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November 2019

Guiding Seniors to Live Well and Be Happy

A Ray of Hope ...................................................................... 2 Questions Older Drivers are Asking Themselves .......... 3 Word Search ......................................................................... 4 Calendar of Events .............................................................. 5

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Did You Know? ..................................................................... 6 Recipe: Creamy Ham ‘N’ Broccoli .................................... 6 5 Ways to Protect Against Hearing Loss.......................... 7

A Ray of Hope: At 95, Dr. Lindeman still has something to give Retired physician gives monthly wellness talks By Ellarry Prentice A recent talk given by Dr. Ray Lindeman almost put members of his audience to sleep. Of course, that’s one of the intended outcomes of a mindfulness exercise. Practicing this form of meditation helps to relax the body and mind and to reduce stress. Deep breath in…breathe it out, he repeated methodically to about 20 people, most of them his neighbors, in an attempt to focus their awareness on the present moment. Don’t think about how the weather’s going to be later on or how the roast is doing in the oven. Let that brain relax and rejuvenate. Mindfulness is Lindeman’s Ray Lindeman smiling as he speaks to his audience. favorite subject to speak about side manner. “If I can be of help generations in the Paynesville and one of many health topics he’s enlightened people about to anybody, I want to do that as community since his arrival in 1949, became a resident of in Paynesville, a community he’s long as I can.” dedicated his life to caring for. Much has evolved in the medi- Stearns Place this past sumOnce a month, Lindeman gives cal field since Lindeman began mer. The move from his house a wellness talk at Stearns Place his career in the 1940s, but his in town, endearingly called passion for learning and sharing “Lindemans’ Bedside Manor,” in Paynesville, his new home. medical knowledge is steadfast. to the senior-living complex His speaking engagements has brought him closer to his “Sharing with others gives me originated at the Paynesville wife, Mary Lou, who lives at the Area Center, where he present- purpose,” he said. adjacent care center. In an efed wellness seminars for seven Incredibly, Lindeman mainfort to promote awareness, the years. Topics he’s counseled tained his medical license for couple has been open about senior citizens about have in70 years until letting it lapse last Mary Lou’s diagnosis with cluded diabetes, arthritis, obe- year. Still, people seek him for Alzheimer’s, a progressive form sity, cholesterol, deep venous medical advice on a daily basis. of dementia. Married 20 years, thrombosis, and Alzheimer’s “It keeps me on my toes,” he they hold hands every day. Mary disease. said of volunteering his knowlLou’s tight squeeze says ‘I love At 95, “I feel I still have some- edge. “It’s important to people you’ in place of words. to have someone who will take thing to give,” said the retired Lindeman’s style of living has physician, who practiced medi- the time to listen. That’s so imcine in Paynesville for 44 years, portant. I try to give them a ray completely changed, but in gaining a longstanding reputa- of hope of things they can do.” a good way. Mary Lou is just a short walk away, one that tion for his compassionate bed- Lindeman, who has cared for

doesn’t require going outside. What he lost in square footage he’s gained in friendships and accomodations. “Everything I need is here,” he said. Several residents of Stearns Place are among the countless patients Lindeman cared for. “They’re just lovely people, every one of them,” he said. When he isn’t spending time with his beloved wife, children, and grandchildren, socializing in the commons areas, or advising someone about a medical issue, Lindeman can be found engrossed in literary works. Since leaving his office practice in 1995, he’s tried to stay abreast of advances in medicine. Preparation for his wellness talks provides motivation. When the R.O.S.E. Center approached him about doing wellness seminars, “I liked the idea,” Lindeman said. “It kept me on top of things. I spent a lot of time reading about changes and new ideas.” On a table in Lindeman’s apartment is a stack of newly published literature from a halfdozen universities. “It’s a refresher for me,” he said. He also uses the internet, frequenting the Mayo Clinic’s website, for medical research. Lindeman’s talks take place the first Wednesday of every month at Stearns Place. They’re well attended, with at least 15 to 20 people in the audience. Passing on useful knowledge, Lindeman said, is the purpose of his wellness talks. “To present it in such a way that they understand it.” Continued on Page 2...

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A Ray of Hope: At 95, Dr. Lindeman still has something to give Continued from Page 1...

Lindeman found his calling in the field of white coats. Lindeman’s presentations “From the time I was in the always offer suggestions for healthy lifestyle changes. “Make eighth grade I don’t think I ever them palpable, something they thought of anything else except being a doctor. And I’ve never can do. Maybe give them a motivation for wanting to do it,” regretted it,” he said. During Lindeman’s formative he said. years, two influential people Topics vary, but they’re all encouraged him to pursue a geared to older adults and the career in medicine. One was health issues senior citizens his science teacher. “He recommonly experience. “Any subject that might be appropri- ally pushed hard. He said, ‘You ate to the audience,” said Linde- should become a doctor.’” man, who never lacks ideas for future talks, thanks to suggestions from the audience. “They gave me a list for the whole year next year,” he added, laughing. Thankfully, he has a whole month to prepare for each one. Grateful for Paynesville “I would do it all over again,” Lindeman said of his decision to live and work in Paynesville. “The rewards have been fantastic. I’ve liked the people and their gratitude…their friendliness.”

Lindeman grew up in another little P-town, Parkston, S.D., about 25 miles south of Mitchell. He attended universities in South Dakota and Tennessee, starting medical school in 1942. He put his medical training to use when he was drafted into the U.S. Army. “The promise was that if I flunked one test I’d have a rifle,” he said.

blessing. The task could fill the heart with joy, or tear it out. “There was a tremendous reward, and if something went wrong there was a tremendous heartbreak,” he said. “It’s either beautiful, or it’s heartbreaking.”

Some of Ray Lindeman’s audience. join his practice in Paynesville. Lindeman came to Paynesville in 1949, when he began working at Myre Hospital, and has lived there ever since, except for the two years he spent as a flight surgeon in the Air Force in 1953 and 1954.

Lindeman was an active family physician in Paynesville until Lindeman completed his inhis retirement from active office ternship at Anchor Hospital in practice in 1995. He’s continSt. Paul, where he met Dr. Myre, ued to be an advisee and trustwho was looking for a doctor to ed friend to many patients.

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Had Lindeman chosen a speciality, it would have been obstetrics. He delivered 3,100 babies during his career. He keeps a penny for each one, and the symbolic coins are on display in his living room. For Lindeman, bringing babies into the world was a mixed

Self-described as a husband, father, and caregiver first, Lindeman endured his own losses through the years, including the death of his first wife. From the inevitable valleys of life, he’s ascended on a plateau of thankfulness. “God has been so good to me,” he said. “That’s where my gratitude came from, really.” Gratitude has long been Lindeman’s favorite word in the English language. It will be the subject of an upcoming wellness talk. “There’s a therapeutic effect of being grateful,” he said. From his farming roots near the Corn Palace to the shores of Koronis that kindled his love for Paynesville, Lindeman believes the journey of life took him where he was meant to be. “I’ve had a very interesting life. I’d do it all over again,” he said. Lindeman is mindful of gratitude, a quality he prescribes daily. “I’m grateful, truly, for being here,” he said. “I’m grateful for 95 years.”

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Questions older drivers can ask themselves to see if it’s still safe to drive sess their skills behind the wheel. The NHTSA notes that drivers can ask themselves the following questions as they try to assess their driving abilities.

Men and women know that adjustments must be made as they get older. Athletes nearing their golden years may not be able to push themselves as hard at the gym as they once did. Professionals nearing retirement age might not be able to pull long hours at the office like they used to. But aging affects more than just work and play. As men and women age, their ability to perform everyday tasks, including driving, may diminish as well. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes that, as people age, certain changes they experience can affect their ability to safely operate an automobile. Changes in eyesight, physical fitness and reflexes may require aging drivers to reas-

difficulty moving foot from the gas pedal to the brake pedal and difficulty turning the steering wheel. Pain in the knees, legs or ankles also can make it difficult for drivers to control their vehicles.

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Drivers who routinely drive with passengers, especially young children, carry extra responsibility. As a result, such drivers owe it to themselves and How is my eyesight? their passengers to honestly assess Does driving make me nertheir driving abilities. The American Optometric Assovous, scared or overwhelmed? ciation notes that vision changes Various remedies can address ageDrivers who feel confused by traffic related driving issues, and drivers naturally occur as a person ages. signs and traffic (including pedestrian should discuss them with their docSuch changes do not necessarily mean drivers have to give up the keys traffic) should stop driving until they tors the moment they feel as though can discuss the issue with their physi- their skills behind the wheel are startto their vehicles. In fact, they may cians. Medication can sometimes just require more routine eye exing to diminish. aminations. The NHTSA says having make drivers feel sleepy or confused, trouble reading signs easily, recogniz- and some aging drivers even find ing someone from across the street, themselves overwhelmed in otherseeing streets signs and pedestrians, wise normal driving situations. and handling headlight glare are Are my loved ones concerned common signs of age-related eye about my driving? problems. Aging drivers may feel offended Can I control my vehicle? when family members question their Age-related loss of strength, coordi- ability to drive. However, the NHTSA nation and flexibility can make it hard notes that sometimes other people for aging men and women to control notice things about a person’s driving their vehicles. Some signs that drivers that the person does not. The conmight be having trouble controlling cern expressed by loved ones should their vehicles include trouble looknot be taken lightly. ing over shoulders to change lanes,

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Calendar of Events Sons of American Legion chapter

The Paynesville American Legion is exploring starting a Sons of the American Legion chapter. This would be open to any son or daughter of a veteran (i.e. anyone with a father, mother, uncle, grandmother, etc., who served in the military would be eligible for membership). Ten members are needed to start a chapter. Anyone interested in joining should call the Paynesville American Legion at 243-4982 and leave a message.

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Join us for TreeMendous Night in Richmond on Friday, Dec. 6 in Downtown Richmond. Santa will be visiting at 5 p.m., followed with many fun activities including a fishing pond, scavenger hunt, petting zoo, crafts, cookie decorating, hot dog, s’mores, hot cocoa, horse and buggy rides, coloring contest, and bonfire. A “winter fun” themed parade will end the evening at 7 p.m. on Main Street. This is a FREE event.

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CentraCare Health – Paynesville invites the public to a pre-diabetes health education class at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the CentraCare – Paynesville Hospital Nehring Room, door 19. The class will be presented by Melissa Dols, certified diabetes educator and dietitian. Learn simple and effective lifestyle changes for a healthier you. Pre-register by calling Dolls at 320-243-7713. Cost is $15 per household for take home materials. Bring a friend for free.

Wine and Dine event in Watkins

Wine and dine at Church of St. Anthony on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. This hands-on event will teach you how to make some easy and delicious foods for yourself, or your next gathering. In addition to sampling all of the items made, you will also take home a copy of the recipes! White wine and hot apple cider will also be served. Cost is $10 per person (ages 14+) at the door. There will be prizes given away throughout the event, followed by a grand prize drawing at the end. Be sure to pre-register online at www.eventbrite.com.

Holiday remembrance service at Ertl Funeral

Ertl Funeral Home in Watkins invites you and your family to attend their annual Holiday Service of Remembrance and Tree Lighting on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. This program is in honor of those who have died and in support of those who still live. A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow the service. Please RSVP by calling 320-764-2800 so your personalized ornament will be ready for your family at the service.

On Saturday, Dec. 7, the Paynesville Area Center will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. There will be baked goods and homemade crafts for sale, as well as a wide variety of slightly used Christmas items. A sloppy joe lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The baked goods and new craft items will be priced, but for everything else, freewill donations will be collected. If you’d like to donate any items, they should be dropped off the first week of December.

Craft event: decorative plate making

The Paynesville Area Center will be hosting a craft event on Friday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. Annette Brown will teach a class on how to make decorative plates. They are beautiful and would make a great Christmas gift.

Holiday Jam Session

The Paynesville Public Library is hosting a community jam session on Monday, Dec. 9 from 8 to 9 p.m. We’ll supply charts with chord changes for C, Bb and Eb instruments for classic holiday tunes, and a bass player– bring your own instrument (guitar, wind instrument, stringed instruments or vocalists) or join in on our new Yamaha digital piano. Or come and listen – we’ll have refreshments. For all ages, but children under 16 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services

See upcoming issues of the Paynesville Press and Eden Valley-Watkins Voice for a schedule of holiday services.

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Did You Know? When feeling stressed, people may want to reach for a cup of tea. Research conducted by psychologists at the City University London found that a cup of tea reduces stress, not just by drinking it, but also because of the calming effect of putting the tea kettle on. Furthermore, decaffeinated green tea also can calm a person and encourage sleep. In a 2017 study published in the journal Nutrients, participants were able to fall asleep much more easily when drinking decaffeinated green tea. Also, they reported feeling much less stressed out over the course of the one-week experiment. Even black tea has been found to relieve stress by lowering cortisol levels when a person is faced with stressful situations. According to the herbal remedy site Herbwisdom.com, chamomile tea is an age-old medicinal herb that has been used as a remedy for numerous conditions, including asthma, nervousness, sleep, and stomach ailments and as a treatment for colds. It, too, many help reduce stress. Tea has many benefits for the body, and helping to tame stress may be one of them.

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5 ways to protect against hearing loss

A certain degree of hearing loss can be a normal part of the aging process. However, people who take steps to protect their hearing long before Father Time takes his toll can prevent the extreme hearing loss suffered by millions of seniors across the globe. John’s Hopkins Medicine states that approximately 15 percent of adults aged 18 years and older report some difficulty hearing and up to 39 percent of adults in their sixties have hearing problems. Lost hearing cannot be restored, though hearing aids and other devices can help people with hearing loss hear better. Hearing aids are not always an accessory people look forward to needing, so it’s good to know that a few simple strategies can protect people’s hearing over the long haul.

1. Get a baseline hearing exam. Speak with an audiologist, who can test your hearing and establish a baseline level against which future tests will be measured. This way it is easier to see if hearing loss is increasing over time.

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2. Turn down the volume. Audio devices can contribute to hearing loss. Earbuds are particularly dangerous because they fit directly next to the eardrum. The World Health Organization says that 1.1 billion teens and young adults worldwide are at risk for noise-induced hearing loss from unsafe use of audio devices. Set the maximum volume on audio devices below 60 percent and wear headphones for no more than an hour a day. Keeping music low on other devices is also adviseable.

3. Wear protective gear. Protective gear includes ear plugs and protective earphones. This gear should be worn whenever you expect to encounter loud noises, such as when you mow the lawn, go hunting or shooting, attend rock concerts, or the ear if they are inserted too far or visit construction sites. too roughly, advises the hearing testing service Ear-Q.

Remember, hearing loss often doesn’t produce immediate symptoms or pain. However, over time, hearing loss can become noticeable. A proactive approach can help people avoid significant hearing loss as they age.

4. Limit use of cotton swabs.

Ear wax is beneficial to the ears and can stop dust and other particles from entering the ear. Furthermore, using a cotton swab can potentially cause damage to sensitive organs in

5. Avoid loud noises. Steer clear of fireworks, noisy city centers, loud performances, and other situations if you do not have hearing protection.

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