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Dear Julie is a column for those needing advice related to the care needs of persons suffering from Alzheimer’s or other forms of Dementia. Julie has been working with persons who suffer from memory loss for over fifteen years and has easy access to other senior care professionals who would be able to help answer your questions and concerns. Julie currently works at Courtside Cottages Memory Support Community, it is cottage style concept community that offers long term and respite care. Please contact her with your questions either through the mail at

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Question: Is there a difference between Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia? Answer: Yes, there is a difference between Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Dementia includes a group of symptoms, the most prominent of which is memory difficulty with additional problems in at least one other area of cognitive functioning, including language, attention, problem solving, spatial skills, judgment, planning, or organization. These cognitive problems are severe enough to get in the way of normal daily living, such as social and occupational activities.

A good analogy to the term Dementia is “fever.” Fever refers to an elevated temperature, indicating that a person is sick. But it does not give any information about what is causing the sickness. In the same way, Dementia means that there is something wrong with a person’s brain, but it does not provide any information about what is causing the memory or cognitive difficulties. Dementia is not a disease; it is the clinical presentation or symptoms of a disease. There are many possible causes of Dementia. Some causes are reversible, such as certain thyroid conditions or vitamin deficiencies. If these underlying problems are identified and treated, then the Dementia reverses and the person can return to normal functioning.

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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa and Happy New Year!


December is here and I have no idea how it happened so fast. By the time you read this, shopping will either be in full swing or already completed. Cookies will be baked and decorating will have happened.


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With all the planning, partying, presents, and festivities we need to take a step back and reflect on this past year and on the upcoming year. I know I’m thankful for all that has happened this year. I accomplished some goals, others were rearranged. I witnessed the birth of our first granddaughter.

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Regardless of what you have accomplished or where you are, this is also the season of giving. Presents are great…especially if you’re a kid. But, giving means more than just presents. It means giving from your heart to someone in need or someone you care about.



Share your smile with someone in line at the grocery store. Offer a hand to your elderly next door neighbor or take a bag of goodies to the kids down the block. Give back in your community or in your neighborhood. We can all take a few minutes to think of others. I promise…you’ll get back a whole lot more than you gave.

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Do We Really Need All These Rituals? By Kevin Quinn

Let’s do a simple word association exercise. When I say the word “wine,” you say the next word that pops into your mind. Did you do it? I bet for some of you, that word is “snob.” In the winery tasting room where I work, a couple invited me into their discussion about wine snobs. The woman said she and her husband had recently tried to define the term. I asked her what they came up with. She told about a friend of theirs who engages in elaborate and affected rituals around the wine. She demonstrated with a snooty tone of voice, a creased expression of concern, and an upturned nose.

information about it and to prepare ourselves for the taste sensations that lie ahead.

We use wine glasses that are specially designed to bring out the essential character ❝Enjoyment of wine of the wine. We aerate the wine to is something that is release its sensory potential. We available to all of us. store wine on its side in order to keep the cork moist, thus ensuring It is a private matter it stays supple and the wine doesn’t of our senses and our suffer premature death.

For my part, it’s not the presence of the rituals that defines wine snobbery; it’s their purpose. Most every wine ritual I know of has practical reasons behind it. We swirl the wine in the glass so that we can see the color and body of the preferences.❞ wine, so that the wine’s aromas fill We talk about wine in similes and the glass, and so the air can interact with the wine in metaphors to convey to each other the sensations a beneficial way. We sniff the wine to give us more that a particular wine presents to us. It is a

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great challenge—our experiences of taste and smell rarely translate well into words—so we are often left groping for comparisons and descriptions. Often in the wine classes I teach, I warm up the room by asking why we drink wine. There are a variety of answers, but it all comes down to one thing; for enjoyment. In every one of the rituals I mentioned above, and with a multitude of other wine practices, we are doing something that can enhance our enjoyment of the wine. Often the enhancement is subtle. Only the most discerning palate can tell the difference between the experience of drinking chardonnay in a chardonnay glass and drinking chardonnay in a generic wine glass. But for some, the enjoyment is found in the smallest and most subtle details.

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The wine snob diverts us off the path of seeking enjoyment from wine. In particular, a wine snob is someone who uses wine rituals to separate himself from the common person. They swirls their glass and talk in flowery language to demonstrate superior breeding or discernment and thus to elevate their social status. This is usually a dual effort to lift themself up and to push others down. So to me, the term wine snob is not an honor. It is an insult. Wine snobs are disagreeable people who actually hamper our enjoyment of wine by injecting judgment and feelings of inadequacy.

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Of course you want to live life to the fullest, and our Medicare health plans help you do just that. With Kaiser Permanente Senior Advantage (HMO), you may get more benefits and services than Original Medicare alone, which can help you stay healthy, active, and independent. And we can support you every step of the way. At Kaiser Permanente, your well-being is our passion. So give me a call for more information—I look forward to talking with you soon.

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Sutter Targets Prevention, Awareness, Certification


veryone knows which organ is affected by a heart attack, but it might not be common knowledge that strokes are brain attacks. There are several different kinds of strokes, but the symptoms are the same, as is the fact that timely treatment is paramount. It’s so important for everyone—even children—to be able to recognize the signs of stroke. That’s why the Sutter Health hospitals in the SacramentoSierra Region have embarked on a program to raise awareness that includes getting stroke certified by The Joint Commission. Sutter Solano Medical Center in Vallejo has been working for more than a year and a half toward this goal and has earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ for stroke care. The Joint Commission has awarded SSMC advanced primary stroke center certification, a distinction earned after the Joint Commission conducted a meticulous on-site review on November 7, 2012. Generally speaking, younger people aren’t at risk for strokes, but according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of people from 15 to 44 who were hospitalized for stroke between 1995 and 2008 jumped by more

than a third. That rise may be attributed to an increasing occurrence of stroke risk factors—high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, obesity and high cholesterol—in a younger demographic. Young or old, stroke symptoms can best be remembered by using the acronym SAFE: speech, arms, face and eyes. Stroke victims may lose their ability to speak, be unable to put thoughts together, or slur their speech; they may lose strength in their arms or suffer from grip issues; their faces may droop on one side; and they may partially or completely loss vision in one of their eyes.

There are three types of strokes: • Ischemic—resulting from a blood vessel obstruction (clot) • Hemorrhagic—occurring when a blood vessel ruptures • TIA (transient ischemic attack)—caused by a temporary clot One of the challenges of treating strokes is that early symptoms can be mild, so much so that people attribute them to minor ailments like being fatigued or simply aging. Part of our community outreach program is to ensure that anyone can recognize stroke symptoms and call 9-1-1. The phrase “better safe than sorry” is definitely appropriate when it comes to stroke, since the treatment window is very narrow. This is especially the case for ischemic strokes that make up 87 percent of all stroke cases. The clot-busting drug tPA can be used to treat ischemic stroke patients, significantly reducing the effects of stroke and reducing permanent disability, but it must be administered within three hours of

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One of the challenges of treating strokes is that early symptoms can be mild, so much so that people attribute them to minor ailments like being fatigued or simply aging. Our recent education efforts have included outreach to diabetics, presentations at grammar schools, a booth at Green Valley’s Farmers Market, and sessions with a neurologist for EMS personnel. Ensuring everyone understands the symptoms of stroke and the need for quick action helps us provide the best evidence-based care when patients arrive at our hospitals.


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Program Joins National Joint Registry


orthBay Healthcare’s Joint Replacement Program is among the first in the country to become a member of the American Joint Replacement Registry.

has that kind of implant and what impacts there might be. “The goal is to improve patient safety and quality of care, and reduce the cost of hip and knee replacements,” explains Andrew Brooks, M.D., medical director for the NorthBay Joint Replacement Program. “We’ll be able to glean a lot of useful information from the registry. It’s a big deal for programs big and small to be involved.”

The independent, not-for-profit database is designed to store comprehensive data about joint replacement procedures to help physicians and artificial joint manufacturers improve the experiences of patients who undergo joint replacement surgery. “It’s a real feather in our cap,” said Cynthia Giaquinto, R.N., manager of the Joint Replacement Program, which is based at VacaValley Hospital. “Our closest reporting neighbors are UC San Francisco and Stanford. That puts our benchmarking with the best of the best.”

More than a million hip and knee replacements are performed each year in the United States, and most are successful, offering patients years of troublefree use . But a few patients – about 7.5 percent, according to 2006 figures – experience problems following surgery that require the artificial joint to be replaced.

Only about 50 hospitals across the country are part of the registry, which was formed in 2009, explained Giaquinto, noting that Europe has had one for several years. “This benefits our patients because implants are monitored for the life of the implant. If there are any issues, we will know immediately who

“NorthBay’s Joint Replacement Program has always been committed to ensuring its patients have the best experiences possible, and now, we’ve taken an added step toward improving patient experiences by joining AJRR,” said Giaquinto.

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“By participating with other hospitals in sharing information about artificial joint performance and physician and patient experiences, we can help joint replacement procedures become safer nationwide, while optimizing our own patients’ experiences here at NorthBay.”

Registry information about patient outcomes and experiences will also help artificial joint manufacturers improve their products and identify potentially faulty products, and can help reduce healthcare costs associated with replacement procedures and follow-up care.

About 130 hip and knee replacement surgeries are performed in NorthBay’s JRP each year, and the number continues to grow.

All data collected by the AJRR remains confidential to protect patient privacy.

NorthBay officially started documenting patients into the registry on Sept. 1. “It’s a real commitment of time and effort, and I’m proud that NorthBay realizes the importance of the project,” said Dr. Brooks. By offering a single source of data, doctors and other healthcare professionals who use the registry can easily access data from medical centers around the country and use that information to help them make more informed recommendations to their patients, ultimately improving patient care.

“Registries for joint replacement procedures and other medical procedures and conditions have proven to be effective tools in improving patient outcomes and reducing complications that can occur both during and following surgical procedures,” said David G. Lewallen, M.D., chairman of the AJRR Board of Directors. “In fact, in countries where registries have been created and used, revision rates have decreased significantly, resulting in substantial cost savings and a better overall patient experience.” For more information about the registry and its objectives, visit

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Hearing Loss Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

symptom. A 486-person case study (performed over six years) concluded that people with a history of depression were 250% more likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Further supporting these connections, studies have shown that patients with both hearing loss and dementia show improvements in communication and memory after the hearing loss has been treated with amplification devices. What does all of this mean for the average person? It means that people should be more aware of

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lzheimer’s disease and dementia are tragic illnesses that afflict seniors around the world, rendering them unable to function socially and incapable of taking care of themselves. While scientists and medical professionals continue to research causes and solutions for both diseases, studies are indicating many connections between these diseases and hearing loss. A 1986 study

showed that about 83% of the patients diagnosed with senile dementia were also suffering from a substantial hearing loss.

A 1986 study showed that about 83% of the patients diagnosed with senile dementia were also suffering from a substantial hearing loss. Of the patients diagnosed with both diseases, one out of three were reassessed and diagnosed with a milder version of dementia after the hearing loss was treated. Similar studies support the direct correlation between reduced cognitive ability and increasingly severe hearing loss.

monitoring and, if needed, addressing their hearing health, starting at middle age. Science has shown numerous connections between hearing loss and Alzheimer’s disease, senility, and dementia. While research continues in discovering an effective cure or treatment for Alzheimer’s, breakthrough hearing loss solutions have been available for some time. In fact, hearing devices that treat hearing loss are improving by leaps and bounds each year, due to new technology Many people are aware of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and their devastating effects. But most don’t realize their connection with hearing loss, and how serious the effects of untreated hearing loss can be. We hope this information will inspire more

Other studies suggest that hearing loss can contribute to or possibly worsen the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Hearing loss has been clinically linked to depression, anxiety, and social isolation in older adults. In turn, depression has been connected to Alzheimer’s as both a cause and

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Aging With Choices with Melanie Richardson, Senior Resource Specialist

My grandmother Georgia had a neighbor named Nadia who we rarely ever saw outside of her home, except when she would schlep out in her housecoat in the middle of the day to collect her mail. Grandma used to say that Nadia was going to die of loneliness. I never really understood what she meant by that until years later when I began my career in senior care.

It has become common for my colleagues and me to meet a new Nadia almost every week. The truth is that many of the seniors that we work with to move into retirement or assisted living communities often do so because of some sort of event that has occurred in their life. In most cases, the event is associated with some sort of loss. A loss of a spouse, their ability to drive, to take care of themselves independently or perhaps some other traumatic event. During times like these it is human nature to want to retreat and spend time reflecting on their own health….and in many cases…they worry about what will become of them. Research into the attitudes and behaviors of seniors suggests that their anxieties are related to future adverse health conditions and those anxieties can actually cause those conditions to arise. The retreating and isolation will begin to shrink the seniors’ world. There is a natural tendency to focus on the limitations of one's life and all of the

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obstacles that aging presents. When sadness turns to depression, they are headed for trouble.

Living well in our later years is all about quality of life. People who are active and social (even minimally) generally avoid depression that can lead to health complications that can dramatically affect their quality of life. I always tell people that the brain is a muscle and if you don’t use that muscle every day, you will lose the ability to use it. People who spend their time isolated and alone often become depressed and they find that they are continually facing one health crisis after another.

If your senior loved one spends an inordinate amount of time sleeping or sitting in front of a television, they could in fact be depressed. There has been ample research to demonstrate the mind's capacity to influence one's health - both positively and negatively. If left unchecked, depression and despair can inhibit recovery from illness, lead to hopelessness and even ultimately lead to premature death. Ken Wells in the Rand study at UCLA found Seniors are often reluctant to move to a senior that 50 percent of all depressed people are over the community because they feel that it is yet another age of 65. He studied depressed vs. reminder of their inability to live People who are non-depressed seniors and found that independently. The facts though are active and social depressed seniors use 4 times the that seniors who move to a setting (even minimally) where they can live independently amount of health care dollars than non-depressed seniors. For example, generally avoid but have some peripheral services depressed people tend to lie around all (meals, housekeeping, laundry, depression day and don’t get up. This inactivity transportation, access to 24 hour health makes them susceptible to dehydration, malnutrition, staff) actually have fewer incidents of depression or urinary tract infections and pneumonia, which if left health events that require emergency room visits or untreated can lead to kidney failure and death. hospitalization. Seniors who move to a retirement or assisted living community often begin socializing by simply exchanging pleasantries with people in the hall or while in the dining room each day. Even this seemingly small gesture helps seniors to move that muscle between their ears! Humans are social creatures who crave companionship. Companionship keeps us more alert and fulfilled. We have seen • CUSTOM HOME DECOR • that the people who are in daily contact with other • ALL SIZE AFFORDABLE CANVAS ART • people their own age and with similar lifestyle issues • IRON ART & MORE • seem to gain strength from each other. They are more aware of their appearance, and hold onto their • CARS • TRUCKS • BOATS lifestyle skills longer. Those people who stay home • JET SKIS • ATVS • too long because of promises their children were forced to make to keep them out of a “home” do not receive the social stimulation they absolutely require to remain healthy. Home is great while it effectively and safely serves a senior. But in many cases, home CALL FOR can become a place of landmines for a senior…with HOLIDAY SPECIALS uneven surfaces, stairs, clutter, etc….not to mention the continued isolation and lack of stimulation.


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senior to be proactive with their health care, not to mention the cost effectiveness, when they consider retirement or assisted living communities earlier rather than later. Waiting could mean having to choose a more expensive and less independent setting like a nursing home. In this day and age, with all of the many lovely, affordable assisted options, no one should ever have to die of loneliness. 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. I’ll leave you with this…..Every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love the human touch: holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. My Very Best Wishes, Melanie

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Ballet, Pilates, Ballroom Dance & Fencing OH MY! By Tracee Stacy

The Parthenon Classical Arts Center is Northern California’s newest home for the classical arts and it’s right here in our own backyard! Offering classes in ballet, fencing, ballroom, Pilates, and yoga, the Parthenon Center strives to bring the classical arts to a forefront spotlight in the arts world in today's society.

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dancer and multi-certified Pilates trainer. He has 20 years of experience working with students and clients of all ages and abilities. Robert is a nationally ranked, award winning fencing director. Stephan is a former competitive ballroom dancer. They exude excellence. Each of them, were down to earth and easy to talk to. I was impressed with the breadth of knowledge and passion each of them shared with me. I immediately became a Parthenon cheerleader on a mission to spread the word. I accepted an invitation to drop in to a ballroom class and I’m infected with the bug. I had a great time. Stephan was the perfect blend of fun and

technical instruction. I left the class feeling like I could hold my own dancing Night Club Two Step and had some technical knowledge that made me feel like a real dancer again. I will definitely be going back! The team at Parthenon Center, believe in creativity, perseverance and commitment to the arts. They have a spirit for our community and want to be a beacon for dance and alternative fitness with Pilates and Fencing. Adam said it best, “Everyone that wants to dance, should have a safe, quality place to dance…. young and old. We want to give people the opportunity to learn new and exciting things and to embrace the spirit that you never have to stop dancing.”

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Celebrate the holiday season with charitable giving

The holiday season is about more than picking the fullest tree, listening to nostalgic carols and planning the perfect family photo. Between addressing holiday cards and toasting the New Year, it's a great time to incorporate charitable giving into your traditions. No matter your time constraints, there are many ways for you to spread goodness, in addition to good cheer, this holiday season.

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with families in need via a holiday sponsorship program. Do you play a musical instrument? Are you good at fundraising, office organization, public speaking, party planning or writing newsletters? Offer your specific talent to an organization that could utilize it.

★ Purchase gifts that give back:

Many companies offer charitable incentives with a special purchase. For example, Hickory Farms, well-known for its delicious gift baskets, will donate $5 to Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign with the purchase of every Party Planner gift box sold during the holiday season.

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★ Make a monetary donation: The end of the year/ holiday season is also a good time to make monetary donations to your favorite nonprofit organizations. Any donations made prior to the last day of the year can also be counted as deductions for 2012 taxes. Many organizations rely on this holiday season to raise much-needed funds to be used throughout the year. If money is tight but you'd still like to contribute, subscribe to a payroll deduction service for 2013 to donate little by little throughout the year. Check with your workplace to see if it will match charitable contributions, because many do.

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New Transit Routes in Fairfield-Suisun Benefit Older Adults Transit changes and new transit routes in Fairfield and Suisun will make using transit easier and more userfriendly for older residents.

By Rochelle Sherlock, Coordinator of the Senior Coalition of Solano County

transporting more individuals in a single trip. A person who commutes 60 miles each way daily could save an estimated 1,888 gallons of gasoline every year by switching from using a car to using public transportation. Fairfield and Suisun Transit (FAST) has invested in buses powered by diesel technology. Fosters more livable communities. Public transportation facilities and corridors are natural focal points for economic and social activities. These activities help create strong neighborhood centers that are more economically stable, safe and

Public transportation provides a viable option for mature adults to stay active and independent.

Reasons why Older Adults Use Public Transit There are many benefits to using public transportation. Public transit is affordable, safe, improves air quality, reduces dependency on gasoline, fosters livable communities, and fosters mobility and independence. Affordable. Many mature adults tend to be costconscious. Public transportation is considerably more affordable when compared to owning and operating a car. According to the American Automobile Association, the estimated cost of driving a vehicle ranges between $4,826 and $9,685 depending upon mileage and the type of car. By contrast, the annual average cost for public transportation for one adult ranges from $200 to $2,000. Safety. Public transportation continues to be one of the safest modes of travel in the United States. Improves air quality. Public transportation helps promote cleaner air by reducing carbon emissions from automobile use. Buses emit less carbon than automobiles. Carbon contributes to smog and public health problems. Reduces dependency on gasoline. Public transportation reduces fuel consumption by

productive. Studies have shown that the ability to travel in an area conveniently, without a car, is an important component of a community’s livability. Public transportation provides opportunity, access, choice and freedom, all of which contribute to an improved quality of life. Fosters mobility and independence. Many mature adults limit their driving due to aging related changes such as impaired vision and slower reaction times. Public transportation provides a viable option for those individuals to stay active and independent. Route Changes in Fairfield and Suisun Fairfield and Suisun Transit (FAST) is more accessible, easy to use, and aging friendly. FAST

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improved connections between routes, shortened travel time with more direct routes, and increased frequency of service to 30 minutes on most routes. FAST will be adding 25 new bus stops including a stop at the Fairfield Senior Center, Dover Woods Apartments, and Raley’s at North Texas St. and Dickson Hill.  The new local bus routes go into effect on December 17, 2012. What’s more, seniors can ride the local routes for only $.75. 

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By Wendy VanHatten


aid back surf towns line up like stepping stones along southern California’s coast line. Pick any one when you want to unwind or explore Pacific Beach. Only minutes away from the hustle and bustle of downtown San Diego, PB is known to locals and visitors alike. When you’ve mingled with the animals at the famous San Diego Zoo and toured the Christmas lights at historic Hotel Del Coronado, spend some time wandering along the boardwalk. You will find Christmas is alive and well in PB, from a lonely Christmas tree stuck in the sand to a Grinch on roller blades. Locals, year round surfers, big dogs towing their owners, small dogs prancing in time to their own beat, and the Grinch make Christmas in Pacific Beach special. Chat with recent retires as you stand in line at Kono’s Surf Café for a mouth watering, filling, and reasonable breakfast. The daily special complete with coffee is usually under $6.00. Walk two or three blocks to the end of Crystal Pier Prime Time Living 32

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a city just over your shoulder. Walk the five mile boardwalk as you people watch. Dogs are almost as abundant as people…and equally as festive. Joggers have their pooches decked out in Christmas wreath collars or jingle bells as they weave in and out. Sweater-wearing, yippy Chihuahuas try to take on well mannered Golden Retrievers as envious Pit Bulls look on.

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On the beach a lone Christmas tree fits the simple surf and sand scene. Squawking seagulls ignore it and little children decorate it with seaweed that washed up on the beach. If you can, it’s best to ignore the Grinch, a green painted man on roller blades. His red fake fur cape, fuzzy green slippers, and red and white thong didn’t leave much to the imagination. Ahh…you never know what Christmas in PB will bring. Next Christmas take a relaxing side trip to Pacific  Beach. The city will wait for you.


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been a common trait, so crossing the digital divide was bound to happen. Despite their proven purchasing power, many advertisers are leaving these consumers in the lurch. Although boomers account for 49 percent of total sales of consumer packaged goods, Nielsen estimates that less than 5 percent of advertising dollars are targeted toward adults ages 35 to 64. Overcoming the learning curve as well as the lack of attention from marketers has shown just how much boomers value the latest technology developments. But for those who don't yet have their hands on the latest gadgets, organizations like AARP are making it easier for boomers to get connected. "AARP's goal is to provide value to its members, and our research has shown that many AARP members are early adopters

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356 Merchant Stre or Prime Time Seniors 209 Glen Eagle Way Vacaville, CA 95688

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Retirement Living. With the Emphasis On Fun! Deciding to move to Merrill Gardens is giving yourself the chance to live an independent, healthy lifestyle full of new friends and new opportunities. We Offer: • Anytime Dining


• 24-Hour Staff • Full Activities Schedule • Exciting Outings • Happy Hours and Live Music • Exercise Classes • Friendly Neighbors • Personalized Care Available • And Much, Much More!

A one of a kind retirement community

Call Today for a Complimentary Lunch and Personal Tour! Three Great Locations to Serve You in Solono County

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Retirement & Assisted Living

Prime Time Living Dec 2012/Jan 2013  

Serving Active & Mature Adults in Napa & Solano Counties