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York County Edition

October 2017 Vol. 18 No. 10

Local Entertainer Headed to National Stage page 4

special focus: create a great funeral day page 8

‘gray’ divorce page 22

Dear Pharmacist

Suzy Cohen

4 Simple and Potentially Life-Saving Breast Cancer Tips

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4. Eating rosemary is powerful. This herb contains natural compounds, such as rosmarinic acid, that are protective of our reproductive organs. Another spice called spica prunellae (xia ku cao in Chinese medicine) contains this rosmarinic acid. There are studies on rosmarinic acid that are important to breast cancer survivors; for example, one found it can slow or inhibit bone metastasis from breast cancer. There are more tips at my site. For now, consider putting rosemary sprigs in everything you eat. It’s easy, simple, and provides many other health benefits. This information is not intended to diagnose, prevent, or treat your disease. For more information about the author, visit 

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Diabetes Workshop Promotes Self-Management The Diabetes Self-Management Program from Stanford University is designed for older adults living with Type 2 diabetes to control their diabetes and the emotions that come with it. The program is conducted in 2.5hour workshops, once a week for six weeks. Free workshops will be held 1–3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 3–Nov.

7, at St. John the Baptist Church, 315 N. Constitution Ave., New Freedom. Preregistration is required by calling (717) 235-2156, ext. 214. The workshop will also be held 9:15–11:45 a.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 11–Nov. 15, at White Rose Senior Center, 27 S. Broad St., York. Preregistration is required by calling Megan Craley at the York County Area Agency on Aging at (717) 771-

9610 or (800) 632-9073. Participants receive a copy of the companion book, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, 4th Edition, and an audio relaxation tape. Steps to Healthier Living is for anyone age 60 and older living with Type 2 diabetes or a caregiver, age 60 and older, of someone with Type 2 diabetes. The program promotes a self-

management toolbox to address healthy eating, exercise, stress management, monitoring blood sugar, communication, dealing with difficult emotions, medications, working with your doctor, avoiding complications, action planning, problem solving, and thinking activities.

York Individuals, Businesses Earn Conservation Awards The York County Conservation District recently held its annual Conservation Awards picnic at Rocky Ridge County Park. Each year a committee selects individuals and businesses in York County to recognize for their stewardship and commitment to conservation efforts. Award recipients

received a signed, limited-edition framed print by Millicent Neill Decker. This year’s recipients were: • Ellen O’Connor – 2017 Outstanding Watershed Steward • Eddie Johnson of Hickorymea Farm – 2017 Outstanding

Conservation Farmer • Ryan Bridge – 2017 Outstanding Environmental Educator • The Sam Taylor Farm – 2017 Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Farm Award • Kent Heffner, Chanceford Township

– Award for Environmentally Sensitive Road Maintenance • Lower Windsor Township – Outstanding Municipal Conservation Partner • York Excavating Company LLC – Outstanding Excavation Contractor

At Your Fingertips Helpful numbers, hotlines, and local businesses and organizations eager to serve you—all just a phone call away. Animal Hospitals Community Animal Hospital Donald A. Sloat, D.V.M. 400 S. Pine St., York (717) 845-5669 Automobile Sales/Service Gordon’s Body Shop, Inc. 10 Mill St., Stewartstown (717) 993-2263 Coins & Currency Steinmetz Coins & Currency 2861 E. Prospect Road, York (717) 757-6980 Energy Assistance Low-Income Energy Assistance (717) 787-8750 Entertainment Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre 510 Centerville Road, Lancaster (717) 898-1900

Funeral & Cremation Services Cremation Society of Pennsylvania Serving Lancaster County (800) 720-8221

Hearing Services Pennsylvania Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (800) 233-3008 V/TTY

Health & Medical Services Alzheimer’s Association (717) 651-5020

Home Care Services Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services Hanover: (717) 630-0067 Lancaster: (717) 393-3450 York: (717) 751-2488

Alzheimer’s Information Clearinghouse (800) 367-5115 American Diabetes Association (800) 342-2383 CONTACT Helpline (717) 652-4400 The National Kidney Foundation (800) 697-7007 or (717) 757-0604 Social Security Information (800) 772-1213 Healthcare Information Pennsylvania HealthCare Cost Containment (717) 232-6787

Housing Assistance Housing Authority of York (717) 845-2601 Property Tax/Rent Rebate (888) 728-2937

Self-storage U-Stor-It (717) 741-2202 – Dallastown (717) 840-9369 – York Services York County Area Agency on Aging (800) 632-9073 Veterans Services Lebanon VA Medical Center 1700 S. Lincoln Ave., Lebanon (717) 228-6000 or (800) 409-8771 Volunteer opportunities RSVP of the Capital Region (443) 619-3842

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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 ( 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 ( 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

“Summertime,” so Keller went with “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” another of her favorites. In the end, the second-choice song selection didn’t matter. “I was so overwhelmed [when] I got a standing ovation,” Keller, a fulltime OB-GYN triage nurse, said. “I felt really good about the day; I knew I did the best I could do, and I could not have done anything differently.” Singing wasn’t the only talent on display that day, however. Keller’s fellow contestants, who ranged in age from 60-89, exhibited skills as wide ranging as pie baking, singing, dancing, and readings of original poetry. Thirteen friends and family members came out to support Keller in the audience. “They were screaming and yelling and carrying on,” she laughed. “It was really kind of one of those things where the energy was really high and contagious.” Her supporters weren’t the only ones in need of a good holler. After the judges announced their decision and Keller received the crown, sash, and

flowers, she paused before spreading the message that the outdoor photo seniors still have a lot of shoot and turned to life and a lot to give Russo-Caiazzo. society.” “As soon as She will also Peggy Keller’s I got outside, represent “Philosophy of Life,” I said to Pennsylvania as presented to Denise, ‘Is at this year’s Ms. Pennsylvania it OK if national Senior America judges: I scream Ms. Senior As I live each day, I know that I will now? I America be faced with daily challenges that will just feel pageant, teach me and allow me to grow. As I like I to be held reflect on the day’s events, I ask myself, have to Oct. 15-19 “Have I given all of who I am today?” If in my heart of hearts, I know that to be scream!’” in Atlantic true, for what more can I ask? Keller City, New My all today may be different than said. Jersey. yesterday or even tomorrow; however, “So I Keller’s if I have given all that I can be, taken screamed. husband will the lessons learned, and entertained It felt really join her for new ideas and thoughts from good.” the three-day others, I will become a more As the state competition, complete woman. winner, Keller as will about 15 “will represent friends and family women over 60 offering their support. and help educate the Pennsylvania has never public about senior life, had a national title holder, while dispelling the myths of ageism,” Russo-Caiazzo said. Russo-Caiazzo said. “She will make “We at Pennsylvania Senior America appearances throughout the state, feel that Peggy can break that streak

and become Pennsylvania’s first national winner and carry home the crown as Ms. Senior America 2017,” Russo-Caiazzo said. “She certainly has all the qualities of a national winner!” If Keller does take home the national crown, her duties and opportunities will be similar to those of the state winner but on a grander scale, with country-wide recognition and exposure. “She will continue her crusade to help educate seniors and show the world that seniors are the foundation of America, and they are still going strong,” Russo-Caiazzo said. “The sky is the limit for the national winner.” Keller said she plans to take the October competition in stride, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t headed to Atlantic City with her eye on the prize. “I’m going there for the fun of the whole experience,” she said, “but I have that competitiveness about me, and I’m sure as shooting going to do the best I can with the intention that I’m going to come away a winner.” Cover photo credit: Pavan Kumar (www.

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Oct. 2, 9:30 a.m. Green Thumb Garden Club Meeting Emmanuel Lutheran Church 2650 Freysville Road, Red Lion (717) 235-2823

Oct. 6, 10:30 a.m. Partners in Thyme Herb Club of Southern York County Glenview Alliance Church 10037 Susquehanna Trail, Glen Rock (717) 428-2210

Crispus Attucks Active Living Center (717) 848-3610,

Oct. 18, 7-8 p.m. Alzheimer’s Support Group Providence Place 3377 Fox Run Road, Dover (717) 767-4500

Golden Connections Community Center (717) 244-7229, Weekdays, 9 a.m. – Games Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – Pinochle Fridays, 9:15 a.m. – Computers 101

Oct. 3, 4-7 p.m. Octoberfest Celebration Senior Commons at Powder Mill 1775 Powder Mill Road, York (717) 741-0961 Oct. 3, 7 p.m. Surviving Spouse Socials of York County Faith United Church of Christ 509 Pacific Ave., York (717) 266-2784

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Dillsburg Senior Activity Center – (717) 432-2216 Eastern Area Senior Center, Inc. – (717) 252-1641

Golden Visions Senior Community Center (717) 633-5072, Heritage Senior Center, Inc. – (717) 292-7471 Northeastern Senior Community Center (717) 266-1400,

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Red Land Senior Center – (717) 938-4649

Oct. 7, 9 a.m. to noon – Hawk Watch, Rocky Ridge Park Oct. 22, 2:30-4 p.m. – Fall Colors Walk, Nixon Park Oct. 29, 2:30-4 p.m. – “How Animals Prepare for Winter” Walk, Nixon Park

South Central Senior Community Center (717) 235-6060, Weekdays, 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – Wii Games Mondays, 9:15 a.m. – Acrylic Art Class Thursdays, 9 a.m. – “ Walking through the Bible” Study Group

These Herbs May Ease Diabetes Symptoms Type 2 diabetes afflicts millions of people around the world. Medication such as insulin can help keep your blood sugar levels stable, but according to the Medical News Today website, these herbs can also have a beneficial effect: Aloe vera. Known for its skincare benefits, aloe may also help increase the amount of insulin produced by the pancreas. It can be consumed as juiced pulp added to beverages or as extracts available as supplements. Cinnamon. This tasty spice offers many benefits for diabetes patients, including positive results in maintaining appropriate blood sugar and insulin levels as well as decreasing blood pressure. Consult with your doctor before using it as a supplement, though.


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Bitter melon. Used for centuries as a traditional medicine in China and India, the seeds from this melon appear to lower blood sugar levels. It’s also effective when its pulp is mixed with water and when consumed as juice. Milk thistle. An extract called silymarin from this herb has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which are beneficial for people with diabetes. Fenugreek. The seeds from this herb contain fibers that help slow the digestion of sugar and other carbohydrates. They may also help to lower cholesterol as well.     Always check with your physician before taking any herbs or supplements, of course.

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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

cut flowers. than daffodils. The cups on these Multidaffodils are flowering varieties, divided into segments such as that are Beautiful pressed back Eyes, display against the several flowers on petals. Narcissus each stem. This variety’s Cassata has Photo Credit: a ruffled white-andUnique daffodil varieties like Lingerie offer yellow split orange double flowering. cup and blossoms white petals. Lemon Beauty’s shorter have a gardenia-like fragrance. Miniature daffodil Baby Boomer split cup is adorned with a yellow star. These are just a few of the many has five to 10 flowers per stem. After blooming, the grassy foliage quickly choices that are available for gardens, fades away, allowing nearby perennials containers, and spring bouquets. Most to take center stage. daffodils are hardy in growing zones 3-8. In warmer zones, look for heatSplit-corona daffodils have an tolerant varieties, such as Thalia and unexpected beauty and are lovely

Silver Smiles. Mix daffodils into shady gardens filled with hostas, ferns, and other shade-loving perennials. As the daffodil blooms fade, the perennials will grow, mask the foliage, and provide beauty throughout the remainder of the season. Plant daffodils on a hillside, on a woodland border, beside a pond, or under trees and shrubs. Over time, the bulbs will grow and multiply with minimal care from you. Choose cultivars with different flower styles and bloom times, and plant in drifts to create an attractive display. Can’t decide? Consider one of the many premixed packages. Or, create your own long-lasting display by combining early-, mid-, and lateblooming varieties. Get your daffodils off to a great

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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 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

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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.”

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-todoor 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 an established fixture of American popular culture by the 1950s, when Walt Disney produced a cartoon called Trick or Treat, and an episode of the popular TV show Ozzie and Harriet showed children overwhelming the Nelson household in search of candy.

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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).

start with proper planting. Plant bulbs in mid- to late fall, any time before the ground freezes. Dig a hole and position the bulbs 6 inches deep with the pointy side up. Cover with soil; apply a low-nitrogen, slow-release fertilizer; and water thoroughly. Once in the ground, the bulbs can remain in place for years to come. Reserve a few daffodil bulbs for your containers and window boxes. Pot them up in the fall and make sure they get at least 15 weeks of chilling at 40-45 degrees Fahrenheit. In mild climates, the containers can be left outdoors. In zones 6 and colder, they should be stored in an

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Free Fall-Prevention Classes Offered The York County Area Agency on Aging is offering free fall-prevention classes this autumn. A Matter of Balance is an awardwinning program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falls. This program uses volunteer coaches to teach eight two-hour classes where participants learn to: view falls and fear of falling as controllable; set realistic goals for increasing activity; change their environment to reduce fall-risk factors; and promote exercise to increase strength and balance. The program is designed for: • Anyone concerned about falls  • A nyone interested in improving balance, flexibility, and strength  • Anyone who has fallen in the past • A nyone who has restricted activities because of falling concerns • A nyone age 60 or older, ambulatory, and able to problem solve Class size is small, with a limit of 12 participants. For more information and preregistration, call the York County Area Agency on Aging at (717) 771-9610 or (800) 632-9073, or email

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Falling in Love with Bergen: Norway’s Cultural Capital

I can’t say we weren’t warned. When we told our Norwegian friends we were going to Bergen, they looked at each other and smiled as if wondering whether they should let us in on Bergen’s secret. “A beautiful place,” he said finally. “A city of culture.” “A city of rain,” she interrupted. “Rainiest spot on the continent. Rains 250 days a year — summer, fall, winter, and spring.” In other words, it always rains. Is this a place my husband and I really want to visit? Well, yes. A city that’s been deemed a “European City of Culture” (an honor bestowed by the European Union upon select cities that have contributed mightily to the culture of the world) and has also been named a UNESCO World Heritage

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City because of its enduring cultural significance is most certainly a city that is worth a few drops of rain. On the first morning we look out our hotel room window and see sun—bright, happy sun shining down on buildings that shimmer with color. We’ve won the weather lottery. Peaked roofs covered with orange, gold, black, and sometimes red tiles sit atop walls that may be light gray or ivory but are more often vibrant gold or soft blue. Off in the distance a church topped with delicate pinnacles and spires stands guard over the haphazard streets. I later learn that this church — Johanneskirken in Norwegian, St. John’s in English — is the largest in Bergen and dates back to 1894.

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Three hours later, the clouds obscure the sun. Four hours later, we’re drenched. That’s when I remember that my friend told us a proverb she learned from her grandmother: There’s no such thing as bad weather in Bergen, just inappropriate clothes. My husband and I race back to the hotel and grab parkas for our bodies, dry shoes for our feet, and myriad plastic bags for his camera. Then, outfitted appropriately, we set out to imbibe some culture. We begin in the center of town, which 1,000 years ago was home to the medieval town of Bryggen. Many of the original buildings were destroyed by fire during the 1700s and subsequently rebuilt on the old foundations, meaning that the footprints and often the function remained the same. The reconstructed buildings are lined along the wharf, facing the water that made Bryggen an economic powerhouse — in medieval terms, of course. Today the terms have changed. Bergen is still an economic powerhouse, but it deals in tourists instead of fish.

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 Photos © Irv Green unless otherwise noted; story by Andrea Gross (www.

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I had to smile when I received an Chuck and his wife lived in email from Chuck, a widower, in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Lancaster. south Florida for 37 years before “I just can’t see myself using those moving to a senior living community dating websites, so what can you in Lancaster. He tries to work out do to help me meet another love of every morning and reads “anything” my life before I run out of money or nonfiction. air?” This gentleman has quite a resume. My reaction was: “I like to see A widower with a new places. [I] have sense of humor. A visited or lived in widower in his 70s all 50 states and who doesn’t want over 100 countries,” to use “those dating Chuck said. “[I] websites.” I bet we can am a volunteer for help him. Road Scholar, the Chuck had largest nonprofit obviously read my travel company, most recent 50plus and SCORE, where LIFE article (August I mentor small2017) about Steve, business owners. also a widower, who Also, I have been a lives nearby in New Rotarian for over 50 York state. years. Chuck S., of Lancaster, I wrote back “Who can I use wants to continue his to Chuck, saying for matchmaking extensive travels—and I needed more now?” he asked. doesn’t want to do it alone. information about I smiled and him. said, “Well, “Over a year ago, I lost the love of networking through friends and my life to multiple myeloma cancer,” acquaintances is the best way seniors Chuck said. “We were married 54 can meet potential mates. Maybe years. We have three children and six our newspaper can increase your grandchildren. network.” “I would like to meet a widow I learned a bit more about Chuck. in her 60s or 70s who had a He has an undergraduate degree happy marriage and who wants to from Notre Dame and an MBA from share good wine, fine food, great Washington University in St. Louis. conversation, educational travel, and He was an officer in the Army. He who likes to snuggle in the winter or was a president of three companies. travel to south Florida.” Even though Chuck has traveled I needed to clarify the comment extensively, he says he’d like to see “… who likes to snuggle in the new places, and he doesn’t want to winter.” see those places traveling by himself. I wrote to Chuck: “Snuggle only If Chuck sounds like a man you’d in the winter?” enjoy meeting for a cup of coffee, He assured me that snuggling was email him at chucksawicki@gmail. a year-around wish. com. He added, “I’m in my 70s but look For dating information, previous like I’m in my 60s.” articles, or to sign up for Tom’s I said to him, “We’ll let the complimentary, weekly e-newsletter, go women decide how young you look. to Tell me more about you.”

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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

If you join an Advantage plan, the plan will provide all of your Part A (hospital insurance) and Part B (medical insurance) coverage. Some plans even offer extra benefits like vision, dental, and hearing, and most plans include Part D prescription drug coverage too. You also need to know that the monthly premiums for many Advantage plans are cheaper than if you got original Medicare plus a separate Part D drug plan and a Medigap policy, but their deductibles and co-pays are usually higher. That makes these plans better suited for healthier retirees.  

Dear Shopper, Medicare Advantage plans have become increasingly popular among retirees over the past 10 years, as more than 30 percent of Medicare participants are now enrolled in an Advantage plan. Here are some tips and tools to help you pick a plan that fits your needs. First, let’s start with a quick review. Medicare How to Pick Advantage plans (also known as Medicare Part C) are government-approved health plans sold by To help you pick a plan, a good first step is to call the office managers of the doctors you use and private insurance companies that you can choose in Medicare Open Enrollment: place of original Medicare. find out which Advantage plans they accept and Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 which ones they recommend. The vast majority of Advantage plans are Then go to the Medicare Plan Finder tool managed-care policies, such as HMOs or PPOs, at and type in your ZIP code or your personal that require you to get your care within a network of doctors. information to compare health plans with drug coverage in your area. This tool also provides a five-star rating system that evaluates each plan based on past customer satisfaction and quality of care the plan delivers. When comparing, here are some key points to consider:

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Get Help Navigating Medicare The York County Area Agency on Aging’s APPRISE program will offer free personalized counseling during Medicare’s annual enrollment period, which begins Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7.  The annual enrollment period is when Medicare beneficiaries can review their coverage and determine if health and prescription plans continue to meet their needs. By comparing plans and making changes by Dec. 7, Medicare will have enough time to process those changes to ensure the new coverage will begin on Jan. 1, 2018. Throughout the annual enrollment period, Medicare beneficiaries will be able to receive one-on-one counseling assistance offered by trained APPRISE counselors at different locations throughout York County.  Prescheduled appointments are necessary and can be made by calling the APPRISE scheduling line at (717) 771-9042 or (800) 632-9073. Dates and locations for the sessions are as follows:  

Oct. 18, 1–2:30 p.m. Red Land High School 560 Fishing Creek Road, Fairview Township

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Oct. 19, 9 a.m. to noon St. John the Baptist Catholic Church 315 N. Constitution Ave., New Freedom Borough

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Oct. 23 and Nov. 13, 4–6 p.m. West York Area High School 1800 Bannister St., West Manchester Township

Nov. 9 and 30, 4–6 p.m. York Suburban High School 1800 Hollywood Drive, Spring Garden Township

Oct. 24 and Nov. 14, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Spring Grove High School 1490 Roth’s Church Road, Jackson Township

Nov. 15, 1–4 p.m. Northeastern High School 300 High St., Manchester

Oct. 25 and Nov. 29, 4–6:15 p.m. South Western High School 200 Bowman Road, Penn Township

Nov. 20, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Red Lion Area High School 200 Horace Mann Ave., Red Lion

Oct. 31, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Kennard-Dale High School 393 Main St., Fawn Township

Dec. 4, 5, and 6, 9 a.m. to noon York County Area Agency on Aging 100 W. Market St., York

‘Sock It To Us’ Clothing Drive Needs Donations It’s not too late to “Sock It To Us!” No one should live with cold feet this winter. No child. No adult. Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of the Capital Region wants to eliminate this problem for many of the residents of York County

through “Sock It To Us!”, a statewide signature project of Senior Corps of Pennsylvania. New socks, scarves, gloves, or hats for any age child or adult can be deposited at any of the following drop-off sites by Oct. 31:

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Services, 1195 Roosevelt Ave. (Old State Police Barracks), York

• Windy Hill Senior Center, 1472 Roth’s Church Road, Suite 103, Spring Grove

• TrueNorth Wellness Services, 73 E. Forrest Ave., Suite 312, Shrewsbury Just look for the “Sock It To Us!” sign and bin. All items go to residents of the York County. Donations will be made to the following organizations and schools for distribution to those most in need:

• State Farm, 2241 W. Market St., York

• Hanover Council of Churches • LifePath Christian Ministries

• White Rose Senior Center, 27 S. Broad St., Suite 1, York

• York Housing Authority

• Visiting Nurses Association of Hanover & Spring Grove, 440 N. Madison St., Hanover

For large donations or more information on drop-off sites or volunteer opportunities, call RSVP’s York County office at (443) 619-3842 or the statewide Senior Corps of Pennsylvania hotline at (800) 870-2616.

• TrueNorth Wellness

• Various other organizations who work with people in need

It Was 50 Years Ago Today

‘Soul Man’ Randal Hill

In their shows, Sam Moore and Tenor Moore and baritone/ Dave Prater became a freewheeling tenor Prater rose to fame as the bundle of collective energy, joyfully quintessential American soul act. bobbing, weaving, and gyrating, and Both had come from Southern church all the while singing at full throttle. backgrounds. Popular Moore among once sang the many with a doonicknames wop group the duo called the earned was Majestics “The Sultans but later of Sweat,” switched to as every such gospel high-energy outfits as performance the Gales left actual and the tiny lakes of Mellonaires. perspiration Prater had onstage. sung in In his church Rhythm and choir and the Blues, eventually “Soul Man” Sam and Dave Atlantic became October 1967 Records’ part of the Jerry Wexler gospel-based said, “Their live act was filled with Sensational Hummingbirds. animation, harmony, and seeming When the pair met by chance goodwill.” at a Miami club, they soon found Oh? That “seeming” goodwill themselves performing together, apparently wasn’t directed at their onstage chemistry delighting each other, as the pair endured a appreciative audiences who only saw tumultuous partnership for the two two African-American men having decades they performed together. fun and loving their work. Moore and Prater would often In 1967, Sam and Dave recorded arrive at concert venues separately, their biggest hit, “Soul Man,” on the each demanding his own dressing Memphis-based Stax Records label. It room. During concerts, they usually reached No. 1 on the soul charts and managed to avoid eye contact with No. 2 on the pop lists, and it won a the other. Apparently the two once Grammy the following year. went a dozen years without even “Soul Man” had come about when speaking to each other offstage. co-writer Isaac Hayes was inspired Each artist had his own litany of by a 1967 TV newscast of a Detroit complaints about the other. Moore riot. Many black-owned buildings said he abhorred Prater’s drug usage had been marked with a single, boldly and constant griping about wanting lettered word: SOUL. to do a solo act with new material. This inspired Hayes and his writing Prater, in turn, groused that it was partner, David Porter, to develop the Moore who wanted to work alone and Sam and Dave classic. stop performing the Sam and Dave “It was the idea of one’s struggle catalogue of hits—which, according to rise above his present conditions,” to Prater, Moore never liked much Hayes explained in the book Soulsville anyway. 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

Volunteer Spotlight Animal Lover Gives SpecialNeeds Kids a ‘Leg Up’ A sense of identity Susan Lindsey is the York County RSVP with all living creatures compels her to remove Volunteer of the Month. black snakes and other She volunteers at Leg creepy crawlies from Up Farm, a nonprofit roads to prevent their therapy center in York demise under the wheels County for children of careless drivers. with special needs. Lindsey’s family Lindsey loves Leg Up spent a lot of money Farm. During the time on a private university that she spends with Susan Lindsey education, which the horses and clients, garnered her some she forgets everything very respectable employment else in her life, affording her the opportunities. In retirement, none opportunity to concentrate upon of that seems very important. She the present moment. does remember soliciting grant After 40 years of living in city environs, Lindsey recently returned money to write a rock music to the family farm, which dates curriculum for her deaf students. In addition to Leg Up Farm, back to 1760. She grew up on horseback and hopes to place rescue Lindsey volunteers with the Citizens’ Climate Lobby and judges horses in the barn one day. For the scholarship essays for a national time being, her world is ruled by competition. cats. Do you know a 50+ volunteer who gives selflessly to others? Tell us what makes him or her so special and we will consider them for 50plus LIFE’s Volunteer Spotlight! Submissions should be 200 words or fewer and photos are encouraged. Email preferred to or mail nominations to 50plus LIFE, Volunteer Spotlight, 3912 Abel Drive, Columbia, PA 17512.

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Home Care Services & Hospice Providers All Hands Home Care

Landis at Home

(717) 737-7905

(717) 509-5800

Year Est.: 2014 Counties Served: Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, York RNs: No LPNs: No CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: No

Other Certifications and Services: We provide trained caregivers for in-home care for personal, respite, hospice, 24-hour, live-in, and companionship-care services to seniors and individuals of all ages in the Central Pennsylvania region. Our company is fully insured and bonded. Call now for a free in-home consultation!

Comfort Keepers

(717) 299-4007 Year Est.: 2001 Counties Served: Lancaster RNs: No LPNs: No CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: No

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

Homeland Hospice

Year Est.: 2007 Counties Served: Lancaster RNs: Yes LPNs: Yes CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: No

Other Certifications and Services: A licensed home-care agency, offering a variety of services to persons in their homes within 15 miles of the Landis Homes campus. Services, provided by carefully screened and qualified caregivers with oversight from RNs, may be used for a short visit or up to 24 hours a day. Call for a free, in-home consultation. A home-care service of Landis Communities.

MediQuest Staffing & Homecare (717) 560-5160 Year Est.: 2002 Counties Served: Lancaster RNs: Yes LPNs: Yes CNAs: Yes Home Aides: No Medicare Certified?: No

Other Certifications and Services: We provide trained and experienced caregivers at all levels of care — CNAs, LPNs, and RNs — in the home, hospital, or retirement community, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. An RN will assess your needs, develop an individualized care plan, and monitor ongoing care at no cost to you.

Visiting Angels

(717) 221-7890

(800) 365-4189

Year Est.: 2008 Counties Served: Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Northumberland, Perry, Schuylkill, Snyder, York RNs: Yes LPNs: Yes CNAs/Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: Yes

Other Certifications and Services: Homeland HomeHealth (717) 412-0166 Homeland HomeCare (717) 221-7892

Year Est.: 2001 Counties Served: Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York RNs: No LPNs: No CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: No

Other Certifications and Services: Visiting Angels provides seniors and adults with the needed assistance to continue living at home. Flexible hours up to 24 hours per day. Companionship, personal hygiene, meal prep, and more. Our caregivers are thoroughly screened, bonded, and insured. Call today for a complimentary and informational meeting.

Homestead Village Home Care Services

(717) 397-3044 Year Est.: 2009 Counties Served: Lancaster RNs: No LPNs: Yes CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: No

Other Certifications and Services: Transportation, personal care, homemaking, shopping, and cooking

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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


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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. *not their real names

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Booming Voice

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.

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.

opportunities Make a Volunteer for Seniors 55+ throughout Difference York County, with non-profits, agencies Volunteer schools, and community Today service organizations. Contact for further information:

Scott Hunsinger 443.619.3842


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