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t’s no secret that all of us need to exercise to keep our mind and body healthy. But if you’re like me, it’s hard to find a program that you really like and want to make the commitment to go three to four times a week. Gyms can be helpful. We join and go a few times with excitement, but soon find ourselves trying to find reasons not to go. In order not to feel guilty, we throw on the workout garb (and for most men it’s not all that attractive) and head out to the gym. But you don’t have to join a gym to get a good workout. Many folks age 50 and up have found other ways to get their exercise which they actually look forward to participating in! In this issue we expose a fewof these programs. Some New Mexicans are actually getting in their weekly exercise and having a great time doing it! Toby Smith, a longtime friend and colleague of mine, writes about a tennis program that’s available in Albuquerque that many boomers and seniors are taking advantage of. Tennis is an excellent way to improve cardio and flexibility. If tennis is not your thing, Asia NegronEsposito and Barb Armijo write about


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Table of Contents Features

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Racing in Alaska Silver Gloves Advanced Directives


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Keeping Skin Moist Astrology Marc Simmons

Every Month

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Classifieds Crossword Calendar

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Tennis Anyone? “Turn your body. Yeah, that’s it.” “Nice job! Keep doing that!” “Finish that swing, all the way across.” “Smack it now.” “You really nailed that one!”


t’s a sun-drenched Monday afternoon in February, and that non-stop voice you hear at one of the tennis courts at Highpoint Sports & Wellness belongs to Wendy Thomas. Thomas is standing on one side of the net and hitting a stream of balls to a group of 15 or so, mostly women, tennis players. She is pushing them through drills, never letting them slow down. As heart rates rise, so does the accompanying upbeat music. Even after they return a shot, students must run to the sidelines and bunny-hop through a rope ladder lying on the court or slalom through a field of cones. Welcome to cardio tennis, one of several tennis programs that the indefatigable Thomas runs

for Albuquerque boomers and seniors. Tennis for mature adults in the city took off in 2006 when Thomas and Gordon Gunn III, one of her first pupils in cardio tennis, began what became Silver Racquets. “Gordon wanted to get back to the game and was out of shape,” says Thomas. “When he did, he wanted others to get off the couch.” Silver Racquets has evolved into what is now simply SST, or Super Seniors Tennis. SST begins again in early April and remains, in Thomas’s words, “all about getting people to get out of the house and get moving.” What does it take for a mature adult to try tennis—especially one who has never picked up a racket or at least in several years? A basic cardio level will help, according to Thomas. “Even walking slowly is good.” Also recommended is side-to-side exercises, which can be done at

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home. Thomas says interested individuals ought to build up their tennis arms, too, before hitting the courts. “Just lifting a full water bottle or a two to threepound weight will be good.” At the first meeting of SST, Thomas and other pros will

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Tennis continued serve as “ambassadors” for the program. Coffee, 63, played one year of high school tennis in New Jersey. Following that, she did not play again until last year. Why? “My life just got in the way,” she says. When Coffee saw a notice in the local daily about Silver Racquets, she followed up. “I was surprised how much I missed tennis and how much I really liked it. I kept asking myself, ‘Why didn’t I get back to this earlier?’” Judy Smith, 68, took some lessons at the old Albuquerque Tennis Complex back in the 1970s, but then her life, like Coffee’s, became busy and left no room for tennis. Two years ago she jumped into the SST program. “I found I still wanted a challenge and tennis offers that,” Smith says. “Wendy is really good at reading your ability. She knows how well we play and is telling us what we could do better without being really critical. She gives you goals.”

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Wendy: “I see potential in everybody.” Both Coffee and Smith now play weekly on an over-60 women’s recreation team called “EPL,” or Eat, Play, Love, coached by Thomas. They also compete in a United States Tennis Association senior league. Thomas, 52, got into tennis as a young girl in the Phoenix area. She played on her high school team and one summer coached at John Gardiner’s Tennis Ranch in Sun Valley, Idaho. Her three daughters played high school tennis and the eldest, Lindsay, played for the University of Hawaii. Thomas has coached the La Cueva High School girls’ team for six years. “You’re never too old for tennis,” is her mantra. Indeed, Bill Simpson, 78, took the SST program four years ago. “It’s a lot more fun than going to the gym,” he says. He is taking a cardio tennis from Thomas to prepare for a spring USTA Flex League mixed doubles team. “Wendy pushes you,” Simpson says. “You can’t rest with Wendy.”

“Wendy is the real spark behind the seniors program in Albuquerque,” Dick Johnson, the president of the Northern New Mexico Tennis Association, which helps support SST. “Because of Wendy, senior tennis just gets bigger and bigger every year.” Sign Up SST begins Sunday, April 1, with a kickoff party at 1 PM at

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he boys of summer are coming but their game is softball not hardball. The Albuquerque Senior Softball Association has begun practice of its 14-team league. Requirements for participation are having reached your 50th birthday. In addition, having the enthusiasm of a kid for the game doesn’t hurt. “We have new teams starting this year and we’d like more members,” says Richard Montoya, the former league president. “Everyone will play everyone else – we felt the competition was more equal that way,” states Montoya, who says there are varying physical capabilities among the members. “We have guys with knee and hip replacements, but everyone gets a chance at bat.” But how is that possible you ask, if softball involves running to bases just like baseball. “Well,” says Montoya, “we have designated runners. So if you can bat but can’t run, every team has a person whose job it is to run. This is one concession we made to older age so

everyone can participate.” Montoya, owner of Montoya Investigative Services, says the minimum age is 50, however teams can only play four players between 50 and 55 at one, the rest of the 15 members must be over 55. The oldest players are in their early 70s. As a player ages he or she can elect to move to an older senior league. These elder folks meet at Los Altos Park and can be 65 and older. The senior league is a transition to a more age equal game environment. According to Montoya, two years ago they had a 94 year old as a designated runner. “Some guys are very fast and can hit the ball over the fence. We had to move from Bullhead Park because the fence surrounding the park wasn’t deep enough. Now we play at Barelas Railroad Park where the fence is at least 300 feet

deep. What about injuries -- you’re wondering? “We use the early part of the season which runs from April 19 to mid-September, to get in better shape. You have to warm up slowly because otherwise you can get pulled hamstrings and muscle pulls. Most of the guys know how to get into shape so there is no formal program, but there are accidents. Last year a fellow was hurt by a batted ball, that bounced and hit him in the mouth. Everyone who plays, plays at their own risk, although the league carries a small insurance policy. Rules of the game are developed by the local committee of the American Softball Association. The form is “Slow Pitch” in which the ball must arc between six and 12 feet; anything below six feet or over 12 feet is considered a “ball.” They have a

three ball “walk” and two strikes and you’re out rule. Uniforms encompass a cap and a tee shirt with a number in front and the team name in the back, which are purchased by the individual in addition to the $50 per season cost. Within the league, there are teams that are sponsored by businesses. But what is the competition like -- you’re probably wondering. Would I be able to keep up? “Most guys like to win – but if we don’t, c’est la vie. It’s about camaraderie and having a good time. The players come from all walks of life so there is a mix of interests,” says Montoya. Montoya, who retired at 45 from the Albuquerque Police Department wanted to find something to put his energy into and that he could enjoy. “You can only go fishing for so long,” he says. Now besides playing softball Montoya is a private investigator. For those interested in joining the Albuquerque Senior Softball Association you can call Richard Montoya at (505) 344-8025.


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Silver Gloves Swings for the Fences


By Barb Armijo

here’s a chill in the air at Los Altos fields in Albuquerque where the women of the Silver Gloves Senior Women’s Softball league gather for practice. Despite the cold wind blowing through the dugout at 11 AM women – ages 50 to 75 – are stretching, prepping and getting ready to hit the field for conditioning and drills. This isn’t their first time on the diamond and for many of them it has been their recreational sport of choice for practically their entire lives. These women, and many more like them, are in a league of their own, but they do not want to keep it to themselves. The Silver Gloves, players over the age of 50, want other women to join so that competition will stay within the senior ranks. There’s plenty of time to sign up as a team or get placed on one, said Pat Stanalonis, president of the Silver Gloves. “All you have to be is motivated to want to play,” Stanalonis said. “We’re all passionate about this

sport and that helps. But we want to generate an interest for players of all levels. This is the type of sport that you can play for your entire life and that’s what most of us intend to do.” The league sprouted from humble beginnings as part of the New Mexico Senior Sports

Foundation, which started in 1999. The foundation’s mission was to promote year-round senior sports, and the fun, fitness and friendship of the Silver Gloves certainly fit that bill. Stanalonis said Silver Gloves players have played in the Albuquerque City League for years, and often against teams with

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much younger players. The hope is that perhaps more teams over 50 will join the league in order to have the league self sustaining with its own teams of all women over 50. “The ultimate goal of Silver Gloves has always been to field six teams as required by the city, thus creating the first true Senior Women’s Softball city league,” she said. Players such as Garilyn Ulibarri, 75, said they hope more women will support the efforts. There is no need to feel intimidated, she said. “We’re all just out here for the fun and fellowship and some great games,” Ulibarri said. “I’m out here at 75 and I just love it. You won’t find me on a golf course; this is what I love doing.” Joyce Helgesen, 50, has gone from coaching a senior women’s team to playing now that she reached that magical age. “I’ve played for years and then coached and there is no other sport that can really keep me out there playing,” she said. “Women shouldn’t be afraid to give it a try


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that’s what makes us feel like we can just about do anything out there.” Silver Gloves teams play in the annual Senior Olympics games and travel to tournaments out of state and throughout New Mexico. Some of the higher level, competitive teams in the Silver Gloves are the High Desert Diamonds (50s team), the Jazz (60s team) and the Dream Catchers (65+ team). Stanalonis said she is hoping to get enough teams – at least three or four more – to create the first Senior Women’s League in Albuquerque. The season runs

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o, you did it. You made it to retirement. You have all the time in the world, and hopefully, a little money set aside. But now what? What’s next? You can fall into a lot of bad habits easily enough. Without a boss to answer to or clock to punch (and, honestly, a lot of clocks deserve a good punching), a lot of people find themselves somewhat lost. Luckily, finding your way isn’t so much a job as a journey worth taking. Tip 1: Volunteer One thing many miss after retirement is the sense of being part of something bigger than yourself and having a sense of community that comes from working for a business. Tip 2: Find purpose There’s nothing to hold you back now. Ever fantasize about becoming a pilot? Tip 3: Relaxation Learning to decompress. While

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14 March 2012

On the Cutting Edge of Discovery By Maria Elena Alvarez


here is a rare genetic mutation lurking in the contemporary bloodline of one of the earliest Spanish colonists to settle in modern New Mexico, one responsible for often times debilitating conditions afflicting his descendants, dozens of generations later. It is difficult to diagnose and there is no cure – but New Mexico enjoys the dubious distinction of having one of the greatest concentration of its victims anywhere in the United States. Last month, New Mexico’s delegation to Congress introduced a bill to increase research and education efforts related to Cerebral Cavernous Malformation (CCM1-CHM), a relatively unknown illness but common among descendants of New Mexico Colonial Hispanics. The bill would authorize a Cavernous Angioma Clinical Care, Awareness, Research and Education (CARE) Center to increase research and awareness about the disease for both

professional and patient education. The problem is not exclusive to New Mexico. Cavernous Angioma affects approximately 1.5 million Americans. Raising awareness is a critical first step because the disease also impacts people of all geographic and ethnic backgrounds – including Olympic track and field superstar Florence Griffith-Joyner. U.S. Senator Tom Udall has worked to raise awareness for CCM1-CHM since he was a member of the House. UNM and New Mexico are the right place for the research because of this state’s high concentration of persons affected by and living with the condition. Creating a Center of Excellence at a southwestern university like UNM would be an important step in developing understanding of the condition. The current legislation has been proposed with support from the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center community and CCM1-CHM patients. A New Mexico’s Story The Northern New Mexico

Hispanic variant of the condition is the most benign because it originated with a DNA mutation in a single individual that has been passed on for generations. Current thinking is that the founder was either Juan Perez de Bustillo or his wife Maria de la Cruz were members of the Juan de Oñate expedition to New Mexico. Their descendants, Monica Duran y Chavez and her husband Diego Antonio Duran y Chavez are the ancestors of Luis Maria Cabeza de Baca and his wife Margarita Cabeza de Baca, from where my own maternal family descends. I saw epilepsy manifest itself in the first-born son of my older sister and the first-born son of my mother’s sister. Both these males were diagnosed young and suffered from seizures.My cousin was never able to function fully as an adult but my nephew has done better and been seizure-free without medication for more than 10 years. I did not escape this genetic legacy and became symptomatic in 2007. The previous year had been stressful on a number of fronts as I faced the obligations of caregiving my handicapped mother and adult siblings. So, when I woke from a Grand Mal seizure, after months of what turned out to be small seizures, I was convinced it was stress-related and dismissed the diagnosis. My doctors, however guided me to the earnest hands of neurologist Dr. Leslie Morrison, a local expert on the condition and currently leading an NIH study of this condition here. To make me understand she had me wired up for four days and analyzed my seizures over that period with an electroencephalogram (EEG). This procedure maps the electrical impulses triggered by changes in brain activity and is a major tool in diagnosing epilepsy and other such disorders. With the help of the EEG, she made me understand that this was a real disease and not stress. As a result, I was thrust on to the road to discovering the fascinating mystery behind CCM1CHM. As a journalist it is both interesting and disconcerting to be experiencing something on the cutting edge of discovery. Dr. Morrison and her research team are now studying reasons why there are different disease severities in patients. This study will use the

medical history, MRI, and DNA analysis of 500 individuals with CCM1-CHM in order to determine factors that influence CCM severity and variability. This condition is similar only in what it is CCMI1-CHM. The number of cavernous malformations varies from person to person. Whether these malformations (that look like raspberry bubbles containing blood) that are found in both the brain and sometimes the spinal cord, leak or not, and whether they become symptomatic is unique to each person. This varience of symptoms can play crazy games on the minds of those walking around with the condition. I have been lucky in that damage has been minimal and the brain is organic and heals itself over time. However I have made it my business to learn all I can about the brain and practice much of what is known to have positive effects. Mindfulness and a stresscontrolled life are critical. I am convinced meditation and Tai Chi practices have been helpful in my maintaining a calm mind when coping with the natural ebb and flow of stress, which confronts all people. Coming to terms with a peculiar condition like this, late in life, was initially difficult. But fortunately Dr. Morrison puts together an annual gathering for individuals and family members to learn what’s new and what they still don’t know about the condition. At the last event, I remember feeling diminished by the realization that this condition has a life of its own – and then amused to discover that statins, a medication for high cholesterol, might reduce the deadly risk of leakage from the malformations. So far Dr. Morrison has identified 109 participants for her study, but she needs more. If you or someone you know is a descendant of the above-mentioned family lineage and suffer from seizures or severe headaches, you should see your doctor and ask for this blood screening. Other individuals eligible for the study are those who are siblings, parents, or close relative like aunt, cousin or nephew of an individual with the condition. Contact Beth Baca, Dr. Morrison’s clinical research manager at 505-272-3194.


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16 March 2012

Advanced Directives Matter


By Charles T Spalding, MD, PhD

advanced directives. Prior to the 1960s advanced directives were largely aimed at outlining how and what an individual would like to happen after their death. This included such things as funeral arrangements, burial vs. cremation, and home vs. institutional Metagenics & Pure Encapsulations terminal care. This conversation changed dramatically, in the 1960s, with a number of major advances in medicine. During this period, antibiotics were being rapidly developed and the role of infections as a cause of death significantly decreased. 1 pm Improving medical and surgical techniques dramatically

he last 50/60 years have seen dramatic changes in the meaning and implications of

modified the approach to and the outcomes associated with many acute and chronic illnesses. Technological advances profoundly changed how previously fatal events could be managed and death delayed. Some of these technologies include dialysis, ventilation, heart resuscitation and tube feeding. Before these advances, end-of-life was dictated by forces well beyond the consistent control of medicine. Now for the first time in human history there developed a need for and even a desire by individuals to consider and participate in discussions about their wishes regarding end-of-life medical management. The living will was first suggested in 1967 to facilitate “the rights of dying people to control decisions about their medical care.” The first legislative attempt to establish the principle of a living will was in 1968 in Florida. Legislators were unable to effectively deal with the issues inherent in legislation concerning the right to die for nearly 10 years. California in 1976 became the first state to legally sanction living wills. The first judicial decision

validating advanced directives came from the New Jersey Supreme Court in 1976 in a case regarding the care of Karen Ann Quinlan. In 1990 the U.S. Supreme Court in the Nancy Cruzan case decided in favor of the individual’s right to refuse treatment, even life sustaining treatment. The specific requirements for advance directives were left to each individual state. In 1991 Congress enacted the Patient Self-Determination Act that validated the existence of advanced directives without legalizing them. All hospitals and institutions receiving Medicare or Medicaid were required by this legislation to determine whether patients had or wished to have advanced directives. Currently all states have legislation regarding advanced directives. Advanced directives provide the opportunity for individuals to express their wishes on how they would like to be treated in the event that they are unable to provide this information because of their medical condition. Any competent adult, 18 years or older can execute advance directives. In New Mexico, two types of advance directives are recognized:

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1) Instructions for Health Care (Living Will) and 2) A Power of Attorney for Health Care (PAHC). The living will documents how you would like to be treated in the event that you are in an irreversible coma, have a terminal condition or cannot make informed decisions about your care. You can indicate your wish that the use of life sustaining treatments like dialysis, mechanical ventilation, heart resuscitation and tube feedings not be a part of your end-of-life care. Advance directives are never implemented if you are able to make an informed decision about your care. Your doctor and another doctor must determine that you are terminally ill or that you are in an irreversible coma in order to initiate the terms of an advances directive. Additionally, a fully competent, reasoning individual can revoke or change the provisions of a living will at any time. A PAHC is a legal document that allows you to appoint another person to make medical decisions for you in the event that a temporary or permanent condition makes you unable to make medical decisions for yourselves. Without advanced directives, end-of-life care may be dictated by forces that clearly do not reflect your wishes. Advanced directives that are created during medical crisis or during the stress of severe illness may not reflect a truly reasoned deliberation and may carry the risk that these external pressures and undue influences dictate your care. Consideration of advanced directives is a very personal process that reflects a lifetime experience. It draws from moral, religious, cultural, ethnic, racial and emotional value systems. At the end-of-life there is frequently a very thin line between extending life and delaying death. Death is the natural ending of life. The counsel of your family, friends, doctor(s), pastoral advisor and attorney should be sought but the directives are yours. Take care.



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18 March 2012

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andia Hearing Aid Center is now providimg a revolutionary new service called CaptionCall that is available to people who have hearing loss and difficulty talking on the telephone. This service is funded through the FCC and free to the public. “We are so excited to offer this service to the community!” says Chrissy Pease, Regional Marketing Coordinator

at Sandia Aid Centers. “It’s an easy way for people who have a difficult time talking on the telephone to stay connected to friends, family and coworkers. The CaptionCall phone helps people reclaim their quality of life.” The CaptionCall is easy to use. It is similar to captioned television, using cutting-edge technology to display written, nearly instant captions. Here’s how it works:

• You hear the caller’s voice over a standard telephone line. • The CaptionCall Phone sends their voice to the CaptionCall Service, which quickly converts spoken words to caption text. • The text is displayed on the screen of the CaptionCall Phone. Sandia Hearing Aid Center will offer free hearing screenings to see if you or a loved one qualifies for the CaptionCall Phone. Please

call 505-565-7244 to schedule a free hearing screening in one of the center’s many convenient locations in Albuquerque and locations in Santa Fe, Belen, Grants, Gallup and Tucumcari, or visit www.

Lovelace Honored With Stroke Care Award


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ovelace Medical Center recently received the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes Lovelace Medical Center’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations. Lovelace Medical Center achieved of 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The GuidelinesStroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care. These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, deep vein thrombosis




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prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients. In addition to the Get With The Guideline-Stroke award, Lovelace Medical Center has also been recognized as a recipient of the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll, for improving stroke care. Over the past quarter, at least 50 percent of the hospital’s eligible ischemic stroke patients have received tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital known as “door-to-needle” time. A thrombolytic, or clot-busting agent, tPA is the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the urgent treatment of ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reverse the effects of stroke and reduce permanent disability.

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Men Suffer From Hormone ImbalancesToo or tmrolan@ spirituality and being hormonally balanced for graceful aging. When you are fed up and ready to take control of your health, call or stop by and visit us at Highland Pharmacy for a consultation or a practitioner referral. We are here to make strides to bring awareness and empower others by education. Until next time. 

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t's time to take control. Recently I have had several encounters with men who have had life altering changes due to their hormone imbalances. A couple of these men even had to retire early due to disabling fatigue and brain fog that they were experiencing on a daily basis. Unfortunately these individuals did not realize what was going on with their bodies until it had truly changed their lives. They felt like that was the "normal" aging process. When retirement didn't change how they were feeling and in fact made them less motivated, they decided to do something about it. Fortunately for these gentlemen they went to their doctors who led them on the right path, had correct lab testing and successful treatment. Men's hormonal health tends to be ignored in our society. Is it due to a man's inability to admit that something may be wrong? Or is it due to our society accepting aging and fatigue as "normal"? In either case it is important that we change this perception. Some symptoms commonly associated with "aging"

or Andropause as we call it at Highland Pharmacy may include: fatigue, brain fog, low sex drive, sexual dysfunction, abdominal fat, loss of muscle tone, enlargement of breasts, irritability, depression, anxiety, osteoporosis, aches and pains, metabolic syndrome and heart disease, just to name a few. If this sounds like you, then yes, it is time for a trip to your doctor for some lab tests. It is important to monitor not only the "male" hormones in your body like testosterone, but also equally important, the "female" hormones like estradiol. There comes a point in life when we all realize that it's time to take charge of our own health and it's our responsibility, no one else's. It's an attitude of “I am ultimately responsible for what goes in my mouth, my mind and what activities I participate in. There are consequences for what I do or don't do to my body.” It is never too late to start living a healthy lifestyle. Sure there are bandaids to help us "get through" or "manage" disease. But don't you want to conquer them or never have to encounter them? Our own health depends on many factors including diet, exercise,



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20 March 2012

Keeping Skin Moist in New Mexico By Roxanne Scott

damage from daily stress. During the winter months our skin dries out from the daily fluctuation of dry cold air outside to warm dry air inside. A great skin care regime is your best defense against extreme environmental changes on skin as well as pollution, free radicals, hormones and smoking. Begin by washing your face with a great gel or lotion cleanser to remove all traces of makeup, oil


t's a New Year and time to refresh, restart, and resolve to take better care of your skin. A great skincare regime is very important, especially when you live in New Mexico's dry climate. We don't want to age quicker than our biological clock! The changing of the seasons plays a big role in our skin’s behavior as well as environmental exposure and

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and dirt. Along with preserving the skin’s healthy natural oils, you need to use a polish that is gentle enough to exfoliate the top layer of the dead skin cells to reveal healthier and smoother skin. Follow with a regenerating tonic to soothe thirsty skin with hydrating anti-aging treatments. Use a daytime moisturizer with SPF 20 to protect your skin and prevent the signs of aging. Moisturize the delicate skin around your eyes with a good eye cream to plump the cells and make your

skin look younger. We must not forget about the fine lines around our lips so a quality lip treatment is important. At night, remember to help your skin recover and recharge with a restoring night crème to awaken to a more youthful you.

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Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s the Phantom of the Opera on New Mexico PBS! This lavish production is set in the sumptuous Victorian splendor of London’s Royal Albert Hall with a cast and orchestra of more than 200.

xplore New Mexico at Coronado State Monument Step back in time, connect with New Mexico history, culture, and the environment with these family-friendly programs at Coronado State Monument. Sunday, March 25, 2011 from 1 to 4 PM

• Don Bullis, writer of the two volume New Mexico: A Bibliographic Dictionary and New Mexico’s Centennial Project author, will be speaking about his work. • Yucca Walking Stick Workshop lead by Ranger Annie Campagna and her assistant Carol Price to reserve your spot: 505-867-5351.


March 2012

Pisces (Feb 18-March 18)



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isces is the most water-y (changeable, moody) of all the water signs. Whereas Cancer is weighted by material concerns and Scorpio by sex, Pisces is just floating in his or her own nebulous world of fluid images. This is why Pisces is said to be the most psychic of all the signs. The problem with their psychic ability is, however, that they do not believe in it themselves.

Many Pisces have a deep-rooted insecurity about their abilities of any kind at all. This is too bad as they are the most kind and faithful of people. The planet Neptune is the ruler of Pisces. Neptune is all about imagination, illusion and deception. Neptune is the Lord of the Sea. Pisces are sometimes plagued by their emotions so much that they don't know if they are coming or going.

Basics of Estate Planning By Lily Curtis


state planning professionals are often asked “What happens to my property when I die?” Unfortunately, there is no simple answer; it all depends on the plans you make while you are able. Your plans (or lack of them) can have a significant impact on your loved ones once you die. For this reason, it is certainly worth taking a little time to create an estate plan. If “Estate Planning” sounds a bit too fancy for your needs, think of it as a simple way to record your wishes regarding the care of your minor children, property and personal assets upon your death. Few of us are comfortable discussing the subject of death. However, if you postpone planning, you run the risk that your end-of-life decisions will be made by the courts. By creating an estate plan, you are providing peace of mind for yourself and your loved ones. It is not enough to just tell your family your wishes; New Mexico law requires that you express them in a legally drafted and executed will. An Estate Plan is the only way to ensure that your wishes will be followed regarding your financial and medical matters, the care of your family and the distribution of your property. A simple Estate Plan includes three essential documents: • A Durable Power of Attorney which allows you to appoint a person you trust to handle your financial and business matters, if you are unable to do so. It is only valid while you are living, and loses its authority upon your death. • An Advance Health Care Directive allows you to appoint a person you trust to express your wishes regarding medical issues such as extended life support and organ donation. • A Will allows you to state in writing your wishes regarding how, when and to whom your property and

belongings will be distributed after your death, and assigns a personal representative to carry out these wishes. New Mexico does not recognize hand-written wills and standard “one-size-fits-all” templates and software often don’t comply with New Mexico statutes. To be legal and valid, a will must prepared and executed in specific compliance with New Mexico laws. Estate planning can be easy, quick and affordable. Lily Curtis representing Express Legal Solutions

The Hindu concept of 'maya' illustrates this by denoting that “all things are nothing but illusion, a ‘lila’,” the play of life. This is such a good concept for Pisces to come to terms with as they are often fooled by the outward appearance of things. In the upcoming year Pisces should strive

to keep their lives on track and not be waylaid by a myriad of possible obstacles. And like all of us, they should keep well away from any potential addictions.





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Free parking is avilable in the lot to the south - tell the attendant what space you are in and that you are attending the history program. No fee will be charged SUNDAY, MARCH, 11TH - 2 PM Meeting is free and open to the public. This announcement sponsored by the town of Bernalillo



22 March 2012



On the Frontlines of Cancer By Melissa Walters


ew Mexico Cancer Center has added two powerful new tools to its arsenal to help New Mexicans find and treat cancer earlier. Lung Cancer Screen The newest addition is aimed specifically at current or former smokers or anyone with a history of exposure who is concerned about their risk for developing lung cancer. A recent study showed that low-dose CT scanning resulted in a 20 percent reduction in deaths from lung cancer among current or former heavy smokers who were screened in this manner versus a standard chest X-ray. This study was the first to show that screening can reduce lung cancer mortality by finding tumors early. “While smoking and lung cancer often, but not always go hand in hand, this disease usually has no signs or early symptoms. That’s why this study and this type of screening is so important, and we’re proud to now be able to offer it to New Mexicans,” said Amish Shah, MD, radiation oncologist at

New Mexico Cancer Center. New Mexico Cancer Center will be kicking off this important new initiative with a screen-a-thon on Saturday, March 3rd. While the $350 screening isn’t covered by insurance, patients may be able to use their flexible spending dollars (HRA, HSA or FSA) to cover the cost and gain peace of mind. Call 505-822-3803 to schedule your appointment.

Genetic Counseling Program The second important weapon in the fight to diagnose cancer early is the Genetic Counseling Program at New Mexico Cancer Center. Recent research has shown a link between cancer and genes, and the Genetic Counseling Program at New Mexico Cancer Center can help you understand your risk of developing cancer. Darling Horcasitas, PA-C, and Annette Fontaine, MD, have been specially trained by the City of Hope Genetics Program – a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center – to perform cancer-related genetic counseling. “We created this program to help New Mexicans determine their

Lung Cancer Claims About 157,000 Americans Each Year.

Think You Could Be One of Them? While smoking and lung cancer often, but not always, go hand in hand, this deadly disease usually has no signs or early symptoms. That’s why preventive screenings are so important. On March 3rd, New Mexico Cancer Center is holding a Lung Cancer Screening Event featuring low-dose CT scanning. A recent study was the first to discover a 20 percent reduction in deaths from lung cancer among current or former heavy smokers who were screened with this CT because tumors were found early. This $350 screening is not covered by insurance, but isn’t your peace of mind worth more? If you’re a current or former smoker worried about your health, call 505-822-3803 today for an appointment.


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risk for cancer and create a plan to possibly prevent it,” said Fontaine, medical oncologist at New Mexico Cancer Center. During the appointment, a personal history will be created to discover any possible cancer patterns and a physical examination will be done to make sure cancer isn’t already present. Blood may also be drawn to look for specific mutations that cause a family to have increased risks of specific cancer types. Once blood work has been processed, another counseling session will be scheduled to determine the risk to the individual, to assess if other family members may be at risk and to set up a plan for reduction of the risk and appropriate screening. Candidates for genetic counseling include: • Anyone with a family member who developed a cancer before the age of 50, especially if the cancer was breast, colon, ovarian or uterine. Other family cancers include stomach, ureteral, biliary tract, pancreas, melanoma and brain tumors; • People who are of Ashkenzi Jewish decent with a family

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member with breast or ovarian cancer occurring at any age; • Anyone with a male family member who had breast cancer; or • Anyone with a family member with more than one type of cancer. These appointments may be covered by insurance, so anyone who is worried about their genetic risk for developing cancer should call 505-842-8171 today to schedule an appointment. New Mexico Cancer Center takes most major insurance plans. “No one wants to hear that they have cancer. But if we can find it early, patients have a better chance of beating it. Our doctors have lived and worked in this community for many years, and we want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to help our friends, neighbors and colleagues understand their risk for cancer and start treating it as early as possible when it is present,” said Barbara McAneny, MD, CEO of New Mexico Cancer Center. Physician-owned and operated New Mexico Cancer Center has locations in Albuquerque, Gallup, Ruidoso and Silver City.


24 March 2012

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2000 Sq ft of dance floor Up to 120 guests. Cook, cater, decorate! Wedding Receptions Sat Nights from $400, Graduations, Sweet 16's, Retirements, Birthdays Fri Nights from $300. Baby Showers 3hrs $199. Kids Birthdays from $79-$149. Call 505 250 5807 ask for Avery Retail Bella Diamonds & Watches We pay top dollar for gold, silver, platinum, diamonds, gemstones, watches, and more! We make an offer while you wait and pay cash. Call Robert at 884-1024 for more information. EDEMA (Legs Swelling?) or ACID REFLUX? Our adjustable beds may help. Manually operated To change head and floor height. Heavy Duty including new memory foam bed. Starting at $299 complete. Free “down lite” pillow for trying it out. Cunningham Dist. 615 Haines NW 505-247-8838 Retirement Planning Century Financial Services Planning today for the future. Independent Agents Call today for a free retirement review. 800 281-9000 Wanted WWII Memorabilia WWII military items, including guns, knives, bayonets, jackets and other memorabilia. Contact Bert at 505254-1438.

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Community Events Wednesday, March 7 Life Planning Know your Options Join us at Brookdale Place Valencia at 5:30 PM for an educational seminar all about the Uniform Healthcare Decisions Act. Guest speaker Lori Millet, JD, Principal of ABQ Elder Law will be available to discuss this new law for New Mexicans and how to prepare end-of-life choices. Don’t miss this informational event. For reservations and information, please contact the Concierge at (505) 260-8100 by March 2. March 22 “What’s In an Age: Aging and


Calendar Ageism in the 21st Century” Free Conference. 8:30 AM to 5 PM UNM’s Student Union Building Featuring Dr. Thomas Cole, “No Country for Old Men,” and panels on Ethics, Alzheimer’s, the Raging Grannies, Adult Learning, Elder Creativity and more. Contact for more information May 24 30th Annual Senior Hall of Fame Festivities Thurs. May 24th ABQ Marriott Pyramid Hotel North at 5151 San Francisco NE 4 PM Cocktail Social & Silent Auction 5 - 7 PM Dinner & Inductions. Contact Lori at 505 242-1946. The “Albuquerque 50+ Employment Connection” assists senior workers age 50 and over in their job search.


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Services provided include job search guidance, local resources, and individual job coaching. The Albuquerque 50+ Employment Connection is sponsored by the New Mexico Aging and LongTerm Services Department and all services are free. For more information email richard. or call 505 222-4500. Weekly First Tuesdays Members of the community are invited to participate in an ongoing Grief and Loss Support Group at 10 AM or 6 PM at Hospice Compassus Home Office, 6000 Uptown Blvd. Ste. 104. Refreshments will be provided. Any questions, call Joy at 3320847

The benefits for seniors participating in musical endeavors & learning to play the violin go far beyond expressing themselves via the universal language of music. Older adults enjoy being able to have the opportunity upon retirement to go back to studying a string instrument that had to be given up during their youth as a positive way to staying fine-tuned both physically and mentally. Seniors with no prior experience find challenge, pride and joy in learning something new and developing a talent that can be shared with family and friends in an informal chamber music setting. The benefits of music for seniors has been documented as providing positive health and wellness input such as strengthening the immune system, offering protection from depression and loneliness and reducing stress. MUSIC AND MORE BY MONTGOMERY Integrating music into all areas & aspects of life to provide enrichment, awareness & fun!


Saturdays The Sandia Peggers Cribbage Club would like to invite all cribbage players to come and & play cribbage with our club. We play every Saturday morning at the Christ Lutheran Church NE in Albuquerque, which is located at the NW corner of Candelaria & Pennsylvania NE. We play nine games against nine separate opponents. Tournaments start promptly at 9 AM & are finished by 12:15 PM. Fees are $5 per tournament. We are a friendly club and welcome new members & encourage those of you who


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play the game to attend at least one session to see if this is something you’d like to continue doing! There is no requirement to play every week. Questions are very welcome. Please contact Tom Lewis by email at or telephone at 858-0459. Fourth Thursday Adoption Support Group Operation Identity is a peer led support group for all members of the adoption triad: adult adoptees, birthparents, adoptive parents, grandparents or for anyone with an adoption connection. Fourth Thursday of the month at 7 PM, Anna Kaseman Presbyterian Hospital, Conference Room B. (8300 Constitution Ave. NE) 2817227 Music Thursday March 8 The Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra (APO) presents their Winter Concert at 7:30 PM Keller Hall in the UNM Center for the Arts, (across the lobby from Popejoy). Guest clarinet soloist James Shields performs Concerto for Clarinet and Strings by Gerald Finzi. Other works on the program include Finlandia by Jean Sibelius, and Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz. All concerts are free, but donations greatly appreciated. Admittance on a first come, first served basis for information contact (505)271-4592 or Friday March 9 The Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra, presents their Art and Music Collaboration/Winter Concert at V. Sue Cleveland High School, 4800 Laban Rd. NE in Rio Rancho at 7:30 PM. Allow 40 minutes travel time from Albuquerque to the finest concert hall in the southwest. Guest soloist James Shields performs Concerto for Clarinet and Strings by Gerald Finzi. Other works on the program include Finlandia by Jean Sibelius, and Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz. Student artwork will be projected onto a screen over the orchestra, and will also be on display in the lobby. All concerts are free, but donations are greatly appreciated. Admittance on a first come,


first served basis. Sunday March 18 4 PM Music in Corrales 25th Season at Historic Old San Ysidro Church 966 Old Church Road, Corrales Advance tickets Frame-n-Art (898-0660) $22; door $25 Moscow String Quartet featuring Eugenia Alikhanova &Galina Kokhanovskaia, violins; Tatiana Kokhanovskaia, viola; Olga Ogranovitch, cello. This celebrated quartet returns to offer more glorious music, bringing their coveted, vintage instruments and exceptional talent to provide a shimmering selection of music to fill a Sunday afternoon. Program: Mozart, String Quartet in D major, K. 575; Shostakovich, String Quartet No. 4; Schumann, String Quartet in A Major, Op. 41, No.3 Dance March 31 First Impressions Performers Ballet & Jazz Co. at 2 & 7 PM Excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty with works of classical and contemporary ballet by Artistic Directors Wendy Miner, Andrea Basile, and Rebecca

Krummel African American Performing Arts Center at Expo New Mexico - 310 San Pedro NE Tickets are $15 call for more info: 505-298-5551 or visit Health Every Saturday Nutritional Education 10-11 AM • FREE Talk on How to Improve Health through Food Space is limited, RSVP: 505934-2510 Neurological Integration Clinic Saturdays 11 AM to 5 PM • FREE Healing Clinic for Adults with Disabilities and for Children when nothing else has worked to heal the body visit www. for more information. Ideal for people who suffer from PTSD, Cancer, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, MS, Parkinson’s and other conditions. Space is limited, RSVP: 505-934-2510 Hypnosis Education Saturdays 5-6 PM • FREE How Can Hypnotherapy Help Me? Space is limited, RSVP: 505934-2510

Singles Over 60


lbuquerque Singles Over Sixty (SOS) is a Meetup group where singles over the age of 59 can enjoy fun events and make new friends. SOS offers many activities including: walks, hikes, dancing, cycling, pool, bowling, happy hours, golf, dinners, brunches, card games, board games, movies, theater, opera, festivals, special events, day trips and a book club. Membership in SOS is free at this time thanks to the generous support of Prime Time Publishing Co. Here are our March events. Be sure to visit us at: http://www. and if you would like to attend any of these events, click on,”Join Us.” Mondays 9:45 AM The Monday Marchers 10 AM Golf of Course 1 PM Line Dancing Improvers

Walkers & Brunchers 10 AM Line Dance Intermediate Fridays 7 PM Dancing Saturdays 1 PM Lunch & Canasta Other March Events Monday 5th 6 PM Dinner Tuesday 6th 7 PM Book Club Sunday 11th 12 PM Sunday Stroll 2:30 PM Tea Dance Wednesday 14th 12 PM Movie & Pie

Wednesdays 5 PM Dancing

Sunday 18th 12 {M Sunday Brunch

Thursdays 9 AM Line Dancing Beginners 9:45 AM

Wednesday 28th 12 PM Movie & Pie

Saturday 24th 7 PM Dance

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28 March 2012

The Golden Age of Radio


he Rio Grande Players present their third production of “The Golden Age of Radio.” Just in time for tax season, sympathize with the tax accountant trying to decipher Gracie’s check stubs in a delightful Burns and Allen episode from 1950. Marvel at the optimism of Fibber McGee who plans to learn how to ‘slap around a Steinway’ overnight in an original Fibber

McGee and Molly episode from 1941. And enjoy one of the funniest economics lectures ever penned as delivered by Archie of Duffy’s Tavern, in 1950. All performances of “The Golden Age of Radio’ will be at the Hope Evangelical Church, 4710 Juan Tabo NE. Parking is free and the theatre is handicapped accessible. Ticket prices $10 /adults, $8/ seniors/students. For tickets and

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information call RGPs at (505) 504-6950 or visit us on-line www." www. Performance days and times are Thursday March 15 at 2 PM; Friday March 16 at 7:30 PM; and Saturday March 17 at 2 PM. For more information contact Yolanda Day (505) 504-6950

Rio Grande Players Back Row L to R: Shirley Armstrong, Bob Robertson, Jan Caron, Larry Baker, Phyllis Ryan, Rocky Buchignani, Nancy Adams Felando, Rick Huff. Front Row L to R: Roy Tanner, Asia Negron-Esposito, Audrey Payson

NM Philharmonic Launches Neighborhood Concerts


he New Mexico Philharmonic is launching a new concert series.

The first neighborhood concert is scheduled for March 24 at 3 PM at the Central United Methodist Church (CUMC) and will feature conductor Byron Herring, David Schepps on Cello, as well as tenor Javier Gonzalez, soprano Kimberly Robinson and CUMC choir. The repertoire includes Bach’s Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140, Boccerini’s Cello Concerto No. 9 in B-flat major, G. 482 and Beethoven’s rousing Symphony No. 7.

Tickets for each concert are $25, $35 and $55. Central United Methodist Church is located at 201 University Blvd. The New Mexico Philharmonic was formed in the spring of 2011 by a group of professional musicians and supporters whose goal is to present exceptional live performances of classical music to audiences in Albuquerque and throughout New Mexico. To purchase tickets or learn more about upcoming performances visit Donations are gratefully accepted at www.nmphil. org.


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history Roots of Ancient Man Found Here Marc Simmons Dr. Marc Simmons is New Mexico’s best known and most distinguished historian. He has written more than 40 books, several of which won awards including “Albuquerque: A Narrative History.” Comments to him can be posted at under his columns.


first heard of Foslom Man more than 50 years ago when, as a university undergraduate, I took a beginning course in archeology. To this day, I remain fascinated by his story. At the beginning of the 20th century, a common belief existed among archeologists that man was a latecomer to the New World, arriving here a scant thousand years or so before the opening of the Christian era. Then in 1926, breaking news from tiny Folsom, NM electrified the scholarly world. Eight miles outside the town, deep in the wall of Wild Horse Arroyo, spectacular spear points had been found with the bones of the extinct, huge Ice Age bison. The find established once and for all that men were present in North America going back at least 10,000 years. Writing the opening chapter in the prehistory of early man on the continent had now begun. Some skeptical archeologists from around the country came to inspect the site and view the evidence themselves. One was Dr. Nels Nelson of the American Museum of Natural History, who had excavated and reported on ruined Tano pueblos in New Mexico’s Galisteo Basin south of Santa Fe. He took one look at a spear point in a bison’s skeleton and instantly became a believer. Other big names in the field followed and had the same reaction. Three season of digging produced 19 projectiles, now called Folsom points. Of superb workmanship, they are easily recognized, being thin and leafshaped with distinctive grooves on both faces. As soon as stories with pictures of these unusual artifacts appeared in magazines and newspapers, then farmers, ranchers, hikers and others began reporting finds of their own, northward all the way to the Plains provinces of Canada. In New Mexico, Folsom points turned up on the surface

of the San Agustin Plain west of Magdalena where the large bison had grazed long ago. And a friend of mine stumbled upon one amid the sands of the Jornada del Muerto east of Truth or Consequences. Beyond the points and some simple flint tools, there is little other physical evidence to help us identify the outlines of Folsom Man’s culture. Such things as language, religion, and child rearing practices, for example,

must remain forever outside our reach. A bit more was learned though, beginning in 1962 when bulldozers on Albuquerque’s West Mesa started scraping land for the Rio Rancho development. Unexpectedly, the blades uncovered campsites and Folsom points. Archeologists who were summoned observed that the Ice Age hunters seemed to have had

pole shelters covered with bison hides that faced south toward the slanting winter sun. Charcoal circles left by cooking fires evidently were placed in front of these ledges rather than inside. One thing we can say about those ancient people: They must have been extraordinarily courageous, since tackling head-on the enormous and ferocious bison was scarcely a job for the faint of heart!


30 March 2012

Art and Wine for Hope cancer patients is 20 years old this year. They serve 28 families each night and have provided care, comfort and support to more than 30,000 families who traveled to Albuquerque for treatments. Casa Esperanza’s yearly signature event, the Art for Hope ew Mexico’s house of hope Auction, provides much needed and home-away-fromfunding for the house, and this year home for New Mexico’s marks the event’s 10th anniversary. So, they have ANSWER TO #5040 twice the reason to celebrate year. If you have never attended, come and enjoy the dazzling array of high-end art and fine wines which can be yours for the right bid. Among the 54 artists participating this year are Dee Sanchez and John Saunders, both of Albuquerque, Andrew Rodriquez

10th Annual Art for Hope Auction Embassy Suites Hotel Saturday, March 31 For tickets and details visit or call 505-277-9880.


of Laguna, Suzanne Donazetti of Maryland, Chris Turri of La Luz and Lori Musil of Cerrillos. New artists this year include David Drummond and Bill Tondreau. And there is an amazing assortment of wine donated from the cellars of Glenn Magelsson, valued at $4,500. Hosts Steve Stucker from KOB TV 4 and Bob Clark from 770 KKOB Radio keep the humor and friendly banter lively between the silent and live auctions. Auctioneer, Howard McCall, will hold your attention to the very end. Invite your friends and colleagues, and meet new friends and become part of supporting the great work at Casa Esperanza.

"Corn Maiden" by Chris Turri - patina on reclaimed steel and copper - 80" x 18" x 18" - one of the many pieces of art donated to the 10th Annual Art for Hope Auction to benefit Casa Esperanza, House of Hope.

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March 2012

Medicare didn’t cover everything when I turned 65.

That’s why he chose Presbyterian Senior Care (HMO) to fill in the gaps. Your story is our story. If you’re turning 65, Presbyterian can help you navigate the maze of Medicare. We offer several Presbyterian Senior Care (HMO) and Presbyterian MediCare PPO plan choices that offer enhanced benefits and options to fit your budget and coverage needs. To find out more, attend one of our no-obligation seminars. You’ll learn why thousands of New Mexicans have chosen Presbyterian for unsurpassed care and dedication. Call 1-800-732-7239 to reserve a seat today. Seminar TimeS and LocaTionS: Every Monday at 10:30 am Presbyterian Medical Group 3436 Isleta SW, Albuquerque

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Every Thursday at 1:30 pm Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital 8300 Constitution NE, Albuquerque

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A sales representative will be present with information and applications before and after each seminar. For accommodations of persons with special needs, please call 1-800-732-7239 Monday through Sunday from 8 am to 8 pm. TTY for the Hearing Impaired is 1-888-625-6429. A Medicare Advantage organization with a Medicare contract. The benefit information provided is a brief summary, and not a comprehensive description of benefits. For more information, contact the plan. Y0055_P101215 File & Use 12212010 Y0055_PPO101215 File & Use 12212010



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