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Choosing a MEDICARE PLAN see page 11

4 Solid Reasons You Need to Complete a HEARING TEST see page 18

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Celebrating Nine Years!

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Editor’s Corner

Table of Contents

Words from Wendy

POINTS OF INTEREST

12 Free Transit Training 20 Sudoku 26 Solano Mobility

Call Center

Know The Signs: Suicide is Preventable

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32 Crossword 33 Give Winter Garb

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ome days it feels like fall is in the air and other days you know summer is still here. It’s that time of year when the sun doesn’t make its appearance until a little later in the morning, yet the days are still warm enough for swimming. I see changes in the leaves, plants, shadows, and school kids on my morning walk.

A Second Chance

Senior Community Centers

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What Bin? Puzzle Solutions Resource Guide & New Website

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Speaking of fall…did you know we are celebrating our 9th year here at Prime Time Living this fall? Yep…that’s right. We’ve been around for 9 years. Hard to believe, huh? What changes have you seen in us in these last 9 years? For one thing, we changed our name to reflect our readership. This is a magazine for active adults who want a healthy lifestyle, who want to know how to interact with aging parents, who want advice on traveling, wine, and food, who want the most current resources for all stages of life, and so much more.

ARTICLES

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Can the VA Help Me Pay for Care in My Home?

Choosing a Medicare Plan

Alzheimer’s Association Walk To End Alzheimer’s® In Suisun City Raises $84,000

4 Solid Reasons You Need to Complete a Hearing Test

Pets and Their People Love Paradise Estates

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Pumpkin Patch Festival

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In the meantime…enjoy this issue as you sit on your deck and watch the spectacular sunsets we’ve been having.

CHP Senior Driving Class Aims To Keep Everyone Safe

Wendy VanHatten, Editor

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Can the Veteran Administration ("The VA") Help Me Pay for Care in My Home? By Robert Nations, Senior Helpers North Bay

Can the VA Help Me Pay for Care in My Home? The answer is YES. The VA offers many programs for veterans. Here is an overview of two programs; Compensation and Pensions.

Veterans who entered active duty on or after September 8, 1980 generally must have served at least 24 months or the full period for which called or ordered to active duty.

Disability Compensation — This is a monetary benefit paid to veterans who are disabled by an injury or disease that was incurred or aggravated during active military service. Generally, people that qualify for this program are already receiving this benefit. However, your physical or mental condition may have changed. This change could result in new eligibility or an increase in benefits. If you were injured during your service and you have not accessed this benefit, you should make an appointment with your local VA Office.

Disability Pension – This is a monetary benefit paid to veterans with low income who are permanently disabled, age 65 and older What does it take to qualify for the pension program? ★ Discharge from the service dishonorable conditions.

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★ Countable family income falls below a yearly limit set by law. ★ Cash Assests. Generally the VA will allow up to $80,000. Primary residence and car are exempt. Can a veteran or their surviving spouse use the pension program to pay for home care? Yes, if the Veteran and/or spouse needs assistance with at least 2 activities of daily living (ADLs). Within the pension program there are two benefits: ★ Aid & Attendance ★ House Bound The main differences are: ★ Aid Attendance – The person requires the aid of another person in order to perform Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). Examples of ADLs are meal prep, bathing, dressing, or protecting one’s self from the hazards of their daily environment.

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❝Every county in California has a Veterans Service Office (VSO). These people can help a veteran complete the paperwork and qualify for the different programs.❞ The process can take some time to receive money from these programs. However, the benefits are retro activity to the date you applied. The best news…they are people who can help. Every county in California has a Veterans Service Office (VSO). These people can help a veteran complete the paperwork and qualify for the different programs. The Solano VSO can be reached at 707-784-6590.

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ach year during the Medicare Open Enrollment Period (Oct. 15-Dec. 7), Medicare beneficiaries have a chance to make changes to their health and prescription drug coverage. Yet according to a 2013 survey by UnitedHealthcare, more than 60 percent say they have never shopped around to find coverage that may better suit their needs. That’s unfortunate because Medicare is not a onesize-fits-all program, and a lot can change in a year in terms of your health status and budget. The plans that are available can change every year, too. “Choosing your health care coverage is one of the most important decisions you make

each year because it can have a significant impact on your budget and quality of life,” said Tom Paul, chief consumer officer for UnitedHealthcare. “Although Original Medicare - Parts A and B - provides hospital and doctor coverage, most beneficiaries opt for additional coverage to help with the costs of prescription drugs as well as other health and budget needs. People typically have many choices when it comes to Medicare coverage, so it’s important to review all of your options.” To help sort through the Medicare options available in your area, consider asking yourself the following questions: 11

1. Are you comfortable accessing health care services from a network of doctors and hospitals? If so, you may want to consider a Medicare Advantage plan, which combines Parts A and B into one plan. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly 16 million Americans - or nearly 1 in 3 Medicare beneficiaries - are now enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan. Most Medicare Advantage plans have a network of providers from which you can access care. Having a network allows the plan to coordinate your care, which can help improve Napa/Solano Edition


your health and ensure you’re receiving the care you need. If you go outside of the network, your plan may not help cover the costs.

coverage. They also have an outof-pocket maximum. This can help you predict your annual health care costs and provide some financial peace of mind.

Many Medicare Advantage plans offer extra benefits, such as a gym membership or routine hearing, vision or dental

2. Do you travel frequently or spend part of the year in a different state? If yes, you may want to consider Medicare supplement insurance. Medicare supplement plans work with Original Medicare to cover some or all of the outof-pocket expenses not paid by Parts A and B. These plans are a popular choice for people who travel, since the coverage travels with you and is accepted

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“Choosing your health care coverage is one of the most important decisions you make each year because it can have a significant impact on your budget and quality of life”

by all doctors and hospitals that accept Medicare. Unlike Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare supplement plans typically do not have a network of providers.

3. Do you take prescription drugs or anticipate that you may need to start using them in the future? If so, look into Medicare Part D, which helps cover the costs of prescription drugs. Part D coverage is often included in Medicare Advantage plans, but it can also be purchased separately in a standalone plan.

Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare supplement plans and Medicare Part D plans are offered by private insurance companies. To review the plans available in your area, visit the plan finder tool on Medicare.gov. You can also get local free personal assistance by calling HICAP, Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program at 1-866-434-0222.

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ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION

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ore than 600 residents from Solano County and beyond joined the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s® to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions on Saturday, September 13 at Harbor Plaza. Participants raised more than $84,000 to fund the Alzheimer’s Association care, support and research programs. The event’s volunteer organizers say they are hoping to raise a total of $100,000 by November 30. “It was truly inspiring to see more than 600 people coming together for this cause,” said Anne Payne, the volunteer chair of the event. “Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the country – I know

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that the Solano County community will can come together to help us reach our $100,000 goal!” The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research.  Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association

It was an amazing sight to see all the team spirit and a sea of purple lining Main Street.


Sandy Perez, NorthBay Adult Day Center program manager (right), and one of her volunteers, Marcia Nutter.

Part of the NorthBay Team.

$7,000. It was an amazing sight to see all the team spirit and a sea of purple lining Main Street. Team Leland Vierra won the Team Spirit Competition with their custom purple shirts to honor a loved one lost to Alzheimer’s. Their support team and encouragement was truly inspirational.

NorthBay had an excellent turnout of walkers at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, with more than 100 signed up. They raised nearly $17,000!

Walk to End Alzheimer’s participants did more than complete the 3-mile Walk. They learned about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved with

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this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities and to support programs and services to clinical trials. The event also included an emotional tribute to those who have experienced or are experiencing Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s disease will rapidly escalate, tripling from today’s more than 5 million Americans to as many as 16 million by 2050. For more information or to make a donation, visit http://act.alz.org/solano2014 and to view photos from the event, visit http://bit.ly/SolanoWalk

The Alzheimer’s Association is actively recruiting volunteers to join the Walk Planning Committee for the 2015 Walk. The volunteer committee meets monthly to plan this amazing event. Responsibilities include recruiting sponsors and teams, team retention, marketing and outreach, volunteer management, and logistics. If you are ready to take the next step in the fight against Alzheimer’s please contact Lacey Todd at Ltodd@alz.org or 408-3729901.

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Solid Reasons You Need to Complete a

Hearing Test

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earing is one of those things that many people end up taking for granted. That’s because most people don’t think it can happen to them. After all, what can cause damage to your ears anyways? Therein lies the problem. Most people don’t even know that they’re doing damage to their ears because they aren’t sure which activities are considered risky. They also don’t know how much better their lives can be when they fix issues related to their ears. For these reasons, and a whole lot more, it really is time to go in for a hearing test. Use any of the following reasons to help motivate you to finally go through with it.

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You probably don’t know how at risk you actually are. There are a slew of risky

activities that most people do nowadays on a daily basis. The biggest culprit by far comes in the form of an mp3 player and in-ear headphones. Most people don’t enjoy music unless they pump the volume up to literally deafening levels. In-ear headphones magnify the risks because they are placed close to sensitive hearing tissues. Another example of a risky activity is driving fast on the freeway in a car that doesn’t insulate against sound very well. You can magnify the risk by having your windows rolled down. And these are just two examples of risky activities. There are actually many more that you could be doing even as you read this.

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You may not know how quick and easy a hearing test can be. The professional that tests you will perform a non-invasive test that will give them a


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You don’t have to spend a lot of money for a test. In fact, some

hearing providers will offer to have you tested for free. Of course, there may be a stipulation but you will definitely at least get a good deal. Maybe your company can cover any testing expenses, especially if they make you work in a noisy environment.

A test can get the ball rolling towards noticeably improving your quality of life. Ears are a vital part of

fluid communication with others. They also help you be more aware of your surroundings. When they’re not fully functional, your social

relationships suffer and you could be putting yourself in harm’s way without even knowing it. Studies even show that you may be losing out on cold hard cash if your hearing isn’t 100%. You could be missing valuable cues from others simply because you just didn’t hear them well enough. No one wants to go into a business transaction with someone who appears to be confused all the time, which is the appearance that one has when they have untreated hearing issues. For a Free Hearing Test, call Creekside Hearing Aid Service (707) 455-7993. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/4569657

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Pets and Their People Love Paradise Valley Estates

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hen Kim and Susan Marshall moved to Paradise Valley Estates in 2012, the couple looked forward to a quiet retirement in the Northern California hills. “We didn’t have pets at the time,

but we’d had a cat for 22 years and had dogs when our kids were younger,” says Kim. Today, the twosome has grown into a threesome with the addition of their 18-month-old “girl” — a Labradoodle named Moxie.

Healthy Love Why would a couple easing into retirement even consider a boisterous pup? “Moxie makes us so much happier,” he shares. The Marshalls aren’t alone in their appreciation of Moxie. More than 25 years of medical evidence suggests the love and care of a pet brings health and emotional benefits to the animals’ doting owners. Companionship and care activities can add meaning to empty-feeling days, reduce depression, lower a person’s blood pressure, or push owners to better care for their own health.

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Paradise Valley Estates residents honored their four-legged friends in a festive parade. Prime Time Living 22

A factor in the Marshall’s decision to grow their family was the widespread pet friendliness of their new home, Paradise Valley Estates. Many residents of the continuing care retirement community either own animal companions or good-naturedly scratch the bellies of their friends’ beloved pets. “There are more than 50 dogs living here,” he says. With walking paths galore and beautiful inviting green spaces, dogs already enjoyed plenty of space to walk or play with their owners. Or, they could attend special events like an annual pet parade held in their honor. This fall, the community added yet another


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treat: a dog park. Kim says a handful of residents hatched the idea of adding a dog park several years ago. The idea grew and was well received when presented to the community’s board and leadership, says

More than 25 years of medical evidence suggests the love and care of a pet brings health and emotional benefits to the animals’ doting owners.

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Brian Cox, facilities director of Paradise Valley Estates. “The off-leash park is more than 5,000 square feet and is open sunup to sundown,” he says. “The park has plenty of shaded, open seating for visitors and an automated dust and odor control sprinkler system.” The park, which opened in the fall of 2014, even contains a real fire hydrant (out-of-service, of course) that was donated by a resident.

participated in this spring’s pet parade, also have a role in the community health and wellbeing as pet therapy dogs who visit with the community’s assisted living and skilled-nursing residents.

Peace and Joy

“Moxie is part of our family,” says Kim. “When we play tennis, bocce or pickleball she is right there with us. Now we bring her for good luck,” he adds laughingly.

Some resident dogs also work within the community. Resident Linda McCrory lives with two of Paradise Valley Estates’ most popular four-legged residents — her Chihuahuas, Abby and AM Page 15 Libby. The dogs, both of which

ica is about – helping each other, the foundation of our country,” she said. “There is a ton of information at the (Solano Community) Foundation and people should be using this resource.” The Foundation Directory Online is available to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at Solano Community Foundation, 1261 Travis Boulevard, Suite 320, in Fairfield. Please call ahead to reserve at spot at 707-399-3846. Andrea E. Garcia is Director of Communications for Solano Community Foundation. She can be reached at 707-280-8771 or at andrea@solanocf.org.

For Moxie, her friends, and the residents of Paradise Valley Estates the dog park is one piece of a big commitment to help retirees experience enjoyable, enriching lives.

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ach Saturday and Sunday from October 11 - 26, the Western Railway Museum presents its annual Pumpkin Patch Festival. Celebrating its 17th year, this classic harvest festival is a highlight of autumn, and for many, a family tradition. The Museum opens early at 9:30am. The first express train leaves the Museum at 10am, with departures every half-hour until 4pm. The ride on a historic lifesized electrical-powered train takes visitors back in time 100 years on a scenic five-mile trip to Gum Grove

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Station, a wooded glen far from the trappings of modern life. At Gum Grove, guests can experience the huge hay bale fort, food, tractor rides, music, games and of course, pumpkins for sale, just in time for Halloween. It’s a real community effort, with three individual Rotary Clubs (Fairfield-Suisun, Cordelia, and Dixon), students from Vanden High School, and 100 Museum volunteers all rallying together to make the event a success. Admission is just $12 for adults, $11 for seniors (65 and up), and $9 for children (ages 2 -14). Prices include entrance to the

Museum and to the Pumpkin Patch Festival, unlimited train rides, use of the Museum’s spacious and shaded picnic grounds, and free parking. Please note that there are no advanced reservations. All proceeds benefit the Western Railway Museum (a nonprofit educational institution) and the local Rotary Clubs who re-grant thousands of dollars to our community and youth activities each year. The Western Railway Museum is located at 5848 State Highway 12, Suisun City, CA 94585. It is on State Highway 12 in Solano County, 12 miles east of Interstate 80, halfway between Fairfield and Rio Vista.

For more information, visit www. wrm.org, www.facebook.com/ WesternRailwayMuseum, or call (707) 374-2978. For more information about the work Rotary does, visit www.rotary.org.

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CHP SENIOR DRIVING CLASS AIMS TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

California’s senior population is proving to be one of the fastest growing driving-age demographics in the state. It is estimated, there will be over six million residents age 65 and older in California by the year 2020. Knowing that much of this community still relies on driving as their primary means of transportation, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is continuing the Age Well Drive Smart program.

The Solano CHP, Fairfield Office has partnered with the California Department of Motor Vehicle’s Senior Ombudsman program and the Solano Transportation Authority to assess the needs of the senior driving community.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

If you or a family member would like to attend this class, please call the Fairfield CHP Office to inquire about an upcoming class at (707) 428-2100. For more information on the program, please visit www.chp.ca.gov

The Age Well Drive Smart class is an education program specifically designed to help seniors tune up their driving skills, refresh their knowledge of the rules of the road, learn about normal age-related physical changes and how they affect driving ability. The program is supported by the Keeping Everyone Safe V grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

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36. Bo __, “10” 38. Satisfies to excess 40. More dry 41. Of he 42. Lay a tax upon 45. Ed Murrow’s home 46. Newsman Rather 47. Swiss mountain 49. Till 50. Potato, tossed or green 52. Italian automaker 53. Birthplace of Abraham 54. Scheduled visits 57. Yemen capital (alt. sp.) 59. Assisted 60. Persian kings 61. Accumulate CLUES DOWN 1. Unkeyed

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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

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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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ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION

ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES: 707-253-4625 MEALS ON WHEELS: 7077-253-6111 NAPA VALLEY HOSPICE & ADULT DAY:

1-800-660-1993

NORTHBAY ALZHEIMER'S RESOURCE CENTER 707-624-7971

NORTHBAY ALZHEIMER'S DAY CARE CENTER 707-624-7970 Fax: 707-624-7969

FAIRFIELD SENIOR DAY PROGRAM 707-428-7742

REDWOOD CAREGIVER RESOURCE CENTER 800-834-1636

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IN-HOME SUPPORTIVE SERVICES: 707-253-3818

707-425-6164 707-469-6675

707-258-9080

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