
MediQuest Staffing & Homecare (717) 560-5160 www.mediqueststaffing.net Year Est.: 2002 Counties Served: Lancaster RNs: Yes LPNs: Yes CNAs: Yes Home Aides: No Medicare Certified?: No
Other Certifications and Services: We provide trained and experienced caregivers at all levels of care — CNAs, LPNs, and RNs — in the home, hospital, or retirement community, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. An RN will assess your needs, develop an individualized care plan, and monitor ongoing care at no cost to you.
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Year Est.: 2008 Counties Served: Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Northumberland, Perry, Schuylkill, Snyder, York RNs: Yes LPNs: Yes CNAs/Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: Yes
Other Certifications and Services: Homeland HomeHealth (717) 412-0166 Homeland HomeCare (717) 221-7892
Year Est.: 2001 Counties Served: Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York RNs: No LPNs: No CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: No
Other Certifications and Services: Visiting Angels provides seniors and adults with the needed assistance to continue living at home. Flexible hours up to 24 hours per day. Companionship, personal hygiene, meal prep, and more. Our caregivers are thoroughly screened, bonded, and insured. Call today for a complimentary and informational meeting.
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(717) 397-3044 www.homesteadvillage.org/home-care Year Est.: 2009 Counties Served: Lancaster RNs: No LPNs: Yes CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: No
Other Certifications and Services: Transportation, personal care, homemaking, shopping, and cooking
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How to Pick a Medicare Advantage Plan Jim Miller
Dear Savvy Senior, I’m approaching 65 and am interested in a Medicare Advantage plan to cover my healthcare and medications. What tips can you provide to help me pick a plan? – Medicare Shopper Dear Shopper, Medicare Advantage plans have become increasingly popular among retirees over the past 10 years, as more than 30 percent of Medicare participants are now enrolled in an Advantage plan. Here are some tips and tools to help you pick a plan that fits your needs. First, let’s start with a quick review. Medicare Advantage plans (also known as Medicare Part C) are government-approved health plans sold by private insurance companies
that you can vision, dental, choose in place and hearing, and most plans of original include Part Medicare. D prescription The vast majority of drug coverage too. Advantage You also plans are need to managed-care know that policies, such the monthly as HMOs or premiums PPOs, that require you for many Medicare Open Enrollment: Advantage to get your Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 plans are care within cheaper than a network of if you got original Medicare plus doctors. If you join an Advantage plan, a separate Part D drug plan and a Medigap policy, but their deductibles the plan will provide all of your Part A (hospital insurance) and Part B and co-pays are usually higher. That makes these plans better suited for (medical insurance) coverage. Some healthier retirees. plans even offer extra benefits like
How to Pick To help you pick a plan, a good first step is to call the office managers of the doctors you use and find out which Advantage plans they accept and which ones they recommend. Then go to the Medicare Plan Finder tool at www.medicare.gov/ find-a-plan and type in your ZIP code or your personal information to compare health plans with drug coverage in your area. This tool also provides a five-star rating system that evaluates each plan based on past customer satisfaction and quality of care the plan delivers. When comparing, here are some key points to consider: Total costs: Look at the plan’s entire pricing package, not just the
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premiums and deductibles. Compare the maximum out-of-pocket costs plus the co-pays and coinsurance charged for doctor office visits, hospital stays, visits to specialists, prescription drugs, and other medical services. This is important because if you choose an Advantage plan, you’re not allowed to purchase a Medigap policy, which means you’ll be responsible for paying these expenses out of your own pocket.
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Drug coverage: Check the plan’s formulary—the list of prescription drugs covered—to be sure all the medications you take are covered without excessive co-pays or requirements that you try less expensive drugs first. Dental, vision, and hearing: Some Advantage plans come with dental, vision, and hearing benefits, but these are often limited. Get the details on what exactly is covered. Coverage while traveling: Most Advantage plans limit you to using innetwork doctors only within a service area or geographic region, so find out what’s covered if you need medical care when you’re away from home.
Out-of-network coverage: Check to see what’s covered if you want to see a specialist in a hospital that is not in a plan’s network. You can get a list of doctors and hospitals that take part in a plan on the plan’s website. Retiree benefits: If you have employer-based retiree health coverage, be sure you speak with the benefits manager because signing up for Medicare Advantage may void your coverage. How to Enroll Once you’ve selected a plan, you can enroll either on the www. medicare.gov website, over the phone at 1-800-MEDICARE, directly with your chosen plan, or through an insurance broker. If you need some help choosing a plan, contact your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) at www.shiptacenter.org. Also see the HealthMetrix Research Cost Share Report at www. medicarenewswatch.com, which lists the best Advantage plans based on health status. Jim Miller is a regular contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior Book. www.savvysenior.org
Medicare Open Enrollment Help Available Medicare beneficiaries will have the chance to get personalized help from APPRISE Medicare counselors at numerous locations during this year’s open enrollment period, Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. Medicare Advantage plans and Part D prescription drug plans are allowed to change the amounts of their plan deductibles, co-pays, and total outof-pocket expenses—as well as drug formularies—each year, so Medicare strongly recommends beneficiaries compare their current plan against other plans available for 2018. Changes made during the annual enrollment period will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2018. APPRISE counselors offer impartial assistance to Medicare beneficiaries so they can receive the
most comprehensive healthcare and prescription coverage at the best price possible. They also screen beneficiaries to determine eligibility for several benefit programs that can help with the costs of Medicare and prescription coverage. If you are already enrolled in a Medicare Advantage or a Part D prescription drug plan, you can make an appointment to meet with an APPRISE counselor during the open enrollment period by contacting Lancaster County Office of Aging at (717) 299-7979 or (800) 801-3070. You can also email the agency at email@example.com. If you are a new Medicare beneficiary and would like to meet with a counselor for an www.50plusLifePA.com
introduction to Medicare and to enroll in secondary coverage or a prescription drug plan, you will be scheduled during a time other than one of the open enrollment period appointments. If you are unable to come to one of the following locations for a plan comparison, please call the APPRISE program to have a comparison completed by an alternative method. The Lancaster APPRISE program is administered through Lancaster County Office of Aging and is a local
affiliate of APPRISE, a program of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, the designated State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) in Pennsylvania. Fifty-four SHIPs in the U.S. and its territories receive grant funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide direct, local assistance to Medicare beneficiaries through one-on-one counseling sessions, presentations, and public education programs.
‘SOUL MAN’ from page 12 Sam and Dave classic. “It was the idea of one’s struggle to rise above his present conditions,” Hayes explained in the book Soulsville USA. “It’s almost a tune [where it’s] kind of like boasting, ‘I’m a soul man.’ … It’s a pride thing.” In November 1978, the Blues Brothers—comics Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi—performed “Soul Man” on Saturday Night Live. When they cut their own version of the classic song, retaining the original blaring horns and stinging guitar
licks, the hit remake on Atlantic Records reached a whole new audience. Despite their career-long personal turmoil, Sam and Dave were elected to the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which tacitly acknowledged the duo’s masterful transition of gospel music’s elements into the popular music mainstream. Randal C. Hill is a rock ’n’ roll historian who lives at the Oregon coast. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Lancaster County Annual Enrollment Period Appointment Locations and Dates Adamstown Public Library 3000 N. Reading Road, Adamstown Monday, Nov. 6, 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Cocalico Senior Association 156 W. Main St., Reinholds Thursday, Nov. 2, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Columbia Senior Center Columbia United Methodist Church 510 Walnut St., Columbia Thursday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Denver Borough Hall 501 Main St., Denver Friday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Lancaster County Office of Aging 150 N. Queen St., Suite 415, Lancaster Monday, Oct. 16, and Thursday, Oct. 19, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, and Thursday, Oct. 26, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, and Thursday, Nov. 2, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, and Thursday, Nov. 9, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, and Thursday, Nov. 16, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, and Thursday, Nov. 30, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, and Thursday, Dec. 7, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Lancaster Neighborhood Senior Center 33 E. Farnum St., Lancaster Friday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Lititz Public Library 651 Kissel Hill Road, Lititz Wednesday, Oct. 18, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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Community Resources Gather for Lancaster County 50plus EXPO
By Megan Joyce The waiting crowd accumulated inside Spooky Nook Sports in Manheim on a recent morning in late September, as hundreds of baby boomers, seniors, and caregivers lined up for the start of the 21st annual Lancaster County 50plus EXPO. The free, one-day event, which provided information and resources for the area’s 50+ community, was co-hosted by OLP Events and the Lancaster County Office of Aging. More than 100 exhibitors displayed products and services in travel, housing, medical services, nutrition, home improvements, finances, and healthcare. “We do this every year. We just feel it’s important for the community to come out,” Megan Herr, manager of clinical operations with Regional Gi, a supporting sponsor of the EXPO, said. “We get to answer a lot of questions for their health and why it’s important to get colonoscopies.” Visitors were eligible for door prizes and took advantage of additional free health screenings for blood pressure, glucose, varicose veins, balance, spinal health, hearing, and others. Pharmacists from Kmart administered flu shots. Lorraine Allison, of Lancaster, made Kmart’s booth her first stop. “They have the higher-dose [vaccine] for seniors. It’s an advantage,” Allison said. “I enjoy these [EXPOs] a lot. It’s a social thing; I see a lot of friends.” Waiting lists became necessary as guests signed up for manicures and chair massages from students of Lancaster School of Cosmetology. The EXPO’s main-stage entertainment offerings began with a cakedecorating demonstration by Alixe Hemerly, owner of The Flour Child bakery in Columbia. Hemerly’s multilayered creation featured buttercream icing with watercolor and gold-leaf effects. Costumed actors from Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre performed songs from their fall lineup of shows, such as “Not Fade Away” and “Peggy Sue” from The Buddy Holly Story. Tina Jackson, Medicare sales representative with Health Partners Plans, encouraged audience members to consider their many options during Medicare’s upcoming annual enrollment period. “Always look at your network,” Jackson said. “Visit everybody. Talk to everybody. Secondly, check out the formulary. That’s where your list of medicines are.”
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Despite the day’s summerlike heat, Jodie Morris, garden center manager with Stauffers of Kissel Hill, displayed options for fall container gardens and offered suggestions for helping outdoor plants and flowers weather the seasonal transition. Finally, Jerry Mitchell, education and outreach specialist with the Office of Attorney General, spoke to the EXPO’s guests on how to protect themselves against fraud and financial exploitation, especially scams that target older adults. David Fernandez, of Lancaster, looked at his time spent at the 50plus EXPO as an investment in his future well-being. “I’ve been hearing about these EXPOs for a couple years, and … you’re at that age, and you want to know what’s available for you out there,” Fernandez said. “You’re getting older every day, and you’ve got to start preparing for the long haul. I wanted to become more educated on what’s available for me.” OLP Events’ next 50plus EXPO will be Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Carlisle Expo Center, 100 K St., Carlisle. For more information, call (717) 2851350 or visit www.50plusExpoPA.com. Brought to you by: &
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Gray Divorce: Splitting Up in Later Life By Linda Hershman, LMFT, MS
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Alan and Joan* threw a big bash to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. Surrounded by their children, grandchildren, and friends, the champagne flowed as they toasted a life well lived. A month later, Joan shocked everyone by moving out of the house and filing for divorce. Everyone wondered: Why now? “We don’t want the same things anymore,” Joan said, when asked. “Alan is a great guy, but once the kids left, I realized we weren’t going to have much to talk about for the next 20 years.” While the divorce rate in the U.S. has dropped slightly since the 1990s, “gray divorce” among baby boomers and seniors has doubled, according to a March 2017 Pew Research Institute study. Cris Pastore, esquire, co-founder of Main Line Family Law Center, a Philadelphia-area mediation firm, has been conducting divorce mediation exclusively since 2008. He reports that the firm’s main demographic is couples between the ages of 40-60, with a slight uptick in recent years of the 50-55 group. According to Pastore, these couples tended to marry and have kids in their 20s. “They see their lives split in half,” Pastore says. “They spent the first half raising kids. Now they want something different. “Women initiate gray divorce more often than not,” Pastore continues. “They are coming to the (mediation) process more empowered than ever.
They can be true to themselves and to their spouses about what they want for themselves. Many have careers and don’t need financial support from their husbands. In the past, they were more reticent to tell the spouse how they felt.” Pastore believes the aftermath of 9/11 has increased older adults’ willingness to divorce. “I look at 9/11 as having completely turned things upside down. People are living more for today than they ever were before,” he says. “They don’t want to wait for tomorrow—they’re less willing to wait around for anything.” Life expectancy plays a role in the decision to divorce. Many, like Joan, expect to live longer and remain in good health and wish to fully engage in their lives for as long as possible, even if it means doing it without a partner. Not all gray divorce is a result of a long marriage that has run its course, however. Many are second marriages, which carry an even statistically higher divorce rate. Often, people remarry without having worked through their own issues that contributed to the first
divorce. Blended families present unique challenges. And, having been through it already and knowing they will survive, it becomes easier to leave, especially when there are no children to consider. Although today’s older women are more likely to experience the financial independence that allows them to leave an unhappy or unsatisfying marriage, divorce is costly. “In almost every case, divorce results in a financial hardship for both spouses. Financial reasons usually are in consideration of staying together, rather than getting a divorce,” Pastore says. Fortunately, options exist today beyond hiring opposing counsels who may escalate the battle and win the spoils of the war. There are divorce professionals, including attorneys and therapists, who are committed to making the process as financially and emotionally healthy as possible. Divorce mediators, such as Pastore, help the couple obtain a peaceful, cost-effective divorce without the need to hire attorneys. The divorce mediator does not take sides but empowers both parties to negotiate a fair and equitable settlement outside
of the court system. Couples who wish to remain amicable while being represented by attorneys can consider collaborative divorce, a process of voluntary dispute resolution in which parties resolve issues without litigation. Experts—such as mental health therapists, parenting experts, and financial professionals—may be engaged as part of a problem-solving team. Deciding to divorce can be a gut-wrenching process. One or both spouses may struggle with the choice of whether to stay or go. Before contacting a lawyer, these couples should consider discernment counseling. Usually within one to five sessions, a discernment counselor will help couples choose one of three paths with clarity and confidence: stay the course and do nothing at present; move toward separation and divorce; or agree to commit to marriage counseling with a qualified, licensed professional. Even if you don’t want to squander the rest of your life with someone who has become the wrong partner, take time to educate yourself about your options. Life is short, but a bitter divorce feels interminable. Linda Hershman, MS, LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist practicing in Berwyn, Pa. She is the first therapist in the Delaware Valley to have obtained certification in discernment counseling. For a free consult, contact her at (610) 889-2089 or www. stayorgocounseling.com. *not their real names
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Grass over Turf Bill Levine
As a grade schooler in the late 1950s, I really missed my dad on Saturdays. Dad would close down his dental practice at noon, come home, and then jump into a car with Grandpa and a few racing pals and head to the local horse track. From Mom’s grumblings, I got the idea that the so-called Sport of Kings was sleazy, so why would Dad play horses instead of playing catch at home? I later understood why when he said he bought the Boston Record American newspaper because of its racing charts. The 1960s, though, ushered in a new Dad. We joined a nearby country club, and Dad became fascinated with the backswing instead of the back stretch. I was happier now on Saturday because I could occasionally join Dad at the pool or the 19th hole grill. Unlike the mysterious touts, I got to know Dad’s golfing partners. Dad and I even started to play a few holes together. This was a great father-and-son bonding activity once I learned how to replace divots. We both got the mini-workout exercise of trekking the hilly layout of the club. Undoubtedly, Dad thought this was better than watching horses exercise. One round when I was 15 was transcendent for both of us. It was the father/son club tournament. This one day, Dad’s advice stuck: I didn’t pick my head up, and my shots went airborne. It was a best-ball format, and we used my crushed drive off the seventh hole. www.50plusLifePA.com
We shot 46, good enough to win. It was a highlight reel for us then and forever, as it was our lone joint trophy. Dad, though, accumulated numerous trophies over the next four decades along a raft of golfing buddies. Eventually he left the country club but then moved to a new home, a couple of stiff threewoods from the Brookline Municipal course. Brookline Municipal became his second home. In his 70s, Dad forged a new career as a state health consultant. Whacking a Pinnacle was not a job requirement, but it helped when vendors invited him to toney courses. On one such luxe links event, Dad was gifted a set of Callaways. This was his last and best set of clubs. About 10 years after Dad acquired the Callaways, he offered me the clubs. I was saddened by the offer because Dad was now giving up golf, his sweet spot of conviviality, with his athleticism gone. But, bottom line, I was honored to inherit the clubs. If Dad had stayed with the dubious Sport of Kings and fashioned a life at the track, I’m sure that his parting memento to me would have been a box full of losing pari-mutuel tickets or other heartbreaks. Bill Levine is a retired IT professional and active freelance writer. Bill aspires to be a humorist because it is easier to be pithy than funny.
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