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I Feel Good... Don't You?

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Hearing Health Important for Whole Body Health

By Cynthia Peffers, ACA, BC-HIS By Arielle Giordano M.A.M.E.

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To Protect or Grow? or Both!

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EDITOR'S CORNER

Words from Wendy Fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving…Oh My. As this time of year welcomes us, many of our thoughts turn to family and giving thanks. What better time to reflect on things to be thankful for? Do you see the leaves as they change color, notice the brilliant colors of produce when you head to the farmer’s market, feel the morning chill when you take your walk, reflect on the amount of daylight, and become excited about planning a winter getaway? I know I’m thankful all year, but for some reason giving thanks seems to make even more sense now. Maybe it’s the actual approaching Thanksgiving Day, maybe it’s the fact that another year has flown by, or maybe it’s because I just spent a week with my grandkids.

A long time ago, I attended a priority workshop where we were to make a list of things we were thankful for. Have you ever made a list like that? Now, just for fun, I started another list. Here are only some of the things on it… ✔ Good health ✔ Good friends ✔ Family ✔ Weekends ✔ Ability to travel ✔ Watching the harvest ✔ Coffee ✔ Wine ✔ Family traditions ✔ Chocolate ✔ Grandchildren ✔ Family recipes which have been passed down ✔ My husband ✔ My cat ✔ Good books ✔ USA ✔ Wine…oh, did I already mention that? I could go on and on, but you get the idea. Start your own list. Then check out our articles which reflect on some of the things we are thankful for her at Boom! Let us know what you are thankful for this fall season.

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Hearing Health Important for

Whole Body Health D espite the rapid growth of hearing loss — which is now the third most common health condition in the United States — there remains little national attention to good hearing and its long-term benefits.

Multiple studies confirm the importance of good hearing health in attaining whole body health — emotional and physical — as we age. The significant findings of these studies suggest that, just as there are routine standards for eye care and dentistry, hearing health care should also be routine. Having your hearing checked regularly can help preserve gray matter within your brain, may reduce incidents of unexpected falls, and support communication and emotional health. Good hearing also has numerous physical benefits that increase as a person ages. In addition to its importance, most individuals remain unaware of the fact that their hearing may be compromised without notice. It is wrong to assume that if a change in hearing doesn’t bother you, then it doesn’t need to be treated. Many forms of hearing loss are subtle and may only involve difficulty in hearing certain sounds or with background noise. The truth of the matter is that an experienced

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hearing professional can identify an unnoticed hearing issue relatively quickly and recommend effective treatment.

Treating Hearing Loss Can Help Alleviate Stress The intensive listening effort caused by untreated hearing loss can be stressful. Experts believe that even if you have a mild hearing loss that is not being treated, cognitive load increases significantly. Research shows that when left unaddressed, hearing loss is associated with other physical, mental and emotional health issues that diminish quality of life. Withdrawal from social situations, a lessened ability to cope, and reduced overall psychological health are just some of the conditions associated with unaddressed hearing loss. Often, people with untreated hearing loss feel angry, frustrated, anxious, isolated, and depressed. A 2014 study showed that hearing loss is associated with an increased risk of depression in adults of all ages. Another study looked

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at working adults, 35 to 55 years old, with untreated mild to moderate age-related hearing loss and found that they were more prone to depression and interpersonal sensitivity than those without hearing problems.

fitted hearing aids are important ways individuals with hearing loss can ease the stress associated with intensive listening and safeguard their mental health and quality of life.

The good news is that hearing aids can help the majority of people with hearing loss. Research shows that most people with hearing loss who use hearing aids improve their ability to communicate effectively.

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When individuals with hearing loss use hearing aids, their depressive symptoms are often reduced. The majority of hearing aid users say they’re satisfied with the changes that have occurred in their lives and they feel better about themselves as a result of their hearing aids.

The majority of hearing aid users say they’re satisfied with the changes that have occurred in their lives and they feel better about themselves as a result of their hearing aids.

Getting a hearing test and using professionally

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FOOD & WINE

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Harvest, according to Webster, is the season when the crops are gathered from the fields or the activity of gathering crops. Here in northern California, we have a variety of harvest times, with some fruits and vegetables ready to be harvested throughout different times of the year. Let’s talk about October and November… What do you see? Do you pick up different produce at the neighborhood market? Have you noticed the pumpkin patches and corn mazes attracting weekend visitors? Going to a farmer’s market or stopping by a roadside stand in late September through November gives you a glimpse of what is being harvested this time of year. Typically, this is harvest time for almonds, walnuts, boom 8


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FOOD & WINE figs, persimmons, citrus, Asian pears, avocado, olives, squash, and late strawberries. Drive through Napa or wine country and you’ll notice plenty of harvest happening there. Grapes. This is prime harvest season for wine growers. I’ve noticed the brilliant green leaves in the vineyards turning to deep golds and reds. Those big, fat clusters of dark purple grapes are no longer hanging low on the vines. They’ve been harvested, on their way to becoming bottled yumminess. Even my flower garden changes this time of year, although I don’t harvest anything from it. Flowers, which were once bright pink and purple, have darkened in color. Garden sunflowers are brighter and yellower. More fruit is appearing on my citrus trees. Harvest means a change in the season, whether you actually gather your crops or just watch them change.

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To Protect or Grow? Or Both! By Justin Yoder

Annuities are a wonderful option for individuals looking to subsidize their social security or have a continual stream of lifetime income. A good time frame for those looking to transition into an annuity is upon approaching retirement, or for those who have already retired and would like the opportunity to continue to grow their money. What is an annuity? An annuity is simply a contract, between a financial organization or insurance company, to pay another an agreed upon benefit. This can be in the form of periodic payments or a lump sum.

only at a fixed rate, with no access to market appreciation, or ability to combat inflation. Fixed annuities provide for taxdeferred growth on the interest earned, but over the last several years or longer, has been minimal at best. Another important benefit offered by a fixed annuity is a death benefit, which parallels the function of a life insurance death benefit. When it comes to protecting your principle investment, it doesn’t get much safer than a fixed annuity, but with the drawback of minimizing the opportunity for growth. If the client would like the possibility of a better return on their principle investment, another option to consider might be in the form of a Fixed Index Annuity. Fixed Index Annuities provide the opportunity for market appreciation —

Anyone can benefit from starting an annuity.

An Annuity, like any investment, should have a purpose: a specific means to an end. It should not be considered a one-size-fits-all but rather customized to fit a client’s particular financial strategy. How the annuity plays a part in the clients financial portfolio, should come through careful needs analysis and discovery between the client and their financial professional. This task is accomplished by asking the right questions on both party’s behalf and is an integral part in helping the client determine what is the best direction to take when choosing the type and function of the annuity. A good question to start with: Do I want to protect, grow, or both? There are several platforms when choosing the type of annuity that might best suit one’s financial needs: The two options we will address here are: Fixed and Fixed Indexed Annuities. Fixed annuities are very safe as an investment option and while they offer principle protection, the interest earned will accrue

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linked, in part, to participation in an increase of an index or benchmark, while also providing a floor to help protect from principle loss. Taxdeferred growth, future income and 100% death benefit with locked-in gains are also key benefits associated with this type of annuity. Fixed Index Annuities are designed for people looking for unlimited growth potential. Many Index Annuity products offer the same benefits as fixed annuities while also providing more flexibility, rider options and diversification of the investment. Essentially acting as a onestop product shop!

to meet their financial goals. It is imperative to understand how the annuity will work in conjunction with the overall investment portfolio and the cost associated with the type and function of the annuity. While it’s rarely wise to place all your eggs into one basket, most investors will find that there is typically a nice cozy place for an annuity in their diversified and balanced, investment portfolio. It all starts with one simple question: Do I want to Protect, Grow, or Both! If you would like to know more about annuities and options pertaining to you, please contact me at 707 448 4242 and ask for Justin Yoder, or via email jyoder@farmersagent.com, for your free review today!

Both annuity types highlight the importance of truly understanding the annuity product and how a particular product can be better equipped towards helping the investor reach their financial needs and goals. These products are similar in nature, though it’s the subtle differences that can make all the difference in the client’s financial future. Recognizing these differences is a key component to be aware of when choosing the type and function of the annuity that will best suit the investor’s financial portfolio.

1 Withdrawals may be subject to Federal/State income tax and, if taken prior to age 59½, an additional 10% Federal penalty tax. IRAs and other qualified plans already provide tax-deferral like that provided by an annuity. Additional features and benefits, such as contract guarantees, death benefits and the ability to receive a lifetime income are contained within the annuity for a cost. Please be sure the features and costs of the annuity are right for you when considering the purchase of the annuity Guarantees are based on the claims-paying ability of the respective issuing company.

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born to dance By Arielle Giordano M.A.M.E.

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Here five ways you can focus on using dance to heal and help you to look and feel better: Release Old Patterns As you use dance to become more aware of being in your body, notice that each movement has within it the potential to release hidden thoughts, feelings, insights, and awareness. All people have old, crusty patterns that they replay every day, and those patterns can be moved into conscious awareness and transmuted through dance. You have the ability to become that movement, that expression of your body, and you can use it to discover who you are as a being and uncover your own uniqueness through creative expression. Just take a moment and look around. We live in a moving universe. Everything is in constant motion. From the minute you are born to the moment you die, your cells are moving and dancing within you.

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Focus on Posture Posture is very important in dance. If you watch the television show “Dancing with the Stars,” notice how often you hear the word posture. Here are some tips for improving your stance: stand tall with tummy tucked in and under. If you look at yourself in the mirror you will be straight and your shoulders, hips,

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and ankles will be in alignment. Shoulders are down and slightly pressed back. Tuck your bottom underneath your spine. Then take a deep breath, belly in, shoulders up and down, and bottom tucked under the spine. Center your body weight in a standing position. Do not lean forward or backward. Warning: You may look 10 pounds lighter with your new posture!

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Create Brain Activity Dancing stimulates brain activity and function, and it can even prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Dance prevents Alzheimer’s disease because of the activation and stimulation of the brain cortex and hemisphere called the Action Observation Network. In What Can Dance Teach Us About Learning, by Scott T. Grafton M.D., he points out that we might begin to learn a dance step when someone describes it to us, but we learn it better when we physically perform the steps as we observe and imitate an instructor doing them. You must use your brain to dance and follow the steps. Listen, watch, focus, observe, and consciously process information at the same time you are moving your body and following another’s example. The neurons in your brain imitate an instructor with observation learning when taking a dance lesson, it creates new neural pathways.


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Generate Physical Energy A fun activity such as dance stimulates the body and the endorphins in the brain. This movement creates more overall physical, mental, emotional, and even spiritual activity. It is the first step in having more energy, motivation, and focus, which can be directed to successfully complete mental tasks, especially for people who have attention challenges (such as myself).

Be the flow within you as you dance and let your dance become your life!

It is not about “getting the moves right.” T his is about the expression of you dancing through your body. T his is the about your dance, your story, your journey of life.

Enjoy the process of you. Give yourself permission to allow your dance to awaken Yolo County’s Yolo County’s and the potential within. Let new elements qualities express and move through your body. It is not about “getting the moves right.” This is about the expression of you dancing through your body. This is the about your dance, your story, your Solano journey of life. Relax,Solano enjoy, and be County’s County’s free to experience uninhibited movement. Be the flow within you as you dance, and let your

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fully present you are in your own unique dance, the better you will look and feel. Feeling good about yourself is rooted within a balance of the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies—which are all interconnected with each step you take. As you heal and grow in your inner and outer dance, you begin to glow in our own flow! As your inner beauty glows, it shows in your body and so does your-self-confidence!! Arielle Giordano M.A.M.E. is a professional dancer, choreographer, teacher and facilitator. From belly dancer and snake charmer to Salsa and Hawaiian Hula, Arielle enjoys sharing her gifts and talents with an authentic style rich in grace in dance, psychology, philosophy, and the expressive arts. Arielle offers “Dancing from the Inside Out” workshops and dance classes, as well as facilitates classes for the University of Phoenix in the ARTS, Psychology, Philosophy and Humanities. Her creative and innovative fusion is an Invitation to the musical rhythmic patterns of body, mind and spirit which exemplifies her celebration for the dance of life! Visit dancingfromtheinsideout.com or email agbeautifuldance@gmail.com

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I Feel Good… Don’t You? By Terry Minion

“Our inner picture has to be based on our intention to feel good, which is of course synonymous with feeling God.”  — Wayne Dyer

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we desire is on its way, in amounts greater than ever imagined. If we keep this vision uppermost in mind, then before long, the All-Creating Source will conspire to bring our vision into our physical life. Most important, we’ll begin to act on our vision and receive Divine guidance.” Some have said to me, “you just can’t go around feeling good all the time. That’s just a dream world.” They are right, of course. It is just a dream world--my dream world. I assume by what they say that they would prefer me to feel bad instead. Or to focus more on all the suffering in the world. But, that’s no longer my world. They


want me to take a stand on the issues of the day. They say, “if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” And, of course, they are right, so I am standing for feeling good, for living in my chosen reality, my own dream world. What is fascinating to me is that this idea of feeling good really works. It works like nothing other that I have seen in my life. I no longer have unhappiness in my life. I’ve let go of so many things that were causing me to feel crappy. I think the one that took the longest to go was the idea of frustration, which is very much like the definition of insanity by Albert Einstein, as in “doing the same things and expecting a different result,” or more accurately, thinking the same things and expecting a different result.

Feeling Good Isn’t Something We Find, Or Create. We Simply Allow, Or Disallow By Our Thoughts On That.

I no longer have frustration that was so common. I live predominantly in joy now--varying degrees of joy, love, peace, and appreciation. I like how Abraham, Esther Hicks, who, by the way, helped to show me the path I’m on, says this about living my moments: “Mining the moment for something that feels good, something to appreciate, something to savor, something to take in, that’s what your moments are about. They’re not about justifying your existence. It’s justified. You exist. It’s not about proving your worthiness. It’s done. You’re worthy. It’s not about achieving success. You never get it done. It’s about “How much can this moment deliver to me?” And some of you like them fast, some of you like them slow. No one’s taking score. You get to choose. The only measurement is between my desire and my allowing. And your emotions tell you everything about that.” To me, feeling good has become my only real objective, and there are so many ways to feel good. As Abraham says, 19

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YOU “mine the moment for something (anything!) that feels good” when you think about it. “Something to appreciate,” which is anything! also. “Something to savor,” whether it is taste with the tongue, or delightful odors, there is always something to savor if you want to savor. And, “something to take in,” like the color of the sky, the leaves in a tree or on the ground, or the breeze wafting over your skin, or that favorite feel-good movie, or looking someone in the eye. One last delicious point from the Abraham quote, where they say, “The only measurement is between my desire and my allowing.” What a dynamic way to put that. Let’s call it a gap for the moment. That gap can be as big as the word, “impossible,” and as small as the word, “done!” It’s not about being worthy, justified, or successful. It isn’t even about what we want, only the distance between what we want and our allowing it in. And, we know what

we have by how we feel moment by moment. There are so many ways to feel good, that to feel bad has no value to me anymore. It’s sort of surprising to think that I did value it often. Why would anyone choose to feel bad, to be upset about anything, to struggle, to be frustrated, when they could feel good? There is no such thing as one world. We all are living in the world of our choices. We all get to experience our world by how we feel about it. Choose as you will, as it is always your choice. All your choices are good for you because they are your own. Feeling Good Isn’t Something We Find, Or Create. We Simply Allow, Or Disallow By Our Thoughts On That. Terry Minion is an owner/manager of www.UpwardTrend.org, a website, online marketing company based in Fairfield CA. He also writes the CTS Daily Inspirations at www.ctsdaily.net.

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A Sea Of Purple By Cindi Royval Unger

On October 22, a sea of purple will descend on Harbor Plaza in Suisun City, we will be walking together for a mighty cause. We will be walking to raise awareness and money to

END ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE. I serve on the Alzheimer’s Association planning committee for this walk and each meeting is opened with a mission moment where we are all reminded who we serve and why we walk. One meeting I sat and listened to the

angst of a family caregiver of someone with Alzheimer’s disease. She is everyone and anyone, she could be you. She is your neighbor; she shops at your grocery store, works at your bank or sits next to you at your place of worship or in meetings. Her story is happening just on the other side of front doors all over our country, our world and right here in Solano County.

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I was particularly struck by her honesty and transparency as she described typical days of her journey to date. She currently lives with and cares for her mother who has Alzheimer’s disease. Her father, who has since passed, had the disease as well. She is currently in year twelve and her mother is doing well physically, but needs care in all areas of her life. Her days are filled with personal care, everything from bathing and dressing her mother, brushing teeth, to changing soiled incontinence products. She engages her mother in all her activities, directing each step since the disease has taken away her ability to initiate tasks, conversation, everything. Each decision is hers alone. There is much repetition, the same questions and comments multiple times a day, day after day, year after year. For her mother, she is holding on to the only things left that can be remembered. For the daughter, the


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would these years have held for her if not for the detour to caregiver? Would she have continued teaching, maybe became a student herself again? Perhaps she would have taken trips with her husband and seen the world beyond the walls of her home. Dreams and plans are put on hold. At one time she was spontaneous, now even a quick trip to the grocery store for milk must be carefully planned to ensure the safety of her mother. She used to laugh more, now she is beyond depressed. The guilt of thinking about and hoping for her old life back, her normal life is so unbearable that we must joke about it for her to cope. “Catholic first born daughters of ethnic descent, the guilt we have”, we laugh uncomfortably. Twelve years and counting.

This daughter must be vigilant in guarding the safety of her mother. She has forgotten she cannot walk without her walker and gets up to walk without it often. She has broken bones from a prior accident and now cannot be out of sight or at the very least hearing distance. When my children were very young, I remember bringing them in the bathroom while I showered so I could watch them. My children eventually learned to sit where I have instructed and to entertain themselves safely for 15 minutes. They were on the upward trajectory of learning. This daughter lives with the sad truth that her mother’s mind is on rewind, a reverse trajectory, unlearning everything she has ever learned, forgetting everyone she has ever know and every experience she has ever had.

Alzheimer’s Dis-ease….. Even the word speaks of discomfort, pain and disengagement.

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Quick Facts taken from the Alzheimer’s Association 2016 Report • The number of Americans living with Alzheimer's disease is growing — and growing fast. An estimated 5.4 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer's disease in 2016. • Alzheimer's disease is officially listed as the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. It is the fifth-leading cause of death for people age 65 and older. Alzheimer's is the only disease among the top 10 causes of death in America that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. • In 2015, 15.9 million family and friends provided 18.1 billion hours of unpaid care to those with Alzheimer's and other dementias. That care had an estimated economic value of $221.3 billion. • On average, family caregivers lose over $15,000 in annual income as a result of reducing or quitting work to meet the demands of caregiving. • Alzheimer's takes a devastating toll – not just on those with the disease, but on entire families. • Approximately 40 percent of family caregivers of people with dementia suffer from depression and report putting their health needs on hold.

during the week. This daughter and many daughters throughout the country pay an average of $5000 annually for respite care. She is lucky to be able to afford this luxury. Her mother has two other children and neither help in any way, she is a sister alone in the journey. Her mother has social security, a small pension, and receives financial assistance through the Veterans Administration for her husband’s service to this country. Out of this meager amount of resources, she pays some of the respite expense and a mandatory supplemental Medicare policy. She does not financially qualify for any other programs that might help provide care or respite. This daughter makes up the shortfall at an average of $400 per month. This is the dollar amount now, as her mother’s disease progresses that number will surely increase. Imagine a Dream Team comprised of family caregivers, clinicians of all disciplines, program and policy advocates, educators, and elected officials whose purpose is to find a cure for Alzheimer’s. While the clinicians are searching for a cure, the rest of this team is busy finding solutions and creating meaningful alternatives to assist those with a dementia or other cognitive impairment and their family caregivers. Imagine a time when this daughter can find education, support, and respite to help her and her loved one through this journey. Maybe a place where this daughter can take her mother for the day where she will be safe and engaged her at her level, understood and treasured by professionals whose life’s work is serving people with memory impairment. Maybe this dream team will initiate and support solutions to help provide some financial assistance to pay for in home caregivers. The majority of middle class Americans does not meet the MediCal income threshold to qualify for existing state or federally funded respite programs. If this happens, maybe this daughter can have a break, begin to refuel and rejuvenate. The Alzheimer’s Association reports that with regular periods of respite, family caregivers can continue to provide this loving care for an additional five years. The alternative for many is nursing facility placement, eventually at the total expense of the County/State/Nation at an average cost of $73,000

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CHIROPRACTIC & ACUPUNCTURE annually per person. Twelve years and counting for this daughter. I will be in this sea of purple, proudly supporting the cause, listening to all the other daughter’s stories, working and dreaming and walking for a cure. This daughter is my hero and my inspiration to Walk to End Alzheimer’s. She is caring for the greatest generation that has sacrificed so much for the good of others. I walk for her.

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Names New President & CEO

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romoting from within, NorthBay Healthcare today announced that Konard Jones, president of its hospital division, will take the reins from President and CEO Gary Passama who will retire next year on March 31, after 35 years at the helm. Jones returned to the local, independent healthcare system in February 2015 to manage the day-to-day operations of NorthBay

Medical Center in Fairfield and NorthBay VacaValley Hospital in Vacaville. The CEO-select previously served as NorthBay Healthcare’s vice president of human resources from 1995 to 2004. He then became president and CEO of Broadline Medical Inc., but returned to hospital operations in 2011 serving as vice president, professional and support services, at

UC San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland. His appointment spurs another promotion from within the organization. Aimee Brewer, who currently oversees all outpatient services as president of the ambulatory division, will become president of NorthBay Healthcare Group. Her duties will expand as she adds leadership responsibility of the two hospitals as well as The Surgery Center at NorthBay VacaValley. “Several years ago, the Board of Directors embraced a succession plan knowing that key top leaders were approaching retirement and we wanted to grow the next generation from within,” explained Ben Huber, chairman of the board. “These selections are a result of cultivating those who live the mission and nurture the unique culture that is NorthBay Healthcare.” The outgoing CEO is confident the new wave of leadership

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HEALTH will succeed in advancing medicine and providing compassionate care, close to home. “It’s clear that Konard has gained the trust of those who work closest with him in our hospitals, but also the other senior managers and the Board of Directors,” observed Passama. He added, “We have worked hard for decades to provide a different type of health care, not assembly-line, corporatestyle patient treatment. And Konard has understood and espoused that principle from his first day here.” Jones said he understands he has big shoes to fill. “I’m honored the Board of Directors selected me to take the baton from ‘Mr. NorthBay,’ Gary Passama,” he said. “I won’t attempt to fill his shoes, but instead make new footprints in the sands of this great institution. It will be a privilege to work with the highly committed physician, management team, staff and volunteers.” He added, “There is much work to do and many uncertainties in health care, but Gary has positioned NorthBay to take on those challenges. So as we come to an end of one great era and we begin a new one, I commit all of my energy and passion to keeping this extraordinary health care system the leader in Solano

County.” Even while working in Oakland, Jones and his wife, Denise, have lived in Fairfield. He is active in community affairs, serving as a board member of the Solano Affordable Housing Foundation, an honorary commander at Travis Air Force Base, a board member of the Solano Coalition for Better Health and a community advisory committee member for Touro University. He is a graduate of Grambling State University, where he played football under legendary Coach Eddie Robinson. Brewer joined NorthBay Healthcare in August 2014 with the charge of growing the array and the sophistication of services outside the hospital. With the vision of access to excellence for patients and a partner in health and wellness to the community, Brewer has led initiatives resulting in significant improvements for NorthBay in both quality and patient experience. “Expanding Aimee’s role was an easy decision,” said Archie Humphrey, chairman of the board of directors of NorthBay Healthcare Group, the division that oversees all medical services within the system. “She quickly acclimated to the nonprofit, communityoriented philosophy that is ingrained here. She promptly

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took to building relationships and partnerships, enhancing and expanding services across the organization.” He added, “I speak for the board when I say, without a doubt, we are confident that our progress over the years, fueled by Gary Passama’s vision of compassionate care, advanced medicine, close to home will continue with Konard and Aimee.”

“The leadership team in place is extraordinary. The physicians are truly exceptional and highly engaged. Collectively, our employees are committed to providing high-quality, personalized care.”

Brewer said she is proud of the organization and the accomplishments already achieved, noting, “The leadership team in place is extraordinary. The physicians are truly exceptional and highly engaged. Collectively, our employees are committed to providing high-quality, personalized care.” Brewer came to NorthBay Healthcare from HCA Physician Services, appointed as director of operations for MountainStar Healthcare,


serving Utah, Idaho, Alaska and Nevada. Prior to joining HCA, she was administrator for the Payson Center for Cancer Care. In addition, she was a practice manager and researcher for Children’s Hospital of Boston. She has a bachelor’s degree from Simmons College in Boston and a master’s degree in public health from the University of New Hampshire. She recently joined the advisory board of the Salvation Army Kroc Center. She, too, is an honorary commander at Travis Air Force Base. Passama’s departure in six months provides time for a

smooth change of command at NorthBay Healthcare, according to Huber. “Gary was adamant, as was the Board of Directors, that such a momentous transition be accomplished without distracting from the many, many advancements under way.” NorthBay Healthcare recently opened the $58 million VacaValley Wellness Center in Vacaville, comprising a variety of key services, including its new state-ofthe-art Cancer Center, a center for diabetes treatment and prevention, functional medicine, cutting-edge

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Festival of Trees If

you have never been to the Vacaville Festival of Trees, then consider this your official invitation and make this the year you attend. It’s a great way to create a holiday tradition with your kids or grandkids, while supporting Vacaville’s homeless shelter, Opportunity House. A premier event in Vacaville, Festival of Trees kicks off with a formal Gala dinner and auction of uniquely adorned Christmas trees on Monday, Nov. 28, at the Vacaville Skating Center. The Festival itself opens Tuesday, Nov. 29 and continues, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., through Thursday, Dec. 1. Festival of Trees is a tradition Vacaville has been celebrating for 25 years. In that

time, it has raised more than $1.2 million for Opportunity House by auctioning off fully decorated trees and selling crafts and baked goods. Full size and miniature trees are decorated by members of nonprofit organizations, schools, churches and clubs in Vacaville and Solano County. These aren’t just any trees. The trimmings have been well thought out and include gifts, toys, gift cards, festive garlands and ornaments that bring to life each themed tree. Last year’s favorites included the “Elegant Peacock,” “Owl I Want for Christmas,” and the “Nutcracker Tales.” Festival attendees are invited to bid on the trees to take home for their own. Auction bidding begins at the Gala and closes at 8 p.m. Thursday. Last year, $42,000 was raised on the auction of trees alone. Who knows what wonders are in store for this year’s trees! Of course, window shopping is

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welcome but most can’t just look. Don’t miss an opportunity to bid on the Christmas tree of your choice. If you have young children or grandchildren, note that Wednesday, Nov. 30, is Children’s Day. Starting at 3 p.m., kids can participate in special arts and crafts, seasonal drawings, face painting and a scavenger hunt. Families can take a photo with Santa Claus by a warm fire and pick up printed copies or have them sent by email. Throughout the Festival, unique handmade and holiday items are sold, as are delectable treats. Cookies, brownies and holiday goodies are available for snacking on site – or buy extra for the office or a party. Items are created and donated by community volunteers. If you would like to donate your own handiwork or baked item, sign up online at www.VacavilleFestivalofTrees.com.

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If you choose to enjoy your Sweet Shoppe items at the Festival, you may do so while listening and watching local school choirs and music programs. Live entertainment begins each day in the late afternoon and runs throughout the evening. The entire family will enjoy all the Festival has to offer, but shop, bid and eat knowing that all proceeds go directly to Opportunity House, whose residents, for various reasons, find they are in need of help and shelter. Festival proceeds go directly toward all aspects of running the shelter, including providing the sack lunches that O-House, as it is affectionately referred, supplies to any person in need. What better time of year to contribute to an organization that helps our community and its inhabitants all year long?

If you have any questions about Festival of Trees or Opportunity House email: VacavilleFoT@gmail.com, visit www.VacavilleFestivalofTrees.com, or like the Festival on Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter (#VacaFestival).

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FOOD & WINE

Pappardelle al cinghiale

4 cloves garlic, smashed and finely chopped 2 carrots, coarsely chopped 2 celery ribs, coarsely chopped 2 onions, coarsely chopped Extra-virgin olive oil 1 boneless wild boar shoulder, cut into1/2-inch chunks (about 3 pounds) Kosher salt 1 cup tomato paste 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 8 juniper berries, finely chopped 2 cups red wine 5 bay leaves 1 bundle fresh thyme 1 recipe Chef Anne’s Pappardelle, recipe follows

By Chef Salvio of Chianti Osteria

Grated Parmigiano, for sprinkling Big fat finishing olive oil

Directions

Add the wine and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and let the wine reduce by half.

In a food processor, puree the garlic, carrots, celery and onions into a coarse paste. Reserve.

Add water to the pan so it covers the boar by about 1-inch. Toss in the bay leaves and thyme bundle. Taste the liquid and season with salt if needed (it will). Bring the liquid to a boil, reduce to a simmer and let cook for 3 hours, adding water as the liquid level reduces. Taste frequently and re-season as needed.

Coat a large, wide pot with olive oil and bring to a high heat. Sprinkle the boar generously with salt and add to the hot pan. Cook the boar until it is VERY brown on all sides. Remove the boar from the pan and reserve.

During the last 30 minutes of cooking time, let the cooking liquid reduce and the sauce get thick.

Ditch the excess oil in the pan. Add a few drops of new oil and add the pureed veggies to the pan. Season them with salt, and brown them until crud forms on the bottom of the pan. Scrape the crud off the bottom of the pan (don’t let the crud burn- it adds A LOT of flavor).

Also during the last 30 minutes of cooking, bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat to cook the pappardelle. Pasta water should ALWAYS be well salted. Salty as the ocean! TASTE IT! If your pasta water is under seasoned, it doesn’t matter how good your sauce is, your complete dish will always taste under seasoned. When the water is at a rolling boil add the pappardelle and cook until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water.

Return the browned boar to the pan and add the tomato paste and cocoa powder. Stir to combine and cook the tomato paste for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Toss in the chopped juniper berries.

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FOOD & WINE While the pasta is cooking, remove 1/2 of the ragu from the pot and reserve. Drain the pasta and add to the pot with the remaining ragu. Stir or toss the pasta to coat with the sauce. Add some of the reserved sauce if needed to make it about an even ratio between pasta and sauce. Add the reserved pasta cooking

Pappardelle 1 pound all-purpose flour 4 whole eggs, plus 1 yolk 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt

Directions Place the flour on a clean, dry work surface. Make a hole (this is also called a well) in the center of the flour pile that is about 8 inches wide (bigger is definitely better here). Crack all of the eggs and the yolk into the hole and add the olive oil, salt and 1 to 2 tablespoons water. Using a fork, beat the eggs together with the olive oil, water (or more if needed) and salt. Using the fork, begin to incorporate the flour into the egg mixture, be careful not to break the sides of the well or the egg mixture will run all over your board and you will have a big mess! Also, don’t worry about the lumps. When enough flour has incorporated into the egg mixture that it will not run all over the place when the sides of the well are broken, begin to use your hands to really get everything well combined. If the mixture is tight and dry, wet your hands and begin kneading with wet hands. When the mixture has really come together to a homogeneous mixture, THEN you can start kneading.

water and cook the pasta and sauce together over a medium heat until the water has reduced. Turn off the heat and give a generous drizzle of the big fat finishing olive oil. Toss or stir vigorously. Divide the pasta and sauce into serving bowls or one big pasta bowl. Top with grated Parmigiano. Serve immediately. Wine Pairing Suggestion: Chianti

When the pasta has been kneaded to the perfect consistency, wrap it in plastic and let rest for at least 1 hour. If using immediately, do not refrigerate. To roll the pasta: Cut off 1/3 of the pasta dough, reserve the rest and keep it covered. Squash the pasta with the heels of your hands to facilitate it going through the pasta roller. Dust with flour. Put the pasta through the roller set on number one. Roll the dough through 2 times, dusting it with flour if it feels sticky or tacky. Fold the pasta into thirds and put it through the machine on number one again. Change the setting on the pasta roller to number two and run the pasta through. Continue to roll the pasta through the machine, changing the setting each time to a larger number (this will make the opening on the pasta machine smaller). When you get to the desired thin-ness (I recommend number six), cut the pasta into 10-inch lengths. Flour the dough generously and stack them in a pile. Cover the stack with plastic or a clean tea towel and proceed rolling the rest of the pasta. When the pasta is all rolled, take 3 sheets of pasta and fold both ends of the pasta over each other until they meet in the middle. Using a sharp knife, cut the pasta rolls into 1-inch widths. Unroll the pasta “ribbons” and dust with semolina and reserve on sheet trays.

When kneading it is VERY important to put your body weight into it, get on top of the dough to really stretch it and not to tear the dough. Using the heels of your palms, roll the dough to create a very smooooooth, supple dough. When done, the dough should look VERY smooth and feel almost velvety. Kneading will usually take from 8 to 10 minutes for an experienced kneader and 10 to 15 for an inexperienced kneader. Put your body weight into it, you need to knead! This is where the perfect, toothsome texture of your pasta is formed. Get in there and have fun!

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This two day training is intended for current or retired health professionals, aging experts/professionals and fitness experts.

NorthBay Trauma Center and Fall Prevention Partnership Presents: TAI CHI MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE LEADER TRAINING Saturday October 15, 2016 & Sunday October 16, 2016 9:00am-5:00pm Tai Ji Quan (Tai Chi): Moving for Better BalanceÂŽ (TJQMBB) is a research and evidence based fall prevention program developed for older adults that incorporates coordinated movements designed to reduce falls, enhance physical and psychological healing, and reduce blood pressure etc.

To Register Please Call Margueriette Walker, Injury Prevention Specialist at (707) 624-7805 *Register by September 30th *Funded and Supported by Solano Community Foundation and United Way Health Endowment Fund TRAINING LOCATION NorthBay Healthcare Green Valley Administration Center 4500 Business Center Drive Fairfield, CA 94534

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Specialized Memory Care Enhances

Quality of Life and Longevity I

n the 1980s, the widely accepted treatment for cognitive impairment was sedation and psychotropic drugs. These approaches, thankfully, are now nearly extinct in modern treatment. Now, with access to homelike care practices and environments such as specialized memory care centers, residents can live as they normally would with emphasis on comfort and engagement.

to the Quail Creek structure, will provide a safe and stimulating setting for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive impairments. Perkins Eastman, an international architecture and design firm specializing in senior living communities, is currently designing the highly specialized memory care expansion slated to open in 2017. Perkins Eastman Principal Leslie Moldow explains that the company was an early leader in the design and building of residential communities for those with dementia and related disorders. Moldow adds that the number of residences aligns with current memory care best practices. “You want to strike a balance between staff and residents. Too many residents can cause confusion for them,” says Moldow. “We were fortunate that Paradise Valley Estates had space to expand,” said Moldow.

Paradise Valley Estates’ new memory center will specialize in Alzheimer’s and dementia care.

The sea change in approach has made a world of difference in the quality of life for those living with dementia as well as their caregivers. Not only is the need for heavy medication gone, behavior and activity levels have vastly improved. With loved ones safe, caregivers have respite from the consuming task of ensuring the safety of their loved one and can focus on spending quality time together. Since its’ founding, Paradise Valley Estates has sought to bring specialized dementia care to the community’s continuum of services. Next year, that goal will become a reality with the opening of the new Quail Creek Memory Care Center. The expansion, which will add 18 residences adjacent

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The new memory care center will include an attractive, secure outdoor courtyard that promotes activities ranging from quiet relaxation to sensory stimulation. Inside, community spaces and hallways will be filled with natural light and look out into the courtyard. Moldow says that maintaining a visual connection to the natural world helps residents navigate the building more easily and even helps prevent the common evening agitation called sun downing.

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The aim, according to Moldow, is to make the center feel residential, familiar and comfortable. Inviting community living spaces and an open concept kitchen create friendly interactions among staff and residents throughout the day. Another design strategy is ceiling changes at hallway junctions that aid with way finding and feature self-engaged activity areas that reliably reward residents’ curiosity and spark engagement. Moldow explains that modern dementia care philosophy emphasizes interaction with nature and the environment. Combining a natureminded approach with staffing, programming and architectural elements that better serve residents’ needs, patients with memory issues now enjoy a more deeply fulfilling quality of life than previous generations. “The biggest impact is in the programming, rather than the environment,” says Moldow. “Helping residents stay engaged in the meaningful activities of daily life is crucial.”

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Crossword

CLUES ACROSS 1. Nonviolent reformer 7. Saudi people 12. Dawns 13. Former German state 14. Dallas & Miami coach 18. 3rd tone 19. Iguania genus 20. Expresses pleasure 21. Tear apart 22. Jacob’s 7th son 23. Mold-ripened cheese 24. Peel 25. Survivor Baskauskas 27. A Scottish Highlander 28. More normal 29. Plural of 23 across 31. Lettuce dishes 32. Fleshy seed cover 33. Abundant 34. Parcelings

37. Competitions 38. Paths 39. Take heed 40. Journey 44. Japanese sashes 45. Archaic word for worry 46. They __ 47. General Mills on NYSE 48. Heroic tale 49. Wrath 50. Indicates position 51. Whoopie’s birth name 56. Namaqualand peoples 58. Beginnings 59. Cooks slowly 60. Stopwatches CLUES DOWN 1. Urban instrument 2. Fleet 3. __ de plume

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4. Moisture free 5. Pilgrim’s journey 6. Equal, prefix 7. Native Australians 8. Norse sea goddess 9. Public promotion 10. Soiled with mud 11. Crack shots 12. Bugle weed 15. Leporid mammals 16. Pointed fastener 17. The woman 21. Frog genus 23. Yellow edible Indian fruit 24. Most pallid 26. Shows mercy 27. Spanish cubist 28. Risk-free 30. Greek god of war 31. Ailing 33. Stand 34. Topical phrases 35. The natural home of a plant 36. Cuckoos 37. Showed old movie 39. Fury 41. Cultivator 42. Mistakes 43. Laments 45. Wheeled vehicle 48. Impertinence 51. Crow sound 52. Note 53. Near, against 54. Be hesitant 55. Point midway between N and NE 57. Of I

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LIFE

Help Available

Encounter a problem with the Department of Motor Vehicles or the State Franchise Tax Board? I can look into it and see if we can work out a satisfactory resolution. (But don’t be surprised when you are asked to first fill out a privacy release form. I need your permission to go to bat for you.)

H Through Assemblymember’s Office H By Assemblymember Jim Frazier

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Navigating our local, county, We believe in the “no state, and federal wrong door” policy – bureaucracies can be challenging, we’re always a starting so feel free to contact my office point for information. and we’ll be happy to get you to the right person to address your concerns. We believe in the “no wrong door” policy – we’re always a starting point for information.

he best thing about being a California Assemblymember is that it gives me the ability to help people every day. One way I’ve been able to do that is by partnering with state agencies and local organizations to bring useful information and services to the people who live in my district. For instance, I regularly partner with the Contractors State License Board to bring Senior Crime Stopper seminars to the area. Don’t let the name of the agency or the seminar fool you: These workshops cover a lot more than contractor fraud, and they provide great tools for people of all ages to protect themselves.

My office is also the place to make your voice heard when it comes to California legislation. Whether you have an idea for a new law or just want to share your opinion about a bill that is making its way through the Legislature, you are welcome to let me know. Online, the handy way to contact me can be found at http://bit.ly/FrazierContact. In Solano County, you may also call my office at 707-399-3011 or drop by my District Office at 1261 Travis Blvd., Suite 110. I’m also approachable in person. I try to get out to as many events as possible in the Assembly District and, periodically, I hold mobile office hours in various communities. If you want to know where you are likely to find me in the community, sign up at http://bit.ly/AD11Events and I’ll keep you up to date on the events my office sponsors.

Seminar organizers typically draw speakers from a variety of agencies to describe the ways senior citizens are too commonly ripped off, such as fraud involving auto repair, Medicare, foreign lotteries, or the mail, as well as outright identity theft. Sadly, seniors are the most vulnerable victims when it comes to being targeted by con artists: One in five seniors reports being a victim of fraud. Don’t be in that number. If you are a senior, if you are caring for an elderly friend or relative, or if you just want to know how to help yourself or your family keep from being scammed, let me know and I’ll work on setting up a seminar in your community.

Assemblymember Frazier represents the 11th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Antioch, Bethel Island, Birds Landing, Brentwood, Byron, Collinsville, Discovery Bay, Fairfield, Isleton, Knightsen, Locke, Oakley, Pittsburg (partial), Rio Vista, Suisun City, Travis AFB, Vacaville and Walnut Grove.

Calling my office is also a way to get help accessing state services. I can offer you contact information for state agencies and local senior resources, as well as provide you with information on many topics, including as legal affairs, veterans’ pensions, tenants’ rights, and health-care options.

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Senior Centers American Canyon Senior Center 2185 Elliott Drive American Canyon 707-647-4369

Napa Senior Activity Center 1500 Jefferson Street Napa 707-255-1800 Florence Douglas 333 Amador St. Vallejo 707-643-1044

Please contact your local Senior Center for Schedule & Event Information

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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Learn how to use and enjoy transit in Solano County. Our Transit Training Program Will Teach You How To: • Read schedules • Plan a trip • Find your stop • Board and get off the bus

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Resource Guide - Important Local Phone Numbers SOLANO COUNTY

NAPA COUNTY

AREA AGENCY ON AGING

AREA AGENCY ON AGING: 800-510-2020

The toll free number will automatically route the caller to the city of residence.

NAPA OMBUDSMAN: 707-258-9348

1-800-510-2020

Administrative Offices: F a i r f i el d: V a ca v i l l e: V a l l ej o:

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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

CAREGIVER RESOURCE CENTERis a TheREDWOOD Solano Intergenerational Partnership 800-834-1636 composite of individuals and professionals representing andVolunteer senior’s services with FAITH INchildren’s ACTION: Interfaith Caregivers of Solano County, Caregiver Respite Program, Ride with Pride & Cancer Patient Navigator Program the goal of promoting intergenerational opportuSouthpractices Solano County: 707-425-6164 Solano nities, and policies throughout North Solano County: 707-469-6675 County. IN-HOME SUPPORTIVE SERVICES If you are interested in learning more(I.H.S.S.) about intergen-

Public Authority: 707-784-8259 erational initiatives and opportunities please contact I n t a k e L i n e: 7 0 7 -7 8 4 -8 2 5 9 Rochelle Sherlock at 707-864-3984 or rochelle_sherMEALS ON WHEELS of Solano County lock@comcast.net. Home Delivered Meals: 707-425-0638 i As cited in Zedlewski, S., & Butrica, B. (2007). Are We Taking Full AdDixon, Fairfield, RioPotential? Vista, Suisun & Vacaville vantage of Older Adults’ Perspectives on Productive Aging, Number 9, December 2007, http://www.urban.org Home Delivered Meals: 707-644-7444 ii When Older Adults are Involved in the Community, the Benefits are Mu& Vallejo tual,Benicia (2004). The AdvantAge Initiative. http://www.vnsny.org/advantage/resources.html#facts Congregate Dining: 707-426-3079 iii As cited in Zedlewski, S., & Butrica, B. (2007). Are We Taking Full AdSenior centers in Solano County vantage of Older Adults’ Potential? Perspectives on Productive Aging, Number 9, December 2007, http://www.urban.org

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