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Farmers Market Vouchers Now Available in Cumberland County Farmers market nutrition vouchers are now being mailed to eligible Cumberland County seniors 60 years of age and older who complete an application. The nutrition vouchers — four $6 vouchers for a $24 total value — can be exchanged for Pennsylvania-grown fruits and vegetables from June 1 through Nov. 30 at participating farmers markets and roadside stands. To be eligible, recipients must be 60 years of age or older by Dec. 31, 2021, and have an annual income less than $23,828 for a oneperson household and $32,227 for a two-person household. Proxy forms are not necessary this year with the written application process. Vouchers are available on a first-come, first-served basis, as funding is limited. Vouchers may only be obtained once per year. Completed applications must be returned by Sept. 15 via email to hdewire@ ccpa.net or by mail to Cumberland County Aging & Community Services, c/o Heather DeWire, 1100 Claremont Road, Carlisle, PA 17015. The application with instructions is also available to print at ccpa.net/119/ aging-community-services. For more information or to have an application mailed, contact Heather DeWire at Cumberland County Aging and Community Services, (717) 240-6435.
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Through Good Times and Bad, Love Prevails Saralee Perel
Often when my readers meet me, they say, “I feel like I come up with it,” and then resumes whatever he’s in the know you.” And I usually say, “You do.” middle of doing. You see, I write from my heart. I don’t see the point in We often have intimate, sweet talks in the middle of communicating through my writing unless I’m digging the night while holding hands in the darkness of the from deep inside. bedroom. I say, “We both have impairments, sweetheart. So this month, I said to myself, “How is it possible I (I have a spinal cord injury.) Everyone has something. commonly don’t share what’s most important in my life?” Now we have to find ways to work around them. We My husband, Bob, has been diagnosed with a form have to be grateful for all that we have rather than focus of frontotemporal dementia. He can’t find words, such on what we don’t.” as kitchen, apple, pen, or bread. He has trouble spelling, Every night before sleep, Bob says his prayers. reading, writing, and making phone calls. “What do you pray about?” I’ve asked many times. How sad that he can no longer read my columns, His answer is always the same. “I pray for my dog, which he’s been reviewing for 23 years, since my first my cats, and you.” (Notice who comes first.) “I ask, column ran on Sept. 1, 1997. So I read them to him. He ‘Someone,’ please keep them safe. Please keep them Bob and Saralee on a “special” day. loves this column. He feels better when he doesn’t try to happy. Please help me find the way to be a better dad, a keep his disease a secret. better husband, a better friend. Don’t let anyone get hurt because of me.’” Actually, I read everything to him, including menus. In fact, this picture As steadily as his relentless brain disease is progressing, his love for me stays was taken a few months ago on a special day, sitting outdoors at a restaurant. the same. He has never missed a word of “I love you.” He never forgets to help “Special” days are any days we’re together. me get up a step. Heaven forbid I forget to add that although many of my thoughts begin His love is quite everlasting. Nothing, not even forgetting my name, will with the words, “He can no longer …,” there are a greater number of thoughts ever change that. that begin with, “He can still ...” I stand back and watch him bravely struggling. Bob is my hero. In this past month, he’s astounded me with progress; he has actually Although he doesn’t know any of our friends’ names, much less our dog’s accepted his brain dysfunction. A huge step. name, he knows something way more important: In a battle between love and Prior to this month, whenever he’d stop talking because he couldn’t come dementia, and in all battles, love, truly and infinitely, conquers all. up with the next word, he’d go back to square one: “I hate this!” It was as if he thought it could go away. Award-winning nationally syndicated columnist Saralee Perel can be reached at Now, whenever he’s speechless, he just shrugs his shoulders and says, “Can’t email@example.com or via her website: saraleeperel.com
Farmers Market Nutrition Program Open in Lebanon County The Lebanon County Area Agency on Aging will again be the distributing agency for the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program checks in 2021. The FMNP Market Locator app can be downloaded to Android and Apple smartphones to find the nearest participating farmers market location. Due to COVID-19, FMNP applications must be completed by eligible consumers and mailed to the LCAAA office. LCAAA will review the application for accuracy, and FMNP checks will be mailed to eligible participants. Consumers should call the Area Agency on Aging at (717) 2739262 to be mailed an application. Applications will also be available on the agency’s website at lebcounty.org/depts/AAA. LCAAA will also send applications to senior high-rise facilities in Lebanon County. Eligible participants can turn in completed applications to their building’s office for forwarding to the LCAAA. LCAAA Meals on Wheels consumers will also be given applications by his/ her driver. Completed applications can be given to the driver to be returned to the LCAAA office. www.50plusLifePA.com
Program guidelines for 2021 are as follows: Eligibility – Eligible persons must be Lebanon County residents and must be 60 years of age or older during 2021. Household income guidelines are: one person, $23,828; two people, $32,227; three people, $40,626; four people, $49,025; five people, $57,424; six people, $65,823; seven people, $74,222. Benefits – Eligible persons receive four $6 checks for a total benefit of $24 one time during the program year. Timeframes – FMNP checks must be used between June 1 and Nov. 30. Eligible Food – FMNP checks may only be used to purchase produce grown in Pennsylvania. FMNP checks may not be used at grocery stores. Questions may be directed to Lebanon County Area Agency on Aging at (717) 273-9262.
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With Safety Still in Sight, Face-to-Face Expos Return By Megan Joyce It’s time to emerge — carefully — from our virtual world. After more than a year of being unable to safely gather in person, the 50plus EXPOs and Women’s Expos are coming back to a venue near you in 2021. The 22nd annual Dauphin County 50plus EXPO will welcome visitors Wednesday, June 9, at the Harrisburg Mall, former Boscov’s store, 3501 Paxton St., Harrisburg. Later that month, the 22nd annual Lancaster County 50plus EXPO (Spring) will return Wednesday, June 23, in the Expo Center at the newly renovated Wyndham Resort, 2300 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster. 50plus EXPOs are also scheduled for the fall in York, Lancaster, and Cumberland counties. The seventh-annual Lancaster County Women’s Expo (Spring) will return in person on Saturday, June 5, at the Wyndham Resort – Expo Center, Lancaster. The eighth-annual Dauphin County Women’s Expo will follow on Saturday, June 19, inside the former Boscov’s store at the Harrisburg Mall. Women’s Expos are also slated for the fall in Lebanon, Lancaster, and Cumberland counties. All events will be held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donna Anderson, president and CEO of OnLine Publishers and its events division, OLP Events, said a number of factors went into the company’s decision to resume in-person events in June. “We know local businesses and our community are eager to enjoy the expos as they have in the past, and we wanted to be sure the timing was such that we do so as safely as possible,” she said. “We thought it prudent to wait until June so people would have the opportunity to receive the vaccine and feel more comfortable about attending events.” During the expos, CDC and state safety guidelines will be in place, with exhibitor booth spaces distanced from each other to allow appropriate social distancing. Hand-sanitation stations will also be available throughout the facility. As the country takes tentative steps toward reopening, Anderson said exhibitors have been overwhelmingly pleased when presented with the
prospect of returning to in-person expos. “In a word — elation,” she said of the reaction. “We’ve had very positive feedback from a majority of exhibitors. That said, there are some companies that are tentative about allowing their staff to engage in person.” “There is nothing that can replace that interpersonal exchange and the accompanying body language when we are communicating with others,” said Betty Hungerford, development director of Homeland Center and Homeland at Home, a principal sponsor of the Dauphin County 50plus EXPO and supporting sponsor of the Dauphin County Women’s Expo. Wendy Shumaker, Homeland’s director of marketing, echoed “how much better it is to make connections in person. “I missed attending the expos last year, seeing everyone’s smiling faces and hearing their stories,” Shumaker said. COVID-19 and its inherent safety concerns jettisoned most of the world’s in-person events in 2020. In a March poll of 1,776 event planners and suppliers conducted by Chicago’s Professional Convention Management Association, 66% of respondents had postponed events as a result of COVID-19; 87% said they had canceled them altogether. Accordingly, five of OLP’s six 50plus EXPOs — as well as all of its Women’s Expos and Veterans’ Expo & Job Fairs — made the necessary jump to pandemic-friendly virtual platforms last year. Despite the success of that necessary transition, Anderson is eager for guests and vendors alike to re-experience the undeniable benefits of face-to-face interaction. “Our visitors depend on the information they gather at the expos to help them make decisions that enhance their lives,” she said. “Likewise, businesses rely on the connections they make at the expos for future business. It was difficult for everyone not to be able to make those personal connections since early 2020. “It’s been a difficult year for most of us, and having the opportunity to see the engagement that will occur is what I most look forward to,” Anderson added. For more information, visit 50plusexpopa.com and agreatwaytospendmyday.com or call (717) 2851350. www.50plusLifePA.com
York County Fruit and Vegetable Vouchers Available by Mail The York County Area Agency on Aging, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, is again offering the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program to eligible York County seniors by mail. This program provides $24 in vouchers to eligible seniors to buy fresh fruit and vegetables from participating local farm markets. York County residents are eligible to participate if they are 60 years of age or older by Dec. 31, 2021, and have a 2021 total gross annual household income at or below $23,828 for a single person or $32,227 for a two-person household. All income is included when calculating total gross income. Both residents of a two-person household may receive vouchers if their combined total income is within the income requirements. An application must be completed to receive the vouchers and can be obtained by downloading it from ycaaa.org, by emailing aging@ yorkcountypa.gov, by calling the office at (717) 771-9610, or by contacting your local senior center. Individuals are eligible to receive the vouchers only once per calendar year. The vouchers can be redeemed between June 1 and Nov. 30 on fruits and vegetables grown in Pennsylvania. Residents of nursing homes, personal care homes, or any residential facility where meals are provided are not eligible to receive vouchers. For more information, contact the York County Area Agency on Aging at (717) 771-9610.
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The Golden Age of Podcasts Bob DeLaurentis
During the COVID era, I depended on podcasts to support my mental health. It was easy to focus my thoughts on something useful while cleaning or exercising. Locked indoors, often I found myself looking forward to the hours when I could escape into conversations about everything from screenwriting to Civil War history. Whatever topic you find interesting, there is a good chance that someone is discussing it on a podcast. This is especially true of topics that might not attract a large enough audience for radio. The definition of what constitutes a podcast is disputed from time to time. I listened to podcasts before they were called podcasts, and this has been true since the beginning: Podcasts are audio programs delivered to you on a regular schedule, which you can play back at your convenience. Most shows are about an hour or so in length, although they can be as short as five minutes or stretch on for several hours. Behind the scenes, they rely on a suite of standards similar to email. No single company has been able to monopolize podcast distribution (although some continue to try). Without gatekeepers, there is a healthy and vibrant community of creators and listeners. Podcasts have similarities to radio, and in fact some podcasts are simply radio programs delivered online. However, a good podcast delivers an essential experience that is unique to podcasting. The real magic of podcasts is found in smaller, personal shows that feature one or two people who are simply fascinated by a topic. As a new listener to podcasts, you may not instantly recognize the difference between a redistributed radio program and a show that only exists as a podcast, but that distinction will become clear after you have sampled several programs. Getting started listening to a podcast can be as easy as a Google search and a few clicks in any web browser. Most shows have a website, and the shows can be streamed directly from the web. But to get the full value of podcasting, you should try a podcast app. Podcast apps all contain basically the same three components: the show directory, subscriptions, and playlists. The directory allows you to search for podcast episodes. When you tap a podcast show name, you can read a summary about the show, download a single episode, or subscribe to future shows. Apple has begun calling the “subscribe” feature “follow,” because the word subscription has become associated with in-app purchases. Each show has its own playlist, and you can mix and match a series of shows into personal playlists. Like podcasts themselves, there are a host of great choices for podcast apps. Some are free, some cost a few bucks a year. All of them will help you create a personal playlist with all your favorites. It is just a matter of finding an app that suits your personal taste. Some of the better options are Pocket Casts, Overcast (my personal favorite), Castro, Podkicker, and RadioPublic, just to name a few. To keep things simple at the start, every Apple device has an app called “Podcasts,” and most Android devices come with the “Google Podcasts” app already installed. www.50plusLifePA.com
Finding podcasts is easy. They are everywhere. Good ones, however, take a little luck and patience to discover. One excellent indicator of a quality program is the length of time it has been around. Longevity is not the only measure of quality, but a show that has released hundreds of episodes has found a loyal audience. Most shows are supported by advertising, and there is a growing trend toward pay-to-unlock bonus programs as well, but these are still the exception. When it comes to free entertainment, today is podcasting’s golden age. I hope I have convinced you that podcasts might be worth your time. I am going to end with a list of suggestions for good programs. They are not in any particular order, and they represent a tiny subset of the worlds waiting for you to discover: • Scriptnotes (screenwriting) • In Our Time (the history of ideas) • You Are Not So Smart (social psychology) • Hardcore History (war) • Levar Burton Reads (short stories) • You’re Wrong About (history) • The Flop House (humor) • Mac Power Users (Apple tech) • 99% Invisible (design) • Robot or Not? (language) • The Incomparable (geeky media) • Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda (interviews) • Road Work (rumination) Here are a few more high-quality shows that I have only sampled briefly, but they underscore the breadth of topics available: Aviation News Talk, Love to Sew, Orvis Fly Fishing, Lingthusiasm, the School of Greatness, and finally, the Zoological Wild Science Podcast. Bob has been writing about technology for over three decades. He can be contacted at email@example.com.
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2990 Carlisle Pike • New Oxford, PA 17350 717-624-5436 • www.crosskeysvillage.org Total AL and/or PC Beds: 123 Assisted Living Residence: No Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Semi-private: No Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: No Short-term Lease: No Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: No Part/Totally Refundable: No Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes
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Health Fee-for-Service Available: Yes Respite Care: Yes Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: Yes Comments: Providing exemplary care in a beautiful environment for more than 150 years. Our continuum of care includes therapy services, skilled rehab, 24-hour medical staffing, plus Hospice, HomeHealth, and HomeCare outreach programs. All-private rooms include a full bath and kitchenette.
425 Westminster Avenue • Hanover, PA 17331 717-637-4166 • www.homewoodplumcreek.org Total AL and/or PC Beds: 92 Assisted Living Residence: No Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Semi-private: No Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: No Short-term Lease: Yes Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: No Part/Totally Refundable: No Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes
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On-call Medical Service: Yes Health Fee-for-Service Available: No Alzheimer’s Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: No Comments: Supportive, encouraging environment. Various room types and suites available. Secure memory care offered.
Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes Health Fee-for-Service Available: No Alzheimer’s Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: Yes Comments: Attached to wellness center and pool without going outside.
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Total AL and/or PC Beds: 125 Assisted Living Residence: No Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Semi-private: Yes Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: Yes Short-term Lease: No Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: No Part/Totally Refundable: No Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes
On-call Medical Service: Yes Health Fee-for-Service Available: Yes Alzheimer’s Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: No Comments: Excellent care in a lovely environment. Call to schedule a visit.
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4000 Linglestown Road • Harrisburg, PA 17112 717-657-0700 • www.jewishhomeharrisburg.org Total AL and/or PC Beds: 60 Assisted Living Residence: No Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Semi-private: Yes Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: No Short-term Lease: Yes Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: Yes Part/Totally Refundable: Yes Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes
On-call Medical Service: Yes Health Fee-for-Service Available: Yes Alzheimer’s Care: Yes Respite Care: No Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: No Comments: A regional leader in all aspects of memory care and a program designed for optimal engagement and socialization.
Total AL and/or PC Beds: 96 Assisted Living Residence: No Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Semi-private: Yes Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: Yes* Short-term Lease: No Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: Yes Part/Totally Refundable: No Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes
On-call Medical Service: Yes Health Fee-for-Service Available: Yes Alzheimer’s Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: No Comments: *Three-year private pay spending. Maintain independence in an enriching and supportive environment.
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1200 Tel Hai Circle • Honey Brook, PA 19344 610-273-9333 • www.telhai.org Total AL and/or PC Beds: 100 Assisted Living Residence: No Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Semi-private: Yes Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: No Short-term Lease: No Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: Yes Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes
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Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori
The Wedding Collectibles of Queen Elizabeth II
Over the years, I have appraised more than my fair the Clogau St. David’s mine, near Dolgellau in northwest share of collectibles, art, and antiques that have a close Wales. relationship to HRH Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. In 2015, she surpassed Queen Victoria and became the The Wedding Dress longest-reigning monarch in British history. Princess Elizabeth’s wedding dress was designed by Sir The recent death of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke Norman Hartnell, who won the design competition. At the of Edinburgh, and his funeral made me consider the time, Hartnell cited Italian Renaissance painter Alessandro collectibles that relate to their long union, one that started Botticelli’s Primavera, which symbolizes the coming of in the 1930s and continued through several decades. spring, as his inspiration for the dress design. Some interesting facts about the queen and her prince The dressmakers, using duchesse satin from Scotland, also seemed quite timely for this year’s wedding season, had only three months to construct the dress before the which takes place annually in June. November nuptials. Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip first met in 1934 at The wedding dress had a fitted bodice, heart-shaped the wedding of Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark to neckline, and low, v-point waist. The gown featured a skirt Prince George, Duke of Kent. The couple announced their of floor-length panels and a 15-foot-long silk tulle train engagement on July 9, 1947, and married at 10:30 a.m. on that trailed behind her with enough fabric to keep her eight Nov. 20, 1947, at Westminster Abbey in London, England. bridesmaids busy. The brochure shown here was widely distributed The dress featured satin applique produced at and included photos of the royal couple. The ceremony Lullingstone Castle in Kent, 10,000 seed pearls imported Photo credit: Staff photographer, www.DrLoriV.com had 2,000 invited guests. Princess Elizabeth arrived at from the United States, and hand-sewn crystals. Her shoes, The royal wedding brochure. Westminster Abbey in the Irish State Coach alongside her made by Edward Rayne, were high-heeled sandals of ivory father, King George VI, and she was attended by eight duchesse satin trimmed with silver and seed-pearl buckles. bridesmaids. After the wedding, as royal tradition dictates, the couple waved to adoring When it comes to any wedding, people like to know the facts about the crowds from the balcony of Buckingham Palace. bridal gown, the flowers, and the symbolism of the jewelry, so here’s how it was on Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding day: It has been several decades since that glorious day in November 1947. The royal couple enjoyed 73 years of marriage and the adoration of many the world The Wedding Rings over. The platinum-and-diamond engagement ring was made by the Philip Dr. Lori Verderame is the award-winning Ph.D. antiques appraiser on History Antrobus jewelers, and the design employed diamonds from a tiara that channel’s The Curse of Oak Island. Visit drloriv.com and youtube.com/drloriv or call belonged to Prince Philip’s mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg. The wedding ring was made from a nugget of Welsh gold, which came from (888) 431-1010. www.50plusLifePA.com
The Beauty in Nature
Dace and Darters Clyde McMillan-Gamber
Blacknose dace and Johnny darters Dace are brown on top and silvery are slim, 2-inch fish that live in below. A black stripe on each side of various-sized waterways in the eastern every dace from nose to tail disguises United States, including southeastern its shape, again making it hard for Pennsylvania. predators to spot these little fish. And, although these streamlined, Dace live in groups called schools minnow-like species are adaptable to in “holes” of deeper, slower water that an extent, they thrive best in clear, is easier to swim in. Sometimes, the flowing brooks and smaller streams. shadows of these fish on the pebbly Dace and darters have bottoms of streams are more quickly characteristics in common because noticed than the critters themselves. of the little running waterways they Those shadows give away their share. Each habitat on Earth causes its presence. Photo courtesy of Brian Gratwicke inhabitants to be similar (convergence) During June, male dace have Eastern blacknose dace. to be able to cope with conditions in orange-red fins and orange along that habitat, like fish and whales in the each flank, indicating their readiness ocean being streamlined and having for spawning. Female dace become fins. rounded with eggs. Dace and darters ingest a variety of This species spawns over gravel or invertebrates, the dace from the surface mud in quiet, inch-deep water along and midstream of the little waterways the waterways’ shores. Each female they live in and the darters on the produces 400 to 1,000 eggs. The tiny stony bottoms of those same brooks young school together in the shallows and streams. to avoid larger fish, and they feed on Obviously, competition for food miniscule invertebrates. between these species is lessened, to Darters live singly between the benefit of both, which allows them stones on waterways’ bottoms. They to peacefully share waterways. are resigned to bottom living and Being streamlined helps these swimming in spurts because they don’t small fish swim easily into waterway have an air bladder that would suspend currents. They both thrive best in them in mid-depth like most fish. cold, running water, which is highly Darters are brown all over, with Johnny darter. oxygenated. Both kinds spawn in beautiful, darker markings that blend June. And both are attractive and them into stream bottoms. They are camouflaged above the stony bottoms of their waterways, which makes them almost impossible to spot when motionless among the stones. nearly invisible to predators, including herons, kingfishers, mink, brook trout, Pairs of darters spawn over bottom gravel that protects the eggs and small and others. young from predators. Each female spawns up to 300 eggs. I’ve seen dace and darters many times over the years and have always Are you 62+ or been impressed with their grace and 18 to 61 with permanent beauty in their lovely habitat. They disabilities? are perfectly built for where they Welcome to your live, as all species of life are in their new home! habitats. A nature blog utilities included! There are no greater beauties and by Clyde McMillan-Gamber, Look at all we have to offer ... retired Lancaster County Parks naturalist intrigues on Earth than forms of Newly Renovated Units, and longtime 50plus LIFE columnist life well adapted to their various Fitness Center, Service Coordinator, and More ... habitats. Each story is like a walk with your own naturalist.
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Obtaining Replacement or Corrected Cards during the Pandemic
Social Security offices are currently open only for in-person appointments for limited, critical situations, depending upon local office conditions. However, you can continue to apply for a replacement Social Security card online and by mail. Before requesting a replacement card, please remember that you might not need the physical card. Most of the time, simply knowing your Social Security number is enough. If you have a critical situation that requires you to have a physical card and you cannot apply by mail or online, you should call your local Social Security office. Please visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates page for more information at ssa.gov/coronavirus.
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Applying Online If you don’t need any changes to your Social Security number record (such as a name or date of birth change), applying for a replacement card online is your most convenient option. You don’t need to mail proof or visit an office. You can use our online application if you are an adult, have a state-issued driver’s license or non-driver identification card, and live in the District of Columbia or one of the 45 states that verify state-issued documents for us. All you need to do is create a My Social Security account to access and complete the online application at ssa.gov/myaccount/replacement-card.html. If you live in one of the five states that do not participate — Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, and West Virginia — know that we are working hard to bring this service to you as soon as possible. Applying by Mail We require proof of your identity with your replacement card application (ssa.gov/forms/ss-5.pdf), usually a state-issued driver’s license or non-driver identification card or U.S. passport. We call these documents “primary” identity proofs. We understand mailing primary identity proofs with your replacement card application can be challenging. To help, we are temporarily expanding our policy to accept alternative identity documents — or what we call “secondary proofs” — when you cannot mail a primary proof. Acceptable secondary proofs include, but are not limited to:
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Don’t Wait to Treat a Hernia: What to Know Before Talking to Your Surgeon By Dr. Bruce Freedman
Hernias can happen at any age, but they are most commonly diagnosed in adults over 50. In fact, a study conducted by JAMA found that an increase in emergent hernia rates was the highest in the older adult population (over 65 years). While hernias are common and treatable, the type of mesh material a surgeon uses for the hernia repair can play a role in how well a patient recovers and their quality of life after surgery. What Is a Hernia? A hernia occurs when a portion of an organ (most commonly the small intestine) pushes through a weakness in the wall of a muscle or tissue that holds it in place, creating a bulge that can be seen and felt. When a hernia is left untreated, it can result in serious health complications, including severe pain, bowel obstructions, and even infections. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, 75-80% of all hernias are inguinal or femoral, which occur in the
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Some Commonsense Answers Victor M. Parachin
After her spouse died, a woman wrote in her journal: “I feel like I’m a hamster on a wheel going round and round but going nowhere. Even though Steve died 10 months ago, I still feel like it happened only yesterday. I just can’t stop thinking about him. “What is this strange thing called grief?” Sooner or later, everyone loses someone they love to death. Yet, most people are unprepared for the tidal wave of grief that follows a loss. Here are some commonsense answers about grief. Q. What is grief? A. Grief is the emotional reaction that follows loss. The most common cause of grief is the death of a loved one. However, there are many other losses that trigger grief:
separation, divorce, disability, job loss, etc. Q. What are the signs and symptoms of grief? A. These are some of the most common and normal aspects of grief: • Conflicting and confusing emotions – Sadness, depression, anger, guilt, regret, longing, despair • Death imagery – Thinking you hear or see the person who died • Sleep disorder – Sleeping too much or being unable to sleep properly • Appetite disruption – Not wanting to eat or overeating • Difficulty focusing and making decisions • Physical symptoms – Headache, back pain, nausea
• Social withdrawal – Not wanting to be with people or at social events It must be emphasized these are normal aspects of grief, but they are not permanent. The intensity eases for the majority of grievers who adjust and adapt. Q. How long does grief last? A. Generally, most people experience grief relief within 30 months. However, the duration of grief does not have a fixed end point. Michael C. Miller, M.D., editor-in-chief of the Harvard Mental Health Letter, writes, “Grief doesn’t neatly conclude at the six-month or one-year mark … Although it may persist, grief does usually soften and change over time. “How this goes will be influenced by your emotional style, the nature of your support system, and the culture you are part of. Usually the raw, allconsuming shock of early grief will ebb slowly within weeks or months. “Gradually, at their own pace, most people do find themselves adjusting to the loss and slipping back into the routines of daily life.” Q. A friend told me I should be over this by now. Am I grieving incorrectly? A. You are not grieving incorrectly. Moving through grief takes much longer than most people assume. Harold Ivan Smith, a bereavement expert and author of several grief books, says grievers live in a “get-over-it, move-on-with-it world.” Many friends “assume a grief should last about 30 days. Some of our friends may have never experienced the death of a close family member; they have no real understanding of what you are experiencing,” Smith says. Focus on your grief. Ignore any comments from those who want to rush you through the process.
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It Was 50 Years Ago Today
‘Indian Reservation’ Randal Hill
It was in 1958 when 20-year-old Paul Revere (born Paul Revere Dick) met fellow Idahoan Mark Lindsay, age 16. Revere ran a drive-in restaurant west of Boise. One day, he began chatting with Lindsay when Lindsay delivered hamburger buns to Revere’s eatery. Both, they discovered, were consumed by a love of rock ’n’ roll, and each had a yen to become musical professionals. A year later, keyboardist Revere formed the Downbeats, with Lindsay out front with his powerful, emotional voice and teen-idol good looks. Soon, the band changed its name and prepared for fame. In 1963, Paul Revere and the Raiders became the first rock act signed by mainstream Columbia Records. That signing was a radical departure from the mainstream Columbia releases of the day by the likes of Tony Bennett, Andy Williams, and Doris Day. Decked out in Revolutionary War costumes and powered by the manic energy of Revere — he was
often termed “the madman of rock ’n’ roll” — the quintet became the house band on Dick Clark’s Where the Action Is, the mid-1960s American Bandstand spinoff. Revere once proclaimed, “We were visual and fun and crazy and were America’s answer to the British music invasion.” With producer Terry Melcher (Doris Day’s son) at the recording-studio console, Paul Revere and the Raiders cut 13 Top 40 Columbia singles between 1965 and 1969. By the end of the decade, though, the success that had once come so easily seemed to be evaporating. Lindsay recorded as a solo act and released a Top 10 Columbia hit called “Arizona.” For all intents and purposes, though, Paul Revere Photo credit: stereogum.com and the Raiders seemed to be destined for the rock“Indian Reservation” star scrapheap. The Raiders But, in 1971, “Indian Reservation” (a 1968 June 1971 minor hit here by British artist Don Fardon) provided Revere’s group — now simply called the Raiders — with a comeback smash. It would be their only disc to reach No. 1 and would eventually become the biggest-selling 45 to that point in Columbia’s 82-year history. “Indian Reservation” chugged along in a downbeat minor key, with a hypnotic drum-and-bass combination powering the tune at a relaxed tempo while Revere’s electronic organ supplied the melody line. Resource Directory Later, lead vocalist Lindsay explained, “[‘Indian Reservation’] was going to be a [solo] Mark Lindsay single … It was my choice to put it out under the pullout section of 50plus LIFE! name Raiders.” The tune’s full title was “Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian).” Songwriter John D. Loudermilk had composed it in 1959 as “The Pale-Faced Indian” when he blended historical truth and popculture myth in a story that mourned the degradation of Native Americans by the white man: They took the whole Cherokee nation / Put us on this reservation Took away our ways of life / The tomahawk and the bow and knife
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autobiography, The Tap-Dancing Knife Thrower: My Life (without the boring bits), published last year. While the book has been highly praised, critics were not so generous when The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee was first released last year. It’s no surprise that didn’t bother the unflappable Hogan. “I ignored it; you just take it as it comes.” Critics were much kinder when Crocodile Dundee was released in 1986 to international acclaim. “Its impact was staggering, and it turned out to be the most successful independent movie ever,” said Hogan. The original film yielded one scene destined for cinematic comedy history where Hogan defensively brandishes that giant hunting knife on the streets of New York City. “I’ve still got the original knife, safe in a bank,” said Hogan. “We also had rubber and wooden ones for various scenes, but I co-designed the original. It might be worth a bit of money to a collector now!” Then there was the heart-stopping scene where Hogan’s love interest, played by Linda Kozlowski, encounters a huge crocodile. “That was mechanical, but there were real crocs in the water during filming,” he recalled. “We had guys up trees with rifles just in case one came
along and ruined everything.” So did Hogan consider asking Kozlowski, his co-star and former wife, to take a role in the new film? “No, she’s given up acting,” he said. “I see Linda a lot, and we’re still friends. She was living in Morocco for a while but now is back in L.A.” Despite all the money and fame his Dundee character generated, Hogan has remained grounded, unpretentious, and largely distanced from the Hollywood scene. “I never really fit in,” he admitted. “After the success of Dundee, I received all sorts of script offers, good and bad. But I wasn’t interested in becoming an actor for hire. My joy was seeing something that I wrote come to life on the screen.” While fans may be disappointed that the new movie only features a luckless Hogan as himself, the spirit of Mick Dundee lingers throughout the film. Now 81, however, Hogan has no plans to resurrect the character. “The original worked fine. I’d like to just leave it alone now.” Nick Thomas teaches at Auburn University at Montgomery, Ala.; has written features, columns, and interviews for over 850 newspapers and magazines; and is the author of Raised by the Stars: Interviews with 29 Children of Hollywood Actors.
On Life and Love after 50
Woman, 80, and Man, 87, Decide to Marry Tom Blake
Fifteen years ago, Ginny, of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, was enamored of Harry, a man she had seen in her church. She was unhappily married, but he was happily married. She decided to attend a different church. Ginny said, “Eight years ago, at age 72, and newly widowed, I decided I wasn’t going to just join women’s groups, so I found the local senior center. It is a ‘happening’ place. I am now on the council there. “Several times, I checked out the pool room where the men hung out. They were very welcoming to me. I spotted Harry shooting pool. He recognized me right away. His wife of 59 years had passed away. “Within a short time of our meeting, he asked me out. He told me many times that he was only looking for someone to have fun with, and I was it. “In the first few years of our dating, when I or others occasionally brought up the subject of marriage to him, he reminded me and them that he had told me early on that he wasn’t going to remarry. “We are active, fun-loving, and healthy Christians who are very much in love and are looking forward to having a ‘complete’ relationship. “Now, at ages 80 (me) and 87 (Harry), he has changed his mind and wants to marry me. We live three minutes apart. “To further encourage us to marry, my brother, 74, a widower of eight years, is also tying the knot this year with a lovely woman, age 69, whom he met two years ago on Match.com.” I responded to Ginny: “Why do you think Harry changed his antimarriage position at age 87? Why get married now? www.50plusLifePA.com
“Who will move? What does a complete relationship mean?” Ginny replied, “I will ask him soon why he changed his mind. We are going to have an LAT (living apart together) marriage. I now go visit him almost every evening and come home each night. “After the marriage, instead of coming home each night, I will come home the next morning. When I originally suggested this to him years ago, he said, ‘No way.’ I suspect he wasn’t ready. “We will have a prenuptial agreement. We both have children and grandchildren. Our money will stay separate. “What I mean by a ‘complete’ relationship is that now we will be able to have sex. Because of our faith, we agreed years ago to abstain unless married. It was difficult.” Tom’s closing thoughts: I love Ginny’s story! And wow, a new seniorrelationships term: “living apart together marriage.” I hadn’t heard that one before, and yet I get it. And I smile at their reason for marrying. Bless them both. Ginny’s story illustrates that senior centers can be good places to meet potential mates, and why single seniors should never give up seeking companionship. For dating information, previous articles, or to sign up for Tom’s complimentary, weekly e-newsletter, go to findingloveafter50.com.
The Curious Beginnings of Our Everyday Customs You cross your fingers for good luck or to excuse yourself from lying, but do you ever wonder how customs like that originated? The Cracked website explains the beginnings of everyday behavior we take for granted:
Yawning. Covering your mouth while yawning developed from an ancient belief that evil spirits could enter your mouth during a yawn. Blowing out candles. Making a wish while blowing out birthday candles derives from cultures that thought smoke delivered prayers to the heavens.
Painting fingernails. Babylonian warriors in 3200 BC would paint their nails before heading off to battle to signify their social class.
High-fiving. The first recorded high-five occurred on Oct. 2, 1977, when Glenn Burke of the LA Dodgers reached up to slap the hand of teammate Dusty Baker, who had just hit a home run, and Baker slapped his hand in return.
Thumbs up. English archers in the Middle Ages would use the gesture, which was the correct brace height of a longbow, as a signal that they were ready to shoot. Encores. Baroque audiences would demand repeat performances of songs of they enjoyed, sometimes in the middle of the piece.
Crossing fingers. Crossing fingers to catch good luck originated in ancient pagan cultures. The practice for lying came from early Christians who wanted to absolve themselves from lies they told their persecutors.
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Retirement Spending in Pa. Averages $1.08 Million, Study Finds By The Center Square Residents of Pennsylvania will spend, on average, $1.08 million during their retirement years, in a state where the cost of living is 2.5% lower than the national average, according to a new study from the website 24/7 Wall St. The analysis used data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the independent Institute for Health Metrics Whether someone and Evaluation saves enough to live to examine what it costs to retire comfortably during comfortably in each their golden years state. depends on several Whether someone saves factors. enough to live comfortably during their golden years depends on several factors, such as whether they will receive pension payments in addition to Social Security, according to 24/7 Wall St. In Pennsylvania, the average monthly housing cost for those 65 and older who own their homes was estimated at $528. And the share of seniors in the state population is 18.2%, according to the report. Nationwide, Americans will spend on average $987,000 during their retirement years, with the average life expectancy at age 65 estimated at 19.4 years, according to 24/7 Wall St.
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‘The In-Betweener’: A Baby Boomer’s Place in the Timeline By Marge Jesberger
Did you ever feel that you were born too early or too late, stuck in a sort of decade limbo? Some of us arrived prematurely for the spellchecker (we foolishly learned how to actually spell). Some of us learned to tell time on a clock dial with the big hand on the four and the little hand on the 12! Then came digital watches. Don’t get me wrong. I’m grateful to be “out of sync”; I’m thrilled that I missed out on Custer’s Last Stand and the leper colonies. It was a good thing I wasn’t around for the bubonic plague, the Great Chicago Fire, and the Great Depression, but living in the electronic\ technical age also has its share of drawbacks. Many of us grew up without the luxury of iPads or voice-activated computers. We probably utilize a small fraction of their cyber-capabilities. Being a postwar baby has enabled me to exist on the verge of historical breakthroughs for mankind — some frivolous, others crucial. Thankfully, I
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World War II Triple Ace to Speak at Roundtable Zoom Meeting The Central Pennsylvania World War II Roundtable scoring ace in the 363rd Fighter Squadron. His plane, Old will welcome its first World War II veteran to speak at Crow, was never hit by enemy aircraft or forced to turn back its monthly meeting via Zoom, Thursday, June 3, at 7 for any reason. p.m. The guest speaker will be retired fighter pilot and Anderson was decorated 25 times, was inducted into the experimental test pilot Col. Clarence E. “Bud” Anderson. National Aviation Hall of Fame, and has been awarded the To qualify as an ace, a fighter pilot must be credited with Congressional Gold Medal. shooting down five or more enemy aircraft during aerial Following World War II, Anderson served in the Air Force combat. Anderson achieved the feat three times, destroying as a fighter test pilot, flying many models of early jetfighters. a total of 16 and 1/4 planes in the air and another one on Anderson has written a book about his exploits, To Fly and the ground, earning the distinction of triple ace. Fight, co-authored by Joseph P. Hamelin. During the war, Anderson served two combat tours, Anderson turned 99 on Jan. 13 and is the highest-scoring Col. Clarence E. “Bud” Anderson escorting heavy bombers over Europe. He was chosen as living U.S. fighter ace and the only surviving U.S. triple ace. one of the original flight leaders of the 357th Fighter Group, The June 3 Zoom meeting is open to the public, and equipped with the new P-51 Mustang. no registration is required. To attend, look for the information and Zoom Anderson flew 116 combat missions and in the process became the highestpassword located on the organization’s website: centralpaww2roundtable.org.
What to Do for Chronically Itchy Skin Suzy Cohen
The average person is estimated to scratch an itch on their body about a hundred times a day, and that is considered pretty normal. But what if you have a chronic itch? The scratching could be nonstop, and you could scratch yourself to the point of bleeding! Itching is one of those symptoms that will drive you mad unless you get to the root cause and treat it. This can be the most difficult part. Unfortunately, digging deep isn’t what happens at first when you show up at the doctor’s office with an itchy rash. You will have to go to the pharmacy to pick up a steroid, like a Medrol dose pack, and some Benadryl. If you’re among the lucky, the itchy sensation will clear up with those. But what if it doesn’t? The misery of chronically itchy sensations, and an accompanying painful rash, could baffle you and your practitioners for weeks — sometimes for months and years! Here, I’ll cover a few conditions that cause itch, along with my suggestions for treatment. Please ask your doctor about what’s right for you. Tinea versicolor – This common fungal infection results in discolored patches of skin that are lighter or darker than surrounding skin. Tinea versicolor is caused by a fungus, so you will need to eliminate refined sugar in your diet because that feeds funguses. You could rub some coconut oil on the area since that is an easily accessible and natural antifungal. If the patches are all over, you could take a shower and use a selenium sulfide body wash (like Selsun Blue), or buy a soap containing zinc pyrithione. Hot tub folliculitis – This is sometimes also called pool folliculitis, and the rash can cause itchy, red, and tender bumps that contain pus. www.50plusLifePA.com
You can get this from a swimming pool or whirlpool that looks like it has perfectly clean water because the causative bacteria, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, will survive in water that’s been chlorinated! Treatments usually include silver-containing creams or gels. Some people try compresses with distilled vinegar. In serious cases, an antibiotic will be prescribed. Progesterone dermatitis – This is an immunedriven condition that causes itchiness in a recurring fashion due to the rise in progesterone with every menstrual cycle. Managing hormones and suppressing the immune response may help this. Neuropathic itch – This type of itch is a difficult one to diagnose because there is no presentation of a rash, bump, or scaly skin. It’s your word, basically, and nothing to show for it. You can change your shampoo, soap, laundry detergent, bedding, and clothing, and the itch will stay with you. Some of the most promising treatments for neuropathic itch are the JAK inhibitor drugs. One in particular is Xeljanz (tofacitinib). I researched like crazy to find a natural JAK inhibitor, and it appears that thymoquinone might be helpful. Black seed oil supplements are rich in that compound. In closing, I refer you to the work of Dr. Brian S. Kim, who can be found on twitter as @itchdoctor. Kim has done pioneering research on the topic of itch. If you’re interested in the longer version of my article, which includes more causes for chronic itch, I can email it to you if you’re part of my online community. Just sign up for my newsletter at suzycohen.com. This information is not intended to diagnose, prevent, or treat your disease. For more information about the author, visit suzycohen.com.
The History of Ordinary Things
Cracker Jack Doris Montag
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Cracker Jack is an American The first prizes, called toy brand of snack consisting surprises, were introduced in 1912. of molasses-flavored, caramel-coated The boxes had baseball cards in popcorn and peanuts, well known for 1914/1915 describing such big-name being packaged with a prize of trivial players as Christy Mathewson, Honus value. Some food historians consider Wagner, Joe Jackson, and Ty Cobb. it the first junk food! I remember digging into the box to In the early 1890s, Fritz get the booklets, temporary tattoos, Rueckheim, a newly arrived German stickers, and handheld games, and immigrant, sold popcorn from a who didn’t love the decoder rings? cart on a street corner in Chicago. Jack the Sailor and his pet dog, He created a new recipe including Bingo, became the registered popcorn, peanuts, and molasses, but trademark logo in 1919. During the molasses was too sticky. World War I, the red, white, and blue In 1896, Rueckheim and his stripes were added to the boxes to brother, Louis, discovered a method show the Rueckheims’ patriotism for to keep the kernels of molasses-coated America. popcorn from sticking together. From 1922-1963, the ChicagoMade in a large drum with a small based company was named The quantity of oil and secret ingredients Cracker Jack Company. In 1964 it The evolution of Cracker Jack (still a closely guarded trade secret was purchased by the Borden food packaging through the decades. today), it was initially called Candied company who, in 1997, sold the Popcorn and Peanuts. brand to Frito-Lay parent PepsiCo. The product was named by an enthusiastic sampler who remarked, “That’s a In 2013, Frito-Lay restored more peanuts and updated the prizes to make crackerjack!” — a reference at that time to something great. In 1896, the first them more relevant. In 2016 it was announced that codes to play games on the lot of Cracker Jack was produced, and the name and a tagline, “The More You Cracker Jack app would replace tangible prizes. Eat, the More You Want,” were registered. This change has not been well received by this Cracker Jack fan because of Cracker Jack was sold in large tubs until 1899, when Henry Eckstein, a nostalgia. The prizes were insignificant, but cool, when you were 6 years old. partner in the company, invented the moisture-resistant, wax-sealed package These prizes now represent an area of collectibles. that retained the crispness. This new packaging, one of the first wax-sealed Today, nearly all retail outlets carry Cracker Jack in bags, not the familiar cardboard containers in the industry, allowed the company to package in boxes. But it is the same crunchy popcorn and peanut flavor. In our memories, small quantities and sell Cracker Jack worldwide. the connection between our childhood, baseball, and Cracker Jack remains In 1908 Cracker Jack was immortalized in the song “Take Me Out to the legendary. Ballgame” by Albert Von Tilzer, a musician, and Jack Norwood, a vaudeville Doris Montag is a homespun historian and an exhibit curator who researches and entertainer and songwriter. Neither man had ever been to a baseball game displays historical collections of ordinary things, such as can openers, crochet, toy when they wrote, “Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack”! sewing machines, hand corn planters, powder compacts, egg cartons, and more. By 1910, the song became a staple at ballparks across America, and the cry, “Getcha’ peanuts, popcorn, and Cracker Jack!” is still heard in ballparks today. Contact or follow her on Facebook, HistoryofOrdinaryThings.
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