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Complimentary | Lebanon County Edition

July 2018 • Vol. 13 No. 7

Preserving Middle-Class Life in Early America page 4

highlights from Senior Games page 8

What to Know about the New Medicare Cards page 11

Fresh Fare

Pair Pecans with Seasonal Produce American Pecans are the original supernut: a naturally sweet superfood that’s nutritious, versatile, and local, as it’s the only major tree nut native to America. Pecans are also among the highest in “good” monounsaturated fats and contain plant protein, fiber, flavonoids, and essential minerals, including copper, manganese, and zinc. For a quick, messfree brunch, try Sheet Pan Eggs with Pecan Breakfast “Sausage.” Substitute flavored ground pecans for your sausage, and add fresh greens for a quick, good-for-you option with

Sheet Pan Eggs with Pecan Breakfast “Sausage”

plant-based protein. For a simple yet sweet take on dessert, try Mini Pecan Lemon Berry Tarts with a three-ingredient, pecanbased crumb as the base, topped with a light filling and fresh berries.

To find additional seasonal recipes, nutrition information and cooking tips, and to learn more about America’s native nut, visit www. Mini Pecan Lemon Berry Tarts Mini Pecan Crusts: • 2 cups pecan pieces or halves • 1/4 cup butter, melted • 2 tablespoons sugar • 24 Mini Pecan Crusts • 1/2 cup lemon curd • 1/2 cup blueberries or raspberries •p  owdered sugar, for dusting (optional)

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Heat oven to 350 F. Line mini muffin tin with paper liners. In food processor, blend pecans, butter, and sugar until mixture forms coarse dough. Scoop about 2 teaspoons pecan mixture into each muffin tin. Use back of wooden spoon or fingers to press mixture evenly along bottom and up sides of each muffin cup. Bake 12 minutes, or until crusts are golden brown. Allow crusts to cool completely before removing from pan. Spoon 1 teaspoon lemon curd into each Mini Pecan Crust. Top each with one raspberry or three small blueberries. Dust with powdered sugar, if desired.

Pecan Breakfast Sausage: • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil • 1/2 medium onion, diced (about 1/2 cup) • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos • 1 teaspoon sage • 1 teaspoon thyme • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper • 1 cup raw pecan halves Sheet Pan Eggs: • 12 eggs, beaten • 3/4 cup fat-free or low-fat milk • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt • 1/2 teaspoon pepper • 1 cup fresh spinach, chopped • nonstick cooking spray Heat oven to 325 F. To make Pecan Breakfast “Sausage”: In pan over medium heat, add olive oil, onion, coconut aminos, sage, thyme, nutmeg, garlic powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Cook about 4 minutes until onion is translucent. In food processor, pulse onion mixture and pecans until consistency of ground beef is reached, about 8-10 pulses. To make Sheet Pan Eggs: In large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, salt, and pepper until combined. Add pecan “sausage” and spinach to eggs and stir. Lightly spray nonstick 12-by-17-inch sheet pan with cooking spray. Pour egg mixture onto prepared pan. Bake 18-20 minutes, or until eggs are fully cooked. Family Features

Bill to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Passes House In mid-June the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act (S. 1091), which would create a one-stop-shop of resources to support grandparents raising grandchildren. The House-passed bill includes minor changes that must be cleared by a quick, procedural vote by the Senate before being signed into law by the president. In Pennsylvania, more than 100,000 children are being raised by

Aging Committee hearing during which witnesses testified about why grandparents need easy access to information about resources available to assist them. “Grandparents are increasingly stepping in to raise their grandchildren

grandparents or other relatives, and experts say this number is rising as the opioid epidemic devastates communities. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) co-authored the bill last year, with Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), after an

due to the opioid crisis. These grandparents are faced with challenges such as delaying retirement, navigating school systems, bridging the generational gap, working through the court system to secure custody, and finding mental health resources,” Casey said. The Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act has received support from 40 older adult and child advocacy groups, including AARP, American Academy of Pediatrics, and Generations United.

At Your Fingertips Helpful numbers, hotlines, and local businesses and organizations eager to serve you—all just a phone call away. Emergency Numbers Poison Control Center (800) 222-1222 Food Resources Food Stamps (800) 692-7462

CONTACT Helpline (717) 652-4400

Medicaid (800) 692-7462

Kidney Foundation (717) 652-8123

Medicare (800) 382-1274

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (717) 652-6520

PennDOT (800) 932-4600

Pharmacies CVS/pharmacy Senior Centers Annville Senior Community Center (717) 867-1796

Lebanon County Area Agency on Aging Meals on Wheels (717) 273-9262

Lupus Foundation (888) 215-8787 Hearing Services Pennsylvania Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (800) 233-3008 V/TTY Home Care Services Homeland at Home Serving all of Lebanon County (717) 221-7892 Hospice Services Homeland at Home Serving all of Lebanon County (717) 221-7890 Hospitals Medical Society of Lebanon County (717) 270-7500

Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers (800) 472-8477

Maple Street Senior Community Center (717) 273-1048

Recycling (800) 346-4242

Myerstown Senior Community Center (717) 866-6786

Social Security Information (800) 772-1213

Northern Lebanon County Senior Community Center (717) 865-0944

Lebanon County Christian Ministries (717) 272-4400 Salvation Army (717) 273-2655 Funeral & Cremation Services Cremation Society of Pennsylvania Serving Lebanon County (800) 720-8221 Health & Medical Services Alzheimer’s Association (717) 651-5020 American Cancer Society (717) 231-4582 American Diabetes Association (717) 657-4310 American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association (717) 207-4265 American Lung Association (717) 541-5864

WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital 252 S. Fourth St., Lebanon (717) 270-7500 Hotlines Energy Assistance (800) 692-7462

Arthritis Foundation (717) 274-0754

Environmental Protection Agency Emergency Hotline (800) 541-2050

Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services (717) 787-7500

IRS Income Tax Assistance (800) 829-1040

United Way of Lebanon County 2-1-1 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (800) 827-1000 Housing Assistance Housing Assistance & Resources Program (HARP) (717) 273-9328 Lebanon County Housing & Redevelopment Authorities (717) 274-1401 Lebanon HOPES (717) 274-7528, ext. 3201 Insurance Medicare Hotline (800) 638-6833 Legal Services Pennsylvania Bar Association (717) 238-6715 Office of Aging Lebanon County Area Agency on Aging (717) 273-9262

Palmyra Senior Community Center (717) 838-8237 Senior Center of Lebanon Valley (717) 274-3451 Vein treatment Vein Center of Lancaster Locations in Lancaster and Lebanon (717) 394-5401 Veterans Services Governor’s Veterans Outreach (717) 234-1681 Lebanon VA Medical Center 1700 S. Lincoln Ave., Lebanon (717) 228-6000 or (800) 409-8771 Volunteer opportunitIes Compeer of Lebanon County 4 S. Fourth St., Lebanon (717) 272-8317 RSVP of the Capital Region (717) 454-8647

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By Lori Van Ingen Like many retirees, when Margaret Sidlick left the workforce in fall 2015, she decided she wanted to volunteer. A friend recommended she look for a small, local organization, as they would be grateful for whatever assistance she could give to fulfill their needs. The following spring, Sidlick saw an advertisement asking for volunteer help at Historic Sugartown, a historic 19th-century village in the Malvern area. Sidlick had already taken a couple of bookbinding workshops there, so she went to the prospective-volunteer open house. She took a tour of village and eagerly signed up as a volunteer educator for grade-school tours. According to its website, Sugartown “offers a window into American life in an early 19th-century rural crossroads village.” First known as Shugart’s Town, after tavern keeper Eli Shugart, it became a “vital stop” for the local farming communities as people hauled their goods to markets in Philadelphia and other areas in the region. The Historic Sugartown campus covers 9 acres with several restored buildings. An 1805 fieldstone Quaker farmhouse was up for demolition, Sidlick

Photo credit: Crissy Everhart Photography

Front row, from left, Historic Sugartown’s circa1805 saddle shop and home; the general store; the 1889 addition; and the 1860 Sharpless & Abigail Worrall House. Behind, the circa-1883 barn ruin and the carriage museum.

Photo credit: Campli Photography

The circa-1805 William Garrett House, a fieldstone Quaker farmhouse.

Inside Historic Sugartown’s general store, constructed around 1805 and first used as a store in 1822.

Brass fillets, used to apply gold decoration to the cover or spine of a book, in Sugartown’s book bindery.

said, so it was purchased by Historic Sugartown and restored. It is now referred to as the William Garrett House, for its first owner. Other buildings at Historic Sugartown include a Pennsylvania bank barn, a circa1880s general store, a book bindery, and a schoolroom exhibit. Historic Sugartown also repurposed a local fire company’s auxiliary station on its grounds to become the carriage museum, a partnership with the county’s historical society. Seventeen of the historical society’s carriages, sleighs, and other vehicles are now on display in the building. Sugartown’s volunteer educators are given a page on each of the buildings to memorize, and then they improvise their tours with what they have learned, Sidlick said. Unlike some historic villages, however, the educator does not dress up in period clothing. As part of her tours, Sidlick demonstrates some of the hearth fireplace’s cooking tools, and the children participate in various activities, such as butter churning, while learning “what it was like living in the 19th century,” Sidlick said. “They like butter making. We talk about milking cows, separating milk and cream, the difference between making whipped cream and butter … They are also fascinated by watching the clock jack,

a clock mechanism that turns a rotisserie in that she decided to bring her many talents to the walk-in hearth in the Garrett House.” Historic Sugartown.” Sidlick also volunteers at other special Sidlick has visited other historic villages, such occasions at Historic Sugartown. In as in Charleston, South Carolina, to see and addition to helping with setup for events compare their environmental monitoring systems. such as Shugart Sunday BBQ & Blues and “It’s fun to get out and do new things and get Sugartown at Sundown Lantern Tours, different perspectives,” Sidlick said. Sidlick has carved pumpkins and assisted Besides her work at Historic Sugartown, with Christmas decorating and crafts during Sidlick now has added volunteer hours for other A Sugartown Christmas and Cabin Fever local organizations to her schedule. Saturday. Sidlick recently volunteered for the first time Although she enjoys serving as a tour at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s guide and assisting at the special events, Philadelphia Flower Show as a recorder for the Sidlick found she could put her more than show’s contests. 31 years in the technology field to work And to help small organizations near her by aiding the village in monitoring its second home in southern Delaware, Sidlick environmental system, which helps keep volunteers for Freeman Stage, an open-air the historic buildings operating at peak performing arts venue near Fenwick Island, Sidlick checks the readings on one of the historic site’s efficiency. Delaware. 12 monitoring devices, which track temperature and The temperature and relative humidity of She also offers her time for a few event days humidity. each building must be kept at specific levels at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library in for the safety of the historic collections, Winterthur, Delaware, the former home of Henry Sidlick said. There are monitoring devices in 12 areas of the village, including Francis du Pont, a renowned antiques collector and horticulturist. the schoolroom, book bindery, and carriage museum. “I get to meet new people, learn new things, and hopefully make a The monitoring system is manual and is not capable of wireless monitoring, contribution while doing this. Also, when I travel now, I can compare and so Sidlick comes into the village to check the monitors. She reads the contrast [our] style and history with other areas.” monitoring devices and then transfers the data to a computer program, which For more information on Historic Sugartown, visit or makes any adjustments necessary to the environmental system. call (610) 640-2667. “You look for spikes or drops in temperature,” Sidlick said. “You also look up On the cover: Volunteer Margaret Sidlick inside Historic Sugartown’s book the weather for that day — whether it was cold or hot.” bindery, the site for the village’s bookbinding workshops. This is essential for seasonally sensitive items. For instance, if a heater breaks down during the winter, the monitoring system can determine approximately when it happened and get it fixed prior to the destruction of items that need to be kept at a certain temperature. Unsightly Sidlick started monitoring early on varicose in her volunteer work at Sugartown. veins and Originally, the village collected spider veins? so much data so often that the devices would stop working; Sidlick A simple office procedure corrected the problem. will improve the health of Now, Sidlick goes on site your legs. At last! Affordable coverage1 for consistently once or twice a month Covered by the important health services2 that to be sure the batteries have not died insurances, and the monitoring system is up Medicare does not cover. including Medicare and running. Consistent data is key DENTAL: Use any dentist – including your own! Cleanings, to keeping the collection safe from evaluations, x-rays, fillings, extractions crowns, bridges, dentures harm, she said. & more! Up to $2,500 annual benefit. “Margaret has been a great help Held Monthly—Call to Register! to us here at Historic Sugartown Lebanon – Saturday, July 7 at 8:30 a.m. VISION: Our plan helps with exams, lenses, frames, contacts, Lancaster – Saturday, July 21 at 8:30 a.m. since she started,” Faith McCarrick, fittings & more! director of programs and outreach at HEARING: Hearing exam and hearing aids up to $500 annually Historic Sugartown, said. as part of your policy-year maximum benefit. “Whether she is teaching students, of Lancaster manning an activity station at Get more information at: Lancaster’s Most Trusted & an event, helping clean our circaExperienced Vein Center 1835 barn, or working on our 90 Good Dr., Suite 301, Lancaster environmental monitoring system, 1. Policy provisions and benefits may vary from state to state. Some benefits may not be 918 Russel Dr., Lebanon available in all states. 2. Dental and Vision plans may be purchased individually. 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Who Has the Best Bites in Central PA?

Armistice Agreement Ended Korean War 65 Years Ago This Month

50plus LIFE readers have spoken!

Here are the Lebanon County dining favorites for 2018! Breakfast: Mel’s Diner

Fast Food: McDonald’s

Lunch: Wendy’s

Seafood: Heisey’s Diner

Dinner: Heisey’s Diner

Steak: Quentin Tavern Outdoor Dining: Quentin Tavern

Ethnic Cuisine: Mannino’s Pizzeria & Restaurant Celebrating: Dutch-Way Family Restaurant

Romantic Setting: The Quentin Haus Family Restaurant

Bakery: Royer’s Cake Box

Smorgasbord/Buffet: Dutch-Way Family Restaurant

Coffeehouse: Cumberland Café & Restaurant

Caterer: All About You Catering

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UN delegate Lt. Gen. William K. Harrison Jr. (seated, left) and Korean People’s Army and Chinese People’s Volunteers delegate Gen. Nam Il (seated, right) signing the Korean War armistice agreement at Panmunjom, Korea, July 27, 1953.

The Korean War, which began on June 25, 1950, when the North Koreans invaded South Korea, officially ended on July 27, 1953. At 10 a.m., in Panmunjom, scarcely acknowledging each other, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. William K. Harrison Jr., senior delegate, United Nations Command Delegation, and North Korean Gen. Nam Il, senior delegate, Delegation of the Korean People’s Army and the Chinese People’s Volunteers, signed 18 official copies of the tri-language Korean Armistice Agreement. It was the end of the longest negotiated armistice in history: 158 meetings spread over two years and 17 days. That evening at 10 p.m. the truce went into effect. The Korean Armistice Agreement is somewhat exceptional in that it is purely a military document — no nation is a signatory to the agreement. Specifically, the Armistice Agreement: 1. Suspended open hostilities 2. Withdrew all military forces and equipment from a 4,000-meter-wide zone, establishing the Demilitarized Zone as a buffer between the forces 3. Prevented both sides from entering the air, ground, or sea areas under control of the other 4. Arranged release and repatriation of prisoners of war and displaced persons 5. Established the Military Armistice Commission and other agencies to discuss any violations and

to ensure adherence to the truce terms The armistice, while it stopped hostilities, was not a permanent peace treaty between nations. President Eisenhower, who was keenly aware of the 1.8 million American men and women who had served in Korea and the 36,576 Americans who had died there, played a key role in bringing about a ceasefire. In announcing the agreement to the American people in a television address shortly after the signing, he said, in part, Soldiers, sailors, and airmen of 16 different countries have stood as partners beside us throughout these long and bitter months. In this struggle we have seen the United Nations meet the challenge of aggression — not with pathetic words of protest, but with deeds of decisive purpose. And so at long last the carnage of war is to cease and the negotiation of the conference table is to begin …. [We hope that] all nations may come to see the wisdom of composing differences in this fashion before, rather than after, there is resort to brutal and futile battle. Now as we strive to bring about that wisdom, there is, in this moment of sober satisfaction, one thought that must discipline our emotions and steady our resolution. It is this: We have won an armistice on a single battleground — not peace in the world. We may not now relax our guard nor cease our quest. Source:

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Health Myths and Fascinating Facts

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About eyes. Contrary to popular belief, some people can keep their eyes open when they sneeze! Also, green is the rarest eye color to have. About that trick knee. Some of you have a trick knee (or shoulder) that can predict weather. Basically, you can tell when bad weather or a storm is coming with one of your bum joints. As the barometric or atmospheric pressure drops (before a storm), tissues in joints expand a little bit, and your knee or shoulder may feel it and alert you by experiencing pain. About spinach. Some nutritionists still recommend spinach for people who have iron-deficiency anemia due to the iron content. Even Popeye made it famous for building up muscles. But the fact is that the iron content isn’t as high as you were told. It was mistakenly reported as 35 grams instead of 3.5 grams per serving, due to a printing error where the decimal point got moved. The chemist made a mistake in 1870, and it’s still being perpetuated.  About No. 2. Pushing out waste in the wee hours of the morning doesn’t happen because we have sophisticated neurons in our gut that follow our 24-hour circadian rhythm. The bladder, however, is only so big, and you might not be able to hold urine for six hours while you’re sleeping. About burping. Also termed eructation, this is just your body expelling gas through your mouth. Most people burp between eight and 20 times a day. It’s not objectionable to burp out

loud after eating a meal in certain parts of China, India, and a small island in the Middle East. About amnesia. People can lose their immediate memories. It’s clinically termed “transient global amnesia,” and it can occur after strenuous activity, such as vigorously exercising, jumping into hot water, or a brain injury. About hair. The color gray is a neutral tone between black and white, and it really just appears due to the please see MYTHS page 12

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Senior Games Weather Some Rain for Successful Week By Megan Joyce With the exceedingly wet weather that’s had much of Central Pennsylvania collectively grousing throughout spring 2018, it was unlikely the Lebanon County Senior Games would get through its fiveday run entirely unscathed. From May 14-18, the 33rd annual Lebanon County Senior Games welcomed local athletes over age 50 at various county locations. “The games went great again this year, minus some weather issues,” Brian Wolfe, director of operations at Lebanon Valley Family YMCA at the VA, said. “We had to reschedule a day due to rainy conditions.” The affected events — mini golf, horseshoes, and the closing picnic — were rescheduled for a day the following week. The Senior Games’ competitive events for 2018 included: table tennis, billiards, bocce ball, pickleball, basketball foul shooting, horseshoes, softball throw, disc and miniature golf, shuffleboard, 100meter swim, and mile and half-mile walks. It takes months of organizational effort to pull off the annual games, which are sponsored by 50plus LIFE, Aetna, Community Health Council 50+ Festival, Coventry Health Care, Lebanon County Area Agency on Aging, and Lebanon Valley Family YMCA. “I start the planning process of the games in January. It is a lot of preparation before and during the games,” Wolfe said. “What I find most rewarding it seeing how much fun everyone has, and that in itself makes it worth all the effort.” AES Ironwood Park, Lebanon Valley Family YMCA, Maple Street Senior Community Center, Myerstown Fairlane Park, and Yogey’s Miniature Golf Course hosted the varied sporting events. Disc golf was new to the lineup this year, Wolfe said, as was intermediate female pickleball doubles. Miniature golf and mixed pickleball doubles proved the most popular draws. Pickleball’s particular popularity extended beyond the interest of the

players, Wolfe said, to include spectators as well. “We had a nice turnout of fans watching all pickleball events,” he said. “At one event, we had that many people watching that they were able to do the wave.” Pickleball was the main reason Bob Arnold, of Lebanon, joined the games this year. Both Arnold and his wife, Susan, embarked on their first year as Senior Games athletes after some fellow pickleball players at the Lebanon YMCA encouraged them to sign up. “We enjoyed it very much,” Arnold said. “It was very well laid out.” The Arnolds branched out from pickleball and tried several different sports, and even as first-timers, they didn’t come home empty-handed. Bob Arnold picked up medals for shuffleboard and bocce ball, and Susan Arnold earned medals in pickleball and bocce ball. “The games are a fun, friendly, competitive atmosphere that gets seniors active. It enables them to meet new people and form additional social rings,” Wolfe said. “The games provide a positive example of how active our community is and will hopefully inspire other seniors to get active.” But will the Arnolds be back for a second year? “Absolutely. We really enjoyed it and thought it was a lot of fun,” Bob Arnold said. “I don’t know why we didn’t do it other years. You meet some nice people; we had a good time.” To request more information on the Lebanon County Senior Games or to learn about opportunities and activities the Lebanon YMCA offers, call (717) 2732691 or visit

Women’s pickleball doubles

Men’s pickleball doubles

Women’s bocce ball

Photo credit: Brian Wolfe

Men’s bocce ball


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Fun Factoids for a Festive Fourth Do you know your U.S. history? Here are some Fourth of July facts to ponder and share: • Three presidents died on July 4: Thomas Jefferson and John Adams in 1826 and James Monroe in 1831. Calvin Coolidge was the only president born on July 4, in 1872. • The Massachusetts General Court was the first state legislature to recognize July 4 as a state celebration, in 1781. • The first recorded use of the name “Independence Day” occurred in 1791.

• The U.S. Congress established Independence Day as an unpaid holiday for federal employees in 1870. They changed it to a federal paid holiday in 1931. • The Declaration of Independence was approved in a closed session of the Second Continental Congress on July 2, 1776, but most of the delegates didn’t sign it until Aug. 2. Although John Adams expected Americans would celebrate July 2, the date on the publicized copies of the document was July 4, which became the day Americans have commonly observed.

Pet of the Month

Cleo Introducing our feline office assistant, Cleo! Cleo is a sturdy 4-yearold spayed female and is, quite simply, beautiful. She is very loving to humans and shows it by rubbing up against your leg. Miss Cleo also enjoys sitting in cardboard boxes! This gal is a real sweetie who loves head rubs. When visiting our shelter, please ask staff if you would like to meet our Cleo. She is enjoying some R&R in the back office in between bookkeeping and filing! Visit for details on our adoption process, or stop in our shelter any time during open business hours! The Humane Society of Lebanon County is located at 150 N. Ramona Road, Myerstown. Call (717) 628-1369 or visit for more information.

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Free Seminar to Dispel Aging Myths, Promote Health A free healthy-aging seminar, “Bones, Balance, Brains & Bands,” will be held from 1-3 p.m. Friday, July 13, at Traditions of Hershey, located at 100 N. Larkspur Drive, Palmyra. Guest speakers Dr. Chris Sciamanna and Brian Long will offer new perspectives about healthy aging during the two-hour session. Sciamanna is a professor of medicine and public health sciences and chief of the Division of

Population Health Research and Development at Penn State College of Medicine. Long is a lead coordinator of BerksLancaster-Lebanon Service Area, a partner network of the Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources. This event is free and open to seniors aged 65 and older; however, space is limited. RSVP by calling (717) 838-2330.

Bipartisan Bill Seeks to Expand Opioid Treatment for Seniors During a recent hearing, “Preventing and Treating Opioid Misuse among Older Americans,” U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) highlighted the often-overlooked experiences of older adults with opioid-use disorders and ways to support their recovery. Casey, ranking member of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, also discussed his recent bipartisan legislation, the Medicare Beneficiary Opioid Addiction Treatment Act (S. 2704), which would enhance Medicare coverage for methadone, a proven opioid treatment for individuals in recovery. Opioid use disorders are on the rise among older adults. In Americans ages 50 and older, opioid misuse doubled from 2002 to 2014, as reported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, 14.4 million people with Medicare received an opioid prescription in 2016. And, more than 1,400 older adults lost their lives to opioids in 2016 — despite the availability of a lifesaving

medication that reverses overdose. “The opioid crisis is ravaging our communities and harming every generation—from newborn babies to aging grandparents,” said Casey. “Older Americans are among the unseen victims of this epidemic. We must expand access and affordability to evidence-based treatment and support for all, and we must ensure that those services are affordable.” William Stauffer, from Allentown, Pennsylvania, testified before the committee at Casey’s invitation. Stauffer is the executive director of Pennsylvania Recovery Organizations Alliance, located in Harrisburg, and has been in long-term recovery for more than 30 years. PRO-A supports a statewide network of more than 40 community-based recovery programs serving more than 3,800 Pennsylvanians affected by substance misuse. “Supporting access to all medications, treatment, and recovery-support services that can assist an older adult into the recovery process is a critically important first step in assisting adults over 65 accessing care for an opioid-use disorder,” Stauffer said.

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Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about the new Medicare cards? I’ve heard there are a lot of scams associated with these new cards, and I want to make sure I protect myself. – Leery Senior Dear Leery, The government has begun sending out brand new Medicare cards to 59 million Medicare beneficiaries. Here’s what you should know about your new card, along with some tips to help you guard against potential scams. New Medicare Cards In April, Medicare began removing Social Security numbers from their new Medicare cards and mailing them out to everyone who gets Medicare benefits. This change helps protect your identity and reduces medical and financial fraud. The new cards will have a randomly generated 11-character Medicare number. This will happen automatically. You don’t need to do anything or pay anyone to get your new card. Medicare will mail your card, at no cost, to the address you have on file with the Social Security Administration. If you need to update your official mailing address, visit your online Social Security account at or call (800) 772-1213. When you get your new card, your Medicare coverage and benefits will stay the same. The cards will be mailed in waves, to various parts of the country over

a 12-month period ending April 2019. Medicare beneficiaries in Alaska, California, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia were the first to receive the mailings, between April and June. The last wave of states will be Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, and Tennessee, along with Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. When you get your new Medicare card, don’t throw your old one in the trash. Instead, put it through a shredder or cut it up with a pair of scissors and make sure the part showing your Social Security number is destroyed. If you have a separate Medicare Advantage card, keep it because you’ll still need it for treatment. Watch Out for Scams As the new Medicare cards are being mailed, be on the lookout for Medicare scams. Here are some tips:

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number or bank information, that’s a scam. Hang up. Medicare will never ask you to give personal information to get your new

• Guard your card. When you get your new card, safeguard it like you would any other health insurance or credit card. While removing the Social Security number cuts down on many types of identity theft, you’ll still want to protect your new card because identity thieves could

use it to get medical services. For more information about changes to your Medicare card, call (800) MEDICARE or visit And if you suspect fraud, report it to the FTC (www.; AARP’s fraud helpline, (877) 908-3360; or Pennsylvania’s Senior Medicare Patrol program at (800) 356-3606 or www. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior book.


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Lebanon County

Community Programs/Support Groups Free and open to the public

Senior Center Activities

July 25, 6-7 p.m. Alzheimer’s and Dementia Family Support Group Linden Village 100 Tuck Court, Lebanon (717) 274-7400

Annville Senior Activity Center (717) 867-1796 200 S. White Oak St., Annville July 2, 16, 30, 12:30 p.m. – Pinochle Party July 12, 9:30 a.m. – Tales from a Travel Writer July 26, 9:30 a.m. – Music Trivia

July 25, 7-8 p.m. Summer Concert Series: The Perseverance Band Traditions of Hershey 100 N. Larkspur Drive, Palmyra (717) 838-2330

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Library Programs Annville Free Library, 216 E. Main St., Annville, (717) 867-1802 July 3, 6:30 p.m. – Adult Coloring Club July 24, 6:30 p.m. – Upcycling Tips and Tricks Lebanon Community Library, 125 N. Seventh St., (717) 273-7624 July 16, 6 p.m. – Is This Thing On? Beginner’s Computer Class July 18 and 25, 6 p.m. – Facebook for Seniors, Parts One and Two July 23, 6 p.m. – Internet and Email Instruction Matthews Public Library, 102 W. Main St., Fredericksburg, (717) 865-5523 Myerstown Community Library, 199 N. College St., Myerstown, (717) 866-2800 Palmyra Public Library, 325 S. Railroad St., (717) 838-1347 July 24, 3-7 p.m. – Tech Help Richland Community Library, 111 E. Main St., Richland, (717) 866-4939

parks and recreation All events held at the Park at Governor Dick unless noted. July 1, 8 a.m. – Fitness Hike July 1, 1-4 p.m. – Music on the Porch

MYTHS from page 7 By the way, a football weighs just slightly more than your heart.

absence of color in the hair shaft. While it’s not a hard-andfast rule, blondes have more hair on their heads than redheads; however, each hair shaft is thinner in diameter. Redheads, on the other hand, tend to have thicker hair shafts and less hair. Hair grows faster when you sleep. About your tongue. Like that unique fingerprint, you also have your own tongue print. The average tongue has thousands of taste buds. About your ticker. A human heart will beat about 2.5 billion times in an average lifetime.


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About kissing. It lowers cortisol, which is a stress hormone known to inflame the body. So kissing is a natural antiinflammatory. And, while I wouldn’t call it romantic, it’s still interesting … the longest kiss on record goes to a Thai couple, who locked lips for 58 hours and 35 minutes! Eeew.  This information is not intended to diagnose, prevent, or treat your disease. For more information about the author, visit

Maple Street Senior Community Center (717) 273-1048 710 Maple St., Lebanon Wednesdays, 10:15 a.m. – Mindful Yoga July 19, 9 a.m. – Morning Mingle Breakfast Myerstown Senior Community Center (717) 866-6786 Myerstown Baptist Church, 59 Ramona Road Myerstown July 5, noon – Fourth of July Celebration at Ozgood’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar July 11, 7:45 a.m. – Breakfast Club at Dutch-Way Family Restaurant July 13, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Bus Trip: Lake Tobias Wildlife Park Northern Lebanon Senior Community Center (717) 865-0944 335 N. Lancaster St., Jonestown July 2, 11:30 a.m. – Picnic and Birthday Social July 3, 10, 24, 10 a.m. – Meditation July 6, 11:30 a.m. – Lunch at the Jigger Shop and Walk around Gretna Palmyra Senior Community Center (717) 838-8237 101 S. Railroad St., Palmyra July 9, 10:30 a.m. – Nine Ways Milk Can Help Your Body July 18, 10:45 a.m. – Summer Picnic and “A Tribute to America’s French Neighbor” July 30, 10:30 a.m. – Wii Sports Game and Ice Cream Social Privately Owned Centers Senior Center of Lebanon Valley, Inc. (717) 274-3451 710 Maple St., Lebanon Washington Arms – (717) 274-1401 303 Chestnut St., Lebanon Submit senior center events to mjoyce@onlinepub. com.

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The Language of Kindness Terri Schlichenmeyer

despite their suffering. Watson met death in psychiatric rooms, pediatric wards, bedsides, and incubators. She watched it at the bedside of her own father … Time and time again, there are surprises inside The Language of Kindness. The first arrives in a refreshingly blunt account of how author Christie Watson came to be a nurse, the Photo credit: Lottie Davies difficulties of learning, and the Christie Watson general health of the industry today. Now retired, she writes The Language of Kindness unabashedly about how healthcare By Christie Watson systems fail patients, comparisons c. 2018, Tim Duggan Books in care between countries, addiction 336 pages problems among her colleagues, and an ongoing shortage of compassionate healthcare workers. Another surprise arrives in the anecdotes Watson shares. The stories will absolutely be of the familiar sort to those who work in the industry, but oftengruesome details may turn the stomachs of lay readers. Details are in here. Beware. The biggest, perhaps most appealing, surprise is that this memoir sometimes veers off into subjects that seem intensely personal, which may have nothing and everything to do with nursing. Watson’s stories are observant and honest. They’re laced with Britticisms, action, compassion, and thought. With their attention to detail, they could bring you to your knees. And if that sounds just a little better than perfect, then The Language of Kindness is the book to try. The Bookworm is Terri Schlichenmeyer. Terri has been reading since she was 3 years old, and she never goes anywhere without a book. She lives on a hill in Wisconsin with two dogs and 14,000 books.

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There was a time in your life when you tried everything. Full-time, part-time, gig worker, entrepreneurship — you changed jobs like most people change clothes. It’s exhausting and disheartening, and author Christie Watson had the same experience: café worker, milk deliverer, video shop clerk … she tried them all, but in the new book The Language of Kindness, she tells how she settled upon her best job of all. Christie Watson was just 16 — a newly single, homeless, unemployed high school dropout looking for a job that provided accommodations — when she landed work at a UK community center. She was hoping for a paycheck, but in helping severely disabled adults with their daily lives, she found friends. When nurses encouraged her curiosity for their profession, she found a calling. First, though, Watson had a lot of learning to do. She fainted at the sight of blood on her first day, but she figured she’d get used to that. Later, she trailed a comfortingly self-assured hospital mentor, afraid that she’d never reach that level of competence. Assisting at her first birth, teary and awed, she was also a little frightened at the sounds, sights, and smells. She learned that she loved caring for the disabled and for psychiatric patients, a legacy she got from her mom; preemie babies and profoundly sick children taught her enough to make her want to adopt a baby of her own. Eldercare schooled her about the importance of dignity and the need to not be patronizing to older patients. Working on the cancer ward taught her the importance of every second of life. She learned the facts of death from her patients, too: from babies who struggled against fetal alcohol syndrome, premature birth, and disease. Elderly and disabled patients taught her about death before they made her laugh,


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