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4 Simple and Potentially Life-Saving Breast Cancer Tips
Few things are more painful to bear 2. Natural folate from salads than a diagnosis of breast cancer and and greens is incredible for you. all that goes with it. Eating folate-rich foods appears I have three close friends who are to reduce breast cancer risk. This breast cancer thrivers today, although was determined when researchers my mother-in-law died from it. The evaluated the diets of 367,993 women suspicious recruited from spot on her 10 European scan did countries. not receive The follow-up researchers imaging, used data from and by the the European following Prospective year, it was Investigation too late. into Cancer She died and Nutrition in 1996. I (EPIC) study. miss her, Eating a diet but I get rich in dietary to love her folate may be October is Breast Cancer son. associated with Awareness Month We’ve a lower risk of learned sex hormone so much since then. I will share the receptor-negative breast cancer, at least new research now. There is a more in premenopausal women. comprehensive version of my article with more tips at my website (www. 3. There are natural SERMs suzycohen.com). (selective estrogen receptor modulators). SERMs can block 1. Bone loss treatment may need estrogen-mediated breast cancer to be reevaluated. According to a growth and help to maintain bone paper published in Medical Hypothesis density in postmenopausal women. (2010), alterations in the serumYou know the drugs as tamoxifen calcium-to-magnesium ratio could (Nolvadex) and raloxifene (Evista) and lead to increased development of new others. as well as recurrent breast cancer (due A paper in Phytomedicine 2016 to low magnesium levels, relatively found that rhodiola rosea acts a bit speaking). like a SERM by binding to estrogen The paper states, “Most women receptors, counteracting TNF alpha with hormone-sensitive breast and protecting bone cells (osteoblasts) cancer are recommended to take from hydrogen peroxide. aromatase inhibitors, which cause You should discuss the risks and bone loss, and thus are generally benefits with your physician, but prescribed calcium and vitamin D, but it seems that with SERM activity, not magnesium.” natural rhodiola might help mitigate So when you take high amounts of or delay menopause-related discomfort calcium all by itself for osteoporosis, and support breast health. it may be better for you to add supportive minerals, such as 4. Eating rosemary is powerful. magnesium and/or vitamin D. Talk to This herb contains natural your doctor. compounds, such as rosmarinic acid, www.50plusLifePA.com
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.
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Facts about the Bills in Your Wallet You don’t have to be a millionaire to know the value of a dollar. Here are some facts about paper money from the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing website: • The first $1 bill was issued by the government in 1862 with a picture of Treasury Secretary Salmon P. Chase. George Washington’s portrait first
• The lifespan of a $1 Reserve note is about 21 months. Other bills have different life expectancies.
appeared on the $1 note in 1869. • Dollar bills account for approximately 45 percent of all U.S. currency production.
• The first $2 bill was issued in 1862 and featured a picture of Alexander Hamilton, the first
secretary of the treasury. • The first $100 bills were issued in 1862, with a picture of the American bald eagle. Benjamin Franklin’s portrait first appeared on the Series 1914 Federal Reserve Note. • The lifespan of the average $100 note is 89 months.
At Your Fingertips Helpful numbers, hotlines, and local businesses and organizations eager to serve you—all just a phone call away. Office of Aging Lebanon County Area Agency on Aging (717) 273-9262 Pharmacies CVS/pharmacy www.cvs.com Senior Centers Annville Senior Community Center (717) 867-1796
Emergency Numbers Poison Control Center (800) 222-1222 Food Resources Food Stamps (800) 692-7462
Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services (717) 787-7500
Medicaid (800) 692-7462
CONTACT Helpline (717) 652-4400
Medicare (800) 382-1274
Kidney Foundation (717) 652-8123
PennDOT (800) 932-4600
Lebanon County Area Agency on Aging Meals on Wheels (717) 273-9262
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (717) 652-6520
Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers (800) 472-8477
Lupus Foundation (888) 215-8787 Hearing Services Melnick, Moffitt & Mesaros ENT Associates 927 Russell Drive, Lebanon (717) 274-9775
Recycling (800) 346-4242
Pennsylvania Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (800) 233-3008 V/TTY Hospitals Medical Society of Lebanon County (717) 270-7500
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (800) 827-1000 Housing Assistance Housing Assistance & Resources Program (HARP) (717) 273-9328
WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital 252 S. Fourth St., Lebanon (717) 270-7500 Hotlines Energy Assistance (800) 692-7462
Lebanon County Housing & Redevelopment Authorities (717) 274-1401
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 Arthritis Foundation (717) 274-0754
Environmental Protection Agency Emergency Hotline (800) 541-2050 IRS Income Tax Assistance (800) 829-1040
Maple Street Senior Community Center (717) 273-1048
Social Security Information (800) 772-1213
Myerstown Senior Community Center (717) 866-6786
United Way of Lebanon County 2-1-1
Lebanon HOPES (717) 274-7528, ext. 3201 Insurance Medicare Hotline (800) 638-6833 Legal Services Pennsylvania Bar Association (717) 238-6715
Northern Lebanon County Senior Community Center (717) 865-0944 Palmyra Senior Community Center (717) 838-8237 Senior Center of Lebanon Valley (717) 274-3451 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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national anthem. After her two sons were grown, Keller reentered the It’s been six years since Peggy workforce and revived her Kurtz Keller stood rooted on musical pursuits, earning stage in overjoyed delight after roles in community theater hearing her name announced and performing for service as the winner of On-Line organizations, senior groups, Publishers’ 2011 pa state Senior and holiday parties. Idol competition, her bright “At 60 I think I’m feeling smile the only means of escape more confident and beautiful for the joy ricocheting through Photo credit: Pavan Kumar (www.pavans.photography) inside and out—I feel like I her body. Keller performed can do pretty much anything,” The Central Pennsylvania “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” Keller said. native has been no stranger to a during the talent portion of the During the Ms. Pennsylvania stage 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 said. “So I’ve been quite Denise Russo-Caiazzo, Ms. busy with my entertaining since Pennsylvania Senior America 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 60 can to meet the minimum age still be entertaining, productive, requirement for the pageant. 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 state Senior Idol title in 2011. childhood, where in high school she won the local But another contestant had already chosen Junior Miss Pageant and frequently performed the www.50plusLifePA.com
“Summertime,” so Keller went with still have a lot of life and a lot to give “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” society.” another of her favorites. In the end, She will also represent Pennsylvania the second-choice song selection didn’t at this year’s national Ms. Senior matter. America pageant, to be held Oct. “I was so overwhelmed [when] I got 15-19 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. a standing ovation,” Keller, a fulltime Keller’s husband will join her for the OB-GYN triage nurse, said. “I felt three-day competition, as will about really good about the day; I knew I 15 friends and family offering their did the best I could do, and I could support. not have done anything differently.” Pennsylvania has never had a Singing wasn’t the only talent on national title holder, Russo-Caiazzo display that day, however. Keller’s said. fellow contestants, who ranged in “We at Pennsylvania Senior age from 60-89, exhibited skills America feel that Peggy can break as wide ranging as pie that streak and become baking, singing, Pennsylvania’s first dancing, and national winner readings of and carry home Peggy Keller’s original the crown as “Philosophy of Life,” poetry. Ms. Senior as presented to Thirteen America Ms. Pennsylvania friends 2017,” Senior America judges: and RussoAs I live each day, I know that I will family Caiazzo be faced with daily challenges that will members said. “She teach me and allow me to grow. As I came certainly reflect on the day’s events, I ask myself, out to has “Have I given all of who I am today?” If support all the in my heart of hearts, I know that to be Keller qualities true, for what more can I ask? in the of a My all today may be different than audience. national yesterday or even tomorrow; however, “They winner!” if I have given all that I can be, taken the lessons learned, and entertained were If Keller new ideas and thoughts from screaming does take others, I will become a more and yelling home the complete woman. and carrying national crown, on,” she her duties and laughed. “It was opportunities will really kind of one be similar to those of of those things where the state winner but on a the energy was really high and grander scale, with country-wide contagious.” recognition and exposure. Her supporters weren’t the only “She will continue her crusade to ones in need of a good holler. After help educate seniors and show the the judges announced their decision world that seniors are the foundation and Keller received the crown, sash, of America, and they are still going and flowers, she paused before the strong,” Russo-Caiazzo said. “The sky outdoor photo shoot and turned to is the limit for the national winner.” Russo-Caiazzo. Keller said she plans to take the “As soon as I got outside, I said to October competition in stride, but Denise, ‘Is it OK if I scream now? I that doesn’t mean she isn’t headed just feel like I have to scream!’” Keller to Atlantic City with her eye on the said. “So I screamed. It felt really prize. good.” “I’m going there for the fun of the As the state winner, Keller “will whole experience,” she said, “but I represent women over 60 and help have that competitiveness about me, educate the public about senior life, and I’m sure as shooting going to do while dispelling the myths of ageism,” the best I can with the intention that Russo-Caiazzo said. “She will make I’m going to come away a winner.” appearances throughout the state, Cover photo credit: Pavan Kumar (www. spreading the message that seniors pavans.photography) www.50plusLifePA.com
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Create a Great Funeral Day
October 30th is
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
she believes it’s time for people to make a change in their thinking and planning about death. “No one wants to admit that life has an end, but picture your spouse, your children, your parents, or anyone else you hold dear,” she says. “What would their lives be like if you died and hadn’t properly prepared your estate and legal documents?” Survivors also are often left to
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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
life insurance policies, a will, and anything else that’s critical to your estate. Having all the important personal information in one place makes a huge difference in reducing stress and making the process easier for the person or persons left behind. Plan that funeral. It’s not a pleasant topic, but it’s natural to wonder how our lives will be honored
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October 30th is
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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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.
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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.: 2001 Counties Served: Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York RNs: No LPNs: No CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: No
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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
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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 Dear Shopper, ones they recommend. Medicare Advantage plans have Then go to the Medicare Plan Finder become tool at www. increasingly medicare.gov/ popular among find-a-plan and retirees over the type in your past 10 years, ZIP code or as more than your personal 30 percent information to of Medicare compare health participants are plans with drug now enrolled in coverage in your an Advantage area. plan. Here are This tool some tips and also provides a tools to help you five-star rating Medicare Open Enrollment: pick a plan that system that Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 fits your needs. evaluates each First, let’s plan based start with a quick review. Medicare on past customer satisfaction and Advantage plans (also known as quality of care the plan delivers. When Medicare Part C) are governmentcomparing, here are some key points to approved health plans sold by private consider: insurance companies that you can choose in place of original Medicare. Total costs: Look at the plan’s The vast majority of Advantage entire pricing package, not just the plans are managed-care policies, such premiums and deductibles. Compare as HMOs or PPOs, that require you the maximum out-of-pocket costs plus to get your care within a network of the co-pays and coinsurance charged doctors. for doctor office visits, hospital stays, If you join an Advantage plan, visits to specialists, prescription drugs, the plan will provide all of your Part and other medical services. A (hospital insurance) and Part B This is important because if you (medical insurance) coverage. Some choose an Advantage plan, you’re not plans even offer extra benefits like allowed to purchase a Medigap policy, vision, dental, and hearing, and most which means you’ll be responsible for plans include Part D prescription drug paying these expenses out of your own coverage too. pocket. You also need to know that Drug coverage: Check the plan’s the monthly premiums for many formulary—the list of prescription Advantage plans are cheaper than drugs covered—to be sure all the if you got original Medicare plus medications you take are covered a separate Part D drug plan and a without excessive co-pays or Medigap policy, but their deductibles please see HISTORIES page 12 and co-pays are usually higher. That www.50plusLifePA.com
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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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Bergen is Norway’s second largest city.
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.
Bergen is home to fishing boats, sightseeing boats, and cruise ships of all sizes.
Violin virtuoso Ole Bull is one of many renowned artists who was Bergen born and bred.
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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It Was 50 Years Ago Today
‘Soul Man’ Randal Hill
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
room. During new material. concerts, Prater, in turn, groused they usually that it was managed to Moore who avoid eye contact with wanted to work alone and stop the other. performing the Apparently Sam and Dave the two once catalogue of went a dozen hits—which, years without according to even speaking to each other Prater, Moore never liked offstage. much anyway. Each artist “Soul Man” Tenor had his own Sam and Dave Moore and litany of October 1967 complaints baritone/tenor Prater rose to about the other. Moore said he abhorred Prater’s fame as the quintessential American soul act. Both had come from drug usage and constant griping Southern church backgrounds. about wanting to do a solo act with
Moore once sang with a doo-wop group called the Majestics but later switched to such gospel outfits as the Gales and the Mellonaires. Prater had sung in his church choir and eventually became part of the gospelbased Sensational Hummingbirds. When the pair met by chance at a Miami club, they soon found themselves performing together, their onstage chemistry delighting appreciative audiences who only saw two African-American men having fun and loving their work. In 1967, Sam and Dave recorded their biggest hit, “Soul Man,” on the Memphis-based Stax Records label. It reached No. 1 on the soul charts and No. 2 on the pop lists, and it won a Grammy the following year. please see ‘SOUL MAN’ page 14
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‘SOUL MAN’ from page 13 “Soul Man” had come about when co-writer Isaac Hayes was inspired by a 1967 TV newscast of a Detroit riot. Many black-owned buildings had been marked with a single, boldly lettered word: SOUL. This inspired Hayes and his writing partner, David Porter, to develop the 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 wryterhill@ msn.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
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Research from Dignity Health, one of the nation’s largest healthcare systems, explores how mindfulness— the practice of being more present in daily life—can benefit friends, family, and communities. A survey of 1,051 Americans found that 87 percent of respondents believe that practicing mindfulness— defined as a state of active, open attention to the present—can benefit not only one’s own physical and mental health, but also the people they interact with, causing a positive ripple effect. Dignity Health encourages people to set aside a minimum of two
minutes every day—in the morning, during a work break, a stressful time throughout the day, or in the evening—to “check in” with yourself. Take this time to reflect on your relationships and the purpose or meaning behind your work and daily activities. Ninetyseven percent of survey participants said they believe mindfulness has a positive impact on their health, and 95 percent believe it has a similar beneficial effect on their mood. They said they believe it makes them calmer (69 percent) and happier (58 percent) and leads to better sleep (61 percent).
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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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