Lebanon County Edition
Vol. 9 No. 4
Friends on the Dance Floor Dance-Club President Enjoys Decades of Movement, Camaraderie By Rebecca LeFever Dotty Boyanowski wasn’t sure at first that a singles dance club was for her. But, the jive of the bands and quick movement on the dance floor at the Metropolitan Area Dance Club hooked her nearly 30 years ago, and she’s been going ever since. The newly divorced mother of two was asked by a neighbor, also divorced, to tag along to check out the venue. Boyanowski’s neighbor said she wanted to see the bands to find one for her daughter’s wedding. “The thought didn’t appeal to me,” Boyanowski said. “I said, ‘Well, I don’t want to go to a singles club.’” At the last minute, Boyanowski changed her mind. The two women attended the six-year anniversary dinner dance for the club. It was the first of many that Boyanowski would attend. In May, the Metropolitan Area Dance Club will celebrate its 33rd anniversary. Although reluctant to first get involved, Boyanowski, now 76, said she found lifelong friends at the weekly dances. She acts as president of the nonprofit group. For the better part of 30 years, the club was for singles only. It recently opened its doors to couples and holds dances at 6:30 p.m. every Saturday night at PA DanceSport, 585 E. Main St. in Hummelstown. please see FRIENDS page 15 Dotty Boyanowski, president of the nonprofit Metropolitan Area Dance Club, seated in the ballroom of PA DanceSport in Hummelstown, where the club holds its dances.
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hat would you like to see today’s youngest generation bequeath to future generations? More time to enjoy life and less time for work? A single language adopted by all nations? Cures for diseases? These and other hopes turn frail if there is no sustainable environment to bequeath. Mother Earth needs our support if future generations are to enjoy her bounty. The Confederation of the Six Nations of the Iroquois adopted a constitution, called the “Great Binding Law,” that required each nation to protect the generations to come when reaching tribal decisions, particularly environmental decisions. The Council of the Confederation was directed by the document’s language to “look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present, but also the coming generations.” Their constitution predates, by several centuries, the year 1772, when the sixth Iroquois nation joined the confederacy. The U.S. Constitution, adopted in 1787, does not speak specifically of protecting the environment of future generations. It begins by mentioning why our constitution was adopted, reading in part to “promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity …” It is difficult to secure blessings to future generations if the environment is left in ruins. A study conducted by the Harvard Law School, “Models for Protecting the Environment for Future Generations” (October 2008), identified three state constitutions (Hawaii, Illinois, and Montana) and five state statutes that reference “the protection of the environment for future as well as present generations.” The study adds that “at least eight U.S. federal statutes” make a similar reference. Responsibility to ensure environmental protection for the needs of future
generations was adopted in 1972 by signatories to the “Stockholm Declaration on the Human Environment” of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment. In 1997 the same responsibility was urged upon nations by the U.N. Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization when it adopted its “Declaration on the Responsibilities for the Present Generations toward Future Generations.” In the early 1990s, famed sea explorer Jacques Cousteau began a petition for a Bill of Rights for Future Generations in which “every person has the right to inherit an uncontaminated planet on which all forms of life may flourish.” Nine million people signed the petition, which was submitted on Oct. 17, 2001, to Kofi Annan, secretary general of the United Nations. Protection of our environment is an issue endorsed today by almost all Americans. This value extends over many past decades by some of our presidents. Lincoln protected California’s Yosemite Valley by setting aside land that later became a national park. President Theodore Roosevelt went much further by protecting 230 million acres as national forests, wildlife refuges, parks, and preserves. To borrow a phrase, the road to environmental doom is paved with good intentions. In the past century our population more than tripled from 92 million to 320 million. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported, in its 2007 National Resources Inventory: “Annually, we now lose about 1.6 million acres of working farms, ranches, and forests to fragmentation and development. Many of our rivers, lakes, coasts, and streams are polluted. Fish advisories and beach closures occur frequently.” We might add more details to this list of assaults on the environment: please see EARTH DAY page 5
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Health Anxiety Can Make You Ill Gloria May, M.S., R.N., CHES ow nervous are you about getting sick from what’s “out there”? Are you constantly worried about catching or falling prey to some malady or contagion? Can you relate to the poor, anxious zebra trying to live on the plains while dodging a dozen hungry lions? Every day, even if we don’t get out of bed, our health and well-being— even our lives—are put at some level of risk. The goals of health educators are:
• To accurately frame these concerns so patients can better understand them • To work with patients on a reasonable plan for avoiding the risks altogether (or at least for minimizing their impact) • To help patients more effectively deal with the anxieties these dangers can provoke Which risks get your attention and which do you ignore? How influenced are you by the popular media as opposed to what your doctor tells you? How crazy with worry are you making yourself and those around you over what you perceive to be threats to your health and life? Factors that increase our anxiety levels over health matters include: Our dread of suffering. The threat of disease associated with misery (cancer, for instance) leads us to pay more attention to factors reportedly associated with it than to those associated with, for instance, heart disease, which, in general, is a condition not associated with pain. But with this, we tend to overlook the fact that heart disease kills more of us than does cancer. Exotic diseases. We panicked over the H5N1
avian flu that killed a hundred people in Asia, yet many of us neglected to get immunized against the seasonal flu that takes the lives of thousands every year right here at home. Rare conditions. We are seemingly more concerned about getting brain cancer from our cell phones than we are about the perils of talking on them while driving or even crossing the street.
Sudden and catastrophic events. After 9/11, many folks chose to drive their cars to their destinations rather than board an airplane, even though intellectually they understood that the highways are more dangerous than the skies. Of course we should pay attention to life’s hazards; the issue is how much attention they deserve, how much fretting we should do about them, and to what extent we should readjust our lives in order to manage them. Here’s the irony: Excessive
worrying about your health can actually make you more miserable than whatever it is you are worrying about. Fussing over every little risk often results in physical symptoms like headaches, insomnia, fatigue, and diffuse muscle aches. Emotionally, those with a consistently high level of health anxiety can become irritable and snappy; mentally, they often exhibit poor problem-solving skills and spotty concentration. Remember, it isn’t the stress itself that makes us sick; it’s how we manage or fail to manage it. If you suspect you are overly preoccupied with health hazards or your friends and relatives are telling you it’s time to learn to manage your anxieties more effectively (“Lighten up!”), it’s time to let your doctor help you. Discussing your specific concerns will give you an “evidence-based” perspective (meaning based on research, not rumor), and your doctor may have recommendations for specific relaxation techniques: exercise, biofeedback, hypnosis, therapy, or medication. You don’t have to live your life like that zebra! Gloria May is a registered nurse with a master’s degree in adult health education and a Certified Health Education Specialist designation.
Books: A Great Lesson in History Edward Bonekemper is a Civil War speaker, author, editor, and writer. He has published four Civil War books since 1998: Grant and Lee: Victorious American and Vanquished Virginian; McClellan and Failure: A Study of Civil War Fear,
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Small Changes Coming Up in 2014 By John Johnston At Social Security, our goal is to provide the best service possible to everyone who comes to us for help, whether they’re applying for disability benefits or getting verification of their Social Security number. By investing in new technologies and finding innovative, cost-effective ways to deliver service, we are able to reach this goal. Technology is vital to delivering quality service, and we continue to provide more options for customers to do business with us over the Internet or through self-service kiosks. We are making changes in the way we provide some services so we can serve the vast majority of Americans better and more efficiently. Most people won’t even notice the changes. So allow us to
fill you in. Later this year, Social Security will stop providing benefit verification letters in our local offices. You can still get an instant letter online by creating a personal my Social Security account at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount, or by calling our toll-free telephone number at (800) 772-1213 to request one by mail. In addition, we will discontinue providing Social Security number printouts. These printouts have no security features and could be easily misused or counterfeited. If you need proof of your Social Security number and you do not have your Social Security card, you may apply for a replacement card by completing the Application for a Social Security Card and providing the required documentation. You’ll find the application online at
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mountaintop removal to mine coal, poorly conceived damming of rivers and irrigation, ocean waters turning acidic, poorly secured nuclear waste, the infestation of invasive plants and fish, ozone depletion, and the battle between resource-removal employment and a sustainable environment. Each generation inherits life. It should follow that each generation also inherits temporary custody of the life-giving resources of the planet. As sojourners on Earth we are temporary stewards of its resources, obligated to protect them for the sustenance of ourselves, our children, and their descendants. Albert Camus, the French philosopher and novelist, offered this observation in
his 1946 essay, “The Crisis of Man”: “I do not believe in guaranteed progress, or in any philosophy of history, but I think that, at least, man has never ceased to advance in the awareness of our destiny. We have not overcome our conditions, but at least we understand them better.” At the moment, it seems awareness and overcoming have yet to make their mutual acquaintance. Walt Sonneville, a retired market-research analyst, is the author of My 22 Cents’ Worth: The Higher-Valued Opinion of a Senior Citizen and A Musing Moment: Meditative Essays on Life and Learning, books of personal-opinion essays, free of partisan and sectarian viewpoints. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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thought being a grandparent was going to be easy, and my major job was to spoil my grandchild. Our first granddaughter, Summer, was born about seven weeks ago, and my plans were simple. When she was old enough, I would stuff her with ice cream and candy and bounce her on my knee while whispering in her ear, “You love Grandpa best.” Little did I know that being a grandparent would make me a nervous wreck. It all started when I got a slightly worried call from my daughter Ann. She told me that Summer hadn’t yet reached her milestone of making eye contact. Up until that point, I didn’t know about milestones and, believe me, ignorance was bliss. When Ann was growing up, the only milestones I worried about were her dating, driving, and getting into college. I guess milestones have been around for a while, but because of the Internet, it seems like everyone is now talking about them. Anyway, according to Ann, when a baby reaches approximately 6-10 weeks of age, she’s supposed to be making eye contact. Summer just hit 6.5 weeks and she wasn’t doing that yet. I told Ann to calm down, she was jumping the gun, and that Summer had plenty of time to reach this benchmark. And then, of course, I worried like a crazy person. I drove over to Ann’s and did my best to make eye contact with Summer. I quickly moved my body to whatever direction Summer was looking—if her eyes moved to the left, I would quickly move to the left; when her eyes moved to the right, I would move to the right. It was a form of Grandpa Aerobics. It didn’t work, of course, and I went home still worried. On the plus side, I think I lost 4 pounds.
And then, two days later, my daughter called and told me that Summer was making eye contact. My granddaughter was obviously a genius. So that milestone was accomplished, and I again resumed my master plan: bouncing Summer on my knee and whispering in her ear, “You love Grandpa best.” A few days later my daughter called, worried that Summer hadn’t made her social-smile milestone. Again I told Ann there was nothing to worry about— considering everything that was going on in the world, maybe Summer didn’t feel like smiling. Maybe she would start smiling when the national unemployment rate went down. I tried to joke, but of course I was worried about this benchmark, so I went over to Ann’s and started smiling like crazy at Summer, trying to get her to smile back. She must have thought I was a giggling madman. Anyway, I went home without having any success, but a few days later I got a call from Ann saying that Summer finally smiled. The next time I saw Summer (about 10 minutes later because I rushed over), she did smile for me—a wonderful, joyous, magnificent smile that made my heart soar. I realized it wasn’t exactly the same accomplishment as her getting into Harvard (that will happen in a few years), but it was still pretty darn exciting. OK, with those two milestones accomplished, I can finally relax. Except, of course, when it’s time for Summer’s other milestones: raising her head, babbling, cooing, rolling on her back, reaching and grabbing, responding to her name, gesturing, pretend playing, sitting, crawling, walking, and saying her first word. Oh, man, who said being a grandparent was easy? Oh, that’s right; I did. www.50plusSeniorNewsPA.com
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I won’t be intimidated. Then I head to the living room and sulk until my wife leaves for work. Sometimes it is noon before my attitude is properly adjusted; morning television doesn’t help. No matter, because all mornings are still better than the one I lived through just after I retired. It was the first snow of the season when my wife crawled out of bed to start her workday; I hardly noticed. And I certainly didn’t think anything at all about the weather forecast from the night before.
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Any conscious thought I could muster about anything quickly faded into a dark, dreamy blankness. Then I was aroused from my deep slumber by a scraping sound—shovel blade on macadam, I thought. When I rolled over, I noticed again that I had the bed all to myself. I spread my arms and outstretched legs, pulled the cotton blanket over my shoulders, and nestled in the comforting warmth. There was another scraping sound—ice scraper on windshield, to be sure. I stirred slightly. Then there was the jarring explosion when the front door slammed shut. Weighty footsteps lumbered through the house and then, silence. By now I was sitting upright, awaiting an explanation about the ruckus going on downstairs. I sensed trouble, I tell you. My wife quietly slipped out the garage door, leaving me to ponder the meaning of her disruptive behavior. I knew she would clear things up when she got home from work. And she did. please see LESSON page 10
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n most mornings, I get up with my wife to help her get ready for work. Certainly, she can get ready all by herself, and she often prefers that. This is because I sometimes get in her way. I can be more of a bother than a help. But if she wants breakfast, I’ll make it; if she needs help getting a lunch together, I’ll fetch what she needs to fill her little red lunch cooler; and when it’s cold and frosty outside, I’ll slog through whatever awaits outside the front door to start her car so the heater is always cooking when she gets in. I’m waiting for her to ask me to sit in the driver’s seat until the leather is warm (we don’t have those fancy heated seats). She has hinted at that. I’m big-hearted, but I will not be manipulated. Ordinarily, mornings are turmoil free. On the other hand, there have been mornings that were about as much fun as harvesting a bushel of Brussels sprouts. I’m always tempted to head back to the sack on those days, but after some rational thought, I declare that this is also my kitchen and
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The next snow event gave me a chance for redemption. The snow blower was now strategically placed just inside the garage door, ready to attack. An ergonomic snow shovel sat just outside the front door, to the left. A shelf inside held a long-handled scraper and brush combination. She put it there, high
enough that I didn’t even have to bend. My wife had made things quite clear about my post-retirement routine. This is a cautionary tale for any man who cavalierly enters into retirement while his wife must still slog off to a job, especially during the endless, bitter days of snow and slush and sleet and rain.
While that alarm is still ringing, make sure you are up and running with shovel in hand, or snow blower blowing. Have the car cleared of ice and snow, and get back inside to rustle up a lumberjack breakfast for that working lady of yours. There could be swift and unutterable consequences if you fail to heed this
advice. Trust me. Mike Clark writes a regular column for The Globe Leader newspaper in New Wilmington, Pa. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in organizational behavior/applied psychology from Albright College. Mike lives outside Columbia, Pa., and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did You Know? Current retirement statistics:
• Total number of Americans who turn 65 per day – 6,000 • Percentage of population that is 65 years of age or older – 13 percent
• Average retirement age – 62 • Average length of retirement – 18 years • Average savings of a 50-year-old – $43,797 • Total cost for a couple over 65 to pay for medical treatment over a 20-year span – $215,000 • Percentage of people ages 30-54 who believe they will not have enough money put away for retirement – 80 percent • Percentage of Americans over 65 who rely completely on Social Security – 35 percent • Percentage of Americans who don’t save anything for retirement – 36 percent
Americans older than 50 account for: • Percent of all financial assets – 77 percent • Percent of total consumer demand – 54 percent • Prescription drug purchases – 77 percent • All over-the-counter drugs – 61 percent • Auto sales – 47 percent • All luxury travel purchases – 80 percent Source: Statistic Brain, January 2014 (www.statisticbrain.com/retirement-statistics)
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Amount Needed in Savings for Retirement Monthly income need $1,000 $2,000 $3,000 $4,000 $5,000 $6,000 $7,000 $8,000 $9,000 $10,000
Savings needed for 20 years $166,696 $333,392 $500,087 $666,783 $833,479 $1,000,175 $1,166,871 $1,333,567 $1,500,262 $1,666,958
Savings needed for 30 years $212,150 $424,300 $636,450 $848,601 $1,060,751 $1,272,901 $1,485,051 $1,697,201 $1,909,351 $2,121,501
The above sums assume your portfolio will earn a 6 percent annualized return during the course of your retirement and endure 2 percent annual inflation erosion.
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Year Est.: 2010 Counties Served: Lancaster RNs: No LPNs: No CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: No
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Other Certifications and Services: Providing non-medical companion, respite, and personal care services throughout Lancaster County. Caregivers matched specifically to you and your needs. Compassion, 24/7 on-call availability, trained, competent, and reliable. Medicaid Waiver approved.
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Year Est.: 1997 Counties Served: Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, York RNs: Yes LPNs: No CNAs: Yes Home Aides: No Medicare Certified?: Yes
Other Certifications and Services: Caring Hospice looks at hospice care as an approach to end of life, not a place. We offer a very local, holistic approach with low patient-to-staff ratios. Contact us to learn more about the Caring Hospice experience, because life is for living. Joint Commission accredited.
Year Est.: 1911 Counties Served: Berks, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Schuylkill RNs: Yes LPNs: Yes CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: Yes
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(717) 274-2591 www.gshleb.org
Year Est.: 1984 Counties Served: Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, York RNs: Yes LPNs: Yes CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: No
Other Certifications and Services: Providing all levels of care (PCAs, CNAs, LPNs, RNs), in the home, hospital, or retirement communities with specifically trained caregivers for Alzheimer's and dementia clients. Home care provided up to 24 hours a day to assist with personal care and housekeeping. A FREE nursing assessment is offered.
Year Est.: 1979 Counties Served: Berks, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Schuylkill RNs: Yes LPNs: Yes CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: Yes
ComForcare Home Care
(610) 363-1485; (717) 824-3643; (717) 718-9393 www.comforcare.com
(717) 221-7890 www.homelandcenter.org
Year Est.: 2009 Counties Served: Chester, Lancaster, York RNs: Yes LPNs: No CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: No
Other Certifications and Services: “Best of Home Care” awards 2013 and 2014. 24/7 care from knowledgeable, screened, RN-supervised private caregivers. “Transitions of Care” hospital to home support. “Dementia Wise” certified HHAs. FREE HOME SAFETY EVALUATION!
Year Est.: 2009 Counties Served: Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, York, Adams, Franklin, Mifflin RNs: Yes LPNs: No CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes
Other Certifications and Services: Good Samaritan Home Health is a Pennsylvania-licensed home health agency that is Medicare certified and Joint Commission accredited. We work with your physician to provide nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, wound care, and specialized care as needed.
Other Certifications and Services: Good Samaritan Hospice provides services to patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness. We are Pennsylvania licensed, JCAHO accredited, and Medicare certified. We provide services 24 hours per day with a team approach for medical, emotional, spiritual, and social needs.
Medicare Certified?: Yes Other Certifications and Services: Exemplary personalized care that enables patients and families to live each day as fully as possible.
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Counties Served: Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, Schuylkill, RNs: Yes LPNs: Yes CNAs: No Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: Yes
Year Est.: 2002 Counties Served: Berks, Lancaster, Lebanon RNs: Yes LPNs: Yes CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: No
Other Certifications and Services: Skilled home health specializing in physical therapy, occupational therapy, skilled nursing, and speech therapy. PA licensed and Medicare certified. Many insurances accepted. Call to learn more about our clinical specialty programs.
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(717) 243-5473 www.synergyhomecare.com
Year Est.: 2004 Counties Served: Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, York RNs: No LPNs: No CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: No
Other Certifications and Services: Two- to 24-hour non-medical assistance provided by qualified, caring, competent, compassionate, and compatible caregivers. Personalized service with Assistance for Daily Living (ADL, IADL): companionship, meal prep, bathing, cleaning, and personal care needs. Respite care, day surgery assistance. Assistance with veterans homecare benefits.
Year Est.: 2012 Counties Served: Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, York RNs: No LPNs: No CNAs: No Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: No
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(800) 333-3873 (Toll Free) www.ucpsouthcentral.org
Year Est.: 1997 Counties Served: Providing service to over 20 counties including Adams, Berks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, York RNs: No LPNs: No CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: No
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Year Est.: 2007 Counties Served: Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Perry, York RNs: No LPNs: No CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: No
Other Certifications and Services: Offering nonmedical home care to provide positive solutions for aging in place. Companionship, personal care and our specialized dementia care. No minimum number of hours. Medicaid Waiver approved. Convenient, free assessment.
Year Est.: 2001 Counties Served: Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, York RNs: No LPNs: No CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: No
Other Certifications and Services: A PA-licensed, non-medical home care company providing companion, personal, Alzheimerâ€™s, & dementia care from two to 24 hours a day. Call for a FREE homecare assessment and to learn more about benefits available for veterans and their spouse.
Other Certifications and Services: Personal care, companionship, respite care, light housekeeping, meal preparation, medication reminders, errands.
Other Certifications and Services: UCP provides non-medical adult in-home care services to adults under DPW and aging waiver programs. PA licensed and working hand in hand with your service coordinator, UCP provides personal care attendants who implement your individualized service plan.
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Computers Designed Specifically for Seniors Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, What computers can you recommend for seniors with very limited computer skills? I am interested in getting one, but at 76, I need one that’s designed simplistically for me. — Inexperienced Senior Dear Inexperienced, There are actually several companies who make and sell computers designed specifically for seniors who have little or no computer experience. Here are some top options to check out. Desktops If you’re primarily interested in a home desktop computer, the Telikin (www.telikin.com, (800) 230-3881), which has been on the market for a few years now, is an excellent option. Ready to go right out of the box, this all-in-one, touch-screen computer provides a big-button menu that displays all your favorite functions on the screen at all times. By simply touching the menu option of your choice with your finger, you can get instant access to the Web, email, games, video chat, photo sharing, news, weather, and more. Available in three sizes: the 18-inch LCD touch screen with a 320-gigabyte hard drive that costs about $699; the 20www.50plusSeniorNewsPA.com
inch LCD touch screen with 500 (www.mygait.com, (866) 469-4248), gigabytes for about $999; and the 22which costs about $899 plus a $20 inch LCD touch monthly service fee. screen with 500 This mousegigabytes and a operated PC has a faster processor for 20-inch, highabout $1,179. resolution monitor; a All Telikin large-letter, colorcomputers come coded keyboard; with built-in one-click speakers, a Web functionality for all camera, a pages; a simple zoom microphone, a wired feature that lets you keyboard, and a magnify your email mouse. or webpage up to The Telikin Elite touchscreen computer 200 percent; and an They even offer “tech buddy” ergonomic trackball software that your loved ones can mouse that’s easy on the hand and wrist. download on their computers, so they It also comes with a built-in Web can access your Telikin remotely to help camera, DVD/CD player, unlimited you when need be. storage space, dozens of games, and a Running on Linux software instead of unique customer-service package that the standard Windows or Mac OS, the guarantees protection against viruses and Telikin is also virus resistant and comes spam, provides ongoing computer with a 60-day trial period, a one-year updates, and offers a help line if you ever warranty, and free tech support. get stuck or need assistance. It’s also worth noting that Telikin has a partnership with firstSTREET—a Tablets senior product direct-marketing If you’re interested in something company—that is also selling the 22mobile, there are several new seniorinch Telikin but has rebranded it as the specific tablets on the market you should “WOW! Computer for Seniors.” look into like the Claris Companion Another option to consider is the (www.clariscompanion.com, (866) 284MyGait Elite Computer 4939), which combines a computer,
digital picture frame, mobile phone, and passive monitoring device into one package. It has a 10-inch touch screen with huge text and buttons and amplified sound, and it comes in a thick bamboo frame that’s easy to hold on to, plus a stand that props it up. It also provides simplified access to email, text messaging, the Web, video chat, and photos. Along with exercise videos, medication, and other reminders, it gives family members the ability to easily monitor you if you need an extra hand. It even lets you or our loved ones personalize the tablet to handle your specific needs and abilities. The Claris Companion offers a variety of pricing packages, starting at about $100 with a two-year contract, plus a $59 monthly subscription fee. Another option to consider is the InTouch Senior Tablet (www.seniortouch pad.com), which is also a 10-inch tablet that provides simple, one-touch, bigbutton access to the Web, email, text messaging, your calendar, video chat, medication reminders, and more. The Senior Tablet costs about $400. Jim Miller is a regular contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior Book. www.savvysenior.org S
Salute to a Veteran
He Served His Country in 3 Wars: WWII, Korea, and Vietnam Robert D. Wilcox fter graduating high school, John Lauer enlisted in the Army Air Corps two weeks after we were attacked at Pearl Harbor. Little did he know then that his military service would last for 28 years … and take him to four continents stretching from Asia to Europe. First stop for Lauer was Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss., for basic training. Then it was to Angel Island off the coast of San Francisco, where he was one of 7,000 men who squeezed aboard the former luxury liner SS Mariposa for a 20-day trip to Melbourne, Australia. They were accompanied by the HMS Queen Elizabeth and a single destroyer escort and zigzagged all the way across the Pacific. What was it like to have that many men on one ship? “Well,” he says, “the bunks were stacked four high, and you hardly had room to turn over. “But a bigger problem was the food. They served two meals a day, breakfast and midday. You got in this long line of guys and inched your way forward for breakfast, and by the time you got your food and ate it, it was time to get back in the line again to be able to get your midday meal.” When he finally got to Melbourne, what was that like? Grinning broadly, he says, “With all the young Aussie men at war and with all those Aussie girls without them, believe me, it was paradise.” But after two months there, it was to Brisbane where, at RAAF Base Amberly,
rifle and helped turn back the Vietcong, who fought to the last man before the assault was quelled. When his hitch in Vietnam was over, Lauer returned to the U.S. and retired from the Army in 1969. He went to work for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry for the next 12 years. As part of the Work Incentive Program, he played a major role in the resettlement of 30,000 Vietnamese who had been brought to Fort Indiantown Gap. Working with a Vietnamese interpreter, he interviewed thousands of Vietnamese in the course of settling them in their new homes and preparing them for meaningful work. He retired in 1982 and now lives in a local retirement home. Thinking back, he says he fondly remembers a Mrs. Gingrich, who was his sixth-grade teacher. “She did more to set me straight than anyone else,” he remembers. “She impressed on me the importance of learning things … and then remembering them.” As if to prove that, he reels off the names of all 67 Pennsylvania counties, in alphabetical order, from Adams to York. Then he asks with a grin, “How’s that for something I learned 82 years ago?” Today, at age 94, he enjoys sharing yarns with other veterans and benefiting from the many quiet diversions of a pleasant retirement life. Colonel Wilcox flew a B-17 bomber in Europe in World War II.
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he was trained in Not long after that, he stainless and aluminum was on his way overseas welding of aircraft. And again, this time to a base a year later, he crossed near Taranto, Italy, where the Coral Sea to New he again headed the pay Guinea, where he spent section. He says the two years patching up climate there was so C-47s. great “that millionaires Then there was from all over the world another year on the had homes there to enjoy nearby island of Owi. it.” Lauer was liked by a He remembers that a Bcolonel there who once 24 crash landed in the flew him on leave to bomb dump there “and Greece. Lauer then took about blew up the a hydrofoil to a Greek island.” island that was the place He was then moved where Gregory Peck, to Tacloban, Leyte, the Private John R. (Bud) Lauer in David Niven, and little town on whose Australia in 1942. Anthony Quinn were to beach General later make the classic MacArthur would later film The Guns of Navarone. wade ashore in his return to the Then it was to a base near Paris for a Philippines. Then the bombs were year before returning to the U.S. Lauer dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, spent 1967 at Malstrom AFB, Montana, and the war was over. where temperatures of minus 40 degrees Lauer returned to the U.S. and was were not unusual. There he headed the discharged as a staff sergeant. After a pay section and made master sergeant. month, he thought better of that and That was followed by training in reenlisted, giving up a stripe to do so. California on handling the automatic At Bolling Field, Washington, D.C., rifle before he was flown to Vietnam. he got his staff sergeant stripe back and Tan Son Nhut Air Base, where he was trained in accounting and finance, landed, was a huge field that he says and that’s what he did all the following “handled more traffic than O’Hare, in years in the service. There was a five-year hitch in Panama, Chicago.” Living off base, he came to the field where he made tech sergeant. Then it by bus one morning to find that 3,000 was to Korea, where he spent five Vietcong were assaulting the base. It months in 1954 heading up the payroll section at his base before returning to the came as a surprise to a base that was thought to be “secure.” He was handed a U.S.
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While the studio that hosts the events is professional, those who attend on Saturdays go just for fun. “Anyone can come to our door,” Boyanowski said. What kept Boyanowski going for so many years was the sense of community created by the group. There is no age limit, but there is a lot of love. “One of the nicest things I’ve heard about our club is that they are a caring group,” Boyanowski said. If anyone has health issues, troubling times with family, or any other need, you can be sure a member will step in to provide support and encouragement. And they all love to dance. “I don’t profess to be the best dancer, but I like music and I like people,” Boyanowski said. “I just kept going.” Boyanowski said her neighbor lady eventually remarried, but the connection that Boyanowski found with the group kept her going. “I was married for 22 years and it was difficult to be single again,” she said. “Even though my husband and I would go dancing occasionally with a group, after a while, you just don’t go that often. I just kind of felt that I wasn’t sure I belonged there. Actually, I guess it was for me.”
The singles personalities group was meant to involved, it really is be a social group a good time.” with the possibility The bands, of meeting which rotate at the someone. studio, provide But for many of music for many those who attended styles of dance, in the early years, including ballroom, Boyanowski said, swing, and line Current officers for the dance club they had reasons to dancing. include, from left, Gert Soulliard, be hesitant about While being part secretary; Dotty Boyanowski, president; meeting someone. of a group for so and Jeanne Smith, treasurer. Many went just for long has its benefits, the fun of it. there also have been The group has struggles. regular dances, but “I like people also dinner dances and to be out for holidays, among people,” including a picnic Boyanowski said. dance in the “Some people have summer. The most been there as long recent New Year’s Members of the Metropolitan Area Dance as I have, but when Club gather for holiday-themed dances, you start losing Eve party had such as St. Patrick’s Day. almost 80 people members, now, in attendance. that’s tough.” Dances cost $15 for non-members Despite getting older and having and $12 for members. Members pay a recently celebrated the birth of a greatyearly $40 membership fee. great-grandchild, Boyanowski isn’t “Most of our bands have been playing slowing down. for us a long time,” Boyanowski said. “I don’t feel that I’m that old,” she “When you get those musician said. “My daughter says I don’t act my
age. And I say, ‘Why should I start now?’ We have fun.” Getting involved in the club helped Boyanowski stay connected within her community and stay limber, she said. When she was asked to run for president recently, she said, she felt a bit reluctant. “I decided at the last minute just to do it,” she said, laughing. “Sometimes I get talked into things.” Even though the group now welcomes married couples, there are many who simply want to encourage people to dance. Anyone new is welcomed to dance with someone more experienced to learn new things, she said. That’s one aspect she believed helped her when she first got involved. One goal that Boyanowski has is to attract younger generations to the dance club. She believes there are more opportunities to get into dance than when she was a young adult, but it isn’t always taken advantage of. “It’s such a beautiful experience,” she said. “I wish more people would find the joy in that.” For more information on the Metropolitan Area Dance Club, call (717) 774-2171 and ask for Gert Soulliard.
Calendar of Events
Programs and Support Groups
April 1, 1 to 2 p.m. Free Digital Planetarium Program for Senior Citizens: Two Small Pieces of Glass Full Dome Show Cedar Crest High School 115 E. Evergreen Road, Lebanon Reservations at (717) 272-2033, ext. 5412 April 10, 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. Free Digital Planetarium Program for Senior Citizens: Full Dome Show Cedar Crest High School 115 E. Evergreen Road, Lebanon Reservations at (717) 272-2033, ext. 5412
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Annville Senior Community Center – (717) 867-1796 200 S. White Oak St., Annville April 22, 10 a.m. – Let’s Go For A Walk — Union Canal Tunnel Park April 24, noon – 10 Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s (off site) April 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Bus Trip Fair Maple Street Community Center – (717) 273-1048 710 Maple St., Lebanon April 5, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Craft Show and Bake Sale April 11, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Easter Bunny Breakfast Myerstown Senior Community Center – (717) 866-6786 51 W. Stoever Ave., Myerstown April 10, 11 a.m. – Murder Mystery and Dinner (off site) Palmyra Senior Community Center – (717) 838-8237 101 S. Railroad St., Palmyra April 1, 10:45 a.m. – “Prank or Crime?” Discussion April 11, 11:30 a.m. – Lunch Club (off site) April 21, 10:45 a.m. – “Why Does the Date for Easter Change Every Year?” Please contact your local center for scheduled activities.
Celebrating 125 years. Of caring for our community. The Good Samaritan Hospital was founded on June 11, 1889 and has been providing powerful medicine and comforting care to our community ever since. Over the years our facilities and services have expanded, but our commitment to our community has remained the same as the day we were chartered: "To provide care of the sick and suffering and further, that no distinction shall ever be made in the reception or treatment on account of creed, race or nationality." The Good Samaritan Hospital is proud to be a part of the Lebanon community for 125 years and remains committed to providing high-quality, compassionate healthcare that improves the overall health of our community. Thatâ€™s powerful medicine and comforting care. Only at Good Samaritan.
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