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g as my y dad wanted I was lucky. I grew up traveling my brother and me to see 48 of the 50 states and their capitals by the time we graduated from high school. Dad turned it into a learning experience for us. Today, I still learn when I travel. It doesn’t matter if it’s close to home or a trip to Europe. With that learning, I’ve gathered tips and advice from all over as I continue to travel.





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The Older You Get, The Healthier You've Been: Lessons from Centenarians Community Rallies for Adult Day Center


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The Older You Get, The Healthier You’ve Been:

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Centenarians This year will mark the 8th Annual Centenarian Commemoration in Solano County. The Centenarian Commemoration is designed to honor and pay tribute to individuals who have reached 100 years of age or older. To date, the Board of Supervisors has honored 88 centenarians, the oldest of them, Marie West, reached supercentenarian status in January 2011.

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According to the Boston University School of Medicine New England Centenarian Study, centenarians are remarkable examples of healthy aging. Centenarians come from all walks of life. They have different educational, socioeconomic, and religious backgrounds. They are of different ethnicities and live in regions all over the globe. However, they do share some of the following characteristics associated with healthy aging:


They are not obese, and in fact many of them tend to be thin,

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They generally do not smoke,

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They stay physically strong through exercise and physical activity,

They remain active and engaged with their families and the community either through extended working, volunteer work, and contributing to the household throughout their later years,

They maintain a healthy diet, and

They are more resilient and better able to handle life’s stressors.


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While genetics play a role in longevity (20-30% of longevity is attributed to genetic factors) environmental factors (e.g., lifestyle choices) account for 70-80%. The New England Study concluded that “the older you get, the healthier you’ve been”. The one consistent variable among centenarians is that they have markedly delayed disability and disease. In doing so they are a model of aging well. There are many protective factors that affect good health. Genetics, eating a healthy diet, regular exercise, and having a positive outlook on life are all factors.

While genetics play a role in longevity (20-30% of longevity is attributed to genetic factors)

environmental factors (e.g., lifestyle choices)

account for 70-80%.


A longitudinal study conducted by the University of Georgia found that contrary to the general belief that the most elderly are frail and living in nursing homes, “20 to 25% of centenarians are communitydwelling, cognitively intact, and generally vibrant and full of life.” Those who are in need of daily assistance, according to another study cited by Dr. Lynn Adler, author of Centenarians: The Bonus Years, are cared for by their families. Dr. Adler estimates that about 80 percent of what is considered long-term care, including personal care and care for chronic illness, is being provided from within the family.




Centenarians have defied life expectancy projections by at least 20 years. They hold the keys to longevity and quality of life. As an aging society we have much to learn from them. “The road to 100 is not


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CELEBRATING 100+ YEARS OF LIFE If you know someone in Solano County who is 100 years old or older (or will turn 100 by the end of 2014) please contact Evelyn Glenn, Senior ŽĂůŝƟŽŶ͕Ăƚ;ϳϬϳͿϳϴϰͲϴϮϲϵŽƌ We request names even if the ĐĞŶƚĞŶĂƌŝĂŶĐĂŶŶŽƚĂƩĞŶĚƚŚĞ ŽŵŵĞŵŽƌĂƟŽŶ͘ 7

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predestined”, says Dr. Adler. “These 100-year-olds exhibit, more than any other single quality, selfdetermination.”

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❝20 to 25% of centenarians are community-dwelling, cognitively intact, and generally vibrant and full of life.❞ s Retirement Living s Assisted Living s Licensed Care Homes s Alzheimer Care s Nursing & Rehabilitation s In-Home Care

Centenarians serve as a guiding light and example of aging with dignity. Their contributions to our understanding of the aging process and how to age with self-respect and pride are laudable and worthy of recognition. The Senior Coalition is seeking to identify centenarians living in Solano County to commemorate this year.

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everal fund raisers are in the works, all designed to benefit NorthBay’s Adult Day Center.

NorthBay team are already being taken at http:// Next up is a benefit concert featuring Tina Benedict, local singer and long-time supporter of NorthBay’s Alzheimer programs. “As Long as I’m Singin’” is set for 7 p.m. on Oct. 11, at the Vacaville Performing Arts Center. This will be the first concert Tina has held in several years, and she has asked that funds raised that night be returned to NorthBay, to support the Adult Day Center program. For ticket

The next Walk to End Alzheimers event is set for September 13 at the Suisun Waterfront, and NorthBay has put together a team to raise funds for the NorthBay Adult Day Center. Last year, more than 100 walked on behalf of NorthBay, and their efforts raised $8,400 for the Adult Day Center. Signups to walk in this year’s event on the 11

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Last year, more than 100 walked on behalf of NorthBay, and their efforts raised $8,400 for the Adult Day Center.

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Type 1 Diabetic Rides for R2D2


laus VanBentham learned at a very young age that if he was going to live a healthy life, he better get educated, fast. Diagnosed with Type I diabetes at age 10, his German physicians bluntly told him that his health and his future – good or bad – lay entirely in his own young hands.

UC Davis. As part of his job, he frequently travels to m any different locations, both nationally and internationally. However, his diabetes remains well under control, mostly because he learned all he could about the disease, and because he makes a point of surrounding himself with a diabetes support team that is also extremely knowledgeable.

Klaus developed a healthy respect for education then, and it has carried him throughout his life. Today, he’s an associate professor in the chemical engineering and material science department at

And he gives back, by signing up every year to participate in the Ride to Defeat Diabetes (R2D2), a fundraising event that benefits the NorthBay Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology, and its mission to

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educate others of the diabetes crisis in Solano County. This year, the ride will be held on Oct. 5, and offers an easy 10-mile family-friendly loop, or longer 25- and 60-mile rides for more serious cyclists.

❝Klaus recalls how difficult it was, as a 10-year-old, to be told to avoid sugary sodas and candy, and to be singled out from his peers because he had to eat differently.❞ Klaus recalls how difficult it was, as a 10-year-old, to be told to avoid sugary sodas and candy, and to be singled out from his peers because he had to eat differently. Or, worse yet, having to face his serious fear of needles in order to self-inject insulin several times a day. It was tough, he recalls, but his physicians were tougher. “When I was first diagnosed, I spent two and a half weeks in the hospital, being taught everything about the

disease and the proper diet, and how to administer injections. They wouldn’t release me until I had learned everything,” Klaus recalls. “That’s how they do it in Germany.” Now 30 years later, Klaus is the picture of good health. He wears an insulin pump, but it doesn’t keep him from doing the things he loves, including participating in long-distance bike rides. Eating well, getting plenty of exercise, and learning all you can about diabetes is proof that living with Type I diabetes is a challenge anyone can overcome, he says. “I had such an excellent education on diabetes management at that early age. But I also remember some words of advice. They said that I would need to know more about diabetes than my own primary care physician, because after all it’s my life and I am the one person in control.” Klaus also appreciated the continuing support he received from his parents in those early days, and from his wife, Pia, today. “They were extremely involved in my health care and emptied out all the cabinets and replaced them with diabetic foods. Between their help, and the hospital’s

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education, I was well prepared.”

made my life so much easier.”

Having a good medical team is also very important to him. So, when Klaus came to UC Davis in 2008, he asked his primary care physician to refer him to a good endocrinologist. His advice: See Deborah Murray, M.D., endocrinologist and medical director of the NorthBay Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology.

For those recently diagnosed with diabetes, Klaus offers some advice. “Don’t worry about it; it will all be fine. Educate yourself on how to manage the disease so you can be in control. And, let people know you have the disease. Don’t hide it, or feel you can’t tell people. After all, some days, if your blood sugar is unusually high or low, you’re not going to perform as well, and you may need help. People you work with or go to school with need to be aware of your extra burden.”

❝I had such an excellent

Interested in joining Klaus and others at the 3rd Annual Ride to Defeat Diabetes? All three rides start from NorthBay VacaValley Hospital, 1000 Nut Tree Road, Vacaville. The 10-mile ride is free for children ages 12 and under; others register for $10. The 25-mile ride is $25 and the $60-mile ride is $35. T-shirts, a raffle ticket, lunch and refreshments will be provided for registered riders. Register online at

education on diabetes management at that early age. But I also remember some words of advice. They said that I would need to know more about diabetes than my own primary care physician, because after all it’s my life and I am the one person in control.❞ “In my field I do a lot of research, and so I really appreciate how Dr. Murray and her team are always in the know about the latest information in diabetes management. They go to conferences, and keep up on all the latest literature. And I really enjoy my interaction with the staff.” Klaus is looking forward to participating in R2D2’s 60-mile ride. Since he rides 30 or miles several times a week throughout Davis, he isn’t concerned about taking on a few miles more on the day of the ride. He prepares by packing several energy bars and adjusting his insulin pump. “I check by blood sugar at the start of the ride and adjust my insulin pump accordingly. If I feel my blood sugar dropping, I eat an energy bar. Having the insulin pump has 17

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! h t e e T r o f d l r o W s u o r It’s a Dange By Jessica Plant, RDA


he medical and dental fields are making great advances against many, many health issues. For example, we will have a vaccine for AIDS in the near future, polio and malaria are being controlled worldwide, the cure rate for breast cancer is increasing. Unfortunately, our society is going backward when it comes to tooth decay. Compared to twenty years ago, the decay rate in the general population is rapidly increasing. The food and marketing industry are to blame. The food industry is very creative and continually creates new high-sugar foods and drinks! The marketing industry keeps consumers confused as to which food are healthy and which are not. For example, foods advertised as “low fat” or “fat free” are being packed full of sugar to enhance flavor, and people are being tricked by thinking they are consuming healthy foods.

The food industry continues to create and market new high sugar food each month. Most people do not know that many breakfast cereals, fruit juices, sports drinks, and vitamins contain as much sugar as a soda, yet these are advertised as health foods. There are commercials and advertisements commonly seen that portray products like “frosted mini-wheats” and “Gatorade” as healthy. Confused moms feed their children sugary cereals for breakfast and Gatorade at soccer practice only to be surprised when their child has cavities or gains weight. Another contributor

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Sugar does more than just cause tooth decay. We used to think that fat made us gain weight. Wrong! Recent studies seem to indicate that sugar is the real culprit. Sugar has no nutritional value, it contains only empty calories. Therefore, it does not quench your hunger cravings. Additionally, sugar that is not burned off by our metabolism is stored as fat by our bodies. Sugar can also lead to diabetes and other life threatening conditions such as obesity. Recently, a study comparing urban

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to childhood caries are “gummy” and flavored vitamins. They are loaded with sugar for taste and are essentially “candy disguised as vitamins”. Many products that are advertised as healthy that are not at all healthy. Bottom line is that parents should not get their health and diet information from TV commercials. It’s much better to read labels.

use more fruit in your blend than you would eat in one serving. A glass of fresh squeezed orange juice takes 8 oranges to make, so we get 8 oranges worth of sugar. That is a lot of sugar. It’s better to eat the fruit because people will only eat 1 orange and therefore be exposed to 1/8 the sugar as compared to orange juice. It is very important to monitor sugar intake.

Many are unaware that the 70 and over age group has the highest decay rate. There are two factors that play into this. The first is the fact that saliva decreases with age. Saliva buffers cavities and acts as a cleanser. It has the ability to wash the tooth surface, to clear bacteria, and to control

Don’t forget: it’s a dangerous world out there for teeth. Limit your sugar intake, read labels, use good oral hygiene techniques at home and visit your dentist twice a year. Jessica Plant, RDA, Jessica is an RDA working for Steven R. Lynch, a family dentist in Vacaville, CA.

Both physicians and dentists are recommending avoiding all types of fruit juice. Instead, they say “eat your fruit,

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SUDOKU demineralization and mineralization. The less saliva, the less protection against decay. The second factor that contributes to high caries rate in the 70 and older age group are the gums. With age, the gums recede, which exposes more tooth structure. The more tooth exposed, the larger the risk for decay. Both physicians and dentists are recommending avoiding all types of fruit juice. Instead, they say “eat your fruit, don’t drink it”. These days, people are into “juicing”. It seems like a relatively healthy and easy way to get your fruits and veggies, right? Well, the problem with juicing is that way too much fruit is being added, which means more sugar (there is natural sugar in fruit), which will lead to cavities! If you are a “juicer”, you do not want to Prime Time Living

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activity (such as athletes), and patients who have sustained physical injury. It is not uncommon for receivers of deep tissue massage to have their pain replaced with a new muscle ache for a day or two.

Deep tissue massage can help improve the production of our body’s serotonin, the hormone which aids in promoting happiness and positive outlooks in life... This kind of therapeutic massage is mostly recommended by a lot of doctors as a treatment option. This is a particular kind of massage therapy that focuses on the deep layers of muscle and physical outlook. By means of finger pressure and slow, firm strokes, deep tissue massage is used to treat multiple physical illnesses.


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Decreases Chronic Pain Deep tissue massage increases the blood circulation in our body. In this matter, it lessens the possibility of inflammation that causes pain. This type of massage can also help improve muscle 22


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tension that is usually a side effect of chronic pain by way of releasing the tissues which are tightly clustered. The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that deep tissue massage is more effective and inexpensive for relieving chronic pain than any other conventional medical therapies.

in the long run, removes scar tissue in the body. This is done by improving lymphatic circulation and drainage to improve flexibility and range of motion in the affected area. Scar tissue is connected with constant pain and stiffness most of the time, and deep massage therapy can eliminate these symptoms. Also, deep massage therapy is highly recommended for people who are getting better from surgery.

Helps Regulate Blood Pressure People who encountered this type of massage have noticed that their systolic pressure fell down by an average of 10.4 mm Hg and their diastolic pressure fell down to an average 5.3 mm Hg, according to a study made by the University of Maryland Medical Center. Deep tissue massage can help improve the production of our body’s serotonin, the hormone which aids in promoting happiness and positive outlooks in life and also it helps in decreasing stress and tension which can have an advantageous effect on blood pressure.

Naturalizes Injured Muscles Deep tissue massage can be an effective treatment for incapacitated muscles because it facilitates the movement of toxins from the muscles and helps stretch tight or twisted muscle mass. Deep tissue massage also helps in promoting healing. Because massage also helps relax muscles, it can moderate the pain caused by injuries, too. Deep tissue massage is commonly used to naturalize sports injuries.

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Deep tissue massage can be a relief for people who undergo from chronic stress, and all of its numerous, probable side-effects like severe headaches, unbending shoulders and constricted muscles. During the session, you can let it all go and give in to the healing. Whenever it is transformed and strengthened, you will be able to face your challenges more equitably.

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you’ve traveled to Europe, you’ve probably seen the words ‘value added tax’ or VAT on your receipt or in some shops. What is it? It’s a tax on goods and it ranges from 15 to 25 percent. If you pay this tax when shopping in EU (European Union) countries, you can get your money back (the tax you paid) after you return home. But, you have to know how to do it and plan ahead.

when you bring your item home…in other words, that item needs to leave completely and not just cross over into another EU country. You will need to show or declare your items at US Customs. These items are supposed to be new as they enter the US. For example, if you buy a high end item in Paris…keep it new and don’t wear it or use it before you get to the US. At least, make sure it doesn’t look well used.

Keep in mind the VAT refund is only on goods purchased, not on services like hotels, meals, etc. The tax is the amount added to a pretax base price, not a percentage of the final price.

You will need to have the merchant give you the appropriate paperwork and complete that paperwork before you leave the store. You will need to provide proper ID saying you are from outside that country. Then, when you leave the EU, take your items and the paperwork to the customs office to have the documents stamped by the agent. Be

You might see the terms IVA, TVA, moms, Mwst, and others unique to specific areas in Europe. Most EU countries allow you to recover the VAT

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sure to keep the items with you as the agent may want to see them. Don’t put them in your checked luggage. Look for the customs office and if you can’t find it, ask. Be sure to get your paperwork stamped there at the airport or you won’t get your refund. Another way to get your refund is to have the merchant handle the paperwork at the point of sale. Some merchants will ask you to sign two credit card slips…one for pre VAT prince and another for the VAT. You will still need to get the paperwork stamped at customs, but you mail in the paperwork once you get home. It’s less time consuming than at the customs office. Or, you could have the merchant mail your items to you at home and avoid the VAT altogether. Keep in mind, shipping can be very expensive. At any rate, if you spend a large amount on the VAT…it’s worth the time to receive the refund.


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Syrah, Shiraz and Petite Sirah By Kevin Quinn

One of the most popular wine grapes in the world is Syrah. It is the most important of the varietals that make up the classic wines from France’s Rhône River region. In the northern part of the region, the red wines are made exclusively from Syrah grapes. In the southern part of the Rhône region, Syrah is blended with other local grapes including Grenache and Mourvedre to make such blends as Chateauneuf du Pape and Gigondas.

disposition toward the red wines made from the Bordeaux grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. And there is a strong contingent of Zinfandel lovers. But if I get the chance, I like to show people Syrahs and Syrah blends. Usually, they are pleasantly surprised by the wines’ supple yet strong character and their layers of interesting flavors. As with much in the wine world, the origin of Syrah is unclear. Here are three of the theories: the grape originated in the Middle Eastern region of Shiraz; it was brought by the Romans into France originally from Syracuse; it is indigenous to France. Feel free to choose your favorite theory and argue it vigorously.

In California, Syrah and Rhône-style blends have become popular, especially from wine regions other than Napa and Sonoma, including Paso Robles and the Shenandoah Valley. Syrah-based wines have a wide variety of characteristics but many show a distinct herbal character to go along with red fruit flavors such as dried cherries and cranberries. Some of my favorite Syrahs exhibit a smoky and meaty character that makes them ideally paired with barbecued foods.

In addition to confounding wine historians, Syrah is the source of confusion to wine consumers. It is very close in name with Shiraz, which is the name that is given to the Syrah grape and wine in Australia and South Africa. Same grape, same wine, different name. A couple of California

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Then there is Petite Sirah, which is definitely not Syrah. It’s not a small Syrah grape nor is it the formal, longer name for Syrah. As a matter of fact, it may not be a grape at all. Petite Sirah is a California wine that began to gain popularity in the late 19th century. With the development of genetic testing in the 1990s, scientists have been able to determine that three different things have been called Petite Sirah; a “field blend” of intermixed Syrah, Barbera, Zinfandel, and other grapes; an ancient Rhone grape known as Peloursin; a hybrid of Peloursin and Syrah known as Durif.

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Since Petite Sirah comes from unknown and various origins, it’s hard to provide a general description of the wine. In my experience, some of the better Petite Sirahs are very dark and thickly textured. They tend to have ample tannins to provide structure and be especially heavy in dark fruit flavors like plum and blackberry.

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There is a winery near Winters that makes a very tasty Petite Sirah that is quite faithful to the unclear history of the wine; it has Peloursin, Durif, Syrah, and Zinfandel grapevines all mixed up in the same field. It seems to me to be a novel effort akin to making a purebred mutt. But, as many of us know, mutts can be most interesting and fun dogs, not to mention loyal ones. And, despite the fact that genetic scientists may have caused us to wonder what exactly we are loyally drinking, we can still enjoy our interesting and fun Petite Sirah.

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Vacaville Unified School District Our schools are certainly one of the most important assets in our community and should be a top priority, As a longtime resident of Vacaville and the former mayor of this great town, I want to write to share with you the many benefits of having quality schools and the importance of voting YES on Measure “A”, the local school improvement measure on the upcoming November 4th ballot. Quality schools make a huge difference, They help students by preparing them for the workforce, higher education, or simply the next grade, They are an economic benefit in attracting businesses to the local area and adding the jobs that come with the businesses, High quality schools are also known to contribute to higher property values and schools create greater

neighborhood safety by keeping children engaged in academic and extracurricular activities and “off the streets”.

Measure “A” is needed to improve the quality of education provided to local children, which will improve the quality of our community, While teachers and staff do a great job educating our students, many classrooms and buildings in the Vacaville Unified School District are old, outdated, or inadequate to provide students with the school facilities they need to succeed. A primary goal of Measure “A” is to provide equity among all neighborhood schools, Each school needs safe, up-todate classrooms and labs, so every student has similar facilities and educational opportunities. Despite our schools being well maintained over the years, with some significant classroom improvements and modernization projects over the last decade, our work is not done. If approved by voters, Measure A will make a number of improvements to Vacaville schools, The District has major infrastructure needs at many of the older school sites including the need to repair and replace leaky roofs, renovate deteriorating plumbing and inadequate electrical systems, and make health, safety and security improvements, In addition, we need to construct new classrooms and labs to replace outdated and broken down portable classrooms throughout the District, To provide equity, we must also improve student 33

access to computers and modern technology for each and every student as well as improve P.E. fields and facilities that are also used by the community for after school programs and sports, Measure “A”

will address all these needs by providing $194 million in funding to pay for these improvements. Measure “A” makes financial sense, By law, spending must be reviewed and annually audited by an independent citizens' oversight committee, All funds must be spent locally and cannot be taken by the State, which will be an economic shot in the arm with all the local jobs that will be created by Measure “A”, Finally, funds are required to be spent only on schools, not for administrator or teacher salaries. In short, Measure “A” renovates old and inadequate classrooms, improves the education of local children, and maintains the quality of our community, That's something we can all support. Please join me and VOTE YES ON MEASURE A. Len Augustine, Longtime resident of Vacaville, retired U.S. Air Force colonel, and Former Mayor.

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