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Words from Wendy Happy Fathers’ Day…Happy 4th of July… Happy Summer…and More Our June and July issue is full of great ideas. Traveling this summer? We offer some summer travel tips and ideas for trips. Want to stay healthy? Check out the article on keeping your entire body in good health. Looking for a new book and trying to understand Alzheimer’s Disease? We have just the suggestion for you. We’ve also interviewed some dynamic ladies who reinvented themselves in a second, or was it a third, career!

Speaking of the SPCA, did you know they always have a list of supplies they need for their ever increasing population of kittens, puppies, cats, and dogs? Check it out and see if you have something to donate. The animals thank you. Take a look at Terry’s article…Is It Age, Or Something Else. What does it say to you? To me, I’m not old. How about you? Be sure to check us out online…you can read all of our issues, keep up to date with our blog posts, and play our brain teasers.

Perhaps you’re thinking about adopting a new puppy. Our own SPCA gives tips on whether a puppy or an adult dog is the right pet for you.

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Is It Age?

Or Is It Something Else? By Terry Minion

This morning I put my little dog, Charlie, down so he could go outside and water the bushes. Before he moved, he stretched, and then sneezed loudly. When he sneezed, his body jumped up and moved left about four inches. I started laughing, saying, “Wow! A big one!” This reminded me of my own sneezing that seems to get bolder and more powerful as I age. What’s up with that? It makes me laugh more. If someone were watching me write, laughing periodically, with a huge smile, they might be curious what I was writing, but, alas, I find myself laughing more as I get older. But, is it age? Or is it something else? I think it’s something else.

My father would have recently turned 86 years of age if he were alive. Instead, he passed at age 34, and I was just 13. My younger sister would be 64, but she left at 21. I never thought I would live past 30, but here I am at 66. Age isn’t a given, but in my opinion, a grand opportunity. Each day is precious when we decide it is, as each day is another day closer to the end as we decide that instead. Some people think I’m old. But I don’t. I think 80 is old. It’s always out there way ahead of me. I guess when I’m 75, I’ll think 90 is old. They say that men grow old gracefully, so I guess I have something to look forward to. Mark Twain said, “When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not; but my faculties are decaying now and soon I shall be so I cannot remember any but the thing that never happened. It is sad to go to pieces like this but we all have to do it.” I

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can relate that memory is a relative thing, and certainly subjective, even periodically unpredictable. Gabriel Garcia Marquez looked on age in this way: “Age has no reality except in the

all it is paying attention to my physicality. But here is my favorite age quote to bring this rambling all together from George Bernard Shaw: “You don’t stop laughing when you

think. I find them funny, and I love to laugh. I love to smile. I love my life. Is it age, or is it something else? It is something else. It is enjoying our life at whatever age we find ourselves. It is

I love to laugh. I love to smile. I love my life. physical world. The essence of a human being is resistant to County’sOur inner the passageYolo of time. lives are eternal, which is to say that our spirits remain as youthful and vigorous as when we were in full bloom.” I can so relate to County’s this as inside, Solano in my heart, in my mind, I feel young. If I feel any age at

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Holistic Health Care, Nice to Meet You! By China Rose Zamora

Hello! My name is China Rose Zamora. I’m a nutritional therapist, clinical herbalist, and a lucky woman to be able to say that I love my job!  Since we are just getting to know each other, I would like to share with you what it is that I am so excited about.

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In contemplating my life’s purpose at the ripe age of 18, I took into consideration the things that I was passionate about: 1) I loved being in nature (hiking, camping, etc.) and finding ways that I could contribute towards preserving our planet, 2) I was inspired by my study of biology and the intricate workings of our bodies, and 3) Thanks to my parents, who both have huge hearts, I also had an innate desire to help people in some way. I stumbled across a retail job in a health food store when I was nineteen, and I knew I had found what I was looking for: holistic health! The concept of holistic health care immediately resonated with me: supporting people in improving their health using natural tools! It made so much sense that when helping someone resolve their symptoms, we wouldn’t just want to suggest something that would temporarily relieve their discomfort. It would be far more effective to evaluate the possible roots of their symptoms, taking into consideration all aspects of their health, and work with resolution as our goal! You are a whole person, not just a bag of symptoms walking around, right? What a novel thought!

Once I was hooked I decided to study specific genres of holistic health care. I was certified as a clinical herbalist by the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine in 2000 where I learned anatomy, physiology, botany, Materia Medica, medicine making techniques, and ways to safely combine herbal medicine with more conventional approaches such as pharmaceutical medications. I was then certified as a nutritional therapist in 2009 and officially opened my private practice in Napa six years ago! Since then I’ve largely focused on studying holistic approaches to hormonal imbalance in men & women. Yes, men have hormones, too! When a new client & I start working together we go through an extensive intake or “fact gathering” process. A person’s health history is their unique story. If you pay attention to the “character development” and all the details that make up their health journey, it becomes apparent why the plot developed as it did and why certain physiological systems have gone out of balance.

When hoping to resolve physical symptoms consider all aspects of your health: becomes apparent why the plot developed as it did and why certain physiological systems have gone out of balance.




Stress level

Eating habits

Personal tools used to balance stress

Amount & type of physical activity

Emotional wellbeing

Quality & quantity of sleep

Sense of purpose

Exposure to toxins that “burden” your body Personal health history


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When determining the best way to address your health concerns, take a stroll through memory lane and connect the dots throughout your health history. 

Did you have any reoccurring symptoms or illnesses as a child that could show you what physiological system/systems might easily become imbalanced? (Digestive, immune, etc.)

Have you dealt with a consistent level of stress throughout your life that could have led to symptoms like fatigue, digestive problems, or trouble sleeping now?

What type of foods did you commonly eat as a child, teen, and young adult? Could your eating habits have caused any nutrient deficiencies which could have developed into symptoms?

Having now worked with hundreds of people, with the goal of empowering them in their health, I can say that the most valuable, initial tool I can hand a client is that of deepening their personal awareness or reconnecting with their body. We are often so distracted by our dayto-day tasks that we don’t notice all the valuable signs and signals that our bodies give us.

Our bodies communicate with us via symptoms: Symptom

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Once we identify where we are seeing physical imbalances, we have a plethora of holistic tools in the ol’ medicine bag to choose from. Each person is biochemically unique and comes to the table with habits they have built over their lifetime, so it’s important that I draw upon both my training and my creativity to support my clients in a customized way. I look forward to sharing quality information about all of these options with you in the months ahead so that you can take a customized approach to your health as well!

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herbalist, and/or massage therapist. I don’t know about you but that is my health care dream team! “How”, you might ask, “can I start incorporating holistic tools in my life?” Begin with this great, simple exercise and stay tuned for my next holistic health article coming to you courtesy of boom! China Rose Zamora, NTP, CCH, (707)344-0002

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The Biggest Challenges to

Growing Old in California

By Dane Reeves


ast January Napa County had two weeks where no Skilled Nursing Home Beds were available. All the nursing homes were full. People needing rehabilitation services or nursing home care after a hospital stay, had to go to Solano, Sonoma, or Contra Costa Counties. It was rough on families, especially on elderly spouses, who had to drive up to an hour each the population of older people continues to increase, we are all going to feel a real crisis of care.

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way to visit a loved one during their rehab stay. Only four nursing homes remain in Napa County. It is not enough for the number of people who need both short and long term care. And as the population of older people continues to increase, we are all going to feel a real crisis of care. This problem needs to be addressed. If something does not change today, local nursing homes will NOT be able to meet the needs of seniors in our community. I moved to Napa from Oregon two years ago to be an Administrator of an innovative, patient centered Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living Facility. Here, I was shocked to find out that Medi-Cal only pays for Skilled Nursing Facilities to provide Long Term “Custodial” Care. The difference is Oregon Medicaid (the Federal version of Medi-Cal) pays for multiple levels of care. The results are pretty shocking. In Oregon, I was constantly fighting to keep my “census” (the number of patients) up. In

California, I am working on a rather lengthy waiting list for long term care. Poor people who are old and need to go someplace to be taken care of due to frailty, memory impairment, or illness have no place to go. In Oregon, Medicaid pays for Dementia Care Units, Assisted Living Facilities, and Adult Foster Homes (called Board and Care - 6 Bed RCFEs in California). The result is that the Long Term Care population in Oregon Nursing Homes are either medically complex or are extremely disabled and mostly need two staff members to help them with their activities of daily living. Their system allows for people to live in the most appropriate level of care. The quality of life for the patient is better, the quality of life for the other residents in that facility is better, the State is not spending unnecessary money on the most expensive type of long term PTS_Sol_OctNov09:Layout 1 9/29/09 7:59 and, AM Page care (Skilled Nursing Facilities) the15most important related to this discussion, Skilled Nursing Beds are available to those patients who need them, when they need them. ica is about – helping each other, the foundation of There is no shortage studies data out our country,” she said.of“There is aand ton of informathere the demographic change tion that at thehighlight (Solano Community) Foundation and we will have in the next 10 to 20 years. The people should be using this resource.” bottom line is that the demand will increase for The Foundation Directory Online is available both short term rehab services and long term to the from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday care thatpublic Skilled Nursing Facilities currently through Only Fridayseven at Solano Foundaprovide. newCommunity Skilled Nursing tion, 1261 Travis Boulevard, 320, in FairFacilities have been built in Suite the entire State of field. California 2005!*to In Napa atCounty, Pleasesince call ahead reserve spot at four Skilled Nursing Facilities have closed in 707-399-3846. the last 15 years. The only new facilities being Andrea E. Garcia is Director of Communicabuilt in California are licensed as a Residential tions for Solano Community Foundation. She Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE, commonly can as be Assisted reachedLiving) at 707-280-8771 known and, Medi-Cal or doesat not pay for this care. Only seven Counties in California (Napa is not one of them) can use an Assisted Living Waiver (which allows for Assisted Living Facilities to care for Medi-Cal recipients) but it is ineffective and insufficient to address the larger need of system reform. California needs to follow Oregon’s lead and adopt a Medicaid system that allows people

needing long term care to live in assisted living homes instead of forcing them all to stay in Skilled Nursing Facilities. We need to make changes now. The most effective thing would be to contact your State Representative (not local or county, as Medi-Cal is a State program) and tell them Medi-Cal reform needs to a high priority. Specifically, the Medi-Cal benefit must be expanded to include assisted living facilities. Secondly, you can join a local Senior Advocacy Group in your Area. I am a member of the Napa County Alliance on Aging. We meet on the Second Tuesday of every month at the Queen of the Valley at 8am. If you would like to make a difference in the lives of Seniors in Napa County, please join us. I’d like to hear your thoughts on this subject. Dane Reeves is an Administrator at Piner’s Nursing and Guest Homes. He can be reached at or 707.224.7925. Data from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD)

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Looking for some beach time this summer? Head north to the beaches along Bodega Bay. They’re close, they offer a variety of activities, the rugged coastline provides endless photo opportunities, and the scenery is spectacular. Here are just a few: Salmon Creek is a wide expanse of beach at the point where Salmon Creek meets the Pacific. Surfers and families love this beach.

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Schoolhouse Beach is one of the wider and nicer beaches along the Pacific between Bodega Bay and the Russian River. Explore the tide pools and the sandy expanse.

Goat Rock is a fantastic spot for kayakers and anyone enjoying a great view. Plus, there’s the rock… Goat Rock. Portuguese Beach is a long, wide beach between Bodega Bay and the Russian River. It’s one of the

largest sandy beaches in the area, providing a lengthy walking beach.

Wright’s Beach consists of coarse sand, smooth, small pebbles, and Jade, agates, and chert. Looking for some true California Jade? You’ll need to spend some time looking closely at each pebble. Happy hunting.

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Price isn’t everything when it comes to running shoes

By Pat Sweeney Submitted By Carol Gilpin, Fleet Feet of Vacaville Previously published in the Washington Post

I couldn’t sleep last night. I found myself thinking about the article I read yesterday with the headline that blared “You’ll save A LOT of money buying running shoes online.”

Back Kotter,” and the prom dress you wore in 1987. Yet I – the proud co-owner of Fleet Feet Sports in Sacramento, Calif. along with my wife, Jan – reacted to it like it was the first time anyone had said it.

That insight – that you can find cheap shoes on the Internet – isn’t particularly new. Of course you can, along with old furniture, the complete collection of “Welcome

“Online” has become the word that shall not be said when it comes to small and locally-owned businesses. It touts immediate access and convenience. It creates

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For as loudly as “online” may scream “save money,” there are a lot of things it isn’t screaming.

volatility and inconsistency in pricing, And it sure doesn’t have to worry about shelf space – it has endless aisles.

for her aching feet; the customer who comes to us looking for help in setting a new personal record; or the customer who shows up on a cold Tuesday night to his training program, ready to run a mile without stopping for the first time in his life.

In other words, it could be a small business owner’s nightmare. But, I have to remind myself, it isn’t.

It’s those moments, when our expertise, our passion, and our conviction that running is the foundation of a healthy and happy lifestyle create an in-person experience that isn’t transactional, it’s transcendental. It is, and can be, a life-changing experience.

For as loudly as “online” may scream “save money,” there are a lot of things it isn’t screaming. And it’s in those absences that we – the more than 700 locally owned running stores throughout the country-- have our greatest impact.

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on a Saturday on the store floor, you’ll find us donating hundreds of pairs of shoes to those in need because it’s the right thing to do; advocating the preservation of local running trails; leading efforts to increase the safety of our communities; or getting ready to build new running communities in our hometowns because it’s been our dream all along.

embrace right away. But what I realize now is that it doesn’t detract from what makes local running stores so special.

Inspiration, Information, and yes, insight, that can't be accessed online.

And that’s why articles that proclaim the availability of cheap shoes online cut like a knife. Because they attack our dream, undercut everything we strive to do and seem to entice customers away from the service model that we’ve stood behind for 40 years.

It’s just one more way to connect with customers, and to do so in a way that doesn’t devalue our brand, the products we sell or the sport and activity we love. It allows more people to find us without replacing our most human way of engaging with customers.

I understand that the customer has changed just as retail has changed. Today’s customer is much more informed, engaged, and aware of products before he ever steps foot inside a store. Even Fleet Feet Sports, with 162 locally owned and operated franchises like mine, now has an online store, which admittedly, I didn’t

In the store, we’re a hand to shake. An eye to look into. A face to a name. In this case, our name happens to be Fleet Feet Sports, but it would mean just as much if it were Naperville Running Company, Pacers Running, Playmakers, Philadelphia Runner, Sole Sports, or several hundred others. If you look hard enough, you will always find something cheaper. But I’ll gladly pay extra for excellent customer service and human interaction. It’s what I genuinely believe, and it’s a bet I continue to make when it comes to what our customers believe, too. They come to us for inspiration, information, and yes, insight, that can’t be accessed online. As long as we provide that insight and that transcendental experience, we’ll outlast any sale every time. So the next time another article touting the ridiculous prices of running shoes pops up online, I’ll try hard to remind myself not to get angry. I can’t promise, but I’ll try. Because what we do matters. And with that thought, I will sleep better tonight.

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From Social Work to The Big Stage… Change Passionate Career

Tell me about what you do.

After 25 years as a Social Worker serving low income and homeless families, addicts, abused children and women, I tell their stories of struggle, triumph and revelations through the songs of the Great American Song Book, and of course my own Original Songs through the irresistible lures of Jazz, R&B, and Blues! I have been singing professionally 12 years, paying my dues of singing for free, in hole in the wall Juke Joints, and finally on the big stages of that host the International Singers

across the world, Jazz Alley, The Triple Door, The Seattle Opera House, the list goes on and on!

mountains, rivers, valley’s Ocean and lakes everywhere. You literally breathe creative air in these surroundings.

Describe the How did you start? passion you have.

Singing and performing on stage is like fire shut up in my bones. I live, breathe, and dream music! I have songs written on paper towels, napkins, the backs of envelopes, and when I am not performing, or writing my own music, I go out to support others who are. The Pacific Northwest has such a picturesque setting for the arts! You have the

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Music was a part of our home. My brother played Saxophone in the 80’s and my mother played Maliah Jackson amazing gospels from sun up to sunset on Sundays. I grew up with a huge crush on little Steve Wonder. The most influential aspect of my loving music was my father’s massive record collection. He loved jazz and that’s what I heard throughout my childhood.


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I started going to what they call ‘open jams’ and would listen and observe people singing for hours until I could muster up my own nerves and join in.

Whose idea was it and how did it go from an idea to actually happening? Why did you start?

I distinctly remember not feeling ‘pretty enough’ or ‘smart enough’ to get up in front of people to speak, let alone sing. I was so terrified to stand in front of the other kids in my elementary class that a school psychologist was notified and I was given a psychological evaluation to see if my ‘fear of public speaking’ was a phobia, or mental illness. Then along came Karaoke in the 90’s and

It was an outlet, a way to release all the pain and fears that I have been shouldering from hurting people. It was a way to discover my own beauty and essence of who I was from the inside out.

What’s next?

York, on the lower East Side of Manhattan. From there, it Paris, and eventually I’d love to travel and tour the world sharing my music with the world. I’ve performed at Shoreline Arts Festival, Vashon Arts Festival Jackson Street Earshot Festival, Ocean Shore Blues Festival, and I welcome invitations to all Jazz and Blues Festivals around the county! For more info: My Website is: Email Booking:

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A Healing Art For Susan Hashimoto, dance is the best medicine


Susan Hashimoto instructs residents of Paradise Valley Estates in the art of Japanese folk dance.

hen Susan Hashimoto was a little girl growing up in Japan, she suffered occasional seizures and weak legs. Worried about her grandchild’s wellbeing, Hashimoto’s grandmother took her to the doctor. His prescription? Dance lessons.

And so, at the age of three, Hashimoto enrolled in Nihon Buyō, a traditional style of Japanese dance that incorporates elements of pantomime and other performing arts. Of the style, she says, "The movements are very precise, very challenging." Hashimoto attended class every day, rain or shine. Soon, her weak legs became muscular and her seizures abated. By the time she entered

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only female supervising construction inspector at her company. All the while, she devoted herself to the study of Nihon Buyō. "I found a dance teacher here, when I came back to America," Hashimoto said. "I started performing across L.A., San Francisco, and Sacramento, and I trained with many wonderful people.” Hashimoto’s passion and talent led her to the Sanjo School of Classical Dance, where she was granted professional status in 1965. She then attained advanced teaching credentials, called shihan, in 1996 from the 400-year-old Nishikawa School of Classical Dance of Tokyo, Japan. Three years later, she earned designation as a master teacher of the Nishikawa School of Nihon Buyō.

Now, plans are even in the works for PVE to host a Japanese style summer festival in August. “It’s been a great way to meet more people and stay close,” she said. “It’s fun, good exercise, and it helps us keep active.” A Parkinson's diagnosis in 2003 curtailed Hashimoto's practice of the art form she loves. "I lost my fine movement skills and timing—I had to stop dancing the classical style in public," she recalls. However, her love of dance never waned. When Hashimoto and her husband moved to Paradise Valley Estates, they met many residents who had spent time in Japan. She told them about her dance background, and they told her how much they had enjoyed learning to folk dance during Japan's many summer festivals. While reminiscing, inspiration struck.

elementary school, she was healthy, strong, and determined to continue her dance education. Born in a California relocation camp, Hashimoto moved to Japan with her parents in 1945. After returning to the United States for her associates’ degree in engineering technology, she became the

At her new friends’ request, Hashimoto began teaching Japanese folk dance lessons on campus. 25

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Unlike the classical, highly technical movements she used to perform, fun and free-spirited movement are the hallmarks of Japanese festival dancing. “I have eight or ten students. Some have dance experience, some don’t, but all are improving,” Hashimoto said. “After the first two to three weeks, they begin to remember the routines. They’ve learned three dances so far, and we practice each week.” Now, plans are even in the works for PVE to host a Japanese style summer festival in August. “It’s been a great way to meet more people and stay close,” she said. “It’s fun, good exercise, and it helps us keep active.” Dancing may also have another benefit: keeping Hashimoto’s Parkinson’s at bay. “When it comes to mobility, my doctors tell me use it or lose it,” she said. “I’m sad that I’ve lost some skills, but I can’t relive the past. I have to look forward.” At Paradise Valley Estates, she’s doing just that.

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Do you really want a puppy? By Debbie Dillon, Executive Director Solano SPCA

One of the main comments we here at the SPCA is “I want a puppy; adult dogs are too hard to train. Puppies are all cute little balls of fur and enthusiasm. The problem with puppies is that they don’t know anything. Puppies require CONSTANT supervision and attention. Properly raising a puppy takes time. A lot of time. In shelters the average age for dogs being surrendered is 7 -18 months. This is the age when the cute puppy is gone and the busy, remote chewing, landscape destroying dog arrives. Not all puppies grow up to be 4 legged demolition crews but most of them will. Most of us that adopt a new puppy after

❝If you ask one of our staff

members who is their favorite they will all pick an adult dog.❞ having that amazing dog that we lost forget what it was like to raise that amazing dog 15 years ago. That is the reason that adopting an adult or older dog is such a great idea. Adult dogs in the shelter, generally in the 2-5 year old ranges have usually had some form of training. Again not all of them have but the ones that have basic manners probably had a good start. There is

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no way to know for sure if the shelter dog is housebroken but in our experience many of them are they just need to know where to go. We can almost guarantee that any dog in the shelter under 6 months will not have a clue. It is also difficult to tell what the personality of a puppy is going to be. With an adult dog, for the most part what you see is what you get. If you have children then getting an adult dog that is already known to be good with kids is the way to go.

them unattended for just a few minutes and they will be into something. Most adult dogs are past that and after getting to know their personality and habits many can be left alone for the day without getting into anything or being naughty.

If an adult dog isn’t potty trained it is actually easier to train them than it is to train a puppy because they can “hold it” for a longer period of time. An adult dog is generally more “focused” and they pay attention to what you are doing. Puppies are all over the place and easily distracted. You can work with an adult dog in a training session for longer periods of time than puppies. We hear “I want to “bond” with my dog and puppies are easier. That isn’t true. In my experience I can spend 15 – 20 minutes with an adult dog and after that they are very happy to see me. The adult dogs get attached VERY quickly. Maybe it is because they have had a home and a “person” of their own and they are used to having that. Many of the adult dogs that we have adopted into new homes walk in look around and make themselves at home. It is like they have always lived there.

The senior dogs have a special place in our hearts. Our “senior” dogs are typically from 6 – 12 years old depending on the breed. They usually end up here because their owner has passed away or is no longer able to care for them and the extended family can’t or won’t take the pet. Those are the ones that we have a soft spot for. They are usually well manned and most of the time potty trained. Our shelter veterinarian makes sure that they have a complete health exam and any potential medical problems are identified. She does a great job making sure that a potential adopter is aware of any issue or a potential issue the dog may have and is wonderful about following up and answering any questions

down the road. We want to find the perfect home where they can spend the rest of their lives happy and cared for.

We have a program at the SPCA of Solano County called “senior for seniors”. A senior citizen can adopt a senior pet and the adoption fee is either drastically reduced and most of the time the adoption fee is sponsored. That way we can get the pet and the new owner together without any cost for the initial adoption.

The best part of an adult dog is you miss the chewing puppy teething stage! That has got to be one of the most expensive and frustrating stages for people with puppies. They tend to chew everything and anything. Leave


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Not All Who Wander Need Be Lost By Lisa Skinner

help available to people who desperately want to understand what is happening to their loved one and how they can best cope with the disease on a day to day basis. I believe that if I shared my years of knowledge and expertise in dementia behaviors with others, then perhaps those folks could have an easier time with it, and enjoy a higher quality relationship with their loved one through education and understanding.

What is the title of your latest book? Not All Who Wander Need Be Lost Stories of Hope for Families Facing Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Please tell us about it. It’s about those who are coping with loved ones who are afflicted with a dementiarelated illness, such as Alzheimer’s disease, and crumbling with the anguish of helplessly standing by, watching a loved one decline, and not knowing how to make it better for all who are affected. It’s a compilation of true stories that illustrates the common behaviors and symptoms that caregivers and loved ones are challenged with on a day to day basis and how to effectively manage the behaviors. The book helps the readers understand what to expect during the different stages of the illness, the underlying causes of difficult behaviors, how to recognize behaviors as being part of the disease, as well as helpful coping strategies.

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When Should You Go? By Wendy VanHatten

Let’s say you’ve just started thinking about a trip to Europe and you’re not sure when to go. You’ve read about traveling during peak season and off season, but what does that really mean? In travel industry info, the year is divided into three seasons. Peak season is about midJune through August. Shoulder season is April through mid-June. Off-season is November through March. Each season has pros and cons. Still not sure when to go? Here are a few things to think about.

Peak Season: If summer is when you can

get away, you’ll find plenty of sunny weather, more daylight, and often larger crowds in Europe. Attractions are open longer hours, museums are closed fewer days, and festivals abound in many cities and villages. Some things you might want to take into consideration when planning your trip during this season include, higher airfare, higher lodging costs, more crowded public transportation, and plenty of things to do and see.

Shoulder Season: You’ll probably still

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Typically, lodging costs are less and public transportation is less crowded. Keep in mind for your airfare that if you fly over peak season in only one leg of your round trip, you may still pay the peak season rates.

Off Season: You’ll most likely pay less for

everything during this time, including airfare, lodging, food, and transportation. You’ll still see all the sites, but with less people around. You may have to adjust your schedule as some museums or attractions shorten their hours. It’s always a good idea to check the hours online before you go. The weather will play a part during this time of year, so pack accordingly. Check the weather before you go and dress in layers. Chances are, you’ll have more opportunities to visit with the locals during off-season.

Whenever you go, plan accordingly and Have Fun!


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Aging With Choices By Melanie Richardson, Senior Resource Specialist


magine living to the ripe old age of 90 and still have all of your major faculties intact. You can still read the small print on the newspaper without a magnifying glass. You can take your dogs for a walk to the park (although you need a nap afterwards). Driving a car still feels relatively safe. You are still able to maintain your yard (again, you need a nap afterwards). New technology while challenging, does not completely bamboozle you. Sounds like a win, right? I thought so too until I had a meaningful conversation with our very own resident 90 year old family member. The conversation changed me forever.

I pulled my car out of my garage headed to work one morning recently. As I backed out, I could feel him even though I had not yet spotted him. There he was, across the street from me, just standing there. Little beanie pulled down to cover his ears from the cold, holding the leashes of his two little pugs. Standing there, his eyes waiting to meet mine. And meet they did. In that one solitary look, that touched me to my soul, I knew he was in trouble. I could FEEL the depth of his sadness. I stopped my car, rolled down the window and said, “Pop…you ok?” His reply was “I don’t know.” I pulled back into the garage and into the house we went for a bagel and some coffee. For the first 10 minutes, we just kind of sat there together, feeling our feelings and being quiet. And then I just let him talk. At 90 years old, even though your brain tells you that you can do anything, your body constantly forces you to face reality. The cold reality is that you are not ever going to be able to rig a sail and windsurf again. You will never be able to get in your Suburban and drive across the country to see your friends again. Your friends, in fact, are now either gone or are in the process of leaving this

He didn’t need a cheerleader in that moment or someone telling him what to do. What he needed was someone to just simply listen and understand.❞ boom 38

earth from their own health issues. You can’t hear most of the conversations that go in a room full of people and when you go through the enormous effort to get hearing aids, you realize that all of the noise you have been missing is overwhelming and overstimulating. Being able to ride your bike for miles is a distant memory. Your family loves and adores you but they are now in that busy, fulfilling, all consuming phase of their lives where they are still working, welcoming grandchildren into the world, helping their own children to become contributing members of society all while trying to stay fit and physically healthy. You don’t blame them. You are happy for them. You enjoyed that phase of your journey, too. You just miss them. You ache for them. Ache for a distraction from your race to the end.

heart, too. I’ll leave you with this... “The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.” – Ralph G. Nichols As always, I would love to hear your feedback or would be happy to answer any questions related to senior care or senior resources that you might have. Feel free to submit any comments or questions to us by email at or by regular mail to 313 Kendal Street, Suite A, Vacaville 95688, or by phone at (707) 451-8724.

Best Wishes, Melanie

As much as I wanted to help him rally by telling him all of the wonderful things he still had going for him, and all of the many things that he could do to make himself feel better….there was a part of me, a deep, soul touching part, that totally understood his despair. Instead, I just sat there, patting his hand, allowing my tears to match his and just be. He didn’t need a cheerleader in that moment or someone telling him what to do. What he needed was someone to just simply listen and understand. We sat there for two hours, just being sad together. And you know what? It was all fine. He felt better to unburden himself. I felt good to have been there for him. The dogs were happy to have company. It was all fine. The experience made me thoughtfully reflect about the things that I have learned at 50 by loving a 90 year old…. Sometimes you have to feel this way, until you don’t feel this way anymore. Age isn’t just a number, so quit saying that it is. Enjoy every single moment of your journey because the journey goes so fast. Don’t just listen with your ears. Listen with your


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CLUES DOWN 1. Clothes storage area 2. “__and her Sisters” 3. Revolve 4. One who makes puns 5. Inspire with love 6. Chronograph 7. Look over quickly 9. French philosopher Georges 10. A peerless example 12. Picture done in oils 14. To and ___ movement 15. Egg cells 17. Macaws 19. Nerve inflammation 20. Energy unit


26. Deprive by deceit

1. Character (abbr.)

27. Decomposed

4. Animal companions

34. Nail & hair protein

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35. A citizen of Iran

10. Of Carthage

36. Whitish edible root vegetable

11. On top of

37. Actress Winger

12. Boater hat

38. Lessens in intensity

13. Eat rapidly (slang)

39. Afrikaans

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40. Connected spirals

16. Food consumer

41. Accordingly

17. Aeronaut

42. Competently

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43. Angle (abbr.)

21. Division of geological time

23. Herbal infusions 24. Female deer 25. Before anything else 26. Cotangent (abbr.) 27. Run off the tracks 28. A small drink of liquor 29. Get free of 30. A sharp narrow mountain ridge 31. Knight’s tunic 32. Infuriate 33. Lines in a drama 34. Skewered meat 36. Ground dwelling rodent

22. Hill (Celtic) 23. Towing boat 24. Clatter 25. Trees of the genus Abies boom 40

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» The Green Valley Ag Conservancy Farmers Market Market Location: Green Valley Rd. and Vintage Lane, Fairfield Day & Hours of Operation: 1st Sunday (12pm4pm)  June to October Website:

» Kaiser Vallejo Certified Farmers Market Market Location: 975 Sereno Street and Kaiser Hospital, Vallejo Day & Hours of Operation: Year round on Fridays (10am-2pm)  Web Site: Kaiser Vallejo Certified Farmers Market

» Napa Tues Downtown CFM Copia parking lot, 500 First Street

TUESDAYS » Gold Country Farmers Market Market Location: One Quality Dr., Vacaville Day & Hours of Operation: Year round on Tuesdays (10am-3pm)

THURSDAYS » Benicia Certified Farmers Market Market Location: Downtown Benicia on First Street between Between B & D Streets  Day & Hours of Operation: Thursdays (4pm-8pm) April 28-October 27, 2016 Website: benicia-events/annual/ » Fairfield Certified Farmers Market Market Location: Downtown Fairfield, 675 Texas Street on the County Lawn Day & Hours of Operation: Thursdays (2pm7pm) May 5-October 6, 2016 Website:

SATURDAYS » Rio Vista Certified Farmers Market Market Location: Main St., between 2nd and 3rd Streets, Rio Vista  Day & Hours of Operation: Saturdays (9am1pm) June 25-November 19, 2016 » Vacaville Certified Farmers Market Market Location: 300 Block on Main Street, Vacaville   Day & Hours of Operation: Saturdays (8am-12pm) May 7- October 8, 2016 Website: markets?page=1 » Vallejo Certified Farmers Market Market Location: Between 300 & 400 blks of Georgia Street, Vallejo  Days & Hours of Operation: Year round on Saturdays (8am-1pm) Web Site: markets?page=1


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Hot Weather Safety Tips for Older Adults

Expert information from Healthcare Professionals Who Specialize in the Care of Older Adults

Submitted by Kathryn Amacher, DO

Hot weather can be dangerous, especially for older adults. Every summer, nearly 200 Americans die of health problems caused by high heat and humidity—and most of them are 50 or older. Hot weather is more likely to cause health problems for older adults for a number of reasons. Physical changes that happen with age make older people less likely to notice when they feel hot, even when outside temperatures are high. They also can’t cool down as quickly or as well as younger people. Older adults are also less likely to feel thirsty, which means they’re more likely to become dehydrated (a loss of too much water in your body). Heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases common in later life also increase risks of heat-related problems. So do some medicines prescribed for these and other health problems, and many over-the-counter drugs. Some of the medicines that may have these side effects are water pills, allergy and sinus pills, and nerve medications.

Staying Safe When It’s Too Darn Hot


When temperatures climb above 90 degrees F (Fahrenheit), older adults need to take precautions. So check the outside temperature on summer days. If it’s above 90 degrees, older people should: SPEnD AS muCH TImE AS POSSIblE InSIDE with the air conditioning on. if you don’t have an air conditioner, go somewhere that is air-conditioned, such as a shopping mall, library, senior center, or movie theatre. fans can’t provide enough cooling if the temperature is in the 90s or higher. nOTE: The federal low-income Home Energy Assistance Program (liHEAP) helps adults 65 and older who have limited incomes cover the cost of air conditioners and utility bills. To reach your state’s LIHEAP program, call the toll-free number for your state’s energy services office. You can find your state’s number on the computer at n STAy OuT Of THE Sun

n WAiT unTil THE

n drink PlEnTy

whenever you can, and wear loose, light-colored clothes (dark-colored clothes absorb heat) and a lightweight, broad-brimmed hat when you must go out. That will help you both stay cool and avoid sunburn. being sunburned can also make it harder for your body to cool off. use “broad spectrum” sunscreen with sun protection factor (SPf) 15 or higher.

Sun iS gOing dOWn, or until early the next morning— when it’s cooler—to go for a walk or do demanding activities such as yard work.

Of cOOl WATEr, clear juices, and other liquids that don’t contain alcohol or caffeine. Alcohol and caffeine can dehydrate you (“dry you out”).

DISCLAIMER: This information is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of medical advice or care you receive from your physician or other healthcare provider. Always consult your healthcare provider about your medications, symptoms, and health problems.

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n TAkE TEPid (nOT TOO cOld Or TOO HOT) SHOWErS, bATHS, or sponge baths when you’re feeling warm. Or wet washcloths or towels with cool water and put them on your wrists, ankles, armpits, and neck. This will also cool you down.

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Fairfield 1200 Civic Center Drive 707-428-7421 McBride 91 Town Square Vacaville 707-469-6660 Rio Vista Senior Center 25 Main Street, Rio Vista 707-374-3349


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Resource Guide - Important Local Phone Numbers SOLANO COUNTY



AREA AGENCY ON AGING: 800-510-2020

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Reaching Across the Generations NORTHBAY ALZHEIMER'S DAY CARE CENTER When older adults across the generations 707-624-7970 Fax: reach 707-624-7969 to become mentors for children, everyone beneSENIOR DAY PROGRAM fits.FAIRFIELD It is for these reasons that the Solano Inter707-428-7742Partnership was formed. generational

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