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Connection Metro Valdosta’s 55+ Lifestyle Magazine

A publication of the ValdostaLowndes Chamber of Commerce 2014-2015

Sweet and Savory Recipes Inside

Seniors Love Ford

Enjoying retirement with the top down!

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Choosing the Right Travel Agent & Destination


Seniors have some great options.

Retired and “Re-Wired”

Dennis and Patricia Marks travel the world.

Traveling with Pets

Helpful advice on traveling with pets.

100 FUN Things to Do in Metro Valdosta


Love, Later in Life

Keeping the magic alive in your marriage.

How Much is Enough for Retirement? Great advice for Seniors.

Sweet and Savory: Southern Recipes

In the kitchen with award-winning Pat Cordova.

Interested in Genealogy?

Your history may have some interesting facts.


Getting the BEST Hearing Improvement Options for improving your hearing.

The SilverSneakers® Fitness Program Check out this great program.

Today’s Technology and its Benefits Don’t be afraid to try new technology.

Welcome to the “NEW” Langdale Ford See what Langdale Ford has to offer.

Sweet Sounds of the Symphony

The Valdosta Symphony Orchestra kicks off new season.

Fit, Focused and FIERCE!

Jennifer Powell gives awesome pointers on getting fit.

Because Care Matters

Hospice is more than a place, it’s a philosophy of care.

The Advantages of Having an Independent Advisor

Help with your financial needs.

29 Making a Difference 30 The Value of Volunteering The Cancer Coalition loves to help the community.

Jeanette Coody still making a difference at 92.

31 Seniors with a Heart for ART 32 Your BEST Face Forward Health Issues 33 Mental in the Elderly 34 Dining & Restaurant Guide 36 “Focus” on Life A zest for staying involved.

Help with the aging process.

When should you be concerned?

Expert tips from award-winning photographer Paul Levy.

37 Hair That Flatters Mature Faces 38 Assisted Living Options: Hair that’s flattering and fun. Choosing the BEST Fit!


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cONNECTION Metro Valdosta’s 55+ Lifestyle Magazine


etro Valdosta is an ideal community for anyone seeking the “sweet spot” of retired living. Among the military community, our area is Lee McArthur, Chamber Board known as the most supportive Member talks with Silver Star Members, Don and Caroline Martin. of any military base. This is demonstrated by the large number of retirees, across all branches, that choose to live here despite having no prior roots in the area. For a pleasant shopping experience, we have everything from large retail chain stores to locally-owned boutique shops. When your grandchildren come to visit, we have our own theme park for cold and hot weather to keep them entertained. In addition to the Personal Enrichment and Learning In Retirement programs at Valdosta State, the Chamber as a successful program designed just for the active retiree. Please consider adding your life experiences and knowledge to the greater community by joining the Silver Stars Program. It’s as easy as a phone call or as enjoyable as a tour of the historic Barber House, home to the Chamber of Commerce.

2014-2015 / Volume 2 Publisher: Myrna Ballard Executive Editor: Miranda Moore Creative Director: Wanda Stanley Cover Photo: Fusion Creative Marketing

Advertising for the next edition of Connection magazine will be available in the summer 2015. For information please call 229-247-8100, Ext. 231. Copyright by Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce.© All rights reserved. Connection Magazine is produced and published annually by the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce. Reproduction in whole or in part of this publication without the expressed written consent of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce is prohibited. All claims, materials, photos appearing herein are believed by the editors to be accurate. However, no responsibility or liability is assumed, and is expressly disclaimed, by the ValdostaLowndes County Chamber of Commerce for any inaccuracies, errors or omissions. Advertisements, articles, photos, editorial information, and other materials submitted for publication herein are subject to the unrestricted right to the edit of and by our editors and publisher. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Connection Magazine, 416 N. Ashley Street, Valdosta, Georgia 31601.

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Choosing the Right Travel Agent & Destination By: Debi Saeger, Travel Professional South Georgia Travel

In July 2007 my husband and I took one of our best vacations ever. We sailed the Danube River with Viking River Cruises on the Viking Europe.


ur cruise began in Budapest and sailed to Nuremburg stopping each day in mostly small villages one wouldn’t normally get to visit unless doing a self-drive vacation. At each stop we had an included local tour and got to see art, architecture, churches, abbeys, and experience the local culture. There was plenty of time to explore on our own with only 3 optional tours available, two in Vienna, and one in Nuremburg. The host concierge is available to assist

with activities such as golf, concerts, directions to not-to-be-missed attractions etc. so we had the feeling of being part of a group and getting very personalized attention at the same time. The staterooms are much larger than found on ocean cruise ships, all with huge picture windows so the river bank and local vistas are always in view. With only 150 passengers on board the Viking Europe, there was only one seating for meals. Breakfast was an open

you want a “ Ifvacation that is

buffet, lunch was served either in the dining room or in the lounge, and dinner each night always included a local specialty from the area we just visited. With no assigned tables, we met and got to know every passenger on board. Entertainment included local musicians, historical talks, an explanation of the lock system and how they work, and one evening there was even a glass blower on board to demonstrate his art.

VIKING RIVER CRUISES, a Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler award winner, offers the best itineraries on the rivers of Europe, Russia and China. Enjoy exciting cities, rich cultural experiences, fine dining and deluxe accommodations on board the most modern ships — with everything from meals to shore excursions included in your fare. And our award-winning Viking Longships® have raised the bar yet again with full-size veranda staterooms, the largest suites in Europe, al fresco dining and more. Come discover for yourself why Viking® truly is the world’s leading river cruise line.

historically stimulating, culturally educational, relaxing, and fun, I can’t recommend anything better than a Viking River Cruise.

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Retired and “Re-Wired” Article by: CommunityLink

Imagination Library seeks to provide children who are registered in the program with age-appropriate, high-quality books at no cost. “Our local chapDennis and Patricia Marks ter has raised over $52,000 since 2009 and The Valdosta-Lowndes community has been home supplied books monthly to over 600 children,” said Dennis. “Chilto Dennis and Patricia dren who learn to read early in Marks, known to many in their lives are more likely to do well in school, perform better in town as the “pair o’ docs”, their jobs and become informed for over 40 years. citizens.” They began their marriage in Lansing, Michigan in 1968, moved to Since her retirement, Patricia has also been lending her time Valdosta a few years later, with and services to volunteering at Patricia accepting a job in VSU’s Christ Episcopal Church where English Department and Dennis, she was ordained as an Episcopal the Physics, Astronomy & Geodeacon. In 2004, she created the sciences Department. Stitchers of Love group due to her love for knitting and assisting In the several years since the others. “We created knitted items couple’s retirement from Vallike prayer shawls, care bears dosta State University, the “pair and baby blankets to donate to o’ docs” have found themselves people in need of comfort after to be even busier as a result of their volunteer work. As an active accidents, natural disasters and other stressful events,” Patricia member and past president said. In a recent act of love, the of the Rotary Club of Valdosta, group knitted blankets for orDennis’s duties as literacy chair phans in the country of Syria. The prompted him to become the team coordinator for a cause that Helping Hands ministry was also he wholly supports: the Lowndes created by Patricia and serves to Imagination Library program. The provide toiletries, clothing and other necessities to the Children’s program was originally founded Advocacy Center, DFACS, and by Dolly Parton and has since The Haven, Valdosta’s shelter for been promoted by many other women and children who are organizations in addition to the victims of domestic violence. Valdosta area Rotary Clubs.

“There are countless opportunities for retirees to get involved in helping the community here,” said Patricia. “From local food banks and social agencies to arts organizations that need volunteers, there is an ongoing need for help and myriad ways that people can make a difference.” In addition to volunteering, the couple has a shared affinity for traveling. They have visited cities all over the United States as well as in Antarctica, China, Europe, Galapagos, Greenland and Iceland. Their traveling experience has not diminished their love for their hometown, however; both Dennis and Patricia enjoy the wide-ranging selection of cultural and entertainment opportunities in Valdosta and often take advantage of events such as the symphony, arts programs at the Turner Center and downtown activities like Art After Dark, Farm Days and First Fridays. The classic attraction of a small town, the upbeat perspective of the community and the short distance from the local university make the Marks couple glad to call this community their home. “We love to travel but it’s always nice to come home,” said Patricia.

“It’s a warm, welcoming place with lots of activities to enjoy,” noted Dennis. “Our advice to anyone considering moving here is ‘Come on down!’” Connection 2014-2015



By: Dr. Kelly C. Barrett, Hahira Veterinary Clinic

When traveling with your pet there are many things to consider. One of the most important things to consider is whether your pet can handle traveling because of illness, injury or temperament. If your pet has any health concerns or does not deal well with stress or changes in environment, then boarding your pet may be the best alternative.

(L-R Standing) Joseph Nailor; Doug Ruff, DVM; Kelly Barrett, DVM; John Hartter. (L-R Sitting) Theresa Nailor and Mary Jane Hartter Pets (L-R): Hazel Belle; Elliot Ness; Chumley

to have a crate for your pet with familiar bedding and toys so your pet can be confined if necessary. A crate may also be very useful while driving to keep your animal calm and allow you to focus on driving. Be sure to carry a supply of food with accompanying water and food dishes. Many animals become either very anxious or develop motion sickness while traveling. Therefore it is a good idea to plan ahead and get sedatives and motion sickness medications from your veterinarian if necessary.


nce you decide your pet is fit for travel, it is a good idea to make sure where you are traveling is pet friendly. Many places have restrictions on size and type of pet, so be sure to ask when making your reservations. If staying with family and friends be sure your pet will be a welcome guest, and they will be compatible with both people and other pets.

There are several things you may need to talk to your veterinarian about before travel. First has your pet been micro-chipped? A microchip is the best permanent means of identification in case

There are also items to consider taking with you for your pet’s comfort and safety. Be sure your pet has a wellfitting collar or harness and accompanying leash. It is also a good idea

your pet is lost. Second is your pet up to date on vaccines? It is important when traveling because your animal may be exposed to diseases which vaccines can protect against. Thirdly does your pet need a health certificate? A health certificate shows your pet has been inspected by an accredited veterinarian and is healthy and not showing signs of disease. Every state has its own requirements so it is important to check with your veterinarian. Also you may check online at U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health inspection Services (USDA-APHIS) website for the requirements for health certificates. If you are traveling by plane or internationally you will likely need a health certificate and an airline acclimation certificate.

Doug Ruff, DVM

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Kelly Barrett, DVM 600 GA Hwy 122 W Hahira, GA 31632 





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Valdosta? Check out the Chamber’s Community Calendar for local events and activities. You will find events such as: • Major Community Events (Dinner Dances, Banquets, Annual Meetings, Carnivals, etc.) • Significant Entertainment Events (Community Arts Concerts, College/University Theatrical Productions, etc.) • Significant Activities (Kiwanis Pancake Festival, Lakeland Derby, etc.)

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Helping Seniors and Their Families to Plan • Elder Law • Estate Planning • Life Care Planning • Medicare & Medicaid • Guardianships • Special Needs Trust • Long Term Care Planning

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Welcome Home!


has so much to offer seniors and we wanted to make sure you don’t miss anything!

Check out the list below and enjoy... 1. View local and regional artwork at Spring Into Art at the Turner Center for the Arts. 2. Print out a copy of Valdosta’s Historic Driving Tour and discover over 50 historic buildings in Valdosta’s four National Registered Historic Districts. 3. Art After Dark - Experience fabulous artwork in downtown Valdosta on the third Friday of every month. 4. Lions and Tigers and Bears, OH MY! Visit Tiger Stripes Exotic Animal Sanctuary. 5. Born to be Wild! Join a local riding club. 6. Sneak a peek at Valdosta’s Home and Garden Tour. 7. Give your time to one of many local service clubs. 8. Polish your public speaking skills with the Valdosta Toastmasters. 9. Get festive! Attend a local festival. 10. Take piano, guitar, or voice lessons. 11. Enroll in a cooking seminar or learn new computer skills in a Continuing Education class. 12. Fish at the Withlacoochee River. 13. Shop for collectibles, antiques, and jewelry at a local flea market or consignment shop. 14. Go wild at Wild Adventures Water and Theme Park! 15. Visit the 1920’s at Milltown Murals in Lakeland. 16. Learn about constellations and visible planets at VSU’s Planetarium Show. 17. Attend Peach State Summer Theatre, the Official Musical Theater of the State of GA. 18. Practice your putting and more at Jungle Jym’s Family Fun Center! 19. Hang out at a local coffee shop. 20. Head to the local farmer’s market for fresh produce and meats. 21. Tour The Crescent House and gardens, an 1898 mansion. 22. Ride the Azalea Trail or join the Azalea Bicyclists. 23. Fish, canoe, hike or camp at Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area. 24. Shop at Lake Park or visit the Valdosta Mall. 25. Play a round or two at one of Valdosta’s best golf courses. 26. Sample wines at tastings sponsored by local wineries. 27. Visit the Farmers’ Market at the Brooks County Skillet Festival of crafts and antiques! 8

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28. Kick off the holiday season by attending Merry Marketplace. 29. Train your dog at the dog park. 30. Visit one of our local museums. 31. Enjoy beautiful music performed by the Valdosta Choral Guild at their annual Christmas or Spring Concert. 32. Thrifty? Find treasures at local yard sales. 33. Find something new in Lakeland at the Flatlanders Fall Frolic Arts & Crafts show and more! 34. Treat yourself to a relaxing spa day. 35. Visit the VSU Fine Arts Gallery to see exhibitions showcasing both student, faculty and regional artwork. 36. Check out a book, listen to a story or join a book club at one of many public libraries. 37. Tap into your creative side and take an art class. 38. Buy a corned beef sandwich from Temple Israel. 39. Check out what the local boutiques offer. 40. Farm Days – Shop Local! Head to Downtown Valdosta on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from May to September to buy locally-grown produce and locallyproduced artisan items. 41. Practice your shot at one of Valdosta’s shooting ranges. 42. Attend a Moody Air Force Base air show. 43. Enjoy a theatrical production at the ‘Dosta Playhouse. 44. The place to BEE is at Hahira’s Honeybee Festival, complete with pageant and parade! 45. TITLETOWN for a reason! Cheer on our local high school athletes. 46. Sample international cuisine at a local restaurant. 47. Attend the South Georgia Classic. 48. Participate in one of Valdosta’s 5K races. 49. Garden with the gardening clubs at the Valdosta Garden Center. 50. Bowl a strike at Jac’s Lane. 51. First Fridays Downtown! Gather to eat and socialize in our beautiful, historic downtown area the first Friday of each month.

52. Sing karaoke, play trivia, shoot pool, or throw darts. 53. Catch a flick on the big screen. 54. Get organic & healthy at an organic/natural food store. 55. Enjoy a ballet production by one of the local dance companies. 56. Sample a variety of foods while raising money for local charities at the annual Taste of Valdosta event. 57. Load up the kids and head to an inflatable playground. 58. Vroom! Vroom! Start your engines and head to the South Georgia Motor Sports Park. 59. Try out a new look and get a makeover at a local salon. 60. Enjoy a fine dining experience in restaurants offering delicious cuisine and intimate atmospheres. 61. Dress in your red and black gear and enjoy VSU Athletics. 62. Have a party! Let someone else do the cooking and hire a caterer. 63. Get it while it’s hot! Eat a hot, fresh doughnut. 64. Surprise a loved one with flowers from a local florist. 65. Have a picnic at one of our 36 public parks. 66. Listen to a performance by the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra. 67. Take a leisurely walk or go for a jog on the Camellia Trail at VSU. 68. Indulge in a southern BBQ sandwich. 69. Peruse the works of local artists in local art galleries. 70. Grab the girls & head to the annual South Georgia Bridal Expo. 71. Re-fuel your body with a refreshing, fresh-squeezed juice, smoothie, or wheatgrass shot. 72. It’s fun to stay at the Y.M.C.A. Join the local “Y”! 73. Head out to the fields and pick seasonal fresh fruits at a local farmer vendor. 74. Help preserve the art of quilting as a member of a local quilter’s guild. 75. Pitch a tent and go camping at a local campground. 76. Greet newcomers or get to know others new to the area with South Georgia Newcomers’ Club.

77. Decorate your home or find the perfect housewarming gift at one of several home interior stores. 78. Enjoy a VSU Theatre production at Whitehead Auditorium. 79. Take a guided hunting tour. 80. Play frisbee on the front lawn of VSU’s campus. 81. Earn a black belt or learn self-defense at a martial arts class. 82. Looking for some bling? See what local jewelry stores have to offer. 83. Attend a local place of worship. 84. Grab your lawn chair and line the streets to watch a parade in Downtown Valdosta. 85. Head out to Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge. 86. Mentor a child or train to be an advocate with children. 87. Get involved at a City Council or a County Commission meeting. 88. Visit Sunset Hill Cemetery, a Victorian style cemetery established in 1861, where you can see the graves of many of Valdosta’s notable and historic persons. 89. Beat the heat and enjoy an ice cream or fro-yo treat. 90. Attend a FREE Lunch and Learn at the City Hall Annex. 91. Design on a dime. Take home improvement classes. 92. Channel your inner Yogi at a yoga class. 93. Experience life in a cotton mill town by strolling through the mill houses in the City of Remerton, developed after Strickland Cotton Mills was built in 1899. 94. Hear a band at a local venue. 95. Broadway comes to Valdosta! Enjoy award-winning musicals and plays performed by traveling companies in the Presenter Series. 96. Attend the annual 100 Black Men of Valdosta Top Barbecue Chefs Cook-off. 97. Give back! Donate blood or help build a Habitat house. 98. Join an underground beer and wine club. 99. Take a Zumba, ballroom, Latin, or ballet dance class. 100. Celebrate Independence Day with Fireworks!

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Marriage is what you make of it. Strive to make yours great. Here are 15 secrets for making your marriage grow in happiness and fulfillment regardless of how many years you’ve been together:


Greet Your Spouse With Enthusiasm. Smile when your spouse enters the room. Get out of your chair and wait for them at the door. Put some muscle into your hug. Put some smack into your kiss.


Remember All Important Dates. Always acknowledge your wedding anniversary, your spouse’s birthday, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day (even if she isn’t your momma or not your daddy) and Valentine’s Day.


Be Playful. Keep your playful, goofy side alive. Don’t be goofy all the time but enough so that there is a youthful energy between the two of you. Sing together. Dance. Look for things that bring laughter into each other’s life.


Focus On What Your Spouse Does Right. Anyone can be a faultfinder. Someone who strives to be their best has learned to look for the good in their partner. Be sure to acknowledge these actions. It’s called positive reinforcement.


Don’t Cut Corners. Refuse to take the easy or cheap way. Be someone who goes the extra mile.


Find Common Interests. Don’t park on the notion that you don’t have anything in common; find something!


Compliment Each Other. On stage and off; make sure you compliment your partner. It particularly makes an impact when you do it off stage.


If The Marriage Has Stalled; Consider Getting Some Therapy. If your best efforts haven’t worked; seek professional guidance. A good therapist can often make some suggestions that you haven’t thought of.


Pay Attention To Your Appearance. Make a conscious effort to look your best. Look good and smell good.


Pursue Your Spouse With Passion. The honeymoon doesn’t have to fade. Make a commitment to increase your level of interest and desire for your spouse. Do not take your spouse for granted. Don’t set yourself up to be someone with regrets later on in life.


Use Language That Honors and Respects. Never let stress or your emotions get you off track from being a gentleman or a lady.


Don’t Be So Opinionated or Judgmental That You Keep Your Spouse From Being Open. Be quick to listen and slow to speak. If communication has shut down; evaluate whether you have stopped listening to what your spouse has to say.


Strive To Make Your Spouse’s Needs A Priority. Everyone gives this lip service but very few actually live by it. Develop a heart of service. Put your spouse’s feelings and needs ahead of your own. If they don’t reciprocate; then skip ahead to number 13.


Drop Resentments That Should Have Been Buried A Long Time Ago. Holding onto old wounds will kill a marriage. Strive to forgive and forget.

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Remember The Basics. Don’t allow yourself to become so comfortable in your relationship that you stop saying “Thank you”, “I love you”, “I’m sorry”, and “You look nice today.” 2014-2015 Connection

Mark Webb is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He is the author of How To Be A Great Partner. Read more of his articles at www. TheRelationship

How Much Is Enough For Retirement? A new grandchild arrives. Your son moves across the country for his new job. The family home requires more maintenance than your travel-intensive lifestyle allows. A health challenge arises. Whatever the reason, expenses that significantly affect your long-term finances should trigger a meeting with your financial advisor. What to expect from a financial checkup Special circumstances aren’t the only reason to review your retirement finances. The regular checkups with your financial advisor that were part of your working years should continue during retirement — and may even be more important. You can verify that everything is going according to plan and adjust if it isn’t. Your financial advisor can also remind you about upcoming deadlines. Is it time to start drawing Social

Be prepared for whatever life throws your way Be prepared for whatever life throws your way

Security, taking required minimum distributions or getting legacy plans in order? Conversely, you may discover you have budgeted more than you are actually spending, which means you’re holding more cash than you intended. At a checkup, your financial advisor can review your discretionary income allotment and portfolio allocations with you. You may decide to reduce the amount you’re drawing from your portfolio, or take advantage of the opportunity to boost your retirement lifestyle. Your financial advisor will also ask about any life events that may affect your finances. That new granddaughter may prompt not only changes to your estate plans but also an increase in your travel budget if her parents reside elsewhere — or you may choose to purchase a home near the newly expanded family. All these decisions should be made in the context of your larger retirement goals, but they may also involve practicalities that your financial advisor can help you think through.

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How often is ‘regularly’? Some retirees plan a checkup each November before they take required minimum distributions from their IRAs and 401(k)s. Others choose an annual meeting during the first quarter of the year, before tax deadlines. Many retirees use their birth date as a reminder to check in with their financial advisor. No matter when you choose to hold a regular meeting, you can always conduct an additional checkup whenever a change occurs in your life.

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By: Pat Cordova

Sweet and Savory: how Southern Recipes “ Itodidboilnotanknow egg by the time I married at age 24. My mother was an excellent cook and passed to me and my sisters a love for wellprepared food, but she did not teach us how to cook. In fact, she did not want us getting in the way in the kitchen.


ortunately, I like to experiment and I’m not afraid to try new things and embark in new pastimes, so cooking became one of my new interests. Luck has a great deal to do with the fact that I enjoy cooking. My first forays into cooking were not disastrous, and that encouraged me to keep trying new recipes and more difficult dishes. It also helps when your husband thinks that anything you place in front of him for supper is the best he has ever tasted.

Daily, our menu is simple and quick. It’s cereal and fruit or oatmeal and fruit for breakfast; a mix salad with many chopped veggies and fruit for lunch in Pat Cordova summer, or soup (again with many veggies!) if the weather is cold. Supper is more varied, but I do not cook every day, nor do I cook for just two people or for one meal. We usually eat the same thing two nights in a row. I cook in large amounts and save several servings in the freezer, and eat lots of leftovers. The recipes that accompany this article are recipes that I have prepared many times and I know that they will always turn out like I expect. If you asked me what ingredients are always in my pantry, I would have to say onions, and herbs, fresh and dried. I grow my own herbs in pots placed outside near the kitchen, so I cut them the moment I need them. I think that herbs are sometimes the ingredient that turns a mediocre dish into a superb one. Over the years I have collected hundreds of cookbooks, filed thousands of recipes, become addicted to Food Channel and finally trained my computer to take me quickly to cooking sites filled with ideas, advice, and attractive photos. So, I can say that I have finally learned to cook and I have a great deal of fun cooking.

Filet of Beef en Croûte with Madeira Mushroom Sauce

Egg wash: 1 egg, beaten. Add one tablespoon of water and mix

Pastry: (Make pastry a day ahead and refrigerate, or use a box of Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts)

2 tablespoons minced green onion

Sauce: Drippings from roasting pan 1 shallot, minced

2 cups all purpose flour, sifted

1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms

¼ teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons butter

2/3 cups very cold butter

½ cup Madeira wine

7 tablespoons cold water

1 ½ tablespoons cornstarch

Tenderloin: 1 Beef tenderloin (5 or 6 pounds), well trimmed

1 10 ½ oz. can beef broth ½ teaspoon dried tarragon

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon parsley

Freshly ground pepper

Combine flour and salt in bowl and add butter cut in small pieces. Mix with fork or pastry cutter. Stir in cold water and mix well. Do not use your fingers or butter will soften too much. Do not knead. Gather dough into a ball, cover with wax paper and refrigerate until next day.

2 cloves garlic, mashed


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Next day: Preheat oven to 400 F. Spread garlic over beef and season with salt and pepper. Tuck thin end of tenderloin under to form a nicely shaped log. Place in roasting pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes for medium rare. Since oven temperatures differ, for best results, insert a meat thermometer in center of beef and bake tenderloin until thermometer reaches desired temperature. (130-135 for medium rare; 141-150 medium.) Remove beef from pan and cool to room temperature. Reserve drippings in roasting pan. Remove dough from refrigerator and allow to rest at room temperature for 10 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, roll out pastry into a rectangle large enough to wrap around roast. Using a pastry brush, brush topside of pastry with egg wash. Place roast bottom side up on pastry, and wrap meat forming a neat package, overlapping pastry. Trim excess dough and press and seal edges on top and sides. Place package seam down on a greased baking sheet. Cut leaves, lattice

Best Southern Biscuits -

adapted from Alton Brown’s recipe for classic southern biscuits. Makes 12 to 15 biscuits 2 cups all-purpose flour for dusting 4 teaspoons baking powder ¼ teaspoon baking soda ¾ teaspoon salt 2 ounces (1/4 cup) veg. shortening, chilled 2 tablespoons butter, very cold 1 cup buttermilk or low-fat buttermilk Heat oven to 400 degrees. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl.

Gazpacho Salad - This salad

looks difficult when you see the long list of ingredients, but it’s not complicated at all. You can eliminate some of the veggies or add some others that you have available (squash, zucchini, avocado, roasted corn, etc). If you like spicy food, you may add hot peppers, banana peppers, etc. I like to add cilantro. 1 cup edamame (green soybeans found in the frozen veggies aisle) ½ teaspoon salt

Using fingertips or pastry blender, rub butter and shortening into the dry ingredients until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center of mixture and add the buttermilk. Stir with a spoon until dough just comes together. Knead in the bowl until all the flour has been taken up. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and start folding the dough over on itself, gently kneading for 30 seconds or until the dough is soft and smooth.

to cut each biscuit. Reroll scraps and cut more biscuits.

Make a ball with the dough and press with fingers to form a ¾-inch-thick round. Using a biscuit cutter cut out as many biscuits as possible. Dip the biscuit cutter in flour

Place biscuits on pan so that they barely touch. Bake until the biscuits are tall and light golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes. Enjoy! With butter, of course!!

4 green onions, sliced 1 celery rib, thinly sliced 2 tomatillos, husk removed, chopped ½ cup red wine vinaigrette 2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, optional ½ teaspoon salt

1 cup boiling water

1 bunch romaine lettuce, torn small pieces

3 tomatoes, seeded and chopped

Cook the edamame in salted water for five to 8 minutes while you prepare the rest of the vegetables. You want the edamame to be “al-dente”, that is still a bit crunchy. Remove from heat and rinse in cold water

1 medium cucumber, seeded and chopped 1 medium green, red or yellow pepper, seeded and chopped

to stop the cooking process. In a large bowl combine tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, green onion, celery, and tomatillos. In a small bowl or jar mix the rest of the ingredients, except the romaine lettuce. Pour dressing over vegetables; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours. Just before serving, add the romaine lettuce and toss to combine well.

strips or other decorative shapes from leftover pastry and decorate top of package attaching decorations with a bit of egg wash. Brush remaining egg wash all over pastry and decorations.

Acorn Squash Soup 2 cups chicken broth

In a medium pot over medium heat, sauté onion in oil until tender. Stir in broth, squash, pears, salt and spices. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 15 minutes or until squash is very tender.

Preheat oven to 450 F 35 minutes before serving. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. If it browns too quickly, lower temperature to 425 and cover loosely with a piece of aluminium foil.

2 acorn squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1” cubes, or 1 acorn squash and 1 small butternut squash (microwave squash for 3 -5 minutes to soften and make it easier to peel)

Pour in batches in blender or food processor and return to pot. Stir in cream. Serve with a slice of pear and toasted pecans on top. Makes about 6 servings.

2 pears, peeled and chopped (apples work well also)

While beef en croûte is baking, prepare sauce. Place reserved pan drippings on saucepan and heat. Add butter, onions, shallot, and mushrooms and sauté for 5 minutes. Dissolve cornstarch in Madeira wine and add to pan, along with beef broth, while stirring constantly. Add tarragon and parsley and simmer for 5 minutes.

¼ teaspoon each salt, white pepper, ground ginger and nutmeg

For a beautiful presentation, buy one acorn squash per person. (Select those squash that have a good base and stay upright. Instead of peeling them, microwave them until just a bit soft, cut top off and save, remove seeds, and scoop as much squash as possible to use in soup. Leave about half an inch all around inside acorn squash and be sure not to punch a hole in the bottom. Save the squash “bowls.” Fill squash bowls with soup and replace the top as a “lid.”

Place tenderloin on a large serving platter or cutting board and slice at the table. Serve with warm mushroom sauce.

2 tablespoons butter 1 medium onion, chopped

½ teaspoon cinnamon 3/4 cup heavy cream ½ cup chopped toasted pecans, optional, for garnish

1 sliced pear, optional for garnish

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Angel-Hair Tart

I found the recipe in an Italian cookbook where it was listed as a tart. I made a few minor changes and it won second place in breads in the Valdosta Daily Times TasteOff. 8 oz. (1 cup) ricotta cheese ½ cup sour cream 3 eggs, separated 2/3 cup sugar grated peel of 1 orange ½ cup candied pineapple, green and red cherries (no candied citrus peel) 1/3 cup chopped dried apricots 1/3 cup golden raisins or dried cranberries 2/3 cup almonds, toasted and chopped (pecans or walnuts work just as well) 8 oz. angel-hair pasta Salt Sieve the ricotta; add the egg yolks, sugar, orange peel, candied and dried fruits and half the almonds. Mix well. Cook the pasta for 3 minutes in a pan of lightly salted boiling water. Drain well and combine with the ricotta mixture. Beat the egg whites into stiff peaks and gently fold into the mixture. Butter a spring form pan and sprinkle with the remaining almonds. Pour in the mixture and cook in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F. for about 1 hour. Remove from the pan and serve immediately. If the angel hair pasta is too dry and hard on the edges when cutting the tart, place a large mixing bowl over the tart for about 5 minutes and the hard edges will soften.

Carrots Cointreau 2 pounds baby carrots, or large carrots, julienned. 2 cups water 3 3-inch strips of orange peel 1 tablespoon orange zest 1 cup sugar 2 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate, straight out of the can 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1/4 cup Cointreau (Grand Marnier or other orange liqueurs work just as well) 14

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Cook carrots in water and orange peel for 10 to 12 minutes or just until tender. Drain, set carrots aside and reserve liquid. Combine 3/4 cup of reserved liquid with orange zest, sugar, orange juice concentrate, salt and butter. Heat to boiling and simmer 5 minutes. Dissolve cornstarch in 1/4 cup of reserved carrot liquid. Remove carrot/ orange mixture from heat and, while stirring constantly, add the dissolved cornstarch. Return to heat and stir over medium heat until it thickens.

Add cooked carrots and stir to coat. Add orange liqueur. Yield about 10 servings. I have tried this recipe with Splenda for people who cannot eat sugar and although the taste is a bit different and less sweet, it’s still delicious.

By: Catherine Fussell Wells

Love a Good Mystery? Interested in Genealogy? These two subjects have more in common than you might think! If you’ve started on your family history, then you understand what this means but if you haven’t, oh, what a great journey is in store for YOU!


asic genealogy starts with you, when and where you were born, who your parents were and when and where they were born and then leads you in four directions—paternal and maternal grandparents, then eight directions, then 16 directions, gathering the same information about each generation. The names and dates don’t seem too exciting but when you start with marriage records, census records, wills, land records, Bible records, military records, you are putting life to all those names and dates. When you discover the courthouse in the county you need to research has burned, not once, but multiple times, the challenge really begins. Living in Valdosta/Lowndes County is almost genealogical heaven with all the resources available. The Lowndes County Historical Museum in downtown Valdosta is a wonderful place to start, particularly if your family is from this area. Donald Davis, Executive Director, is a living history treasure and one of the most helpful people you’ll find anywhere. If your family history includes Scottish Clans, then 45 miles to the west of us is a huge repository

located at the Ellen Payne Odom Genealogical Library in Moultrie. Irene Godwin and Ann Glass will help you there.

Catherine Fussell Wells and Donald Davis at the Lowndes County Historical Society and Museum.

However, if your family is from any other place in the United States, then your genealogy destination place is the Huxford-Spear Genealogical Library located just 45 miles to the east of Valdosta. You will enjoy the country ride on Highway 84, better known as the Wiregrass Georgia Parkway, to Homerville. When you arrive at the Huxford-Spear Genealogical Library, you will gaze in amazement at the enormous collection of books on every state in the Union. In the Sabina James Murray Family History Room you will find nearly 5000 books on families from all over. Want to know when your family arrived on the Mayflower or any other ship? The books in the Immigration room will be helpful. Do you have royalty in your family? There are books to help you find your King. Would you like to know about your Revolutionary War Soldier, your soldier in the War of 1812, the Indian Wars, the War Between the States, Confederate or Union? You will find the books to locate their service records. Sharon James Keith is the helpful and gracious lady who will be able to assist you. The mystery in your family is waiting to be solved and the resources abound to help you. Get out that pen and pad and get started—remember it starts with YOU! Visit the Lowndes County Historical Society and Museum downtown at 305 W. Central Avenue or call 229-247-4780. Connection 2014-2015


Getting the BEST Hearing Improvement Very few people want hearing aids, even though 10% of our population needs them and only 2% really ever get hearing help. By: Danny Jones, Advanced Hearing Solutions


veryone has a story of a friend who purchased hearing aids and according to the friend, “it was the worst mistake I ever made.” Maybe the hearing aids never fit right, never worked or never helped the friend hear anything. “Well you know John got a hearing aid and he could not hear with it and he spent $10,000 for one hearing aid!” I have heard the stories and I am always interested in separating the fact from fiction. (I have not known anyone to ever pay $10,000 for one hearing aid.) Very few people want hearing aids, even though 10% of our population needs them and only 2% really ever get hearing help. I’d like to talk to you about being successful with hearing aids and what you need to know to achieve the benefit you really want and need. Being successful with just about everything is dependent first on attitude. Attitude can make or break a person’s success. Combine a positive attitude with admitting you have a problem and the hardest part is over. When people come to see me I can tell if they are going to hear better or not just by how they act. Mr. Grumpy will never be

happy, but he also cannot find a decent restaurant in Valdosta to eat at either. Mrs. Happy just seems to have everything fall right into place, and ends up doing well hearing her girlfriends while having lunch downtown because of her positive attitude. The second key to hearing success is to research where to go for hearing aids in Valdosta. No one office can please 100% of the people 100% of the time, but also keep in mind you want to make sure the business you choose can promise success. Ask friends and acquaintances about their experiences. Valdosta is typically a very friendly community and people are willing to share their experiences, good and bad. The last thing you want is to buy hearing aids and hate to go back to the same place for service. Third, commit to success. The typical person loses their hearing over a period of 7 to 10 years and then expects a hearing aid to restore their hearing as soon as it is put on and hear perfectly. I have seen very few cases where this has happened.

I have clients who can put a hearing aid on and instantly hear the way they want to, but I have some who I have worked with over 6 months to slowly acquire moderate improvement. Not everyone wears the same size shoes and not everyone experiences the same hearing improvement.


n a final note, Consumer Reports in 2009 conducted a study of hearing aids and hearing aid users and came up with some interesting facts. We have copies at my office and you can search online for the article. It could be very helpful in making sure you experience the best hearing improvement.

Advanced Hearing Solutions of GA/FL LLC

“The Hearing Aid Experts!” Phone: 1-229-253-0105

111 Woodrow Wilson Drive, Ste. A 16

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Text: 1-229-273-5414 Get on the way to success with better hearing!

Danny Jones BBA, HIS

The SilverSneakers® Fitness Program


By: Ann Bennett Dowman

his active program is an innovative health, exercise and wellness program helping older adults live healthy, and maintain active lifestyles.


Your SilverSneakers® fitness membership includes: • Access to our basic amenities such as our heated pool with adult-only hours, private locker rooms, private showers, state-of-the-art fitness equipment, circuit training, racquetball courts, and lounge. • SilverSneakers® classes and other classes we offer such as yoga, pilates, dance, etc. • Most important, your membership is available to you at little or no cost through your health plan. Regular participation in SilverSneakers® can help you build muscular strength, improve joint mobility and increase cardiovascular endurance, leading to improved health and greater independence.

Included in your Y Membership:

 Silver Sneakers Fitness Program  Over 80+ Group Fitness Classes  12 Week Personal Fitness Program  25 Meter Heated Pool Available Year Around  24 Hour Fitness Zones  Sauna, Steam Room and Whirlpool  Plus a whole lot more for your Active Lifestyle! VALDOSTA YMCA


Phone: (229) 244-4646

Phone: (229) 559-8886

2424 Gornto Rd.

5285 Mill Store Rd.

Discount on YMCA Memberships and Scholarships Available

YMCA as therapy


lthough I have lived in New Zealand for the last 11 years, I have been in Valdosta since the 1st of February spending time with my 97 year old father Harold Bennett who is in declining health at Heritage House Nursing Home. These have been hard times. A few months ago I discovered that I was eligible for Silver Sneakers so for the last two and a half months I have been coming to the Y’s 9:20 a.m. classes faithfully most Jim and Ann Dowman days. During the times my husband has been here with me, he comes as a visitor. After seeing my dad at the nursing home first thing in the morning, we trudge over to the Y for my “therapy.” The welcoming staff cheer me up and the organized, sometimes brutal workouts, clean out my nervous system, push my muscles/endurance to the limit, and refresh my spirit. I come away from the Y with a wonderful sense of well-being and I am much more ready to face whatever the day brings. Thank you Valdosta YMCA! Connection 2014-2015


By: Craig Morse, VisionQuest

Today’s Technology and Its Benefits Here are some solutions that the retired generations can use to their benefit Consider Managed Services for Your Home Computers/Network The first thing I want to go over briefly is home computers or tablets. Most of the time when we find out that something is wrong with our computer it’s too late. Normally this happens at the most inopportune moments. Most people are reactive when it comes to technology when they should be proactive. When you have a computer, printer, wireless or anything that connects to a network it can be so confusing when you don’t work on this sort of stuff. We use managed software that we can run and it will monitor your computer as well as your network. This will let us know when there is a problem normally before you even know. At that point companies like us will fix this issue before you see it. This also monitors your Antivirus and makes sure it is up to date and running properly. It also checks your printer as well as your router to make sure they are working. Managed software will also defrag and clean your computers, resulting in better running devices with less problems. Consider Home Automation Home automation can help with so many things. You can manage your home from anywhere. Whether you are retired or not you don’t want to have to worry 18

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about your home every time you go visit family or friends. - Control all of your lights and AC unit from your phone or tablet. You even can lock or unlock the house. - Control sprinklers in the garden from anywhere. - View inside or outside your house from anywhere. - Disarm your alarm with a key fob versus having to punch in a code. - View who is at your door before you open it.

together and control most of it with your phone from anywhere. You can be on vacation in another state and water the garden or view the perimeter or inside of your house to make sure everything is okay. You can make phone calls with ease and actually be able to see the buttons. DON’T be afraid to try it. The iPhone and iPad is very easy to use. Once you learn this device it makes the rest of the technology even easier to use. Don’t forget there are people and companies out there that help you so don’t be afraid to try things because you may break something. The only way we learn is to TRY!

The possibilities go on and on. These types of devices can help you make your life easier. This is a very simple to use system T e c h n o l o g y & C o n s u lt i n g since everything is installed and programmed Business Telephone Systems just for YOU!

VOIP Systems

Consider a Smart Phone and Tablet These can make your life easier. If you still use a flip phone you would be amazed by how easy it is to use smart phones. When you use this device you can tie everything above

Home Automation Network Solutions Internet Service Cloud Service Voice & Data Cabling

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What makes PruittHealth Hospice Different?


ruittHealth Hospice has been providing palliative care both in the home and/or a care center setting since 1993. Services begin and end with compassion and the preservation of dignity and comfort. Resources are available to patients 7 days a week and include certified professional consulting on pain management, wound care, pharmaceutical care and advanced clinical nursing. Quality of life treatments such as palliative radiation and chemo, blood transfusions and IV Therapy are covered services. PruittHealth Hospice also has an on-call policy that allows patients and family to call for a visit from an RN to provide a handson assessment when conditions change. This on-call process is part of the proprietary Uni-Guard Program as a way to prevent unnecessary re-hospitalizations for our patients.

Local: 229-242-1187

More about PruittHealth Hospice: • • • • • • • •

Weeknight, weekend and holiday admissions. New referral response time of less than two hours. Language interpretation services available for all nationalities. Bereavement support services for the patient’s loved ones as well as the Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living and Hospital staff. A non-profit affiliate, PruittCares Foundation, which provides scholarships, hardship grants and bereavement support initiatives to community members and staff. Acceptance of all hospice eligible patients regardless of ability to pay. Customized full continuum of care programs to meet the transitional needs of the patient and family. There are several hospice providers, but it is your right to chose a hospice provider of your choice.

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First State Bank and Trust is a division of Synovus Bank. Synovus Bank, Member FDIC, is chartered in the state of Georgia and operates under multiple trade names across the Southeast. Divisions of Synovus Bank are not separately FDIC-insured banks. The FDIC coverage extended to deposit customers is that of one insured bank.

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Welcome to the “NEW” Langdale Even though we’ve been in business for over 50 years in the same location!


e are just completing a total renovation of our facilities to serve you better. You’ll find a “state of the art” facility in a 50 year old building. We love downtown Valdosta and have committed to staying here at the request of our customers. Our new facility is still spacious and comfortable but now all new to serve you better. We are continuing our facelift across the street at our Used Car and Truck Super Center and the addition of a new Quick Lane facility on the north side of that property on Patterson St.

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• BEST selection of new Ford Cars and Trucks in the South Georgia area • Fully STAFFED Commercial and Fleet Department • EXCELLENT selection of Used Cars and Trucks, all with a warranty • Award winning Service Department offering complete service on any make. • Fully staffed and Certified Collision Center servicing all makes and models. • 24- Hour Wrecker Service • Friendly and experienced staff to serve all your automotive needs. • Free car wash with any service performed • Courtesy Shuttle Service so you can drop off your vehicle and get to work or home.

You’ll love our people and our deals!

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Sweet Sounds of the Symphony It is with great pride and pleasure that I discuss the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra with the South Georgia community because it is one of our area’s greatest hidden gems. This year is especially exciting because this is the Orchestra’s celebratory 25th Anniversary season, an accomplishment in itself in such difficult economic times. Several orchestras in larger cities around the country have failed, yet the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra grows ever stronger and better.


he concerts are held in VSU’s Whitehead Auditorium, located in the Fine Arts Building, and performances begin at 8 PM. There is no dress code and the ambiance is welcoming. Although many enjoy dressing for the special occasion, the musicians just want you to fill the seats and enjoy the engaging live musical performance they present. Our accomplished Music Director, Dr. Howard Hsu, has developed another season of diverse concerts, which began on September 27, with guest soloist, Rachel Barton Pine on violin. The opening concert is always my personal favorite, largely because of the special tradition of playing the Star Spangled Banner, always an inspiring and moving experience when performed live. Since this is the 25th anniversary season, the first concert is slated to be especially celebratory. The second concert will be held on November 15, and will feature guest pianist, Awadagin Pratt. The next concert, February 14, is understandably entitled “Visions of Love,” and features VSU alumni and faculty as soloists. Classical music is not stuffy or boring, made obvious in the third


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concert of the season: “Flicker,” on March 14, 2015, will feature music from movies of the Silent Age. The season ends on May 2, with Beethoven’s 9th, and includes four renowned guest vocalists.

By: Carla Penny

Carla Penny President 2014-2015 Valdosta Symphony Guild

Come hear the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra once and I guarantee you’ll return for another performance. They are that good. In fact, just this August, Howard Hsu was informed, “the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra has been selected as a finalist for The American Prize in Orchestral Performance, 2014.” This nomination is a huge honor and accomplishment, as the national competition is steep. The winner of the 11 finalists will be announced in late September. The VSO relies heavily on support from patrons in the community, and the Valdosta Symphony Guild serves as a major fundraising arm. The VSG holds the prestigious Symphony Ball on the second Saturday of November each year as their major fundraising event, to support the orchestra’s educational programs for area youth. Concert tickets are always available at the door, or buy ahead by visiting www.valdostasymphony. org or by calling 229-333-2150. It’s not too late to buy a season and become a patron today.

Tickets Now Available

for the

2014 - 2015 Season 229.333.2150

Sandra Rose, Director of Sales


Behavioral Health Services of South Georgia Mental Health Center – Valdosta 3120 N. Oak Street Ext., Suite C Valdosta, GA 31602 Contact: 229-671-6170

Mental Health Center – Adel 1905 S. Hutchinson St Adel, GA 31620 Contact: 229-896-4559 Mental Health Center – Tifton 334 Tift Eldorado Rd Tifton, GA 31794 Contact: 229-391-2300

Developmental Disability Day Centers: Lowndes, Berrien, Brooks, Cook, Turner


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Our Chamber values our retirees.

We often hear that Valdosta-Lowndes County is the perfect place for retirees – warm climate, friendly people, and so many interesting things to do. Our Chamber values our retirees. We know that our community is a better place because of you. You are an important part of our community, and we want to invite you to become an important part of our Chamber. Please accept this special invitation to become a member of a Chamber group designed for active seniors. It’s called the Chamber Silver Stars. It is a great way for active seniors to stay in touch with the business community, while making new friends and renewing old friendships.

Do you want to know what’s going on in your community? Do you like to read the Georgia Trend Magazine? We can help you stay in touch...

Make an investment in the future...for your community by joining the Chamber as a Silver Star Member! Call the Chamber today at 229-247-8100 Ext. 231 for complete details or visit


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• Annie Fisher • Barry & Marian Belanger • Bruce and Anne Cousins • Col. Clarence S. Parker • Col. Ronald Mitchell • Dean Brooks • Densol Griffin • Don and Caroline Martin • Dr. Louis Levy • Earline James • James McGahee • Jeanette Coody • Joanne W. Griner • Joanne Ward • John Thomas • John Wilkinson • Megan Smith • Mr. & Mrs. David Waller • Mr. & Mrs. Lou McClendon • Ralph & Sandra Beckham • Rev. Grace Hughes • Rev. V. L. Daughtery, Jr. • Richard Shelton • Ron Irwin • Stanley & Bonnie Rumphol • Susan E. Dukes • Susan Leonard • Susan Wheeler


By: Jennifer Powell

It happens to all of us ---

the sudden and disappointing realization that we can no longer do everything we could 1, 5 or 10 years ago. My realization came as I was sitting on my living room floor looking at pictures and “tried” to stand up. I had to put my hand on the coffee table to help me rise. Well, I was just not ready for this limitation so I started looking at what I could do about it. My solution was to enroll myself in Taekwondo classes. I had heard about the benefits of: low impact activity, increased flexibility, better balance, and enhanced mental focus. Little did I know at that time, the additional benefits I have discovered over the past 10 years! My claim to be FIT, FOCUSED AND FIERCE evolved out of my association with Taekwondo.

It is a reality that as we age physically, we have to adjust our activities to match the abilities we are capable of performing. Now more than ever it is important to keep ourselves physically in shape not just for our health but for our safety. Maintaining our flexibility and balance is critical to prevent injury from everyday accidents or be in a position to defend ourselves. Being able to defend yourself (mentally and physically) at any age is crucial however, the “more mature individuals” are often targeted as easy victims. Defending yourself requires you to have some level of physical fitness specifically balance to be effective. Here are a few tips in self-defense that can help you successfully defend yourself if needed: - Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t be talking on your cell phone, digging your keys out of your purse. - Be prepared to create a distraction. Scream, run, throw something if you see, feel or sense anything that may be a threat. - Be prepared to defend yourself with a few basic skills you can easily perform at any age.

In close encounters, a thrust of the palm of your hand to the base of the attacker’s nose, stomping your foot on the arch of the attacker’s foot or kneeing, kicking or hand strikes to the groin area, are very effective (and usually unexpected) moves. Awareness, leverage, balance and a few techniques are all it takes to learn how to defend yourself. Take a self-defense course and learn which techniques you will be most successful with. Just the mere fact that you feel confident you can “keep yourself safe” helps in making you not look like a victim. Whatever works for you, make sure you are meeting your goals. - Do something that you can enjoy as an activity not as a chore. - Do something that broadens your circle of acquaintances – you can never have too many friends. - Do something that keeps your mind ever expanding. - Do something that you genuinely believe is beneficial to you. - Realize that self-preservation is in your own hands.


Jennifer E. Powell, Chief Administrator, Fresh Beginnings, Inc. 4th Degree Black Belt • Certified Instructor • American Taekwondo Association SHARP Certified • Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention • Community Advocate

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Because Because care care matters matters Hospice is more than a place, Hospice is more than a place, it’sit’s a philosophy of care. a philosophy of care.

It’sIt’s a service ensuring that your loved ones’ a service ensuring that your loved ones’ wishes are respected. Hospice of South Georgia is is wishes are respected. Hospice of South Georgia committed to to providing physical, emotional, social committed providing physical, emotional, social and spiritual support during the end-of-life journey, and spiritual support during the end-of-life journey, as as well as as assisting caregivers with bereavement well assisting caregivers with bereavement and helpful resources in the Valdosta-Lowndes and helpful resources in the Valdosta-Lowndes County community and surrounding service areas. County community and surrounding service areas. AsAs a community-supported, not-for-profit Hospice, a community-supported, not-for-profit Hospice, patients and caregivers become cherished patients and caregivers become cherished members of of Hospice of of South Georgia family. members Hospice South Georgia family. VALUING DIGNITY AND QUALITY OFOF LIFE VALUING DIGNITY AND QUALITY LIFE

OurOur professionals are are specifically certified in Hospice andand professionals specifically certified in Hospice Palliative care, andand trained to provide: Palliative care, trained to provide: • An• assessment scheduled within the the initial hourhour of request An assessment scheduled within initial of request • Regularly scheduled staff visits with 24-hour, on-call services Hospice of South Georgia provides thethe region’s • Regularly scheduled staff visits with 24-hour, on-call services Hospice of South Georgia provides region’s • Training for family in patient’s carecare onlyonly hospice inpatient facility, TheThe Langdale • Training for family in patient’s hospice inpatient facility, Langdale Hospice House. Residential Care is also available of care withwith patient’s physician Hospice House. Residential Care is also available • Coordination • Coordination of care patient’s physician for for patients who find a continued stay to be their patients who find a continued stay to be their • Emotional andand spiritual support by our social workers, • Emotional spiritual support by our social workers, counselors and chaplain bestbest choice. Private rooms with 24-hour staff counselors and chaplain choice. Private rooms with 24-hour staff support cancan offer comfort andand peace of mind on on • Supportive carecare by trained volunteers support offer comfort peace of mind • Supportive by trained volunteers an on-going basis. an on-going basis. • Assistance withwith medications, equipment andand supplies thatthat relate • Assistance medications, equipment supplies relate to the life-limiting illness to the life-limiting illness Hospice carecare is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, Hospice is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, • Grief support withwith comprehensive services for all by our • Grief support comprehensive services forages all ages by our andand mostmost private insurances. private insurances. Bereavement Coordinator, certified in grief andand lossloss counseling Bereavement Coordinator, certified in grief counseling andand advice fromfrom a clinical dietician • Assistance advice a clinical dietician 1.800.HOSPICE • 229.433.7000 1.800.HOSPICE • 229.433.7000 • Assistance • Access to the Langdale Hospice House • Access to the Langdale Hospice House


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The Advantages of Having an Independent Advisor

By: Marty LeFiles, LeFiles Valenti Financial Advisors, LLC

For most, planning for retirement means asking two important questions:

“What am I going to do with all my spare time?” and “Do I have enough money to last my lifetime?”


hile the answer to the first is mostly up to you, you may need to consider hiring a financial advisor to help you figure out the answer to the second. In doing so, it is important to understand the difference between a “fiduciary” standard of care regarding clients and a “suitability” standard of care. The fiduciary standard, which applies to all advisors who are compensated by client fees, requires that the advisor must always act in the best interests of the client, rather than himself or his firm. The suitability standard, which applies to advisors who are compensated by commissions, such as stock brokers and insurance agents, requires only that the advisor recommend investment products that are suitable for the client. Under the suitability standard, conflicts of interest As fiduciaries, Nick Valenti and Marty LeFiles use financial between the advisor and the client don’t necessarily have analysis software to determine the best investment strategy for each client. to be disclosed. Independent financial advisors acting as fiduciaries must spend a lot of time with new clients to understand what their financial goals are, and to map out a strategy to meet those goals. Such a strategy includes an assessment of their current investments, identifying potential issues and recommending investment models that reflect the client’s risk tolerance and time frame. Portfolios are reviewed on an ongoing basis to make sure that needed adjustments are made as the retirement years go by. This is a lifetime process and key to a happy retirement. Advisory services offered through Interactive Financial Advisors, Registered Investment Advisor. LeFiles Valenti Financial Advisors, LLC and IFA are independently owned and operated.

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By: Casey Perkins, Cancer Coalition of South Georgia

Making a Difference: Opportunities for service in the community Millie Perkins (My Mom!, Cancer Survivor and Cancer Coalition Volunteer), Rhonda Green (Captain Colon! and Screening Program Manager, Cancer Coalition of South Georgia), Vicky Stephens, Lidia Olds (Both Cancer Coalition Volunteers) all smiles.

“Approach opportunities based on how others will benefit from your actions.”


n the South, the word community carries a strong sense of meaning. We southerners are ardently protective of our family, friends and neighbors, but another way that we show our respect and commitment to our communities is through service and volunteering. I learned this lesson well from both of my parents. Their examples of community service laid the foundation for me to work for a local non-profit organization and become a champion of volunteering to better our communities. Volunteering is good for you: Research shows a strong relationship between volunteering and health. Those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer. Comparisons of the health benefits of volunteering for different age groups have also shown that older volunteers are the most likely to receive greater benefits. Likely, because volunteering provides them with physical and social activity and a sense of purpose at a time when their social roles are changing. Some findings also indicate that volunteers who devote a “considerable” amount of time to volunteer activities (about 100 hours annually) are most likely to exhibit positive health outcomes. (http://www.

Wise Words: The satisfaction of helping others – seeing a smile, hearing a thank you – is a great reward for just a portion of our time and talents. However, there is another benefit to becoming a community servant and volunteer. By serving organizations that work to better our communities you become a part of the organization’s success and thereby help your community grow. I am inspired when I see people of all ages and backgrounds who are committed champions of their local communities. So find an opportunity and start giving back. I promise you will feel great and you’ll be helping your community at the same time! Visit www.volunteermatch. org to find local opportunities to serve. Grab a friend and begin serving together or use your volunteering as a chance to meet new people and make lifelong friends. The Cancer Coalition of South Georgia works in 32 South Georgia counties to provide services, education, research and outreach with 100% of our funding and resources staying local to help fight the high rates of cancer in our communities. If you’re inspired to start volunteering or looking for somewhere to give your time, the Cancer Coalition would love to have you! Get in touch with our volunteer coordinator, Melissa, at 229-312-1700 or visit us online at www. Connection 2014-2015


By: Jeanette Coody

The Value of Volunteering

I would rather wear out than rust out! Jeanette Coody


aving lost my mother at the early age of 18 months I was a “drug” child: I was “drug” from my oldest brother’s home back to my father. I was “drug” to church, I was “drug” everywhere with my family. I learned to help others by example. My father taught us “See a Need and Take the Lead”. This remains a constant in my life at almost 92 years of age. For 36 years I worked for Levi Strauss & CO, that believed in helping their employees and the community in which they lived. My days are never brighter than when I am helping someone in need. The joy I receive is God given because I never tire when volunteering. My love for helping other comes from a HIGHER SOURCE otherwise I could never have been on 35 mission trips since my retirement 15 years ago.

of Azalea City Woman’s Club, and have been a member of the Board for the Boys and Girls Club for over 30 years. I volunteer at the Chamber, where I was Ambassador of Year and I am a Silver Star member.

I am a firm believer that a body in motion stays in motion. I line dance three days a week at the Senior Center. I sing in two choirs at my church, teach Single Adults in Sunday School, am president

I was Valdosta’s Woman of the Year 1985, and I won the Jenny Award from General Federation of Women’s Clubs 2012 for Outstanding Community Service to My Community.

My philosophy of life has been: Service is the rent we pay for the space we occupy. And I never want my rent in arrears! 30

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sENIORS with a heart for ART

We know that active retirees never lose their zest for staying involved with people! You’ve decided to spend your retirement in a wonderful place … a place The Turner Center always welcomes retirees in groups and individually. Here where culture thrives. For these reasons Crossroads Baptist retirees on a recent tour of the galleries with Cheryl Olive and many more, we invite YOU to become an integral part of our local arts scene!

north of beautiful downtown Valdosta, but a visit to the Ce We’d offer you a senior discount As on but you don the admission, area’s premier regional community arts center, the Annette Howell Turner never an admission fee!! Everyone is always welcome! We Center for the Arts is the hub of cultural activity in a multi-county area. Parking is get a d through unique gift shop Here’s where Center members The Turner Center alwaysour welcomes retirees in groups and individually. plentiful, access is easy and our beautiful galleries offer you a respite, a refuge, from the chaos of a busy world. We’re just north of beautiful downtown Valdosta, but a visit to the Center makes you feel like you’re in a different realm. We’d offer you a senior discount on admission, but you don’t need one … we’re open to the public and there’s never an admission fee!! Everyone is always welcome! We hope that you’ll visit soon and often, and then exit through our unique gift shop where Center members get a discount!

a group of Crossroads Baptist retirees on a recent tour of the galleries with The Turner Center always welcomes retirees in groups and individually. Here’s a group of Cheryl Oliver (far right). Crossroads Baptist retirees on a recent tour of the galleries with Cheryl Oliver (far right).

Our offerings include pottery, painting and culinary classes writers’ workshops, free Yoga classes, professionally-produ Series, volunteer opportunities, free Gallery Opening Recep an exquisite gathering place where you’re sure to make new Our offerings include pottery, painting and culinary classes for adults and children, concerts, gallery talks, free delightful way. writers’ workshops, free Yoga classes, professionally-produced, national touring shows through our Presenter Series, volunteer opportunities, free Gallery Opening Receptions, Youth Art Month, and much more. The Center is an exquisite gathering place where you’re sure to make new friends, learn new things, experience life in a new and delightful way.

Check our website often ( Please co Center is YOUR art center … CLAIM IT!

Check our website often ( Please come visit us soon and let us show you around. The Turner Center is YOUR art center … CLAIM IT!



Cheryl Oliver, Executive Director

Cheryl Oliver, Executive Director

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Put Your BEST Face Forward

By: Betsy Perry Thacker, MD, FAAD

“You look so tired. Is everything okay?”


f you have ever heard these

words, you know how awkward and annoying they can be. These comments from wellmeaning friends or family members translate into, “You don’t look your best.”

As we age, there are characteristic changes that occur in the bones, fat, and skin of our faces. Bone is resorbed, and fat redistribution and loss lead to alternating puffy and hollow areas. Some of these changes are determined

genetically; others are environmental and are influenced by sun exposure, smoking, and skin care. Sun exposure, in particular, accelerates these changes and hastens collagen degradation, resulting in looser, thinner (saggy) skin. Recognizable signs of aging include hollowing under the eyes, flattening of the cheeks, brows and lips, deepening of the nasolabial and melolabial folds (the commas above and below the mouth, respectively), and

formation of jowls. Injections of fillers under the skin into the dermis can correct asymmetry and replace lost volume, lifting the face and imparting a more youthful and rested appearance. There is an array of dermal fillers, each with slightly different properties and durations of effect. Restylane™, Perlane™, (Cont. on page 35)

For the life of your skin Injections

Procedures • Chemical Peels TM • CO2 RE Laser Resurfacing • Redness Removal Laser • Sclerotherapy (leg veins) • Acne Scars • Stretch Marks

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BotoxTM TM Dysport Restylane TM Perlane TM TM Juvederm Radiesse TM

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Skin Care • Thacker Dermatology • Neocutis • Avene • LatisseTM Before After

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Mental Health Issues in the Elderly When Should You Be Concerned? By: Joel Morgan, MD Medical Director of SGMC Dogwood Senior Health Center

Growing old CAN be a good thing. You can retire and go on trips, you pay less to eat out and best of all -- you can give the grandkids back when you have had enough! However; aging has a dark side. As we age, the incidence of depression, substance abuse, anxiety disorders, dementia and delirium can increase. Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease and other physical ailments that have an emotional impact on us begin to show up. We begin to lose friends and relatives who support us emotionally, physically and often financially. What can we do to help? Since we can’t stop ourselves from aging the next best thing is to keep a close eye on the elderly. Older folks in mental distress are very often overlooked. They frequently do not or cannot complain and are often out of sight and out of mind.

Anxiety. Dementia. Depression. We can help.

My best advice is to check on the elderly often and ask questions. 1. Have you noticed significant mood or behavior changes? Is the individual reluctant to go out/ leave home? 2. Have these individuals lost interest in things they used to enjoy? 3. Do they have difficulty sleeping or do they sleep too much? 4. Are they having difficulty completing familiar tasks such as dressing themselves or making a pot of coffee? 5. Has use of alcohol or other drugs increased?

To arrange a free initial assessment or for more information, call

If you do not get the right answers or if something seems wrong, get professional help. Depression isn’t a sign of weakness or a character flaw. It can happen to anyone!


229.433.8680 Visit us inside the SGMC Berrien Campus at 1221 E. McPherson Ave. Nashville, Georgia. Connection 2014-2015


Dining Guide

You can’t go hungry with this dining guide! Restaurants in red offer discounts to Seniors! Baytree Area Jimmy Johns** 1337 Baytree Road 229.333.9747 Chubby’s Chicken Fingers** 1211 Baytree Road 850.339.8672

Downtown Area 229.247.8100 It’s All Good 118 W. MLK Jr. Street 229.269.6060 Jessi’s Eats and Treats** 205 N. Ashley Street 229.247.4670 Kentucky Fried Chicken 1203 N. Ashley Street 229.247.2395

Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q @ Lake Park** 1088 Lakes Blvd 229.241.8090 The Fish Net Restaurant @ Lake Park 3949 Sportsman Cove Road 229.559.5410

Hill Avenue & Mall Area

306 North 310 N. Patterson Street 229.249.5333

McDonald’s 715 S. Patterson Street 229.671.9908

Bleu Cafe 121 N. Patterson Street 229.244.2248

McDonald’s 2102 N. Ashley Street 229.671.9833

Austin’s Cattle Co. 2101 West Hill Ave. 229.259.9333

bleu PUB 116 W. Hill Avenue 229.219.2289

Steel Magnolias 132 N. Patterson Street 229.259.0010

Azalea’s Restaurant & Lounge** 1805 W. Hill Avenue 229.247.9500

Covington’s Dining and Catering** 310 N. Patterson Street 229.242.2261 Dairy Queen 701 N. Ashley Street 229.242.4095 Giulio’s Greek Italian Restaurant 105 E. Ann Street 229.333.0929 Grassroots Coffee Co. 133 N. Patterson Street 229.253.0602 34

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Hahira & Lake Park Area

Applebee’s** 1301 N. St. Augustine Road 229.241.9933

Beijing Café 1715-C Norman Drive 229.253.0808

Church Street Coffee @ Hahira 107 S. Church Street 229.794.3383

Bojangles 1725 W. Hill Avenue 229.242.4202

Frogtown South 7495 Union Road 229.794.1600

Bubba Jax Crab Shack 1700 W. Hill Avenue 229.469.4368

McDonald’s @ Lake Park 7207 Lakes Blvd 229-559-9552

Buffalo Wild Wings 1553 Baytree Road 229.241.7246

Cheddar’s Casual Café 270 Norman Drive 229.247.5551 Chick-fil-a @ Valdosta Mall 1700 Norman Drive 229.247.2487 Chick-fil-a @ St. Augustine 1100 N. St. Augustine Road 229.247.2625 Cracker Barrel 1195 St. Augustine Road 229.244.5258 Crystal River Seafood 958 St. Augustine Road 229.249.9515 Dairy Queen 1836 W. Hill Avenue 229.242.5446 Denny’s Restaurant 1328 N. St. Augustine Road 229.253.9388 El Toreo Mexican 1713 Gornto Road 229.259.0444 Fazoli’s** 1307 N. St. Augustine Rd. 229.241.7780 Gondolier Italian Trattoria 282 Norman Drive 229.232.4948

Honey Baked Ham** 1601 Baytree Road 229.244.6833

Chicken Salad Chick 3249 N. Oak Street Ext. 229.469.7017

Hooters** 1854 Clubhouse Drive 229.293.9110

Friends Grille and Bar 3338-B Country Club Drive 229.242.3282

Longhorn 1110 N. St. Augustine Road 229.333.0100

Kentucky Fried Chicken 3026 N. Ashley Street 229.247-0666

McDonald’s 1177 St. Augustine Road 229.251.1457

Mama June’s 3186 Inner Perimeter Road 229.245.6062

McDonald’s 1840 W. Hill Avenue 229.671.9883

Marcos Pizza #8081 4320 Kings Way 229.245.9595

Mori Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar 1709 Norman Drive 229.244.5299 Ole Times Country Buffet 1193 N. St. Augustine Rd 229.253.1600 Olive Garden 1315 St. Augustine Road 229.244.9990 Ragazzo’s Pizza and Grille 1700 Norman Drive-1142 229.834.4844 Shane’s Rib Shack** 1525 Baytree Road, Suite M 229.469.6950 Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q** 1701 Norman Drive 229.241.8090 Texas Roadhouse 1874 Clubhouse Drive 229.242.7700 Zaxby’s** 1102 N. St Augustine Road 229.244.3273

Summit Pointe & North Valdosta Area

McDonald’s 4185 N. Valdosta Road 229.242.8444 McDonald’s 4109 Bemiss Road 229.671.9940 Papa John’s 2139 Bemiss Road 229.241.1000 Smok’n Pig B-B-Q** 4228 N. Valdosta Road 229.245.8227 Subway** 4622 Bemiss Road 229.245.8090 The Egg & I 2953 A N. Ashley St. 229.300.2960 Wooden Nickel Pub 3269 Inner Perimeter Road 229.247.7750 Zaxby’s** 3250 Inner Perimeter Rd. 229.219.0402

Sweets and Treats The Cup & Cake Shop (Bakery) 220 N. St. Augustine Rd. 229.300.1239 PammyCakes (Bakery) 1900 E Gornto Road 229.249.9866

Applebee’s** 3254 Inner Perimeter Road 229.257.0003

Catering Only

Blimpie Subs & Salads 414 Northside Drive 229.245.1885

Ahh…David! R.S.V.P. 112 W Rogers Street 229.242.3425

Burger King 4464 Shiloh Road 229.247.6593

Chartwells/V-State Catering 1500 N Patterson Street 229.333.5830

Cactus Flower Café 3209 N. Oak Street Ext. 229.232.4120

Daily Dinners Personal Chef 9213 Coffee Road 229.251.1369

Chick-Fil-A @ North Valdosta 3147 Inner Perimeter Road 229.245.0144

Rainwater Conference Center 1 Meeting Place 229.245.0513

**Offers catering

Best Face Forward (cont. from page 32)

Juvederm™ and Belotero™ are all made from hyaluronic acid (HA), a natural component of skin that is lost with age. Corrections achieved by these fillers typically last for 6-12 months and are FDA approved for correction of the lips, “lipstick lines,” nasolabial and melolabial folds. They are also commonly and safely used “offlabel” in the tear troughs to correct dark under-eye circles and the pre-jowl sulcus on either side of the chin. The effects are easily reversible and have very low rates of allergic reactions. Biostimulators, such as Radiesse™ and Sculptra™, contain particles that stimulate your skin to make more collagen. They typically last 1-2 years, are used to volumize the face, and provide a structural framework for HA fillers. They are not appropriate for use in the tear troughs or lips because of the risk of nodule or granuloma formation. Assuming that you are being treated by an expert who is trained in the anatomy, proper injection techniques, and management of rare but potentially serious complications, dermal fillers are generally very safe and have almost no “down time.” Patients should expect mild bruising, swelling, and transient redness of the treated areas. It is possible to develop nodules under the skin, although these may be easily dissolved if using an HA filler. They may be used alone or in combination with neuromodulators such as Botox™, Dysport™, or Xeomin™, which work by inhibiting muscle contraction. If you are tired of looking tired, or you look in the mirror and see your mother (beautiful as she may be) staring back at you, it may be time to discuss facial rejuvenation with your doctor. Connection 2014-2015


“Focus” on Life:

By: Paul Leavy, Professional Photographer

Taking Great Photos 10 BIG steps (and lots of little steps) to taking better photographs 1. Know your camera. Read the manual little by little and learn how to use the camera in different modes, how the auto focus works, exposure control and so forth. Don’t jump in and try to learn everything at once, and if you have questions search online for videos. Some of the manufacturers post informative videos on using their cameras. Granted it may seem confusing, so that is why you do it little by little, and slowly all of it will begin to make sense. 2. Watch your light. If you spend a few minutes looking at the quality of light on your subject you will begin to appreciate good lighting and see shadows, hot spots and other things that will make a photograph look bad. Once you understand light let it work for you.

getting close to your subject your pictures will look a lot better, look more natural. Watch your backgrounds and foregrounds for distracting clutter. Don’t take nice photographs of the family and have a porta potty in the background! 4. Shoot lots of photographs. You are not shooting film anymore and high capacity storage cards are cheaper than they have ever been. Take your camera everywhere, and shoot plenty, and bring spare batteries. 5. When taking photographs understand how shutter speeds work and how they relate to stopping motion. A fast shutter speed will stop motion. If you use a slow shutter speed to take photographs of a moving object such as a child on a bike the images can look blurry from movement, and that goes back to item one: learn how to use your camera.

6. When looking through your photos after a day of shooting review the bad ones and note what you did wrong, then continue to use - Sally Mann the methods used to take the good photos. Learn from your mis3. Get close to your subject and takes, Overall the best thing try to compose in the viewfinder you can do is practice, practice and not at the camera kiosk makand more practice. ing prints. It may take a little time to get used to, but once you start 7. Keep in mind that once the composing in the viewfinder and shutter opens it is all up to the

“Photographs open doors into the past, but they also allow a look into the future.”


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lens you have on your camera. Consider spending a lot more money on lenses than the camera body. Quality varies, so go to a respectable website such as to get some real world reviews of cameras and accessories. 8. Use the preview screen to check exposures only and to change settings in the camera. If you stop to look at each photo you will miss a good shot, plus the preview uses a lot of battery power. Your eye should be looking through the viewfinder, not checking your photo after each shot. 9. Don’t go and buy a bunch of accessories at once. Decent accessories are expensive, such a tripods and other items. If you have to get a flash buy one that has a swivel and bounce feature. If you need a camera bag think of using a baby bag, especially if going on vacation. Baby bags are padded, have lots of pockets, and are not targets of theft. 10. A really big step: break the rules. Shoot lots of photographs, take bad ones, good ones, and learn from them all, get low, shoot high, fast and slow and above all have FUN!

Hair That Flatters

By: Angela Roark, Monarch Hair Solutions

Mature Faces F

inding a timeless hairstyle can be a bit tricky, especially in a world of constantly shifting styles and trends. Achieving a look that is both flattering and fun can become more difficult as we age. Q. How can the right cut make a face look younger? A: There are many different facial shapes with oval being considered the most ideal. Great haircuts create the appearance of an oval face by directing light to certain areas and shadow to others. Q. How often is it safe to color thinning hair? A: The potency and the method of the products being used should determine the frequency of color application. Ammonia is frequently found in color products, but it can be damaging, especially to thin hair. Advancements in haircare now provide low-ammonia to ammonia-free options. These products are much gentler and still provide the desired results. Q. What options are available to seniors who are experiencing hair loss? A: The first step to treatment is identifying whether or not there is a medical cause for loss. One of the first signs of a possible health issue is a change in the condition and appearance of hair and nails. There are a variety of treatments ranging from prescription strength to shampoo. It is critical to understand the cause of the issue in order to effectively treat the condition. I strongly encourage consulting a physician in conjunction with addressing hair loss concerns. There are flattering looks for every age and facial shape. It’s not about being “age-appropriate” but being confident. Talk to your stylist about how you can put your best face forward with a style that you love!

Monarch Hair Solutions offers you the most advanced hair systems available that are extremely durable and attractive for both men and women. Services Offered:

• Hair Enhancement • Customized Hair Prosthesis • Hair Systems for • Hair Systems for Cancer Patients Scar Coverage • Extensions & Scalp Treatments • Customizable Hair Bonding

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You don’t have to compromise your lifestyle! Connection 2014-2015


By: John LaHood, Fellowship Home

Assisted Living Options

Choosing the BEST Fit


hen families and their senior loved ones select an assisted living community, it’s a life changing decision. The decision involves several sensitive issues such as money, health and unique personal preferences. You want to get it right the first time.

Fellowship Home has been helping families in the midst of these tough decisions since 1978. Here are some common mistakes we see families make when searching for assisted living and suggestions on how to avoid them: Not Facing Reality About Current or Future Needs t’s important to balance optimism with realistic expectations. Be realistic about you or your loved one’s current care needs as well as their anticipated care needs.Families often come to us for assistance after initially choosing a facility that was not capable of offering the level of services required. Moving a loved one from facility to facility can not only be burdensome and costly to your family, it can also negatively impact the senior, particularly a loved one who has dementia, which makes adapting to changes especially difficult.


Judging a Book by its Cover eople provide care, not fancy buildings and furniture. An attractive setting can be very important, however, quality of care is not something you can detect just by driving

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visiting every day is usually an unrealistic expectation to put on yourself. Go with the best fit. Making a Decision Under Pressure arlier we noted that some families become so overwhelmed with the choice that they need to make that they don’t make a decision at all. We recommend that families visit more than one senior living community before making a decision, so that they can form a clear picture of the options that are available, how communities differ from one another and what makes each community unique. In order to make a good choice you need options.


past to see how green the grass is or by walking in the front door to gauge the quality of the atmosphere and whether or not it smells nice. After doing all the comparison and analysis you can, trust your gut instinct about which option is best for your situation. Happy staff are usually more caring staff, and a community full of cheerful residents is a very good sign. Before making a commitment, you might also consider arranging a respite stay or day only stay at a community your family is exploring. Placing Family Convenience Over the Best Fit nother mistake that we have seen families make is overemphasizing the importance of finding the closest community possible. Sometimes the adult child chooses the nearest community based on the intention of visiting their parent everyday. Remember your parent will be engaged in many activities at the community and


Selecting a Community Fit for the Parent of Yesteryear Instead of the Parent of Today It might be similarly misguided for a family to choose a community for reasons that may have been important when younger but now is memory impaired or has other special care needs. In conclusion, choosing a community that is the best fit for your loved one’s current and future situation can make the aging process a much better experience and can help you avoid many of the most common mistakes families tend to make when they do not plan appropriately.

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