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Social Security and Medicare have a few things in common. Both programs help safeguard millions of Americans as well as improve the quality of life for our family and friends. Although both programs are household names, many people may not be familiar with the details of Medicare. Medicare is our countryâ€™s health insurance program for people age 65 or older. The program helps with the cost of healthcare, but it doesnâ€™t cover all medical expenses or the cost of most long-term care. You have choices for how you get Medicare coverage. If you choose to have original Medicare coverage, you can buy a Medicare supplement policy (called Medigap) from a private insurance company to cover some of the costs that Medicare does not.
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Medicare Part D (Medicare prescription drug coverage) helps cover the cost of prescription drugs. Some people with limited resources and income may also be able to get Extra Help with the costs â€” monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription co-payments â€” related to a Medicare prescription drug plan. The Extra Help is estimated to be worth about $4,900 per year. You must meet the resources and income requirement. Medicareâ€™s different parts are further explained in our publication at www. socialsecurity.gov/pubs/EN-05-10043.pdf. If you canâ€™t afford to pay your Medicare premiums and other medical costs, you may be able to get help from your state. States offer programs for people eligible for or entitled to Medicare who have low income. Some programs may pay for Medicare premiums, and some pay Medicare deductibles and coinsurance. To qualify, you must have Medicare Part A and have limited income and resources. You can learn more about Medicare, including how to apply for Medicare and get a replacement Medicare card, at www.socialsecurity.gov/benefits/ medicare. John Johnston is a Social Security public affairs specialist.
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Fire Prevention and Preparedness Essential for Older Adults By Kraig Herman Every year, most fire deaths occur in the home. As of September, Pennsylvania has experienced 104 civilian fire deaths in residential homes in 2018. Of these deaths, 55 have been older adults. Today’s home fires burn faster than ever. Decades ago, homeowners had five to seven minutes to escape a house fire, but now that time is down to one to two minutes. Please review the below points to prepare yourself in the event of a fire. Home Fire-Escape Planning Home fire-escape planning and drills are an essential part of fire safety. A home fire-escape plan needs to be developed and practiced before a fire strikes. A home-escape plan should include the following: • Two exits from every room in the home, usually a door and a window
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sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement. Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button. Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond. Cooking Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home-fire injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly and stay in the home. Keep anything
Heating Heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires during the winter months. Space heaters are the type of equipment most often involved in home heating-equipment fires. All heaters need space. Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet (1 meter) away from heating equipment. Have a 3-foot (1-meter) “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters. Purchase and use only portable space heaters listed by a qualified testing laboratory. Have a qualified professional install heating equipment, and maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional. Kraig Herman is the public education specialist with the Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner.
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By Melinda M. Williams/ The Williams Group When someone you love is struck with a neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s, life can undoubtedly become a trial for both the caregiver and the patient. Because of the slow but steady progression of these diseases, maintaining morale can also be a challenge. But recently, some new advances with exercise have proven helpful to Parkinson’s patients. Rock Steady Boxing is a new concept in the ongoing fight against a Goliath. Susan “Sue” Ludwig was born to help people. As a fitness coordinator and personal trainer, she knew she could make a difference in people’s lives through exercise. Her belief was confirmed when she saw a news outlet run a story on Rock Steady Boxing. “I was working with people with Parkinson’s, and Rock Steady Boxing was all over the news as a great therapy for people with Parkinson’s disease. I wanted to give my fighters the most cutting-edge and effective tools available, so getting certified in Rock Steady Boxing was a nobrainer,” said Ludwig. A central Pennsylvania native, Ludwig is now head coach/owner/founder of NeuroSci Fit and two Rock Steady Boxing locations in Lancaster County. RSB is in the process of adding two more locations, in Hershey and in the Reading area. The Mayo Clinic explains Parkinson’s disease as a nervous system disorder that worsens over time. The initial symptoms, such as tremors, are barely noticeable at the disease’s onset. Although there is no cure, medications do prove helpful, with surgery being an occasional option to regulate regions of the brain. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Rock Steady Boxing “gives people with Parkinson’s disease hope by improving their quality of life through a non-contact, boxing-based fitness curriculum,” according to RSB’s website. The program’s mission “is to empower people with Parkinson’s disease to fight back.” Rock Steady Boxing is member of the Parkinson’s Circle of Care Alliance, which is “a nonprofit created to help provide resources — such as educational materials, lists of neurologists and movement-disorder specialists in our area, information about local support groups, etc. — to people living in central Pennsylvania who have Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers,” Ludwig said. It is through a series of exercises that RSB succeeds, Ludwig explained. “Parkinson’s is a progressive disease that requires constant maintenance through medication and exercise, and just like any exercise program, you need to keep doing it to reap the benefits,” she said. Each RSB class generally starts with a light cardio warm-up and stretching, Ludwig said, followed by a circuit of exercises that includes some combination of Parkinson’sspecific strength training, range-of-motion work, core www.50plusLifePA.com
strengthening, and boxing, as well as exercises to strengthen cognition and agility. “Each exercise we do is designed to make improvements in areas that we know can become impaired by Parkinson’s,” Ludwig said. Clients receive an initial evaluation to determine at which level of the program he or she can begin. “In Parkinson’s, the part of the brain that is mostly affected is called the substantia nigra,” Ludwig explained. “It is responsible for smooth, coordinated movement. Having Parkinson’s disease is like having bad or broken-down connections or neural pathways in the brain. “Neuroplasticity is why [RSB] works. When we get our heart rate up to around 80-85 percent of max, our brains become able to repair and to create new neural pathways more quickly,” Ludwig continued. “Boxing, along with other therapies we provide, is a really fun way to improve balance, coordination, speed of movement, and flexibility, as well as non-motor symptoms.” Ludwig smiled with pride as she related the story of Bill, one of the program’s many success stories. “He was not able to walk to his mailbox because he was so fatigued and weak; his wife even retired so she could take care of him. After just a few months in class, he was able to go on vacation to the Cayman Islands and even walked 5 miles a day on the beach!” To Ludwig, unlocking the mystery of this debilitative neurological disease was a personal challenge. “My grandmother had Parkinson’s; she was diagnosed in her 40s. She was told to go home and rest, not exert herself, and that exercise would make it worse. Although that was the belief at the time, it was the worst possible advice,” Ludwig said. “Then, about 10 years after she passed away, I had a client who had Parkinson’s. His physical therapist encouraged me to get certified in the Parkinson Wellness Recovery [exercise] program. I fell in love with the program because it was so effective and quickly knew this was my purpose in life!” The March 2012 newsletter from Harvard Medical School (Harvard Health Publishing) addressed exercise as it relates to Parkinson’s. The newsletter described several studies that followed tens of thousands of Parkinson’s sufferers. Results showed a reduction in the risk of developing Parkinson’s if exercise is performed decades before the disease’s onset, such as in
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one’s 30s and 40s. The studies also noted that the results could show a possible “reverse causation”: Exercise may not prevent Parkinson’s, but very early, presymptomatic forms of the disease may make people less willing to exercise. Ludwig tries to keep her classes at a manageable level for each student, with each Rock Steady class running 90 minutes. “We offer classes five days a week and encourage our members to participate in as many classes as possible,” she said. Seniors make up the majority of Ludwig’s client base, with most being over age 65. The focus on Parkinson’s patients currently accounts for about 90 percent of her business. “I’m beginning to feel a need to branch out into Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis as well,” she said. For more information on Rock Steady Boxing, contact Sue Ludwig at (717) 271-3067 or check out www.rocksteadyboxing.org. A 20-year veteran of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Melinda Williams is the managing partner of The Williams Group, a public relations and photography firm in Sadsburyville, Pa. Along with her photojournalist husband, Robert O. Williams, she wrote the book Wildwood’s Neon Nights & Motel Memories. www.thewilliamsgroup. info, email@example.com On the cover: Rock Steady Boxing participant Gerry Walters boxes with owner Sue Ludwig.
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100 Years Too Early Bill Levine
marrying while visibly pregnant. My paternal grandparents’ Jan. 18 anniversary was a Yet she was no true rebel. She forever made an big deal in our family and elsewhere. effort not to observe her anniversary on the more My parents gave Grandma and Grandpa 40th and compromising July 1 date. 50th anniversary parties in 1958 and 1968, respectively. th Family lore has it that my grandparents eloped on For the 50 in 1968, my dad rented out a function Jan. 18, 1918, and went to Rhode Island to get married room at our country club. A golden anniversary once my grandmother did not get the family blessing. demanded such a posh venue, I guess. The blessing was denied because my grandmother Being 16 at the 50th, I was able to appreciate the would be leapfrogging into marriage over her older math that said that my dad was 49 and 4 months old th sister. at this 50 anniversary. The elopement, of course, would have been a It made me mostly believe that my grandparents characteristically feisty move by my grandmother. But got lucky on their wedding night or shortly thereafter I found no marriage of my grandparents recorded in — and also lucky when my dad was born healthy on Rhode Island, so maybe they claimed they eloped or Sept. 2, 1918, five or six weeks premature. just drove to Rhode Island to keep up the pretense. Besides, as a callow 16-year-old, any other Harry and Minna. Grandma Minna, in her late 40s, expanded her life explanation besides prematurity quickly evaporated via from preparing gefilte fish to cooking up a volunteer my image of 1918 as still Victorian, and, after all, it career with veterans associations. Her innate leadership and intelligence was not in the anniversary spirit to question my dad’s conception date. On or near Jan. 18, 1978, my grandmother, Minna, and grandfather, Harry, propelled her to become national president of the Ladies Auxiliary of JVW in 1951 and then to start up an Amputee Veterans of America group. took their 60th anniversary public via a testimonial dinner sponsored by the With these voluntary leadership positions, she clearly expanded the Jewish War Veterans for my grandparents’ 30 years of dedication — especially ingrained roles of mother and housewife that were her generation’s expectation. my grandmother, who served as past president of the Ladies Auxiliary. Yet again, she didn’t transcend this role, although she had the capability and I’m sure my grandmother gave a strong speech that night, rising from her financial need to go after a decent-paying job. guest-of-honor seat. At 81, this speech was probably as robust in lauding her th But she never saw herself as more than a housewife — where she was veteran friends as her 97 birthday speech was 16 years later. supposed to bake bread instead of earn it — until she was in her 70s. Perhaps Recently, while working on a family tree of my paternal grandfather’s influenced by feminism, she became a real estate agent, but she wasn’t very (Harry’s) family, I had deduced that I could find my great-grandmother successful because, as with many women of her generation, she didn’t drive. Levine’s missing maiden name on a copy of my paternal grandparents’ Sadly, I think Minna, my grandmother, got married 100 years too early. marriage certificate. If she were 21 and pregnant now, and planning a July 1, 2018, wedding, I When I perused the copy, I immediately got a bingo. There was my greatknow she would be the kind of 21st-century woman who would post online grandmother’s maiden name, Bessie Fivoshovitz. But more glaring than the an ultrasound photo of her in-utero boy together with details of her upcoming “Fivoshovitz” discovery was the date of her son’s marriage to Minna — July 1, 1918! What about Jan. 18? wedding. What I took away most from this marriage certificate was not a blight on the At any rate, I was happy to commemorate the real 100th wedding family tree for my dad’s not-quite-kosher conception. No, I saw the certificate anniversary of my grandparents on July 1, 2018. With 15 hours of sunlight, it is as evidence of my of grandmother’s independent spirit. more enlightening than Jan. 18. First evidence of her independence was her gig as a teenage piano accompanist in a silent movie theater, when the vast majority of girls and Bill Levine is a retired IT professional and active freelance writer. Bill aspires to be a women worked as clerks or in factories. humorist because it is easier to be pithy than funny. Then, at 20, she had disregarded society’s behavioral expectations by
Free Classes to Address Concerns about Falling The York County Area Agency on Aging will host free fall-prevention classes from 10 a.m. to noon, Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 8-31, at York Township Park Building, 25 Oak St., York Township. The classes are part of an award-winning series called “A Matter of Balance,” meant for people who have concerns about falling, have fallen in the past, or have restricted their activities because of falling concerns, or who are interested in improving balance, flexibility, and strength. This free program emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. Participants will learn to:
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• View falls as controllable • Set goals for increasing activity • Make changes to reduce fall risks at home • Exercise to increase strength and balance Preregistration is required as class size is limited. For more information or to register, call Megan Craley at (717) 852-4902, ext. 1017, or (800) 632-9073. www.50plusLifePA.com
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. 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, 2019. 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. Note: These events are only for current Medicare beneficiaries who would like to compare 2019 plans. If you are new to Medicare or have other questions, call the APPRISE help desk at (717) 771-9008. Dates and locations for the sessions are as follows:
Oct. 17 and Nov. 14, 4-8 p.m. South Western High School 200 Bowman Road, Penn Township
Nov. 1, 4-8 p.m. Dallastown Area High School 700 New School Lane, York Township
Oct. 19, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Kennard-Dale High School 393 Main St., Fawn Township
Nov. 5, 9:20 a.m. – noon SpiriTrust Lutheran Personal Care Building (Zimmerman Place) 800 Bollinger Drive, Shrewsbury
Oct. 23 and Nov. 27, 4-8 p.m. York Suburban High School 1800 Hollywood Drive, Spring Garden Township Oct. 24 and Nov. 7, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Spring Grove High School 1490 Roth’s Church Road, Jackson Township Oct. 29 and Nov. 19, 4-8 p.m. West York Area High School 1800 Bannister St., West Manchester Township Oct. 30, 1-5 p.m. Red Land High School 560 Fishing Creek Road, Fairview Township
Nov. 8, 1-5 p.m. Northeastern High School 300 High St., Manchester Nov. 20, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Red Lion Area High School 200 Horace Mann Ave., Red Lion Dec. 3, 4, 5, 9 a.m. – noon York County Area Agency on Aging 100 W. Market St., York
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
Health & Medical Services Alzheimer’s Association (717) 651-5020
Automobile Sales/Service Gordon’s Body Shop, Inc. 10 Mill St., Stewartstown (717) 993-2263
American Diabetes Association (800) 342-2383
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 York County (800) 720-8221 www.50plusLifePA.com
Alzheimer’s Information Clearinghouse (800) 367-5115
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 Hearing Services Pennsylvania Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (800) 233-3008 V/TTY Home Care Services Homeland at Home Serving all of York County (717) 221-7892
Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services Hanover: (717) 630-0067 Lancaster: (717) 393-3450 York: (717) 751-2488
Pharmacies CVS/pharmacy www.cvs.com
Hospice Services Homeland at Home Serving all of York County (717) 221-7890
real estate Berkshire Hathaway Paula Musselman (717) 793-9678 (Office) (717) 309-6921 (Cell)
Housing Assistance Housing Authority of York (717) 845-2601
Services York County Area Agency on Aging (717) 771-9610
Property Tax/Rent Rebate (888) 728-2937
Veterans Services Lebanon VA Medical Center 1700 S. Lincoln Ave., Lebanon (717) 228-6000 or (800) 409-8771
Insurance Medicare (800) 633-4227
Volunteer opportunities RSVP of the Capital Region (443) 619-3842
Vibra Health Plan (844) 660-2961 (TTY: 711) Insurance – Long-Term Care Apprise Insurance Counseling (717) 771-9610 or (800) 632-9073
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Adventures of a Tunnel Rat Robert Naeye
Imagine crawling into a dark, narrow underground tunnel, not knowing if there are enemy soldiers waiting to slit your throat or shoot you without even a moment’s notice. This was the everyday experience of Douglas Graybill Jr., an American “tunnel rat” in the Vietnam War. Graybill grew up in West Lawn, Pennsylvania, and quit school in 10th grade. After being rejected by the U.S. Army at age 16, he met a Marine recruiter, who told him, “Let’s go.” His father signed the official paperwork on Graybill’s 17th birthday, and then he was sent to Parris Island in South Carolina for training. “It was nothing like what the recruiter told me,” Graybill recalls. Graybill was trained in demolition, landmines, and booby traps. He
Doug and Elizabeth Graybill’s Veterans Making a Difference group meets at the Paul R. Gordon Veteran Social Center in Reading.
learned to carry satchel charges, mortars, and various forms of ammunition. Training was like brainwashing; they were told to kill or be killed. Graybill was then sent to Vietnam
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“I was shaking so bad I could feel my heart beating, but they still didn’t hear me.” He shot several enemy soldiers with his 45-calibre pistol. To this day, he regrets killing two elderly Vietnamese women in a cooking area. “It was an accident. I could have killed my own guys if they had been there,” he says. “I’d rather come home in handcuffs than in a coffin.” And humans weren’t the only enemy. Graybill had to contend with booby traps and false walls. And the tunnels were rife with snakes, spiders, and biting centipedes. Graybill used 20 pounds of C-4 plastic explosives to blow up tunnels, usually after bringing out supplies. But he generally used more explosives than he needed. He once dragged a maggot-infested dead Vietnamese soldier out of a tunnel so he could get some R&R. Graybill says that exiting a tunnel was just as scary as entering one, since he didn’t know where he’d be coming out. “I was worried about being shot by my own men,” he says. Vietnam was a war without frontlines. The military brass emphasized body counts, not the taking and holding of territory. Marines were told that their enemies were subhuman. “You weren’t killing a person; you were killing a gook,” says Graybill. “That made it a lot easier. That was our job.” Vietnam left deep emotional scars that have never fully healed. After experiencing 16 months of violence, Graybill struggled to readjust to civilian life. “I was in trouble all the time. I hated God, I hated everyone, I hated myself,” he says. His troubles included arrests for assault and battery, flunking out of Ohio State University, finding and losing job after job, periods of homelessness, and two divorces. He www.50plusLifePA.com
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‘People Got to Be Free’ Randal Hill
The Young Rascals signed with Atlantic Records. The band’s debut 45, the oddly titled “I Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore,” came and went quickly, but their ••• When the Rascals’ “People Got to Be Free” held down second effort of “Good Lovin’” (a hard-driving cover of the top Billboard spot for five weeks in the fall of 1968, it a minor hit nearly a year earlier by L.A. soul folks the gained fame as a tribute to both Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Olympics) reached No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart, as did “Groovin’” a year later. and Bobby Kennedy. After the release of “It’s Wonderful” at the end of 1967, King had been murdered that April, and the future the quartet became simply the Rascals. classic was recorded afterward but before Kennedy’s Group members Felix Cavaliere (vocals, keyboards) and assassination that June. “People Got to Be Free” wasn’t released until after Eddie Brigati (vocals, bass) co-wrote most of the songs and switched off lead vocals on the band’s 13 Top 40 RFK’s death, but the timing of the song — with the twin winners. “People Got to Be Free” became the band’s third tragedies still fresh in the public’s mind — allowed the chart-topping 45, and their biggest hit ever, on its way to rousing anthem to become a widely embraced plea for “People Got to Be Free” becoming an iconic civil rights tune. humanitarianism. The Rascals The original genesis of “People Got to Be Free,” however, Cavaliere once said of the aggressive, horn-punctuated October 1968 was something entirely unrelated. entreaty for altruism, “That [song] was a conscious effort to get a point across that was burning inside of me. I ••• collaborated with Eddie on that, but on that one the majority of the lyric is Formed in 1965 as a white rock quartet in Garfield, New Jersey, the Young mine.” Rascals began as a “blue-eyed” soul outfit. Dressed like a group of English schoolboys to appropriate the then-trendy “British Invasion” look, they spent Cavaliere fittingly ends the song by half-singing, half-proclaiming that “The train of freedom is about to arrive any minute now,” and that “It’s been long, weekends playing at Garfield’s Choo Choo Club. long overdue.” Before “People Got to Be Free” was issued, Atlantic balked at the idea of “I was amazed! the Rascals releasing such an overtly political work. The musicians persevered, Sounds I hadn’t though, and in the end they enjoyed a hit that sold more than 4 million copies. heard in years The Rascals then adopted two policies unique in the world of rock music: came back to me!” They refused to tour on segregated bills, and they insisted that at least one of — Don W., Sherman, TX their supporting acts be black. $ An odd situation had inspired “People Got to Be Free” a while earlier. For Less Than The song was conceived — but not developed at the time — after an ugly How can a hearing aid that costs less than $200 encounter when the Rascals’ tour bus broke down in Fort Pierce, Florida, and be every bit as good as one that sells for $2,250 or more? rowdy locals hassled the musicians over their long hair! The answer: Although tremendous strides have been made in All the world over, so easy to see People everywhere just want to be free
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Dear Savvy Senior, A good friend of mine got a bad case of shingles last year and has been urging me to get vaccinated. Should I? – Suspicious Susan Dear Susan, Yes! If you’re 50 or older, there’s a new shingles vaccine on the market that’s far superior to the older vaccine, so now is a great time to get inoculated. Here’s what you should know. Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a burning, blistering, often excruciating skin rash that affects around 1 million Americans each year. The same virus that causes chickenpox causes shingles. The chickenpox virus that most people get as kids never leaves the body. It hides
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Zostavax be revaccinated with Shingrix. You should also know that Shingrix can cause some adverse side effects for some people, including muscle pain, fatigue, headache, fever, and upset stomach. Shingrix — which costs around $280 for both doses — is (or will soon be) covered by private insurance, including Medicare Part D prescription drug plans, but be aware that the shingles vaccines are not always well covered. So before getting vaccinated, call your plan to find out if Shingrix is covered, and if so, which pharmacies
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Savannah: Stately Old and Proudly New By Andrea Gross
Historic buildings are a given in Savannah. After all, it’s the oldest city in Georgia. It was the Colonial capital when the area was ruled by Britain, and it was the first capital when the colony became a state. Therefore, when we visit Savannah, we fully expect to see a lot of stately, shuttered homes. We are not disappointed. But we’re also interested in learning what the city is like today, 285 years after its founding. It doesn’t take us long to realize that throughout the famed historic district, this town of 150,000 people is filled with classy galleries, good music, and eclectic restaurants. Culinary Identity In order to bridge the centuries, we begin by looking at the city’s cuisine.
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In Savannah, as in most places, favored foods reflect the traditions of the people who settled the area, but unlike parts of the United States that were primarily colonized by people from one area (think New England, which was mostly established by
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Europeans), Savannah’s early residents came from many parts of the world. The first group of Colonists arrived from England in the early 1700s. They brought indentured servants from Ireland and Scotland as well as slaves from the Caribbean and West Africa.
Native Americans introduced the European setters to corn, and other Northeasterners decided that rather than eating their tomatoes green, they’d bring them south so they could ripen during the longer growing season. But the Southerners didn’t care about letting the tomatoes ripen in the field; they preferred to fry them and eat them green. Thus, a Northern problem became a Southern staple. During the next several days my husband and I munch our way though Savannah’s past. We feast on shrimp, grits, and fried green tomatoes; snack on British pies; and drink Scottish ale. And, for good measure, we have a pork-belly slider on a glazed doughnut with onion-bacon jam because the chef tells us that pork, especially
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work by equally well-known artists, including abstract expressionist Jasper Johns, pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, and portrait photographer Richard Avedon.
Musical Rhythms Even on a regular night, Savannah is alive with bars and night clubs, helped no doubt by the city’s opencontainer laws. But during the 29-yearold Savannah Music Festival, which is Georgia’s largest musical arts event, Art Smart music is everywhere. Endeavors The 17-day Meanwhile, we extravaganza visit galleries, lots celebrates a of galleries. multitude of Some belong cultures, represents to people who a variety of musical have made styles, and features Savannah their performances by home for years; established artists as others showcase well as by talented Galleries and shops along River the work of folks beginners. Street feature goods from many who came to the We don’t have countries. city to attend the time to attend Savannah School a well-reviewed of Art and Design presentation by a (SCAD), one of the chamber orchestra, top design schools but that evening we in the Southeast. go to a bluegrass Many of these concert, and the people fell in love following day we with the city’s catch a show by mix of Southern two wonderful charm and creative guitarists. opportunity and Then, alas, we Visitors who want a glimpse of stayed on posthave to go home. Savannah’s past can visit the Owengraduation, thus Thomas House and Slave Quarters. But first, we stop bringing new at Leopold’s, energy to a city that Savannah’s was in danger of becoming stodgy. legendary ice cream shop. My husband We walk to City Market, where opts for Tutti Frutti (rum ice cream warehouses that once were filled with with fruit and nuts) because it’s been a fish and produce have been repurposed bestseller since the store opened nearly into studios and galleries. a century ago. We see brightly colored canvases that I, on the other hand, chose the portray the Gullah people, who live Savannah Socialite (a blend of vanilla in the nearby coastal areas; paintings and chocolate ice cream laden with that celebrate the artist’s Caribbean Georgia pecans, swirled with bourbon, homeland; baskets crafted by a woman and infused with caramel). The ice whose work has been displayed at the cream server tells me that “it’s like Smithsonian … The list goes on. today’s Savannah — rich, boozy, nutty, Savannah also has two top-tier and the life of the party.” museums dedicated to contemporary How perfect is that? art. The SCAD Museum features For more on Georgia, go to www. works by international stars such as traveltizers.com and see the Featured Salvador Dali, Robert Mapplethorpe, Special titled “Georgia’s Civil Rights Trail.” and Andy Warhol, as well as one of the United States’ most significant Photos © Irv Green unless otherwise collections of African-American art. noted; story by Andrea Gross (www. The Jepson Museum showcases andreagross.com).
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Tom’s Column Turns 24 Tom Blake
This July, I celebrated 24 years of writing newspaper columns on the topic of dating and finding love after 50. The first column appeared July 7, 1994, in the Dana Point News (California) weekly newspaper. People often ask, “Did you learn to write in journalism school?” I answer: “No journalism school. I learned to write because of a divorce.” That answer needs an explanation. On Christmas Eve 1993, my wife of six years took what furniture and belongings she wanted from our home and moved out of my life. I didn’t know she was leaving. I was away visiting my 83-year-old mom. On the drive home, I had a notepad in my lap. When you’ve got nine hours to drive, knowing your wife has bailed out, a million thoughts go through your mind. While driving, I carefully jotted them down. Items like, why did she do it without discussing it first? Although I wasn’t a writer, by trip’s end, I had a mishmash of notes on the notepad. I had no idea those notes would be the start of a writing career. A month later, during lunchtime at the sandwich shop I owned, I was served with divorce papers in front of customers and employees. That night, as I had done every night since she had moved out, I jotted down my thoughts in what by then had become a soon-to-be-divorced-man’s diary. I was 54 and thought dating would be a snap, with a plethora of single women coming through the deli doors. What a rude awakening. Women customers wouldn’t date me. In fact, most women wouldn’t date me. When I had a date, I’d come home and jot down the dating frustrations in my diary. After five months, I condensed the diary notes into a short story. I edited the material multiple times. It was 74 pages. I thought perhaps I could get the story published. I sent query letters to The New York Times, Playboy magazine, and Esquire. No response. I contacted my local weekly newspaper. After reading my material, the two female editors agreed to a meeting at their office. They said, “We think you can do a dating-after-50 column from the man’s
point of view. You are whining and complaining so much about the cost of dating, and being rejected by all sorts of women, we feel middle-aged women will have a field day reading your woe-is-me dating misadventures.” The first column was titled: “Home alone, with only dogs for company.” The editors were right about the anticipated responses from female readers. The first: “Who is this sniveling puke?” The second: “Get the boy a crying towel.” Welcome to the midlife dating trenches, Tom. I’ve written for a variety of papers. Two and a half years ago, I was fortunate to start writing for 50plus LIFE. The number of columns and electronic newsletters I’ve written in 24 years: approaching 3,700. That 1994 divorce was the catalyst for a rewarding writing career. It brought multiple appearances on the Today show and Good Morning America. And more importantly, it opened the door for me to meet Greta, my incredible life partner for 20 years. Have things changed on the senior dating scene in 24 years? There are three major differences. 1. Now, instead of focusing on age-50 dating, I focus on dating for ages 6090. 2. In 1994, there was no internet dating. Now, there are hundreds of online dating sites that seniors can access. 3. Back then, for women age 50, the ratio of single women to single men was about 1-to-1. Now, at age 70, the ratio is approximately 3-to-1 or greater. And women tell me that many men aren’t dating material, or just don’t want to date. So, as women age, meeting a compatible mate gets more difficult. It’s been a great ride; I’m a lucky guy. For dating information, previous articles, or to sign up for Tom’s complimentary, weekly e-newsletter, go to www.FindingLoveAfter50.com.
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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
(717) 509-5800 www.landisathome.org Other Certifications and Services: We provide trained caregivers for in-home care for personal, respite, hospice, 24-hour, live-in, and companionship-care services to seniors and individuals of all ages in the Central Pennsylvania region. Our company is fully insured and bonded. Call now for a free in-home consultation!
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Homeland HomeCare: (717) 221-7892 Year Est.: 2016 Homeland HomeHealth: (717) 412-0166 Year Est.: 2017 Counties Served: Adams, Cumberland*, Dauphin*, Franklin, Fulton, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon*, Northumberland, Perry*, Schuylkill, Snyder, York* *Homeland HomeHealth currently serves five of 13 counties. RNs: Yes LPNs: Yes CNAs/Home Aides: Yes Direct Care Workers: Yes PT/OT/Speech Therapists: Yes Social Workers: Yes Spiritual Counselors: Yes
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MediQuest Staffing & Homecare (717) 560-5160 www.mediqueststaffing.net Year Est.: 2002 Counties Served: Lancaster RNs: Yes LPNs: Yes CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: No
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Year Est.: 2007 Counties Served: Lancaster RNs: Yes LPNs: Yes CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: No
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Year Est.: 1968 Counties Served: Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Lancaster, York RNs: No LPNs: No CNAs: No Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: No
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How Watercress Slows Down Cancer Growth Suzy Cohen
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so hours. Their blood evaluations found rather significant today I’d like to share with you some little-known levels of a plant compound called phenylethyl facts about one vegetable and its impact on breast isothiocyanate, or PEITC for short. This PEITC health. starves the cancer cells. It’s watercress, and even though most doctors will PEITC inhibits a protein called HIF (hypoxia argue that the more chemotherapeutic drugs (antiinducible factor), which is responsible for signaling cancer drugs), the better, I still feel strongly that we normal tissue around the tumor to send oxygen and can make dietary changes that improve outcomes, nutrients to the tumor cells. HIF is not playing nice; whether or not you take chemo. it’s making your own cells boost cancer growth. They may pooh-pooh this thinking, but I still feel Am I saying watercress cures cancer? Of course not, that eating specific foods can have a positive impact. but eating certain foods like watercress can’t hurt you. Research is clear and shows that a great deal of It can only help you, and more than anything, it puts people give up on chemotherapy and fail to adhere you in a proactive position, which is empowering. to conventional medical treatments. Many stop Let’s face it, hearing the word “cancer” is heartaltogether, or they begin to integrate various holistic stopping. Having something you can do that is so October is Breast Cancer remedies and dietary changes — which makes me simple is crucial. think of watercress. The researchers in the study actually validated the Awareness Month Watercress belongs to the cruciferous vegetables, effects of the watercress compound PEITC — they same as broccoli and cauliflower, but it’s not as popular weren’t guessing. They physically measured blood levels as those. of that HIF in their bloodstream and saw it declining progressively after eating Still, I want to give it some love and attention because it has some powerful watercress. That is just so amazing! tumor-fighting compounds in it. Plus, we already know from empirical evidence Another study back in 2004 evaluated how PEITC impacts the speed that 30-40 percent of all cancers somehow benefit or respond from proper at which cancer cells grow (proliferation) and the formation of tumors nutrition. (tumorigenesis). The scientists were able to confirm that watercress inhibits Researchers have investigated how watercress can be beneficial in breast cancer cell growth and not just that it makes cancer cells commit suicide, a cancer and other cancers. In a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, process called apoptosis. a group of breast cancer survivors went through a phase of fasting, before It means the party’s over for the cancer cells. consuming a bowlful of watercress about the size of a cereal bowl (approximately This information is not intended to diagnose, prevent, or treat your disease. For more 80 grams of watercress). information about the author, visit SuzyCohen.com They took some blood samples from the women at intervals over the next 24 www.50plusLifePA.com
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How to Prepare for Life’s Inevitabilities conversations that can be cherished for years to come. FAMIC’s checklist can be a resource for things to consider when preplanning a funeral and to help facilitate conversations with loved ones. It offers questions such as:
One inevitable life milestone that requires organization, consideration, and planning but often gets overlooked is the end of life, both for one’s self and loved ones. It is important to have conversations with loved ones, sooner rather than later, to learn about family history, reaffirm how much they mean to you, and gain an understanding of how family members want to be memorialized. To help families have important conversations about the things that matter and how a person’s life story can be meaningfully remembered and honored, the Funeral and Memorial Information Council created the “Have the Talk of a Lifetime” initiative, which offers families the resources to facilitate these
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By answering these questions and more, families can create a log of loved Photo courtesy of Getty Images ones’ preferences for how they want to be memorialized. Completing the checklist can take place anytime, not just when a family member is nearing the end of life. Answering these questions can also prompt larger conversations about defining experiences and relationships in a loved one’s life. Take notes and record your responses as you go through the checklist. Save the checklist in a safe place for when it is needed and to share with future generations. To take your conversations one step further, meet with a local, trusted funeral professional and share those thoughts and ideas with someone who can help you put a plan in place that eases the burden on your loved ones. Regardless of when it becomes necessary to refer to the preferences and memories recorded in the checklist, you can be grateful you took the time to have meaningful conversations with those most important to you. For more information and to download the checklist, visit talkofalifetime. org.
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After I Kick the Bucket Saralee Perel
Last week my friend, Marilee, and I met for lunch for the purpose of me giving her a list of things to do when I’m dead. She ordered a salad and I ordered a turkey wrap. I said, “Would you say my eulogy?” “Let me hear it first.” I read, “Saralee was the first old Jewish woman to take a spacewalk from the International Space Station, where she established the first orbiting satellite Kosher deli.” Marilee was wide-eyed. “Saralee won her 10th Pulitzer Prize for her bestselling book, I Found My Cell Phone in My Casket. In later life, she was honored at the Kennedy Center, where she received the Lifetime Achievement Award for The Greatest Humanitarian in the Entire Universe — and Elsewhere.” Marilee sat back, shook her head, and said, “I refuse to say any of that.” “Well, would you put my obituary in the paper?” “I’ll need to hear that first too.” “Saralee’s funeral will be at the bus station tomorrow at noon. No early birds, please! It will be catered by Burger King. BYOB.” I told Marilee, “Make sure nobody gets any crumbs on my outfit. I want to be buried in my clown suit. It’s the red one hanging in my closet. Definitely not the black one or the yellow one or the green one. Oh, can you post the obit on Twitter?” She said, “No.” I went on: “Saralee’s rented 14-karat-gold casket will be surrounded by a one-day-only yard sale with all of her stuff. Everything must go! Items include: vintage, original, black-and-white photos of Saralee at summer camp when she was elected Miss Wohelo for winning their famous beauty and talent contest. “There will also be leftover pints of mint chocolate chip ice cream in a freezer. And so much more! All sales are final, since there’s nowhere to return anything anyway.” www.50plusLifePA.com
I finished my turkey wrap, and then continued, “Proceeds will go to the Red Cross, which was founded by Saralee and Clara Barton, who was so overwhelmed with charitable odds and ends that she asked Saralee to do the field work of helping millions of people.” Marilee agreed to helping with the pets and other sane things on my list, but she thought my eulogy and obit were warped. We walked arm and arm to our cars. Overwhelmed with loving gratitude, I took her in my arms, hugged her to me tightly, and whispered in her ear, “If you want to cremate me, I could live with that. Just make sure I’m dead first.” Award-winning nationally syndicated columnist Saralee Perel can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or via her website: www.SaraleePerel.com.
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Calendar of Events
Community Programs/Support Groups Free and open to the public
Senior Center Activities
Oct. 1, 9:30 a.m. Green Thumb Garden Club Meeting Emmanuel Lutheran Church 2650 Freysville Road, Red Lion (717) 235-2823
Oct. 5, 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, www.crispusattucks.org
Oct. 2, 7 p.m. Surviving Spouse Socials of York County Faith United Church of Christ 509 Pacific Ave., York (717) 266-2784
Oct. 16, 7-8 p.m. Alzheimer’s Support Group Providence Place 3377 Fox Run Road, Dover (717) 767-4500
Parks and Recreation Oct. 7, 2:30-4 p.m. – Fall Birds, Nixon Park Oct. 13, 8-10 p.m. – Public Star Watch, John Rudy Park Observatory Oct. 21, 2:30-4 p.m. – Fall Colors, Nixon Park
Library Programs Arthur Hufnagel Public Library of Glen Rock, 32 Main St., Glen Rock, (717) 235-1127 Oct. 3, 3:30-5 p.m. – Tech Guru Collinsville Community Library, 2632 Delta Road, Brogue, (717) 927-9014 Tuesdays in October, 6-8 p.m. – Purls of Brogue Oct. 5, 1-3 p.m. – Novel Bunch Book Club Dillsburg Area Public Library, 17 S. Baltimore St., Dillsburg, (717) 432-5613 Oct. 11, 1:30-3:15 p.m. – Tech Guru Oct. 17, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. – Used Book Sale Dover Area Community Library, 3700-3 Davidsburg Road, Dover, (717) 292-6814 Oct. 24, 5-8 p.m. – Fundraiser Dinner at Friendly’s Glatfelter Memorial Library, 101 Glenview Road, Spring Grove, (717) 225-3220 Tuesdays in October, 10-11 a.m. – Beginner Bridge Lessons Oct. 26, 1:30-3 p.m. – Tech Guru Guthrie Memorial Library, 2 Library Place, Hanover, (717) 632-5183 Oct. 2, 6:30-8 p.m. – Mystery Book Club: The Alienist Oct. 9, 1:30-2:30 p.m. – Adult Coloring Kaltreider-Benfer Library, 147 S. Charles St., Red Lion, (717) 244-2032 Oct. 2, 6-8 p.m. – Greeting Card Class Oct. 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Green Thumb Garden Club Lecture Kreutz Creek Valley Library Center, 66 Walnut Springs Road, Hellam, (717) 252-4080 Oct. 2 and 16, 6-8 p.m. – Knitters and Crocheters Oct. 18, 4-5:45 p.m. – Tech Guru
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Martin Library, 159 E. Market St., York, (717) 8465300 Oct. 20, 10 a.m. – Excel 101 Oct. 24, noon–2 p.m. – Hex Murders and Trials Mason-Dixon Public Library, 250 Bailey Drive, Stewartstown, (717) 993-2404 Oct. 13, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. – Chess Day Oct. 15, 6:30-8 p.m. – Maximizing Your Social Security Paul Smith Library of Southern York County, 80 Constitution Ave., Shrewsbury, (717) 235-4313 Oct. 1, 2, 3, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Oct. 4, 5, 6, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. – Big Book Sale Oct. 18, 10-11:45 a.m. – Tech Guru Red Land Community Library, 48 Robin Hood Drive, Etters, (717) 938-5599 Oct. 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Simplifying Medicare Oct. 18, noon–1 p.m. – Lunch and Learn
Delta Area Senior Center, Inc. – (717) 456-5753 Dillsburg Senior Activity Center – (717) 432-2216 Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. – Diabetes Prevention Program/Group Eastern Area Senior Center, Inc. – (717) 252-1641 Golden Connections Community Center (717) 244-7229, www.gcccenter.com Weekdays, 9 a.m. – Games Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – Pinochle Fridays, 9:15 a.m. – Computers 101 Golden Visions Senior Community Center (717) 633-5072, www.goldenvisionspa.com Heritage Senior Center, Inc. – (717) 292-7471 www.heritagesrcenter.org Northeastern Senior Community Center (717) 266-1400, www.mtwolf.org/SeniorCenter Red Land Senior Center – (717) 938-4649 www.redlandseniorcenter.org September House – (717) 848-4417 South Central Senior Community Center (717) 235-6060 http://southcentralyorkcountysrctr.webs.com Mondays, 9:15 a.m. – Stretch Yoga Tuesdays, 9:15 a.m. – HoopFit Wednesdays, 9:15 a.m. – Ceramics Stewartstown Senior Center – (717) 993-3488 www.stewsenior.org
Salem Square Library, 596 W. Princess St., York, (717) 650-2262 Oct. 6, 10 a.m. – Computers at Work Oct. 20, 10 a.m. – The Internet at Work
Susquehanna Senior Center – (717) 244-0340 www.susquehannaseniorcenter.org Mondays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. – Chorus Practice Tuesdays, 6-10 p.m. – Bluegrass/Country Music Jam Session
Village Library, 35-C N. Main St., Jacobus, (717) 428-1034 Thursdays, 5 p.m. – Village Knitters
White Rose Senior Center – (717) 843-9704 www.whiteroseseniorcenter.org
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Windy Hill On the Campus – (717) 225-0733 www.windyhillonthecampus.org Oct. 16, 12:30 p.m. – Monthly Book Club Yorktown Senior Center – (717) 854-0693 www.yorktownseniorcenter.org Submit senior center events to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Solutions for all puzzles can be found on page 24 SUDOKU
At the Bookstore
Across 1. Title-holder 6. Percolate 10. Highway hauler 14. Eagle’s home 15. High point 16. Aid in crime 17. Billiards shot 18. Hoodlum 19. Sharpen 20. Distress letters 21. Mishmash 23. They can be magic 24. Kind of admiral 25. Billow
27. Casual attire 29. Court figures 34. Temperate 35. Shoestring 36. “... ___ he drove out of sight” 37. Capt.’s guess 38. Delighted 41. Panel truck 42. A Bobbsey twin 43. Pull down 44. Faction 45. Bier gardener? 49. Rub the wrong way
50. Stocking stuffers 51. St. Louis team 53. TV offering 56. As a result 57. Young newt 60. Kind of car 61. One of the Muppets 63. Pancho, for one 65. Lion’s pride 66. Low dam 67. Sink 68. Places 69. Diner sign 70. Foil relatives
Down 1. Street fleet 2. Achilles, e.g. 3. War god 4. Soccer star Hamm 5. Black tea 6. Type of play 7. Audio effect 8. Easily tamed bird 9. Dowel 10. 1943 Bogart film 11. Black, to poets 12. Repair 13. Residents (suffix) 22. Terhune novel, ___: A Dog
23. Walked into the water 24. Wine choice 25. Neptune’s realm 26. Story starter 27. Colossus 28. Spiral-horned antelope 30. Meat cut 31. At no time 32. Field’s partner 33. Dispatched 34. Waiter’s offering 38. Big name in Argentina 39. After curfew 40. Historic times 44. Close relative, briefly
46. Short compositions 47. Miscues 48. Maid’s cloth 52. Date place 53. Haunch 54. Isaac’s eldest 55. It’s overhead 56. Spew out 57. Dresden’s river 58. Skedaddle 59. Tiny bits 61. Female sheep 62. Grazing ground 64. Rascal
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The Beauty in Nature
Chestnut Oaks and Black Birches Clyde McMillan-Gamber
Photo by John Phelan
twigs and dead leaves high in the twigs of forest trees, including chestnut oaks on rugged ridges. Those squirrel homes block wind and rain and hide the furry occupants from hawks and owls. Black birches are known for the pleasant, wintergreen smell and taste of their twigs when crushed or chewed. Their simple, finely toothed leaves are about 3 inches long and turn yellow during October. Their bark is dark, shiny, and relatively thin and has that wintergreen fragrance. Male catkins on black birches, and other birches, droop decoratively from the ends of twigs and sway in breezes in early spring. Those catkins dispense pollen on the wind to female flowers along the twigs. Female blossoms develop upright cones that
house the maturing seeds. When the tiny seeds are ready, the cones disintegrate, releasing those winged seeds into the wind to be scattered about. Several kinds of woodland critters feed on parts of black birches. Mice and small, seed-eating birds ingest many winged seeds. White-tailed deer and cottontail rabbits consume the young, tender bark of twigs and trunks. And ruffed grouse eat the buds of birch twigs. Chestnut oaks and black birches are striking trees that feed a variety of wildlife. And they have intrigues that we enjoy, including colored leaves and the smell and taste of wintergreen twigs.
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Chestnut oak and black birch trees together dominate dry, rocky slopes and ridge tops in southeastern Pennsylvania, as well as from southern Maine and Ontario to Ohio and Delaware, and along the Appalachian Mountains to northern Georgia and Alabama. These two species help hold down the soil against erosion and provide food and shelter for a variety of woodland wildlife. And each kind has beauties and intrigues unique to itself. Chestnut oaks have dark, vertical ridges of rough bark divided by deep furrows. Most oaks of this type have two to four main trunks that fork close to the ground. Their broad, simple leaves are about Photo by Jakec 7 inches long, each one with Chestnuk oak rounded “teeth” on its edges. Chestnut oaks’ pretty, oblong acorns are an inch long and chestnut-brown. And their leaves turn red, yellow, and/or brown in October. The acorns of chestnut oaks, and other kinds of oaks, feed a host of woodland creatures, including rodents such as deer mice; gray, red, and flying squirrels; and eastern chipmunks. Squirrels and chipmunks are well known for stashing nuts in tree cavities or burying them in the ground, where some forgotten ones sprout into seedlings. White-tailed deer, wild turkeys, and ruffed grouse feed heavily on acorns in autumn in preparation of the coming lean times in winter. Black bears gorge on acorns to put on enough fat to see them through their secluded winter’s rest. Some individuals of the three local squirrel species build nests of broken
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Top ‘Second Act’ Jobs that Interest Older Workers As more baby boomers approach retirement, growing numbers are passing it up in favor of “second act” jobs: work during their retirementage years, whether full or part time. As this avalanche of Americans approaches retirement age, “second act” jobseekers will also reshape the labor market. Nearly 1 in 4 Americans over the age of 65 without a disability is participating in the labor force, a rate that has been rising steadily for the past decade, although it has been relatively flat since 2015. New Indeed research pinpoints the top “second act” jobs clicked on disproportionately by Americans nearing retirement — those 62 years or older, the earliest age to qualify for Social Security. These jobs include a number of construction and transportation positions, as well as assorted superintendent roles and a few less common jobs, such as pastor and boat captain. The top “second act” job is piping designer. This occupation often uses computer-aided design (CAD) to assist oil and gas companies. Similar job titles, such as senior lead designer and electrical designer, are in the top 20. Other common “second act” jobs are construction positions, such as construction superintendent and senior construction superintendent, and transportation jobs, including courier driver, shuttle driver, and parts driver. Some variation of the “superintendent” role was found six times in the top 20 second-act jobs. However, this focus on overall clicks misses a crucial distinction older jobseekers make: full time versus part time. The part-time jobs that older Americans click on disproportionately include a number of driving roles, such as parts driver, shuttle driver, professional driver, van driver, and similar positions. Older workers flock to driving jobs for good reasons: It’s easily part time, not physically demanding, and, other than driving know-how itself, has few skill requirements. The list also has several part-time medical positions — telemedicine physician being No. 1. In addition, medical director, physician, and dentist are in the top 20. Perhaps many medical professionals nearing retirement want to continue working, but only part time. A multitude of factors is driving baby boomers toward longer careers, notably rising life expectancy and the need for greater retirement savings, especially in the wake of the Great Recession. As these boomers work later into life, they search for jobs compatible with their skills and lifestyle. Reprinted with permission from SeniorLiving.org.
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Día de los Muertos Not a ‘Spanish Halloween’ The Mexican celebration of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is often mistaken for a Spanish version of Halloween. It is actually a way for families to honor loved ones who are no longer living. Scholars believe the tradition is rooted in ancient Aztec culture. Thousands of years before Columbus ever set foot in the New World, Aztec people honored the lives of their deceased ancestors in celebrations that spanned what is now the month of August. Indigenous populations throughout central and southern Mexico maintained these practices for centuries. With the arrival of Spanish settlers in Mexico in the 16th century and the influence of Christianity that followed, the practice transformed into a threeday celebration paralleling the Allhallowtide of All Saint’s Eve, All Saint’s Day, and All Soul’s Day, taking place Oct. 31–Nov. 2. In the 21st century, the observance of Día de los Muertos begins at midnight on Oct. 31, when it is believed that the souls of the dead are allowed to return to be with their loved ones. Día de los Angelitos (Day of the Little Angels) or Día de los Inocentes (Day of the Innocents) falls on Nov. 1, when the souls of deceased children and infants are believed to return. Día de los Muertos follows on Nov. 2, when the spirits of the ancestors are honored.
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During this time, families will create altars in their homes or at the cemetery, where they tidy and decorate the graves of their loved ones. Ofrendas (offerings) of food, sweets, toys, trinkets, marigolds, and beverages are left on these altars. Family and friends share stories of their loved ones, sing songs, offer prayers, and feast as a tribute to the departed. To dance, especially at the gravesite, is a way to awaken the spirits and invite them to join the family once more. The parades and large festive gatherings in cemeteries are just another way to show respect and celebrate the lives of those who have passed on. Día de los Muertos is observed throughout Mexico, most of North and South America, and around the world.
Different Cultures Celebrate Columbus Day Columbus Day became a federal holiday in the United States in 1934, but Christopher Columbus’s landing in the Americas was celebrated across the country long before that. In 1792, the Society of St. Tammany in New York City commemorated the 300th anniversary of Columbus’s voyage, and in 1892, President Benjamin Harrison called upon Americans to recognize the 400th anniversary. Teachers, politicians, and others used Columbus Day to urge patriotism, loyalty, and social progress. Columbus Day: Italian-Americans began supporting Monday, Oct. 8 Columbus Day celebrations in the 19th century as an expression of pride in their heritage. The Italian population of New York organized a celebration of the discovery of America on Oct. 12, 1866, and in 1869, Italians in San Francisco held their own celebration. The first official Columbus Day holiday was proclaimed by Colorado Gov. Jesse F. McDonald in 1905. President Franklin Roosevelt designated Oct. 12 a national holiday in 1934. Other countries recognize Columbus Day as well. In Costa Rica, it’s known as Dia de las Culturas (Day of the Cultures); Uruguay calls it Dia de las Americas (Day of the Americas); in the Bahamas, it’s Discovery Day; and in Spain it’s celebrated as Dia de la Hispanidad and Fiesta Nacional. www.50plusLifePA.com
Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori
Is Your Collection Like the Rockefellers’? Lori Verderame
Recently, one of the most But in your home there are works of important and diverse fineart, antiques, and even small, collectible art and antiques collections objects or souvenirs from your travels amassed from all parts of the that your children and grandchildren world went up for sale on the associate with you and your values. auction block at Christie’s Perhaps many of them wouldn’t want in New York. The collection to watch your items go by the wayside belonged to David and Peggy either. Rockefeller. So, before you downsize, liquidate, or David Rockefeller died dispose of your heirlooms, have a chat at 101 and was head of with your kids and your grandkids, and Chase Manhattan Bank, a think about your friends and others philanthropist, and a grandson who would like a memento. Of course, The popular dish of baked oysters with a green of John D. Rockefeller. value is important, but their feelings are sauce and melted cheese was named after What struck me most about more important. family patriarch John D. Rockefeller (1839John D. Rockefeller the Rockefeller collection and When it comes to your children’s 1937), founder of the Standard Oil Company with grandson David their well-advertised art and attitude about your antiques, you may and a major philanthropist. The dish was Rockefeller. antiques auction had very little be just like the Rockefellers. associated with Rockefeller because it was deemed “an oyster dish as rich as Rockefeller.” to do with the exceptional Dr. Lori Verderame is the author, Ph.D. antiques appraiser, and award-winning beauty, artistry, or value of any TV personality on History channel’s The Curse of Oak Island. Dr. Lori provides expert of the nearly 2,000 items. appraisals and consulting services for art/antiques. Visit www.DrLoriV.com or call Certainly, there were fine paintings by Cezanne, Seurat, and Gris, to name (888) 431-1010. only a few. On the auction block was a highly sought-after Pablo Picasso painting, once owned by Gertrude Stein, of a girl holding a basket of flowers; various pieces of antique English furniture; and a Sèvres porcelain service commissioned by Napoleon himself. Yet the variety of objects in this highly publicized, once-in-a-lifetime auction was not what stuck with me when I read — in newspapers, trade publications, magazines, and online — all about the Rockefellers’ collection and their prearranged donations to museums, foundations, and universities. In fact, what I remember about the reports of the Rockefeller auction was the comment that the couple’s youngest child, Eileen Rockefeller Growald, made when an interviewer asked her if she would attend the auction of her parents’ belongings. Her answer was no. “It feels like selling pieces of my parents, and I just can’t watch,” she explained. Right there is why you, your children, and your grandchildren are probably 23rd annual edition a lot more like the Rockefellers than you might think. Your inclusion in 50plus Living will help professionals, While most of us don’t have the collections of note or the resources that the Rockefellers had to amass such a collection over generations, most of us do boomers, and seniors as they move through life’s stages. have objects that mean something special to our friends and family. Rockefeller Growald’s comment moved me because so many people tell me Online & In Print. onlinepub.com that their children don’t want their stuff, that their family wouldn’t care about this collectible or that piece of furniture. * Must reserve by Aug. 26, 2016 I know that isn’t true. I think it is often a mechanism for people to take Last chance to to receive early-bird savings. the easy road: the road far away from being hurt if a daughter rejects a family be included — china dinnerware set from Austria, where your grandmother was born; or if a Closing date: Nov. 4, 2016. call now! son doesn’t covet the violin that he took lessons on, which once belonged to his Street date: January Street date: Jan. 2017 2019 great-grandfather from Italy. It is easier to contend that a family member doesn’t want a work of art, To be included in the 2019 edition of 50plus LIVING, antique, or collectible instead of putting in the time, effort, and emotional call your representative or (717) 285-1350 resources to deal with it as it moves onto another person’s collection. or email email@example.com Perhaps your collection is not like the Rockefellers’ in size, scope, or value.
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50plus LIFE — formerly 50plus Senior News — is a monthly publication for and about Central Pennsylvania’s baby boomers and seniors, offering...
Published on Oct 2, 2018
50plus LIFE — formerly 50plus Senior News — is a monthly publication for and about Central Pennsylvania’s baby boomers and seniors, offering...